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“Whole lotta shakin'” going on in Westport this spring!

What a spring we are having in the ‘Port.  Lots of properties are being sold, several of which have been on the market for some time.  Best wishes to those who are moving to other places – please come back and visit.   And a big home town welcome to the new residents and business owners!

Several new businesses have set up shop and we thank you for deciding to take that big step in OUR Village.  Please take time to welcome the newcomers at:

Salon 204 – Hair and Nail Salon (Church St)

Trinity Artisan Boutique (Church St)

The Black Pearl Gallery (Church St)

dancing moon Gallery (Spring St) (Tara and John rented in 2017, but purchased the studio property in 2018)

Westport Brewery (Main St) will open later this summer.

Please drop by and welcome the new owners of Vanilla Bean and perhaps have a cone while you are visiting.

In addition, two of our cornerstone business owners decided to reinvest in their businesses and both have created larger, “customer centred” floor plans.  Amazing and deeply appreciated – Paul @ Herlehy Home Building Centre and Tracey @ Westport Village IDA Pharmacy.  Congratulations.

Happy Birthday to Jake by the lake: A life is Good Genuine Neighbourhood Shoppe.  Cynthia and John Pringle held a wonderful birthday party yesterday (May 19) to celebrate 10 years of business in Westport.  

We live and work in the best place in Canada.  Be proud! 


Successful Village Clean-up on May 12! Thank you Volunteers!

A little coffee to get us going and with the promise of pizza when we finished, 30 volunteers headed out from Town Hall on a sunny Saturday May morning.  Armed with rakes, gloves and lots of enthusiasm, they raked, trimmed, and swept away the last of winter!

Here is the crew, minus a few shy fire fighters! (yes, that confused me a bit as well).  Thank you to our photographer!

Clean up crew - May 12-18

Congratulations to Westport artist, Joel Kimmel, who’s sketch lands on Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding coin

reproduced from Paula McCooey, Ottawa Citizen, 

“While Joel Kimmel may not be attending the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, the Ottawa-born illustrator’s connection to the soon-to-be royal couple will be forever etched in history.

The artist was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to sketch the couple’s image for the commemorative coin that was launched Wednesday, 10 days before the much-anticipated wedding, which will be held at St. George’s Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Kimmel, 37, who lives in Westport, has sketched more than 25 images for the Mint. He spent the better part of the winter working on the special collector coin. As the snow fell, Kimmel began the creative process in his quintessentially Canadian backyard studio — once a canoe repair shop — and sketched the image inspired by the couple’s official engagement photo, using both pencil and paper and a digital drawing program on his tablet.

“I can mimic different styles of brushes, different media, so I can have a brush in Photoshop that looks like a paintbrush, that can act like a piece of chalk,” said Kimmel, who graduated from the Sheridan College illustration program.

The end result is a sparkling fine silver coin that features a depiction of the couple, edged with maple leaves intertwined with roses and escallop shells from Prince Harry’s coat of arms; as well as three Swarovski crystals to represent the couple’s three-stone engagement ring: a diamond sourced from Botswana and two side diamonds from the personal collection of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The reverse side of the coin features an effigy of the Queen by artist Susanna Blunt.

Kimmel was pleased with the final engraving.

“It’s beautiful. I’m very impressed with it. The portraits of Harry and Meghan are fantastic, even Harry’s scruffy beard comes across well. There is a really nice finish on the coin and the crystals really sparkle. It’s exciting to see,” said Kimmel, who also designed the packaging.”

Well done, Joel.  So proud of you!

“Take me out to the ball game….”

Volunteers from the Westport Men’s Fastball team and Westport Minor ball have spent many hours last fall and again the past few weeks giving the ball diamond in Lockwood Park much needed maintenance.  Stone dust has been spread in the infield, topsoil and grass seed spread in the low spots in the outfield.  Next on the list is to replace a few lights.   Thanks to all of the local companies who donated equipment and supplies and to all of the volunteers for rolling up their sleeves.  The baseball diamond looks great.

I want to remind everyone that the baseball diamond may be used as an off-lead dog park from November 1 – April 30.  The by-law prohibits dogs being off-lead from May 1 – October 31.  Thank you for your cooperation.