The community has been invited to enjoy the wonderful voices of the trio "Reflections", as they provide the 11 a.m. service at Epsom church on September 23rd. Following the service, at 1 p.m., the community has been invited to the Epsom school yard, to rearrange the weeds to a different location restoring the appearance of the yard to it beautiful self, minus the weeds.
Come to the Epsom United Church for a pot luck and corn roast at 3 p.m. Please accept this as your invitation to all events.
The Bethesda-Reach WI has been preparing for another successful and interesting program year. In August, Paul Arculus inspired us with stories of the inspiring women of Port Perry. Most notable of these, was the woman who founded and operated the first hospital in Port Perry.
In September, the branch will do an armchair travel to Nepal, as Arnis Pukitis shares his insight of living and working there. Please join us at Epsom United Church on Wednesday, September 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Women's institutes welcomes all women regardless of religious beliefs, colour, or political belief. It was a fun evening for those who traveled to Greenbank on Saturday, to enjoy the Good Brothers. They certainly didn't disappoint us, and it was a great evening.
The Uxbridge 4H calf group traveled to Beaverton for the Durham West 4H dairy calf Championship show on Friday, to advance their calves to the next level. It was a very hot evening for both youth and calves. Congratulations to Brianne, Tiffany, and Kyle Meek, on their excellent placements.
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It seems summer is not quite done with us after all, since we've had some sunny and hot days. Alas, the leaves are changing colours as Autumn ushers in this Saturday.
Sincerest condolences go out to local resident Jeff Pogue and his family, on the passing of his father Donald “Don” Pogue on September 12th. A celebration of life will be held at the Scrambles Restaurant at Foxbridge Golf Course, 350 Reach Street, Uxbridge, on Saturday, October 6th beginning at 3 p.m.
The Scugog Shuffle Board Club wrapped up another successful season on September 12th. Members enjoyed a few games of Hoss Collar, followed by a delicious pot luck dinner. Ann Davies held the general meeting, thanking everyone for a great season.
The Gerald Balson Trophy for “most improved this year”, was awarded to Rick Wall. Donations from local merchants supporting the club have been greatly appreciated. The fun starts all over again in May. For information please call Ann at (905) 447-8803 or email: email@example.com.
The Blackstock United Church is hosting its annual Harvest Beef Supper at the Blackstock Recreation Centre on Sunday, September 23rd from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The evening will feature Swain Beef, Linton Farm vegetables, and music by John and Karen Waters. The venue is fully accessible. Adults’ admission is $20, Children’s admission ages 6-12 is $5, and admission for children under 6 years is free.
The Student Community Council (SCC) for Cartwright Public School (CCPS) will be hosting its first meeting of the school year, and council election is on Tuesday September 25th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at the school. All parents and guardians of CCPS students are welcome. For more information please contact the school at (905) 986-4227.
The Cartwright Soccer League is hosting its AGM meeting on Wednesday, September 26th, at 8 p.m. in the meeting room at the Blackstock Recreation Centre. The community soccer league is in need of more volunteers on their board. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please be sure to make the meeting.
Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc. celebrates the harvest season with their18th Annual “Fall Festival & Classic Car Show” being held at Cartwright Fields in Nestleton, on Saturday, September 29th from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General admission is $5 per person and admission for children under the age of 2 is free.
All makes/models are welcome to show in the Classic Car Show, with fan-favourite prizes, a 50/50 draw, festival events and activities. For more information, contact Larry Demings at (289) 688-5041, or email him at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chili Cook-Off Contest is open to community organizations, sports teams, and local families. CSR is challenging beef, pork, poultry, and lamb producers, to prepare their chili with their own farm’s meat and produce. Register with Tara by calling (905) 354-0966, no later than September 22nd, for a chili table inside the hall.
Learn about the new 9-Hole Disc Golf Course that runs throughout the park and trails. Demonstration sessions will teach young and old about this growing sport, and opportunities to play will also be offered. Discs will be available for demo sessions and to buy.
