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.

Over 200 men play in Flying Elbows 2013

Added: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:56pm

by Scott Campbell

SHAWVILLE – You know you’ve made an impression when you get a mention by Rick Mercer on CBC television. According to James Sally that happened for the Flying Elbows Tournament a few years ago as another puck dropped on March 21 for the 14th edition of the Flying Elbows at the Shawville arena. The four-day event had a total of 26 teams in three divisions. read more »

Fashion show wows the crowd

Added: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:48pm

by Nancy Hunt

FORT-COULONGE – On March 12, the Filles d’Isabelle, chapter 1293, presented its 3rd annual fashion show at the St-Pierre Parish Hall to a sold out crowd of 200 women. Mona Davis emceed most of the event that featured 27 women between the ages of 15 and 74 years old modelling a total of 44 changes of spring fashions from the Shawville / Clarendon stores of Boutique Gwendoline, Shawville Shoe, and Giant Tiger, as well as the Pembroke Mall stores of Ricki’s, Pennington’s, and Alia. read more »