Monthly Archives: November 2012

Westport Island Pays Tribute To Ruth Nelson

Emily Adler congratulates Ruth NelsonOn Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Westport Island’s Ruth Nelson was honored at the Lincoln County Spirit of America awards ceremony in Wiscasset. The Spirit of America awards pay tribute to individuals and organizations for outstanding volunteer contributions to their communities.

County Administrator John O’Connell presided over the awards ceremony before an audience of almost 50 award recipients, supporters, and camera snipers. State Sen. Chris Johnson was also on hand to present proclamations on behalf of the 125th Maine Legislature to echo its support for the efforts of volunteers in bettering Maine communities.

Westport depends on many volunteers to keep the engines of our community running. Ruth Nelson is one who stands out. As Chair of the Planning Board, she has led an effort to update town ordinances; she has written and secured grants to improve the Ferry Landing; she is Treasurer of the Community Association; and she is a member of the History Committee where her passion for antiques and her writing and editing skills have made her an important resource.

Ruth was uncomfortable with being singled out. However, she glowed when accepting the award from First Selectman George Richardson. She told the audience, “I’m doing what I love. I don’t want to sit around in a rocking chair and look at the water.” (Good deal.)

Westport Island has participated in the Spirit of America awards since 2010. The Board of Selectmen solicits nominations and picks the tribute recipients. Past recipients have been the Westport Volunteer Fire Department (2010) and the Westport Island Human Resources Committee (2011). Here’s a look at this year’s ceremony…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A Westport Island Moment of zen…

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Westport Island Vote 2012

stuffed loon that has presided over the town hall since the turn of the 20th centuryUnder the watchful eyes of the loon…

Townspeople filed into the Old Town Hall on November 6 to cast their votes — hoping to hand their chosen candidates a “win;” and judging from the comments, hoping to put an end to this year’s political advertising.

The loon has been presiding over town elections since 1889. According to the Westport Island history compiled by John and Louise Swanton, the loon was shot at Squam Creek by Everett McCarthy of the Post Office Road; and “young” Cornelius Tarbox of West Shore Road mounted the bird and presented it to the Town. It’s been sitting atop the beam framing the town hall’s stage as unofficial mascot ever since.

Including absentee voters, Westport Islanders cast a total of 489 votes in this election — representing a voter turnout of over 75 percent. Election officials were primarily volunteers. We owe the integrity of the ballot box, the incoming voter’s list, the ballot count, and the accommodating Westport voting experience to our neighbors. Thank you all…

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How Islanders voted the contested races:

President Gary E. Johnson (L) 7
Barack Obama (D) 254
Mitt Romney (R) 221
Jill Stein (G) 4
U.S. Senate Danny Francis Dalton (N) 3
Cynthia Ann Dill (D) 20
Andrew Ian Dodge (I) 5
Angus King (I) 276
Charles E. Summers (R) 163
Stephen M. Woods (I) 9
U.S. House District #1 Jonathan T. E. Courtney (R) 196
Chellie Pingree (D) 275
Maine Senate District #20 Leslie T. Fossel (R) 255
Christopher K. Johnson (D) 208
Maine House District #61 Stephanie Hawke (R) 202
W. Bruce MacDonald (D) 262
Question 1: Same-sex marriage Yes 251
No 222
Question 2: Higher education bond Yes 220
No 241
Question 3: Conservation bond Yes 296
No 170
Question 4: Transportation bond Yes 339
No 124
Question 5: Water systems bond Yes 299
No 164
RSU #12 revised cost sharing formula Yes 379
No 79

Westport Island: Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy

Some lost power for 20 minutes here…an hour there…and others were without power for the better part of two days. A minor inconvenience compared to the devastation suffered by some neighbors in coastal New York and New Jersey.

Now, it’s time to be thankful for our electrical power and to say thank you to: those members of the Fire Department who spent the heart of Tuesday night cutting downed trees off utility wires and roads; Earl Grant for spending all night trying to keep roads cleared and safely marked; and Central Maine Power (CMP) and their assisting power crews for efforts to get our power back on.

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