For your sweet tooth

Maria welcomes patrons to her open patio at Strudelicious located at the corner of Baldwin and King Streets in Newcastle. She suggests the Apple Strudell and other yummy items all baked by her on site.


Patios are open for your dining pleasure

Summer is here and it is Patio Season. The option to have a patio is being offered to more restaurants this year allowing them to serve more customers during the pandemic. Pictured left to right: The Snug, The Old Newcastle House and new for 2020 The New Massey House.


The Bragg family farm: Eight generations and counting

The 136-acre multigenerational Bragg farm west of Orono has been in the family since 1843. According to Mark Bragg, “We still have the deed, which is in English pounds,” he says, adding, “The farm has never been owned by anyone else.” The current generations include Barry and Anna Bragg, their son Mark and his wife Brittany whose children, Brianna and Braxton are the eighth generation of Braggs to live on this land.


Canada Day the Durham Way

Durham Regional Chair, John Henry, is a proud man these days. Despite a pandemic, Henry reports all projects on the table before COVID-19 are continuing and on time. Including plans for Canada Day Celebrations.



This little piggy did not go to market but is in the market for a new home preferably with a garden. The Eensy Weensy spider does not like her drainpipe. Hopefully she can find one that suits her. Call A Gift of Art if you think she’d fit in yours. Outdoor art can be viewed at A Gift of Art every Thursday and Saturday. Call A Gift of Art for more information 905-987-2264.


New in Orono

Rick Ravary has been a carpenter all his life. He has a definite creative bent that can turn any piece of wood into something useful and novel.


Social Circle or Social Gathering

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.



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