Great weather for Borderfest
Stanstead’s annual Borderfest was held last Saturday under sunny skies. The day kicks off with the Borderfest 5 km race that had a whopping 82 contestants of all ages. “That number was equal to our record,” commented race organizer Michael Sudlow happily. The first place female medal winners this year were: Rachel Tremblay Legrand, 12 and
under; Jade Bouchard, 13 – 19; Edith Perras, 20 – 29; Stephanie Bullock, 30 – 39; Sylvie Des Rosiers, 40 – 49; Ghislaine Luc, 50 – 59; and Johanne Routhier, 60 – 69 (Category record). The male first place runners were: Felix Bouchard, 12 and under; August Myers, 13 – 19; David Beauvais, 20 – 29; Peter Drake, 30 – 39; Vincent Caldwell, 40 – 49; Guy Blouin, 50 – 59; Guy Beaudoin, 60 – 69; Hugh Wilson, 70 – 79; and Jean Bernaguez, 80 and over, (Category Record).
Although there were many runners from Stanstead and the surrounding communities, the race also attracted several runners from the Montreal area, Guelph, Ontario, and even Saskatchewan!
AJ Bedard, the president of the Stanstead Recreation Association, was also happy with the turnout of people last Saturday. “The fields were filled with people and we had a lot of volunteers for the day, although we can always use more,” commented AJ. People seemed to be happy that the parade didn’t get cancelled; there were many last minute participants in that event. “I got some good feedback about the new location and the new layout of BorderFest,” he added.
One highlight of the event was the Leucan head shaving which drew the interest of many. Firefighters Eric Blanchette and Jean Fluet, who began the fundraiser several weeks ago, were able to talk a few more firefighters into getting their heads shaved to raise money for the cancer fighting organization, including councillor Chris Goodsell. A member of the audience , Robert L’Abbe, even jumped up and offered to get his head shaved at the event! “We had a good crowd for that – it’s just funny when you see people go bald. They managed to raise around $2,100,” said Mr. Bedard.
Present at the Opening Ceremony of the BorderFest were (l. to r.) Orford MNA Pierre Reid, Stanstead mayor Philippe Dutil, Patricia Fratelli, Compton/Stanstead NDP MP Jean Rousseau and André Fratelli.
The father/daughter team of Malena and Bruno Castonguay did well at the BorderFest Run, each taking third place in their respective categories!
Fire Captain Jean Fluet was busy at the firefighter’s canteen after the head-shaving fundraiser. The firefighter on the right had his head shaved at the event, but we couldn’t recognize him with his new look!
I guess we’ll never know who were behind the masks on the CAB RH Rediker’s float.
A little somebody doesn’t look too happy that he or she isn’t sampling any of the goodies at last Saturday’s Taste the Region event at the Colby-Curtis Museum.
North Hatley Antique and Folk Art Sale organizers Mia Pascale and John Gronan were happy to see a good crowd show up for the Friday night opener.