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.
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