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Save the Date – Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:45 am

The topic for the next BREAKFAST WITH THE MAYOR is:

The importance of Succession / Business Owner Planning: From growth to sudden/planned transition.  We have two or three speakers – including financial planner, accountant and lawyer – who will speak directly to the business owners about planning for your financial future.  Whether it is passing your business to your children, selling it to others or just closing the doors – there are many things that you should be thinking about now.

Everyone is invited.  We have tailored the presentation for business owners.

More information to follow….


New look to our Village Website – same web address

Our new website went live this week-end.  We hope you find it easier to use.  Lots more information on the site, including a business directory.  If you find any errors, it would be a big help if you could send an email letting us know.

Think we should include something else on the web?   Drop us a line with your ideas.  Here is the link for you to check it out:  https://www.villageofwestport.ca


Oh, What a Night it was!

I am pleased to announce that Council passed the by-law last night (July 4th) awarding the contract for the construction of the new waste water treatment plant to Selectra Ltd.  HOORAY!

Construction will begin in the next week and is expected to take 120 days.

I want to assure everyone that staff and I continue to be in contact with the Provincial Government to ensure that our OCIF 4 grant application meets all provincial standards and best practices.  These applications are due September 27, 2017.


Heritage Day in the Village HIT THE MARK!

Simply outstanding.  Others words people used to describe Heritage Day in the Village yesterday were: authentic, extensive, fun, educational, friendly – great day.

Thank you Heritage Committee Board Members: Jacky Brady, Jane Murphy, Margot Rothwell, Pam Stuffles, Heather Huth, Wendy Laviolette, Don Goodfellow and Brian Judge and all of the other volunteers who turned the arena into a delightful history lesson of the Village of Westport and surrounding area and the park into an interesting collection of vendors.

There was lots going on throughout the day.  The Westport Arts Council did the “big reveal” of 6 Muskoka chairs that local artists have painted with beautiful Canadian themes.  The chairs are being hosted at 6 different businesses in the Village until August 19 (MUSICWestport).  The Lions Club had their amazing crew of BBQ’ers doing some of their finest cooking, George Reynolds and his band and Marty Crapper and his roving band kept music in the air.  Lots of people took the opportunity to dress in 1867 clothes which really gave a “heritage” feel to the day.

It is events like this, where we work together – volunteers & businesses, that give us a deep sense of pride in our Home Town.  Yes, Home Town Pride!


Westport – the new Hollywood North?

Last fall, Mr Norman Berketa, owner of NMB Productions, met with me at Town Hall and shared that his Canadian company planned on filming a TV series pilot in the Village this year.  He has recently confirmed that the crews and actors will be in the Village filming the week of May 26 and will be poking around this coming week (May 2) making the final selection of where they will be shooting.

The series called “Gentle Bend”, is a quirky dramatic comedy about relationships and redemption.  The story follows a 30-something Ben Dalton as he tries to pick-up the pieces of his shattered life, back where he once belonged, the small Village of Gentle Bend.

Let’s show them what our Westport Home Town Pride is all about.  Because you never know…  Perhaps Steven Spielberg next??