Add a Q to the PPJ? ATV group hopes to gain access to bike trail

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Kate Aley

Since it's inception, the Pontiac Pacific Junction (PPJ) trail was a place bikes and hikers could travel with no fear of meeting another kind of vehicle, not even a horse. But now a group of Quad Clubs are asking for that to change.

A series of petitions have been placed at depanneurs across the MRC Pontiac - including some in the Municipality of Pontiac - asking residents to express approval of the proposal: could ATVs, Quads and other small motorized vehicles have access to the PPJ, as well as other municipal back roads?

Pat Amyotte is president of Quad Pontiac. He told Pontiac2020.ca that mayors of several municipalities in the MRC Pontiac had encouraged the Quad Club to bring the question to the public as a way of helping fund the upkeep of the PPJ.

"The Route Verte funding of the PPJ trail has ended," Amyotte said. "Previously they paid $80,000 for the trail, last year they paid nothing. The bike thing was a good thing, but unfortunately, it's not the right thing. Cyclists are not going to ride 90 km, it's too far. The trail does not connect to other [cycling] trails. A lot of people want to know what is going to happen to it. We [the Quad Club] have the tractors, the equipment. We are actually getting more brush-clearing equipment for our trails this year. The cost is $100,000 a year to look after [the trail] and I think we can do it. But we need to know [what people think]."

Amyotte raises the prospect of making the PPJ trail more profitable for businesses in the villages along its' length.

"It's a white elephant right now," he said. "It's not making the MRC or the businesses any money. Cyclists don't spend any money. A local business owner told me that they come in and ask to fill up their water bottles and use the toilet and that's all. Quad riders buy gas, buy food."

Amyotte does not want to block cyclists and hikers from the PPJ.

"We often meet bikers and walkers on our quad trails and we never yell at them to keep off," he said. "We pay for those trails but they can use them. Unfortunately the shelter at the lookout on Mt. Davidson in Fort Coulonge has been vandalized. We built and paid for that shelter. It's a nice area, a great view. Anyone can use it. We want to support and help develop our communities. People say that quads destroy everything but I think they don't know who ATV owners are or what we do."

Five Quad clubs are helping circulate the petition. There were 567 members last year, 600 the year before. The Quad Pontiac has a clubhouse in Vinton and owns three or four acres of land there. 

"We need to bring something to the Pontiac to help make money, we need to support the restaurants along the route," said Amyotte. "We are losing our gas stations in the Pontiac but maybe we could get a portable tank of fuel for quad travelers. If we don't do something with the [trail], we'll lose it. It's not that we don't like bikes, it's just that bikes don't want the track."

The petition is available at Depanneur Pontiac and soon Depanneur Luskville within the Municipality of Pontiac, as well as other depanneurs towards and within Aylmer.

Amyotte hopes to get as many signatures in approval of the proposal by the end of June. Find out more about the Quad Pontiac Club at pontiac.fqcq.qc.ca

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Celebrating weeds (not weed)

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Look what I found in a particularly weedy part of my garden: the first Monarch caterpillar I've seen a very very VERY long time.

Please

let

your

milkweed

grow.

I found that chubby little fellow lurking on a blade of grass so I moved him to this leaf, where he lay like a slug for quite a long time. Then I saw that he'd done a neat u-turn. Then I saw he'd eaten a patch of the leaf and taken off like a maniac. No idea where went. Looked everywhere. So I assume he's out there.

Let your milkweed grow. 

Creative summer art classes

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Kate Aley

Get some colour into your life this summer with bright new art courses at the Pontiac School of the Arts in Portage du Fort. This year, classes include watercolour painting, printmaking, screen writing and floor cloths (a durable painted canvas mat). 

Now in it's 14th year, the Pontiac School of the Art's mission is to inspire creative discovery in everyone.

For Over 8 MONTHS We’ve Had NO Emergency Route

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Ashley Graveline

 


PHOTO: KATE ALEY

As someone who lives on Baie road and heads up to Quyon often, it really starts to hit how long Alary road has been washed out — and how annoying it is to detour around to head up to Quyon, Shawville etc.

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!

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Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters

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Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

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