July 15, 2020

Kirby Church Books open for the season. With COVID-19 safety protocols in place, Kirby Church Books welcomed the community back into the historical Kirby Church. Volunteers pictured from left: Rick Kerr, Tereza Lynde, Marie Nelson and Brian Colville.

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Municipal transfer for Main Street

Regional Road 17, Main Street/Manvers in Orono, from Winter Road to Taunton has been short-listed as a transfer candidate on the region’s Road Rationalization Study. The region has recommended it for transfer to the Municipality of Clarington.

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Fast-tracking high-speed internet to rural areas

Clarington is partnering with local Internet Service Provider (ISP) Rapid Connex to fast-track the deployment of high-speed internet to underserviced rural areas. Rapid Connex approached Clarington with a robust plan, and with the help of Clarington staff, several Municipally-owned sites were identified as potential tower locations to help get residents connected.

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Tending to your inner child

It’s been 18 weeks now since the world has turned upside down. As the days and weeks pass, and as they all seem to blur together, we are seeing more of our world open. Slowly we are getting back to some normality.

A few weeks ago, I saw a picture posted on Instagram. It was of the author’s younger self that radiated joy. The caption read, “Remember her? She is still there inside you… go get her.”

It was fun reading the responses from people reminiscing about their fun, loving childhood that they felt was long gone. I had to do some digging…but I found a picture. My brother is in it – I’m about seven he is about four. It is Christmas time at my grandparent’s house. We had our own table…remember the kiddie table? There was so much joy in that picture. Which led to more joy in the form of memories – remembering the Christmases of years gone by.

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Take in some summer art

You never know who you might meet or connections you’ll make at A Gift of Art Summer Patio Show.

After dropping his mother off at church in Newcastle this past Sunday, Harry Vogels decided to check out the scene at the outdoor art show across the street. The first vendor he visited was author Renny deGroot, who writes historical fiction. Informative posters filled with historical photos and background information for of each of her three books was on display along with copies of her books.

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The Locals: Narda Hoogkamp – A lady with energy

Narda Hoogkamp arrived with her aunt and uncle in Canada in 1951. She was seventeen and spoke no English. “It was a challenge and an adventure,” recalls Hoogkamp. Her family settled in Brougham, and her uncle found work on a farm. Hoogkamp worked at a restaurant for a while after her family moved to the Newcastle area. When she caught up with them, she became a member of the Women’s Institute (WI). Sylvia Van Haverbeke gave the WI a tour of the Elmhurst Hotel, and she met Ann Treleaven, who owned the hotel. Employment at the Elmhurst with Mrs. Treleaven was quickly negotiated.

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Good times at Graham Creek Farm

The first thing you may see when you enter the driveway at Graham Creek Farm is a lovely large animal looking over the fence at you. Deborah Mathias introduces him, and his friend, as Rocco and Chico. These llamas guard the sheep, goats, poultry and Herefords at Graham Creek Farm.

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Unique gear brand supports community

Orono’s Community Collective has had an ongoing demand for Orono t-shirts to the extent that their supplier (Hunter Sports) has created an online store. There you will find not only our world-famous water tower t-shirts and toques but also hoodies and facemasks as well as other super cool t-shirts and merchandise available in adult, youth and ladies’ sizes and styles. New items are added regularly.

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Build it and they will come: Clarington’s fledgling Tiny House movement

The tiny house movement has emerged on the scene over the past number of years, with enthusiasts touting it as an affordable housing choice as well as an opportunity for eco-friendly living. For fans of downsizing queen, Marie Kondo, tiny homes (typically less than 500 square feet) are the epitome of minimalist-living spaces. A number of TV shows and YouTube videos feature a wide variety of tiny homes along with testimonials from their owners of the benefits of this alternative lifestyle.

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