Quyon Christmas parade lights up the day

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Kate Aley

Held as an evening Parade of Lights for the last 10 years, the Quyon Christmas parade was switched to 2 pm on Dec.10 to great success. Traditionally hosted by the Quyon Lions and Lionettes, the change in time was intended to allow younger members of the community to take part as well as relieve float builders of the necessity of lighting their displays. Nine floats - including the one carrying a particularly jolly Santa Claus - took part in this year's parade. At the Beach Barn, adults and children were treated to hot chocolate and hot dogs, served by the Lionettes, while they waited for a word with Santa. This year the food was donated by local business people Robert Pilon and Joanne Marcotte.

"It was a great turn-out, especially with all the children taking part," said Lions organizer Adam Bernier. "The hall was packed. Overall it was a great success with so much community support, both taking part in the parade and watching it."

First prize for the best decorated float was the Maison de la Famille: the trailer simply loaded with kids and festooned with toys. Second was Bob Proulx Jr., with family and friends either on horse back and horse drawn wagons. Third prize was taken by Tim Hortons Camp for the colossal tree on their truck and wreaths on the wheels.

The Pontiac Fire Department led the parade with three vehicles.

​Firefighters handed out candy canes to watching children.

L and J Towing came next, featuring the loudest horn in the business.

Tim Hortons Camp did a great job decorating their corporate truck with the best hubcap wreaths.

The Maison de la Famille float, voted best in the parade, featured toys, music, a giant tortoise mascot and more toys.

Who can this lovely chaton be?

Denis St. Laurent entered his seasonally-themed ATV.

Proud Lionettes of the future.

Bob Proulx Jr. led a cavalcade of horses and wagons. The following group of riders represented Happy Home Cleaning.

A beautiful Canadian horse.

The parade was also fun for pooches.

MdlF mascot Shelley says "have a protected Christmas!"

For some, the end of the parade was as engaging as the parade itself.

The line-up was long but everyone was happy, because, Santa, you're worth it.

 

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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.

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.

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