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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.

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March 18, 2020

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?

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Locals take calm attitude toward Coronavirus

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.”

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Time to come together

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.

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The Locals: Trillium Equestrian Centre

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.

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Newcastle Historical Society Annual General Meeting

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.

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March Break Camps were a go at A Gift of Art

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.”

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