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Time to start thinking about our upcoming Independence Day celebrations, which will take place this year on Saturday, July 6. I’ll give a reminder as the date draws closer, but groups and individuals should get going on floats and vehicles for the parade, and artists and crafters should make plans for showing their wares. All interested parties can contact Sheila Borden at 962-8360 or 962-8909.

The main events are the parade, which starts from the Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. (preceded by the Dog Agility Show on the Library Lawn at 4 p.m.), and then the Fire Department Pig Roast, the Street Dance with Gary Phinney at 7 p.m., and finally the famous Fireworks Show down by the lake at dusk. Penelope the Clown, a Hula Hoop Contest, and popcorn and soda will be found along with the Library Book Sale on the Library Lawn, and the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund will hold its annual Ice Cream Social and Magic Show in Ballard Park. The parade and the pig roast will be bigger than ever, with numerous prizes and awards given for outstanding parade entrants. Donation flyers will soon be mailed for the Fireworks Fund, and containers will be placed at local businesses, so please be sure and show your support.

A regional Agricultural Itinerary with Westport as its center will soon be ready at the Lakes to Locks web site (www.lakestolocks.com). Visitors will be able to find present-day farms where they can see livestock and purchase produce, and they will also be able to explore the rich farming history of the Champlain Valley. This project was organized by Cynthia Johnston of DaCy Meadow Farm, who has also spearheaded an effort to make value-added vouchers available at local lodging establishments, to encourage visitors to patronize our community businesses.

Dads eat free at the Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast Scout Benefit, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 63 on Sunday, June 15, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Galley at the Westport Marina. (The Galley opens for the season right afterward.)

Don’t forget to register your child for the Youth Commission Summer Program, which runs at the school weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from July 8 to Aug. 16. Applications are available at westportyouth.org.

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