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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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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