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PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi, my name is Lea and I’m a female brown tabby cat. I was born November 12, 2015 and I have an amazing temperament. I greet you with meows when you walk in the door and I am a true lap cat. I come when you call, I sleep on the bed if you don't mind, and all night without waking you up. I am affectionate and super friendly. I have no problem adapting to a new home as I make myself at ease. I don't jump on counters. I am litter trained, eat twice a day wet and dry. I am a bit nervous with young children I get scared. Older children I like, other cats not so much. My foster home says it's been a month that I've been there and I am still separated from her cats and I hiss a

Mount Pleasant students sing the sounds of season’s greetings

Approximately 200 students from Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Hudson trekked the short distance from their school to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) on Tuesday, December 18 to bring the joyful sounds of the season to patients and staff. Organized by Grade 6 teacher Toni Rikley and under the direction of music teacher Krystyna Koelblen, the students lined up outside of the two wings of the residence and sang a selection of seasonal songs much to the delight and surprise of those inside. See more photos on our Facebook page.

Tots lend a helping hand

PHOTO COURTESY GENEVIÈVE BAGDIAN Once again this year, the children of the Garderie Entre Deux Montagnes in Hudson took part in their annual food drive in collaboration with IGA Hudson and Le Pont/Bridging Food Bank on the morning of December 19. Every year, the children from the daycare each bring an item and walk it over to IGA to meet Le Pont/Bridging staff and drop their off their donation. As you can see from the photo, once again the children did a wonderful job.

Stories of the year - January to June

JANUARY CAQ leader François Legault seekeind political support in Rigaud Story and photo by James Armstrong In the months leading up to his provincial election win, Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault was on the campaign trail, stopping by Rigaud January 17 to meet with Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. primarily to discuss the lag time in processing claims for victims of the 2017 flooding. “People are really discouraged with the length of time it takes to process aid applications,” said Legault. According to information given him by the mayor, out of 212 applications made nine months prior, only 15 had been processed completely. Legault acknowledged the negative financial and emotional

Stories of the year - July to December

Vaudreuil-Dorion limits birdfeeders to two per house By John Jantak Photo by Carmen Marie Fabio Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted a resolution July 3 to limit the number of birdfeeders to two at each private residence. The measure aims to reduce the amount of birds that congregate around the feeders and especially at neighbouring properties that don’t have them. The resolution was proposed by Councillor François Séguin who said he’s received complaints from area homeowners. He was told that people with many feeders attract a lot of birds that begin to converge on neighbouring rooftops. While the feeders attract small birds, they also bring in larger species like pigeons and grackles that scou

Letter to the editor 1, Dec. 20, 2018

Continued appreciation Dear Editor, Once again Hudson and its surrounding communities have supported us in our efforts to bring a little help to a cross-section of society that is so much less fortunate than the majority. Through the generosity of many individuals and organizations we have been able to tangibly support children and their families and individuals in the downtown core of Montreal. Specifically we have been able to provide Christmas gifts to many children who may well have gone without were it not for our help. In addition we have provided practical and much-needed gifts to women and men who live in community housing in the centre of Montreal. As with so many other support orga

Letter to the editor 2, Dec. 20, 2018

Sustainable? Dear Editor, What is 'sustainable development’? What does that mean exactly? Does it mean that the people who are here already do not want any other people to come? There is lots of unused space here... particularly in Hudson with its 10 miles of riverfront and 10 miles of highway on the other side, with a railway line in between. Much unusable land consisting of scrub. Twenty-eight miles from Montreal with a stagnant population of 5000 people. Very few and inadequate public facilities. Half a sewer system. No industry allowed. Is this called ‘sustained development’? Naomi Henshaw Hudson

Letter to the editor 3, Dec. 20, 2018

Out of gas Dear Editor, Once again our government is playing fast and loose with our tax dollars. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged $1.6 billion to help out big oil and gas. Who will he help next, the banks? Steve Hutchins Saint-Lazare

Letter to the editor 4, Dec. 20, 2018

One of three basic needs Dear Editor, There has been much discussion recently in the local press concerning development and the demand on the aquifer. In The Journal of December 13, Corry Terfloth Walker wrote extensively about her concerns regarding local development and the long term effects on the supply of water from the aquifer in Saint-Lazare. Last year I tabled a similar concern at a meeting of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC). My point was, “Why is it left to the administrations of individual municipalities to deal with the supply of one of the fundamental basic needs of human survival? Surely this should be under the administration of a higher level of g

Hip hip hooray for Christmas vacation!

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A Merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol I tell ya beautiful people I feel like I’m a kid back in school again. Yes, faithful readers, this is the last column for a few weeks because it is the highly anticipated often imitated never duplicated annual Christmas break at the celebrated The Journal. Class is out, Mac books are put away and the time is nigh for eggnog and cookies, making angels in the snow and carolling loudly and happily throughout the neighbourhood only to return home to

Hudson’s iconic bull disappears from Mount Victoria

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/HANNA FROHWEIN Before it was unceremoniously plucked from its base, Old Joe stood proudly at the top of Mount Victoria, here being visited by Hudson resident Hanna Frohwein. The statue of ‘Old Joe’ formally known as Johanna Rag Apple Pabst no longer stands in its usual place at the top of Mount Victoria Street. All that remains are the fragments of the foundation that once held the statue commemorating the bull that sired the majority of the world’s Holstein cattle. The privately-owned statue originally sculpted by Joseph Fafard, was removed Monday, December 17 with the approval of its owner, John Norris. According to local accounts of the story, Norris had sold the Hu

