January 27, 2021

Mother nature cooperated this past Sunday and the rink at Pearce Farm Park was a welcome sight to to these young hockey players and a beginner skater. Remember to wear your masks, five skaters at a time and clear the ice after you are finished for the next skaters. If the reg flag is flying stay off the ice. Follow Pearce Farm Park Skating Rink on facebook for updates.

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Shrouded in mystery

As the Newcastle Community Hall approaches it’s 100th year, like many buildings of this vintage, it is starting to show its age and is undergoing much need restoration.

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Let’s rally!

Okay Orono, it’s that time again – time to share the love. Winning the 2021 Kraft Hockeyville Grand prize is within our grasp – host to an NHL pre-season game and $250,000 for arena up-grades.

Built in 1977, our arena is in need of some expensive upgrades to keep the doors open. Like many of you, I have fond memories of skating in the ‘barn’ arena. Figure skating or playing hockey on cold winter days was often accompanied by snow coming through the roof. The year before being condemned the community came together making the necessary repairs to get one more season out of the old arena.

Orono Arena is in need of some big-ticket capital renovations that are crucial to ongoing operations. I’ve been told that a new Zamboni is needed at an approximate cost $100,000 and that is just the beginning.

The next big one, the cooling system that is under the concrete floor needs to be replaced. Orono Arena’s ice pad is well beyond their projected life expectancy of 32 years.

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‘Merry Pop In’ sharing joy online

Bonnie Wilson pictured on facebook reading The Best Loved Bear. Stories and Songs online for everyone with ‘Merry Pop In’ Bonnie Wilson. Visit Bonnie online at https://www.facebook. com/Bonnie-Wilson-Merry-Melodies-Merry-Pop-In-Entertainment-108640824096217/

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‘Eclectic Oil’ and other miracle cures

You know how prescription and over the counter drug ads end in an absurdly fast read list of side effects and disclaimers? Be thankful – there was a time not so long time ago that anything could be marketed as a remedy or medicine without any real science backing it up. Patent medicines, widely available without prescription, were heavily touted without any proof of effectiveness, or for that matter, known to be fully safe for the user.

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Durham Hospice Awareness Day

The Regional Municipality of Durham declared January 29, 2020 as the first ever Durham Region Hospice Awareness Day. This special day was marked by a proclamation by Regional Chair John Henry and a large dis-play at regional headquarters. This year, the region has once again proclaimed January 29 as Durham Region Hospice Awareness Day.

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