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This Saturday, March 16, the annual Tanneberger Basketball Tournament will be held in the Gym at Westport Central School starting at 1 p.m., with proceeds to go the Thomas Tanneberger Memorial Scholarship Fund. This always feels like one of the most important days in our community calendar, a time when Westport really comes together in memory of an extraordinary “favorite son,” yet looking also to a dynamic future for our best and brightest in scholarship and sport.

In between the afternoon games the K-6 Biddy Basketball all-stars will wow the crowd, and at half-time during the men’s and women’s championships in the evening our high school players will strut their stuff in free-throw competitions.

And of course the Firemen’s Spaghetti Dinner will be served in the cafeteria starting at 4:30 p.m., including salad, garlic bread, milk, coffee or tea, and brownies. Take out and delivery is available. For delivery, call 962-8969 or 962-4885 ahead of time.

And while I’m on the subject, the Fire Department would like to thank the community for its outstanding response to our annual holiday fundraising mailer. It is truly inspiring to have such strong support from those we serve. So thank you to all who took the time to send in a donation. We value your contribution!

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will also have its monthly trail project on Saturday, March 16. Volunteers should meet at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams at 12:30 with loppers, handsaws, gloves, etc. for work on the last stretch of the new Field and Forest Trail.

And don’t miss the first talk in the spring “Wednesdays in Wadhams” lecture series at the Wadhams Free Library, this Wednesday, March 20 (the first day of Spring) at 7:30 p.m. Robin Gucker, Kristin Fiegl, Dari Brennan, and Kathleen Morse, who belong to the faculty and staff at the Lakeside School, will discuss “The Future of Education.” Lakeside is a pre-K through 3rd grade Waldorf school at Black Kettle Farm in Essex. These dynamic teachers will explore the state of education in America, and explain the unique Waldorf approach, which emphasizes independent learning that engages with each child’s natural curiosity.

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