Another two weeks has been swept away, mostly by rain, but we are hopeful that the weather of the last few days will continue and that Spring will arrive. Many folks they are still coping with soggy lawns that really need cutting, laneways deep in mud, and fields that are too wet to move machinery on. We live in hope.
It has been a busy time with lots of good things happening. Bill Richardson and Trevor Cox celebrated their birthdays’ over a week ago; and Susan Rise-brough, Jenny VanMaurik, Stan Smalley and Chandler Ball celebrated just recently. The best little dog catcher we ever had, Ann Barrett, also celebrated with a higher number than the rest. However, the lady with the most years is Eulah Shier, celebrating her 100th. Happy birthday, belated or otherwise, to this group.
Jenny and Cor Van Maurik celebrated their anniversary, but both are a bit under the weather. I hope it was still a great celebration. Bruce and Tanis Smith celebrated their 1st anniversary on Sunday. Happy anniversary to these folks, as well as Gary and Yvonne Harrison who are celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary.
On a sad note for those Uxbridge old timers, Sharon O’Beirn passed away. The O’Beirn family was large and well-known in the area but are now, like a lot of families, spread out from the Township. Our sympathies go out to her siblings and other family members.
Mack Moore spent a satisfying and challenging weekend in Clinton showing her power horse, and barrel racing. It was a great performance.
Scott Central School held a Track and Field event for grades 3 to 8 last week. I hope they did not get wet.
The Clarke sisters, Faye Wildfong, Elaine Cordingly and Joan Asling, spent a few days in Ottawa. I hope they saw more tulips than floods, as reports of the flooding is what previous visitors have noted.
Lorraine Ottolini and Norma Scott both participated in team Curves 'Big Bike Ride', for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The group raised more than $7,000 for the cause.
Mother’s Day at the Sandford church was especially exciting. Ken Welsh read a piece he composed about his own mother. But you know, being Ken, it was read in a very theatrical and moving way and got rave reviews. Eleven-year old Alayna Mathewson accompanied her grandmother, the pianist, on her violin throughout the service, and she did a terrific job. She is a very accomplished young lady.
Several families, including the Scotts and the Harwoods, had a special day together as a treat for their mothers, as I am sure did many others.
The Sandford Council met last Tuesday night for their monthly meeting. Since we do not have a Minister now, there were certain things we could not vote on, but we still had a great deal of discussion. Mark your calendars for upcoming special events including Sandford’s Gala on October 18th, their anniversary on October 20th, and the Zephyr anniversary on October 27th.
On May 21st, Steve Coles attended the Official Board meeting, in Sandford, to enlighten us about some of the ways we can proceed forward with our congregations. After his presentation, and question period the Official Board held their meeting. The Council in Zephyr will meet on May 23rd.
Last Thursday night, at the library, Jane McNamara spoke to the Uxbridge Genealogy group. Her topic was a great interest to most of us as she spoke about how to research our farm family records. She shared information with us about the many places that information can be found, whether genealogical in nature, or simply to know about the challenges our ancestors lived with as they farmed.
Mark Thackway performed at the third 'Friday at the Foster' of this season. Mark, along with a guitar-playing friend, performed many numbers in the country and western genre. It was an amazing perfor-mance. Next week a favourite musician returns again. Jane Loewen is a fantastic singer, and an all-round musician who keeps the audience deeply entertained. Join us at 7:30 p.m at the Foster Memorial for her performance. The Foster Memorial is a fantastic building, in its own right, but it is surprisingly unknown amongst even our own Ux-bridge citizens. The following week, on May 31st, singer and guitarist, Derek Christie, will be the entertainer.
At church in Sandford last Sunday, Reverend Lionel Ketola joined us as the guest Minister. Lionel is a full-time chaplain in the intensive care unit of St. Michael’s hospital. His message was about love, and about what drew the early believers to Christianity in spite of the horrible persecution they faced. Nancy Wolfe was our organist.
Next week, on May 26th, Carol Johnson will be leading the service, and will continue her message about Judaism, and its influence on Christian-ity. Nancy Wolfe will again be our organist. The service will be at 10 a.m. in Sandford. On the same day, at 3 p.m., the Annual Spring Service will take place at the Historic Pine Grove Church. There will be special music, and all are invited to attend.
On May 29th, the Uxbridge Scott Historical Society will hold their annual meeting at the Museum School House. After the business portion of the meeting, guest speaker, George Duncan, will present “Ontario’s Vanishing Barn Heritage”. This is a timely topic when you look around and see what is happening to our countryside. Just this week alone a barn, located just down the road, vanished. All are invited to attend this AGM and make your ideas known before even more of our rural and small town culture and history disappear.
On June 15th, the commun-ity of Zephyr will hold their Annual Yard Sale. The church will be hosting a fundraising bake sale and barbeque as well. Please come out and lend a hand. In June, all the church services will be held back in the Zephyr sanctuary.
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