This continued rain is becoming serious for many sections of life. It has been the rainiest couple of months for 150 years. The crops so badly need sun and warmth.
Two local families are thrilled with the arrival of new granddaughters recently. Bob and Linda Kyte’s daughter Meagan, had a baby girl, as did Roy and Linda Bradburn’s daughter, Amanda. Congratulations to all of you.
At the Fair Board meeting, plans were made for an upgraded Demolition Derby, that should excite the audience. Watch for the posters, which will tell about the new entertainment for all ages. More horse classes will fill another void. Please mark your calendars for the derby, on the evening of August 25th, and the Fair on the 26th. More details will be coming.
Former residents Joan and Harvey Graham will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this Saturday, July 22nd, at the Blackstock Rec. Centre. It begins with a social time from 7 to 8 p.m. and a dance from 8 to 11:00 p.m. The Emily Creek Country Band will be playing.
Earle Trewin, and his brother-in-law Gord Bray, attended the auction of the world’s largest collection of Allis Chalmbers tractors, in Renfrew last week.
A group of 39 people came to play euchre on tuesday evening, at the church. Audrey Mahaffy came first, second was Wilma VanCamp, third was Audrey Geer, fourth was Elmo Gibson, and fifth was Ellen Gibson. There was a tie for low between Joan Sage and Peter Booth. The specials were won by Lorna Edgerton, Lawrence McLaughlin, Doug Day, and Audrey Mahaffy.
There will be more rain, I gather, earlier in the week, but I hope that will clear up. Best wishes to those I enumerated last week who had birthdays this week, and any who celebrated special occasions. Prayers and best wishes to Elaine Cox, who by now will have a better idea of a solution to her medical problem. I hope that she, Bob and Evelyn Cox-Meek are all progressing well.
Church Sunday was held at Sandford with Rick McKinley once more in the pulpit and Nancy Wolfe at the organ. There is a change this week as the service is at Zephyr with Phil Mannell in the pulpit. Nancy will once more bring special music.
Following service last week a short meeting of the search committee was held, and following that, secretary Joan Sine sent in the requested papers that spurred us on our way towards a new supply minister.
You may wonder why I may sound a little vague about some things, but that is because this is being written from Dawson City, Yukon where I'm enjoying a tour with Conrad and Lisa Boyce and 20 others, among whom are Grant and Rosemary Mustard. We will be home soon after you read this. We have visited many historic sites in Whitehorse; travelled the Yukon highway to Dawson and the Dempster, to a minute service centre called Eagle Plain; driven another 50 miles or so, to pop champagne in the Arctic Circle, under the midnight sun.
All of us would tell you that the most exciting thing was driving 2 hours along the Dempster through a forest fire that in many places was rushing towards the edge of the highway, sometimes on both sides of us. Fortunately we had a highly competent driver. At time it was impossible to see the road because of the smoke. We feared we might be stranded in Eagle Plain, but overnight it rained. This was the first time it rained since the snow melted! A definite blessing for the firefighters. The whole area is owned by the Gwich'en First Nations, but there is hardly a sign of habitation.
Many of us have relatives and friends in British Columbia who are now being evacuated as the fires are closing in on their homes. Let us all pray for their safety and well being.
Happy Anniversary wishes to Tanya and Brett Puckrin, on July 22th.
Howard and Teri Payne took Rick McAskill and Barb Martyn on a enjoyable Sunday cruise, in their 1938 original Nash, and stopped for a huge cone at Aunt Bees Country Store.
Happy 95th Birthday to Anne Marco of Seagrave now residing at the Villa. Her Seagrave granddaughter, Rachel, threw a surprise party. It was wonderful to see her grandchildren, great grandchildren, family, and friends. Ann, thank you for 95 years of being a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Frank and Eva Molnar were happy to help Anne celebrate this milestone.
Seagrave Church is closed for July. Services at Greenbank at 11:00 a.m.
August 4th, Greenbank United Church Beef BBQ. Come by for a wonderful dinner of BBQ beef on an open fire, with all the fixings, drinks, our world famous home made pies and desserts, and live entertainment. Take out is also available. When: August 4th, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Where: Greenbank United Church, 19991 Highway 12, Greenbank, ON, L0C 1B0. $20.00 per adult, $5.00 per child age 6 to 12, children under 5 get in free. Call John at 905-449-8608 for tickets or more information.
August 14th to 18th, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. VIBE Summer Camp Program for ages 4 to 12 years as of September 1st. Contact Betty Lou Beacock at 905-985-3595, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for a registration form or to volunteer. We are in need of Student Volunteers for High School Hours in particular.
If you wish to rent the basement for events, contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or email@example.com.
Check out our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
Submit your Seagrave news to Jean at 905-985-9921, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have reached the middle of July, and rainy days continue to deter farming activities, sports events, many outside activities, yet growth is keeping lawn keepers busy when the sun shines!
