Newcastle BIA seen here bringing the holly jolly spirit to Newcastle Village on Saturday, November 28 at 6pm with the festive tree lighting which was streamed live on Facebook much to the delight of many viewers. Pictured from left to right: Janeen Calder, Newcastle Massage Therapy, is the main organizer, Gabrielle Bell, with Newcastle Community Hall, Marni Lewis, BIA Secretary, Tracey Yates, Lang Enterprises, Darryl Rowsell doing the lighting and technical expertise, Donna Wood, social media for the Newcastle Village Facebook page.
Durham Hospice – Clarington is about six months behind in their overall schedule – no thanks to COVID. However, the architecture is complete and they are on track with completing municipal and ministry approvals.
On November 25 early in the morning, Brian and Leslie Wilson lost their home and belongings to a fire. The house on the fourth concession, Clarke Township, was Leslie’s Mom and Dad’s and possibly her grandparents.
At this point in the year, letters to Santa have been painstakingly written with detailed lists, embellished with claims of having been very good all year long, and of course, have politely enquired after the health of the Clauses and the reindeer gang, before having last minute addendums tacked on the bottom.
“You light up my life and give me hope to carry on.” These immortal words of Joseph Brooks in the song made popular by Debbie Boone are quite literally what the Newcastle BIA provided on Saturday November 28. At precisely 6:00 p.m. the quiet, dark parkette and gazebo beside the Newcastle Community Hall transformed into a bright, colourful endearing space bathed in Christmas cheer with a dazzling array of lights meant to brighten our spirits.
With the sound of waves lapping rhythmically on the shores of Lake Ontario, the waterfront park at Bond Head is brimming with visitors enjoying the out-doors, offering a welcome respite in these times of COVID. Many visitors will have noticed that the deteriorating pier that extends into Lake Ontario from the park is closed to the public due to safety concerns.
Last week’s ‘Where Am I’ photograph featured a picturesque barn on McCullough Road east of Newtonville. When Carlo Candiano purchased the property five years ago, the barn was los-ing all the mortar between the stones and the foundation was crumbling.
The Regional Municipality of Durham has made the purchase of garbage bag tags available online through durham.ca, to residents living in Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Pickering, Scugog and Uxbridge. Residents liv-ing in Whitby and Oshawa can purchase garbage tags online through their local municipal websites.
Harry Richardson grew up with trees, and when asked what inspired him to be a tree farmer he answers without hesitation, “I was born into it. My family had a tree farm in Pontypool. My dad grew seedlings.” A brother still runs the farm in Pontypool and Richardson and his wife Paula operate the Kendal site.