What a beautiful day Sunday was, with sunshine and blue sky, birds singing and flowers blooming everywhere. A cause for celebration at Sandford and Zephyr churches on Holy Humour Sunday! The event was led by Joannie Sine in Zephyr and Carol Johnson in Sandford. People had fun admiring everyone's hats, laughing at jokes and singing a joyful song with Melinda leading. Several participated in a fun skit.
Next week is another special with the York Regional Police Chorus performing for us at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 for some wonderful music. Board members (including myself) have tickets. You may also get tickets at the door.
The following week, May 7th has been set aside as Remembrance Day. 'This is six months too early,' you might say, but we are remembering those who have passed on, and whose families have made presentations to the church in their honour. We look forward to a great attendance for this occasion as well.
It’s a musical weekend with the Rising Stars concert on Friday Night, the fund raiser for the Uxbridge Scholarship Fund, at St. Andrew’s. Then on Saturday afternoon, One Voice choir presents their “O Canada” performance at St. Paul’s.
Last Thursday evening, the Uxbridge Genealogy group heard a great presentation about all the wonderful old maps available on line which can help you trace your ancestors. It was informative and enlightening!
Many people from here enjoy going to Epsom’s beef supper, which will be held May 5th, at the Uxbridge Seniors Centre. Speaking of Epsom, any readers of this area who were teachers, students, or parents of students etc. of Epsom Public school, please send photos, or your intent to bring memorabilia to the closing event “Celebrating Epsom School” to be held June 11th at the school, to Faye Ashton, Rob Ashton or myself. Look for the Facebook page for details.
The “Friday at the Foster” concerts begin on May 5th, 7:00 p.m. with Katherine Dynes and Alan Gribble as headliners for the evening. There is a fantastic line-up of musical talent for future shows, with many former performers and several new ones; also several special nights dedicated to Canadian content. Don’t miss either the concerts or this wonderful building we are so fortunate to possess.
Sunday evening I was privileged to attend the “Heart to Heart” presentation at Uxbridge Baptist Church. This is a program headed by Jennifer Wilson (Phil) to assist Pikangicum and Weagamow.
This story begins on April 9th, 1917, and the assault on Vimy Ridge near the city of Arras in France. One of the volunteers was Herb Elliott, a 19 year old from Whitby, who joined up with the Ontario Regiment. Herb was lucky because he survived the Great War and returned home. Many of his comrades were killed.
Fast forward to 2017 and the great grandson of Herb, a former resident of Blackstock, Matthew Elliott, is selected to be in the Honour guard for the event marking the Anniversary of that battle. Matthew is now a Master Gunner in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillary, based in Shilo Manitoba.
Dave Elliott, Marlene Barkey and Abbey and Katie Elliott all travelled to the Somme Valley in France. During the First World War the British Army called the Somme valley “Death valley”. The Barkey Elliotts visited many cemeteries that are meticulously cared for, and many of the the First World War battle sites.
On April 9th, 2017 the Barkey Elliotts were among 30,000 people that attended the event, marking the 100th anniversary of Vimy. They proudly watched Matthew; who was one of 64 soldiers from across Canada, to act as an honour guard to those Canadians who fought, were wounded and died in service of their country in this horrible war.
At church, Humour Day was celebrated by having the bulletin reversed.
The Church Choir's annual dinner is next Sunday with settings at 4:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with entertainment by Irwin Smith at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are required.
Winners at the card party were Linda Carder, Alma Mann, Ellen Gibson, Jacky Oldfield and Betty Kirvens, Elaine was low. The specials were won by Wilma VanCamp, Pat Allenberg, Linda Cardir, and Shirley Oldfield.
The call to worship was called by exchange pastor, Ralph Werry, from the Enniskillen/Tyrone Pastoral charge. A warm and Friendly welcome went out to all.
A huge Thanks to all who came out and supported the Bake Sale and Luncheon on Saturday.
