What a beautiful three days of sunshine we've had. With all the early wet weather, the growth of foliage and things planted is so evident, but on Monday, the rain was back again.
Last Sunday, the worship greeters were several of the children from the Sunday School. They celebrated another year of learning bible stories, music, crafts, snacks, and participating in the weekly worship with Minister Stephanie's 'Children's Time'. Lighting the Christ Candle was Madeline M. The readers were Bailee R., Rachell M., and Eli H. For the 'Ministry of Music', the children from the Secondary School sang, “Jesus Loves the Little Children”. There was also an action presentation to the video “We gotta get up, turn around, jump around - singing in the name of Jesus”. The children played six ukuleles to accompany their singing the song, “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands”. Great job kids! Leaders Leslie Martens and Holly Smith presented participation certificates to this great group of children. Session chair, Anne St. John, presented Leslie and Holly with tokens of appreciation for three years of great leadership and service in the church school. They will help occasionally this Fall, when the new year of Sunday School resumes, but we are still looking for more new leadership. There will be an activity centre in the Sanctuary for the children throughout June and July. In August, the Children's VIBE Camp will be held the week of August 19th. More details will be announced later.
The Greenbank United Church congregation will worship at the Seagrave United Church for August services. Appreciation to three people, who have been providing music leadership, were recognized by Anne and the congregation. They were: Valerie Hunter, Wilma Smith, and Doug Watson. Their talents are a blessing to all of us.
The Ministry Council Conference, held in Lindsay, was a time of business meetings, and worship.On Sunday the ordination of Daniel Reed, grandson of Pauline and the late Newton Reed, along with three other ordinates, tool place. Daniel will be ministering in a church in Toronto. He also was a VIBE leader for two years while he was finishing High School, and he will be remembered by some in our community.
On Saturday, June 15th, those wishing to visit the Islamic Centre of Oshawa, from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. are asked to contact Doug Watson at (905) 852-7057 to arrange carpooling. Those attending will leave the Greenbank United Church at 11 a.m. to go to Oshawa.
June 20th - 7:30 p.m. Movie Night at the Seagrave United Church, showing, “Finding Peter Bryce- Story of a National Crime”.
Happy 19th Anniversary wishes go out to Rod and Marita Parsons whose Anniversary was on June 2nd.
Also, Happy 45th Anniversary wishes go out to Jim and Norma Ferguson, whose special day was on June 5th.
I attended the 100th birthday celebration for Eulah (Parish) Shier on Saturday, June 8th. It was a wonderful gathering of family and friends, at the Trinity Church, in Uxbridge. Eulah still enjoys life, and she gave recognition to her special care giver, Evelyn (Spence) Murphy, and to all the staff at Amica, which is where Eulah lives now.
Sincere sympathies go to Betty Ann Harder and her family, with the death of her mother, Oma Fife, on June 6th, in Lindsay. In her memory, a gathering was held on June 9th, at the Brett Funeral Home in Hastings. A service will come later. Continued wishes for better health go to Juli M., Betty Ann H., Shirley E., and all others who may not be well.
The Greenbank Public School did quite well at DDT and F, at the Oshawa Civic Fields last Monday. An amazing effort was given by many young athletes. The grade 1 and 2 end-of-year trip was on Monday, June 10th and they went to the Brooks Farm. On Friday, June 14th, at 12 p.m., the Healthy Snack Program is treating the students to free pizza. On June 21st, the school Talent Show will be at 12 p.m. Visitors are welcome. The school year is quickly winding down.
June 19th, at 7 p.m. The Lions Community Award Night at the Hall. Three awards will be presented. Friends and family are invited to attend.
Sunderland United Church Beef and Berry Bash is Sunday, June 23rd.
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Wow, we've had sunshine for three days in a row! Things are looking up, including all those folks who were gazing into the sky and wondering what that yellow thing was up there. Hard to believe, but they just started working the field across from me, and clouds of dust are rising. Some fields are still sporting ponds of water in their midst, and housing families of baby geese.
