This week started off on a very wintery note and it seems like it will continue for the rest of January, at the very least. How can it be the end of January already? I know, it is closer to spring, but the months all seem to go so quickly now and then spring will be gone too.
Because of the pending storm warning church was cancelled on Sunday. Actually, most of the morning was quite beautiful, but that gradually changed with clouds, gusts of wind, blowing snow and then more snow after the 6”, or so, we received overnight. It was a great day for taking bird photos, as the birds spent copious amounts of time at the feeders stocking up. Snow on trees is always a good photo subject, one I still haven’t mastered that very well yet.
Generally speaking, this has been a good news week. Gord Rolling is home, in Mount Albert, from the hospital but is pretty much confined to a wheelchair. We wish him better health and comfort in the days ahead. Debbie Wilson is also out of the hospital after her surgery, and she will know in a few days what is to follow. Best wishes for a complete recovery for Debbie and many more healthy years ahead. Ted Meyers was also given a clean bill of health and by now is back on the golf green.
Best wishes to Willa Worsley who has retired from her 30 year ownership of “Presents, Presents”. This business was probably one of the longest running stores in the downtown area. I expect she will do some more travelling, and maybe more bird watching activities. The Worsley family has lived just up the road from me, for many years, and have contributed very much to the community over the years.
A number of people have celebrated birthdays this past week. Best wishes for continued good health and enjoyment of life go to the original Mustard twins, Chris and Craig. Their parents, and grandparents, must be very proud of the way these young men have carried on the family farm.
Congratulations also go out to my former PSW worker, Pat Snooks. Pat was also raised in this area, and sees many old friends in her daily work. Jennifer Wilson and Phil had a very special birthday, and recently returned from Florida after attending the wedding of their son Jeff to new wife Rachel.
Rachel Sutherland Arnaud celebrated this week as well. Rachel will be remembered as the former assistant curator at the Uxbridge Scott Museum, and is now the full time curator at the Port Hope Archives.
Les and Erin Smith have returned from a 10 day stay in Florida. So many people are coming back to this cold weather.
Stan and Amy Smalley are very proud of their daughter, Catherine, who graduated last weekend from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. Wow. How amazing is that. Congratulations to the whole family. Stan and Amy spent the weekend in Halifax with her.
I have been asked by Nancy Marr, former Museum curator, to place the following notices for our neighbours in Udora: Udora Hall Board is looking for more volunteer members. Our next meeting is on Thursday, February 7th, at 7pm at the Udora Hall located at 24 Victoria Road. Uxbridge and Georgina residents are eligible to join the board, and are invited to attend the meeting.
Yuk Yuks Stand-Up Comedy is returning to the Udora Community Hall on Saturday, February 23rd. This is a fundraiser for the Udora Community Hall. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Udora General Store, and U.P.I. Gas. Cash only. There will be a cash bar at the show. The show will sell out, so please pick up your tickets ahead of time.
On Tuesday, the Sandford church council met at the church. A number of items were discussed. We are all saddened to learn that because both churches are having a cash flow problem, Reverend Eiko will only be with us for a few more months. There are still many things to take care of in the meantime.
On Thursday, the UCW met with only a few members present, but hosted two lovely guests. Some expected attendees were unable to attend due to illness, and the fact that school buses were cancelled that morning and the kids were at home. We had a scrumptious meal before the worship service, which was followed by the annual business meeting. The executive will remain the same, and the dates for future meetings have been planned. All women are welcome to attend with us.
That evening, at the Scugog Public Library, the North Durham Nature group met at 7 p.m. Because of the weather, I suspect, there was a smaller turnout than usual, but it was an interesting evening. Several members gave short slide presentations using their own photographs. One particularly lovely display was given by local photographer Steven Wright. He had some gorgeous shots of the recent super wolf moon eclipse. Ross James also had some “real” slides from years ago. Ross comes from Sunderland area, and was the former curator of birds at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Next Sunday, weather permitting, church will continue, as a joint venture, in Zephyr starting at 10 a.m. This will be the venue for the rest of the month. Reverend Eiko will be away on the 17th. Adele Boy will tell us about some of the highlights of her three month working experience in Palestine and Jerusalem, which may not have been very safe.
On Wednesday, February 6th, the UCW ladies, and friends, will be serving the “Souper Lunch”, at St. Andrew’s church for the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank. It is always a fun day for all. There will be good food and good company.
On Tuesday, March 5th, it will be Shrove Tuesday. The Sandford UCW and Council are having a pancake supper. Admission is $5, and for children 12 and under, it is free. You are welcome to contribute some food to this event. There may also be a few games to play afterwards. Everyone is invited to the church. A sign-up sheet was available last Sunday, but it will move to Zephyr next week.
Winter has descended; for a few days anyway. Probably, by the time you read this it will be above freezing and perhaps raining again. As I write on Sunday, it is the coldest day of the year so far. Last year, at this time, we had 2 or 3 days of -30C degree temperatures, so we can’t complain about this. Today was also a day of sun, which somewhat compensated for the cold wind.
Did anyone spend time watching the moon which is being called the blood wolf full moon eclipse? I was out for a few minutes, but it was too cold for even a 'once a year' opportunity. There will be plenty of photos from warmer climates and indoor observatories, no doubt, to feed our curiosity.
Steve and Lorraine Ottolini enjoyed a stay in Bermuda, visiting Steve’s sister and enjoying the balmy weather. Lorraine was lucky to stay there for two weeks, while Steve had to be content with one.
