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

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.

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.

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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