Nothing – not even a pandemic, comes between a Girl Guide, a Brownie and their program. Unable to meet in person since March 13, the Girl Guides and Brownies in Orono have been meeting virtually.
On Thursday, June 4 the Orono Horticultural Society was seen beautifying the downtown, library grounds and cenotaph. Pictured from left to right: Alan Herring, Orono Horticultural Society president, Wren Bailey, volunteer and Elizabeth MacLeod, Orono Horticultural Society director. It won’t be long before Orono is in full bloom.
On Sunday, June 7 Melanie Czajko and her daughter Ivy held a socially distanced lemonade stand and bake sale fundraiser in their driveway to make sure Black Lives Matter in Newcastle.
Systemic racism ruins lives. It restricts access and capacity for contribution. It destroys the ethical society we aspire to create. Public advocacy is critical. Speaking up is crucial.
Racism is more than an individual issue. When systemic prejudices remain unspoken or acknowledged, an immoral white privilege is adopted. When individuals and groups point out systemic prejudices and discriminations, the dominant culture is made accountable.
Despite BOAA’s Facility COVID-19 closure, temporary staff and instructor layoffs, cancelled programs and events, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There have been some positives during this pandemic and the Bowmanville Older Adult Association has not only been able to adapt, but is seeing some success while doing so.
On Saturday, June 6 a Community Food Drive for the East Clarington Food Bank was held in Newcastle, Wilmot Creek and Newtonville. Next year the group will be reaching out to Orono.
In the 70’s and 80’s and 90, s Gerald Krukkert was known far and wide for his smoked sausages. His neighbours on the fourth concession knew when he was making them because they could see the smoke trickle out from the smokehouse. And you could breathe in that aroma as it subtly wafted through the air. He spiced his meat with a special RECIPE, which is still a secret.
Noah and Levi dropped by – along with their parents and younger sister, to surprise Dan Graham last week for a socially distanced birthday mini celebration.
Someone was very busy over the weekend. Mysteriously early Monday morning a crowd gathered on the steps of the Orono Town Hall. Hopefully it won’t be long until the music is back. Be patient, stay safe and continue to be kind.