Parrywinkle, July 14, 2016

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Sporting Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday t-shirts and Coronation Street-related gifts donated by Andrea Stanford of CBC Television in Montreal, some of the 40 crazy Corries who attended the monthly luncheon of the Hudson Coronation Street Appreciation Society at Auberge Willow Inn this past Sunday could not have been in more festive mood. Ever wonder who first coined the phrases, it never rains but it pours, it's bucketing down, and it's raining cats and dogs? Well me neither, to be perfectly honest. Until this past weekend that is. When the second major outdoor happening in Hudson in as many weeks was a total washout. To use a sports analogy, rain stopped play. And boy

Summer holidays

Shutterstock photo Copyright: Andrew Burgess Now that school is out, my daily phone call home to the boys has me reminding them to hang out the laundry, fold the clean clothes, vacuum, empty the dishwasher, walk the dog, play outside, get dirty, go fishing, don’t eat all the freezies and, most of all, stay off the godforsaken electronic devices. Until my own vacation time comes up, we're in the nebula of teenage summer down time – not yet ready to go away without the parents but too old (and too cool) for summer day-camp. And I'm loath to have them pass the abbreviated season we call summer bathed in the cool blue glow of an LCD screen. It's not so much that I worry about their brains turnin

Letter to the editor 1, July 14, 2016

Dear Editor, At 1:30 this Wednesday afternoon, on my way to pick up my wife the temperature gauge on my car read 34.5 degrees and environment Canada had issued a high heat warning, telling us to stay comfortable in a cooler temperature, I saw a woman riding a bicycle with a young boy on the rack behind her (no helmet), and a very hot looking cocker-spaniel pulling them along (it did not seem as if the woman was making much effort to pedal) .I stopped and told her what she was doing was very cruel for the poor dog. Firstly I was told to mind my own business; secondly she said she was going to the pond at the sandpits. Animal cruelty is everybody's business and should not be taken lightly. Mak

Letter to the editor 2, July 14, 2016

Dear Editor, For the second month in a row I had asked St. Lazare Council for a breakdown of costs incurred for the au Galop Festival. Again they did not have figures available and maintained that they came within the budget. If, as they say, they came within budget, they should be proud to present a few figures when asked. By waiting to read about it does not wash with me. The mayor and councillors work for us, not vice versa. I believe that an individual was hired for $48,000. This could have been confirmed. I believe we need to get a petition prepared with 500 signatures plus an additional 17 people (town hall) to sign and have someone on council resign. We cannot afford to spend taxpay

Letter to the editor 3, July 14, 2016

Dear Editor, After reading the article about Mayor Robert Grimaudo’s comments concerning the festival au Galop, I have to give my opinion on this expense. When I moved to St. Lazare in 1993, the population was 5,000 citizens. By 2010, it reached 20,000 with over 6,000 homes and the area remained beautiful. As taxpayers, do we really need to spend $350,000 to promote the city of St. Lazare? The beautiful area sells itself. This festival may have benefitted certain businesses such as restaurants and the grocery store. However, what economic benefits does the town get from hosting this event? For $350,000 of our tax money, what is the return on the investment? I would like the mayor to publish

Letter to the editor 4, July 14, 2016

Dear Editor, As most of you know, Mother Nature decided that Saturday, July 9, was not the day for the Hudson Auto Show and our first Soap Box Derby. I had a look at the announcements I had prepared for our emcee and feel that these sentiments deserve to be shared. Here is an abbreviated version. We would like to thank: -The Town of Hudson for supporting this great community event and for allowing us to close off a few roads for the celebration. -The people of Hudson for being such great sports and having wonderful community spirit. -The staff and administration at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Centre for the wonderful work they do. We are in awe of their dedication and compassion

Letter to the editor 5, July 14, 2016

Dear Editor, Clouds of scent are among the pleasures of being on the road in Hudson in an open-air vehicle: Lilacs are ubiquitous in spring, baking biscotti sweeten Cameron at Main, and even the occasional skunk can be interesting for a short time. A personal favourite has been the intersection of Birch Hill at Main Road where spring apple blossoms have been followed by the aroma of the apples baking on the trees in the September sun. But not this year - the roadside trees have all disappeared. Margaret Waller Hudson

