Fowl play

Here we go again. The request to amend the Exotic Pet By-law to permit the keeping of chickens in urban areas within the municipality came to council 10 years ago. On Monday the issue was back on the table before committee.

The issue of urban backyard chicken farming was debated at the March 29, 2010 General Purpose and Administration Committee meeting. The staff report recommended that the request to amend the by-law to allow for raising chickens on non-agriculturally zoned lands be denied. The six-page report included feedback from 20 municipalities, the Agricultural Committee and Environmental/Food and Drug agencies. I’m not sure if much has changed. The concerns raised in 2010 would still be raised today: predators, disposal, waste management, health, noise, odour, disease control and liability.

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October 21, 2020

The Port of Newcastle Neighbourhood Watch is holding a pumpkin carving contest on Sunday, November 1. Drop your pumpkin off at the gazebo (Lakebreeze and Port of Newcastle) between 12-1 p.m. Please maintain social distancing. You will get a number and will be called if you win. Judging is at 1:30 pm. All entries will be asked to submit a photo of themselves with their pumpkin. Sharon Payton (far right) hands Nathaniel a pumpkin, with his little brother Isaiah and their parents Chelisa and Yamin. A big thank you to RONA and No Frills for the pumpkin donations, and Friendly Dollar for goodie bags. There is no age limit for participants.

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Backyard barnyard?

In light of the pandemic, is it time for Clarington to change the by-law for keeping backyard laying hens? Emily Allison, speaking on behalf of Clucks for Clarington, stated their case to councillors at the general governance committee meeting.

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Newcastle Golf bottle drive for hospice a success

Newcastle Golf and Country Club recycle their empty beer cans. The 59 bags, at 100 cans each and 84 beer bottles were donated to the Newcastle Lions on Sunday. Proceeds from this truckload will go to Clarington Hospice. Left to right; Carl Good, Newcastle Lions, Blaise Pucci, owner Newcastle Golf and Country Club, Helen Simpson, Joyce Kufta, Newcastle Lions, Adam Mangnall, Newcastle Golf Pro shop, Tom Simpson and George Rickard, Newcastle Lions Club.

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William Armstrong Grady saw D-Day action

William (Bill) Grady was born on April 11, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario to Earle and Mary Grady (nee Armstong). Mary had been a nurse and Earle was a supervisor at Stelco Steel. Mary’s parents CG Armstrong, and Annie Best – started the original Armstong’s grocery store in Orono. Earle, who was originally from Alberta, had met Mary while surveying for the rail line that would come through Orono.

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John Bruce Grady special OPs officer

Orono’s secret hero, John Bruce Grady was born and raised in Hamilton, ON, the second oldest of seven children. At the age of 13 following the death of his maternal grandfather, he left his family home and moved to Orono to live with his grandmother. Here he helped run the Armstrong family general store.

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