Anyone know where September went? I guess it was because for us here in Ontario it was a very good month, hot and with so many good and pleasant things going on. Busy, busy, busy!
On the 17th, Mark and Eve-Lynn Swan celebrated their 24th anniversary. While Jeff Baker and his brothers manned the woodworking shop up the 4th, his family gathered in Sandford, paying great attention to his growing twin boys.
Mike Risebrough and Tanis Pottage celebrated birthdays last week, but Tanis has something extra to celebrate, because on that day Bruce proposed and she accepted!
Mary Banks Jones and husband Bill were visiting a couple of weeks ago and all five sisters were able to get together, something that seldom happens. The Harwoods have had several happy times. Brenda and Brian Moore flew to Calgary visiting with sister Margaret Eng and family, but more, viewing the new home of their son George and future bride Jennell, in the town of Okatoks. Before their marriage in January 2019. Sister Ashley will wed in late 2018.
Steve Harwood also celebrated a special birthday last week and Karen and Jerry Popodynic celebrated an anniversary. May the good times continue!
Although he has been retired for a few years now, Dwight Clements officially celebrated his retirement age on Sunday, but with the festivities on Saturday. A huge crowd gathered for the 90th birthday of Mabel Oldham, at the Curling Club Sunday afternoon. I know hardly anyone who looks less her age than Mabel does, still getting up there modeling for the W.I. tea, unbent and youthful! What an example for the rest of us!
We are all happy to see Elaine Cox getting out more often even though her situation hasn’t really changed. Better health very soon! Best wishes to Gord Rolling who has spent the last two weeks in hospital and should be home by the time you read this. Elwood Kirton’s father is also in hospital.
The Juried Art show was a beautiful display of such a variety of styles and techniques it was impossible to pick favorites so I didn’t try, I just enjoyed the incredible talent all around us. I was disappointed, and I am sure others were too, that the children’s art had already been taken down, as I always like to see what Scott Central has contributed.
Next Friday evening at the Foster, there will be a special 150th concert featuring the “Made in Canada Music Celebration”. It is an evening of music by many Canadian superstars from the East Coast to the West Coast; from Great Big Sea (Newfoundland) to Bryan Adams (Vancouver). These Canadian iconic hits will be performed by a number of favourite local artists and friends of the Foster. This will be a special one and a half hour show from 7:30 to 9:00. The performers wills be: Mike Burns, guitar and drums; Marion Drexler, guitar and vocals; Bruce MacNeil, guitar and vocals; Andrew Heathcote, guitar and vocals; Don Maitland, bass and vocals; Jonathon Ison, drums, recorder, and vocals.
On Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m., the Tudor Consort are presenting a special fundraising concert for the Foster. All are invited; donations will be as usual. Then Sunday Oct. 1st, there will be a Jazz and Blues concert at 1:30 p.m. to end the season.
Also, at the museum there will be a harvest celebration at the Fifth Line Church at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. Bill Fritz conducting, Diane Morris at piano, and Melinda Delorme as a soloist. A volunteer tribute follows.
Church was held at Zephyr Sunday morning, with Rick McKinley officiating and Melinda Delorme at piano. We were pleased to have our new minister with us; she officially begins her ministry with us next Sunday, when we will be back to regular services. Sandford's service will be at 9:30 a.m. and Zephyr's service will be at 11 a.m. Please come and make her welcome to the communities. Her name is Rev. Eiko Hosaka. We inquired the correct pronunciation and were told it is like seiko, without the “s”.
Here it is the last week of September and we have heat warnings! The air quality is not good, especially for those who have breathing problems. And you need sun screen if you are outside!
Many of the Seagrave area people attended the IPM (International Plowing Match) at Walton, Ontario.
The Seagrave Park Committee is looking for a new member to join our team. Please email email@example.com or call Dianne Lewis at 905-985-1529 for more information. We will also be holding another scrap collection day in October. Please save your scrap. More details to follow soon. We’ve been busy this summer working with the Township staff and getting organized. There is lots to learn. Please “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. There has been some recent vandalism at the Seagrave Park/Hall. Please keep an eye out and report any suspicious behaviour. The police will be monitoring the area.
