Many, many family gatherings were held over the holiday weekend. We hope that much visiting and fellowship was enjoyed.
Three very special church services were held over the weekend, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
At the family service on Sunday morning, Wilma VanCamp was honoured with a presentation of thanks for her over 35 years as a caretaker. The choir had made up a song for her which caused a lot of laughs. First she was presented with the old vacuum cleaner and the a beautiful pendant. Her five children were present: Cindy, Barry, Leanne, Debbie, and Jay, their spouses, grand children, and great grandchildren. After the service the family held a family dinner in the C.E. room.
Deanna, Steve, and Seth Grove have returned home from a special week in Haiti, where they worked in an orphanage helping with many badly needed repairs. I am sure we will hear more details later of this special trip.
Two special fundraisers are coming for the church. On Sunday evening April 15th, the choir is hosting the beef dinner which they call a Royal Affair. Settings are at 4:45 and 7:00 p.m. Between the settings Frances Grove Hurst will provide entertainment. Tickets are required and are available from choir members or leader Linda Kyte. Don’t miss this special dinner.
On Friday, April 20th, the 30th annual Talent Auction will be held at the church. A wide variety of items and events will be held for auction with lots of fun and silliness. These auctions are unlike any others. Don’t miss it!
The winners at the Tuesday evening card party are Elmo Gibson, George Wind, Jocelyn Bradbury, Val Priebe and Heidi Krieg. Mid score was Joan Graham. The specials were won by Norm Lackner, Ellen Gibson, Doreen Sheehey, and Olive Smith.
Palm Sunday was celebrated at Church on Sunday, with special music, palm branches, and communion.
Special services will be held over Holy Week, all at Blackstock United Church as follows. Maundy Thursday Service will be at 1:30 p.m., in the sanctuary, followed by Good Friday at 11:00 a.m. Easter will be a Family Service at 9:45 a.m. on April 1st. You are welcome at any or all of the services.
On Sunday April 15th, the choir’s dinner will be “A Royal Affair”, featuring roast beef. Settings are at 4:45 and 7:00 p.m. with entertainment by Frances Grove Hurst between each setting. Tickets are required and available from choir members.
Last week I had the wrong date for the 30th annual Talent Auction. This fun event is on April 20th at the Church. Please correct your calendar accordingly.
Richard VanCamp was honoured with birthday cake, tea, and coffee on the occasion of his birthday. Happy birthday Richard.
Better health is wished for Noreen Malcolm, who has been under the weather recently.
On Saturday evening the March Madness Dance, co-sponsored by the Blackstock Lion Club and the Blackstock Curling club, was a fine success with a great crowd in attendance. A great way to chase away the winter blues.
Winners at the Tuesday evening card party were as follows. First place was a tie between Jocelyn Bradbury and Elmo Gibson. Elma and Jocelyn also tied with the most lone hands. Second was Henny Povey. Third was Alma Manns. Fourth was Phil Fibbert. The specials were won by Lawrence McLaughlin, Pat Currie ,Wilma VanCamp, and Don Trunks.
The Blackstock Euchre Club invites anyone who enjoys playing euchre to join this group any Tuesday evening, to begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church.
Good wishes are sent to the students and school staff enjoying March Break this week. Enjoy the break.
On Sunday Laurie Minshall of Caledonia along with Jan and Jim Byers spent some time visiting their mom, Shirley Turner, in the Villa at Port Perry. Shirley enjoys visits from friends and relatives.
Sarah Malcolm along with her sister from Toronto visited their grandparents in Ottawa over the weekend.
Jim and Jan Byers enjoyed a trip to Cuba with Jim’s friends from school, earlier in the winter.
Do you have your tickets for the 1st BBUl March Madness Dance, that is hosted by the Blackstock Lions Club and the Blackstock Curling Club. It will be held on Saturday March 24th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Rec. Centre. Live Music will be provided by Steve Waters and Cartwright Boundary. There will be a late night Buffet, Cash Bar and door Prizes For tickets contact Connie at 905-926-4913 or Doug at 905-429-8093.
