Me and my big mouth. My friend Thad Tryon, who drives a plowtruck for the Town, said it best: "You should be careful what you wish for." But Thad wasn't the only one who gave me grief over wishing for snow in this column a couple of weeks ago. Because, of course, a few days after the paper came out we got two days of heavy, wet, nasty, slippery, slushy, sloppy crud, accompanied by high winds and warm weather, gumming things up on the roads and knocking out power lines.
So, to all you loyal readers who complained: I'm sorry. I'll never do it again, I promise. Or if I do, I'll remember that crucial word that I seem to have overlooked last time: fluffy. I guess I just thought it went without saying.
Of course, it would almost be worth it if I really did have that kind of pull with the powers that be. Hmm... what should I ask for next, do you think?
Maybe sectional championships for the WCS boys' and girls' basketball teams would be a good choice. Congratulations to both teams on their victories in the semi-finals last Friday. The boys beat Chazy 64-29, and the girls beat Schroon Lake 43-26. Their next games, for the championships, will be over by the time this comes out. But I wish them all the luck in the world. Both teams have had a wonderful season, and we're all very proud of them.
While we're on the subject of basketball and WCS's flair for producing outstanding scholar-athletes, the 31st annual Tanneberger tournament is coming up on Saturday, March 20. As always, it will be held in the school gym and will showcase the skills of Westport basketball stars past and present. All in aid of a great cause, the scholarship fund established in memory of our own beloved Tom Tanneberger, who some of us remember as one of the finest scholar-athletes of his day. So save the date for this day-long event, which plays such a vital part in our community life.
Another part of the excitement that day is the volunteer fire department's annual Spaghetti Supper, which will be served in the school cafeteria starting at 5 p.m. Whether you're playing or watching, some tasty pasta is perfect for refueling after basketball, and it's also a great way to support the fire department. Adults $8, under twelve $4; takeouts available.
The fire department will also be offering its annual Car Wash for the next five Saturdays, starting March 6. We'll be at the firehouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weather permitting, hoses and brushes at the ready. So come out and let us clean all that winter sand and salt off your precious vehicle, for a suggested donation of only $5.
Finally, the Westport Federated Church will hold a Pasta, Passion & Pistols murder mystery dinner this Saturday, March 6, at 6 p.m. Adults $10, twelve and under $5. For reservations call 962-4465. Come and help solve the mystery of who murdered Guiseppe (Pepi) Roni and enjoy a delicious meal. I wonder-did his brother Rice A. do it?