Is Spring finally here? By the time you read this we should all know and those giant snow banks, from the plowing of last week, all melted away. All of a sudden flowers are popping out of the ground and through the grass and leaves of autumn. There have been mallards, wood ducks and hooded mergansers spending a lot of time on my pond; consequently I'm spending a lot of time with my camera at the window!
A happy birthday greeting goes out to former Zephyrite, Shirley Hewlett and to Brian Moore; also to anyone else celebrating birthdays or anniversaries in the past week.
It is great to hear that Elaine Cox is getting around quite well now although it will still be awhile before she is running any races, as the saying goes. Glad to hear also that Elaine Cordingley had no problems after her knee procedure; best wish for quick healing go to Ed Ellig. It seems someone is always having some sort of medical problem as you get older!
A notice from Zephyr said that there were 50 children who took part in the Easter egg hunt, a larger number than last year. A “meet and greet” for Zephyrites will be held at the hall on May 5th, from 1 to 4 p.m., a chance to meet your neighbours! Baseball for children 10 and up will begin on Sundays, starting at 6 p.m. with Gord Shreene.
There was a small attendance at the Food Grains Bank presentation at Epsom last Tuesday evening. The event included a talk by the president of the Ontario group, with a slide and video presentation and an old time slide show from the archives of Floyd Evans and Don Asling; two of the men who started the movement in this area, the third was Orvan Brethour. Originally it involved several churches in the Uxbridge area but gradually became the Epsom-Utica group. Representatives from three other groups were present and gave their stats. Grant Mustard said that the Leaskdale Presbyterian church had 32 acres they plant east of the church. All groups will begin planting as soon as the ground is workable.
What great opportunities our young people get these days! My niece Haley Ashton, cousins Rylee and Brooklyn Kerry, along with about 50 Port Perry High School music students, are in B.C. taking part in concerts. Dawson Ball, who plays the trombone, will be going with U.H.S. on May 8th, also to B.C.
The Uxbridge Genealogy Group met Thursday night, with a capacity crowd, to hear Lyn Palermo talk about how to go about constructing your family research into a readable and interesting story, more than just names and dates. It was a most informative evening and obviously of great interest to many hopeful attendees.
There was a very large crowd at Utica hall Friday night as the postponed Epsom-Utica Ham and Scalloped Potato supper took place. I guess everyone was happy the storms of the week before were over! It was held on Saturday night, at the same venue the Jack and Jill for my niece Danica Ashton and Anton Filatov took place, this time being conducted by a much younger crowd.
On Sunday Rev. Eiko and Ron were welcomed back from their trip to Japan. it was Holy Humour Sunday with lots of laughs throughout the service with jokes, hats, and a skit by Bruce Smith and Tanis Potage at Sandford; not sure who provided the giggles at Zephyr! Melinda sang some very modern words to an old favourite, with laughter included. Following the Sandford service we had a photo session where all attendees were photographed for an intended photo directory. This will occur for a couple more Sundays to accommodate others.
Quite a number from the community attended the showing at the Roxy of “Indian Horse”, a very powerful movie about the results of the Residential schools and one boy’s journey through that trial to become an NHL star, throwing that away until he finally came to grips with his past. If you get the chance to see it, you should. It is a moving experience! It was a full house for the Roxy both Saturday and Sunday, followed by a discussion session led by David and Ann Phillips and Knowledge keeper Mim Harder.
Scott Central School is presenting a play, “The Little Mermaid” Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 2 to 13. Come out and support the students!
Zephyr Community is holding a community wide garage sale on June 9th, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. or so; the library will have its Bag of Books for a buck sale, the church will have a BBQ and bake sale.
Also the same day Sandford Church hope to hold a Blanket Exercise with a facilitator and Elder (Knowledge keeper) already enlisted. We hope to have several indigenous ceremonies, food and a couple of speakers. Mark this day to learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation process and why it was necessary.
I guess the joke is true: if you don't like Canadian weather, wait fifteen minutes and you just might!
It is difficult to believe that we can go from a winter ice storm to balmy temperatures in one week, but we have. Hopefully last week's storm was the last of the winter season and we can start thinking about gardening, mosquitoes, and open doors and windows.
No doubt the farmers are starting to get antsy, wanting to be on the land, preparing and planting for this year's crops. It is amazing how quickly the crops will be planted once the weather cooperates.
Blackstock United Church held a very successful Talent Auction on Friday. A good crowd of interested bidders enjoyed supporting the church while purchasing many interesting items. People went home with their purchases and the church's coffers were buoyed for another year.
The look of south Blackstock was changed with the removal of the last house on the west side of Old Scugog Road, across from Hoogeveen's farm. The house just seemed to disappear as the crew was very efficient. If you drove by and thought, "Something's different.", you can be assured something is different, the house is missing.
