New elements front and centre at Long Sault roundabout

From left, South Stormont Deputy Mayor David Smith, SDG Warden Al Armstrong, Andre Pommier and South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis — with the canoe display at the Long Sault roundabout.

LONG SAULT — Two elements, each with their own unique story, were officially recognized Friday at the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry’s most easternmost roundabout in Long Sault.

The items include a massive ship’s anchor, pulled from the St. Lawrence River years ago and refurbished by local resident and diver Andre Lafleche.

Also, a canoe, recently donated by resident Andre Pommier and painted by Long Sault native and Ottawa artist Robbie Lariviere, was installed as a piece of seasonal public art. The elements pay tribute to the history of our region and the philanthropy of local residents.

Pommier said he loved helping to improve the community, “and I love the amazing work that our local artists produce…. with the help of Robbie’s artwork, we created a great new addition to the roundabout.”

The group pose with the anchor that also forms part of the new public artwork display in Long Sault.

Lariviere said it was “extremely gratifying” to see the public artwork on display in his hometown.

While the anchor will remain housed at the roundabout year-round, the canoe will act as a piece of seasonal public art that will be displayed during the warmer months of the year.

The anchor was pulled from the river downstream of the R.H. Saunders Generating Station in Cornwall. It is unknown how it got there, or from which ship it may have come from.

“Relics, like the anchor, are part of our local history,” observed the man who retrieved it, Andre Lafleche. “South Stormont’s connection with the St. Lawrence River, the seaway and the Lost Villages have been cemented over the decades, and I think adding the anchor to the roundabout helps illustrate those ties.”

Said SDG Warden Al Armstrong of Winchester: “The roundabouts in Long Sault are part of the Counties’ transportation infrastructure and these amenities will add to the beauty and overall aesthetic of this hub in South Stormont. On behalf of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry I would like to extend our thanks to Mr. Lafleche and Mr. Pommier for their kind donations. As well, many thanks to Mr. Lariviere for his artistry.”

“The roundabout is something of a gateway into our community from the east,” observed South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis, in whose township the display is found. “Adding another vibrant installation and showcasing one of our own local artists is a great way to welcome visitors and residents to
South Stormont.”



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