Community HUB News – Week of May 3, 2012

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Essex Community Services

Our Transportation Program is expanding its service area!  Now qualified residents within the Municipality of Essex can  take our Care-A-Van to other municipalities on Mondays and Wednesdays to do shopping.

As always, we service any area in the county of Essex and Windsor for medical appointments, but why not visit another town and do some shopping? Call for more information or to book a ride. Seats are first come first serve, and medicals take precedence. For more information call 519-776-4231.


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

Thanks to everyone who supported us and also to all those helping hands who made Saturday such a successful and enjoyable day, from the yard/bake sale at St. Stephen’s to the Pasta Dinner at Redeemer

Please have any notices or articles for the Homecoming newsletter to Amy at by May 6th

Redeemer Sweetie Pies will be at the Bloomin’ Gardener, 6673 Conc. 8, Oldcastle on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12th and 13th.

Vacation Bible School will be 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 list of items or if you can volunteer some time, please contact Dawn or Pam.

Please continue to remember the need for food banks – donations may be dropped off at either church

Congratulations and God’s blessings on our grandsons Jacob and Wyatt who make their First Communion.

Happy Birthday wishes to nephews Jesse Durocher and Bobby Sweet.


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.         This past Sunday, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the United Church Women, with attributed to the first ladies of the Maidstone, Bethel & Gesto units in 1962. The very first president of Maidstone was Audrey Burrows who still attends our meetings. Eight others from the original 17 Charter members of Maidstone and Gesto, plus a few from other groups were honoured and presented with a blue rose. Cake and ice cream followed in the hall.

The Mother and Daughter Potluck Banquet will be on Friday, May 4, at 6:30pm in the hall. All women are requested to bring a dish to share. Musical entertainment is Harlan Nash and Friends and Linda & Wayne.

May 4 & 5 Gess†wood Camp is having a Spring Facelift – cleaning up the camp grounds to get the camp ready for 2012. Lunch is being provided. Please call 519-776-7444 to register.

Rob Cornies will be our guest speaker on May 6th.

Friday, May 11 – “Mother’s Day Bingo” at 7pm at B-M. Bring your mother or daughter or both for an evening of fun! A small admission or canned goods for the Essex Food Bank. Donations of prizes and/or baked goods appreciated.

Monday, May 14 is the UCW meeting in the hall at 1:30pm – Foot Care Nurse will be our guest speaker.

On June 16, Bethel Maidstone may still be going on a Wine Tour & Taste. – All aboard, a “Trolley named Desire” to tour Essex County wineries. If you are interested in attending, please call Paul at 519-839-5475 or Joanne at 519-735-2764 to reserve a seat.

Door Greeters for Sunday, May 6 – 5th Sunday of Easter are Connie and Cliff Campeau. Elder on duty is Jennifer Reeb. Message is Power of God.

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 or the office 519-723-2284, so she can make arrangements to visit.

Please remember to make your donations to the Downtown Mission can on the table in the Nathex, to bring food for the Essex Food Bank, and to save all yourself used postage stamps for the Leprosy Mission. Thank you for your support.

Please remember all the sick and shut-ins, those in the hospital, homebound, in rest or nursing homes, those who mourn, are lonely,  depressed, or less fortunate and any others not well at this time in your thoughts and prayers, with a card, call or visit.


Essex Christian Reformed Church
submitted by Beverley van Huizen

Join us on Sunday, May 6 with Pastor Peter Hogeterp. Our service theme is based on John 9. Paradox One ~ There are two kinds of people in the world when it comes to primary decision-making: the rational types (those who are ruled by their minds) and the emotional types (those who are ruled by their hearts). Which does God prefer? The population is about evenly divided on this score. Is that by God’s design?  After the service come and enjoy some coffee.

Our GEMS and Cadets clubs are finished for the year and ready for a summer break.  Many thanks go out to the leaders of both groups! Our GEMS leaders are Andrea Schinkel, Geraldine Haverkamp, Tammy Kuipers, Sandra Livingston, Tammy Yzerman and Kristen Yzerman.  Our Cadet leaders are Pete Kuipers, Dan DeRaadt, Warren Higgins and Ryan Livingston.   Thank you for your faithful leadership.  Keep a look out for in August as the groups will begin to meet again!

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


Maidstone Cross
submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank

St. Mary’s parish retreat takes place on May 25-27 at Oxley.  If you are interested and wish to attend please sign up by May 1st.  Our Mission Club is sponsoring a Shower for Windsor Essex County Refugee office.  Please donate new household items and place them at the back of the church by May 6th.  Thank you!

