Better, brighter: NCC celebrates completed work at Luskville Falls

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Kate Aley

Members of the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP) and the local community gathered on Nov. 15 to acknowledge the completion of renovations to the Luskville Falls trails and picnic area.

Above, speaker Patsy Lusk with Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the NCC (left) and Roger Larose, mayor of the Municipality of Pontiac

A number of projects were officially inaugurated, representing a total investment of $1.2 million by the NCC. The restoration and improvements to the access to rock climbing sites on the Eardley Escarpment cost $537,000. Work on the equestrian trail that follows the base of the escarpment as well as the construction of a metal and wood bridge over Chartrand Creek cost $276,000. Extensive rehabilitation of the Luskville Falls Trail, parking lot and interpretive panels cost $260,000. A slope at the Church Hill Picnic Area on Eardley - Masham Road was also stabilized, costing $190,000.

Chief Executive Officer for the NCC, Dr. Mark Kristmanson (above), thanked the assembled visitors, which included three members of the Pontiac Equestrian Association and their steeds.

“This represents a big investment in the park,” said the mayor of MoP, Roger Larose, addressing the crowd. “I am very pleased to celebrate the history of the Lusk family who have given their name to this area.”

Patsy Lusk (above) spoke next, thanking the MoP and the NCC for the new interpretive panel on the history of the Lusk family, which will be displayed at the Town Hall.

Also attending the event were Debbie Lusk, Linda Lusk and Bonnie Lusk. They recalled climbing the falls as students and being able to identify the various homes and farms of the people they knew.

From left, Debbie, Pat, Linda and Bonnie Lusk with the plaque recognizing the family's historic link to the area.

According to an NCC press release, the most recent Status Report on Gatineau Park Ecosystems concluded that most of the key ecological zones are in good health—an important achievement, given the increasing pressures of urbanization in areas surrounding the Park and the intensity of visitor use within the Park. The NCC’s ongoing priority is to maintain upkeep throughout Gatineau Park, particularly working of definition the official trails. “Our colleagues [at the NCC], the biologists, the directors, they all had a hand in this,” commented communications officer Jasmine Leduc. “They are proud to be part of this; we are really happy to work with and share this with the community.”

 

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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