December 2, 2020

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.

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Hospice on track

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.

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Newcastle Tree Lighting

“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.

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Jetty repairs needed

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.

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Local heritage barn gets a makeover

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.

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Garbage bag tags available online

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.

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Harry Richardson – Into the woods

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.

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