November 24, 2021

Marjorie Lowery, one of the founding members of the Orono Figure Skating Club in 1947, met Kurt Browning last Thursday when he was in town for the day. Marjorie was delighted to meet Kurt but didn’t hold back voicing her disapproval with the cancellation of ‘Figures’ during competitions. Little known fact: Marjorie designed the OFSC logo when she was in high school. Yes, the very same logo used to this day.

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Rural zoning revisited

And it’s back.

Remember the municipality’s comprehensive zoning by-law project, Zone Clarington? The project that was initiated in January 2016. As many of you recall the Rural Area Zoning was first to be reviewed. And it was – however, in September 2020, due to it becoming exceptionally controversial, Clarington Council instructed Planning staff to pause their work and tabled the rural portion of Zone Clarington for a period of three months.

To jog your memory, in November 2018 [the election was in October], a first draft for the rural portion was released proposing to add 33,600 acres to Environmental Protection. The majority of the land being added is woodlots, wetlands and other recognizable features and a buffer protection of these features. This included 13,340 acres of lands identified Minimum Vegetation Protection Zone, as required by Provincial Policy.

This didn’t sit well with rural property owners as the proposed zoning absorbed most, if not all, of the agricultural designated property they had left.

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K of C recognized for excellence in providing services and support

Knights of Columbus Council 11268 Newcastle was awarded the distinction of Double Star Council, the international organization’s top honor for local councils. The Star Council Award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of growing membership, promoting Knights of Columbus insurance benefits, sponsoring Catholic faith formation programs and volunteering time through service-oriented activities.

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Connections to the past for Orono United Church reboot

For Reverend Ceri Rees and the congregation of the Orono United Church, this last couple of years has been marked by great change. The plans were already in the works to downsize prior to the pandemic, but before that could be accomplished COVID hit, and forced them to quickly readjust to keep connected to the faithful.

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Grant for A Gift of Art

A Gift of Art in Newcastle received a $50,000 Community Building Fund Grant. The grant was awarded by the Government of Ontario and delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to help non-profit organizations with needed operating costs following the impact of COVID-19. On Friday, November 19 MPP David Piccini, Mat Stephenson, OTF volunteer, Mayor Foster and Councillor Margaret Zwart met with representatives from A Gift of Art to congratulate the local arts group. Pictured (LtoR) Gary Blake, board member AGofA, Anne-marie Harley, president AGofA, Councillor Margaret Zwart, MPP David Piccini, Mayor Adrian Foster, Mat Stephenson and Councillor Ron Hooper.

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