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Letter to the editor 1, August 31, 2017

Public record? Dear Editor, This is in reference to the John Jantak article (St. Lazare council questioned over alleged financial discrepancy, Your Local Journal, August 10, page 3) about financial discrepancies discovered by Michel Lambert regarding St. Lazare councillors’ committee attendance payments of 2013, compared to payments for 2014, plus the follow up letter from Joanne Ackland. I find it very disconcerting and hypocritical that we have a St. Lazare administration telling the residents that... 1) A permit is required to cut down a 30mm tree. 2) A permit is required for watering. 3) A permit is required to hold a garage sale. 4) A permit is required for renovations. 5) A permit is r

Letter to the editor 2, August 31, 2017

Right of access Dear Editor, Right now, the federal government is reviewing the Navigation Protection Act—that’s the law that should give all Canadians the right to paddle up and down this land’s waterways. That right is very important to me. In recent years, 99% of Canada’s waterways lost navigation protection under the act. Unless our waterways have full legal protection we’ll all lose our right to enjoy and play in streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. Even worse, when waterways are blocked by development or land owners, sensitive ecosystems are put at risk. There’s currently no law that makes it mandatory to evaluate environmental impacts on blocking and obstructing waterways, which can ser

Letter to the editor 3, August 31, 2017

Thank you Dear Editor, Shout out to the owner at Sucrerie d'Antan on Bédard St who graciously came out to help out my mechanically clueless elderly parents when their car acted up and they had to stop in front of his business. He helped them out and got them back on the road, refusing my mother’s plea to accept a crumpled up $20 bill for his troubles! Sir, I tip my hat to you, from one St. Lazarian to another. Eric Holm St. Lazare

Letter to the editor 4, August 31, 2017

Another thank you Dear Editor, As the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Hudson Music Festival (HMF), I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who made the 11th edition of HMF a very successful, capacity-filled, and smooth week of great music. HMF could not put on this week of music and art without the continued support of the Town of Hudson, Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, MacDougall MacDougall & MacTier, Hawkesbury Ford, MRC Vaudreuil Soulanges, CLD, Heritage Canada, and many more. A very special thank you goes out to Nancy and Mavis from the 2 Barn Owls and Gobeil Dickison, for the use of the concert space at the Mews. HMF is also very proud to work wit

NOVA Hudson hosts barbecue at Finnegan's

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY All smiles under the landmark barn, three generations of the Aird family, Barbara (centre), her daughters, Mary and Betsy, Mary's daughter, Katherine Koberstein, and her friend, Anne Vincent, did a wonderful job of serving up hamburgers to all at the NOVA Hudson BBQ at Finnegan's on Sunday. In what is now an annual tradition, and as a way of thanking some 200 volunteers and supporters who make its services possible throughout the year, NOVA Hudson treated them to a burger barbecue at Finnegan's this past Sunday, August 27, served up by three generations of the Aird family, owners of the landmark flea market. Enjoying the afternoon under clear blue skies, a rarity in the

Greenwood’s Treasures in the Attic coming Saturday, September 16

PHOTO BY AUDREY WALL Some of the Vintage Sale objects at Treasures in the Attic Hudson’s very own ‘Antiques Roadshow’ annual event is coming up so don’t miss this unique opportunity to get your own treasures appraised by experts. This year there will be seven expert appraisers on hand to evaluate your antiques and collectibles. Bring them in and find out the story behind your special item. Please note there is a cost of $5 per item evaluated. New this year, is a professional numismatist (coin expert) Peter McDonald, and a vinyl record expert Rob Carr to appraise both LPs and 45s. Our regulars Victor Isganaitis is back to assess general antiques, decorative and fine Arts, Canadian, American a

SOUP’s on in Vaudreuil-Soulanges

YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Soup reigns supreme at the upcoming 6th edition of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges SOUP (Symbol of Openness and Union of People) Festival September 3. The Vaudreuil-Soulanges SOUP Festival is back for the sixth successive year to be held at Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park, 2500 blvd. Don-Quichotte, in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot on Sunday, September 3, 2017. The SOUP Festival stands for Symbol of Openness and Union of People. The aim of the festival is to bring people together, providing opportunities to meet new friends from different cultures. It’s a unique time to exchange recipes, ideas and points of view with people of all ages and backgrounds. And really, who

