Ele­phant Barn ‘funraiser’ a smash!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ge­orgeville

Afundrais­erthat was held at the Ele­phant Barn in Ge­orgeville ear­lier this month raised a ‘pretty penny’ for the Col­byCur­tis Mu­seum: al­most $30,000! “I’m still try­ing to raise that ex­tra $250 to bring it up to thirty thou­sand,” said Helene Hamel, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event. “It was a fan­tas­tic evening. We had a lit­tle over 180 peo­ple and a big crew of vol­un­teers. About 18 items were do­nated for the auc­tion, jew­ellery, sculp­tures, paint­ings, from artists all around the re­gion,” she added. The evening also in­cluded a Bi­son me­choui, lo­cal food tast­ings, bev­er­ages and live mu­sic.

The event was or­ga­nized around the vernissage of the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum’s new­est ‘Outreach’ ex­hi­bi­tion, an an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion that takes place some­where on the vast ter­ri­tory of the his­toric Stanstead County, from which the Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety gets its name. “The Ge­orgeville Story” ex­hi­bi­tion cov­ers the his­tory of Ge­orgeville and fea­tures a col­lec­tion of arte­facts from both the Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Ge­orgeville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. This free ex­hibit is open ev­ery day, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, un­til Septem­ber 4th. The Ele­phant Barn is lo­cated at 21 Ele­phant Road, in Ge­orgeville.

Photo Robert Colby

Ele­phant Barn owner, pa­tron of the arts and artist Denyse Cler­mont, who do­nated a paint­ing for the auc­tion, and Pierre Ras­toul, the Di­rec­tor and Cu­ra­tor of the Col­byCur­tis Mu­seum, dur­ing the set-up of the ex­hi­bi­tion. and Water­ville.

What mo­ti­vated Mr. Poulin the most to en­ter this elec­tion was the stu­dent strike. “Af­ter what the students and teach­ers ex­pe­ri­enced this year with the rise in tu­ition fees, that pushed me to run in the cam­paign. It has made a lot of peo­ple re­ject the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment,” he men­tioned. “We be­lieve in free tu­ition. If the tax­ing of the cap­i­tal in fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions came back, it was com­pletely abol­ished by the Lib­er­als in 2011, that could pay for the tu­ition.”

“Agri­cul­ture is an im­por­tant is­sue in our re­gion. I’m very in­ter­ested in lo­cal mar­kets and ‘sol­i­dar­ity mar­kets’ like the Marché de la Val­lée, in Coat­i­cook. We would also sup­port more projects such as Water­ville’s Car­a­vane du gout and the Mai­son de l’ar­bre, in St-Venant de Paquette,” said Mr. Poulin.

Af­ford­able hous­ing is an­other is­sue that con­cerns this can­di­date. “The eastern area of Sher­brooke, and north of King, has a lot of rental prop­er­ties that are in

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