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.
With 2 days of record heat behind us and a week of unseasonably cold ahead, you better get ready for a cold winter ahead. What a terrible thought! However, the autumn colours are better than usual this year, but if you haven’t seen them this week, they will be past their peak by the coming weekend. Many trees are already bare and losing their summer cloaks quickly. Scout’s motto, “Be Prepared!”
A couple of goofs last week! First, the Jazz and Blues Concert was not on October 7th, but on October 14th, and it was a wonderful concert, with a goodly attendance of about 80 people. The music was terrific even though one group, Django Djunkies, had to cancel due to illness.
Bill Morrison headlined the performance with a number of Blues songs, accompanied by a couple of very different guitars. Next, two members of the group Northern Latitude, Scot Benson and Susan Sheard, played with a different style. They serenaded; he on guitar, and she on the vocals with a haunting flute.
Garth Dynes was the last act; I have always admired those who can play guitar while either singing or playing the harmonica at the same time. That takes concentration! Bill Morrison accompanied him on several songs, and they made a very complementary team.
The last event at the Foster Memorial for the year will be on November 18th, at 1:30 p.m., when “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be performed. Please mark your calendars and join us for an early start to the season.
The second mistake was that Gwen Layton will indeed be speaking about Lucy Maud Montgomery at the Uxbridge Scott Historical Society on October 17th, but it will be about Lucy Maud Montgomery's involvement in activities surrounding World War 1 (WW1). Maud was deeply involved in things such as the Red Cross. The meeting will be held at the school house, Uxbridge Scott Museum, at 7:00 p.m. Admission by donation.
Several congratulations to be given this week! Gordon and Susan Weatherup celebrated their 25th anniversary. Mr. And Mrs. Grant Smith celebrated their 66th anniversary. Happy birthday goes out to Lynn Rhodes Campbell, and Nan Hill. I learned that Grant Hill is now a resident of the nursing home in Beaverton, a neighbour to George Kydd. Best wishes to all of them.
Next Saturday another very active lady, Muriel Tassie, will celebrate her 90th birthday at the Greenbank Church, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rather than gifts, please contribute to the fund for a lift at the church. Muriel is also an active member of the Uxbridge Horticultural Society, and she is found each month greeting members and handing out tickets.
Best wishes go out to Alicia Moore and her new husband Jeffrey Nesker who were married in Toronto last Sunday. Present were her grandparents Bruce and Barb Harwood, as well as her brother George and his wife Jenelle from Okotokes, Alberta. Alicia's Uncle Steve and Aunt Sandra, from Georgia, also attended. Many other friends and family were also present. Married on October 13th were Cindy Risebrough and Amanda Van der Gulick.
Congratulations also to the junior boys of Scott Central Public School, who came home with a GOLD in soccer on Saturday afternoon. Way to play boys!
The Sandford Hall was the site for the Central Ontario Women’s Institute meeting last Thursday, October 11th . Women came from Dufferin - Peel, York Region , Durham Region and Kawartha Lakes. Sadly, there are few such groups in our area now. The Sandford WI folded a few years ago, and Zephyr before them. Unfortunately, the speaker who was to speak on Lymes disease was ill, but information was shared about this increasing risk. Joyce Kelly is currently the President. Her grandson, Graham, is a member of the National Rowing Team and spoke of his experiences on the way to Canadian Nationals at Burnaby in November and to the Olympics in Japan.
Barb Weese informed me that the WI had contributed funds to the WI in Dunrobin, scene of the recent Tornado, to be used for assistance to families. In the terrible fires of Fort McMurray, money was also contributed through WI to assist in the many problems just now emerging in mental health, physical health and other longer term results of the catastrophic event in the lives of children and adults.
Please remember the all-day Lucy Maud Montgomery Day to be held October 27th at the Leaskdale Historic Church, including lunch if you wish. See the website or facebook page for details, and how to sign up, if you did not get a letter of notification.
On Sunday October 14th, there was a wonderful service at the Sandford church as we celebrated 167 years of involvement in the community, first known as Salem. Although the present church was opened in 1899 the planning started in 1898, 120 years ago.