Birthday wishes go out to Pastor Gord Shreeve, as well as anyone else celebrating this week. Best wishes to my neighbour Debbie Wilson (Steve) who underwent a serious operation last weekn and is in the Markham Stouffville hospital. Our prayers and thoughts are with her.
On Wednesday I travelled to Maple Grove United Church, near Bowmanville, accompanied by Carol Johnson, Lorraine Ottolini, Faye Ashton and Elva Kerry. We attended our first meeting with the Lakeridge Presbytery, U.C.W. It was a very interesting meeting, and indicated some of the differences we will find, as we meet more often, about how Living Waters and Lakeridge operate. Our next general meeting will be in March, and it is hoped that more of the members can attend.
On Thursday evening the Uxbridge Genealogy Group met at the Uxbridge Library. There were 26 people in attendance, and there were several new and unfamiliar faces. Our speaker was, our own, Linda Boyd who informed us on how to use the program, 'Family Tree Maker' to tidy up your mountain of paper files and information. By the time she finished speaking, there were a lot of heads spinning with all the information she provided. Another night will no doubt be needed in order to take it all in. The next meeting will be on February 21st. At that time there will be more information given about accessing the Ontario Archives. We have discussed the Ontario Archives before, but there is always new information to use, and new perspectives given on what to look for.
This morning was the gathering of the North Durham Nature Feeder Watch. It went ahead, in spite of the cold, but as of yet, I don’t know how successful it was. I know that yesterday, when it was warmer, but snowing, the birds were steadily flocking to the feeders all day, which is nothing unusual. The same birds as have been coming to the feeders, but in greater numbers and more frequently. Today, though, they seemed to not be coming out as much; hiding away in the trees and shrubs no doubt, to keep warm as best they could. This Thursday evening, at 7 p.m. at the Scugog Public Library, the NDN will hold their first meeting of the season. There will be several short presentations by members and several nature displays of various types. All are welcome to attend. The fee is $5 for non-members.
This past Sunday church was held in Sandford. Attendance was smaller than usual, but I was privileged to conduct it. There were several lovely music videos about candles and how they represent light. There was a cake shown with birthday candles, a quiz about candles, and several songs talking about candle light and how we can be lights for Christ. Ken Welsh lit the Christ and Care candles, and afterwards gave me this quote from the 'Merchant of Venice', which fits in perfectly with the theme for this week. The quote was, “how far that little candle throws its beam, so shines a good deed in a naughty world”. If only we could all be this light. Next week's service will still be in Sandford, with Reverend Eiko conducting. She has been having a great time in Vancouver visiting her mother, and other relatives, and arrived home just in time to welcome the coldest day of this year. As of February 3rd, we will be attending the Zephyr church for the joint worship, in the month of February. Following the service, the Worship Committee will meet to plan for the upcoming Easter season and beyond when, at that time, we will be without a Minister.
On Thursday this week, the Sandford U.C.W. is holding their annual Potluck Lunch and Meeting. This is our business meeting of the year, and all ladies are urged to attend and enjoy the food and fellowship. Meeting time is 12:30 p.m. Please note the time change.
Discussions are underway regarding a transmission tower that is suggested to be put up in the middle of Sandford Village. There was a meeting at the hall about this issue last Tuesday evening. Everyone agreed that they want greater speed and more data, for various reasons, but the overriding issue was whether that location is the best spot for the tower. The tower will apparently be similar to the one recently installed in Zephyr, although it will not be as high, and therefore cannot reach quite so far.
Its been three weeks, and it seems like a very long time since I last wrote a column. Things went from being super busy, to nothing much happening, as far as community activities went. Most families, of course, had some gatherings to keep the excitement rolling. There were so many, in fact, that if I started enumerating them all, the page would be full, and I’d be bound to miss someone.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season, and that 2019 will be the year of health, happiness, some prosperity, and more peace in the world; although that seems to be a vain hope in light of the political situation.
A large number of people celebrated their birthdays during the Christmas season, including Wilma Doucette, Carol Meek, Cathy Ellig, Nancy Wolfe, and Pam Noble. Anniversary wishes also go out to Lynn and Walter Campbell as they celebrate their 30th year together.
Gord Rolling has been in the hospital for several weeks now and Grace Walker has also been in hospital. Dorthy Baker and others have been laid low by the flu bug.
On December 18th, the owners of The Standard Newspaper hosted an Open House at their office on Reach St. It was fun to chat with younger members of the staff, as well as several other columnists, who don’t necessarily fall into that category. Thanks to the Greens' for providing us the opportunity to broadcast our community events and activities.
Zephyr hosted a “Breakfast with Santa” event on December 8th. The event provided several activities for the kids to enjoy, and there was a great turnout. Unfortunately, Sandford did not have one this year.
On Thursday, December 19th, I attended, along with a few hundred others, the Christmas concert at the Port Perry High School. My great-niece and nephew were involved, as well as a couple of other young people I knew. It was a fantastic event with a variety of entertainment ranging from choral groups, and several band groupings, to dance and drama. You could not find a better musical event anywhere else when you think about how old (or how young) these kids are. Kudos to their music instructors and all the others involved. It is too bad that all schools do not have such programs, although I must say that UHS is pretty good too.
