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Change is the only constant in life, it's been said. To some, that's a comfort. We look back with dissatisfaction or pain, and we forward to a new day that is different, maybe better, than the past. To others, change is a curse. We hope for the good old times to roll on and on.

Many of us resist change, fearing the unknown. While movement is inevitable, it's not always a change for the better. "What goes ‘round, comes ‘round," my mother used to say. It seems we have a tendency to repeat our weary wars again and again, from generation to generation. Freud coined a term for that. It's called repetition compulsion. Clinging to the known seems to be part of the human condition.

All those attitudes are wrapped up in why we cling to our memories. We remember loved ones, soldiers and others, in order to honour them, but also to keep them alive in our minds, to prevent their loss. Or we honour the grief of our losses. We remember the pain, and hope for a different future.

We remember in order to keep the past alive, but also to build continuity between past, present and future. The sad thing is that we seem to build continuity by repeating the same sorry stratagem again and again. Today, we don't call our wars "the war to end all wars," but we persist in believing that each war will somehow lead to peace. And then it doesn't.

Just maybe, one day, our remembering will help us to not repeat the past. That would be the best way to honour those who have sacrificed their lives in past wars.

This Saturday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m., Remembrance Day services are in Scotstown at the Town Hall, 101 Victoria Street. At 2 p.m. is the service in Bury, at The Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street. Both ceremonies are followed by a luncheon.

On Wednesday, November 11, are the ceremonies organized by the Sawyerville Legion. At 11 a.m. is a service at the cenotaph at 6 Principale North in Sawyerville. The second is at 11:45 a.m. at the oldest cenotaph in Quebec. Yes, that would be in East Clifton. The Sawyerville Legion has given the cenotaph a facelift and relettering, and the ceremony will include a rededication of it. It is located in front of the United Church, on Route 253 between Clifton Road and Store Road.
Next is lunch at the Sawyerville Hotel, and then another service is at 2 p.m. in Cookshire, at the cenotaph in front of the Cookshire Elementary School. The last ceremony is at 2:45 p.m. in Island Brook, at the cenotaph in front of the Newport Municipal Hall at 1452 Route 212. Info: 819-569-3306.

Meat pie, chicken pot pie, ham, homemade dessert, tea and coffee and more are on the menu at a community supper in the church at 2035 Route 210, St-Mathias-de-Bonneterre. Bingo follows supper. It's on Saturday, November 7, beginning with a service at 4 p.m. and supper at 4:30 p.m. Adults: $12. Children ages 6 to 12: $6. Ages 5 and under: Free.

In that exotic, far corner of Newport known as Lawrence is a flea market on Saturday, November 7, at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $6, you can have a lunch of lasagna, shepherd's pie, dessert, tea, coffee or juice. The Lawrence Community Centre is located at 499 Lawrence Road. All are welcome.

Two more 500 card parties are planned for Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., November 12 and November 26 at the Bulwer Community Center on Jordan Hill Road, Bulwer. They feature cards, prizes and lunch, all for an admission fee of $5. Info: 819-875-3571.

Yes, orange is out and red is in, along with green. No, it's not a new government - it's Christmas coming, hot on the heels of Halloween. In that vein, Newport offers a Christmas Bazaar at the Newport Municipal Hall in Island Brook, replete with local crafts and other creations. Plan ahead to get there while supplies last. The hall is at 1452 Route 212 and the bazaar is on Saturday, November 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Four bilingual Viactive groups offer weekly sessions of "adults only" exercises, for people age 50 or over. They're fun, they're free, and they're led by trained volunteers. All are welcome, just drop in, and do as much as feels comfortable to you.
The Bury group meets Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11 a.m. at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street. Info: 819-872-3600 or 819-872-3736.

The Cookshire group meets Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Manoir de l'Eau vive, 210 Principale East. Info: 819-875-5210.

The Newport group meets Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, in Island Brook. Info: 819-560-8565.

And the Sawyerville group meets on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Info: 819-889-2630.

Messy Church Reminder: It's today, Wednesday, November 4, at 5:15 p.m. at the St. Paul's Anglican Church in Bury. To have your place at the table, register in advance by calling 819-884-1203 or 819-239-6902. All are welcome.

United: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire and 11 a.m. in Sawyerville. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message or leave one).

Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's in Bury and at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's in Cookshire. Holy Eucharist is the first and third Sundays of the month, and Sunday morning prayers are the second and fourth Sundays. 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.

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