Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

The Deschenes have operated the store for ten years. According to Jack, business, always slow in winter, was further affected by the amount of houses damaged by the flooding last year.

"Once the races stop and the cottages close, by the time October comes, that's it," said Janet. "Without tourism, there's no business."

When their lease for the store came up for renewal, the couple decided to close the business and retire.

"So many people have come in over the past weeks and said how much they will miss us," said Jack. "During the floods, we bent over backwards to help people. We always said 'no credit' but sometimes we did give credit. Some didn't come back but most did. Some people even came to the house if the store was closed to drop off the money."

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A Summer... A Fair: a perfect play for everyone

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Kate Aley

Written by the wonderful Ian Tamblyn and brought to life by the equally wonderful Theatre Wakefield, A Summer... A Fair is a short play that will stay in your memory forever.

Part historical drama, part musical comedy and 100 percent heart, the play takes place in 1944 at the famed Cantley Picnic.

Classy farmer grows permaculture crops

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Kate Aley

There is fresh and there is local... and then there is something that elevates the concept one step beyond. Audrey Lapointe (above) is all of these things and more. The young entrepreneur, based in Gatineau, is growing seasonal crops including garlic, potatoes, herbs and a variety of vegetables from her half-acre plot based at Élevage Fabie in Quyon.

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