August 23, 2023

Last Saturday was the perfect day for ‘Buttercup Hollow’ Orono Park’s Centennial Celebrations. There was lots to do, see and explore. Clarington Library, Museum and Archives brought a lot of treasures illustrating our history. The Orono Horticultural Society, celebrating their 102nd this year, shared their history. Local vendors their offerings. A free swim and pick up baseball game was also enjoyed. Clarington Fire Services, Durham Region Police and Ambulance were present for a close up look inside vehicles and safety education. Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue along with furry friends shared what they do. Lions Dog Guides along with their handlers were busy socializing. The Newcastle Lions Club cooked over 300 hamburgers and hotdogs. Popcorn, freezies and of course birthday cake was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to Mosque Masjid Alwadood in Orono for serving coffee, tea and the cake. For more pictures see page 4.


Keeping local history alive

This past Saturday our community celebrated a significant piece of Orono’s history. Whether you call it ‘Buttercup Hollow’ or ‘Orono Park’ 100 years as Orono’s untapped treasure is pretty remarkable.

If you aren’t already aware, Saturday’s festivities were organized and executed by volunteers. The Orono Community Collective was at the helm for this milestone. Next year town hall board volunteers will take us back in time for the 125th anniversary of the Orono Town Hall. And of course, the big one – the Orono Fair, this year we are celebrating its 169th thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers.

On Saturday the Clarington Library, Museums and Archives had an amazing display that no doubt provided a trip down memory lane for some residents while opening up a whole new world for the younger generation and new residents.

Preserving the history of older towns is crucial and involving the younger generation in this effort is equally important. The history of a town is closely tied to its cultural identity and heritage. It reflects the values, traditions, and customs that have been passed down through generations. Without a connection to their history, younger generations might lose sight of their roots and the unique aspects that make their town special.


Orono bandshell comes alive

The Charles Street Band with Larry Moreino channelled favourite music from the 60’s and 70’s at the Orono bandshell on Wednesday night. John Lennon and John Fogarty live on! The locals brought their chairs and settled in for an evening of 60’s and 70’s music by The Charles Street Band.


From Haiti to Canada, with faith and love

Happily ever after, this is how the story ends. It certainly didn’t start off that way for area resident Marie, in fact the journey of the last several decades is a portrait of faith and courage. Let’s travel along as she recounts her experience to the Orono Weekly Times.



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