2018 Spring President’s Letter

The Westmore Association Spring 2018 Newsletter and
Letter from the President.

Greetings to all members and friends of the Westmore Association! Spring has finally arrived to our beautiful section of the Northeast Kingdom. The changes in the past week have been truly magnificent with the leaves on the trees and flowers bursting forth. A long awaited and much needed gift from Mother Nature. The earth was finally dry enough to turn the soil in my gardens and set up some raised beds I built last fall. Over the last few days I’ve planted my broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, peas, a variety of greens and now I’m just waiting for the evenings to get a bit more consistently warmer for my tomatoes. I have some new crops to consider this year with my expanded garden beds so will keep you apprised on the developments. The apple trees I planted a few years ago have really taken hold and I have managed to keep the deer at bay resulting in some beautiful new growth and lots of flowers. The ice has finally abated on the higher peaks and the trails are drying out calling for visitors to venture out and behold all the beauty our area offers. I hope and trust you are looking forward to all that the summer holds in store for us as much as I am! Our area offers so much richness, warmth, beauty and food for our collective souls. The grandeur of the vistas offered by Pisgah, Mount Hor, Wheeler Mountain, Bald and Haystack mountains in addition to the majesty of the view from the south or the north end of Willoughby. I never tire of the view I see as I drive up Peene Hill Road to come home. The view of the Willoughby Farm, its pond and the view of the Gap beyond never fails to cause me to stop, look, breathe and give thanks for being in Westmore. As much as I cherish the landscape, I cherish the community. Ours is indeed special and a gift to us all. As I enter my first summer and second year as President of our Association, please let me know what I can do to make our community stronger than it already is. The Westmore Association is here to serve our community and to support and protect the beauty and life of our surroundings. On that note, we always need your support. Our membership this year is a bit lower than average. I hope you’ll take a moment to renew your membership and I challenge you to reach out to two friends and neighbors and recruit them to become members of this important organization! We have a new Facebook page as well! Just look for Westmore Association and “Like” our page and follow it often to keep abreast of updates and new events! In the meantime I hope you’ll stop by my home on Cooks Road or reach out to me at an event sometime this summer if we haven’t already met. And if we have, I’m waiting to see you! I wish you all a peaceful and wonderful summer. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Warmest regards,
Daniel Ian Smith, President
Westmore Association
May 15, 2018

This newsletter provides the latest information, as of mid-May, on scheduled activities, events and newsworthy items for our members and residents in Westmore and throughout the beautiful state of Vermont.

Membership
In 2017, we had about 250 individual and family memberships. Our 2018 current total of 90 members indicates that many of you have not yet renewed, and we hope this newsletter comes as a timely reminder to do so. Renewal is easy on the Westmore Association website, http://westmoreassociation.org/, under Membership. The number of members who agree to receive the newsletter by email is rising. Electronic delivery reduces costs by at least a dollar per item. Every dollar saved on printing and postage can be put toward the Association’s efforts in key areas such as supporting milfoil control, providing scholarships, and maintaining local trails.
Please send your membership dues to the Westmore Association, PO Box 143, Orleans, VT 05860. If you have any questions, feel free to call Betsy Plume, membership coordinator, at 610.631.6757.

Westmore Calendars
We are gearing up to complete our annual Westmore Calendar for 2019 in the next month or so. The deadline for photo submission has been extended to June 4th! You can submit your photos for consideration to the following link on our WA website. http://westmoreassociation.org/category/announcements/
We still have some of the beautiful 2018 calendars left and they can be purchased via the website or at the Willoughby Lake Store! Grab yours before they are gone!

Willoughby Lake Guidebook 2017 edition
This fall saw the completion of the 2017 edition of our beautiful Willoughby Lake Guidebook! Thanks to the efforts of countless individuals including Bruce Tanner, Sharon Strange, Carol Guitar, Art Brooks and many others we are proud to offer this great updated edition. It is available online at the WA website, at the Willoughby Lake Store, Golden Touch Hair Salon and other local shops. This guide is jam packed with history and information on the area and Lake Willoughby and is a must have for all residents and visitors. Get your copy and one (or two) for a friend today!

Recycling in Westmore
Since last summer, the Town of Westmore has implemented a Zero-Sort recycling program. This makes recycling quick and easy! Just toss your eligible recyclables into a clear plastic bag for the weekly roadside pickup (Thursdays year round.) These bags can be purchased at the Town Clerk’s office for $3.50 for a roll of 25 bags. Remember you must use these dedicated bags! Please take extra care to keep garbage out of the recycling and vice versa. The sorting process takes time and costs money. Please be respectful of the process. http://westmoreonline.org/?page_id=16 You can find more specificity regarding the process, dates, et al in the 2017 Town of Westmore Annual Report.

