Welcome to the community

The former Orono United Church is being transformed. The building will remain a place of worship, but will now be under the direction of Maulana Noor, a scholar and religious leader in the Muslim community. Noor and his wife Asma and family have been here since June and are settling in. The intention is to have the building be part of the community, interacting with all groups and events as much as possible.

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Still a risk

Over the summer months, we have seen Ontario’s coronavirus numbers trending downward, but once the cold weather sets in, experts say that could change. A large part of that has to do with people spending more time indoors, where the virus is more easily transmitted, and experts say spaces where people are able to congregate pose a risk.

I don’t think I am going out on a limb by saying that back to school anxiety is high. With a threat of a second wave looming how could it not?

Ontario’s guide for handling expected outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools this fall says that “cohorts” will immediately be sent home and referred to testing if a student tests positive, but not if a parent or other member of a student’s household tests positive. Provincial health and education officials said that a parent would be strongly urged to inform their child’s school if they contracted COVID-19 but it would not be mandatory.

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BOAA getting creative with fundraising

The Bowmanville Older Adult Association (BOAA) promotes the health and happiness of older adults (55 and up). In pre-COVID times, its fundraising efforts included the popular and well-attended lip-smacking Bowmanville Rib Fest (with community partners from the Rotary Club), soothing and fun Concerts in the Park (along with the 50-50 draw and the canteen), and other activities that people looked forward to such as Catch the Ace as well as a variety of BOAA internal events, dinners and programs.

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Facing school busing challenges

As the first day of school grows closer, there has been a lot of talk around busing. STSCO, Student Transportation Services Central Ontario, the company that looks after the busing for both Kawartha Pine Ridge and Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Boards assures us that they are on top of the matter.

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Last patio art show

Susan McGregor, fabric artist, specializes in quilting and sewing, employing skills from an earlier time. Pictured here at A Gift of Art’s Summer Patio Show last Sunday.

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