As we celebrated the 111th Anniversary of Seagrave United Church, worshipers were greeted by John and Kim Debono. Tara Taylor read a Mission & Service report entitled “Engaging Differences”. Frank Molnar visited the Birthday Box. Rev. Richard welcomed Rev. Fred Jackson as our guest speaker. Rev. Jackson and his wife Valerie came to Canada 57 years ago and is a retired minister from United Church. Betty Somerville introduced the Group “Add Water and Stir”. The jazz group has been together for 2 years; Tina Beaudoin sang a solo “Do you know who walked among us” accompanied by the group. Rev. Jackson said 111 years is a long time to have Holy Church in our community which shows we are committed Holy People. We are all people of God and we are all ministers and faith overcomes all things. Greenbank Church members joined us for this celebration. Thanks to Diane Puckrin for decorating the church with fall flowers. The last hymn was a jazz version of “Amazing Grace”. Eleanor Sturman thanked Rev. Jackson. Thanks to Joan Lee for arranging the service and thanks to Joan and Eleanor for decorating the basement with fall decor and flowers.
Sept. 28th at 7:00 p.m. Let’s talk about! The subject is “Does God Still Speak to us Today?” Everyone is welcome.
Oct. 1st at 9:15 a.m. World Wide Day of Communion Guest Stephanie Richmond from Janetville will assist.
Oct. 8th at 9:15 a.m. Thanksgiving Sunday.
Oct. 12th at 7:00 p.m. Let’s Talk About! All are welcome.
Oct. 14th at 8:30 a.m. Men’s Group Breakfast. All are welcome.
Oct. 15th at 9:15 a.m. Guest Speaker Darlene Hallett.
Oct. 17th at 6:00 p.m. Out to Supper. More information to follow.
Check out our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
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Call to worship was called by the Rev. Michele Hofman a warm greeting went out to those in attendance.
Oct. 1st the congregation will be worshipping at the Scugog Island Community Hall, across the road from the church, to celebrate World Communion Sunday. Please note the Island Hall is wheel chair accessible. Everyone is welcome to join us for World Communion Sunday.
Oct. 8th is Thanksgiving Sunday. If you wish to come in early and bring some harvest items to display in the Sanctuary, please do.
There will be an Official board meeting on Monday Oct. 16th, at 7:00 p.m.
On Oct. 22nd, the Scugog Island United Church will celebrate it's 149th Anniversary. They will welcome the Port Perry Seniors Chorus.
Happy Birthdays this week go out to: Arron Johnson on the 25th, Jacob Eade on the 28th, Michelle Kowallik on the 28th, and Stefan Makouskis and Rennie Goose both on the 30th. Happy Birthday to everyone who may of been missed.
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Smart move by you people who kept your pools open, I didn't and what a mistake!
An invitation is extended to join in the celebration of Elaine and Milton Raineys' 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday September 30th, at St. Marks United Church, 201 Centre Street South in Whitby, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There was a beautiful surprise party that Jeff, Erika, and Jaime planned for their parents, Scott and Beth Wilson, to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The Farm was again filled with friends from near and far, wishing the, almost surprised, couple years of good health and happiness.
There have been some calls inquiring about the date of the Epsom/Utica Fall Beef Supper. Mark your calendar for Friday November 3rd, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Uxbridge Senior Centre. It is a supper you won't want to miss.
A pot luck lunch is planned following the church service for Sunday October 1st. Plan to enjoy the food and fellowship with everyone.
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Two left over items from Blackstock Fair. First a correction- Freda Vernon won the Champion Cherry Pie competition not as previously reported. Sorry about that error. Secondly there is still free compost-straw and natural fertilizer at the fair grounds at the cattle ties. It is free for picking it up. Please pick it up as soon as possible.
Many attended parts of Lindsay Fair, which enjoyed unusually warm sunny weather, instead of the regular cool damp weather. Congratulations to Brad Trewin, who made his maiden trip driving the family’s pulling tractor, Killer Allis, on Saturday night, winning 2nd place. What a beginning for Brad!
A large crowd attended the United Church’s harvest beef dinner held at the Rec. Centre on Sunday evening. Those in attendance enjoyed the great food and the fellowship with the others enjoying dinner. The planners are thankful to those of other communities who support our efforts.
Elaine Rivett, Jocelyn, and Adam spent the weekend with their mother Joyce Kelly.
Save Friday, October 13th for a community paint night, sponsored by the nursery school. More details to follow.
