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EPSOM & UTICA by Faye Ashton

Have you noticed how fast this first half of June has whizzed by? As I write this, the longest day of the year is only three days away. How can that be?

The much-needed rain (70mm) of last Monday has given the earth a new lease on growth. It is still very hazy but not so smoke-infused here because of the many forest fires still burning. I noticed the wheat in many areas had headed out, and before long, it will be history.

Otters Greenhouse will be open until the end of June for us to choose our last-minute selections. We appreciate all the care they take with their plants, so we get the very best.

The community sends congratulations to Hayden and Rylee Kerry on their recent graduation. Hayden, from Sir Wilfred Laurier University, is receiving her Bachelor of Education degree and will begin teaching with the Waterloo District School Board in September. Rylee graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming with a diploma in Community and Justice Service and is in training to become a Correctional Officer.

Proud parents, family, and church congregation gathered at Epsom United Church on Sunday morning to be a part of Brayden’s christening. Brayden is the son of James and Jocelyn Ashton. Fellowship followed as all enjoyed a picnic-style lunch under the trees.

Thank you ladies for taking time to have lunch together on Friday. A special time was spent together.

On Saturday, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), Ontario region finished their car tour in this area stopping at Banjo Cidery, learning about the art of making cider and enjoying the fruits of their labour, then on to Grey Silo to partake of Mary’s country Kitchens’ delicious meal. The scent of lavender outside and in the barn tempted many to take some home.

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