Inauguration of the banners on CANUSA Street
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.
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.