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Remembrance Day 2018 at Rideau Vista

Thank you students and teachers and Mr Campbell for a thoughtful and inspiring service this morning.  The stories and poems by the Grades 5 & 6 students caused us to stop and take a moment to appreciate the compassion and intelligence of the senior students . The music by the choirs also sent messages of love and remembrance.

Well done!

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A century ago, Canadian soldiers crossed a muddy ridge in Vimy, France, as they fought and died under the Red Ensign.

One hundred years ago, all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side for the first time as one formation at Vimy Ridge in France.  After four days of intense battle, there were nearly 3,600 of our soldiers lives lost, over 7,000 more wounded and countless displays of extraordinary courage.  The capture of Vimy Ridge was truly an incredible military victory.  We are proud and will never forget those who served in this great battle.

The Red Ensign was the flag they fought and some died under.  With many thanks to Greg Bisonette (Rusty), the Red Ensign is flying proudly at the Westport Cenotaph this week-end as we recognize the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 542 will assemble for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday at 10:30.  The Westport Ecumenical Choir will also be providing the music, led by Joanne Lambert.

Weather still looks sunny and cold.  Please dress warmly.

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Moving on at Town Hall

On Monday evening, the last Council Meeting was held with the current members of Westport’s Council.   The four years has been a blur and passed by so quickly.  We accomplished many of our goals, including replacing the old Snowfluent waste water system with a more efficient and effective system.  New businesses have settled into the Village and house sales are moving much better than in past years.

I would like to recognize those members of Council who are not returning for the next term.  Councillor Gerald Schwinghamer has brought your concerns regularly to the Council Chamber.  He has been the best prepared for meetings, taking a fair bit of friendly joking by his colleagues over the number of “yellow stickies” poking out from his Council agenda.  Your efforts – and your sense of humour – will be missed Gerald.

Councillor Frank Huth has worked tirelessly these past four years as Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, which also included Friends of the Arena (FOTA).  You only need to look at photos of the arena and Lockwood Park then (2015) and now to recognize just what an impact Frank has made, leading two different teams of volunteers to accomplish so much.  The work will continue on the foundation that you have begun Frank.

Councillor Mark Parliament has set a new course in his life.  Congratulations on your recent marriage, Mark, and best wishes for your baby daughter who is expected to arrive in the next month.

The new Council of Jacky Brady, Barry Card, Rob Roberts and Melissa Sullivan will be sworn in on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.  Please consider joining us at Town Hall for the inaugural meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 9195 or email at


Congratulations Harry Adrain!

On Sunday, September 30, Harry Adrain was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame!  This is well deserved recognition for one our Westport Native Sons.  And last night, I had the opportunity to represent Council and the Village to make a presentation to Harry at a party being held in his honour.

At this event, which was held at the Legion in Perth, I also saw first hand what being a member of the “ANT” family means – it means there are a whole lot of brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles and on and on who love spending time with each other.  Lucky people!

Congratulations again Harry.