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ZEPHYR & SANDFORD by Pat Asling

The rain on Saturday probably left some pretty unhappy people when it curtailed some of their long weekend plans, but it was just what the gardeners and farmers needed. Cutting grass was a dust bath, and newly planted seeds or seedlings do not like to be dry, so there was many a hallelujah from the farming community! And now most people feel safe putting out their house plants and annuals. We may still get a light frost or so, but not serious. We did get frost, but I could not find any evidence of damage to my apple blossoms. About five years ago, the trees were loaded with blossoms, and then a frost came, and there were no apples. For that to happen, of course, we also need bees and other pollinators, and so far, not a great number of those, or hopefully, I am just not looking close enough!


There were quite a number of folks with birthdays this week. We start with Frank Van Veghel. Like his dad before him, he can cook, but he and Donna specialize in gluten-free baked goods. I know people miss the little restaurant on the corner in town where they could eat and buy these goodies. Happy birthday to Erwin Hinzel. Erwin and wife Cheryl have already begun their patio tours for the summer. Happy birthday also to Heather Moore of Sandford. Heather and hubby Mike farm off of Davis Drive, and farming takes precedence over fun sometimes, but I am sure her boys helped her celebrate.

Special happy birthday to Ann Barrett, who holds special memories for me way back many years ago when she was a “dog catcher.” Birthday greetings also to Jenny Van Maurik. Jenny and her husband Cor celebrated the weekend previous with several other family members who all had birthdays within a few days of each other, a nice way to get together. Happy birthday also to Margaret Davison, an Uxbridge resident who visits us occasionally.

A very happy birthday goes out to Susan Pegg Risebrough. Susan keeps things together at Maplebrough farm while Mike and Jamie bring in the awards for farm excellence of one sort or another. She deserves big credit for the many things she does. Just up the road, Mike’s cousin Sylvia Risebrough Kokkinen was also celebrating. I hope both sets of daughters were home to help celebrate their mothers.

Birthday greetings also to Alicia Neskar–Moore, daughter of Brenda and Brian. Alicia lives in Toronto and doesn’t get out often. Happy birthday also to our youngest celebrant, Sylvie Clark, youngest daughter at 12, of Brad and Marcie. Sherri Seigrist has been having birthdays for a little bit longer but celebrated this year by visiting her son, DIL and grandson in BC.

Best wishes also to Chandler Ball, who is in his last teen years. Stan Smalley has a few years on him but seems to be just as active as ever, as he and the family work their farms. Greetings also to Bruce Pickett. Bruce no longer lives in town but did for many years when he was much younger and kept up with his ties. Hope all these good people had wonderful celebrations.

Happy anniversary greetings to two very active people, Yvonne and Garry Harrison, who celebrated their 60th anniversary. Both of them were born and raised in the Leaskdale area and are running a wee business, Live Edge, from their barn/shop.

For the Horseshoe Club members, remember to sign up for the tournament they are hosting on June 8th, at 10 a.m., at the Uxbridge Scott Heritage Museum, the Durham 55 Plus. Register online at Games.ca or call Bob Kirvan at 905-852-9176.

On Tuesday last, the Seniors met again to enjoy another of Mary’s great meals. The director of the Youth Club was on hand to tell about the activities and how the organization has been running, how it is funded etc. He has been a director for over seven years. It was an interesting overview.

Church on Sunday was held at the Zephyr United Church, with Pastor Laura Kay leading the service. She spoke on the meaning of Faithfulness, a word that can have a plethora of meanings for all aspects of life. Laura is with us again next week. In the afternoon, there was a service at the Heritage Pine Grove Church with the group Reflections leading the service and bringing us some very beautiful music. The group will be with us at Sandford United Church, on June 11th, at 10 a.m., all are welcome to attend.

At the Foster next Friday, May 26th, Bob Vopni will be the featured performer. Bob is a finger guitarist who plays a variety of genres, from Blues, Jazz and Folk. All are welcome, 7:30 p.m., admission a donation at the door. On June 2nd, favourites “Now and Again” will be on hand to bring us many of the old-style melodies. On June 3rd, Saturday, the first Leaskdale Loop tour will be held. Watch for the ads in the paper and on Facebook, of which locations will be open on this early occasion.

And of course, we cannot forget that Uxbridge High School is celebrating their 100 anniversary this weekend with many activities both in the school itself and around the town. Congratulations, and enjoy!

Happy anniversary greetings to two very active people, Yvonne and Garry Harrison, who celebrated their 60th anniversary. Both of them were born and raised in the Leaskdale area and are running a wee business, Live Edge, from their barn/shop.

For the Horseshoe Club members, remember to sign up for the tournament they are hosting on June 8th, at 10 a.m., at the Uxbridge Scott Heritage Museum, the Durham 55 Plus. Register online at Games.ca or call Bob Kirvan at 905-852-9176.

On Tuesday last, the Seniors met again to enjoy another of Mary’s great meals. The director of the Youth Club was on hand to tell about the activities and how the organization has been running, how it is funded etc. He has been a director for over seven years. It was an interesting overview.

Church on Sunday was held at the Zephyr United Church, with Pastor Laura Kay leading the service. She spoke on the meaning of Faithfulness, a word that can have a plethora of meanings for all aspects of life. Laura is with us again next week. In the afternoon, there was a service at the Heritage Pine Grove Church with the group Reflections leading the service and bringing us some very beautiful music. The group will be with us at Sandford United Church, on June 11th, at 10 a.m., all are welcome to attend.

At the Foster next Friday, May 26th, Bob Vopni will be the featured performer. Bob is a finger guitarist who plays a variety of genres, from Blues, Jazz and Folk. All are welcome, 7:30 p.m., admission a donation at the door. On June 2nd, favourites “Now and Again” will be on hand to bring us many of the old-style melodies. On June 3rd, Saturday, the first Leaskdale Loop tour will be held. Watch for the ads in the paper and on Facebook, of which locations will be open on this early occasion.

And of course, we cannot forget that Uxbridge High School is celebrating their 100 anniversary this weekend with many activities both in the school itself and around the town. Congratulations, and enjoy!

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