New vo­ca­tion for St. James Hall

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

Hat­ley’s new Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, lo­cated in the newly re­stored St. James Hall, was in­au­gu­rated in front of a crowd of cit­i­zens, elected of­fi­cials and donors to the lengthy project, last Satur­day. The project to res­tore the his­toric land­mark, which was built in 1837, be­gan twenty years ago. Funds for the work came from the Pacte Ru­ral, the Con­seil du Pat­ri­moine re­ligieux du Que­bec, the Hat­ley Li­brary and Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley.

The build­ing will now be used for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties or­ga­nized by the town’s com­mu­nity cen­tre As­so­ci­a­tion, such as lan­guage cour­ses, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, bridge etc., and rooms will be avail­able to rent for mar­riages, re­unions or other events.

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion, there were ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and an art exhibit, all fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments.

Seen here at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new Hat­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre were (l. to r.) NDP MP Jean Rousseau; for­mer Hat­ley mayor Jac­ques de Le­se­leuc; Lu­cie Masse, the pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion du

cen­tre com­mu­nau­taire; and Hat­ley mayor Denis Fer­land.

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