I'd like to give a sincere "thank you" to everyone who supported the church's roast beef supper, and to everyone who helped with preparation of the food, set up, and clean up. This was a very successful event with good food and fellowship. A warm welcome goes out to Alex Jebson, the new student Minister for the Epsom-Utica United church. Alex will be our worship leader for the months ahead.
On Saturday May 4th, the 4H Exchange Club did a spring cleaning at the Greenbank Park. They would like to thank the Lions Club for supporting them in this endeavour.
Our sincerest sympathy goes out to Darlene Christie in the passing of her partner, Jim Green, on Monday May 6th. Jim and Darlene spent almost 30 years together. The candlesticks, in memory of Jeff and Mike, were lit at church in Jim's memory.
A memorial service for John Simpson will be held at the Trull Road Free Methodist Church, in Courtice, on Saturday, May 18th. Our condolences go out to his wife Dorothy, and the rest of the family. John's childhood was spent in the Pine Grove area alongside his sisters Marie Wilson, Lois Elford and Grace Evans. John died at the Bon Air Long-Term Care Residence in Cannington on Monday, April 29th, at the age of 95.
Fred Eaglesmith, a country singer and songwriter, will entertain at the Utica Hall on Friday, May 24th at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased, in advance, from the Meta 4 Art Gallery in Port Perry for $25, or at the door for $30. For more information you can go to his website at www.fredeaglesmith.com. Til Ginn will also add her talent that evening.
On Sunday, May 26th, there will be a fundraiser, at Boston Pizza in Uxbridge, to raise money for the Durham West 4H Exchange Club's trip to Alberta in July, and for the return trip of the Alberta Club.
The Breadalbane Presbyterian Decoration Service will be held at the Utica United Church on June 2nd, at 2 p.m.
The Kendall and Hillman Cemetery Decoration Service will be held at the Utica United Church on Sunday, June 9th, at 2 p.m. Doug Ferris will be the Minister, with Linda Hunter and Rita Stickwood providing the music.
Mark Sunday, June 16th, for Epsom's 143rd Anniversary and Utica's 148th Anniversary Service at 10 a.m. Please note the change of time.
The May meeting of the Bethesda-Reach WI will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at the Epsom Church at 7:30 p.m. The theme will be 'Back to Nature' with the speaker sharing tips for making soap. All are welcome.
The Epsom church is fundraising with Otters Greenhouse. When purchasing plants ask the cashier to put the total towards Epsom Church.
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Thank you for all the support the Epsom-Utica church family received for the 'Ham and Scallop Potato Supper' last Friday evening.
Thanks to John Molanaar for conducting the Palm Sunday service.
An invitation is extended to all to attend the 'Canadian Foodgrains Breakfast' at the Epsom Church, on Good Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Note the change of venue from the Utica Hall. This is a large community mission project that is in it's 36th year for this area. A free will offering is appreciated. We are honoured to have Doug Ferris conduct the church services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend each service.
Happy to know our snowbirds are back home for the summer season. We missed you. A belated Happy Birthday wish goes out to Hudson Blake, and Ashton Lane from Epsom on April 13th. Hudson celebrated with his friend Simon, of Epsom, and then to Great Wolf Lodge for an awesome birthday. Happy Birthday Hudson. Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Norma Cornelius of Utica, whose birthday was on on April 8th. She is 94 years young. Norma resides with her daughter Judy, and with Doug and Andy Taylor. Happy birthday to Elva Kerry who celebrates a special birthday this year. Elva shares her birthday with Queen Elizabeth on April 21st.
There was an amazing music night at the Port Perry High School. The family of schools came together to share their talents in voice and instrument. Congratulations to the students and to their teachers, who guide and direct our youth. A huge thank you is given to all. Congratulations to Leah Daniels for receiving three nominations for Female Artist, Album, and Music Video of the year from C.M.A.Ontario. Congratulations also go out to Robyn Ottolini for her nomination for Rising Star. The award show this year takes place in Ottawa. We are very proud of your accomplishments.
The Greenbank Minor Ball offers T-Ball for children born between 2013 - 2014. There is also softball for youth born in the years 2008 - 2011, and senior slow- pitch for those born in between the years of 2000 - 2004.Youth from Epsom and the area are welcome. Space is limited ,but some spots are still available on most teams. To register contact Kerri-Ann Taylor at (905) 985-9499 or email her at:email@example.com.
The Sandford U.C.W. extends an invitation to all ladies to attend an afternoon get-together on May 9th, at 1 p.m. at the Sandford church. Dwight and Deborah Clement will be showing interesting slides of their 23 day trip through the Southern American countries of Peru, Bolivia, and Chili.
