What a difference between this weekend, and the last one in March. The lion did not sleep last Saturday night when we got 6” to 8” of heavy, wet snow to clean from our cars. Some folks just looked and went back to bed, I think. In comparison, this weekend almost felt like Spring with temperatures close to 15°C, in spite of there being no sunshine. I discovered I have a number of spring bulbs peeking though the grass where I have naturalized a few dozen. The birds seem slow to arrive back, but I think they know what they are doing. Swans, blue herons, and song sparrows are back even though most ponds are still mostly frozen. We live in hope.
Some of these notices are several week old, but best wishes go out to Jeanette Herrema Ehinger on her birthday. George and Jenelle Harwood not only celebrated the birth of their daughter Mia, but also their first wedding anniversary. Great granddad Bruce, and grandmother Barb Harwood celebrated their 62nd anniversary last weekend so they can almost celebrate together, from a distance.
Congratulations to Mim Harder who was presented with the Governor General’s Award/Medal for volunteerism. Mim was one of the ladies that facilitated our Blanket Exercise, over the last years, among the many other things she is involved in.
Some very notable birthday congratulations go out to Bill and Violet Kirton, who have both reached the age of 100 within a few weeks of each other. Both of them were born close to this community and lived their lives here. A celebration was held on Sunday, April 7th, at the Egypt Hall, which I’m sure was a great occasion. It’s rare enough when one person to reached that milestone, but two at the same time is phenomenal.
Reports are that the Scott Central Grade 8 Spaghetti Supper was a lively affair. Certainly the students looked quite professional in their white shirts and pants as they served up a great and tasty meal.
Big congratulations go out to our young musical stars. Robyn Ottolini was nominated, for the first time, for a Rising Star award by the Country Music Association of Ontario. Leah Daniels has been nominated by the CMAO for Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Music Video of the year. What a fantastic achievement for both of these young ladies, whether they win or not. Not to be outdone, Julien Kelland is releasing a new single on April 19th. Well-done ladies.
Last Monday our Xi Epsilon Upsilon Sorority met for the first time since Christmas. Some of our members are still ensconced in Florida but will be back for our Founder’s Day lunch on April 25th.
North Durham Nature met in Scugog Public Library on March 26th, with a large crowd eager to hear Jay and Bev Theibert talk about their hike across Auyuittug National Park on Baffin Island. This was a very extreme trip over difficult terrain but they made it, as they always do. Our next meeting is at the Uxbridge Seniors Centre, on April 23rd, at 7 p.m. Note that the meeting night has been changed to the last Tuesday of the month.
The Uxbridge Genealogy Group meets at the Library, lower Hall, on Thursday, April 28th, at 7 p.m. All are invited to these informative meetings. Admission is $2.
On Friday evening the Epsom/Utica Church is holding a Ham and Scalloped Potato Supper at the Utica Hall from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Adults are $15, youth $8, and children under 5 have free admission.
Church last week was in Sandford with Reverend Eiko conducting the service, and Nancy Wolfe playing the organ. We were also treated to a couple of special numbers when Nancy was accompanied by Bill Richardson on his mouth organ (harmonica). Surely we must have that combination again, especially as a number of people were absent due to the storm.
This week, and all subsequent April Sundays, the services will in Zephyr with Reverend Eiko conducting and Ruth Baker accompanying at the piano. Reverend Eiko taught us a new song which we sang at the end of the service as a choral blessing. The Minutes for Mission discussed human trafficking. We usually think this is something that goes on far from here but an article, in the Toronto Star, this week makes us aware that is can be happening quite close to home.
There will be a Good Friday service in Sandford at 10 a.m. All are invited to attend this service, and every other service this Easter season. The last Sunday of April will be Holy Humour Sunday, and also the day that we say goodbye to Reverend Eiko, and Ron, as she will no longer be our Minister.
On May 5 there will be a fund-raising concert at the Sandford Church. The “Bach to Blues” company from Stouffville, under the direction of Ann Gage, will present their spring selections for us. They are a great group with an excellent accompanist. Cost for tickets is $20 for adults, and $10 for those aged 16 and under. Snacks will be sold following the concert.
The following Thursday, May 9th, the UCW will meet at 1 p.m. at the church. Deborah Clements will show slides, and talk about their latest trip to South America. All are invited to attend, including men.
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