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EPSOM & UTICA by Faye Ashton

We are all so thankful that the tornado did not materialize following the warning last Saturday afternoon. It tried hard to rain in our area, but the rainfall was scattered throughout the area. We send belated 95th birthday wishes to Elizabeth Taylor, a former Epsom neighbour who has resided at the Villa in Port Perry for several years, and send best wishes that her health will soon be as good as new. We are also wishing Margaret VanUden better days ahead, as she recovers from knee surgery and nerve pain. At this time last year, the Ashtons farm was preparing for the wedding of Danica and Anton Filatov. Best Wishes to them for a happy 1st anniversary at this time. Where did the year go? Birthday and anniversary wishes go out to all who are celebrating their special day. The Bethesda-Reach WI will be holding an informal meeting on Sunday, August 25th, at 3 p.m., at Kathy W., located at 175 Maple St., in Uxbridge. The speaker will be Allan McGillvary, former curator for the Uxbridge Museum. The topic will be ‘Oral History vs. Researched History’. The talk will be followed by a barbeque. Free-will monetary donations will be accepted. Profits from the talk will go towards supporting the local food banks. Please RSVP to Corinne Croxall at (905) 852-3925, or Barb Weese at (905) 985-3976. Please consider the above your invitation to the meeting. A report from the desk of Hayley Ashton: The Durham West 4H Exchange Club has recently had a visit from our twinned exchange group from Bow Island Alberta. We visited Niagara Falls, Toronto, attended a Blue Jays game, the Peterborough Lift Locks, and many more exciting sites. We also participated in “Go For The Gold” at the Sunderland Town Hall. On the final day before heading home we visited Ashton’s Sugar Shack, and learned about making maple syrup, then traveled on to Highview Farms where 4H member, Kyle, explained about the robot, and the working operation on their farm. Then we went to Wendy and Kyle Meek’s place for a corn roast. We put in a days work at WindReach farm, helping with chores and maintenance around the grounds. We also built bird houses to put around the grounds as a reminder of the exchange. We all made life long friendships, and hope to visit the group soon. Thank you to the community for all your support. We had a blast, and we encourage all 4H members to take the opportunity to go on a 4H exchange. It’s an experience of a life time! Thanks to the “Reflections” who led the church service at Glen Major this past Sunday. It is a real treat to hear this trio praise God in song. On August 25th, Reverend Craig Wilson will lead the final service at the Glen for this summer, at 7 p.m. A welcome is extended to everyone to attend church at Epsom each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with Alex Jebson as Minister. The church doors are open every Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Candles are present for lighting and meditation. Please email faye.eaglesnest@gmail .com, or phone (905) 852-5389 with your news items.

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