February 21, 2024

At Sunday’s Pancake Breakfast, Lion Ron Robinson presented Sarah Rutherford with a $500 donation from the Kendal Lions Club for her May trip to Honduras with the Guelph Global Brigades. Sarah is currently in her second year at Guelph University studying Biomedical Science. Lion Robinson thanked the community for their continuous support of Lions’ events as the money raised goes back into the community.

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February 14, 2024

THOR Motorsports participated in the 2024 Progressive King of the Hammers off-road race through the Mojave Desert. Co-driver Chris Knight (L) and driver, Orono resident Jamie McKeen, on Sunday after returning from their trip. With the help of their pit crew, THOR Motorsports raced in the final event on February 3, Nitto Race of Kings.

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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.

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January 31, 2024

Monday, January 29 was declared Hospice Day in Durham Region. The Marigold Hospice Care flag was raised at the Clarington Administrative Building in Bowmanville. Board members wearing orange scarves are joined by Councillors Zwart, Woo and Mayor Foster. From left: Councillor Margaret Zwart, Rod McArthur, Councillor Wille Woo, Kirk Kemp, Jackie Nixon, Mayor Adrian Foster, Marion Timmermans, Gwen Cole and Jill Richardson.

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January 24, 2024

Since 1972, Knights of Columbus have sponsored the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championships for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 to provide an athletic outlet and encourage the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition. St. Francis of Assisi Parish Council 11268 has been organizing the free throw championship at St. Francis of Assisi elementary School for the past ten years excluding the COVID years. This year’s coordinator was Conly Bayley who was impressed with the spirit of both the participants and the spectators. The ten winners will now go to the District championship in Cobourg in February and then on to the Regionals in Peterborough on February 25. The scores will then be tabulated from all three events and compared to all participating Councils across Ontario. Last year two from St. Francis of Assisi won their age group at both the District and Regionals. The 2024 winners are: Girls 9 years of age, Tianna Nieves Tejada; Boys 9 years of age, Kaden Taylor; Girls 10 years of age, Lily Bryant; Boys 10 years of age, Patrick Porzio; Girls 11 years of age, Sienna Barrassin; Boys 11 years of age, Jayson Beatty; Girls 12 years of age, Brielle Sid-sworth; Boys 12 years of age, Peter Ristovski; Girls 13 years of age, Malena Tarasio; and, Boys 13 years of age, Tyler Dawson.

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January 17, 2024

Bronwyn, Avery and Elliot cheered on the Star 1 skaters at their first Skate Ontario competition held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Orono Arena. The Orono Figure Skating Club welcomed 604 skaters from all over Ontario, despite the crazy weather.

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January 10, 2024

Carol Robinson, second from left organized a musical get-together at Kendal Community Centre last Friday for anyone who wanted a place to play, practise, learn. Twelve people showed up with a variety of skills, with 10 guitars, one keyboard, and two fiddles. They had a good time and took turns sharing their efforts. Peterborough, Pontypool, and Bowmanville as well as the local area were represented. Here from left to right is Gloria Schumacher, Carol Robin-son, Dave Chown, Dickson Raynard, Ewanna Gallo, Margaret Zwart, Bev Caswell and Winnie Finnie. The group meets every Friday from 1 – 4 p.m. everyone is welcome, $3 fee.

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December 13, 2023

Madden is quite taken with this decorating the tree event on Tuesday, December 5. Youngsters and their parents came out to join in the event. Many decorations were added to the tree, with many oohs and ahhs heard.

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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.

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