PMP picnic was pure pleasure

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Kate Aley

Kids and their adults came in droves to the third annual Parents of the Municipality of Pontiac (PMP) picnic event, held at the Community Centre in Luskville on June 17. There was art, there was craft, there were bubbles to blow, a mini-bouncy castle to pounce on and three -- count them, THREE -- fire engines to climb on. AND snacks! What more could the under-5 set ask for?

Just horsing around: Pontiac Equestrian Association fun day

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Kate Aley

Obstacle courses are always fun and they're double the fun on horseback. The Pontiac Equestrian Association (PEA) held their annual "no-fuss fun day" at the Leblanc-Bedard farm on Wilson Road in Quyon on June 11. Twenty-one riders took part in the event, guiding their trusty steeds through such challenges as the Tipping Bridge (a wide wooden ramp balanced across a log), the Swampy Pond (a blue tarp filled with foam shapes) and the terrifying and hilarious Noodle Monster (a gateway lined with flailing pool noodles).

Découvrez les saveurs du Pontiac: Le Traiteur Demeter au Marché du fermier à Bristol

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Kate Aley

translation: 

Guy Faubert

Le traiteur Demeter de Luskville s'est joint au producteur d'agneau de Beechgrove JAE Farm pour nous offrir de délicieux et frais plats prêts-à-manger au Marché des fermiers de Bristol.

Être fort,Pontiac: un gymnase communautaire bientôt dans Quyon.

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Kate Aley

translation: 

Guy Faubert

Se mettre en forme et rester fort sont intégralement liés pour une vie en santé. Ces objectifs à atteindre seront facilités dans la municipalité de Pontiac par la directrice de la Maison de la Famille de Quyon Catherine Beaudet qui a rassemblé le financement nécessaire pour supporter la démarche de création d'un gymnase communautaire dans Quyon.

Discover delicious Pontiac: Demeter Catering at Bristol Farmers Market

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Kate Aley

Luskville caterer Demeter Catering has teamed up with Beechgrove lamb producer JAE Farm to offer delicious, fresh, ready-to-eat food at the Bristol Farmers’ Market. JAE Farm has produced some lovely hand-made lamb sausages that are free from fillers or preservatives. Just spices and fresh herbs compliment the pasture-raised lamb. They can be purchased grilled for immediate eating on a pita with slaw and yogurt or frozen for cooking at home.

Be strong, Pontiac: community gym coming to Quyon

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Kate Aley

Getting fit and staying strong is an integral part of healthy living. Now these goals will be even easier to achieve in this municipality.

Catherine Beaudet, executive director of the Quyon Maison de la Famille (QMdlF), has managed to find funding to support the creation of a community gymnasium based in Quyon.

The news was made public at the QMdlF's Annual General Meeting on June 20. Beaudet had promised a special announcement after the usual AGM  business and she certainly delivered.

Celebrating living heritage, honouring the past: National Aboriginal Day

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Kate Aley

Logo of the First Nations tribe in the Municipality of Pontiac.

June 21 is Canada's National Aboriginal Day (NAD), created to recognize the history, culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. According to the Indigenous and Northern Affairs page of Canada.ca website, the Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.

Pontiac 2020.ca asked Quyon's Garry Belair, Chief White Owl, now in his fifth year of leadership of the Pontiac Algonkin Outaouais tribe, to explain the significance of the day.

The Pontiac Artists' Studio Tour: Cheryl Dolan

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Kate Aley


The second painter hailing from the Municipality of Pontiac on the Pontiac Artists' Associations' studio tour this year is Cheryl Dolan. She welcomed visitors to her charming Quyon home studio this weekend as part of the unique opportunity for the public to see where art is made.


A popular Tour stop, Pontiac2020.ca asked Cheryl a few questions.

Kids picnic with all the fun of the fair

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Kate Aley

It's sunny, the grass is green and the park is calling! Pack up your picnic basket and come to the third annual Parents of the Municipality of Pontiac (PMP) children's picnic on Saturday at the Luskville Community Centre. (The above image is from last year evidently!)

Fun activities include bubble blowing, face painting, a bouncy castle and craft projects. Help local community group Get Art paint a new Croque-Livre book box to become the next free-exchange kids' library.  

Cheers to the volunteers: breakfast club celebration

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Kate Aley

A good breakfast is the best way to start the day. And, every day across Canada, volunteers assemble at elementary schools at 6:30 a.m. to make sure young students get that best start.

On June 6, Le Club des petits déjeuners (The Breakfast Club) volunteers from Notre Dame de la Joie in Luskville and Ste. Marie in Quyon gathered to be rewarded with a breakfast of their own. But first they served breakfast for the kids of course!

The Pontiac Artists' Studio Tour: Marcel Renaud

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Kate Aley

Our municipality has many hidden treasures and some of those brightly coloured gems are our visual artists.
Pontiac2020.ca asked new Artists Studio Tour member, Marcel Renaud of Breckenridge, about opening his creative space to the public for the first time.

Bristol Market back in action

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Kate Aley

Despite a slow start due to cool weather, the Bristol Farmers Market is back. Farmers and gardeners across the Pontiac are ready to serve you with the best of the region's finest meats, veggies, jams and pies, just to name a few of the delicious products on offer.

