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EPSOM & UTICA by Faye Ashton

The weather has played a significant role in our thoughts this past week with the huge dumping of snow we received on Friday evening, and in the heaviest snowfall, we witness lightning and thunder, which doesn't happen too often.

Remember to "Spring your clocks forward" this Saturday evening; we'll all be getting up in the dark again.

Our hearts are saddened as we said farewell to our beloved Doris Armstrong this past February 28th. Doris has played a significant role in the lives of the children of this community as caretaker of the Epsom school for 42 years (not only caretaker but supplier of bandaids, safety pins, crimping Christmas costumes, phone calls home and drinking water) and teaching Sunday school too. Doris has lived 76 years in Epsom, and so many friends have visited her on the front veranda, her little heaven. It was in 2004 when the "Epsom Girls" came together for the first time to celebrate Doris' 80th birthday. The beautiful memories we have all been a part of as we look back. Our deepest sympathy to Son Tom and brother Jim and Faye Gourlie of Epsom.

We also said goodbye to a former neighbour, Allan Bailey, on Monday, February 27th, who has resided at Butternut Retirement Home, Uxbridge, for several years now. He was a crossing guard in Uxbridge for many years. Allan and his parents, Hilda and Bruce Bailey, farmed on the now Marsh Hill road. Hilda was a schoolteacher at Epsom Public School and other schools in the area too. Throughout her years, Hilda was such a generous person to so many people in this community. Our deepest sympathy goes to Pat Bailey, who has been a support for Allan through his later years.

Can I tell you about a Classic Country concert at the town hall in Sunderland on Saturday evening? Two very talented musicians from Stouffville opened for Ben Hudson before he wowed us with his classic country show. Ben, his wife Brook and his fabulous band would rival any Nashville sound, Great evening.

4H youth, remember free bowling at Parish Lanes in Uxbridge on Sunday, March 26th, to learn more about the 4H program from 1-3 p.m.

Mark your calendar for breakfast at Epsom Church on Good Friday, April 7th, at 9 a.m. to support the Canadian Foodgrains Project.

Come to worship at Epsom United Church as we enter the third Sunday of Lent with Rev. Edith Ann. Fellowship to follow.

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