Congratulations to the Durham West 4H youth who earned top overall county at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last week.
Thanks to the volunteer leaders who guide and encourage our youth throughout the year. The Epsom Girls journeyed through the snow storm on Friday for a lunch date at Wooden Sticks.
The Canadian Foodgrain committee is finding it difficult to nail down a time to harvest their corn crop. Hopefully, the weather will permit that to happen soon.
Remember the date for the community potluck supper on December 2nd at the Utica Hall. This is your invitation. The Church in Epsom holds services at 11 a.m. each Sunday. All are welcome.
Several of my friends have gone south already; did they know something the rest of us didn’t? They just missed the snow and the wild winds that finally succeeded in knocking most of the leaves off the trees.
This week, there were two more funerals added to the many listed on Low and Low's doorframe. Ken Moore’s celebration of life was held at the Sandford United Church on Tuesday. Reverend Elizabeth Cunningham was the officiating minister, with Nancy Wolfe at the organ. Three of his granddaughters gave their remem-brances. The reception took place at the Sandford Hall. There were many family and friends there, several of whom I had not seen for some time. As it often happens, very likely I will see them again Saturday, November 24th when the Celebration of Life for Ron Shier occurs at Udora Hall, at 1 p.m.
On Saturday afternoon the celebration of Life for Mabel Fletcher was held at Low and Low's. Mabel had lived all her life here except for the last few years when she moved to live with daughter Ilene and her husband Larry Kydd before transitioning to a nursing home. Mabel’s parents were Bill and Meredith Weir. Mabel married Bruce Fletcher, whose family farm was just a short distance north. They moved to Uxbridge in 1972 after selling the farm. I had only met Mabel a couple of times because she was a distant cousin through the Weir/Ashton family. I met a number of cousins, at the Celebration of Life for Mabel, who I hadn’t seen for ages or, in some cases, ever, even though they live close by.
On a happier note, congratulations to Bruce and Barb Harwood, who welcomed another great grandchild, Nash, son of Jeremy and Jessica Popadynec, and grandson of Karen and Jerry.
Another happy occasion this week happened in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 7th, where a number of Uxbridge personalities witnessed the unveiling of a painting of the Marquette of Col. Samuel Simpson Sharpe which was then hung up in the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings. This piece was created by Port Perry resident Tyler Briley, with this end in mind, but it seemed like it might never happen. Thanks to the persistence of Erin O’Toole, Jennifer O’Connell and other parliamentarians who set aside politics, to make it happen. Mayor Molloy, Mayor-Elect Barton, Regional Chair Gerri Lynn O’Conner, and Legion Representative Gloria Eng were in attendance along with several of the Sharpe family members.
Last Tuesday at noon, the Community Care luncheon was served. Following this, there was a short Remembrance Day service topped off by a presentation made by poppy chairperson, for the Legion branch 170, Gloria Eng who then presented a cheque for $5000.00 from the Poppy Campaign, for the Meals on Wheels Program. What a great donation. Later I discovered that the sum of $8250 had been given to the Hospital Association for the purchase of specified equipment. A big thanks to all who donated to the poppy fund this year and every year.
On Wednesday afternoon, Xi Epsilon Upsilon ladies met at the home of Betty Bignell. Guest speaker for the day was Gwen Layton, who informed us on her favourite topic, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Although I had heard it before, there is always some new gleaning and this was no different. Even ladies our age, who grew up with the Anne books, have much to learn as do all the researchers who continue to analyze her work.
The craft show at the arena was a huge affair with all sorts of wonderful Christmasy items to tantalize. It was nice to talk to several of the vendors about their items and learn a little about how they make them. One young man, in Grade 11, had made a 3D printing machine and had his own business. He was taking orders for items that people desired, and was designing them on the computer. That was out of my realm of comprehension.
On Sunday, because church was at 10 a.m., we had our own joint congregational service in Sandford, where it was somewhat warmer than it must have been at the corner of Brock and Toronto. Both our pipers were active in the Legion Pipes and Drums Band, so CDs supplied the music, featuring John McDermott and Roger Whittaker. A number of congregants from both churches took part in the readings. The service was prepared and led by Al Sopel and Joanie Sine.
Next Sunday the service will be held in Zephyr at 10 a.m. with Rick McKinley leading, All are welcome. The following week, on November 25th, Reverend Eiko is returning and will be at Sandford church.
On November 20th the Sandford Council will meet at 6 p.m., after which the Official Board will gather in Sandford for their meeting.
