January 29, 2020

On Tuesday, January 28, Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board held a one day strike action at elementary schools. Orono Public School teachers (LtoR) Leanne Kelly, Robin Forbes and Angela Winslow are taking a stand for saving the kindergarten model and special education.

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Everyone is welcome

This past Saturday night I had the pleasure of being invited to the Orono Agricultural Society Volunteer/Sponsor Appreciation Dinner, followed by their Annual General Meeting. For 167 years, caring, connected and involved residents have done something pretty spectacular.

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Strike action begins for KPR

Newcastle Public School teachers (LtoR) Nicole Allameh, Caroline Joskow, Melissa McFadyen and Jan Skillen are advocating, among other issues, for help in the classroom and support for special needs education.

The Pines Senior Public School Teachers would “rather be teaching,” says Sarah Marchi, second from the left. Supporting her are, to her right, Melissa Searle and to her left, Sandy Towle, Katie Geofroy and Katie Lebel.

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A week in the life of the Times

In a world where community newspapers are becoming extinct or being gobbled up by corporations, we are very fortunate our weekly paper (published continuously for 83 years) is alive and well. Julie Cashin-Oster who bought the paper in August of 2018 says “I wanted it to be a very community-based paper, celebrating what people are doing. I also want it to be a communications vehicle for organizations to get their stories out.”

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Orono Fair volunteer/sponsor dinner and AGM

Orono Fair Board president Shelby Dillion digs into the cake.

2019 Orono Fair Board from left to right: Mary Ann Found, Shelby Dillon, Brad Found, Elaine Dillon, Terry Matchett, Don Armstrong, Mat Stephenson, Irene Matchett, Kurtis Matchett, Sara Gilroy, Minne Wiersma and Alex Breen. Directors not in attendance at AGM are: Shelley Fice Trimble, Todd Graves, Keith Blenkinsop, Nick Exner and Deanna Porco.

The ‘Travelling Guides’, 2nd Bowmanville Girl Guides, assisted with the dinner, serving and cleaning up. Left to right: Bella Hoskin, Mackenzie Taylor, Tayja Beaumont and Emma Oosting The girls are busy fundraising for their next adventure.

Brad Found (left) and Orono Fair Board president Shelby Dillion present Ted and Beth Meszaros (center) with an award for their dedication and service to the Orono Agricultural Society.

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