Rachel Garber

I was lucky to accompany a representative of the Bury Historical & Heritage Society to a Townshippers’ Foundation luncheon in Magog, where the Society received a small grant in mid-April to help support a conference this fall on the history of Townships food over the past 150 years. Congratulations to the Society!

And just why was I lucky? Because seated at our table were representatives of the Fondation Baluchon Alzheimer, which also received a grant for its “Baluchonnage” service. And now I can tell you about it. It’s an in-home respite service for a period of 4-14 days, with a trained, experienced, English-speaking Baluchonnage caregiver to replace the caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s.

Now that’s a well-deserved and sorely needed respite for a 24/7 caregiver, maybe even a two-week trip to Cuba! While your loved one is cared for at home. The service is available throughout Quebec, including here. The cost for you is only $15/day, with possible financial aid. Info: 1-855-762-2667,, or

The Écocentre at 105 Maine Central in Bury is now open to receive dangerous items such as batteries, oils or acids, electronics, metals, construction materials, textiles, organic materials, tires, styrofoam marked with a number 6 inside a recycling triangle, or more. And people who bring items for disposal can, in turn, receive some good compost once a year.
Find out the Centre’s hours at 819-560-8404 or at There’s loads of other information there, lists of what can and cannot be disposed of, what other locations will receive paint or certain other items for disposal, and so on.
And an ad in the Journal gives the locations, dates and hours of the Écocentre mobile, which will make its way this summer to various municipalities. For example, it will be at the Bury municipal hall on May 25, and at the Newport municipal hall, 1452 Route 212, on September 7.

Today, Wednesday May 15th, rush right out to a Health Link presentation by Jami Crook on the benefits of physiotherapy and physiyoga. Try out a little chair yoga. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. was to be reserved by May 13, but all are welcome to the presentation at 1 p.m., without reservation. It’s at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main St., Bury. Info: Kim Fessenden, 819-872-3771, x 2.

Bury residents can receive up to five trees for replanting by just showing up at the Pope Memorial Elementary School, 523 Stokes, Bury, on Thursday, May 16, between 1 and 6 p.m. Many kinds are available: White Pine, Spruce, Hemlock and more. Students will be handing them out on the 16th, and leftover trees will be available Saturday, May 25, between 8:30 a.m. and noon in the Bury Municipal Hall yard during the Mobile Ecocentre collection. Partnering with the school and the municipality for the tree giveaway are the Forêts, Faune et Parcs Québec, Association forestière du sud du Québec, and the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre.

Another tree giveaway is at the Sawyerville Community Garden, 70 Randboro Road, on Saturday, May 18, between 9 a.m. and noon. The trees, both deciduous types and conifers, are available from Nature Cantons de l’Est. Limit of three trees per person.

Antiques and all kinds of things old and new. It’s a giant flea market and garage sale, all for the restoration and upkeep of the Canterbury Centre, erstwhile Christ Church Canterbury. The Victoria Day weekend sale is right there, at 1095 Route 214, Friday May 17 to Sunday May 19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No early birds, please. Info: Tony de Melo, 819-872-3400.

The Atelier Auckland offers the first Entretien d’Auckland on the theme of happiness with special guest Nathalie Plaat, on Saturday, May 18. Reservations required. Info:

A Spring 500 Card Party is on Thursday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the Bulwer Community Centre, 254 Jordan Hill Road, Bulwer. Cost of cards and lunch: $6. Prizes distributed after lunch.

A concert with Terry Howell & Friends featuring country, gospel, bluegrass and “musique country” by his French-speaking friends is the thing. It’s planned for Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the Trinity United Church, 190 Principale W., Cookshire. Proceeds will help pay for the painting of the church building. Admission: $10; students: $6. Light refreshments. Info: 819-875-3796 or 819-875-3863.

The next Valoris workshop is on the topic of infrastructures, management and treatment of leachates, and integration into the landscape. This is part of the public information series in the context of the “social acceptability process” for the proposed expansion of the technical landfill at Valoris. Leachates are the soluble constitutents from soil or landfills that result from leaching, in downward percolating ground water. When: May 25 from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Where: École du Parchemin (Salle des commissaires), 162 Saint-Jean Ave., East Angus. To register, call 819-560-8403, email, or online at

Coming up on Saturday, June 1: A huge sale of household items and plants is to be in the Pavilion in the Park and the Chez Pierre et Céline restaurant parking lot at 1442 Route 212, Island Brook. Participants are invited for $5/space. Info: Francine Rouleau, 819-820-4667.

Anglican. Sunday worship services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury, and at 11 a.m. in Cookshire at St. Peter’s Church. 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.
Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by May 20 for publication May 29 and by June 3 for June 12.

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