The Westport Fishermen’s Association recognizes the importance of ongoing support for college students and awards up to three continuing education $500 scholarships a year. The WFA Continuing Education Scholarship is open to incoming college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Undergraduate students can receive an award for up to four years, and do not need to be prior year recipients to apply. Preference is given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in river/environmental protection and history of volunteering with WFA or similar organizations. Applicants must be Westport residents and/or sponsored by a current WFA member in good standing. Additional application criteria and instructions are online at http://westportriver.org/scholarship/ Deadline for submission is July 31, 2018. Awards will be announced in August and check will be disbursed at that time.
Westport Dawning – Opening Reception June 30th
The WFA is pleased to announce ‘Westport Dawning’, a new exhibit showcasing images of the Westport River by the dawn’s early light.
Beautiful large scale photos from Greg Stone will also be accompanied by pictures of the river at risk. A wine & cheese reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit will be held on Saturday June 30th from 2 to 4 PM at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, 241 East Beach Rd. in Westport.
As Greg has said: “… Dawn. It is a time of hope and inspiration – a time of special beauty when the sky takes fire with nature’s light show, all of nature awakens, and the rivers, streams and marshes pulse with life. We need to celebrate that beauty and we need to preserve it. Let us recognize the multitude of the river’s gifts – gifts of spirit, gifts of recreation, and gifts of sustenance – and let us make sure we pass these treasures on down to future generations.”
Although the river and its salt marshes are resilient, they are under siege. With this show we hope you will appreciate the special wonder and value of the river and recognize the threats to its health. Then learn what steps you can take to be a river protector.
‘Westport Dawning’ will be on display at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, 241 East Beach Rd. in Westport during the peak summer season, from June 30th to Sept 2nd. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4 pm. The photos as well as photo cards will be available for sale, with all proceeds supporting the WFA’s Clean Water fund.
‘Westport Dawning’ is funded in part by a grant administered by the Westport Cultural Council and funding from the Hanover Group Insurance Foundation.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce three local recipients of the WFA Merit scholarship for 2018. Hana Tabit, Delaney Wilkinson and Maryjane Gelinas have each been chosen to receive a $650.00 award for academic and civic excellence.
Hana Tabit, daughter of Lucy and Richard Tabit of Westport, is graduating from Bishop Stang High School and will be studying chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic University. The scholarship committee noted her outstanding academics and extracurricular activities, as well as her stated commitment to “environmental protection for both land and marine wildlife alike.”
Delaney Wilkinson is a 2018 graduate of Westport High School who plans to study nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She was described by the scholarship committee as impressive and well-rounded, with a love for our local waterways.
Maryjane Gelinas of Westport, attended Bishop Stang High school and will begin studying business at Assumption College this fall. She has been a regular volunteer at Westport Fishermen’s Association events and in her essay, Maryjane described how she hoped to “spread the importance of issues related to improving water quality, preventing negative impacts on stream flow and preserving these habitats.”
The Board of Directors would like to extend their congratulations and wish Hana, Delaney and Maryjane much success in the future. The WFA would also like to recognize and thank all of our generous members, sponsors and community friends who donate or contribute Lees receipts to support our scholarship fund throughout the year.
The popular Westport Summer Passport is back for 2018! It is a fantastic way to take in Westport’s beautiful sights. This year, it’s all about water. Westport looks out on Buzzard’s Bay, and the east and west branches of the scenic Westport River run through its landscape. The town boasts countless ponds, lakes, and brooks. Westport’s long history, economy, culture, natural environment, and leisure activities have been shaped by water. Follow the easy self-guided Passport to experience Westport and all of its glorious water. Take family and friends and have a good time!
Be sure to visit Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station as one of your stops and check out the Westport Dawning photo exhibit on view June 30th to Sept 2nd on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4.
Download the Summer Passport here: passport2018web
The WFA will award up to two $650 merit scholarships awards for college this year to local graduating high school seniors, preferably with a demonstrated interest in river/environmental protection. The award is designated as a “merit” scholarship; academic criteria and community citizenship will be evaluated, not financial need. Students who are Westport residents or who are sponsored by a WFA member are eligible to apply.
Students may download the application from the WFA website at http://westportriver.org/scholarship/ or pick one up from their local high school guidance office. The completed application is due by April 30th. The selected recipient(s) will be announced by June 1st and will receive a check after satisfactory completion of the first semester of college.
The WFA’s 14th annual ‘Run for the Water’ will be held on Saturday, May 5th at Horseneck State Beach Reservation. This year we will reinstate the 8K course along the full length of the state beach and around the reservation, with cash awards for top male & female finishers. The 5K Family Fun Run/Walk returns, with fun prizes for top individuals. Prizes will also be awarded in other categories for both races. We will offer complimentary T-Shirts and a post-race feast for all runners! All proceeds will support WFA’s efforts to protect and preserve the Westport River and its marine habitat as well as our scholarship and education programs.
Early bird online registration fee is $20 until March 31st. Regular registration is $25 and Kids 14 & Under are only $15. WFA members are eligible for a $5 discount. Race day registration fee is 20% more. Register online at www.racemenu.com/wfa14 or download a mail-in form.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association is hosting its annual Oyster Stew Supper and Annual Meeting on February 13th at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Rd., Westport. We invite you to join us for a delicious oyster stew supper, which includes cornbread and assorted beverages. Coffee and tea will accompany dessert of fresh baked apple pie topped with tasty Adamsville cheddar cheese. Click here for event details and to order tickets.
The Winter Newsletter was mailed out to members earlier this month and is now posted here. We also have new style WFA t-shirts and long sleeve shirts. Check the winter newsletter for details.
Membership renewals for 2018 are due now. You can pay online or send a check to WFA, PO Box 83, Westport Point, MA 02791. Of course, extra year-end donations are welcome – take advantage of the tax deduction and send in by December 31st.
Happy New Year!
We hope you can take time to appreciate the natural beauty of Westport and its waterways. And if you are in the neighborhood, stop by for some hot mulled cider and cookies during Horseneck Point Lifesaving Stations’s last open days of the year: Wednesday Dec 13th & 20th from 12 to 4 PM.
We are looking forward to 2018 – our 35th year – and still working on issues important to protecting fish habitat and water quality of the Westport River and its environs. Please join us and put your shoulder to the wheel – get involved locally, stay informed about the issues and support the WFA! Membership runs from January to December; so unless you recently joined or renewed, now is the time to send in your 2018 dues. Dues and donation are tax deductible. To honor our upcoming 35th anniversary year, we have a special offer when you renew: make an extra donation of $10 above your normal membership level and receive a free WFA fold up tote bag.
We have now posted the latest WFA Fall 2017 newsletter online. Check out the announcement on a new Clean Water Fund the WFA will sponsor. The intent is provide incentives for Westport homeowners to install or upgrade septic systems that remove nitrogen from wastewater. The newsletter has more on this and plenty of other news and photos. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for current news and plenty more photos from WFA events.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association’s 34th annual clambake was held under warm and sunny skies on Sept. 17 for over 175 happy guests. After everyone enjoyed their clambake with all the fixings, we moved on announcing the pick-a- prize raffle winners, culminating in awarding of the grand prize 18′ handcrafted Night Heron Kayak to Ihsan Gurdal of Cambridge and Westport. Happy paddling!