2020 Orono Fair cancelled

“During this time of uncertainty and rapidly changing threat of COVID-19 it is with heavy hearts that we are writing to inform you of the cancellation of the 2020, 168th Orono Fair on September 10-13,” said a statement from the Orono Agricultural Society’s Board of Directors.

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Local nine-year old and his little sister lend a helping hand

People who have to wear protective masks for extended periods of time often experience discomfort from the mask straps which irritate the ears. Now, help is on the way thanks to nine-year old Landen Strawn of Newcastle who, along with his younger sister (five-year old Savannah) have been busily producing and donating plastic mask holders for frontline workers.

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Bruce Mortimer: 100 years of experience

“Well, no-one is more surprised than I am,” replied Mortimer when asked why he thought he had lived this long. He is up and out on this chilly day, hat on head and a jacket. He is curious, about why all these people are making a fuss on the lawn outside Parkview Lodge in Newcastle. He waves back from the balcony and gives a big smile.

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Challenging times

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench in to the fundraising plans of charities at a time when many of them are in need of an influx of cash to continue their operations.

Having worked for a little over a decade in the charitable sector I can say it isn’t built for a crisis such as this. Very few organizations have reserves, and if they do, they are not very deep. Unquestionably revenues are down. Most importantly, charities need cash to make sure they can keep their vital services going.

Like many small businesses, the lack of cash and reserves has forced many organizations to close their doors or lay off employees. Layoffs can be especially challenging, as physical-distancing guidelines during the pandemic are preventing volunteers from stepping in to help in roles they once would have been able to support.

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