In writing this post, I realize I am automatically disqualifying myself from the contest for “Best Blogger for Fast Coverage of Breaking News.” That’s because I’m writing about a project that dragged on for much of the year, culminating in a ceremony on October 15. (Well, I’ve been busy.)
In any case, Daglan’s Project of the Year was the 137,000-euro renovation of the Mairie, including the creation of a postal agency within the building. (The building that housed our former postal agency, across the street from the Mairie, is now for sale.) Here’s a look, with all photos provided by Chief Staff Photographer for Radio Free Daglan, my wife Jan.
The Mairie hasn’t moved — it’s just much spiffier, starting with an attractive glass door that slides open automatically as you approach. (How modern is that?) Here’s the entrance:
Our Mayor has an office in the back of the Mairie, but sometimes you can find him out front at the reception desk, on the telephone, as he is here:
And this is the new-look service desk for our postal agency:
There’s also a nice big meeting room, where the village council members hold their get-togethers:
As for the grand opening, it was, actually, fairly grand. Because of the special guests who attended (such as Germinal Peiro, le Député de la Dordogne, who represents our département in the National Assembly), several members of the Gendarmerie were on the scene, alert to potential trouble. Here’s a look at the crowd:
And here is the ribbon cutting itself, with the scissors being capably handled by Mayor Pascal Dussol. To the right of the Mayor is M. Peiro himself, looking pretty serious about the whole affair.
As for the future, I shall try to be a bit more prompt in covering events in the village (although it’s sometimes hard to overcome the attraction of the afternoon siesta).