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Mercredi, 10 août 2016

Yay, Courtney!

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It's not often that graduating students need a whole team to help carry their hardware. Enter Courtney Drew of Cookshire-Eaton, Champlain Regional College's star graduate this year. She got the Governor General's academic medal for the highest grade average in the graduating class. Then she was given the Board of Governor's award for the same reason. On top of that, she received the Theresa Allore Memorial Scholarship for community involvement, giving her a $200 toward tuition in September, when she will be attending Bishop's University. And the cherry on the cake, she earned the Program Achievement Award in Pure & Applied Science for the highest grade average in the program.

"I was honored to get the awards. It surprised me," she said modestly.

But then both stardom and graduating seem to run in the family. Her brother Cordell also graduated this spring from Champlain. He was in the 3-year accounting and management technology program, where he, too, earned the Program Achievement Award for highest marks. Courtney, Cordell and their parents, Kathy and Craig Drew, are a pretty well known musical group. They play Don Messer style old-time folk music all around the area - for community events, retirement homes, churches, and more. Courtney plays fiddle, Cordell plays guitar, Kathy plays piano and Craig, drums.

This summer, Courtney is working on their grandfather's farm, picking stones, cutting and bailing. That's Henry Musty's switchgrass plantation. On the side, she tutors French. Yes, Courtney and Cordell are both comfortably bilingual. Cordell is working for LTCA, a chemical toilet company, this summer, and plans to attend the Centre 24 Juin, aiming to become an electrician. Looks like they're putting down roots in the region!

Do you have any grandchildren who now qualify as being "away" and might consider putting down roots in the Haut-Saint-François if only they had a job offer? And are they interested in a health or social services field? If so, quickly tell them about this weekend.

For just such persons, Make Way for YOUth Estrie of Townshippers' Association has organized a weekend, Discovery Days, on August 12-14. It's an all-expenses-paid chance to learn more about possible jobs and employers in the Haut-Saint-François, and what an affordable life is like in our glorious high forests. Seriously, the weekend promises to be fun. It includes meals, activities, transportation and lodging. Participants get to hear presentations on career opportunities, housing opportunities, and available services, and to meet a number of people from the health and social services sector.

Time is short. If you want someone you know aged 18 to 35 to consider moving to the area, contact Michelle Lepitre or Jenny Menard right now at 819-566-5717 (1-866-566-5717) or

Check out our very own new tourist centre in the heart of Cookshire. That's the new Cookshire-Eaton Coeur villageois at the John Henry Pope cultural centre, 25 Principale W., Cookshire. And listen for a concert of bells in Cookshire, starring the bells of the Cookshire Elementary School, St. Peter's Church, and the Trinity United Church. That's every half-hour, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Opening hours till the end of August: Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday to Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ah... fragrant herbs, velvety kale, crisp onions, real venison, the freshest of fresh, all on our very own Sawyerville doorstep. It's the all-new farmer's market in the Sawyerville Community Garden. It's a modest but welcoming and plentiful line-up of produce, all under cover. So it's rain or shine, every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and visitors get to supervise the construction of the new outdoor bread oven, also in the Garden. Or if we're lucky, buy some bread baked in it. Oh the luxury!

That would be Old Fashioned Day, of course, this Sunday afternoon at the Eaton Corner Museum. Interested in quilting, tatting, bobbin lace, needlepoint, knitting, candle making, or basket making? What about antique tools and machinery? Or getting started on discovering your family genealogy? All of this is in an old time ambiance with old time music, complimentary tea service with scones, and horse and wagon rides. The Foss House, with its beautiful hand hewn beams and original wide-plank floors, is now open and houses the Museum's reception centre and temporary exhibits. Entry is $10 and it's free for children age12 or under. The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on weekends in September.

United: Sunday services at 10:30 a.m.: August 14, Sawyerville, led by Shirley Knutson. August 21, Cookshire, led by Tami Spires. August 28, Bishopton, led by Tami Spires. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message).

Anglican: August 14 at 10:30 a.m., Sunday service at St. John's in Brookbury. August 21 at 10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist at St. Paul's in Bury. August 28 at 10 a.m., special service at St. George's in Georgeville celebrating that church's 150th anniversary, with visiting Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz. Info: 819-887-6802.

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.

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by August 15 for publication August 24, and by August 29 for September 7.

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