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Mercredi, 3 juin 2015


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Stand up, without falling down. Sometimes it’s a question of strength, but often it’s just a little unsteadiness. Maybe it’s but a little stagger or misstep that sends you reeling.

That happened to my sister recently, while on vacation in the Thousand Islands. At 5 a.m., she encountered an uneven floor in the bathroom that tilted her slightly off balance. She took a whirl, trying to catch hold of something. Then a hard fall backwards, ending up sitting on the shower floor. We heaved her out of the shower and she went to bed. At first, she seemed not too badly off, but after an eight-hour road trip home, she was having spasms and severe pain. Following a week of painkillers, she had an x-ray and found out she had broken her back in two different places. She’s headed for surgery and a lengthy recuperation.

Scary stuff. And here’s an ounce of prevention that could save you an ouch of a fall. It’s “Stand Up,” a 12-week course designed to improve your balance and prevent falling. It includes exercises to strengthen your legs and keep your bones healthy, and it is led by a bilingual certified trainer.

The Centre d’action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François (Volunteer Action Centre) is organizing Stand Up programs in Cookshire at the Manoir de l’Eau vive, and in Sawyerville at the Community Centre.

The courses are open to anyone age 65 or older who has not already taken it. They start in September and sessions are twice a week, either morning or afternoon on Tuesday and Friday, depending on what works best. At least 10 registrations are needed for each course to begin. It is free of charge.

If you are interested in attending, call 819-560-8540 x 9 NOW. Then the kinesiologist will call you over the summer for a short evaluation by telephone.


This Saturday marks the Fête des voisins, or Neighbours Day. The first one was in 1999, in Paris. Now some 20 million people celebrate Neighbours Day in 36 different countries.

Quebec’s Neighbours Day website tells us that 200,000 persons participated in 3,800 different parties across Quebec in 2014, and some 300 municipalities or local groups have signed up to participate in 2015. This is the 10th Quebec edition of the neighbourhood festival that aims to spread friendliness and human kindness in our communities.

So this Saturday, the little municipality of Newport has its great big community garage and plant sale. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and wraps up at about 4:30 p.m. at the locations listed below, and others along the way. Follow the blue signs, and grab a road map at any of the locations.

You could start at Cookshire’s Family Counter, 170 Main Street East (church basement). Then turn right onto Route 212, and go to Island Brook for an Open House at the Auberge La Charmille, 1409 Route 212, and a plant and stuff sale at the Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212 and in the Pavilion in the Park.

Continue south and turn left onto Lawrence Road. Go to the Community Centre at 449 Lawrence, , and get lunch for $5. Double back along Route 212, and turn left onto New Mexico Road. Jog left to catch the 9th Range, then turn right onto the 10th range. Go past two houses, to 16 – the house closest to Route 210. Now you’re in historic Maple Leaf.

If you want, you can start in Maple Leaf by taking Route 210 south from Sawyerville. Just one kilometre after the Maple Leaf Cemetery, turn left onto Range 10, and then follow the directions above, backwards. The Neighbours Day event is organized by Loisirs 4 Horizons. Info: or 819-875-1785.


This Saturday at 7:30 p.m., a concert of classical music comes to the Trinity United Church at 190 Principale W. in Cookshire. It’s a quartet: special guest Valerie Belzile plays violin; Matthieu Fortin, piano; Myriam Genest-Denis, flute; and Luc Lapointe, horn. The music is mainly Hungarian: Bartok, Rosza and Doppler, plus Beethoven, Rota and others. The beneficiaries are all of us, through the Foundation of the CSSS du Haut-Saint-François. The tickets are $20, or $10 for age 12 or younger. Reservations: 819-875-5697.


It’s here: A little pocket booklet you can take with you to the hospital or a medical appointment, with an English-French lexicon of important terms and phrases. To receive yours free of charge, call 819-560-8540 x 9, or email


Here's a little report, at my request, from storyteller and writer Ann Rothfels: "On Wednesday, April 20, the United Church Women of Sawyerville held their annual luncheon. Members of their church and invited guests from other congregations gathered to enjoy a delicious meal of home-made salads and cold cuts. The tables were beautifully decorated with floral napkins and small pots of pansies and tiny mushroom birds. After a period of devotionals (the singing of hymns, the saying of prayers, and readings by members of the church) Ann Rothfels, who was the invited guest speaker, told her story about a 13-day canoe trip down the Albany River in northern Ontario. Bill Staines, a folksinger in Vermont, had given her permission to weave his song "The River" into her story and so she sang three verses and the chorus of the song at three different intervals. She finished her telling by reading a poem written by her brother Peter, about her refusal to remove her boots while she was floating in the river. Ann received a potted plant as thanks for her participation. The event was enjoyed by all."

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: On June 7, a Sunday service is in Sawyerville at 9:30 a.m., and a special bilingual Founders' service is at 11 a.m. in Bury at the Memorial Park. It is led by Father Daniel Gilbert of the Catholic Community of Saint-François-de-Laval and by Tami Spires, Minister for the United Eaton Valley Pastoral Charge. On June 14, 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: On June 7, the Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. in Cookshire. On June 14, the service is in Brookbury. On June 21, the service is in Bury (Info: 819-239-6902).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by June 8 for publication June 17 and by June 29 for July 8.

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