Our past in stone: sculpture depicts history of Pontiac

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Kate Aley

"At the Crossroads", an eight-foot tall obelisk, was officially dedicated at the Luskville Community Centre on Saturday, October 7. Each side of the monument is symbolic of the municipality’s history, showing aspects of local geology and biology, as well as the lives of First Nations people and European settlers.  

Meghan Lewis, agent for culture and community life for the Municipality of Pontiac, MCed the dedication, describing the concept behind the new piece and the elements of local history it represents. "This area will be further developed with picnic tables and more gardens," she told Pontiac2020.ca. "We chose this site for the elements of hills, river and farmland. It will be a welcoming face for visitors to the municipality."

Sculptor John-Philippe Smith said this is the first time a piece of his work has been placed in the Pontiac. However, his company Smith & Barber has restored stone work on several buildings on Parliament Hill. "My ancestors came to this area in the 1880s," he told the assembled guests. "It's an honour to use this medium to represent the history of this area." Smith thanked his both his parents and his high-school art teacher, Shawville's Carol Holmes, for their support in his artistic endeavors.

A detail of the First Nations panel. "At the Crossroads" is one of seven new sculptures highlighting the historical, cultural and natural heritage of  municipalities of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais. It was the last of the series to be unveiled.

The obelisk was paid for through the Collines de l’Outaouais Cultural Development Fund, the Development Agreement between the MRC and the Ministry of Culture and Communications. Other financial partners included the seven municipalities of the MRC, Tourisme Outaouais and the Regional Conference of Outaouais elected officials (CREO).

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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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