Missing a phone book?

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by Anastasia Philopoulos on April 29, 2015

A number of phone book dumps were found near the Farrellton bridge. Richard Folkerson photo

A number of phone book dumps were found near the Farrellton bridge. Richard Folkerson photo

If so, Richard Folkerson might have found it for you, at the bottom of a ravine near his place in Farrellton.

While walking his dogs with his wife, Folkerson happened upon several locations where bundles of phone books wrapped in plastic were dumped along Chemin de la Rivière near the green bridge.

“We walk the loop that is Chemin New Common-Chemin de la Rivière on a regular basis with our dogs and came across this despicable act. Someone, I assume who was in charge of delivering these phone books, decided there wasn’t much point in doing it and that they would be better off in the woods at the bottom of a ravine, or in a stream, or a ditch,” Folkerson told the Low Down.

Folkerson guesses there are five different locations with six to seven bundles of books dumped at each site. One particularly distressing photo shows the books on the edge of a stream.

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Chelsea ‘MacGyver’ wins award

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by admin on April 29, 2015

Stéhpan Werlen won a prestigious award for his work at Pratt & Whitney. Veronique Hynes photo.

Stéhpan Werlen won a prestigious award for his work at Pratt & Whitney. Veronique Hynes photo.

By Veronique Hynes

When Stéphan Werlen saw his name on the same list as former astronaut Chris Hadfield, he said he was sure it was a mistake.

He left for work that day, and showed his boss the press release, hoping to fix the error immediately.

“He closes the door before somebody else comes in and says: ‘by the way, I forgot to tell you,’” Werlen said.

Werlen had won the Romeo Vachon award, presented by the Canadian Space and Aeronautics Institute in recognition of his 31 years working as an analyst for Pratt & Whitney. The award is for initiative and creative-problem solving. Werlen credits his win to an ability to think outside the box.

Werlen’s job includes testing helicopter and airplane engines to see how they will handle in very windy or icy conditions. He also tests new concepts and features for existing aircraft engines.

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Low septic issues bubbling

April 29, 2015

The MRC de la Vallée de la Gatineau has quietly been pressuring the Municipality of Low to get around to passing a bylaw that would mandate septic tanks within the municipality be emptied every two years. At the March 17 MRC meeting, 16 mayors voted to ask Low to start abiding by regulations. The one […]

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Fake gun at school brings cops; two teen arrests

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Amazon approved: Chelsea author hot download king

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While vacationing in Mont Tremblant over the Easter long weekend, Chelsea author David Sachs decided to stay in and work one day while his wife took their two small kids out to the ski hills. To his surprise and bewilderment, his recently released novel, ‘The Flood’, had become a hot download on Amazon almost overnight. […]

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Mystery in the Hills: 20 years ago, the search for Louise Ellis

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Sayonara, Valley Drive

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Claude Giroux had his arm in the air to second the motion on changing the name of Valley Drive even as the motion was being read out. The Wakefield councillor grinned as council passed the motion on April 7, officially changing the name of Chemin Vallée to Chemin de la Vallée-de-Wakefield. “It was a long […]

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Wakefield steam train may be back on track

April 15, 2015

Turns out the Wakefield Steam Train Group (WSTG) has not lost the train project to Montebello. (This is where you, if you’re a train fan, click your heels in glee). But it’s not over yet. Rather than make an official decision on who would be awarded the steam train project on April 1, as was […]

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Toilet police coming for a bowl near you

April 15, 2015

Once upon a time it was the pinky purple police, but nowadays in Chelsea it’s all about the toilet police. At the April 8 regular sitting of Chelsea council, a number of motions were passed, introducing new water efficiency standards for both drinking and treated water. “It’s all about trying to reduce the amount of […]

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Hospital in danger: Ex-health board members ring alarm

April 8, 2015

  With the Des Collines health board no longer in place, the Wakefield Hospital’s last line of defence is gone. A new amalgamated health board now manages the hospital from a distance and the possibility of more cuts looms large. “If the community doesn’t watch over this development at the hospital…the hospital is going to […]

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