The annual Seagrave church yard sale is over for another year. Wow, the biggest one yet! A big thank you to all those great volunteers who helped to set up, unpack the goodies, helped to sell the goods and helped with the clean up. The next event organized by the Park Committee will be an "Art Day in the Park", on July 7th, from 10 to 4. If you are an artist interested in putting up a table please email email@example.com. The cost is $20. We are also looking for entertainers, music, dance, and drama etc.
Ross Short is back home again from the hospital. He welcomes all visitors.
Sunday was very busy at our little church. It was Trinity Sunday and a joint service with Greenbank church. We also had four baptisms. Baby Piper Shepherd; Abigail Shepherd and Bentley Shepherd, twins age six; and their mother Shelly Redcliffe; accompanied by the father of the children, Matthew Shepherd; and four godparents. Service was officiated by Minister Stephanie Richmond. Greeters were Kelly Monkman and Jane Pettinger, and scripture reader from Greenbank was Pat Raines. Musicians group “Add Water and Stir” added energy with their music. Tara Taylor read the Mission and Service report. Stephanie’s message mentioned that “We are all God’s Children”. We are family. Service was followed by a luncheon.
June 2nd, at 5:30 p.m. Hamburger and Movie Night at Somerville’s, 21300 Simcoe St. Please bring a salad or dessert and a drink. Hamburgers and pop will be provided. A free will offering will be gladly received.
June 2nd, from 7 to 9 p.m. Naomi Bristow award winning yodeler and gospel singer at Greenbank Church. Tickets are $15. Call Deb Ward 905-985-2090 to reserve.
June 2nd, yard and bake sale at St. Andrews United Church, Sunderland.
June 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Art Prayer and Meditation”. There is no skill of drawing, sketching, or doodling needed. Contact Stephanie at 905-718-8086 if you wish to attend.
June 6th, at 10:00 a.m. Session Meeting.
June 7th, at 7:00 p.m. Turkey Supper Meeting.
June 9th, at 8:30 a.m. Men's Group Breakfast at the Hyland in Port Perry.
June 12th, at noon, Out to Lunch at Seagrave Church: Strawberry and Salad lunch. Contact Jean at 905-995-9921 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend. A free will offering will be gladly received.
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 at 2 p.m. and dinner is around 5 p.m. Please email email@example.com or call 905-985-8383.
August 13th to 17th, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seagrave's Vibe Program.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history and local news.
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We are not slowing down, our events keep happening!
Our Annual Yard Sale is on Friday June 1st, from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday June 2nd, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Lots of treasures to find, or you can donate your items on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Most items are sold by your making a donation. The coffee will be on!
Our June 24th service will be an outdoor service, weather permitting, and will include a clean up work party on our cemetery. A BBQ lunch will follow.
Our Annual Strawberry Take Out Supper will be held on June 29th, from 3 to 7 p.m. For $10, per adult, you will get: salads, meats, rolls, strawberries, dessert, and a cold drink, all packed up for you to take home to enjoy. Stop by on your way to the cottage, or plan a picnic that day. Its always a wonderful meal.
Our Vacation Bible School this year has a Ship Wrecked Theme. It is July 16th to 20th, from 9 a.m. until noon. Snacks, crafts, games, videos, music, and imagination station, make learning fun for the children. No cost to register. Children of all ages welcome.
Our worship service is at 10:30 on Sunday morning, and all are welcome. Our United Church is located at 1022 Little Britain Road, Little Britain.
This past weekend saw the funerals and celebrations of life for four well known residents, Terry Cane of Hoskins Stables, Jean Churchill, Maureen Moore, and Doreen VanCamp.
Jill Davidson of Bermuda is home for the funeral of her aunt, Doreen VanCamp, as well as connecting with friends and relatives.
The Blackstock euchre club held its weekly games with the following winners: Phil Sibbert, Linda Carder, Alma Manns, Keith VanCamp, Mary Lou Breward, Len VanSchagen, and Shirley Oldfield. There was a five way tie for most lone hands between Linda Carder, Len VanSchagen, Alma Manns, Chris McCardle, and Wilma VanCamp.
