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Rachel Garber Par Rachel Garber

Mercredi, 9 mars 2016


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Here's what Pierre Elliot Trudeau once said to the USA: "Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt."

To be honest, I slept through the Super Tuesday just south of us last week. But I caught the New York Times report online: Donald Trump takes Republican primaries in seven states, Ted Cruz in three, and Marco Rubio in one. And in the Democrats' primaries, Hilary Clinton wins seven states, and Bernie Sanders wins four.

But the Republican results are how I knew the elephant was stirring. And our night beside him is getting more interesting. Trump's good showing on Super Tuesday and his continued wins afterward - even by small margins -would permit him to most likely win the nomination, according to the Times.

To be honest, for some months I've been noticing growing fear from my American relatives about the "candidate whose hair is more complicated than his foreign policy." The one who said he didn't know Puerto Rico belonged to the US. I've heard a crescendo of plaintive Americans wondering if Canada would take them in if Trump wins. I'd like to tell them that Canada is not far enough away to escape the elephant's twitches. Maybe nowhere is. Please, just stay home. Your votes are needed!

Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m., at the Bulwer Community Centre, 254 Jordan Hill Road, in Johnville. That's where all the little leprechauns will be gathered for Irish Night - the annual variety show that the Eaton Corner Museum puts on in honour of St. Patrick's Day. "It's always a lot of fun," says the Museum's secretary, Jackie Hyman. "We always have music and song, singalongs, and this year some skits for your enjoyment. There's something for all ages, and the show benefits the Museum." Entrance fee: $8 for adults, $4 for children. Refreshments available. "To heed the call of the stage and join the talented local musicians and performers," says Hyman, "call Serena Wintle at 819-875-5210."

Great opportunity for history buffs! The Eaton Corner Museum has a few openings on their Board of Directors. The current board would be delighted to hear from you, if you'd like to join the fun. What fun? Well, there's a Spring Brunch coming up on April 17. There's preserving local history in all its weird and wonderful forms, and telling local stories through a smorgasbord of exhibits and activities. "We are very much a ‘hands on' Board," says Jackie Hyman, secretary. "We can use someone who could help with anything from exhibition planning to fundraising to collections management and preservation. Bilingualism would be an asset." Interested? Call President Sharon Moore at 819-837-2643, or Jackie Hyman at 819-889-2698, or contact

Reminder: March is income tax month for persons using the free income tax clinics offered by the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François. The bilingual clinic in Sawyerville is at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street on Wednesdays until March 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., and also on March 9 and 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Trained volunteers fill out your returns, respecting your confidentiality. Bring all your papers, and collect them a week later. New this year: To be eligible for the Solidarity Credit, a "RL-31" slip is required from your landlord. Info: 819-560-8540 x 9.

Reminder: The next bi-weekly delivery of your choice of frozen meals to your door is Wednesday, March 16, and you need to place your order by Monday, March 14, or before. The sooner the better. The frozen meals program is a partnership between the CAB - the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François - and IGA Cookshire, which creates the meals. For the menu or to place your order, contact the CAB at 819-560-8540, option 9 (English).

If you have a burning question about something legal, this is for you. It's a Legal Information Service offered by Townshippers' Association in collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke. Third-year law student Nancy Ly offers free, easy and confidential access to legal information in English. She is at Townshippers' on Tuesdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., until April. Info: Confidential calls to 819-566-2182 (toll free: 1-877-566-2182), email, or check out

Four weekly bilingual Viactive exercise groups for seniors are in full swing. They're all on Wednesdays. The Bury group meets 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 9:45 to 11 a.m., at the Manoir de l'Eau vive, 210 Principale East. Info: 819-875-5210. The Newport group is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, in Island Brook. Info: 819-560-8565. And the Sawyerville group meets 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Info: 819-889-2630.

Reminder: The 2016 Sawyerville Village Market situated at the Sawyerville Community Garden, 90 Randboro Road is taking reservations now for kiosks. It's planned for Saturday mornings, July to September. Info: or 819-889-3196, now.

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.

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).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by March 14 for publication March 23 and by March 28 for April 6.

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