Letter to the editor: Gratitude for help during floods

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Sandy St. George

Dear Editor,

A great big thanks to the Municipality of Pontiac, the Quebec Ministry of Public Security, the Canadian Red Cross and our wonderful military for their long hours of very difficult work during the recent flood. I was very impressed with the way in which they handled the devastation it caused.

The local fire department was here every evening until after midnight, encouraging folks to evacuate and offering their assistance. Most did not leave their homes until the road access closed and Hydro was shut off.

I am a 75 year-old senior woman living alone and yet not once during the whole ordeal did I ever feel alone. Each and every time I had to go to the municipal office, I received nothing but support, reassurance and encouragement from every employee I encountered, from the receptionist up to and including Mayor Larose. 

The Ministry agent who interviewed me was compassionate, patient, efficient and very reassuring. He called me three times while I was evacuated from my home to inquire as to my well being and to ask if I needed any emergency funds for out-of-pocket expenses. Now I ask you, where else would this ever happen?

I am most fortunate to be back home again with no damage to my house. My riverfront property looked like a war zone, there was so much debris everywhere. I had expected to spend this long holiday weekend cleaning it up. Much to my surprise, I found that my wonderful neighbor had done it all for me. 

It is so comforting to see how everyone now is stepping up to the plate and helping those less fortunate. What a community. There is no better place in the world to live than right here and as for these Pontiac folks, well, there is none better anywhere.

Feeling blessed and grateful,

Sandy Hollis St.George

Ward 4, Luskville

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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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Kate Aley

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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Kate Aley

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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