June 8, 2022

The day finally arrived and that day was last Friday. Gord Humphrey, Alan Herring and Carol Bailey were seen planting the Orono Public Library Garden. Later they moved on to the Cenotaph and then planted the Main Street planters. Be sure to mark your calendars for the OHS 100th Anniversary Garden Dedication on June 18 from 2 – 4 p.m.

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A taste of honey

The 2022 edition of the Orono Fair will see the second annual Honey Show offered in the Agricultural Building, and it promises to be sweeter than ever. Committee Chair Diana Stephenson is bringing her extensive knowledge and fascination with bees and the art of honey making to the fair goers. She’s extended an invitation to all Ontario beekeepers, “whether they have one hive or 101 hives,” to bring a jar or two of their products to the honey show.

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Ganaraska Forest closed until further notice

The Ganaraska Forest continues to be closed to all users until further notice. On May 21, 2022, the Ganaraska Forest experienced a significant Derecho storm event. Early assessments suggest this was the largest natural disaster to impact the Ganaraska Forest since it was established in 1947.

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Just the facts ma’am

Recently, arriving to work one morning I was welcomed by a message – an anonymous message with no call display. The caller began by saying they just read the paper and took offense – very colourfully I might add, to a photo we printed of flowers being planted in the Newcastle downtown planter boxes. Saying numerous times “lady you obviously don’t live in Newcastle because you don’t know what you are talking about…” She continued – which I am not going to repeat, venting and complaining about individual businesses, the state of the village and our local government.

I have received similar messages in the past – some anonymous, some people I have spoken to. Depending on the context of their rant I will decide if it is something worth pursuing.

Always tell both sides of a story. It’s an old axiom of journalism intended to offer objectivity and credibility, in theory, to report stories without bias.

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How it began 100 years ago

Photo Courtesy of the Newcastle Historical Society

On July 1, 1922, there was a special ceremony and event to lay the Cornerstone for the Newcastle Community Hall. This Hall was donated by Chester Massey. On that day Chester’s friend, Thomas Montague, was given the honour of laying the stone. Also present was Chester’s son, Vincent Massey, who became the first Canadian born Governor General of Canada.

Mr. A.A. Colwill, the former Reeve of Newcastle and a member of the Hall Building Committee placed two large jars inside the cornerstone. The items inside the cornerstone included; a historical sketch of the Hall, a Canadian 1922, 5 cent piece, copies of all the major newspapers for that day, a large poster and a copy of the program for the Cornerstone Event.

On July 1, 2022, the 100th Anniversary of the Newcastle Community Hall Committee will replicate the event at King & Mill with the ceremony to take place at 2:30 pm.
Photo shows Thomas Montague and Vincent Massey on right.

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Running Maniacs tear up the trail to support the RCAF

The Running Maniacs took to the Waterfront Trail in Newcastle on Saturday participating in the Royal Cana-dian Airforce (RCAF) Run.

Some of the members completed 21 km (half marathon) while others completed 10 and 5k. The run was a fundraiser for the RCAF Centennial in 2023. Pictured (Left to right): Lise Johnson, Christine Tomasi, Keith Collins, Spiros Tompros, Yvonne Dejager, MaryAnn Maye, Mary Anne Slemon, Gail Webster, Jeff Wilcox, Cassandra Andrews, Lisa Dobos, Robin Ibbotson-Rickard, Joe Iacobellis, Shane Hartwell and Jeff Cryderman.

Find out more about the running group on Facebook Running Maniacs Clarington and Port Hope.

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