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Rachel Garber Par Rachel Garber

Mercredi, 23 décembre 2015


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If you're 60 or older, here's your chance to get hooked. To be a technological junkie. And free of charge, at that. What a decadent way to start the new year!

And it's an easy injection of three hours of knowledge at one shot, the new Accro-Techno courses offered this winter, here and there, now and then, by the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François. That's the volunteer action centre, aka the CAB.
Here's how it works. There are four courses. Volet 1 is a beginner's introduction to computers. Volet 2 is a beginner's introduction to the internet. Volet 3 is a session about tablets (aka electronic tablets, the kind with a screen), for persons who already know a bit about working a computer. And Volet 4 is a session on security and technology. You can choose which course or courses you wish to take. Students also receive documentation in writing.

Where? In one of the CACI - Centres d'Accès Communautaire Internet, or Community Internet Access Centres. The CACI have a few computers and internet access available for public use. You can find a CACI in Ascot Corner, Dudswell, East Angus, Newport, Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton, Sawyerville, Scotstown, and Weedon. The exact location of each group depends on which CACI is closest to the people who register.

When are the courses offered? This winter, depending on when enough people have registered for one.

How many students will be accepted in each course? Not many, because it depends on how many computers the CACI has. Spaces are limited.

Who teaches the courses? An expert from the SADC du Haut-Saint-François. It is the SADC that operates the CACI.

In what language? French only, or in English too? Hmmm. This information was not available when I was writing this column, so when you register, tell the CAB what language you prefer, both for the instruction and the documentation. In general, both the CAB and the SADC offer services in both English and French.

So if you're 60 or older, and you want to register for this free opportunity to be a techno-junkie, just call the CAB at 819-560-8540, option 9 for English. You'll need to give your name, telephone number, preference of Volet or Volets, and where you live. Then either Kelly or Valésia will call you back to schedule the course or courses.

Where we call home would be Eaton Corner, of course, and that would be the name of the new play about the little hamlet with a big history. Sharron Rothney and her granddaughter Bethany wrote the play, Bob Halsall is directing it, and 25 local actors are putting it on. The action spans the century of 1847 to 1945, a lively time in the life of Eaton Corner.

This is the third play put on by the amateur Eaton Corner theatre troupe, for the benefit of the Eaton Corner Museum. Two years ago, they put on William Stone's Leg, about the first amputation under anaesthesia in Canada, done right there in Eaton Corner. Last year's play was Beyond Belief, about Bill McCallum and his mysterious gift of putting nails or thumbtacks through glass as if it were putty.

Two performances are planned for Saturday, February 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Sawyerville Community Centre. You can reserve tickets as Christmas gifts for the whole family, for just $10 for an adult, or $5 for a child. To reserve, call Pat Boychuck at 819-875-3182.

The weekly bilingual Viactive exercise groups are taking a little holiday break. The BURY group resumes on Wednesday, January 13, from 9:45 to 11 a.m. at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street. Info: 819-872-3600 or 819-872-1073. The Cookshire group is back in business on Wednesday, January 20, at the Manoir de l'Eau vive, 210 Principale East. Info: 819-875-5210. The Newport group starts again on Wednesday, January 20, 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 reactivates on Wednesday, January 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Info: 819-889-2630.

Messy Church: Wednesday, January 6, at 5:15 p.m. at the St. Paul's Anglican Church in Bury. It is for all ages, but especially for families with young children. Co-hosted by the Anglican and United churches in the Haut-Saint-François, with story-teller Lynn Dillabough, worship leader Tami Spires, and chef Violet Lister. Dinner is provided free. To have your place at the table, register in advance by calling 819-884-1203 or 819-239-6902. All are welcome.

United: A Blue Christmas service is on Tuesday, December 22, at 7 p.m., in Sawyerville. A family-friendly Christmas Eve service, including Holy Communion, is on December 24 at 2 p.m. in Cookshire. No services are planned for Christmas Day, December 25, or Sunday, December 27. Regular services resume on Sunday, January 3, at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire and 11 a.m. in Sawyerville, led by Eddie Harvey. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message or leave one).

Anglican: An intergenerational Christmas Eve service is on Friday, December 24, at 2 p.m. in Bury, and at 4 p.m. in Cookshire. Regular Sunday services resume on January 3, at 9:30 a.m. in Bury and at 11 a.m. in Cookshire, in the lower level of the Trinity United Church, 190 Principale West. 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: A Christmas Eve service is on December 24 at 7 p.m. in Sawyerville. Regular worship services are 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.

And so, as Tiny Tim said, "A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, everyone!" See you next year.

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by January 4 for publication January 13 and by January 18 for January 27.

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