On Sunday, December 23rd, in Sandford, the 4th and last Sunday of Advent was held. It was the Sunday of Love; a commodity seemingly in short supply in so many parts of the world, including our own. The candles for Hope, Peace, and Joy were relit. It was to remind us of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and of a mother's love and care, as well as God’s love for us. Also, as part of the service, there were two baptisms. One for Hunter Steven Michael Dunsmoor, and another for Skyla Ann Boy-Fitzsimon, the grandchildren of Adele Boy. Adele took part in the sacrament. Her son, and his wife and children, stayed with Adele for two weeks following this event. Our musician for the service was our wonderful Carol Gibson, and we can never get enough of her music. Adding to that was the reading by Ken Welsh of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, with all the drama you would want added to it. We thank them both for their wonderful blessings to the service.
On Christmas Eve we enjoyed a joint service in Zephyr, along with the Missionary church members. Pastor Gord Shreeve collaborated with Reverend Eiko, to put together a lovely worship with a couple of young ladies from that church also participating.
On Christmas Day, because the other members of our family were engaged, Ivan and I attended the lunch at the Senior’s building for the first time, as did several others from our area, and a lot from the town of our acquaintance. It was a very tasty meal, and the friendship was great. Thanks to all the volunteers who put it together, including food donors, and servers and the cooks.
A flyer arrived in the mail announcing that Dr. Karen Bardecki was selling her veterinary practice to Dr. Rachel Stadnyk. Rachel hails from up north, but met and married Jamie Risebrough. Jamie is the son of David and Judy Risebrough, and works with his uncle Michael on the long-time family owned farm located on Davis Drive. Jamie, Rachel and the children live in the house where his grandparents Gord and Dorothy lived prior to their passing, so she is definitely a Sandford resident. Congratulations Rachel.
On December 30th, Reverend Eiko was away, and the joint church service was conducted by Carol Johnson, with her granddaughter Casey Spenser on the piano. Carol spoke on what life was like for Jesus as a child, and had a number of Jewish regalia to show, and special articles to share to illustrate Jewish traditions. It was a very interesting topic that provided a lot of information. The adults were shown up by Tanis’s grandson, though, who seemed to know more about this topic than we did because he had a Jewish friend in school.
On January 6th, the first Sunday of Epiphany, was held in Sandford. All the services in January will be in Sandford, and will start at 10 a.m. Reverend Eiko spoke about creation and how it never ends. He spoke about how there is always something being made anew, and how new light is being shone on some things and many others. This was all the more interesting in light of what is happening in space with small craft travelling millions of light years away past rocks formed billions of years ago. Nancy Wolfe was at the organ; we missed it. Following the service, a lengthy meeting took place with discussion and some voting on the future direction of the individual churches and the charge. Of course, one change happened to us on January 1st, when we were made part of the new Region 11. As of yet that has not had any impact on anything we might do in the future. The hard part lies ahead with many options being potentially made available.
Next week the service will be at 10 a.m. in Sandford with Reverend Eiko conducting. On January 24th , the UCW Annual Potluck Lunch and meeting will be held. All ladies are welcome. We are also invited to a meeting with our new group on January 16th. I hope that several other ladies can attend with me.
It has been another gloomy weather week, with only a few sparse hours of sun shining. I understand that November was a record month for not seeing the sun. Can you imagine living in the North where it is dark most of the day for several weeks? It must be pretty depressing, but I guess you get used to it.
Things are gearing up for the Christmas season and there are events and concerts, with many different styles, of Christmas and seasonal music. There are also Santa Parades, tractor parades, still craft sales and many shows being held to get you to part with your money. It really is a wonderful time of the year, and you can forget the cold and snow while enjoying these things.
On Monday, Lorraine Ottolini and I attended the last Living Waters Presbytery, held at the Stouffville United Church. There were 76 ladies present, but about a dozen of us may no longer continue in this Presbytery. There will also be a name change to this church and it will no longer be called Living Waters. As mentioned previously, Zephyr, Sandford, Uxbridge, Goodwood and Epsom will be in what is presently called the Lakeridge Presbytery, in Bay of Quinte Conference. All these names will be changed as well. This Presbytery is much smaller in area; consequently being far less to travel to meetings. Time will tell how it works out. The UCW executive from both of the Presbyteries have been meeting for some time, and have tentative plans for the future.
On Thursday afternoon a huge number of friends and family gathered for a Celebration of Life for Ross Smalley at the Sandford Hall. The children and some grandchildren gave their remembrances, eliciting quite a bit of laughter. Travis sang as a solo tribute to his grandfather, “The Green, Green, Grass of Home”. I was sitting beside some relatives who had never heard him sing before, and I know they were quite impressed.
The Bethesda Reach WI met at Epsom United Church on Thursday evening. There were a number of visitors present and the guest speaker was Kate Johnson. Kate showed slides and spoke of her experiences in Austria, which was a trip which she won from the Junior Farmers. During her time there she also travelled to other nearby countries such as Holland and Germany.
On Friday, I was at the Salvation Army Kettle, and it was an interesting 2 hours as a number of friends wandered by and stopped to chat. The money ball was getting quite full when I left, and there were still several hours for collection to come. Thanks to all those who donated.
Karen Shreeve hosted a get-together for some ladies at her home on Friday evening. The party was hosted by a representative of Aloette beauty products. A good time was reported by all.
The “Fantasy of Lights” was being assembled on the weekend, and it looks like it’s going to be another bumper show because there were very few vacant areas unclaimed. There appeared to be quite a few new exhibitors this year, outnumbering last year’s participants, which itself was a record. Xi Epsilon Upsilon is fortunate to keep our favoured spot under the big pine tree. Make sure you take a drive or walk through when it is officially opened.
