Another of the stories in the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) writing contest is Coon Dogs of Westport by David Boucher. If you haven’t voted yet, you should go vote soon!
Boucher writes about how his search for the perfect summer home ends in Westport, NY, after seeing the marvelous views on one of the CATS trails. The preservation of the Adirondacks attracts many visitors, and its strong enough to make some stay!
Throughout his story, Boucher mentions several local businesses, just a few of which were Bessboro Builders, Dogwood Bakery, and Champlain Valley Milling, advocating their support and success within the community.
During his Champlain Valley summers, it’s not only apparent how the local community supports these businesses, but Boucher mentions how neighbors support each other.
“For the past two years my Westport visits can be loosely described as camping out in an antebellum shell with power, hot water and flushing toilet. As the house has come to life, my relationship with Westport has grown as well. Neighbors graciously invite me for dinner and tell stories of the past winter, commiserate over water flowing through basements knowing it has done so since the civil war, and come to the rescue when my tools are insufficient for the job at hand…” Continue reading the story!
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