April 27, 2022

Dad Steve holds the bag for Keira, 13, and Dylan, 9. They were part of Operation Clean Sweep 2022, which took place at Bond Head, Port of Newcastle, Samuel Wilmot Trail and along Toronto Street. The municipality supplied and picked up the multiple bags of trash collected by the volunteers.

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Fair committees ramping up

Our spring is slow in arriving, and our summer is hopefully coming soon, but Orono and surrounding area residents have much to look forward to this fall, September 8-11 to be exact, which marks the dates of the return of the Orono Fair.

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Climate change, are we still in a haze of denial?

It is understandable that we are focused on the cost of living now, but as we get closer to the June 2 provincial election, please remember that our very lives and the lives of our children depend on a healthy planet.

Planet Earth is warm enough to sustain life thanks to the greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere that hold heat. Appropriately named, these gases trap heat inside the plan-et’s atmosphere, making the average temperature on Earth 57 degrees Fahrenheit (13.9 degrees Celsius). Humans have increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by about 35 percent. The more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the warmer the average temperature gets.

While the atmosphere warms, the climate changes and so does the weather. We see it, even experience it. More frequent and more intense storms, flooding, droughts, heat waves, and even extreme snowfalls are all evident. Climate change means that catastrophic flooding will only become more common.

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Earth Day activists at work

Bond Head clean up: Rod McArthur, Mary Mogford, Wendy and Russell Westwood.

Port of Newcastle Clean up: Matthew and Sydney help their mom Julie fill a garbage bag on Toronto Street.

Orono Clean up: Angie McGrath was busy on Friday in the Crown Lands doing her part for Earth Day. While picking up ‘poop’ bags on the forest floor she was shocked to find one hanging in a tree, inches from her head. People why?

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Stray Feathers: Hummingbirds and Orioles

Two regular spring migrants and summer inhabitants familiar to most people are the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the Baltimore Oriole. They both tend to arrive at our latitude during the first ten days of May, but sometimes earlier. There are about 320 species of hummingbirds worldwide, with about 20 normally found in North America and almost half of those have been re-corded in Ontario. However, only the Ruby-throated normally breeds in our area.

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