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.
Saturday, March 23rd, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., The Lions Club is serving a Pancake Breakfast at the Greenbank Hall to support the Chicken Coop Bakery/Restaurant family: Shankar, Uma, Mithra, and Shanya Meegunthan. The Meegunthan family’s building was damaged structurally by a truck on March 4th, and their business will be temporarily closed, tentatively, for four months. They moved back in their home on Sunday, March 17th . If you are planning to attend, please call (905) 985-3723, or email larrydoblehotmail.com by Wednesday or Thursday so food planning may be arranged.
The Lions are taking orders for Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, in 55 lb. bags, for $28 each, with free delivery in April and May. Phone (905) 985-3723 to order. May 11th, the Lions are collecting scrap metal and electronics from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesdays during Lent, from 11:50 a.m.- 12:50 p.m., a light lunch will be served and guest speakers will be hosted by the St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Port Perry. On March 20th, the speakers will be Heather Haliburton-Smith and Eyad Mousa to talk about the Port Perry Syrian Refugee Reunification Support Group.
Saturday, March 30th - First Aid and CPR Training at 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. will be at the Greenbank Church. Cost is $70 per person, and it will be hosted by the GS Mission Team.
On April 12th, a Food Safety Handling Course is being offered at the Greenbank Church from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The cost is $25. Contact Barb at (905) 985-3903 to attend.
Next Sunday, March 24th, the Third Sunday of Lent, we welcome special music with Adam Hunter and accompanists John Foster and Jackie Stickwood. All three have been a part of the church music programs over past years, and it will be a special treat to have them back on Sunday.
Marita’s Mission Minute on Sunday morning included this phrase, “Only learning to appreciate others on a human level, can we do away with hatred”; a wise thought. She told of the annual integrated community ministry of the Art Show depicting hope and healing in pictures of the Indigenous Community, by Indigenous people. This is held in Riverbend, Saskatchwan, and is an M&S supported event.
Keith and Carol Bacon attended the 100th birthday of Keith’s cousin, Lily Hope, with many friends and relatives. The party was at the Goodwood Hall for this special occasion and reunion.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Terry Crawford and his family with the death of his youngest brother’s wife in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She had been struggling with cancer.
Despite some cooler temperatures and potential for snow in the forecast, Spring is definitely in the air.
Welcome back from March Break to teachers and students, as well as family members and others who took the week off.
Congratulations to Dolly Lee, who is turning 90 yrs old. Family and friends are hosting a birthday drop-in on Saturday, March 30th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blackstock United Church.
Congratulations to Jeff Kane and Alaina Malcolm on their recent engagement, while on vacation last week in Cuba.
This week's euchre winners are: Eileen Nelson came in first place, Jocelyn Bradbury finished in second place, Marg Cayer came in third place, Phil Sibbert came in fourth place, and Larry Doble finished in fifth place. Eileen Nelson, John Kay, Jocelyn Bradbury, Larry Doble and Phil Sibbert tied for the most lone hands. Don Trunks had the mid score. Blackstock euchre is held every Tuesday evening (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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Worship this week was called by the Lay Worship Leader. A warm welcome went out to those that were present on the second Sunday of Lent; a St. Patrick Day Service. The Annual Congregational meeting will be on Sunday, March 24th, at 11 a.m. In the Pulpit: Sunday, March 24th - Gwen Bevan, Sunday, March 31st - Douglas G. Baird speaking about Faith, Food and Fellowship. Sunday, April 7th - Robert Bennett, Sunday April 14th, not announced yet, Easter Sunday, April 21st - Darlene Hallett, to be followed by an Easter Brunch. Sunday April 28th - Cathy Bowers, speaking about Faith Food and Fellowship.
Happy Anniversary to Doug and Susie Baird, and happy belated birthday wishes go out to Kelly Jarvis whose birthday was on March 15th. Happy birthdays this week go out to: Barbara Janiga on March18th, Jeanne Le Saux-Ball and Phil Edgar on March 19th, James Johnson and Sophie Sliwa on March 20th, Joseph St. James, Luke Swinson and Scarlet Chenier all on March 22nd, and Andrew Taylor & Jan Gerrow on March 23rd. Happy Birthday to anyone who was missed.
The Annual Drum Social is fast approaching, and will be held on April 6th, at 22600 Island Rd. it is one kilometer north of the casino, on left hand side. The Annual Drum Social usually starts at 11:30 a.m., with a pot luck served before starting up the drumming and dancing.
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Here we are in mid March. We have turned our clocks ahead an hour, and the snow is melting leaving us with the bare lawns showing. Spring arrives this Wednesday. Time is flying by too quickly.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Brett Drew whose birthday is on March 14th.
The community sends out condolences to the families of Alex Ingram and Ross Sweetman. Alex, at one time, lived on Scugog Island, but later moved to Seagrave. He taught school in Port Perry, and taught some of our children. Ross spent some of his younger years in Seagrave, where his dad owned the garage. After he was married he lived in Prince Albert.
