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  1. Observer Hosts Fest Booth

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    July 6, 2014 by Steve Winkler

    The Washington County Observer will continue its tradition of keeping south Washington County residents informed about the local political scene by sponsoring a booth at this year’s annual West Fest event. The booth will be made available to candidates and ballot issues at the state, county and municipal level. There is no charge for individuals or groups to display literature, pamphlets and flyers. The Observer will display a West Fork ward map along with copies of two upcoming ballot initiatives. One to dissolve the Water Commission and bring it into city elective control and the other to establish Ward Elections in West Fork which would provide that aldermen are elected by the people living in their ward rather than the current city-wide aldermen elections. Copies of the ordinances for both issues will be available for citizen review. West Fest is September 13-14. Come have some fun and stop by our booth. Here are some photos of past West Fests: This could be the future of West Fest:

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  2. West Fest 2013

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    October 15, 2013 by wcobserver

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    Unlike previous years this year’s annual fall festival in West Fork went indoors. The annual event which has become smaller over the past several years was held in the 7000 square foot Frank Wenzel Community Center. The traditional street activities were replaced with a quilt and craft fair. Organizing the event which was once handled by a few council members and city employees got a late start this year. The city council didn’t set a date for the festival until August. None the less, the event was well attended and provided a once- a-year venue for the town’s residents to mingle. What did folks think of this years West Fest? Public comments voiced on the facebook page “West Fork-a little bit of everything,” offered some insight into public opinion on this year’s limited West Fest format. The social media page is managed by the city clerk and in addition to meeting and event announcements, lost pet notices and a rainfall report the page is sometimes used as a forum to criticize the mayor. Below are some of the comments from that facebook page along with a comment on the comments by former councilmember Joan Wright. –Went down to west fest …

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