Community HUB News – Week of April 19th, 2012

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Essex Community Services

Care-A-Van Group Outing on Wednesday, May 2nd to Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. Please call 519-776-4231 for details on cost or to book your seat.
Please bring your old cell phones, used printer cartridges and e-waste to our office for disposal.  For more information call 519-776-4231

Paquette News – St. Stephen’s/Church of the Redeemer
by Barb Mactier

Meat pie wind up dinner is on April 20th at 5 p.m. at Ivy Rose Restaurant on Howard Ave.

St. Stephen’s Annual Yard Sale is planned for Saturday, April 28th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please drop off articles for sale on Thursday, April 26th or Friday, April 27th between 4-7 p.m. If you are able to help that day, contact Dorothy 737-6896

Church of the Redeemer will be holding their pasta dinner that same day, April 28th with doors open at 4:30 p.m. 15545 County Rd. 8 – halfway between Essex and Paquette Corers.
‘Harmony Plus’ will perform a concert on Sunday, April 29th at Church of the Redeemer at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served in the church hall afterward. Free will donation – proceeds to Church of the Redeemer

Please have any submissions for the Homecoming newsletter to Amy at by May 6th.

Redeemer Sweetie Pies will be at the Bloomin’ Gardener on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12th and 13th.

Looking ahead to Vacation Bible School on July 9 – 13th. This year’s theme is God’s Green Earth. Invite your friends and register on line. A box at the back of the churches is set up for collecting recycled items to be used during our event. For a list of items or if you can volunteer some time, please contact Dawn or Pam.

Congratulations to Mark & Beth Esping on the safe arrival of Madison Lynn on lucky Friday the 13th. First grandchild for Jeff & Penny Esping.


Cozy Corners – Bethel-Maidstone United
submitted by Bev Holland

All are welcome to attend our Sunday Worship service at 10am with Pastor Linda Blair. Sunday School is at 10:15am. A nursery is available during the service. Coffee hour is held in the hall for refreshments, snacks & fellowship after the  service. The Church and hall are both handicapped accessible. Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 9am-1pm. Telephone: 519-723-2284 or Email:

This Saturday, April 21, Bethel-Maidstone is holding a Garage & Bake Sale from 9am-1pm. Helpers are needed to price, sell, and especially clean up. For info. call Rob Reeb at 519-735-8411.

Sun., April 22 is the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.C.W.

Sunday, April 29 and Sunday, May 6, Pastor Linda will be away. John Cats will be our guest speaker April 29 & Rob Cornies will speak on May 6.

Sunday, April 29, there is an Open House at Gess†wood Camp from 1-3pm. Camp blessing at 2pm.

On Sunday, April 29, Cottam United Church Choir present a soulful celebration collection featuring the songs of Andre Crouch, at 7pm. Free will offering.

Tuesday, May 1, at 2pm is the service at Iler Lodge Nursing Home. Volunteers are always welcome & appreciated.

The Mother & Daughter Potluck Banquet will be on Friday, May 4, at 6:30pm in the hall.

On June 16, Bethel Maidstone is going on a Wine Tour & Taste. For information please call Paul at 519-839-5475 or Joanne at 519-735-2764.

We are selling bricks in order to build a home for someone in Haiti. A sign up sheet is in the Narthex.

Door Greeters for Sunday, April 22 are Deanna & Andre Quaglia. Elder on duty is Shirley Baker. Third Sunday of Easter Message is “Tapestry of Love.”

If you or someone you know is ill or in the hospital and you would like a visit from Pastor Linda, please call 519-712-9512 of the office 519-723-2284, so she can make arrangements to visit.


Essex Christian Reformed Church
submitted by Beverley van Huizen

Join us on Sunday April 22, GEMS Sunday. This is a special Sunday when our GEMS and leaders participate in the morning service. GO BEYOND THE GOLD: GET WISDOM.  There is a difference between knowing and understanding; there is also a difference between being smart and being wise. Being wise has to do with what you do with what you know. It’s the ability to project consequences that our decisions might have and acting accordingly.  And knowing God, listening to Him, is the key to wisdom.  This is what the GEMS have been studying all year. Come out and see what exciting things that have been happening with our Girls Club.  After the service come and enjoy some coffee and goodies.

