Westport Column

The folks at Champlain Area Trails (CATs) would like to thank the more than 40 volunteers who turned out on Feb. 16 in Wadhams to help clear the new Farm and Forest Trail linking Wadhams to the Bobcat Trail. The new trail, which runs through Matt Foley’s property, will be an important addition to the network of hiking trails CATs is creating to link Westport and Essex.

Like other local landowners, Matt (who went out ahead of time with his saw to get fallen trees out of the way) has allowed CATs and the public access to his land in order to further CATs’ goal of connecting our communities through a widespread network of beautiful footpaths. Thank you, Matt, and thank you all the other volunteers, especially the energetic kids who showed up.

CATs hosts trail events like this one the third Saturday of every month, and I usually try to tell you about them in this space. To receive email notices from CATs, call their office here in Westport at 962-2287 or email info@champlainareatrails.com. The web site will also tell you about the many projects they’ve got going.

Spring fever kicking in? Here’s the perfect antidote. John Danyew’s American Style Tango dance lessons will start up at the Heritage House on March 7 and run every Thursday night to the end of March. The lessons go from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be followed by a half-hour of free dance. The cost is $40 for four lessons. To sign up or for more information, visit ChamplainValleyDance.com or call 802-897-7500. Or just swing by for the first class March 7.

And don’t forget Westport Hose Company’s Annual Car Wash runs all five Saturdays in March from 9 to 1, with proceeds to benefit your volunteer fire department. It’s $5 for a wash, but you can buy a book of five tickets ahead of time from the Town Clerk for only $20. The tickets make a great gift either singly or “by the book.” Buy a bunch and give them out to your friends—this is the time of year when they and their cars will thank you.

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