Winners of the card party were: first George Wind who had the most lone hands, second Chris McArdle, third Joan Sage, fourth Joan Graham, and fifth Lorna Edgerton. Mid score Heni Povey and Olive Smith. One game 21 or over George Wind and Lorna Edgerton. The winners of the specials were Harvey Graham, Heni Povey, Jacky Atfield, and Ellen Gibson.
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What a great change from last weekend's weather to the sunny days, at last! Bees were buzzing around my crocus Sunday afternoon, and the grass is greening on people's lawns as snow melts.
Greenbank Lions still have lawn fertilizer for sale at $27 per 55 lb bag, also Maple Syrup at $10 per 500 ml. Remember the Scrap Metal and Electronics Collection at Greenbank Hall, May 12th. For all the above, call 905-985-3723.
Greenbank Hall and Park Board are fundraising with Otter Greenhouses, 315 Medd Rd., Epsom, 905-852-4187. So when you buy your flowers at Otter Greenhouses, let the cashier know you would like your purchase to go toward the fundraiser. A percentage of sales comes directly to the board from April 9th to June 3rd.
Saturday, May 19th, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be a Plant and Bake Sale at the pavilion by Greenbank Church. Funds raised are to support the proposed lift for the church.
Saturday, June 2nd, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Greenbank United Church, Naomi Bristan, award winning country/yodeller/gospel singer, will entertain. For tickets at $15, call 905-985-2090 or 905-985-4504, to reserve or for more info.
Greenbank Church's Mission Trip April 2019 is looking for team members, limit of 12, to go to Guatemala. To acquire your application, or to inquire about information, please email Juliconard@gmail, or call 905-985-2006. The deadline for application is April 29th. Interviews will follow.
VIBE 2018 August 7th to 10th (short week), volunteers will be appreciated and community service hours can be made. Adult training session will be held at Queen St. U.C. in Lindsay on Saturday, May 12th, from 9 to 12 noon. Contact Deb at 905-985-2090 for info or to volunteer for this summer Camp.
In two weeks, student minister Stephanie Richmond will graduate from Emmanuel College. On June 10th, 2 p.m. at Greenbank U.C., a Covenanting Service will celebrate her graduation and covenant with Greenbank and Seagrave churches. All are invited to attend.
Stephanie continues to have office hours, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the office, Greenbank Church. Call 905-985-0844, or email email@example.com. When Stephanie is on holidays, should an emergency arise, please contact Rev. Les Hills, Pastoral Care Supervising Minister, Sunderland U.C., at 705-357-3056 or at home at, 705-357-0003.
Sunday's service began with young Rachel Martens lighting the Christ Candle. The baptism of baby Ethan Connor Barton, son of Ian and Maghan Barton, was his special welcome into the church family.
Almost one third of Africa is without water. This was the M&S information Pauline Reed gave. M&S givings help drill wells in dry areas.
The April 29th service at 11 a.m. will be led by George Timms as Stephanie will be at Bay of Quinte Conference.
On May 6th, the guest speaker is Gord Taylor.
On May 7th, the Greenbank Barbecque Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Sunderland and Vroomanton churches will meet to discuss the futures of these congregations.
Congratulations to first time parents Melanie (nee Thomson) and Wesley Snodden whose baby, Nixon Ronald Snodden, was born April 10th. Best wishes to all.
Wick Church ladies are serving a Salad Supper on May 11th at 6 p.m., one setting only. Tickets are $18 for adults, the ticket cost for children under 12 years is $5, pre-schoolers get in free. Call Helen at 705-357-3704 to reserve.
Mother Nature has finally got things running smoothly! Spring has finally arrived!
Don Adams (Mariposa Estates) has returned home from Florida early this year to attend his Mother's 100th Birthday celebration, held in Belleville on April 2nd. Apologies to Don for this being late, but the gremlins were having fun.
The Greenbank Lions Club is selling 21-7-7 Fertilizer for $27 a bag and 500 ML Bottles of Maple Syrup for $10. Call Don Beacock at 905-985-3595 to order.
Jim and Lee Baverstock were greeters and lit the Christ Candle. Eleanor Sturman visited the Birthday Box. Tara Bailey-Taylor read two entries regarding Mission and Service. The choir sang a lovely Ministry in Music this morning, with a solo by John DeBono. The subject of Children's Time was dealing with fear. The minister had a puppet named Opal the Ostrich who was afraid to go to church for the first time, and sought advice from a little boy in the congregation. The main sermon also dealt with fear. Fear can build upon itself if we let it. However, it is part of life and can be good, but can also be debilitating. God's love can help us overcome any fear. Trust God and stop the voice of fear.
