Har­ness races re­turn to Fair

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Ayer's Cliff

Whetheryou’ve just bet $2 or you’ve wa­gered a lit­tle more, it’s al­ways a thrill to cheer on your horses dur­ing the har­ness races at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair. The race­track at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair­grounds is in top shape for the ex­cit­ing horse races that take place, on Satur­day af­ter­noon be­gin­ning at 1:00, dur­ing the Fair. “We put new stone dust down and we’ve been work­ing on the track ev­ery day. Af­ter a year the track can get pretty hard with the cars driv­ing on it to get to the ball games and peo­ple run­ning their horses on it. If it’s packed too hard it can sting the horse’s hooves. It should be a lit­tle like a cush­ion so we’ve been wa­ter­ing it ev­ery day and if it’s re­ally warm, this Satur­day, we’ll wa­ter the track in be­tween the races,” ex­plained Peter Mc Harg, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the horse race. “We have one of the best tracks in Quebec,” he added.

There will be eleven races with horses from all over Quebec. The two and three yearold class fea­tures only Quebec-bred horses. “The rac­ing busi­ness is start­ing to look bet­ter. The Jockey Club of Quebec will be opin­ing the race­track in Three Rivers next year,” said Mr. Mc Harg about the horse or­ga­ni­za­tion that spon­sors the Ay­ers’ Cliff Fair event.

Quebec’se­lec­toral map has been changed so it’s more im­por­tant than ever to read the in­for­ma­tion on the elec­tion cards that have been sent in the mail to house­holds. The Or­ford rid­ing now in­cludes Austin, St. Benoit du lac, Pot­ton, Bolton East, SteE­ti­enne de Bolton, Stukely South, Ste-Anne de la Rochelle, Lawrenceville and Bon­sec­ours. Stanstead East and Barn­ston West are now part of the St. Fran­cois rid­ing. “The vote is usu­ally done in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity but the town hall of Stanstead East is too small so res­i­dents of Stanstead East will be vot­ing at the hall in Bur­rough’s Falls, which is still in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Peo­ple from Barn­ston West will be vot­ing in the same place as be­fore,” ex­plained the St. Fran­cois Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer, Mar­jorie Ty­roler. “Peo­ple must re­ally pay at­ten­tion to the elec­tion no­tices that they re­ceive in the mail,” she added. Also added to the St. Fran­cois rid­ing from the for­mer rid­ing of Me­gan­tic Compton are: Dixville, East Here­ford, Mart­inville, Ste. Ed­widge, St. Hermenegilde, St. Malo, St-Venant de Paquette and a part of Sher­brooke.

“The of the elec­toral list be­gins to­day. Peo­ple who are not on the elec­toral list

Tomark the 50th an­niver­sary of the Rich­mond County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in a mean­ing­ful way, a time vault has been con­structed be­hind Mel­bourne Town­ship Town Hall at 1257 Rte 243, Mel­bourne. This con­crete un­der­ground struc­ture will hold the time cap­sules that have been sold to in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the community. Over 100 cap­sules have been sold and will be pre­served with per­sonal items from this time pe­riod.

These time cap­sules will stay in that vault for 50 years; the vault will be opened only when the So­ci­ety cel­e­brates its 100th an­niver­sary in 2062. Some par­tic­i­pants may ex­pect to be present at the open­ing of the vault 50 years from now. Oth­ers will not be able to do so, but their de­scen­dants will. Each par­tic­i­pant will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate stat­ing the num­ber of his or her cap­sule.

On Sun­day, Sept. 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM, you are in­vited to at­tend the burial of the time cap­sules and the un­veil­ing of a won­der­ful piece of art made by a lo­cal artist, Jean Marc Tetro. This spec­tac­u­lar piece of art will be a mon­u­ment to this his­toric event. There will be light re­fresh­ments and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment.

For in­for­ma­tion, contact Bev at 819-826-3929.

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