There were 12 tables of euchre with the following winners: Joe Goldsmith in first, Donna Trayner and Wilma VanCamp in second, Jocelyn Bradbury in third, Joan Graham in fourth, Norm Lackner came fifth. Most lone hands: Lawrence McLaughlin. Low: Doris Manns. The specials were won by Katie Marshall, Peter Booth, Mariln Trunks and Dianne Slute.
It has been hot this past week as summer weather and sunshine welcome fall!
On Saturday, September 30th, the 18th Annual Greenbank Soap Box Derby takes place, rain or shine, on Pearl Drive, west subdivision, with the sign in beginning at 8:30 a.m., racing to follow. At approximately 12:30 noon there will be an official reopening of Couves Park celebrating improvements made, and new playground items, for both Greenbank Parks. Come and enjoy the ongoing BBQ, beverages etc., as you cheer the racers on. This event supports the Greenbank Parks, and is made possible by great volunteers, participants, sponsors, and spectators, as children enjoy a day of good old fashioned fun.
Congratulations to team Phillips (Captain Jason) on winning by one run to coveted 2017 T-shirts in the championship 3 Pitch game vs. Team Dusty (Captain Doug). Congratulations to tournament MVP's Courtney Till and Devon King. Over 100 players participated in this 3 day fun and competitive Park and Hall fundraiser! The event planners, Al, Lila, Barb, Brian, and Ken; umpires; teams; captains; youth in Tuck Shop; Food & Beverage volunteers; and spectators; all made this a success. The weather definitely helped too!
Please register by October 20th, for the “Lions Breakfast With Santa”, to be held on November 25th, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Register with Lion Rep email@example.com with how many will be attending and the age of the children. The cost is $10 for adults, and children get in free.
Greenbank Lions continue to sell fall lawn fertilizer 7-27-27 for $27 a 55 pound bag, and maple syrup for $10. Call 905-985-3073 to order, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free delivery available.
The Greenbank Lions webpage is e-clubhouse.org/sites/greenbank, a source of info for businesses and contacts in Greenbank. Check it out.
Fridays at the Hall euchre starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday, October 1st, 11 a.m. there is church and Sunday School at Greenbank United Church. Coffee and muffins will be served at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. by the evening U.C.W. Worship will include World Wide Communion, with guest Stephanie Richmond from Janetville, assisting Rev. Richard. “Add Water and Stir” will provide special music on October 1st.
October 4th Fidelis U.C.W. Meet at 1:30 p.m. At the church. Please answer roll call with Foodbank items. Visitors welcome. The Evening U.C.W. meet at the church on October 4th, 7:30 p.m.
The October 21st Greenbank Talent Auction is at the church. Please contact Kim Thomson to help and/or add your donations to be auctioned. (905-985-2522). This is another church/community fun event for all.
September 24th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the church, the Greenbank Black Light Puppeteer Practice for youth in grades 7 to 12, will be held. Contact Denise Bell for information, at 905-985-1809, or on her cell phone at 905-985-3103, or contact Nancy Rensink on her cell phone at 905-718-1707.
Terry Fox Day is being supported on Thursday September 28th at the school.
Happy September birthdays to: Chris Richardson on the Sept. 23rd, Tyson Lee on the 23rd, Glen Till on the 19th, Travis Till on the 27th, and to all others who celebrate this month.
Jim and Norma Ferguson attended the International Ploughing Match at Walton.
Please call me with Greenbank news items Sunday evenings, at 905-985-0535.
Another beautiful week! How much better if it had come when kids were home and people were on holidays, but we will take however much of the sunshine and blue sky there is, no matter what month!
Our sympathies to Sandra Will on the death of her husband, sympathy also to her family, one of who is Sue, married to former Zephyrite Glen Arnold.
Eve Lynn and Mark Swan have been touring in the U.S.A. and spent some time in Washington, D.C.; the Smithsonian Natural History Museum; and Virginia; among other places.
Friday Night at the Foster was a double feature with two artists and consequently a lengthier program. Jane Loewen filled the place with her beautiful and powerful voice and Edwin Shack made some wonderful sounds come from his electric guitar, not the usual sounds, but almost as if someone was singing in harmony, but using only the just the guitar! Next week a long-time favourite performs. Nancy Hall has been coming since the very first year. Just one more Friday night after that and two specials that weekend, to round out the season!
This past weekend was packed with events. The Zephyr United Church held their “Down the Aisle” bridal dress show, which was a wonderful success not only for the number of dresses on display and modelled, but for getting old friends together and renewing memories. One family had four generations of dresses on display! It was nice to see Rev. Diane Bennett-Jones in attendance. It was also a great pleasure to see Elaine Cox out and being in such great spirits despite her terrible ongoing ordeal.
