Emily Westcott, the well-known volunteer of many things Sequim, took some time off her busy holiday schedule to answer some Random Questions.
This year she co-organized the Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire among other things and most recently organized the annual Christmas lights at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street.
She’s put up the lights for more than 10 years, she says, and at first hired Andrew May of Port Angeles to do it, but he taught her some of the tools of the lighting trade which she uses today.
Westcott said she had her best turnout ever this year to hang decorations and at the annual Christmas tree lighting in Bank of America Park.
It costs about $2,000 each year for the decorations and with donated power from Bank of America, support from Sound Community Bank to switch most lights over to LED and private donations the cost has been reduced. Next year, she plans to bring back the decorations in the park and across the street at Centennial Place with the possibility of decorating a school bus.
Question 11: What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
Question 29: Who is your favorite artist/writer/musician?
Westcott: J.A. Jance. I like books you can read easily. I’m as smart as I’m going to get.
Question 31: Would you give me a dollar? Why or why not?
Question 42: What’s your first or best memory of Sequim?
Westcott: My first memory of Sequim is really weird. I came to town in August of 1979 to apply for a job at Port Angeles High School as a principal. You had to come through Sequim back then to get to Port Angeles, and I remember the whole main street was tore up. I don’t remember why.
Bonus Question: What did you do for a living in Sequim?
Westcott: I’ve always been in education and when I moved here I was vice principal at Port Angeles High School for six years and then in the Choice Community School in Port Angeles for 11 years. I retired in 1998 but I’m still subbing.