May 18, 2022

Last weekend the Orono Arena held their first Road Rally Fundraiser to raise money for a new ice-resurfacer. Dean and Lisa Barker (in car) are pictured with Sharon and Peter VanderDuim. There were 11 check points, including the VanderDuim’s on Ochonski Road. To get their next clue participants had to sing Happy Birthday to Peter. The VandeDuim Mort-gage Team is sponsoring the June 24 outdoor movie family night fundraiser – showing the movie Luca. The event will also feature a balloon twister, obstacle course and Janet Lange face painting. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Orono Fair grounds, movie starts at dusk. Movie night is free, however donations are being accepted for the Orono Arena.

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PHAI project completed

The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) is the only nuclear waste cleanup project in the world, and “the world is watch-ing us,” noted Mark Hughey, General Manager of the PHAI. The end of this project was formalized by a ceremony on Friday, May 13 at the Port Granby site.

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Livestock Lane and Community Ag Day plans taking shape

Once again Orono Fair guests can look forward to get-ting up fairly close and personal with farm animals as the perennially popular Livestock Lane is back, as is the Community Ag Day which runs on the Friday. Committee chair Mary Ann Found has secured the services of volunteer local farmers who will bring pigs, feed, dairy and beef cattle, mini horses, sheep, and goats as well as a wealth of knowledge to share with fair goers.

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If it’s there, it will be found

Those of us who did not grow up with the internet and did not have access to social media until we were already well into building our careers, should not be so quick to dismiss that nothing can come back to haunt us.

Whether good, bad, or ugly, the pages that pop up when your name is entered into that search bar can influence what others think about you. If anyone wants to know anything about you, they’re heading to Google. It doesn’t seem to matter that it’s taken out of context or only half the story is posted – there are those who think it must be true – ‘it’s on the internet’. At the very least, be aware of what images of you are out there.

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Girl greatness starts here

On Saturday, May 14, representatives from Girl Guides 2nd Newcastle were outside their headquarters at Newcastle United Church selling the traditional Girl Guide cookies. Sales were brisk, and funds raised go toward supporting activities and outings such as camping, rock climbing and curling, popular parts of this year’s program for the Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers. Girls ages 5 through 17 take part in weekly programs. The motto is ‘Girl Greatness Starts Here’. Online registrations will be opening soon at girlguides.ca. Volunteers on hand today were from l to r were: Annmarie Igal, Azalea Igal, Alyson Baker and Denice Baker.

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Opening day of the Clarington Farmers Market in Newcastle

This is Lisa Fillion’s first year at the Clarington Farmers Market selling her homemade ‘Better Tarts’. Lillian and her mom Nicole are eager to give them a try. The Clarington Farmers Market is held every Sunday from 10-2 in the Newcastle Arena parking lot.

Judith from 3 Little Birds Farm offers a wide selection of colourful tulips to welcome spring. She will bring fresh cut flowers every Sunday.

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Orioles return

Just as Jim Richards predicted in last month’s paper, the Baltimore Orioles with their striking black and orange markings and distinctly beautiful songs have returned to the area. Pictured here attracted by halved oranges on garden stakes.

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