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Mercredi, 15 janvier 2014

In the Dark

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Hydro-Québec has been tested, again, and has been found heroic. No hard feelings from those of us who spent Christmas in the dark. Sincere thanks to those many - Hydro employees and others - who laboured long and hard in the cold and the dark!

Our trees and our fellow animals have also had a tough time of it. And we humans, we've had some hardships, but also some excitement and some novelty. It's like winter camping - never easy, but easier when we're prepared. From previous storms, we learned to keep the floor of the freezer covered with jugs of ice. It keeps the food frozen longer. And over the week of Christmas, I grew very attached to our wind-up/battery operated radio, complete with alarm clock, spotlight, reading light and siren.

We keep our wood stove in good working order, ready to fire up for cooking and heating. We keep jugs of water everywhere. As soon as the power went, we emptied the water tank into more jugs for drinking water. We keep lots of candles, flashlights and batteries on hand. Such things, and fuel, just fly off the store shelves during power failures.

Now then, a few things we learned this time around. Keep your gas tank full. Keep plenty of food on hand, non-perishables. Keep plenty of good books at hand. And keep cats away from candles. We had to put out a fire on Minouna's tail twice. She swooshed her tail over the lighted candelabra, covered it with wax, and ran off with a flaming tail. It would not be a pretty tale to tell if the house had burned down, set alight by a cat's tail.

So the ice storm has left us with stories to share. Then the arctic vortex, and then more freezing rain? Keep warm, keep laughing.


The Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC) is off to a fresh start, in a freshly painted room with a warm welcome. It's at the far end of the Pope Memorial School in Bury, and the welcome comes from Kim Fessenden, its new coordinator. Kim is eager to establish links with community partners, and so invites them to the first in a series of professional development videoconferences.

The conference is called "Facilitation: CLC Style. Consensus decision-making; facilitation skills - tips and tricks." The idea is to build strong partnerships based on a mutual understanding of each party's needs, said Kim. It's planned for Thursday, January 16, at 9:30 to 11 a.m., and the presenter is Cindy Elston, one of the Quebec-wide network of CLC coordinators. It's at the Eaton Valley CLC, 523 Stokes St., Bury. Questions? Contact Kim at 819-872-3771 or

January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month in Canada, a good occasion for a CHEP videoconference on Alzheimer's Disease. It is at the Eaton Corner Community Learning Centre, 523 Stokes St., Bury, on Wednesday, January 22, at 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Let's Talk about Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is about the diagnosis, progression, treatments and risk factors of Alzheimer's. It's also about caring for someone with AD, specifically safety issues, communication strategies and stimulating activities. The interactive session is led by Teresa Anuza, MA in cognitive psychology. She coordinates educational services for the Alzheimer Society of Montreal and offers counseling for caregivers.

At, information pamphlets are also available under the "Publications" tab. For example, Heads up for healthier brains. Alzheimer's Disease - Ten warning signs. Alzheimer's Disease - What to expect. And, Alzheimer's Disease - Reducing caregiver stress.

By the way, CHEP stands for Community Health Education Program. The videopresentation series is offered by the CHSSN, which stands for the Community Health and Social Services Network. It's funded by the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project through Health Canada.


News breaks, and so do legs. In this issue of the Journal Le Haut-Saint-François, look for the full breaking news on William Stone's Leg - which, yes, was broken badly.

On your mat, get set, yo! Yoga, that is. Myrna MacDonald's yoga classes begin Tuesday January 21 at 10 a.m. at the Sawyerville Community, and on Wednesday January 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon at the St. Andrew's Church, 256 Queen St., Lennoxville. Info: 819-875-5393.


Viactive groups are in full swing, Stop by and enjoy easy exercises for the 50+ crowd. It's free of charge. Come as you can, and as you are. Three English/bilingual groups meet on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. In Bury, the group meets at The Armoury. In Cookshire, at the Manoir de l'eau vivre (activity room). And in Sawyerville, at the Sawyerville Community Centre. For details, call the Centre d'action bénévole, 819-560-8540, option 9.

Purple Prose
Are you a wretched writer? Bad enough to write the first sentence of the worst-novel ever? To try your hand, just visit the Purple Prose Project's website, It will tell you how to join the fun for the 2014 edition of the Bulwer Purple Prose Project. And of course, mark March 29th in your calendar for the awards supper extravaganza. It's all to the benefit of the Bulwer Community Centre.

Church service
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. at the St. Paul's Church in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire. Until April 13, the St. Peter's Anglican Sunday services in Cookshire will be in the Trinity United Church, 190 Principale St. West (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 January 20 for publication January 29 and by February 3 for February 12.

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