Lots of news as summer has arrived, so let me get to it. The Ontario District W.I.'s will be hosting a Strawberry Social on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, at the Scugog Community Centre Arena, in Port Perry. There is only one seating, which is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.00 for children. This is a ham and salads supper with, of course, locally grown strawberries for dessert. There will also be some entertainment after dinner. All profits support a scholarship for 4-H members in the Durham West area.
On Saturday July 1st, the Epsom/Utica Church invite you to a Salad and Strawberry Supper at Utica Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The price is $15.00 for adults, $8.00 for youth, and children under five are free. Come and celebrate this special day.
The teachers organized and the students executed an amazing and awesome program related to "moving on", at the school on Thursday. When they sang the school song "We're Epsom School and we excel", it was very emotional. Thank you staff for giving the students and families memories to keep for a long time.
A large crowd gathered at Leaskdale church on Saturday to congratulate Fred and Mary Catherwood on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, best wishes for many years more.
This Sunday the church service at Epsom will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Tim Dayfoot as the minister; a welcome awaits you.
Watch for the mini parade on Thursday as our school children walk through the village one last time. The community congratulates the students who are leaving Epsom School this year. You are leaving this rural school that has sent hundreds of students into the world for over 140 years, to be fine farmers, professionals and good citizens. You will be a part of their ranks in the future. We wish you all bright years ahead.
A safe, fun, happy, and long summer vacation to all the kids and students in our community. Send me your news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Besides dodging rain storms, it was a busy week, but still no better for our farmers, and there is nothing we can really do about it.
Best wishes to Ed and Cathy Ellig who recently celebrated their 51st anniversary, and to well-known Eulah Shier, who celebrated her 98th birthday. Big congratulations also to Grace Risebrough who graduated from Scott Central Grade 8, and to all the others who graduated at their respective levels.
Tuesday evening our Sandford U.C. council met, to affirm our new search process and make sure all was lined up for the summer, when we join with Zephyr during July, at alternate churches. Next Sunday will be a Sandford at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
On Wednesday I traveled with seven sorority sisters to Port Hope, where we lunched and thoroughly enjoyed the musical My Fair Lady, an amazing production.
This was followed on Thursday by lunch out at Wooden Sticks, by ten of our Sandford ladies, to end the season for U.C.W. We meet again in September, when we will learn about prayer shawls.
There was a very large crowd at St. Paul’s Leaskdale, on the occasion of Fred and Mary Catherwood’s 50th anniversary. It was quite a reunion of old friends, relatives and semi-relatives. Later in the day, I enjoyed a visit with my great-niece and two great-great nieces, up from Niagara Falls for the weekend.
Sunday was another of those bitter-sweet days, the final service for Rev. Debbie, as well as the welcoming of five new, formerly adherents, but now formally members, to the churches. It was a joint service at Zephyr. There was also a handing over of the symbols of the church, that had been given to Debbie when she first arrived. Gifts were presented to each of the new members and gifts were also given to Rev. Debbie from each church, from the Charge and from the U.C.W. Even the kids received gifts from Debbie. The atmosphere inside was much like outside, with the rain, as there were tears! Melinda sang a beautiful rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer”.
Later in the afternoon the annual cemetery decoration service took place, and due to weather uncertainty, it was held at the church with Rev. Debbie also doing the honours. There were a number of visitors, but mostly current Sandford people. Next week the Zephyr Zion Decoration will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Lots to do July 1st. Strawberry/salad supper at Utica 5 to 7 p.m. To get in the mood, an all-Canadian cast will perform at Foster Friday night: Aboriginal Raven, Celtic Brian O’Sullivan, and French Marie-Lynn. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.
What a busy day Sunday was! A capacity congregation filled Nestleton United Church for the final service. The service was one of celebration, mixed with sadness. It was a very moving service. Following church, a time of fellowship was had over a pot luck lunch. Members of the church will be welcomed at Blackstock United. There will be no church during July while the minister Rev. Jennifer is on holidays.