A huge Chi-Meegwetch to Anne and her Team of Helpers for making Saturday a great success. The weather was nice a little cool, but other wise nice. It was nice to see so many people catch up a little, on how we made it through the winter, have a bite to eat for lunch, shop, and pick up some treasures.
The next Career Fair days will be: May 4th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and May 5th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Morningstar Hospitality Services Inc. is hosting the Career Fair at 22521 Island Rd Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Administration Building 1 km north of the Casino. The Career fair is for positions that will be available at the New Tim Hortons on Island Rd. Positions are for Tim Hortons Staff, Baker, Supervisor, and Manager. For further information contact Alex at email@example.com or by calling at 1-800-599-2086 ext 257.
Happy Birthdays go out to Edna Beckett on the 2nd; Andrea Marsden, Nathan Woodcock, and Jesse Demone all on the 4th; and Beau Kozlinsky and Ethan Blackface on the 7th. Happy Birthday to anyone who may of been missed.
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Last Thursday 41 people joined us for an evening of euchre; here are the results: Dianne Slute came in first. Jim Tucker was second and also had the most lone hands. Rick Fink took third place. Barb Brigley finished in fourth place and Jacky Attfield came in fifth. The low score was won by Alma Manns. Congratulations, everyone, and see you on Thursday. Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall; everyone is welcome.
Blackstock & District Lions Club
Just back from our District A-16 Convention in Oshawa where we won the Funny Money Trophy. That needs a word of explanation. Each of the clubs in our district collects Canadian Tire money (Funny Money) and turns it in at convention time. The club with the largest amount wins the trophy. This CTC money is donated to our Lions Clubs Camp Kirk for purchasing such things as light bulbs, batteries, cleaning supplies, etc. for the Camp. Rather than declining your CTC money at the cash-out, or just disposing of it, please consider donating it to our Blackstock & District Lions.
Reminder: Time is running out to hold a spot in the parking lot of the Blackstock Rec Centre if you have not yet called Lions Chris for our Trunk/Tailgate Sale this Saturday, May 6th beginning at 9:00 a.m. Lion Chris may be reached at (905)419-4000.
If you have a business or are a business owner in Epsom or Utica, send me a few lines on it so we can share it with the rest of the community.
A welcome awaits you at the roast beef supper this Friday from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Centre in Uxbridge. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $8.00 for youth with kids 5 and under eat for free.
The U.C.W. will meet at the church on Tuesday May 9th at 1:00 p.m. for dessert and fellowship, everyone is welcome.
Please collect your school memories through photos (class or otherwise) dates and details, and present on your choice of background or bristol board for our June 11th school celebration. All memories will be displayed in the 1876 school house. Here is the link to the Epsom School Celebration of History flyer on the school's website, www.ddsb.ca/school/epsom/Pages/default.aspx, and spread the word.
A reminder when at Otters, place your order total on the Epsom sheet until June 4th.
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This beautiful warm and sunny weather is making the grass grow. I hope everyone has their lawnmowers, whipper snippers, etc., ready to go!
Congratulations to Darlene Hallett who received her certificate as a “Licensed Lay Person”. The presentation at the Trinity United Church in Bobcaygeon was meaningful, as family and friends placed their hands upon Darlene in prayer and support for her future.
Seagrave Church is fundraising with Otter Greenhouses again this year. Simply purchase your flowers at Otter Greenhouses, 315 Medd Rd, Epsom, and let the cashier know that you wish your purchase to go towards our fundraiser.
Greenbank Lions will make a $5.00 donation to the new Seagrave Park Committee for every bag of Fertilizer sold in Seagrave. Phone Don at 905-985-3595 to order–55 lb bags of 21-7-7 for $25.00. Mark your calendar for May 13th, when the Lions Club will be collecting electronics, bottles, etc., at the Greenbank Hall.
Seagrave Church is hosting Vacation Bible Camp from August 14th to 18th, 1:30 to 4:30 pm each day. They are looking for students 13 years of age and up to volunteer to help with activities for high school hours. We also need adult volunteers. Please contact Betty Lou at 905-985-3595 to volunteer.
