August 16, 2023

Oliver had a blast on Sunday at Wild Hearts Farmstead in Newtonville at their second Hooves & Hearts Event. The day was filled with family yoga, farm tours, nature art and more. Lind-say and Marcel Vasseur welcome pre-booked farm visits email wildheartsfarmstead@gmail. com. Spend the day visiting their Kunekune (pronounced cooney cooney) pigs, Clydesdales, alpacas and goats.


A ‘Cross Border’ hometown visit

From the files of ‘Where are they now’, I caught up with ‘Cross Borders Interviews with Chris Brown’ host Chris Brown, who grew up in Newcastle, got his start in journalism at the Orono Weekly Times and is fascinated with politics.


Going out on your own terms

When the unthinkable happens, and a terminal diagnosis is given to an individual, people have alternatives these days, steps that can be taken to take matters into their own hands safely and with dignity.


Rumbling in the ‘Metaverse’

News Media Canada, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and CBC/Radio Canada have applied to Canada’s Competition Bureau to investigate Meta’s [Facebook and Instagram] abuse of its dominant position, as evidenced by its decision to block news content from its digital platforms in Canada.

Meta’s decision is in response to the passage of the Online News Act, also known as Bill C-18, on June 22, 2023. Bill C-18 now requires Meta and other web giants to negotiate compensation agreements with Canadian news organizations for the reproduction of news content on the operators’ digital platforms. Instead of working with the Canadian government and news organizations to further the objectives of Bill C-18, Meta has chosen to [not play nice] inflict harm to news organizations, threating the viability and sustainability of the industry in Canada.

The applicants ask the Competition Bureau to use its investigative and prosecutorial tools to protect competition and prohibit Meta from continuing to block Canadians’ access to news content. The applicants also request that Meta refrain from discriminating, by algorithm or by any other means, against con-tent from Canadian news organizations on its digital platforms accessible in Canada.


Council Highlights from the June meeting

2023 Awards of Academic Excellence

Mayor Foster and MP O’Toole presented the 2023 Awards of Academic Excellence on behalf of Council at the June 26 Council meeting. Local elementary and secondary schools were asked to submit the name of a student who, in their opinion, has demonstrated academic excellence combined with a commitment to leadership and community service.


14th Annual Orono Antique Street Festival

Rain did not deter the crowd of antique enthusiasts on Saturday. Down came the rain, then out came the sun. A large variety of vintage and antique items gave the crowd lots to see and learn about. Glass, clothes, furniture, games and records were all part of the offerings.


Kendal Icon Turns 80 – ‘family’ celebrates in style

Elva Reid, early proponent of CanLit (with her famous bookstore on Redwing Farm back in the 80’s), steeped in the world of intellect and books, politics and education, beloved member of local book club with her youthfulness, razor sharp wit, and inquisitive nature is fêted on Sunday with a garden party in Starkville, complete with a piper.




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