Another week of snow and more snow! A Belizean friend, visiting her kids in Chicago just loves the snow. I say she can have my share of it! Of course she has never had to shovel yourself, and your car, out, in the early morning darkness, or drive in a snowstorm etc, which is something we all know about.
The past week or so has seen an assault on mailboxes, as there were reports of a couple of them found with gunshots through them. I thought I was getting off lucky this year, until last week when the snowplough, on the clearest day of the week, sheared mine off right at ground level. No doubt there are others around suffering from the same fate. That was Friday. However, I must say that the Region boys were quick and had it replaced, temporarily of course, by Tuesday morning. No way I’m going out there to paint my number on this new one though, until moderating temperatures!
Lots of birthdays to celebrate this month, including Don Cordingly, George Paisley, Marcie Clark, Bruce Harwood, and Paul Risebrough! Pat and Bev Molloy also celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary so best wishes to all, and best wishes to any others not known to me.
Last Monday night there was an accident just north of the Sandford Rd. All I could see was a flotilla of fire trucks, police cruisers and ambulances and I guess I came late to the sighting. It was a clear night, there should not have been a problem. I understand one of the drivers passed away, although there has been no confirmation of this on the news.
Tuesday afternoon saw a goodly crowd at the Community Care luncheon, although several of our usual regulars were missing. We had a delicious meal followed by a talk on taking care of our lungs and on lung disease. This comes in many forms and it is something many seniors have to cope with.
Wednesday was a bad weather day but in spite of this a large number of people attended the Soupers lunch at St. Andrews. Our Sandford ladies, and some gentlemen, served up some delicious soups and desserts; over $140 was raised for the Food Bank. Thanks to all our members who assisted and to all those who braved the storm to come and dine!
The services at Sandford and Zephyr were cancelled Sunday in anticipation of poor driving weather, which never materialized. However, hopefully the weather improves this week as there are many events coming up as we approach the Lenten season and Easter. Each Sunday is a milepost along the road to those very special Easter days.
Our pancake Supper is Tuesday and we can only hope the weather is good for that event. More next week on how that turns out!
On Thursday this week the Uxbridge Genealogy Group, with Serge Paquet from the Archives talking on Canada Company Records, how to find them in the Archive holdings and how to understand what information they contain. Again, when speakers come from a distance we can only hope for travelling mercies.
The Sandford Church Council will meet on Tuesday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m. There will likely be an official board meeting that week as well.
The first Friday in March is designated World Say of Prayer, March 2nd this year. As usual we are invited to join with our Uxbridge friends. The service is at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, at 1:30 p.m. This started as an event for women, but it has morphed into an every, and anybody, service, with both men and women welcome. The following Thursday is International Womens’ Day so we will have plenty of (hopefully good) exposure. You would think that after so many of these days we wouldn’t be constantly assaulted (physically and by the press) with more and more reports of sexual abuse, harassment etc. as we have been hearing lately!
Looking ahead some more, a photo day is planned for April 15th following the service that Sunday. It has been 20 years since we had a photo record made of our congregation during which time there have been many changes. However, other people besides regular attendees are invited to come along and be photographed if you have any connection with the church, such as a family member, former Sunday School pupil, were baptized or married there, attended a family funeral etc. or just come out once in awhile. The cost of the booklet will be arrived at later when we know how many wish to participate.
During April the U.C.W. will also be having a Bakeless Bake Sale to raise funds for their charitable donations. Watch for more information on that.
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