Marie-Philip Poulin Becomes partner of Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Île Perrot

The whole team of Cadillac Chevrolet Buick GMC L'Île Perrot is proud to announce that Marie-Philip Poulin, hockey player from Montreal, has becomes our new spokesperson. You can meet this talented 25-year-old player soon for autographs and photo ops. She’s an extraordinary player who can really make a difference in a team and that’s why we chose her. Some of her career highlights include… A double gold medalist athlete at just 25 years of age At age 14, Marie-Philip Poulin was the leading scorer for Team Quebec at the Canadian championships women's hockey under-18 years. Two years later, she left her Beauceville family residence and moved to Montreal and play with the Stars in the Canadian W

Pincourt residents mostly positive about Duhamel Avenue conversion

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK The northbound stretch of Duhamel Avenue in Pincourt was converted two weeks ago into a bicycle/pedestrian path complete with street markings, brightly coloured yellow concrete blocks and new road signage that prohibits motorists from accessing the multi-functional path. The consensus among city officials is that the recent conversion of Duhamel Avenue in Pincourt into a one-way street northbound for motorists with the other half set aside as a multi-functional bicycle/pedestrian path has been positive overall. Town Manager Michel Perrier told Your Local Journal following the Tuesday evening council meeting on July 12 that the town has received several comments from resi

World renowned artist and sculptor leaving Hudson for new home in Vaudreuil-Dorion

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Leo Schimanszky in his garden gallery with his iconic red fibreglass sculpture that stood opposite the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for over 20 years. For decades, his sculptures and paintings have taken pride of place in prestigious galleries and exhibits throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe and his works can be found in public and private collections throughout the world, including several banks. For many years, people passing his Hudson home on Côte St. Charles between Windcrest Street and Route Harwood have been known to stop and stare in wonder at the outdoor sculptures in what he has transformed into a veritable art gallery of his own. His name? Leo Schimanszky,

Le Nichoir schedules open house in celebration of its new building

PHOTO COURTESY LE NICHOIR Le Nichoir Executive Director Susan Wylie (left) and President Lindsay D’Aoust are excited to welcome visitors to learn about the latest structural addition to the Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre in Hudson Saturday, July 30. Le Nichoir Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre has been planning and working on a new conservatory project for the last few years and are now proud to announce the construction of their new building. The first phase of the project, the new songbird aviary, has been up and running for the past two years along with the second phase of creating education programs. Now, the final phase of the project, the new bird sanctuary building, will become a much

Hudson Labyrinthe vandalized

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO A year following its initial conception, built as part of the 150th celebrations of the Town of Hudson, the Hudson Labyrinthe located behind Le Nichoir Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on Main Road has been vandalized. “It took all last summer to build,” said one of the project’s creators Esme Terry of the process of finding the land, plowing it, prepare and mulch the surface before gathering the rocks and installing the benches. “In the middle are mosaics made by local artists and we were planning on planting flowers around the benches.” Co-creators Debora Must and Lianne Bridges arrived at the labyrinth the morning of July 12 to find busted benches, broken beer bo

New program in Vaudreuil-Dorion offers tourists bicycles to discover town

PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL A $20 security deposit is requested for the signature red bicycles and they can be returned at one of three tourist destinations in Vaudreuil-Dorion. La Maison Trestler, la Musée regional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and la Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil have all teamed up with the local business Le Zèbre Rouge to offer two bicycles to tourists who would like an inexpensive and green way to discover the region. Tourists can ride their rented bikes for free for one day and bring it back to one of the three locations listed above before closing time. “Vélo-culture is the combination of three cultural sites in Vaudreuil-Doiron in a project allowing tourists and citizens o

Gender-bender twist on comedy classic Private Lives coming to Hudson Village Theatre

