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25 Years Ago - June 3, 1999

Deadpan humour at “Bedpan” Manor: By day, Sylvain Rheaume is a quiet X-ray technician at Pontiac Community Hospital who co-workers say mostly keeps to himself. By night, he is the maniacal Dr. Jekyll, the over-hyper, always happy head of Bedside Manor.
The hilarious show brought out the hidden talents of hospital employees like Rheaume.
“Dr. Jekyll is a real Jekyll and Hyde,” says co-worker Hugo Rodgers, who originated the idea of a play as a fundraiser.
The play followed the antics of Bedside Manor, or Bedpan Manor as one gypsy referred to it, where Dr. Jekyll, believes laughter is the best medicine.
The show, which sold out for performances on Friday and Saturday night and was about 70 per cent sold for the Saturday matinee, raised about $9,000 for the CT scan.
MacLaren pulp mill agrees to collective negotiations with boards: A protest by about 200 wood producers at the James MacLaren Industries pulp mill in Thurso just over two weeks ago has paid off.
The producers, members of the Pontiac, Labelle, Gatineau and Outaouais-Laurentides boards had, since March, refused to ship their product to the MacLaren mill in a show of solidarity after the mill wanted to negotiate with each board individually after nearly 10 years of collective bargaining. MacLaren also wanted to stop buying wood from the Gatineau board, the furthest from the mill.
“The turnout at the demonstration worked well,” says Louis Philippe Hurtubise, general manager of the Pontiac Forest Products Producers Board, who was at the negotiations in Thurso.
To the relief of producers and truckers, the mill also supplied the boards with preliminary delivery schedules, meaning wood can be shipped to the mill, even though the negotiations continue.

50 Years Ago - June 5, 1974

Mother-daughter banquet and awards night: On Tuesday evening, the Guides and Brownies held their annual Mother and Daughter Banquet. Before sitting down to eat, the brownies and guides presented their mothers with dainty corsages. The flowers were donated by Hardy Plants.
Grace was said by Rev. MacIntosh. Sandra Murray thanked the ladies of the Anglican Church for their delicious meal.
The L.A. president, Barbara Cruickshank welcomed everyone and introduced the head table: Rev. MacIntosh, Peggy Callaghan, Janice Lang, Tawny Owl Doreen Davis, Guide Captain Barbara Ross, Sylvia Hobbs, Guide Lieutenant Martha Connelly, Archdeacon Roberts.
Presentations were made to Barbara Ross and Martha Connelly by Guides Claire Gregory and Suzanne Gregory.
Doreen presented several badges and awards and gave a report on the activities throughout the year.
Language Bill 22 under fire in Pontiac: A meeting held Monday evening at the Pontiac High School, Shawville, examining and discussing Bill 22, now before the Quebec legislature, known as the Official Language Act, was well attended by keenly interested persons from all over Pontiac County.
The purpose of the meeting was to carefully examine and propose amendments to the bill.
Chairman D.A. MacKenzie, principal of the High School kept the meeting well under control at all times, in spite for the highly emotional topics under discussion. He had on the platform with him, Jean-Guy Larivière, Pontiac’s representative in the Quebec Assembly and he was virtually in the “hot seat” as members of the audience hurled questions in his direction as to the implications involved in the many aspects of the bill.

75 Years Ago - June 2, 1949

Local News: A delegation from the Farm Forums of Pontiac county attended the meetings of the National Farm Forum Council held at Macdonald College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue on May 27 and 28.
Shawville’s youth came into its own on Friday night when the Teen-Timers Club held its first formal ball. The affair, sponsored by a club of young people of high school age, was widely publicized and carefully planned. Preparations were in progress weeks ahead for the much-heralded “formal” and there was much scurrying about amongst the “juke box set” for evening gowns or the wherewithal to make them. To say that Shawville’s young womanhood, divorced from the currently popular sweater - slacks combination and attired in flattering bouffants and vari-coloured satins were pleasing to the eye, would be a statement unfair in its modesty. Young men, by special dispensation, were permitted to attend informally and most of them did.
The Shawville Horticultural Society is to be warmly lauded this week on the fine appearance of the park grounds at the memorial to those who served in the Great War of 1914-18. The memorial is situated near the eastern end of the village and forms an appropriate “V” at the intersection of No. 8 Highway and a village street.
The Arnprior R.C.A.F. airport will open its gates to thousands of visitors on June 11. The occasion is the annual national observance of Air Force Day and the public is warmly invited to attend the Air Force “Open House”.

100 Years Ago - May 29, 1924

Local News: The house of Mr. Jerry Davis of Wyman section was burned to the ground with all its contents, while the family were at church on Sunday morning. Percy Davis, a nephew and neighbour noticed the fire and ran to the burning dwelling in hopes of saving some of the contents but all he succeeded in getting out was a trunk, which James Davis had already packed to take away with him next morning.
Before going to church, Mr. Davis left a 100 dollar bill lying on the bureau and this money met the fate of the rest of the contents of the house. The loss is a heavy one, only partly covered by insurance.
R.A. Wainman and family on Thursday last removed from Shawville to Arnprior where Mr. Wainman purposes opening up in the jewelery business. The shop and residence here has been taken over by Dr. Klock who will shortly remove his drug store thereto.
While watching some boys playing baseball on Sunday afternoon near Jas. Graham’s, Wyman section; Floyd Trudeau, aged 15, son of Stephen Trudeau, was struck on the side of the neck with the ball and immediately collapsed and expired a short time afterwards without regaining consciousness.
A number of local Orange Young Britons went to Campbell’s Bay on Wednesday evening to take part in the organizing of a lodge in that town.

125 Years Ago - June 8, 1899

Local News: Rev. John Scobie and other evangelists have been conducting a camp meeting at Bryson for some days past.
The frequent rains have assured a heavy hay crop for this year. Some flat lands, however, are suffering from too much moisture. The weather for the past week or so has been of a very changeable and uncertain nature. For variety, we have had sunshine, showers, wind, calm, dust, mud and an occasional storm thrown in.
About one hundred Pontiac people took advantage of the cheap two-day fare on the P.P.J. last week to visit the Capital, some on business and others to hear the debate on he G.B. Canal on Monday afternoon.
Caterpillars are very numerous in Quebec. A few days ago trains were stopped by them. They were said to be more than a foot deep on the track.
Messrs. Wilson and Argue have finished their drive, arriving at the mouth of the Quyon on Saturday evening. They have still about two week’s driving to do on the Bernard Creek, which will conclude their driving operations for this season.
At about half past eight on Thursday morning, while several customers were in Mr. J.H. Shaw’s store, and all the clerks were busily engaged, a sharp crack was heard to proceed from the window near the west corner of the building and at the same instance several pieces of glass flew through the interior of the store, the largest one dropping about thirty feet from the window behind the counter where clerk R. Mitchell was standing.
All eyes were hurriedly directed to the window, which revealed an oblong hole, nearly in the center of the large plate glass.
Closer examination showed that the hole must have been made by a .30 or .32 bullet, evidently discharged by a rifle but very strange to say, no one heard the report of a firearm or no one seems to have been on the street at the time. The mystery which yet remains unfathomed is where did it come from and by whom fired?


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