The Village is a busy place this morning. In addition to the birds and critters, Desi and I met up with lots of people on our walk. It is the quintessential winter morning – fresh snow, sunshine & blue sky and just below 0 degrees. I want to send a big shout out to Craig, Jamie and the rest of the crew – roads and sidewalks are in great shape. Thank you from all of us who head out every morning for fresh air and exercise.
I would like to officially welcome Mr Paul Snider, who begins his new role as our CAO/Clerk tomorrow, January 23, 2017. Paul has many years experience working in municipal offices, the most recent as the Clerk in Loyalist Township. And of course, Paul has deep roots in the Village.
I also want to congratulate Ms Anne Marie Koiner, who has been employed as our Deputy Treasurer/Deputy Clerk and will be appointed Treasurer/Deputy Clerk tomorrow at the Council meeting. She brought her previous municipal experience to the village in 2015 and has worked diligently to ensure the treasury and its reports are up to date and accurate.
Please drop by Town Hall when you have a moment and extend a Westport “Home Town Pride” welcome to Paul and congratulations to Anne Marie.
It was great to see so many people out to the Levee at Town Hall on New Year’s Day. Lots of visiting with old friends and neighbours and welcoming new residents and our new CAO. Special thanks to Councillor Brady for her help in making the day a success.
Some of the people who attended:
Rick and Rev Barb ….
and let’s not forget ….
and then it was time to raise the Westport Sesquicentennial Flag…
We sang O Canada once the flag was in place. MPP Steve Clarke commented later on how robust we sang our national anthem. That’s hometown pride, Steve!
Speeches from Special Guests – MP Gord Brown, MPP Steve Clarke, His Worship Mayor Ron Holman
The Home Team! Councillors Brady, Huth, Schwinghamer and Parliament.
And finally, what would a birthday party be without cake? Cut by our Senior of the Year, Mrs Shirley Howard.HAPPY SESQUICENTENNIAL CANADA! MORE CELEBRATION TO COME THIS YEAR.
Please plan on joining the New Year’s Levee at Town Hall from noon to 2:00 on Sunday, January 1st. It is a great opportunity to meet with members of Council and learn about some of the issues that are on the horizon for 2017 here in the Village. Some extra excitement for this year includes the “official” raising of the new Village of Westport Sesquicentennial Flag at 1:00 by the Royal Canadian Legion’s Colour Party. And – fingers crossed – I hope that there are two surprise guests. The designer of the Westport Flag is hoping to join us and see her design flying outside Town Hall. And if all of the details come together prior to January 1st, the new CAO/Clerk for the Village will be here. Stay tuned…..