Brown bins can be dangerous
OnOctober 13th, Stanstead resident Doris Nicholson received a big gash to her forehead when she slipped as she was manoeuvring her large brown composting bin. The gash was caused by the sharp plastic edge of the cover of the bin and required several stitches to close it up. Mrs. Nicholson has since heard of other people receiving deep cuts from the bin’s sharp edges and wanted to warn the public to be careful when handling them.
There’sno shortage of artistic talent in the Stanstead region and, for some, that talent shows itself at a very early age. Stanstead’s Gabrielle Cloutier, who only very recently officially became a teenager, completed a beautiful mural of two horses on the garage of an aunt who lives in Ogden over the summer. “I started drawing when I was about two and a half,” said Gabrielle in an interview with the Stanstead Journal. Known to be difficult subjects to draw, she has been drawing horses for about four or five years. The two horses are Gabrielle’s first mural, but it sounds like she may do more. “It wasn’t hard to paint something that big, it just took some time.”
“I had finished painting the siding on my garage and it looked boring. I knew that Gabrielle was good at painting horses so I asked her to paint some,” said Denise Mueller, her aunt. Like a real professional (perhaps she has received a few tips from her father, Guy Cloutier, who designed Stanstead’s Clock Tower), Gabrielle presented three drawings to her aunt for her to choose from. She then painted the design chosen on the garage wall over the summer. “I think it’s just terrific and it will be a nice souvenir of Gabrielle as she grows up,” said the happy aunt about the finished mural. “I was happy, really happy how it turned out,” said Gabrielle.
Gabrielle’s aunt isn’t the only relative who gets to enjoy this budding artist’s work: Gabrielle draws
Teenage artist Gabrielle Cloutier stands proudly beside the horse mural that she painted on the garage wall of her aunt’s home in Ogden.