52-minute meeting in Stanstead
If not for the bad jokes of a local reporter, Monday’s regular monthly meeting in Stanstead would have beaten an all-time record. Starting at 7:06, it was over and done with at 7:58 as the minutes will now eternally attest.
Good news first: the town allocated $3,000 for the annual Christmas party and the money will be spent in town.
Sir Frederick Banting will finally be honored by the town which is naming a street after him. Still, although he was the youngest Nobel Prize winner in medicine, receiving that award along with John James Rickard Macleod for the discovery of insulin, his connection to this town is thru his wife, Lady Henrietta Ball Banting. They married in 1938. Sir Banting, who as heroes go is of the first grade, died while serving in the Air Force in 1941. Like most great men, his achievements didn’t end there; he was quite a capable painter. His wife was also a forerunner of today’s modern woman: she earned her medical degree during the war, taught in Hong Kong for a while and became a teacher at the University of Toronto’s Medical School. It was about time that both were recognized.
A reminder for those who plan ahead, the annual Town sponsored Christmas lighting contest is on for another year. Three prizes of $100 will be awarded for each section of town.
And the town is looking, maybe, sometime, now or never, to spruce up the Town Hall. It is spending $1,000 to get some ideas from a young budding architect, Kristophe Baird.