June 30, 2021

This past weekend the residents of SKOPS Court in Newtonville got together to host a Community Yard Sale with the proceeds going to Durham Hospice – Clarington. The total amount raised was $2,785.00. It won’t be long until the shovel goes in the ground on Cobbledick Road in Newcastle. If you are interested in holding a fundraiser for Hospice, there is an easy step-by-step Third Party Fundraising Guide on their website: durhamregionhospice.ca/resources.

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Canada Day

Last year the pandemic altered how the holiday was celebrated. This year it has many people struggling with conflicting emotions – pride and shame.

With the announcement of preliminary findings that remains of an estimated 215 children were discovered at burial sites near a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have called for a scaled back holiday this July 1.

Following Cowessess First Nation announcement that 751 unmarked graves were found at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan the calls have become louder.

While information about burial sites has long been shared within Indigenous communities, these revelations are news to many Canadians. We have been taught Canada is a country that celebrates and embraces diversity. The events over the last month have shattered this. It took until 1982 for the Constitution Act to be amended, recognizing and affirming the rights of Indian and Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada.

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Rediscovering manuscripts

Local author Sher Leetooze has stepped out of her comfort zone of history, gardening and genealogy to present some fiction, The Queen’s Pawn. “This book has been languishing in a bottom drawer for many years, but over the winter I dug it out and re-read it,” says Leetooze.

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Bowmanville Hospital Foundation Annual General Meeting

On June 23, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation’s Board Chair Chris Kooy and CEO Frank Cerisano gave an up-date of the past year. “We have our board members, we have our staff, and we have over 53 volunteers that are sitting on various committees and are helping us fund-raise for this capital campaign. And it’s with great pride that I’m part of that team that’s going to see the success of the expansion and redevelopment of the Bowmanville site,” noted Kooy.

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Newcastle United Church getting together

Reverend Mary Jane Hobden presided over a sing along on Wednesday night. A drive through salad supper took place just before the gathering. About 20 parishioners, plus the neighbours, collected in the yard of the church. Physical distancing was achieved by circles drawn on the lawn. You are invited to join the gathering this Wednesday at 6:30. Bring your lawn chair and your voice. Song sheets are provided. Reverend Hobden and church staff are on vacation in July but will be back in August with appropriate protocols in place.

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