Mark your calendars now for a special Mass at St. Mary’s honouring Fr. Chris Quinlan on Sunday, June 3rd at 1 p.m.  Fr. Chris will be celebrating his 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.  Following Mass there will be an Open House in the hall.  Everyone is welcome!

Please keep in your prayers the children who are making their First Holy Communion this coming month. Please keep Hank Czerweinec in your prayers.


Essex Retirees Social Club

Dinners at the Centre – Our congregate dining program continues on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon. It is open to all seniors. Menus for the month are available. Call 776-6689 for information.

Friday night bingos in May are on the 4th and 18th. Everyone 18 year of age and older are welcome.

Tom Kelly took high score at Saturday afternoon Euchre. Diana Dennis was second and George Davidson was third.

Louise Perrault took high score at Monday night Pepper. Betty Fields had the most Peppers and Bea Mailloux took low score. Floyd Cascadden was the winner at Tuesday afternoon Pepper and Larry Lane earned most Peppers. Estelle was low. The winner at Wednesday night Pepper was Don Ames and the most Peppers were taken by Shirley Stiers. Lawrence Doson took low score.

Floyd Cascadden was the high Bridge winner Thursday night. Pauline Olafson was second.

Our Cribbage scores tallied over the last year showed that Larry Lane came first with 211 points. Bev Allison took 202, Bob Burns followed with 202 and Evelyn Vivier had 187.


Salvation Army Essex Community Church
submitted by Carolyn Barnett

Join us for Family Worship and Sunday School every week at 11 a.m. led by Lt. Kristen Gray.

Kids Klub meets Monday at 6:30 p.m.

The Youth Group will be joining the South Windsor Salvation Army on Friday, May 4th for their regular Friday Nite Fusion youth program. The theme for the evening is  “May the 4th be with you! [aka Star Wars]” We’ll meet at the church at 6:30 p.m. to travel to Windsor.

Our Partners in Mission Ingathering is Sunday, May 6th. Don’t forget to save  your loonies and toonies to help us reach our goal in supporting the Salvation Army ministries in South America East. Our monthly potluck dinner will follow this service.

Here in Essex, our Thrift Store and Food  Bank are   valuable community services. If you have donations, they would be greatly appreciated. You can drop off   gently used clothing and household goods during business hours  from Monday to Saturday at the Thrift Store or  donations of food on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Food Bank. Our food shelves are a  little sparse, and we are much in need of non- perishable items, particularly breakfast and lunch items for children.

Our Mother and Daughter Banquet is on Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. Call the church at 776-4628 or e-mail  for details or to reserve your seat.


Essex United Church News

Our Sunday worship was led by Lonnie Jones with a message of gratitude for what we receive.

Essex United Church will welcome its new Minister, Rev. Margaret Spencer on Sunday, May 6, at the 10:30 am Service. The service will be followed by a celebration and welcoming lunch/dinner in the lower hall at 11:30 am. All members, and others in the community, are encouraged to join us.

On May 6, at 3:30 pm,  there will be A Hymn Tasting concert, with the theme “What Were They Thinking,” will explore why the hymns were written. Join the mass choir and musicians from Windsor and Essex County in singing the great hymns of our faith.

Tell you friends that we are looking for quality donated items for our Mother of Yard sales on May 11 and 12. If you need help call Allan at 519 776-7551 Items can be brought to the church Monday and Tuesday from 9 to noon. Please no computers, electronics, or clothing. The Mother of all Bake Sales and Lunches is Friday only.

There’s to be a chicken dinner and strawberry social on June 9.

If anyone is intersted in having a child baptized on Father’s Day, call the office or Jim Hatt. That’s for June 17.

Join us at GessTwood Camp on Friday or Saturday, May 4 & 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Lunch will be provided. We are compiling the jobs list and we can find jobs for anyone, young or old. Call property chairman Dennis Graham, 519-776-7444 if you can attend. All calls will be answeredd prior to the big day to confirme your attendance


St. Paul’s/Trinity Anglican

Friday, May 4 is pasta dinner at St.Paul’s. Enjoy the food and a musical performance by the Essex public school band.

All are welcome to enjoy a Hymn Festival on May 6, at 3:30 p.m., at Essex United Church.

On Sunday, May 6 St. Paul’s/Trinity Youth Program for youth age 9-15, at St. Paul’s. At 5 p.m. we will have a meal then activities to encourage reflection and conversation about how young people can make a difference today.

Can’t make it to worship Sunday mornings? Interested in experiencing alternate forms of worship? Try our new monthly Family Service with guitar music, beginning on May 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the new youth program and family service may use a visitors’ envelope and mark it “youth program”.

St. Paul’s Victorian Tea is Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. served in china cups with finger sandwiches, in a Victorian setting. Coffee and juice available.


