Green thumbs up in Quyon

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Kate Aley

A new couple is digging deep to grow food for the people of the Pontiac. Welcome Maxime L'Heureux and Sandrine Lariviere (above), proud co-owners of the Chêne Blanc market garden.

Look for this sign!

Lariviere is originally from Quyon. She met L'Heureux while studying horticulture in Montreal. The couple purchased a house on Clarendon Street and awaiting their first child within a few weeks. The farm is a 9000 square foot plot at Domaine Pontiac Village on Cemetery Road in Quyon. Right now, Chê​ne Blanc sells seasonal produce like radishes, lettuce, kale and beets. Longer-season crops such as tomatoes, melons and squash are on their way.

Yum. From left: carrots, kale, lettuce and zucchini.

"It's our first year and we are using organic methods while working towards certification," said Lariviere. "Maxime is interested in forest food and we hope to expand into products like tomato sauce with wild mushrooms."

Sweet baby turnips.

Promoting fresh local produce is a goal for the couple. "We can all grow what we need to be self-sufficient in the summer," said Lariviere. "People need to learn about what grows here and how fresh food can taste. [Customers] comment that our lettuce stays crunchy for a week; that is because it did not travel for days in a truck; it's because it was grown here."

Unusual delicious pickled radishes.

"We are starting small but plan to grow," said Lariviere. Restaurants and caterers wanting fresh, locally grown produce should contact Chê​ne Blanc to arrange a partnership.

Chê​​ne Blanc is at the Bristol Farmers market every Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm until mid-October.

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Riding in style: massive upgrade to Pontiac bus route

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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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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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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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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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