Do­na­tions for lo­cal schools

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Ayer's Cliff

Aspe­cial County meet­ing of the Stanstead County Women’s In­sti­tute took place, last Thurs­day, in their fa­mous Tea Room on the Ayer’s Cliff Fair­grounds. Cel­e­brat­ing their hun­dredth year in the re­gion, mem­bers of the three Women’s In­sti­tute branches that make up the or­ga­ni­za­tion met for the pre­sen­ta­tion of a Time Line and to present do­na­tions to four lo­cal ele­men­tary schools.

With so much in­volve­ment in the com­mu­nity for so long, it’s no won­der the Time Line ban­ner spreads along all the walls of the Tea Room, filled with facts and pho­to­graphs from the past. “We’d like to leave the whole ban­ner up but one of the walls of the Tea Room is in bad shape, so we’ll prob­a­bly have to take some of the ban­ner down even­tu­ally,” ex­plained mem­ber Phyl­lis Dustin.

County pres­i­dent Dyanne Saanum pre­sented do­na­tions to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ayer’s Cliff Ele­men­tary, North Hatley Ele­men­tary, Princess El­iz­a­beth Ele­men­tary and Sun­ny­side dur­ing the meet­ing. “Be­cause it is our 100th an­niver­sary, we re­ceived some do­na­tions and we’ve made some money, so we wanted to give back to the com­mu­nity by giv­ing money to the school for things like ba­sic school sup­plies,” said Mrs. Dustin.

At the Ayer’s Cliff Fair, the Stanstead County Women’s In­sti­tute pro­vided two ex­tra prizes, also be­cause of their cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion. A $25 Ladies Depart­ment prize for an out­stand­ing work was shared by Mar­cella Brown, for her quilt, and Yolande Lamire for her Christ­mas wreath, while a spe­cial $25 Hor­ti­cul­ture Depart­ment prize was won by Perry Mackin­non for his honey.

The spe­cial County meet­ing was at­tended by about a dozen mem­bers and in­vited guests Joan Lalonde and Melvin Dustin.

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