THE COUNTIES, Ontario – Two elements, each with their own unique story, were officially recognized Friday at the eastern-most roundabout in Long Sault, Ont.
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.
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.
“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.”
- SDG Warden Allan Armstrong
“The roundabout is something of a gateway into our community from the east. Adding another vibrant installation and showcasing one of our own local artists is a great way to welcome visitors and residents to South Stormont.”
- South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis
“I love to help improve our community and I love the amazing work that our local artists produce. I had a canoe and with the help of Robbie’s artwork, we created a great new addition to the roundabout.”
- Andre Pommier
“I’m originally from Long Sault, and to have some of my artwork on display at the roundabout is extremely gratifying. Public art is being embraced by municipalities across Canada, and to be part of that in my hometown makes me feel proud.”
- Robbie Lariviere
“Relics, like the anchor, are part of our local history. 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.”
- Andre Lafleche