May 6, 2020

On Friday, May 1 Terrens Wellness Centre celebrated their 20th Anniversary COVID style. Pictured (LtoR) Karen Lowery, owner, and Nancy Ellis. “I would like to thank the community for their support and friendship over the years. Much appreciated,” said Lowery.

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Sewing isolation gowns for staff of long-term care facilities

Pastor Martin Spoelstra of Discovery Church in Newcastle put out a call to his congregation with a request for help in sewing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) isolation gowns for staff working in long-term care facilities. He posted the request on the church’s Facebook page, then went a step further, directly emailing women in his congregation he knew were skilled at sewing. “And I asked them if they had any friends who were sewers, so pretty quickly we had about six people sewing,” he says.

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Looking for a hug?

Although the pandemic has unleashed a catastrophe of epic proportions, mid the global upheaval and sufferings several good things have emerged – a silver-lining as they say.

We’re realizing how important community is and doubling-down on investing in it. We’re deepening our appreciation for the people—the teachers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery store workers, garbage collectors, bus drivers, janitors, and more—who are the foundation of our society and keep us well in body and mind. We’re realizing that we can do things that seemed impossible and we can make sacrifices for the greater good.

One thing is for sure, it has instilled good hand hygiene habits among millions worldwide. For years, health experts have been recommending regular handwashing to keep diseases at bay. Eighty percent of common infections are spread by hands. According to the Centre of Disease Control, washing your hands at least five times a day has been shown to significantly decrease the frequency of colds, influenza (the “flu”) and other infections.

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A new flower to commemorate 100 years

Beryl Clark, treasurer, Orono Horticultural Society, poses with Orono’s Centennial Beauty, the daylily created for the society’s 100th Anniversary next year. Orders are being taken to be picked up at a later date. You will be able to plant this year for the blooms in 2021.

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4-H: Learning to do by doing

4-H is a family tradition for Brenda Metcalf of Tyrone who is the current Membership Coordinator and Office Manager of the Durham East 4-H Association. She began with the organization at the age of twelve and has been an active participant for over fifty years.

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Skateboard park needed in Orono

Charles LeBlanc of Newcastle, seen here in midflight, is passionate about skateboarding. The sport, also described as an artform, was scheduled to make its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (which are cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak). LeBlanc is a Grade 10 student who normally attends St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School in Bowmanville. “Skateboarding is the only thing I’m doing, because it’s fun to pass the time,” he says. “I’m doing online schooling. I just get it done, and then I go skate.”

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