Many Seagravers met at Col. Mustards in Port Perry to wish Rosalind and Ken Stephens well on their move to Bowmanville.
There will be a waste and bottle collection at the Earth Day event on Saturday April 28th, at 9 a.m. at the Seagrave Park. There will also be a used book sale. We are accepting donated books at 16 Coryell St, across from the church. Please place books in the bin on the front porch. And you can bring your milk bags for the Seagrave United Church to use for their Milk Bag Mats. All funds raised go to improving the park. Registration is now open for Ladies (Over 40) Fun baseball league. Games are Tuesday nights in Seagrave. Please call Sharon Mason at 905-986-1400 or Dianne Lewis at 905-985-1529.
Sunday April 30th, we will be having a guest speaker, Pastor Kathy MacIntosh from Port Perry. Service will be conducted by Betty Somerville.
May 3rd, at 7 p.m. Let's Talk About! All are welcome to join us in discussing Acts 10: 44-48.
May 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. Stewards meeting to discuss the yard sale.
May 6th, please remember the Hike for Hospice Palliative Care, at the Port Perry Fairgrounds. The money from the walk will go to the building of the new Hospice in Port Perry. Registration begins at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
May 6th, Church service to be lead by Tara Bailey-Taylor.
May 17th, at 7 p.m. Let's Talk About! All are welcome to attend and share our conversation.
May 25th and May 26th is the annual yard sale.
The Seagrave men's group are once again having a fun day of golf and dinner at Sunnybrae Golf course, Saturday June 23rd. The tee off time is 2 p.m. Dinner will be around 5:00. Again, please call 905-985-8383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to hold a spot.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
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A big thank you to everyone who supported the church supper on Friday evening.
Thanks also for all the support that Danica and Anton received for their Jack and Jill on Saturday evening.
The Roast Beef supper for Epsom/Utica Church is on Friday May 11th at Utica Hall Time 4:30 to 7:00 pm.
Don't forget when you are buying your spring plants from Otters Greenhouse to let the cashier know you wish to place your order with Epsom/Utica Church. We want to thank Otters for their kindness.
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Blackstock & District Lions Club
We’re working on our flyer now for distribution in promotion of our annual Blackstock Lions Car Show. Just in case you haven’t heard about it, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 26th. Follow this column for details about classification of vehicles, prizes, etc. And we all hope for good weather that day.
And speaking of good weather, we are also hoping that Wednesday, May 2nd will be a pleasant day as that’s when we do our park clean-up. You’ll see us around 5 p.m. at the park next door to the arena in Blackstock. Why not join us?
Our Lions year comes to a close on June 30th and we’re gearing up for our 2018-2019 Lions year. That means an election of officers very soon, followed by Club Officer training. If you are interested in knowing more about what Lions do, just check out the international website at www.lionsclubs.org or to know more about our Club activities, visit http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/blackstock/. Chris Cliff keeps this site up to date for us with photos that are sent to her.
We’re looking forward to our vision screening of the senior kindergarten children at Cartwright Central Public School on Tuesday, May 8th. We’ll be contacting the school on Monday, April 30th for the numbers of students with signed permission forms so that we can be on top of the paperwork. Since 80% of our learning comes to us through our vision, it is vital that we be on top of this at a young age.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
Here are Thursday night's euchre results: Judy Westall finished in first place. Val Preibe came in second. Norm Lackner took third place. Lorna Edgerton finished in fourth place and had the most lone hands. Jacky Attfield came in fifth. Doug Day had the 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.
Seems like the gremlins got into the Seagrave news last week. We can't blame Mother Nature for that, but we sure can blame her for the messy weather we are getting this weekend. I hope that everyone could stay indoors and be safe. There were a lot of businesses closed this week. Seagrave and Greenbank Churches cancelled their services
Condolences to Betty and Len Somerville and their family on the recent passing of Betty's father, Ray Munro.
Five Seagrave ladies enjoyed a delightful High Tea Luncheon at Anne St. John’s home a week ago.
April 9th to June 3rd, Seagrave Church is fundraising with Otter Greenhouses at 315 Medd Rd., in Epsom. Simply buy your flowers and let the cashier know you wish to place your purchase with Seagrave Church.
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 see you there. If you wish to send them a card, please send to: 21671 Brunion Ave., Seagrave Ontario L0C 1G0. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer.
There will be a scrap, e-waste and bottle collection at the Earth Day event on Saturday April 28th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seagrave Park. There will also be a used book sale. We are accepting donated books at 16 Coryell St., across from the church. Please place books in the bin on the front porch.
You can bring your milk bags for the Seagrave United Church to use for their milk bag mats. All funds raised go to improving the park. Registration is now open for Ladies (Over 40) Fun baseball league. Games are Tuesday nights in Seagrave. Please call Sharon Mason at 905-986-1400 or Dianne Lewis at 905-985-1529.