GEMS & Cadets are meeting on Monday evening from 7:00 – 8:45 pm.  Come, check us out and meet new friends.  Both clubs are working hard as they finish up their seasons and make presentations during morning services in the future.  GEMS Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, April 22 and Cadet Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, April 29.

Coffee Break Ladies Bible Study group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am.  We are in the process of updating our computers here so our website will be ‘under construction’ for the next few weeks.  Exciting things are happening.

At a recent Congregational meeting we voted to replace our roof and make repairs to air conditioning units and the manse!

If you are looking for a church home come by and check us out!


Maidstone Cross
submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank

We are finally getting a taste of what spring weather should be.  The farmers are busy preparing their fields for planting and the spring flowers are in full bloom.

There will be a community yard sale at the Maidstone Rec Centre on May 18th and 19th.  If you would like to rent a space under the pavilion please contact Brian Soulliere at 737-7810.

Please keep in your prayers the children who are making their First Holy Communion this coming month. Happy Birthday wishes to Shaun Fuerth, Grace Maitre and Dave Fraser.  Enjoy your special day! Please keep Hank Czerweinec in your prayers.

Remember to send a card or make a telephone call to someone who is shut in, hospitalized or in a nursing home…it will brighten their day!


Essex Retirees Social Club – Bridge Players needed

Hope to see you at Friday night Bingo on April 20 ready to play at 7:15 p.m.

Euchre was played here on Saturday of Easter weekend. Diana Dennis had high score, Mavis Law came second, Isabel McLeod and Judy Kelly tied for third place. Anna Dobson won at Pepper on Easter Monday night, Mavis Law and Evelyn Vivier tied with most Peppers, Louise Perrault took low score. Floyd Cascadden took high score for Tuesday afternoon and Theresa Schmidt had most Peppers with Norma Scarlett taking low score. Eileen Ames was high scorer Wednesday night, Don Ames had most Peppers and Regina Garrod took low score.

Last week Bridge winners were Floyd Cascadden with Pauline Olafson in second place. This week they were Ruth Anne Hickey in top place followed by Floyd Cascadden.

Euchre will be played here Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. We invite new players-members and non-members.


Cottam United Church News
submitted by Helen McLeod

Let’s hope the freezing weather is behind us. But, we all know until we are passed the long weekend in May, anything can happen. In a few weeks, those of us with fruit crops, will know how hard our crops were hit with the frost over a two night period last week.

The River Walk for the Downtown Mission is on Saturday, April 21. The event starts from Assumption Park at 10am. For details, call 519-973-5573 or contact me at 519-839-5351.

Cottam United Church will celebrate its 145th anniversary on Sunday, April 22, with guest speaker LCol. Todd Meaker. A pot blessing lunch will follow- please bring a main dish and a salad or dessert to share. Service starts a 10:15am.

Baseball Time: Kingsville Church Softball League starts May 14. If you are interested in playing, Jr.,Sr., or 20+, pick up at form or call Helen at 519-839-5351.

“I’m Gonna Keep on Singin” – The Choir will present a soulful celebration collection of music by Andrae Crouch, on Sun., April 29, at 7pm. A free will offering will be accepted, and refreshments will follow.

Daily Vacation Bible School: D.V.B.S. will be held at Cottam United from Mon. July 23 to Fri. July 27, from 6-9pm. The exciting material is called “Sky” and it teaches that anything is possible if we only trust in God.

Please keep those in need in your prayers and thoughts!


Salvation Army Essex Community Church
submitted by Carolyn Barnett

If you have children ages 6 -12 years who are interested in sports, there is a  FREE BALL HOCKEY CLINIC at the Salvation Army Essex Community Church, 26 Talbot Street South on Saturday, April 28 from 1 -3:30 p.m. To reserve a spot, call 519-776-4628, or E-mail kristen_gray This clinic is being put on by SU Sports.

