Saving a Small Town

In a small American town, one person with the help of others, makes a difference.

Saving a Small Town

It’s sad to see so many businesses closing in the town of Huntingdon.  This once bustling little town used to offer it’s residents plenty of choices for shopping locally,  but with residents hit hard by the recession, they now head to the big box stores in Valleyfield, Chateauguay and New York for cheaper and cheaper items.

How do we turn things around so that residents support their local businesses and help keep them from either moving or closing?  This is not an easy task and there is no one answer. And one thing is for sure, our youth will not stay if there is nothing to stay for.  We are on the right track with the Champlain Saint-Lambert campus in Huntingdon and we need to keep fighting for it and more.

There is a big potential for tourism and hospitality.   With Huntingdon situated on the map of the circuit du paysan and with it’s picturesque location on the Chateauguay River, it has the potential of being a quaint little tourist town.  There are plenty of places to visit and things to do along the circuit du paysan and Huntingdon can give travellers a place to stop, shop, eat and sleep.

Credit: S. Pennington


Kyle Renaud December 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM

I think it’s great to have a Tim Hortons in ormstown. I don’t mind supporting small business. But when they charge 3$ for a small sub quality coffee I think it’s about time to shake things up. And if people want to still support those overpriced low quality places nothing is stopping them. No one is forcing them to use Tim hortons

andy reed December 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

it’s not franchises that kill small towns…it is the lame inhabitants who sit back and let their towns die.. the largest mistake to happen in this region was the removal of train service to the city of Montreal and replacing it with a bike path. every town along this line has died.

Monica August 21, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Sad to see also that Ormstown is allowing a chain like Tim Horton’s when we have very nice Cafes in town. To keep a small town attractive and vibrant we need to support local businesses. Franchises spoil the character of a town and kill small businesss, especially when built just outside town. Thankfully we don’t yet have a Walmart! Ratte’s is a great store and carries everything – if they don’t have it they can get it for you.


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