Who says Stanstead has a bad reputation?
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.