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So soon. Last Sunday, Daylight Savings Time kicked in. Compared to previous centuries, we get by with about two hours' less sleep per night. We're so near the edge, turning the clock forward in the spring seems to be dangerous for some of us.

A research report in the New England Journal of Medicine says the number of heart attacks goes up on the three work days following the spring time change. Especially for women. And it drops below average on the one day following turning the clock back in the fall. Especially for men. The effects of both transitions are more pronounced for people under 65. Is that because they're more sleep deprived, on average?

Sweet dreams!

She's a pianist who has a diploma in Jazz and Pop music, and is classically trained too. She's professional singer-songwriter Ariane Vaillancourt, and she is to perform her award-winning music in Newport's wood-panelled Community Hall at 1452 Route 212 in Island Brook on Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

She has been teaching song at the École nationale de la chanson de Granby since 2008. In 2014, she was awarded three prizes at the Festival en chanson de Petite-Rivière. They are the Prix du public compositeur Municipalité de Petite-Vallée, the Prix compositeur parolier/Chanson canon Sirius XM with François Roy, and the Prix du plus bel air Cogeco.

"The evening will feature a bilingual repertoire, sung with her characteristic warmth and charm, in an intimate setting with family, friends, and neighbours," said the announcement from Francine Rouleau of Newport's Loisirs 4 Horizons. All are welcome. Admission: $10. Info: See, or call 819-875-3895.

The annual income tax clinics are in March-April this year, rather than February. You're eligible for this free service if you are: (1) A single person with $25,000 or less annual income. (2) A couple with $30,000 or less income, plus $2,000 for each dependent child. (3) An adult with children, $30,000 or less income, plus $2,000 for each dependent. Income from interest should be $1000 or less, with no income from rental or from self-employment.

The service offered by the Centre d'action bénévole (volunteer action centre) du Haut-Saint-François (CAB du HSF). Clinics are in Bury (bilingual), Cookshire, East Angus, La Patrie, Scotstown, Sawyerville (bilingual) and Weedon. Trained volunteers will receive your tax information, prepare your tax returns, and return the completed forms the next week.

The Sawyerville clinic is open Wednesdays, March 11 and 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and on March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. It's at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church St.

The Bury clinic is open Wednesdays, April 1st (bring your documents) and 8 (pick up your completed forms), from 9 to 11 a.m. It's at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre, at the far end of the Pope Memorial School, 523 Stokes St. Info: 819-560-8540 (option 9) or

A new Viactive group has burst on the scene! It's a weekly bilingual group starting on Wednesday, March 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Newport Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, Island Brook. The exercises are specially adapted for people age 50+. It's free and it's fun.

The volunteer leaders are Christiane Côté and Ruth Shipman. They were trained by Marie-Noëlle Fontaine, the Viactive counsellor and kinesiologist who works for Sercovie, a non-profit group in Sherbrooke. Shipman is from Lawrence. "I hope we get a big turnout," she said. And she suggested you come and try it, no matter what your speed. "We're all slow to start out with." Info: 819-560-8565.

Other Viactive sessions are going strong, and anybody 50-plus is invited. They're free and easy. Bilingual groups are Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Bury (Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main St.), Cookshire (Manoir de l'Eau vive, 210 Principale E.), and Sawyerville (Community Centre, 6 Church St.). Info: 819-560-8540 (option 9) or

To be heard: some great local musical talent, and more. The Eaton Corner Museum's Irish Night is at the Bulwer Community Centre on Jordan Hill Road. It's on Friday, March 20, "so hang onto your clover leaf for a few more days after the 17th" said Jackie Hyman.

Also, registrations are now being accepted, even encouraged, for the second annual Heritage Golf Tournament on May 16 at the Coaticook Golf Course. Put together a foursome of friends, or register by yourself.

Both events are fundraisers for the Eaton Corner Museum. Info: Visit, call 819-875-3685, or email

Pensions & RRSPs: What they're all about. That's the topic of a presentation by financial advisor Tim Goddard, in English, on Tuesday, March 24, at lunchtime, in Cookshire. The RRSP season has just ended, and so now is the time to get the full scoop and beat the 2016 RRSP rush.

Tim Goddard owns Global Maxfin Investments Inc. in Lennoxville. This event is organized by the English-speaking caregivers' groups of the Centre d'action bénévole (Volunteer Action Centre) du Haut-Saint-François. Info and reservations: Rachel Garber at 819-560-8540 (option 9 for English) or

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 are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and Sawyerville at 11 a.m. During the winter months, the Cookshire services are on the basement level of the church, accessed through the side door. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message or leave one).

Anglican: In Bury, Sunday services with Sunday school are at 9:30 a.m. In Cookshire, services are at 11:15 a.m. (or sometimes a bit earlier) at the Trinity United Church, 190 Principale West (Info: 819-239-6902).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by March 16 for publication March 25, or March 30 for April 8.

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