December 8, 2021

After the Christmas tree in Newtonville’s Ida Brown Parkette was lit, Yvonne Stefanin and Santa Claus encouraged the gathering to spread Christmas cheer “by singing loud for all to hear.” Mother Nature stepped up and put Newtonville in a Winter Wonderland for the evening. The community gave generously to the Clarington East Food Bank.


KofC host silent charity auction

The theme of many of the profiles of charitable organizations that the Orono Weekly Times has presented this fall has been one of resilience and ‘firsts’. This is also the case for the St. Francis of Assisi chapter of the Knights of Columbus. The first ever ‘12 days of Christmas Silent Auction’ is under way at the church on King Avenue East, in Newcastle. The event officially began on December 1 and continues until December 12.


Approaching ‘normal’?

As we muddle through our second COVID Christmas we have adapted to the ever-changing provincial protocols making on the fly tweaks to our community celebrations. Unlike last year when even the most optimistic people were struggling to be cheerful.

If adaptability and resilience was the motto for 2020, persistence and creativity should be the motto for 2021. A key asset to community is knowing what people care about. It has become very clear these past 10 months what our communities care about – the people. Whenever COVID threw a monkey wrench into plans, community members stepped up and threw the wrench back.


Legion supports Stuff the Van initiative

Sharon Reader, chair of the ‘Stuff the Van’ program for the Canadian Legion branch 178, Bowmanville, gets help from hubby Joe Reader, on Saturday morning at the Legion parking lot. The first load for the van was from Orono, via the Orono Weekly Times office. The Legion has for many years supported the Bowmanville Salvation Army holiday drive to provide local families with toys, clothing, gift cards and food.


Orange Lodge fundraiser

Cameron Lowery and Kate Hanna work the food pack-ing table inside the Orange Lodge in Kendal on Sunday afternoon. The 154 turkey suppers helped to raise $500.

In spite of a snowy forecast, Todd Thornbury drove from Lindsay Sunday afternoon to get his turkey dinner from Chad Switzer at the Kendal Orange Lodge. He was third in the lineup of a dozen cars by 4 pm. All proceeds go to help a local family.


Breakfast with Santa returns to the Orono Town

1. Perry, Tara, Sue and Brad were very busy in the kitchen making everyone’s – including Santa’s, favourite Christmas breakfast.

2. The Colville-Rainford-Boundy Clan gather in their festive gear.

3. Happy to visit with Santa, after missing him last year.

4. Santa recites T’was the Night Before Christmas.

5. It’s SANTA!! This little elf isn’t quite sure about this guy in red.


Festive Christmas market

On Sunday the Snug in Newcastle hosted a special guest during their Christmas Market in the Laneway. Mila warmed up to Santa on Sunday once he gifted her a candy cane. Santa explained to Mila that since the reindeer were busy get-ting ready for the big journey on Christmas Eve, he brought Mrs. Claus’ Alpacas for company. Santa will return this coming Sunday.



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