I'm sure everyone enjoyed the long weekend, with the rain, sun, and fireworks.
On Sunday, the church at Epsom was transformed, with beautiful apple blossoms and gorgeous tall orchids, for the marriage ceremony uniting Betty Louise Medd and Philip Benns. The joy and excitement carried through, with a reception and party at Trillum Trails in Raglan. Congratulations and best wishes to Betty and Philip for a lifetime of happiness.
June 11th is fast approaching. If you can put together a family history of your time at Epsom school, it would be much appreciated. The kids at school have EQAO this week, for the grade 3's, next week for the grade 6's.
This Saturday May 27 will be picture day for the North Durham United Football Club rep soccer kids, and families, at the Scugog Fields. Everyone is invited to watch some practices, enjoy the BBQ, and see fun games, ball jugglers, and prize giveaways.
I’m asking, for a final time, to get some local news from all you good folks so that this column keeps going. I have asked to hear from residents, and the few local businesses in our community, but outside of a few regular people sending me material, I don't get enough to submit each week. Entirely up to you, but I may need to start submitting fewer times during the year, if more of you don't share your news with me. Have a safe and peaceful week. Email me at email@example.com
How beautiful the countryside is, with its varied hues of green and shades of red of new growth! Things seem to be moving along, in spite of the dramatic weather changes. All my fruit trees are loaded with blossoms, but the pollinators seem in short supply. Hopefully they are working away unnoticed.
On May 14th, the Asling/Ashton family held a family gathering at the old school in Epsom. For some it was their first acquaintance with this venerable building; hopefully not the last, although it is to be closed after June, its fate still unknown by those who care the most.
Cor and Jenny Van Mauik spent the day with two daughters several miles apart, but the trip was meaningful, with several birthdays to celebrate. Many others had family gatherings as well. On Saturday, in Goodwood, Bill and Sheila Richardson attended the 90th birthday of a great lady, Luella Lewis, who has been very active in W.I. and church affairs. Bill and Deborah Clements were piping that morning, at the opening of the Fire Hall.
Wednesday and Thursday were exceptionally hot days, which I spent with seven of my Sorority sisters, on a mystery tour, ending up in the Brantford area, visiting the Bell Homestead one day, and the Botanical Garden the following. Generally they were about a week or two ahead of us with blooms, as we saw at the lilac gardens and all along the scenic countryside.
Thursday evening I attended the event at the High school, where the students who had toured Vimy and other parts of France, commented on their trip and showed a video. Part of the evening was spent presenting gifts to a lot of the veterans, who went with them, or had some input into their trip. Many of the adults who accompanied them were also in attendance, and most of the council members. I’m sure these young lives will be positively influenced forever by this trip!
Sunday was a joint service at Zephyr, with Mary Foster conducting the service. Next week we are back to two services, with Sandford at 9:30 and Zephyr at 11:00.
Despite the terrible weather, a beautiful wedding took place at Epsom Church, when Betty Louise Medd wed Phillip Benns. They had been friends way back in the early 60s, when they attended Epsom and Port Perry schools together, but did not meet again until a year ago.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
30 euchre players came out on a stormy Thursday, for an evening of euchre.
Here are the evening's results: Doreen Sheehey came in first. Jim Kushner came in second and also had the most lone hands. Donna Traynor was third. Eileen Nelson came in fourth and Roy Bradburn rounded out the top five finishers. Low score was won by Carol Beatty. She is a new member of our euchre group, along with her husband, Jim. Mid score was shared by Hazel Coates and Jacky Attfield.
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
This Saturday we welcome a new Lions Club into District A-16, the Lindsay East Lions Club. The guest speaker will be Lion Tom Gordon who is the Endorsed Candidate for International Director for Canada for 2017 to 2019. We’ll be supporting Lion Tom at the International Convention in Chicago next month. It is anticipated that over 20,000 Lions will attend this convention as it is a celebration of 100 years of Lions service to our communities. There’s still room on our bus, if any Lions are thinking about attending. Contact me at 905-697-4821 if you would like more details.
