Brody, Essi and Kyleen were out early on Saturday morning at the end of their driveway in Orono selling homemade delectable treats to raise money to pack ‘shoeboxes’ for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. On Saturday the siblings raised over $1000 to buy items to pack shoebox gifts. In many cases this may be the only gift a child receives. If anyone would like to help pack Shoeboxes a group will be meeting at the Newcastle Fellowship Baptist Church on November 11. On October 13, 547 shoebox gifts were packed. Shoebox gifts are packed for children under 17 and for adults. For more information, gift suggestions or to donate visit SamaritiansPurse.ca. National Collection Week is the third week of November.
This year, the village of Newtonville has installed six veteran banners honouring those who served. Three of them are new this year, Keith Burley, Harold Burley and Oscar Sowden. The other three have been moved over from Newcastle this year, Bruce Burley, Ron Burley and William Milligan.
There was something for every book lover who came by to meet seven of our community authors at the second annual Local Author’s Festival last Saturday, sponsored by The Clarington Library, Museum Archives (CLMA).
There were some very happy skaters in Orono on Monday. Kurt Browning was in the house working with our Star Skaters in small groups on skill development.
On Saturday the Durham Farmers’ County Co-op was the place to be for their annual Customer Appreciation Day. In addition to in-store specials, raffle prizes, face-painting and a barbeque – there was CAKE! Co-op staff from (LtoR) Ewan Lloyd, Jim Carlon, Marny Thertell, Emma Martin, Stan Lane and Dan McConnell were happy to see everyone to help celebrate the Orono Co-op’s 76th year.
Mom’s apple pie was the best. No, grandma’s was the best. Ah, we all know someone who we feel can make the best apple pie. But Carol Graham can prove she makes the best apple pie.
CLMA, Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre was buzzing with Halloween Hijinks on Saturday. Aubrey was in her best Dalmatian disguise. She was excited to show off the wand she made. Everyone enjoyed making their own version of a cute and creepy creature.
The German war-machine moved through France in early 1940 and, with just a narrow channel of water separating the continent from Great Britain, there were increasing fears that a German invasion was imminent. Offers had previously been extended by Canada as a British Dominion, to support the evacuation of Britain’s young children, and were now being taken into serious consideration. Simply moving children to more pastoral areas of the English countryside did not seem to afford enough surety for their safety.
Reverend Hofman welcomed close to 100 hungry people to the Orono United Church dinner. The ham and scalloped potatoes went down well with cherry cheesecake for dessert. Much chatter and lots of smiles were proof of the good food, and positive conversation.
The Regional Municipality of Durham is reminding residents to place their used or unwanted household batteries out for recycling on their blue box collection day, during the week of November 6.