Editor’s Message July 2024

One of Westbrook Village’s most treasured Veterans passed last month. Norman Palmer, a noble WWII Merchant Marine, lived in Westbrook Village for over 30 years and always sought to make the community a better place. He was ready with ideas and articles to highlight veteran activities and was a wonderful conversationalist. Read about Norm on page 8. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Every year, around this time, I get sick of the heat. I look forward to the beach, the mountains and wherever else might call me to a little cooler climate. If you are unable to get away, be thankful for the pool, the clubhouse and all the indoor activities that you can take part in at WV. A huge shout-out to the hearty golfers that are out there in 100 plus degrees all summer long. You rock!

Many thanks go out to Facilities Manager, Sean Gorenstein in our WVA Spotlight this month. There is no way to adequately convey just how appreciated he is for his talented leadership and hard work that keeps this community and all of its buildings and amenities in great shape.

Our featured artist this month, Norma Barsness, paints captivating landscapes at the studio. You can read about Norma and her incredible talent on page 21 of this issue.

On page 12, Mayor Jason Beck highlights some of the 2025 budget. Public safety, economic development and water security are some of the issues addressed this year. As Peoria continues to grow and thrive, all these issues become important for the community.

I hope you enjoy all the articles in this issue about the WV Clubs and the events that take place every month. This July 4th, may you enjoy fireworks, picnics and good old-fashioned patriotism.

Happy Independence Day,


View our July 2024 issue online.