The Kids FunZone area will host crafts and activities, such a“Loonies-in-a-Bale” search, and a jumbo inflatable activity. Horse and wagon rides, taking tours throughout the walking trails, are available for all ages.
Local vendors will be showcasing their products throughout the park grounds. Vendor opportunities are available for a $30 donation. For more information, or to register before September 22nd, contact Melanie at (905)-809-4240 or email: email@example.com. The BBQ & Beer Garden area will be open for food and refreshments.
All proceeds from the fundraising events go directly back into the Park, sports fields and its facilities at Cartwright Fields for future development projects.
The Blackstock-Cartwright Lions Club is gearing up for their annual 5K Lions Walk for Dog Guides at the Blackstock Recreation Centre on Sunday, October 7th. Registration is at 10 a.m. Watch for posters, and pledge forms to participate around town.
This week’s Euchre winners were: Doris Manns came in first place; Keith Van Camp came in second; Linda Carder and Shirley Oldfield shared third and fourth place; Linda Carder also had the most lone hands; and Lorna Edgerton came in fifth place. Wilma Van Camp, Jocelyn Bradbury, Lorna Edgerton, and Doreen Sheehey won the specials.
The Blackstock Euchre Club meets every Tuesday evening in the Blackstock United Church Hall (except holidays). Play starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp and everyone is welcome.
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The first thing I would like to do this week is send a Big Loud Shout-out on the safe arrival of our baby granddaughter, Abigail Sylvia Marie Le Saux, born on September 12th, at 12:08 p.m. She was born to Phillip and Victoria, weighing in at 6 lbs 6 ozs. Congrats to the very proud parents, and of course to the grandparents as well.
Congratulations also go out to Charles Le Saux-Ball for obtaining his G-2 last week.
The congregation of Scugog Island United Church welcomes Gwen Bevan. Faith, Food, and Fellowship, is moved up to the 23rd, for Rev. Michelle Hofman's last Sunday. In Michelle's absence, if anyone needs pastoral care, please contact Elizabeth Freeman at 905-985-6759, or Doug Baird at 905-985-7419, and one of them will contact the minister on duty. In the Pulpit for September 23rd, is Rev. Michelle Hofman. The congregation is excited to announce that Rev. Frazer Lacey will lead the congregation for the 150th Anniversary service on October 21st at 10 a.m.
Happy Birthday to anyone celebrating this week, as I have misplaced my Birthday list.
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Session one of yoga classes with Christy Fields (647-929-2540) began Monday, September 10th at her home, on Cragg Rd. W., and ran from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. It was “Vinyasa Flow”, followed by a beginner class from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. On Wednesdays the first class is “Strong and Sweet” is from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., followed by “Gentle” class at 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Starting Saturdays, October 13th, 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m., a 6 week “Gentle class” is offered. A second session begins October 22nd, on Monday nights, and is pro-rated if you miss starting at the beginning of a session. The cost is $90. Call Christy at the above number for info, or to register.
The mixed 3 pitch ball tournament for those 16 years and over is September 21st - 23rd at Ianson Park. To play, or help out, please call Al Clarkson at 905-985-3703, Brian Lee at 905-985-2562, or Barb Ward at 905-985-3903.
The Greenbank Lions is selling fall fertilizer for lawns at $28 per 55 lb. bag (7-27-27). Call 905-985-3723. They also offer free delivery.
Bid euchre is at the Hall every Friday, at 7:30 p.m., and on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Hall is wheel chair accessible.
Betty Somerville, candidate for Mayor of Scugog, will hold a meet and greet at the Hall, Thursday, September 21st, from 7 – 9 p.m.
On Thursday, September 27th, 7 – 9 p.m., Ward 1 candidate David LeRoy will be at the Greenbank Hall to meet and greet constituents.
The Durham Beekeepers meet on the last Monday each month at 6:45 p.m. at the Hall, with information presentations. New members are welcome.
