Monthly Archives: April 2015

Spring Springs on Westport Island

Say goodbye to snow…and hello to awakenings…

The osprey are back, turkeys are strutting — and the woodlands and wetlands are stirring. The scents of spring beckon. More than one Westport cat has pursued curiosity too far from home and found itself at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in the last three weeks — five to be exact — at least two (a spayed female and a neutered mail) remain there awaiting calls from their families.

Birds are building nests and starting families — none more notable in my neighborhood than “Peepers.” Peepers, so named by the Abbott family, is a ruffed grouse — or partridge — that has claimed McCarty Cove Road as home territory. Neighbors of McCarty Cove have likely had their cars chased, examined or accosted by Peepers. Jason Abbott feeds Peepers apples and can walk up to her and pick her up for a visit. It’s the mating season, and she may be protecting territory, defending a nest or looking for love. Whatever… she is the talk of the neighborhood.

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Happy 50th Mr. & Mrs. Bodmer

From your island home

Carole and JerryWestport Island’s Second Selectman, Jerry Bodmer and his wife Carole, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary tonight with family and friends at the Island’s historic Town Hall. They have lived 47 of their 50 years together here on Westport Island.

Carole says when she, Jerry and their first baby arrived in their new home 47 years ago, she walked over to a window and looked outside. When she saw nothing but trees, she put down her suitcase and cried. She was used to having more people and activity around; so initially, she faced life on the island with great trepidation.

Tonight, Jerry thanked his children for organizing the celebration, and he attempted to sum up 50 successful years of marriage and family. He credited Carole for her love and continual support; and he credited the Island as a contributing factor in building a good life — through both its people and environment. These many years later, Carole was quick to agree.

Happy 50th Mr. & Mrs. Bodmer, and thank you for all you have given to the Island.

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