As of May 5, local residents Lynne and Kendal Lion Ralph Wise, their daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Ken Sabo have made and donated 1800 masks to Canada Sews.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Rutherford, the sixth generation of Rutherfords in this area, grew up on what is now Brimacombe Ski Hill. His first job was helping pick up rocks on the hill. His own story evolves with that of the Hill.
Raye Wallace of the 6th line south of Kendal took advantage of the sunshine on the first day of May to take his new Harley Davidson for a spin in the sunshine. So new it’s only got 50 clicks on it.
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.”