The Chateauguay Valley community came out to celebrate The Gleaner and its storied 160-year history on Monday, September 18 at the Alfred Langevin Cultural Hall in Huntingdon. Invited guests toasted the anniversary while they enjoyed the old Gleaner front pages that decorated the hall as well as a bound copy of the original first edition printed on September 18, 1863.
Among those present for the event was former Gleaner general manager Sheri Graham, and several previous employees including Elizabeth Elliott, Val Furcall, Judith Taylor, Christine McAleer (who is now mayor of Ormstown), Lise McDonagh, and Jean Furcall. Invited guests also included Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille; Huntingdon MNA Carole Mallette; MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent prefect and mayor of Sainte-Barbe Louise Lebrun; as well as local mayors and representatives from area businesses and organizations, and long-time supporters of the newspaper.
“The Gleaner is a jewel in the crown of the Haut-Saint-Laurent region’s cultural heritage, and its 160-year history testifies to its importance to the Haut-Saint-Laurent community, as few media can boast a longevity of over a century-and-a-half,” said MRC prefect Louise Lebrun before unveiling a new plaque and display commemorating the 160 years of The Gleaner. The display case is now located in the lobby of the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent building in Huntingdon. The commemorative plaque was generously donated by the municipalities of Elgin, Franklin, Havelock, Hinchinbrooke, Huntingdon, Ormstown, and Saint-Anicet to mark the newspaper’s milestone. (SR)