September 21, 2022

Emily Dugas, an RVT at Orono Veterinary Hospital, and Pikachu her adorable pet Munchkin Sphinx, greeted Bow Wow Palooza visitors at their wildlife education display. Despite the inclement weather, for it’s inaugural event, it was a huge success.


September 14, 2022

Emerson celebrated his 6th birthday on Friday at the Orono Fair. He enjoyed all the activities. Milking a cow was definitely a hit. Friday was ‘Farming Fun Friday’ featuring fun educational activities for our homeschool community, preschoolers and parents.


August 31, 2022

Leo Blindenbach (left) did the paper work to register the Newcastle Community Hall gardens as a Monarch Butterfly Waystation. The plaque was courtesy of an anonymous donor. Pat and Barry Carmichael were happy to receive the designation of waystation #39290.


August 24, 2022

You will often see Sarah Clark working the Clark Family produce stand on King Avenue East in Newcastle. Along with her parents Jennifer and David, and siblings Josh and Ashley, they grow tomatoes, onions, potatoes, beans, peppers, cucumbers, strawberries and corn on their property. Other produce is provided by Ferguson farms in Garden Hill. “Business has really been going well and we want to thank our great customers and everyone else who supports us,” says Sarah.


August 17, 2022

Marny Thertell, store manager, and and Dan Lane cut the 75th Anniversary cake on Saturday at the Durham Farmers’ County Co-op in Orono. The cake was made by Leah McAlister of Rustic Barn Bakery in Kendal. The Co-op was a bustle of activity throughout the day as people dropped by to offer congratulations and to reminisce.


August 10, 2022

Christine Vaillancourt and Friends entertained Sunday evening at the Ina Brown Parkette in Newtonville. Joining Christine on stage were special guests (pictured LtoR) Steve and Spike Piticco, Christine and Keith Robertson. Christine’s brother Dave Vaillancourt, daughter Caitlyn Holliday, Joanne Rutledge and Jackie Vaillancourt also stepped up to the mic. The rain held off and Newtonville was an outdoor honky tonk. There are three Sunday concerts left. The music plays from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. In case of rain concerts are in the Newtonville Community Hall.


July 13, 2022

Finn, Rory, and Kaleb were at the Bond Head Parkette on Sunday to complement the Lloyd Johnson Band, with their lemonade stand. Cookies and flowers were also offered. The boys raised $344.50 for Hospice. A neighbour dropped in another $20, yet another neighbour matched the $344.50. The boys had a blast and hope to come back next week.


July 6, 2022

In addition to Canada Day festivities, the Newcastle Community Hall celebrated the 100th anniversary of the laying of the corner stone. With the original trowel used in 1922, Cedar Brown, great-great grandson of Tom Brown who took part in the 1922 ceremony, re-enacts the original event. Here’s hoping Cedar will be back for the sesquicentennial.



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