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SEAGRAVE by Barb Martyn

Well, we are now in the month of February, and Wiarton Willie the groundhog, has predicted an early spring.

It is easy these days, to get lost in your own world, and in your own mind, confined to your own four walls. When our vision is focused too closely on what’s in front of us, we can go outside and expand our vision. Outside, you can find the beauty of nature. There is hope. I can find hope in various ways, those who mask to take care of others, those who stay home to take care of others, the resilience of our loved ones and neighbours.

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. It originated as a Western feast day, honouring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine.

The Greenbank Seagrave Pastoral Charge sent out hand made Valentines to over 130 persons. In the envelope there was a pre-stamped envelope with another Valentine to be sent out to someone else. What a wonderful idea to reach out to others.

February 15th is National Flag Day, which is observed annually to commemorate the inauguration of the flag of Canada on that date in 1965. We are proud Canadians, and our flag is recognized worldwide.

February 15th, is also Family Day, which is a statutory holiday in Ontario. Family Day is observed in only five provinces in Canada. February is Black History month. People in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities, who have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today.

Happy February birthday wishes to Doris Bullock on the 9th, Donna Kent and Bill Conard-Lee on the 11th, Keith Puckrin and Don Real on the 12th, Deb Ward on the 13th, and Elizabeth Redshaw on the 15th.

Happy February anniversary wishes to Ken and Kathy Nix celebrating their 35th on the 15th, and Rev. Stephanie and Bill Richmond on the 16th.

Sunday February 7th was the fifth Sunday after Epiphany. Scripture reading was from Mark 1:29-39. Also, at 11 a.m. there was a Virtual Community Coffee Social in which many participated. This social will continue on the 1st Sunday of each month.

February is a very busy month. You are invited to make a Valentine, send love to someone and submit it by Thursday this week, for coffee time on Sunday. Also, you can send in your baby pictures to “Who’s That Baby?”. The pictures will be posted on Mondays and the names will be revealed on the next Sunday, on the virtual service coffee time. Virtual services and event details can be located on websites and or You Tube. To contact Rev. Stephanie Richmond to submit your pictures, or if you need a virtual prayer, or assistance, contact her at or 905-718-8086.

Excerpt from The Standard, February 10th, 1966 edition, written by Enid Belair (deceased). “Our Supt. of the day was Mr. Ken Sturman, who appeared with one shoe off and one shoe on, having undergone a minor operation on his toe last week.”

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