Happy harvesters at Lavender Ridge vendage

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Kate Aley

Many hands made light work at Lavender Ridge winery's 6th annual vendage: also rapidly becoming known as the best harvest party ever. Excluding 2015 when a late frost meant no harvest at all, Lavender Ridge owners Joanne Labadie and Doug Briden have laid on a massive feast for their willing workers every year. October 9th was no exception, with harvesters aged from six to over 60 happy to get into the grapes.

The Luskville winery, founded in 2010, has become a shining star in our local agro-alimentaire industry, with Labadie and Briden encouraging and supporting a number of new enterprises throughout the Quebec side of the Ottawa Valley.

"We're happy with the yield this year; it's been amazing," said Labadie, who was hard at work in her studio kitchen baking bread for the afternoon's meal. "We had more sun this year than in a long time and the heat sent the roots of the vines deep in search of moisture, so we get more of the minerals from the soil adding nuances to the grapes."

On Saturday morning, pickers were bringing in the Frontenac Gris and a new red variety known only as ES5-17.

 

Meanwhile, Briden was in the vineyard, pulling off the netting protecting the fruit from birds before directing eager volunteers to begin work. "Today we are celebrating the harvest," he said. "Our friends and neighbours are fantastic; they really enjoy the day and we enjoy their help and company."

Last years Lavender Ridge whites are sold out: this new vintage will be blended, fermented, aged and bottled over winter and will be ready for sale by June-July 2017.

Maude-Emmanuel Lambert and son were one of the many on hand to help with the vendage. Her own grapes at Domaine du Pontiac Village had been brought in two weeks ago. "It's lovely to be here," she said, expert hands already reaching between the green leaves for the precious harvest. "I love the colour of the Frontenac Gris... They look like lavender!"

Visit www.lavenderridge.ca for location, opening hours and product list.

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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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