Hops is tops: celebrating Pontiac's new crop

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Kate Aley

A hops party, hosted by Pontiac Hops in Luskville, gave visitors a chance to learn a little more about this successful new commercial enterprise.

Above, Pontiac Hops co-owners Anthony (right) and Jimmy Nugent.

Last Saturday, July 29, local farmers and community members toured the hops yards and also enjoyed a taste of some of the beer made with Pontiac Hops produce. Representatives of both Mill Street and Big Rig breweries had visited the farm that morning, leaving a generous amount of samples for the party.

"We had over 100 people at the event," Anthony Nugent said. "The party was held at Bradley Road with a BBQ and band in the afternoon. The people from Big Rig and Mill Street really enjoyed the visit and will come back to take part in the harvest."

Nugent explained that Big Rig are a major buyer of produce from Pontiac Hops. "They were making a brew to mark Canada's 150th and so wanted to use all Canadian products," he said.

Nugent credits the rising number of craft breweries as the reason for the development of hops farms in the area. "We got a lot of interested reactions [from the visitors]," he said. "A couple of people approached us to ask more about the work involved [in setting up a hops yard]. More and more breweries are opening; since we started [Pontiac Hops], there have been another five to six breweries have opened up in the Ottawa Valley, and that's just the ones I know about."

Pontiac Hops was founded in 2014 and currently grows Centennial and Cascade varieties. Learn more at pontiachops.ca

Photographs courtesy of Pontiac Hops

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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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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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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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