A huge crowd of family, friends, former students, and staff, gathered at at the beautiful Nestleton Waters Inn, to honour Gord Paisley, on his ninetieth birthday. Al Delaney was an excellent M.C. for the activities. Gord’s daughter, Cathy Paisley, her children Sam and Julie, from Toronto; Cathy’s friend Grant, and his son Craig from Halifax; as well as Paisley family members from Dunnville, and London; were all present for this happy event. Happy birthday, Gord!
Another senior citizen celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday. Jack Green celebrated with a family gathering. Happy birthday, Jack.
Last weekend Peter Booth and Hazel Coates attended the Decoration and Memorial service, at Oil Springs Cemetery, where Peter’s relatives are buried. Unlike around here, they report very dry conditions there.
A record crowd attended the annual Strawberry supper on Sunday evening, where a delicious meal was served by the members of the United Church.
Catol Thirnton attended the Provincial convention of the Women’s Institute, held in Renfrew and the ACCWW also in the same general area.
The District W.I. will be holding its Strawberry supper at the Scugog Hall, in Port Perry, on Tuesday, July 4th. Entertainment will be provided by Dave Wotten. Everyone is welcome.
Several local families attended the Decoration Service at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Prince Albert, on Sunday.
Winners at the Tuesday evening card party were: Ivan McMillan, Henni Povey, Norm Lackner and Lorna Edgerton tied; Diane Norton and Don Trunks low. The winners of the specials were Ivan McMillan, Aila Morgan, Barb Brigley and Phil Sibbers.
Once again we have had rain and severe flooding in the area. We need rain for our crops, gardens, and lawns, but not quite so much of it! Let the sun shine.
The Outreach Committee of Seagrave Church would like to thank Vos Independent Grocers and Willowtree Farms, for their support of our Strawberry Luncheon.
Sympathy from the Community goes out to George Hill and his family, in the passing of his father, William Hill.
Happy 18th Birthday to Tyler Drew and Happy 64th Wedding Anniversary to Bill and Shirley Barr.
Greenbank’s Canada Day Celebration was a great success. There were 18 tractors decorated and on display, along with many children with their bicycles. There was lots of food, the renewing of old friendships, and the making of new ones.
The Sanctuary was decorated in red and white to celebrate Canada Day. On display was a rug hooked by Rita Prokopchuk for Canada’s 150th birthday. Don Beacock presented a donation from the Greenbank Lions Club, to Betty Lou, for the VIBE Program this summer. Marjorie Chambers visited the Birthday Box. Wyn Hughes, Rita Prokopchuk and John Olivero spoke on “What Canada meant to them”. Rev. Richard reminded us that we are one nation under God, and we are a caring country.
There was a great turn-out for the Seagrave Historical Walk, with Paul Arculus and Larry Doble. We were very fortunate that the rain held off until they arrived back at the church.
Seagrave Church will be closed for the month of July. Greenbank Church will be open and you are welcome to attend their service.
July 4th at 7:00 p.m. Outreach Meeting.
July 6th, at the 4th Line Theatre. Bomber’s: Reaping the Whirlwind. Cost is $38.00. Contact Bette Somerville at 905-985-8066 or email@example.com. Meet at the Church at 3 p.m. and we will stop at a small church for refreshments and fingerfoods.
July 8th at 5:30 p.m. Christmas In July at Miller Memorial Hall and Church, 88 Algonquin Rd., Little Britain. Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. We will sing some carols, enjoy some food and friendship, and maybe a door prize or two. Call Janet at 705 -786-2179 for reservations. The cost is $18.00 for adults and $10.00 for children
August 4th Greenbank BBQ
August 14th to 18th from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. VIBE Summer Camp Program for ages 4 to 12 years, as of September 1st. Contact Betty Lou Beacock at 905-985-3595 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form, or to volunteer. We are in need of Student Volunteers for high school hours in particular.
If you wish to rent the basement for events, 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.