Mid score was also a tie between Elmo Gibson, Don Trunks, and Norm Lackner.
Specials were won by Norm Lackner, Linda Carder, Audrey Mahaffey, and Val Priebe.
The Durham Beef Farmers' bus to the Induction ceremony for Harvey Graham still has a few tickets. The bus will leave Breezy Acres Farms, 1831 Regional Road 19, at 11:30 a.m., June 10th. There is ample parking available. Finger food lunch snacks will be provided.
Tickets for the ceremony are $25. If you're interested in ordering tickets and a seat on the bus, contact Mary Ann by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 905-436-2528.
There will be a golf tournament presented by Sunnybrae Golf Club and Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc., for the future development projects and upgrades to the park and facilities at Cartwright Fields, June 2nd. The cost is $120 per person, which includes 18 holes, power cart, barbecue lunch, steak dinner, and a passport into putting and poker.
Registration and lunch begin at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
To register to play, sponsor a hole at a cost of $100, or to volunteer, contact Wilma at email@example.com or 905-986-4602, or contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-772-3863.
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Another beautiful week with plenty of sun and a replenishing rain to end the week! Grass is growing at a phenomenal rate, along with the weeds, but the lilac bushes, honeysuckle, and other flowering shrubs are perfuming the air while iris, tulips, and many other spring flowers bloom quickly; they don’t like the heat quite so much. I noticed that my fruit trees have all finished blooming and, except for the towering cherry tree, none had nearly as many blossoms as usual. Anyone else see that?
One correction from last week! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, not York.
The highlight of the week for the town and township was, of course, the unveiling of the Samuel Simpson Sharpe memorial, created by local sculpture Wynn Walters. A huge crowd lined Brock St. on either side, from the top of the hill to the intersection. There was a parade led by the Legion Pipes and Drums, with several other military and non-military groups. The band of the Royal Regiment of Canada, in their brilliant red uniforms, played from the hill and Bella Nove, in deep blue dresses, added their youthful voices, both there and back at the reception held at the Uxbridge Scott Museum.
As always, Ted Barris did a skillful job as the master of ceremonies and added informative comments. The opening blessing was given by Philip Ralph, padre for Wounded Warriors, Bruce Clayton Commanding Officer of Ontario Regiment, MP Jennifer O’Connell, MP Erin O’Toole, Regional Chair Gerri Lynn O’Connor, Mayor Pat Molloy, and Mr. Walters all gave enthusiastic speeches. It was a double, and triple celebration in reality, as there was also a large plaque unveiled.
The day previously, on Parliament Hill, a great victory was won when all MPs voted unanimously to allow the bust of Samuel Sharpe, created by Port Perry sculptor Tyler Briley, to be hung in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. Previously he had not been recognized as a war hero, having committed suicide, but thanks to the perseverance of our MPs, he is finally allowed his full respect and hopefully, this will spread more light on the condition of PTSD, faced by military personnel, first responders, and others.
The reception was held at the museum with three of the buildings dedicated to displays surrounding his life, and a tent for refreshments. If you didn’t make it that night, plan to go soon. It is noteworthy that 31 of Sam Sharpe’s relatives, from Toronto, Western Canada and USA, attended.
On Thursday afternoon the Sandford U.C.W. met at the Church. After welcoming remarks Dorothy Baker conducted a worship service followed by a talk, by Carolyn Hicken, about the origins and work of the Jennifer Ashley Children’s Charity. Then a number of us had fun trying out one of the six drums, and other smaller music makers, she had brought along.
The church service on Sunday was a joint service held at Zephyr. Rick McKinley conducted the service, but the music was provided by the Key Note Senior Choir of Newmarket, composed of mostly females, with a few males. They performed a variety of music, just going to show that age is not a barrier to singing, as they were polished musicians. They were led by a former Zephyr resident Keith Profit.
