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Spring is in the air, and of course one's fancies turn to poetry? And so April is designated National Poetry Month, and UNESCO has named March 21 "World Poetry Day."

"Poetry reaffirms our common humanity," UNESCO's website says. It reveals that "individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral traditions and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures." It has a unique ability "to capture the creative spirit."

World Poetry Day is meant to support linguistic diversity, and offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard. It aims to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, and help society to regain and assert its identity.
What a tall order! But why not? Poetry has certainly put Saint-Venant-de-Paquette on the map, and vice versa, with its poetry trail celebrating various Quebec poets and its "Grande nuit de la poésie" in August.

In Canada, close to 50 municipalities are participating in the "Mayor's Poetry City Challenge" this spring. One of them is Drummondville. Mayors are challenged to bring poetry into politics by asking a poet to read a poem at the April council meeting in March or April. The friendly challenge is an initiative that came out of Alberta. (Who would have imagined?)

The League of Canadian Poets also asks individuals to celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day on April 21st, wherever you are. Before then, visit to see how to get involved.

I wonder - how many poets do we have in the Haut-Saint-François, whether English or French? Has anyone counted our poets? We could be sitting on a gold mine.

I don't think I'm a poet, but sometimes I pretend to be. So I offer you this one for April 21st:
Sunlight showers on splashing water - spring thaw
That's a haiku, a short verse you can say in one breath. Why not write your own?

For the 25,000 tuques for Syrian refugees, the next knitting session is this Thursday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the John Henry Pope Cultural Centre, Craig and Principale streets, Cookshire. Info: 819-875-1100 or

The Sawyerville Community Garden's seed savers' group, CoSMOS, is meeting on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m., at 51 Bedard Road, Sawyerville. But if you miss it, you can still catch Brian Creelman on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. He'll be talking about CoSMOS during the Garden's AGM. Info: Chantal Bolduc,, 819-889-3196 or Jennifer McMullin at or 819-889-2480 (English).

And I must apologise for dubbing Brian's heirloom organic seeds "for life" in this space two weeks ago. Actually, he tells me that seeds have very short shelf lives. So if you'd like to help them resurrect in a garden, look for "Seeds for Food" at Clarke & Son's in Lennoxville, or on Brian's new website, That's FOOD.

The next bi-weekly delivery of frozen meals is Wednesday, April 13, and you need to place your order by Monday, April 11, 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. To get the menu or to place your order, call 819-560-8540, option 9.

The Eaton Corner Museum's annual Spring Brunch. Always delicious. Always homemade. Always friendly. Volunteers serve pancakes, new maple syrup, fresh eggs, local sausage, baked beans, potatoes and desserts. Jan Graham plays piano. They're all doing it to help raise money for the Museum, and you can do that too by eating up. Adults, $12; children, $8. It's on Sunday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bulwer Community Centre, 254 Jordan Hill Road, in Johnville. For info, or to volunteer, call Serena Wintle at 819-875-5210.

Remember Beyond Belief, the play that told the incredible story of Bill McCallum? Oh. You didn't see it? Well, here's your chance. The Municipality of Newport is inviting all seniors to a DVD presentation of Beyond Belief on Monday, April 18, at 1 p.m., at the Newport Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, in Island Brook. Pauses are planned to allow translation into French for the French-speaking participants. And yes, tea will be served. No charge.

Heads up, ye golfers! The Eaton Corner Museum's third annual Heritage Golf Tournament is on Sunday, May 22, at the Coaticook Golf Course. A day of golf, use of a cart, lots of prizes, topped off with a really good supper, all for $75 per person. A foursome is only $280. Supper only is just $25. To register, contact Steve Lepitre at 819-875-3685 or Do it early for best choice of tee-off time.

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

Messy Church: A joint United and Anglican Messy Church is tonight, April 6, 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., at the St. Paul's Anglican Church in Bury, for families with children age 12 and under. To register, call Canon Lynn Dillabough, 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).
Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury and at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church in Cookshire. Holy Eucharist is the first and third Sundays of the month, and 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 April 11 for publication April 20 and by April 25 for May 4.

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