Submit your news to Jean at 905-985-9921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two special events took place this past week in Greenbank. On Wednesday, evening, the Lions Club Volunteer Award Night at the Hall, where the Lions presented the following awards: “Lloyd and Marion Lee Award” to Larry Doble; “Greenbank Achievement Award” to the grades 5 and 6 class from Greenbank Public School, for their support of shirts, socks, school supplies for Guatemala, and Food Bank donations; 1st Nations of Manitoba Island students received Lions Pride Certificates and Canadian Flags also. The new award in memory of a very active Greenbanker, the “Dot Hooker Youth Volunteer Award”, went to the grades 5 and 6 class student, Maya H.-Owen; Lion of the Year Award to Jeff Taylor; and there were monetary donations from the Lions to Seagrave and Greenbank Church Bible Camps (VIBE). Betty Somerville brought greetings from the Township, and cake and refreshments concluded this time of recognition.
The second event was held Saturday the 24th, as the Greenbank community celebrated Canada's 150th early, at Ianson Park. The festivities began with the Parade from Greenbank Public School to the Park, led by Ross Fairman, driving Rodd Foster, A.K.A. the Mayor of Greenbank, and his wife Marie in Ross' 1968 red, Oldsmobile! Many children followed with their brightly decorated bikes, scooters, a golf cart, 6 mini tractors, and a dozen antique tractors. This was the “First parade ever in Greenbank,” according to Rodd Foster. Over 300 people enjoyed the picnic pot luck, from a long table laden with food! Kids games led by the 4H team, 9 or 10 youth, and a mini tractor pull demo, by some 4H boys, were followed by a great line up of local musical entertainment. With dusk, the party concluded with sparklers glowing, thus concluding a great community/family event!
The Hall Board members, M.C. Denise Bell, sound system of Dave Bell, and all who volunteered and participated in any way, you made this a fun and great event. Happy Birthday Canada!
Now families look toward the final days of the school year with a 12:30 Talent Show and Assembly on Wednesday; then Thursday, 2:50 p.m., dismissal. Have a safe, happy, summer.
From Greenbank-Seagrave Pastoral change, the Summer Sunday Services are July 11 a.m. at Greenbank and August 9:15 at Seagrave.
July 2nd, bring your thoughts to share on “Why You Love Canada”, during the 11 a.m. service with Rev. Parker.
July 9th, the U.C.W. Will present the 11 a.m. service as they celebrate 55 years of U.C.W.
July 16th, Guest Speaker: Darlene Hallet.
The July 10th to 14th, Canoe Trip, five days on the Madawaska River, is getting close. Juli has two spots left, so call 905-985-2006, or email email@example.com. The cost is $125 per person, grades 9-12.
The choir and leader Stuart Beaudoin, are on holidays till September. They have presented a year of meaningful, lovely, anthems.
At Sunday's service, Rev. Parker spoke of “Commitment” to God, to his creatures, and to all God's people, as we live for a world of peace.
Rev. Parker will be on holidays from July 3rd to 16th.
Contact Valerie Hunter (secretary) at 905-985-3586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
We had a great turn out for our pot luck supper on Thursday, followed by an evening of euchre. The results are: Roy Bradburn came in first. Doreen Sheehey was second. Eileen Nelson and Jocelyn Bradbury tied for third place. Brigitte Moase came in fourth. There was a three way tie for fifth place between Dianne Slute, Delaine Dyer, and Carol Beatty. Jocelyn Bradbury had the most lone hands, Jim Beatty had the low score, and Jacky Attfield won mid score. 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.
Williams Point Cottagers Association
Williams Point Cottagers Association is having their annual Yard Sale and BBQ on Saturday, July 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The sale will be at the Booth, and at individual homes as well. There will also be a scrap metal bin available. Happy 150th Canada Day!
Blackstock & District Lions Club
Our Club begins its 2017 to 2018 Lions year, on July 1st, with Lion John Ashmore as our new Club President. Our officers were installed at our last meeting, by District Governor David Mills, when he made his last official Club visit. Our incoming District Governor, Lion Tim Cheung, is attending Governor School and will be ready to take over the helm, upon his return from our International Convention in Chicago.
