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Daffodils will be welcoming people to Westport this spring.

A small group of volunteers will be planting 180 daffodil bulbs around the “Welcome to Westport” sign on County Road #42 this fall.  They hope to lay a “carpet” of daffodils for the spring.   The bulbs are being purchased from Vessey’s.

At last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, council suggested that I blog this information should any other groups of volunteers wish to do the same at another  “Welcome to Westport” sign.

Please let me know if you are interested.  It may still be possible to add to the Vessey order.  I should be able to find a sponsor to cover the cost of the bulbs.  Sorry – the labour is your own!

Call if you need anything – 273-9195.



We will have two guests at the October 23 Breakfast with the Mayor being held at the Cove Country Inn.  The first is Mr Barry Nabatian, A.A.S., B.Sc., M.Sc., who is the Director of Market Research at Shore.Tanner&Associates in Ottawa.  He will be providing insight into retail markets and trends.  Mr Nabatian had a delegation with Council on October 8 and we found his insights interesting.

The second guest is Mr Stephen Rolston, owner of Land Ark homes and is the developer for the “Rice Farm” in Westport.  Stephen will be sharing information on the residential development he plans for that property.  There will be other “procedural” meetings in relation to the land development, as they are required by law.  This is an information session for Mr Rolston to share his plans.  Please let your colleagues and friends know about these two presentations, they will be very informative.

To ensure that both speakers have adequate time, the presentations will begin at 8:30 sharp.  Breakfast is served at 8:00. ($10 pp).   Please let Patti Mueller know  if you plan to come for breakfast, so she can let the Cove know.  

All members of Council hope to see you on October 23, 2019.

Please call anytime if you have questions – 273-9195.

Flower Beds have new caretakers in Lockwood Park

Many thanks to St Paul’s Anglican Church congregants, Frances Hazell, Mary Chaikowsky and Arthur Thompson for the effort they have put into the two Memorial Gate flower beds in Lockwood Park.

The past couple of years, I weeded them in advance of the July 1 celebrations, but these orphan gardens needed a lot of TLC.  What a difference some time and effort have made. Frances and Mary planted beautiful annuals in time for Canada Day and ensured they were watered and maintained all summer.

Last week, Frances, Mary and Arthur worked together to plant hydrangeas.  I am sure they will be stunning next summer.  Thank you for taking the initiative and making our park more colourful.


Westport… LOOK UP!

new streetlights #1new streetlights #2The replacement of the old incandescent street lights with energy efficient LED lights was finished on Friday.  All street light fixtures were changed, however we added some Victorian design to the ones in the downtown core.  The bulbs cast much more light, cost less to use and a small grant was available to offset some of the cost.  We expect the pay back for the capital costs will be realized within 7 years.  If you haven’t seen them at night, make a point of it tonight!


On behalf of Council and everyone who lives, works and visits the Village, please accept our thanks – the flower boxes, gardens and hanging baskets were absolutely stunning this year!  The colours and the sheer bounty of the arrangements provided such natural beauty in our Village.

I have just returned from Italy, where the warm Mediterranean climate keeps its flowers in full bloom even now.  The contrast was so stark today when I noted that fall clean-up is underway and that the boxes and baskets had been removed.  Thank you again for all of your hard work.

On that note, I leave you with a smile.  A quote from Elizabeth Maud Montgomery, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  Happy Autumn.