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Golf course concerns

On Sunday morning March 24 approximately 150 Brome Lake residents attended a well-organized two-hour meeting concerning the demise of the Inverness Golf course. The concern was not so much that golf would no longer be available but the natural green space the golf course provides for this ecologically sensitive area drained by the Papineau Brook. The area has been long regarded as “the lungs of the Lake”.

Going back four Brome Lake administrations ago when the golf course was first proposed for this zone controversy prevailed among local people, including the members of Imaginaction. Almost 30 years later, here we are once again confronting an issue that pits land developers and potential zonal change against a public that is somewhat ambivalent and neutral on golf, but very supportive of the green space the golf course now provides. The consensus amongst most at that meeting was that the green space should remain, and nature should prevail regardless of whether the present golf course owner regards the course as a lost cause. Inevitably it seems the owner can hardly wait to sell the course and has thus far shown little interest in what happens to the present zoning which allows residential building as well as campgrounds. The suggestion that the town and council should take the initiative and intervene to protect this zone was made but regarded by the mayor as premature – possibly bring it to a head with a referendum? The next few months will bring in a new golf season and a golf course literally going to seed unless we residents of Brome Lake act now.

Peter Cummings, Bondville

Econotes

For several years in the 1990’s ’Econotes’ appeared on a regular basis. Those were the days of ’the three R’s’ (reuse, reduce & recycle), of “Recyclab’ (Recyclage Lac Brome), the drop off depot behind the old IGA where finding ways to reuse and reduce came well ahead of recycle.

Remember the “garbage-free lunch”? Society seems to have slipped away from a lot of good practices! We now complain and complain, and feel like victims (about packaging, for instance) and forget, or need to be reminded that WE, the consumers have more power than we think if we increase our awareness and work together.

Awareness is the first step so take a look at toilet paper and paper towels for instance; read the labels of the different brands, recycled content? small print? Why is the center cylinder brown cardboard (unbleached) in some brands and white (bleached) in others? Is it necessary to be white? Is it good to be white? Purchase what you wish, but make an informed choice.

Good ideas and initiatives are still out there. Let’s harness them and make our small corner of the world a great example!

Feel free to contact me. 450-242-2892

Gail Watt, West Bolton

Keep West Bolton beautiful

Frustrated with looking at ’household residual waste’ plastic bins (those black, green and blue eyesores) that keep multiplying?

As citizens, let’s work together by sharing our problems, ideas and suggestions and find solutions to the placement and storage of these containers.

Let our pride and community spirit shine!

For more information, please contact me at 450-242-2892

Gail Watt, West Bolton

Avis de recherche

J’aimerais retrouver ce que William Clark a fait à Bondville en 1950-1951 ou par la suite. On peut peut-être le trouver dans les annuaires téléphoniques ou la liste des électeurs de cette époque.

Il s’agit d’un jeune homme né en 1927 qui a donc alors 23-24 ans. Il était d’allégeance baptiste, rattaché à la Mission de Grande-Ligne (Saint-Blaise et Institut Feller) et de 1946 à 1950 s’était occupé de l’école de Lac- Long dans le Témiscouata (à Rivière-Bleue) ainsi que de l’animation de l’église locale. Il a quitté en septembre 1950 en disant qu’il partait pour Bondville mais sans donner de précision sur son emploi à cet endroit. Il n’était plus alors rattaché à la Mission de GL, mais peut-être était instituteur ou professeur

dans une école ou un pensionnat de Bondville. Cela étonne qu’il soit parti si loin à 460 km de son point de départ et nous aimerions savoir ce qu’il est devenu. Nous faisons une recherche sur les instituteurs de Rivière- Bleue, l’école de Lac-Long sera bientôt transformée en musée avec explication sur ses instituteurs et institutrices.

Jean-Louis Lalonde, secrétaire de la Société d’histoire du protestantisme franco-québécois, lalondejl@videotron.ca