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From Dryland to snowland!
The first Pontiac International Sled Dog and Skijoring Race that took place from January 14-15 at Timberland Tours in Bristol was a barking success!
"I'm really happy. We had 73 teams from Canada and the U.S competing and Sunday's sun helped draw in spectators,” said organizer Denis Rozon.
Local first-time competitor Janna-Lee Cushing was also pleased with the weekend: "We improved our time from Saturday to Sunday and our dogs loved it,” said Cushing, who is aiming to compete in the Yukon 300 mile race by 2020.
While Timberland has held the Bristol Dryland Championships for 7 years, only recently did trail expansion (longer trails are required for winter racing) allow for the start of an annual winter event.

MOONLIGHT SKI – Visitors came from near and far to take part in Ski Pontiac's Moonlight event, January 14 in Bristol. For some, it was their first time in Bristol and they are eager to return! "It was fantastic! Our best turnout ever," said co-organizer Connie Renaud, explaining that publicity really helped to spread the word about the event and attract new visitors. The torchlit trail was very busy starting from 5 pm. At Coronation Hall, the tearoom and reception area was overflowing and, in
addition to the delicious meal, there was a tasting of lamb products from Andrew Simm's farm. Ursula Schultz and Steve Schellenberg provided an hour of entertainment. Photo: Volunteers preparing for the event.

DWKS PAYS IT FORWARD – Grade 4 and 5 students from Dr. Wilbert Keon School in L'Isle-aux-Allumettes, under the guidance of teacher Klinda Brennan, brought Christmas cheer to local seniors over 70 years old, December 20, through their project titled 'Caring with Cookies'. The students baked over 32 dozen cookies, which they combined with chocolates and candy canes to create gift bags that were distributed to over 40 homes. Brennan and the students (pictured) walked the streets for over two hours pulling a little red wagon full of the gift bags to distribute them.

“Pontiac Voice” fights back against paid parking at Community Hospital

Added: Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:53pm

Allyson Beauregard

PONTIAC – Following the announcement at the end of December of paid
parking starting March 2017 at the Pontiac Community Hospital (PCH), a group of Pontiac residents have banded together to create a citizen’s committee called “Pontiac Voice”.  read more »

A record breaking year L'Isle-aux-Allumettes hydro outages

Added: Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:52pm

Allyson Beauregard

L'ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES – With the onset of 2017, the municipality bid farewell to a record breaking year for hydro failures, totalling 75. The previous record was in 2015 with 70 outages, followed by 60 in 2013. Last year witnessed 4,030 minutes of outages, compared to 939 in 2015; 2013 holds the record with 6,629 minutes. read more »