Saturday is Townshippers’ Day!

We have been so busy getting ready for Townshippers’ Day this Saturday that we forgot to let you know of all the great new features on our website, many of which will help you plan how you’re going to spend the day. Nearly every page has been updated, so here’s the quick lowdown about what you can find on!

In the TDAY 2012 section; keep tabs on the official countdown on the About page; the History page touches on the past of this great festival and the slideshow on the bottom takes you through the last 32 years of T-Days. Notice the map on the right side? Click on it to see all the 33 host towns of T-Day!  Pop on to the Committee page to see the team behind this year’s event and learn about the many green footsteps T-Day has taken, and how you can take them too, on the Sustainability page.

Under Location; learn all about this year’s host city and check out some snappy pictures on the Farnham page. Visit Maps & Directions for help finding your way to the fun and if you need a place to stay, check out Hotels & Accommodations. A few Offsite links are also listed so you can check out some of Farnham’s features before T-Day.

Get with the Program! One of the best pages of all, Entertainment has the schedule from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and everything in between. On the right side of the page, click on the thumbnail to view or download your own program. What’s better than entertainment? How about taking a peak at all the stuff you could win in the Silent Auction?  Yup nearly 100 items have been added to our list. Actually 95 items to be exact, but it would be great to beat that 100 mark! If you have something great to donate, there’s still time to get it in. All the details are on the right hand side of the Silent Auction page under Participate.

The Register page is still active but at this time registration is closed in all categories. Feel free to check out the info if you are considering participating in the next T-Day. Visit the Supporters section to make a donation to T-Day via PayPal and see the list of our great supporting partners! If it wasn’t for them, there wouldn’t be a Townshippers’ Day! There’s still time to volunteer and lower down this page you can find out how. Find some of the recent T-Day updates in the News section and if you need a way to reach us, pick one of the many methods listed on the Contact Us.  There’s still more being added so check back regularly.

Once T-Day is done the website won’t close up shop. Click back for photos and recap news! Want to have your photos be a part of T-Day? Send us your name, location and the photos you want to share and they may be featured, with full credit given to you, on our website, Facebook page or future T-Day promotions! Now get clicking and we will see you this Saturday in Farnham!

The S word

Is stress a bad word? Do you stress out about stress? Join us at the Community learning center in either Richmond or Bury on September 19th  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to learn more about stress and how to manage it. Stress is a body’s fight or flight reaction to change. Everybody responds differently to changes in their lives and frequently changes can be successful if a person has the right coping mechanisms. Stress can have negative impacts on a person such as health issues including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, as well as immune and circulatory complications. It can also contribute to behaviors such as smoking, over consumption of alcohol, and less healthy eating habits. (Based on Statistics Canada 2010 results)

Stress in small doses can also have positive results such as increased energy and mental alertness. A little stress can compel us to do a better job, to focus more and push ourselves a little further on a project or assignment.

In general, stress is related to both external and internal factors. The external factors include your physical environment such as your job, your relationships with others, your home, and all the situations, challenges, difficulties, and expectations you’re faced with on a daily basis. The internal factors include your overall health and fitness level, your emotional well being, and the amount of sleep and rest your body gets.

To reserve your spot in Bury please contact Lise Dougherty at 819-566-2422. For Richmond please contact Siu-Min Jim at 819-239-1801. For more information please contact Shannon Keenan, [email protected]  or Debbie Bishop, [email protected]  at Townshippers’ office at 819-566-5717.

For further information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website To connect with Townshippers’ Association, contact the offices in Sherbrooke (100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or Lac-Brome (3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421).

Photo Cutline:   Townshippers’ Day is this Saturday, September 15th and with a variety of entertainment and activities, it will be worth the drive to Farnham! One must-stop-spot this year is the  silent auction tables with nearly 100 great items to browse, including warm winter jackets, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association