The Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station summer hours begin on June 25th. The HPLSS is located at 241 East Beach Rd in Westport, MA and will be open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4 PM. Stop in to explore one of the last remaining of the 69 lifesaving stations built along the coast by the Humane Society of Massachusetts. These stations were constructed to provide volunteers with easy access to a rescue boat to help save passengers and crew on shipwrecked vessels.
A group of WFA volunteers has started meeting to develop more information and programming for the LSS. If you are interested in helping out with this effort or in serving as a docent to help share the LSS’s maritime history on one or more weekend days during July and August, then email [email protected].
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room of the Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road, Westport, MA regarding the proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nitrogen inputs into the Westport River. DEP staff will discuss and respond to any public comments on the TMDL report.
A TMDL is essentially a “pollution budget” and an outline of a cleanup plan designed to restore the health of an impaired waterbody. A TMDL establishes a maximum amount of pollution that a water body can accept and still meet water quality standards. The waterbody segments of the Westport River watershed are listed on the 2014 Massachusetts Integrated List of Waters (Category 5) as impaired.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association supports the proposed TMDLs as a first step in addressing a very serious problem that is degrading the river’s water quality. After this public hearing, DEP will hopefully finally issue the official TMDLs. Then the Town needs to develop an action plan that prioritizes its next steps in reducing the excess nitrogen flowing into the Westport River that is coming primarily from septic systems, lawn and agricultural fertilizers and stormwater.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce two local recipients of the WFA Merit scholarship for 2016. Reaghan Tripp and Lily Gelinas have each been chosen to receive a $650.00 award for academic and civic excellence.
Reaghan is a 2016 graduate of Westport High School and she plans to attend Ohio State University. She is the daughter of Amy & Scott Tripp of Westport MA. Reaghan is a National Honor Society member and ranked at the top of her class academically. She also played varsity soccer and basketball and is an active volunteer and mentor in her school, church and community. She is a member of STEEL (Students That Exemplify Extraordinary Leadership). Reaghan plans to major in public health with an environmental sciences track, so she can teach others that the key to healthier people is by creating a healthier environment.
Lily Gelinas is graduating from Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth this year and will start at Johnson & Wales University in the fall. Her parents are Jennifer and Steve Gelinas of Westport. Lily’s guidance counselor praised Lily’s diligence and effort in her honors track academic program, while participating in volleyball and winter track. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in a wide array of community service projects. She has been a regular volunteer at Westport Fishermen’s Association events. In addition to studying Human Resources, Lily plans to minor in Environmental Sustainability.
The Board of Directors would like to extend their congratulations and wish Reaghan and Lily much success in the future. In addition, the WFA would also like to recognize and thank all of our generous members, sponsors and community friends who contribute to our scholarship fund throughout the year.
Despite cloudy weather, we had a good crowd of enthusiastic runners and walkers at the 12th Annual “Run for the Water” on May 7th. Chris Jordan from Taunton was the Men’s 8K winner with a time of 28:16 and Annmarie Tuxbury from New Hartford CT was the first female, clocking in at 29:27. Top local runners were Bethany Daniels from Dartmouth in 4th place and Westport’s Richard Cole came in 4th in the men’s division. In the 5K event, Trish Gardner and Ian Steen, both of Dartmouth, led the field. Complete race results are here.
Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund the WFA’s scholarship program as well as the Westport River salt marsh study we are undertaking with the Woods Hole Marine Biological Institute and Buzzards Bay Coalition among other partners.
After the race, participants feasted on delicious pulled pork sandwiches and fixings courtesy of The Back Eddy. The WFA also thanks the rest of our generous sponsors who donated goods, prize money and raffle items that helped make this event a success: D/2 Biological Solutions, J.L. Marshall & Sons, BayCoast Bank, Westport Rivers Winery, Toyota of Dartmouth, Lapointe Insurance, Westport Chiropractic, Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, Bradshaw insurance, Country Woolens, The Bayside Restaurant, Stop & Shop, Crystal Spring Water, Bittersweet Farms Restaurant, Partners Village Store, Ten Cousins Pizza, New York Bagel, and Graphix Plus.
Community involvement and support is key to our work, so we give a special shout out to all our volunteers and to ‘Team Lapointe’, who came out in force to complete the 5K event. Thanks everyone!
