A gift for the eyes: garden tour features two local sites

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Kate Aley

Butterflies, birds and bee balm... on August 5th and 6th, six remarkable gardens across this region will be on show at the Gardens and Gifts Tour. According to publicity, the event is "a self-guided garden tour featuring country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region".

With a focus on organically grown and native plants, the route is designed to allow visitors a unique glimpse of natural, gentle gardening methods at work in the wide range of conditions the Ottawa Valley contains. Tour-goers also have the chance to purchase nursery stock and seeds at some of the gardens. Art, crafts, books and cards by local creators are also for sale at each of the sites. 

The easternmost garden is at Lavender Ridge (1983, Rte. 148, Luskville). The Pontiac’s first commercial winery, the farm features acres of vineyards as well as vegetable, herb and perennial beds. The boutique and patio will be open for shopping, refreshments and wine tastings

The gardens at Spiritwood (4316 ch. Steele, Quyon) have been created, tended and added to since 1989. The farm showcases full-sun and shade perennial flower beds, apple orchards and a naturalized pond. Works by various local artists will be on display and available for purchase. 

The other four gardens are in Norway Bay, Bristol, Clarendon and Greermount.

The entrance fee to the Gardens and Gifts Tour is a voluntary donation to the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The tour can be started at any of the gardens. The gardens are open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For further information, a detailed description of the gardens and driving instructions, go to gardensandgifts.blog​spot.ca

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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.

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.

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