A delicious meal was served to a large crowd of ladies at the WI's Spring Luncheon. The fashions were provided by Woods and Woods of Uxbridge, and were beautifully worn by several models who encouraged all of us to get ready for spring. The Bethesda-Reach WI will be meeting on Wednesday, April 24th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Epsom United Church. This is the annual meeting and will be an excellent way to catch up on the activities of the branch during the year.
Mark your calendars for May 10th, for the Epsom-Utica Church Roast Beef Supper at the Utica Hall. The Uxbridge Genealogy Group meeting is on Thursday, April 18th, at 7 p.m. at the Uxbridge Library. For everyone battling colds, flu and even pneumonia, I hope you get well quickly. Spring is just around the corner.
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A Spring flood arrived on Medd Road on Friday. The water came in, and was level to the road. This was the 2nd runoff this year. As a child, before the Township raised the road, my Dad would be called to pull cars out of the three feet of water that was across the road. It was good skating when we were kids.
Congratulations to brand new grandparents, Pat and John Sutherland, on the recent arrival of daughter Andrea and Tom's baby boy Myles Thomas, and daughter Rachael and Graeme's baby boy Simon Jonathon. Blessings to all.
The March meeting of the Bethesda Reach Women's Institute will be held on Wednesday, March 27th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Epsom United Church. The theme for March is health, and we will be exploring this topic with the 'Fitness of Life' talk. Our speaker will feature fitness techniques appropriate to different ages and abilities. Meetings are open to all.
The Bethesda Reach 'Annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show', is Tuesday, April 9th, at 12 noon at the Trinity United Church in Uxbridge. Fashions will be from Woods and Woods, located in Uxbridge. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by calling (905) 852-3925, or (905) 985-3976. All profits from the luncheon will be donated to various charitable causes.
Get well wishes go out to Barbara Weese this week.
Wishing the Warrior Atom Hockey team a great season final in the next 2 weeks. You have the first game won, so on you go. Levi Scott and his dad Jason are a part of this team, as some youth from Greenbank are too.
The 4H exchange club is busy hosting a sign making event at the Sunderland Co-op on Sunday, March 24th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the Durham West 4H's facebook page to sign up.
Hoping Arthur Powell is feeling much better following his unfortunate vehicle accident last week. Good wishes are being sent your way Art.
Pastor John Molenaar led worship this past Sunday. There is always an invitation for all to worship at Epsom each Sunday at 11 a.m.
Sunday was quite a day for the kids, big and little, who love to make snowballs and snow people. The rest of us weren’t too happy to see that layer of white stuff on the ground. Anyway, by evening, it had mostly melted away. But that is just a taste of what is yet to come according to the Almanac.
There are several happy occasions to mention. Allan and Caroline McGillivray welcomed another grandchild, Devlin Merril McGillivray, on October 15th . He is the son of Matt and Jody, and is little brother to Elija. Megan and Hannah Risebrough both celebrated their 22nd birthday this week and Brenda Harwood Moore’s birthday was on Sunday October 28th. Ed and Pam Beach celebrated their 45th anniversary, and congratulations to Pam as she was also re-elected last week as Councillor for Ward 1.
Les and Erin Smith’s 12th anniversary was on Sunday. Apparently on that day it was sunny during the service at Wick, but soon after the wind got up and a major snowstorm blew in. Bruce said he could hardly get his antique car home through the snow, so today was not that bad.
Our sympathy goes out to Tanis Pottage Smith on the passing of her former father-in-law, Aubrey Eugene Pottage, October 25th at Southlake Hospital. She said he had been like a father to her.
Last Tuesday was the Celebration of Life for Olive Wilson Evans. The Uxbridge Baptist Church was filled with people coming to pay their respects. A good many of them, of course, were extended family members as both the Wilson and Evans families are large. Olive’s immediate family has 113 members including 34 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 5 more babies on the way. Olive was a wonderful lady, and will be a part of my life forever.
It’s all over but the hard work is done now. The election saw a few surprises, and with several new people on council now it will take awhile to get things moving again. It’s never as easy as people on the outside may think. Thanks to all those who gave their time and effort on Council for the last 4 years, but were not re-elected this year. Your dedication will be rewarded somewhere down the line. With something like 50 per cent of Uxbridge residents voting, we were better represented than most of the rest of the Region.
On Monday night several people from here attended the high school where Andrew Robertshaw was a guest speaker in The Vimy Series. Andrew talked about what he has been working on identifying bodies of WW1 soldiers who went missing and were presumed dead but recently have been found. The many ways of identifying bodies now is much easier than in early years, but is still not foolproof. Some soldiers get identified and others don’t, but all are buried with honour. This Monday, Ted Barris continues with The Vimy series and will be speaking about his book entitled ‘The Dam Busters’.
On Tuesday evening, the Sandford Church council met. Unfortunately, with no minister present, several of our decisions had to be postponed. We will meet again on November 20th, which is before the Official Board meets at Sandford.
