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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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.

Scheer in Pontiac: We shouldn’t let the politics of envy divide one group of Canadians against another

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Thomas Soulière

SHAWVILLE — The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada spent the first day of December visiting the federal riding of Pontiac with stops in Campbell’s Bay, Fort Coulonge and Shawville to speak to farmers, small business owners and voters about the CPC’s position on the Liberal government’s tax policy and to show the Conservative’s strong support of supply management.

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.

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