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July 1st in the Village of Westport; Happy Birthday Canada

Cenotaph - Canadian flag

The Canada Day celebrations in the Village will begin at 1:30 on July 1st at the George St side of Lockwood Park.  Events include the grand opening of the stage and announcing the Westport Senior of the Year.  MPP Steve Clark will be here to help us cut the ribbon.

The parade will then begin and we are inviting everyone to be IN the parade again this year.  There is a space for you if you fall into any of these categories: boys and girls, girls and boys and kids with their bikes.  Other categories include dogs and their owners, musicians, clowns, men and women, grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles and cousins, antique vehicles and floats.   The Westport Senior of the Year will lead the parade – right behind the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 542 Colour Party. The Fire Fighters will be joining the fun again this year. Join the fun on July 1st and show your home town pride by wearing red and white!.

The parade begins on George St and proceeds to Bedford St, to Church St, down Church to Spring St and end at the Community Centre where Sparky will be waiting for the kids and the Legion will have treats.

And at 5:00 p.m., everyone can join the rest of the July 1st events at Rideau Vista Public School, where there will be a BBQ, games for the kids, live music and, of course, the best fireworks in Eastern Ontario.

Happy Canada Day!

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Sounds of spring this week in Westport? Construction!!!!

Another week of hammering, sawing and heavy machinery chugging in the ‘Port.  It sounds amazing, doesn’t it?  Home owners are fixing roofs, adding additions, and finishing projects.  Fetch Murphy Way was paved so no more wash outs in the next heavy rain. The foundation of the new basketball court was constructed and is waiting for the concrete.  The framing of the covered stage is also underway in the park.  (Remember – neither the basketball court nor covered stage is funded through tax dollars, rather by fund raising and grants.)

What an exhilarating feeling in the Village!

Official opening of the stage will take place on July 1.  More details to follow.

stage June 15-18

 

And so the building of the stage begins….

I previously advised that the Village had been successful in its grant application to the Ontario Trillium Fund that will cover 100% of the costs to build a covered stage in Lockwood Park.  Scott Blair Construction began the work yesterday.  Watch its progress over the next few weeks on the George St side of the park.  It is our intention (that would be both Scott’s and the Village’s:-) to hold the Grand Opening on July 1st!  Stay tuned.

foundation for stage - May 31-18

Just an “average week” for the volunteers in Westport!

Westport in Bloom volunteers have, once again, raked, fertilized, selected beautiful flowers, dug holes, planted and watered in record time to ensure that our flower beds are full and colourful.  It is not that we take Blooms for granted, however it is what we have come to appreciate.  And one Bloom volunteer in particular this year, spent a significant amount of time getting the flower gardens at Town Hall groomed and planted.  Extra trips to the nursery were required and even a bit of a wrestling match with the hose occurred – until she was satisfied.  You see her goal wasn’t merely getting the gardens ready for the summer.   It was important to her that the gardens were planned so they would be in bloom and filled in by June 9.  That is the day that the Canadian Armed Forces is parading in the Village, stopping at the Town Hall for the Freedom of the City event..  Extra effort and you can see the results.  Much appreciated.  (Sorry about the hose!)

Last week, a member of the Baptist Church Odd Job Squad called and asked if there was a project that they could handle for the Village.  Yes! I said.  The baseball volunteers have spent many hours grooming and revitalizing the baseball field and yet the benches in the dug outs are past their expiry dates.  The Odd Job Squad made a plan with CAO Paul Snider, picked up the benches on Saturday and returned them today.  The players and coaches will not recognize them.  You have helped us raise the standard at the ball diamond, Odd Job Squad.  Thank you.

Home Dugout - May 31 -18.jpg

The Heritage Committee is holding its Heritage Days on Saturday, June 2 from 9 – 4:00 p.m. at the Library.  These volunteers have been planning this interesting event for several months.  Interested in your heritage?  come on down and give ancestry.com a try – a volunteer will help you.  Lots of other things to do and many other volunteer organizations helping out.  The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee is running a BBQ – so pls come hungry.  All proceeds from BBQ will go to the Lockwood Park fund.  The Westport Arts Council is doing its BIG REVEAL of this year’s “One of a Kind, hand painted Muskoka Chairs” at 11:00.  There are 6 chairs and you will be able to buy a ticket for the chair that you like.  The lucky winner of each chair will be selected at MUSICwestport on August 18.  By the way – did you know that the original name for the Muskoka or Adirondack chair was the WESTPORT chair.  Seriously!!!!!

There are other volunteer groups hard at it in the Village.  They don’t go home at the end of the day and watch TV.  Rather they are coaches and umpires, food bank shelf fillers, drivers to hospitals and medical appointments, fire fighters and church leaders, and take on many other roles – too many to mention.  They work as part of committees, non-profit organizations, clubs and unorganized ad-hoc groups of volunteers.  I am sure I have missed some, but their efforts are not overlooked.  I have said many times that the volunteers are the backbone of the Village … these are some of the reasons why.

Please shake the hand of a volunteer next time you see them contributing their time, effort and sweat for the good of our home town.