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Mercredi, 20 novembre 2013


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Received: an email that began "I don't know if you recently received an e-mail from me with one word in it: Go. I may have been brain dead at the time it was sent. My apologies."

The sender is about the same age as the recipient. They understood each other perfectly. They're both perfectly intelligent. Sometimes their intelligence is just otherwise occupied.

I received another email explaining why we forget what we wanted to do when we walk from one room into another. It seems that our brain manages memory in compartments, like rooms. When we walk through a door, the brain is likely to jettison the set of memories associated with Room No. 1.

It immediately constructs a new set constellation of memories associated with Room No. 2. That new set is likely to begin with "Now what did I come here for?" To find out, we simply have to go back through the door to Room No. 1. Stay a moment, and the Room No. 1 set of memories will fire up again. Maybe this time the Room No. 1 thought constellation will include the idea to write down a list of things to do in Room No. 2 before going back through that door again.
Does this happen when facing the screen, too? Crossing the threshold from one email to the next?

"What I was attempting to do was to send you a request to complete a survey," the email continued. "The QCGN (Quebec Community Groups Network) asked me to have a total of 50 men and women over the age of 55 of the English-speaking community of the Eastern Townships fill out a survey with the goal of building research capacity about English-speaking seniors.

"I have printed copies of the survey and would be happy to meet you and have you fill it out but you can also answer it on line. It takes about 15 minutes."

If you're over age 55, can you help? It's an interesting set of questions. Just take this newspaper with you into the computer room (portable set of memories). The survey can be found by googling QCGN. On the home page, click on "Seniors' Research" and then on "Survey." Or simply go to this link: Heather Keith and I both thank you. For more information, email or call me and I'll put you in touch with her.

The flu vaccine targeting the 2013 generation of flu bugs is available. Our CSSS tells us it is free for persons aged 60 or older, for anyone with a chronic disease, for babies aged between six and 23 months, for a healthy pregnant woman in the second or third trimester, and for anyone in close contact with any of the above.

No appointment is necessary. Bring your Health Insurance Card and wear short sleeves. Here are the times and places to be:

In Bury, the shots are at the Community Hall (Center) at 563 Main Street, on Monday December 2, at 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
In Scotstown, they're in the church basement at 55 Ditton Street, on Monday December 2, at 1 to 4 p.m.
In Sawyerville, go to the Community Center at 6 Church Street, on Tuesday December 3, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
And in Marbleton, the shots are available at the Golden Age Club at 193 Main Street, on Tuesday December 3, at 1 to 4 p.m. Info: call 819-821-4000.

The Annual Christmas Tea and Sale for the benefit of Saint Paul's Home in Bury is at the Armoury Community Centre on Sunday November 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tea and sandwiches will be served. Cakes, cookies and Christmas decorations will be sold. Yummy.

The Eaton Corner Museum is still taking orders for Wells Coates' memoirs. But act now! Call 819-875-5256 and leave your name and phone number, or email The book is $30 each, of which $5 is a donation to the Museum.

The Eaton Corner Museum's traditional basket making workshop is a popular one. The one scheduled for next week is full, and has been for some time. But if you are interested, you can put your name on a waiting list for a re-run. Or you can ask, more generally, to be on the mailing list for all future events. The Museum will have a new program of workshops for 2014 ready to publicize in January or February. Info: call 819-875-5256 and leave your name and phone number, or email

Or mystery. Save your Saturday February 15. You will be sorry if you don't.

United: On November 24, Sunday services and Sunday school are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire, and at 11 a.m. in Sawyerville. On December 1 is one service only. It's the United Eaton Valley Pastoral Charge Joint Service in Cookshire at 10:30 a.m. It will feature a guest choir from Saint Mark's Chapel, welcoming of new members, and the 150th anniversary celebration of the Trinity United Church (for details, listen to the message at 819-889-2838. For more information, leave a message and your phone number).

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 November 25 for publication December 4 and by December 9 for December 24.

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