Greetings to all on this beautiful sunny morning.
Regretfully, the Strawberry Out to Lunch was cancelled due to the fact that the berries were not quite ready.
NOTICE: If anyone has found a light brown Rawling baseball glove at the diamonds with the initials JP on it, please call 905-924-5721.
The Seagrave Park Committee is looking forward to its next event, Art Day in the Park on July 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in displaying your crafts or talents, please call Dianne Lewis at 905-985-1529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to register.
Bailey Taylor has successfully passed her Medical Radiation Technologist Certification exam! Graduated from the Medical Radiation Technology program at Fanshawe College in London, it was a successful completion of Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists certification. She graduates from her program on Thursday! Congratulations!
Greeters at Sunday's service were Jack and Elizabeth Redshaw. Len Somerville thanked everyone for their prayers and cards following his recent surgery. Howard Payne visited the birthday box. Jonathan Feyen lit the Christ Candle. Minister Stephanie dedicated the Choirs new Hymn Books. Donna Kent read the scriptures. Did you notice the great repair job on the steps? Thanks, Rick.
On July 22nd, there will be a worship service at UOIT. There will be a bus leaving from Greenbank around 8:30 a.m. Service is at 10 a.m. The cost for the bus is $10 per person.
June 14th, at 7 p.m. Let's talk about it! Minister Stephanie Richmond is talking about refreshing new ways of seeing and understanding God’s Spirit working in our lives, as we all enlighten each other. Our discussion will be focused on Mark 3:20-35. All are welcome.
June 19th and 26th, from 7 to 9 p.m. “Art Prayer and Meditation”. There is no skill needed of drawing, sketching or doodling. Contact Stephanie at 905-718-8086 if you wish to attend.
The Seagrave men's group are once again having a fun day of golf and dinner at Sunnybrae Golf course on Saturday June 23rd. The tee off time is at 2 p.m. Dinner is around 5 p.m. Please call 905-985-8383 or email email@example.com to hold a spot.
Friday, July 13th, 4th Line Theatre to see Crow Hill: The Telephone Play. Mark your calendar.
July 14th, at 5:30 p.m. Miller Memorial Church will hold Christmas in July. A Turkey & Meatball All You Can Eat Buffet, Raffle & Door Prizes, costing $18.00 per person. Call Janet at 705-786-2179 for reservations.
August 13th to 17th, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Seagrave's VIBE program.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history and local news. If you wish to rent the hall, call Rick at 905-985-8383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an item for this column phone Jean at 905-985-9921, or email her at grammiejean2010 @hotmail.com.
Now this is finally spring, but before you know it we will have passed the longest day and be hurtling into summer and fall and...
There are a number of hay fields cut and drying and even some that are baled or on the process, while other fields are greening with the new growth of corn and wheat and soy beans. Gardens are up, and I am sure many people have been tasting the first fruits, such as radishes, lettuce, and spinach.
Best wishes to four special ladies this week. Although none of them actually live here all have some connection to Sandford. Congratulations for very significant birthdays to Shirley Kydd, Aileen Warren, and Lois Elford; also to Karen Croxall who, although she hasn’t yet reached the milestones of the other ladies, is also special.
Last week we wished Carolyn Hicken happy birthday and she had a party first at Jennifer Ashley, her workplace, and then at home by her family, with her son, from B.C., present. Unfortunately that came to an end this Saturday with the sudden passing of her mother, age 94. Our deepest sympathies to Carolyn and her family!
Many from both communities attended either the visitation or celebration of life for George Paisley on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, there were large gatherings at all times and places. George passed away still volunteering for Community Care, certainly a great example of living to assist others. At the Community Care lunch of Tuesday we were informed that his wife Chrystal was set to retire, after 24 years of working for Community care, at the end of July, a situation which is now “bittersweet” for her. Again the condolences from the community to the whole family!
There was a good crowd of fans at the “Friday Night at the Foster” as perennial favourite Bruce MacNeil and friends performed. Last year Bruce had to cancel his scheduled performance so we were all happy to have him back, along with Tom Pullen and John Frechette.
If you had driven by the Foster on Wednesday or Thursday, or on Sandford Rd. at the intersection, you would have notice something going on by all the huge rental vans parked on the roadside; there were some irate drivers too who had to wait at the intersection. Someone was shooting a movie and the Foster was used as part of the set. That’s about all we know about it, except it took a lot of time to remove all of our moveable objects last Friday night, and replace them all this past Friday before the performance.