Milfoil Eradication/Donations requested
We have been actively involved with Milfoil Eradication for many years now and the dedication to the beauty and health of our majestic Lake Willoughby speaks for itself. I cannot preach enough about the importance of this program and how beneficial it is. I am sad to report that the town received only $8,457 from the State grant for Milfoil programs (harvesting and greeters) this summer, versus $16k+ last year and $27k+ the year before. This is a substantial shortfall and given past practices the town will still be short of budgeted funds to cover the normal contract period of 30 days of harvesting. The WA has historically paid half of the costs for the boat greeter program and it is our hope to be able to contribute towards the cost of the Milfoil eradication as well. We hope you will consider giving generously to this important program this year. We need your help now more than ever.

Scholarship Program
The Westmore Association, through its Scholarship Program, seeks to provide financial to current and prospective Town of Westmore college students. Westmore students wishing to be considered for the 2018-19 Westmore Association Scholarship are encouraged to apply. The application should include: a statement of their future goals, current transcripts from high school or college and the name/phone number of one reference. All materials must be submitted by June 15th. All submissions should be sent to: Deb Richards, Scholarship Coordinator, Westmore Association, 114 Edgewood Park Lane, Orleans, VT 05860. We awarded $10,000 in scholarships last year! I am proud to share that one of our scholars, Bryant Prue who graduated from Lyndon State College last week, was the recipient of three amazing awards (Outstanding Senior Thesis Award, Lyndon Early Promise Scholar, Arthur Elliott Honor Society Award) Think that’s’ impressive? He also finished the four year program in three years and graduated 2nd in his class! We do great things in Westmore! Congrats to all of our past and current recipients, we are proud of you.

The 2018 Westmore Association Annual Meeting, Auction and Pot Luck Supper
This year the annual meeting, potluck supper and auction for the Westmore Association will be held on Thursday, July 26th. Bring a dish to share, your plate and cutlery, and, of course, your appetite for food, conversation and bidding on some great items! If you have any items or services that you would like to donate for the auction please let us know. There will be a special surprise presentation that evening, so we hope you’ll all make an extra effort to be there! Contact Claudia York for submissions and volunteer opportunities.

Arts and Entertainment
Enclosed is a calendar for July/August with events listed below and more. These events can’t happen without the support of our membership. So please plan to participate in those that interest you and, better yet, volunteer your help to make these events more successful than ever!

Summer Activities/Mark your Calendars!
July 4th Boat Parade-“Your Favorite Board Game” is this year’s theme!
July 7th Pancake Breakfast and Town-Wide Yard Sale
July 11th 6:00 PM Wednesday at Westmore – History in the Woods: A presentation about the CCC Camp in Willoughby State Forest
July 14th 7PM Page Review, meet the authors of the Willoughby Chronicles
August 1st – Wednesdays at Westmore – Modern Times Theatre
August 4th & 5th – 4th Annual Plein Air at Willoughby
August 22nd at 7:30PM Local Musical Event
FYI!! In the summer of 2019 on August 16th & 17th Lake Willoughby will be hosting the 2019 United States Masters Swimming Long Distance National Championship Festival!

Westmore Pancake Breakfast and Town-Wide Yard Sale!
July 7th from 8-11AM will be the annual Pancake Breakfast and from 9AM-1PM will be the first annual Town-wide Yard Sale! Here is the perfect opportunity to clean out your home/camp! Registration will be at the Town Municipal Office and Willoughby Lake Store. There is a $5 fee to benefit Milfoil Eradication and the Ladies Aid. A map will be provided. Contact Joan Wood at the Ladies Aid if you’d like to donate items instead of holding your own sale. She can be reached at 525-3236.

Calling All Artists!
Local artists please plan to join us for the annual Plein Air Weekend, August 4th & 5th. Artists will register on Saturday and paint for the day. On Sunday there will be a reception for the artists with an opportunity for the public to view and purchase works as well as the award of prizes.

Jazz in Westmore!
Daniel Ian Smith will be bringing back his world-class ensemble for an evening of original and improvised music by popular demand. Daniel will also be presenting a lecture on the history of jazz in America with an emphasis on the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. We hope you’ll mark your calendars for these special events!

Trails and Town Forest
We are thankful for Northwoods Stewardship and the Green Mountain Club for their continued support and efforts of maintenance of our beautiful local walking and hiking trails. There have been improvements to the North Trail on Haystack Mountain and Long Trail on Bald Mountain which we are proud to have contributed to. We hope you’ll take time to go for lots of walks this summer. Pisgah, Hor, the Willoughby Forest, Wheeler and so many places await!

Attention Lake Front Property Owners!
There will be a wonderful program on Ecological Design for Lakefront Properties offered by Amy Picotte from the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation held on May 31st from 8:30-10:30AM. Please RSVP or send any questions to Kendall Lambert at [email protected] or by phone 802-487-0160.