conditional approval of the town of
“ Fun for
Fire safety has also been an issue.
The plans, which were submitted by
Work has already begun on the 651-
owner Raj Patel in October, call for the use
square-metre, three-storey wing, which will
of wooden, not steel, framing. The design
include a swimming pool and an apartment.
has been scrutinized by consultants and
The municipality, which has issued a
the town because of concern about
conditional building permit, has stipulated
available water pressure in the area.
that a drainage easement be secured,
To be built on a 1.9-acre construction
municipal planner Manon Belle-Isle told
site, the addition will increase the motel’s
capacity to 66 rooms.
“Fun for everyone” is the theme of the
Construction of a 16-room addition at
Built in 1990, the original 38-room
St-Bernardin Winter Carnival that will be
the Best Western L’Héritage motel on
building was expanded to 50 rooms in
Drainage became a factor because a
held Saturday, February 4 at the Caledonia
Tupper Street has received the
parking lot will be relocated closer to a
Outdoor activities start at 1 p.m. There
will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, sliding
for kids, campfire, hot chocolate, maple
taffy and other activities in the forest.
Participants are invited to take the free
shuttle at the community centre to get to the
outdoor activities site near the village.
Roger Hamelin and his musicians will
be entertaining the indoor crowd at the big
hall with country music and a dance from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A spaghetti supper and the
best home-made dessert contest will fill up
empty stomachs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A magic show featuring Maxime
Surprenant will start at 7 p.m., followed by
a special introduction of the ladies who
were once Carnival queens and duchesses.
Chansonnier Réjean Desjardins from La
boîte à chansons will keep everyone on their
feet after 9 p.m.
The full program is available online at
www.st-bernardin.ca or call 613-678-6471
by St-Bernardin Historical and Cultural
Society and St-Bernardin Family Activity
Club, with the support of The Nation
Municipality, St-Bernardin firefighters and
Caisse populaire de la Vallée.
“My interest in Vankleek Hill and its
history stems from my residency here for
the past five years,” says Dr. Brendan
Cavanaugh. “This is an amazing village
with an amazing past and it was home to
some amazing people.”
That is why hewill present a talk entitled
“This Old House and What it Means”: The
4 at 7:30 p.m. at Arbor Gallery, 36 Home
Ave. The story is a wonderful mix of facts
and folklore about the very important part
the Higginson family played in the
development of our village, including the
construction of the house now known as
Dr. Cavanaugh is Secretary General of
TDH Canada with offices in Vankleek Hill.
He is a lecturer at McGill University and a
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the civic virtues that led to the founding, the
growth, and the development of our
William and Thomas Higginson were
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two of them. The house that crowns
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Vankleek Hill, today identified as 36 Home
Ave., stands as a quiet memorial to the
numerous benefits the Higginsons brought
to Vankleek Hill. Moreover the fact that the
site today is home to significant community
services extends the Higginson spirit of
civic benefit to the present and future. This
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interactive talk attempts to report some of
the things the Higginsons accomplished
for the community and to suggest that they,
perhaps among others whose stories may
be told another time, might well be
considered by history as local heroes of the
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