Passages of a small town…
As the sun smiles and summer beckons, island life awakens. People gathered to vote, the Ferry Landing buzzes with boats and blossoms, summer “improvements” are underway and the season of island weddings began.
Sixty percent of those voting expressed their wish to safeguard Squam Creek for the future by supporting the purchase of 144 acres for a public preserve. Appropriating the $50,000 necessary to fund this wish will be decided at the upcoming Town Meeting on June 25.
The Ferry Landing park and boat launch is showing the love of the Horticulture Committee as its plantings mature — with irises, peonies, catmint, lady’s mantle and more. Thank yous for transforming the landing from a grassy lot to a “garden park” go to Donna Curry, Gretchen McNamara, Elizabeth Lee, Deborah Williams and Brad and Emily Adler.
The chandlery at McCarty’s Cove was put up on “blocks” to shore up its foundation for restoration and renovations…the Town Report was finished and honors WWII veteran Joseph Hoerth and friends for their military service and time as POW’s…and, a young military couple said their “I do’s” facing the Sheepscot from the rocky outcroppings of the historic Woodbury Hodgdon House.
But in the warm welcome of summer, a shadow passed over this week with the sudden passing of Carole Bodmer. As Second Selectman Jerry Bodmer’s wife, she was a partner in serving the town and its people — making town business a priority in family life and being a part of and contributing food,talent and time to the many celebrations and events that sustain a small community. Visiting hours will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday afternoon, June 23, at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High Street in Bath. Blessings to Jerry and the Bodmer family as we remember…
From your island home
Westport 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.