When coming home from Elgin Park I noticed that there was a pair of trumpeter swans on the pond. I returned back on Sunday and was fortunate that the swans were right at the bank, and so I was able to get some close-up pictures. They are really hanging around later than usual; perhaps because some people are feeding them. There is a goose hanging around too. He is not with the large flocks wheeling around every day, but he is by himself, because he had a broken wing and cannot fly. He is also being fed, so I hope he survives.
Karen and Jerry Popadynec hosted a meal for the Harwood family on Saturday, in order to show off and introduce their 2 newest granddaughters, Cecelia and Natalie who were born on September 28th and October 29th respectively. Congratulations to all. Happy birthday to Ron Herrema.
The Bethesda/ Reach WI organized a trip to see Mamma Mia at the Town Hall in Port Perry and a large group of members, spouses and friends enjoyed this great show. The music was wonderful as was the acting. The only cast name I recognised was Cathy Christoff, who sang beautifully, and executed her part so professionally. That lady ought to be in the movies. Thanks to Barb Weese and Corinne Croxall for organizing this outing.
On Sunday church there was a joint service at Zephyr, and we welcomed back Reverend Eiko from her trip to Japan. As well as being the first Sunday of Advent, it was also communion Sunday and we prepare for the coming of Christmas.
On Thursday this week the UCW will get together for their Christmas meeting. There will be special music, a worship period, a craft time and a time to designate where our charity gifts might go. All ladies from the community are welcome to attend at 1 p.m.
Next Sunday, on December 9th, the service will be in Sandford at 10 a.m. To the Sandford people, please bring your White Gifts for the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Uxbridge. Following the service we will enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The ladies might bring some dessert to top it off.
On December 16th, we are back at Zephyr and on December 23rd church will be held in Sandford. The format of this service is still being planned, as is the arrangements for a Christmas Eve service. Everyone is invited to attend these services with us.
By morning most of the snow will be gone leaving a few dirt piles where the plow dug in. It still doesn’t seem like the grass will get its final cut or that the leaves will be mulched. Nature will have to take care of itself.
Our sympathies go out this week to Annabell Jones, whose sister Earline passed away mid-week. No service for Earline is planned until the Spring.
Our sincere condolences also go out to the Smalley Family on the passing of father Ross. His death occured just a couple of days before the wedding of his granddaughter, daughter of Joan and Bruce, on Saturday. Ross had been in palliative care at the hospital for awhile, so his death was not unexpected, but it is still a big loss to this large family. Ross had lived his whole life in Sandford. A Celebration of Life will be held for Ross at the Sandford Hall on Thursday, November 29th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with words of remembrance at 4 p.m. Ross was able to fulfill his wish of dying at home.
On Saturday afternoon a huge crowd attended the Celebration of Life for Ron Shier. The Udora Hall was over-full, and some people had to return home as there was not even standing room available. It was an event most attendees will not forget. There was an abundance of stories told about Ron and his escapades over the years and the first hour (plus) was one continuous laugh. The crowd listened to all the tales as told by old friends and family, including his grandchildren, who gave a stellar performance. The gathering included all sorts of family and friends, and there were plenty of both to talk with. My family has some connection in 2 ways with Ron’s family, so there were some new people to meet, and people to see again that we don’t get to see often enough.
On Tuesday evening the Sandford church council, followed by the Official Board, held a marathon discussion session as we debated the fate of both the Sandford and Zephyr churches. In the absence of our minister, Rick McKinley sat in with us. One decision made was that for most of the rest of the year there will be joint services offered that would alternate each Sunday between the churches until Christmas, and then alternate monthly for January, February and March.
Correction from last week’s column: Reverend Eiko does not return until this week, and she will conduct Sunday’s service, in Zephyr, 10 a.m. She takes an extended holiday because she is paid for ¾ time and is not contracted on a full time basis. We welcome her back, and know she thoroughly enjoyed her stay in her home town in Japan. She will be at the church in Sandford on December 9th at 10 a.m.
On Thursday afternoon the Sandford UCW met at the church. Our guest speaker was Bev. Northeast, who talked about the work of the Salvation Army, in general, and about their work in Uxbridge, in particular. All the money collected, either from mail-in donations or from donations paid into the Kettle goes directly to purchase items for the community such as food hampers, clothing, school bags full of supplies, and other items. The Salvation Army employs no paid staff, including those people work as volunteers to collect donations for the Kettle. At the completion of the talk, Bev was presented with a cheque, for the Salvation Army, from the UCW as well as a cheque from the church.
On Thursday evening a large crowd met at the Senior’s building for the North Durham Nature meeting. For the program, James Kamstra gave a slide presentation of the trip to Cuba he led last February. Slides came from his collection as well as some from Derek Connelly and Jay Theibert. Jay’s wife Bev, myself and five other persons were a part of the trip as well.
Friday afternoon I did a stint with the Salvation Army Kettle, relieving Jim Campbell. It’s usually a fun two hours because there are often friends and acquaintances passing by. If you have a couple of free hours you might call Bev, as I last heard she still had some slots to fill.
On Friday evening several Sorority sisters, and family, attended the show “9-5”. This is quite a hilarious musical directed by Melinda Delorme. There certainly are some great singers in the show and the actresses playing the three female lead characters, and the actor playing the male lead were excellent. It was a full house, both on the floor and on the balcony.
