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No, YTLA has nothing to do with the YETI, and I'm not a Bigfootologist. But I've recently learned that yes, the Yeti lives. DNA testing has put to rest the mystery of this "Abominable Snowman" so often sighted in the Himalayas. In fact, a couple of its hairs proved to be a perfect match to a 120,000-year-old polar bear jawbone found in Norway. It seems the Yeti is a large Himalayan brown bear, descendent of the ancient polar bear.

This important news was reported by the London Daily Mail. So there.

Now to demystify the YTLA. Quite simply, it's the Young Townships Leader Award, and it takes its place alongside the Outstanding Townshippers awards. If you'd like to honour someone young or old for making their community a better place to live, why not nominate them? The deadline is August 28.

The YTLA lauds the contributions of leaders between the ages of 15 and 35, who serve as role models to others through their actions. The OT awards honour groups, couples or individuals who have made considerable contributions to their community through volunteerism, social activism, mentoring or philanthropy.

More information is free for the reading at

Hey, isn't this better than reading about the elections? Young people, read on!

Do you know an English-speaking student enrolled in any health or social services program? They may be eligible for financial support from the McGill Health & Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program.

The bursaries fall into two categories. Category 1 is for students in the Estrie or Montérégie-East regions who are studying outside their region. The application deadline is August 31, 2015. Category 2 is for students in the Estrie or Montérégie-East regions who are studying within their region. The application deadline is September 11, 2015.

Students who are awarded a bursary must commit to return to a Quebec region following the successful completion of their studies, and to work for a minimum of one year in a public health and social services institution or related organization. The bursaries are awarded by McGill University and administered by Townshippers' Association. For details, visit, or contact Evelina Smith, Community Information Coordinator,, 819-566-2182, toll free 1-877-566-2182.

"I Art the Townships" is the name of an art contest for elementary and high school students in the Eastern Townships English-speaking community. The task is to show your love of the Townships, or what it means to you, through any type of visual artwork that can be exhibited (drawing, painting, mixed media or digital art). Maximum size: 17 x 17 inches. Also submit a short description of the work, along with your name, age, grade level, e-mail, phone number and town. The submission deadline is Thursday, September 10.

The contest is sponsored by Townshippers' Association's Make Way for YOUth project and the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC). Deliver your submission to Townshippers' Association at 257 Queen Street in Lennoxville. Or give it to Ms. Gandy at the Alexander Galt Regional High School Or hand it to Kim Fessenden at the Eaton Valley CLC, at the far end of the Pope Memorial Elementary School in Bury. Digital artwork can be emailed to Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth migration agent, at, with the subject line "summer art contest."

The pay off? All entries will be exhibited at the Bury Art Show at the Armoury Community Centre in Bury on September 12. Also, a selection committee will judge the art on content, including originality. Three high school students will win prizes totalling $150, and participation prizes will be awarded to elementary school students. Questions? Contact Jenny or Kim on
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The Sawyerville Community Garden is offering a public market every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Stop by, and you can pick certain vegetables in the garden. Also get ready for the Harvest Festival that is coming up on Saturday, September 26. If you'd like to participate in preparing for it, or if you're just curious, contact Chantal at, or Jennifer at

Newport's walking club welcomes newcomers. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m., come to the parking lot of the Municipal Hall in Island Brook at 1452 Route 212.

Townshippers' Day is at the Brome Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a bit of a hike, but Townshippers' Association nonetheless seeks your participation. Especially in the T-Day silent auction - if you have anything interesting to donate, contact Mary Gunter at, 819-566-5717 or 1-866-5717.

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. The worship service on August 16 is in East Clifton, and on August 23, in Sawyerville. All services are at 10:30 a.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (verify time and place by listening to the message).

Anglican. On August 16, the Sunday service is in Bury. On August 23, the service is in Canterbury, and on August 30, the Deanery service is at St. George's Church in Lennoxville. All services are at 10:30 a.m. Info: 819-239-6902.

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by August 17 for publication August 26 and by August 31 for September 9.


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