Movies you might have missed

IMAGE COURTESY IMDB.COM Title: Brief Encounter (1945) Directed: David Lean Genre: Drama/Romance Available on: YouTube Brief Synopsis: Returning home from a shopping trip, bored housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) meets virtuous doctor Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard). Their casual friendship soon develops into something more. Aggregate Scores: 8.1 IMDb 89% Rotten Tomatoes Review: A train station can represent many things. It can be the destination of a long awaited reunion, or the point in which two paths divide forever. It can be a routine journey to work, a spontaneous adventure, freedom or restraint. These multiple meanings make a dimly lit, crowded London train station the perfect place

Starting off on the right foot with a free activity with Accès-Loisirs

PHOTO COURTESY MUNICIPALITÉ RÉGIONALE DE COMTÉ VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES (MRC-VS) After having already allowed more than 430 adults and children free access to sports and cultural activities since its launch in 2016, the Accès-Loisirs Vaudreuil-Soulanges program is back with new registration dates for the fall 2017 session. To register, eligible citizens must report to one of the points of service with proof of income (notice of federal or provincial pension plan for 2016 or claim for income security recipients), proof of residence with address (driver's license or recent tax bill). · L’Île-Perrot and Vaudreuil Sector: Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Paul-Émile-Lépine Comm

Parrywinkle, August 31, 2017

PHOTO COURTESY ALEX BAUMEISTER Oliver Chamberlin and Alex Baumeister shown here with their trusty restored Dodge truck are very serious about their new business helping local residents with their home maintenance. There's an old adage that everything comes in threes. And that was certainly true in our region this past Saturday and Sunday when - for only the third time this summer, according to Environment Canada - we enjoyed a totally rain-free weekend. This ironically while, south of the border, Hurricane Harvey was hammering Texas causing severe flooding and unimaginable devastation and destruction, and just days after a microburst and tornado wreaked horrendous havoc here in Quebec. And s

Softball silver

PHOTO COURTESY CARINE GLORIEUX (Top row, left to right): Coach Sylvain Lejeune, Sara-Maude Normand, Maylie Houle, Olivia MacDonald, Camille Gagnon, Kenzie MacDonald, Marianne Brisson, coach Mathieu Gagnon. (Middle, left to right): Mackenzie King, Meagan Gauthier, Ariane Gagnon. (Bottom, left to right): Bianca Nadeau, Jasmine Guerra, bat girl Béatrice Gagnon, Chloé Boyer and Marie Bernard. Following their victory at the Softball Fast Pitch AA Provincial Championship in July, the ladies of the Lac St-Louis Lions AA U16 went to O’Leary, Prince Edward Island to represent their province at the Eastern Canadian Softball Championships which was held from August 24 to 27. Twelve teams from Ontario,

Flood disaster recovery group plans public protest

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Though difficult to see, Sandra Piening’s Rigaud home, like many others hit by the spring flood, sustained serious damage and awaits badly needed provincial aid for repairs before winter arrives. A public demonstration is being planned by a local volunteer citizens’ group organized to assist victims of the 2017 spring flooding with the objective of pressuring Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux to speed up the process of getting the promised financial aid to those who need it. The group, calling themselves Inondation 2017-regroupement des sinistrés, has recently joined forces with the Comité des citoyens de Rigaud (CCR). They have been actively involved in promot

St. Lazare homeowners with foundation problems to receive financial aid

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK (Left to right) St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo, Provincial MNAs Lucie Charlebois (Soulanges) and Marie-Claude Nichols (Vaudreuil), MRC Prefect and Très St. Rédempteur Mayor Jean Lalonde, and St. Zotique Mayor Yvon Chaisson at a press conference this week where Charlebois announced a $1.85 million provincial subsidy to help Montérégie homeowners with foundation problems. Residents with faulty foundations will be able to qualify for financial assistance after the provincial government announced it will provide $1.85 million in funds to residents throughout the Montérégie region. Details were provided during a press conference at the St. Lazare community centre on August

