On January 1, 2023 approximately 180 daring swimmers braved the frigid waters of Lake Ontario for the annual Clarington Polar Bear Swim at the Bond Head Parkette in Newcastle.
Over the Christmas Break I had the pleasure of hanging out with The Happy Wanderers ‘Kindergarten’ Forest School in Orono. Fiona Nixon has been running the program for a few years now with two groups – kindergarten, ages three to five and an older group for kids six and over.
Did you make any resolutions? I’ve got one.
I think it’s time I resolve my love hate relationship with social media. As do many of you, I have issues with the beast both personally and professionally.
Professionally, I really need to make my peace with always getting ‘photo-scooped’. Minutes, no seconds after an event, photos are popping up all over Facebook and Instagram. I hate that this drives me crazy. It really is pointless to be bothered by something you can not control. All I can do is carry-on, do what I do and continue to take hundreds of pictures in hopes that a few are different from what has been seen.
Images are gold. For a fleeting moment they grab attention and quickly tell the story. As a publisher of a community ‘print’ newspaper, I want people to see our posts on our [and other] social networks and then leave the social media platform in order to read our stories. And hopefully gain new subscribers. However, the goal of Facebook and other social media, has always been to keep you on their platforms.
Welcome January 2023, a fresh start and fresh horizons for most folks. January is named for the Roman god Janus, who is, among other things, the god of beginnings and endings. Known for having two faces, one that looks back and the other forward, his legend suits the time of year in which we find ourselves. The Orono Weekly Times sought out some local residents, to ask them to reflect on 2022 and look ahead to the coming year. We thank them for their participation.
One of the recent wind storms we experienced recently took down a tree on Raymond court. Kivor Notton on Vincent saw it “twisting and bending but there was nothing I could do.” Please check your property for potential hazards.
How things work is always a question at most gatherings. Whether it’s coffee at the Snug, or a meeting of council, the question of how things work, who does what and with whom, why and when are always an agenda item. The weather is a short conversation but when it comes to parades, events, or houses and road construction, and taxes, friends and neighbours always have a conversation starter.
At 99 years of age, Newtonville native and Canton resident Keith Burley is a living legend – and he has the rec room “museum” to prove it. Come on into the veritable hall of fame that features the personal history of an incredibly interesting and fulfilling life.