Great weather for Borderfest

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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.

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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.

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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.

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