The Christmas Concert at the historic Leaskdale church was held on Saturday evening. It was a very enjoyable programme with the Pine Ridge Chorus opening and closing the numbers, and performances given by the Notable Music Studio, Alan Ely, and the Lindsey Rose Highland Dance Co. in the first half of the show. After intermission Caitlin Crane and Casey Spencer also added their lovely youthful voices. It was a great mix of art forms, and there was a full house to appreciate it and add to their voices on a number of occasions.
Sunday morning service was held in Sandford and was conducted by Al Sopel and Joan Sine. In the absence of Melinda, CDs were used with varying degrees of success. The guest speaker was Christy Hackner, one of Jim and Sandy’s daughters. Christy spoke about her participation in soccer at the college she attends in Toronto and how they had travelled to Mexico and Panama to play and also to share their testimonies with other young people. They also spent some time at an orphanage playing with the children. She created a slide presentation which showed these activities, and showed the people with whom they mingled with when there.
We were so glad to welcome back, safe and sound, Adele Boy who has spent the last 3 months as an observer in Israel and Palestine; not exactly the safest places in the world to spend your time. We look forward to hearing more about her experiences soon.
It was the last Farmer’s market of the season, which also included a Craft market as well, so I dropped in after church. What an array of things to look at and purchase. Same beautiful displays of crafts, but also many displays of produce, such as vegetables, honey, beeswax, garlic, and baked goods which were works of art themselves. It was late when I arrived there, but the place was packed and it seemed everyone was enjoying themselves.
December 6th is the U.C.W. Christmas meeting. There will be a special guest musician, as well as a worship period, crafts, and discussions and decisions to be made about the charities we will support. It will be held at the church at 1 p.m. and all ladies are welcome.
A Celebration of life will be held for Ross at the Sandford Hall, Thursday, November 29th from 3-5 p.m. with words of remembrance at 4 p.m. Ross was able to fulfill his wish of dying at home.
Remembrance Day has passed. There were many services around the country. Newspapers and magazine ran stories and there were e-articles, in abundance, written about the times, and about the men and women who did battle, along with those who stayed home and fought on other fronts. Let’s hope that it is not a one-day wonder and that folks, particularly those in positions of governance, will remember what was said when they are discussing foreign policy and armament manufacture and sales. Let’s concentrate on keeping peace, and using the country’s money for health, education, housing and the alleviation of poverty instead.
The snow we have had is not unusual, but what is different is that it hangs around and has not melted as it did last year. However, looking back, we did have temperatures lower than we have had this year, but not so consistently. Some corn has been getting cut, and some fields are being plowed, but apparently there are still many bean and corn crops that have not been harvested.
A few weeks ago I captured my outside momma cat, who has been around for about 6 years, and her 2 latest kittens. Momma got fixed and then I took them to my sister’s barn. Lo and behold, last week this cat appeared and she had somehow found her way back over 10 miles by road and goodness knows how far by field. Not sure what’s happened with the kittens, but I hope they are safe.
Congratulations to Barb and Bruce Harwood who now have a second great-granddaughter, and Karen and Jerry Popodynic who have another grandchild, by daughter Jessica and her husband.
On Wednesday evening there was the Uxbridge Horticultural group’s craft show and vendor’s night, where members and others showed off their various skills. Woods Clothing and one other business demonstrated their products, and a bountiful lunch was prepared by the Tin Mill and the Cupcake Eatery. Diane Spencer was there advertising her relatively new landscaping/gardening business. The Christmas meeting is a potluck, and friends and spouses are invited.
On Thursday evening, the Uxbridge Genealogy Group met in the lower hall of the Library. It was cold and snowy outside and not too warm inside as the heat in the library had not been working for several days. A notice just came out that the library will be closed, possibly until December 7th while the system is being repaired. Please check before making a trip in. The speaker for the evening was Alister McGowan who informed us about the many ways we could be preventing ourselves from getting ahead with our research. This was a most interesting subject, with many things being pointed out that should be obvious, but quite often are not. Next month the meeting is on December 13th and it will be our Christmas meeting with goodies.
Saturday was, of course, the Santa Clause Parade, with ground cover that did look like Christmas. It was a great parade and well organized. It seemed short but that may have been because there were no great lapses between floats as there often is. There seemed to be many new entries but also many regulars were not in the line-up. There was a very colourful and lively group of participants, featuring a great many fancy-dressed dogs and horses.
Sunday service was held at Zephyr with Rick McKinley conducting, and Melinda rendering a beautiful version of “How Great Thou Art”. Rick’s message was entitled, “When the Unthinkable Happens”. Melinda is very busy just now as she is directing the Onstage Uxbridge Presentation of “9-5” at the Music hall for this past weekend and the next. From what I hear, there is an all-star cast with great music, of course. Check the newspaper or website for information on how to get tickets.
In the afternoon a good crowd gathered once more at the Foster Memorial to enjoy the reading of the seasoned performers presenting “A Christmas Carol’. Following the reading, Jane Loewen led in a community sing with many loved and familiar Christmas songs. It was a lovely introduction to the music of the season, although I now hear the radio stations playing Christmas music. This is the last event at the Foster Memorial this year. Look for us next year, beginning in May, with another excellent round-up of great artists.
This Thursday afternoon, on November 22nd, the Sandford Zephyr UCW will host guest speaker Bev. Northeast. She will speak about the work of one of her pet projects which is the Salvation Army. She and Brad invest a great amount of time and effort with this group. Starting time is 1 p.m. at the church, and all are welcome.
That same evening North Durham Nature meets at the Senior’s building. The topic for the evening is Cuban Natural History and features slides by Derek Connolly, James Kamstra and Jay Thiebert. This is Cuba as you have never seen it from the beaches of the resorts. I was also part of the trip last year. Starting time is 7 p.m. If you are not a member, the admission is $5.
