Mammal and bird tracking hike | Keeseville Column

Your volunteer firefighters of Westport Hose Company No. 1 would like to thank all those who offered their support by purchasing raffle tickets for our annual holiday Baskets of Cheer. We’d also like to thank the Boquet Liquor Store in Elizabethtown for their generous donations to the baskets. Last but not least, we offer our congratulations to the three Basket of Cheer winners: Jeff Cross, Rick Hazen, and Pete Vanderhoof.

While we’re at it, the volunteers of the Westport Food Shelf have asked me to pass along their thanks to the following people and organizations for their support during the holiday food drive: Westport Central School’s Future Business Leaders of America for organizing the drive, which collected over 1,200 items; the Westport family that generously donated the hams for the Christmas food baskets; the teachers of Westport Central for their generous cash donations; Brad Rascoe, who for several years has collected those cash donations and gone food shopping with the money for the basket items; Dan McCormick, for his time and work over the years in delivering the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets; the Whallonsburg Civic Association; the Westport Federated Church and the church women’s group; the Boy Scouts; and, finally, all the others in the community who generously gave of their time, money, and food to make the food drive a success. Thank you all.

Westport naturalist and outdoor guide Elizabeth Lee is teaming up with David Thomas-Train to lead a mammal and bird tracking hike/snowshoe on Saturday, January 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain. This popular annual January hike is jointly hosted by Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine. During the half-day outing Elizabeth and David will identify and discuss animal tracks. There will also be some off-trail exploring on snowshoes. Dress warmly in non-cotton layers and bring food and liquid for a three to four hour hike. To participate, meet at the lower Poke-O-Moonshine trailhead about 1 mile south of the campground on Route 9. CATS also suggests letting them know ahead of time if you plan to attend by emailing info@champlainareatrails.com or calling their office here in Westport at 962-2287.

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