Following this, I headed for Seagrave, where life-friend Betty (nee Munro) and husband Glen Somerville, were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. This was another happy occasion to meet with old friends, many who came from some distance. Fred and Mary Catherwood were among the group.
One long-time establishment in the area was also celebrating 50 years in business, Green tractors, formerly the John Deere centre. Cousins Arnold and Gail Kerry started the business way back then and although no longer in charge of the business end, they still keep their eye on things while son Brian and wife Pat are employed. The longest serving employee is our own Bruce Smith, who has worked there for 48 years! Quite a record I think in this day and age. There was a customer appreciation event on Saturday morning, and a supper dance in the evening. Lots of laughter as well as tears!
Meanwhile, for the whole weekend, the Celebration of the Arts kicked off and I am sure Saturday would have been a great day. I visited Jeff Baker’s Woodworking on the 4th first. What beautiful and imaginative pieces he has created using mostly recycled wood and other materials! From there I went over to Foster Dr. and saw the unique stone carvings of Stewart Blower, again using various types of stone to create different styles and interpretations that come from each piece.
Following this I went over to Art on the Fringe at the Museum. This has been happening there for a few years now, but this year the Artists of Uxbridge were in charge of organizing, as well as showing their own artistic abilities. It’s always so interesting to talk to the various artists and learn about their different media, from the usual painting, jewelry made of a multitude of materials, woodworks and found objects and so much more.
Rick McKinley conducted a joint service at Sandford on Sunday morning and will do the same at Zephyr on September 24th, at 10 p.m. On October 1st, we anticipate that our new minister Rev. Eiko Hosaka will be at the pulpit. Come and meet her, at 9:30 a.m. at Sandford, or at 11:00 at Zephyr.
Sandford's 161st anniversary will be on October 15th. The annual Music gala is on October 20th. Zephyr's 131st anniversary is on October 22nd.
Congratulations to Nicole Swain, a teacher of Biology and Environmental Studies at Brooklin High School who was awarded for going above and beyond, to teach kids about agriculture. She recently received the 2017 Agscape Teacher Recognition Award. Nicole and her husband Scott operate a beef and cash crop farming operation. Congratulations, Nicole.
The people of Blackstock United Church are busy getting ready for the annual Harvest Beef Supper, featuring local beef from the Swains, and vegetables from the Lintons, Supper will be served at the Rec Centre next Sunday September 24th, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.
On Sunday afternoon, a good crowd of relatives and community members welcomed Baby Tate, and congratulated his parents Justin and Darcee Shinn, at a come and go baby shower, at the home of Magee VanCamp.
It is great to report that Margaret Mountjoy has returned from hip surgery.
What a delightful afternoon I enjoyed on Saturday afternoon, when the students of Brooklin Public School from 1963 to 64 gathered for a reunion at Brooklin Pub, with me as their teacher. Many of us had not seen each other for over 50 years.
On Sunday evening, Sarah and Brennan Malcolm returned from an enjoyable, and very busy, two week trip to Italy.
The winners at the card party were: Diane Norton and Diane Slute in first, Pat Allemong in second, Shirley Oldfield and Marg Cayer in third, Alma Manns in fourth, Hazel Coates in fifth. Low: Audrey Middleton. Most lone hands: Phil Sibbert.
The specials were won by Marg Cayer, Brian Allemang, Hazel Coates, and Peter Booth.
As the kids are trying to get back into the school groove, the rest of us have been enjoying the late summer weather from the window at work.
Having just enjoyed two exceptional local area fairs, a big thanks goes out to the volunteers and participants who have laboured during the year and at the fairs to bring together all the events. Hats off to all the ones involved from our own community, as well.
A standing welcome awaits you and your children to Sunday service and Sunday School at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday at the Epsom Church. Bethesda-Reach W.I. is back in full fall swing. The September meeting will be Wednesday the 27th at 7:30 pm in the Epsom United Church. The feature speaker will be Margaret Taylor-Sevier, speaking on her trip to Tanzania. Plans will also be finalized for the Victorian Tea on October 14th, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Uxbridge Senior's Centre. A special guest will be Rosemary Oliver, a fibre artist. Everyone is welcome to all meetings and events.
