May 20, 2020

Brothers Fred Horvath, left and Ab Gabrielle and five others from St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus in Newcastle presented front line workers at Fosterbrook, gift baskets of appreciation on Thursday.

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Are we really ready?

On Tuesday, May 19 Ontario rolled out Stage 1 of reopening the province. After being on semi-lock down for what seems to be an eternity, are we ready for another new normal?

Retail businesses with a street entrance have been given the green light to open – under strict health and safety protocols. Some seasonal businesses and activities got the go-ahead on May 16. With less than 400 new cases of COVID-19 a day for two weeks, the curve appears to have flattened.

The Ford government’s framework for the reopening unveiled in late April, set out clear public health criteria for beginning to phase out restrictions on businesses and gatherings. They included: a consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases; sufficient acute and critical care hospital capacity to respond to potential surges; and, approximately 90 per cent of new COVID-19 case contacts being reached by local public health officials within one day.

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Stores opening

Maya Wade is screening customers at Home Hardware in Newcastle. She cleans ten baskets to give customers. When they are all used, no one else is allowed in until someone comes out. And she asks customers to please sanitize their hands before they enter.

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Bubba’s Shoe Tree: Honouring a fun, zany woman

Last week’s Where Am I photo is “Bubba’s Shoe Tree,” located at 1283 6th Line, Newtonville, just east of the intersection with East Townline road (east of Starkville and west of Osaca). In honour of his friend’s mother, Pierre Comire lovingly recreated the shoe tree that once stood in Bubba’s front yard in Scarborough, while she was undergoing cancer treatment.

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Clarington Honours our Veterans

A Committee from Branch 178 of the Royal Canadian Legion, in partnership with the Municipality of Clarington, initiated the veteran’s banner program last year in Bowmanville. Twenty banners were installed on the light standards in downtown and were very well received. They were on display for six weeks from October through Remembrance Day.

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