The waterways of the Pontiac: new tourist trail to launch in June

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Kate Aley

Sharp-eyed road sign readers will have noticed these new additions to our highway, this one opposite Chemin Wilson in Luskville. They have been erected in preparation for the launch of a new historical tourist initiative, Chemins d'Eau, on June 19.

The 278 km route will stretch from the Chutes Coulonge in Ft. Coulonge in the east, passing through Pontiac and Buckingham to Montebello in the west, including a loop up to Wakefield and Chelsea. It was designed by Tourisme Outaouais to help promote the history of the great rivers of the area and the communities that they created.

Emerson Velasco, development advisor for Tourisme Outaouais, says the route is intended to grow and develop to benefit the towns along its length. "The theme of the route is explain how these rivers have helped shape history," he said. "The signs will help guide the drivers. The launch in June will be followed by a publicity campaign and the publishing of an on-line and paper map. After this, we will work to add partners and attractions that fit with the theme."

The new Chemins d'Eau tourism route travels through three MRCs: Pontiac, des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and Papineau. Each center will host it's individual opening event, the Pontiacs' expected to be at a historic site near Ft. Coulonge. More information on the official launch will be released soon.

 

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The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

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Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

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

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

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.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

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