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EPSOM & UTICA by Faye Ashton

I will start with the fun stuff. Was not that a party! Miss Darlene Christie invited her many Friends to dine with her at the Manderin to celebrate her 80th Birthday Monday, March 2nd. The Tributes paid to honour Dar were a reflection of the full and loving life she has lived so far. May the next years ahead be just as joyful and entertaining. Happy Birthday Dar and thanks for the many memories from all your friends. An elaborate baby shower was held at Utica Hall on Saturday. Invited guests arrived for brunch and amid games, contests, scrumptious eating and laughter the mom-to-be Danica Filatov opened her many gifts for Baby Boy. Friend Rachel and Jessica were the recipiences of many ‘oos’ and ‘aws’ as guests enjoyed all the thought and hard work put into this baby shower. Congratulations to High View Holsteins (The Evans Family) who received “Heart of the Herd” Award from Holstein Canada for Supreme Performance and Longevity in a cow. “Tanner” is the best in the province out of 4,000 possible dairy cows. Quite an accomplishment. Grant received this award on behalf of the family at Kingston Ontario and several dairy families were also present to offer congratulations. We are always proud of the farmers in our area. The North Durham Warriors Atom AA’s are moving onto the OMHA finals versus Niagara Falls. They defeated Northumberland Nighthawks in three straight wins, the Whitby Wilddogs and Clarington Toros in three each clinching OMHA semi finals beating Richmond Hill Stars three to zero. Best wishes in the final to all the amazing young hockey players from the Epsom and Greenbank area. Check for their home games at the Uxbridge and Port Perry arenas. Now for our sad news. We offer our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Jack Skelding. To his wife Nancy and daughters Jacki and Karen and families. Jack was a dedicated dairy farmer for many years. Upon retiring he became an amazing gardener and woodworker hosting many wood shows for his creations. Jack will be truly missed. We were saddened to here of the passing of Harold Medd on Saturday. Sincere sympathy to his family and to his siblings: brother Lawrence and sisters Elaine and Milt Rainey and Betty and Phil Benns. Harold grew up on the 7th of Reach (Medd Road) on the family farm but has resided on his farm at Purple Hill for many years. Many enjoyed the stories that Harold shared. Harold will be missed by Family and Friends. This week too we send our sympathy to Marg Bruce in the passing of her beloved daughter Melanie. For all of our friends who are suffering a loss we offer our prayers and support. Come and share a seat and a prayer at Epsom Church on the 3rd Sunday of Lent at 10 a.m. Please send your news to

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