Election 2017: Nancy Draper-Maxsom

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

Our next interview is with Nancy Draper-Maxsom, who seeking her second mandate as councilor for Ward 1.

Born, raised

 In Beechgroove.

Profession

Small business owner and artisan; before that, 37 years with the Federal Government.

Councilor for Ward 1

For four years.

What is the greatest challenge facing your ward?

The road work: the municipal roads, they have been let go. We’ve done a quite a bit of work but there is much still a lot to be done. It impacts on everyone that is travelling the roads. The base of the road is pretty good [but] the ones that are paved, for many of them it was years ago and nothing was done. The ones that are gravel, it’s taking us time to build them back up. For some of them, it will require a lot of work; some of them need to be dropped down and built back up.

Also just getting community together as a whole. If [people] bring an issue to the council, we can work on it and see how it can be worked out. I’m not sure whether it’s the new generation, [but] everyone has got a very busy life now; there are not the events where everyone went to […] a dance. We’re working on it; the [recent] seniors’ square dance was fun!

If re-elected, what is the first thing you would like to do?

The infrastructure: the roads, the buildings. All our roads need work; ditches, brush cutting. We’re working on it, but we only have so much money. We have two fire halls that need to be renovated. There’s work to be done on the Luskville Community Centre. Also the Quyon Womens Institute needs work.

What is going right in this area?

We’re getting the new Community Centre in Quyon and that’s awesome! The monument (recently dedicated at the Luskville Community Centre), I worked on that. The work with the NCC to get the AstroPontiac (astronomy site) going, to get the Fall Fair going. When it started four years ago, they called me a month in advance and said, “Can you get us vendors?” We are finally getting recognition from the NCC. We work on a lot of things with them: the Lusk falls trail rehabilitation, the horse trail. It’s coming together; it all takes time, but it can be done. You just have to put the effort into it.

Why do you want to run for council again?

I want to see some of the projects I’ve started completed. I feel that I still have a lot to give. I want to see the residents treated fairly and equitably and the whole municipality treated that way. Everything has to be transparent and equitable. Two parts of Mountain Road have been done, the last piece will be the gullies (on the straight section), they will be done by next year.  And then Mountain Road will be done. The Lusk projects are being done; we set aside money to repave Steele Line, we set aside money to pave two roads on other side of the mountain. I’m going to stick with council for another four years [because] I want to see the money obtained for the fire halls [put to work], they’re in bad shape. And you can’t do it all in the four years! You put in for your funding and sit down and [wait].

 

 

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

Categories: 

by: 

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

Categories: 

by: 

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

Categories: 

by: 

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!

Categories: 

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

Categories: 

by: 

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.

Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

Categories: 

by: 

Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

Categories: 

by: 

Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

Pages