The things you don’t find out when you’re not a reporter any more and are not otherwise plugged into the local scene.
Some time in the last six months, Transport Thom cut its late Friday and weekend bus service to this region. The only buses that apparently remain are the commuter buses, which leave Shawville at 6 a.m. and Ottawa at 3:30 p.m. David and Rita found this out the hard way trying to visit us out here in the sticks.
The Pontiac Pet Shop may have moved rather than closed (see previous entry); I saw its sign in a little strip mall on Highway 301 just across from the entrance to the Smurfit-Stone pulp mill north of Portage du Fort. So maybe it’s relocated to a somewhat less prime location.
Sometimes I miss knowing the details.