December 6, 2023

The Christmas Lunch and Bazaar held by the Heather Rebekah Lodge is an annual favourite. The ladies in the kitchen are Rebekahs Valerie Witheridge, Pat Mercer and Marlene Atkinson. Members from the 2nd Orono Embers and Sparks pictured from left, Emily, Claire, Harper-Lily, Braelyn and Mya were busy clearing tables and serving tea and coffee. It was a successful day. The lodge raises funds to support groups and initiatives within Orono and surrounding area.


Aging gracefully

As the calendar relentlessly marches forward, I find my-self standing at the precipice of a new decade—60. In the grand scheme of life, 60 is often heralded as a milestone, a juncture where wisdom and experience converge. However, as I grapple with the reality of this numerical landmark, I must confess that the journey towards 60 has been a tumultuous one, fraught with a mix of nostalgia, apprehension, and an undeniable sense of loss.

Turning 60 is undoubtedly a significant chapter in the book of life. It’s a period when one is expected to embrace the accumulated knowledge and cherish the moments that have shaped a well-lived existence. Yet, for me, this milestone seems to carry the weight of unfulfilled dreams and missed opportunities. The reflection on the past, rather than being a source of solace, has become a haunting spectre, whispering of paths not taken and aspirations left unexplored.


Salvation Army Stuff the Van

Every year on the first Saturday in December the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178 hold ‘Stuff the Van’ in their parking lot for the Bowmanville Salvation Army. Bright and early Carol Stapelton, Sharon Reader and Michelle Alldread were loading donations. It was another successful year with the Salvation Army emptying the van out twice!


Remembering Brian

Last week, we were sad to hear of the passing of long-time community member, Brian Colville. Over his life, Brian has impacted the lives of many in our community: as a teacher and guidance counsellor, through his time as a key member of the Orono Figure Skating Club, with his involvement in the Kirby Church, and so much more.


Kirby Church Books 2023 in review

November 25 marked the last day of the 2023 season for Kirby Church Books. We had a dynamite season, each week greeting some of our loyal customers and welcoming new friends. We had people visiting us from as far as London (Ontario), Bobcaygeon and Perth!


A canine Christmas carol

The chill of winter is in the air and we are full speed ahead getting ready to help those in need! With lots of fundraising events going on, we have been busy! Our local Pet Store, Newcastle Pet Supply recently had pictures with Santa for dogs, with proceeds to Flights For Hope & our rescue partners. It was so much fun seeing all the dogs looking festive for Santa. Special thanks to owners Julie, John, and staff for your enthusiasm and support.



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