Jellies invade Pontiac trees

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Kate Aley

I've always wanted to write a sensationalistic headline like that

The jellies are real however.

This month, reports have come in of juniper trees hung with these strange, amazing and reasonably disgusting-looking star-like jelly shapes: a fungus? a flower? Let's ask Dr. Internet.

Turns out these weird formations are a symptom of Juniper-Hawthorne rust, a plant disease closely related to Cedar-Apple rust.

According to Rob Sproule of SalisburyGreenhouse.com (a gardening website from Alberta), infected junipers (or cedars with a related condition) become hung with gelatinous orange blobs along their branches, generally if the month of June has been especially wet. 

"They look like orange octopuses, with slimy tentacles called teliohorns dangling from the main gooey mass," writes Sproule. "Each teliohorn has thousands of spores inside of it just waiting to catch a ride on the breeze and ride through the garden.  When they mature in mid-summer, the dispersing spores can only latch on to a specific secondary host. In the case of Juniper-Hawthorne rust, the spores travel from their primary host (junipers) to their secondary hosts (hawthorne, mountain ash and apples)."

According to the Salisbury website, junipers are not damaged by the attack. However, if it gets to apple trees, it can lead to 'significant defoliation and reduced fruit yield'. 

"The secondary hosts don’t acquire the gelatinous teliohorns. They get rust spots on their leaves that are orange with dark red to black centers. In the late summer, a different kind of spore blows from the secondary host back to the primary, where it lurks over winter until it can re-emerge in the spring," writes Sproule.

Luckily, there is an relatively easy fix for this.

"Whether you can catch the growing gall [pictured below] or find the unmistakable orange blob the next spring, it’s important to remove the growth before it spores and damages the secondary hosts. Cut all infected branches eight inches from the growth. Burn the fungus and disinfect your tools with a light bleach solution," Sproule advises.

"If it’s already on your apples, hawthorne or ash trees, remove as many infected leaves as feasible. The fewer leaves there are, the fewer spores will find their way back to the primary host to continue the life cycle. As a precaution, if you find the orange blobs you could sprinkle some sulfur dust on the leaves.The best defense is to keep the primary and secondary hosts separate."

Let me know if you've seen any of these hideous delights and, if so, what you plan to do about it.

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Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

The story of a story teller: the Joan Finnigan musical

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Kate Aley

Joan Finnigan, daughter of Shawville's Frank Finnigan, poet and author of 28 books, died in 2007. Now her legendary stories of life in the Ottawa Valley are brought to life in I Come From the Valley, a new musical by Stone Fence Theatre.

The cast of I Come From the Valley: standing from left, Phil Goden, Luna Nordholdt, Nigel Epps and Jocelyn Smith. Fran Pinkerton, seated, plays Joan Finnigan. Photo courtesy Stone Fence Theatre.

Exhibit featuring close-up paintings of Gatineau Park

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In collaboration with painter Ruby Ewen, we have organised an exhibit featuring close-up paintings of Gatineau Park!

Visiting the exhibit is free and, if you buy a painting, 50% of the proceeds will go to our Cameron-Purenne fund for research with which we fund scientific research in or about the Park!

Come and see these beautiful paintings inspired by our Park!

Where? At the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.
When? During the Visitor Centre opening hours.

Exposition de peintures présentant le parc de la Gatineau en gros plans

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En collaboration avec l'artiste Ruby Ewen, nous avons mis sur pied une exposition de peintures présentant le parc de la Gatineau en gros plans!

Visiter l'exposition est gratuit et si vous achetez une peinture, 50% des revenues iront à notre fonds Cameron-Purenne avec lequel nous finançons des projets de recherche scientifique dans le Parc ou à propos du Parc!

Venez voir ces belles peintures inspirées par notre parc!

Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac

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Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

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