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?).
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.
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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.
Westport music maestro Rose Chancler, artistic director of Piano by Nature, invites you to the latest Piano by Nature concert at the Hand House in Elizabethtown, this Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.
CATS, CATS, CATS! Sometimes I feel like a cat lady when I sit down to write this column.
I wish to acknowledge one of Keeseville’s residents who just retired from Clinton Community College after many years of dedicated service greatly enhancing the lives of those blessed to have encountered him.
Well, with the holidays over it must be time for the annual reality check that comes as we settle in for the winter.
Devoting space in this column to EMS work always seems to bring positive feedback, and I suppose it’s especially on my mind this holiday season because my three-year EMT certification expires on New Year’s Eve and I’ve been focusing on getting all the paperwork in for recertifying.
Send your secondary-school child to school with a buck and some head gear on Friday, Dec. 20, which is Caps for Cranes day at WCS.
For some fifty years the Westport Youth Commission has sent busloads of our community’s children to ski at Whiteface each winter.
Santa has been worrying whether he can fit down your chimney this year.
Here’s an update on the Senior Play at WCS (The Election, by Don Zolidis), which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.
I’m feeling a bit guilty as I write this on Monday afternoon.
This week being election week and all, the Class of 2014 at Westport Central will offer a timely and provocative look at the quirky process that we call democracy.
This might be good time to note just a few of the many ways that our community has benefitted over the years from the truly inspirational presence of Shami McCormick.
Lucy Connell and the Friends of the Westport Heritage House are sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner at the Federated Church (the Stone Church) this Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Wadhams is jumping this weekend, what with the 4-mile BRASS cookie run starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 and the CATS hike from Wadhams to Essex on Sunday, Oct. 13 starting at 11 a.m.
As you probably know by now, as many as 31 horses are being kept by the county up at the Fairgrounds on a temporary basis until they can find permanent homes.
Now that the days are getting shorter and cooler, you may be looking for a place to work out indoors.
Champlain Area Trails (CATS), which is headquartered here in town, has a couple of interesting trail projects coming up in nearby locations.
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.
The Wadhams Free Library kicks off its fall Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser on Sept. 18, as Essex Town Historian Shirley LaForest returns to the Library for an illustrated talk entitled “Back Home in Wadhams 1812.”
The members of the Westport Ambulance Squad would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to our recent Stretcher Drive.
One regular standout event in these parts is the annual talk at Camp Dudley hosted by the Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties.
Westport Festival Day is this Saturday, Aug. 10, and will happen in conjunction with the Canal Splash festivities at the Westport Marina.
Don’t miss this weekend’s performances of Shakespeare’s, “Hamlet,” in Ballard Park, on Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m.
Sheila Borden would like me to pass along her thanks to all who participated in our townwide celebration of Independence Day:
This week’s Community Concert (Thursday, July 11) stars vaudeville and circus-style entertainer Stephen Gratto, who invites audience participation in his feats of juggling, rope-walking, stilt-walking, balloon-sculpting and, uh, hatchet-throwing.
You probably received a letter from Ambulance Squad Captain Ben Sudduth the other day asking you to contribute to our effort to buy a second power stretcher to replace our old one, which has to be raised and lowered manually.
Kudos to miracle worker Caroline Thompson, who founded and—for, what, three decades?—ran the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks.
The Firemen’s Golf Tournament, which was hosted by the Westport Country Club on June 1, was a great success, with sixteen teams of four competing in a day of outstanding golf.
Time to start thinking about our upcoming Independence Day celebrations, which will take place this year on Saturday, July 6.
Westport Central School Class of 2016 invites you to Willsboro Bowling Center this Saturday at 3 p.m. for 9 Pin Bowling to benefit the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund.
Congratulations to Jim Westover, Jr. and Bruce Hoskins on their recognition recently for 50 years of service as volunteer firefighters for Westport Hose Company Number One.
June is bustin’ out all over!
A while back I reported that funding had run out for the ACAP After School Program in Westport and that it wouldn’t be continuing for the next school year.
It’s hard to believe this is the fifth season that the handsome Visitors Center at the Westport Heritage House has been there to welcome newcomers to our region and our community.
Well, planning for summer is now officially underway.
Don’t miss the Westport Central School Drama Club’s performance of High School (Non) Musical, a parody of the Disney film High School Musical, this weekend.
Last year at this time, the volunteers who maintain the Westport Heritage House (including the new Visitors Center) announced a summer-long “Make It Shine” raffle to fund their project to refurbish the hardwood floor in the historic building’s community room.
Here’s a reminder about the Sunday Brunch Sourdough Waffle and Frittata Extravaganza at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams this Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bad news from A.C.A.P., my employers at the After School Program: the grant runs out this year, and so at this point it looks like there won’t be an After School Program at Westport Central next year.
Last year I wrote about the writer’s retreat that Mary Beth Coudal led at Skenewood, the beautiful and historic Jones family property on Dudley Road.
This Saturday, March 16, the annual Tanneberger Basketball Tournament will be held in the Gym at Westport Central School starting at 1 p.m., with proceeds to go the Thomas Tanneberger Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Congratulations to Bruce Estus on his recent retirement after 39 years of service to the town, which was celebrated with a surprise party at the Town Shed a couple of weeks ago (see the story in last week’s paper).
The folks at Champlain Area Trails (CATs) would like to thank the more than 40 volunteers who turned out on Feb. 16 in Wadhams to help clear the new Farm and Forest Trail linking Wadhams to the Bobcat Trail.
Hopefully we haven’t had our last snow of the season, but if we do get another storm (and March always seems to bring one) here’s a very important request that I’d like to pass on to you from the hard-working folks at the town shed.
Westport Hose Company #1 will hold its Annual Spring Car Wash on all five Saturdays in March at the Firehouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.