August 31, 2022

Leo Blindenbach (left) did the paper work to register the Newcastle Community Hall gardens as a Monarch Butterfly Waystation. The plaque was courtesy of an anonymous donor. Pat and Barry Carmichael were happy to receive the designation of waystation #39290.


Sharing the love and growing old together gracefully

The Trillium Equestrian Centre has meant many things to many people and animals over the last several decades. For some, a job, for others, a place to learn about and how to ride horses. For the owner of the centre, Catherine Sampson, it’s been a passion, a career of breeding and showing horses, and a lifestyle.


Analog life skills

Imagine, if you will, a world with no Internet.
What would happen if the internet stopped for a day? Wait… we had a small taste of this on July 8. And the outcome was not pretty.

Or worse, what if the Internet were to cease working altogether? Could we function?

If the internet were to cease functioning, the effect would be similar for many people. They grew up with ubiquitous communication, information at their fingertips and shopping at the click of a mouse.

For the everyday person, some cell phone services and text messaging would be unavailable, all mobile apps and social networking sites would be down, cloud storage would be inaccessible, any pending electronic payments would fail, and more. No e-mail.

No e-commerce. And no smart phones. E-mail would be supplanted by snail mail; cell phones by land lines. No YouTube. No gaming.

And then there is television. Programming that is sent via broadcast towers would still be accessible via an antenna, but most digital channels would be lost. Any electrical grids that operate on a smart grid would fail, causing power outages on top of the internet outages.


Join the volunteer team at the Orono Fair

Did you know over 200 volunteers are needed to host the Orono Fair? Last Wednesday the Orono Fair Board hosted a volunteer ‘Meet and Greet” BBQ at the new office (portable) of the Orono Agricultural Society. We are getting close to Opening Day – Thursday, September 8. Many hands are needed – big or small. Can you spare a few hours of your day? Set-up Day – Labour Day, Monday, September 5, 9 a.m., BBQ lunch will be provided. During the Fair hours September 8 – 11, hands for big and small jobs. Tear down Sunday, September 11 at 4 p.m. and clean-up day Monday, September 12 at 10 a.m. Adult volunteers are needed on the gates Friday night between 6-8:30 p.m. Students are welcome for volunteer hours. Livestock Lane/Ag Education could use a few more volunteers who know their animals. Any day or time you can give is very much appreciated. Each volunteer shift is four hours – sign up for as many as you like. To sign up, send an email to [email protected] or call 905-983-9510. After two years, this is a wonderful way to reconnect with friends and meet new ones.


The boys are back in town

In late July, Newcastle’s own Jaiden Brown and Dylan Clarey set out for Lough Erne, Northern Ireland to participate in the Champion of Champions Junior golf tournament against 250 young people from over 40 countries. The boys had worked hard to prepare their games, and set out with their hopes high, but admittedly a little nervous.


Stray Feathers: Looking back ……. fond memories that will stay with me forever

My fascination with birds and all wildlife in general started in the early 50’s. Then, in the 80’s my wonder-turned- love affair with the Canadian Arctic began. Having been keen to read books about Arctic wildlife I made my first foray towards that destination in 1983 by spending the summer with my field companion Bruno Kern on the edge of the Arc-tic in Churchill, Manitoba. I returned for 5 more summers in addition to a few winter weeks over an eight-year period to photograph Polar Bears as I had been hired by an eco-tour company to lead field trips and to do so.



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