O’Toole Wins

Durham MP Erin O’Toole was declared the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada on the third ballot in the early hours on Monday, August 24 after a six-hour delay. On Tuesday, August 25, The Honourable Erin O’Toole held his first press conference as the Leader of Canada’s Conservatives.

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August 26, 2020

Pictured here, family friends Ben, Abby, Claire, and Emily from Orono (who are part of a social circle) spend the day working with ceramics at The Art Room, a studio run by Judy Metcalf on Lakeshore Road east of Newcastle. The children use glazes that come in a variety of hues such as pink-a-dot, hot tamale, blue yonder to paint unique items: unicorn and elephant treasure boxes, baby penguins, puppies, little sports cars and many other items that are on offer.

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Staying the course

As we head into September the pandemic has been in Ontario since January 22, 2020 – seven months and four days. On March 17 – which seems like a lifetime ago, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency, the province shut down and everything came to a halt.

Not quite Spring – which is unofficially the start of event season, many organizations and event venues were scrambling, they had to make some tough calls. Do we cancel everything in 2020? At first it was Spring events – a no brainer. Once Canada Day became a virtual event and the EX was cancelled it looked pretty bleak until the end summer.

Then slowly the province opened to phase 2 and then phase 3. Our social bubbles and circles expanded. Oh, happy day! We could finally relax…but not too much.

We know this for sure – as long as there is community transfer, the realities continue.

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178

The most important thing to remember about the legion is why you would join. “Our mission is to serve veterans, which includes serving military and RCMP members and their families, to promote remembrance and to serve our communities and our country,” says the web site.

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Virtual 5k run

The Clarington Running Maniacs participated in the Virtual Christmas in July 5k Run in Newcastle. The Running Maniacs are a group of people who run together 3 times a week to keep active. Pictured: Gail Webster of Newcastle, MaryAnn Maye of Newcastle, Cindy Pound of Orono

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The Locals: Hugh Allin – A dedicated farmer

Hugh Allin was born on the Allin Farm north of the railway track – on the right side of the tracks so to speak. The farm was 100 acres and had two houses on it, both built in the late 1800’s. “I walked to school every day.” That was Lockhart Public School on Lockhart Road. He drove his first tractor at “about seven years old. My dad put a block on the clutch so I could reach.”

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Financial infusion for AGofA

Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster presents Ann-Marie Harley with $22,950.87, A Gift of Art’s proceeds from the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts. “In this year of COVID challenges the cheque from the gala was graciously received,” said Harley.

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Music in the park for hospice

Lloyd Johnson (pictured far left) has been performing (sometimes with friends) and collecting donations for Clarington’s residential hospice. Last Sunday Johnson was joined by (on bench left to right) Marie Pedwell and Councillor Margaret Zwart, and Fred Cambers. Standing left to right) are Jill Richardson, Clarington Hospice, Susan Johnson, Donna McFarlane, senior advisor Durham Region Hospice and Marion Timmermans, Clarington Hospice. To date Music in the Park has donated $4200 to the hospice.

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