June 23, 2021

The Orono Horticultural Society volunteers pictured from left to right: Alan Herring, president, Pat Preyde, Carol Bailey, vice-president, Gail McKenzie, Joan Osmok and Gord Humphrey. The OHS plants and maintains the gardens at the Cenotaph and Library as well as the Main Street flower planters. Many hands make light work, the Orono Horticultural Society are looking for volunteers to help with watering. If you are interested call Carol at 905-983-5058.

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Gypsy Moths still invading our space

Remember the children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle? Recently some very hungry caterpillars moved into southern Ontario and are eating their way through our maple, birch, and oak, trees- they are not fussy eaters, but do prefer hardwood trees, particularly oak.

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Truth and Reconciliation call to action in Clarington

Addressing the legacy of residential schools: Clarington will examine ways to move forward with reconciliation on a municipal level.

On Monday, June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, Clarington Council unanimously passed a motion directing staff to examine the calls to action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

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We’re adding digital!

It was predicted in 2012 that newspapers [print] will be extinct in nearly 20 countries around the world by 2025 – and all across the globe by 2040. What is more alarming is the same research declared that in the United States they would disappear by 2017 – just five years later, and in Canada by 2020.

The forecasted death sentences for Canadian and American newspapers were off the mark, but sadly the numbers are declining. It’s a given that I pay attention to all the speculation around the future of newspapers. To be more specific, the fate of local, independent, journalism. I keep an eye on the big guys, you know the ones who eat up us little guys. There is a lot of pessimism around the subject.

It’s nonsense.

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Kirby Church Books back in session

The Kirby Church Bookstore was a popular place on Saturday, the first day of reopening to the world. Chairs and a tent for shade were available for those who had to wait. We persuaded them to get together for a quick photo so we could make a memory. More booklovers were waiting in their cars.

Brian Colville shows us the Home Knowledge Atlas, circa 1888, on loan from Claire Chapman. The cover indicates it holds much Geographical, Astronomical and Historical information. Brian is anxious to see what it says about this local area, which we are sure he will share with us.

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Fashion as a Sign of the Times

“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” — Diana Vreeland

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Celebrating Orono’s colour

Orono Horticultural Society vice-president Carol Bailey who pens the OHS monthly column in the Orono Weekly Times, is pictured here last week in her garden. She is astonished that everything is at least two months early. She says the secret to planning your garden is planting colour for every season.

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