The Greenbank United Church 2019 Guatemala Mission team is holding a euchre fun night fundraiser at the Hall on Friday, September 28th. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call Doug Watson at 905-852-7057 for tickets. The cost is $20.
The Greenbank Soap Box Derby is September 29th. To volunteer help, sponsor, or register, please call 905-985-3103, or email this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first Folk Music Night starts the 26th season on October 13th, featuring Russell DeCarle. Phone 905-985-8351, or visit Blue Heron Books Uxbridge, or P.O.E. Design in Port Perry for tickets.
On September 23rd, please join the Greenbank Church congregation to say “Farewell” and “Thank you” to Stu and Tiina Beaudoin after church at a Potluck lunch, and share any memories etc.
September 24th, at the church, is a Session Meeting at 7 p.m., and a meeting at the Steward's at 7:30 p.m.
September 30th is Seagrave United Church's Anniversary at 10 a.m. Note time. Please bring non-perishable food items for the Scugog Food Bank. There will be no morning service at Greenbank United Church as we join Seagrave's congregation. However, at 2 p.m., Minister Stephanie Richmond's Covenanting Service is at Greenbank's United Church. All are invited to attend this special service.
On Sunday October 7th, the Blackstock Cartwright Lions Club is holding its annual 5K Lions Walk for Dog Guides, in support of dog guides to Canadians with disabilities. This is a program the Lions Foundation of Canada has provided since its inception in 1983. More details will be in the Blackstock Shorelines.
Congratulations and best wishes to Murray and Shirley Lee as they celebrate their 66th Wedding Anniversary on September 20th.
September 18th was Rally Day for the Sunday School children, and a visit to Forsythe's farm, followed by the pavilion BBQ.
Next Sunday, bring your children to Sunday School at 11 a.m., as Holly Smith and Leslie Martens have a program for them following the minister's “Children's Time”. Playing ukuleles with Holly is on the agenda soon.
What a great day last Saturday was. Greenbank Hall had a reenactment of the first Anglican service, led by Larry Doble, Paul Arculus, the eleven voice choir directed by Denise Bell, and accompanied by with Linda Hunter. Some tasty refreshments were served as well. Those dressed in period costumes added to the scenario. Then in the afternoon and evening, at the Greenbank church, the Juno Award winning Good Brothers' music was really good.
The church accessibility committee thanked the entertainers, and those attending, for supporting this most enjoyable and very successful event. Also special thanks to Rodd Foster and his daughter Lynne, for their connection to the Good Brothers, and having them come to Greenbank.
Minister Stephanie and 7 other ladies (from the U.C.W.), experienced a variety of activities and speakers at Camp Quin-mo-Lac weekend retreat on September 7th, 8th, and 9th.
Glad to hear Hildred Southern came home Friday (14th) from the hospital and hip surgery after a fall. We wish her a good recovery.
Please call me by Sunday evening with your news items at 905-985-0535, or drop off a written copy in the letter box at 20018 Hwy 12.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre:
Thursday's euchre results were: Jim Tucker finished in first place, Dianne Slute came in second, Sheila Patterson was third, Dawn McCombe finished in fourth place, Carter Roberts and Doug Day tied for fifth place, and Carter also had the most lone hands. Brian Coulter had the low score. Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held in the Nestleton Community Hall every Thursday (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Blackstock Cartwright Lions Club:
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), the financial arm of our International Association of the Lions Clubs, has been called upon frequently in the last few weeks to help those who have been devastated by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, etc. What typically happens is, that when an area is classified as a disaster zone, funds are sent from LCIF to the Lions Clubs in the area to provide food, shelter, and necessary amenities. Within 48 hours, and sometimes sooner, thousands of dollars are sent to the affected areas for the Lions to administer. All over the world, Lions Clubs make annual donations to LCIF to maintain this process. Individual Lions as well as members of the public, are encouraged to see this as a valid and worthwhile project to consider supporting. In very recent years, the Lions of Canada Fund for LCIF has been created, so individuals may make donations and receive a receipt. If you would be so kind as to send a cheque to further this cause, the Canadian contact is Administrator, Stan Durward - 50 Southern Court, P. O. Box 38, Sunderland ON L0C 1H0. Please note that every cent of your donation to LCIF will go directly to the cause, and no portion of these funds is used for administration. It's known that private donations range from $10 to $2,000,000, averaging out to $250 a donation. LCIF would appreciate your consideration.
