Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Westport Island “Pioneer” Thanksgiving

A day with sun and giving thanks, but no electric power

Not long after discovering there would be no morning coffee, it became clear Westport Island would have no Thanksgiving Day power… No electricity, no generator, no well pump: no water, no oven….no turkey?

Out to shovel, check the neighbor’s house, play with my dog crazed by fresh snow, and think…

Gas stovetop and barbeque grill, plenty of snow for refrigeration and back-up water… Then: great neighbors with a generator headed to mom’s for dinner offer their oven for the turkey. What could be better? Dinner preparations begin: turkey roasting at the neighbors (and later finished on the grill), cornflake macaroons baked on the grill, vegetables roasted on the grill, mashed potatoes and gravy cooked on the stovetop, and cranberry sauce out of the can… Feast enough.

In the meantime, an Emergency Management evaluation outing to check damage on the Island. Central Maine Power (CMP) reports that of 606 Island homes, there are 606 outages. Earl Grant and Garry and Mark Cromwell spent the night plowing, shaking snow from trees, and wielding chainsaws to clear trees from roads and power lines. There were lines damaged on East and West Shore Roads, Post Office Road, Bay Shore Road, Lord Road and North End Road – and probably others.

CMP had a truck on the Island to survey the lines before 3 pm, and had trucks working by 4 pm. If all goes well, we’ll be back on line tomorrow. Thank you Earl, Garry, Mark and friends, as well as CMP for working all this Thanksgiving Day.

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Westport Island 2014 Spirit of America Award Recipient

The Town says “Thank You”

Award presentationWestport Island Treasurer, Susan Partelow, had a rare speechless moment following the 1st Selectman’s award presentation at today’s 5th Annual Lincoln County Spirit of America awards ceremony. Susan was recognized for 12 years of service to Westport Island as Tax Collector, Treasurer and its first Administrative Assistant providing management support to the Town’s Selectmen. In her tenure, she has also given significant personal time as a volunteer on the Human Resources Committee, the Community Association, the Budget Committee and the ad hoc Historical and Records Vault Committee

When called upon to speak, Susan could only say, “Thank you. I love Westport Island.”

In her tenure as Treasurer and Tax Collector, Susan has overseen the conversion of the Island’s finances to a computerized system that encompasses all Town operations — improving the efficiency and uniformity of the Town’s revenue collections and expenditures. With the expertise and professionalism she brought to the job, Susan has done much to improve Westport’s overall financial operations.

The Spirit of America Foundation Tribute is presented in the name of Maine municipalities to local individuals, organizations and projects for commendable community service. This year, in addition to recognizing Westport’s nominee, Susan Partelow, the Spirit of America Foundation recognized Westport Island with the Gold award for its volunteer contributions to the operations of Lincoln County. The Town has participated in the Spirit of America awards for four of its five years in Lincoln County — recognizing volunteerism as a critical component of local government. 1st Selectman George Richardson has served eight years on the Lincoln County Budget Advisory Committee and is a liaison to Lincoln County Regional Planning (LCRP), 2nd Selectman Jerry Bodmer serves as liaison to the Register of Deeds, and 3rd Selectman Ross Norton serves as an alternate to LCRP on behalf of the Island.

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Westport Island Votes 2014

May peace now come to the air waves and the home telephone…

Westport Island cast a record number of absentee votes this year, and an impressive number of townspeople filed into the Town Hall yesterday to vote…all hoping to make a difference — and to make all the signs and telephone calls go away.

The Town Hall mascot, the “Island loon,” has now been presiding over Westport elections for 125 years — since 1889 — and has seen a lot of voters come and go. Yesterday, it saw the six voting booths full many times during the course of the day with about a 70 percent voter turnout.

Including absentee voters, Westport Islanders cast a total of 432 votes in this election. Throughout the day, poll workers confronted questions and problems with an eye to maintaining the right of people to vote and the integrity of the process. The final count for the day — with three ballots — took counters into the wee hours. Thank you voters, poll workers, and ballot counters for your dedication to the process and making this another “good vote”!

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How Islanders voted the contested races:

United States Senator Shenna Bellows (D) 141
Susan M. Collins (R) 289
Christopher A. Lyons (I) 0
Deril V. Stubenrod (R) 0
Governor Eliot R. Cutler (I) 32
Paul R. LePage (R) 214
Michael H. Michaud (D) 184
J. Martin Vachon (U) 0
U.S. House District #1 Isaac J. Misiuk (R) 147
Richard P. Murphy (I) 34
Chellie Pingree (D) 235
Barry Stephens (R) 0
Maine Senate District #13 Leslie T. Fossel (R) 209
Christopher K. Johnson (D) 202
Maine Legislative District #89 William H. Coombs (I) 206
Stephanie Hawke (R) 179
Register of Probate (write-ins) Stephen Brian Gottlieb (D) 15
Kenneth S. Maguire (R) 4
Catherine H. Moore (R) 58
District Attorney Geoffrey A. Rushlau (R) 207
David A. Sinclair (D) 186
Question 1: Bear baiting referendum Yes 227
No 192
Question 2: Maine agriculture bond Yes 247
No 160
Question 3: Small business loans Yes 242
No 162
Question 4: Cancer Center Yes 238
No 166
Question 5: Biotechnology jobs & training Yes 199
No 202
Question 6: Clean water bond Yes 250
No 158
Question 7: Marine economy bond Yes 248
No 157
Municipal Budget Committee referendum Yes 195
No 174