Family Day came at a great time, as we all are trying to get through the blah of February.
The Tuesday evening pancake supper was very well attended. So wonderful to have the young adults flipping delicious pancakes and to have neighbours enjoying time together. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this evening so successful. Your generous donations will be shared between the Loaves and Fishes and Operation Scugog food banks.
The celebration of life for Hillis Wilbur on Sunday afternoon at the Scugog Recreation Centre gave all who attended a peek into his life, that he enjoyed so much with family and friends. Our sympathy to his wife Carol, their three sons and their families.
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The congregation of Epsom/Utica church welcomes you to Christmas Eve day services, at 11:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., at Epsom church.
We met many neighbours at the recent pot luck supper, held at Utica Hall. The food was delicious and the friendship wonderful. We must try it again.
The U.C.W. held their annual Christmas pot luck luncheon, with 22 guests present, to enjoy tasty food, the Christmas story, carols, readings, and mind benders. It was a great afternoon together.
We wish everyone a Joyful Christmas time and a New Year filled with the promise that the world will be kinder and more loving to one another.
As we get closer to Christmas, it is nice to see the lights and decorations starting to pop up in our neighbourhoods.
People from the Epsom and Utica Communities are encouraged to attend a Christmas Gathering on December 3rd, at Utica Hall. It starts at 6 p.m. It is a chance to spend some time with your neighbours this holiday season. Pot Luck Supper followed by fun and games for all ages. RSVP 905-439-8625 so we can get an idea of numbers and what food you plan to bring.
This is your invitation to join the congregation at Epsom church for the Christmas Eve Service Sunday, December 24th, at 8:30 p.m.
Congratulations to young Rob Magnante on being elected to the North Durham United Football Club board of directors.
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Time to get the snow tires on, as last Thursday showed us how quickly the weather can turn.
Bethesda-Reach Women's Institute will meet on Wednesday, November 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. at Epsom United Church. Meeting on health, with guest speaker, Anne Wright, from North Durham Hospice. All ladies welcome.
It seems that there just isn't much going on in Epsom or Utica these days, especially since our school was closed. As a result of very little information being sent to me on a weekly basis, I will now be submitting the column once a month. I'll be collecting the news forwarded my way and send it out at the beginning of each month, so get any dates/times/etc to me, by the first Monday of each month going forward. Email me at email@example.com.
Great weather a couple of weeks ago allowed the combines and operators to harvest two of the three fields of soy beans, destined for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Project. The field at Manchester was to be combined last week.
The Epsom/Utica Roast Beef Supper is this Friday, November 3rd, at the Uxbridge Senior Centre, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Congratulations to Tanya Scott who received the Volunteer of Distinction Award, representing Epsom Public School at the Durham District School Board celebration Award Ceremony, on Thursday Evening. Congratulations to Teena Evans Wootton, a former Epsom Public School student, who also received this award from Prince Albert Public School this past year.
This past Thursday evening The Epsom/Utica and Area Canadian Foodgrains Bank received the "Spirit of Agriculture" award as a volunteer group at the Durham Farm Connections Gala Evening, at the Scugog Recreation Centre. 150 Farm Families in Durham region were honoured with a sign indicating they have farmed in Durham region for at least 150 year, many have farmed even longer than that. Thank you Durham Farm Connections and sponsors for this great tribute to the farmers in this area. Thank you to Mary Evans and staff for a superb dinner.
The following words come from Rev. Brad and Jackie Medd: “This news comes from outside the Epsom & Utica area. Please bear with me. I am making the assumption that both Milton and Elaine read The Standard each and every time it comes off the press. Well it just so happens that I read it as well. I do have a connection with Epsom that started back in the 60's, that was when I first got to know the Medds, my cousins. Well as usually happens every friend, family members etc., usually go their own separate ways over time as the circumstances of life dictate. If I remember correctly both Milt and Elaine lived over my way, [Cameron, Fenelon Falls area] a number of years ago. I have not seen Elaine for many many years, but at one time visited Lawrence and the family on the farm outside of Sunderland a number of times. Thanks to The Standard and yourself, it was brought to my attention that the Rainey's have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and as Elaine is my cousin, both myself and my wife Jackie send congratulations.”
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I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend and digging watching the Leafs score a pile of goals early in their season.
It was a beautiful afternoon to congratulate Milton and Elaine on their 50th wedding anniversary last week. Their son Gene emceed the afternoon's celebration. The Barbershop group that Milt led and sang and harmonized their way into everyones hearts. Their son Mark wowed those in attendance with his amazing voice, singing "On the street where you live", "My Prayer", and the incredible "Backward Song". Milt, Elaine and Family, we wish you years of love, happiness and music.
Everyone is welcome each Sunday to Epsom Church at 11:00 am. The following is from the W.I. of Ontario: the Women's Institutes Of Ontario Celebrates 120 Years. Bethesda-Reach Women's Institute has had a firm belief in the value of community. This year the Women's Institutes in Ontario, are marking the 120th anniversary of their founding in Stoney Creek, and service in rural Ontario. To mark the event and Canada's 150th birthday, the local group is trying to reach into the rural communities in Uxbridge, Epsom, and Port Perry area and get to know our neighbours. To that end the local Bethesda-Reach Women's Institute branch has arranged a special afternoon tea at the Uxbridge Seniors Centre on Marietta St. on October 14th from 2 to 4 p.m. Rosemary Oliver, a talented fibre artist will show some of her beautiful work and the refreshments will be special. We welcome our neighbours, friends, those who have helped us in many ways and anyone interested in beautiful things. If you would like to come, please call 905-852-3925.
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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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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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I had the "gone fishin'" sign on for the last couple of weeks, but I made it back to see the bewildered looks on the kids faces, as they head back for another school year.
The congregation of Epsom/Utica Church and Rev. Tim Dayfoot, welcome you to church each Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. We wish Doris Armstrong a speedy recovery from a tumble she took recently, hope to see you out and about real soon.
Congratulations to Carl and Christa Evans on the safe arrival of their baby daughter Willa, a couple of weeks ago. Best wishes to Luke and Erin Mast, who were married a couple of Saturdays back, at the family farm on Medd Road. Many years of happiness are wished for you.
Epsom/Utica U.C.W. will meet at the Epsom Church on Tuesday September 12th at 1 p.m. for dessert and fellowship. The Sunday School will begin on Sunday September 17th, as all children are invited to come. It was an exciting scene at the Ashton farm on Monday evening, as the dairy 4H club brought their calves, and learned more about showing and presenting them in the ring. A huge "thank you" to the leaders for the many hours they give to the club, as this has not been an easy year for the farmers.
I know our Epsom School is closed this school year, but many of our kids will be catching their buses from the school parking lot. Please be extra careful crossing the roads, as it seems that a lot of drivers just don't care about the speed limit on Reach St. With the school no longer functioning, I doubt we will see much police speed control in front of the school, so everyone crossing the street needs to be fully aware of the traffic situation. Good luck to the kids with their new school year.
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Our best wishes to Vera Brown, a long time resident of Utica, and a former news correspondent for Utica and Epsom, as she takes up residence in her new home in Port Perry. May you enjoy the days ahead with good health and happiness.
Sincere sympathy to the Slute family, on the passing of their mother Eileen. She lived on the 4th concession in Utica, for many years, and was a Master Gardner and former school teacher. Family and friends will miss Eileen's talent and knowledge.
It is finally feeling like summer, so enjoy the heat and take it easy, doing outdoor chores in sun and swelter. Send me your Epsom and Utica news to email@example.com