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Colin Wells

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Westport Bicentennial Celebration | Westport Column

You may have noticed there was no Westport column last week, as the old in-box was empty.

Grand Inn-to-Inn Hike | Westport Column

Congratulations to Champlain Area Trails (CATS) on winning a $70,000 grant from the state over the next two years to help them hire a stewardship coordinator.

RecruitNY Day | Westport Column

Perhaps you saw the excellent article in last week’s paper about the increasing pressures faced by local volunteer fire departments and ambulance squads.

Wildflowers of the Champlain Valley | Westport Column

Westport outdoor guide Elizabeth Lee is playing it close the chest on where she’ll lead her interpretive hike “Wildflowers of the Champlain Valley” this Saturday, April 25, but she will choose one of the nearby trails maintained by Champlain Area Trails (CATS) after scouting to see which one has the very best wildflowers at the time.

Coot Hill-Big Hollow Bird Walk and Hawk Watch | Westport Column

This Saturday, April 18, from 9 to 11 a.m., join Ticonderoga naturalists Glen and Malinda Chapman on the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Coot Hill-Big Hollow Bird Walk and Hawk Watch, an interpretive hike along the CATS trail south of Port Henry with a gorgeous view looking out over Crown Point and the Champlain Bridge.

Wildflower hikes | Westport Column

Here’s a reminder about “Sunday Brunch: A Sourdough Waffle and Fritatta Extravaganza” at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 12, to benefit the Wadhams Free Library.

Understanding Flash Photography | Westport Column

The Wadhams Free Library’s Wednesdays in Wadhams spring lecture series has been going strong even if your Westport columnist has been on sabbatical.

A temporary goodbye | Westport Column

Writing these columns has been a weekly pleasure, so I’m sad to bid readers a temporary goodbye till we resume in the spring.

Tools for Schools program | Westport Column

If you registered your child for the Youth Commission’s Ski-and-Ride Program back in December, the first Whiteface trip is planned for Sunday, Jan. 11.

Big Basket of Cheer | Westport Column

Congratulations to Barry Morrison, who won the Fire Department’s Big Basket of Cheer in the drawing on Dec. 19, as well as to the Small Basket of Cheer winners, Frank Walker and “Dave and Dave.”

Volunteer responders | Westport Column

Season’s Greetings to all and sundry—especially to seasonal residents who are joining us for a week or two (or, we hope, more) during the holidays.

Owl Prowl | Westport Column

Westport Central School is accepting nominations for the Wall of Distinction, which you can see next time you’re in the school in the hallway outside the Auditorium.

The Santa Parade | Westport Column

The holiday season is upon us, and your volunteer firefighters in the Westport Hose Company are selling tickets for their annual Holiday Basket of Cheer drawing, which will be held on Dec. 19.

Fly Like an Eagle Fun Run | Westport Column

Don’t miss the third annual Fly Like an Eagle Fun Run (followed by a tasty breakfast) at Westport Central School this Saturday, Nov. 15, starting at 9 a.m.

Ballard Park Ice Skating Rink | Westport Column

Most likely, you have noticed the doings at Ballard Park toward the end of October — dump trucks, big loads of stone dust, excavators, even some corrugated PVC conduit of the sort used in culverts.

Joel A. Martin performs | Westport Column

Westport music educator Rose Chancler has once again arranged for a brilliant and innovative musician to come perform for a North Country audience.

“Making a Difference” award | Westport Column

Do you have a friend or neighbor who has done something special, or is doing something special, for the community?

FUNraiser Sunday Brunch | Westport Column

It’s time, again, folks! Wadhams Free Library and Dogwood Bread Company invite you to the library’s annual fall FUNraiser Sunday Brunch, which will be hosted by the bakery on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Art show “Meet Your Mother” | Westport Column

Plattsburgh artist Les Cosgrove will be on hand at the Depot Theatre for the opening of her art show “Meet Your Mother” this Saturday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.

CATS trailhead signs | Westport Column

Noticed all those CATS trailhead signs that have popped up in our neck of the Champlain Valley over the past few years?

After school funding | Westport Column

I need to clarify last week’s column about the proposed Town Hall renovation.

Town Hall renovation project | Westport Column

Here’s the report I promised on the Aug. 25 public meeting about the proposed Town Hall renovation project.

Rain venue | Westport Column

Though hearty Shakespeare in the Park audiences have stood up to a few brief drizzles now and then over the past dozen years, this past Sunday’s Labor Day weekend performance is the first time we’ve moved indoors to our rain venue, the Westport Heritage House.