Remember our 'Walk for Dog Guides' is happening on Sunday, October 6th, with registration in the parking lot of the Blackstock Rec Centre at 10:00 a.m. The walk is heading out at 11:00 a.m. This is a 5 km walk through Blackstock, ending up at the Rec Centre where we'll have a barbecue on for your pleasure. If you are looking for details, check out our website at www.walkfordogguides.com, or contact our chairperson, Lion Perry, at email@example.com
Fall is fast approaching, and residents are out cleaning up their gardens, raking the leaves, and having bonfires. Of course, now is the time for fall fairs and the IPM, and women are busy preserving their fruits of the summer.
This past week, Don and Betty Lou Beacock were camping in the Kingston Area. They had a reunion of friends who used to travel and camp together.
The Greenbank Lions are selling Fall Fertilizer (7-27-27) at $28.11 a 55 lb. bag. (For every bag sold in the Seagrave area, a percentage will be donated back to our Park). Call Don at 905-985-3595 to order.
Our next session of Milk Bag Matting at the Seagrave United Church will be 7-9 p.m. Monday, October 22nd. Volunteers are appreciated.
Events in Greenbank were in abundance this past weekend. Saturday morning was the 150th anniversary of the first service of worship held in Saint Agnes Anglican Church, and a reenactment of this first service was held in the Greenbank Hall. Minister Rev. R.S. Forneri was portrayed by Paul Arculus, the welcome from John Ianson portrayed by Larry Doble, the choir was directed by Mrs. Denise Bell, and the organist was Mrs. Linda Hunter. A luncheon followed. At 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Greenbank United Church, the Good Brothers performed to raise funds to install an elevator. Both events were excellent.
Remember we are collecting non-perishable food items for the Scugog Food Bank this month.
We need your help! On Wednesday, September 26th, at the church at 2 p.m., we will be preparing displays for the Art In The Park to enhance the work of the church. If you have pictures, description of what your committee participates in, etc., please bring them to the church. Everyone is invited to come and help us with the displays.
Greeters on Sunday at Seagrave United Church, were Diane and Keith Puckrin, and they also lit the Christ candle. Minister Stephanie has placed a petition at the back of the sanctuary to be signed to bring back the 2015 sex education to the schools to keep our children updated and safe, and it has been supported by the United Church of Canada. Tara and Terry Taylor visited the birthday box in celebration of their anniversary on September 7th. Tara also read the Mission and Service report. The Scripture reader was Chris Acton.
On September 29th, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., is Art Day in the Park. We will have a Paint your own Breyerfest Stablemate Pony activity, thanks to The Ridges Tack Shop. Our schedule has been set, and we're happy to have a great variety of music and art. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., for 5 workshops planned for the following times: 10:30, 11:30, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00, for a maximum of 100 participants, so please register early. Soulful Expression will help each participant create an individual art piece, along with a group project. In keeping with Culture Days, the theme will be Celebration of Self and Community. There is another exciting addition to Art Day in the Park; Kalsamrit Martial Arts will be providing demonstrations throughout the day. We're still looking for more artists to join in the fun. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or to register as an artist, crafts person, or entertainer. Please see our Culture Days page, under Port Perry events, for details, and to schedule or check us out on Facebook (Seagrave Park Committee). Bring a lawn chair and come for the day. Volunteers are still needed. Please email email@example.com for more info, or check out our Facebook Page for all the details!
