Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The Olympic flame came to Hawkesbury Friday, attracting about 1,000 people, despite a strong, frigid wind. This was the second time an Olympic flame camee to town. It was here in 1976, prior to the Summer Games in Montréal. The best thing about the relay's stop in Hawkesbury was that for once the town was making news, for a good reason.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
After the last windshield was made at the Pittsburgh Glass Works in Hawkesbury last week, the workers held a mock funeral for the firm that had been providing work for as many as 600 people over the last 40 years. They hung up their safety books, some of which were creatively enhanced, and released black balloons.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The war in Afghanistan hit close to home when a 21-year-old soldier from Chute-à-Blondeau, east of Hawkesbury, was killed near Kandahar September 13.
The death of Private Patrick Lormand touched our community. Many citizens attended his military funeral last week.
At Remembrance Day ceremonies, veterans speak of their fallen comrades in philosophical terms, saying the departed never had the opportunity to grow old.
Sadly, too many of the casualties of this conflict will also remain forever young.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
You know you are going to have a bad day when....
The driver of this school bus escaped unscathed after it flipped into a ditch on a country road north of Cornwall last week. Fortunately, the bus was carrying no passengers when it collided with a tractor trailer.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A gum-covered tree in a New York State park is proof that some people heed the sage advice about not daring to swallow chewing gum, because it will stick in your innards for 17 years and will contribute to climate change, or something like that.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
All the training in the world never prepares rescue workers for fatalities.
Earlier this week, fire fighters valiantly yet unsuccessfully tried to revive a three-year-old boy who had perished, along with his dog, inside the burning family home in Fournier, a village east of Ottawa.
This exhausted and sad fire fighter seemed to summarize the sense of sadness and loss that enveloped the community.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
In 1982, the Canadian International Paper Company closed its pulp and paper mill in Hawkesbury. Hundreds lost their jobs, but life went on, and so did the stench from this waterfront lagoon that still contains wastes from the defunct industry and various sorts of debris, including a bicycle. The huge lagoon supports aquatic life but continues to emit a terrible stink. The clean-up of the government-owned site has raised a stink. I have writen extensively about it.
Check out the controversy over this industrial legacy by going to http://www.editionap.ca/, and click on the Tribune Express icon.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Construction of a new highway bridge over the Rouge River, near Grenville, Québec, is a huge undertaking. As many observers point out, judging from the series of steps, workers must need a break after they arrive on the job site.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Another muggy day in Hawkesbury. At noon, lunch -- including a batch of French fries -- is on the stove. The family pet, a large dog, happens to brush past the stove. The pot of hot oil spills onto the floor. Within seconds, the house is an inferno. Police have to force a neighbour to leave. The fire fighters battle the blaze for the rest of the day. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, the dog got out safely, and the house across the street, perhaps with some intervention from the Blessed Virgin Mary, sustained only minor damage to the vinyl siding.
And then the rain came, again.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Neither wind nor rain nor stiff breezes can prevent hardy clutches of cyclists from pedalling along country roads on summer Sunday mornings. Locals, including cattle, are used to seeing large groups merrily making their way along East Hawkesbury roads. In fact, cycling is a major element of our region's efforts to attract more visitors.