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ZEPHYR & SANDFORD by Pat Asling

A saying: “When we appreciate what we have, they appreciate!” (2 meanings) So, I guess we need to appreciate all this unappreciated rain because we know what good it does our gardens and crops. The grass is so green again, and the spring flowers and flowering trees are just bursting out all over. That’s why they call this month’s moon “Flower Moon.” Hopefully, this coming week will bring more sun to give even more life and the desire to be outside working in that environment.


Of course, the big event of the week was the coronation of King Charles 3rd. Which does take some getting used to; to say that or to think it. After 70 years, even the oldest among us has known little else but Elizabeth. Charles is a much different person, and the times are different, and I don’t envy him for his job. I hope he can continue to fight for the environment as he has been all these waiting years.

Quite a few birthdays to celebrate this week. Firstly, Carolyn Dane-Knight. Carolyn lived in Uxbridge for many years before moving to Sunderland. She was a member of Beta Sigma Sorority for a number of years. Birthday wishes to Laura Cordingley Hansen as well. Laura was born and grew up in Uxbridge Township and enjoys riding around in husband Brett’s fancy cars. Happy birthday also to my friend and sorority sister Marion Barnett, who returned from Florida just in time. A younger lady celebrating was Violet Clark, the youngest daughter of Brad and Marcie and another up-and-coming farmer.

Two men on my list include Mark Johnson and Mike Kelland. Both are hard-working, well-known fellows who have lived around here all their lives, contributing to the community. Happy birthday to all these special people.

Best wishes also to councillor Gord, and his wife, Karen Shreeve, as they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They are a busy couple and work hard both for the Zephyr community and for the township.

Our family celebrated two special days when, on Tuesday, May 2nd, a group of older members spent time with a younger cousin/nephew visiting from BC, whom we hadn’t seen since 1977. On May 7th, we celebrated the birthdays of my great-great-nephew (three) and great-great-niece, his baby sister (one). They live quite close, but it seems hard to even get together at that short distance.

On April 28th, the 4H Dairy Sen$e farm tour was present at Maplebrough farm, owned and operated by Mike Risebrough and his nephew Jamie. It was previously owned and operated by Mike’s parents Gord and Dorothy.

Don’t forget the Horseshoe club at the museum is now underway for the season. $20 gets you membership in the club and also membership in the Historical Society, so you can enjoy any events they hold. Contact Bob Kirvan for more information.

There are many entertaining things going on around us. I wasn’t able to go, but I understand Uxperience was a rousing success and enjoyed by many. On Friday night, the first Friday at the Foster concert series was held with Django Djunkies performing. This was very energizing music, a somewhat different style than usual. Next week the entertainer will be Garth Dynes, a blues musician, at 7:30 p.m. Donations at the door.

On the 13th and 14th of May, Men of Note and Claidhmore will be performing on Saturday in Port Perry and Sunday in Uxbridge at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican church. This will certainly be a double treat! On Sunday, May 21st, at 3 p.m., at the Pine Grove Pioneer church, the local group Reflections will be leading worship and bringing their beautiful music to us.

On Thursday evening, May 11th, at 7 p.m., at the Seniors Centre, there will be a gathering to discuss ‘Uxbridge One Year Later”, what happened after the tornado, what damage, how it was treated, how folks managed etc. Everyone is invited to attend and add their voice to the discussion of where we are now, mentally and physically.

Church this past Sunday was held at Zephyr United Church, with Rev. Dr. William Fritz leading the service. His delivery is amazing, but he has had 60 years to practice, and we are the benefactors. Adele Boy will be leading shortly. Adele just sold her home in Sandford and this week moved to a new home in Uxbridge, where there may not be so much yard work. We wish her well and are happy she has not really left us.

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