Don't miss touring Pearl Garden at 18 Pearl Dr., Greenbank with hosts Brian and Diane Jones, any day this week July 17th to 23rd, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day Lilies of many varieties, annuals and perennials are in abundance and beautiful to see.
Congratulations to Adam and Kendra Evans who became first time parents with the arrival of their twins, Norah Gracen and Silas Adam, who were born in Sarnia, June 9th. Grandparents Ruth and Ron Evans and Uncle Aaron of Greenbank, and great-grandparents Grace and Floyd Evans of Epsom, welcome these wee ones to their families.
Better health is wished for Jean Rodd, Stephanie Massey, and any others who are ill.
Come to a Cardmaking/Scrapbooking fundraising Day! Where: Greenbank Hall; Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Date: Saturday, July 29th. Please RSVP: Pam at 905-985-1550. Proceeds to Thickson Woods Land Trust, in honour of Dot Hooker's favourite hobbies of Cardmaking and Birdwatching.
For $20 there will be “Make and take” lunch. Commission on any “Stamp in Up” orders donated by Pam Kyiper. Old stamps will be available at great prices. Please bring your paper cutters, scissors, glue, tape, and any unfinished projects along for a day of fun with friends.
August 4th is the Greenbank United Church Community 42nd Beef Barbecue, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Take-outs are available. Tickets are $20 for adults, tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5, children under 6 get in free. Tickets are available now, from last year's sellers; or from Kim, who you can call at 905-985-2522 or from Rodd, who you can call at 905-985-8298.
August 14th to 18th VIBE camp is at the church, for children 4 to 12 years old. To register children, or to volunteer to help, please call or text Deb at 905-985-2090, or Mindy at 905-442-6228.
July 23rd, at 11 a.m., come worship at Greenbank United Church with Rev. R. Parker.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
We had a really good turnout of 39 people for our Thursday euchre party. Here are the evening's results: Jacky Attfield came in first. Barb Blue was second. Donna Sweetman came in third. Marilyn Trunks was fourth and Val Priebe was fifth. There was a tie for most lone hands between Lorna Edgerton and Jacky Attfield. Low score was won by Barb Brigley. Congratulations everyone and see you on Thursday.
Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall; everyone is welcome.
Blackstock & District Lions Club
With the Tractor Pull behind us, our Lions are preparing for our August activities: the food booth at the Musicians Corn Roast on August 20th, and the Blackstock Fair on August 26th. If you have some time to volunteer with us, for either of these activities, please contact Lion Eleanor at 905-697-4821, by early August so you can be included on our work roster.
The World Health Organization estimates that over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes. This is a growing world epidemic, which is expected to affect over 642 million by 2040. People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetes eye disease. It is the leading cause of new-onset blindness in many countries. All people with diabetes – both Type 1 and Type 2 – are at risk. That’s why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Diabetes can lead to other possible complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, leg amputation, and nerve damage. In pregnancy, poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk of fetal death and other complications.
With these statistics and concerns in mind, the Lions have taken action through the Diabetes program. Our work supports diabetes awareness, education, prevention, detection, control, and research. Lions work with local community partners and national diabetes associations to promote diabetes education and awareness throughout the year. We also commemorate World Diabetes Day, an annual campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation on November 14th. More details will follow in a future column.
The Pow Wow is this weekend, July 15th and 16th. Both days start with a Sunrise Ceremony. Those in attendance are welcome to the breakfast that follows. Women are asked to wear long skirts to the Ceremony. The Grand Entry is scheduled for 12 noon. The Pow Wow is an absolutely drug and alcohol free event, and no dogs are allowed. The event features drumming and dancing; and a wide array of vendors selling a assortment of items, including food vendors selling Indian tacos. Please bring your own chairs. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Pow Wow Grounds are located at 22521 Island Rd., 1km north of the Casino, watch for signs to direct you. Rough camping is available for those who wish to camp on site.
Also happening this weekend, at the other end of the Island, is the Dog Days of Summer Annual Event, being held at the Scugog Shores Museum. There will be all sorts of 'doggie things' to do and see.
The New Fill-up Fuels is opening on July 14th at 9 a.m. The new Tim Hortons on the Island, will open a week later. Anyone looking to apply for job at Tim Hortons can contact Alex at Careers@morningstarhospitality.ca by email, or 1-800-599-2086 ext 257, by phone.
Happy Birthdays this week go out to: Hayden McQuaid-Needham on the 12th. That's is all for this week. If anyone was missed, have a Happy Birthday!
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Brenda Jones along with some friends enjoyed a visit to Halifax where they enjoyed the “Royal Tattoo” on Canada Day. What a show!
Blackstock was a busy and noisy place on Friday and Saturday evenings, when the 42nd Truck and Tractor Pull took place. Large crowds gathered each night to enjoy the action. Unfortunately, showers interrupted the action twice on Friday, but the people returned and the action continued when the skies cleared.