The Westport Fishermen’s Association will once again host its 8K Beach Run and 5K Family Fun Run/Walk at the DCR Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport MA on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The race gun will sound off at 10:00 am.
Come out to run a beautiful, flat and fast 8K course with ocean and river views or walk or run a 5K loop for fun. All proceeds will support WFA’s efforts to protect and preserve the Westport River and its tributaries as well as our scholarship and education programs.
Complimentary T-Shirts for the first 150 pre-registered runners. Cash prizes for top finishers and other awards for best time in different age groups. Post race celebration will include The Back Eddy‘s famous pulled pork sandwiches. Raffle prizes for lucky participants will also be offered, compliments of our sponsors.
Register online at www.racemenu.com/wfa12 or download the mail-in form: WFA race registration 2016
Entry fee is $25 before May 2nd with a $5 discount for WFA members. Late/race day registration is $35.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association is working with the Buzzards Bay Coalition, the Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center (MBL) and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program to examine rapid salt marsh loss in the Westport Rivers, which flow into Buzzards Bay. We are seeking a college student for 8 to 10 weeks this summer to support this study. With guidance from the project partners, the Salt Marsh Intern will be responsible for performing the core elements of a three-part project: develop a historical timeline of salt mash loss and upland land used changes based on aerial imagery, execute a field sampling plan, and perform laboratory analysis of the samples collected.
Job posting: Salt Marsh Intern PD 2016
April 27, 2016 Update: We are no longer accepting resumes and have begun the selection process. Thanks for your interest.
Volunteers have been gathering at Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station each weekend since the start of the new year to build this year’s boat for the grand prize raffle at the Annual Clambake in September. They are making good progress! If you would like to help out just contact us at 774-264-9200 or email [email protected] for details.
Snark Sailboat for Sale!
The WFA has an almost new Super Snark sailboat, which is for sale with all proceeds to benefit WFA programs. This little gem is easy to sail, very portable and durable. It can hold up to 2 people (310 lbs.) and weighs 50 lbs. Great for river sailing!
Features include a lateen-rigged nylon sail of 45 square feet; aluminum mast, spar, and boom; wood rudder and an integral center sleeve molded into the hull to support a removable wood dagger board. With an overall depth of 12 inches, the sailboat can be stored upright and the boat is described as “car-toppable”. Length – 11 ft. Beam – 3ft 2in. Hull – ABS Armor-clad
When new it retails for $1,144. The WFA is now accepting bids from WFA members and friends until February 7th by sending an email to [email protected] with your bid amount and contact information.
The winning bidder will be announced at the Oyster Stew Dinner & Annual Meeting on February 9th. The boat can be viewed at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station by appointment.
Minimum bid is $400. No bids to date.
Despite a chill in the air, the Westport Fishermen’s Association annual boat show was a big hit. Throngs of interested visitors were impressed by the fine workmanship of over 40 classic wooden boats and ship models on display at the shoreline by Horseneck Point Life Saving Station over the weekend of October 17 and 18th. Attendees were able to vote for their favorite boat in the exhibit and the WFA is pleased to announce that Bill Kern’s boat, the Mystic Sharpie, built by Westport’s own Scott Gifford was crowned the winner of “Best in Show” on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, along with pilot gig rowing demonstrations off shore by the Dharma Voyager team out of Westport, another highlight of the weekend was the presentation of an original 1912 Clifford Ashley illustration to be hung at the Lifesaving Station. Phoebe Chardon was on hand to officially donate her father’s black and white painting depicting three workmen at the ramp of Ship’s Bottom lifesaving station to the Westport Fishermen’s Association. Clifford Warren Ashley, who lived from 1881 to 1947, was an American artist, author, sailor, and knot expert, well known for his maritime art. The WFA is thankful to Mrs. Chardon for her generous donation. The painting is now hanging in the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, which is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm throughout the fall.
The WFA is also grateful to two generous residents, Richard Armstrong and Mary Reis, who donated boats to the WFA, which were also on display at the boat show. Proceeds from their sale will benefit WFA programs. Noquochoke Orchards, Coastal Roasters Coffee, Common Ground Coffee and Head Town Landing Country Store graciously donated food and refreshments for the event. In addition, Common Ground Coffee, located at 762 Main Rd (next to Village Pizza) is now hosting a Lees receipts box where shoppers can drop off their Lees shopping slips to benefit the WFA.