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Highlighting Westport Island Crafts and Goods

Taking note of local talent

Crossroads CoffeeIf you missed the Westport Island Crafts Show on September 16, just a quick pitch to support our artisanal resources. There were 13 booths this year — seven of which showcased Island talent. Our “home-grown” crafters and artisans were: Ann Cole-Fairfield, Instant Comfort; Pam Shockley, PS Designs; Jill Cooney, Island Crafts; Sandy Besecker, A Little of This and a Little of That; Jeff Foss, Jeff’s Crafts; Steve Arsenault, Crossroads Coffee; and Libby Fairfield, Effing Illustrations. Refreshments were provided by Westport Island Chief Cook and Bottlewasher, Nita Greenleaf.

Instant Comfort specializes in hot/cold comfort packs designed to relieve stress or pain and cool neck ties to keep the exertion of running,
happy craftershiking and biking more comfortable. PS Designs provides fashions, pet toys and children’s cuddle toys in soft fleece. Island Crafts creates quality home decor and collectibles to seasonably decorate your home. A Little of This and a Little of That specializes in quilted items, including totes, gift bags and purses. Jeff’s Crafts repurposes vintage vinyl record centers for distinctive coasters. Crossroads Coffee roasts artisanal coffee blends on Main Road, Westport Island for coffee connoisseurs. And Effing Illustrations‘ Libby Fairfield pens and paints natural science illustrations and still life prints and cards.

Many of Westport Island’s crafters and artisans will be at the 2nd Annual Brunswick Arts & Crafts Show at Coastal Performance Center, 14 Thomas Point Rd. (Cook’s Corner) in Brunswick on October 21 and 22; and at the 24th Annual Made In Maine Christmas Craft Show at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham on November 18 and 19.

For those who want to support local crafts and businesses “on island”, stay tuned for the continued development of the town website which is planning a directory of your neighbors’ goods and services. And, on September 15, 2018, Westport Island Artisans Guild will celebrate 20 years — plan to be a part of the celebration.

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Memories of an Island Christmas

Snapshots of a Westport Community Association event

As we draw the curtains on this Christmas season, a quick peek back at the Westport Community Association’s Island Christmas Program…

Thanks to Emily Small, Flutter Focus Photography, we have some photos to memorialize neighbors being neighbors: singing Christmas carols in the church and lighting the first community Christmas tree in many years — perhaps a new annual tradition. Join with your neighbors to be a part of next year’s celebration.

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Westport Island Vote 2016

Islanders turned out in record numbers

Voter exits the town hallVoter turnout for state and national elections is generally strong on Westport Island, and this year was no exception. National voter turnout has been estimated at about 58 percent; state voter turnout at last check was about 67 percent.

Westport Island’s voter turnout edged 84 percent. Absentee voting — including mail and in-person — broke Island records at 111 voters, plus 6 out-of-country and military voters for a total of 117 voters. Another 405 headed to the polls on election day.

And if we were nominating Spirit of America volunteers today — the nominees would have to be the poll workers. They maintain the integrity of the process and make election day a pleasant one at the polls. Sandra Crehore, Cheryl Anderson, Pam Soule and Sam Soule put in hours before election day to prepare for the election; and they put in double digit hours on election day. Twelve vote counters worked in teams of two to count and reconcile their ballot counts in the hours after the polls closed. Thank you to all for a great job on a record-setting day.

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How Westport Islanders voted the contested races:

The overall winning candidates and referendum votes are noted in italics. Also, note that Questions 1 and 2 are currently in a recount.

