Open and welcoming with social distancing protocols firmly in place, Clarington Farmers’ Market resumed on Father’s Day with resounding success. An anticipatory crowd of dedicated fresh food lovers arrived for the ten o’clock a.m. opening, and a steady flow of delighted customers continued throughout the day.
As we enter Stage 2 of Ontario’s framework to reopening the province, the Municipality of Clarington is taking a cautious approach to reopening its amenities and services to protect staff and public health. Clarington has prepared a list of services and amenities showing what is opening, including our splash pads and summer camps.
People wait patiently outside a business in long, spaced out, lineups. Direction arrows show customers where to move next. We have mastered physical distancing. Checkout lines seem longer than usual. Cashiers carefully disinfect their terminals before the next customer arrives. Whether we like it or not, physical distancing, masks and hand sanitizing is our new way of life if we are to stay safe.
As we navigate through Stage 2 – and hopefully before the summer is over enter Stage 3, we need to focus on how schools will reopen in September. Getting our kids back to their ‘new normal’ is paramount. By September Ontario children will have been out of class for six months. Not being in school has a devastating social, emotional and mental health impact on our kids. It is important to have a cautious restart – same as ‘opening’ the province or we will be back where we were in March.
Dave Ransom from Arenes construction has started the reconstruction of the tennis and pickleball courts at Buttercup Hollow. Ransom had help from Scottie Scholtren and Ryan Kowalski.
No decision was made at the June 15 council meeting regarding the application by Kaleido Corporation (formerly Landmark-Newcastle Limited) to amend Zoning By-law 84-63 to permit a 15-unit townhouse development at the South-East Corner of Mill Street and Robert Street in Newcastle. Iinstead it was referred to the June 29 Planning and Development Committee Meeting to allow further discussions with the developer to consider lowering the height of the homes and to consider fewer units.
Grade Six students from Newcastle Public School (NPS) were in for a surprise on Monday, June 22, as teachers arrived at their homes bearing lawn signs (designed by Crystal Hall @ Find Balance Printing) to commemorate their graduation.
On Saturday, June 20 at noon a small gathering of around 30 people came together in Orono at the gazebo on the library lawn in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Willis Barraball is a pleasant man with a pleasant manner about him. One can’t imagine him ever raising his voice or getting angry. He is quite relaxed and ready to relate some stories. Just ask.