It was nice but hard to believe that so much snow could melt away as quickly as it did midweek! And then on Friday we had three seasons in one day, as the temperature plummeted from +8C in the morning to -20C at night.
I had one less thing to worry about (two if you count the new battery in my car) on Thursday as I trapped my two little wild kitties and got them in the house. It was while I was driving to and from the SPCA in Newmarket on Friday, that some of the greatest changes took place, including the dense snow, where in the morning it had been fog. And still some crazy drivers were passing while visibility was seriously affected! I am now having fun trying to tame these two little beauties. That makes five now, but the other three are none too pleased.
On January 7th, our Asling family held their Christmas party at Rob and Allison Ashton’s. There were about 35 present coming from Port Bolster, Port Perry, Uxbridge, Whitby, Oshawa, Hanover, Toronto, and Oakville. Having it later gave all those with kids a little break from the hectic pre-Christmas and post-Christmas days.
On January 7th, the Sandford community lost another long-time member with the passing of Carol Ann Taylor. Carol Ann had been battling medical conditions for several years. Our sympathies to husband Neil, son Stephen, daughter Rosemary, and their families! No arrangements have been announced as of yet.
This past Saturday a large crowd attended the celebration of life for Harry Johnson. Our former minister Rev. Diane Bennett-Jones conducted the lovely service. It was great to see both her and hubby Chris, once more. Grandsons Tyler and Kevin, and foster daughter Ashley Briggs gave eulogies and Dwight Clements read a letter from a Dutch friend who had trained in the airforce with Harry and had kept in touch, visiting back and forth, ever since those days. Granddaughter Casey Spencer sang “Amazing Grace” and the beautiful hymn accompaniment was provided by Richard Watson.
Birthday wishes go out to Betty Lummiss, Frank Radley, Jason Popadynic, and Brad Clark. Best wishes to anyone else celebrating birthdays or anniversaries! Betty and Frank were both recognized at the Community Care luncheon Tuesday. Speedy recovery is wished for Bruce Smith, who is nursing a carpel tunnel operation.
Some of the dairy farmers around may receive a magazine called “the Link” from the Ontario Holstein organization. The new winter edition has a three page spread on the Mustard family, tracing the family history to six generations of general farming, to today with their robot milking facilities. There are some excellent photos of the family as well. Great to see some of our local farmers receiving recognition!
Church services today were conducted by Adele Boy, who is completing her lay ministry training. She tells me the course is actually three years long, not two. Casey Spencer played at Sandford while Nancy Wolfe played at Zephyr. Next Sunday we are back on schedule again. Melinda is presently involved in the theatre production of “Oklahoma”!
I spent a nice hour visiting Doreen VanVught on Sunday afternoon. Although she is half a mile away, we seldom get to visit.
On Thursday January 18th, the Zephyr Council will meet at 2 p.m. and the Sandford Council will meet on Tuesday January 23rd at 7 p.m. Some important decisions lie ahead! On January 25th, the Sandford U.C.W. will hold their A.G.M. with a potluck lunch. All ladies are invited to attend at 12:30 p.m. The program for 2018 will be drawn up and a new executive will be chosen. On Wednesday February 7th, the church will be hosting the Soupers lunch, held weekly at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in Uxbridge, for the Food Bank.
On Sunday January 28th, a most important congregational meeting will be held. Everyone involved with the church is urged to attend and have their say.
Uxbridge Genealogy Group meets again this Thursday, January 18th, 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker is Christine Woodcock who will be discussing Scottish settlements in various parts of the country. We hope the weather cooperates when we have speakers from afar.
North Durham Nature has two upcoming events. On Saturday January 20th, there is a feeder watch scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon. This is mostly a driving event where you check out bird feeders in the area, to see what birds are feasting. My experience with this is the worse the weather, the better, as more birds appear, but that is not necessarily great for driving. Call Derek Connelly if you would like to participate.
The second event is the A.G.M. on Thursday January 25th, the slate of officers will be presented and voted on followed by a test of your wildlife knowledge. This sounds like fun as you will be working with a team. Everyone is invited, but it costs $5 for non-members. Members can renew their membership.
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