Next week the Pine Ridge Chorus performs its special barbershop harmonies. These ladies are seasoned veterans now and have won themselves some awards over time. Please come out and support a local group as well as the Foster restoration work, which is never ending.
Thursday was voting day; I hope everyone exercised their right to vote. As the saying is, “there are people all over the world who are dying to vote”. Of course this means they are literally being killed for asking, or demanding, they be given the right to vote for their own government.
Zephyr hosted a community wide garage sale on Saturday and the United Church had a BBQ, breakfast and bake sale.
At Sandford we hosted the Blanket exercise in the morning with Mim Harder as Grandmother, Geralde Reesor-Grooters as one of the facilitators including Cam and Cora. It was a beautiful morning so we were able to have the event outside. Everyone there was greatly moved by the event and everyone learned a lot of Canadian history that they had not heard before; each was encouraged to express their feeling about the exercise at the end.
Following that we enjoyed a full lunch and fellowship with more discussion and then moved on to something that is happening in a positive fashion, as we listened to Dr. Laura Peers speak about her work at Oxford University on identifying Canadian artifacts, taken to England centuries ago by explorers, fur-traders etc. Dating, IDing the origins of the artifact, and restoring them, were just some of her functions and she was able to write their Repatriation Policies. Many of the artifacts had been returned to the First Nations descendants from whom they came.
Sunday was the 93rd anniversary of the United Church. It was June 10th, when the church was formed from most of the Presbyterian churches, most of the Methodist churches, and the Congregational churches. Next year, 2019, will see big changes within the structure of the church as three levels will be narrowed to two. What will it look like when the 100 anniversary is gained? Different again no doubt, with so much technology constantly changing the way we communicate, or don’t, in some cases.
Rev. Eiko’s sermon was “Our Story” and she talked about how each of us has a story to tell about our life even though we may not think it is significant. The personalities of the scripture had stories to tell, Jesus had a story to tell and so do we, as does the church as a whole and we need to listen to the other person’s stories if we hope to accomplish any goal.
Next week is Aboriginal Sunday and some of those parishioners who took part in the Blanket Exercise will relate their experiences on that day.
An excellent crowd of family and friends attended the induction ceremony of my brother, Harvey Graham, into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame in Milton. Harvey was recognized for his efforts to promote the beef industry and agriculture in general locally, provincially, and nationally.
Winners of the Blackstock Euchre Club were Al Cowdy, Norm Lackner, Diane Slute, Hazel Coates, and Bryan Allemang. Al Cowdy and Norm Lackner tied for most lone hands. Mid score winners were Jacky Attfield, Heidi Kreig, Val Priebe, Ellen Gibson, and Audrey Middleton. Specials were won by Shirley Oldfield, Bryan Allemang, Pat Allemang, and Doris Manns.
This column marks the end of my journalistic career. After more than fifty years of reporting the comings and goings of Blackstock, I am passing my pen to the next columnist.
Thank you to the many contributors over the years, to the readers and to the owners of the papers I have served.
Call to worship was called by the Rev Michelle Hofman. A warm greeting went out to those in attendance.
A happy belated, birthday wish goes out to Cheryl Helm and Harley Davis, both were on the 5th of June.
The First Nation is going to be Celebrating Aboriginal Day festivities on June 16th, as this is a private event for the First nation Community, many neighbours around the area are treated to a spectacular fireworks display. This year promises to be more spectacular then ever.
In about three weeks time the next event to hit the first Nation is the annual Pow Wow. There are many vendors with many things to buy. There will also be food vendors, enjoy a nice Indian taco, or a supreme taco.
The Pow Wow is held on the 21st and 22nd. Each day begins with a sun rise ceremony. Every one is welcome to come. Women are asked to wear long skirts/dresses please. Everyone attending the Ceremony is welcome to stay for a breakfast. The Pow Wow begins at 12 noon with a Grand entry, people are asked to bring their own chairs. Each day ends at about 5:30. Everyone is welcome to come out.
Happy birthdays this week go out to: Evan Powless on the 11th, Charlie Kozlinsky on the 12th, Linda Mercier on the 13th, Bianca Janiga on the 13th, Spencer Menzies and Evelyn Charles on the 15th, Anne Harmsworth and Summer Garlow on the 16th. Happy birthday to any one who was missed.
This week we have a happy anniversary to Rev. Michelle and Dick Hofman.