September 30th, at 10:00 a.m., is Seagrave United Church's 112th Anniversary. Note the time change! Parishioners from Greenbank United Church, St. Andrews United Church, and Vroomanton United Church, are invited to attend. Ladies, please bring sandwiches or sweets. Please bring a non–perishable food item for the Scugog Food Bank. This will be blessed by Minister Stephanie.
On September 30th at 2 p.m. a Covenanting Service at Greenbank Church for Minister Stephanie Richmond will be held.
The Greenbank/Seagrave Guatemala Mission Group is selling wax wraps to cover food items at a cost of 3 for $20, to keep foods fresh, and to eliminate plastic. Contact Kathy Nix at 905-985-0112 or email her at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact anyone on the team. The Greenbank/Seagrave Mission Team is preparing for their trip to Guatemala in 2019. On September 28th there's a Euchre night at Greenbank Hall, and on November 24th, there's a drop-in from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. An instructor will show how to make 4 Christmas cards and 6 tags. There will be a silent auction. The cost is $20 for tickets in advance, or $25 at the door.
October 16th, at 6:00 p.m. is the “Out to Dinner” event.
There is an exciting new program being held during Seagrave Sunday School time from October 14th – November 25th (9:15-10:15 a.m.). Children ages 7years old and up, are invited to come to class and learn to play the Ukulele. Ukuleles are provided. There's room for 6 students, however a waiting list will be made up for those who don’t make the first class. Contact Betty Lou Beacock at 905-985-3595 to enroll.
November 7th at 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. is the 'Annual Turkey Supper'. Note: there are only 2 settings, and it is by reservation only. Tickets are $25 for adults, and tickets are $5 for children ages 5-12. For Tickets call 905-985-7778; 905-985-3593; 905-985- 2489; or 705-357-2681.
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We've had another week of uncertain weather, reaching the 30s once more but instead of the snow they have in Alberta and other places; not to mention the tornadoes and floods in the Carolinas, and other areas of the world where the usual situations happen, but with greater impact then previously. Of course, the weather has always fluctuated, and there have been hot centuries and ice ages, but that's not to say there's nothing we can do to alleviate some of the distress, and help curtail further problems. We all have to pitch in and do our share with conservation, recycling, and lessening our consumerism.
A couple of clarifications on last week’s news: it should have read 'Ralph and Marilyn (Dixon) Cox' who visited, and, 'although many of the calves at the fair were, several of them were also balky', as in not wanting to do what their trainers wanted from them.
This week a number of people have noted that their hummingbirds have disappeared; right on time really, as they usually take off about mid-September. The ones we see later are ones migrating from further north. After the cold of last weekend, all the birds were mobbing the feeders, but that tapered off severely by Wednesday.
More cuts of hay are being taken in, and it sure looks like a great harvest, making up for the earlier ones. The soy beans and corn are getting yellow, and the corn has revived from what it looked like a couple of months ago. I read, in northern Alberta, many of the crops, just ready for harvesting, were flattened by the snow, and thousands of dollars will be lost or spent using special machinery to cut this downed crop. We're so lucky.
Birthday wishes go out to Al Sopel, whose birthday was last week. His son Scott took him out for a celebration, after Scott had taken part in a 15K run. Scott leaves for an extended vacation to New Zealand and Australia this week, where he will be meeting up with a room-mate already there.
Best wishes to former owner of my farm, Alex Lubinsky, Mike Risebrough, and Tanis Pottege-Smith; and to my granddaughter Sarah Clarke –Groh, who has reached the quarter century mark already. Where does the time go?
Congratulations to Erin Blackstock, who was invited to sing the National Anthem at the OHL game Sunday evening, between Oshawa Generals and Peterborough Pete’s. She was ecstatic.
A big congratulations to Tish McDonald for winning the Governor General’s Award for Volunteerism! This lady has gone above and beyond in her efforts to bring her students and veterans together, and hopefully her work will be carried on by those same students in years to come.
