Happy Sesquicentennial!  It is hard to believe that July 1st, 2017 has arrived and we can mark 150 years of Confederation.  Strong, Proud and Free is the theme for the Sesquicentennial – and I know you will agree with me that phrase describes living in Westport and area.

Lots to do over the next couple of days.  The Green Street Challenge kicks off the celebrations today (Friday) at 10:00 on Fetch Murphy Way (road leading to the harbour).  The Harbour Advisory Committee to Council is literally rolling out the red carpet – well it is actually green grass – on Fetch Murphy Way to encourage play with our youth and children.  Opening ceremonies are at 11:00, BBQ available from the Westport Fire Fighters and the fun goes until 4:00 p.m.

Tomorrow morning the OPP are coming to town to provide lessons on bike safety.  We will meet at the Community Centre parking lot at 10:30.  I understand that a special guest might attend to help you and your kids check that the bike itself is safe.  If you want to decorate the bike for the parade at the end of the bike safety, there will be time before it concludes at noon.  Rain or Shine – we will move into the arena if we need to.

The Parade will form up at 12:30 at St Ed’s parking lot.  The Senior of the Year will be announced before we start the parade at 1:00 p.m.  The Parade will be led by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 543, Colour Party and take the same route as in other years – Bedford to Church to Spring.  The Legion will have treats for the children at the conclusion of the parade and the Westport Fire Department will have some surprises planned as well.

And then it is off to Rideau Vista Public School and all of the activities that Cathy and Guy Davison have planned there.  Music, games, heritage displays, food – what else does a Canada Day need?  Right!  Fireworks tomorrow night at 10:00.

Happy Canada Day everyone.  Strong Proud and Free..  Proud to be Canadian!