February 10, 2021

Graphic Milestones in Orono is launching their Don’t Throw Stones Initiative. Heather, a day program participant demonstrates a t-shirt they are custom printing just in time for Pink Shirt Day on February 24. All revenue from custom t-shirt printing goes directly into supporting special needs in our community. For more information call Ricky at 905-983-9794. Stay tuned for more information on Graphic Milestone’s fundraising initiatives in next week’s paper.

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NPS honours Black History month

By Danielle Morrison

At Newcastle Public School we are highlighting contributions made by Black Canadians in all areas such as music, science, art, literature and sports. This year’s theme is “The Future is Now” and throughout the month, the NPS community will be learning alongside our students through informative social media posts on the school Facebook page and Twitter page.

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Clear your sidewalks

How handy is it that we have an abundance of magical mixtures that will take care of the task of melting ice?

Here’s the thing – if you operate a business it is your responsibility to clear the ice and snow off the sidewalk. This becomes even more important if you operate a main street business. The argument ‘it’s municipal property’ not my responsibility, is erroneous.

Accessing better healthcare

In the midst of a global pandemic, healthcare is on everyone’s mind. At a time when it is most needed, accessing that healthcare can be challenging, especially for people living in rural communities.

Enter virtual healthcare. Through a combination of video calls, instant messaging, and internet-connected med-ical devices, virtual healthcare services enable Canadians to connect with medical professionals, get checkups and post-procedure examinations, and even some tests with-out leaving home.

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Valentines through the archives

Love will soon be in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. Orono seems to be a town that has always been in love with love, and a look back through our archives shows just how dedicated we have been to this day for the past 90 years.

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Black History – part of our Canadian fabric

Racial prejudice, historically linked with inequalities in power, reinforced by economic and social differences between individuals and groups, and still seeking today to justify such inequalities, is totally without justification. – from Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Black History month is an awareness-raising opportunity to celebrate Black achievement and activism worldwide and to honour the legacy and the many contributions of Black Canadians past and present.

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Clarington Cycle Club minus the wheels

We have been walking twice a week during this COVID-19 fall, winter and likely spring. We especially like the Orono Crown Lands and want to thank and compliment the group of friends that oversee its management. How blessed we are to have this beautiful place right in our own backyard. Clara Hughes, a Canadian Olympic Medal winner spoke in January this year at the Farm Credit Canada Annual Meeting. She is a marathon walker everywhere and states that trails are healing. Clara says native people believe trees are our relatives and we should pay respect to the land as we walk along the way. Hiking forest trails gives awareness, mindfulness, presence and patience that help you recognize the everyday stress you are under. Walking calms the parasympathetic nervous system. Clara says “Find a trail, get out there and walk!”

Submitted by Terry Kelsey, Clarington Cycling Club

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Looking to the future: Sharpe starts the ball rolling

The Orono Weekly Times would like to share stories of local youth who are following their passions and determined to make a difference.

Grade 6 student Wyatt Sharpe’s interest in politics started in March 2020. His weekly column, Next Gen Voice, which debuted on June 17, was a way he could have an impact on future generations.

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