Working on the September issue of the Townships Sun these past few weeks, I’ve learned a lot.
For example, what’s been going on at Bishop’s University after that message on the bridge last fall: “He raped me, I reported, he’s still in my class, BU take action”?
Did you know Black Cats Book could be closing? A community meeting has been called on Wednesday, September 14, at 5:30 p.m., at the Amédée Beaudoin Hall, 10 Samuel-Grantham, Lennoxville, to discuss how we can save it.
What does our resident philosopher, Don Atkinson, recommend for our school system?
Oh, did you know homeschooling is IN among English speakers in the Townships? About 2.5 percent of our students were homeschooling in 2021-2022; more than twice as in Quebec as a whole. Scott Stevenson tells us more in the September Townships Sun, available now at the Cookshire IGA.
A new exhibit of recent works by artists Denis Palmer and Réjean Côtes is at the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre. Palmer’s new works include woodcut prints developed from sketches, old and new, created during his wanderings in the woods and waterways surrounding his home. “Carving a woodblock for an hour or so on a late winter afternoon, for me, seems an ideal way to embrace the season,” he commented.
If it’s Réjean Côtes, it’s ceramics, including pottery and murals: In 1982, he and Palmer collaborated on an award-winning mural in Sherbrooke. His “current approach is more oriented towards the research, diversity, and uniqueness of each piece,” in his words. Other artists, Anne Letendre and Marianne Cusson for example, collaborate by decorating his pieces.
Uplands, 9 Speid Street, Lennoxville, is open Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Recent Works exhibit continues to October 30.
Weekly bilingual sessions of Viactive, those gentle yet peppy exercises for persons age 50+, begin in Sawyerville on Wednesday, September 7 at 10 a.m. Where: In the Catholic Church basement, 4 Randboro Road, Sawyerville. Info: Gérard Nault, 819-889-2630.
The Viactive sessions in Island Brook are to begin during the second half of September. Stay tuned.
The Lennoxville Quilters Guild’s annual Quilt Exhibition is on Friday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and September 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grace Village, 1515 Pleasant View, Huntingville. The show offers many large and small quilt displays, quilting demonstrations, and more. Admission is $5.
Yoga classes begin in Sawyerville on Tuesday, September 13, at 10 a.m. in the Sawyerville Catholic Church basement, 4 Randboro Road. Info: Myrna MacDonald Lowry,, or 819-875-5393.
Visit the art exhibit at the Cookshire-Eaton Art Gallery, and you’ll be intrigued by this concert: The Musical Universe of Louis-Pierre Bougie. On the program are works by Mozart, Ravel, Hétu, Shostakovitch, and Debussy. Musicians: the Quatuor Molinari with the flutist Myriam Genest-Denis, and the participation of René Lussier, a good friend of Louis-Pierre Bougie.
It’s Saturday, September 17, at 3 p.m., at the Saint-Camille Church, 170 Principale East, Cookshire. Tickets: $25. Reserve at
The Victoria Centre in Bury has been reborn, and is having an open house to prove it. Earlier this year, the Bury municipal offices moved into the former Caisse Desjardins building down the street, and the “Old Town Hall” building was christened the “Victoria Multipurpose Centre (Centre multifonctionnel Victoria).”
The Bury Municipal Library has been joined in the Victoria building by several local community organizations: the Bury’s IMAGE de Bury Community Newspaper, the Bury Athletic Association, and the Bury Heritage and Heritage Society are now headquartered there. (The Society’s first project after its founding in 2002 was to restore this very same building.)
On Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., these organizations are opening their doors to the public. The Open House coincides with the final Public Market of the season, in the park just behind the new Victoria Multipurpose Centre. All are invited to stop by and meet the members of these local groups and learn about how they support the community.
The multimedia show in the Parc des Braves in Cookshire is still showing on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The 30-minute wordless image and sound show can be viewed twice each evening just after dark, until September 17. Sunset is at 6:54 p.m. on September 17. That’s your last chance.
The Eaton Corner Museum at 374 Route 253, Eaton Corner, is open on weekends only during the month of September.
Congratulations to Logan Sidaway, winner of the drawing contest at the Sawyerville Library, and “many thanks to the children who submitted drawings…. They certainly livened up the space!” said Librarian Ann Rothfels. Drawings were submitted between June 15 and August 15, and posted in the library.
United. In-person Sunday services on September 4 are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and Sawyerville at 11 a.m. “At both services, we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. It is also a Food Bank Sunday, and we ask anyone coming to workship to bring a non-perishable food item,” said Rev. Tami Spires. To make a financial donation, call her at 819-452-3685. No services September 11 or 18: Rev. Spires is away on vacation. For pastoral urgencies September 5-14, call Rev. Samuel V. Dansokho (873-200-2011); September 15-18, call Robert Halsall (819-875-3601).
Baptist. In-person services are in French at 9 a.m. and in English at 11 a.m. The Sawyerville Baptist Church plans to celebrate its 200th birthday on September 3 and 4. For information, please contact Pastor Michel Houle at 819-889-2819.
Anglican. An in-person Sunday service is planned for August 21 at 11 a.m. at St Peter’s Church in Cookshire. For a schedule of services, visit and click on the “Calendar” link. Info: 819-887-6802, or
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