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Rachel Garber Par Rachel Garber

Mercredi, 13 janvier 2016


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Don't you just love it when someone else cooks a hot meal for you? Say African Beef, Italian Veal Meatballs, Hot Chicken, or Lasagna. With, for example, Squash Soup or Vegetable Lentil Soup. And for dessert, Carrot Cake or Blueberry Pie. Yum!

Those are just a few of the 23 main dishes and 12 soups and 16 desserts that you can choose from on the menu of the "Frozen Homemade Meals." The service is a new spin on the Meals on Wheels program of the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François (CAB), or Volunteer Action Centre. For a very reasonable price, you can order a set of eight frozen meals. As you need them, take them out of the freezer. Just a few minutes in the microwave or oven, and that frozen meal will become a hot one.

It's all thanks to a new partnership between the CAB and the IGA-Cookshire to create and deliver frozen meals to seniors and others, too. "We have a beautiful complicity," says France Lebrun, the CAB's executive director. "Both of us want to contribute to the well-being of the community. The IGA is making a generous contribution of their personnel to concoct the meals for us."

Here's how it works. You ask the CAB for a menu (819-842-4146, option 9 for English). You choose at least 8 main courses, and as many soups and desserts as you wish. You place your order before 4:30 p.m. on the Monday before delivery by calling 819-842-4146. A volunteer delivers the meals to your door every second Wednesday, starting January 20. You should have your money ready, or a cheque to the IGA-Cookshire, to pay upon delivery.

And the amount is only $5 for each main course, $1 for soup, and $1 for dessert. Anyone is eligible to use the service, but if you are age 70 or older, you can receive an income tax credit for Home Support Services for Seniors. If you'd like to order a gift certificate for a senior you know, contact the CAB at 819-560-8540, option 9 (English).

Like I said, Yum!
25,000 TUQUES
Make that 25,000 tuques, minus 20. That's how many tuques were knitted, plus 4 scarves and a sweater, in December at the Maison de la Culture John Henry Pope in Cookshire, said Gilles Denis. Actually, the new 25000tuques website reports that altogether 4,385 have been knitted since this campaign was launched on November 18. Drop off points abound in Quebec, including one at Bishop's University.

The aim is to give each new Syrian refugee to Canada a handmade tuque with a personal note of welcome pinned in it. It's a tall order, and it's being filled by volunteer knitters in Quebec and beyond. "I am chatting with people from the USA, from Sweden, from Malaysia and from Egypt, because they like what we're doing," wrote one of the organizers in French on the 25000 tuques Facebook page. She says she hopes the campaign will continue in 2016 and even 2017. One idea is to include new arrivals from Syria in your knitting circle as a way to welcome them and build relationships.

If you are participating in the 25,000 tuques project, either as a group or individually, I'd love to hear about it at or 819-300-2374.

Curious about the ins and outs of the new Quebec law on health care at the end of life? Here is a rare chance to learn about it from a legal perspective. It's an interactive video conference entitled End of Life Law presented by the non-profit organization Educaloi. It is on Wednesday, January 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Eaton Valley CLC at the Pope Memorial Elementary School, 523 Stokes, Bury. All are welcome. Info: 819-872-3771.

Educaloi's mission is to inform Quebecers about their legal rights and responsibilities in language that is easy to understand, and that includes both English and French. See for more information.

The weekly bilingual Viactive exercises for seniors are back. The BURY group reactivates 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 starts again on Wednesday, January 20, at the Manoir de l'Eau vive, 210 Principale East. Info: 819-875-5210. The NEWPORT group is back in business 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 resumed on Wednesday, January 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Info: 819-889-2630.

Two performances of the new Eaton Corner play are planned for Saturday, February 13, at the Sawyerville Community Centre. Tickets are going fast. Get yours from Pat Boychuck at 819-875-3182 for $10/adult, or $5/child.

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: 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. 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.

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by January 18 for publication January 27 and by February 1 for February 10.

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