When Noel Coward's Private Lives, one of the most successful comedies ever, was first staged in England back in the early 1930s, it was a shocker. So much so, in fact, that it was almost banned by the censor of the day, Lord Chamberlain, who took umbrage at the fact that one of the female leads not only spoke openly about sex and sexuality, but actually flaunted it. Can only wonder what he would have made of a production of that very same play coming to Hudson Village Theatre August 11 through 28, directed by HVT's artistic director, Matthew Tiffin, enjoying his very first season at the little theatre by the tracks. And a most successful one to date, I might add. Because for the first time e

Furry fun for the dog days of summer

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK; COPYRIGHT: LOBSTROSITY The second edition of the K9 Sport Fest will take place July 16 and 17 at the Maxville Fair Grounds in Maxville, Ontario. Following the success of the first edition in 2015, the organizers aim to follow the guidelines of the original festival, but will also add other activities to the program this year. Last year’s edition drew approximately 500 competitors from as far away as Toronto. “The festival was very well received,” says Erika Anderson, the festival's founder. “The community was excited, and all the competitors loved the venue. It was well organized, and everyone had a great time.” Last year the event welcomed approximately 1000 s

Quilters bring comfort to palliative care patients

PHOTO BY MADELEINE LANGLOIS The patience and creativity of members of the Hudson Village Quilters guild is simply admirable. A few times a month, in church basements or community centres across the country, quilters gather to socialize and share their knowledge and love of quilting. There are over 40 quilting guilds in the province of Quebec alone. The expertise or experience of quilters may vary but their patience and creativity is simply admirable. From envisioning the initial design to sewing the top, batting, and backing together, each quilt can take between 10 to 20 hours to complete. It is no wonder that hand-made quilts can cost hundreds of dollars to purchase. Imagine putting all tha

NDIP residents ask council to address speeding problem

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot residents Lewis Sewina (left) and Yan Vanbrugghe have circulated a petition to residents living along a stretch of Boulevard Perrot between Point-du-Domaine and 101st Avenue to ask elected officials to address the issue of motorists exceeding the posted 50 km/h speed limit. It took a May 28 accident in which a toddler was hit by a car on Boulevard Perrot to mobilize a number of Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot (NDIP) parents into petitioning elected officials to address speeding vehicles along a three-kilometre stretch between Point-du-Domaine and 101st Avenue. “In 2009, I approached council about the traffic problems on Boulevard Perrot,” sai

Mayor dogged by questions as tempers flare in Beaconsfield

PHOTO BY STEPHANIE O'HANLEY Beaconsfield dog owner Carl Dexter asks permission to make a dog park-related comment rather than a question after Mayor Georges Bourelle says he is no longer taking questions about dogs during question period. The start of Beaconsfield’s July 11 council meeting included a feel-good story about an “animal hero” who rescued a baby raccoon from a recycling truck. But soon after Director General Patrice Boileau presented the city’s vision for a new 150,000 square foot dog park in the Luger Triangle bordering Angell Woods, the mood soured. In June council voted to put out a call for public tender for a dog park that includes a football field-and-a-half size dog run at

Rowdy noise complaints resurface in Ste. Anne’s

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Mayor Paola Hawa is urging citizens to report all noise complaints about rowdy parties directly to police at by calling 911. Mayor Paola Hawa is urging all Ste. Anne de Bellevue residents to contact 911 directly to report noise complaints about rowdy parties because the city’s municipal patrol doesn’t have the authority to intervene. Hawa’s recommendation comes after a couple complained during the Monday evening council meeting on July 11 that repeated calls to the municipal patrol failed to stop a loud party at a private residence in the city’s southern sector. The couple said they even followed advice posted on the city’s website that noise complaints should be reporte

For Arts Alive! Québec, six Quebec regions band together to create an exciting summer festival serie

The English Language Arts Network (ELAN) celebrates the return of Arts Alive! Québec. Between June and September, Hudson, Quebec City, Huntingdon, Knowlton, Wakefield and Montreal's West Island, will host weekend celebrations of Quebec arts and culture. Some communities focus around a main venue and its environs; others transform the entire town. Programming is highly individual, reflecting local tastes, arts and cultures. There’s something different to experience and taste at each region's event, from local artists and visiting headliners to puppet shows, literary activities, contemporary dance, theatre performances, visual arts, chamber music, film, and even a Celtic party! On offer are in

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