The Blackstock Choir beef dinner will be ‘A Royal Affair”, on Sunday April 15th, with settings at 4:45 and 7:00 p.m. Entertainment by Frances Grove-Hurst will take place between settings. Tickets are available from choir members now.
At the church service on Sunday morning Steve and Lorinda Bryans were received into membership by profession of faith. Joanna Malcolm and Delaine Dyer had been received by transfer earlier.
A sign of spring indeed! Sign up time for ladies over 40. They play in Seagrave on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please call Sharon Mason at 905-986-1400.
The winners at the Tuesday evening Euchre game were: First Barb Blue who also had the most lone hands, second Alma Manns, third Doreen Shehey, fourth Elmo Gibson, fifth Eileen Nelson, and Olive Smith. The winners of the specials were Shirley Oldfield, Elmo Gibson, Jenny Povey, and Eileen Nelson.
Our community was saddened with the word of the passing of Paul McIntyre after a serious illness. Sympathy is extended to his family. Visitation and the service took place at the Wagg Funeral Home, followed by interment at the Blackstock Anglican Cemetery.
If winter blues have struck you and your family, contact either members of the Blackstock Lions Club or the Blackstock Curling club for information about the March Madness Evening at the Rec. Centre, in March. For tickets and info call Connie at 905-986-1169 or Doug at 905-986-4263 for tickets or info.
For a short time yet, the walking program continues at the Rec. Centre on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays.
On Thursday a good crowd enjoyed the Seniors luncheon held at the United Church. These delicious dinners are available for $10 each, followed by some type of entertainment, on the first Thursday of each month, at noon. The entertainment at the April meeting will be Herb Vine and Stu Bennett. For more information call Joyce Kelly or Noreen Malcolm.
Better health is wished for Peter Booth who has had health for the last while.
Winners at the Tuesday evening were: first Ellen Gibson, who also had the most lone hands; second Al Cowdy; third Barb Blue; fourth Lorna Edgerton; fifth Marg Cayer; and mid score Val Priebe. Winners of the specials were Al Cowdy, Henny Povey, and Norm Lackner.
With the unseasonably mild weather and the robins chirping merrily, you would wonder if spring is closer than we would expect. Time will certainly tell.
Steve and Lorinda Bryans have returned ho me from a wonderful holiday to Mexico. With their friends.
The community is pleased to learn that Harvey Graham will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame in Milton in June This was announced at the Beef Producers annual convention held in Toronto last week and attended by several of our local beef farmers.
Two advance dates should be marked on your calendars. The Church Choir’s annual dinner will be a Beef Dinner held at the Church on April 15th Book your tickets from any member of the choir or Choir leader Linda Kyte. There is a limited number of tickets so don’t be late.
Another coming event is the Church Talent auction where fun and fund raising are combined. It will be held on Friday April 20th. More details for both of these events will be announced as the time gets closer.
The World Day of prayer will be held on this Friday, March 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at Blackstock United Church. This service is open to people of all faiths, men and women alike.
On March 23rd, Steven, Deanna and Seth Grove will be part of the Freedom Global Outreach Canada going to work in Haiti. There they hope to do much work on boys’ and girls’ home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They hope for donations in many ways. Among the items needed are screws and nails, white dress socks for boys and girls (frilly ones for girls) woodworking, activity books and jewellery making ideas as well as monetary donations. Call for more details.
Due to poor weather last Tuesday the euchre was cancelled. Any evening that you would like to play euchre, join the group on Tuesday evening ready to play at 6:30 p.m. sharp at the United church.
Wilma and Tom Wotten and family, a group of 13, have returned home from a very enjoyable holiday to Mexico. What great fun they had together.
