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.
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