President Hillary Clinton (D) 241
Donald Trump (R) 219
Gary Johnson (L) 29
Jill Stein (G) 12
David McMullin ( ) 1
U.S. House District #1 Mark Holbrook (R) 252
Chellie Pingree (D) 246
Maine Senate District #89 Dana Dow (R) 250
Christopher K. Johnson (D) 249
Maine House District #13 Stephanie Hawke (R) 234
Wendy Wolfe (I) 260
Question 1. Legalize Marijuana Yes 272
No 236
Question 2. Tax for Public Education Yes 251
No 259
Question 3. Gun Background Checks Yes 243
No 269
Question 4. Increase Minimum Wage Yes 288
No 221
Question 5. Ranked-Choice Voting Yes 260
No 239
Question 6. Transportation Bond Yes 332
No 171

Westport Community Association’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

Bodacious…

On Sunday, August 16, the Town Hall was dressed for a party — with quilts papering the walls, and arts and crafts decorating the walking space. People were admiring, smiling and saying hello. The Community Church was alive with music. It was a fitting way to pay respects to the the role the Community Association has played through the years in defining the word “community” for our town.

Here’s a peek at the celebration honoring a community institution that has “roots in the rock”…

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A Day to Remember on Westport Island

Thank you to all who serve

bluestarflag Westport Island, though small, has a large history of serving its country — dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Maybe noticed, maybe not, one Islander “who served” greets us when we vote and when we gather to celebrate, discuss and come together as neighbors. A flag and a photograph remember him: Donald Knight. Honored by his parents, Knight is memorialized by both a photograph and a blue star flag at the front of the Town Hall.

Blue star flags, the “War Mother’s Flags”, became an unofficial symbol of a child in the service in WWI. During WWI and WWII, many of the flags were hand made by mothers across the nation symbolizing the service of a child. The Service flag was also displayed by organizations — like our town — to honor members serving during a period of war or hostilities. Today, we recognize Donald Knight for his service in WWII as the poster child for those who have served their country…

A newspaper obituary of Donald Knight provides the following context for our Town Hall remembrance…

Donald F. Knight, “Bunker Hill” Casualty, Was Machine Shop’s Second War Fatality

Donald Francis Knight, M.M. 2/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester H. Knight of Bath, was killed in action in the Pacific, when the carrier on which he was serving was bombed by the Japs on May 11, according to word received by his parents from the Navy Department. Donald was buried at sea on May 12, with full military honors.

Donald, who was a B.I.W. machinist, and the Machine Shop’s second fatal casualty, had taken part in 12 major battles before he was home on leave last January, and had been to Saipan, Link, Leyte, Negros, Wake, New Hebrides, Rabaul, Tarawa, Kavieng, Kuajalein, Guam, Peleliu, etc.

He was inducted into the U.S. Naval Reserve June 21, 1943, and after receiving boot training at Newport, R.I., he was assigned to an aircraft carrier and left for overseas on Sept. 3, 1943.

Besides his parents, he leaves a daughter, Donna Larraine, who was one year old on May 26, and who lives with her grandparents.

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Donald Knight’s parents were Lester and Marcia White Knight. Lester Knight grew up on Westport. Although Donald was born in Bath, he married Mary Jane Greenleaf of Westport. Based on the donation of the photograph, the flag and Donald’s military name and rank tags to the Town of Westport Island, it is clear that the family’s psychological home was on the Island. We are proud to call them ours.

On this Memorial Day, thank you Donald Knight and to all who have served and to those who now serve…

A Westport Island Christmas Photo Album

Westport Islanders Kick Up Their Heels

Celebrating the start of summer

Square dancers at Westport Island Town HallThe band Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park” set the tone for a fun evening at the Community Association’s recent “modern” square dance. Casual attire and a mixture of tunes that ran the gamut from traditional square dance to Michael Jackson had Island square dancers laughing and dancing their way through a fun June evening. The square dance event was the first — but not the last — square dance the Town Hall is likely to see in modern times. Those who rediscovered the fun of toe-tapping music, swinging their partners and weaving a room with dance are already talking about doing it again next year.

The dance was called by Walt Bull from Topsham, a regular on the Maine square dance circuit. Trying to keep up with allemande left, allemande right, swing your partner and “do si do” kept everyone thinking, moving and laughing.

Background music, “Spanish Fandango” courtesy of Smokey Hormel Live at WFMU on Jeffrey Cobb’s Show, 4/3/2008