Serious pruning

I’ve been out on sunny days when the temperature has been milder, pruning both my apple and pear trees and my grapes. I find it difficult to cut away branches, unlike my father who seemed almost ruthless when he worked on his plants. But I’m learning. Dad had lots of good healthy fruit. That’s what…
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CALEB NICKERSON Bryson Aug. 14, 2019 A series of psychedelic music festivals outside of the quiet hamlet of Bryson has interrupted the sleep of more than a few residents. Cathy Fox Welsh wrote a letter to . . .
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The Eardley-Masham road that connects the Municipality of Pontiac to Masham is still closed after this spring’s flooding, and it’s not shocking. If you’ve spent any amount of time on Quebec . . .
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CALEB NICKERSON CLARENDON Aug. 3, 2019 On Saturday evening, the Little Red Wagon Winery’s summer concert series continued, with a performance from a much-vaunted trio of performers playing under a familiar name. Billed as a continuation of . . .
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Like the classic Joni Mitchell tune intones, people often take their most precious resouces for granted, and it’s only in their absense that their value is fully realized. This lesson has hit close to home for residents of this fair region over the past few months, as . . .
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CALEB NICKERSON BRYSON Aug. 4, 2019 The Bryson Lions Hall and grounds were packed with people on Sunday afternoon for the annual sea-pie dinner. Dozens of people flocked to the Lions hall to . . .
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CALEB NICKERSON SHAWVILLE July 25, 2019 At the eleventh hour, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) announced their solution to the possible service interruption in the obstetrics unit at the . . .
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When there is a suspected murderer at loose, often a country wide alert is announced. However the Canadian consumer has to cope on his or her own when making decisions about . . .
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The provincial government has taken its latest step towards becoming the most restrictive province when it comes to using legal cannabis. While the federal government plans to legalize . . .
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CALEB NICKERSON CLARENDON July 28, 2019 Fire crews were called out to a field on the Fifth Line in Clarendon on Sunday afternoon after some hay that . . .
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Less than two percent of our population are classified as farmers but if you are reading this article, you are part of the farming community. When anyone dies being with family or those close the person who died, to mourn, express sympathy and support are an important part of the healing process fo…
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Last week it was discovered that the Pontiac Community Hospital (PCH) would likely experience an interruption to their obstetrical services at the end of this week, lasting approximately a month. The reason is that there just aren’t enough nurses available to adequately staff the department. Accor…
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Last week, the Quebec government finally decided to avoid the hypocrisy argument that has plagued its attempts at banning religious symbols by taking down the crucifix that has hung in the legislature since the 1930s. For years the cross was described as a “cultural” or “historical” artifact. An arg…
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J.D. Potié LITCHFIELD July 6, 2019 On July 6, a group of local planting apprentices gathered at the Jardin Educatif du Pontiac in Litchfield for the second part of an interactive workshop on home gardening courtesy of a local agricultural aficionado. Hosted by the Jardin Educatif du Pontiac and the …
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The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) is still in the infancy of it’s first time leading the provincial government, and does it ever show. On June 17, the province revealed a revised map of the flood plains throughout the province, which was instantly panned. To top things off, the government recessed f…
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J.D. Potié CAMPBELL’S BAY June 26, 2019 On June 26, around 100 Pontiac residents gathered at the Campbell’s Bay R.A. for a barbecue get together in support of those who need it the most. Organized by the MRC Pontiac Youth Council, the event served as an opportunity for residents to raise funds for f…
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In the last couple of years, the refrain “Enemy of the People” has become a common one from those who wear their distrust of the media like a badge of honour. Even here in the Pontiac, THE EQUITY has been accused of publishing “fake news,” even though the claim couldn’t be backed up with proof. With…
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CALEB NICKERSON July 1, 2019 Shawville The Canada Day festivities in Shawville kicked off on Friday night with the annual Soapbox Derby, put on by Shawville-Clarendon Fire Department. Dozens of would-be Jeff Gordon’s packed the hill at the top of Victoria Street for their chance to race to the botto…
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CALEB NICKERSON June 30, 2019 Otter Lake On June 30, the Otter Lake RA grounds were filled with red- and white-clad locals for the annual Canada Day festivities. The parade snaked its way down the 301 to the grounds, where a host of activities awaited for all ages. There was a giant inflatable slide…
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J.D. Potié SHAWVILLE June 24, 2019 For over a decade, women from all over the Pontiac and beyond have depended on a specific clothing boutique on Shawville’s Main Street in order to find the best-quality pieces of high-end fashion in the region. But unfortunately, all that is about to change. On Ju…
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CALEB NICKERSON SHAWVILLE June 23, 2019 A cigarette was the likely culprit behind a fire that damaged a fence in downtown Shawville on Sunday afternoon, according to Shawville-Clarendon Fire Chief Lee Laframboise. At around 3:21 p.m. on June 23, emergency crews responded to the apartment at 329 Jam…
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Residents of Allumettes Island and the Municipality of Pontiac had a chance to vent their frustrations about a lack of responsiveness in the wake of the floods that have pummelled the Pontiac over the last three years. The first meeting took place in the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP) with representa…
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J.D. Potié CLARENDON June 15, 2019 On June 15, around 20 local parents and their children convened inside the Grace Community Bible Church in Clarendon for the second annual piano recital presented by students of Emily’s Piano Adventures music school. Hosted by Bristol based piano teacher and artist…
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While most people in this province were out enjoying the summer weather this past weekend, Quebec’s elected officials were busy debating two highly contentious bills during a marathon session that delayed the legislature’s summer recess. Bill 9, which would restructure Quebec’s immigration system, …