The farm gate is open at the UPA Open Door event

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Kate Aley

Both country folk and city slickers came out for the 15th edition of the L'Union Producteur Agricole (UPA) Open Doors event on Sept 10. Luskville's La Riveraine, the only site within the Municipality of Pontiac, welcomed well over 100 visitors. They were able to tour the farm which dates from 1905, enjoying old machinery, tiny ponies and proud peahens, not to mention sampling some delicious pancakes.

From left, master chefs Louise Alary, Bruno Alary and Marie-Lise Couillard serving pancakes made of corn, oats, wheat or buckwheat.

The Open Door event was created to help people see where Canada's food is produced. La Riveraine, currently operated by Louise and Daniel Alary was founded by Daniel's grandfather, Jean-Baptiste. The road leading to the farm is named Odessa after Daniel's father. The farm produces grains and maple syrup and also hosts a popular sugar house restaurant in the spring.

Blacksmith for the day, Jean Laframboise was hard at work in La Riveriane's forge.

The farm also features a large collection of vintage farm machinery and a historical section with a forge and kitchen. There is also a wooden chapel housing a remarkable array of religious artifacts rescued from a decommissioned church in St. Jean-Marie Vianney, Qc. 

Local farmers and UPA members Ronald Belisle, left, and Blake Draper greeted visitors by the apple orchard.

"When people drive in, you can see them staring all around them," said Draper. "During an Open House last year, we had a young calf and a boy asked us if it was a pony. I had to ask him to repeat the question. He was about 15 years-old and he was serious. That really shows that these events are so important for education."

A tractor-drawn wagon traveled around the fields, visiting corn, wheat and soy crops.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

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.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Luskville craft bazaar

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Kate Aley

Slippery driving and chilly weather did not deter participants from attending the annual craft bazaar and breakfast event at the Luskville Community Centre on Sunday, November 19th.

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