We missed Lion Vicki Smith’s birthday on May 16th. Hope it was a memorable day for you, Lion Vicki. This week, May 22nd, was Lion Lynda Kendry’s birthday. Hope it was special for you.
Sincere condolences to the family of Dorothy “Dot” Hooker who passed away Saturday, May 20th. Visitation will be at Low and Low Funeral Home in Port Perry on Friday May 26th, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8. Celebration of her Life will be at Greenbank United Church Saturday at 11:00 a.m., visitation 1 hour prior. Condolences also to the family and friends of Charlie Harper who passed away on May 13th.
Sue and Bill Short have returned home from a two week honeymoon in Italy.
The popular “Annual Yard and Bake Sale” of seagrave church will take place on May 26th and 27th, beginning at 6 a.m. at the Somervilles’ farm, at 21300 Simcoe St. Set up of tents and tables will be on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Setup of items from the barn begins Thursday at 9 a.m. Please have your baked goods at the sale, between 8 and 9, on Friday.
Happy Birthday wishes to Marcia Parker on May 29th.
The choir sang a delightful ministry of music, entitled “In The Stillness Of The Morning”. The guest speaker was Mark Sturman, who will soon be a Licensed Lay Worshipper. Mark was raised in Seagrave and attended the Church as a child, with his parents Ken and Eleanor. He spoke of his experiences in the Dominican, learning the culture and teaching English, he was the outsider, relating it to how difficult it must have been for Christians in Jesus’ time to share the word. Alicia Sturman read a scripture, bringing the story to life, with emphasis and enthusiasm.
Seagrave Church is Fundraising with Otter Greenhouses at 315 Medd Rd. Epsom until June 4th. Simply buy your flowers and let the cashier know that you would like your purchase to go toward our fundraiser.
May 28th at 9:15 a.m. Profession of Faith Service. If you wish to become a member of Seagrave United Church please contact Rev. Richard, prior to the 28th, at 905-570-9899, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 28th at 12:15 p.m. Joint Congregational meeting at Greenbank after Sunday service. This meeting is for Greenbank and Seagrave people to vote on the possible changes to the five proposed “Remits”. This is an important meeting, please endeavour to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
June 4th at 2:00 p.m. Fun Day of Golf at Sunnybrae Golf Course. Golf (9 holes) and steak supper $50.00, supper only $35.00. Golf cart rental $9.00. Supper will be on the main floor, which is handicap accessible. Contact Rick at 905-985-8383, or email@example.com
June 10th at 5:30 p.m. Movie and Hamburg Night at Somerville’s barn. Please bring a salad or dessert and your lawn chair. Hamburgs, coffee and tea will be provided. Supper at 6:00 p.m., movie approx. 8:00 p.m. Free will offering. If you plan to attend, please contact John at 905-985-8608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13th at 12:00 noon. “Out To Lunch Strawberry Social”. Menu, salads, ham, buns, strawberries, ice cream, pound cake, tea and coffee. Free will offering and non perishable food items for the Scugog food bank. Please contact Jean at 905-985-9912 or email@example.com, by June 11th, to reserve a seat. Sign up sheet for volunteers and food items in the church foyer.
If you wish to rent the basement for events, contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
Saturday's sunshine gave way to rain and clouds on Sunday and Monday as 'holidayers' travelled to cottages and other venues. Farmers are being challenged with wet weather delaying planting.
The lovely flowers in church on Sunday were in memory of Don (Donald) Foster, whose funeral service and celebration of his life by many, was May 19th, 2017.
Barb Ward and Keith Bacon greeted those in church on Sunday. We welcomed guest speaker Mark Sturman. Mark grew up in Seagrave, attended Greenbank P.S. and Port Perry High, so he shared some memories along with his message that reminds us that we are all God's family, the inclusiveness of families, and God walks with us always. Hilary Balmer offered the Music Ministry singing “My Lord What a Morning”. On Sunday, May 28th After service, there will be a Congregational Meeting for the joint change at Greenbank U.C., light refreshments will be served.
It is with sadness I share that Dot Hooker died at home on Saturday, May 20th. Sincere sympathy goes out to Roy, Dana, Melissa, and all of Dot's family.
