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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Municipality of Pontiac's 12th Council Gets to Work in Earnest

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Thomas Soulière

LUSKVILLE — Pontiac's twelfth Council conducted its first public meeting Tuesday with many new faces following the municipal election on November 5th.  Since coming into power, this is the new team's third meeting together: a special meeting on November 14th, a caucus meeting to prepare the agenda for their first regular meeting, and the public meeting Tuesday night.

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.

To Paris with paint: Luskville artist invited to French Salon

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Kate Aley

Taking part in any art exhibition can feel exciting yet challenging, But to be part of an international exhibition takes those emotions to a whole new level. Luskville painter Linda Bergeron Baril will be flying to France next month to show three paintings at the Carrousel du Louvre at a show hosted by the Société​ Nationale Des Beaux Arts from December 7 to 10.

Above, Linda Bergeron Baril with the three paintings selected to be in the exhibition.

Le jour du Souvenir 2017 au cénotaphe de Quyon

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Kate Aley

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Guy Faubert

Malgré les pluies torrentielles, les habitants de Pontiac ont gardé un silence respectueux lors de la cérémonie du jour du Souvenir au Cénotaphe de Quyon le 5 novembre.

Not Lyme: woman struggles to recover after tick bite

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Kate Aley

Two months ago, Ottawa high-school teacher Julia Brown* was a healthy woman enjoying a summer day at a riverside cottage. Yet a bite from a tick nearly took her life. But it was not Lyme disease; it was something worse. Brown and her family were visiting a friends’ cottage on the waterfront in the south of Luskville, along Ch. Pins on Black Bay in mid-August.

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