Happy birthday wishes go out go out to Ross Risebrough and Audrey Adams. On Saturday a big party was held at Trinity United to celebrate the 100th birthday of Eulah Shier. Eulah has many friends and relatives within this community, and we wish her many more years of happy, healthy living. Two more big parties were held on Sunday afternoon. Jean Harrison was celebrating her 95th birthday at the Presbyterian Church in Leaskdale, where I am sure there was a large number of friends and relatives in atendance. The party room at Shobrook was full as friends, neighbours, and relatives of all degree, gathered to wish Aileen Warren a wonderful 95th birthday. Aileen has lived in Shobrook much longer than I realized, and she loves all the activities it has to offer. She particularly loves painting. Her painting mentor spoke about her tenacity, and her determination to finish a project as being a possible reason for her longevity - since it doesn’t seem to run in the family. We wish both these ladies continued good health, both physically and mentally and wish them many more happy years. Both have serviced their communities in many ways over the years.
On a sad note this week, Morley Ross passed away. Both Morley and his wife Laura, nee Weir, were born in the Uxbridge area and lived their married life in Leaskdale, farming, running the garage, and raising their 4 sons. Lately they lived in Douglas Crossing, only recently moving to a new location. Our sympathies go out to Laura, the boys and their families, sisters Evelyn Cox-Meek and family, and Noreen and family.
Sorry to learn too that Norm Meek suffered a fall a couple of weeks ago, leaving him with a pinched nerve which gives him great pain that the doctors can do little for. Some of you may know my friend/cousin by marriage, Ken Catherwood, who fell last week from his riding mower and broke his neck, and is now partially paralyzed and unable to breathe on his own. My sister-in-law Joan Clarke Asling also suffered an injury and broke all 3 bones in her ankle on Thursday, and is now encased in a cast from knee to toe tip. Prayers and thoughts are with them all.
Some community members attended the Open House at the Pet Hospital, recently purchased by Dr. Rachel Stadnyk (married to Jamie Risebrough). Best wishes to Rachel with her new endeavour.
Congratulations to Jacquelyn Smalley who just graduated from the University of Toronto's Law School. Her proud parents, Amy and Stan, attended the convocation.
A new feature is now in Sandford. A communications tower has been installed in the back yard of the store. Many residents are hoping for faster internet speed, but the tower's system will have a limited distance.
On Sunday afternoon there was a wonderful concert at the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church presented by Bella Nove and their guests the New Song Chancel Choir. The vocals were wonderful, and were accompanied at times by the piano, oboe, drums, guitar and organ. The finale showed off the talents of every singer resulting in a standing ovation of the very full house.
The Church in Zephyr, last Sunday morning, was led by Elwood Kirton. The message was given by Keith, and special music was provided by Mark Profit. A special information meeting followed the service. Next week Rick McKinley will once more take the pulpit.
The Sandford decoration is on June 23rd, at 2 p.m., and in Zephyr it will be on July 7th, at 2:30 p.m.
It was wonderful to see 8 schools from the DDSB qualify and compete at the 2019 Ontario Skills Competition. From our area competitors were: Prince Albert School - Technology Design and Building, grades 4 - 6, member Levi Scott, and S.A.Cawker School - Construction Challenge, grades 7- 8. Congratulations to all.
This is the time of year for graduations. Congratulations to Ericka Wilson who received from her Bachelor of Arts - Honours, in Communication from U.O.I.T, and to Jeff Wilson who received his diploma in Agriculture and Horticulture from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown. Congratulations are also extended out to to Leanne Collins who received a Nursing Degree from Nipissing University, and Laura Collin who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Guelph. We are so proud of each of you.
Our prayers go out to Ken Catherwood who is a patient in the Kingston I.C.U., after suffering a fall which broke his neck. We pray for healing for him, and also pray for Joan Asling who fell and broke three bones in her ankle this past Wednesday. After surgery on Thursday, she is feeling much better, but she knows she will spend much of the summer nursing that ankle. Our continued prayers go out for improved health for Harry Bolton, who is in the Oshawa Hospital, and who suffered several strokes.