The Seagrave United Church will be hosting VIBE, (Vacation Bible School) again this summer, from August 19th - 23rd, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Our area of Region 11 ECORC, will be hiring two student leaders. These positions will be advertised by the Victoria County Career Services. They will be holding a Job Fair in the NE corner of the Whitney Mall, in Lindsay, this Wednesday, March 20th. If you are interested, please drop by.
The Greenk-Seagrave Lions Club is collecting pull tabs to finance seeing eye dogs. Any pull tabs from beer cans and pop cans, or any other type of pull tab is acceptable. Contact Don Beacock for pickup, or for more information at (905) 985-3595.
The Seagrave Men's Sunday Night Softball is looking for new players that are 35 years old and up. Contact John Olivero at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Carol Coleman, and her grandson Paul Button, lit the Christ Candle and Carol visited the birthday box. The friendly greeters this past Sunday were Jack and Elizabeth Redshaw, and the Minute for Mission entry was read by Tara Bailey-Taylor. Minister Stephanie's sermon was about God's love for all people. God loves everyone and so should we; regardless of any differences. When we sense a problem with another person, we should ask ourselves what Jesus would do in that situation. God calls on each of us to love all people, and that love should come from the heart. The anthem the choir sang was called "God so loved the World" by Steiner.
March 20th - 7 p.m. Church Cluster Meeting, at the Epsom Church. This includes those from Seagrave, Greenbank, Sunderland, Vroomanton, Epsom and the Utica Churches. All are welcome.
March 24th- 9:15 a.m. During the month of March, the food bank drive continues for the Scugog Food Bank.
March 24th- 9:15 a.m. Affirmation of Faith Service for David Hooker.
March 25th- 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Milk Bag Mat Making. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Tara at 905-985-9479.
April 12th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food Safety Course at the Greenbank Church. The cost is $25, to be paid by the church. A certificate will be given to those completing the course.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish and all those wannabes. One happy guy was our former Mayor and community worker Pat Molloy, who also celebrated his birthday on the same day.
The David Ball family spent March break in wild Florida enjoying many of the natural sights and sounds. Other families also took special trips over the March break, or had staycations, which is the new thing now.
I was sorry to hear that Bethany McGillivray, and her husband Lee Collingwood, had to cancel a couple of events last weekend because their baby Sybil suddenly took ill, and had to be rushed to the hospital. Sending best wishes and prayers for all of them.
Our community was saddened to learn of the death of life time resident Marion Thompson. Marion had not been well for some time, but got out whenever she could. Our sympathies go out to her daughters, Pam and Laurel, and their families, as well as to her sister-in-law Margaret McNelly. Her celebration of life will be at the Zephyr church on Monday, March 18th, at 1 p. m. with the visitation to be held before that time.
At church this week, the service that was originally planned for last week, but was cancelled due to ice, took place. There was good attendance, and all partook of the Imposition of Ashes, a ceremony that usually takes place on Ash Wednesday. The use of ashes is a symbol of sorrow and repentance, and predates the crucifixion of Christ by thousands of years. Fittingly, it is also a symbol of new life and fertility, as those who use ashes on their garden know. Following this, Holy Communion was served with Earle Lockerby, and with Rod and Joanie Sine assisting Reverend Eiko in the distribution of the elements. We also had a new musician; Karen Ritchie from Uxbridge. Karen is the assistant at the Trinity Church in Uxbridge, but was helping us out. The church was decorated with green and purple symbolizing St. Patrick’s Day and the church season. A Resurrection Garden was also set up at the front. The Zephyr congregation held their AGM in the Sandford sanctuary following the service.
Church at Sandford again next week, at 10 a.m. with Ruth Baker as the musician for the day. The following week, March 31st, Nancy Wolfe will once again be with us playing the organ. On Thursday night the newly formed Zephyr Council will meet briefly at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr, after which the new Official Board will convene at 7:15 p.m. The Sandford Council does not meet until April 2.
In April, the Sandford UCW will hold a 'Bakeless Bake' sale. Donation envelopes will be distributed next Sunday. Please give generously so we can be generous towards our community projects. The next UCW meeting will be on May 9th. The guest speaker will be Deborah Clements, and she will talk about their trip to South America.
Looking ahead even further, the Sandford UCW and Council will host a concert by the Stouffville group, “Bach to Blues” on Sunday, May 5th, at 2:30 p.m. This is a great group of singers. Several of the singers are from our congregation, and others that we know from events we have hosted. Tickets will go on sale in April.
The Scott Central School Grade 8 students are holding their annual 'Spaghetti Supper' at the Sandford Hall on Thursday March 28th, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $30 for a family of 4, adults $10, and children $6. Funds go toward their graduation. Please support these young people. They usually do a super job for the evening.
