The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce five 2017 recipients of $500 scholarships for continuing undergraduate college expenses. George Sturges of Tiverton, RI is entering his sophomore year at Lehigh University. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and taking additional courses in Sustainable Development. Lily Gelinas is studying Human Resource Management with a minor in Environmental Sustainability at Roger Williams University. Reaghan Tripp is entering her sophomore year at Ohio State University, where she is studying health sciences. Andrew Ronan, a rising senior from Westport, is majoring in Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management at Paul Smith College in the Adirondack Mountains. Last year he developed a recreational plan focused on protecting the natural environment of a nearby property as a capstone project. Westport native Melinda Tripp will be a senior at UMass Dartmouth, where she is majoring in Marketing. In the spring she studied in Thailand, where she volunteered to help preserve the environment by planting mangrove trees. The WFA applauds these college students for their academic excellence and interest in environmental protection.
Labor Day has come and gone, but the fall still has many gorgeous days to enjoy. Come for a visit to the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station during our fall hours on Wednesdays from 12 to 4 pm and by appointment. The Notorious Shipwrecks off Westport! exhibit has been extended through mid October. Our thanks go to the local divers who has extended their loan of shipwreck artifacts: Erik Takakjian, Brad Hotte, Neal Venancio, Moe Leger, Scott Ciardi and John Conway.
Light refreshments will be served. Bring your own folding chair or blanket to Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station, 241 East Beach Rd., Westport. Suggested donation $5.
RSVPs are encouraged to [email protected]
Lifesaving Station & Shipwreck Exhibit will open at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm
Rain date August 18th.
Check out a new video about the Notorious Shipwrecks Off Westport! exhibit that was narrated by Tanja Ryden. Our thanks go to Irene Buck at Westport Cultural Council for arranging the taping and to Westport Community TV and cameraman/editor John Rezendes.
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 to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. Undergraduate students can receive an award for up to four years, and need not be prior year recipients to apply. The application can be found here: WFA-ContinuingEducationScholarship
The WFA Continuing Scholarship awards will be announced in August and checks will be disbursed at that time.
Members always get their newsletter in the mail. For everyone one else, plus those who prefer to consume their news online, the latest issue of the WFA quarterly newsletter is now posted online. Happy summer reading!
It is never too early to reserve your clambake tickets for the WFA’s 34th annual traditional bake on Sept. 17, 2017. Lobster and double lobster options available! For details and to order online click here.
The Westport Summer Passport 2017 is an adventure that will take you to six of the most beautiful and interesting local spots. It is a free self-guided family-friendly activity that runs through July and August. All walks are less than 1.5 miles and cover flat ground or short moderate or steep inclines. You will visit:
- Brookside Conservation Area, 1013 American Legion Highway (north Westport)
- Forge Pond Conservation Area, 214 Forge Rd. (north Westport)
- Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Rd. (central Westport)
- Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station, 214 East Beach Rd. (south Westport)
- Mill Pond Conservation Area, 62 Reed Rd. (Head of Westport)
- Noquochoke Conservation Area, 421 Pine Hill Rd. (central Westport)
Westport Summer Passport is a partnership of the Westport Historical Society, The Westport Land Conservation Trust, the Westport Fishermen’s Association, and the Westport Education Foundation.
To download the passport go to http://westportlandtrust.org/westport_summer_passport/
In this illustrated talk, Westport writer/photographer Greg Stone explores the history of Gooseberry Island from its earliest formation to the present, answering such questions as to how many and why the towers were built, when the still controversial causeway came into existence, and what sort of special sights – animal, vegetable, mineral – you might see there. Greg has wandered – and wondered – about the island and its inhabitants since he first visited it half a century ago. He is the author of Gooseberry Journal, a blog about the island, and is the administrator for a popular Gooseberry Page and Facebook Group called Westport’s Gooseberry Island.
Members of the audience are encouraged to bring and share their own memories, photos and souvenirs of this special place.
Co-sponsored by Westport Historical Society & Westport Fishermen’s Association. Suggested donation $5
Visit Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station this summer to view our latest exhibit: Notorious Shipwrecks off Westport! The opening reception is on Saturday, June 24th at 2 pm.
Exhibit hours are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm from June 24th through Sept. 3rd. Free admission. Donations are always welcome. The exhibit is supported by in part by the Chip Gillespie Memorial Fund and by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council.
The entrance to Buzzards Bay is littered with shipwrecks, though it is impossible be certain of how many ships have been lost in this area of shoals and reefs, dense fog, and strong tides. Locally, most vessels went aground on Hen and Chickens Reef at the southern end of Gooseberry Island. Although nowadays there are fewer wrecks due to improvements in navigation, these waters still hold many stories.
Artifacts and the stories about the fate of three large ships, all over 300 feet long, that went aground nearby – the USS Yankee (1908) pictured above, the HMCS St. Francis (1945) and the Angela (1971) – are on display.