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LastJune, sev­eral lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary and Ayer’s Cliff El­e­men­tary, re­ceived grants from a new fund that will un­doubt­edly ben­e­fit the re­gion for years to come. The Til­lot­son Coat­i­cook Re­gion Fund, not to be con­fused with the Neil and Louise Til­lot­son Fund, will be giv­ing away around $120,000 an­nu­ally “to sup­port

broad char­i­ta­ble pur­poses in Coat­i­cook and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.”

Get­ting this spe­cial fund off the ground took a few years and a cer­tain amount of de­ter­mi­na­tion on the part of a few in­di­vid­u­als, all of whom were em­ployed at Best Glove Man­u­fac­tur­ing, a Coat­i­cook com­pany that was owned by the late Amer­i­can in­dus­tri­al­ist, Neil Til­lot­son.

“When Mr. Til­lot­son died, he wanted ev­ery­thing to go to char­ity but he never said who he wanted his money to go to. So it’s been an oner­ous task,” said Michael

Everett, the Chair of the Til­lot­son Coat­i­cook Re­gion Fund. When Best Glove Man­u­fac­tur­ing was sold in 2007, the as­sets in the bank went to the Neil and Louise Til­lot­son Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion which fo­cuses its work in the North­east King­dom. “Be­cause a lot of that money was earned here by lo­cal em­ploy­ees, we wanted to see lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit from the fund also,” ex­plained Mr. Everett. “It took a few years be­cause it was com­pli­cated, deal­ing with two coun­tries. The New Hamp­shire Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion and the Coat­i­cook MRC have been in­stru­men­tal in help­ing us set it up.”

The lo­cal fund was fi­nally es­tab­lished.

Be­sides Mr. Everett, sev­eral for­mer Best Glove

Man­u­fac­tur­ing em­ploy­ees, those who helped to get this im­por­tant fund es­tab­lished, sit on its com­mit­tee: Jac­que­line Ber­nais, who lives in Hat­ley Town­ship; James Crook, of Ayer’s Cliff; and John Sam­son, of Coat­i­cook. Ju­dith Bolduc, of Coat­i­cook, an em­ployee with the new com­pany, Showa-Best Glove, is also on the com­mit­tee. They are joined by two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Neil and Louise Til­lot­son Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee: Tom Deans and Ben Gay­man.

Neil Til­lot­son, who was born in East Here­ford and grew up in Canaan, Ver­mont, made a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar for­tune as an in­dus­tri­al­ist, fol­low­ing his in­ven­tion of la­tex bal­loons and la­tex gloves. “The prin­ci­ples of Mr.

Til­lot­son were ‘Be hum­ble, be cre­ative and be kind’,” com­mented Mr. Everett who was the Gen­eral Man­ager of

work­ing for Mr. Til­lot­son for over twenty years. “Mr. Til­lot­son had a real at­tach­ment to the North­east and wanted to cre­ate jobs for peo­ple in this area even though it was prob­a­bly not the best lo­ca­tion. He never took a cent out of the

that’s why there was so much left in the bank when it was sold,” he com­mented about the gen­er­ous busi­ness­man and in­ven­tor. In the United States, Mr. Til­lot­son was pos­si­bly most fa­mous for be­ing the first per­son in the coun­try to vote, for around the last forty years of his life, in ev­ery pres­i­den­tial pri­mary and pres­i­den­tial elec­tion; a tele­vised event that was held each time at the in New Hamp­shire, which Mr. Til­lot­son owned.

The has been con­fused with the longer es­tab­lished which has been giv­ing grants in the Coat­i­cook MRC for sev­eral years now. “The big dif­fer­ences are that we’re smaller, we give grants of be­tween $1000 and $10,000, and the ter­ri­to­ries that we serve. The

is based in the States and op­er­ates strictly in the North Coun­try of the United States and the Coat­i­cook MRC. Our ter­ri­tory in Canada is much big­ger be­cause our em­ploy­ees came from a much wider area,” Mr. Everett ex­plained. Be­sides all the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the Coat­i­cook MRC, the ter­ri­tory of the

also in­cludes Hat­ley, Hat­ley Town­ship, North Hat­ley, Ayer’s Cliff, and Stanstead.

“We will strive to keep the fo­cus on ba­sic needs,” men­tioned com­mit­tee mem­ber Ju­dith Bolduc. About $60,000 will be given out twice a year for projects in the fol­low­ing ar­eas: ba­sic needs, health care, ed­u­ca­tion, hu­man ser­vices and so­cial wel­fare, youth re­cre­ation and pro­grams and ser­vices for the el­derly. Grant ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted from Cana­dian or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing non-prof­its, reg­is­tered char­i­ties, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and oth­ers.

“Among the first grants we awarded there were a lot for chil­dren. But we’re very in­ter­ested in the ba­sic needs of se­niors also. We’re hop­ing to get ap­pli­ca­tions for spe­cial projects, not ap­pli­ca­tions look­ing for money to go into gen­eral funds,” said the com­mit­tee’s Chair. “The money could be used to en­hance an ex­ist­ing project or cre­ate a new arm of a project. Or per­haps just to com­plete a project,” added Ms. Bolduc.

