New venture opens in Orono

Graphic Milestones, in Orono, is gearing up for their Open House on Sunday, September 13 from 12-4 p.m. Originally planned for March 29, it was put on hold – along with the April start of their day programs, when the COVID shutdown hit.

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Orono Fair steeped in history and tradition since 1852

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has forced a number a cancellation of events this year, and on April 22 the Orono Agricultural Fair’s Board of Directors announced the cancellation of the 2020 Orono Fair. The cancellation was perfectly understandable given the continuing uncertainty of how the pandemic will play out over the coming months. The Fair is very much a part of Orono and will be missed by many this year. As the Board noted in their letter however, this is not the end of the Orono Fair, and we can all look ahead to its return in 2021. In the absence of the Fair this year though, we are looking back to memories of Fairs past.

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Life lessons and a pandemic

A lot has changed in the last six months, and it likely won’t be going back to being completely normal anytime soon. I have been learning some life lessons and trying to reset priorities.

Prioritizing our relationships with family and friends. I think we should take a minute and appreciate what we are being given: a chance to reconnect and understand each other.

Life Lesson: The people closest to you deserve your time and attention, and vice versa. No more excuses for not having enough time to do so; we have enough technology at our fingertips to stay connected no matter what. For those who feel they can’t reach out to family, remember that family isn’t only a blood connection. So, find your people, your loved ones, and use this time to strengthen the bonds you do have.

Make health and wellness a priority.

Life lesson: Take care of yourself now so that your body and mind can fight for you later.

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Let the shearing begin for a good cause

The weather was perfect. The shears were sharpened. Three socially distanced chairs awaited the victims (whoops, the brave volunteers). Four clipper-wielding pseudo-barbers anxiously await their tonsorial debut. The astonished faces of those driving along Beech Avenue in Bowmanville, wondering if they’d seen their first outdoor barbershop.

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