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Rachel Garber Par Rachel Garber

Mercredi, 10 février 2016


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High school senior can win cash by writing an essay of 500-600 words. The Excel in the Estrie! contest has just been launched by Make Way For YOUth, a project from Townshippers' Association that supports youth careers in the Townships. Stories about how you are overcoming obstacles, and where you see yourself living and working five years from now are welcome. Prizes totaling up to $750 will be awarded to the winning essay or essays. Deadline: May 1. INFO:

Looking for a job in the Estrie region? Come to the Bishop's University Career Fair on Wednesday, February 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Employers will be the Desjardins, the City of Sherbrooke, Aeroteck, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, and many more. A how-to-network workshop is at 1 - 2 p.m., and a Networking with Employers event is at 3 - 5 p.m. All three events are open to both students and the public. Free admission. INFO: or Nathaniele Pelletier at 819-822-9600 x 2246,
For old'uns:


For those who are 50-plus but active, our Viactive counsellor and kinesiologist Arianne Chabot is offering several sessions to introduce you to snowshoeing with poles. The Haut-Saint-François session is planned for Thursday, March 10, at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Parc des Deux Rivières, at the end of Willard Street, East Angus. Arianne will even lend you the snowshoeing equipment, for free. Reserve it by contacting her at 819-565-1066 or, now.
And for anyone:

February 11, at 1 to 4 p.m. That's the next knitting circle in Cookshire for the 25,000 Tuques Tricothon, an initiative to give a new handmade tuque with a note of welcome to each new Syrian refugee. New wool will be present, and each participant will receive a 20 percent discount at Coton Bouton in Sherbrooke. It's at the John Henry Pope Cultural Centre at Craig and Principale streets, where once was the Anglican parsonage. INFO: Sofy St-Hilaire at, or 819-875-1100.

The February 13th performances of the play that stars Eaton Corner are both sold out. "But we are in luck," says Jackie Hyman of the Eaton Corner Museum. "The players are willing to do another performance on Sunday, February 14, at 7 p.m. if a minimum of 40 tickets are sold." For tickets to the Sunday performance, call Pat Boychuck at 819-875-3182 now. A video of this play will be available and can be ordered through Sharon Moore, 819-837-2643, or via

Valentine's weekend - celebrate at a mini-carnival in a mini-community. That would be St-Mathias-de-Bonneterre, in the far reaches of the Newport municipality. The event is this Saturday, and it features free skating, A.T.V.-sleigh rides in the forest, maple taffy on snow at 3 p.m., and a spaghetti supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by snowshoeing. It's a benefit for the OTJ de St-Mathias. Entrance is free, but supper costs $10, and some activities will also have a fee. INFO: 819-889-2558 or 819-889-1278.

Adventurer and explorer John Dunn is to speak to students from Sawyerville Elementary and Pope Memorial schools. He will give a richly illustrated visual presentation about his arctic adventures. Members of the public and the school community are invited to join the adventure. It's on Monday, February 15, at 1 p.m. in the gym at the Sawyerville Elementary School, 51 Cookshire Street. For a preview of John Dunn's magnificent photos, go to

"Why do people smoke?" is the question. Despite all the health risks, and what makes this habit so hard to kick? Answering the question will be Amanda Rizk, PhD. She supervises the Cardio-Pulmonary Suite at Concordia University's PERFORM Centre. She will be speaking via videoconference on Wednesday, February 24, at 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Eaton Valley CLC, Pope Memorial Elementary School, 523 Stokes, Bury. All are welcome. Free. In English. Info: 819-872-3771.

Gird up your loins for income tax season. Umm, make that gather up your papers! There's something new this year. To be eligible for the Solidarity Credit, a "RL-31" slip is required. Tenants, get this from your landlord. And whether you are a property owner or a renter, please bring your RL-31 slip or a copy of your municipal taxes along to the Income Tax Clinic, so you can benefit from the lodging tax credit. The tax clinics of the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François (Volunteer Action Centre, CAB) are planned for March 2 to 30 in Cookshire, East Angus, La Patrie, Sawyerville, Scotstown and Weedon. Details to come in the next Rachel Writes. INFO: 819-560-8540 x 9.

Plan ahead for the 2016 Sawyerville Village Market situated at the Sawyerville Community Garden, 90 Randboro Road. "The market will have local producers who offer their fresh products, cultivated without pesticides and synthetic fertilizer. Every Saturday morning from July to September or October, the market will also be organizing activities and services that will bring a smile to all," says Chantal Bolduc. If you want a kiosk in the market, contact her at or 819-889-3196, now.

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.

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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