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Blackstock & District Lions Club
“When you plant a tree, you plant a legacy”. That was Rev. Jennifer Uhryniw’s message at Cartwright Fields on Sunday at the Memorial Tree Dedication Service. A variety of trees had been planted in memory of Vera & Vernon Asselstine, David Hudson, Gwendolyn Malcolm, Merlin Suggitt, and Tina Wolters. Family and friends gathered in honour of their memories. Thank you to Wilma Wotten and her team for organizing this event and feeding us. Members of Blackstock & District Lions Club remembered Lion Merlin Suggitt, our last charter member.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
Remember euchre this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Nestleton Hall; all are welcome.
On Wednesday June 20th, the Bethesda-Reach W.I. will meet at the Epsom church. Note change of time 6.30p.m.
The Ontario District W.I.'s Strawberry Supper at the Scugog Community Centre is Thursday July 5th, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children five to twelve, and those under five get in free. All profits from the evening go toward a 4-H scholarship.
The Epsom church Hall was transformed into a paradise as Danica's Bridesmaids entertained the guests to a beautiful bridal shower. Danica received many beautiful and useful gifts and she was sincerely thankful for the gifts and to everyone who attended.
The Houghland family home was a buzz as they entertained guests who came to meet granddaughter baby Ivy. A delicious lunch was served to all.
The Epsom Utica Church will host their Strawberry/Salad supper on the July 1st weekend, at Utica Hall, serving from 5 to 7 p.m. More info to follow.
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June is here in all it's glory with flowers blooming, crops growing, especially corn, which thrives on heat.
My most sincere apologies to Jack McCowan, his family, and friends for the misinformation in last week's news. Jack is very much alive, and just celebrated his 99th birthday on Monday, May 28th! I regret, and am so sorry for the upsetting news I reported, and send my best wishes to Jack on celebrating his awesome milestone, and for the days ahead.
John and Joanne Olivero celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on May 27th, at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls with their children and grandchildren, a fun time for all. Best Wishes to John and Joanne.
Doris Rennie (nee Phair) of Wick, will be 95 on June 8th. Happy Birthday to this former Greenbanker, as a child and young lady.
The Country Music night with Naomi Bristow was great, with proceeds towards a lift for church accessibility. Mark your calendars for the next in a series of music nights, September 15th, with the Goode Brothers entertaining.
Plans are underway for the 43rd Beef B.B.Q. on August 3rd, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Greenbank Church and Park. A tent to cover the guests, rain or shine, will shelter you from the weather as you eat!
The annual July Youth Canoe Trip, five days of canoeing and camping, with Juli Myers and team, has three spaces left. The cost is $125 each. Contact Juli to participate, or for more information, at 905-985-2006 or email@example.com. Juli is also the church website contact person for any church items.
Several children were greeters on Sunday School Anniversary Day, with Reese and Brynn handing out bulletins. Reese Richardson, helped by Stephanie, lit the Christ Candle. The Food Bank challenge of 150 items was surpassed 172 items loaded in three children's wagons and brought forward by the children where they were blessed by minister Stephanie. The children sang “This Is the Day”, led by Holly Smith and Leslie Martens, with pianist Valerie Hunter. Offering from the Anniversary is planned to purchase ukuleles for the Sr. Choir for September. Their weekly offerings, concerts also support a sponsored child. Certificates were presented to 14 enthusiastic children. Anne St. John presented tokens of appreciation to Leslie Martens, Holly Smith, Janice Lee, and Valerie Hunter for their leadership of teaching and worship with the children.
A movie concluded this year's Sunday School activities, before a delicious lunch was served to young and older. The Sr. choir's ministry of music was Go Ye Into All the World. The minister's message, based on the Samuel story, encourages one to listen for the voice of God with the faith of a child.
Next Sunday's 11 a.m. service is Pet Blessing Day, so be sure to bring your pets to the outdoor pavilion service, whether you are a child or adult.
The school Jump Rope for Heart raised $400. Great job!
June 6th is Track and Field finals at the Civic, Oshawa.
Friday the 8th the grade 6 class is having a basketball game and selling treats, as a fundraiser for the end of year graduation trip.
Please call 905-985-0535 with your Greenbank news items by Sunday night.
Flowers are blooming, farmers have their planting done and are now cutting hay.
The next event organized by the Park Committee will be an "Art Day In The Park" on July 7th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are an artist interested in putting up a table please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20. We are also looking for entertainers: music, dance, and drama etc.
On July 14th at 5:30 p.m., Miller Memorial Church will hold Christmas in July. A turkey and meatball all you can eat buffet, raffle, and door prizes, all for $18 per person. Call Janet at 705-786-2179 for reservations.
Happy birthday wishes go out to John Kent on June7th, and happy 20th wedding anniversary to Brett and Robin Drew.
