February 28, 2024

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School grade 8 students (L to R) Ethan Lessels, Lauren McLester, Jet Sanderson, Evan Pazienza, Caiden McLean and Abigail McLester brave the chill on Saturday to advertise their bottle drive and bake sale last Saturday. All funds raised will go toward their year end trip in June. The bottle drive continues until the last week of April. Call Jeanine at 905-240-0596 to arrange pick up. All donations gratefully accepted.


An eco-conscious way to manage death care

Newcastle Funeral Home has introduced aquamation ,an eco-conscious alternative to conventional burial and cremation services. Embracing innovation with a compassionate touch, Funeral Director Trevor Charbonneau is offering families a chance to honour their loved ones while also making a positive impact on the environment.


The struggle is real

Ah, the glamorous life of an editor. The crisp suits, the omnipotent red pen, the ceaseless flood of coffee – it’s the stuff dreams are made of, right? Well, let me peel back the curtain for you. Behind the polished veneer lies a reality more chaotic than a stampede at a stationery sale. And at the heart of this chaos? The dreaded weekly editorial.

Picture this: it’s Monday morning, and you’re sitting at your desk, staring blankly at a blinking cursor on your screen. You’ve drained your coffee mug dry, and your brain feels like it’s taken a vacation to the Bermuda Triangle. Inspiration? Nowhere to be found. It’s as if all the words in the universe have gone on strike, leaving you high and dry.

And so, you soldier on, trudging through the wasteland of your mind in search of that elusive spark of genius. You scour the news for inspiration, hoping that something, anything, will jump out at you and scream, “Write about me!”


Eric and Jenny – The family farm

Understanding the family farm is sometimes a complicated task. They are a community within a community. Many farm families are fifth generation or more. It would take years to relate all the history stored in old barns and stone houses, churches and community halls, and it’s entertaining to take a couple of stories from one place and relate it to another place.


Durham Region Ukraine Assistance Group takes to the ice

Last Saturday marked a somber anniversary for the people of Ukraine and indeed the world. Two years ago, Russia invaded Ukraine, starting a war that rages on to this day. Many countries have stepped up to assist in President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s resistance efforts in the country itself, and many people came forward to help the thousands of refugees who out of necessity fled the war-torn country to safety.


Domino’s Pizza supports Flights for Hope Dog Rescue

Denise Cochrane, founder and facilitator of Flights For Hope Dog Rescue, greets the Domino’s Pizza staff in Newcastle last Tuesday. Owner Zoltan Nagy has been active in supporting the community since he started his business last spring. Many people took advantage of a $12 large pizza special, $5 of each sale going toward FFH initiatives. Sara, pizza maker extraordinaire, prepares to hand off one of the pizzas to a hungry customer. No confirmation if ‘Mash and Derby’, Denise’s pups got in on the dinner party.


About birds and cats

Birds – for readers who maintain bird feeders it’s wise to clean them periodically to help prevent the spread of avian diseases; every two weeks is recommended. Use 10 per cent chlorine bleach at a ratio of one part bleach to nine parts water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before filling with seed. Keep the ground below feeders clean as droppings and discarded birdseed can cause mold which leads to lung diseases.



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