We would like to thank all our volunteers who faithfully help us with various programs and events throughout the year. We will be having a luncheon on Friday April 20th to show our appreciation. The Public Relations Representatives from Salvation Army Headquarters will also be attending.

Join us for Family Worship and Sunday School led by Lt. Kristen Gray, at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

Upcoming events include the Divisional Ladies Day out in London on Sat. April 21st.

Kids Klub will meet Monday at 6: 30 p.m.

Don’t forget to take a few minutes to call, visit or send a card to those on our sick & shut-in list.


Essex United Church News

Our Sunday morning service brought memories of the accomplishments of the late Miss Read, a former Latin teacher at Essex High School.

Tickets for our annual murder mystery dinner are sold out for Saturday night performance. The dates for it are April 27 and 28. Volunteer help and pies are needed.

Everyone is asked to come to hear Charlie Johnston talk about painting a huge mural on our silos. This Winnipeg muralist will be at the Civic Centre at 6 p.m., Monday, April 23.

Johnston has painted several mind-boggling murals in Canada and the United States. Come to hear what can be done on our silos and for our town.

There will be a hymn festival under conductor Brian Sweetman on Sunday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. at our church. Come to hear the history of our longtime hymns of worship.

Rev. Margaret Senceer assumes her duties on May 1, as our minister.


St. Paul’s/Trinity Anglican

Our youth played a dramatic role in the representation of a worship service among the early Christians. Armed with swords and shields,  they simulated an arrest of the worshippers by Roman soldiers, at the close of the Sunday morning service of the two congregations.

The Me to We conversation continues Tuesday at 7pm. at Trinity.

The Communion service at Iler Lodge is discontinued for this month. However one will be held Tuesday, 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Country Village.

Information and application forms are available for 53rd weekend at Huron University College, London, June 8 to 10.

Do come to hear Charlie Johnston Monday April 23 at 6 p.m. He is the muralist from Winnipeg who is going to talk to Essex people about painting a large historic mural on our silos. Our Essex mural committee asks you to come to support our proposed project.

A hymn festival will be Sunday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Essex United Church. Proceeds for the RCCO Scholarship fund. Conductor is Brian Sweetman.
St Paul’s congregation thanks the community for the support at our bazaar.


Bakerville News
submitted by Evelyn Baker

Weather has been stormy, rainy and warm – What ever you like, we’ve had it over the weekend. Farmers are starting to work ground and anxious to get going.

Happy Birthday wishes to Rachel Thibodeau on Friday and on Sunday to Geri Robataille and belated birthday wishes last Friday to Blair Cosgrove.

The Pleasant Valley Community Club held a Pepper party and the lucky folks were Al McLellan, Don Ames, Cecile St. Denis, Isobel McLeod & Maggie Hansen and for Saturday Euchre game Alice Crawford, Elaine Taylor, Mary Demars, Robin J., Don Ames, Ken Salter & Bob Ford. Come and join in, games start at 7pm. Have a great week everyone.

Sympathy from the community to Margaret Gaspar and family on the passing over the weekend of Leslie.


Holy Name of Jesus Church News
submitted by Therese Lecuyer

Thought for the week: “This much is clear; Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth.” – Max Lucado

We will have a limited number of spots available for Stuebenville 2012, weekend taking place June 29 – July 1.

Women’s conference: Sunday, May 26, from 8am-3pm. For more info visit or speak with Maggie Ducharme at 519-776-7828.

Our Member’s Banquet is on Tuesday, June 5 at the parish hall. We will be honoring Fr. Chris Quinlan on the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination.

In honour of our parish’s 125th anniversary we are creating a recipe book. Please submit your recipes to the parish office or by email to by July 1.

God Bless you all and have a great week.


