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Mercredi, 22 avril 2015

GOT MILKWEED?



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#gotmilkweed

That's a hashtag. Ask someone from a younger generation, and they'll explain in 40 words or less how hashtags work. This particular one names a campaign by the David Suzuki Foundation, and yes, the season to think butterflies is at hand.
The noble and ever fewer Monarch butterflies have just started their annual multi-generational migration to Canada from Mexico. They'll arrive in early summer. They're coming in search of milkweed, which their lives depend on. Monarchs are ever fewer because milkweed plants are ever fewer. They're casualties of our thoughtless war on weeds.

The Suzuki Foundation's campaign is encourage people to buy and grow milkweed plants. The Foundation sells milkweed kits and little plants. Trouble is, you have to go to Toronto on May 24 to buy them. If you live outside Toronto, David advises, you can create a demand for milkweed plants by asking local greenhouses and garden centres to supply them.

Or, as the rural among rural areas, we can simply protect the plants we have. Ask municipalities to stop mowing them down. Or in late summer, we can save our own milkweed seeds from a seedpod or two. Keep them in the fridge until time to pot them, and then transplant them outside. We can create whole gardens of milkweed, small Monarch sanctuaries.

When I was young, I saw many Monarchs every day. Last summer, I just saw two. How many will I see this summer? Got milkweed seeds, anyone?

BULWER PURPLE MYSTERY
Tickets are going, going, almost all gone for the 2015 edition of the Awards Supper of the Bulwer Purple Prose Project. A mystery guest is anticipated, who threatens to reveal the hidden underbelly of Bulwer. Not to mention the many wretched but noble writers whose purple pens have been busy penning the first sentence to the worst novel ever. Who will walk away the proud winner of the Grand Pittance? Which man and which woman - maybe you? - will receive the prize for best 19th century costume?

The supper is Saturday, May 2, at 6 p.m. at the Bulwer Community Centre on Jordan Hill Road, in Williams Corner. Oops - that's Bulwer nowadays. Was this name change a worthy one? Was Lord Bulwer-Lytton worthy of his titular offspring? Is Bulwer worthy of him? These controversial questions will be hotly contested, all while dining on a homemade feast starring a star-crossed turkey. And master of all these ceremonies will be the murder mystery dramatist Mead Baldwin.

Supper tickets are $20 for students or seniors, and $25 for others. The deadline to buy tickets is this Saturday, April 25. Get yours at the Bulwer Community Centre (Peggy Roy, 819-640-3571), or Black Cat Books, 168 Queen St., Lennoxville (819-346-1786). Or email BulwerPPP@gmail.com. It's good food and good fun for a good cause - to support the Bulwer Community Centre. The Centre is grateful for your support for this project, and for that of Townshippers' Foundation and the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François (Volunteer Action Centre).

VIACTIVE FOR AGE 50+
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 hcs@cabhsf.org.

FLEA MARKET
Visit the many-coloured annual Flea Market/Craft Sale of the Bury Women's Institute's on Saturday, April 25, at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main St., Bury. Info: Frances at 819-872-3318 or Irma at 819-872-3600.

HERITAGE GOLF
The second annual Heritage Golf Tournament is coming up on Saturday, May 16, at the Coaticook Golf Club. Treat yourself to a round of golf and benefit the Eaton Corner Museum, all in one stroke. All levels are welcome. For $75, you get golf and cart, chances to win lots of prizes, and supper. Get your friends together and make up a foursome for $300. If you prefer, for $25 you can have just supper.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Summer alert: The Cookshire-Eaton Vacation Bible School will be at the Cookshire Fairgrounds on July 13 to 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, says Roberta Sylvester. It's for children aged 4 to 12, and costs $5 per child, or $10 per family, for the whole week. Between 70 and 80 children attend this Bible School. They're welcomed by 10 adult teachers, assisted by a team of teenaged leaders. Info: 819-889-2608.

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. Info: 819-239-8818.

United: Sunday services are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and Sawyerville at 11 a.m., with Eddie Harvey leading worship on April 26. 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. (Info: 819-239-6902).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email ra.writes@gmail.com by April 27 for publication May 6, or by May 11 for May 20.


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