Austin Rikley-Krindle competing for Hudson District 2 seat with a youthful vision

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Austin Rikley-Krindle (left), who strongly supports initiatives such as Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm, is seen here chatting with farm directors, Rébecca Phaneuf-Thibault and Loïc Freeman-Lavoie after a recent farm tour. If he wins his seat on Hudson Town Council in the municipal elections in November, Austin Rikley-Krindle would be the youngest elected official in the region to date having celebrated his 19th birthday in August. Rikley-Krindle is running in Hudson District 2. “I feel like I can make an impact in the next four years,” said the 19 year-old. He described the current council as having laid the groundwork of bringing the town up to par in terms of lega

Entrepreneur and mom of three stepping into municipal politics

PHOTO COURTESY CYNTHIA MASSA Former West Islander Cynthia Massa and her family have fallen in love with Hudson and the mom of three says she wants to work with the entire council for the betterment of the town. Drawing on her experience as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and an entrepreneur, designing and selling specialized children’s travelling kits, 41-year-old Cynthia Massa decided the timing was right for her first foray into municipal politics and will run as a councillor in District 2 in Hudson in the upcoming election. Though relatively new to the area, Massa said she and her family are full Hudsonites and could never conceive of moving back to the West Island. After working in t

Neighbours say ‘no’ to Greenwood signage

YLJ FILE PHOTO/TERRY O’SHAUGHNESSY Signs that have graced the grounds and windows of Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History since its inception as a museum in 1996 have been removed following the complaints of area residents to the town. Following a complaint launched by a neighbour on Main Road, Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History has been ordered by the town to take down flags and signage used to indicate parking as well as upcoming events with a concession made to allow a single sandwich board. “One of the things I hear the most is that people don’t know where we’re located,” said Greenwood’s Executive Director Terry O’Shaughnessy. “This will make it even harder.” Housed in

St. Lazare couple big winners at U.S. casino

PHOTO COURTESY ORANGE FILMWORKS Lynn and Carl Sandquist (extreme left and right) together with their daughter Carly (third from right) were treated like movie stars by the production crew of Orange Filmworks shown here during their two-day shoot at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Hogansburg, N.Y. for a TV commercial that will begin this fall. A St. Lazare couple celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary next week was treated by their daughter to a memorable couple of days at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort just over the border in the U.S. recently. They didn't gamble - well, except for perhaps just a little flutter - and it didn't cost anyone a cent. In fact, they were treated like

Rigaud appeals for flood victim info before winter

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG In light of the approaching winter season, Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. issued an appeal for flood victims to contact the town immediately while critiquing the Québec financial assistance program as not working. Rigaud’s Mayor, Hans Gruenwald Jr. issued a call for all citizens of Rigaud affected by the 2017 Spring flooding to contact the town immediately to report on their situation. “Winter will be here tomorrow,” said the mayor during a press conference Wednesday, August 30. “An important number of our residents have not been able to return to their homes. I am appealing for information. We need to know how many people we will need to take care of this winter,”

St. Lazare mayor announces re-election bid

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo prepares to enter the town’s new city hall on Tuesday, August 28. The mayor said he will be campaigning for re-election in the upcoming mayoralty race. Mayor Robert Grimaudo will run again in the upcoming municipal election on November 5. He revealed his intention to seek re-election exclusively to Your Local Journal during an informal interview at the St. Lazare community centre on August 28 following a press conference that announced provincial government subsidies will be provided to help homeowners with sinking foundation problems. “A lot of people want to know what’s going on so I am telling you today officially that on September 22,

Hudson mayoral race heats up with entrance of third candidate

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG As a candidate for Hudson Mayor, resident Joe Eletr says he wants to move the town forward rather than dwell on the past. Joseph Eletr entered the Hudson mayoral race Wednesday, August 23 saying he and his wife Diane Lewis love Hudson and want to see it progress and flourish. “We moved here five years ago from the West Island and really love living in Hudson,” he said. This is Eletr’s first foray into the political arena running against Jamie Nicholls and Bill Nash. As a former business owner with 40 years’ experience in the auto repair business, Eletr has earned his stripes as a problem solver. He said his philosophy is, “Learn from your past, don’t go backwards, g

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