Reverend Eiko conducted the worship while local boy Reverend Jim Hackner delivered a rousing message about breathing life into bare bones, which is what we often feel like. The welcome was given by Earle Lockerby, who recently arrived, with his wife, from their summer trip in PEI. (Unfortunately, his wife Heidi had a fall while they were away, and they discovered there was a fracture). Nancy Wolfe accompanied Melinda Delorme on the organ. Melinda and her husband Darrel Sultana had composed a special, and very beautiful, “Celebrate Anniversary Praise” song, which they delivered; Darrel on the guitar and voice, and Melinda with the ukulele and her own beautiful voice.
Next week in Zephyr, the congregation will celebrate their church anniversary at 11:00 a.m. Our former Minister Reverend Diane Bennett-Jones will conduct the worship. All are invited.
As the charge is only paying our minister ¾ time, Reverend Eiko will be on leave from October 15th, to November. She will be returning to Japan, and living and working in her home town. In the meantime the churches will gather together jointly and alternatively.
Don’t forget our Gala on Thursday, October 18th, at 7:30 p.m. Linda Dempster is a folk singer who will sing and play guitar, although she plays other instruments. Her career has been varied and illustrious. Finally, Carol Kingsley and Fred Tierney came to us from Port Perry playing banjo and ukulele, and singing, and making jokes. Last year they kept the audience in stitches. We welcome them back, and you. Tickets are $20.
“Happy Thanksgiving” to everyone, not only on the past weekend but every day! When you really look at what other countries, and even many in our own country, have, or don’t have rather, we are truly fortunate.
Although I am out on the roads several times during the week it was only last Friday, when I was a passenger, that I noted how much colour our trees and shrubs have taken on. In spite of the cold and rain they are quite beautiful, and if by chance a stray ray of sun hits them, it is wonderful. Hopefully we will get a few sunny days to enjoy the view!
Last Tuesday, October 2nd , the monthly Community Care luncheon was served to a goodly crowd. The birthday song was sung to quite a few whose birthdays fall this month, among whom was our own Annabell Jones. Happy birthday to Annabell from all of us!
Last Wednesday evening, October 3rd, most of our sorority ladies met at Scrambles to enjoy a supper. The supper music was provided by quite a good singer, whose repertoire was quite varied.
On Thursday morning, October 4th, there was a large crowd gathered at Low and Low to pay tribute to Don Gibson. Don was a man of many and great talents as his obituary outlined, which was, out of necessity, shorter than it could have been no doubt. His son, Carol’s daughter and granddaughter gave moving and, at times, quite funny eulogies. We will surely miss him.
On Friday morning, October 5th, I travelled to Hanover, with my sister Faye and my Brother-in law Keith, to visit with brother Jerry and family. The weather was much like it was here so most of the 2 days were spent inside. Sun only shone briefly on our way back home.
Happy 15th anniversary goes out to Geoff Carpentier, a superb naturalist, and his wife Kim Lendvay. Also celebrating an anniversary were David and LeeAnn Ball- Happy 22nd kids!
Our sympathies go out to Jill Mustard and her family on the passing of her father Len Stroud. These last couple of months must have set some sort of record in numbers of people passing from our sight. Sympathies also go out to our former Minister Reverend Diane Bennett-Jones on the death of her mother following an extended illness.
If you have driven though Sandford the last few days you will have noticed the hall yards filled with large trucks and trailers. Apparently another movie is being filmed, to be entitled “Working Women” that is supposed to be funnier than Schitt's Creek. That, of course, remains to be seen! This area seems to be getting quite an exposure in the film industry but I doubt the true venue or location of where the film is shot is ever listed.
Bruce and Barb Harwood attended the wedding of their granddaughter, Alicia, in Toronto on Sunday October 7th. Al and Jean Sopel were also wedding guests. Their son Scott has just returned from an exciting 18 day trip to Australia and New Zealand. Cor and Jenny Van Maurik celebrated Thanksgiving with their daughter and other family members near Orillia.
