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It’s not too late to register your child for ACAP’s Westport After School Program, which welcomes Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students in the school cafeteria from 3 to 6 p.m. on school days. We offer homework help, fun arts and crafts, learning activities, and supervised free play. Our fearless leader is Miss Vera, otherwise known as the Site Supervisor, who also runs the Youth Commission Summer Program from the same site during the summers. She has now become our town’s unofficial young person person.

Fees are $100 a month for one child, $50 for a second child, and $25 for a third. Please feel free to stop by the cafeteria any school afternoon between 3 and 6 p.m. to find out more, or to pick up a registration form. For more information, you can also call ACAP at 873-3207 and ask for Marge Z., who oversees the various afterschool programs that ACAP runs.

You probably saw the article in the paper a couple of weeks ago about the planning that’s begun for the Westport Bicentennial Celebration, which will be the theme for the town’s 2015 Independence Day festivities. There’s a Bicentennial Committee forming up, and you are invited to join it, or to come forward with any artifacts or collections your family has showing the course of the town’s history. The originals will stay with you, of course, but photos and copies can be made so that these pieces of the past may be shared with the community during the celebration. There’s also a contest to come up with a Westport Bicentennial logo.

If you would like to take part in any of these activities, or for more information, stop by the Town Office and speak with our intrepid Town Clerk, Sheila Borden, or call her at 962-8360.

On the subject of local history, don’t forget that Essex Town Historian Shirley LaForest will give an illustrated talk at the Wadhams Free Library on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. about how the home front in the tiny hamlet of Wadhams dealt with the upheavals of the War of 1812. Shirley’s talk is free and open to the public, and your questions will be welcome. Call 962-8717 for more info.

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