These past summer-like days have kept the farmers hustling to get the hay crop tended. We are so thankful for the extra help from neighbours. Several from this community attended the Fish Fry at Vroomanton United Church on Saturday evening. It was tasty.
Our sincere sympathies go out to Laura Ross, and her family, on the passing of husband and father Morley Ross.
Please mark your calendar for Epsom-Utica’s Ham, Salad, and Strawberry Supper on July 1st at the Utica Hall. A reminder to readers as well, that the Mount Zion church is having a pork barbeque, including entertainment on June 22nd, at 7 p.m. at the church. Tickets for adults is $20, and children 12 and under are $5. Phone Taylor at (905) 649-3332 to reserve your spot. If you know of any students who are graduating, or have any other news items, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, June 23rd, the Blackstock-Nestleton United Church is hosting its Annual Strawberry Supper at the Blackstock Recreation Centre from 4:30 p.m -7 p.m. Cold meats, salads, and, of course, lots of fresh Ontario strawberries will be served. Prices are $20 for adults, and $5 for children ages 5-12 years. The venue is fully accessible and takeout is available. For more information, call (905) 986-0097.
Save the dates for these events. The Blackstock Truck and Tractor Pull returns to the Blackstock Fairgrounds on Friday, July 5th, with a 7:30 p.m. start time, and on Saturday, July 6th, with a 7 p.m. start. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-14, and free for children 5 years old and under. Parking is $2. Food trucks and a beer garden will be available at both nights. For more information, check out the facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/395391427973685/?ti=icl, or the website at www.blackstockfair.org.
Euchre winners for Tuesday, June 4th, were: Eileen Nelson who came in first place, Alma Manns finished in second place, Chris McArdle came in third, and John Kay was fourth. Mary Lou Breward, Heidi Kreig and Marg Cayer tied for fifth place, and Heidi Kreig had the most lone hands. Blackstock euchre is held every Tuesday evening (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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Happy Birthday to Howard Payne whose birthday was on June 15th, and a Happy Anniversary to Frank and Eva Molnar whose special day was on June 15th as well.
Chris and Brooke Acton greeted the congregation, and Minister Stephanie and Paul Button lit the Christ Candle. During the 'Young at Heart' time Stephanie explained to the children the process and meaning of Baptism. The baptismal water was poured into the font by McKenna Yarema for the baptism of 18 month old Izabella Dianne Fern Glover Dyke. Izabella and her family were welcomed sharing our love and acceptance.
The Park Committee would like to thank the Beaverton Legion for giving us some tables and chairs for our little hall. The hall is available for rentals. Please contact Leslie Dusty at 905-243-4295 for bookings and information. We are also thankful to the MSIFN for their donation towards our 'Art Day in the Park'. Plans are coming together for our two events happening on July 6th. See our Facebook page at Seagrave Park Committee for more information.
Happenings in our area: June 15th - Tour of the Islamic Centre at 23 Lloyd St. in Oshawa from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. We will meet at the Seagrave Church at 11 a.m. and car pool there. If you plan to attend please contact Rick at (905) 985-8383 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 16th - 10:30 a.m. If you enjoy Gospel music, Betty Lou and her Nightingals are planning an Old Time Sing-a-long at the Kawartha Antique Power show at the Lindsay Exhibition.
June 21st - Soap making class at the Seagrave Church. This is a make and take cold process soap fundraiser for Juli Conrad-Myer. You will learn the basic cold-process for making soap, as well as discovering the use of healing essential oils, exfoliates, colorants, and fragrances. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Conard family to cover medical expenses. All materials will be supplied. The cost is $50. A deposit is required, and space limited. Please contact Joy at (905) 244-0454 for more information.
June 25th - 12 p.m. Summer Time Social at the Seagrave United Church. It will be just like a good old fashioned picnic, only you will get to sit on chairs at a table, and there will be no ants. The menu is: sandwiches, salads, deviled eggs, finger foods, lemonade, tea and coffee.
