June is here, and on some days it feels like it is marvellous, but on others it feels like March, and pours rain like in November. But everything is green and lush, flowering trees a riot of coloured blooms. I hope the pollinators have been busy, but I haven’t seen many around so unless they are, there will not be much fruit again. We live in hope.
Quite a few birthdays and other special events have happened in the last 2 weeks. Lynn Tindal celebrated, along with Carolyn Hicken, and Bob Blackstock. David and Judy Risebrough enjoyed their 42 anniversary, and look forward to next Saturday when Judy’s mom, Aileen Warren, will be hosting her 95 birthday at her residence in Shobrook Gardens. Peter Doling had his 90th birthday last Sunday l. Congratulations to all these fine folks.
Last Sunday I attended an 80th birthday party for my friend and sorority sister Gloria Gorman. It was held at Scrambles and was organized, principally, by her daughter Melanie, who came from England to do so and by her other children.
On a sad note, Barbara Rance passed away. Barb, and her husband Tom, moved to the Kingston area a year or two ago to be closer to family. Her service will be held at the Trinity church on Saturday. Ken Welsh enjoyed a family reunion in Abbotsford, BC. Hopefully he was far enough away from the forest fires not to suffer from the smoke, although forecasters were saying that the sun here was hazy because of the BC fires. That's a long way for the smoke to drift. Ellen and Ron Smalley were also in BC visiting their daughter Carolyn.
Congratulations to 13 year old Mack Moore who, along with her horse Ada Storm, was featured in the magazine “Canadian Thoroughbred”. Ada was once a race horse, but is now winning celebrity status with her barrel racing.
On May 26th, Carol Johnson conducted the church service at Sandford. She spoke about the similarities between Judaism and Christianity, pointing out that Christianity is based on Judaism.
My brother Jerry visited for a few days last week, in which time we visited our sister Faye, and Keith Ashton, and Doris and Tom Armstrong of Epsom. Jerry also had time to chat with his life friend Arnold Kerry.
On Tuesday night we attended the North Durham Nature meeting, held in the Scugog Public Library. The speaker talked about the many animals that survived in difficult places, and who were at risk of extinction, as are many animals today. North Durham Nature is conducting several activities during the month of June, and information about this can be found on their website, and in the newspaper.
On Wednesday evening the Uxbridge Scott Historical Society held their Annual General Meeting in the Quaker Hill school house. There was a full house for this event, which was a contrast to other evenings, when there was barely a quorum present. Officers were chosen for the next 2 years and they are: Gloria Eng - President, Michelle Viney - VP, Eve-Lynn Swan - Secretary, and Lorraine Ottolini - Treasurer. Only one new person was nominated for the members at large, as others still had a year to go. An Open House was held at the Museum on Sunday, June 2nd, and the grounds are looking good. There is a display to be seen, and much work was done last fall to tidy up some of the buildings, particularly the sheds. There are now new members and new ideas for showcasing the history of Uxbridge, which is the reason this group was founded by Allan McGillivray and Isabelle St. John, back in 1971.
The last “Friday at the Foster” for May was presented with another regular, Brian O’Sullivan, providing the music. Most of June will see several more regulars coming to us, with a few not-so-well known to us coming too. Please check the web page as there are some changes occasionally. Larry Coguen is with us next week. He sings and plays his fiddle, and has often played in street festivals. He will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Foster Memorial.
This past Sunday the services moved to Zephyr again. Reverend Bob Newman, a retired Baptist Minister, conducted the service with Ruth Baker at the piano. Next week Keith Profit will take the pulpit, and his son will minister with some music accompanied by Keith.
Following the service the congregations will gather for an important meeting with Steve Cole, our liaison with ECORC. We seek to find our way into the future with the new system, and discuss strategies on how we can manage to keep our church viable. Everyone who has any association with the churches is urged to come and give their input into the future of the charge.
On June 16th, Rick McKinley will be with us, and on June 23rd, I will be taking the service and talking about Indigenous Day. On the last Sunday, Carol Johnson and others from Zephyr, will do a service on the origin of many of our most loved hymns. All services start at 10 a.m. in Zephyr.
On June 12th, the Uxbridge Horticultural Group will meet again. There are always excellent speakers and a great flower display/competition. With the weather being so backward, some categories in the competition are left empty, as no one has an example. I have noticed when glancing back on my Facebook photos that in past years I had flowers blooming that have not even got buds this year. Please note that the library, Seniors building, and other public buildings have their gardens planted, courtesy of UHG members.
The Zephyr Community Yard Sale is on Saturday, June 15th. The church will be holding a bake sale and barbeque as their contribution.
The Spring Music Night, at Scott Central, raised over $2000 for new musical instruments for the students.
Steve Wilson is riding in the 'Great Cycle Challenge' to raise funds for kids with cancer. He will be riding during the month of June and is looking for donations. His wife Debbie is currently undergoing cancer treatment so our prayers go out to her for a successful recovery, and to him for strength during this challenging time.
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