BACK TO SCHOOL WINNER – Alison Miller, a student from Dr. Wilbert Keon School in L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, was the lucky winner of a Roots backpack and school supplies through a contest in the Pontiac Journal. Students were asked to circle common school bus safety mistakes on a special page in the paper and then submit it for their chance to win. The backpack and supplies were
provided by Stedman’s V&S in Shawville. (AB)


WHERE THE ALLIGATOR ROAMS –“We need to build an alligator,” said steam enthusiast Dr. Bill Burwell of Arnprior who did just that over the course of a few years, relying on photos, old plans and his team's ideas for design and operation. It was full steam ahead for the replica alligator tugboat, Alice May, at Haughton's Bay in Bristol, September 30.
     Alligators, also known as steam-powered amphibious warping tugs, were used to haul log booms across lakes and haul themselves over land when necessary. Invented in 1889 by West and Peachey of Simcoe, Ontario, business boomed and steam alligators roamed the rivers and lakes for more than fifty years. Eventually, they began being replaced by diesel-fueled boats and other methods of log transport.  A refurbished West and Peachey alligator made a recent appearance on the Ottawa River in 2015.
     The Alice May, named after the boat featured in the famous poem ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee‘, will be "hibernating" at Haughton's Bay for the winter.


SPAGHETTI FOR THE SNOWSUIT FUND – Over 100 hungry spaghetti lovers helped raise money for the snowsuit fund at the second annual Harvest Supper at the Quyon Family Center, September 30. “What a great turn out. I’m so proud of
the Dream Team for running such a smooth operation,” said Catherine Beaudet, Center director. The Dream Team consists of 20 board members and volunteers who organize the supper and gather food donations and items for the door prizes, silent auction, and raffle. Photo: Alyshia-Hannah and Drake Lasale enjoying their spaghetti supper.

Ottawa Riverkeeper identifies holes in Chalk River's nuclear waste disposal proposal

Added: Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:12pm

Deborah Powell

The Ottawa Riverkeeper submitted a report to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, August 16, regarding Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' (CNL) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for their proposed nuclear waste disposal site, aka as the Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF). read more »

MRC meeting - Road work and local investments

Added: Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:11pm

Allyson Beauregard

CAMPBELL’S BAY – The 18 MRC Pontiac mayors met at the MRC building, August 15, following the summer break. The agenda was lighter than usual and the meeting lasted less than an hour. Before beginning, a moment of silence was held in honour of Bryan Murray, former Ottawa Senators General Manager.
Road work read more »