Sun­ny­side stu­dents get bikes ready for sum­mer

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Chan­tal Mé­nard, Spe­cial Col­lab­o­ra­tion

Last Tues­day, May 17th, a bike clinic was held at Sun­ny­side Ele­men­tary for stu­dents from Pre-Kinder­garten to grade six. Sgt. Pa­trice Gre­goire, the com­mu­nity of­fi­cer with the Sureté du Que­bec, was on hand to ex­plain all the safety rules to be fol­lowed when rid­ing a bi­cy­cle and the stu­dents even got to prac­tice their skills in the park­ing lot. The stu­dents were for­tu­nate to have Jac­ques Bureau and Axel Royer-Gagné,

Dur­ing the monthly meet­ing of the Coat­i­cook MRC, held on May 18th, the coun­cil gave its sup­port for Ge­orge Weller’s Air­port CTQ2, lo­cated in Stanstead East, and its project to ob­tain a Can­pass air­port ac­cred­i­ta­tion for the sum­mer sea­son. This ac­cred­i­ta­tion would al­low for the land­ing of pri­vate air­craft from the United States at the air­port, of­fer­ing the pi­lots and their pas­sen­gers the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover the beau­ti­ful re­gion dur­ing their trip.

Fol­low­ing the re­cent call for projects, which ended on April 15th, the Coat­i­cook MRC has au­tho­rized the fi­nanc­ing of twelve projects, five ter­ri­to­rial and seven lo­cal, for a to­tal of $233,678. The fol­low­ing projects re­ceived fund­ing: Cro­quar­ium, $4000; the Coat­i­cook MRC to de­ploy elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions in seven mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, $59,600; Rues prin­ci­pals Coat­i­cook, $5000; Cor­po­ra­tion de de­vel­oppe­ment com­mu­nau­taire, $6,500; MRC for a new water cir­cuit Aquati­cook, $ 20,000; Coat­i­cook Gorge, il­lu­mi­nated water games, $33,000; Coat­i­cook, beach pavil­ion Lac Lys­ter, $38,607; Comp­ton, park equip­ment, $15,008; Fabrique de Paroisse Notre Dame de l’Unité, $10,000; Saint Malo, tourist stop, $7,997; Stanstead East, her­itage restora­tion of Town Hall, $16,566; Water­ville, play­ground equip­ment, $17,500.

The fol­low­ing projects were kept in the Fonds de cours d’eau pro­gram: water test­ing in Coat­i­cook river at five sites, $578; water test­ing of trib­u­taries of lac Wal­lace in Saint Hermenegilde, $840; an en­vi­ron­men­tal di­ag­nos­tic study of the drainage basin of Lac Lys­ter, $5000. teach­ers from La Ruche high school, to help stu­dents in­spect and per­form mi­nor re­pairs to their bikes. Af­ter the in­spec­tion, all of the grade five and six stu­dents rode their bikes from Stanstead to Ayer’s Cliff, about twenty kilo­me­ters. Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion teacher Chan­tal Me­nard was proud of all the stu­dents who took the bike ride and thank­ful to the par­ents who brought the bikes to school and even joined the stu­dents. “This ac­tiv­ity was great to pro­mote healthy life­styles,” com­mented Ms. Me­nard.

photo cour­tesy Chan­tal Mé­nard

Grades five and six stu­dents rode all the way from Stanstead to Ayer’s Cliff af­ter get­ting their bikes checked out. They are seen here with Sun­ny­side teach­ers Chan­tal Mé­nard (left) and Emily Grey (right) and La Ruche teach­ers Jac­ques Bureau and Axel Royer-Gagné (mid­dle front).

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