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GREENBANK by Mary Jean Till

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We’ve had a lot of rainfall. Crops were late getting in because of wet land and now they are late getting off for the same reason. It’s difficult to get outdoor chores accomplished when it’s so wet, and now cold to boot, but as much as we complain, we are still in far better condition than many places in the world. Cor Van Maurik and a group of men, including Bob Meek, were moose hunting a couple of weeks ago and were satisfied with their success. Last week seemed to be a very busy week with one thing or another. Do you have your tires changed yet? Snow is trying hard to fly so be safe. Anniversary congratulations go out to Les and Erin Smith, having been married for 13 years already, while Ed and Pam Beach have been married for 46. Best wishes for many more years together! Birthday wishes go to Troy Jackson, a super firefighter, and Tammie Stemp. Best wishes also to any others who celebrated a birthday or anniversary. Oh yes, and congratulations to John Cavers for having another of his photos selected for the National Geographic calendar. Condolences to the Shepherd family on the passing of their husband and father. Just recently the town had honoured him by naming a trail after him. Bob had been mayor for one term, a councillor one term, and involved in other community activities, including being president of the Horticultural group from 2002-2003. On Wednesday, Carol Johnson, Lorraine Ottolini and I went to the mid-week gathering of ECORC in Pickering. It was an interesting day, learning about the work of the U.C.W. groups in our new region and meeting old and new friends. Our community said our goodbyes to Barbara Harwood on Thursday at Sandford Church. The sanctuary was full of family, friends and neighbours. Her son Stephen, and his wife Sandra, a couple of sons and grandchildren came from Georgia. Her daughter Margaret, and her husband Gord Eng, and granddaughter Ashley came from Alberta. Barb’s sister Mary and husband Bill Jones also travelled from the USA. Her daughters Brenda Moore and Karen, were there, along with, respectively, their husbands Brian and Jerry Popadynic, Brian and Brenda’s daughter Alicia, and Karen and Jerry’s children. Brenda and Stephen, Alicia and Jeremy all gave lovely remembrances of their mother and grandmother. The service was conducted by Rev. Diane Bennett-Jones, our former minister, with music by Nancy Wolfe. On Friday our Epsom girls met for our 2nd reunion of the year. Although there may be 25 years age difference, it’s always fun to reminisce about people and events some remember and others are hazy about. The Bazaar season has started and on Saturday there were at least two bazaars, which I had planned to attend. However I only got to one, the Pearls and Lace Craft sale in Goodwood Hall, which is in support of the “Friends of the Foster”. A few weeks ago things looked a little rocky, but it worked out and there were a full number of vendors and plenty of visitors.

The bazaar at Reachview was my other intended destination, but I arrived just as they were carrying things out. Hopefully many others didn’t miss it. Church was at Zephyr on Sunday with Darlene Hallett leading in worship and Ruth Baker at the piano. Darlene had a very enlightening message about ploughing as a metaphor for living our lives. She will be leading the service next week as well, but our special guests will be Tish MacDonald, talking about her work with the High school kids and their trips to Vimy and other battle sites. Two of her students will also be present to talk about their impressions as they took part in these trips. Bill Richardson will be piping. You are cordially welcome to join us at 10:00 a.m. for this special Remembrance Day service. The following week Rick McKinley will be leading, and then Darlene will return to finish off the month. This past weekend the St. Andrew’s Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Uxbridge celebrated their 150th anniversary with special events. There was a delicious supper first on Saturday evening followed by an interesting concert by The Lost Pilgrims. Sunday morning their service was lead by one of their former ministers. Congratulations to all. Following church at Zephyr Sunday, most of the congregation retired to the hall where the church members were selling peameal bacon on a bun and muffins for lunch, as well as, a great variety of other baked goods. This was all part of the community bazaar and the hall was overflowing with wonderful crafts of all sorts.


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