Barn­ston West News

– Her­itage For­est on track

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Res­i­dents of Barn­ston West saw a slight in­crease in their prop­erty tax of 1.5 cents/$100. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s mill rate is now .565/$100.

Barn­ston West’s big pro­ject this year will be the first plant­ing of trees and the build­ing of pedes­trian trails in its “Her­itage For­est”. “We’ll be plant­ing five hun­dred trees in the spring, mostly oak and maple, and red spruce and white spruce which are na­tive to the East­ern Town­ships,” ex­plained the mayor of Barn­ston West, Johnny Piszar. “We’ll also start build­ing about 1.5 kilo­me­ters of path­ways and put up in­for­ma­tion signs about the trees,” he added. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is hop­ing to get vol­un­teer stu­dents from Stanstead Col­lege to help with the plant­ing as well as lo­cal vol­un­teers. “Once it’s fin­ished it will be for ev­ery­body to walk in and we hope that stu­dents from the lo­cal schools will come to walk in the woods and learn about the trees. Mr. Peter Kil­burn, who passed away last year, re­ally took this pro­ject to heart,” said Mr. Piszar.

An­other mas­sive tree plant­ing will take place again in 2017 in the roughly five acre for­est.

For­mer Barn­ston West mayor then coun­cilor Ghis­lain Le­blond is no longer on the Barn­ston West coun­cil af­ter mov­ing to Stanstead East. “That will be a loss for us. She was re­ally well-known to all the res­i­dents,” said Mr. Piszar. An elec­tion will be held in March to fill the seat.

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