Next Sunday afternoon, October 7th, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a Jazz and Blues Concert at the Foster Memorial. Several of the performers have been there before and have been greatly enjoyed. Performances will be provided by: Django Djunkies (gypsy jazz), Garth Dynes (traditional acoustic blues), North Of Seven (Jazz ensemble), and David Morrison (Blues). Admission is by donation, as usual. Please be generous as these donation go towards the maintenance of the building, which needs a lot of care!
On October 17th , at 7 p.m., at the Uxbridge Scott Museum, the Historical Society will host an evening event. Gwen Layton will talk about Lucy Maud Montgomery's life during WW2. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote a lot about her feelings, and what happened to the soldiers, from the Uxbridge area, during that time period. Admission by donation!
On October 26th and 27th , the Museum will host their 6th annual Fright Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Be prepared to walk through the Haunted Village. Admission is $3.00. Remember to dress for the weather.
Also on the 27th of October, the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society will host a full day seminar, with papers presented, about Lucy Maud Montgomery at home. Cost for the day is $50. Please note that you are not required to stay for the whole day, or to stay for the lunch that will be served. For more information about registering, go their website at: lucymaudmontgomery.ca
At church on Sunday October 7th, we celebrated Thanksgiving and 'World Wide Communion Sunday'. The churches were decorated for fall. At the Sandford United Church, we brought items to be donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, but since several people were away, the time period for donations has been extended to next Sunday as well.
Next Sunday, October 14th is Sandford’s 120th /167th Anniversary, meaning the congregation has been in existence since 1851 when the first Methodist Church was build down the fourth close to the present cemetery. After the second church in that locale was burned, a new brick church was built in 1898 at the present site, so we celebrate both dates. Reverend Jim Hackner will be the guest minister although Reverend Eiko will conduct the service. Melinda has organized some special music, and a lunch and fellowship will follow the service. All are cordially invited to join with us.
On Thursday evening, October 18th , Sandford’s 15th Annual Music Gala will be held. There is a great line-up of musicians for the evening. Tickets are $20, and children under 12 have free admission. A snack is included. For reservations email: email@example.com. Our own Robyn Ottolini will start off the evening. Robyn has been composing and singing her own songs for a number of years now and has done well on the local music scene. Also Bill Richardson, another one of our church members, will perform on his harmonica- a special instrument. Bill is also fluent on the bagpipes, and is a member of the Uxbridge Legion Pipe and Drum Band. The third act for the first half of the Gala is Mike Burns who has an extensive CV ranging from leading a group of musicians, to performing at many restaurants and other venues, has also been on the radio, and has performed at the Foster Memorial for a number of years.
When they aren’t gleaning from someone’s grain field, calling their plaintive cries, the geese are practicing their flying. I had a monster flock of grackles on my lawn, bigger than I have ever seen before. Usually it’s startling but not this time, although there were a few of them in winter dress as well. They’re stocking up for their flight down south too, I suppose, but thank goodness they didn’t go for the feeders!
This coming week promises little sun and much rain, which we need, but it probably mirrors the way many people feel since in the last couple of weeks there have been so many deaths.
Saturday was the funeral for Donnie Goldstone, or “Goldie”, as he was known to most people since his school days. I always remember his dad Chris, who drove a stock truck and picked up our cattle beasts. Often he came early in the morning to give us a ride to school, joking and telling stories the whole time. It seems that Don had a lot of his dad’s ways about him, but drove a different type of truck for a living. His wife Catherine (nee Rusnell) had a very bad time of it as her brother Carl passed away in November, and then her sister Grace (Medd) in May, and now her husband. We extend our sympathies to her and to her children, and all the extended family on both sides.
Late Sunday afternoon the Celebration of Life occurred for Beverly MacKenzie. Bev was a former sorority sister of mine. She was a career nurse and spent most of her life caring for others, ending her profession at the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. Later she worked for a few years as a cashier at Zehrs. She loved to travel and she loved volleyball and many other things, but was robbed of her joys in later life. Her good friend Jo Erikson and her daughter Robyn gave moving eulogies.
Earlier this week our communities were saddened by the death of Don Gibson. Don was a wonderful man; full of tales of a very interesting life, and who had a great sense of humour. Our marvelous pianist Carol is his wife, and he was her biggest fan. They had just recently moved into Uxbridge, but sadly Don spent most of those last months in hospital. His visitation is Wednesday October 3rd, 2 - 4 p.m., 7 - 9 p.m., and the service is at 2 p.m. on Thursday October 4th. Our deepest sympathies go to Carol and Don’s families.
