Here we are, the last paper of 2019.
How wonderful it has been over the last few weeks in our corner of the world. We are lucky to have two Santa Claus parades – one during the day in Orono and one in the evening in Newcastle. The anticipation of having breakfast with Santa, followed by the pure joy children experience when he visits their community. None of which would be possible without our amazing community members and volunteers.
And the Christmas Bazaars. How I love these. You are instantly transported back in time, to simpler, unwired times. Homemade goodies and handmade gifts being sold for a good cause.
Merry Pop In Play Group Christmas Party celebrations on Monday, December 16. Join the group Mondays from 10 a.m. – noon at St. Saviour’s Church, Orono. Everyone is welcome.Merry Pop In Play Group Christmas Party celebrations on Monday, December 16. Join the group Mondays from 10 a.m. – noon at St. Saviour’s Church, Orono. Everyone is welcome.
Clarington residents will soon be able to watch Council decisions and debates live.
Local Desjardins Agent Greg Lewis (far right) presented a cheque for $4,000 to Durham Region Hospice, Clarington on Tuesday, December 17. The funds were part of the Desjardins GoodSpark Community Grants Program, and will be used toward building the New Clarington Hospice. Pictured with Lewis are Willie Woo and Marian Timmermans. “I was honoured to help select and contribute to the grant provided to Durham Region Hospice,” said Lewis.
With the holiday season approaching, Clarington’s Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Gord Weir has a number of recommendations and precautions to ensure a safe and healthy holiday season for all. From Christmas lights to cooking pans, cell phones to snow tires, public safety/our safety is his number one goal.
On Tuesday, December 10, Newcastle Public School was abuzz with the news that their choir made the top ten in the CBC Music Class Challenge (Elementary Vocal category) for the third year in a row. An incredible accomplishment when measured against 300 schools.
A Gift of Art young thespians showed their stuff at the Newcastle Community Hall on Monday, December 16. Pictured left: The Detective written by Thomas Mason- Rose. Due to the lead in this play, having a medical emergency, the author stepped into the lead role himself. “The pages of my mind are really stuck together”, he ad-libs.
Pictured right: Ella Marcus and Sarina Mackay are angry pig 1 and angry pig 2. Part of the 12 member jury who brought back a surprising verdict for the Big Bad Wolf
On Wednesday, December 11, the 2nd Newcastle Girl Guides donated hot chocolate reindeer to the Clarington East Food Bank for their Christmas Hamper Program. Left to right are Anika Armbrust, Haidyn Pearson, Marni Lewis from the Food Bank, Lily Camara, Charlotte Welsh and Lily Wiffen. Lewis says food bank volunteers will be preparing 250 Christmas hampers for local families in need. To donate please call 905-987-1418.
Clarington Council has approved an initial blueprint for an affordable housing toolkit to encourage developers to build affordable housing in the community. Among many things, the toolkit will reduce the time it takes to process development applications and some of the costs associated with development approvals.