Group picture of volunteers and some of our Kendal Lions. Some volunteers absent from picture.
As of 5:44 pm this Saturday it’s summer. Durham Region has received the go ahead to move forward this Friday to Stage 2 of the provinces reopening strategy. As COVID-19 safety measures ease, we have to be diligent in following the rules – no one wants to go backwards.
The province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said on Friday, June 12 that he is allowing people to create ‘social circles’ of up to 10 people who can interact without physical distancing. Up until now it was recommended that we physically/social distance from anyone outside of our household. A ‘social circle’ is separate from the change the province made earlier last week to ‘social gatherings’, to which they expanded the number of people in a gathering from five to ten people.
Most of us lead super busy lives and the idea of “volunteering”, and giving our free time and energy to a cause without financial reward seems to be an impossible task. But now, more people understand why it’s important and how helping each other and our communities will benefit, not only others, but ourselves too.
Local bibliophiles who have been missing the feeling of a library book in their hands are in for a treat. Clarington Public Library will begin offering a “Library Take-Out Service” with contactless pick-up from the Newcastle and Courtice Branches starting June 15.
As of Wednesday, June 17 Sunny Restaurant is open for take-out. Temporary hours are Wednesday to Sunday 2-8 pm. Phone orders only. Social distancing in place and minimum contact pick-up window. Debit, credit and cash accepted.
For the past fifteen years, Gord Lee has managed the Clarington Farmers Market. Back in 2005, councillor Gord Robinson thought it would be a good idea to have a Farmers Market in Newcastle. Lee was chair of the arena board at the time, so the two of them discussed the use of the arena property.
Delighted customers of Link Greenhouses’ online store are taking to Facebook with messages of praise and gratitude for the service they’re receiving and the wide variety of delicious products on offer. Fresh asparagus, Boston lettuce, tomatoes, curly cukes, English cucumbers, long beans, green onions, garlic scapes, mini sweet peppers, as well as jams, pies, butter tarts, cheeses and fresh Niagara strawberries are among many of the items available.
The Clarington Farmer’s Market opened for the season on Sunday, June 14 for pre-order and pick-up at the Newcastle Arena. Paul Stuart, co-owner of Rosalinas Pizza in Newcastle, pictured here with Michael Longarini of Second Season Farm in Newcastle. “It’s fantastic to be out and about again,” he says. Longarini adds, “We look forward to being a reliable service for the community, to deliver all these specialty products and local produce.”
Included in the masthead of this newspaper is the sentence “Operating on Traditional and Treaty Lands of the Mississauga Nation”. This was added July 2017. Likely, you have also heard longer versions of this acknowledgement at local civic and sporting events in the past few months.