On Thursday, November 22nd the UCW will meet at 1 p.m. in the church. The guest speaker will be Bev Northeast, who will speak about the Salvation Army, and the work it does in the community, which is a pet topic of hers. All are invited to attend.
On Monday, November 26th the UCW Presbyterial will meet in the Stouffville United Church. For members from Sandford, Zephyr, Goodwood, Epsom and Uxbridge, it will be the final meeting of the Living Waters Presbytery. In January, we will be transferred to Bay of Quinte as the new changes in structure occur.
There are several events coming up for which to mark your calendars. On December 8th, the Stouffville Group “Bach to Blues” will host their Christmas concert, highlighting their songs of the last 19 years. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Please note that on May 2nd , 2019 this choir will perform a fund raising concert for Sandford that afternoon. Hope you have your 2019 calendar handy. On December 10th, you are invited to hear the music students of Katie (Wilson) Bottomly, during their recital, held at the Sandford Church at 6:30 p.m. The Messiah will be performed on December 17th and 18th.
The cloudy days of November have been brightened by Friday's snow that stayed over the weekend. There is more to come, in the forecast, and its too early for some of us to get all the leaves off our lawns.
Remembrance Day Service at the school was held on Friday, November 9th . Each class contributed to this time of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who served, 100 years ago, to bring Peace through tremendous sacrifices. The readings, the peace posters, music, and digital war presentations were so well presented by the students with the teachers' leadership. These children will remember.
This week, the report cards go home, to be followed by parent interviews on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Friday is a P. A. Day for both elementary and secondary schools in our area.
Saturday, November 17th, at the Greenbank Hall, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., there is an indoor sale of quality Christmas items along with many other miscellaneous items. Free admission.
Euchre is at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbank Hall, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, and every Friday each month.
November 18th , Mt. Zion is holding its annual turkey supper, with 2 seatings, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, children 12 and under are $5. For tickets please call (905) 649-5200. The church is located at the 8th Concession and Salem Rd. Their email address is :
www.greenwood-mtzionunitedchurches.ca, (South of Balsam).
The Sunderland Lions Theatre production of Mary Poppins is at the Sunderland Town Hall on the following dates: Friday November 16th, 7:30 p.m., Saturday November 17th at 2 p.m., Sunday November 18th, at 2 p.m.
November 14th , The Greenbank Evening Unit U.C.W. meets at the church. Everyone welcome.
November 24th is Christmas Card and Tag Make - IV- Take Day at Greenbank United Church. Contact Juli at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (905) 985-2006.
The Mission Team for Guatemala, April 2019, continues to collect shoes (any size up to Men's size 8), school supplies, hotel-sized shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, belts, hats.
On November 30th, December 2nd and December 7th at 7 p.m., the Greenbank Black Light Puppeteers will present their annual performance. The Sunday School children's concert is prior to the December 7th event. Come and enjoy.
December 15th , There is a Christmas Concert with Naomi Bristow, award winning country singer and yodeller, at 7 p.m. Admission by donation at the door. Proceeds go to GUC Accessibility Fund. For info, contact (905) 985-4504 or (905) 985-2090 or www.greenbankchurch.com.
Happy Birthday to Danica Fraser on Friday, November 16th . She will be 10 years old.
The greeters at the Greenbank United Church on Remembrance Day Sunday were Rod, Marita and Adrianna Parsons. The parade of flag bearer were Wilma Smith, the Sunday School children and teachers Leslie and Holly who began the service. The Christ Candle was lit by Avery and Edie C. Minister Stephanie talked with the children about Poppies, Remembrance, and the widow's gift of 2 coins (Scripture). The choral anthem “For the Fallen” was so meaningfully sung and accompanied. The Mission Minute with Marita P. told of the hope of the people of Gaza as they rebuild their territory. Scriptures were read by Doug Ferris. Guest Sierra Frew, first year student at Trent University,
Guest Sierra Frew, first year student at Trent University, took us on a digital presentation of her Grade 11 trip to Vimy Ridge, culminating with finding the resting place of her great great great uncle at Hill 62, where he was buried. A Remembrance Day video “Standing Strong and True” concluded the message time. At sunset the Bells tolled 100 times at the Greenbank Church as people gathered in remembrance and thankfulness for the peace we have, and for the many who have served and sacrificed over the years, and continue to serve. “We will remember them”.
