Westport Column

Well, planning for summer is now officially underway. The Westport Library Association has their big annual book sale every summer and this year it will start with First View on Wednesday evening, July 3, and run through Saturday July 6. I’ll give times as the date draws closer, but right now they’re accepting donations of books during their regular open hours, which are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a really good way to make way for new books on your shelves at home and support the Library at the same time, with a painless, tax-deductible donation of your old books. The Westport Library will accept them gratefully until late June, except for Book Club editions, textbooks, or damaged books.

The Chamber of Commerce is also getting squared away for summer. As they complete their annual membership drive, they’d like to let everyone know that they welcome businesses, non-profits, and private individuals from Westport and surrounding communities. Information on member businesses goes on the chamber web site as well as into regional tourist guides such as the new Quick Guide for Things To Do in the Lake Champlain/Adirondack Coast Region. Visit to the chamber web site at westportny.com. For the membership application, click on “About Westport” and scroll down.

And the Westport Fish and Game Club’s Annual Fishing Contest will be held on Saturday, May 11 starting at 11 a.m. (with registration at 10:30). It’s open to ages 3 to 15 with lots of prizes and trophies awarded—no one goes home emptyhanded. There will be a picnic lunch at noon with prizes awarded right after. All contestants must use worms. For the fishing, that is, not the lunch.

Finally, a couple of quick notes. The Town Brush Dump will be open May 25 and June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. so plan now. And don’t forget about the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Photo Contest, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. They’re accepting entries until May 15. For info go to champlainareatrails.com.

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