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Clothes Recycling Program | Westport Column

Mountain Lakes Services has offered the Town a great deal for a Clothes Recycling Program, just in time for Spring Cleaning. Bring your surplus clothing to the Town Hall, and Mountain Lakes will pick it up, wash it, and distribute it to those who’ve signed up. Those signing up will need to specify gender and size. For drop-off or sign-up, stop by and see our intrepid Town Clerk, Sheila Borden.

Westport Central School Music Director Heather Olson and the School Band would like to invite the public to their concert with musician and teacher Shawn Parrotte on Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium.

I’ll give the second lecture in my four-part series The Alphabet Revolution at the Wadhams Free Library on Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. Last week we covered early writing. In this lecture, “The Atomic Theory of Language,” we’ll look at how the ancient Greeks invented the alphabet in the eighth century BC by adding vowels to an earlier writing system, which just had consonants. And at the Westport Library the following week, on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m., Chris Maron of Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will give a talk celebrating the gorgeous Champlain Valley and how people are enhancing their enjoyment of it by hiking from one community to another. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Two other dates to save for CATS events are May 3, when CATS will host the first “Inn-to-Inn Grand Hike” from the Westport Hotel to the Essex Inn starting at 9 a.m., and June 7, the fifth annual Celebrate CATS event starting at 4 p.m. at the Blockhouse Farm in Essex. The featured speaker will be Emily Boedecker of Local Motion, a Burlington organization that manages a network of biking and hiking trails in Vermont. More on these as the dates draw closer.

The Westport Chamber of Commerce is having its annual membership drive, and individuals and organizations from the community are invited to join. Go to the Chamber’s website westportny.com and click on Westport Chamber to find the membership form. The deadline for inclusion in the Westport Hospitality Guide Business Listing is May 1.

Last but not least, congratulations to Arthur and Babe Donaldson on their 70th Wedding Anniversary, which was April 5. Now, that’s inspiring!

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