Looking Back on Westport Island 2012

Another year of passages….

On a civic note: We voted to consider withdrawal from our supervisory school union after a contentious debate; and voted to adopt a school funding formula more advantageous to taxpayers. Almost 80% of registered voters turned out to vote in the presidential election – under the halo of new lights in the Old Town Hall. The majority joined the nation in re-electing President Barack Obama and joined fellow Mainers in sending Independent Angus King to Washington.

Thanks to taxpayers, the Wright Landing Committee, and professional facilitators, we have an awesome boat ramp and jetty. …And, we have a bodacious new fire truck — which has been blessed, as we have been with a dedicated cadre of fire department volunteers who do more than most realize.

On a cosmic note: We had a bird’s eye view of the “super moon” on May 6 — just 222,000 miles away; and, we thankfully survived the Mayan Apocalypse on December 21.

On a caring note: Westport Islanders rallied around Jimmy Cromwell to help pay medical bills from a debilitating fall at his worksite. We grieved with our neighbors who lost loved ones this year: each loss rending in some way our Island fabric.

On a commercial note: A bad year for lobstermen with prices hitting new lows. It was a better year for Judy Hughes’ MicroMainea whose microgreens now adorn the dishes of prestigious Midcoast chefs.

On a climatic note: East Shore Road washed out and was then repaired after a “super rain” on June 3. Donna Curry’s property survived a microburst on August 3. And, the Island took a glancing hit from Hurricane Sandy on October 29.

On a contemplative note: The robins and the osprey came and went; and the Main Road beavers left us – hopefully on a jet plane to a better life.

On a congratulatory note: Best birthday wishes went to centenarian Priscilla Caskins, and an Island’s appreciation went to Ruth Nelson for a Spirit of America award recognizing her volunteer contributions to a better Island.

On a celebratory note: The “Paving” brought us a smooth ride back and forth to the mainland. The History Committee received a grant to digitize historical photographs and documents for community access to selected historical holdings. And…We had some fun!

Posted on January 3, 2013, in Everyday Life, News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. laurie jaramillo

    very well done video and thanks to your efforts to document the island for the rest of us. btw what happened to the beavers, relocated? I was wondering what happened to their pond and I keep looking for them.

  2. Dennis Cromwell

    Wow! Very nice job! I love this town and always have. Thank you for such a fine job.

  3. The web site is great. Thank you. We have moved away and it will be a good way to stay in touch with the town and the great people who live there.

    Dan and Molly Hahn

  4. Caryl Nelson-Fitzpatrick

    We really enjoyed the 2012 video. Having appreciated the beauty of Westport for over 50 years, this is a great way to actually see Island changes from a distance.

  5. What a great video. Can’t wait to get back to Westport again soon.

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