Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Kate Aley

Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

Members of five families gathered at the Luskville Library on Monday March 19 to play games, sing songs and explore the fun and colour of spring. The playgroups are facilitated by the Table de développement social de Pontiac (TDSP), based in Campbell's Bay and funded by Avenir d'Enfants, which serves the entire MRC Pontiac, plus the Municipality of Pontiac. 

The Luskville playgroup presents bilingual events and activities three times per month, both at the library and the Community Centre.

The free playgroups are flexible and forgiving. "You don't have to be here on time and you don't have to call to reserve a place," reassures animator Lisa Corrigan. "We always provide a snack for each child, plus a little surprise to take home."

Moms and young ones enjoy some mat time.

"There is no 'downtown' to Luskville so this [playgroup] is a great place for parents to talk to other adults and let kids meet each other," Corrigan said. "It's quite possible these children will grow up to go to school together. I've seen a lot of friendships start at playgroups, for both kids and parents."

Face painting and egg decorating? Mondays can't get better than this.

The mission of the Table de développment social du Pontiac Comité​ 0-5 ans is to "favour development of the 0-5 years olds within our territory .... to experience successful integration into school, [while] taking into account individuality at developmental levels". Comité 0-5 projects include projects which encourage language stimulation and offer support for home daycare providers, breastfeeding mothers and parents learning French.

Find out more about the playgroups and other services offered by the TDSP across the Pontiac region at Facebook.com/05pontiac or by contacting 

Lisa Corrigan at 819 648 2825 or at anim05pontiac_est@hotmail.com

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Salon Chez Hélène celebrates 40 years in business

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Kate Aley

Hélène Belisle, owner of Salon Chez Hélène in Luskville, summarizes her work career as “forty years of doing what I like.”

Born and raised in Luskville, Belisle trained and gained work experience in Hull before opening her own salon in her home in 1978. However, her experience in hairdressing dates back to her childhood.

Pontiac Community Players put on fundraising play

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Kate Aley

A hilarious one-hour play called Maid to Order was presented in Shawville April 13 and 14 by local theatre troupe, the Pontiac Community Players (PCP). Sold-out on both evenings, the profits will go towards the Pontiac High School restoration project to update lighting, sound and add a 20-foot electronic screen to be used for both school and community movie screenings. Further improvements to seating and ventilation are planned.

Above, hapless police officers Craig Young (left) and Neil MacIntosh (right) ask the slightly-shady Charles Cambin (Richard Armitage) to explain himself.

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.

Walk right in: renovations to Family Centre ensure better, safer service

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Kate Aley

Better than a new welcome mat, a shining floor now greets visitors to the Maison de la Famille in Quyon, thanks to funding from the Ministère de la Famille. A new epoxy surface was poured last week, creating a seamless floor running though out the reception area, the Clothing Counter, kitchen and laundry.

André Fortin nominated as Liberal candidate for Pontiac

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Kate Aley

The auditorium of Onslow Elementary School was filled with supporters of MNA for Pontiac André​ Fortin on Saturday March 10. The gathering marked the re-nomination of Fortin to represent the Liberal party in the upcoming provincial elections. Community members, councilors for the Municipality of Pontiac and MRC Pontiac mayors and wardens, both past and present, were in attendance.

Community coffee: church offers warm drinks and warm reception

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Kate Aley

It is indisputably still cold outside, baby.  Éric Hébert-Daly, the new student minister at Quyon United Church, has a new idea to warm all of us up. 

On Monday 12, and on every Monday from now, Hébert-Daly will be opening the doors of the church at 1088 Clarendon Street in Quyon (next to the Post Office) between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to offer warm drinks at no charge.

Riding in style: massive upgrade to Pontiac bus route

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Kate Aley

It's smooth and it's quiet with internet access, a 36" flat screen TV and reclining seats and it leaves Allumette Island at 10 minutes to 5 am every day. This is the new coach that runs Route 148 and you can be on it. This week, riders taking the Campeau Bus Line to the city were treated to a brand-new luxury coach, a demonstration vehicle in service before the permanent vehicle becomes available in about a weeks time.

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