Lo­cal ini­tia­tives?

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is­tered youth. This was done in con­junc­tion with Bor­der Hockey. He states he ap­proached Bor­der Hockey Pres­i­dent, Dave Dubois, af­ter the De­cem­ber coun­cil meet­ing and of­fered to meet with him to dis­cuss the needs of the As­so­ci­a­tion in or­der to dis­cover whether the Town can bet­ter serve those needs, and pos­si­bly de­velop a plan for en­cour­ag­ing in­scrip­tion and mak­ing hockey more af­ford­able for more peo­ple. This con­ver­sa­tion was con­firmed by Mr. Dubois.

On the topic of Stanstead Col­lege, and in ref­er­ence to the Arena Fund do­na­tion, Stone states that Stanstead Col­lege does a lot for the town in terms of em­ploy­ment and do­nat­ing land for com­mu­nity func­tions, such as Fire Depart­ment fundrais­ers and free use of their soc­cer fields for chil­dren’s soc­cer. Stone states ‘The $25,000 do­na­tion was an in­vest­ment by the town to a $10 mil­lion dol­lar project with great ben­e­fit to Stanstead. This type of con­tri­bu­tion is no dif­fer­ent than the town in­vest­ing in help­ing to at­tract new or de­vel­op­ing busi­nesses.’ On the sub­ject of the sum of $25,000 be­ing awarded over 5 years, Stone wrote: ‘How we came up with $25,000 was we looked at what we al­ready pro­vided other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Haskell Li­brary, the Colby-cur­tis Mu­seum and the Cen­tre Ac­tion Benevol R.H. Rediker. They re­ceive close to $5000 each ev­ery year. We feel the Arena is also one of these very im­por­tant tools. The 5 year term is a stan­dard length that we use to give tax breaks to other new in­com­ing busi­nesses.’ He clearly stated that Stanstead Col­lege did not re­quest the funds from the coun­cil.

Mr. Stone stated dis­sat­is­fac­tion at the Jour­nal pub­lish­ing Mayor Du­til’s re­sponse to the Stanstead Jour­nal;s ques­tion as to whether coun­cil had a co­he­sive plan for their pri­or­ity ini­tia­tives to ben­e­fit from the ex­pen­di­ture of the $25,000. Mayor Du­til’s re­sponse was to state that ‘He was en­ter­ing into talks with Stanstead Col­lege soon, but the na­ture of those talks were confidential.’ This state­ment was termed ‘an un­for­tu­nate use of words’ by Mr. Stone in our later con­ver­sa­tion. Stone went on to clar­ify what the Mayor said ver­sus what he felt ‘he would have been bet­ter to say...’. He stated these were his words, not the Mayor’s.

Two coun­cil­lors, Michele Richard and Chris Good­sell both ac­cused the Stanstead Jour­nal of be­ing crit­i­cal. It should be noted no crit­i­cism was stated by ei­ther party, only ques­tions. Later Mr. Stone ap­proached the Stanstead Jour­nal to, ef­fec­tively; an­swer the ques­tions posed to coun­cil at the meet­ing, and to state his dis­ap­point­ment that these ‘pos­i­tive’ points were not in the Jour­nal’s ar­ti­cle of De­cem­ber 7th. It was pointed out to Mr. Stone that one can­not quote was has not been said.

On a fi­nal note, Mayor Du­til was con­tacted on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 9th by the Jour­nal in or­der to of­fer him an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to com­ments made in the Stanstead Jour­nal ar­ti­cle. Other ques­tions were also posed. The Jour­nal’s call has not been re­turned by the Mayor, although Mr. Stone was very forth­com­ing with in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to the is­sues ad­dressed in the meet­ing of De­cem­ber 5th. A Spe­cial Thank you to all the Spon­sors who gave gen­er­ously to the

from page 3 Neil and Wendy Jones and Bertrand and Deb­o­rah Char­ron are happy to an­nounce the en­gage­ment of Ash­lee Jones and A spring 2012 wed­ding is be­ing planned. Love,

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