New $1 mil­lion syn­the­tic field inau­gu­ra­ted in Saint-la­zare

Sou­langes Li­be­ral MNA crying foul at in­vi­ta­tion snub

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

This has hap­pe­ned in the past,» Char­le­bois, As­sis­tant Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion Chief Go­vern­ment Whip, com­men­ted. «I could over­look it once or twice, but I am going to look in­to this now,» she vo­wed.

Du­ring a March, 2012 an­noun­ce­ment, Char­le­bois was he­ral­ded as the being the dri­ving force be­hind the awar­ding of a pro­vin­cial sports and re­crea­tion grant re­pre­sen­ting 50% of the maxi­mum pro­ject cost, or $453,000 of the to­tal $946,733.

Then Saint-La­zare mayor Pierre Ka­ry said the grant would help save tax payers a lot of mo­ney.

Put­ting her best foot for­ward ho­we­ver du­ring Mon­day’s fes­ti­vi­ties that in­clu­ded soc­cer and football the­med cup­cakes, the Sou­langes MNA shu­cked off her sum­mer san­dals to kick first a football then a soc­cer ball while being chee­red on by the ma­ny young ath­letes in at­ten­dance.

The inau­gu­ra­tion Mon­day of a near­ly $1 mil­lion syn­the­tic turf field in Saint-La­zare brought out lo­cal sports teams and pro­vin­cial and town of­fi­cials in­clu­ding PQ MNA Guy Le­clair, re­pre­sen­ting edu­ca­tion, sports and re­crea­tion mi­nis­ter Ma­rie Ma­la­voy. But Sou­langes MNA Lu­cie Char­le­bois, who spea­rhead the field pro­ject last year, is crying foul at not re­cei­ving an of­fi­cial go­vern­ment in­vi­ta­tion to the event.

Char­le­bois said she’s been doing phy­si­cal trai­ning her­self and wants to en­cou­rage kids in the re­gion to get out­doors and be ac­tive.

Saint-La­zare mayor Ro­bert Gri­mau­do, and Le­clair, the MNA for Beauharnois, al­so took a turn ki­cking a football and soc­cer ball, as did Saint La­zare Stal­lion football players, and mem­bers of the U16 F A Saint-La­zare Hud­son Soc­cer Club Hawks team.

One soc­cer player even sco­red on Gri­mau­do when the mayor, who al­so teaches goa­lie cli­nics in the town, took to the net.

More than 2,000 Saint La­zare youths, and ma­ny from the re­gion and beyond, are ex­pec­ted to make use of the syn­the­tic field that will be used ear­lier each spring and la­ter each fall than a nor­mal grass field could. The field, lo­ca­ted be­hind West­wood Jr. High School, will al­so be used du­ring the day by stu­dents from the Les­ter B. Pear­son school.

PHOTOTHÈQUE

De­nise Stil­mann of Saint-La­zare, with

her fa­mi­ly and town coun­cil­lor and judge Mi­chel Lam­bert, was crow­ned

queen of the pies.

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