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Evénements dans la municipalité de Pontiac - Events in the Municipality of Pontiac

Better, brighter: NCC celebrates completed work at Luskville Falls

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Kate Aley

Members of the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP) and the local community gathered on Nov. 15 to acknowledge the completion of renovations to the Luskville Falls trails and picnic area.

Above, speaker Patsy Lusk with Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the NCC (left) and Roger Larose, mayor of the Municipality of Pontiac

Lest we forget: Quyon remembers

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Kate Aley

Warm weather and bright sunshine enticed a satisfactory number of the community to the Quyon war memorial on Sunday Nov. 5 for the annual Remembrance Day event. A detachment from 3RCR Airbourne from Petawawa and the pipe band Highland Mist helped ensure spectators, young and old, fully understood the importance of the ceremony. More than 40 wreaths were laid by those representing family members or organizations, including Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin.

Onslow Elementary prepares to Say It With Flowers

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Kate Aley

 


Above, Onslow Home and School coordinator Stacey Johnston, [in black, center] explains the bulb planting process to eager helpers. 

It takes more than mud to deter a good gardener and the afternoon of October 16 proved it. Approximately 30 students, parents, teachers and community members assembled to help plant 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs in a new bed created on the front lawn of Onslow Elementary in Quyon. The garden will bloom as part of Canada's 150th celebrations next year.

St. Dominique's columbarium consecrated

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Kate Aley

In a remarkably short period of time, the columbarium - a free-standing wall designed to store funeral ashes in a cemetery - has been installed at St. Dominique's Catholic Church in Luskville. Following mass on October 16, Father Andre Picard and the congregation proceeded into the cemetery to bless and consecrate the columbarium, after which a cloud of coloured balloons were released in a silent celebration.

Happy harvesters at Lavender Ridge vendage

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Kate Aley

Many hands made light work at Lavender Ridge winery's 6th annual vendage: also rapidly becoming known as the best harvest party ever. Excluding 2015 when a late frost meant no harvest at all, Lavender Ridge owners Joanne Labadie and Doug Briden have laid on a massive feast for their willing workers every year. October 9th was no exception, with harvesters aged from six to over 60 happy to get into the grapes.

Official opening of Pontiac Farmer's Store

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Kate Aley

Although the doors have actually been open for months, Le Magazin du Fermier /The Farmer’s Store in Luskville celebrated its Grand Opening on September 17 with a free BBQ, giveaways and snacks for all.

Jasmin Gibeau, general director for Agrodor’s Outaouais region, was on hand to welcome customers both new and established.

From left, marketing and communications agent Nathalie Guimond, Agrodor GD Jasmin Gibeau, clerk Sydney King, store manager Yves Fournier and clerk Christian Marcil.

Stargazers unite: free telescopic events coming up

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Kate Aley

If you have ever stared at the illuminated night sky and wondered what all those tiny intense points of light are REALLY like, you should meet Astro Pontiac.

The Aylmer-based organization is holding a series of evening events, the next being this Friday, September 23rd, in order to give star-gazers of all kinds a chance to try out a telescope.

The events will be held at the parking area of the Luskville falls in Luskville. Go to www.astropontiac.ca for more information and further dates.

Release your inner creativity with community art lessons

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Kate Aley

Thanks to funding from the MRC des Collines, three free art classes are on offer for residents of the Municipality of Pontiac.

Each class runs from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Community Centre in Luskville. There is no need to bring anything, no prior experience is required and best of all, the classes are completely and utterly free. Experienced and enthusiastic local Get Art teachers (part of the Pontiac School of the Arts) have been chosen to teach the classes.

Join the Marathon of Hope this Sunday

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Kate Aley

In 1977, Terry Fox lost his right leg to osteosarcoma; it had to be amputated six inches above his knee.

In 1980, Terry started his Marathon of Hope, dipping his prosthetic leg in the Atlantic Ocean off the Newfoundland coast. And we know how the rest of the story goes.

This year, Shawville's Terry Fox Run celebrates it's 36th year.

Long-time organizers John Petty and Rick Valin, wish to invite everyone to be part of this magnificent event.

Pontiac High School

455 Maple St., Shawville

Souper de la moisson - Harvest Supper

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Posted by Pontiac2020.ca on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Luskville church to build columbarium

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Kate Aley

This years memorial mass and graveyard service at St. Dominique's Catholic Church in Luskville featured a very special moment. During mass, a donation of $3,013.59 was made by the Golden Eagles Hunting and Fishing Club towards building a columbarium (a special wall to store cremated ashes) within the cemetry grounds.