A service celebrating, and remembering, Dot will be held at Greenbank United Church, at 11 a.m., Saturday, on May 27th, 2017, with visitation one hour prior to service. There will also be visitation at Low and Low Funeral Home, Port Perry, on Friday, May 26th, from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.
Belated sympathy to Hugh Baird and family, with the death of Hugh's sister Mona Mustard who passed away on May 13th, with funeral at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Leaksdale, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017.
Congratulations to Ron (Doc) Thomson and Anne Easson who were married on Saturday, May 20th, 2017, at their Conc. 12 farm, with reception following at Greenbank Centennial Hall.
The United Church is making a Special Appeal for African Famine. To make a donation, call toll free 1-800-268-3781, ext. 3728 for Visa or Mastercard.
What miserable weather for the long weekend, when many families make plans for lots of outdoor fun!
On Thursday, Carol Thornton, Hazel Coates, May Buller and Joyce Kelly represented Shirley W.I., at the Ontario District Women’s Institute’s seventeenth annual meeting, that was held at Epsom United Church.
Sympathy is extended to Leanne and Mike Lang and family, on the recent passing of Leanne’s brother, Bruce Miller, of Oshawa.
Sympathy is also extended to a former girl of our community Wendy (nee Lee) Foster, whose husband Don Foster passed away recently, after a lengthy illness. Sympathy is also extended to their sons Andrew and Brett, and to the Foster's grandsons, and to Don's parents Rodd and Marie Foster and his mother-in-law Dolly Lee.
If your family has a graduation soon, please share the news with this column. We are always proud of our young people and their accomplishments.
The winners at the Tuesday evening card party were first Chris McArdie, second was a tie with Barb Blue and Jocelyn Bradbury, third Diane Norton. Fourth, Jacky Aifield, 545 Aufrey Mahaffy. Shirley Oldfield had the most lone hands and Diane Slute was low. The winners of the specials were Audrey Mahaffy, Dianne Norton, Doug Day and Eileen Nelson. These weekly card parties are held each Tuesday, at the United Church Hall, beginning at 7:30 sharp. All are welcome.
Many people in our community are not aware of a “ward boundary review” taking place in Scugog Council. The consultant's submission indicates four possible alternations to our present boundaries. Three of these indicate dividing Cartwright/Ward Four (with west Quarter Line as the diving line) becoming part of Scugog Island. This obviously is serious and the decision may impact you, so have your say, a feedback form is available at the Clerk's office in Port Perry. Please take action. May 31st is the deadline for submissions.
Hope everyone enjoyed Mother's Day, at least there wasn't a pounding of hail like the day before.
The monthly meeting of the Bethesda-Reach W.I. will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Epsom United Church. The program will feature "Dandelions - Friend or Foe”. Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to join everyone there. For more information email at email@example.com.
Just a reminder to collect your time at Epsom P.S. and record on a bristol board and also send photos to the school for a video presentation.
With the weather finally warming up, don't forget to place the total of your order at Otters on the Epsom church sheet. Thanks to Otters for sharing with our community.
Enjoy the long Victoria Day weekend and send me your news at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Jean Till
From Greenbank Public School Sunshine tickets were given to Aiden H., folk dancing “King”, to Ahmed T. for kindness, and Hunter D. for kindness.
Tuesday the 16th is Track and Field Day; Wednesday, May 17th at 6 p.m. is Kindergarten Evening; Kindergarten pictures will be taken Thursday May 18th; Friday, May 19th the annual 1500 L.C. Run is at the school; Monday, May 22nd, children who have read 5 books will attend the forest of Reading event at the Polish Hall, Oshawa, including a banquet for the participants, celebrating their achievements.
I was sorry to learn that Dan Foster passed away Sunday, May 14th, 2017 after a courageous cancer battle. Sincere sympathy goes to his wife Wendy, their two sons and grandson, to Dan's parents Rodd and Marie Foster, Dan's brothers and sisters, and their families. Having grown up in Greenbank, then spending his married life in Port Perry, Dan is remembered and missed.