Bakerville News
submitted by Evelyn Baker

Weather as I write this, is booming away and we are getting some rain. – April showers bring May flowers.

Happy Birthday wishes to the greatest granddaughter, Brianne, who will celebrate another year on Wednesday, and to her great uncle Carman Miller, who is celebrating his 77th on Thursday. Next week on Tuesday, Claude Cowan in Elmdale is celebrating another year. Best of birthday wishes to all of you.

Happy Anniversary wishes on Sunday to Howie and Marg Hanson as they celebrate another year.

We spent a few days at Foodland this past week selling tickets for the Cancer Jamboree on June 10 at Co An Park in McGregor. If you did not get you tickets yet, see us May 24-26 at Foodland and come out the day of the event for a great day. Mark your calendars. Bring your own chairs.

The Pleasant Valley Community Club held a Pepper party and the lucky folks were Jack Morris, Maggie Hansen, Mike Foldesi, Eileen Ames, Carolyn Campbell & Bob Matthew. For the Euchre party on

Saturday the lucky folks were Ben Puglia, Bob Ford, Ron McLean, Norma Beacom, Ethel Ford & Eileen Salter. Door prizes to Myrtle Meldrum & Elsie Smith.

Phone your friends, pack the car and come on over for a great evening of card playing with friends and neighbours – Everyone is welcome here.

Have a great week folks!


Holy Name of Jesus Church News
submitted by Therese Lecuyer

Thought of the week “Only the truly great are humble, and only the humble are truly great.”

CWL News Corner:  Executive meeting- Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm in Meeting room A. Members Banquet – Tuesday, June 5. We will be honouring Fr. Chris Quinlan on his 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood. Save the date! Recipe book – in honour of our parish’s 125th Anniversary we are creating a Recipe Book. Please submit recipes (as many as you want) to the parish office or at Deadline is July 1st.

Women’s conference: Sunday, May 26, from 8am-3pm. It promises to be a great day of faith and deepening our discipleship. Don’t wait until last minute. Tickets available after mass in the parish office, or online. For more info visit or speak with Maggie Ducharme at 519-776-7828.

Prayers: Our prayers and sympathies go to the families of Charels Strong, Judy Gagnon, and Edward Skrzypa. May they be comforted and consoled by the Lord as they mourn the passing of their loved one. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

K of C News Korner: Fish Fry, May 11th from 4:30pm to 7pm with take out available. – General meeting – Thursday. May 10th at 8pm in Meeting Room A. For more information on upcoming events go to

St. Peter’s Seminary Annual Collection: Will be held on the 4th Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday.

Bring your Mom to Bingo: Saturday, May 12. Dinner at 6pm followed by some fun family bingo! Tickets are limited, so get yours from the office or a member of Life Teen! All proceeds to Steubenville or the summer mission experience.

God Bless you all and have a great week.


Brooker News
submitted by Ruth Newman

A warm welcome awaits you at Brooker as we gather for the 10am worship service this Sunday morning. 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.

Every Wednesday night at 7pm a video series entitled “God’s Story, Your Story” will be held at the Jones home in Essex.

Sunday, May 6 at 3:30pm Essex United Church will host the RCCO Hym Tasting, a festival of Hymns and thoughts behind music featuring guest organists and a 50 voice choir. A freewill offering will be received for the Royal Canadian College of Organists Scholarship Fund.

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


Woodslee Friendship Club

The Euchre results for Monday, Apr. 23rd: Bob Mullins, Leo Durocher, Bernie Belleau, Pat Mullins, Audrey Stanley, Mildred Fuerth, Veronica Granger –Donna Eyraud and Joanne McMurren.

The results for Friday, Apr. 27th: Bob Matthew, George Diesbourg – LeRoy Davison, Roger Bellemore – Bob Mullins, Mary Sauve, Mary Demars – Joanne McMurren, Joan Broeders, and Hazel Osborne.

Playing cards in Woodslee is all about fun, food and fellowship. Do you want to learn or meet new people? This is the place. Thanks to all our good bakers and contributors, to our table and the kitchen help, who never complain. You are the ones who make the day enjoyable also. We appreciate you!

We are having fun on Monday and Wednesday mornings 9am –10am with exercise. Teacher Carol Taylor is helping to get us in shape for our new spring wardrobe. Also, a Zumba class on Friday mornings for more exercise. Ladies, we are shakin’, and movin’, and groovin’ here at 1925 South Middle Road ( Millen Community Centre). Add in some walking at our Millen Trail.  It is safe and a great way to enjoy nature.

Call Marriette Renaud at 519-727-0470 for exercise information and call Donna 519-975-2634 or Joanne 519-975-2409 for more club info.


