Finding gratitude amid chaos

I don’t suspect I will get much of an argument when I say that our lives during this past year have been turned upside down. The pandemic has changed the way we live and work, how we think and behave.

Unlike an earthquake or a flood, the coronavirus pandemic was a gradual unfolding disaster. In the beginning the Persian adage, “this too shall pass” was the catch phrase.

Every part of the world has been affected, and every aspect of life has been impacted. In the beginning our every-day routines were brought to a stop, any sense of normalcy was lost. There was a brief moment when things were looking up. The curve appeared to be flattening. Now we are deep into the pandemic’s second wave. So deep that we are not far from resetting the clock back to where we were in April.

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November 25, 2020

On Saturday, September 12, in place of the fair, the Orono Fair Board along with many community partners put on a drive-in fireworks display as a way to give back to the community. Non-perishable food items were collected for the Clarington East Food Bank along with donations. Pictured from the Orono Fair Board making the presentation to CEFB for $2,000 is from front to back: Todd Graves, director, Brad Found, 1st vice-president, Nick Exner, 2nd vice-president, Sonja Pratt, coordinator CEFB and Shelby Dillion, president.

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Santa Claus drive-by in Newcastle

Remember the overwhelming success of Newcastle’s Canada Day Drive-by? Well, once again, John Albi of Rona Hardware has stepped up to bring delight to the Newcastle community this holiday season amidst a year of COVID restrictions. When it became clear that the BIA Santa Claus parade wouldn’t be held, Albi approached Leo Blindenbach (another dedicated community organizer) and asked if he would be willing to help with the idea of a Santa Claus drive-by.

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Shop local on Wednesdays to support Orono Public School

The Orono Public School is partnering with Orono businesses to promote Shop Local Wednesdays for the month of December. Our local small businesses are truly the heart of our community. In good times or in bad our business owners are always giving back. Please shop local to show your support this holiday season, and support students at Orono Public School while doing it.

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Food Drive a success for St. Vincent de Paul

Organizers were delighted with the abundance of giving during Saturday’s drive-by food drive organized by St. Vincent de Paul Society and held at St. Francis of Assissi Church in Newcastle. At the halfway mark of the event, a large volume of food and staples as well as monetary donations had already arrived, and volunteers were happily inundated with an incredibly generous dis-play of community support. Pictured here from left to right, sorting the plentiful supplies are Father John with Joan, Susan, Maria and Esther, members of St Vincent de Paul Society Newcastle.

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Fatal single motor vehicle collision on Lakeshore Road Friday night

On Friday, November 20 at approximately 7:25 p.m., members of East Division were called to a serious single motor vehicle collision on Lakeshore Road west of Newtonville Road. A passing motorist on Lakeshore Road came across a 2009 black Hyundai Accent that had left the roadway on the south side, struck a large tree and partially rolled over. The passing motorist immediately called 911.

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It was Christmas, but we didn’t know it: The Carveths in the West

Cecil and Rupert Carveth (formerly of Clarke Town-ship) had just spent a cold and arduous week on Northern Alberta’s storied Edson Trail. When they got back to their log cabin in the wide open and vast Grande Prairie region, they were tired and hungry. They knew it was December, but it wasn’t until a week later when they went to the small nearby settlement of Grande Prairie that they found out they had reached home on Christmas Day.

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