For many years, Jean-Paul Treefall has been standing beside Highway 11 near Porquis, welcoming visitors to Iroquois Falls.
Because the big mascot is a lumberjack, you would think that he’s made of wood.
“No, Jean-Paul is made of foam and fiberglass,” says Town Hall staff member Marc Dubé, who oversaw a recent upgrade on Jean-Paul — surgery, if you wish.
“A lot of pictures are taken with him and by people standing on the base, it started to show after – you know, he’s been up for 12 years,” Dubé explains
Cracks were showing up. So town councillor Claude Tremblay, who’s an experienced auto body man volunteered his time to do the work, and Rondeau Collision Centre donated the materials.
“Next year, we’re going to look at having him repainted, because of the years, he’s faded, if we can find someobody local to do that, or if not, we’ll have to look outward.”
Mr. Treefall was installed September 29th, 2010, says Dubé. His biggest fear was that town council would say remove, rather than repair him.