The next issue of Caesarea News will be written from the Convention in Chicago, where we will be celebrating 100 years of Lionism. You may catch snippets of our International Parade through live-streaming or TV news, on July 1st, since there will be over 20,000 of us there, with significant Lion representation in the Parade.
Father's Day Weekend brought more rain and thunderstorms, putting a damper on outdoor activities. We hope next Saturday, June 24th, the sun will shine on Greenbank's Canada 150th Celebration, at Ianson Park! You and your family are invited to join the party, meet your new neighbours, decorate your tricycles, bicycles, wagons, mini-tractors, your pets, or something else, for the Parade.
Cragg Rd. East will be closed between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for the 4 p.m. Parade.
Giant potluck. Please bring a main dish or salad. Hot dogs, cake and drinks will be provided. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For info or to volunteer to help, please call Denise 905-985-3103, Barb 905-985-3903, or Lila 905-985-3703. Come join the fun, with kids games, 4H tractor pulls, face painting, sparklers etc.
June 25th at 1 p.m. at Seagrave. Canada's 150th Historical Tour is with Paul Arculus and Larry Doble. Light refreshments at the Seagrave Church will follow. All are welcome.
With Seagrave's church closed in July, Seagrave people will be most welcome at Greenbank's July church services.
Judy and Jim Gibson greeted all to Sunday service which included thoughts on Father's Day; some history by Stuart B. Of Indigenous people locally; the choir leading all in singing the 1st Nation chant “Hey, Ney, Yana”; Pauline's M and S info, of the only United Church Museum located near Chatham, On., the Fairfield Museum, which dates back to 1735, when Missionaries came to the Deleware Nations. Rev. Parker's message was titled “Preach to Your Own”, our mission to spread the Word.
On July 2nd, bring your thoughts to share on “Why You Love Canada”. The 11 a.m. Service will celebrate Canada's 150 years since Confederation.
July 10th to 14th Plans are being made for the Youth Canoe Trip with Juli, 905-985-2006, for 5 days on Madawaska R. The cost is $125 per person, for Grades 9-12. Space is limited, so call now.
August 14th to 18th VIBE camp from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, for 4 to 11 year olds, and any students who can help and want community service hours. Please call Deb, 905-985-2090, or Mindy, 905-442-6228.
Happy Birthday to Ralph Dusty, on June 18th. Better health to Terry Crawford, Noel Phayre, and others who are not well.
Wednesday, June 28th, is Greenbank Public School's “Play day” in the morning, then at 12:30 there will be a Talent Show and Goodbye Assembly. June 29th is the last day of school this year, it will have a 2:50 p.m. “Clap Out” and Dismissal.
The Aboriginal day celebrations held on Saturday was a good event, except for a bit of a rain storm, and the Fireworks went off just shortly after dusk,
Friday June 23rd, is the Election day on the First Nation, there are 3 candidates running for 2 council positions, good luck to all 3. Election time starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at which time the ballots will be counted and announced, election is held at The Band Administrated building.
The next event on the First Nation will be the Pow Wow. This year it is being held on July 15th and 16th, with each day beginning with a Sunrise Ceremony. Women are asked to wear long skirts to the Sun Rise Ceremony, please. This will be followed by Breakfast for those in attendance. Each day the Grand Entry is for 12 noon, please remember to bring your own chairs, and absolutely no dogs/pets. This is a drug and alcohol free event. There is rough camping available. For more info please call 905-985-3337, and your call will be forwarded.
Call to worship, on this special Father's Day service, was called by the Rev. Michele Hofman, a warm greeting went out to those in attendance.
Happy Anniversary to Rev. Frazer and Margaret Lacey on the 22nd.
Happy Birthdays this week go out to: Shane Swinson on the18th, Avery Tobin on the 21st; Angela Johnson and John Rodway both on the 22nd. Happy Birthday to anyone who may of been missed.
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There will be no church on Sunday at the United church as the congregation is invited to join the Nestleton Church for the final service at 10:00 a.m. The service will be followed by a pot luck finger food lunch.
