Hello, friends and neighbors! Mary Ellen did not have to twist my arm too much to take on writing the Westport Island newspaper column. But it will only be successful or informative if readers help out! Those who have an event to publicize or a business to advertise or good news to share with the community should please send me an email to email@example.com or give me a call at 231-4049 to include it in next week’s paper. I have lived on Westport Island full-time almost nine years, after a career of educating and counseling high school students in New England and a childhood of dairy farming in Minnesota. I am so lucky to be living in this beautiful place surrounded by nice folks from all walks of life. I hope to meet more of you over time through this column. Don’t be shy.