May 4, 2022

This week is Mental Health Week at Clarke High School. On Monday the week kicked off with students writing motivational notes to encourage peers. “Something that will help someone get through a rough time,” said Amanda Langille. The puzzle pieces will be posted throughout the school. Pictured standing (LtoR): Amanda Langille (CYW), Kareena Chote, Kirushajini Selvarupa, Claire Stone and Oriana Willings. Front row (LtoR): Jathurshan Selvarupa, Erica Alonso and Amber Hurst.

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They’re off

And…here we go. As we head into campaigning for the June 2 provincial election, as of May 2 municipal candidates can file their nomination paperwork for the October 25 municipal election.

At press time the following have registered. Candidates running for the office of Mayor: Adrian Foster and KPR School Board Trustees: Cathy Abraham and Kyle Fehr. There is an advantage to declaring early, the campaign period begins when the clerk has received an individual’s nomination.

For some, municipal politics is to get experience – a steping stone to provincial or federal opportunities. For others, they want what is best for their community and feel they can be of service.

Indeed, it is early days, but the hot topics are: taxes; high speed internet to rural areas; taxes; affordable housing; taxes; services for seniors; taxes; jobs; taxes; transit – Durham Region and GO; taxes; balancing growth while keeping our small-town feel; environmental protection and rezoning; on farm diversified uses – all very important, and taxes.

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Helping you find your ‘green thumb’

On Saturday, March 23 the Orono Horticultural Society hosted the District 17 Annual General Meeting. OHS members Shelley Etmanskie (left) received the most points in the flower show collecting 91 and Carol Bailey came in second with 33 points. Don’t forget this Saturday, May 7 the Orono Horticultural Society’s Plant Sale is taking place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 61 Irwin Street in Orono. Members will be on hand to answer your questions.

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Pasta made perfect

Bev Donald (left) greets Walter Stapleton and his friend Joan as they pick up their Spaghetti Dinner Friday night at the Orono Town Hall. This year the annual fundraiser was held as a drive-thru. Eight-one dinners were sold.

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Dan Hall – Me and my trucks

The view and sound of the 115 highway would be distracting for some people, but Dan Hall spent most of his working life helping to build roads so the view and sound from the kitchen of the house on Station Street are of little bother. Some days are more interest-ing than others.

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