Lorraine Ottolini, Eve-Lynn Swan, and a friend took a road trip to the Catskill Mountains to visit another friend. They enjoyed the beautiful scenery, and several very interesting tourist spots. One of the most interesting thing they did was ride the Cycle Rail at the Empire State Rail Museum. The Cycle Rail looks like bikes, in twos, attached to the tracks. They peddled these bikes along the tracks, but had some help when going uphill.
On Wednesday evening at Epsom Church the Bethesda Reach WI held their monthly meeting. The speaker was Steve Rensick from Greenbank. Steve creates native style flutes and had a number of them on display. These flutes are made of various types of wood, and each piece, no matter how small, have to be bored out and then glued together. Even such things as burls can be used. Some were carved, some were painted with native designs, and some were wood-burned. It was a wonderful display, and was viewed with much amazement by the ladies. Next month Kate Johnson will speak about her Junior Farmers sojourn in Austria.
On Thursday evening, North Durham Nature met at the Scugog Public Library in Port Perry. The guest speaker was the well-known naturalist and photographer, (who was one of the earliest to use digi-scoping) Jean Irons. She spoke about the shore birds of the arctic, and the study she has been involved in for several years. The area being studied is not accessible except by helicopter. Water is provided from a stream which flows through the area, and it is populated only with animals and birds, which Jean observed.
Over 300 people, many from around here, attended the “Celebrate Agricultural Gala” in Port Perry on Friday night. A well-known figure for many years, Harvey Graham, was presented with the Spirit of Agriculture Award. The Bowmans of Gallery on the Farm, were presented with the Family Farm award, and the Leadership Award was given to Mitch Morawetz. Tim May, of Mayhaven Farms, was the guest speaker. Mary Evans catered the scrumptious meal.
Saturday was the all-day conference of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario, which was held at the Historic Church in Leaskdale. The Maud Squad outdid themselves once more by putting on a great day, with very interesting speakers and a great meal. Lucy Maud will never be forgotten as many of the attendees were researchers and authors who, each year, come out with new research and write books and novels based on the stories. Melanie Fishbane and Benjamin Lefebvre had the opportunity to launch their new books on the subject.
Another thing that was officially launched was the new lift/elevator. On hand for the ribbon cutting were MP Jennifer O’Connell, Mayor Pat Molloy and the builder. The lift is built into the north east corner of the church and is not covered. Part of the back pew in the church was removed to make room, but from downstairs it is barely noticeable. Funding for the construction was attained from a grant, and the cost is estimated to be close to $70,000. Thanks to Carol Ditamaso for writing the successful proposal for this well done job.
Debbie Siertsems was the guest minister for the joint service at Sandford. She will also lead next Sunday service in Zephyr, at 10 a.m.. The Zephyr community will hold their Christmas Craft show next Sunday at the Hall. The church will be selling baked goods and peameal on a bun for lunch, shortly after 11 a.m. Please come out.
Icy conditions on Sunday curtailed some of our activities again this month. There are still tickets remaining for the beautiful quilt raffle to aid the 4H exchange club's trip to Alberta. Contact Rob Ashton at (905) 852-5389 for more information. The 4H exchange club is busy hosting a sign making event at the Sunderland Co-op on Sunday, March 24th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the Durham West 4H's facebook page to sign up .
Our sincere sympathies go out to Cindy, Ari, Luke, and Erin Mast in the passing of Albert Cramm. He was Cindy's father, and was grandfather to Luke. Albert, with late wife Ann, lived on Medd Road, on the former Geer farm, for 45 years. He recently retired to Butternut Manor, in Uxbridge, where he passed away. Albert was 94 years young.
On Saturday, Hayley Ashton joined a group of 4Hers that were heading to leadership camp, for the March break, in Port Sydney, Ontario. Hayley and her family went to the Eric Church Concert in Toronto on Friday evening. Noah Ashton attended his friends', twins Alex and Sophie, overnight birthday celebration at their home in Epsom Downs. They went tubing at the Lakeridge Ski Resort, and enjoyed the hot tub. On Saturday the party had fun skating at Jamie Stroud's farm on the 9th Concession. Please email email@example.com with information about your March break adventures, or if you have any news items. You may also call me at (905) 852-5389.
Some of our plans were changed again this week because of the weather, but the beauty of the glistening snow and sunshine, following Wednesday's snowfall, created a beautiful world.
The WI canceled their Wednesday meeting due to the excessive snowfall, and the Lions Music Festival canceled their Monday night performance, but continued with the Wednesday evening show as the snow let up in time. Thank-you to the festival coordinators for this opportunity for the youth in our area.
The "First Tap", took place on Saturday, March 2nd, at the sugar bush of Clancey and Gale Lavender in Pontypool. Last year, most syrup producers had a week of gathering that was done by the end of February. No years are ever the same. This Saturday, March 9th, the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival will hold their "First Tap" at the Sugar Bush of Scott and Lori Battie, located at 12925 Brock side road 18, on the 4th Concession. This is a fun and educational outing to take your family to.