Shona Stone's rendition of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes concluded this special time, on that chilly evening, which was followed by a warming up time indoors with coffee.
Food bank items are gratefully accepted throughout November and December at the Greenbank Church.
The 2018 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) took place November 2nd through 11th. Congratulations go out to several Blackstock area family farms, who came home with some truly impressive winnings and accomplishments.
Jeff and Denise Byers of Murray Hill Farms are fifth generation farmers and only moved back to the home farm earlier this year in May. They did astoundingly well considering it was their first time showing as breeders of Limousin Cattle. Their Sr. Yearling Heifer and Sr. Heifer Calf both came first in their heat although they did not make it to the finals. But they won “Champion Jr. Bull Yearling Calf,” which was immensely competitive with their calf being the youngest in its class.
Holli and Brian Lee of Hollee Limousin Cattle won “Jr. Champion Bull Calf,“ Reserve Champion Sr. Female,” and the most remarkable being the “Premiere Breeder Award” for the first time at the largest Limousin show in Canada.
Dave and Jeff Kemp of Kemp Brother Farms and their Angus Cattle won “Jr. Division Champion Calf-Reserve,” “Sr. Division Champion Yearling Female,” “Sr. Champion Female Reserve,” and again the highlight being “Premiere Breeder Award.”
Ryan and Allison Nesbitt of Cedardale Farms and their Charolais Cattle won the first place “Top Breeders Herd/Michael Tupling Memorial Award,” first place “Get of Sire/Genex Award,” and first place “Pair of Bulls.”
Save the date: The Blackstock Co-op Nursery School’s (BCNS) Annual Breakfast with Santa & Friends returns on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Blackstock Recreation Centre.
The morning will include a pancake breakfast for all ages, a children’s colouring and letters to Santa table, and an opportunity to have photos taken with Santa himself.
The book and bake sale returns along with the always popular silent auction. A variety of exciting items are available to bid on including overnight accommodations at The Fairmont Royal York, St. Anne’s Spa m, Nestleton Waters Inn, and Great Wolf Lodge. In addition, there are several local businesses and vendors that have donated a variety of products and services, including a three-month membership to Kalsamrit Martial Arts Gym in Port Perry and two lift tickets to Brimacombe Ski Hill just to name a few.
Prices are $5 for an Elf Plate and $10 for a Santa Plate.
This is the largest annual fundraiser for the Blackstock Co-op Nursery School, a non-profit organization committed to providing a positive learning experience for children in the Blackstock and surrounding area.
No reservations necessary. Pay at the door. Non-perishable food donations for Operation Scugog will be accepted at the door.
For more information, please call: (905) 986-4585, or email: email@example.com. Visit BCNS’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2197216180553884/?ti=ia.
On this 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, we need to thank all those soldiers who fought to keep our country free.
It looks like winter is coming earlier this year. It is a beautiful sight to see those big snowflakes falling, but I'm not ready to get the shovels out yet.
John DeBono sends heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who made the annual turkey supper a very successful event. After a successful but challenging event in 2017, we re-organized, re-vamped and made significant changes for 2018. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and donated sweets, pies, puddings, and preserves for the supper and the bazaar. Also thank-you to all who cooked the food, made the dressing and the coleslaw, and thanks to the waitresses who did the serving.
Happy Birthday to Joan Lee, our music director, whose birthday is on November 14th.
On November 11th , the service at Seagrave United Church was somber and meaningful. The choir sang three WWI songs. A video was shown entitled “Standing Strong and True,” which is a benefit song written for 2018 to salute our heroes. The guest speaker was Sierra Frew, who is currently a first year student at Trent University. In 2017 she visited Vimy Ridge in France with other Port Perry High School students. She also visited England, Ypres, the Belgium memorial, The Expo, Hill 62, Amsterdam, attended a Remembrance Day service and the Tyne Cot Cemetery. She was delighted to have found the gravesite of her great, great, great uncle, W. R. Mitchell. She was thankful to have had this experience and learned so very much. The greeters this week were Jane Pettinger and Verna Gagnon, and they distributed Canadian flag lapel pins. Jonathon Feyen lit the Christ Candle and John DeBono was the scripture reader. A poem written by Monika Martyn entitled November was printed in an insert in the bulletin.
The bells tolled 100 times at the Greenbank United Church at sunset at 4.53 p.m. as did the rest of the country in memory of all the veterans, families and animals that gave the supreme sacrifice. Many stood in solidarity to honour the 100th Anniversary of Armistice. The event concluded with Shona Stone playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. We are grateful and thankful for their sacrifice. Freedom is never free. We wish peace to one and all. We will never forget.
