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.

The bazaar is coordinated by the Cercle Socio-culturel de St. Dominique, a group formed in 1976. Membership, once swelling to 80, is now stable at approximately 14. The group, which enjoys learning and experimenting with creative projects, has organized the seasonal bazaar for over a decade, encouraging local artists, bakers, craftspeople and small businesses to share their wares.

Innovative, talented artisans from around the region sold Christmas-themed goods at the bazaar: these beautifully painted pieces are by Ginette Rivet who lives on Terry Fox Road. This self-taught artist is now taking students.

Grade six students from l'École​ Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie hosted a table spread with delicious treats as a fundraiser for their graduation trip with the school. They wish to give special thanks to their many donors and supporters especially Mme. Hélène Belisle, of Salon Chez Hélène, for offering a generous raffle prize and paying for the table.

Following their popular decorated chair presentation, the ladies of the Cercle put their heads together to create a creative hat competition this year. A display of headgear festooned with everything from vintage buttons to farm animals to frothy purple feathers was on show: passers-by were invited to vote for the most elaborate and exciting hat!

It would not be "the bazaar" without the presence of the well-loved bottle caps game. Throughout the year, caps are collected and wrapped in foil, a certain few bearing prize-winning numbers inside. A cup of caps keeps people busy during breakfast. The shelves of prizes diminished quickly, as always. If you have not played "bottle caps" at the November Christmas bazaar; well, you should.

A collection of tiny wooden crèches were on sale, crafted by Monseigneur Jean-Charles Dufour of the Catholic diocese of Gatineau. The Cercle always makes a donation to a non-profit organization: this year, profits from the little crèches went to St. Vincent de Paul and some soft knitted hats were donated to a homeless shelter in Ottawa.

 

 

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Salon Chez Hélène celebrates 40 years in business

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Kate Aley

Hélène Belisle, owner of Salon Chez Hélène in Luskville, summarizes her work career as “forty years of doing what I like.”

Born and raised in Luskville, Belisle trained and gained work experience in Hull before opening her own salon in her home in 1978. However, her experience in hairdressing dates back to her childhood.

Pontiac Community Players put on fundraising play

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Kate Aley

A hilarious one-hour play called Maid to Order was presented in Shawville April 13 and 14 by local theatre troupe, the Pontiac Community Players (PCP). Sold-out on both evenings, the profits will go towards the Pontiac High School restoration project to update lighting, sound and add a 20-foot electronic screen to be used for both school and community movie screenings. Further improvements to seating and ventilation are planned.

Above, hapless police officers Craig Young (left) and Neil MacIntosh (right) ask the slightly-shady Charles Cambin (Richard Armitage) to explain himself.

Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Kate Aley

Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

Walk right in: renovations to Family Centre ensure better, safer service

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Kate Aley

Better than a new welcome mat, a shining floor now greets visitors to the Maison de la Famille in Quyon, thanks to funding from the Ministère de la Famille. A new epoxy surface was poured last week, creating a seamless floor running though out the reception area, the Clothing Counter, kitchen and laundry.

André Fortin nominated as Liberal candidate for Pontiac

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Kate Aley

The auditorium of Onslow Elementary School was filled with supporters of MNA for Pontiac André​ Fortin on Saturday March 10. The gathering marked the re-nomination of Fortin to represent the Liberal party in the upcoming provincial elections. Community members, councilors for the Municipality of Pontiac and MRC Pontiac mayors and wardens, both past and present, were in attendance.

Community coffee: church offers warm drinks and warm reception

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Kate Aley

It is indisputably still cold outside, baby.  Éric Hébert-Daly, the new student minister at Quyon United Church, has a new idea to warm all of us up. 

On Monday 12, and on every Monday from now, Hébert-Daly will be opening the doors of the church at 1088 Clarendon Street in Quyon (next to the Post Office) between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to offer warm drinks at no charge.

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