Sympathies also go to the Acton family on the passing of Mary Smith Acton, wife of the late Bruce. They have 3 daughters, 6 children and 8 granddaughters. Sympathy also goes to my friend Isabelle Smith whose husband Mel was one of Mary’s 3 brothers, whom are now all deceased. As well, she had 3 sisters, with only that still remains.
Word has also just come about the sudden and shocking passing of the towns Chief Librarian, Alexandra Hartman, which is quite unexpected because of her young age. Our deepest condolences to her family and to all those affected!
There are some happier events. Grace Risebrough, Dawson Ball, Jean Sopel and Cor Van Maurik celebrated one more year of life this past week. Happy birthday was sung to Jean and Cor during church this morning in Sandford. Congratulations to Ron and Ellen Smalley who celebrate 33 years of wedded bliss!
On September 23rd, Barb and Bruce Harwood attended a bridal shower brunch for their granddaughter Alicia Moore who will be married this weekend. Congratulations to all of them. Not only that but they became great-grandparents for the 6th time as grandson Jeremy and wife Shari-lyn welcomed their second child, Cecilia.
This past Friday was the final regular concert at the Foster Memorial and what a night it was, with Mike Burns, and his friends Andrew Heathcote, Jonathon Ison and Bruce Bamford. The whole evening was a lively event with lots of toe tapping and even some dancing in the aisle. You missed a good one! They will be back next year!
However, on Sunday, October 14th at 1:30 p.m. you have a chance to hear some more wonderful music at the Jazz and Blues concert with Django Djunkies, Garth Dynes , North of Seven and David Morrison; a fantastic line-up!
Church at Sandford and Zephyr this week was at the regular times. Reverend Eiko’s message was entitled “Salt and Fire”. As usual Melinda sang a beautiful song for meditation, and the M&S message was about a shelter in Oshawa.
Next Sunday is Thanksgiving and in Sandford we are asking everyone to bring along gifts of food or cash which will go to the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Uxbridge. The need just keeps increasing!
The following Sunday, October 14th is Sandford’s 167/120 Anniversary with Reverend Jim Hackner as the special guest speaker. On Thursday, October 18th we are holding our annual Musical Gala with 5 great artists performing for us. Tickets are $20 for adults, and children under 12 can have free admission. Snacks to follow! Zephyr will hold their church anniversary on Oct. 21 with guest Minister Reverend Diane Bennett-Jones conducting the service.
On Sunday afternoon the Pine Grove Harvest service was lovely, and the church was beautifully decorated. David and Pauline Streeter gifted us with their own special brand of gospel music accompanied by David’s autoharp. As always Helen Johnson conducted the service, but Reverend Tim Dayfoot delivered the message.
Orange Shirt Day was celebrated in Uxbridge with most events taking part at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. According to those who were there, the supper was excellent and the evening talk was most informative. Honourable Jane Philpot, Minister of Indigenous Affairs spoke about the work being done to assist our native communities and spoke about many of the things that are underway to address multiple problems. One thing she said early in her talk was that in Manitoba, 11,000 children were taken from their homes into care and 10,000 of those are indigenous children! Shocking! If a 15 year old native girl has a child it is automatically taken away, as is any subsequent child!
The second speaker was Matthew Stevens, appointed to a new position with the Mississauga Scugog IslandFirst Nations as their Cultural Co-ordinator. He explained his role in educating both his own people and others.
We've had another week of uncertain weather, reaching the 30s once more but instead of the snow they have in Alberta and other places; not to mention the tornadoes and floods in the Carolinas, and other areas of the world where the usual situations happen, but with greater impact then previously. Of course, the weather has always fluctuated, and there have been hot centuries and ice ages, but that's not to say there's nothing we can do to alleviate some of the distress, and help curtail further problems. We all have to pitch in and do our share with conservation, recycling, and lessening our consumerism.
