Spring is here and this is the last week of March! The next issue of the news will be in April. How time flies!
Condolences to the Barr Family on the recent passing of Bill Barr, or Birdhouse Willy as many new him. The Barr's lived south of Seagrave for many years. Bill initiated the annual Seagrave yard sale. Sympathy also to the family of Glen Till who passed on March 23rd. Glen was born, raised and lived his entire life in Greenbank.
Happy Anniversary to Bev and Maurice Madill on March 31st.
Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Munro who will celebrate 74 years of marriage on April 1st.
Donna Kent read the entry about the sixth Sunday in Lent, and extinguished all six Lenten candles, all those extinguished in earlier weeks had been lit again prior to this. This marks the end of Lent, and we are about to enter Holy Week.
For Children's Time, minister Stephanie Richmond explained the significance of Palm Sunday. This was followed by a little parade around the sanctuary by all parishioners who wished to join in, waving their palm branches. The regular sermon consisted of several 'mini-sermons' presented by Stephanie, interspersed with readings from the Gospel of Mark, read by Tara Bailey-Taylor, and lovely soft music provided by Joan Lee.
March 30th, at 7:30 pm. Good Friday service at Greenbank.
April 1st, at 9:15 a.m. Easter Sunday service and communion. Also wear your best Easter bonnet!
April 12th, at 7:00 p.m. Let's Talk About! Everyone welcome to this interesting discussion.
April 14th, at 8:30 a.m. Men's Breakfast Group.
April 15th, at 9:15 a.m. Affirmation of faith of a new member.
April 18th, at 7:00 p.m. Euchre night.
NOTE: Rosalind and Ken Stephens are moving to Bowmanville from our area and would like to meet and greet their church friends at Col. Mustard's in Port Perry on Water Street on April 22nd, after church. Mark your calendars and we will see you there. If you wish to send them a card, please send it to 21671 Brunion Ave., Seagrave, Ont. L0C 1G0.
The Seagrave Park Committee is looking forward to an exciting new year. Their first event will be the Earth Day and Pancake Breakfast on April 28th. We are also looking for one more member to join our Committee. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on all of the happenings at your Park. We also welcome your ideas. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for comments or for information.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
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Call to worship was called by the Rev. Michele Hofman. A friendly greeting went out to those in attendance.
Easter Sunrise service will be held at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning and regular service will held at 10 a.m.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a memorial stone to be placed in the new flower garden and to help raise money for new pew cushions, contact Elizabeth Freeman at 905-985-6759. All help is appreciated.
Happy Birthdays go out to: Wayne Charles on the 27th; Cooper Kozlinsky on the 28th; Nolan Coons, Chase Powers, and Jane Williams all on the 29th; and Rhiannon McRae and Kain Philp both on the 30th.
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Blackstock & District Lions Club
Many thanks to the more than 100 attendees who supported our Lions and our Blackstock Curlers in our first ever March Madness Dance. From Steve Waters’ music to Strack’s pulled pork, we were well entertained and fed. And judging from the dancing that was still going on at 1:00 a.m., it looked like a good time was had by all. More details will follow once the committee reviews the details of the evening.
Congratulations to Charlotte Harper, grade 4 student at Cartwright Central Public School, who represented us well at the District A-16 Effective Speaking Contest in Newmarket, this past Saturday. And thank you to Principal Young, who took the time to come to Newmarket to support her. With 29 speakers, representing six divisions, they were divided into two groups, so no one could hear every speech, but we did see the awards presentation after lunch. I’m sure that Charlotte will be displaying her certificate at school this week.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
The March 22nd euchre winners were as follows. Heidi Kreig finished in first place. Linda Carder came in second. Jacky Attfield finished in third place. Brigitte Moase was fourth. Larry Doble took fifth place. Brigitte Moase had the most lone hands. Norm Lackner and Dianne Slute tied for low score.
Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening.
Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall; everyone is welcome.
