Westport Boy Scouts Light Up Town Hall After Four Years of Darkness
For the first time in four years, the Westport Town Hall is bright with holiday spirit.
Thanks to the Westport Boy Scouts, Troops 3 and 33 out of St. George's Parish, the Town Hall is decorated for the holidays. Throughout the SouthCoast, town and city halls are adorned with Christmas lights and decorations, so why not Westport?
Scheduling complications have put a damper on the decorating over the past few years, but the troops decided that 2020 needed to be a little more festive and the spirits around town could use a little lifting, so the pack did just that.
Shawn Morley, the committee chair for all the units, reached out to Westport Selectman Steve Oullete and asked for permission to decorate the front of the property in front of the Town Hall if they agreed to raise the funds for the lights themselves, and he agreed.
Alongside Morley was Scoutmaster Mike Hall, Scoutmaster Genevieve Ray and Cubmaster Jason Ray, who spoke to the scouts about decorating and bringing some holiday spirit back to Westport, especially after a very difficult year for everyone.
Since there were no funds for decorations, the scouts reached out to the community seeking donations of lights. A couple of scout families donated lights but the majority came from a generous donation from locals Kathy and Gerry Santos, the former owners of Butler's Colonial Donut House on Sanford Road.
If you're in the area of Main Road in Westport, be sure to stop by and admire the great light display proudly hanged by a local group of kids who wanted nothing more than to spread a little holiday cheer to the quaint town of Westport.