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Rachel Garber Par Rachel Garber

Mercredi, 20 avril 2016

The Brink

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Oops. This isn't really about our very own Tim Brink, the star and la voix forever in our hearts. It's more about little beings we've taken for granted far too long. Now we're in danger of losing them forever. Can we bring them back from the brink?
Yes, this is just a reminder that we've lost 95% of our Monarch butterflies. Here's what David Suzuki suggests we do to help bring them back from the brink of extinction: Get some Milkweed seeds right now and plant them as soon as spring gets itself straightened around. And his website has got seeds for us. Three types: common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incamata) and butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa). All three are native to Ontario and Quebec. I just ordered some: three packs for $20, free shipping, and a feeling I'm supporting a good cause. You can too, at

How will you make your will? The Eaton Valley CLC offers a workshop all about wills. The speaker is Sarah Dougherty, from Educaloi. It's April 20 - today! - at 6:30 p.m., at the CLC (far end of Pope Memorial School), 523 Stokes, in Bury.

Thursday, April 21, is the day to stick a poem in your pocket, and share it with others as you go through your day. That's a suggestion from the League of Canadian Poets. To learn more, visit Here's a little one from me to you:

Cat flaunts her silken hairs -feeding time

If you're reading this, I imagine you have some English-language skills. Being bilingual or multilingual is often a job asset. But how to make sure your prospective employer really appreciates how well you speak and write English? And if English is your first language, are you confident about your French language skills?

Enter the Zone multilingue. This one-stop booth is a new resource at this year's Salon Priorité-Emploi Estrie on April 22 and 23. It offers job seekers on-site second-language assessment (both English and French, both spoken and written). It also tells you which employers at the event have job postings that require second-language skills. Education students from Bishop's University will conduct the on-site assessments.

You emerge from the zone with your second-language assessment in hand, and can head straight for the booths of employers who are looking for someone with your language skills.

This is a first for the Salon in Sherbrooke, and it was initiated by the CEDEC, who has organized the service in job fairs in the Capitale-Nationale et de Chaudière-Appalaches since 2006. It's carried out with a whole handful of partners, including Emploi-Québec and Townshippers' Association. And yes, the Priorité-Emploi Estrie organizers hope to see more English speakers participate this year. If you're a job seeker, it might be worth it! Visit for more information about the Salon.

Lost and Found: Revelations from a life counseling caregivers is the topic of a webinar offered by The Caregiver Network. It's a webcast by Lucy Barylak, a family caregiver expert, social worker, and counsellor, with more than 25 years of experience. It's May 5 at 7 to 8:30 p.m., and you can do it from home. Register in advance at

Stephan Elkas, funeral director, will be speaking about Green Burials and Home & Family-centred Funerals on Thursday, May 5, at noon in Cookshire. It's a luncheon-conference at the Manoir de l'Eau vive, organized by the English-speaking caregivers groups of the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François. It's free and open to the public. Suggested donation for lunch is $5. Please RSVP 819-560-8540 x 9.

The next bi-weekly delivery of your choice of frozen meals to your door is Wednesday, April 27, and you need to place your order by Monday, April 25, 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).

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.

Have you reserved yet for the Eaton Corner Museum's third annual Heritage Golf Tournament? It is on Sunday, May 22, at the Coaticook Golf Course. A day of golf, use of a cart, lots of prizes, and a really good supper, all for $75 per person. Put together a foursome for $280. Supper only is $25. Register with Steve Lepitre at 819-875-3685 or Register early for best choice of tee-off time.

Time is running out to reserve your kiosk at the 2016 Sawyerville Village Market situated at the Sawyerville Community Garden, 90 Randboro Road. It's planned for Saturday mornings, July to September. Info: or 819-889-3196.

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.

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).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by April 25 for publication May 4, and by May 9 for May 18.


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