Municipal tripling multiplies friendships, opportunities, markets, ideas
ST. JOHN VALLEY – Your hometown has most probably been tripled and you may not even be aware of it.
First of all, tripling is a very good thing. Tripling, that is, matching towns in the St. John Valley, northwest New Brunswick, and Témiscouata, QC, with one another is one of the most important aspects of the 2014 Congrès Mondial Acadien.
The idea behind the tripling is to allow leaders in each town in Maine to meet their counterparts in the other two regions of L’Acadie des terres et des forêts.
Towns have been roughly matched according to size, geographic features (such as lakes), or cultural similarities so that they have something in common as a point of departure.
Nearly every town in the Valley has met at least once with their matched communities and every report is positive.
The first meeting took place in New Brunswick, the second in Maine, and the third will take on August 24 in Témiscouata-sur-lac, otherwise known as Cabano, QC.
The aim is to enhance commercial and trade opportunities throughout the region, that’s true, but it’s also to build friendships and create ties between those who are finding out they have so much in common.
It is hoped that the international border, rather than being an impediment to economic development, will instead become more of a door to local markets.
The Congrès Mondial Acadien has invested $2,000 per triplet to help cover costs of these activities.
August 24 is the final day of CMA 2014 and activities are being held in Témiscouata-sur-Lac.
There are activities planned all day and will culminate with a “New Begining” closing ceremony that night.
But in the morning of August 24 municipalities in the Témiscouata region will play host to their respective triplet delegations from New-Brunswick and Maine.
There should be 14 such meetings in the Témiscouata region.
Later in the afternoon, each triplet group will take part in a joint ceremony at Parc Clair Soleil in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac.
This ceremony will entail the installation, assembly and unveiling of a monument (sculpture) on the site.
The design of this new monument includes a collaborative element representing the new found links woven between municipalities of L’Acadie des terres et des forêts and will be a major legacy of the Congrès Mondial Acadien.
These ties between municipalities in all three regions of CMA 2014 will hopefully far outlast the festivities of the Congrès.
These important cultural and commercial bonds will lead to increased economic development in each of the regions.
The following are the 14 triplets (with a few quartets included to round out the groups):
– Hamlin, St-André, Saint-Juste-du-Lac
– Wallagrass, Baker Brook, Saint-Eusèbe
– Van Buren, St-Léonard, Pohenégamook, Saint-Athanase
– Frenchville, Grand-Sault, Témiscouata-sur-Lac
– New Canada, Saint John Plantation, St-Hilaire, Biencourt
– St. Francis, St-François, Rivière-Bleu
– Portage Lake, Lac Baker, Packington, Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande
– Madawaska, Edmundston, Dégelis
– Drummond, Squatec, Cyr Plantation, Winterville
– Eagle Lake, Lac des Aigles, Rivière-Verte
– Fort Kent, Clair, Saint-Marc-du-lac-Long
– Grand Isle, Ste-Anne-du-Madawaska, Saint Honoré, Saint Pierre-de-Lamy
– Allagash, St-Quentin, Auclair, Lejeune
– St. Agatha, Kedgwick, Saint Elzéar, Saint-Louis-du-Ha-Ha