April 5, 2014

Your Town: Westport

By KIM SMITH DEDAM Press-Republican

---- — WESTPORT — Westport is planning in earnest for the big bicentennial celebration next year.

The dates are set for July 3, 4 and 5, 2015.

The Bicentennial Committee, spearheaded by Town Clerk and Historian Sheila Borden, has moved into office space provided by Chazy Westport Communications. 

“We have our first window display set up in the building between the CATS (Champlain Area Trails) office building and the Champlain National Bank,” Borden announced at a recent Westport Town Council session.

“Our sincere thanks to (Chazy Westport) for making this space available to us. We have a Facebook page (Westport Bicentennial) set up where people may go online and pre-order our T-shirts.”

The search is on throughout the region for old and historic photographs of Westport that families could share for a short time.

“Anyone with pictures, postcards, etc., may bring them in to us, we will copy them and return originals to you,” Borden said. “We are also looking for family histories and most importantly people to assist and research certain topics.”

The Town Council also recently addressed the following:

REVITALIZATION: The Town Council has begun working with Sharon Reynolds, who runs Pride of Ticonderoga, to seek revitalization grant money to improve the community.

The Westport Revitalization Committee is being organized by Charles Russell and has set three priorities: Main Street revitalization initiative, fairgrounds use, and arts and culture development.

SPEED SIGNS: The council approved placement of speed warning signs on the east and west ends of town on Route 9, alerting drivers to how fast they are going when they reach the slow speed zone through town. The signs are due to be in place this spring.

APPOINTMENT: The board approved the appointment of Gladys Siarkowski to the Board of Assessment Review. Her term will end on Sept. 30, 2018.

CLEANUP DAYS: The Westport Beautification Committee, organized by Chris Maron, is working with the Westport Chamber of Commerce to buy and place flowers on the Main Street bridge.

The committee is planning to hold two cleanup days in Westport. The first will be on April 25.

YOUTH BASEBALL: Westport’s Youth Commission is ready for baseball season. Last year, the commission had more than 160 children involved and anticipates another busy few months of baseball starting in May.

Westport Central School provides an after-school bus to Camp Dudley for baseball practice, which starts at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, May 1, for all age groups.

Dave Reynolds is coaching the kindergarten-through-second-grade team, with practices at Camp Dudley. The younger team doesn’t compete. The coach for third- and fourth-graders is Keith Lobdell, and this group will also practice at Camp Dudley. Ed Mason is coach for grades five and six, who will practice near the tennis courts at Camp Dudley. Updates on practice schedules are posted online at

NEXT MEETING: The Town Council meets next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Town Hall.

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HELP To help with photos or historic research for Westport's Bicentennial Celebration, contact Sheila Borden at 962-4419.