Sunday continues to be busy as a come and go birthday party will be held at Nestleton Waters Inn, for Gord Paisley’s 90th birthday party.
The day concludes with the annual Strawberry supper by the United Church at the Rec Centre. Tickets are available at the door.
A large crowd attended the Celebration of Life held for Roy Notman at the Low and Low Funeral Home last Sunday. Sympathy is extended to Kaye, his wife of almost 50 years, and their family, Claire, Jennifer and Robt, their spouses and families, and to Roy’s siblings and their families.
Two memorial trees were planted at the Nestleton Fields in memory of Ralph and Peggy Larmer and to Bob Hoare by members of their families in an impressive service.
Pete Barber’s garage is almost completed rebuilding after the fire. He has a “new” antique car- a red 64 CHEV Impala SS, which he took to West Virginia recently and won two prizes with recently.
Carol Thornton, Hazel Coates and Peter Booth, Mae Buller and Joyce Kelly, represented Shirley W.I. at the Gamebridge branch Victorian Tea, on Thursday, at noon, last week.
It was a night of ties at the Tuesday evening card party. 1st place winners were Heidi Krieg and Doreen Sheehey, 3rd was Marelyn Trunks, 4th Jocelyn Bradbury, 5th Bryan Allemang and Joe Goldsmith; Most lone hands, Don Trunks and Jocelyn Bradbury; Low, Peter Booth Diane Norton and Aila Morgan. The specials were won by Diane Trayner. Diane Norton, Joe Goldsmoth and Keith VanCamp.
If you enjoy an evening of euchre do join this group at the CR Room at the United Church, to begin at 7:30 sharp any Tuesday.
What a little bit of heat can do! Everything that was in the ground is growing well and hopefully farmers were able to get planting complete before this last spell of rain, which we actually needed. The rain does seem to disappear quickly, so I imagine the ground water level is still low.
We send our sympathies to the family of Helen and George Harrison who have lost both parents within a 3 month span, while the community has lost a very supportive couple. Our condolences also go out to Dorothy Baker, Brad and family, Susan and family on the death of Christopher, Dorothy’s son-in-law; they have 2 sons.
Sad to say that Evelyn Cox-Meek has fallen and broken her shoulder.
On Tuesday I was pleased to spend the day with cousins from Ohio. Both are semi-retired Presbyterian ministers, so we visited Leaskdale and points around.
The Uxbridge Horticultural Society celebrated its 50th anniversary Wednesday evening, with a party. Delicious food, a beautiful flower display, and many draws for flower arrangements made by members, completed the evening. The lone surviving member of the charter, in attendance, was Marg Barton who recently celebrated her 99th birthday!
The A.G.M. of the Uxbridge Scott Historical Society was held Thursday night at the Legion. Some changes to the constitution were made and the new executive chosen. Gloria Eng takes over from Brad Buss as President, while he will be secretary, taking over from Michelle Viney who becomes V.P. Lorraine Ottolini remains as Treasurer.
The guest this evening was Winn Walters, who spoke about his journey is creating the statue of Samuel Simpson Sharpe; why he is doing this; the steps necessary to produce the final statue; and what significance he hopes the statue will have, such as bringing Sam back into focus as well as the issue of P.T.S.D.
Two events are coming up at the Museum: the annual Car Rally on June 25th and a kite making/flying day, on July 8th. Contact museum staff for more info. Volunteers are always needed for these, and other events, such as Heritage Days.
The Indo-Canadian Association put on a beautifully colourful show at the Foster Friday evening; singing, dancing, and even providing food. June 23rd Bernie Gilmore and June 30th a special Canadian Show!
Epsom/Utica Church is holding their Strawberry and Salad supper on July 1st at Utica Hall, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $15 for adults, $8 for 6-12, and 5 and under is free.
Our congregations were given some sad news today when Rev. Debbie informed that, because of serious family needs, she was going to have to leave us, her final service being next Sunday. A joint service has been arranged for Zephyr at 10 a.m. A New Members service will also be held.