Well, here we are, having suffered through some very cold days and nights, about to ring in the New Year, with promises that the weather will remain this cold for some time yet and the political scene will get hotter as the year progresses. My wish for all is the same as my Christmas wish, peace in the world and peace in your world. If certain political leaders would think about that, the world would be a safer, happier place to hang our hats.
On December 19th, some of my sorority sisters went to Elgin Park to be part of the welcoming committee for Tom Brown, as he hosted the Toy Mountain campaign. If he gave the weather report, I neither saw nor heard it, but it was a nice evening. How is it though, that the big people always stand in the front row?
On the afternoon of December 21st, the owners of The Standard hosted a Christmas party for their employees and columnists. It was nice to meet these folks after writing for several years, and nice to meet other columnists as well. Thanks to the Green family and continued success.
At the end of that week Chris Acton, long-time hygienist with Uxbridge Family Dentistry retired and was feted with a party by co-workers. She will be greatly missed in the office but I am sure she will be found many more places, now with free time.
Best wishes to Betty Lummiss who underwent a cataract operation mid-month. Best wishes also to those with a happier event, as Wilma Doucette, Carol Meek, Nancy Wolfe, and Cathy Ellig, all celebrated birthdays in the latter part of the month. Best wishes also to Melinda Delorme’s parents who celebrated their 43rd anniversary.
The Christmas Eve services at both Sandford and Zephyr were well attended, with Rev. Eiko delivering the message as well as rendering a beautiful solo “O Holy Night”. Melinda was at the piano and later she too gave a lovely solo. Although they didn’t sing a number, a choir led the congregational singing at Sandford. The services ended with a candle-lighting, which is always very moving.
For most Christmas day was a fun and family day with lots of food and good times. For others it was not a great day. Clarence Wilson suffered a massive stroke that day and succumbed to it at Uxbridge Cottage hospital on Thursday, December 28th. Visitation will be held on Friday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. January 5th, with his celebration of life on Saturday, January 6th, at 11 a.m., with no visitation. This will all be held at the Baptist Church. Clarence comes from a very large family and will be missed greatly by a huge number of friends and relatives.
On Wednesday our Sandford church lost another member, as Harry Johnson passed away after an extended illness, following diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. Harry was born in England, but came to Canada after the war, was in the air-force for several years, worked for many years with IBM, and was the founding treasurer of the Peterborough Archaeological group. His celebration of life will be on Saturday, January 13th, at 10 p.m., with visitation one hour before. He too will be greatly missed.
At the same time, I received news that one of my female dental classmates had also passed away on Christmas Day. That now leaves only four of us, or maybe three.
On Boxing Day my granddaughter Char and her mother Jenny Jones came for supper and afterwards we took a drive though Elgin park and around town to view the lights. The Fantasy of Lights was truly wonderful this year, with more than 70 exhibits and other attractions. I hope you took some time from your visiting/feasting schedule to take in the sights.
Our church service on the last day, the last Sunday, of the last month of 2017 was a joint service with Zephyr. As both Rev. Eiko and Melinda were on holidays, Rick McKinley conducted the service and we feasted on some more wonderful music as Susan Rymen led the singing and sang a couple of beautiful solos. She was accompanied by Lynn Swanson at piano. Lynn also played throughout the service. Our special thanks to both these super-talented ladies. Susan was extra pleased to have her parents from New Brunswick visiting with her, as well as her daughter Holly.
Next Sunday services will be back to normal with two separated services and Rev Eiko and Melinda on deck. All are welcome to join with us at Sandford church at 9:30 a.m. and at Zephyr church at 11:00 a.m.
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