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Bulwer PPP

It's easy to write badly. But to write really terribly takes real skill. It may be a skill you didn't know you had! Here is your chance to take part in a howlingly funny project. Yes, Bulwer Purple Prose is here again. The rules are short and sweet for writing a florid and flowery first sentence to the worst novel ever. You'll find them at You'll see examples of purple prose there, too, because submissions are posted anonymously as they come in. Send submissions by email to Deadline: March 15.

A highly serious panel of judges will select the winning submissions in six categories. The prizes - a mere but rare pittance - will be bestowed at a country supper and laugh-fest on March 29, at the Bulwer Community Centre, for the benefit of the same. Tickets are $20 for students, seniors or persons in 1800s costumes, and $25 for others. For your meal ticket, contact Peggy Roy at the Bulwer Community Centre 819-640-3571 or Black Cat Books at 168A Queen St., Lennoxville 819-346-1786.


The Meals on Wheels service in Bury is poised to start up again, but it depends on having at least 20 beneficiaries. So far, there are 10 and counting. Are you interested in having a hot meal complete with soup and dessert delivered to your door? For $7.50, once a week? If so, maybe this is made for you. It's a service arranged by the Centre d'action bénévole (Volunteer Action Centre), and offered by the restaurant at the Pen-Y-Bryn Golf Club.

Meals on Wheels is a blessing when you're well, and a miracle when you're sick. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Rachel Garber at the CAB, at 819-560-8540 option 9. Or go check out the food at the restaurant, and pick up a flyer there about the Meals on Wheels service. Let's get those wheels rolling, so the service will be in place for people (maybe you!) when they really need it.

Wills & estates

What kinds of wills are valid? How do you change a will? What's the impact of not having a will? How do you settle someone's affairs after their death? All this, a videoconference by Educaloi will explain. It's planned for Wednesday, February 26, at 7 - 9 p.m. It is free, and is at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC), 523 Stokes St., Bury. Info: 819-872-3771 or

Horses are people too

Here's a workshop of a different kind. It's called "Horsenalities: Find out what makes your horse tick." Kari Bowser will explore different kinds of horse personalities, and how to build the perfect partnership with your horse. Kari Bowser is from Bulwer. She is a certified instructor with the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program.

"The Parelli program is built around the belief that horse-human relationships are a partnership made up of equal parts of love, language and leadership. It is all about understanding the horse and not about forcing the horse." That's how Kim Fessenden described it. She's the coordinator of the Eaton Valley CLC at 523 Stokes St., Bury. And that's where the workshop will be. It's on Friday, February 28, at 7 p.m. Info: 819-872-3771 or

Military Whist

Military Whist is calling you from the St. Paul's Church in Bury. The A.C.W. and St. Paul's Guild plan a game of Whist on Friday, March 21, in the church hall. To reserve a table, please call Serena at 819-875-5210 before March 17.

Flea market

The Bury Women's Institute is planning its annual Flea Market for Saturday, April 26, in the Bury Armoury Community Centre. To rent a table, please call Frances 819-872-3318 or Irma 819-872-3600.

William Stone's leg

"Congratulations to the cast, support crew and author and producers of William Stone's Leg, for a delightful presentation of some real local history," says Jackie Hyman of the Eaton Corner Museum. The historical play by Maureen Lowry told the story of the first man in Canada to have his leg amputated while using anesthesia. The Sawyerville Community Centre was packed for all three performances on February 15 and 16. "And thanks to the public for overwhelming support," Hyman said. "Over 400 tickets sold! All to help support the Eaton Corner Museum.

Heads up

The Eaton Corner Museum is not resting long on its laurels. Look out for Irish Nite on Friday, March 7, at the Bulwer Community Centre. Plan to catch a workshop on pruning apple trees. And ink this into your agenda - May 15, the grand opening of the new exhibit A Tale of the Townships. Info: Call 819-875-5256.

Newport is on the move

It was a dark and stormy Valentine's night in Island Brook. And lo, 26 hearty hearts took a 45-minute hike by torchlight, and then rendezvoused in the Newport Municipal Hall for hot chocolate and camaraderie.

The torchlight trek was organized by the Newport 4 Horizons Recreational Corporation - the Loisirs 4 horizons de Newport. This new group's founding meeting was planned for February 24, to elect executive officers and plan future fun. For example, a new walking club has just started. There's talk of a bread-baking workshop. A St-Jean-Baptiste party. And other ideas are welcome. For details, call Francine Rouleau at 819-875-3895.

Church services

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

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. Until April 13, the St. Peter's Anglican Sunday services in Cookshire will be in the Trinity United Church, 190 Principale St. West (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 March 3 for publication March 12, and by March 17 for March 26.

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