There are still tickets available for a beautiful quilt designed and made by Laura Campsall. The proceeds will go towards the 4H club's trip to Alberta in July. Contact Rob Ashton at (905) 852-2388. The UCW will meet at the church on Tuesday, March 12th, at 1 p.m. All ladies are welcome.
The Cluster Group, of six area churches, will meet at the Epsom Church on March 20th, at 7 p.m.
The showing of, "Before the Plate", was very well attended and enlightened viewers, farmers and urban friends on farming practices in today's world.
This coming Sunday will be the first Sunday of Lent, and we will meet for coffee at 11 a.m., and join together for worship at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to join in to worship.
The Bethesda-Reach WI is meeting at the Epsom Church on Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. Come and share your talents of knitting, crocheting, quilting or any other craft skill. Plans for the upcoming 'Annual Fashion Show and Spring Luncheon', on April 9th will be finalized. Tickets will be available soon.
A joint project, at the Roxy Theatre in Uxbridge on Saturday, March 2nd, is between Durham West Junior Farmers, and The Durham Region Federation of Agriculture. It will feature a documentary film called "Before the Plate." This film hopes to close the gap in perception between urban consumers and farmers in Canada. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. show. Price is $5, and tickets can be purchased at the Roxy Theatre on the day of the viewing. The proceeds of this event will be shared with the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank in Uxbridge, and with Durham Farm Connection. There will be a Q&A about the movie, following its showing, at the Second Wedge Brewery on Victoria Street in Uxbridge is at 5:30 p.m.
Plans are being made for a Pancake Supper at the Epsom Church on Shrove, on Tuesday March 5th, at 5:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a sweet treat and fellowship with friends before Lent. A donation would be appreciated.
A delicious roast beef meal and a fun evening was held at the Sandford Hall last Saturday. The Ontario County Holstein Club came together and presented their awards for 2018 for members. Congratulations to all the farmers for giving their very best. All are welcome to the church in Epsom each Sunday at 11 a.m.
Thank you to everyone who supported the 4H Exchange club Roast Beef Supper on Saturday evening. The meal was delicious, and the auction was so much fun. They just learned that their club will be twinned with the North Forty Club out of southern Alberta. They will travel there at the beginning of July, and the North Forty Club will journey to Ontario in the beginning of August. The 4H club is also selling tickets for a raffle for a quilt made by Laura Campsall. Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5, and can be purchased from Rob Ashton or Windy Meek.
Our sincere sympathy goes out to Elva Kerry, Cloyne Stearman and their families in the passing of their sister, Wilda, on Monday, February 4th, at the Oshawa Hospital. The funeral was held at the Mount Albert Funeral Home, and the reception was at the Zephyr United Church on Friday, February 8th.
All are welcome attend the Epsom church service at 11 am every Sunday. This upcoming Sunday, February 17th, Gord Taylor will lead worship.
Thank-you to Pastor John Molenaar for being the Minister, for the church family, twice in January. On Sunday, February 3rd, Reverend Lionel Ketola will be the Minister. The church reports are due this Sunday for the AGM meeting on February 24th.
A beautiful and fun double baby shower was held in Sutherland for first time mom to-be, Rachel, and second time mom to-be, Andrea. They received beautiful and useful gifts that will soon be put to good use. Best wishes go out to Rachel and Graeme, and to Andrea and Tom.
Sincere condolences go out to Lloyd and Nancy Morden, and their family, in the passing of Lloyd's father, Douglas Morden of Greenwood. The funeral, at the Barnes Funeral Home, was held on Sunday January 27th. Please send news items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder to all that the Durham West 4H Exchange Club Valentine Roast Beef Supper is on February 9th, at the Sandford Hall from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, 4H students for $15 and for children under 10 years old it is $10. To purchase tickets, leave a message for Rob at (905)852-2388. Pastor John Molenaar will conduct the church service at Epsom this Sunday on January 27th, at 11a.m. Annual reports are due by February 3rd for the AGM on Sunday, February 24th. Thank you Rob E. for the clean church yard on Sunday morning. Please send news items to email@example.com.
It was wonderful to be a part of a neighbourhood gathering in Epsom Utica as we celebrated the 2nd annual Christmas Pot Luck at the Utica Hall. Thank you to all for making this evening a success. I journeyed to Greenbank to see the Black Light Puppeteer show and it was an awesome production. Thanks to all who worked so hard to create this event. A welcome awaits you to the 2nd Sunday of Advent "Peace" at the Epsom church. It was exciting to be on the sidelines of both Uxbridge and Port Perry's Santa Claus Parade. The Christmas season must be here now. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your news items.