There have been a host of craft shows in the area and there will be one more on Saturday. The Uxbridge Farmers Market will move indoors at the arena, and there will also be an indoor Christmas Market. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other special events are going on in town as well so keep your eyes open and away from the ugly holes.
On Saturday evening the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society will hold their Olde Fashioned Christmas Concert at the Historic Leaskdale Church, from 7 p.m. to 9 pm.m. Admission is by donation. This is always a fun event with young and old participating.
On Sunday Reverend Eiko was welcomed back from her visit to Japan, as we lead into the Advent and Christmas season.
On December 8th, there will be a concert in Stouffville by the “Bach to Blues” group. Anyone wanting tickets please have your money ready for Rod on Sunday at Sandford. Tickets are $15 in advance, but $20 at the door.
Several of my friends have gone south already; did they know something the rest of us didn’t? They just missed the snow and the wild winds that finally succeeded in knocking most of the leaves off the trees.
This week, there were two more funerals added to the many listed on Low and Low's doorframe. Ken Moore’s celebration of life was held at the Sandford United Church on Tuesday. Reverend Elizabeth Cunningham was the officiating minister, with Nancy Wolfe at the organ. Three of his granddaughters gave their remem-brances. The reception took place at the Sandford Hall. There were many family and friends there, several of whom I had not seen for some time. As it often happens, very likely I will see them again Saturday, November 24th when the Celebration of Life for Ron Shier occurs at Udora Hall, at 1 p.m.
On Saturday afternoon the celebration of Life for Mabel Fletcher was held at Low and Low's. Mabel had lived all her life here except for the last few years when she moved to live with daughter Ilene and her husband Larry Kydd before transitioning to a nursing home. Mabel’s parents were Bill and Meredith Weir. Mabel married Bruce Fletcher, whose family farm was just a short distance north. They moved to Uxbridge in 1972 after selling the farm. I had only met Mabel a couple of times because she was a distant cousin through the Weir/Ashton family. I met a number of cousins, at the Celebration of Life for Mabel, who I hadn’t seen for ages or, in some cases, ever, even though they live close by.
On a happier note, congratulations to Bruce and Barb Harwood, who welcomed another great grandchild, Nash, son of Jeremy and Jessica Popadynec, and grandson of Karen and Jerry.
Another happy occasion this week happened in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 7th, where a number of Uxbridge personalities witnessed the unveiling of a painting of the Marquette of Col. Samuel Simpson Sharpe which was then hung up in the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings. This piece was created by Port Perry resident Tyler Briley, with this end in mind, but it seemed like it might never happen. Thanks to the persistence of Erin O’Toole, Jennifer O’Connell and other parliamentarians who set aside politics, to make it happen. Mayor Molloy, Mayor-Elect Barton, Regional Chair Gerri Lynn O’Conner, and Legion Representative Gloria Eng were in attendance along with several of the Sharpe family members.
Last Tuesday at noon, the Community Care luncheon was served. Following this, there was a short Remembrance Day service topped off by a presentation made by poppy chairperson, for the Legion branch 170, Gloria Eng who then presented a cheque for $5000.00 from the Poppy Campaign, for the Meals on Wheels Program. What a great donation. Later I discovered that the sum of $8250 had been given to the Hospital Association for the purchase of specified equipment. A big thanks to all who donated to the poppy fund this year and every year.
On Wednesday afternoon, Xi Epsilon Upsilon ladies met at the home of Betty Bignell. Guest speaker for the day was Gwen Layton, who informed us on her favourite topic, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Although I had heard it before, there is always some new gleaning and this was no different. Even ladies our age, who grew up with the Anne books, have much to learn as do all the researchers who continue to analyze her work.
The craft show at the arena was a huge affair with all sorts of wonderful Christmasy items to tantalize. It was nice to talk to several of the vendors about their items and learn a little about how they make them. One young man, in Grade 11, had made a 3D printing machine and had his own business. He was taking orders for items that people desired, and was designing them on the computer. That was out of my realm of comprehension.
On Sunday, because church was at 10 a.m., we had our own joint congregational service in Sandford, where it was somewhat warmer than it must have been at the corner of Brock and Toronto. Both our pipers were active in the Legion Pipes and Drums Band, so CDs supplied the music, featuring John McDermott and Roger Whittaker. A number of congregants from both churches took part in the readings. The service was prepared and led by Al Sopel and Joanie Sine.
Next Sunday the service will be held in Zephyr at 10 a.m. with Rick McKinley leading, All are welcome. The following week, on November 25th, Reverend Eiko is returning and will be at Sandford church.
On November 20th the Sandford Council will meet at 6 p.m., after which the Official Board will gather in Sandford for their meeting.
On Thursday, November 22nd the UCW will meet at 1 p.m. in the church. The guest speaker will be Bev Northeast, who will speak about the Salvation Army, and the work it does in the community, which is a pet topic of hers. All are invited to attend.
On Monday, November 26th the UCW Presbyterial will meet in the Stouffville United Church. For members from Sandford, Zephyr, Goodwood, Epsom and Uxbridge, it will be the final meeting of the Living Waters Presbytery. In January, we will be transferred to Bay of Quinte as the new changes in structure occur.