Karen Barkey, Sarah Malcolm, Steve Back, and Barry VanCamp, spent several days at the annual OAAS Convention at the Royal York Hotel, in down town Toronto. Barry remained an extra day to attend the meeting of the Provincial Board, that he has become a member of. Congratulations Barry!
Dale and Janet VanCamp attended the reunion of Dale’s university class at Guelph University, at Guelph over the weekend.
John and Cindy Green and girls are spending Family Day moving to their new farm at the junction of River Road and Hillhead Road
Have you obtained your tickets for the first annual March Madness Dance at the Rec. Centre on March 24th? Live Music will be provided by Steve Waters and the Carwtright Boundary. This event is so sponsored by the Blackstock Lions and the Blackstock Curling Club. Call Commie at 905-986-4913 or Doug at 905-429-8093
The winners at the Blackstock Euchre Club on Tuesday night were: first Shirley Oldfield, second Phil Sibbert and Ellen Gibson, and fourth Olive Smith.
Most lone Hands, Elmo Gibson and Shirley Oldfield. Mid Score, Alma Manns. Specials were won by Eileen Nelson, Harvey Graham, Phil Sibbert, and Norm Lackner. These euchre parties are open to anyone who enjoys an evening of euchre and are held at the United Church on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 7:30 sharp.
This unpredictable weather and the weather warnings caused several cancellations including the church service Sunday morning.
On Saturday, the 39th annual Robert Fletcher Bonspeil was held by the Blackstock Curling Club at the Port Perry Club. Much visiting and fellowship was enjoyed. At the close of the curling the draw to the button was held with Debbie Shrowler winning the prize. After grace by Mike Marks a delicious dinner was enjoyed. Diana Fletcher, Bob’s daughter thanked the club for continuing the bonspiel and presented the trophy to Ron Vivian and his team. Close behind was Mike Marks and his team. The other prize winners were the teams of Mike VanCamp, Milt Daking, and Tena Jenkins. Everyone went home after a very enjoyable day.
Reserve March 24th for a March Madness Dance co-sponsored by the Curling Club and the Lions Club. Music will be provided by Steve Waters and his Cartwright Boundary Band. For tickets call Connie at 905-986-4913, or Doug at 905-926-4913. This will be a great time to celebrate the end of winter.
On Sunday afternoon Blackstock was well represented at Dr. Robert Allin's retirement party, which was held at the Scugog Library. Dr. Allin has recently retired after a long time serving the people of this area. This was attended by relatives, colleagues and friends, best wishes Doctor.
Karen Kadowaki and her two daughters Allison and Janice, Julie Obsefted, and Sharon Sargeant competed in an adult synchronized skating competition in London over the weekend.
Blackstock Euchre Club
Bryan Allemang won first prize; second Ellen Gibson; third Heidi Krieg; fourth Heni Povey; and fifth Diane Slute. The most lone hands Doris Manns. The special draws, first Linda Carder; second Phil Sibbert; third MaryLou Breward; and fourth Heni Povey.
On the news is a report of revitalizing the Blackstock Landfill by digging through the buried garbage, to find saleable recycling materials. A sizeable grant has been received to assist with this project.
Sarah Malcolm’s mother and stepfather from the Picton area visited her and Brennan over the weekend.
A large crowd of relatives and friend attended the funeral of Harold Crawford at the Low and Low Funeral Chapel on Saturday morning. The reception was held at the chapel following the service.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Violet Warner, a longtime resident of Caesarea, whose visitation was held at Wagg Funeral Home on Monday afternoon.
Another death of local interest is that of Roger Cochrane of Bowmanville, who grew up in the Blackstock area. He was also well known in the tractor pulling circles. Sympathy is extended to his sons Rod and Jeff and his daughter Judy and their families.