In contrast, Saturday evening was clear and much cooler. Once again a large crowd enjoyed the action, which featured keen competition; whether it was trucks, tractors, or minis, everything went well without any mishaps. A great event.
Several from here enjoyed the strawberry supper, sponsored by the District Women's Institute, held in Port Perry. Dave Wotten from Purple Hill, provided the entertainment.
Winners at the card party were: George Koppens, who also had most lone hands; Alma Manns; Ivan McMillan; Doris Manns; Elmo Gibson; Hennie Povey and Doug Day, low. The specials were won by Donna Sweetman, Wilma Van Camp, Sherley Oldfield and Linda Carder.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
32 people came out for the euchre party last Thursday. Here are the evening's results: Judy Westall came in first, Heidi Kreig was second,
Norm Lackner came in third, Pat Currie and Hazel Coates tied for fourth place, Lorna Edgerton and Dianne Slute shared fifth place, Most lone hands was a tie between Norm Lackner and Judy Westall, and Carol Beatty had the low score. Congratulations everyone and see you on Thursday.
Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Blackstock & District Lions Club
Well, it was touch and go with the weather at the Tractor Pull this past Friday night, but we got it in before the deluge. Saturday was absolutely perfect weather. It’s always great to see friends and acquaintances at our food booth.
Happy Anniversary to Lion President John and Lion Connie Ashmore on July 5th, Lion Doug and Debbie Hudson on July 8th, Lion Carter and Donna Roberts on July 11th, and Lion Keith and Audrey Brown on July 18th. Happy birthday to Lion Al Brown on July 3th, Lion Brian Mountjoy on July 10th, Lion Doug Benns on July 23rd, and Lion President John Ashmore on July 30th.
What a difference a week of sun makes! Some of our farm friends and relatives were able to get some decent hay crops in, and some of the grain crops are seriously changing colour already. The grass in my garden sure knew it was time to get growing!
Lots of congratulations this week! First, to Megan and Hannah Risebrough on graduating from High School last week; next to Allan and Carolyn McGillvray who were among those who walked 150 kilometers and received their medals last Saturday evening. With a new granddaughter they should tally even more distance!
Congratulations to Les Smith who celebrated a birthday last week; Marilyn Dobie, Donna Kerry Ireland, who also retired end of term; and to Brad Buss and Sarah Best. Best wishes to all for a great upcoming year.
My sorority sisters were happy to have a special visitor with us Wednesday. Wilma (Homan) Bakalaar and husband John, were with friends in town and, as a former sister, Wilma joined with us for our Canada Day meeting.
Friday at the Foster saw a large appreciative crowd come to hear Marion Drexler and friends, and were not disappointed as they gave their usual stellar performance. Next week a new couple will entertain. Larry and Maura Gougen play country style and classical violin and sing, something they have done for years at street festivals. The following week Gary McLaughlin and friends return.
The Kite Festival was held at the Museum Saturday, and I am sure was a great success with the winds we had.
Rick McKinley once more conducted the joint service at Zephyr church Sunday morning, with Nancy Wolfe at the organ. Following the service there was a brief meeting, to confirm the members of the Search Committee, 4 from each congregation, as we begin the process of finding a new minister. Several other churches in the area are doing the same.
After church I spent an hour with Ev and Bob Meek. Bob spent a few days in Ottawa, having been driven there by David, and returned Friday with David and his daughter Carol. David has returned home, but Carol will stay awhile with them.
The Pine Grove church was full Sunday afternoon as friends and neighbours gathered to pay tribute to the life of Nell Laird, who passed away during the winter at age 104. The service was conducted by Elva Kerry assisted by Faye Ashton. Several people, including the mayor, paid tribute to her various endeavours, including her church work at Epsom and Utica, Hospital Auxillary, and many other community projects.
With the school closing for good, a few people have asked about what will happen on the property going forward. Will the old school building staying up due to it's historic stature, and who exactly will be deciding all this? I don't have any answers, but if any of you can shed some light on the issue, and email me any information, I will share it in a future column.
A big thank you to the W.I. members for the delicious salad supper this past Tuesday. The proceeds from this evening go to a 4H scholarship fund, to assist a student entering university. This year’s Holstein Twilight meeting, was held on Friday evening, at the Risebrough Farm on Durham Rd 30. There are two robots busy milking cows on the beautiful property.
Many neighbours, friends, and coworkers gathered at Pine Grove church on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Nell Lairds 104 years here with us. Memories were shared of her many talents and her years of volunteering in the Uxbridge community. Nell is, and will always be, missed.
Congratulations to all our college and university students who graduated and will be pursuing their chosen careers. We wish each one of you success as you enter the work force.
Here's to cold beer and hot sun for the rest of the summer. firstname.lastname@example.org.