The Bethesda-Reach W.I. will be holding their annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show on Tuesday April 10th, at Trinity United Church in Uxbridge, located at 20 First Avenue. For 2018, they will be featuring Fashions from Woods and Woods, Uxbridge. Tickets are $25 and available by calling 905-852-3925 or 905-985-3976. Proceeds from this luncheon are in turn donated to various community projects such as a scholarship, Community Care, Food Banks, and prizes at both Uxbridge and Port Perry fairs. They hope to see you there.
A reminder for the breakfast at Utica Hall in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, on Good Friday, from 8:00 to 9:30 in the morning.
The Epsom/Utica church is planning a scallop potato and ham supper at Utica Hall, on Saturday April 14th, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A Jack and Jill is in the works for Danica Ashton and Anton Filatov at Utica hall on the evening of April 21st.
Sympathies from our community to Mary Jean Till and family, on the passing of Mary Jean's husband, Glenn. Mary Jean taught school here at Epsom and I'm sure many former students will remember her.
Sympathies to Doreen Brethors' family on her passing. Doreen's husband was involved with one of the first group of organizers to set the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in motion here.
This is Easter weekend. Come on Good Friday at 11:00 a.m. to Epsom for church. Come on Easter Sunday at 11:00 a.m., as well.
Be safe driving, don't eat too much chocolate on Sunday, and goodbye to March.
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It’s officially Spring! However, winter likes to keep a grip and continues to send those cold north winds blowing over the anxious flower buds of my hyacinths, that are now above ground.
I see Twinkleberry pond is ice free and the geese have already arrived, but mine is still solid ice.
We can only hope that by Easter Sunday it will feel a bit more like Easter bonnet time, with balmy breezes blowing. The redwing blackbirds are back, my usual first sign of spring, although they are hardy birds and can take a lot of cold weather.
Our sympathies go out to Jen Selwyn-Edwards and her family on the passing of her grandmother. She had recently suffered a fall and possibly this contributed to her death.
Scott Rowsell suffered a serious car accident in late February and has an amazing number of broken body parts. He will probably need several surgeries as time passes. He is presently in traction. A GoFundMe page has been started by his friend Janice Therrien, through which you may contribute to his medical care if you desire. Our sincere best wishes go out to him for a speedy recovery.
Scott Central School Grade 8 is raising funds for their trip and are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner, at the Sandford Hall, on April 5th, between 4:30 and 8 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. A family of four gets in for $30. There will be a 50/50 draw and gift baskets to be won.
March 25th was of course Palm Sunday, celebrated in all Christian churches. We had palm branches to wave at both Sandford and Zephyr and Rev. Eiko’s message was entitled “The Whole Story”, meaning that although Christ died shortly after, the story is really about life, not death.
Melinda had a beautiful number for meditation, as I am sure so did Nancy Wolfe, playing at Zephyr. Communion was also served in this service making it a full morning.
On Good Friday, March 30th, there will be a joint service at Sandford at 10 a.m. All are invited to attend this service with us, while on Easter Sunday each church will again have a separate worship service. It is suggested that you purchase a lily, or flower of your choice, to bring to church. You can then take it home to grace your house or give it to a sick or shut-in friend, who could not be present.
Rev. Eiko will be taking holidays from April 2nd until April 16th. On Sunday April 8th there will be a joint service at Sandford once more, at which time Adele Boy will be the guest speaker. On Sunday April 15th her friend Debbie Siertsema will conduct the joint service at Zephyr. These will be at 10 a.m. Both these ladies took the Lay Leader course over three years and finished just recently.
At Zephyr there will be special music from the Senior men’s Choir of Newmarket /Aurora, led by Keith Profit, a former Zephyr boy. About 30 men are expected to perform.
Completing the Easter season, on April 22nd we will hold Holy Humour service, at which time you are asked to bring along clean jokes, funny stories or happy thoughts to start the new segment of the church year.
On April 11th, the Uxbridge Horticultural group gets back in action with Mr. Richter as guest speaker, talking about “Plants of Rights Too”. This should be a very informative message to kick off the Spring gardening season.
On April 12th, the U.C.W. will hold their meeting, 1:00 p.m. Guest speaker is Rachel Clements, who will talk about her work while she spent a couple of times in Jerusalem. All are welcome to attend this gathering.
