How are you?

Tired and exhausted? Tired from trying to keep it all together? Exhausted from trying to figure out how to make ends meet, how to work from home, how to home school, how to home school while working from home, how to shift a business model, how to care for everyone and act like its no big deal?

It appears we are in this for the long haul. So, I’ve decided the only way I’m going to survive is through humour.

Obviously, the seriousness of COVID-19 is no laughing matter. But we need to find a way to cope with the dangers and limitations we’re facing or risk serious mental health consequences.

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Search warrant executed at Orono Tow Company

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Durham Regional Police investigators attended the premises of an Orono tow company under the strength of a Criminal Code search warrant. They seized three vehicles. A number of charges under the Consumer Protection Act were laid against Ultimate Towing and other involved tow operators.

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Eco-Friendly at Terrens

New refill stations at Terrens Wellness Centre in Orono, provide viable alternatives to packaged products, offering eco-conscious personal care products such as shampoos and body washes, as well as laundry detergent and other house cleaning products.

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Remembering Harvey Partner a community leader

Harvey Partner was born on May 22, 1925 to Fred and Hazel (nee Darch) Partner on a rural property near Kirby. He was the fourth child of five siblings, having four sisters. The family farm of two hundred acres was located north of Tyrone in the Long Sault area, near the crest of the Oak Ridges Moraine. This is best described as hard scrabble farming as the area is composed largely of glacial limestone deposits left behind by the retreating of the most recent ice age, about ten thousand years ago.

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Public Art Project – Newcastle Sculptures

James C. Smith, pictured with Ann-Marie Harley from A Gift of Art, has created a series of sculptures that will be installed in the gardens at the Newcastle Community Hall; the Clarington Public Library, Newcastle Branch; the Massey Building and A Gift of Art. Smith has incorporated a treasure hunt element into the sculptures in the form of subtle, intricate pieces that can be discovered upon close examination.

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A very tasty fundraiser returns

Heavenly Frozen Pies! St. Saviours Anglican Church in Orono has resumed their popular pie fundraiser. Due to the current pandemic climate this is their only fundraiser. Chicken, hamburger and tourtiere large or small pies are available as well as fruit (in season) pies. Beryl Clark, seated and Maureen Tomlinson were happy to help Sally Barrie get ready for Thanksgiving. Pies are sold every Saturday from 9 am until noon or you can call Joan at 905-983-6091 or Maureen at 905-983-9642 to order. Please wear a mask when picking up. All mandated safety protocols are in place.

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Pickleball loads of fun and a great way to stay in shape

Pickleball has arrived in Orono. Dan Floyd lives in Newcastle but spends a lot of time in Orono. The new pickleball courts at Orono Park are a big attraction for him. He appreciates the outdoor area, and its location is central to teams from Lindsay, Peterborough, Toronto, and even Kingston. There is a large circuit for these game players, with teams competing in tournaments all over Ontario.

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The latest in fall scarecrow fashion: Mask up

In its twentieth year, Genevieve (Genni) MacAulay’s scarecrow dons a surgical mask, giving it a COVID twist, in keeping with the times. It’s drawing a lot of attention from travelers along the stretch of Lakeshore Road to the west of the old wooden railroad bridge. “Just the other day there were two women there posing with the scarecrow, says MacAulay.

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Clarington locations popular with film industry

The pandemic has played havoc with many things over the past eight months, and now as we would typically be settling in for evenings of catching up with our favourite TV shows, we are discovering the impacts here, too. This year, there were no summer blockbusters, filming for our favorite series’ was delayed, studio audiences were replaced by walls of Zoom viewers, and even the Emmys went virtual.

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