News & Events  happening in the Stouffville/Markham and greater Rouge Valley area.   Some events sponsored by PGFSO.

1)  Altona Mennonite Church Historical Hymn Sing
     at the church – Uxbridge- Pickering Townline & Sideline 30.
     Sunday September 10 @ 3 pm 
     Congregational singing: Speaker: Ruth Nighswander-Meyer
      All are welcome 
2) GTA Mennonite Festival for World Relief
     Saturday September 16th – 10am – 4 pm 
     @ Willowgrove ; 11737 McCowan Road, Stouffville ON 
      Wagon rides, pick your own apples; a variety of foods,
       crafts and produce for sale.
      Famous auction and sale of new and vintage quilts. 
       Admission $10 in advance, $15 on site: (children 5 and
       under free) 
       Purchase tickets at:
3) Applefest 2023 – Saturday September 23rd  – 10 am – 4 pm  @ 
          Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Road, Markham
          PGFSO is assisting Markham Historical Society with the
          production and sale of Apple fritters.
          Our society will also be displaying and providing interpration 
          of our Conestoga wagon 
          plus selling our famous sauerkraut and Wellesley Apple butter.
          Please contact Lois Reesor or Dave Burkholder for ways
          that you can volunteer for this event. 
          Volunteers get free admission.
4) Historic PGFSO Sausage & Sauerkraut Buffet Dinner
    Saturday November 25th @ 6:30 pm
    Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, 7452 Reesor Rd. Markham ON
    Tickets: $35.00 / plate. 
    Contact or daveyrb1952@ for reservations.


      Annual   General   Meeting

Location: Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, 7452 Reesor Road, Markham ON
Date : Saturday, April 15th, 2023

2023  President:  Paul E. Reesor



Saturday,  June 24th, 2023    10am to 4pm
@ Markham Fairgrounds, Livestock Pavilion Complex, Markham ON

For additional updates and details, check the Reesor Family in Canada website –

2021 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus

November 2022 –While Ontario, like other jurisdictions, has taken measures to be able to live with and manage COVID-19 for the long-term, we all still need to do our part to protect ourselves and others, especially during respiratory illness season. This includes practising good hand hygiene, wearing a mask if in buildings or if you feel it is right for you, staying home when you are sick, and staying up to date on your vaccinations.


November 2022 – Doctor urges Canadians to ‘avoid getting infected’ and mask up amid viral surge –

“If you can avoid getting infected, you should avoid getting infected,” Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital, told the Roy Green Show. “Our hospitals are stretched, especially the pediatric hospitals, and [masking] reduces the risk of transmission in the community,” he said.

“The short answer here is there is no conclusive answer,” he said. “Regardless of what’s driving it, you can reduce your risk of severe illness by getting vaccinated for the flu or COVID and by putting a mask on if you go into an indoor setting.”


COVID-19 facts –

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent hand washing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.

from Global News, December 1, 2020