Condolences to Len Somerville and family, on the passing of his sister Mary Elizabeth Waller, who resided in London, Ontario. Also to Mark Puckrin and family on the passing of his mother Enid Puckrin, who resided in Port Perry. Condolences to Mark Lew and family on the passing of his father.
Congratulations to the Seagrave Park Board on a successful “Earth Day and Pancake Breakfast”. There were earth day displays, with give-aways, as well as live turtles, an owl, a hawk, milk bag matting display, making of bird feeders, and a book exchange.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Linda Buscher (on April 23rd), Jonathon Feyen (on April 25th), and to Margaret Real (on April 26th).
On April 27th at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Computer Class in the basement of Seagrave United Church. Please contact Kyle Trivett at 905-721 3000, ext. 2504 or e-mailKyle.Trivett@durhamcollege.ca.
On April 27th at 7:00 p.m., there will be a “Let’s talk about” conversation about forgiveness. Everyone is welcome to attend.
On May 3rd at 7:00 p.m., there will be a session meeting at the church.
On May 4th at 7:30 p.m., there will be a stewards meeting at the church.
It's time for the “Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee” again. Join the Seagrave Classic's for a night of good food and fun on Friday May 12th. Meet at the Church at 5:45 p.m. to Car Pool to Udora. See Howar, or call him at 905-985-6934, for tickets.
On June 4th there will be a “Funday for golf”. For more info, call Rick at 905-985-8383.
In the evenings the Seagrave Church windows are lit up enhancing our beautiful coloured windows. When in the village take a look.
If you wish to rent the church basement for events, please contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our website at www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
MARY JEAN TILL
The April showers have certainly brought the Spring flowers, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths to bloom, and more.
Sunday greeters were Susan and Peter Duivestyn. The service included the choral anthem “Come With Dancing” and a lovely solo “If God Be for Us” sung by Hilary Balmer. Rev. Parker's message explored the questions, “Is Jesus Alive Today?”
Next week May 2nd, Greenbank volunteers serve at St. Vincent's Kitchen in Oshawa, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To join the group please call Doug at 905-852-7057. On Wednesday, May 3rd, both U.C.W.'s meet at their usual times. Fidelis U.C.W. Please answer the roll call with layette items.
On Sunday April 30th at 7 p.m., the “Gala of Music” concert will be at Brooklin United Church, showcasing a variety of music, with proceeds to support the “Bridge to a new home” refugee sponsorship program. Tickets are $20. Call 905-655-4141 or Linda at 905-985-8559.
Wick Presbyterian Church Ham & Salad Supper is Friday, May 12th at 6 p.m. Adult tickets cost $15; For children under 10, tickets are $5. For advance tickets call 1-705-357-3704.
Sincere condolences to Monica, John, Rachel and Danielle McLean with the death of Monica's Mother in Ireland, where the family attended the funeral on April 14th.
Condolences also to Len and Betty Somerville, with the death of Len's sister Mary Waller of London. Mary grew up on the Greenbank Forsy, the family farm.
Sympathies of community and friends are extended to the family of Enid Puckrin who died April 20th. On Sunday, April 30th, 2 p.m. at Greenbank Church, there will be a service celebrating Enid's life. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. before the 2 p.m. service.
Ted and Wilma Smith returned April 17th from a 2 week tour in France where they attended the 100th Anniversary celebrations of Vimy Ridge and visited Juno, Dieppe and other memorials.
A reminder of the Hall/Park fundraiser with Otter Greenhouses is in effect now until June 4th.
Save the date: June 24th, 2017 for a Canada 150th Celebration in Ianson Park starting at 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed! Please contact Lila 905-985-3703.
What a week! After a spring week we were in the deep freeze again, but the activities have kept it hot. Sad news began this new week, the peaceful, but totally unexpected passing of Helen Harrison Friday night! This is quite a shock and loss to our neighbouring community, and to all who counted her as a friend, as many here did. Our deepest sympathies to her husband George and to her daughter Cathy.