Thursday was the Celebration of life for Ruth Harten-Dick. Ruth lived most of her life here in Sandford, and was the heart and soul of the church and its groups for many years. Rev. Constable did the service at Low and Low's Funeral Home, and her son Gordon gave a beautiful eulogy. The reception was held in the Sandford Hall, following internment at Sandford Cemetery. Although she has been away from Sandford for a number of years, we will always remember her fondly.
This weekend was jam-packed with activities once more – A Celebration of the Arts tour, corn-roast, and sale on Brock St., the Terry Fox run, and several other events. As usual, I attended the Art on the Fringe event held at the Uxbridge Scott Museum grounds. There were many more vendors and they were spread out around the gazebo, most with tents, and it looked quite lovely. I am always amazed at the variety of crafts and art work people come up with; they are so talented, whether it’s using old lumber and window screens as my friends Diane and Randy Payne do, or all kinds of wool crafts, painting with different media, carving, pottery, and jewellery making, to name a few. There was even music from the gazebo you could sit and enjoy. Altogether it was a wonderful day.
It was nice to talk to a former resident, Ian Ball, who was set up inside the school with a number of others. Ian has his new studio on the highway, passing through Oakwood, and would be happy to see friends drop by if you are up that way.
On Sunday, I took a foray up to Foster Rd. to view the extensive carvings of Stuart Blower. Quite a few pieces have been created this past year, and it was nice to see old and new “friends”. Stuart will be entering one of these pieces at the Juried Art Show, whose grand opening is this Tuesday evening.
Also on Tuesday evening, is a project of his wife Barbara, and the Mammawi Collective. The documentary, “Curse of the Ax”, will show at the Roxy. Eve-Lynn Swan has organized this, and there will be more on this next week.
At church on Sunday, Rev. Eiko continued with the theme “Season of Creation”, and her message centred around Jesus’ question to his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”. Melinda sang a very appropriate song: “What a Beautiful Name”.
Everyone is invited to Sandford Church next Sunday, where a joint Covenanting service will be held for Rev. Eiko. The guest speaker will be Dr. Alydia Smith. The service is at 11:00 a.m., followed by a pot-luck lunch. Everyone is welcome! The church council will meet September 20th, and the UCW September 27th.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
Thursday's euchre results were: Doreen Sheehey finished in first place with 98 points. Doug Day came in second with 96 points. Brian Coulter finished in third place with 94 points and also had the most lone hands. Linda Carder and Donna Traynor tied for fourth place. Delaine Dyer and Bill Churchill tied for fifth place. Norm Lackner had the low score. Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday, except holidays, at 7:30 p.m., in the Nestleton Community Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Blackstock - Cartwright Lions Club
Currently we are gearing up for our annual 5k Lions Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, October 7th at the Blackstock Rec Centre. Watch for posters around town and pledge forms to participate. As a leading provider of Dog Guides to Canadians with disabilities, Lions Foundation of Canada has helped men, women and children since its inception in 1983. With six different programs (Canine Vision Dog Guides, Hearing Ear Dog Guides, Special Skills Dog Guides, Seizure Response Dog Guides, Autism Assistance Gog Guides, and Diabetes Awareness Dog Guides) the dogs are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. We do our best each year through our Walks to assist this program. Watch this column for more details
First we bake and then we freeze! We should be done by now and ready for preservation, if we were talking about food. Speaking of which, there was lots of that at the Uxbridge Fair and the chill did not deter as many people as I would have thought. The attendance for both days was well over what it has been the last few years. The only cattle show I saw was the 4H dairy calf, where there appeared to be a number of bulky calves. Apparently the poor things have been to several shows this year and were a little tired of it all! Great showing by the young people regardless. Gone for another year.
This week has seen several abundant third cuts of hay, which were cut, baled, and taken in, in very short order. I understand while we were used to heaving around the small square bales, the large ones now in vogue, are far too big for that. Now you see a variety of bales in the field, small square, huge round, wrapped or unwrapped and these newer huge square ones. Each has their advantage and disadvantage, also their costs.
