Harness races return to Fair
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.