We hope to have strawberries for dessert, but if they are not available then it will be a surprise dessert. Also, if there is some special sandwich you would like, perhaps cucumber, tell Jean when you call her to reserve a seat at (905) 985-9921, or e-mail her at email@example.com. A good will offering will be included and donations to the Scugog Food Bank would be appreciated.
June 30th - 2 p.m. Fun day of golf at the Sunnybrae Golf Course. Play begins at 2 p.m., followed by a steak supper. Contact Rick at (905) 985-8383 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
July 5th - Fourth Line Theatre. There are only 3 weeks left before we go to the Forth Line Theatre showing 'Bloom: A Rock N’ Roll Fable'. It is about the time when rock and roll music was first coming up in the 1950’s. The play is set in a small town located near Peterborough. Come and share the memories. Sign up at the Church, or call Bette at (905) 985-8066 to make reservations. reservations.
July 6th - The Park Committee is very happy to announce that we have two great events happening on that day. The Seagrave Inflatable Fest will be joining the Art Day in the Park. The Inflatable Fest will have several air bounce apparatus set up, with something available for all ages. The cost will be $20 for all day access. The Art Day is free for admission, and will have art displays, entertainment on stage, as well an imagination station - kids craft area. There will also be a barbeque and food booth set up. To keep up to date with all the Park happenings, and events information please "Like" our page on Facebook at the Seagrave Park Committee.
July 13th - 5:30 p.m. Christmas in July at the Miller Memorial Church. ON the menu is: turkey, meatballs, veggies and dessert. All you can eat for $19 per person.
August 21st - Fourth Line Theatre. Please contact Bette at (905) 985-8066 for more information.
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The Pontypool Annual United Church Yard Sale is June 15th from 8am-12pm at Richardson's Pineneedle Farms, 423 Hwy 35.
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Caesarea Nestleton Euchre: Heidi Kreig came in first and Dianne Slute was second. Rick Fink, Alma Manns and John Kay tied for third, Phil Sibbert finished in fourth place, and Bryan Allemang was fifth. Jacky Attfield and Heidi Kreig tied for most lone hands and Chris McCardle had the low score. Ron Weatherhead had the mid score. Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday (except holidays) in the Nestleton Community Centre, located at 3971 Hwy 7A. Play starts at 7:30 p.m.
Blackstock & District Lions Club : Thank you to those who visited us at our barbecue booth on Sunday at the Open House for the Caesarea Community Hall. Our next barbecues are coming up quickly. We'll be at the Cartwright Central P.S. Fun Fair on Thursday, June 13th, and then at the Port Perry Fairgrounds for the 13th Annual ALS WALK. June continues to be a busy month as we host a community get together on Wednesday, June 19th at the Blackstock Recreation Centre at 8 p.m. Craig Hudson will be updating us about the effects of cannabis and opioid use, which is a topic that is foremost in the news today. It will be worth your while to attend.
The Bethany United Church Yard Sale June 8th, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Indoors donations can be dropped off at the church basement from June 1st to the 7th. For more information please call Susan Reid at 905-277-2204.
Community volunteers of Pontypool came together in early May and laid sod on the ball diamond at Nimigon Park. The ball diamond was closed but is now open. It looks great. Well done Pontypool volunteers.
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On Thursday, June 13th, the Cartwright Central Public School is hosting its Annual Fun Fair from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. There will be games, raffle baskets, prizes, food and fun. The Blackstock Cartwright Lion's Club will once again lend their support with the barbeque. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. All proceeds will support the school and the playground fundraiser.
On Saturday, June 15th, The Animal Guardian Society (TAGS), a pet rescue organization based in Blackstock, is hosting its Kars & K9's Charity Car and Pet Show starting at 10 a.m. Bring the family, and bring the dog, to enjoy a fun-filled day. This fundraising event includes a classic car show, dog show, barbeque, DJ, local vendors, silent auction, giveaways and more -- all in the beautiful rural setting of the TAGS site at 1970 Concession Rd 9. Dogs can enjoy a fun day at TAGS one-acre completely fenced dog park, and participate in doggy game events. For more information, call (905) 263-8247, or check out the FB event page at https://m.facebook.com/events/2249106325154482?ti=ic.
