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Last fall Westport Central School honored six outstanding graduates and staff by giving them a place on its Wall of Distinction, which the school is now in the process of making ready for viewing. The plaques have arrived and will soon be up the wall outside the Auditorium (Old Gym). The six honorees span a number of decades and reflect high achievements in a variety of areas. They are: Tom Beauvais, Ed Card, Lara Davis, Alice LaRock, Julie Moore and Ryan Sherman.

Each fall the school will add up to five new names to the Wall of Distinction. Right now, they are beginning the process of selection. And they want your input. Do you know a WCS graduate or staff member who you think might belong on the Wall of Distinction? For more information on the guidelines, or to make a nomination, call the school at 962-8244 or email Jana Atwell at atwellj@westportcs.org.

It’s also school budget time again, and as always the school wants your input on that process, too. The next few school board meetings will begin early so as to incorporate budget planning and the public is encouraged to attend. That’s Thursday, Feb. 14 and Thursday March 14 for discussion, with final adoption planned for the Thursday, April 11 meeting (all beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the school library).

Congratulations to Champlain Area Trails (CATS), which has just won the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism’s “Destination Award” for promoting economic vitality in the Champlain Valley. The award praises CATS for its hiking/skiing trails that connect our communities, and especially for its ongoing series of Travel Writing Contests, which encourage people to visit the area and enjoy all the natural, cultural, and commercial treasures to be found here.

And on Sunday, Feb. 10, follow the crowd up to the Whallonsburg Grange for a lively Music, Friendship, and Community Support Karaoke Party, from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be games, contests, prizes, drinks, and snacks along with lots of fun music. Admission is two non-perishable food items or $3. Proceeds will go mostly to the ACAP Emergency Food Shelf, with a little for the Grange Hall.

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