There are several events coming up for which to mark your calendars. On December 8th, the Stouffville Group “Bach to Blues” will host their Christmas concert, highlighting their songs of the last 19 years. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Please note that on May 2nd , 2019 this choir will perform a fund raising concert for Sandford that afternoon. Hope you have your 2019 calendar handy. On December 10th, you are invited to hear the music students of Katie (Wilson) Bottomly, during their recital, held at the Sandford Church at 6:30 p.m. The Messiah will be performed on December 17th and 18th.
With 2 days of record heat behind us and a week of unseasonably cold ahead, you better get ready for a cold winter ahead. What a terrible thought! However, the autumn colours are better than usual this year, but if you haven’t seen them this week, they will be past their peak by the coming weekend. Many trees are already bare and losing their summer cloaks quickly. Scout’s motto, “Be Prepared!”
A couple of goofs last week! First, the Jazz and Blues Concert was not on October 7th, but on October 14th, and it was a wonderful concert, with a goodly attendance of about 80 people. The music was terrific even though one group, Django Djunkies, had to cancel due to illness.
Bill Morrison headlined the performance with a number of Blues songs, accompanied by a couple of very different guitars. Next, two members of the group Northern Latitude, Scot Benson and Susan Sheard, played with a different style. They serenaded; he on guitar, and she on the vocals with a haunting flute.
Garth Dynes was the last act; I have always admired those who can play guitar while either singing or playing the harmonica at the same time. That takes concentration! Bill Morrison accompanied him on several songs, and they made a very complementary team.
The last event at the Foster Memorial for the year will be on November 18th, at 1:30 p.m., when “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be performed. Please mark your calendars and join us for an early start to the season.
The second mistake was that Gwen Layton will indeed be speaking about Lucy Maud Montgomery at the Uxbridge Scott Historical Society on October 17th, but it will be about Lucy Maud Montgomery's involvement in activities surrounding World War 1 (WW1). Maud was deeply involved in things such as the Red Cross. The meeting will be held at the school house, Uxbridge Scott Museum, at 7:00 p.m. Admission by donation.
Several congratulations to be given this week! Gordon and Susan Weatherup celebrated their 25th anniversary. Mr. And Mrs. Grant Smith celebrated their 66th anniversary. Happy birthday goes out to Lynn Rhodes Campbell, and Nan Hill. I learned that Grant Hill is now a resident of the nursing home in Beaverton, a neighbour to George Kydd. Best wishes to all of them.
Next Saturday another very active lady, Muriel Tassie, will celebrate her 90th birthday at the Greenbank Church, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rather than gifts, please contribute to the fund for a lift at the church. Muriel is also an active member of the Uxbridge Horticultural Society, and she is found each month greeting members and handing out tickets.
Best wishes go out to Alicia Moore and her new husband Jeffrey Nesker who were married in Toronto last Sunday. Present were her grandparents Bruce and Barb Harwood, as well as her brother George and his wife Jenelle from Okotokes, Alberta. Alicia's Uncle Steve and Aunt Sandra, from Georgia, also attended. Many other friends and family were also present. Married on October 13th were Cindy Risebrough and Amanda Van der Gulick.
Congratulations also to the junior boys of Scott Central Public School, who came home with a GOLD in soccer on Saturday afternoon. Way to play boys!
The Sandford Hall was the site for the Central Ontario Women’s Institute meeting last Thursday, October 11th . Women came from Dufferin - Peel, York Region , Durham Region and Kawartha Lakes. Sadly, there are few such groups in our area now. The Sandford WI folded a few years ago, and Zephyr before them. Unfortunately, the speaker who was to speak on Lymes disease was ill, but information was shared about this increasing risk. Joyce Kelly is currently the President. Her grandson, Graham, is a member of the National Rowing Team and spoke of his experiences on the way to Canadian Nationals at Burnaby in November and to the Olympics in Japan.
Barb Weese informed me that the WI had contributed funds to the WI in Dunrobin, scene of the recent Tornado, to be used for assistance to families. In the terrible fires of Fort McMurray, money was also contributed through WI to assist in the many problems just now emerging in mental health, physical health and other longer term results of the catastrophic event in the lives of children and adults.
Please remember the all-day Lucy Maud Montgomery Day to be held October 27th at the Leaskdale Historic Church, including lunch if you wish. See the website or facebook page for details, and how to sign up, if you did not get a letter of notification.
On Sunday October 14th, there was a wonderful service at the Sandford church as we celebrated 167 years of involvement in the community, first known as Salem. Although the present church was opened in 1899 the planning started in 1898, 120 years ago.
Reverend Eiko conducted the worship while local boy Reverend Jim Hackner delivered a rousing message about breathing life into bare bones, which is what we often feel like. The welcome was given by Earle Lockerby, who recently arrived, with his wife, from their summer trip in PEI. (Unfortunately, his wife Heidi had a fall while they were away, and they discovered there was a fracture). Nancy Wolfe accompanied Melinda Delorme on the organ. Melinda and her husband Darrel Sultana had composed a special, and very beautiful, “Celebrate Anniversary Praise” song, which they delivered; Darrel on the guitar and voice, and Melinda with the ukulele and her own beautiful voice.
Next week in Zephyr, the congregation will celebrate their church anniversary at 11:00 a.m. Our former Minister Reverend Diane Bennett-Jones will conduct the worship. All are invited.
As the charge is only paying our minister ¾ time, Reverend Eiko will be on leave from October 15th, to November. She will be returning to Japan, and living and working in her home town. In the meantime the churches will gather together jointly and alternatively.