A couple of clarifications on last week’s news: it should have read 'Ralph and Marilyn (Dixon) Cox' who visited, and, 'although many of the calves at the fair were, several of them were also balky', as in not wanting to do what their trainers wanted from them.
This week a number of people have noted that their hummingbirds have disappeared; right on time really, as they usually take off about mid-September. The ones we see later are ones migrating from further north. After the cold of last weekend, all the birds were mobbing the feeders, but that tapered off severely by Wednesday.
More cuts of hay are being taken in, and it sure looks like a great harvest, making up for the earlier ones. The soy beans and corn are getting yellow, and the corn has revived from what it looked like a couple of months ago. I read, in northern Alberta, many of the crops, just ready for harvesting, were flattened by the snow, and thousands of dollars will be lost or spent using special machinery to cut this downed crop. We're so lucky.
Birthday wishes go out to Al Sopel, whose birthday was last week. His son Scott took him out for a celebration, after Scott had taken part in a 15K run. Scott leaves for an extended vacation to New Zealand and Australia this week, where he will be meeting up with a room-mate already there.
Best wishes to former owner of my farm, Alex Lubinsky, Mike Risebrough, and Tanis Pottege-Smith; and to my granddaughter Sarah Clarke –Groh, who has reached the quarter century mark already. Where does the time go?
Congratulations to Erin Blackstock, who was invited to sing the National Anthem at the OHL game Sunday evening, between Oshawa Generals and Peterborough Pete’s. She was ecstatic.
A big congratulations to Tish McDonald for winning the Governor General’s Award for Volunteerism! This lady has gone above and beyond in her efforts to bring her students and veterans together, and hopefully her work will be carried on by those same students in years to come.
Thursday was the Celebration of life for Ruth Harten-Dick. Ruth lived most of her life here in Sandford, and was the heart and soul of the church and its groups for many years. Rev. Constable did the service at Low and Low's Funeral Home, and her son Gordon gave a beautiful eulogy. The reception was held in the Sandford Hall, following internment at Sandford Cemetery. Although she has been away from Sandford for a number of years, we will always remember her fondly.
This weekend was jam-packed with activities once more – A Celebration of the Arts tour, corn-roast, and sale on Brock St., the Terry Fox run, and several other events. As usual, I attended the Art on the Fringe event held at the Uxbridge Scott Museum grounds. There were many more vendors and they were spread out around the gazebo, most with tents, and it looked quite lovely. I am always amazed at the variety of crafts and art work people come up with; they are so talented, whether it’s using old lumber and window screens as my friends Diane and Randy Payne do, or all kinds of wool crafts, painting with different media, carving, pottery, and jewellery making, to name a few. There was even music from the gazebo you could sit and enjoy. Altogether it was a wonderful day.
It was nice to talk to a former resident, Ian Ball, who was set up inside the school with a number of others. Ian has his new studio on the highway, passing through Oakwood, and would be happy to see friends drop by if you are up that way.
On Sunday, I took a foray up to Foster Rd. to view the extensive carvings of Stuart Blower. Quite a few pieces have been created this past year, and it was nice to see old and new “friends”. Stuart will be entering one of these pieces at the Juried Art Show, whose grand opening is this Tuesday evening.
Also on Tuesday evening, is a project of his wife Barbara, and the Mammawi Collective. The documentary, “Curse of the Ax”, will show at the Roxy. Eve-Lynn Swan has organized this, and there will be more on this next week.
At church on Sunday, Rev. Eiko continued with the theme “Season of Creation”, and her message centred around Jesus’ question to his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”. Melinda sang a very appropriate song: “What a Beautiful Name”.
Everyone is invited to Sandford Church next Sunday, where a joint Covenanting service will be held for Rev. Eiko. The guest speaker will be Dr. Alydia Smith. The service is at 11:00 a.m., followed by a pot-luck lunch. Everyone is welcome! The church council will meet September 20th, and the UCW September 27th.
First we bake and then we freeze! We should be done by now and ready for preservation, if we were talking about food. Speaking of which, there was lots of that at the Uxbridge Fair and the chill did not deter as many people as I would have thought. The attendance for both days was well over what it has been the last few years. The only cattle show I saw was the 4H dairy calf, where there appeared to be a number of bulky calves. Apparently the poor things have been to several shows this year and were a little tired of it all! Great showing by the young people regardless. Gone for another year.