Sunday afternoon I attended the 80th birthday of Harvey Dearborn, long-time friend, at Port Perry Scout hall. So nice to see friends and schoolmates under happy situations!
Unfortunately another long-time friend did not reach that milestone. Jim Noble passed away in the U.S.A. recently. He was the son of Harold and Dorothy Noble, who lived and farmed for many years just north of the Foster Memorial. My dad and Dorothy were neighbours and went to school together, so as children we were often at the Nobles for Sunday dinner.
To do this we had to drive by the Foster, but never went in. For many people this is still the case, drive by but never stop. Tours are available to describe all the wonderful carvings and details of this building. Conrad Boyce’s book “Jewel on the Hill” is available for purchase and every Friday evening “Friday at the Foster” concerts bring another seasoned performer. This Friday Larry Coguen, a country style fiddler, who plays street festivals, is the featured artist. Join us at 7 p.m.
On June 9th, at 9:30 a.m., Sandford United Church is hosting a Blanket Exercise. Pre-register at: firstname.lastname@example.org; the cost is $5. A snack and lunch are included. Bring a blanket to stand on as part of the exercise. The afternoon speaker, Dr. Laura Peers, daughter of Gail and Reg Peers of Udora, has been working in the Pit River Museum, Oxford University in England, for many years as curator. Finally back home, she will talk about her work in repatriating many of the artifacts that were taken from Indigenous communities.
The weather with warm temperatures and Saturday's rain is certainly making everything grow and blossom. Mother Nature is at her best in spring!
There is still time to support the Greenbank Hall and Park Board fundraiser with Otter Greenhouses, 315 Medd Rd., Epsom. Just tell the cashier you would like your flower purchases percentage to the fundraiser which ends Sunday, June 3rd.
Saturday, June 2nd, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Naomi Bristow, Country, Gospel singer and Yodeller will entertain at Greenbank Church. Tickets are $15. Call Deb Ward at 905-985-2090 to reserve.
Sunday, June 3rd, at 11 a.m. is the Greenbank Sunday School Anniversary. Please bring sandwiches or sweets for the lunch that will follow service, and stay for the Congregational Meeting after lunch. Remember food bank items too, for the Sunday School “150 challenge”, please.
Wednesday, June 6th at 12 noon, the Fidelis Ladies will meet at Shivas' Restaurant, Highway 12, for a social time.
The Evening U.C.W. extends a warm invitation to a potluck dinner at Tiina Beaudoin's home, 53 Blackwater Rd., Blackwater. Call 705-357-3299 for more information. If you are able to join the U.C.W., please reply to Tiina at email@example.com or at the above phone number.
Minister Stephanie's Covenanting Service has been changed to September 30th, at 2 p.m.
Art/Prayer/Meditation begins Tuesday, June 5th, from 7 to 9 p.m. with Stephanie. Please contact her for more information, or to attend, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 905-718-8086.
The combined Sunday church service at Seagrave was well attended by both congregations and guests, a service which included four baptisms, special instrumental music by “Add Water and Stir”, the children's story about the creation of people, the M&S message by Tara, and a time of fellowship over a lovely lunch following the service.
The Trinity United Church presents its annual tour of homes on Saturday, June 2nd, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Call 905-852-6213 for information and for tickets, which are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour.
Condolences to Ron, Jim Thomson, and families, with the recent passing of their uncle Jack McCowan, brother of the late Helen Thomson.
Congratulations to Colleen Barfoot and Quinton Coish on the arrival of their wee son Asher Barfoot-Coish, 7 lbs. 6 oz., born May 6th, 2018. Grandma Barb Barfoot and Aunt Leanne are thrilled with this new member of their family! I had a lovely visit Sunday with my former “Backyard” neighbour Barb, now in Uxbridge, with her special news, also dinner out.
On Thursday Cathy Cookman and Sue Culp of Vinelane Station were my visitors as well.