4-H Heritage Club
by Nicole Clermont

The first meeting of the 4-H Heritage Club, the election has begun! A hand shoots up, I nominate Joelle!  I nominate Paige!  I volunteer!  I thank my nominator but I graciously decline.  It’s a vote, and the winners are President Julie, Vice President Mitchell, Treasurer Nic, Secretary Joelle, Press Reporter Nicole, and Photographer Alaina.  With elections out of the way, Vicki discussed what we would be doing for the club.  We will be learning Native Beading, Finger Weaving, Native Drum making and our “Voyageur’s” will be out and about in the different community re-enacting and demonstrating what we have learn.  Meeting was adjourn and we enjoyed our snack time.

The club met again on Saturday, March 24. The meeting was held on Puce Rd. at the resource building. We met with guest presenters from the reenactment group On-Gwe-Ho-Way, who showed us how to make native hand drums. The drums were made out of deerskin and cedar. Believe it or not that’s all we needed!

First we cut out circles of wet deerskin, and with a partner we stretched the circles and punched holes. If the deerskin is dry it will be too hard to use.  The natives dried deerskin to make poisonous arrow heads, believe it or not, when the hide dried it is sharp enough to penetrate the skin (poke ouch!).

When we had finished with our drums, Jim Wellheiser, one of our presenters said we could not play them for 3-7 days, because they needed to be feasted and allowed for time to dry. The natives believed that you had to feast the drum, and face it towards the east so the sun could wake it up. No we didn’t feed the drums of course they can not eat. Feasting is when you let the drum sit with a sacred plant like sage, tobacco, sweet grass, or cedar. It is a way of thanking the trees and the deer you used to make your drum.

Our drum was not complete without its striker! We made the striker out of a medium size stick, some fleece, and some leather.  At our next meeting we are going to bring our drums so that we can smudge them. We took a break for snack, packed up our drums and headed for home.

At our April 14th meeting we met with Louise McDougal, an experienced beader, she helped us bead on our haversacks, which we will use for reenactments.

Haversacks are single-strapped bags worn over one shoulder and used for carrying supplies, similar to our backpacks. We were all given a button to use as a focal point for our bead work and could bead anything we wanted, we just had to decide what… I beaded a turtle! Some of the designs people chose were an owl, sun, water, and other geometric designs.

Before we started stitching, we waxed our thread in order to avoid any fraying caused by continuously passing it through our fabric. Louise helped us to properly position our beads depending on the project we wanted to make. At first it was difficult, but as we went on it got easier and easier.  Soon it was time to go home, even though we weren’t all finished.

The parents came in one by one and admired our beading.  Those of us that were not finished will continue to work on our designs at home or at upcoming meetings.

Our next meeting will be on April 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. We will be learning finger weaving to make the strap for our haversacks.


Golden Years Mini Golf – April 26, 2012

55 golfers gathered at Colasanti’s and managed a combined total of 72 aces over 36 holes.

Leading the way with five aces was Laurie Hylton, followed closely by Audrey Knox, Stan Vickery, and Lloyd Honey with four each.  Three dropped for Iggy Arner, Frances Clifford and Donna Wiebe.  Recording two each were Barb Arner, Ethel Ferguson, Margaret Graham, Gary Honey, Murray Knox, Frank Lasi, Mary MacRae, John Murphy, Avis Rutter, Art Sweet, Rose Taylor, Ernie Vandenberg, Steve Vigh, Linda Walsh, Eleanor Wilkinson, and Gerald Wilkinson.  Chipping in a single were Jim Accan, Mike Binder, Ken Brook, Stephanie Dick, Floyd Johnson, Cam Keith, Winnie Moore, Colleen Pearse, Neil Quick, Don Ribble, Liz Scratch, Morley Scratch, Gerrit Vriesen, and Pat Womack.

The Low Score for 9 holes of 16 was shared by Lloyd Honey and Ethel Ferguson. 35 was the low score for 18 holes and was recorded by Stan Vickery, followed closely by Gerry Wilkinson, Steve Vigh, Laurie Hylton, and Lloyd Honey with 36.

Setting the pace for 36 holes with a 74 was Gerry Wilkinson and Laurie Hylton followed by Lloyd Honey with 76 and 77 by Iggy Arner, Steve Vigh, and Art  Sweet.

First place finish went to team five with a score of 230 and included Iggy Arner, Steve Vigh and Lloyd Honey.  In second with a 243 was team six with Laurie Hylton, Frank Lasi and Ken Womack. Third place was nailed down by team 17, including Andy Orsini, Bill Taylor, Bill Mayville and Jim Accan.

Our last golfing date for the season is May 3rd, with ‘T’ off at 9:30 am, followed immediately by our ‘end of year’ dinner.