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.

"For new parents who are joining us for the first time, don't worry if your child doesn't participate in the beginning," said coach and coordinator Sylvie L'Heureux. "It's a very relaxed atmosphere, so if 45 minutes is too long and they want to go to the park after a half hour, [it's okay]. Our intention is to get the kids moving, to have fun interacting with others their age and to initiate them to soccer with the hopes they'll want to keep playing by the time they are old enough to register for Groupe Action Jeunesse's soccer."

Soccer training is all about fun and encouragement!

Pontiac 2020.ca asked organizers Sylvie L'Heureux and Camille Beaufort about the summer program.

Pontiac2020ca: How many years have you been running soccer classes?

SL'H. This is our fourth year. In 2015, Groupe Action Jeunesse Luskville approached us when they decided to bring soccer back to Luskville to see if we wanted to run something for little ones at the same time as their soccer for the 5+ crowd.

P2020: How many children do you have signed up?
SLH. We have about 38 kids signed up, though we might have a couple more this week. From year to year, it varies between the 37-43 range.

Learning strength, skill and style

P2020.ca: Who funds the program?

SL'H: Last years funding (especially the Acti-Leader salaries) came from Pontiac en Forme (PeF). We are using the last of our money from PeF to pay our helper this year. Since this is the end of PeF, we'll be looking at other funding options for next year, although our expenses are low so it won't be a problem to keep running it. The coaches are volunteer parents and the $5 registration fee helps cover any equipment needs from year to year. The Municipality of Pontiac generally gives us funding that helps cover our insurance [...] so we consider them partners in most of what we do although we don't request specific funding for soccer.

 P2020: Is there any room for more children in the classes? 

SL'H. We generally aim for about 40 kids; if we got many more we'd need another parent-coach. 

Running and kicking... and learning.

P2020: How many parents act as coaches/teachers? Do you need more helpers?

SL'H: We are always looking for more helpers! This year there is just one coach, as opposed to two in previous years where we would split the group and [have] one junior-lead. We are making some adjustments to work as one big group instead of two smaller ones, such as having the kids rotate through a series of activities, [in order] to make the program work with just one coach. That being said, if a soccer lover reads this and wants to come out and coach half the group, we'd be happy to have him or her.

Sympathetic, patient and enthusiastic community coaches make soccer both fun and a worth-while challenge.

"We don't turn anyone away who wants to join in the fun!" said L'Heureux.

Get involved in this remarkable community initiative by contacting Sylvie L'Heureux and Beaufort by email at pmp.05ans@gmail.com

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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.

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.

Salon Chez Hélène celebrates 40 years in business

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Kate Aley

Hélène Belisle, owner of Salon Chez Hélène in Luskville, summarizes her work career as “forty years of doing what I like.”

Born and raised in Luskville, Belisle trained and gained work experience in Hull before opening her own salon in her home in 1978. However, her experience in hairdressing dates back to her childhood.

Pontiac Community Players put on fundraising play

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Kate Aley

A hilarious one-hour play called Maid to Order was presented in Shawville April 13 and 14 by local theatre troupe, the Pontiac Community Players (PCP). Sold-out on both evenings, the profits will go towards the Pontiac High School restoration project to update lighting, sound and add a 20-foot electronic screen to be used for both school and community movie screenings. Further improvements to seating and ventilation are planned.

Above, hapless police officers Craig Young (left) and Neil MacIntosh (right) ask the slightly-shady Charles Cambin (Richard Armitage) to explain himself.

Another community hub lost: Depanneur Poirier closes down

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Kate Aley

Depanneur Poirier, at the intersection of the highway and Ch. des Pères-Dominicains, has closed. The last day of business was Thursday 22 but the owners, Janet and Jack Deschenes have been emptying shelves for weeks.

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