On Sunday, June 23rd, the Blackstock-Nestleton United Church is hosting its Annual Strawberry Supper at the Blackstock Recreation Centre from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Cold meats, salads and, of course, lots of fresh Ontario strawberries will be served. Prices are $10 for adults, and $5 for children ages 5 - 12 years. The venue is fully accessible, and takeout is available. For more information, call (905) 986-0097.
Euchre winners for Tuesday, May 28th: Val Priebe came in first place, and Pat Allemang and Heni Povey tied for the combined second and third place. Norm Lackner was fourth, Marvin Dobbs finished in fifth place, and Pat Allemang had the most lone hands. Blackstock euchre is held every Tuesday evening (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome. For consideration to have your new items printed, please email items to email@example.com by 12 noon on the Monday prior to publication date.
The Dan Clancy concert on Saturday night was fantastic with a wide variety of selections from his huge repetoir, along with his stories by the artists whose songs he chose to sing. Joanne Olivero thanked Clancy, and the audience, for the accessibility project with a most enjoyable musical evening. The church accessibility project is moving forward quite well with work happening most days.
Things happening in June are as follows: June 8th, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Fish and Chip Dinner at St. James Vroomanton United Church. (Brock Township, Concession 7, Sideroad 17A #16205). For tickets call 705-357-3841 or 705-357-3843. Admission for adults is $15, ages under 12 is $5, under 5 admission is free.
June 9th, 11 a.m. Greenbank Sunday School Anniversary.
June 9th, 2:30 p.m. is Decoration Service at St. James West Brock Cemetery, on Lakeridge Rd.
June 16th, 11 a.m. Greenbank United Church Communion and Father's Day service.
June 23rd, 11 a.m. service followed by a light lunch and congregational meeting.
Coffee is served every Sunday following the service, instead of prior, as was done at times – another service by the Evening U.C.W. Unit.
June 19th, 7 p.m. Greenbank Lions Community Awards Night at the community Hall with three awards being presented to worthy volunteers, by the Lions Club.
It is good to see Klaas Wassenaar out and about after surgery earlier in May.
Prayers for better health go to Vetha Pashley in Peterborough Hospital and to Shirley Elliot in Oshawa Rehab Wing; also to Juli Myers with her illness, and others unknown to me who are suffering.
Norma Ferguson and Pat Raines of the Fidelis U.C.W. Unit greeted all to Sunday's service which was led by the ladies of the Evening U.C.W. Unit as Minister Stephanie was attending Council Conference at Lindsay for area Churches. The ladies provided the music ministry “All things bright and beautiful” with piano accompaniment by Valerie Hunter. The children's story with Anne St. John, and sermon message read by Barb Ward, spoke of “gifts”, God-given talents we share with others, gifts given on special occassions, or “just because”, our feelings as givers of gifts, and as receivers. Marita P. spoke of the gifts of Mission and Service donations to help those in need year round as Summer takes no Vacation from Poverty. Those who also assisted with the service were Wilma Smith who helped Brynn and Briar light the Christ Candle; leaders Kelly Monkman, and Kim Thomson; Carla Puckrin who read the Scripture; Hilary Balmer, music; Joanne Olivero with the highlights of both U.C.W. groups activities, as in the U.C.W. purpose “to unite women of the congregation for the total mission of the church and to provide a means through which we may express our loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, fellowship, and service”. Joanne encourages anyone to join either U.C.W. Group, who meet the first Wednesday of 9 months.
Happy Birthday wishes to 1 year old Gracie Hanson last week, and to Anne St. John, Kelly Monkman and Hilary Balmer who celebrate this week.
Belated Happy Anniversary wishes to Joanne and John Olivero who celebrated May 27th.