On April 3rd, Durham Farm Connection will host an Open House at the Luther Vipond Arena in Brooklin, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On June 15th, the Zephyr Community is holding its 'Annual Garage Sale' throughout the village. Also, the United church folk are holding their 'Bake Sale and BBQ' as a fund-raiser for the church. Please mark this date and support their efforts.
The Aurora UCW is holding a book sale at the Trinity Anglican church on April 6th, from 10 a.m - 2 p.m. You will recall that a few years ago the United church burned down, and since then the Anglican church congregation and the United church congregation have shared worship space and many other things.
There was no call to worship last Sunday because the service was canceled due to icy road conditions. Be sure to join the congregation on Sunday, March 17th, for a special St. Patrick's Day Service. Special music provided by 'Reflections Trio' who will join the service. Wear green if you wish.
The First Nation has planned a few activities for the children while they are on March Break. Happy Birthday to those who are celebrating this week.
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Hoping that teachers and students, as well as other family members, who took the week off are enjoying their well-deserved March Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 18th.
Despite the number of snow days that we had, and the buses that were cancelled, there were several activities that took place, and wrapped up at the Cartwright Central Public School (CCPS) prior to the break. A 'Stem' night was held for students and families on February 28th. Each classroom shared the science inquiry projects that they were working on. Families participated in hands-on science activities together in the Maker Space. A Tech Facilitator from the Durham District School Board (DDSB) presented online programs for learning. Grade seven and eight students shared their plans for the upcoming Skills Challenge, where the winning team will go on to the school board’s competition. The grade seven students enjoyed the school’s annual trip to St. Donat, a travel adventure that combines physical, educational and multi- cultural experiences. The students participated in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, tobogganing, and a music workshop. They also visited the village, and learned about the Quebec life style. They experienced mounds of snow, as high as the bus, all while practicing their French language skills.
The Ski & Snowboard Club is a six-week program offered each year to students in grades five through eight at Brimacombe. This year, a total of 32 students participated in the one-hour lessons that were given every night. This was followed by a free ski time for them that lasted until 7 p.m. each night. It was a great opportunity for them to practice and sharpen their skills.
This week's euchre winners are: Ellen Gibson came in first, Hazel Coates finished second, Val Preibe was third and Laurence McLaughlin came in fourth. Chris McCardle and Jocelyn Bradbury tied for fifth place. Blackstock euchre is held every Tuesday evening (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your March break adventures, or if you have any news items. You may also call me at (905) 852-5389.
We “sprung” ahead this weekend so we will be waking up in the dark again, but we will have more daylight in the evenings. Spring is on its way; the snow is melting and it is raining.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Edward Smith, who is celebrating the big 60 on March 12th. Happy birthday also to Ethan Cannon on March 16th, and Carol Coleman on March 17th. Happy Anniversary to Kim and John DeBono on March 12th.
The first Sunday of the Lenten season was on March 10th. The service also included a communion, and was held at the little church with the big heart in Seagrave. There were 7 of the 11 people from the Guatemala Greenbank/Seagrave Mission Team that participated in the service and communion. The greeter was Katie O’Hara, and the scripture reader was Dianne Pelletier. Cathy Nix read the Lenten message entitled, “Temptations In Life'. She also lit the Christ Candle. Tara Taylor’s Minute for Missions was a challenge to all, during the Lenten season, to use fewer plastic items. A print out is at the back of the sanctuary. Wendy Hughes and Linda Shepherd visited the birthday box.
Instead of bread, tortilla slices were served for communion. Juli Conard-Myers' story, for the Youth and Young at Heart, was about the dire need of shoes for the children in Guatemala. The children require shoes to go to school but because the average wage earned, by their parents, is $4 per month, purchasing shoes is out of reach for so many. Juli also presented a slide show of their previous visits to Guatemala. She told us that 59.3 percent of the people there live below the poverty line. They are mostly indigenous people, and the life expectancy there to reach age 70 is rare. Previously, the team taught the children about the importance of hand washing and brushing teeth. Now the children do these tasks at school prior to eating. For this year's trip in April, the team will be taking 12 hockey bags, weighing 50 lbs. each, of shoes that will be distributed to the community.
April 12th, 9 - 3 p.m. Food Safety Course at the Greenbank Church. The cost is $25, and it will be paid by the church. A certificate will be given to those completing the course.
March 14th - 7 p.m. Let's Talk About It. Everyone is welcome to attend.
March 18th - 6 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Supper. Come dressed in green. A free will offering and a donation of non-perishable items, for the Scugog Food Bank, would be appreciated. To reserve a seat, please call Jean at (905) 985 -9921 or e-mail to: email@example.com
March 20th - 7 p.m. Church Cluster Meeting at the Epsom Church.This includes church members from Seagrave, Greenbank, Sunderland, Vroomanton, Epsom and the Utica churches. All are welcome.
March 24th - 9:15 a.m. Affirmation of Faith service for David Hooker.
March 25th -7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Milk Bag Mat Making. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Tara at (905) 985-9479.
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