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The Sawyerville Community Garden is stirring, both above and below ground, and in the imaginations of its friends. The fruit trees are blossoming, leaves are opening, and the collective section of squash, pumpkins and cucumbers are ready for planting.

This summer, blueberry and raspberry bushes are to be planted, and the annual garden dance with shovels, hoes and rakes is about to begin. Benches, flowers, herbs, and more are in the works.

Garden president Chantal Bolduc is putting a call out for contributions of flowers, cuttings, rocks, or leaves for composting. If you have anything to offer, or if you'd like to take part in the fun, contact Jennifer McMullin at or 819-889-2480 (English), or Chantal Bolduc at or 819-889-3196.

Jennifer and Chantal are the go-to persons if you'd like to become a member of the Sawyerville Community Garden, too. For just $5 a year, you can support a local green initiative, be the first to know about different celebrations and activities, and benefit from special prices at sales or events. And here, right here, are described a few of the coming weeks' activities.

The Sawyerville Community Garden has initiated a new seed-saving group called COSMOS (Collectif de production et sauvegarde des semences). With the guidance of heirloom seed-saver Brian Creelman, a dozen or so gardeners have already launched their activities, and the Eaton Corner Museum has offered space in which to conserve the COSMOS seeds.
The five aims of COSMOS are, said Chantal Bolduc, to:

(1) Create a local seed bank that will contribute to the food security of the region by ensuring the existence and availability of open-pollinated seeds for coming generations.

(2) Experiment with diverse varieties of open-pollinated plants in order to find out which adapt well to our region, and then multiply them and save them.

(3) Preserve heritage varieties and the legacy of the preceding generations of gardeners.

(4) Develop a local network of gardeners who have the confidence, the knowledge and the practical experience necessary to produce seeds, and who are ready to share this expertise with the community.

(5) Protect biodiversity.

To learn more about the COSMOS group, to receive documentation about seed-saving, or to take part in their activities, contact Chantal Bolduc at or 819-889-3196.

The Sawyerville Community Garden is offering about 2,000 organic plants for sale, for your garden, on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. There will be various vegetables, herbs, and more. Also for sale will be specialized gardening equipment such as a grelinette with 5 or 6 prongs for aerating the soil, planter-markers for garlic and onions, planters for leeks, floating covers against insects, and more.

Also in the works for May 23 at the Sawyerville Community Garden is the laying of stones for a foot path in the garden. Bring a flat stone, and lend a hand. Over your shoulder, you might see Marc Nault and Steven St-Cyr putting the last touches on the garden's timber-frame shelter.

Hallelujah, it's heirloom tomato plant season at last, and Brian Heirloom... oops, Creelman, is offering a special sale of rare and unusual tomato plants the next two weekends, May 23-24 and 30-31. He has organically grown tomato seedlings, as well as a variety of organic seeds for other vegetables, too. The action is at 222 Route 112 West, Bishopton. Info:, or 819-832-4969.

Jody Robinson, archivist, will be speaking about the Eastern Townships Resource Centre at the Eaton Corner Museum's AGM on May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Museum Church building in Eaton Corner. All are welcome. That's how you can get a little pre-view of the summer exhibit, which opens June 10. Info: or

Coming: A little pocket booklet you can take with you to the hospital or a medical appointment. It will have an English-French lexicon of really urgent things to say, such as "My IV bottle is empty" or "I need help to sit up," or "I have a fever." And much more. The little Health Passport was produced by the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François (CAB, or Volunteer Action Centre). It is to be launched on Friday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at the CAB's Cookshire office, 57 Craig North (next to the offices of the Journal regional Le Haut-Saint-François). All are welcome, and all who come will receive a booklet.

A dinner celebrating both Mother's and Father's Days is planned for Sunday, May 24, at noon in the basement of the Saint-Paul-Apôtre Church at 51 Ditton St., Scotstown. After lunch, the Chorale des Gens Heureux (happy people's choir) will give a concert. The dinner costs $13 for persons under 65, or $11 for persons age 65 or more, and members. Organized by the Fourchettes d'Or (golden forks) volunteer service group. Annette Hutchins, 819-231-8447.

Last chance to take part in a bilingual Viactive group. The last session in Island Brook is on Wednesday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

A cooking workshop all about rhubarb recipes is planned for Friday, May 29, at 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is just the price of the ingredients of the different recipes prepared, divided by the number of participants, plus $2. The workshop is to be at the Newport Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, Island Brook. Registration is required. Contact Gilles Prévost 819-875-3895 or Thérèse Ménard 819-889-1318.

Last call to take part in Newport's huge community garage and plant sale on June 6, Neighbour's Day. Your sale could be in front of your residence, in the Municipal Hall parking lot in Island Brook, or in the outdoor pavilion across the road. Signage and publicity will be supplied. To join in the fun, contact Anne at 819-875-1785. Info:

United: Sunday services are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and Sawyerville at 11 a.m. 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 a.m. A special Pentecost service is on May 24 at 6 p.m. at St. John's Church in Brookbury. On May 31 at 10:30 a.m. the Deanery Service is at St. Augustine's Church in Danville (Info: 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. Info: 819-239-8818.
Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by May 25 for publication June 3 and by June 8 for June 17.

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