On April 19th, the Uxbridge genealogy group will meet with the guest speaker Lynn Palermo. Lynn’s topic will be “Writing a Family History- Turning Research into a Story”. This is a theme many genealogists ponder over the years and this should help get you underway. All are welcome. There is a $2 registration and a 50/50 draw. The event will be at 7 p.m. at the Lower Hall of the Uxbridge Public Library.
Palm Sunday was celebrated at Church on Sunday, with special music, palm branches, and communion.
Special services will be held over Holy Week, all at Blackstock United Church as follows. Maundy Thursday Service will be at 1:30 p.m., in the sanctuary, followed by Good Friday at 11:00 a.m. Easter will be a Family Service at 9:45 a.m. on April 1st. You are welcome at any or all of the services.
On Sunday April 15th, the choir’s dinner will be “A Royal Affair”, featuring roast beef. Settings are at 4:45 and 7:00 p.m. with entertainment by Frances Grove Hurst between each setting. Tickets are required and available from choir members.
Last week I had the wrong date for the 30th annual Talent Auction. This fun event is on April 20th at the Church. Please correct your calendar accordingly.
Richard VanCamp was honoured with birthday cake, tea, and coffee on the occasion of his birthday. Happy birthday Richard.
Better health is wished for Noreen Malcolm, who has been under the weather recently.
On Saturday evening the March Madness Dance, co-sponsored by the Blackstock Lion Club and the Blackstock Curling club, was a fine success with a great crowd in attendance. A great way to chase away the winter blues.
Winners at the Tuesday evening card party were as follows. First place was a tie between Jocelyn Bradbury and Elmo Gibson. Elma and Jocelyn also tied with the most lone hands. Second was Henny Povey. Third was Alma Manns. Fourth was Phil Fibbert. The specials were won by Lawrence McLaughlin, Pat Currie ,Wilma VanCamp, and Don Trunks.
The Blackstock Euchre Club invites anyone who enjoys playing euchre to join this group any Tuesday evening, to begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church.
Call to worship was called by the Rev. Michele Hofman, a warm and friendly welcome went out to those in attendance.
March 25th, Annual Congregational Meeting, following the service.
Easter Sunrise service 8 a.m., outdoors weather permitting.
Easter Service with communion at 10 a.m., followed by Easter brunch.
April 8th, Doug Baird will be at the pulpit while, while Rev Michele is on study leave.
April 15th, pulpit exchange.
April 29th, Conference Annual General Meeting. Michele is in Napanee from April 27th to 29th.
On the First Nation Community for the March Break, activities were planned out for the children and some family events as well.
For birthdays this coming week: Cory Collins and Tyra Giasson both on the 12th, Cory St. James on the 13th, Karen Slute and Justice Colwell both on the 14th. On the 13th, a happy anniversary to Doug and Susie Baird.
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Good wishes are sent to the students and school staff enjoying March Break this week. Enjoy the break.
On Sunday Laurie Minshall of Caledonia along with Jan and Jim Byers spent some time visiting their mom, Shirley Turner, in the Villa at Port Perry. Shirley enjoys visits from friends and relatives.
Sarah Malcolm along with her sister from Toronto visited their grandparents in Ottawa over the weekend.
Jim and Jan Byers enjoyed a trip to Cuba with Jim’s friends from school, earlier in the winter.
Do you have your tickets for the 1st BBUl March Madness Dance, that is hosted by the Blackstock Lions Club and the Blackstock Curling Club. It will be held on Saturday March 24th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Rec. Centre. Live Music will be provided by Steve Waters and Cartwright Boundary. There will be a late night Buffet, Cash Bar and door Prizes For tickets contact Connie at 905-926-4913 or Doug at 905-429-8093.
The Blackstock Choir beef dinner will be ‘A Royal Affair”, on Sunday April 15th, with settings at 4:45 and 7:00 p.m. Entertainment by Frances Grove-Hurst will take place between settings. Tickets are available from choir members now.
At the church service on Sunday morning Steve and Lorinda Bryans were received into membership by profession of faith. Joanna Malcolm and Delaine Dyer had been received by transfer earlier.
