COGESAF signs four agree­ments

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

On Novem­ber 14th and the 15th, four wa­ter­shed agree­ments were signed with part­ners of the Con­seil de gou­ver­nance de l’eau des bassins ver­sants de la riv­iere St. Fran­cois (COGESAF). Two of the agree­ments were signed to val­orize the ini­tia­tives of the farm­ing com­mu­nity, one agree­ment was signed con­cern­ing the sup­ply of drink­ing water and an­other agree­ment will demon­strate the en­gage­ment of the forestry sec­tor. Seen in the photo are (l. to r.) Serge La­pointe, Roberto Tof­foli, Jean Paul Raiche, Eric Roy, Va­lerie Lan­glois, Real Mar­coux and Rene Charest, part­ners of the agree­ment in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor of the wa­ter­shed of Grand lac St. Fran­cois.

This year’s Mar­ket will have hand­made crafts such as knit­ting, cro­chet work, stained glass, jew­elry, fresh fir wreaths and more. There will also be lo­cal food prod­ucts, jams and jel­lies, honey prod­ucts, maple prod­ucts, home­made pasta and baked goods. “The Colby-cur­tis Mu­seum will set up a ta­ble with items from their gift bou­tique, too,” said Mrs. Good­sell.

With din­ing ta­bles and chairs set up, shop­pers will be able to take a break to en­joy great snacks like samosas, piz­zas and desserts over cof­fee or hot choco­late while they de­cide what they should buy or while they wait for Santa, who will be vis­it­ing the area both days from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Be­sides pro­vid­ing a great shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence that sup­ports lo­cal crafts peo­ple and food pro­duc- ers, there will also be fa­ce­paint­ing, live mu­sic with Don­ald Pa­triquin, and a few other ac­tiv­i­ties to amuse young and old alike at the Mar­ket.

Many may re­call the suc­cess of last year’s bazaar. Santa rode into town on a fire en­gine. He sat with lo­cal chil­dren hav­ing pho­tos taken and lis­ten­ing to Christ­mas wish lists. The lineup for Santa lasted un­til clos­ing on both days. Chil­dren played while par­ents shopped and the gen­eral con­sen­sus was that it was a well-or­ga­nized and well-at­tended event.

Chil­dren will have a great deal of fun hav­ing their face painted and pos­ing for a pho­to­graph with Santa Clause, so we en­cour­age you all to tell your chil­dren about the event so they can nag you un­til you agree to at­tend; it’s all in the spirit of Christ­mas and com­mu­nity.

The town of Stanstead’s com­mu­nity Christ­mas tree dec­o­rat­ing and light­ing ac­tiv­ity will take place on Satur­day in Henry Seth Tay­lor Place, just across the street from the Christ­mas Mar­ket. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to help dec­o­rate the tree on Satur­day, be­gin­ning af­ter lunch. “Stu­dents from Jardindes-fron­tieres will help dec­o­rate the tree and then they will sing Christ­mas car­ols at 3:00,” said Maryse Trepanier of the town’s re­cre­ation depart­ment.

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