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Farewell to the Farmers

Farewell to the Farmers

June 14, 2017

By Charlie Colasurdo '18 For the past seven years, Wakeman Town Farm has been my second home. Since its inception, the town farm was viewed as an innovative way to turn a century-old property into an educational hub. At the very forefront of this were Mike and Carrie Aitkenhead, the farm’s young...

Isabelle Amlicke takes on EXTRA extracurriculars

Isabelle Amlicke takes on EXTRA extracurriculars

June 1, 2017

By Hannah Bolandian and Chelsea Fox '19 While many students participate in multiple extracurricular activities to put on their college resumes, Isabelle Amlicke ’19 participates to pursue an array of interests and talents. Amlicke’s favorite activity is Builders Beyond Boarders (B3). She has been parti...

High Schoolers Flock to Their Favorite Summer Jobs

High Schoolers Flock to Their Favorite Summer Jobs

March 20, 2017

By: Molly Mahoney '18 For ten months of each year, pupils at Staples learn and study endlessly. Even weekends throughout the school year are spent preparing for the next school week’s onslaught of projects and tests. So, when students are released for the better part of June, July and August for...

Wakeman Town Farm celebrates fall with annual Harvest Fest

Guest conversing amongst themselves as they wait for the arrival of their dinner.

October 2, 2016

Shaina Selvaraju '17 The Wakeman Town Farm held it’s annual fundraising event, Harvest Fest, on September, 2016 at 6 p.m.   This fall themed event or “Farm and table sit-down dinner” as Mike Aitkenhead, a teacher at Staples High school and manager of the farm, calls the event, is one of ...

Greenday inspires “green living” throughout Westport

Brett Franklin, Assistant Business Manager

May 17, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, multiple Greenday events were taking place throughout the community. Greenday is an annual event, presented by Staples’ Club Green, that celebrates sustainability and promotes numerous causes and organizations through a day long schedule of activities at various locations. Greenday eve...

Wakeman Town Farm celebrates Harvest Festival

Michael Aitkenhead poses for a picture in the big tent due to the rain.

Hannah Bjorkman, Staff Writer

September 29, 2015

With rain and gusty winds, the Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest took place on Saturday, September 12 on the site of the historic home originally built in 1888. Each year this imposing event raises operational money for the farm. Staples Environmental Science teacher Michael Aitkenhead the farm steward who live...

Westporters show support for Wakeman Town Farm

Photos contributed by WTF steward Michael Aitkenhead

Kaila Finn, Web News Editor

February 10, 2015

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Westport Town Hall’s auditorium was filled with citizens, students, and many other Wakeman Town Farm supporters to encourage the Board of Finance to vote in favor of a $667,000 appropriation to the community farm. According to the farm’s website, the money will be used to “com...

Alpacas settle in at Wakeman Town Farm

Alpacas settle in at Wakeman Town Farm

Molly Liebergall, Staff Writer

December 16, 2014

On Nov. 8, the Aitkenhead family welcomed a new furry pair to Wakeman Town Farm.  LeMay and Autumn Joy are mother-daughter alpacas who are practically inseparable. “They’re like twins; when one moves, the other one moves, when one turns its head, the other one turns its head,” WTF (Wakeman Town Farm) steward and Staples science teacher Michael Aitkenhead said. One of the W...

Builders Beyond Borders volunteers pitch in at Wakeman Town Farm

Builders Beyond Borders volunteers pitch in at Wakeman Town Farm

Rachel Treisman, Staff Writer

November 4, 2013

On the crisp, sunny afternoon of Oct. 27, Wakeman Town Farm was jam-packed with 200 eager high school volunteers shoveling leaves, clearing paths and digging up rocks. Volunteers from Staples and other nearby schools devoted over three hours of their Sunday to various improvement projects at Wakeman a...

Wakeman Town Farm Hosts Successful Fundraiser

Mike Aitkenhead, the program director and Staples teacher, thanked everyone for coming and showing their support.

Hannah Foley, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 21, guests at Wakeman Town Farm’s second annual Grassroots Harvest Dinner were greeted with the John Wesley quote “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long a...

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