On Thursday, March 12 it was announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario would be closed until April 5 – two additional weeks after the March Break. Soon after the announcement and into Friday, community events and March Break programs were also cancelled leaving many parents in the lurch.
After a Facebook post suggesting a community Shamrock Hunt, encouraging residents to put a Shamrock in their window for St. Patrick’s Day. Then everyone could get outside, have some fun – without touching or being too close, and count the shamrocks. In their St. Patrick’s Day finest, Sandra Dickinson (L) and Bonnie Wilson decorated the businesses in town on Monday. Did you play the game?
The vision of lineups, empty shelves and an unsure future makes for trying times. These unprecedented challenges are being met by local residents with self-confidence, determination, a sense of humour and good old-fashioned Canadian hardiness, spirit, strength, resilience and stick-to-itveness. There is a sense of “We’re going to make this work.”
What a difference a few days make. Last Friday there were only three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Durham Region – now there are eight. Over the weekend, the number of confirmed cases in Canada climbed from 197 to 341. In Ontario 32 new coronavirus cases were reported on Monday morning, bringing the new provincial active total to 172.
This is moving very quickly. Decisions are being made fluidly. The status of cases on Ontario updates twice a day. After the Ontario Government announced last Thursday that all publicly funded schools will be off until April 5 more cancellations and closures ensued.
Durham Region Health Department is currently monitoring eight positive cases of COVID-19 in Durham Region.
Nobody gets in the barn without going through Summer, the Golden Retriever. When she finishes checking you out, she sits beside you and looks at Cathy Sampson as if to say, “this one is okay.” There is a large Newfoundland inside to keep an eye on you.
It was a special night at the Newcastle Village & District Historical Society’s (NVDHS) Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, as members gathered in the Library room in the Community Hall to honour this year’s Pat MacDonnell Preservation Award winners, Ben and Jenette Walsh of the The Refinery Salon and Barber Shop.
The Orono Town Hall Board of Directors held the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday March 10. There are eleven volunteer directors on the Board. Eight of them attended the AGM.
A Gift of Art hosted their March Break camp starting Monday. Ann Harley, Volunteer Chair, Board of Directors, pointed out they had made the decision to open it “because of parental need, and because quite frankly I don’t know how one parent families are going to manage. We are trying to help.”