Pincourt residential taxes rise modest 1.2 per cent, lower than inflation rate

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Pincourt adopted its 2019 budget at a special council session on Tuesday evening, December 18. Residential property taxes will increase 1.2 per cent or just under $33 per dwelling. Pincourt residential property owners will see a moderate tax increase as the average tax bill will rise just less than $33, an overall hike of 1.2 per cent. The announcement was made during a special council session where details of the complete budget were read aloud and officially adopted on Tuesday evening, December 18. Mayor Yvan Cardinal noted that the increase is less than the 1.8 per cent rate of inflation for the Greater Montreal region as stated in the Consumer Price Index on October

The Pepsi Challenge celebrates four decades in Hudson

PHOTO COURTESY ROGER MÉNARD Some of the members of the original Hudson Pepsi Challenge included (front, left to right): Allan Grey, Roger Ménard, Ian Jones, Michael Dolby (in the hat) and Bill Cleary, reportedly also known as ‘Hudson’s Legend.’ Forty years ago this month, young lifelong Francophone Roger ‘Midas’ Ménard – who was born and raised in Hudson – walked into the then men-only tavern in the heart of the village the day before Christmas Eve and proceeded to drink more than a few cold ones. Full of Christmas spirit and beer, he approached two other good friends who were sitting at the bar, Allan Gray and Ian Jones, both of whom were Anglophones and who had attended the same school. H

Early Christmas gift for Hudson woman

PHOTO COURTESY JEAN THOMSON Safely back at home after being inadvertently sold at a yard sale, Hudsonite Jean Thomson said she’s ecstatic to have her grandfather’s cobbler’s tray returned, safe and sound. Just in time for Christmas, a formerly heartbroken Hudsonite has been reunited with an over 100-year-old family heirloom that had mistakenly been sold at an October 20 garage sale. Jean Thomson told The Journal November 1 that she was, “absolutely devastated” that the cobbler’s tray used by her grandfather to make shoes was no longer a part of her life after being sold by her husband for $5. The rotating tray which has eight compartments to separate the shoemaking components was brought to

Helping shelter dogs one word at a time

PHOTO COURTESY KAROLINE LABELLE ‘Tales for Tails’ offers a win-win solution for kids struggling with their oral reading skills and dogs in need of human companionship, as Miko (above) reads to Streusel and her newborn litter of pups. The Journal recently reported on the difficulties encountered by Animatch Non-Profit Dog Adoption Services as it had to relocate its operations from Les Cèdres. While the venerable shelter is still in the process of updating its new installations in Pointe-Fortune, the cause cannot wait: dogs still need to be saved and taken care of, and Animatch recently welcomed its newest and possibly most unlikely volunteer in its long existence. Meet Miko, age 7, a polite c

Acro-gymnasts flying high

PHOTO COURTESY LES GYMN­ASTES DE L’ÎLE The acro-gymnastics club Les Gymnastes de L’Île ended their year on a high note after travelling to Lévis (Quebec) on December 16 to compete in the first Quebec Gymnastic Acrobatic cup. At the JO5 level, Isis Bain and Tyannah Challenger won the gold medal, and Julianna Della Rocca and Timea Harris brought home the silver medal. At the JO6 level, Guydgie Elisha Julien and Jenna Ganis won gold, Felicity Ho and Tundi Harris won the silver and Jessica Yehia-Joseph and Raphaelle-Lily Masson won the bronze. Riley Vathis and her partner Justine Yu earned fifth place ribbons. Youth level mix pair Marcus Grandison and Emilie Pominville won gold as did the Yout

Supporters disappointed with decision to relocate Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital site

Mayors and MNAs share their thoughts with The Journal PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A billboard still stands indicating the originally-named site of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital. The Journal reported December 14 that the provincial CAQ government announced it will move the hospital site to another locale in order to protect agricultural land. At least three Vaudreuil-Soulanges mayors are still reeling after The Journal broke the news last Friday that the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government will move the proposed regional hospital to another unknown location. MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges Vice-Prefect and Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal, Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon, and Saint-Lazare Mayor Robert

Higher taxes in Saint-Lazare as council adopts 2019 budget

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Saint-Lazare council is considering the installation of traffic lights at the busy intersection of Avenue Bédard and Chemin Saint-Louis without the addition of extra lanes. The average Saint-Lazare homeowner is looking at a 1.21 per cent increase in their property tax bill for 2019. That’s according to the $31 million budget approved by council during a special meeting held Tuesday, December 18 at the Saint-Lazare Town Hall. An average home was valued at $386,000 with its own septic system. That’s based on the general property tax rate for 2019 calculated at $0.6565 per $100 of evaluation. For an average home connected to the sewer system, the increase is calculated

Pincourt residential taxes rise modest 1.2 per cent, lower than inflation rate

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Pincourt adopted its 2019 budget at a special council session on Tuesday evening, December 18. Residential property taxes will increase 1.2 per cent or just under $33 per dwelling. Pincourt residential property owners will see a moderate tax increase as the average tax bill will rise just less than $33, an overall hike of 1.2 per cent. The announcement was made during a special council session where details of the complete budget were read aloud and officially adopted on Tuesday evening, December 18. Mayor Yvan Cardinal noted that the increase is less than the 1.8 per cent rate of inflation for the Greater Montreal region as stated in the Consumer Price Index on October

Handmade from the heart

Visit Boutique-Friperie L'Actuel to discover handmade products by L'Actuel volunteers including tuques, scarves, stockings, aprons and pajamas that will make beautiful Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Revenues from the sale of these items will be returned directly to ‘Aide aux petits at L'Actuel’ to clothe the children of families in need in our community. At this end of the year, L'Actuel's pantry needs a little love. Indeed, the reserves are down while requests for food remains constant. We must also plan to return in January, when many people in need will come knocking on our door after going through the busy season. You can bring your non-perishable food directly in the courtyard of

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