The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Town Hall to review proposed amendments to the Westmoreland Zoning Ordinances. The amendments will be voted on at town elections on March 13th: Ordinance Amendments – 2018
WESTMORELAND — Yvette E. Savard was presented with the Boston Post cane by the Westmoreland Select Board and Historical Society on Thursday, November 9th.
Mrs. Savard was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts on April 14, 1921. She worked at MPB in Keene for forty years. Yvette and her husband raised four children, built a home in Westmoreland in 1963 and were married for 73 years. Her husband Winfred Savard, Sr., who passed away in 2013 at the age of 97, was also a recipient of the Boston Post cane.
The Boston Post Cane award is a tradition that continues in many New England towns to recognize the town’s oldest resident. It’s a custom that dates back to 1909, when Edwin Grozier, who published the now defunct daily newspaper, the Boston Post, distributed 700 gold-tipped canes to towns in New England in an effort to increase newspaper sales, with the request that the town governments bestow the cane to the oldest living male. This rule was changed to oldest living resident in 1930 to include women. While it is known that the last person to have the original cane was Orrin Harvey, the whereabouts of the original cane given to Westmoreland is not known. The story passed down is that Mr. Harvey used the cane a great deal and upon his death in 1970, the cane was going to be repaired. Nothing is known beyond that. A replica of the cane was purchased in 2008 to continue the tradition.
Much of the history of the cane in Westmoreland is unknown. If you can add in any way to our knowledge of the history of our cane, please contact the Town Office at 603 399-4471.
At last year’s annual meeting, the town approved $8,000 to have a Feasibility Study done to evaluate all aspects of the Westmoreland Fire Station. Scully/Architects was hired to do the study. The Fire Department Facility Advisory Committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen will review the study and bring their recommendation for options to the Board. The Selectmen welcome comments from residents about the study. Fire Station Feasibility Study
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The first settlers came up the Connecticut River in canoes from Northfield, Massachusetts in 1741, after the original charter was granted by the Massachusetts governor in 1736. A subsequent charter was granted by King George II of England in 1752, and the town was incorporated under the name of Westmoreland in honor of an English Lord of that name. Westmoreland, while basically an agricultural community, supported many mills and other small industries during the late 1700’s and throughout the 1800’s. In 1800, the population was recorded at 2,066. Today’s population is 1,730 and includes residents of the Cheshire County Nursing Home located in Westmoreland. Further interesting history may be found in The History and Genealogy of Westmoreland, NH published in 1976. A copy may be purchased from the Selectmen’s Office.