Rev. Debbie starts our services each Sunday by asking about our joys and concerns. Our concerns of course are usually with our sick people, such as Elaine Cox and others, and those who are bereaved. Our joys this week are many; starting with our successful and fun pancake supper Tuesday evening, where about 45 joined with us for good food and fun games.
Wednesday morning was an Ash Wednesday service which centred around our tuning in to the Lenten Season and all that it means. Wed. there was another interesting and thought provoking Lenten Bible study, the first evening on this subject. Please join us on all the coming Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Sandford.
On Thursday evening I attended the 40th anniversary of Pickering naturalist, which was co- started by Edge Pegg (wife Betty). Early participants were Reid and Margaret Wilson of Uxbridge, Nancy and Rick Hannah and Nancy’s father Fred Bodsworth and several others from the Uxbridge area.
Friday afternoon several attended the World Day of Prayer services, at either Mount Albert United or Uxbridge Free Methodist Church. The service was written by women of the Philippines, and we learned some of the problems faced by women in that country as well as when they successfully immigrate, usually as domestics, to other countries. Life is difficult in the Philippines both because of weather induced catastrophes and the political situation. It was great to greet old friends from the other churches!
Saturday was the Walking of the Labyrinth at the Zephyr church. Rev. Vicki Cousins led about 25 participants through the process, new to most everyone. It was new to us, but as old as formal Christianity being included in the floors of Chartres Cathedral from 1220 A.D.
Saturday evening several attended the concert of wonderful varied music, sponsored by the Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund. With Ted Barris as M.C., daughter Whitney and accompanist Tom Baker, along with others it was a musical treat!
Thursday Mar. 23rd, Deborah Clements will be showing photos of India. All are welcome.
JEANNE C. LE SAUX-BALL
Saturday on the Island is the place to be. There will be the Mississaugas of Scugog island First Nation Annual Arts and Crafts Show and Sale, located at the Health And Resource Centre, 1 km north of the Casino, 22600 Island Rd on the left hand side. There will be free door prizes, every hour on the hour, raffle and 50/50 tickets for purchase, many vendors, even a food vendor where you can get a Indian Taco for lunch, mmm! Everyone is welcome.
Scugog Island United Church U.C.W. is hosting their Annual Bake Sale and Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year it is being held in the lower hall of the Church. Everyone is welcome to come out to see the baked goodies.
Next Sunday the congregation will welcome Rev. Ralph Werry as the church participates in the pulpit exchange. It will also be the Faith, Food and Fellowship service.
May 1st will be the Official Board Meeting at 7 p.m.
The next Career Fair days will be, May 4th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on May 5th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Morningstar Hospitality Services Inc. is hosting the Career Fair at the Scugog Island First Nation, Administration Building. The Career fair is for positions that will be available at the New Tim Hortons on Island Rd. The positions are staff, baker, supervisor, and manager. For further information contact Alex at email@example.com or by calling at 1-800-599-2086 ext. 257.
Happy Birthdays this week go out to Mikael Derouin-Gonzalez, Andy Powless, both on the 24th; Gregory Marsden on the 25th; Charlie Le Saux on the 26th; Jordan Woodcock on the 27th; and Elsa Ruck on the 28th; and to Jody Rodway. A Happy Birthday goes out to everyone celebrating this week.
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With the kids starting their March Break this Friday, the end of winter is almost here, which lets us all to get outside and enjoy the weather a little more often.
The U.C.W. will meet at the church on Tuesday March 14th, beginning with dessert and a meeting to follow. All ladies are invited. Church is held at Epsom each Sunday at 10 a.m.; a welcome awaits everyone. Plans are underway for the Scallop potato and Ham supper at Utica Hall on Friday, March 17th, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The first meeting of our little school with the big heart has been set for June 9th, for celebrating Epsom Public School. They are asking for more ideas and help for the next meeting on April 5th at the school, which starts at 4:00 p.m. For all our neighbours who are not in good health we wish them a quick and complete recovery. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour on Saturday night, as it is time for springing ahead. Email email@example.com for any of your Epsom/Utica news.