Neighbours Audrey and Lester Baylis are home from a month trip to points west and White Horse, including a visit at Sault St. Marie with Joyce Watson who lived on Conc.9, Scugog, for many years.
For her 80th birthday, Helen Hadden's family and some friends celebrated her special day, May 19th, with her at daughter Joy and Him Miller's for dinner and social time.
Greenbank Public School news includes last week's Primary EQAO testing was done. This week the junior EQAO tests will happen. On Wednesday the 30th, the Healthy Snack Program will provide the students with a free taco lunch. Friday is Jump Rope for Heart.
Please forward any news items to me at 905-985-0535 or drop in my letter box at 20018 Highway 12, by Sunday evenings.
Blackstock & District Lions Club
What great weather we had on Saturday for our annual Lions Car Show. With 47 vehicles registered, it was a challenge to select trophy winners, but here they are as follows. Classic Car: first Bob Weiler, second Bob Bomhof, third Pete Barber; Modified Car: first Jim Clark, second Tony Lansdowne, third Rob Bolzon; Classic Truck: first Roy Lewis, second Bill Taylor, third Rolly Gould; Modified Truck: first Del & Karen Sallows, second Russ Carnaghan, third Joe Madeiras; Best Paint: first Bill Ross; Best Interior: first Barry Ross; and People’s Choice: first Sammi Fracz.
Many thanks to our sponsors: CTC: Port Perry, Polito Ford, Pineridge Auto, CarQuest, Lakeside Restaurant, Gus Brown, Redman’s Store, Penny’s Mart, Moynes Ford, Taylor Ford, BBST Enterprizes, Krown Undercoating, All Flags, and Malcolm’s Auto.
Our chairman, Keith Brown, deserves a hand up for pulling this off while facing so many obstacles. Thanks, Keith, and Audrey, too. Thank you to all the Lions, family and friends who worked from early morning on into the afternoon with registration, the entrance gate, the 50/50 draw, the prizes, positioning the cars, judging the cars, and running the food booth.
The food booth requires much planning, looking at numbers from last year, ordering and picking up food and beverages, setting up the tent and tables, and setting up the BBQ. We rely on Rob Mairs to transport the BBQ, set it up, do much of the cooking, then take it home and clean it for next time. Sometimes it’s a short turnaround time, such as next time. We barbecue at CCPS’s Fun Fair at the school on Thursday, June 14th, then just two days later, we’re set up at the Port Perry Fairgrounds to barbecue at the ALS Walk. Thank you, Lion Rob.
Just a reminder that Nestleton Community Hall will be used for voting on Thursday, June 7th, so our regularly scheduled euchre will be cancelled for that week only.
Here are last Thursday night's euchre results: Jim Tucker finished in first place. Alma Manns came in second. Third was a three way tie between Linda Carder, Doug Day and Jocelyn Bradbury. There was a two way tie for fourth place between Phil Sibbert and Lorna Edgerton. Val Preibe was fifth. Bill Churchill had the most lone hands. Judy Westall 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.
An invitation is extended to a bridal shower for Danica Ashton at Epsom Church on Saturday June 9th at 2 p.m. R.S.V.P to Faye at 905-852-5389.
June 3rd is the last day to have your plant sale placed on the Epsom/Utica fundraiser at Otters. A special thanks go to Otters for this privilege.
Leah Daniels, country singer songwriter, has just released her new album. Congratulations Leah from all your fans in this area.
What a memorial evening at Uxbridge on Friday as the area payed tribute to Colonel Sam Sharpe, 100 years plus a day from his tragic death. Many dignitaries honoured him for his bravery. The revealing of the "Thoughtful Statue" sculptured by Wynn Walters was the highlight of the street ceremony. You are probably asking why this is in Epsom news. Samuel Sharpe owned a parcel of land in Epsom and as Colonel Sharpe and his 116th regiment, Ontario county, headed to battle, they marched through the village of Epsom on their way to Whitby dock.
A huge Thank You to the Junior Farmers for supplying new boards to construct new calf ties and for all 4Her's and leaders for their help in completing this project at the Uxbridge Park.