A sign of spring indeed! Sign up time for ladies over 40. They play in Seagrave on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please call Sharon Mason at 905-986-1400.
The winners at the Tuesday evening Euchre game were: First Barb Blue who also had the most lone hands, second Alma Manns, third Doreen Shehey, fourth Elmo Gibson, fifth Eileen Nelson, and Olive Smith. The winners of the specials were Shirley Oldfield, Elmo Gibson, Jenny Povey, and Eileen Nelson.
My column has been absent for two weeks as I was travelling in Cuba, in parts where internet was hard to find. Our group was headed by James Kamstra of North Durham Nature. Others from the NDN were president Derek Connelly, Jay and Bev Thibert, as well as Jean Jacobs. There were two ladies from the Pickering Naturalist group and two from North Vancouver and a fellow from California. We travelled with a wonderful local guide, which is necessary for anyone touring, plus several National Park rangers each time we entered a new Park.
They have an amazing number of National Parks and people live within them, carrying on their mostly traditional ways of farming, whether it be raising cattle, growing tobacco, sugar cane or coffee. They do have tractors but they are used mostly for transporting people and crops, not for working the land as they believe in what we now call "no till" type of farming. The horse is still the primary means of farming, carrying goods or people and they have an variety of carts from ones that look like sulkies to wagons and all sizes of trailers. Many were used as taxis! Occasionally we even saw oxen pulling carts and the odd mule.
The history of Cuba, the revolution, the rise of Castro and the coming of
Socialism to the Cuban people was given on a different slant than what we usually hear, which of course is from the US perspective. There is much more to tell with a few thousand slides, as we were naturally focused on bird life as well as culture and history.
The most beautiful things I saw were these hundreds of classic cars, beautifully painted and not at all held together with duck tape as you might think. Most were taxis but many were private vehicles and ranged from 1930 to 1980 vehicles. There were newer cars as well but not quite up to date because of the embargo.
Happy birthday to Joel Spears who celebrated this week. You can see Joel volunteering at almost any event having to do with Jr. farmer, 4H, museum and others. Happy birthday or anniversary to any I may have missed while out of the loop.
I was glad to hear that Jean Sopel is coming along well after her fall and breaking her hip and is under the special care of her mother, caregiver extraordinaire!
This Sunday was the third before Easter as we journey along. Rev. Eiko was on study leave and busily planning the special services to come, which include Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday as well as Holy Humour Sunday. Good Friday will be a joint service at Sandford; possibly Holy Humour will be a joint gathering as well but that is to be decided. Rick McKinley took the service this week filling in for Rev. Eiko with Melinda at the pianos.
Next week services are back to normal again but following the Sandford service the ladies are asked to bring sandwiches and squares for a lunch, after which the congregational meeting will be held.
This is a very important meeting, especially in light of the changes coming to the United Church in 2019. Everyone is urged to attend.
Our community was saddened with the word of the passing of Paul McIntyre after a serious illness. Sympathy is extended to his family. Visitation and the service took place at the Wagg Funeral Home, followed by interment at the Blackstock Anglican Cemetery.
If winter blues have struck you and your family, contact either members of the Blackstock Lions Club or the Blackstock Curling club for information about the March Madness Evening at the Rec. Centre, in March. For tickets and info call Connie at 905-986-1169 or Doug at 905-986-4263 for tickets or info.
For a short time yet, the walking program continues at the Rec. Centre on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays.
On Thursday a good crowd enjoyed the Seniors luncheon held at the United Church. These delicious dinners are available for $10 each, followed by some type of entertainment, on the first Thursday of each month, at noon. The entertainment at the April meeting will be Herb Vine and Stu Bennett. For more information call Joyce Kelly or Noreen Malcolm.
Better health is wished for Peter Booth who has had health for the last while.
Winners at the Tuesday evening were: first Ellen Gibson, who also had the most lone hands; second Al Cowdy; third Barb Blue; fourth Lorna Edgerton; fifth Marg Cayer; and mid score Val Priebe. Winners of the specials were Al Cowdy, Henny Povey, and Norm Lackner.