I'm embarrassed to have to lead this week's column with a few corrections to last week's column, for which I apologize to everyone concerned. I wrote that the proceeds from the Pull Tabs for Molly campaign went to help with Molly's medical treatment, which was wrong-they went to the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, which extended reduced-rate food and lodging to the Rascoes during Molly's hospitalization.
The other two mistakes were still sloppy but perhaps less consequential-I wrote that the campaign netted 48 pounds of tabs when it really netted 248, and that Homer Estus had "at least a decade" as an Essex firefighter before coming to Westport when it was more like three years.
The last mistake came to my attention during the celebration of Homer's fifty year anniversary as a Westport firefighter on Wednesday, February 3. The anniversary itself was the previous day, but our fire department's monthly meeting fell on the Wednesday, and so it seemed right to dedicate the meeting itself to this worthy occasion. Instead of the firehouse, we met at the Town Hall. It was a wonderful celebration.
Homer's family and his many friends enjoyed excellent sandwiches and cake from Me and My Girls, and emcee Ernie La Pine regaled the audience with an often humorous account of Homer's time in the fire service. In fact, there seems to be a little confusion about a few dates and even the spelling of names, so I don't feel quite so bad about my third mistake.
But there was a serious side to the evening, too. Numerous local and state officials acknowledged Homer's achievement with citations and resolutions of appreciation, and Westport Fire Chief Jim Westover, Jr. presented Homer with a gold watch and a handsome plaque commemorating his service. For a fuller account of the event, see the article in this issue of the paper. It was a fitting tribute to a remarkable man-a way for all of us in the community to say "thank you for your service, Homer."
The Westport Federated Church will host a meat loaf dinner on Thursday, Feb. 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. with takeouts available until closing. And Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams will hold its next Senior / Community Luncheon on Tuesday Feb. 23, from 12 to 2 p.m. On the menu is lasagna, sausages with roasted peppers, salad, dessert, and coffee & tea. This lunch is sponsored by Northwaters & Langskib Wilderness Program, whose winter headquarters is in Wadhams. This allows all donations to go to the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund, which offers financial assistance to local families with children who face extensive medical treatment, to help offset expenses such as travel and lodging.
The Westport Library Poetry Workshop will meet on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. And the library's music program is hoping to have an evening of Irish and/or Scottish ballads and songs on a Thursday in March, but they haven't yet found anyone to sing solos or lead the group in singing. Interested? Please call Ellen Few Anderson at 962-4022 or email EllenFewAnderson@gmail.com.