Clock Tower almost complete
The18 foot tall clock tower that was designed for Henry Seth Taylor Place in downtown Stanstead is almost ready. Local granite artisans worked together to build the piece over the weekend during the Granite Symposium at Granit Central. “All of the granite pieces for the clock tower came from one twenty ton piece of Stanstead grey,” commented Claude Lecours, the manager of Granit Central. “The tower is almost finished; the mechanism for the clock still needs to be installed,” he added. A plaque commemorating the granite companies and granite workers who collaborated on the project will also be installed.
Valued at over $100,000, the clock tower will cost the town only a few thousand dollars thanks to
the contributions in its fabrication by the many local granite companies and granite workers who volunteered their time. The granite artisans who worked during the symposium on the project were: Michel Bornais, Dave Dubois, Reginald Dubois, Slavoljub Marjanovec, Eric McCutcheon, Rock McCutcheon and André Parent. Granit Central president, Robert Sheldon, also worked on the piece during the event. Richard Lacroix installed the electricity for the workers on site and Guy Cloutier, the designer of the piece, was also on hand for consultations. The Stanstead IGA and A. Fluet et Fils were sponsors of the event.
The clock, like many other projects in this town of late, should be installed within two weeks, just in time for the arrival of the Radio Canada film crew that is coming on September 21st for a few days to film an episode of “La petite seduction”.
Granite workers Rock McCutcheon (left) and Dave Dubois were busy hand-carving the lettering on the base for the 18 foot tall clock tower during last weekend’s granite symposium at Granit Central.