Giv­ing out the first grants last June was en­joy­able for the com­mit­tee mem­bers. “It was fun and it felt good. There was a lot in­volved in try­ing to get it go­ing so the first time we gave the grants was like a breath of fresh air – to see the fruit of our labour. One re­cip­i­ent, the woman who runs the “Bassinette et Layette” in Coat­i­cook, touched us im­mensely with her grat­i­tude. It was a real boost for her ser­vice, to help her move to a new lo­ca­tion. It feels good that you can make a dif­fer­ence some­where,” Mrs. Bolduc com­mented.

As I con­ducted the in­ter­view, a framed pho­to­graph of Neil Til­lot­son sat on the

– Passed away sud­denly on Mon­day, Au­gust 20th, 2012, at the age of 46. Cher­ished hus­band of Lisa Flan­ders and lov­ing fa­ther of Steven (Em­i­lie), Shane (Brandi), and Shan­non. Dear grand­fa­ther of Daph­nee and Kiara. Tommy, the son of the late Har­riet Shel­don, will also be sadly missed by his fa­ther-in-law and mother-in-law Win­ston and Vi­vian Flan­ders, his fa­ther Roger Ly­on­nais, broth­ers and sis­ter, aunts, un­cles, nieces, neph­ews, other rel­a­tives and nu­mer­ous friends. Visi­ta­tion was held at the Cass Funeral Home, Stanstead on Thurs­day Au­gust 23rd, 2012, where friends came to visit from 7 to 9 p.m. and also on Fri­day from 1 un­til 2:55 p.m.. The ser­vice was held in Christ Church at 3 p.m. with Rev­erend Bar­bara Win­tle of­fi­ci­at­ing. At this time I would like to thank ev­ery­one who at­tended the ser­vice for my hus­band Tommy Ly­on­nais. Thank you for your sym­pa­thy, all the calls, the flow­ers, cards and food also for ev­ery­one who helped in any way. Thank you to my son Steven for ev­ery­thing he did for his Dad that day also to the am­bu­lance tech­ni­cians and the Ma­gog Hospi­tal. Spe­cial thanks to Janie and Les­lie Web­ster at the Cass Funeral Home for all their hep and sup­port. Thank you Rev­erend Bar­bara Win­tle for the beau­ti­ful church ser­vice. Tommy was a very spe­cial man and will be missed ev­ery day and al­ways in our hearts.

We love you. ta­ble. “He was a very hum­ble man. If you met him here at the fac­tory in Coat­i­cook, you’d never know that he was the owner of so many com­pa­nies. And he worked un­til he was 100. When I first started work­ing with him he was in his eight­ies. I thought he might die soon and then I’d be look­ing for an­other job. Af­ter a lit­tle while I started to think he’d live longer than me!” said Mr. Everett af­fec­tion­ately about the phi­lan­thropist.

This grass roots com­mit­tee has made the ap­pli­ca­tion process for grants easy. Peo­ple in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for a grant can ei­ther call Jac­que­line Ber­nais at 819

– Passed away ac­ci­den­tally in Ma­gog on Satur­day, Septem­ber 1st, 2012, at the age of 3. Pre­cious son of Guil­laume and MarieNael-Lessard Hamel. Ador­ing brother of Miryann and Maxim. Cher­ished great­grand­son of Bunny Noel and Cle­mence Lessard. Trea­sured grand­son of Lor­raine Noel (Terry Dustin), and Claire Per­reault. Nathan will also be sadly missed by his aunts, un­cles, and many lit­tle friends. Rest­ing at the

Cass Funeral Home 545 Duf­ferin, Stanstead, where friends may visit on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8th from 12 un­til 2:30 fol­lowed by the ser­vice in the funeral home. In Nathan’s mem­ory, do­na­tions made to the Ste-Justine UHC Fon­da­tion Fon­da­tion CHU Sainte-Justine, 335-5757 Decelle, Ave,. Montreal, Qc, H3S 2C3 would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by the fam­ily.

CHAM­BER­LAIN, Mer­ri­man In mem­ory of Mackey Cham­ber­lain, Au­gust 27th, 2010. Two years have passed, Mackey since we were all to­gether, but with the love within our hearts you’ll walk with us for­ever. Sadly missed, Edna (wife), Grace, Tony (Pauline), Faye (Ja­son)

and grand­chil­dren 849-2737 or email her at JBer­nais@ BestGlove.ca for in­for­ma­tion. “The ap­pli­ca­tion is sim­ple to fill out. We wanted to make it easy; we’re not the gov­ern­ment,” joked Mr. Everett. The ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line for the fall grants is Oc­to­ber 1st, un­til 4:00 pm. An in­for­ma­tion meet­ing for the pub­lic about both the and the

is be­ing held next Mon­day, Septem­ber 10th, at the Coat­i­cook Town Hall be­tween 3:00 and 4:30.

Jac­que­line Ber­nais, Michael Everett and Ju­dith Bolduc (l. to r.) are on the com­mit­tee of the Til­lot­son Coat­i­cook Re­gion Fund, a new char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion that was cre­ated from the as­sets of the for­mer Coat­i­cook com­pany, Best Glove Man­u­fac­tur­ing, which was owned by Neil Til­lot­son.

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