Woodslee Friendship Club

The second Friday of every month we have a pot luck meal at 6 pm followed by euchre and pepper games. The club served delicious ham and our monthly birthday cake, which is prepared by our local baker, Barb Stanley, is always a delight for the eye and the stomach .

Our new exercise program is a hit and our instructor Carol Ann Taylor keeps us moving HAPPILY. Exercising with a group is so much more fun! We do this every Monday and Wednesday morning from 9-10 am. Zumba gold is on Friday morning at the centre.  Add some walking at our Millen Trail and you have the total package of fitness without spending a lot of money. This trail has been successful since Day 1 of opening and it lends a favourite for dog walkers, skate boarders and just plain getting some fresh air in a safe atmosphere.

Anyone wishing to help out with the Millen Garden please contact Donna Roubos 519-975-2634. Better yet, walkers are welcome to pull a weed or two on your way by. Millen Community Centre located at 1925 South Middle Road, South Woodslee.

Contacts – Donna 519-975-2634 or Joanne 519-975-2409 for info.


Brooker News
submitted by Ruth Newman

Rev. Wayne Melechuk pastor of Cheltenham Baptist Church will be our guest speaker at our worship service this Sunday at 10am. Sunday school is available for the Children.

Kids club every Tuesday at 3:30pm led by Rev. Linda Hollingsworth. All elementary school age children are invited. Spread the word.

Memorial service this Friday at 11am for Ilene Rawlins at Brooker. A buffet lunch will follow the service.

Leamington Area Right to Life Silent Walk and Vigil to Leamington District Memorial Hospital this Sunday, April 22. Meet at South Point Community Church at 3:15pm. The Walk will begin at 3:30pm rain or shine. Everyone welcome.

The Spring Business Meeting will be held following the worship service on Sunday, April 29. All members and adherents are invited to attend.

Remember in prayer the many in our community with health needs and those in nursing homes.


Essex & District Horticultural Society

On April 25, Don Tellier (a former intructor at St. Clair College), will speak on water Management. There will also be a Plant and Seed Exchange. On May 23, Pat Bastien, from the Belle River Horticultural Society, will discuss Square Foot Gardening.

While you do not need to be a member to attend these meeting, new members are always welcome.

Meetings are held at the Kinsmen Field House on Fairview Avenue in Essex, starting at 7:30pm.


Golden Years Mini Golf

On April 12, 55 golfers managed a combined total of 95 aces over 36 holes.   Leading the way with five aces were Caroline Ascott, Ken Brook, Andy Orsini, and Bill Taylor. Audry Knox, Frank Lasi, Mary MacRae, and Al Stockwell had four each. Three dropped for Carolyn Daudlin, Cam Keith, Julia Kos, Doug Vickery, and San Vickery.  Managing two aces were Barb Arner, Herb Ascott, Ethel Ferguson, Lloyd Honey, Tom Hyatt, Murray Knox, Angus MacRae, John Murphy, Winnie Moore, Colleen Pearse, Liz Scratch, Mary Ann Vickery, Ken Womack and Pat Womack.  Kathy Bradley, Eleanor Brook, Frances Clifford, Ruth Crossland, Stephanie Dick, Gary Honey, Laurie Hylton, Dorothy Johnson, Floyd Johnson, Bill Mayville, Barry Sweet, Rose Taylor, Gerrit Vriesen, Gerry Wilkinson, Mary Leslie and Eva Kah each chipped in with one.

Andy Orsini had a terrific low score of 15 with Frank Lasi close behind, with 16. Low score for 18 holes on the day with 33 was delivered by Andy Orsini. Setting the pace for 36 holes, with a 76 was Gerry Wilkinson, Mary Ann Vickery, Andy Orsini and Stan Vickery followed closely by Julia Kos with a 77.

