February 7, 2024

Tia, the black and white Ruffed Lemur, is excited to meet campers at Jungle Cat World’s first ever March Break Safari Zoo Camp. Work with camp director Jesse Harkness (pictured) and other zookeepers all week to care for a variety of exotic animals. Campers will also learn to create fun and engaging activities for the animals to promote natural behaviours and play. There will also be lots of fun wildlife-themed games and art projects. The camp is for children 6-12, and runs March 11-15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Space is limited to 30 participants.


Orono rink renos a go this spring

At Monday’s General Government Meeting council awarded the contract for the Orono Arena and Community Centre Indoor Rink Replacement and Renovation to Gerr Construction Limited with a total bid amount of $2,030,112.00 (net HST rebate).


Community input for housing

Ontario, with its diverse landscape of urban centers and quaint rural towns, presents a unique challenge when it comes to housing. The need for affordable and sustainable housing solutions is increasingly evident, and it is time for communities to actively participate in shaping their housing landscape.

I decided to explore the imperative of community involvement in addressing the housing crisis, focusing on municipalities that blend the urban and rural fabric, fostering collaboration for a more inclusive and resilient housing strategy.

Ontario’s landscape is not a simple binary of urban versus rural. Many municipalities in the province boast a mix of urban centers, suburban developments, and rural towns and villages. The unique challenges posed by this spectrum necessitate tailored housing solutions that


Family movie night at Orono Town Hall a success

It was a full house last Friday evening at the Orono Town Hall for a free Movie Night. The community was treated to Disney’s Encanto. The event was supported by OPG, in partnership with the Orono Town Hall and the Orono Community Collective. Thank you to everyone who attended. Close to 70 lbs of food was collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Keep an eye out for future movie nights.


Black History Month

As we mark Black History Month, Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster has issued the following statement. “As Black History Month begins, we celebrate and honour the legacy of the Black community in Clarington and across Canada.


Following the Barn Quilt Trail

At last count, this month, there are 24 barn quilts in Durham Region. The plan is still to feature one farm a month. We are happy to report that three farms have two barns quilted. Since the quilts are wood and are eight by eight, they can usually be seen from the road and make for another good excuse for that Sunday drive in the country.


Clarington overnight warming centre now open at St. Paul’s United Church in Bowmanville

Just over two weeks ago, St. Paul’s United Church, well known for their outreach programs, has added another initiative to their mission to serve the community. Located in the church basement, there is now an overnight warming centre available during the winter months for people who are living on the streets and or precariously housed. The 10-bed warming centre, accessed through the side door of the Silver Street entrance, is open from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m., seven days a week to people 18 years of age and older, and it is pet friendly.



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