And the win­ners are…

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - by Jen­nifer Young

TThere is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a win­ner, but there is re­ally only one way to be a loser, and that is to fail and not look be­yond the fail­ure. ~Kyle Rote Jr.

he Jan­uary blues can hit hard. The presents, which put us in debt, have al­ready been used and some even scuffed up, the dec­o­ra­tions are back in the base­ment, we’re back to work and the kids back to school, and walk­ing to the car to go to work is a crispy, chilly ex­pe­ri­ence. –25 de­grees made for an ex­as­per­at­ing Mon­day. Do we dwell in the mun­dane monotony of 2011’s de­but or do we grin and bear it and smack on a, “come and get me 2011” at­ti­tude.

It’s a smack down in my home. Open­ing the pa­tio door to let the pack out of the house this morn­ing was a daunt­ing task. It was bloody chilly, but it could have been worse. In­stead of be­ing a Jan­uary loser, I’m go­ing to be a Jan­uary win­ner and not let the un­pleas­ant sides of this an­nual month get to me. I’m go­ing to look on the warm, sunny side of things. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal weather prog­nos­ti­ca­tor An­drew Retch­less, while we were thank­ing the flan­nel Gods for our pjs, this was noth­ing com­pared to Jan­uary 1925 when the mer­cury sunk to a record low of –44 de­grees. Think­ing of to­day be­ing al­most twice as cold as it was then makes it feel a bit warmer, doesn’t it?

Jan­uary, which is named af­ter the God of the door­way, Janus, and known as the door to the New Year, can be es­pe­cially try­ing for lo­cal busi­nesses. With Visa bills to pay and the chaos of shop­ping still fresh in so many con­sumer’s heads, busi­ness is al­ways slower, for ev­ery­one this month. Less vis­i­tors, less in­come. Less in­come, less bud­get for ne­ces­si­ties, like ad­ver­tis­ing. Thanks to the Len­noxville Mer­chant’s As­so­ci­a­tion and their first ever Len­noxville in Lights Fes­ti­val Con­test, some of our lo­cal busi­nesses, which were cho­sen by a panel of judges, are get­ting a be­lated Christ­mas present, some much ap­pre­ci­ated free pub­lic­ity. They say all pub­lic­ity is good pub­lic­ity, but it goes with­out say­ing that free pub­lic­ity is the best pub­lic­ity. Lo­cal busi­nesses had un­til Novem­ber 15th to reg­is­ter and of those en­trants, The Len­noxville Li­brary’s dec­o­ra­tions earned them a year’s worth of free busi­ness card ad­ver­tis­ing in The Lantern. The Manoir Saint-Fran­cois won the Town­ships Sun Prize, which gives them the pub­li­ca­tion of their busi­ness card in three con­sec­u­tive is­sues. The Sa­lon de Coif­fure L’air du Temps won $500 worth of ad­ver­tis­ing on CJMQ ra­dio and Clin­ique Opto-Re­seau won the pub­lic’s prize, which is a plaque do­nated by the Mer­chant’s Com­mit­tee. A full list of all par­tic­i­pants will be fea­tured in the next edi­tion of The Lantern. Not all en­trants can be win­ners but all those who dec­o­rated won in mak­ing the sea­son brighter. Pep`s Res­tau­rant, In­spi­ra­tion En­core, Tri-Us and Gra­cia Jac­quelin, to name a few, made for a more pleas­ant stroll through town.

Be­ing a Jan­uary win­ner, to me, in­cludes hav­ing warm thoughts and Mon­day af­ter­noon was filled with warm thoughts and mem­o­ries as LAHMS (the Len­noxville-As­cot His­tor­i­cal and Mu­seum So­ci­ety) cel­e­brated 40 years of pre­serv­ing his­tory and tra­di­tion. With 38 at­ten­dants, mem­o­ra­bilia was pre­sented and for­mer mem­bers, pres­i­dents, his­to­ri­ans and con­trib­u­tors, like Dick Jen’s Len is pub­lished by the Stanstead Jour­nal and edited by Jen­nifer Young. Email Jen at jen@stanstead-jour­nal.com or call the Stanstead Jour­nal at 819.876.7514

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