May 3, 2023

On Monday, May 1 Terrens Wellness Centre celebrated 23 years of business in downtown Orono. Congratulations to Karen Lowery and her team for reaching this milestone and thank you for being community champions. Pictured: Linda O’Brien, Nancy Ellis, Karen Lowery and Keara Irwin.


Quilting for a cause

Last Sunday and Monday, the community room at the Orono Arena was a hive of activity, with over eighty quilters piecing together and sewing quilts for the benefit of the children who need to make use of Ronald McDonald Houses. The initiative was hosted by Anne Bickell and her business partner and daughter, Ashley (Bickell) Maartense who are the owners of Annie’s Quilt Shop.


Is it still a thing?

With all the rain we’ve been having, it got me thinking… with all the talk of climate change and global warming, what ever happened to acid rain? Thirty years ago, it was all anyone could talk about. Is acid rain still something we should be worrying about?

Turns out, yes, acid rain is still around – and yes, it’s still a problem. It’s just a bit less of a problem.

Can acid rain kill you? I remember as a kid hearing about acid rain was scary. Vivid images were conjured up of people’s flesh being burned off, holes burned into the ground, into everything.

For those too young to remember, acid rain is a pretty straightforward appellation — it’s rain that’s been turned acidic by particles in the atmosphere. Rain is naturally slightly acidic, since it picks up carbon dioxide in the air, producing carbonic acid. But when it starts absorbing industrial pollutants like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, the acidity becomes troublesome.


Alexa Goldie to drop latest single

Newcastle native Alexa Goldie has a new single ‘He Would’ dropping on May 11 at 12:00 a.m. It will be available on all streaming platforms – Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, iTunes. Goldie wrote the song in 2022 with two of her friends Ava Paige and Kelli Johnson.


Ganaraska Forest set to open May 1

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is set to open Ganaraska Forest trails to all non-motorized and motorized uses, with a valid membership or day pass, on Monday, May 1, 2023. Until then, hiking and hunting can occur in designated areas of the Forest.


Huge crowd at Wilmot Creek Spring Fayre

It seems that the Fayre event has been missed by area residents. Many hundreds of people traipsed through the Wheelhouse at Wilmot Creek last Saturday, all in search of that elusive treasure that they just knew they wanted, sure to be found at the annual Spring Fayre.



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