Not counting the years
Lastweek marked the 168th year of the Stanstead Journal. It is the oldest weekly newspaper in Quebec and the Townships’ oldest business. If bragging was in order, we could also say that we are Canada’s oldest, continuously published newspaper, the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph having been forced by the Americans to close shop in - ing been an international newspaper when we published the Border Journal in the earlier days of the last century.
Fact is that the Stanstead Journal is still published; a better newspaper week after week. Fiscally responsible, we cannot afford to be bad; we do not have deep corporate owners behind us nor are we some sort of tax shelter. It’s truly ‘no money-no candy’ that rules us.
And money is important. Our advertisers seem to get it: in a tight money market they still spend their money advertising with us. There is one reason for this: you are their customers. If they did not see your money in their business you would not be holding this newspaper in your hand, so help us serve you by telling them that you saw their ads in the Stanstead Journal when you shop with them. Needless to say, shop with them first.
shelf manufactured product, done in a rather revolutionary way for today, something that doesn’t need a couple of hundred dollars to use, nor access to electronic signals that you must pay for monthly. It can be folded into a hat if it rains, will gladly print any pictures of a folded Ipad used as a hat, if someone has done it, and will stand corrected.
Yet, this is not a Luddite newspaper. A lot of our administration chores are done on the cloud and a lot more of our production will be in the next year. You can access the Stanstead Journal anywhere in the world, usually before the first copy is sold, through Newspaperdirect, a Vancouver based company. It can be done by reading the same copy on pressdisplay.com or on your smartphone or tablet at pressreader.com; for a small fee you can enjoy your newspaper anywhere in the world.
better gift than a subscription to the Stanstead Journal? But a fixture in the lives of some families for two millennium and 1900’s and the 2010’s as three.
If subscribers and single copy buyers are our life and blood, they are also the real owners of this newspaper, the publisher feeling no shame in saying that he doesn’t run this business, you do. It is not the newspaper that he may dream of publishing; it is the one that you want to read. There is MUST please YOU. Nice thing about this is that the whole crew enjoys it.
So thank you, once again, on behalf of the people that pro
Finalpreparations are underway for this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on Thursday, November 22nd. The event, now in its ninth year, is sponsored by the Newport Elks Lodge, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Derby Line and the Area Agency on Aging.
The dinner is open to the public, offered at no charge and intended to serve area seniors and others who may find themselves alone during the holiday. At last year’s event more than 500 meals were served, including over 170 hot dinners that were delivered to home-bound residents. In addition, more than $3,000 was raised to help area seniors stay warm during the winter months.
This year’s event will be held on Thanksgiving Day at the Elks Lodge on the Derby Road. Elks Lodge members Red and Frances Dewing will coordinate the preparation of the meal.
Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. Musical entertainment will be provided. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Agency on Aging at 334-2190. Transportation to the event is avail- able for those who need assistance. As in past years, those attending are asked (but not required) to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank.
A traditional Thanksgiving menu of turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, corn, cole slaw, dinner rolls, pies and beverages will be served. Takeout dinners will also be available for those who are confined to home.
Additional donations are needed to support the event. As in past years, unused proceeds from the dinner will go to support the Emergency Fuel Fund maintained by the Agency on Aging. Donations may be mailed to the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Newport, Vermont 05855 and are tax deductible.
For additional information, to make a donation or to volunteer your time, please contact Patricia Beckwith or Kristopher Chisholm of the AmeriCorps Neighbor at the Area Agency on Aging at 3342190.
Canadians have always been welcome to take part in this event and, this year, Canadian potatoes will be on the menu. George Universalist Parish of Derby Line, will be donating about two hundred pounds of mashed potatoes for this event, made from a special variety of organic potato that he developed on his farm in Stanstead over the last fifteen years. It is a tasty yellow potato based on Carola, like Yukon Gold, that is good for baking, mashed, French
A PPP (potato peeling party) is their home on Tuesday, November 20th, to prepare for this event. “I have committed to provide 175 pounds of raw potatoes. I figure it would take 17 ½ people to peel ten pounds of potatoes each, so we could use a few more volunteers,” the potatoes are all peeled, they will be stored in cold water until Thursday morning when they will stove and then mashed in their industrial mixer. To make sure that the mashed potatoes would make it across the border, Mr. at the United States Customs and received approval.
If you would like to join in the potato peeling party, call George
him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People were lined up, last year, to get their free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Club, in Newport. Reserve now!