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"Be I a madman, a murderer, or both, I am not unrepentant ere the task be done - set aside any discourse vis-à-vis my diffident want of his pillowy strumpet (an unfruitful, false adventure, alas, and it holds no sway in this enterprise) - but the man is salacious in his dissipated hungers and I shall without indecision kill him."

In other words, "I wanna kill him!"
And that, my faithful readers, is the purplest of purple prose that took the Grand Pittance (in other words, a penny) at the Bulwer Purple Prose Project's awards supper two weeks ago. It was penned by one Jerome Krause, who travelled all the way from Way's Mills to collect his prize.

He said he'd been practicing his acceptance speech for three days. "Scum rises to the top," he said.

Purple prose is writing that is overblown, convoluted and flowery. One sentence at a time, it's terribly funny. But a whole novel-full of it can make tedious reading for today's eyes. For example, 19th century novels by Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton. (Yes, even his name was purple.) He kindly gave just one small part of his name to Bulwer.

Fortunately, contestants were asked to write just one sentence of the purple stuff - the first sentence of the worst novel ever. The Bulwer Community Centre narrowly escaped shattering, as 198 vocal cords emitted wave after wave of raucous laughter.

We played with words. We played in other words - English words.

And the Centre really put on a class act with a sumptuous turkey supper, delectable desserts and purple decorations. Huge purple ribbons dressed up every chair.

The Centre's president said the event raised $1200 for the Centre. That's thanks to the creativity and stamina of the Centre's intrepid team. The Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François chipped in, too, donating $100 and printing the tickets.

In other words, we had lots of fun!

Coming right up is a workshop about starting and transplanting seedlings at the Eaton Corner Museum. It's by Brian Creelman of Seeds for Food, and it's Saturday morning, May 4, from 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. . This is the first of a series of Saturday workshops about gardening for the general public. A free-will donation will be asked. Space is limited to 15 persons, so register in advance by calling the Eaton Corner Museum at 819-875-5256.

Another gardening workshop is planned for August 4, when the Eaton Corner Museum celebrates Old Fashioned Day. In the works is a session with Cristina Pagola from Quebec City about collecting and preserving seeds - most likely in French.

He's an uncommon pharmacist. He's not shy to venture out into the community, to tackle controversial topics such as natural products and their potential interactions with medications, and to do it in English.

He's Daniel Desruisseaux, pharmacist at the Pharmacie Angus and sometimes Cookshire. Last week in Sawyerville, he generously fielded a plethora of questions. Now he's poised to do it again - today, Tuesday, April 23, at 2 p.m., this time at the Armoury Community Centre at 563 Main St. in Bury.

He's equipped with information about garlic, Ginko Biloba, ginseng, Glucosamine, grapefruit, and St. John's Wort. Then he has a huge tome that details possible interactions for anything you could possible ask about. Grapeseeds, calcium, or chocolate, for example.

So run right over to the Armoury. It's free, and it's fascinating.

Brought to you by the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François. Info: 819-560-8540 (option 9).

Come back again to the Armoury for the grand flea market organized by the Bury Women's Institute for Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Latest count is 12 tables offering all kinds of stuff, - a little bit of everything. The Bury library will have piles of books going at a very reasonable price. There will be food. There will be odds and ends. There will be lunch for just $5 - soup, sandwiches and doughnuts; coffee, tea and soft drinks. Proceeds for the lunch and the tables help support the work of the Women's Institute. And all that is at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main St., Bury.
Still don't have your table? Reserve one for $10 before April 25. Contact Irma Chapman at 819-872-3600.

A 500 Card Party is at the Bulwer Community Centre on Jordan Hill Road on Thursday May 2, at 2 p.m. Card playing is followed by a light lunch and distribution of prizes. Admission: $5. All are welcome. Info: Bulwer Community Centre (please leave a message and return phone number), 819-875-3452.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3, 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - that's when. The St-Louis-de-France Church, 166 St-Jean East Street in East Angus - that's where. For sale are hundreds of donated items, including furniture, appliances, books, clothing, dishes, kitchen accessories, bedding, toys, decorations, jewellery and antiques - that's what. Profits will be for the St-Louis-de-France Church, all are welcome, and info is available from Marie Aubin Roy at 819-832-2589 - that's who. And that's the full scoop.

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the 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 (819-239-8818).

United: Sunday services and Sunday school are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire, and at 11 a.m. in Sawyerville (for details, listen to message at 819-889-2838, and for more info, leave a message and phone number).

Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire And Messy Church for young families, with a Pentecost theme, is Wednesday, May 1, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., at Saint Paul's Church in Bury. Children aged 2 to 12 are welcome, along with their parents, for stories, crafts, worship and dinner, which is provided (819-239-6902).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by April 29 for publication May 8, and May 13 for May 22.

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