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It's amazing how much history can be behind one event that comes and goes like clockwork every spring. The event is the Flea Market/Craft Sale, planned for April 25 at the Bury Armoury/Community Centre.

But behind that little notice is quite a story. The market is the one major annual fundraising event of the Bury Women's Institute. They've been doing it for almost 25 years. The Bury W.I. has been a going concern since its first meeting in the home of Lena Dougherty in January 1919, says Sandra Morrison. She's president of the Bury W.I.

"At one time, there were 12 W.I.'s in Compton County. Now only Bury with five members," wrote Morrison.

Many accomplishments of Women's Institutes surround us, protecting our safety and health. Those lines down the middle of highways? Yes, the Women's Institutes were instrumental in introducing them in Canada. Likewise, pasteurized milk. Stop signs at railway crossings. Mandatory stopping when a school bus is stopped, or dimming car lights when meeting another car.
That information is in an interesting article about the Bury Women's Institute, and the family of other W.I.s in Canada. It's by Serena Wintle and Brenda Hartwell, and is on the website,

The Bury W.I. has chalked up its own achievements. Founding the museum which became today's Eaton Corner Museum. Support for arts and culture at the Cookshire Fair. Bursaries to high school students. And donations to many worthy endeavours.

Those are all very good reasons to step up to the annual Flea Market/Craft Sale just a month from now. To rent a table, call Frances at 819-872-3318 or Irma at 819-872-3600.

Missed the income tax clinics elsewhere? A bilingual clinic is still coming up in Bury. To be eligible for this free service, a single person should have up to $25,000 annual income. A couple, up to $30,000 income plus $2,000 for each dependent child. And an adult with children, up to $30,000 plus $2,000 for each dependent. Income should include no more than $1000 in interest revenues, and none from rental or self-employment.

The Bury clinic is open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1st (bring your documents) and 8 (pick up your completed forms). It's at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre, at the Pope Memorial School, 523 Stokes St. It's organized by the Centre d'action bénévole (volunteer action centre) du Haut-Saint-François (CAB du HSF) and staffed by trained volunteers. Info: 819-560-8540 (option 9 for English) or

A new Tai Chi course is slated to begin at the Sawyerville Hotel in mid-April. One-hour introductory classes are planned for Wednesday evenings, taught by Pierre Robitaille. The fee is only $25 for the entire 10-week course. A minimum of 10 participants are needed for the course to take off. Interested? Info: Danielle Tremblay at 819-553-8655.

If you're age 50-plus, Viactive exercises are for you. They're free, easy, fun. Drop in, or attend regularly. Bilingual groups are Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Bury (Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street), Cookshire (Manoir de l'Eau vive, 210 Principale East) and Sawyerville (Community Centre, 6 Church Street). They're at 1:30 p.m. in Newport (Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212 in Island Brook). Info: 819-560-8540 (option 9 for English) or


Heads up - the Eaton Corner Museum is organizing a Spring Brunch on Sunday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bulwer Community Centre on Jordan Hill Road. Pancakes with maple syrup, eggs, sausage, potatoes and more. No snow! Adults $10, children $6. Info: 819-875-5256.

Heads way up - this item calls for a bit of faith that summer is actually coming. Roberta Sylvester announces the Cookshire-Eaton Vacation Bible School will be at the Cookshire Fairgrounds on July 13 to 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. It's for children aged 4 to 12, and costs $5 per child, or $10 per family, for the whole week. This Bible School started with 20 kids in 2002, and now between 70 and 80 children come. They're welcomed by 10 adult teachers, assisted by a team of teenaged leaders. Info: 819-889-2608.

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. Holy Eucharist is on Easter, April 5, at the same times and places. (Info: 819-239-6902).

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the March 29th 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 On April 5 at 10:30 a.m. is a bilingual Easter Service, with two baptisms, followed by a lunch at the church. All are welcome. Info: 819-239-8818.

United: The March 29th Palm Sunday service is in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and Sawyerville at 11 a.m. On April 2 at 7 p.m. is Maundy Thursday Service at the Sawyerville United Manse with a shared meal. On April 3 at 2 p.m. is a Good Friday Service at the Cookshire United Church. On Sunday April 5 at 6 a.m. is a Sunrise Service (for location, listen to message at 819-889-2838). At 10:30 a.m. is a joint Easter Sunday Service at the Trinity United Church in Cookshire with Rev. M. Sadler sharing Communion and a baptism. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message or leave one).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by March 30 for publication April 8, or April 6 for April 22.

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