April 26th, at 7:00 p.m. Let's Talk About! Cancelled.
April 29th, at 9:15 a.m. Guest Speaker Betty Somerville .
May 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. Let's Talk About! All welcome to join us in discussing Acts 10:44-48.
May 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. Stewards Meeting to discuss yard sale.
The Seagrave men's group again this year are looking to send two young people to camp Quin-mo-Lac in the summer, cost covered by the men's group, please contact Rick Mcaskill at 905-985-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seagrave men's group are once again having a fun day of golf and dinner at Sunnybrae Golf course Saturday June 23rd, tee off time 2:00 p.m. dinner around 5:00 again please call to hold a spot 905-985-8383 or email email@example.com.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
If you wish to rent the hall, call Rick at 905-985-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an item for this column phone Jean at 905-985-9921, or email Jean at email@example.com.
Due to the weather, Sunday Church Service was Cancelled. Call to worship will resume next week.
Also due to weather, the offices on the First Nation were also closed and school buses were cancelled. The weather has been the talk of day! Hopefully everyone has made it through the ice storm safely.
The next activities to happen at the Health and Resource Centre will be the annual Native Arts & Craft Show and sale. Many vendors will be out with their many Arts/Crafts and it is always nice to grab a bite for lunch, usually Indian Taco can be found and enjoyed. There will be free admission and free door prize tickets. 50/50 and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to come on April 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Door prizes will be given every hour on the hour, raffles and 50/50, take place around 3:30 p.m. It will be located at 22600 Island Rd., 1 km north of the Casino on your left hand side. There is lots of parking.
Happy Birthdays this week go out to Bill Bell and Joseph Kozlinsky on the 17th; Chris Johnson on the 18th; Alice Edgar on the 20th; and a very special birthday on the 21st, celebrating a milestone birthday is my Gramma, Christena Edgar!
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Blackstock & District Lions Club
Ordinarily, our Lions try to clean up our park and the cenotaph on Church Street in Blackstock during the middle of April, but this year the weather has become a factor. Therefore, we have moved the event to Wednesday, May 2nd starting around 5 p.m. If you would like to join us, let us know you are coming, and bring along a rake; we’ll have the leaf bags.
On Tuesday, May 8th we’re looking forward to providing vision screening for the senior kindergarten students at Cartwright Central P.S. The permission forms have gone home to the parents.
Another date for your calendar is Saturday, May 26th; that’s our annual Blackstock Lions Car Show which is being held at Cartwright Fields in Nestleton. If you have any queries, contact the chairperson, Lion Keith, at 905-986-5603. More details will follow.
On Monday, April 9th Pineridge Chorus, the Uxbridge chapter of Sweet Adelines, hosted a Family & Friends Night. This was an opportunity for its members to have a dress rehearsal for the two numbers they will perform this weekend in Region 16 competition in Syracuse, New York. You can watch this live by Googling Sweet Adelines Region 16. It’s an early start because they are on first on Saturday morning, so probably around 9:00 a.m. Good luck, Pineridge!
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
Thirty people came out to play euchre on Thursday and here are the results: Pat Allemang finished in first place. There was a tie for second between Val Priebe and Jocelyn Bradbury. Pat Currie was third. Roy Bradburn finished in fourth and had the most lone hands. Brigitte Moase came in fifth. Ann Mastin had the low score. The bonus number was won by Bryan Allemang.
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.
Good to see the power stayed on during this past weekend, with what looks like minimal damage across the board.
The Bethesda-Reach W.I. would like to thank the Epsom ladies who assisted with the recent Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show. Your support is greatly appreciated. The April (Annual) meeting of the Bethesda-Reach W.I. will be held on April 25th, at the Epsom United Church at 7:30 p.m. This is a great time to learn about the many activities of the W.I. during the past year. You can call Barbara at 905-985-3976. if you have any questions.
The Epsom/Utica Church Ham and Scallop Potato Supper which had to be postponed because of inclement weather, is this Friday evening April 20th, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Utica Hall. On Saturday evening April 21st at 7:00 p.m. there is a Jack and Jill party arranged for Danica Ashton and Anton Filatov at Utica Hall.
This week the community said a final goodbye to Honny Urich. Honny lived on Christie Crescent in Utica for many years. Our condolences to daughter Jane and Eric Sobil and Family.
Hopefully the weather will be more obliging for the Epsom/Utica Church Roast Beef Supper on Friday May 11th, at Utica Hall.
Wishing better health for Grace Medd, along with Milton and Elaine Rainey, who are hospitalized at this time.
Enjoy a safe week, send me your Epsom/Utica news to email@example.com. Go leafs go!