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.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

UPDATED: Quyon Community Centre

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●PUBLISHER'S NOTE: It was discovered after this update was published that the Municipality of Pontiac and the builder, Lalonde Cantin Construction (LCC), are locked in a dispute the full nature of which is unclear at this time. Despite multiple attempts to reach out to the Municipality, clarification of the causes of the dispute, as well as the dispute's influence on the completed project's delivery date or when the new community centre will open have not been forthcoming, and are therefore unknown. We continue to follow this story and we will bring you any updates as they become known.

Originally published on October 14th, 2018
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Work continues on Quyon Community Centre
by: Kate Aley

Everyone is watching the beautiful new Quyon Community Centre nearing completion with equal amounts of impatience and excitement. Final touch-ups on paint and drywall were being done as of last week, including finishing the stairs to the Mezzanine level.

Perfect waste management

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Sheila McCrindle

There is an old saying among environmentalist “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  This applies whenever solutions to environmental problems are being devised. Especially solutions involving human behaviour.  It means that just because a solution is not perfect does not mean it is not good.  Dealing with household organic waste is just such an example.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 3

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Kate Aley


Get Art teacher Tanya McCormick, wearing some of her unique copper jewelry

Believe it or not, all of us have a naturally creative streak and these free art classes, hosted by the Municipality of Pontiac, are the perfect opportunity to dig into it. Next in our roster of Get Art teachers is Tanya McCormick who will be teaching on Saturday, October 27th at the Luskville Community Centre.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 2

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Kate Aley

Get Art, the travelling art school based in the Pontiac, is fortunate to be able to offer all-ages classes again this year. Thanks to funding from the Municipality of Pontiac, the four classes across our three communities are absolutely free of charge for residents. 

Today we meet Luskville's Chantal Dahan who will be teaching printmaking in Breckenridge on Saturday, October 20th.

Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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The MRC des Collines de Gatineau is comprised of 7 municipalities. The smallest Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette is small enough to be exempt from complying with the Provincial Residuals Strategy. The two most densely populated, Cantley and Chelsea, have respectively 83 and 60 people per square kilometre. These two municipalities also have the highest median household income by a considerable margin.

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