November 16th at 7.30 p.m., there will be a Live Talent Auction at the Prince Albert United Church.
November 22nd at 7 p.m. is the “Let’s Talk About it” event.
November 23rd from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. and November 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live and Silent Charity Auction at St. Andrews United Church in Sunderland. Auctioneer Carl Phoenix.
November 25th at 9:15 a.m. is the Dedication of the Communion Tablecloth graciously made and donated by Darlene Hallett. Also, the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes will be blessed. The boxes will be delivered to Woodstock, Ontario on December 4th.
November 25th at 7:00 p.m. is a Healing Service with Minister Stephanie Richmond.
November 26th at 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop at Bethany United Church, 3 George St., Bethany. Lunch and workbook provided. Cost $45.00. Contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (705) 957-2545 to register by November 17th.
If you wish to rent the hall, call Rick at (905) 985-8383 or email@example.com. If you have an item for this column, call Jean at (905) 985-9921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Epsom/Utica roast beef supper is Friday November 2nd, at the Utica Hall. There will be continuous serving from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost for adults is $20.00, and for youth ages 6 -12, it is $10.00. For children 5 and under, the admission is free. We are hoping snow will not fall that evening. I apologize for giving the wrong information two weeks ago. The Epsom subdivision go-ahead was passed two years ago, but it's unlikely any shovel will be in the ground any time soon. The fall trees have finally burst into full colour, but that blanket of snow on Saturday evening reaffirmed that winter is close. Please send your news items to: email@example.com or call (905) 852-5389.
Here are Thursday night's euchre results. Roy Bradburn and Dawn McCombe were the winners of our "Redneck" costume contest. 43 people showed up to enjoy our club's pizza night and to play cards. Barb Blue came in first. Val Preibe finished in second place. Jim Beatty came in third. Norm Lackner and Shirley Oldfield tied for fourth place. Doreen Sheehey rounded out the top five in fifth place. Bill Churchill had the most lone hands. Bryan Allemang had the low score. Brigitte Moase won the bonus number. Congratulations to all of our winners, and we look forward to seeing 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 Cartwright Lions Club
What a night we had this past Saturday at our dance. It was a fun night with about 125 people enjoying the music, the food, and the camaraderie. The Steve Waters Cartwright Boundary Band was a hit and Strack's Smokin' Grill was enjoyed by all. Our Lions will be able to support Oak Ridges Hospice in Port Perry with the proceeds. Thank-you to the many Lions and friends of Lions who made it all happen. Watch for information about our dance plans for March, 2019.
Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday this year. Our annual service will be held at the Blackstock Recreation Centre, 3440 Church St., at 10:30 a.m., with a short walk to the Cenotaph for 11 a.m. Our Lions invite you to return from the Cenotaph to the hall for lunch, which we provide every year.
World Diabetes Day falls on Wednesday, November 14th. In honour of that day, and in support of the blood sugar screening programs all around the world, our Lions are partnering with Wellness Shield that afternoon. Farzad "Francis" Valadkhani will be setting up to receive clients that afternoon, and will do some screening. Watch for further details, but mark it on your calendar for now.
On Monday, November 5th, at 7 p.m., Ian Mckechnie will be at the Greenbank Hall giving a talk about the book “Nursing Sisters”. This is a part of a series of “Remembrance – 100 years” events.
An early snowfall Saturday evening made the ground white on Sunday. Hopefully, on October 31st, it will be good for the trick and treaters. Be sure and drop by the church where Doug W. and friends will be handing out goodies. Be careful as you cross the streets, (both young and older) as cars travel fast.
Reminder- the clocks go back one hour on November 4th, which is next weekend.
Seagrave's Turkey Supper is on November 7th, with sittings at 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 – 12, and admission is free for children under 5. Take-outs are offered too. For tickets, contact Ken and Eleanor Sturman at (905) 985-7778.
Happy birthday wishes go to Mary Drewery, who will be 90 years old on October 26th. Enjoy a great milestone.
November 1st at 10:45 a.m., members of both congregations are invited to meet with the Conference Assessment Board who will be interviewing Minister Stephanie, (a part of student ministry), and who welcome views of the people. The meetings at the Greenbank Church are on Thursday mornings. Meditation resumes November 8th, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The Greenbank Mission Team continues to collect hotel size shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, hats, and belts which may be dropped off at the church on Thursdays, at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Items can be dropped off on Sundays as well.