This week has seen several abundant third cuts of hay, which were cut, baled, and taken in, in very short order. I understand while we were used to heaving around the small square bales, the large ones now in vogue, are far too big for that. Now you see a variety of bales in the field, small square, huge round, wrapped or unwrapped and these newer huge square ones. Each has their advantage and disadvantage, also their costs.
A couple of weeks ago, Jason Tait married Lindsay Brophy in an outdoor-indoor wedding, which was a very popular style this summer. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Jim Hackner, and the ushers were Matt Dick, Tyler Eng, Jacob Kenney, Mike Moore, and Tom McDonald, all guys he grew up with. Best wishes from all the community. Annabell Jones was a guest.
Birthday wishes go out to LeeAnn Ball, Catherine Jane Smalley (daughter of Stan and Amy) and tour guide, naturalist extraordinaire, and Standard columnist Geoff Carpentier. Also to Ann Irvine, who recently returned from a bus trip to Poland, where they viewed all the lovely old architecture as well as several of the holocaust crematoriums, which were not such wonderful things to view and think about. Happy 36th anniversary to Keith and Sharon Doucette, as well and all the others who celebrated whatever.
Lorraine and Steve Ottolini, along with their daughter Katie and a friend, spent a fun week in Gran Ventana Beach, in the Dominican Republic, coming back all tanned and ready for the fall. I think it was probably just as hot here; I know that in Belize the temperature was about the same but the humidity would have been even higher!
It was nice to see Ralph and Marilyn Dixon, who dropped in one day last week, to pick up their church photo book. Setting up at the Fair, I had a brief chat with Brent Smalley, and it was pleasant to see him again. That family has had a busy summer.
Sorry to say that Don Gibson is in the hospital once again. He and Carol moved into Uxbridge from their home on the 3rd in July, but Don has not been able to enjoy the new environment much. Our sincere wishes for better health! Christine Trowse is also confined to the hospital with a broken foot and is waiting for a transfer to a rehab facility. Best wishes for a quick recovery. Ankles aren’t easy!
Last week I attended the funeral of Lloyd Brawn, formerly of Epsom. With his passing there are now only 2 or 3 of my father’s generation left in the area. Which more than ever, makes you realize the passage of time.
This week we got the news of the passing of Ruth Harten, better known to many of us as Ruth Dick. Ruth and her husband Stuart Dick farmed for many years before retiring to the house on the 3rd , from which Don and Carol Gibson recently moved. Ruth developed a very successful real estate business and was involved in many aspects of the Sandford community and the wider area. Following Stuarts death, she married veterinarian Ken Harten, and they moved to the Ottawa area. The last few years they had been in a senior’s home. The Celebration of Life for Ruth will be held on Thursday, September 13th, at 2 p.m. Check Low's website for the venue, followed by a reception at the Sandford Hall. Ruth came from a large family and had an uncountable number of friends, acquaintances, and clients, who will remember her fondly.
There was a lovely service this Sunday at the Sandford and Zephyr churches. The theme of Rev. Eiko's message was "Its Time We Open Up", following a new church season entitled "Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost", which runs from this Sunday until Thanksgiving. Melinda sang a beautiful new rendition of the old hymn "This is My Father's World". Next week's message will build on this theme. Please join us.
The documentary, “Curse of the Axe”, will be shown at the Uxbridge Public Library, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday September 18th.
The news this week is something like the weather, with good and bad, happy and sad, and looking ahead to the coming months. Some people like cooler weather, others like me, enjoy the heat.
There are several birthdays to be noted. Olivia Kokkinen had her sweet 16. Elaine Cox, Melissa Risebrough Briggs (daughter of Dave and Judy), and Cameron Herrema (son of Ron and Mary Ann), all had special birthdays to celebrate with family and friends.
Then there are anniversaries: Stan and Amy Smalley celebrated 30 years together, and at the rate they are going will soon be empty nesters; Leslie Moore-Henderson and her husband, Justin Green, celebrated their 9th anniversary; and the Rev. Glen Ball and wife Lorna, have been married 33 years. Congratulations to all these folks and the many others who undoubtedly had something to celebrate.
