June 15, 2022

PSA: Orono Horticultural Society president Alan Herring would like to show everyone what Dog Strangling Vine looks like right now. This is a very invasive species and Herring says “now is the time to deal with it as soon it will have pods housing the dreadful seeds that we don’t what to see spread.” The best way to get rid of this is by extraction, “put your hands in the ground, dig down to the roots, feel for the nodes and pull. You have to get the nodes or it will grow back.” It may look nice, but it will strangle every plant around.

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No such thing as a miserable quilter

The Municipality of Clarington programs for older adults at the Orono Town Hall have been a roaring success. Not that you heard much roar-ing, especially during the yoga and fitness sessions, perhaps a cheer or two when someone turned a lone hand in euchre, but there was lots of laughter and camaraderie among the quilters over the two nine-week sessions.

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Can we talk?

Ever watch a group of people where no words are being spoken – yet, with thumbs clicking at lightning speed they are having a conversation? I often feel as though the birth of the group chat brought about the death of the group activity.

Just about everyone these days has a piece of technology that enables them to communicate with anyone more instantly and efficiently than ever before. Good right?

No, not if it’s preventing us from connecting in the real world. The line between the real world and the cyber world is blurring into obscurity. The group chat paradigm shift may be a symptom of a greater problem. Is our obsession with social media making us less able to connect with real people in the real world?

Advocates of social media will argue that it provides us an invaluable link to new people and information that has allowed us to form communities, open people’s eyes and minds to new ideas and give a platform to those whose voices previously were seldom heard.

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Buttercup Hollow Bug Walk

“What do you guys know about insects?” Was the first question Entomologist Matt Bergeron asked at the Orono Horticultural Society’s 5th Annual Bug Walk in Orono Park – Buttercup Hollow this past Saturday.

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Neil Allin – Can ewe see them?

In every small town, there are connections to family and friends. Speaking of connections… Neil Allin can trace his family back to the early 1800’s when they arrived from Devon. It’s always amusing to figure out not only who knows who but who is related to who and how. Checking out the Belden Atlas of 1876, we can see where the Perrin farm originated. A garden centre now takes advantage of the fertile land that Perrins plowed back in 1845. The high school is built on the old Turner farm, the original ancestor. The Farrows settled a farm on the fourth concession in 1835. The Rickards are close as well, just down the road.

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Canine splendor at Orono fairgrounds

Marny Thertell and Linus competed in the Ontario County Kennel Club Conformation that took place this past weekend at the Orono Fair Grounds. Linus, whose registered name is Cedarpaws Little Rock, is a two-year-old Australian Shepherd. This was Marny and Linus’ fourth show and he is half way to getting his 10 points needed for his Championship title. You may be familiar with Linus who is often the star of the Co-op’s social media posts.

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Pathfinders & Girl Guides Community Service

The 2nd Bowmanville Pathfinder/Ranger Unit was on hand at the Orono Fair Grounds last weekend providing community service, helping out the Ontario County Kennel Club by serving delicious food. Pictured from left to right are Gwen Breen, Cassie Haskins and Brenda Kalledat. The group is hoping to travel next year in Canada.

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