Ross and Jean Short had their grandchildren Bailey and Jared Hoard of Thunderbay for a visit.
The BBQ Hamburg and Movie night at the Somervilles' was successful, with a good crowd that watched and enjoyed the movie "Wonder".
Naomi Bristow, “The Yodelling Cowgirl” performed at the Greenbank Church to a full house. Naomi’s voice was exceptional and she was very entertaining.
Minister Stephanie was presented with a garden angel from the parishioners in recognition of her recent graduation from Emmanuel College. Congratulations Stephanie!
Keith Puckrin thanked everyone for all their efforts at the successful yard sale. Sunday the 10th after service there will be a meeting to discuss any suggestions, pro or con, for next year's yard sale.
Congratulations to Wyn and Wendy Hughes on their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3rd. They were pleasantly surprised by a visit from their son Mark and daughter-in-law Heather who took up the offering, and Heather lit the Christ Candle. Wyn and Wendy were the greeters and brought their wedding album. A beautiful cake brought by Mark and Heather was enjoyed by all.
Also Anniversary congratulations to Lee and Jim Baverstock, who have been married for 59 years, and Rosa and Mike Pallotta, who have been married for 51 years.
Happy Birthday to Ken and Cathy Nix.
Diane Puckrin read the scriptures. Tara Taylor read the Mission and Service report. Stephanie’s message mentioned that when we grow older we become wiser and can feel the spirit working within us.
Many thanks to Eva and Frank Molnar for making three more milk bag mats to be distributed somewhere in the world. The mats were blessed by Stephanie and Tara. Tara mentioned that we have many talents in our people to share and be mentors for others.
June 7th at 7 p.m. Turkey Supper Meeting.
June 9th at 8:30 a.m. Men's Group Breakfast at the Hyland in Port Perry.
June 12th at noon Out to Lunch at Seagrave Church: strawberry and salad lunch. Contact Jean at 905-995-9921 or email@example.com if you wish to attend. A free will offering will be gladly accepted.
June 12th, 19th, and 26th from 7 to 9 p.m. “Art Prayer and Meditation”. There is no skill of drawing, sketching, or doodling, needed. Contact Stephanie at 905-718-8086 if you wish to attend.
June 14th at 7 p.m. Let's Talk About! Everyone is welcome.
The Seagrave men's group are once again having a fun day of golf and dinner at Sunnybrae Golf course on Saturday June 23rd. The tee off time is at 2 p.m. Dinner is around 5. Please call 905-985-8383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to hold a spot. All are welcome, children, adults, men, and women!
August 13th to 17th, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seagrave's Vibe Program.
Check out our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, and local news.
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If you have an item for this column phone Jean at 905-985-9921, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
There will be no euchre on June 7th as the Nestleton Community Hall will be in use for voting. Euchre will resume on Thursday June 14th.
Thursday's euchre results are: Judy Westall finished in first place. Jacky Attfield and Jim Tucker ties for second. Val Preibe finished in third place. There was a three way tie for fourth place between Chris McArdle, Bill Churchill, and Willy Hauthuys. Alma Manns was fifth.
Barb Brigley had the most lone hands. Brigitte Moase had the low score.
Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to seeing you on June 14th.
Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday, except holidays, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall; everyone is welcome.
The U.C.W. are planning a time of fellowship together at Pickles and Olives on Tuesday June 12th, at 11:30 a.m. Please let Elva Kerry know at 905-852-6798, if you can join everyone.
A bridle shower is planned for Danica Ashton on Saturday June 9th, at 2 p.m. at Epsom Church.
What a fantastic concert by Naomi Bristow at Greenbank church last Friday. This young country music super star's talent for entertaining was beyond beautiful. Whether it was old-time country, gospel, or her amazing yodeling, her voice sent everyone's heart dancing.
Bloomington church hosted a delicious Fish Fry on Saturday evening, which enabled many friends to enjoy a picnic meal on the church lawn, during a perfect weather evening.
Let's keep Alan Bailey in our prayers as he continues to recover from pneumonia and an operation which has kept him in Markham Stouffville Hospital for some time. Our prayers are also for Jan Lehmans' brother as he is a patient in Ottawa hospital with heart problems.
A cemetery decoration service is planned for Sunday June 10th at the church in Utica. The service begins at 2:30 p.m.
I've enjoyed keeping this column going for he past few years and am happy that Faye Ashton has stepped up and will be taking over. Please send your Epsom/Utica news to email@example.com and be happy, healthy, and safe. Peace!