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Sisters doing it themselves

PATRICIA LEBOEUF Equity Editor Two Pontiac sisters are doing it for the fifth year: raising money to fight against breast cancer, that is. For several years, Aileen Sheppard and Mertina Blaskie have been decorating the outside of the Royal Bank of Canada in Shawville with a bright, cheerful and beautiful pink motif for their Sister …

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Farmland value increased in Quebec: FCC

CORY WILSON Equity Reporter According to the most recent Farmland Values Report released by Farm Credit Canada (FCC), the average value of farmland in Quebec increased by 24.7 per cent in 2013. Hugues Laverdure, evaluation and environmental risk manager for the FCC, says low interest rates, growing world food demand and the resulting strong commodity …

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Ferry opening pushed back

CORY WILSON Equity Reporter According to owner of the Quyon Ferry, Don McColgan, the latest projected opening date for the ferry is now May 16. “We’re having problems with the electrical end of it,” said McColgan. “We’re hoping to open for the long weekend in May, but that’s not a definite yet.” He added, “We’ve …

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Easter Egg Hunt demonstrates revitalization in Chutes Coulonge

JULIELEE STITT Equity Reporter After the devastation caused by the summer storm that hit Pontiac County last July, Chutes Coulonge is still trying to regroup. Mother Nature’s wrath put much of the Mansfield-based tourism attraction out of the commission for the season, including the youth obstacle course and parts of the adult obstacle course. While …

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Man spends winter living in snowbank

PATRICIA LEBOEUF Equity Editor Most people wouldn’t consider sleeping outside for several months  a good idea even in the best temperature, nevermind this past winter, but Brad Freer is not most people. Freer built a quinzee, a shelter dug out of a snow pile, on Alumettes Island and spent the past few months living in …

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Boil water advisory precautionary

CORY WILSON Equity Reporter Poor water quality, from unclear water to, at times, no water at all, has been a reality that residents of Portage du Fort have had to face for quite some time. There has been a precautionary water boil advisory in place in Portage since mid January. On Jan. 20, the municipality …

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