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Mercredi, 23 avril 2014

400 Bells

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Oh Eastern Townships - Environment Canada calls you. "A stark reminder of winter conditions," the weather office said last Tuesday. "Temperature to drop 8 to 10 degrees in a few hours." Snow up to 10 cms, and wind chill down to minus 25.

Flip-flopping from balmy summer to full winter in a few hours. Welcome, weird weather - a product of climate change.

Researchers have assured us that the world is warming. Carbon dioxide is the main pollutant that causes global warming. Researchers have calculated that the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million (ppm), or less. More than that "is not compatible with life on earth." Before the industrial age, carbon dioxide levels averaged 275 ppm. Last summer, we reached a new high - 400 ppm. And on average, we've stayed there ever since.

This lofty level of carbon dioxide means wilder and wilder weather, and not just for a few years. Carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere 100 years. The solution is a slow one. It involves reducing our reliance on fossil fuels now.

So there. That's a stark reminder for you. But don't take my word for it. Check out the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor, along with other reputable news agencies. Visit Global warming has arrived.

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. To mark our sorry milestone, some area churches will be ringing their bells 400 times at 11 a.m. on that day. Just a stark "Je me souviens."


The Eaton Valley CLC is offering two workshops about two tough topics on Wednesday, April 23. The first is on Obesity, by Dr. Ed Monaghan, the retired chief of Trauma Services at the Royal Victorial Hospital. He'll discuss different causes and different types of obesity, including obesity in children. How complex the issue is, and how a team approach is needed. This videoconference is at 1 - 2:30 p.m.

So you have a mental illness, but you can still have a life, and a good one. That is the second tough topic. This videoconference is on the same day, but from 7 to 9 p.m. Moira Edwards, nurse and psychotherapist, will speak about coping skills, resilience, and how to live well despite an illness.

The CLC specializes in lifelong learning, and is offering these workshops in cooperation with Learn Quebec. It's located at the Pope Memorial School, 523 Stokes St. in Bury. No registration necessary. All are welcome. Info: 819-872-3771 or


One by one, the bilingual Viactive groups in Bury, Cookshire and Sawyerville are drawing to an end for the summer months. All three of them have been meeting Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The one in Sawyerville is the first to finish - the last session is planned for this week, April 23. The one at the Manoir de l'eau vive in Cookshire is to have its last session on May 14. And the one in Bury depends on the weather - when it turns nice sometime in May, the group will disband for the summer.

Here's to the stalwart Viactive volunteers - Irma Chapman and June Morrison in Bury, Serena Wintle and Lyne Maisonneuve in Cookshire, and Denise and Gérard Nault in Sawyerville. Hats off to them all! And look for them to be back in September.


The Sawyerville Baptist Church is making good use of its newly refurbished church building. That includes a Kids Corner in the new downstairs. First off, a Children's Community Club began March 15. It's bilingual. It meets every second Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the church at 33 Cookshire Street in Sawyerville. The next meetings are this Saturday, April 26, then May 10 and 24.

They plan a variety of activities. "Two weeks ago, they heard the Easter story from the Bible and they made ice cream. Now they're working on bird houses for Mother's Day. Then there'll be other arts and crafts, kitchen stuff, games, playing outside, maybe broomball, when the weather permits," said Pastor Michel Houle. "It's mainly to get kids to know one another, and get away from computer games and so on."

He also gave a heads up for other upcoming activities. A Misssionary Conference on May 9 to 11, with John Moore, an 85-year-old singer. In the next Rachel Writes, look for more news about this and other summer activities. "We want to get involved in the community," said Pastor Houle, "We want to know how we can serve them." Info: Pastor Houle at 819-239-8818.


The Bury Women's Institute's annual Flea Market is to be on Saturday, April 26, in the Bury Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street, Bury. To rent a table, please call Frances at 819-872-3318 or Irma at 819-872-3600.


Do you golf? Here's a chance to do it for a good cause. It's the Heritage Golf Tournament at the Coaticook Golf Course on Sunday, May 18, to benefit the Eaton Corner Museum. Get some friends together for a foursome or sign up on your own. Cost is $75 each, and includes greens fees, cart and supper (for supper only, $25). Must reserve by April 30. Info and to register: Call Steve Lepitre at 819-875-3685.


A Gospel Memorial Hymn Sing is in the air at the United Eaton Valley Pastoral Charge. Here's how it works. You can sponsor one of the hymns on the list in memory of a loved one. "The size of the donation is up to you," said Sharon Moore. She has a letter and request form to give to interested persons. You can get a copy from a member of the Cookshire, Bishopton or Sawyerville United Church. Donation, hymn choice and completed form are due back at the UEVPC Office, 42 Principale N., Sawyerville, QC J0B 3A0, by Friday, May 9. That will permit the names of loved ones to appear in the service bulletin.

The Hymn Sing is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity United Church in Cookshire. Guest musicians will take part, and so will refreshments. Hymns in the line-up are The Lord's My Shepherd. How Great Thou Art. Church in the Wildwood. Go Tell it On the Mountain. And 10 others. Questions? Leave a message for Sharon at the Church office at 819-889-2838.


United: Sunday services and Sunday school are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and in Sawyerville at 11 a.m. (listen to message at 819-889-2838, and leave a message, too).

Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Paul's Church in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire (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 (819-239-8818).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by April 28 for publication May 7, and May 12 for May 21.

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