Love’s Labours Lost | Westport Column

This season’s second production in the Westport Shakespeare-in-the-Park Festival, “Love’s Labours Lost,” will take place in its accustomed time slot, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at 3 p.m.

ACAP Afterschool Program | Westport Column

Good news (sort of) for ACAP Afterschool Program parents and kids—as of now, the Westport program will run through September, which is better than nothing for the 30 or so families in the community who rely on it.

Woodswoman books | Westport Column

Westport music educator Rose Chancler will be familiar to many readers for Piano by Nature, the program she runs that brings internationally recognized musicians to perform here in the North Country (usually at the Hand House in Elizabethtown).

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” | Westport Column

This weekend, you’ll have several chances to enjoy the Depot Theatre Apprentice Program’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” in which our talented student actors light up the bard’s classic comedy of long-lost twins, cross-dressing, mistaken identities and merry-go-round romantic shenanigans.

Westport After School Program | Westport Column

The news from Adirondack Community Action Programs is the Westport After School Program did not get funded for the coming school year.

Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Squad | Westport Column

It’s wonderful to see so many visitors to the area this summer, and to welcome back all our seasonal residents as well.

Depot Theatre season | Westport Column

Summer is in full swing, and there were lots of people around for our terrific Independence Day celebration.

Independence Day Celebration | Westport Column

Along with the other exciting festivities — the Parade, the Ice Cream Social, the Pig Roast, the Square Dancing, and the Fireworks, all on Saturday, July 5 — Westport’s Independence Day Celebration has a new twist this year.

Soundwaves concerts | Westport Column

Thursday night Community Concerts in the Ballard Park Performance Pavilion begin this week, and this year—the fourteenth in the series—the program has a new name, Soundwaves.

Westport Library Association | Westport Column

Westport’s volunteer firefighters and ambulance squad members have asked me to pass along a big “thank you!”

Blockhouse Farm | Willsboro Column

Congratulations once again to Champlain Area Trails (CATS) on a successful variety of activities marking National Trails Day last Saturday.

Duck Derby | Westport Column

The Westport Heritage House Visitors Center is getting ready for its sixth summer of welcoming the world to our little town.

Wadhams Strawberry Festival | Westport Column

The fifth annual Celebrate Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Event takes place on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Block House Farm in Essex.

Youth Fishing Contest | Westport Column

Congratulations to all those who took home a trophy from the Westport Fish & Game Club Annual Youth Fishing Contest on Saturday, May 10.

Firemen’s Golf Tournament | Westport Column

One of the casualties of the dread polar vortex back in February was a snowed-out lecture at the Wadhams Free Library by muralists Susan Shanley of Saratoga and Lynda Smyth of Port Henry, who led a group of 12 volunteers to a small fishing village in Mexico last spring to create a series of colorful outdoor murals with local children.

School budget vote | Westport Column

It’s school budget season once again, with the vote set for Tuesday, May 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at Westport Central School (in the hallway outside the Auditorium).

Soundwaves concert | Westport Column

For nearly two decades, we have enjoyed Thursday night community concerts at the Performance Pavilion in Ballard Park during the summer season.

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.

Illustrated lectures | Westport Column

Congratulations to Westport resident Jennifer Moore, who recently received national recognition for her work as head of the music department at Willsboro Central School.

Rumpelstiltskin performance | Westport Column

This busy weekend, the Westport Drama Club presents “Rumpelstiltskin,” directed by Paul Mudie and Cathy Brankman, with performances on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Drama Club presents “Rumpelstiltskin” | Westport Column

If the people who decide what gets played at classical music concerts are stuck in a rut of same old, same old—Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, with the occasional Brahms or Mahler thrown in to show how with-it they are—it’s not Rose Chancler’s fault.

The “Scooter” iceboat | Westport Column

If you’ve seen some unusual activity out in the bay over the past few weeks—such as several blinding blurs shaped like sailboats but acting like Ferraris on skates—you aren’t necessarily going nuts from cabin fever.

Reducing stress | Westport Column

Attention birders!

Make your heritage part of the Bicentennial | Westport Column

Congratulations to Arthur Dodge on his retirement last week, after 27 years of connecting us all to the outside world (or should that be connecting the outside world to us?).

Public meeting for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage | Westport Column

There will be a public meeting this Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to discuss the plans for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage, and also to discuss the plans to renovate the Town Hall building.

PTO Volleyball Tournament | Westport Column

Are you interested in local lore and the history of our community?

Mural Making as Community Building | Westport Column

Anyone who’s walked through the halls at Westport Central School over the years has probably noticed the expressive murals that decorate many of the hallway walls.

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