Rachel Garber

This Wednesday, September 20, a Service Canada representative will offer an information session for seniors at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street, Bury. This is the first Health Link event of the season, and begins with a lunch at 11:30 a.m., for which a $5 donation is requested to help cover costs. At 1 p.m., the representative will speak about programs and services for seniors.
Participants will hear about the Canadian retirement-income system, and how to access benefits of the public pension system, including the Old Age Security Program, Guaranteed Income Supplement, and Survivor’s Allowance. Information will also be offered about the Social Insurance Number, passports, and Compassionate Care Benefits.

To reserve your space for lunch, contact Kim Fessenden: 819-872-3771, ext. 2 or
Health Link presentations are a collaboration of five organizations: First is the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre, stationed at the Pope Memorial Elementary School in Bury. Next is the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS’s Haut-Saint-François réseau local de services (local network of services, or RLS for short, the new little name for what used to be called the CLSC). Third is the Centre d’action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François (the CAB or volunteer action centre). Fourth is Townshippers’ Association. And fifth is the Community Health and Social Services Network, who initiated these presentations. They are funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.
Health Link sessions are scheduled on two other Wednesdays this fall. One is on October 18 (topic still a mystery) and another is on November 22, featuring a presentation by ethnobotanist and accredited herbalist Jessica Marais. She will speak about natural ways to stay healthy over the winter.


This Saturday, September 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the annual Sawyerville Harvest Festival at the Sawyerville Community Garden, 70 Randboro Road. Listen to Irish music with a trio: France Thibault, Laurent Hubert and a mystery musician. A star-studded array of local producers will be showing and telling about their specialties – Brian Creelman and his seeds, Danielle Nault and her lacto-fermented goodies, Richard O’Braham and his mushrooms, Chantal Parent and her herbs, and many others.
Pizza will be available from the outdoor bread oven, as will a variety of activities for children, workshops and kiosks, hand-pressed apple juice, and many other local products. Admission is free; a fee will be asked to partake of the lunch of vegetarian chili accompanied by other good fresh local food. Ask Chantal about it. She will tell you the Community Garden is an enchanted space, where little miracles happen all around you. Info: or 819-889-3196.


Starting September 30 is the Gigantic Garage Sale at the Trinity United Church, 190 Principale St., Cookshire, offering household items, small furniture and lighting, dishes, jewellery, books, movie recordings, toys, linens, and much more. Have lunch at the canteen. The sale is on for three full days: Saturday, September 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, October 1st, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, October 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It winds up with a Bag Sale on Sunday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: $5 will buy you a big bag full of items of your choice.


On Thursdays September 28 and October 12, at 1:30 p.m. are the Bulwer Community Center’s 500 Card Parties. A fee of $6 each includes lunch and the distribution of prizes. The Center is at 254 Jordan Hill Road, Bulwer.


Thursday September 21 at 1:30 p.m. is the start of the weekly dart season, and Tuesday September 19 at 9 to 11 a.m. is the beginning of pool, and at 1 to 4 p.m. are cards, sand bags and other games, all continuing weekly. Heads up for the annual craft show and sale on Saturday October 28. FADOQ Sawyerville’s activities for seniors are at the Community Centre, 6 Church Street, Sawyerville. Info: Judy Stanley, 819-875-3422.


September 23 and 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30: Just two more Village Market days are left this fall at the Sawyerville Community Garden. The Community Garden is at 70 Randboro Road. Info: Chantal Bolduc at or 819-889-3196.


Four bilingual Viactive exercise groups for people age 50-plus meet every Wednesday. They are volunteer-led and are free of charge.
In Bury, Doris Eryou welcomes you at 10 a.m. at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main St., Bury. Info: 819-238-8541.
In Cookshire, Serena Wintle and Lyne Maisonneuve lead the group from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Manoir de l’Eau vive, 210 Principale East. Info: 819-875-5210.
In Newport, Ruth Shipman and Christiane Côté facilitate the Viactive group at the Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, Island Brook, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Info: 819-889-1340 or 819-560-8565.
And in Sawyerville, starting September 27, Denise Nault and Gérard Nault invite you to the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street, at 10 to 11 a.m. Info: 819-889-2630.


Anglican. Sunday services are in Bury at 9:30 a.m. and in Cookshire at 11 a.m. Info: 819-887-6802.
United. Sunday worship services are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m. and in Sawyerville at 11 a.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message).
Baptist. In Sawyerville, the Sunday worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French. Info: 819-239-8818.
Messy Church. On Monday, September 25, at 5:30 p.m. is Messy Church, a monthly joint United and Anglican intergenerational event. Free of charge, but donations are welcome. Stories, crafts, worship and supper at the St. Paul Anglican Church, 550 Main St., Bury. It’s family friendly, and all are welcome. Info: Rev. Tami Spires (United Church Minister): 819-452-3685 or
Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by September 25 for publication October 4, and by October 9 for October 18.

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