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.

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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