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.

 

Licensed Cannabis Retail Stores approved by Westport Council

The issue of whether Council will permit licensed cannabis retail stores was decided on January 8, 2019.  After much consultation, including a letter placed in every Westport post office mail box encouraging residents & business owners to share their opinions with members of Council, Councillors were unanimous in approving licensed cannabis retail stores in the Village subject to complying with all AGCO requirements and proper zoning.

Councillors, during the debate on licensed cannabis retail stores on January 8th, shared that they were surprised at the lack of concerns reported by residents and business owners on the subject – particularly in response to the letter.  Many people raised their lack of support for the federal government’s decision for legalization of cannabis.  However in light of that decision, the majority of people felt there was no reason to deny someone from setting up a legal licensed cannabis retail store.

If you have read the news this week, you will know that due to a lack of supply of legal cannabis the Ontario government has stated that it will only authorize 25 licensed cannabis retail stores to open on April 1.   Who knows if and when a licensed cannabis retail store will open in Westport, however I wanted you to know that all Councillors took great pains to be informed and to learn what the constituents of the village wanted to see in Westport.

If you have concerns or questions, call any time.  @9195

It will be an especially scaaaary night in the village this Hallowe’en

Thanks to the many people who have decorated their haunted houses with ghouls, ghosts, witches and our very own Game Of Thrones!!!!  Rain or shine – the kids and parents will be out later today to ‘trick or treat’.  Have fun finding these outstanding haunted houses.

Please wear bright clothing and drive carefully and watch out for our children.  Be safe everyone.

Hallowe'en GOT

Emergency Management Training

The Village recently put a call out to the community for volunteers to bolster their ranks during an emergency.  To assist the Westport Emergency Operations Centre, support is needed in three areas – note taking (scribe), canvassing residences and setting up reception centres.  Several people responded to the call, including all members of Council.  Training was provided in the morning of October 28 by Mayor Robin Jones, Councillor Barry Card and Alison Tutak, Director of Social Services for the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville.   A full scenario exercise involving all of the students occurred in the afternoon, which gave the students an opportunity to apply what they had learned.  Many thanks from all members of Council to those who stepped up.  Your commitment will provide much needed support during an emergency.

EM training Oct 28-19Paul Snider, Jackalyn Brady, Danielle Tapin, Rob Roberts, Delvalle Lewis, Patti Mueller, Ann Bellefeuille, Karen Earl, Kim Bonner, Melissa Sullivan, Elaine Bill, Alison Tutak, Mayor Robin Jones, Barry Card

Breakfast with the Mayor – Wednesday, October 23 @ 8:00, Cove Country Inn

Hope to see everyone tomorrow morning at the Breakfast with the Mayor.

The first speaker 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.

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. This is an information session for Mr Rolston to share his plans.  

If you are planning on breakfast, pls send Patti Mueller an email, so that the Cove has an accurate count.  pmueller@villageofwestpot.ca

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.

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