Don’t forget our Gala on Thursday, October 18th, at 7:30 p.m. Linda Dempster is a folk singer who will sing and play guitar, although she plays other instruments. Her career has been varied and illustrious. Finally, Carol Kingsley and Fred Tierney came to us from Port Perry playing banjo and ukulele, and singing, and making jokes. Last year they kept the audience in stitches. We welcome them back, and you. Tickets are $20.
“Happy Thanksgiving” to everyone, not only on the past weekend but every day! When you really look at what other countries, and even many in our own country, have, or don’t have rather, we are truly fortunate.
Although I am out on the roads several times during the week it was only last Friday, when I was a passenger, that I noted how much colour our trees and shrubs have taken on. In spite of the cold and rain they are quite beautiful, and if by chance a stray ray of sun hits them, it is wonderful. Hopefully we will get a few sunny days to enjoy the view!
Last Tuesday, October 2nd , the monthly Community Care luncheon was served to a goodly crowd. The birthday song was sung to quite a few whose birthdays fall this month, among whom was our own Annabell Jones. Happy birthday to Annabell from all of us!
Last Wednesday evening, October 3rd, most of our sorority ladies met at Scrambles to enjoy a supper. The supper music was provided by quite a good singer, whose repertoire was quite varied.
On Thursday morning, October 4th, there was a large crowd gathered at Low and Low to pay tribute to Don Gibson. Don was a man of many and great talents as his obituary outlined, which was, out of necessity, shorter than it could have been no doubt. His son, Carol’s daughter and granddaughter gave moving and, at times, quite funny eulogies. We will surely miss him.
On Friday morning, October 5th, I travelled to Hanover, with my sister Faye and my Brother-in law Keith, to visit with brother Jerry and family. The weather was much like it was here so most of the 2 days were spent inside. Sun only shone briefly on our way back home.
Happy 15th anniversary goes out to Geoff Carpentier, a superb naturalist, and his wife Kim Lendvay. Also celebrating an anniversary were David and LeeAnn Ball- Happy 22nd kids!
Our sympathies go out to Jill Mustard and her family on the passing of her father Len Stroud. These last couple of months must have set some sort of record in numbers of people passing from our sight. Sympathies also go out to our former Minister Reverend Diane Bennett-Jones on the death of her mother following an extended illness.
If you have driven though Sandford the last few days you will have noticed the hall yards filled with large trucks and trailers. Apparently another movie is being filmed, to be entitled “Working Women” that is supposed to be funnier than Schitt's Creek. That, of course, remains to be seen! This area seems to be getting quite an exposure in the film industry but I doubt the true venue or location of where the film is shot is ever listed.
Bruce and Barb Harwood attended the wedding of their granddaughter, Alicia, in Toronto on Sunday October 7th. Al and Jean Sopel were also wedding guests. Their son Scott has just returned from an exciting 18 day trip to Australia and New Zealand. Cor and Jenny Van Maurik celebrated Thanksgiving with their daughter and other family members near Orillia.
Next Sunday afternoon, October 7th, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a Jazz and Blues Concert at the Foster Memorial. Several of the performers have been there before and have been greatly enjoyed. Performances will be provided by: Django Djunkies (gypsy jazz), Garth Dynes (traditional acoustic blues), North Of Seven (Jazz ensemble), and David Morrison (Blues). Admission is by donation, as usual. Please be generous as these donation go towards the maintenance of the building, which needs a lot of care!
On October 17th , at 7 p.m., at the Uxbridge Scott Museum, the Historical Society will host an evening event. Gwen Layton will talk about Lucy Maud Montgomery's life during WW2. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote a lot about her feelings, and what happened to the soldiers, from the Uxbridge area, during that time period. Admission by donation!
On October 26th and 27th , the Museum will host their 6th annual Fright Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Be prepared to walk through the Haunted Village. Admission is $3.00. Remember to dress for the weather.
Also on the 27th of October, the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society will host a full day seminar, with papers presented, about Lucy Maud Montgomery at home. Cost for the day is $50. Please note that you are not required to stay for the whole day, or to stay for the lunch that will be served. For more information about registering, go their website at: lucymaudmontgomery.ca
At church on Sunday October 7th, we celebrated Thanksgiving and 'World Wide Communion Sunday'. The churches were decorated for fall. At the Sandford United Church, we brought items to be donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, but since several people were away, the time period for donations has been extended to next Sunday as well.
Next Sunday, October 14th is Sandford’s 120th /167th Anniversary, meaning the congregation has been in existence since 1851 when the first Methodist Church was build down the fourth close to the present cemetery. After the second church in that locale was burned, a new brick church was built in 1898 at the present site, so we celebrate both dates. Reverend Jim Hackner will be the guest minister although Reverend Eiko will conduct the service. Melinda has organized some special music, and a lunch and fellowship will follow the service. All are cordially invited to join with us.
On Thursday evening, October 18th , Sandford’s 15th Annual Music Gala will be held. There is a great line-up of musicians for the evening. Tickets are $20, and children under 12 have free admission. A snack is included. For reservations email: email@example.com. Our own Robyn Ottolini will start off the evening. Robyn has been composing and singing her own songs for a number of years now and has done well on the local music scene. Also Bill Richardson, another one of our church members, will perform on his harmonica- a special instrument. Bill is also fluent on the bagpipes, and is a member of the Uxbridge Legion Pipe and Drum Band. The third act for the first half of the Gala is Mike Burns who has an extensive CV ranging from leading a group of musicians, to performing at many restaurants and other venues, has also been on the radio, and has performed at the Foster Memorial for a number of years.