May 29, 2024

The Orono Farmers’ Market steering committee has been busy over the winter planning this season’s market with a host of unique monthly events celebrating local agriculture. Sam Kent, Kent Farms; Naomi Morawetz, Naomi’s Homestead Market; Lindsay Vasseur, Wild Hearts Farmstead; Diana Stephenson, Skyblue Farm; and Lisa Filion, BETTER Tarts are looking forward to seeing everyone on June 14. Take note that the new market hours are 2-6 p.m. every Friday [except during the Orono Fair weekend] until October 11.


Newcastle Farmers’ Market a weekly destination for food, friends and fun

There are a lot of familiar faces at the Farmers Market in Newcastle. Many farmers and vendors alike have been present since the inception of the Sunday feast of fresh food, baked goods and other home-made delectables. This is the second year that the market has been located outside the Diane Hamre Recreation Centre, the ample parking space and proximity to neighbourhoods make it all the easier to pop over to pick up the fixings for a complete meal.


Loss of local identity

In recent years, a growing trend has emerged among municipalities: the push to unify the names of individual villages, towns, and hamlets under a single municipal banner and it hasn’t gone unnoticed in Clarington. The most obvious is our addresses are slowly changing to ‘Clarington’. It’s a big place – the only way to know where in Clarington you want to go is by the postal code.

A common misunderstanding to visitors is that ‘Clarington’ is Bowmanville. Even the sign on the 407 tells you how many kilometres to Clarington – when in fact you are in Clarington and the sign is telling you how far the exits are to Bowmanville.

This move, while seen as a step towards unity and streamlined governance, has sparked significant debate. The decision to no longer refer to the individual localities, some of which boast nearly two centuries of history and cultural identity, presents both benefits and drawbacks that merit careful consideration.


‘Draining an ace’ at town hall tourney

Team 11’s Cameron Mitchell, centre in blue shirt, had a stellar start on Sunday in the Orono Town Hall’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament with a hold-in-one on the first hole. Other team members included Cassie Johnson. Joe Bigger and Chase Bigger. It was a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. at the Newcastle Golf and Country Club with teams starting on 17 holes. This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the Orono Town Hall. There are two events coming up: on June 23 the Orono Cornet Band will be playing a free concert at the Library Gazebo and on June 26 Canada Day Celebrations.



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