The market is open every Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm at the intersection of Ch. Aylmer and Hwy. 148. Make an effort and support our marvelous market gardeners and producers.

Après les inondations: Le Centre Communautaire de Quyon

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Kate Aley

translation: 

Guy Faubert


Les inondations du mois de mai dernier ont fait payer cher les riverains de la municipalité de Pontiac,de même que l'édifice du Club Lions sur le chemin du Ferry à Quyon n'a pas été épargné.  Même que régulièrement, le terrain de stationnement de cet édifice se retrouve sous l'eau à chaque début de printemps.  En attendant la démolition et la reconstruction d'un nouvel édifice,  Pontiac 2020.ca,a demandé à l'agent de communication de la municipalité de Pontiac,  M.Dominic Labrie, qui malgré son temps limité, a répondu à trois de nos questions.

Letter to the editor: Gratitude for help during floods

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Sandy St. George

Dear Editor,

A great big thanks to the Municipality of Pontiac, the Quebec Ministry of Public Security, the Canadian Red Cross and our wonderful military for their long hours of very difficult work during the recent flood. I was very impressed with the way in which they handled the devastation it caused.

The local fire department was here every evening until after midnight, encouraging folks to evacuate and offering their assistance. Most did not leave their homes until the road access closed and Hydro was shut off.

LES VOIES NAVIGUABLES DU PONTIAC: le nouveau sentier touristique se fera en juin

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Kate Aley

translation: 

Guy Faubert

À partir du mois de juin,vous pourrez observez sur la route aux abords du chemin Wilson à Luskville une nouvelle signalisation touristique.Cette signalisation installé pour la préparation de la nouvelle initiative touristique historique,pour le nouveau Chemin d'Eau se fera le 19 juin.

Another one bites the dust: business closes

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Kate Aley

translation: 

Guy Faubert

With great regret, Pontiac2020.ca must confirm the imminent closing of the Dollar General store, situated at the end of the four-lane part of the Highway 148 in Luskville. Already the store is three-quarters empty, cardboard boxes and barren shelf space now gaping in the once well-stocked business. 

Spring floods: what happened and what comes next?

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Kate Aley

The traumatic crisis is over; the exhausting clean-up now begins.

Pontiac2020.ca asked Municipality of Pontiac's communications officer Dominic Labrie five quick questions about the flood and what we can expect to happen next.

Above: Sand bags packed and ready at Quyon Fire Station, Tuesday morning.

Pontiac2020.ca: What was the first day you realized that people with houses along the river were going to be in trouble?

Calling history buffs and drama lovers! Theatre Wakefield is coming to Pontiac

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Peter MacGibbon

Dear friends in the Pontiac,

Theatre Wakefield’s newest play, A Summer… A Fair, is bringing the heritage of the Outaouais to life in the Pontiac this summer.

The one-hour cabaret-style show – written by renowned Chelsea musician and playwright Ian Tamblyn – combines history, amusing stories and characters from our rural past with rousing songs and music.

You’re invited to a Networking Session to help promote this tour across the Pontiac:

Red Cross prepares for second stage of flood relief

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Kate Aley

By coincidence or possibly serendipity, this week was the Canadian Red Cross's emergency preparedness week.... And we are all very grateful for the help from Red Cross.

As of this afternoon, (May 10), over $1.7M was raised by the public via the Red Cross to support those affected by this years flooding.

Pontiac2020.ca spoke to Quebec's regional vice president of the Red Cross, Pascal Mathieu. 

Des évacuations obligatoires à Pontiac

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ICI - Ottawa-Gatineau

Les évacuations obligatoires ont commencé samedi après-midi dans la municipalité de Pontiac.

En entrevue à Radio-Canada, le maire de la municipalité, Roger Larose, a affirmé que rien ne va plus dans sa municipalité, puisque les inondations durent depuis maintenant trois semaines. Les dizaines de millimètres de pluie supplémentaires qui devraient tomber d'ici dimanche lui font craindre le pire.

Red Cross help available for flood victims

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Kate Aley

Assistance is available for Pontiac residents forced to leave their homes as a result of the dangerously high water level on the Ottawa River.

The Canadian Red Cross are at the Luskville Town Hall to help displaced people find temporary accommodation, plus offering free water and food.

Red Cross agents will be at the community centre from 3 pm to 10 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday, and from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Quelques images de l'ampleur des inondations à Quyon

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Linda Mankala Sauve


En direction du nord le long du chemin du Ferry en direction de la rue Clarendon


Images gracieuseté de Linda Mankala Sauvé


Coin nord-ouest de rue McCann et chemin Ferry

Josée Bellerose: finding peace beyond your dreams

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Kate Aley

Peace and natural beauty is all around Josée Bellerose’s house in Quyon. Her hope is that people can find peace, safety and forgiveness inside themselves.

Bellerose is a psychic medium and intuitive counsellor, able to channel divine healing energy. Yet she entered this line of work in an unconventional way. Bellerose’s first experience with healing energy came about five years ago at her business, the Centre de Santé Beauté Aylmer, where she worked full-time as a massage therapist.

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