Westport Column

Finally, we’ve got snow! And just in time to bring in the New Year. Sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing—there are so many ways to enjoy our new white groundcover that it seems you can spend all winter exploring them and still not exhaust the possibilities. After a mild and snowless winter last year, how good it feels to have it back. Time to grab the skis and get out in the woods.

Of course, snow also means added chores like plowing and shoveling, along with other seasonal challenges for many of us. As we age, we can’t always do all the stuff we used to. We hate to admit it and don’t want to slow down, but it’s easy to overexert ourselves. Winter is an especially good time to think about any older neighbors who might need a little help with their driveway or front walk. Or a hand with the roof rake.

Of course, it’s not just seniors who need to be careful. It’s easy for anyone to slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, slide off a snowy or icy road, or strain their back while shoveling. So enjoy all the beauty, but don’t forget to give a thought to the future as you do. Easy does it.

Congratulations to the students of Westport Central School, who recently raised $600 for High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care by doing bakesales, raffles, and other activities, as reported by Katherine Clark in last week’s issue of the Valley News. Darcy Hudson’s seventh-graders raised nearly $200 raffling off Halloween crafts they made in her home economics class. The elementary school held a dance that raised another $200, and the student council matched that with $200 more.

Headquartered in Mineville, High Peaks Hospice works with individuals and families who are facing severe illness while living at home. They support not just the patient but the whole family, and among the services they provide are caregiver education for family members who find themselves in that stressful and challenging role. They said that the efforts of the WCS student body and staff who participated in the fundraising will help greatly in providing that much needed support.

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