The Mission Team is holding a Christmas Card and Tag Make-N-Take Day, on November 24th, at the Greenbank Church. For more information, or to get involved supporting the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (905) 985-2006.
November 7th, Fidelis Unit U.C.W. will meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. Please bring household or personal items for “A Place Called Home” in Lindsay. All are welcome to the Fidelis monthly meetings.
November 14th, at 7 p.m., the Evening U.C.W. meets at the church. Everyone welcome.
November 11th is the 100th Anniversary of Armstice Day and the Remembrance Day Service, with guest speaker Sierra Frew of Nestleton, bringing a powerpoint presentation of her trip to Vimy Ridge.
Food Bank items will be welcomed each Sunday through November and December. As many as 200 clients depend on a lift up with donations, especially during winter.
To the families of Debbie Ward, Larry and Carter, and Debbie's sisters Laurie and Sandy, we send sincere sympathy with the passing of their mother Audrey E. Murdock of Port Perry, on October 23rd. A celebration of her life of 90 years was held at the Greenbank United Church, on Saturday, October 27th, at 11:30 a.m. with the visitation prior to the service. It was a lovely tribute to a remarkable lady.
Greeters on Reformation Sunday were Kim and Jim Thomson. Danica Fraser lit the Christ Candle with Stephanie. Scriptures were read by Doug Watson. Music ministry by the choir was Open the Eyes of my Heart, with guitar accompaniment by Wm. Doug Watson and it was lovely. Marita Parsons spoke of the Aboriginal People living off Reserves, with specific reference to the Toronto Urban Indigenous Ministry which receives from Mission and Service givings. The Sunday School children (13) were already wearing their special costumes on Sunday, as were teachers Holly and Leslie, and Minister “Minnie Mouse” Stephanie, bringing smiles from everyone as they gathered for children's time. A story was told to the children about a boy and his lack of football shoes, which encouraged everyone to be kind to others, and to be a friend. The tinkle of ukuleles was heard from the lower hall during the Sunday School time. All children are invited to join the Sunday morning's activities and worship with two great leaders and busy working “moms”, Holly Smith and Leslie Martins. Stephanie's message was an assurance that all people are God's children, and are loved; that love leads to justice and harmony with mankind in troubled times.
Congratulations to Denise Bell who was given the Volunteer of Distinction Award by the Durham School Board in Oshawa last Thursday, October 25th.. Denise has willingly, and most capably, provided a music program and leadership at both the Greenbank and S. A. Cawker Public Schools for many years, and is a most deserving recipient of the Award!
Last week's spaghetti lunch was enjoyed by the Greenbank P.S. students, with thanks going out to noon hour volunteer, Mrs. Calder, who paid a portion of the cost. On Wednesday, there was a costume parade and lots of fun stuff was prepared.
The Walking Program at the Blackstock Recreation Centre is starting up again on November 5th.
It will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each week until April 2019.
The Blackstock Co-op Nursery School (BCNS) is hosting a fundraiser called Mindful Flowyoga Night with Bobbi Reid,on Wednesday, November 14th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Blackstock Recreation Centre. All levels are welcome. Admission per person for the one hour class is a $10 - $15 sliding scale with all proceeds to benefit the nonprofit school. Registration is recommended. Please contact BCNS at: (905) 986-4585 or by email at this address: email@example.com. Visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/872666496190275/?ti=icl.
Reaching Out Yoga meets in the Blackstock United Church on Church Street. Monday evening classes are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday morning classes are from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. On the second and fourth Saturday of each month classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pay as you go for $10 per one hour class on Mondays and Wednesdays and $15 per 90 minute class on Saturdays. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call (905) 986-5952. Zumba classes meet in the Blackstock United Church. Zumba Gold for seniors is on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pay as you go with $5.00 per one hour class. Regular Zumba is Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. -8 p.m. Pay as you go $10 per one hour class. All ages welcome. For more information, please call (905) 986-5068.
This week’s Euchre winners are as follows: Doris Manns finished in first place, Elmo Gibson came in second place, George Koppens came in third, Doug Day was fourth and also had the most lone hands, and John Kay finished in fifth place. Doreen Sheehey and Don Trunks tied for the mid score. The Blackstock Euchre Club meets every Tuesday evening in the Blackstock United Church Hall (except holidays). Play starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp, and everyone is welcome.
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