A couple of weeks ago, Jason Tait married Lindsay Brophy in an outdoor-indoor wedding, which was a very popular style this summer. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Jim Hackner, and the ushers were Matt Dick, Tyler Eng, Jacob Kenney, Mike Moore, and Tom McDonald, all guys he grew up with. Best wishes from all the community. Annabell Jones was a guest.
Birthday wishes go out to LeeAnn Ball, Catherine Jane Smalley (daughter of Stan and Amy) and tour guide, naturalist extraordinaire, and Standard columnist Geoff Carpentier. Also to Ann Irvine, who recently returned from a bus trip to Poland, where they viewed all the lovely old architecture as well as several of the holocaust crematoriums, which were not such wonderful things to view and think about. Happy 36th anniversary to Keith and Sharon Doucette, as well and all the others who celebrated whatever.
Lorraine and Steve Ottolini, along with their daughter Katie and a friend, spent a fun week in Gran Ventana Beach, in the Dominican Republic, coming back all tanned and ready for the fall. I think it was probably just as hot here; I know that in Belize the temperature was about the same but the humidity would have been even higher!
It was nice to see Ralph and Marilyn Dixon, who dropped in one day last week, to pick up their church photo book. Setting up at the Fair, I had a brief chat with Brent Smalley, and it was pleasant to see him again. That family has had a busy summer.
Sorry to say that Don Gibson is in the hospital once again. He and Carol moved into Uxbridge from their home on the 3rd in July, but Don has not been able to enjoy the new environment much. Our sincere wishes for better health! Christine Trowse is also confined to the hospital with a broken foot and is waiting for a transfer to a rehab facility. Best wishes for a quick recovery. Ankles aren’t easy!
Last week I attended the funeral of Lloyd Brawn, formerly of Epsom. With his passing there are now only 2 or 3 of my father’s generation left in the area. Which more than ever, makes you realize the passage of time.
This week we got the news of the passing of Ruth Harten, better known to many of us as Ruth Dick. Ruth and her husband Stuart Dick farmed for many years before retiring to the house on the 3rd , from which Don and Carol Gibson recently moved. Ruth developed a very successful real estate business and was involved in many aspects of the Sandford community and the wider area. Following Stuarts death, she married veterinarian Ken Harten, and they moved to the Ottawa area. The last few years they had been in a senior’s home. The Celebration of Life for Ruth will be held on Thursday, September 13th, at 2 p.m. Check Low's website for the venue, followed by a reception at the Sandford Hall. Ruth came from a large family and had an uncountable number of friends, acquaintances, and clients, who will remember her fondly.
There was a lovely service this Sunday at the Sandford and Zephyr churches. The theme of Rev. Eiko's message was "Its Time We Open Up", following a new church season entitled "Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost", which runs from this Sunday until Thanksgiving. Melinda sang a beautiful new rendition of the old hymn "This is My Father's World". Next week's message will build on this theme. Please join us.
The documentary, “Curse of the Axe”, will be shown at the Uxbridge Public Library, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday September 18th.
What a week. Starting with the busy Port Perry Fair, wasn't Ben Hudsons' concert fantastic on Sunday evening?
This week brought 14 4H youth to the Ashton farm, to train themselves and their calves for the Uxbridge 4H dairy calf club show, on Saturday at the Uxbridge Fall Fair. It was a beehive of activity at the farm at 6 a.m., on Saturday morning.
A huge thank you to all who organize these Fall Fairs, and to all volunteers, including the 4H leaders and the parents who drive their children here and there for them to participate. The weather did a complete 1:80 in the space of a week, being so hot at the Port Perry fair, and so cool for the Uxbridge fair.
We are looking forward to the "Reflections", bringing their message in song, to Epsom Church on September 23rd at 11 a.m.
Plans are in the works for a community work bee and corn roast on September 23rd. Look for a flyer in your mail box giving complete details.
I'm really disappointed in the people who use our road to throw out their fast food garbage. The families who live here take great care of their property, the property you throw your garbage on.