T-Day ‘Take 2’ for Tommy

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Brome

Lake city coun­cilor Tommy McGovern is prob­a­bly hop­ing that this Satur­day’s Town­ship­pers’ Day runs a lit­tle smoother than it did the last time it rolled into town, back in 1998. “We had the tents set up the day be­fore in Lion’s

Park then a ter­ri­ble wind and rain storm blew in in the evening. We had to tie down the tent with a rope at­tached to my truck and my wife’s car! I stayed up all night to make sure all was safe,” com­mented Mr. Mc Gov­ern in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal. “But it was fine the next day and we all had a good time,” he added. Asked if that first ex­pe­ri­ence made him hes­i­tant to take on the an­nual event a sec­ond time, he an­swered: “Not at all – I’m open for chal­lenges!”

On the con­trary, Mr. McGovern brought up the sub­ject of host­ing Town­ship­pers’ Day with the coun­cil when he heard it was up for grabs. “I thought let’s do it again! The town of Brome Lake is the head spon­sor but the towns of Brome Vil­lage and West Bolton wanted to get in­volved also. We’re get­ting a lot of sup­port,” he said.

“The bus ride that will take visi­tors from the Brome Fair­grounds to the Brome Mu­seum and back will be re­ally spe­cial with six or seven points of in­ter­est along its tour. We’ll also have wagon rides, a straw maze for the kids and plenty of food like the fa­mous chili, cup­cakes, ham­burg­ers, re­ally quite a mix­ture. The Sut­ton and Brome Lake fire de­part­ments will also put on a demon­stra­tion of the ‘jaws of life’ ex­tract­ing some­one form a car,” said the or­ga­nizer who is also the co-chair of the event along with Bar­rie Paige.

Mr. McGovern is hop­ing for not just a large crowd, but a cul­tur­ally di­verse one as well. “Town­ship­pers’ Day sounds like an English event but it’s re­ally for ev­ery­one!”

“What I’d re­ally like to say, in ad­vance in case I for­get some­one later, is that we ap­pre­ci­ate all the help from the vol­un­teers. As soon as we’re fin­ished on Satur­day we are giv­ing them a free supper on the fair­grounds!”

Brome Lake city coun­cilor Tommy McGovern is look­ing for­ward to his town’s sec­ond Town­ship­pers’ Day.

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