June 22, 2022

Grace Powless (foreground) is introducing her brother Jaxson to the Newtonville Community Centre and what could be better than a BBQ? A Welcome Back BBQ that’s what! Mom Heather is very happy the hall is opening up and Grace is happy she no longer has to wear a mask. Music at the Ina Brown Parkette resumes Sunday evenings at 6:30-8:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chair. The first concert is on June 26 with Willowridge Bluegrass.


Centennial Garden project complete

On Saturday the Orono Horticultural Society finally had the dedication celebration they we hoping to have last year. Although they planted the Centennial Garden in 2021 to commemorate 100 years, the pandemic nixed any festivities.


Bethesda House – Building Hope, Changing Lives

For the week of June 11-18th, Bethesda House Bow-manville held their ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event, to raise awareness of and funds to support the many programs offered to women and their families living in violent domestic situations. Many people chose to register and do the walk virtually, however over 90 people were present for the in-person walk held on the track of Clarington Central Secondary School last Saturday.


Labour of love

As part of their Annual General Meeting the Clarington Board of Trade presents Longevity Awards recognizing member businesses for five-year milestones.

This year the Orono Weekly Times is celebrating 85 years. I am very proud to be the steward of this piece of local history and continue the legacy of Roy A. Forrester who started the paper in 1937 and his son Roy C. Forrester whose name appeared on the masthead in the March 1, 1951 issue as publisher.

After Roy C. Forrester retired the paper had two other stewards before me, Troy Young purchased the paper in April 1995, then in 1997 it was acquired by Herman and Margaret Zwart. Prior to throwing her hat into municipal politics Margaret was publisher of the Times for almost two-decades.


Rebekah’s popular take-out supper draws a hungry crowd

The Oddfellow and Rebekah Centre was a busy place last Wednesday afternoon. Rebekah Barb Patterson hands over supper of ham and scalloped potatoes with all the fixings, including dessert, to Cecile Bowers, self proclaimed Mayor of Tyrone.

Bill Tomlinson is a happy man as he leaves the Oddfellow and Rebekah Centre with dinner for him and Maureen. No cooking or dishes for him to do tonight.


Girls’ Box Lacrosse clinic at Orono Arena

Photo submitted by Dawne Chad

Bottom Row: Maddison Marchant, Payten Corner, Katelyn Shaddock, Hazel Proulx, Avery Jeffers, Addie Bowen. Top Row (not in order): Payten Lupel, Zayda Mason, Ashley Gilbert, Dorothy Obstfeld-Adams, Claire Smith, Aubrey Greenidge, Evvie Mintz.

The CMLA put the clinic together for girls who wanted to learn more about box lacrosse and develop their skills. We didn’t get the registration numbers this year to have a girls house league or rep team but knew there was interest in the sport. COVID shut down box lacrosse for the last two years and we are working hard to rebuild the program for girls and boys at all levels.

Volunteers that came together to make the clinic possible: Coach: Sasha McDonald (Current Women’s Box Player); Coach: Mikayla Albright (Current OML Referee and CMLA Box Player Alumni); Coach: Nicky Williamson (Student Coach and CMLA Box Player Alumni); Goalie Coach: Julia Darroch (Whitby Warrior & Team Ontario Box Alumni); Clinic Manager, VP Girls Box Lacrosse: Dawne Chad (For the Love of the Game); Ron Albright (Current OLA Referee, CMLA Coach Alumni).


A homegrown business success

About three years ago, then 18-year-old Abagayle Acheson, was busy doing what many young people her age were doing, working full time and going to post secondary school. Her father, Bryan Acheson, a self-employed purveyor of firewood to homes and businesses in the area, approached her just before COVID with the idea of sourcing local fruits and vegetables to keep costs down and selling them to the public. That was the beginning of the highly popular business which people now know as ‘The Veggie Shack’.


Joan Osmok – Quite content to be here

A small town can have all the amenities of urban liv-ing, but with a lot less hassle. Some of us are quite content to live without a lot of traffic, high rise office buildings, and noise and pollution. “I’ve got so many good friends now,” comments Joan Osmok.


Lions Trail to close

Starting the week of June 27, 2022, Lions Trail will close as crews begin the re-construction of the trail from Sunset Boulevard to King Avenue West in Newcastle. The trail is expected to reopen by the end of September.



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