Pioneer Mon­u­ment’s sight lines now func­tional

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The Pioneer’s Mon­u­ment on Duf­ferin Heights, in Stanstead East, has had an­other makeover, this time to make it ac­tu­ally func­tion prop­erly af­ter it was brought to the at­ten­tion of Mike Hack­ett that the sight lines on the mon­u­ment didn’t work. “It was a sur­prise when Anna MacDon­ald, of Van­cou­ver, con­tacted me last fall and told me about the prob­lem,” ex­plained Mike Hack­ett, of Stanstead, who was on the Pioneer Mon­u­ment Com­mit­tee that re­stored it about eight years ago. Mrs. MacDon­ald was vis­it­ing the mon­u­ment with a group of Ger­man tourists when they made the dis-

cov­ery that the sight lines were blocked by the gran­ite slabs on the top of the mon­u­ment’s walls.

When Mr. Hack­ett called all of the mem­bers of the restora­tion com­mit­tee about the prob­lem, they were all in favour of cor­rect­ing the sit­u­a­tion, so he called Roger Haskell, “Stanstead’s pro­fes­sional fixer” and re­pairs got un­der­way.

Mr. Haskell, his son Hunter and Marc Roy found a 350 pound slab of gran­ite three inches thick, re­moved the slab of gran­ite that the topo­graph­i­cal map sits atop, and in­serted the new slab which raised the sight lines and made the whole thing func­tional.

When he first ar­rived at the work site, Mr. Haskell com­mented that he had lived in Stanstead all his life and didn’t know that the mon­u­ment ex­isted. “Many of our older res­i­dents know about the mon­u­ments up there on Duf­ferin Heights, but I’m not sure that the younger people know about it. The young school chil­dren might en­joy vis­it­ing the mon­u­ments and look­ing for the names of their rel­a­tives,” com­mented Mr. Hack­ett.

Be­sides bring­ing the prob­lem to light, Mrs. MacDon­ald, who grew up in this area, also made a gen­er­ous do­na­tion to cover the re­pair­work.

Work was re­cently done on the Pi­o­neers Mon­u­ment at Duf­ferin Heights so that the sight lines of the topo­graph­i­cal map on the mon­u­ment worked.

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