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Mercredi, 10 septembre 2014

Bouncing Bury

By Rachel Garber

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Things have suddenly sprung into action - our September springtime, I guess. But none are so active as Bury. So the mysteries of vernalization will have to wait until the next column. Here's to bouncing Bury!


Our Viactive volunteers are revving up for a new season. They're boning up on new exercises for oldsters, exercises that anyone can take part in, whether standing or sitting. A kinesiologist designed the exercises to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and bolster your sense of balance. Participants are encouraged to just do what's comfortable. And most people report they feel better almost right away.

Three groups offer the weekly exercises bilingually - in Bury, Cookshire and Sawyerville. They're free, and you can come occasionally or regularly, as you wish. All three of them begin Wednesday, September 24, at 10 a.m. The sessions last one hour.

In Bury, Irma Chapman and June Morrison welcome participants at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street. Info: 819-560-8540 (option 9) or

In Cookshire, Serena Wintle and Lyne Maisonneuve lead the exercises at the Manoir de l'eau vive, 210 Principale East, in the activity room (salle communautaire) on the 2nd floor. Info: 819 560-8540 (option 9) or

In Sawyerville, Gérard and Denise Nault lead a group in the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Info: 819-889-2630.

Thanks to the Viactive kinesiologist from Sercovie Estrie who trains the volunteers, and to Sercovie for translating the routines from French to English. And to the Centre d'action du Haut-Saint-François who supports the groups by helping with arrangements, supplies and publicity.


The Bury Art Show is Saturday, September 20, at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Armoury Community Centre and the United Cultural Centre. You can also enter a drawing to win a painting by Martine Brault.


Volleyball on Wednesday evenings (Info: Badminton on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7-9 p.m. (Info: June Morrison at 819 872-3736). Hula Hooping on Fridays at 3-4 p.m., with music too (Info: Tammy 819-875-1566).

All these come via the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC) at the Pope Memorial Elementary School in Bury. Coordinator Kim Fessenden (819-872-3771) also invites participants to the community kitchen at the Bury Armoury, and visitors to view the great big Slice of Life at the CLC space at the far end of the school.


"How to Diffuse Aggressive Behaviour" is the topic of a roundtable discussion at AMI Québec (Action on Mental Illness), and available via videoconference. The speaker is Tom Caplan, a social worker. It's Wednesday, September 17, at 7 - 9 p.m., at the Eaton Valley CLC, located in the school in Bury, and it's free. Info: Kim Fessenden, 819-872-3771 or


Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit doctors. "Backs and Balance: Keep Your Back Strong" is the topic of an interactive videoconference with an expert. Learn how our backs affect our balance - how backs work, why we get back pain, and how to prevent pain and balance problems. The expert is Catherine "Cat" St-Pierre, a kinesiologist who graduated from the University of Sherbrooke, and now works in the Townships as a personal trainer and fitness consultant. For extra info, visit

The videoconference is Wednesday, September 24, at 10 a.m. to 12 noon. It's at the Eaton Valley CLC at the far end of the school in Bury. It's free, and it comes to us from the Community Health Education Program (CHEP). Info: Kim Fessenden, 819-872-3771 or


A series of four self-defense classes will be offered for women and girls aged 10 to 110. Teaching them is certified Martial Arts instructor Michael Perry. When? They're on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, September 27, October 4, 18 and 25. Where? They're at the Eaton Valley CLC, located at the school in Bury. Cost? Just $25 for the four sessions, altogether. Info or to reserve your spot: Kim Fessenden, 819-872-3771 or


Schizophrenia. What is it? Where does it come from? How does it affect the patient's life and behaviour? How does it affect those close to the ill person? How is it treated? A psychiatrist who specializes in working with persons who have schizophrenia will be speaking and answering questions by phone. The speaker is Dr. Marc Laporta, director of the McGill University Hospital Centre's Early Psychosis Interventions Centre.

You can join this free and confidential telephone workshop from your home on Wednesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. It lasts one hour. But you must register in advance. You can do so either at, or by phone at 1-866-396-2433, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


A gigantic garage sale is planned for this weekend to benefit the Saint-Louis-de-France Church in East Angus. When? It's Friday and Saturday, September 12-13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where? It's at two locations - 185 St. Jacques St, next to the Caisse Desjardins, and 166 St. Jean E., in the garage and basement. For sale are donated items such as furniture, books, kitchen accessories, bedding, toys and decorations. Info: Marie Aubin Roy, 819-832-2589.


Plan ahead for Card Parties at the Bulwer Community Center on Jordon Hill Road. They're Thursdays at 2 p.m. on September 25, October 9 and 23 (military whist, followed by a hot supper) and November 6. The usual prizes and admission charges pertain for the regular card parties. Info: Peggy Roy, 819-640-3571.

United: Sunday worship is at Cookshire United at 9:30 a.m., and at Sawyerville United at 11 a.m. Info: 819 889-2838 (hear message and leave message, too).

Anglican: The four Anglican congregations in the Haut-Saint-François meet at 10:30 a.m. in a different church each Sunday. On the first Sunday of the month, services are at St. Peter's in Cookshire. Second Sundays are at St. John's in Brookbury. Third Sundays are at St. Paul's in Bury. Fourth Sundays are at Christ Church in Canterbury (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. The bi-weekly and bilingual Children's Community Club meets on Saturday, September 13 and 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the church, 33 Cookshire St. (819-239-8818).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by September 15 for publication September 24 and by September 29 for October 8.

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