Garden enemy number one: the rose chafer

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Kate Aley

The first time I saw a rose chafer flying past me, I was actually charmed. So small, so funny, bumbling through the air with an almost velvet-like olive coloured carapace contrasting nicely with comically splayed-out shiny orange legs. That was then.

 

Dine in style at Chez Sylvie

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Kate Aley

Snack shacks and highway burger joints can be dime-a-dozen so it takes something special to make one stand out. Fresh food and friendly staff are a great start. Add some cool 50's-themed decor and now you have Chez Sylvie in Luskville. Sylvie Biron and Mark Gricken, both of Luskville, have owned the Casse-Croute at 3000 Hwy 148 for nearly two years. 

Choisir d’exploiter la ferme laitière familiale, malgré les défis

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ICI Radio-Canada

Cette semaine, des producteurs de lait ont fait la route de Québec à Ottawa à bord de leur tracteur pour participer à une manifestation organisée devant le parlement fédéral. Dans le cadre de la série les Travailleurs du samedi, nous avons fait la route Ottawa-Luskville pour rencontrer un jeune producteur laitier.

Borrowing bylaw for new Beach Barn

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Kate Aley

At the May 17 council meeting, a draft bylaw was passed, proposing to borrow $1.5 million in order to finally replace the aging “Beach Barn”, the Lions Hall on Ch. Ferry in Quyon. 

Pontiac 2020.ca asked communications agent for the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP), Dominic Labrie some more questions about the bylaw and the amended plans for the much-needed community center.

1.5 MILLION — CENTRE COMMUNAUTAIRE A QUYON

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Chers contribuables,

Je vous envoie ce petit mot afin d’assurer que vous soyez informés du fait que le conseil municipal a voté en faveur d’un règlement d’emprunt de $1.5 million pour la construction d’un nouveau centre communautaire dans le secteur de Quyon (Règlement 05-16).

Cet emprunt vous coûtera $18 de plus en taxes pour chaque tranche de $100,000 d’évaluation de vote propriété. A prime abord ça ne semble pas beaucoup d’argent mais les dépenses s’accumulent; à l’automne 2015 un règlement d’emprunt de 2 Millions pour la préparation du chemin de la Montagne, en mai 2016 un règlement de 2 millions pour la réparation du ch. des Dominicains et autre divers chemins.  Si on additionne le tout, voici l’impact approximatif sur votre portefeuille:

High hopes for Pontiac Hops

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Kate Aley

Spring time means gardeners are busy planting, planning and pruning … and the employees of Pontiac Hops, based in Luskville, are no exception.

The business, owned by James and Anthony Nugent, is in its third year of operation and is currently preparing to add a new three-acre field to the farm. The first year the pair put in 3,000 plants; now the count is close to 8,700.

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

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ICI Radio-Canada

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.

A sad little tiny golden gift

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Alas, alas.

Our windows are festooned with hanging decorations on the inside (and smeared with eight months of filth outside) but neither of these visual cues stopped this little lovely from ending her life against the glass. I am so sad. She's a Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) as far as I can tell. Larger birds have bumped into our windows, shaken their heads for a bit and flown away but I guess this golden tiny was too tiny. All I can do is share her perfection.

Family Centre cuts back hours to compensate for funding cutbacks

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Kate Aley

Everyone understands austerity: paring back luxuries and comforts to the bare essentials in order to make it through hard financial times.

But what does it mean when essential services that help some of our most vulnerable population must endure reduced funding?

People, get ready: planning for disaster as a community

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Kate Aley

We all know that being prepared for an unexpected emergency as individuals is vital. How to be prepared as a community seems less clear. I asked communications agent Dominic Labrie about what we now have in place to help keep the people of Pontiac safe.


Pontiac2020.ca: Does the Municipality currently have a disaster plan?

Municipality of Pontiac (MoP): Yes, right now it is in phase 1.

P2020: When was it created?

School starting to look cool

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Kate Aley

The construction of the extension to Notre Dame de la Joie elementary school in Luskville is coming along very nicely. The structure for the top story is complete and materials for the walls, windows and roof are being delivered. I hope there will be a grand opening. I love a good ribbon-cutting, as quite a lot of you know.

Add a Q to the PPJ? ATV group hopes to gain access to bike trail

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Kate Aley

Since it's inception, the Pontiac Pacific Junction (PPJ) trail was a place bikes and hikers could travel with no fear of meeting another kind of vehicle, not even a horse. But now a group of Quad Clubs are asking for that to change.

Sunny smiles at summer craft stall

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Kate Aley

Kimberly Kraft is selling First Nations-themed crafts, herb planters and jewelry at her stall outside Depanneur Pontiac, at the intersection with Hwy. 148 and Ch. Curley/ Eardley-Masham Road this summer. 

Kraft created the planters and some of the crafts herself, including these unusual feather head dresses made with safety pins.

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. 

Eardley-Masham Road ready to reopen

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Kate Aley

 

Rejoice! Today, the Quebec Ministry of Transport reported that the Eardley-Masham Road should be officially re-opened by tomorrow afternoon, Friday May 20.

Martine Therriault, communications officer for the MTQ, confirmed that repairs on the sinkhole-prone area of the road, approximately 11 km from the intersection with the Hwy. 148, would be complete this week. 

Lettre ouverte du Maire Roger Larose

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   Comme vous le savez, le conseiller du District 2 (Quyon) a été jugé inhabile à siéger au conseil municipal par un juge de la Cour supérieure du Québec en raison d’infractions à la Loi électorale du Québec.

Lambs are leaping at JAE Farm

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Kate Aley

If there's ever been a true symbol of spring, it's the newly-born lamb and the newly-hatched chick. Ferme JAE Farm in Beechgrove, halfway between Luskville and Quyon, currently has plenty of both.

New lambs are arriving on schedule for the flock of North Country Cheviot x Suffolk and Rideau Arcott sheep owned by Andrea Goffart and Jozsef Veres.  

Dring dring, scammers calling

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Looks like the old "tax fraud" scam is headed around the region one more time. Yesterday, a neighbour described to me a long phone call she'd just had with some especially insistent men from Revenu Quebec* who claimed that she had not paid enough income tax and so the police were coming to take her to prison.

UPDATE - McCann Off Council

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Thomas Souliére

As of 4pm on May 11th, Pontiac2020.ca has learned that Edward McCann has been removed from serving as councilor in Quyon ward in the Municipality of Pontiac.  McCann, who previously served as a councilor and mayor of Pontiac up to the election in 2013, had won a by-election in ward 2 after councilor Denis Dubé was forced to resign to focus on personal family matters.  McCann served since his election to the ward until today's judgement.

This leaves ward 2 in Pontiac's historic Quyon without a representative for the second time since 2014 and will most certainly force yet another by-election for one of Pontiac's important areas.

If I can't see you, then I'm not there

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Thomas Soulière

In 2013, the Municipality of Pontiac’s council voted to install stop signs in the north and south directions of Terry Fox road at chemin Lavigne near the location of a steep hill in order to slow motorists as they travel a stretch of road which has no sidewalks.  Shortly afterwards, the signs were vandalized and removed by persons unknown, leading drivers to believe that they were no longer required to stop at the intersection.

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).

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