Mir­a­cle down­town

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Staff, Stanstead

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.

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Guy Cloutier and Robert Shel­don at the Henry Seth Tay­lor Place in down­town Stanstead where the clock tower will be erected later this sum­mer.

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