Who says Stanstead has a bad rep­u­ta­tion?

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

I came to Stanstead from B.C in 1969. There is not an­other place in the world I would rather have raised my chil­dren. It dis­turbed me that more than once on the re­cent sur­vey the choice was: Stanstead has a bad rep­u­ta­tion.” Isn't the whole world in a mess right now? But where else can we walk down the street alone af­ter dark with­out feel­ing fear? I’d like to men­tion a few things I’ve ap­pre­ci­ated about Stanstead over the years: STAROBE - A small group of lo­cal men didn't want to leave town when the main in­dus­try left. So they put life sav­ings and skills to­gether and made a com­pany that went on to be an em­ployer here in town. Some of the men took up the dif­fer­ent jobs - like Floyd Young who be­came a valu­able handy­man in town. Reg Waid worked for the town. When I de­liv­ered the jour­nal, he had my street plowed out by 4:30 a.m. when he knew I needed to be out on Wed­nes­days. Stanstead got to­gether be­hind the re­cy­cling when other towns had to be leg­is­lated to do it. HOCKYVILLE - The lit­tle town that went up against big­ger cities and wan $25,000 for the Arena that will be a Me­mo­rial for years to come. TOWN­SHIP­PERS DAY- The huge num­ber of vol­un­teers- in both lan­guages made this Day an out­stand­ing success. Our lo­cal IGA is al­ways right there to do­nate when asked-a lo­cal boy who stayed in town and now his son is work­ing with the fam­ily. The town can't be too bad to at­tract peo­ple of this cal­i­bre When there is a fire or tragedy, like Daniel Dubois, the lo­cal peo­ple get to­gether to help the fam­ily out-kind of re­minds you of De­pres­sion Years, but we are liv­ing in a Me-first” world. Why is Stanstead dif­fer­ent? It’s the com­mu­nity spirit here. I have felt it for over forty years. Since I moved to Duf­ferin Street, peo­ple have com­pli­mented me on my ren­o­va­tions and my garden, mak­ing me feel like they en­joy hav­ing me as a neigh­bor. The only bad thing I have heard about Stanstead is that peo­ple gossip. Well, peo­ple don’t talk about you un­less they CARE. They won’t stand by and watch some­one beat you up. They will be right in there slug­ging to help you out. I have been vis­it­ing your homes as one of the Je­ho­vah's wit­nesses for over forty years. Many of you know I have been given a prog­no­sis of three months, the one thing that would make me happy is to have you visit me at the King­dom Hall. I look for­ward to wel­com­ing you soon.

Pa­tri­cia Jory

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