52-minute meet­ing in Stanstead

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

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.

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