Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

P2020: What is the current status of the Gym?

RD: We just finished the period of accepting submissions by building entrepreneurs. The decision will be taken and confirmed this week. Hopefully renos will start in the weeks to come. We need to make sure that everything is up to code so that in the future we won't get any surprises.

The current interior of the building 

P2020. What still needs to be done before it can open?

RD: Renovations need to be completed and the finishing touches such as decoration. Purchasing the fitness equipment and hiring staff will be the next steps before the grand opening.

P2020: How can people help?

RD: We are looking to cut the cost of the renovations. I will be soliciting businesses this week to ask for donations of construction materials. We are looking for paint, left-over "floating" laminate flooring and ceramic tiles. We also need two interior doors. We are looking for some round tables and chairs, some mirrors and carpeting.
Donations of other things like fitness DVDs, a DVD player and yoga mats would be very welcome.

P2020: Will there be a grand opening when it is ready?
RD: If everything goes well, we hope to open by November but we are still not sure of the date. A lot of the citizens are a little disappointed that it's not open yet. Once we have a fixed date for the opening, it will be announced everywhere, on the Quyon Family Center Facebook page and on also the gym's official page: Centre de conditionnement physique communautaire de Pontiac / Pontiac Community Gym. It will be a party!

If you have materials to donate to the Pontiac Community Gym, contact the Maison de la Famille Quyon at 819 458 2808 or email Rachelle Dinelle at rachelle.mfq@gmail.com

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Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

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The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Kate Aley

Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

Walk right in: renovations to Family Centre ensure better, safer service

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Kate Aley

Better than a new welcome mat, a shining floor now greets visitors to the Maison de la Famille in Quyon, thanks to funding from the Ministère de la Famille. A new epoxy surface was poured last week, creating a seamless floor running though out the reception area, the Clothing Counter, kitchen and laundry.

André Fortin nominated as Liberal candidate for Pontiac

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Kate Aley

The auditorium of Onslow Elementary School was filled with supporters of MNA for Pontiac André​ Fortin on Saturday March 10. The gathering marked the re-nomination of Fortin to represent the Liberal party in the upcoming provincial elections. Community members, councilors for the Municipality of Pontiac and MRC Pontiac mayors and wardens, both past and present, were in attendance.

Community coffee: church offers warm drinks and warm reception

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Kate Aley

It is indisputably still cold outside, baby.  Éric Hébert-Daly, the new student minister at Quyon United Church, has a new idea to warm all of us up. 

On Monday 12, and on every Monday from now, Hébert-Daly will be opening the doors of the church at 1088 Clarendon Street in Quyon (next to the Post Office) between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to offer warm drinks at no charge.

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