Coat­i­cook MRC sup­ports its farm­ers

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Coat­i­cook

The Coat­i­cook MRC held its monthly meet­ing on April 20th. The coun­cil gave its sup­port to the UPA Estrie in their ef­forts to get the Que­bec govern­ment to put aside the Florent Gagné re­port, “Pour une in­dus­trie ac­eri­cole forte et com­pet­i­tive”, leav­ing the is­sue to those who work in the Que­bec maple syrup in­dus­try to im­prove the sys­tem, the Agence de vente et la re­serve strate­gique de sirop d’er­able.

The Coat­i­cook MRC will hire two stu­dents, for the sum­mer, to talk to cit­i­zens about proper waste man­age­ment. They will be all over the ter­ri­tory on col­lec­tion days and will also visit busi­nesses to help them man­age their waste.

The sys­tem­atic emptying of sep­tic sys­tems be­gins this sum­mer and one stu­dent has been hired to man­age this. She will send let­ters to home­own­ers, co­or­do­nate the con­tract holder, and make sure that the cov­ers are un­earthed in time for the clean­ing. In 2016, the sep­tic tanks in Ste-Ed­widge, Water­ville, Coat­i­cook and St. Malo will be emp­tied.

The coun­cil awarded $3,500 to the Car­refour je­unesse em­ploi for the Place aux je­unes en re­gion pro­gram. Fi­nally, the projects se­lected for the Coat­i­cook Re­gion Til­lot­son Funds were adopted by the Coat­i­cook MRC which acts as an ad­min­is­tra­tor of the funds.

Village of North Hat­ley is look­ing for vol­un­teers to help with var­i­ous tasks (traf­fic con­trol, food run­ners, etc.) dur­ing the an­nual Mother's Day Half­Marathon to be held this com­ing May 8th, from 6:30 am to 12 noon, in River Park. Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for the event is asked to con­tact Natasha Prince at 819 842-2754 or at info@north­hat­ley.org be­fore April 29th. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to the marathon web­site at www.couriren­estrie.com or con­tact Pa­trick Ma­hony by e-mail at info@couriren­estrie.com.

North Hat­ley Mother's Day Half-Marathon is a fundraiser for lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions that hold recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for youth and help chil­dren in the re­gion. The event is for run­ners of all lev­els and of­fers four races: 1km for chil­dren, 5km, 10km and 21.1km. North Hat­ley mayor, Michael Page, will be one of the run­ners this year. The run will be fol­lowed by a brunch (fee ex­tra) pre­pared by the Café Mas­saw­ippi and its dis­tin­guished chef, Do­minic Trem­blay.

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