From left, Mayor of the Municipality of Pontiac Roger Larose, president of the Parish of St. Dominiques Geoff Garceau, Father Andre Picard, Golden Eagles VP Randy Dagenais and Golden Eagles President Romeo Belisle.

Running strong: amputee shares inspiration from Terry Fox

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Photo courtesy of the McIntyre Family

Tom McIntyre was not an athlete before he lost his leg. But the former trucker and present-day farmer hopes to undertake a full marathon this fall, if he can.

McIntyre, based in Renfrew, Ont., explained this transition to Pontiac2020.ca by phone last week.

Bright spotlight on young top model

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Kate Aley

Winning a modeling contest might seem like a dream, but for one young local, the dream is now officially a reality.

14 year-old Sophie Fortin of Luskville won the overall prize at the Top Model Search Canada competition in Toronto on August 21.

A true Eagle

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Romeo Belisle has been hassling me about getting the Golden Eagles Hunting and Fishing Club into the news ever since I started working for one of our local publications, probably 2003. This year is the 40th and last year of the Golden Eagles. My hat is off to this remarkable man for his endless hard work, insight, foresight and truly extraordinary determination.

More to come . . .

The Maison de la Famille de Quyon: a garden in our midst

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Kate Aley

The Maison de la Famille Quyon (MdlFQ) held its Annual General Assembly on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm at their building on Clarendon Street in Quyon. As usual, director general Catherine Beaudet wrote a beautiful foreword to the AGM notes. Here it is in full.

"Last spring, the children from the play groups made a collective art painting; the maste piece that you can admire on the cover page [above]. A metaphor between these colourful flowers growing and the Quyon Family Centre comes to my mind…

Big bang theory

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I'm a generally hopeful kind of person and tend to believe that good-will prevails and truth and beauty win out. But I feel quite sure that if the Sandy Hook killings did nothing to change the way Americans can get guns, the Orlando nightclub slaughter won't either. Sorry.

Manifestation à Ottawa : les producteurs laitiers reçoivent beaucoup d'appuis politiques

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Les revendications des milliers de producteurs laitiers rassemblés sur la colline du Parlement jeudi, trouvent un écho du côté des partis d'opposition à la Chambre des communes.

Young trees, sure to please

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Kate Aley

Two hundred trees were given away at the Town Hall on Friday, May 20 to mark tree-planting month. Or something like that.

Red pines, red oaks and sugar maple saplings were on offer, grown by the Ministry of Natural Resources and sourced by the MRC des Collines. Director Ben Kuhn (pictured here with a tray of pines ... it was very bright that day) and communications officer Dominic Labrie were on hand to hand out the free trees. 

Imagine the future: planning begins for new seniors housing co-op project

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Kate Aley

Gathering to help the dream become reality, a group of approximately 17 people met at the Luskville Community Centre on May 9. The meeting was a starting point for planning new housing for seniors in the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP).

The 'imagination session' was led by Meghan Lewis, the municipality's community development officer, and two representatives from Coopérative de développement régional​ (CDR) Outaouias- Laurentides, development counselor Joelle Ritchie and assistant general manager Claudine Lalonde.

I heard it through the grapevine: new winery in Pontiac

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Kate Aley

Not just a line from a song: at long last, much-anticipated bottles from Quyon's Domaine de Pontiac Village's first vendage (harvest) are on sale now.

Owners Maude-Emmanuel Lambert and Pavel Kohl planted their first vines on their 50 acre property on Ch. Cemetary in 2007 and have been adding plants and varieties since then. The vineyard now covers approximately three and a half acres. 

Have your say: planning for housing subdivision by Luskville falls

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Kate Aley

Approximately 15 people gathered at the Luskville Community Centre on April 29th to take part in a public consultation meeting regarding the future Domaine des Chutes subdivision.

Sending your love and board games to Attawatpiskat

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Kate Aley

Small stuff for us, big stuff for them.The Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church of Canada is seeking supplies and household goods and materials to send to the northern reserve of Attawapiskat, and I am sure I don't need to remind you how desperate and bleak things are up there.

A list of requested items, compiled by leaders and teachers from the community, is reproduced here. Those with an asterisk (*) are those which are especially needed.

Items can be new or gently used

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