Bill and Margaret Ann Lamb greeted those who attended the Mother's Day Service. The service included the lovely, lively music of guests, “Add Water and Stir” jazz quintet, and the Sunday School children singing a tribute to mothers to the tune of “You are my Sunshine”, adding their rhythm band instruments to a verse. Music is a great ministry! Rev. Parker included thoughts on mothers and Mother's Day, also his message on “A Chosen People”. Marcia Parker spent Mother's Day with family in Ottawa.
Next Sunday, May 21st, 11 a.m., Mark Sturman will be guest speaker at Greenbank, with Rev. Parker back on May 28th, which is the Profession of Faith service.
June 4th is the Sunday School Anniversary Day.
Deb Ward, Mindy Richardson, and Pat Raines attended the 2017 VIBE summer camp workship at Queen St. United Church Lindsay on Saturday, May 13th. Greenbank's VIBE camp is the mornings of August 14th to 18th, for children 4 to 12 years old. Volunteers are needed, so please call Deb 905-985-2090 or Mindy 905-985-3419 if you need school volunteer hours, or are available.
Don't forget Seagrave, our sister church, has a Yard and Bake Sale May 26th to 27th. Call me with your news at 905-985-0535.
On Sunday, Mother’s Day, most families enjoyed family gatherings to honour their mothers with food, fellowship and gifts. What a great opportunity to be together.
Many people are suffering from nasty colds, with many in bed because of the miseries. Get better soon.
Last weekend John Wolters joined his daughters Wilma and Debbie and his sister-in-law from Woodstock, to travel to Michigan, to visit his older sister and her family.
Blackstock was well represented at the Women’s Institute Alumini Tea, where members, former members, and families of former members, gathered at the Sugog Hall in Port Perry for a lovely afternoon tea. A large crowd attended this special event.
With the warmer, drier, weather, many of the farmers are able to get started at the planting season, which is much later than usual.
Ladies over 40 for fun lob ball league. Tuesday from 7 to 8:30. Played in Seagrave. Please call Sharon Mason 905-986-1400.
Winners at the Tuesday evening card party were Bryan Allemang, Henni Provey, Harold Crawford, Lorna Edgerton, Pat Allemang, most lone hands Doug Day and Henni Provey, Low Aila Morgam. The specials were won by Phil Sibbart, Donna Traynor, Harold Crawford and Elmo Gibson.
Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful mothers on this beautiful sunny Sunday.
Greeters were Jim and Lee Baverstock. The Choir blessed us with a beautiful rendition of “Bless This House”. Today was the Sunday School Anniversary and Jonathan Feyen and Paul Button were presented with their diplomas by Wendy Hudgins. Wendy was then presented with a beautiful container of flowers for her home. Rev. Richard’s message was about “Chosen People”. God chose special people to be our mothers. He also gave us a choice so we could become one of his chosen people.
“The Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee” on Friday evening saw the Seagrave Classic’s come in 3rd place, but won 1st place as the Best Dressed Group. Congratulations!
We are fundraising with Otter Greenhouses at 315 Medd Rd., Epsom. Simply purchase your flowers and let the cashier know that you would like your purchase to go toward our fundraiser.
Sunday May 21st at 9:15 a.m. service. Guest speaker Mark Sturman.
Wednesday May 24th at 7:30 p.m. Official Board Meeting at Seagrave.
May 26th and 27th Seagrave yard and bake sale. Please have your baked goods at the yard sale between 8 and 9 a.m.
Sunday May 28th at 12:15 p.m. Joint Congregational meeting at Greenbank after Sunday service. This is a meeting for Greenbank and Seagrave people to vote on the possible changes to the five proposed Remits. This is an important meeting, please endeavour to attend.
Sunday May 28th at 9:15 a.m Profession of Faith. If you wish to become a member of Seagrave Church please contact Rev. Richard at 905-579-9899 or email@example.com.
Sunday June 4th at 2:00 p.m. Fun Day of Golf at Sunnybrae Golf Course. Golf and steak supper $50.00, steak supper only $35.00. Supper will be on the main floor, which is handicap accessible. Contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.
If you wish to rent the basement for events, please contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or email@example.com.
Check out our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.