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EPSOM & UTICA by Faye Ashton

We have all watched with excitement as the school at Epsom has been transformed. The “old school” built-in 1876 has deep roots in our family history as my great grandfather Chester Asling was a teacher there in the late 1800s. My grandmother and grandfather, Allie Lambe and William Asling, my father Don Asling, my brother and sister Jerry and Pat, my husband Keith and his siblings, our four children and our grandchildren all were taught here at Epsom. There have been some very positive comments on Facebook as former students and parents are happy to know something so necessary will grace this little village soon.

Our hearts were saddened to learn of the passing of Joyce Wilson Lewchuk. Joyce grew up on the family farm with her parents Marie and Earl Wilson, siblings Carol Ann, Marlene, Richard and Scott, on Meed Road.

Joyce attended Epsom Public School and Port Perry High before attending Bible School and a career in nursing. Joyce was married to Richard Lewchuk, and together they raised their family and ministered in several communities. We send our deepest sympathy to all the family.

Welcome to Nic and Janai, Porter and Bo Eckhardt to their new home in Epsom. Nic grew up here, and we all wish you happy memories and wonderful life.

It will soon be time to take a road trip and be amazed at the Autumn view over Uxbridge and Quaker Hill. Then come back and drive on Marsh Hill Road from the north toward Epsom and as you do, look southeast over Port Perry, Scugog Lake and beyond. The view is spectacular. We live in such a beautiful area.

September will soon bow out, and into October, we journey. The “harvest moon” was still high in the sky late this morning as I walked. Our gardens, flowers and vegetables have provided hours of work and beauty of which we are truly thankful. We have received this summer the elusive rains of the last several years.

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