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Sesquicentennial Events in Westport

Coming in March:   Celebrating our Irish Roots

Friday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.      CBC Film, the Hannah Project.  Producer/Director Brian McKenna will be present and will introduce the film and share his experiences while making this film.                                             contact – jbrady@villageofwestport.ca 

Royal Canadian Legion   –  Free Will Offering

Saturday, March 4,  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.     Westport Arts Council presents its annual Celeidh (aka East Coast Kitchen Party!)     Featuring live foot-stomping sing-along music from the KINGSTON CEILI  BAND.  Mummers and Ugly Sticks Welcome!       

Cove Country Inn  –  $10.00.  Reservations are recommended.  Kids under 12 free


Friday, March 17 – ST PATRICK’S DAY!!

This special day is full of events in Westport.                                                                                               11:30 – special Mass at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Irish music before and after mass                                                                                                                                                                              12:30 -4:30 Irish Kitchen Party at Lions Club Beach House                                                                       4:30 – form up at the Brewer’s Retail for our very own St Patrick’s Parade.  Wear your GREEN!!!!

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!!!!

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:

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and then it was time to raise the Westport Sesquicentennial Flag…

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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.shirley-cutting-the-150th-cakeHAPPY SESQUICENTENNIAL CANADA!   MORE CELEBRATION TO COME THIS YEAR.

Happy 150th Birthday Canada – Come celebrate with us

Last May, a Mayor’s Task Force was formed to plan events to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial .  Any member of the public was invited to participate and the team has put together a fabulous variety of events that cover the whole year!

The birthday party  begins on January 1st with the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee at Town Hall.  Lots of food, friends and fun.  It all begins at noon and runs until 2:00 p.m.  Both MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clarke are joining us for the levee.  Special Surprise?  Raising our new Westport Sesquicentennial Flag.

And on Sunday, January 15, you can join Sir John A MacDonald and Lady Agnes for tea and hear what our Founder has to say about Confederation when he gives one of his historic speeches.  Meet Sir John A at the Legion between 2 and 4:00 p.m.  Free will offering.

February birthday events are being finalized and will offer lots of winter fun.

Westport’s Own Sesquicentennial Competition – Create the Westport Brand!

Canada is turning 150 in 2017 and Westport is planning events all year.  And we want to make this our own, home grown celebration including our own 150th Branding – something that is unique to Westport.
The Mayor’s Sesquicentennial Task Force is holding a competition open to everyone, young and old, groups and individuals, school children, to create a brand that captures the uniqueness of Westport – our traditions, personality, geography, etc – as we celebrate Canada’s 150th.
Your entry must be suitable to be displayed in a variety of medium – i.e. paper, cloth, electronic and must include the Canada sesquicentennial flag somewhere in the design.
The deadline for submission is Friday, October 28 @ 4:00 p.m. and all entries become property of the Village.  Entries can be dropped off at Town Hall or emailed to Niki Bresse – nbresse@villageofwestport.ca.
Judging will occur on November 1 by a panel of judges selected from the Mayor’s Sesquicentennial Task Force.
The Prize? – the Pride of recognition and having your design displayed throughout 2017.

The Lockwood Memorial Field and Park Renewal has begun in Westport!

The current and previous Village of Westport Councils gave strong support to developing Lockwood Memorial Field and Park into a place that will welcome everyone and be inclusive for people of all ages, all mental and physical abilities and where they can enjoy a peaceful day or one full of activities with family and friends.

The plan for the revitalization of the park is built upon the results of the Lockwood Memorial Park survey completed in 2014, which had a significant return rate of 35%,  and includes:  a walking path, stage area for the arts and family gatherings, spray pad for children, ageless playground/fitness area, Cenotaph relocation with a memorial walk, basketball court, improvements to the baseball field, picnic and leisure areas and gardens.  This plan was approved by Council earlier this year and has been used to apply for provincial and federal grants and in correspondence from the Mayor to Lockwood Foundation asking for funding.  The planning considerations for the government grant applications require the park to be open 12 months a year; to be accessible for people of all ages, all physical and mental abilities and all community groups; and that future arts, leisure and tourism events and programming can occur.

Over the next 6 weeks, the final steps in the demolition of the tennis courts and shuffleboard will be completed in Lockwood Memorial Field and Park.  Last Thursday, the new owner of the shuffleboard fencing removed it and the tennis court fencing owner will do the same by Labour Day.  The Village is tendering for removal of asphalt in the tennis and shuffleboard courts as well as for the construction of the walkway around the park.  This work will be completed in 2016.  Plans are proceeding to move the cenotaph in 2017 from its current location in front of the fire hall to be front and centre inside the Memorial Gates at the George Street entrance to Lockwood Memorial Field and Park.

The Village is applying for federal and provincial grants for sources of revenue. However, so far the renewal of Lockwood Memorial Field into a park that we all can enjoy is being funded through donations.  Generous donations.

The Lockwood Foundation has committed $100,000 to the Village over the next 4 years.  In 2016, they have given $25,000.  The Village needs to raise additional funds in 2017 – 2019 to receive the rest of the grant money. The continued support from the Lockwood Foundation is deeply appreciated and vital to building a sustainable park.

Individual donations from community members are helping move the projects along.  To date, donations of $1,000 have been received from Kim and Rick Bonner, The Cove Country Inn and Robin Jones.  Rob and Marianne Roberts and Seasons of Westport have helped out with $500 each.  David Egan provided architectural support and you will see his work in the professional drawing of the renewal plan for the park.

Moving the Cenotaph is the Village’s Sesquicentennial Project, a decision supported by Branch 542 of the Royal Canadian Legion.  The relocation of the cenotaph will help us remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we enjoy the freedoms we have.  A generous donation from Gregory and Susan (Hamilton) Guichon of $10,000 covers 50% of moving the cenotaph to its new location inside the Memorial gates.  Mr and Mrs Guichon have become involved in the Village, helping out in a variety of ways and picking up where Dr Hamilton left off.  In particular, this donation from the Guichons, which will help move the cenotaph to a prime location in the park, builds upon the deep Hamilton family service to Westport.  Dr Hamilton helped shape the Village of Westport through his unfailing dedication and service to the Westport area from the early years of the 1900s until his death in 1955.

How can you help with the renewal of Lockwood Memorial Field?  For the month of August, Kudrinko’s Country Grocer will be holding a Twoonie Month.  Your cashier will ask if you would like to donate $2 to the park.  Please consider helping.  You could ‘Be the Spark – in Lockwood Park.’  Thanks Neil and Martha!

To see a diagram of the plans, you can drop by Town Hall or the front display panel outside of the Arena. There will be an Open House in the next couple of months to provide you with further information.

If you have any questions about the Lockwood Memorial Field and Park renewal, please contact the Councillor of your choice or Mayor Robin Jones.