Monday, July 28, 2003
Former Westport Town Attorney Andrew Fink and Wife Open Michigan B&B
Former Westport Town Attorney Andrew F. Fink has returned to his native Michigan and opened a bed and breakfast with his wife in the small town of Whitehall near Lake Michigan about 40 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
Andy and Helen Fink had dreamed of owning a bed and breakfast for years before finding a place to hatch their business,Ӕ said a report in the White Lake Beacon, a weekly newspaper published in Whitehall.
The couple’s last name means Finch in German, which is why the Finks cleverly named their home A Finch Nest.Ԕ
Helen, a retired middle school special education teacher, and Andrew, an attorney, made their move from Westport, Connecticut to the White Lake area because they enjoyed the community. They say they enjoy the safe atmosphere and feel lucky to be here.Ԕ
Long active in Westport Republican Party politics, Fink, 62, served as town attorney under former First Selectman Joseph Arcudi from 1993 to 1997. He served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1979 to 1981 and was chair of the Recreation Commission from 1981 to 1985.
An unsuccessful candidate for a seat on the RTM in 2001, Fink and his wife lived in Westport for 25 years before returning to Michigan. He was also active in Rotary, the Sister Cities group and Westport soccer. Their children Karl and Barbara are Staples High School grads.
Fink was born in Ypsilanti, Mich., and is a son of the late Ypsilanti judge and lawyer Robert V. Fink who died last year at the age of 88. Both of Finks brothers Karl and Jim are attorneys. Karl served as a judge in MichiganҒs 14th District Court at the same time as his father.
Update (7/30/03): Fink messages from Whitehall that WestportNow readers are invited to visit his Web site, afinchnest.com.