Wakefield pirate told to abandon ships

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by Mary Fahey on May 18, 2017

Denis Tremblay’s growning fleet of houseboats has drawn the attention of the Municipality of La Pêche. The municipality is looking into having the boats and docks removed from their location on Riverside Drive in Wakefield.

Denis Tremblay’s growing fleet of houseboats has drawn the attention of the Municipality of La Pêche. The municipality is looking into having the boats and docks removed from their location on Riverside Drive in Wakefield.

The days of freedom and rebellion on the high seas of Wakefield Bay may soon be coming to an end for the village’s self-described pirate.

The Municipality of La Pêche gave a legal mandate to the municipality’s lawyer to examine options to have Denis Tremblay remove his houseboats from the shore of the bay at the May 8 council meeting.

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Grave consequences for Chelsea business

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by Ben Bulmer on May 18, 2017

Hollow Glen business owner Alex Lapointe leans against a tombstone stored in the backyard of his Chelsea property. The gravestone engraving family business has been in the same location for almost 40 years, but the municipality is now telling him to move.

Hollow Glen business owner Alex Lapointe leans against a tombstone stored in the backyard of his Chelsea property. The gravestone engraving family business has been in the same location for almost 40 years, but the municipality is now telling him to move.

After almost 40 years in business, Hollow Glen firm Monuments & Lettrage Lapointe has been given 10 days notice by the Municipality of Chelsea to close down.

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Where have you bin all my life?

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Great food, great wine, great words at the Wakefield writers festival

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