Christmas craft fair filled with fun and festivity

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Kate Aley

The annual Christmas bazaar and craft sale, held at the Luskville Community Centre on Nov. 20th was a huge success once again. The event, now in its' 35th year, is hosted by the Cercle Socio-Culturel group, a creative social group that meets at the Center every Wednesday.

​Vendors and crafts people from across the Pontiac were on hand selling beautiful innovative crafts and delicious treats of every imaginable type. Breakfast was served all day and the ever-popular game of 'bottle caps" (bouchons) was enjoyed by many. Cercle member Janine Bertrand, with husband Michel, wraps 5,000 bottle caps with foil each year, starting in January. Some of the caps contain a sticker indicating a prize. Eager participants buy 20 caps for $2 and unwrap mountains of them to claim gifts ranging from children's toys to kitchenwares at the prize table.

As usual, the Cercle Socio-Culturel had been hard at work on a group creation to raffle in order to raise funds for their materials. This year a wonderful quilt of funny cat faces was on offer, with each unique block made by a different member.

New this year was a display of old chairs, each one having been renovated or redecorated by the Cercle members, bringing new and occasionally surprising life to old furniture. Visitors to the bazaar voted on the best piece; the winner being the furry cat chair by Monique Larocque, with the antique spindle-backed chair by Louise Vaillant coming in second and the black and white bird chair by Helene Alary in third place.


A major focus for the Cercle each year is to make some kind of item to send overseas to help people in a developing country. Last year, the group crocheted sleeping mats out of milk bags. This year, the members created hygiene kits for young women for "Project Mireille" in Grand Goave, Haiti. A draw-string bag contains a washable reusable sanitary napkin holder with a selection of soft cloth pads to be placed inside. "The young girls there, when they get their periods and they don't have anything, they just don't go to school," explained Cercle president Monique Larocque. "It's a detail but it's something we don't think about and a lot of people don't know about."

The group hope to be able to make 50 kits before they send their donation in April. 


Among the artisans at the bazaar was a group of grade six students from Ecole Notre Dame de la Joie, raising funds for their end-of-year activity.

From left, Lara Deslauriers, Juliette Dorion, Billy Brassard and Caleb Cosette.

The students will be at many events around the municipality over winter and into the new year, so do support them if you can.

To join the Cercle Socio-Culturel, call president Monique Larocque: 819 455 9482.

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Slipping back: background facts

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Kate Aley

Welcome back. While I wait for my file on the accident (December 4) to be retrieved by the MRC des Collines police, I placed calls to two local people, experts on the trucking of manure. For those who are coming in late to this, see my previous "slippery" stories archived here.

Slippery story: the update

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Kate Aley

On Monday December 4, a serious accident was caused by some kind of slippery fluid being splashed all over the highway in Luskville. Many people commented on the unexpectedly deep puddles, the effort it took to stay on the road and the horrible stink of it. There was so much, a snow plow was called in to strip it off the road. What was that stuff? Where did it come from? I managed to find someone to talk to from the MTQ within two days. But as yet, my attempts to get information about this incident from the MRC des Collines police have been unproductive. 

Warming up for Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Kate Aley

Once more the Quyon Lions' Club Santa Claus Parade, held Saturday December 9, was a great success. Warmly-dressed families lined the streets to enjoy the decorated floats, horses and of course, St. Nick himself. As the Beach Barn is conspicuously absent this year, the parade's normal route was reversed, with participants gathering at the Ste. Marie's Catholic church parking lot and walking down the hill to the intersection with Clarendon. From there, the parade continued to the Onslow Elementary School gym where hot food and drinks were served as kids lined up to speak to Santa about a few important matters.

Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

Scheer in Pontiac: We shouldn’t let the politics of envy divide one group of Canadians against another

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Thomas Soulière

SHAWVILLE — The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada spent the first day of December visiting the federal riding of Pontiac with stops in Campbell’s Bay, Fort Coulonge and Shawville to speak to farmers, small business owners and voters about the CPC’s position on the Liberal government’s tax policy and to show the Conservative’s strong support of supply management.

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