Of course, there are all those children and young people who are going off from home for the first time, whether to Kindergarten, primary or high school, college, or university. For many it is an exciting time they have been looking forward to and worked hard for, for many years. For others, it's a time of fear and trepidation, which in most cases, soon passes. Sometimes parents are also filled with a mixture of feelings as their “babies” go off to seek the world.
And for the other side of the coin, a cousin, Bruce Phair, of Greenbank, passed away at a young age last week, and his funeral was held at Waggs in Port Perry. Rev. Andrew Allison of Leaskdale conducted the service, while a neighbour and cousin both gave testimony to how Bruce affected their lives. Sad how you learn so many things about a person, only on their passing.
Sandford church congregation, and the community, lost one of their oldest members this week with the passing of Mary Ann Elizabeth Lummiss, known to all as Betty. Betty was in her 95th year, and had been quite active until suffering a fall a couple of months ago. She made it to church quite often, with the assistance of her friend and co-hort Marilyn Dobie, even though she had difficulty both hearing and seeing. She will certainly be missed at church, at the Community Care lunches, and by other friends. Betty had 2 children and 7 grandchildren.
Margaret Hunter lived in Epsom for many years, lately with her daughter and son-in-law. She was also 95! Until the last few months, Margaret was active in the Uxbridge Horticultural Group, and enjoyed being at the meetings and learning new things even though she admitted her daughter now did most of the gardening. Margaret had 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
Another lady who passed away, not quite in the same age bracket, was Maria Vanderbrink, known to everyone as Miek. Besides being a stalwart of Goodwood United Church, she was an active member of the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital Auxillary, and was often found at Chances Are, the last place that I saw her, not that long ago. All these ladies, no matter their age, contributed to the life of their communities in whatever way they could.
The Seafood supper at the Historic Leaskdale church was a filling affair! About 50 people attended with a few more coming only for the concert afterwards. There was a number of salads to start, followed by a heaping bowl of various shellfish and other seafood (prepared by super cook Mary Evans). And for dessert: an array of home cooked pies! The fiddle music of a father and daughter duo accompanied the meal, and attendees were entertained for an hour after with much toe tapping and jigging melodies, combinations of Scottish, Irish Celtic, and what became maritime music. Once more the ladies of Friends of Lucy Maud Montgomery are to be commended for their excellent evening!
Thursday night was “Meet the Farmers” night (although it could also have been called “Meet the Politician” night). I was there early but the arena hall was already crammed with people. There were many exhibits by all branches of agriculture, from the full time farmer, maple syrup producers, vegetable producers, specialty farms, crafts and natural products, 4H, and more.
A chat with Brad Clark outside would soon let you know where the money that so many think farmers make, goes, when you find out just how much those pieces of giant machinery cost! Good thing to think about considering those NAFTA (or not) talks, and how much setting up a robot milking parlour costs!
Friday at the Foster, three young ladies entertained: Casey Spencer, Alyssa and Bri Maharaj. There was a large crowd, but I was a little disappointed that more of their own age group didn’t show up. Next week Shaman Ayerhart, another new act, performs.
At Sanford Church Sunday morning, Rev. Eiko conducted, and Nancy Wolfe played the organ. Our sincere thanks to Nancy for playing for us over the summer months! Following the service, there was a short dedication service. Our thanks to Bill and Sheila Richardson for their contribution to the church and for Bill's excellent woodworking! Next week service resumes at Zephyr, at 9:30 a.m., and Sandford at 11 a.m.
How can it be the last weekend in August? From most perspectives in this area it has been a great summer: lots of heat, plenty of rain (not always when we thought we needed it), and all the fresh air we desired. We are so lucky because we haven’t had any forest fires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other weather woes that have beset other parts of the country and the world.
The grass stopped growing for a while, but is back at it again now, with only another month or so of cutting, and then we can put away our gardening and lawn care tools for another year! Isn’t that a depressing thought? I am tired of it, but still hate to come in and live in the house once more.
Best wishes to Jacquelyn Smalley, who left home on the 20th to travel to Sweden, where she will spend a semester in school, and hopes to get in some travelling at the same time.