The 4H Dairy calf clubs of Uxbridge, Port Perry, Sunderland and Beaverton exhibited their calves on Friday evening at the Beaverton Fair. The top five from each of the fairs are allowed entry and each did a superb job. What a great group of young adults.
Congratulations to James and Thelma Houghland as they became grandparents to their first grandson, Tyler Jacob.
The community flocked to Green Tractors, formally Utica Farm Equipment, on Saturday, to enjoy their 50th Anniversary as a company. Arnold and Gail Kerry along with Gail's father Charlie Cottyn, began this dealership and have watched it serve the surrounding community well. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share this special day with you and we wish you all the best in the future.
Saturday was also the wedding of Nicolus Eckhardt and Janai Cairns, at the bride's home in Zephyr. The reception was held at the Mount Albert Legion. We extend sincere congratulations to Nick and Janai for lifelong happiness.
A fantastic celebration took place at the Sommerville barn on Saturday as friends from far and wide arrived to celebrate Len and Betty's 50th wedding anniversary. Such a special time to visit with friends and extend warm wishes for the years ahead to Betty and Len.
An invitation is extended to join with Milton and Elaine Rainey at St. Marks United Church at 201 Center St. South in Whitby, on Saturday September 30th, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
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We are having a sunny stretch of much warmer weather, and fall begins on Friday 22nd!
The Lions ladies and men served both young and older at their delicious Pancake Breakfast last Sunday, on the 17th, with a good attendance.
The Greenbank Lions are already making plans for another community event “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, November 25th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Space is limited to 25 children, ten years and younger. Please register by Friday, October 20th, with our Lion Rep at firstname.lastname@example.org with how many will be attending, and the age of child(ren). The cost is $10 per adult.
With community ball leagues ended for another summer, the Mixed 3-Pitch tournament for 16 year olds and older, starts Friday evening, September 22nd through 24th at Greenbank Ianson Park. This is another fun time for both players and spectators, an ongoing BBQ of Burgers, hotdogs, bacon on a bun, a Tuck shop, beverages, with proceeds supporting Park and Hall, and providing tournament prizes.
The 18th Annual Greenbank Soap Box Derby is on Saturday, September 30th, at 8:30 a.m. Registration sign in, and racing begins around 9:30 a.m. and runs until approximately 4:00 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs, Hank's Cinnamon Buns, Tim Horton's coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cookies, and a snack bar available.
At 12:30 noon, there will be a ribbon cutting to officially re-open Couves Park, celebrating the additions of a playground item, sun shelter, fresh paint, also recognition of a new playground item, which has been installed at Ianson Park. All of the above was made possible by monies from previous Derby's, and from faithful sponsors. Sponsor cheques can be made payable to Greenbank Parks Playground Fund, Denise Bell, 5 Couves Lane, Greenbank, ON, L0C1B0, or by phone at 905-985-1809, or to her cellular phone at 905-985-3103. Sponsors are appreciated.
Congratulations to Melanie Thomson and Wesley Snoddon, who were married at the Snoddon Pinedale Farm on a very hot, sunny, September 16th. It was Mel's Dad, Doc (Ron) Thomson's birthday as well; an extra special time for all. Happy Birthday Doc! 2017 will be a year to remember with the three weddings which happened in Doc's family.
Many best wishes go to Murray and Shirley Lee, as they have been married for 65 years as of September 20th.
Our thoughts are with Jean Rodd who is not well, and wish her better days ahead.
Students and staff welcome new principal Greg Marlow, to Greenbank Public School. It is a busy place with Cross Country Practices happening, the Magazine Campaign underway, and Parent Night on Thursday September 21st, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Terry Fox Day on September 28th. Healthy snacks are being provided and volunteers are always welcome and needed for this program and more. The school number is 905-985-2567.
October 21st, the Greenbank Talent Auction is at the church. Contact Kim 905-985-2522.
Greenbank Church is invited to join Seagrave United Church's 111th anniversary next Sunday, the 24th, at 10 a.m. There will be no service at Greenbank United Church. Our next service is September 30th, at 11 a.m. at Greenbank, at Sunday School.
Monday, September 25th, is a Session Meeting at 7 p.m., Stewards at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday evenings choir practice is at 7:30 p.m.
In October, please bring Food Bank items each Sunday.
Black Light Puppet Practice is starting with leaders Nancy Rensink. You may call her at 905-718-1707, or Denise Bell at 905-985-3103, for more information.