The first place score of 232 was shared by the teams of Mary Ann Vickery, Betty McManus, Gary Honey and Gerry Wilkinson, and the team of Murray Knox, Mary MacRae, John Murphy and Bill Taylor.  A second plasce tie went to the teams of Carolyn Daudlin, Lloyd Honey, Gerrit Vriesen and Mary Leslie, and the team of Angus MacRae, Stan Vickery and Tom Hyatt.  In third place was the team of Liz Scratch, Pete Daudlin and Iggy Arner with a score of 240.

A good laugh was in order when Gary Honey (our swimming with the fish guy from last week) arrived wearing a snorkeling mask and water wings.


Essex County Library

MY MAMA SAYS… – celebrate Mother’s Day at the library on Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. Ages 5 & up. ADULT BOOK CLUB – Join us for a lively discussion about Linwood Barclay’s novel “The Accident” on Tuesday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m.

MAY DAYS – craft, games and books, books, books on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. Ages 6 & up. COTTAM TEENS AND BOOKS MEET – Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 & up. Register at the library.

Register at the library branches for all programs.


Essex County 4-H Reports
4-H Swine Club – by Alexandra Lockley

On March 29th the club held their first meeting at the Essex Civic Center. We started off with the 4-H pledge, and then held elections. Emma as President, Rachel is Vice President and Photographer, Abby is Secretary & Treasure, and Alexandra is Press Reporter. We talked about our plans for 2012.

We are planning to maybe go to Guelph University as well as to the Ontario Pork Congress – Barrow Show in Stratford that two of our club members (Abby and Emma) are competing in on June 20th. We talked about maybe getting jackets for our club also. After we watched some of the Geico™ Insurance  commercials on YouTube of the pig. The meeting was adjourned. Our next club meeting is April 24th.

4-H Popcorn Club: “Mr. Popper’s Popcorn Club” – by Emma Lockley

POP, POP, POP, POP! Can you hear it popping? On Wednesday, April 4th, ten members gathered in Leamington for the first meeting of the new 4-H Popcorn Club.

The meeting began with the 4-H pledge. Elections were held. Alexandra- President, Darin- Vice President, Savannah- Secretary, Nic- Treasurer, Emma- Press Reporter and Juliana, Hanna, Megan and Grace as Photographers.

The 4-H Popper’s will be learning about and growing their own popcorn plants. Tonight members were split into two groups. The older members made a timeline about the corn plant and how it grows.

The younger members made a detailed poster on the corn seed and its parts. Everyone received some Robust Popcorn seeds to plant at home in mid-May. The most important information we took home from tonight’s meeting was understanding what parts of the popcorn seed were important for the germinating popcorn plant, and what parts were important for the popping of the popcorn kernel.

The 4-H Popcorn Club is a new club created by our leader Kim Heaton. The members of this club are the first ones in Ontario to do this club. The members, as well as the leaders are very excited to do this club and are happy to be the official guinea pigs.

We all enjoyed hot popcorn for a snack. Can’t wait to see what’s popping at our next meeting.

4-H Vet Club
“Wild Mustangs” – by Lauren Churchill

As I approached the Wild Mustangs (AKA the 4-H Vet Club) on April 3rd at the Essex Civic Center, I was warmly welcomed by the club leaders Susan and Anne.  Since it was my very first time in 4-H and since this was the club’s first meeting of the year, we played a game to get to know each other.  In the game one of the leaders would stick a Disney animal character’s name on your back, and then you had to go around to other members and ask them three ‘yes or no’ questions to help you figure out what your character’s name was.  Once you figured out which character you were, you had to find someone else from the same movie (i.e. Belle and the Beast, Woody and Buzz, Pooh and Piglet).

When everyone had paired up we sat down and started to get to the serious business of nominations.  Once the ballots were all counted and we had the positions for our club executive filled the results were as follows: President- Emma L., Secretary/treasurer- Nic, Press Reporter- Myself (Lauren), Photographers- Darin and Alexandra.

When we got all the politics out of the way we were informed that our leaders Susan and Anne had booked us a visit to the University of Guelph Animal Hospital in July.
With how much fun we had at the meeting, I am excited about the new experiences I will have through this club and being involved in 4-H.