Happy birthday to Melinda Delorme, who, instead of having everyone sing to her, sang a song for her friends on facebook.
Congratulations also to Don and Elaine Cordingly, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the 23rd.
Wishes for better health go also to Elaine’s cousin Gail (Shier) Williamson, who has been quite sick with pneumonia, but hopefully is finally recovering.
At the Foster Friday night, the Shimoda family brought their usual very interesting programme to a large crowd of appreciative visitors. It’s always fascinating to watch them play all these classical pieces on such a variety of recorders, oboes, flutes, and a baby grand piano. With these instruments, no audio assistance is necessary, as the sound just fills the building.
Next week three young ladies will entertain the audience. Casey Spencer has played the venue a couple of times before, but her friends have not. They are: the Maharaj sisters, Alyssa and Bri. It should be a good evening with classical rock and numbers from musicals.
Saturday afternoon I went to Oshawa to the Autofest, which is said to be the largest auto show in the area. There certainly were hundreds of vehicles there, classic and otherwise, from the old ones who could go 20 mph with a tail wind to others who could go 200 plus. Certainly it takes more stamina than I have to get around and see each and every car, but I came away with several hundred photos none the less.
After Brits by the Lake, then Autofest, now its Uxbridge’s turn with the Rev-It-Up show at the museum this Sunday. Billed as the Hotrod Show, it’s sure to have some of the same cars on display on the Museum grounds, beginning at 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday, September 2nd. Get there early though because many come from a distance and leave well before posted closing time.
Buildings will be open at the Museum/Heritage centre site as well so, if you get tired of looking at cars (or kicking tires) and trucks of a certain vintage, you can looks at many other things from the past as well. It is hosted by Gary Charity and Traces Sheldrake.
Sunday, Aug 26th was Heritage Day at the Museum. It turned out to be a lovely day weather-wise but that did not draw a very big crowd unfortunately. There were only about 6 antique tractors and maybe 20 cars. The entertainment was great with a variety of folks singing and dancing, and a couple of the sheds were open and cleaned, thanks to volunteers, with large signs posted on most items.
However, a couple of other buildings, the church and the hall, were not available for viewing. This was the last day for visiting the display in the Lodge Hall of the Woman’s Franchise history, which has been there for some months. There were many who came to see that.
It was nice to learn, and see, that many of the volunteers were men who had joined the Historical Society by joining the horseshoe pitching group, which meets each Tuesday. About 40 people have taken up this hobby and spend time at the museum because of it.
Wednesday evening at the Historic Leaskdale, the Friends of Lucy Maud will be serving up a seafood supper, followed by a father/daughter duo playing fiddles and Irish, Celtic, and other styles of music. Tickets are $50, but call to reserve in case they are sold out.
Sunday evening was the last summertime church service at another historic church, Glen Major. The trio, ‘Reflections’, consisting of Brian Evans, Ron Evans, and Ralph Sider, presented a wonderful hour of music and “reflections” on the Bible, and their own lives and life as a Christian.
Next Sunday there is service at Sandford Church, at 11 a.m. All are invited.
On Sunday night the group “Freedom Bound” provided a beautiful music and worship service at the historic Glen Major Church. There was a large appreciative crowd in attendance, as the guys talked about the significance of the songs they were singing and how the thoughts behind the songs had impacted their lives. These special services continue for another few weeks.
Events at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society, Leaskdale, continue with a luncheon on the 15th, followed by Mila Haynos-Owen talking about how she creates lavender themed crafts. On the 22nd, the entertainment will be the shortened version of the play “Maud of Leaskdale”, performed by Jennifer Carroll. On the 29th, at 6 p.m., there will be a seafood dinner, followed by Celtic and Irish music by a father and daughter duo from Toronto.
Heritage Day is coming on August 26th. It's hoped more buildings will be opened after the spring cleaning they received, and new entertainment will be on site. The various buildings are the repository of artifacts donated to the museum in its early days, and much later donations, all representative of Uxbridge and its early settlers. As usual vintage cars and trucks, tractors, and small pieces of equipment will be on display. Mark your calendars!