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Congratulations to Bruce Estus on his recent retirement after 39 years of service to the town, which was celebrated with a surprise party at the Town Shed a couple of weeks ago (see the story in last week’s paper). Now he’ll have more time to zip around with his camera on that scooter of his, looking for the special photo that captures some unique aspect of our community. Bruce was a jack-of-all-trades at the shed, but Westport residents will probably miss him most at the transfer station, where he always had a big smile and some pearls of wisdom ready for all comers. Good luck in your future endeavors, Bruce, and thanks for all your hard work and good cheer.

Seems like this is the time of year when we’re all getting a little stir crazy, but Westport resident Scott Gibbs and Keene resident Betsey Thomas-Train have come up with a perfect treatment for cabin fever. They will offer six Creative Movement, Dance and Play classes on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange, starting March 8 and going through April 18.

“The class begins with simple exercises of focused breathing, stretching and an aerobic warm-up,” Scott writes. “Then we explore a series of movement exercises that encourage us to find our authentic physical selves and to discover new responses between our physical movements and everyday life. The entire experience is structured to be relaxed, unpressured and supported to allow you to move to the ‘beat of your own drummer.’”

There’s no up-front enrollment so you can come to all six classes or just one, and they’re asking only a small donation to help cover the cost of renting the Grange Hall. Sounds like a great way to make friends with your body again as it comes out of hibernation.

Don’t miss the WCS Talent Show in the Auditorium, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8. And the next day, Saturday March 9, you can enjoy the PTO Volleyball Tournament in the school gym starting at 5 p.m. either as a player or a spectator. For registration forms and rules visit westportcs.org"

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