Jellies invade Pontiac trees



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 (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.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Celebrating weeds (not weed)


Look what I found in a particularly weedy part of my garden: the first Monarch caterpillar I've seen a very very VERY long time.






I found that chubby little fellow lurking on a blade of grass so I moved him to this leaf, where he lay like a slug for quite a long time. Then I saw that he'd done a neat u-turn. Then I saw he'd eaten a patch of the leaf and taken off like a maniac. No idea where went. Looked everywhere. So I assume he's out there.

Let your milkweed grow. 

Creative summer art classes



Kate Aley

Get some colour into your life this summer with bright new art courses at the Pontiac School of the Arts in Portage du Fort. This year, classes include watercolour painting, printmaking, screen writing and floor cloths (a durable painted canvas mat). 

Now in it's 14th year, the Pontiac School of the Art's mission is to inspire creative discovery in everyone.

For Over 8 MONTHS We’ve Had NO Emergency Route



Ashley Graveline



As someone who lives on Baie road and heads up to Quyon often, it really starts to hit how long Alary road has been washed out — and how annoying it is to detour around to head up to Quyon, Shawville etc.

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens



Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant



Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project



Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!


Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters



Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.