FOURTH ANNUAL HOT SHOTS CURLING TOURNAMENT – The annual Hot Shots skill competition was held at the Shawville curling arena, March 31. There was no cost to participate in the event and no cash prizes. However, Sonia Campbell, a curling arena employee, donated $50 to the event, which was used to purchase a Team Canada hockey jersey for the event's winner, Wade Ellison (photo). “We have about 25-30 players every year. The event is for fun, completely free, and it gets more entertaining as the evening goes on,” said event organizer Jeff Russell.

ST. ANN'S PANCAKE BRUNCH – The St. Ann's Parish CWL served a pancake brunch to about 200 people at the Ile-du-Grand-Calumet municipal hall, March 26. The group also raffled off 10 large, surprise baskets and held a 50/50 draw, with all proceeds going to the CWL committee. “The CWL holds two fundraisers every year, with proceeds going towards a variety of things: the parish, seniors projects, various charities, etc.,” said CWL President Joan Derouin. The St. Ann's CWL currently has 47 members; pictured are those who
attended the pancake brunch.

BGCP FIREMEN'S BALL – The Bryson/Grand-Calumet/Portage-du-Fort Fire Department held it's annual Firemen's Ball, April 8, at the Ile-du-Grand-Calumet municipal hall. A large crowd attended the event, with all proceeds going toward the fire department.

First meeting: Pontiac’s “swat” team hits the road running

Added: Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:22pm

Allyson Beauregard

CAMPBELL'S BAY – Pontiac’s recently formed economic development “swat” team met for the first time at the MRC building, March 27. The group of about 40 included business representatives, more than a dozen government organizations, plus elected officials, including Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin and MRC Pontiac Warden Raymond Durocher. read more »

Some fire halls to merge MRC eyeballs all fire services

Added: Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:21pm

Allyson Beauregard

MRC PONTIAC – In response to soaring costs for fire safety services and to improve their efficiency,  MRC Pontiac’s 18 municipalities have funded a study on the region's fire services. Richard Lefebvre, former director of fire safety in Rouyn-Noranda, is conducting the study, expected to cost about $24,000; the  province will cover 50%. read more »