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SEAGRAVE by Barb Martyn

Change is inevitable. It can come like a tidal wave, or creep along in many forms. It can entail difficult choices, new opportunities, or appear in the changing of the seasons. Currently, we are experiencing changes in the season, shorter daylight hours, early mornings that are slightly darker, air which smells like autumn, crickets stridulating (chirping), squirrels scurrying around collecting nuts, geese fling in formation and monarch butterflies preparing for their migration to the South. It can take up to 2 months for them to complete their journey. In addition, our lifestyle has changed. Change is not easy to accept. “Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or dusk” – William Arthur Ward. Kudos to Rick McAskill! Rick witnessed a snapping turtle laying her eggs in early June, on River St. across from the old Seagrave Store, and he cordoned the area off to protect the 4 nests. On Saturday, he discovered 2 baby hatchlings (baby turtles) on the roadside. He carefully picked them up wearing gloves, and placed them into the Nonquon River. There may be more hatchlings, so beware when walking or driving in that area, as they are very small. Happy 52nd wedding anniversary to Edie and Bill Jansen on August 24th, also happy anniversary wishes to Mandy and Lloyd Short on August 30th. Best wishes to Jean and Ross Short who celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on August 26th. August 23rd was the 12th Sunday after Pentecost. The Scripture reading was Exodus 1:8 – 2:10, about the birth of Moses. You can view the virtual services at the website: seagrave-church.com or on YouTube at this web address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy8mrz0taZs&feature=youtu.be. If you wish a personal prayer, grocery or medication pick-up, a visit remotely or virtually, contact Minister Stephanie at gspastoralcharge@gmail.com, or text or call 905-718-8086. The Seagrave and Greenbank outdoor food banks remain open every day. Take what you need, give what you can. If you wish to support the Seagrave Church, cheques can be mailed to Carol Coleman at 151 River St., Seagrave, Ont. L0C 1G0. For further options contact Carol at 905-985-4628 or cc.coleman@sympatico.ca. If you wish to support the Greenbank Church contact Wilma Smith at 1-705-357-2427 or email: greenbankuc@gmail.com. Saturday, August 29th, is Play Music On the Porch Day Worldwide, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Greenbank Lions Club is collecting tabs from cans. Contact Don at 905-985-3595 for arrangements. If you have news for this column contact Jean at 905-985-9921 or email this address: grammiejean2010@hotmail.com.

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