In­au­gu­ra­tion of the ban­ners on CANUSA Street

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

OnWed­nes­day, June 12 at 9 a.m., peo­ple gath­ered for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new ban­ners on CANUSA Street.

Dig­ni­taries from Canada and the United States gath­ered to­gether to cel­e­brate the new ban­ners which will help to mark the unique po­si­tion of the street that runs along the bor­der be­tween both coun­tries. The in­stal­la­tion was an ex­cel­lent oc­ca­sion for the neigh­bors to meet and have a friendly ex­change of sto­ries about the joint his­tory of the lo­cal peo­ple.

Many vis­i­tors who drive along the road are un­aware of its unique sta­tus. Lo­cals who have lived near or on the road know about the road named CANUSA for the fact that it is in CANADA and the USA, a fact that is not ob­vi­ous to tourists. The ban­ners will help cre­ate a re­newed aware­ness of the street which has been in ex­is­tence for over a cen­tury.

Lo­cal artist Lizabeth Laroche, de­signed the ban­ners for CANUSA Street. The artist de­signed two ban­ners which are in close prox­im­ity on al­ter­nate poles on the street. Each one fea­tures the national sym­bols of its re­spec­tive coun­try, be it the maple leaf or the stars and stripes.

Photo courtesy

Present at the cer­e­mony (from left to right): Guy Ouel­let, Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­selor, Town of Stanstead; Philippe Du­til, Mayor of Stanstead; Alain Robert, Com­mu­nity Lia­son

Of­fi­cer for the of­fice of the Deputy Jean Rousseau, Comp­ton Stanstead; Lise Routhier, Mayor of Og­den;

Hu­bert Lav­i­gne, trea­surer of the Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail; Bob Shel­don, Pres­i­dent of the in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen

ter Granit Cen­tral; Ray­mond Ban­ham, Pres­i­dent of the Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail; Sharon Booth, town clerk

from Derby Line, Vt.; Joanne La­je­unesse McKay from the CLD Mem­phré­m­a­gog in Stanstead; Beula-Jean Shat­tuck, Mem­ber of the Derby Se­lect Board; Bev­erly

Good­sell, co­or­di­na­tor of the Stanstead Com­mu­nity Mar­ket; Brian Smith, Chair­man of the Se­lect Board, Derby, Vt.; Eva Juul owner of the Rock Is­land de­vel­op­ment pro­ject; John Wil­son, Pres­i­dent of the Board

of Al­der­men, New­port Vt.; Hélène Hamel, Pro­ject Co­or­di­na­tor for the Vil­lage-re­lais pro­gram, Stanstead. Ab­sent from the photo : Rémi Du­mont, Michèle Richard,

Coun­selor, Town of Stanstead; and Jean-Claude Mauté.

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