Tow­er­ing over Stanstead

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It­should be up by the week­end, telling us the time for the com­ing fall. The per­ma­nent fix­ture in the down­town Stanstead park, hon­or­ing the builder of Canada’s first au­to­mo­bile, Henry Seth Tay­lor, will be a clock atop a tower made, for once, of Stanstead gran­ite.

It’s a vol­un­teer ef­fort, as we all know, and, once again, we should con­grat­u­late Robert Shel­don who de­serves the credit.

But, there is a but to this story and it’s the sorry state of what was, a cou­ple of years ago, some­thing on the verge of in­ter­na­tional suc­cess: the Gran­ite sym­po­sium. In its last year, it was fi­nally go­ing some­where, prop­erly cu­rated, slowly leav­ing be­hind the sculp­tur­ing freak show of who could cut some­thing fastest.

It is not that a good sculp­ture sym­po­sium is not needed in North Amer­ica; there are none of in­ter­na­tional stature held on the con­ti­nent. Think­ing of hold­ing one yearly is fool­ish; a bi­en­nial one would be nice and achiev­ing in­ter­na­tional sta­tus would take at least a decade. This is more or less where the orig­i­nal sym­po­sium was headed, a cou­ple of years ago, be­fore all hell broke loose at the Gran­ite Mu­seum.

The last ‘sym­po­sium’, this year’s event when the clock tower was sculpted, was a dis­as­ter. Vis­i­tors could be counted in tens, not top­ping a char­i­ta­ble cou­ple of hun­dred. There is a gen­uine prob­lem with the so called mu­seum, bet­ter called a com­mer­cial ex­hi­bi­tion with a toy train sideshow. One can won­der where the syn­ergy is but there must be some in some­one’s mind.

If this at­trac­tion is to re­main, it will have to find its way fast and be prop­erly funded in or­der to be cu­rated. In other words, be­ing able to change the ex­hibits once in a while and of­fer the­matic exhibitions. In or­der to do so, it would need a true non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion at its helm. But does it need its own ad­min­is­tra­tion? This is a ques­tion that should be asked soon. We would se­ri­ously ex­plore a joint ad­min­is­tra­tion of the town’s main at­trac­tions: The Haskell com­plex; Granit Cen­tral, the gran­ite mu­seum, and the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum. We be­lieve that the lat­ter is the best placed to be at the cen­ter of such a joint ven­ture: it has the ex­pe­ri­ence of deal­ing with var­i­ous gov­ern­ment ‘providers’, knows what a cu­ra­tor is and would be able to have full-time em­ploy­ees as­sured of a job.

We also be­lieve that the Gran­ite Mu­seum should re­lo­cate to the derelict shame of this town that the first Cus­toms build­ing is. There is am­ple land around to ex­pand and of­fer park­ing space. We think that this is the only way to pre­serve the build­ing which will need at­ten­tion very rapidly. The for­mer gran­ite mu­seum could then be a purely com­mer­cial af­fair, a win­dow on the lo­cal gran­ite in­dus­try where sales could be con­ducted by a trained staff.

This needs money and, more im­por­tantly, vi­sion. It is not al­ways the first that is harder to find but, rather, the sec­ond.

U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.), on Septem­ber 17th, par­tic­i­pated in a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony for a $1.2 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the Plain­field Health Cen­ter.

“As chair­man of the sub­com­mit­tee on pri­mary health care, I am proud that we have helped lead the fight to more than dou­ble fund­ing for community health cen­ters to ad­dress the pri­mary health cri­sis in Ver­mont and Amer­ica,” San­ders said.

San­ders se­cured $12.5 bil­lion in the Af­ford­able Care Act to ex­pand health cen­ters across the coun­try, de­ploy more doc­tors, den­tists and other health care

TheBeaulne Mu­seum of Coat­i­cook is pleased to present Sébastien Gaudette’s ex­hi­bi­tion from 23 Septem­ber to 04 Novem­ber 2012. The vernissage will take place on Sun­day 23 Septem­ber at 2 p.m. The pub­lic and the press are cor­dially in­vited.

Sébastien Gaudette is liv­ing and work­ing in Montreal. He has made sev­eral solo exhibitions and has par­tic­i­pated ingroup exhibitions. Win­ner of many awards in­clud­ing the first prize of the jury at Fes­ti­val In­ter­na­tional Mon­tréal en Arts (FIMA) in 2011, this self-taught artist spe­cial­ized in the in­te­gra­tion of dif­fer­ent tech­niques in visual art, and it is with joy and pas­sion that he hopes to leave his mark in the visual art his­tory of Quebec as a poet and writer.

Sébastien Gaudette works mainly with acrylic paint, in­cor- pro­fes­sion­als in un­der­served ar­eas and dou­ble, to 40 mil­lion, the num­ber of pa­tients who have ac­cess to af­ford­able pri­mary care, den­tal care, men­tal health coun­sel­ing and low-cost pre­scrip­tion drugs.

The Health Cen­ter of Plain­field was awarded $988,700 in fed­eral funds to cover most of the $1.2 mil­lion con­struc­tion project. A new build­ing ex­panded the cen­ter’s men­tal health prac­tice from three to seven of­fices. The fed­eral money also helped build a garage for a mo­bile den­tal unit which serves pa­tients in Plain­field and four other community health cen­ters in Ver­mont.

In the past decade, Ver­mont has gone from hav­ing two Fed­er­ally Qual­i­fied Health po­rat­ing sev­eral medi­ums such as oil stick, pen­cil, spray can, mono­type, and col­lage. He is con­stantly ex­plor­ing the de­con­struc­tion of the ob­ject, the com­bi­na­tion of ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures. Re­search and cre­ation are para­mount to him and he spends much time to push ever fur­ther his ex­plo­ration.

In his works, pri­or­ity is given to re­veal strong emo­tions, mes- Cen­ters to eight, in­clud­ing 47 sites where more than 120,000 Ver­mon­ters get pri­mary health care, den­tal care, men­tal health coun­sel­ing and low-cost pre­scrip­tion drugs.

Nearly one in five Ver­mon­ters now get pri­mary care from a community health cen­ter. Ver­mont ranks sec­ond only to West Vir­ginia in the share of the states’ pop­u­la­tions cared for at health cen­ters.

Open to ev­ery­one, the cen­ters pro­vide high-qual­ity, cost-ef­fec­tive care to pa­tients re­gard­less of their abil­ity to pay, whether they are cov­ered by Med­i­caid, Medi­care, pri­vate in­sur­ance, or no in­sur­ance. Pay­ments are on a slid­ing scale, so peo­ple with low or mod­er­ate in­comes can af­ford the ser­vices. sages, aware­ness’s, so­cial prob­lems, so­lu­tions, ques­tions ... He likes his char­ac­ters to travel into nar­ra­tive uni­verses which are frag­mented and chaotic, to demon­strate the fine line be­tween dream and re­al­ity. His char­ac­ters are the ac­tors of all his staged scenes based on many of the texts he wrote. In short, his works tend to be au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal.

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