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Mercredi, 11 septembre 2013

Viva la ViActive!

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ViActive is in gear and feet are on the pedals. A new season begins. These exercises are for people who are 50+ in years, and going for another 50. Or, let's say, are interested in living life to the hilt, today and every day.

The exercises are designed so that anybody can take part. If you're in a wheelchair, fine. If you walk with a cane or walker, fine. You can do them as you like. Sitting in a chair. Standing, holding on to the back of a chair. Or swinging free in the wind!

It feels so good. A kinesiologist designed the exercises to strengthen your muscles, improve your flexibility, and bolster your sense of balance. Participants are encouraged to just do what's comfortable. And most people report they feel better almost right away. Amazing!

Just show up. You can come occasionally, or you can come regularly. If you feel like it, you can bring two small weights (two small plastic bottles of water, for example), or a long scarf to use for some of the exercises. But it's not obligatory. Just come.

Put away your big bucks - ViActive is free. That's thanks to the volunteers who lead the routines. Thanks to the ViActive kinesiologist from Sercovie Estrie who trains them. Special thanks to Sercovie for translating the routines from French to English. And thanks to the Centre d'action du Haut-Saint-François who supports the groups by helping with arrangements, supplies and publicity.

The non-profit Sercovie trains many volunteers in the Estrie to lead Viactive groups, and the groups are numerous in French. But in the Haut-Saint-François we also have three that are in English or bilingual. And all three of them start September 25.

Gérard and Denise Nault lead the bilingual Sawyerville group in the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Time: Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. They will welcome you with open arms! Info: 819-889-2630.

Irma Chapman and June Morrison lead the Bury group in English, at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street. Time: Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. They're a friendly bunch, too! Info: 819-560-8540 (option 9) or

The very welcoming Serena Wintle leads the Cookshire group in English with good measures of French thrown in, as desired. Time: Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

And here's the really great news for the Cookshire group: The beautiful new Résidence Cookshire-Eaton at 210 Principale East has agreed to host the Cookshire Viactive. It will be in the beautiful new Activity Room (Salle communautaire), on the 2nd floor. The residence has two parking lots. Thus, two entrances. Here's how to get to the activity room from the two directions.

From the parking lot shared with the St-Camille church: This door leads to the 3rd floor. On the phone in the entrance, dial 333 for Reception. The door will open. Enter the hallway. Turn right to go to the elevator. Go down one floor.

From the lower-level parking lot near the Municipal Hall: This door leads to the 1st floor. At the entrance, dial 333 for Reception. The door will open. Enter the hallway. Turn left to go to the elevator. Go up one floor.

From either direction, get off the elevator on the 2nd floor. Turn right and go a short way down the hall to the Activity Room (Salle communautaire). It's on your left, opposite Room No. 207.

Serena Wintle and the Centre d'action are really grateful for the Résidence Cookshire-Eaton's collaboration. Residence director Annie Grondin said they are looking for ways to bring the residents of the residence together with the residents of the town. Viva la ViActive! Info: 819-560-8540 (option 9) or

A good complement to ViActive is Myrna MacDonald's light Yoga classes, starting Tuesday, September 17, at 10 a.m. at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Info: 819-875-5393.

Yes, seeds are endangered. Plant diversity is at an all-time low. Helen Jensen, Ph.D., is to speak about "Seed Security around the World" at the Eaton Corner Museum. She will talk about her experience with farmers overseas, and with the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. She will discuss actions that communities can take to save seeds and develop community seed banks.

Jensen's talk is on Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m., at The Academy in Eaton Corner. To register, call 819-875-5256. A $5 donation is suggested.

"Having planted these ideas in our fertile soil, the Museum will follow up with a practical workshop," said Jackie Hyman, secretary of the Eaton Corner Museum. Preserving your own vegetable seeds for next year - that's the topic of Brian Creelman's hands-on workshop. It's planned for Saturday morning, October 5, at 9 a.m. To register, call 819-875-5256. Suggested donation: $10.

The Trinity United Church at 190 Principale West in Cookshire is getting set for its annual fall sale. It's planned for September 28-29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. So heads up, and look for more information in the next issue.

United: Sunday services led by Rev. Wendy Evans and Sunday school on September 15 are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire, and at 11 a.m. in Sawyerville. On September 22, just one service will be at the Bulwer Community Centre on Jordan Hill Road at 10:30 a.m. (for details, listen to message at 819-889-2838).

Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire (819-239-6902).

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).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by September 16 for publication September 25 and by September 30 for October 9.

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