Graham and Jeanie Duff, Earle Trew, and Joyce Kelly, attended the annual meeting of the Ontario Truck and Tractor Pulling Association at Schbomerg Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Winners at the Blackstock Euchre Club on Tuesday evening were: first Pat Allemang; second Val Priebe and Jackey Atfield; fourth Elmo Gibson; fifth Ellen Gibson, who also had the most lone hands. The winners of the specials were Lorna Edgerton, Doug Day, Phil Sibbert, and Chris McArtle. These parties are open to anyone who enjoys playing progressive euchre. Just be at the United Church ready to play by 7:30 sharp.
I guess this is the January thaw we almost always have during the winter. Quite a thaw this year.
On Saturday, a large crowd of relatives, friends and colleagues gathered at the McLaughlin gallery for the celebration of life for Bill Lishman. His wife of many years, Paula and his family, Aaron, Geordie and Carmen and his granddaughter, as well as several friends spoke. We lost a remarkable citizen with Bill’s passing.
The many friends of Harold Crawford, of Nestleton, are shocked by his sudden passing. Sympathy is extended to Ben and Gail and Steven and Tony. His service will be held at Low and Low in Port Perry, next Saturday at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m. Harold will be missed.
Word has been received of the passing of long time resident Vernon Asselstine, at the great age of 100. His service will be at Wagg Funeral Home. The date is yet to be announced.
A good crowd gathered at the Rec. Centre Thursday evening, for the Annual meeting of the Blackstock Agricultural Society. After president Dale VanCamp gave everyone a warm welcome and Joyce Kelly said grace, a delicious pot luck dinner was enjoyed. After supper, the guests from the Ont. Association Societies spoke of the activities of the Provincial Board. They also discussed the upcoming convention to be held in February. Bobbie Drew brought greetings from the Township.
The guest speaker for the evening was Harvey Graham, who discussed the changes in the Fair and Tractor Pull over the many years that he has been involved.
The Field Crop winners were announced. Jim Byers was the overall winner. The winners of the sections were Luke Carnaghan for corn, Altona Farms Barkey/Peterborough families for corn.
Dale VanCamp reflected on the successes of the year’s activities. He announced the dates for the Truck and Tractor to be July 6th and 7th and the Demo Derby and the Fair to be August 24th and 25th.
The new slate of officers are Past President Dale VanCamp, President Karen Barkey, Vice President Courtney Peeters, Homecraft President Stephen Back.
Dale was presented with a Service Diploma in appreciation of, and awareness of, his great contribution to the fair.
The winners at the Blackstock euchre club on Tuesday evening were: first Jocelyn Bradbury, who also had the most lone hands; second Barb Blue; third Ellen Gibson, Diane Slute, and Heidi Krieg. Jean Sage had the mid score. The specials were won by Jocelyn Bradbury, Olive Smith, and Doris Manns.
This area is delighted to have the local pizza parlour open again, after renovations. Welcome back.
Congratulations to D.J. Grove and Randi Kellachan of Barrie, who were recently engaged. This happy couple plan to be married in the fall, in a ceremony on his parents’ front lawn. Best wishes to you all.
Some families seem to be struck with much difficulty at once. Sympathy is extended to Martin and Sharon Buschbeck, on the death of Martin’s mother of Markdale. While they were there looking after matters, Sharon's father Gerry Eckel of Scugog Island, fell and broke his hip and is in Oshawa Hospital. Our thoughts are with you both at this time.
The Blackstock Agricultural Society will hold its annual meeting in the form of a pot luck dinner, on Thursday evening, January 18th, with gathering at 6:40 p.m. Come and bring your favourite dish and enjoy the fellowship.
Some of our people are away enjoying the warm and sunny weather. Let me know when you return, as I don’t like to announce empty houses.
Winners at the Blackstock euchre club on Tuesday evening were: first Mary lou Breward; second Ellen Gibson; third Lorna Edgerton; fourth Jocelyn Bradbury; fifth Chris McArdle, who also had the most lone hands; Barb Blue and Harvey Graham. Mid Score, Alma Manns and Wilma VanCamp.
The winners of the specials were Shirley Oldfield. Joe Goldsmith. Brian Allemang and Wilma VanCamp.