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Happy mothers day to all those wonderful mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers! Bless you, each and every one of you.
Saturday visitors with Ross and Jean Short were daughter Donna, granddaughter Lee, and great grandson Lachlan from Brockville. On Sunday, daughter Debbie Drinkwalter of Peterborough and son Alex visited them.
April 9th to June 3rd, the 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.
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.
Ross Short would like to thank everyone for their prayers and visits while in hospital. He is home and would welcome visitors.
Maple and Maarten Mantel were greeters Sunday Morning and they lit the Christ Candle. Happy Birthday wishes to Dale Goddard on May 15th, and Jack Redshaw on May 17th. Darlene Hallet was welcomed into the Seagrave Church Family. The Choir, under the guidance of Joan Lee gave a beautiful rendition of Bless this House. Childrens' time was a story about Mommies. Sunday School Certificates were presented to Carol Coleman's grandsons, Jonathan and Paul. Sunday School will resume in September. As Tara Taylor gave her report for Minute for Mission, a car alarm went off in the parking lot. Tara raised her arms towards Heaven and shook her head.
May 17th, at 7:00 p.m. Let's Talk About! All welcome to attend and share our conversation.
May 20th, at 9:15 a.m. Communion service.
May 25th, at 8 a.m. Yard sale bake table. Ladies, please get your recipe book out and make some cookies, pies, tarts, muffins, or whatever you wish for the bake table.
May 25th and 26th, 7 a.m. Annual yard sale.
May 2th, at 10 a.m. Seagrave will be hosting a combined service with Greenbank. Rev. Les Hills of Sunderland will be the guest speaker. There will be a luncheon afterwards. Please sign the sign-up sheet to indicate the type of refreshment you will be bringing.
Please note bid euchre is cancelled until September.
June 2nd will be Hamburger and Movie night at the Somerville Barn. Details to be mentioned later
June 2nd, yard and bake sale at St. Andrews United Church, Sunderland.
June 12th, at noon Out to Lunch at Seagrave Church: strawberry and salad lunch.
The Seagrave men's group are once again having a fun day of golf and dinner at Sunnybrae Golf course on Saturday June 23rd. The tee off time is 2 p.m. Dinner is around 5 p.m. again. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-985-8383 to hold a spot.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, and local news.
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Spring seems to have finally arrived and farmers are busy planting their crops. With the field work starting, it is important to remember to slow down around farm vehicles that are on our roadways. The delay in your schedule is minor and safety is important.
Better health is wished for the many residents who are ill at home and in hospital.
If you are interested in attending the Induction ceremony for Harvey Graham into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame, the Durham Beef Farmers are organizing a bus to Milton.
The bus will leave Breezy Acres Farms, 1831 Regional Rd. 19 at 11:30 a.m., June 10th. There is ample parking available. Finger food lunch snacks will be provided.
Tickets for the ceremony are $25. If you are interested in ordering tickets and a seat on the bus, email email@example.com or contact Mary Ann at 905-436-2528.
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I hope all the mother's in our community had a nice day last Sunday, you deserve it.
The May meeting of the Bethesda-Reach W.I. will be held on Wednesday May 23rd, at 7:30 pm at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Manse, Leaskdale. Topic: Slide show re: Lucy Maude Montgomery. All are welcome. A sincere thank you to everyone who took the time to come to the church supper on Friday evening. It was a wonderful time of revisiting with one another and enjoying delicious food.
A big thanks to everyone who has put your purchases at Otters Greenhouse toward the Epsom/Utica fundraiser. It runs until June 3rd. Our deepest sympathy to Lawrence Medd in the passing of his wife Grace on Saturday May 12th, and also to the extended families.
A welcome awaits for you to worship at Epsom for Penticost and communion this Sunday.
A white winter ladies coat was left at Utica Hall on the evening of Danica and Anton's Jack and Jill. Let Danica know if it is yours so it can be returned to you.
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