LastMonday’s Stanstead Town Council saw a real miracle happen before the very eyes of the sparse public present: Before Fall, the not only not beautiful – a matter of taste the newspaper admits- but also dangerous statue (when children climb on it) at Henry Seth Taylor Place will be replaced by an over twenty foot tall clock tower. Valued rather conservatively at between one hundred and fifty to two hundred thousand dollars, the total cost to the town will not be more than $5,000 as the whole local granite industry has joined together to defray the whole cost of the project.
Designed by Guy Cloutier, the tower, which was part of the original project eons ago, will feature donated local granite and the work will be done under the tutelage of this year’s symposium, free of charge by local artisans. Mr. Cloutier has spent hours on the design while the local business owners were ‘convinced’ by Robert Sheldon to get on board. They did and soon they will have a showpiece of what this town can do.
This highlight of a story drowned the other news. The town will try to be featured on Radio-Canada’s ‘La Petite Séduction’. The popular public television program, seen on average by 600,000 people, is one of the few to get any viewership in Québec. You can get a taste of what it is by browsing at tou.tv.
Mrs. Caroline Gaulin has been hired as the new clerk and assistant treasurer.
And the town has no choice but to bring in the lawyer, Monty Coulombe, on the mess that one of Stanstead’s oldest heritage buildings has become. The lawyers will thus proceed against the owner of the old Custom house at 575 Dufferin.
Guy Cloutier and Robert Sheldon at the Henry Seth Taylor Place in downtown Stanstead where the clock tower will be erected later this summer.