FREE SHUTTLE BUS during Expo Ormstown
Parking is limited this year on the fairgrounds, but don’t worry, a free shuttle bus service is available that drops you off at the front gate. The shuttle bus will be running on Friday from 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are two parking/pick-up locations in Ormstown: Chateauguay Valley Regional High school (CVR), 1597 Route 138A; and Agri Leader, 750 Route 201. If you use the shuttle service during the fair weekend, you will get “expo dollars” redeemable at the Ormstown Curling Club booth, Wendy’s booth, or the 4-H dairy booth.
For fresh local products, visit the Huntingdon County Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m., Prince-Arthur Park, Huntingdon.
Mobile market in Hemmingford
The Caravane des Cultures brings fresh produce to Hemmingford every Friday until Sept. 30. Check it out from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Old Convent, 549 Frontiere Street.
Collection of hazardous household waste in HSL
Collection of household hazardous waste (HHW) in the Haut-Saint-Laurent will be on Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the municipal garage, Saint-Anicet, 5001 Route 132. Collections are also happening on Saturday, July 23, at the Ormstown Ecocentre, 9 St-Paul Street; in Havelock on Friday, August 12 at 481 Route 203; and in Sainte-Barbe on Friday, September 16 at 470 chemin de l’Église. Residents of Dundee, Elgin, Franklin, Godmanchester, Havelock, Hinchinbrooke, Howick, Huntingdon, Ormstown, Saint-Anicet, Saint-Chrysostome, Sainte-Barbe, or Très-Saint-Sacrement may bring their HHW, electrical devices and electronics, small/medium household appliances or refrigerators (less than 50kg). Only household products will be accepted. Agricultural, industrial or commercial waste, tires, or medication will be refused. It is recommended to bring proof of residence. Further information is on the MRC website, mrchsl.com/services/gestion-des-matieres-residuelles.
Look out for ticks!
Ticks can be found everywhere in the Montérégie region, in wooded areas, bushes and tall grass. They can carry Lyme disease. To protect yourself, wear long clothing and apply insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.
After outdoor activities, carefully examine everyone and remove visible ticks quickly. If you see an embedded tick, grasp it with tweezers as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pull upward with steady pressure. Wash your hands and the bite with soap and water, and disinfect.
It is important to watch for redness, fever, or other unusual symptoms in the next 30 days and consult a doctor if any develop. Check for a rash at the bite which varies or expands; they are not always a “bull’s-eye” shape. More Lyme disease information can be found on the Santé Montérégie website, santemonteregie.qc.ca.
Future of the forest conference
The Ambioterra Group is offering a free in-person conference entitled The future of the forest in the Montérégie Ouest in the context of climate change before its general meeting on June 16. The conference will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Saint-Chrysostome cultural hall. The annual general meeting will follow for group members. Places are limited, so reserve quickly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 450-637-8585.