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Rachel Garber Par Rachel Garber

Mercredi, 23 mars 2016


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Let us speak of Persephone. She was the Greek goddess kidnapped by Hades - the bad guy of all bad guys - king of the Underworld. He sequestered her in hell, and made her his queen. Her mother, Demeter, retaliated by bringing on winter. Her father, Zeus, negotiated a compromise. Persephone would be queen of the Underworld for four months, and she would be reunited with her mother for eight months. That would be spring, summer and fall. Ah, glorious spring, renewal of life.

Then there's the ancient Germanic goddess named Ostara, or Eastre. She pre-dated Christianity, too. Mythologist Jacob Grimm tells us about her. He described her as the divinity of the radiant dawn, of up-springing light. They'd light bonfires at her festival in April, named Easter. Eggs and rabbits - both bearers of new life - were associated with Eastre. As they are with our Easter, celebrating another resurrection, that of Jesus. And in so doing, celebrating the life cycle of death and rebirth. Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

That would be organic heirloom seeds. The kind that Brian Creelman produces under his banner Seeds for Life, at Woodlanders' Farm in Bishopton. "Producing" seeds is shorthand for an intricate process of planting, nourishing, growing and growing again, and then harvesting, washing, fermenting, patting, winnowing, sorting, storing and labeling. A friend sent me a list of his 2016 seeds this week. It's a list 14 pages long describing some 120 varieties of veggies and their friends. How many kinds of bush beans are there, anyway? Squashes? Lettuces and greens? And the tomatoes just go on and on, from Brandywine to Tigerella.

His seeds are for sale, of course, but he is not shy to share his expertise. Want the inside scoop on seed saving? You can have it from Creelman himself at the Sawyerville Community Garden's seed savers' group, CoSMOS. It's meeting on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m., at 51 Bedard Road, Sawyerville. Participants each grow one kind of plant and save its seeds, with expert guidance from Creelman. The seeds go into a bank to be shared. To fully participate, join the group before the planting season begins. Info: Chantal Bolduc,, 819-889-3196 or Jennifer McMullin at or 819-889-2480 (English).

Your garden could be very special this year.

The Bury Women's Institute annual Flea Market/ Craft Sale is on April 30 in the Bury Armoury Community Centre. To rent a table, call Frances at 819-872-3318 or Irma at 819-872-3600.

Last call: The bilingual income tax clinic at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street, is ending soon. It's still open Wednesdays, March 23 and 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. and that's it. The service is offered by the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François. Bring all your papers, and collect them a week later. INFO: 819-560-8540 x 9.

Reminder: The next bi-weekly delivery of your choice of frozen meals to your door is Wednesday, March 30, and you need to place your order by Monday, March 28, at the latest. 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. To get the menu or to place your order, contact the CAB at 819-560-8540, option 9 (English).

The volunteer leaders of four bilingual weekly Viactive exercise groups for seniors welcome you free of charge. 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.

United: Maundy Thursday service is on March 24 in Sawyerville at 7 p.m. Good Friday service is on March 25 at Trinity United, Cookshire, at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise service is on March 27 at 6:15 a.m. and is, weather permitting, at the Lookout on Route 210 as it enters Eaton Corner. If weather is bad, it will be at Sawyerville United. Rain, snow or shine, it will be followed by potluck breakfast at the Sawyerville United Manse. Easter Sunday service for all the United parishes (UEVPC) and visitors, with Communion, is on March 27 at 10:30 a.m., at the Trinity United Church, Cookshire. On April 3, Sunday services are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m. and in Sawyerville at 11 a.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message or leave one).

Messy Church: A joint United and Anglican Messy Church is on Wednesday, April 6, at 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. at the St. Paul's
Anglican Church in Bury. "Families with children 12 and under are welcome to join us for storytelling, crafts, worship and supper. All materials and food are provided. A free will offering will be collected. In April our story is about resurrection and hope," said Canon Lynn Dillabough. Call her to register: 819-239-6902.

Anglican: The congregation of St Peter's in Cookshire returns "home" to their own church building on Easter Sunday. Easter Services and subsequent Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury and at 11 a.m. 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: At the Sawyerville Baptist Church, Easter Sunday on March 27 begins with a breakfast at 9 a.m. and a bilingual service at 10:30 a.m.. On April 3, 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.

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by March 28 for publication April 6 and by April 11 for April 20.

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