Grace Powless (foreground) is introducing her brother Jaxson to the Newtonville Community Centre and what could be better than a BBQ? A Welcome Back BBQ that’s what! Mom Heather is very happy the hall is opening up and Grace is happy she no longer has to wear a mask. Music at the Ina Brown Parkette resumes Sunday evenings at 6:30-8:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chair. The first concert is on June 26 with Willowridge Bluegrass.
PSA: Orono Horticultural Society president Alan Herring would like to show everyone what Dog Strangling Vine looks like right now. This is a very invasive species and Herring says “now is the time to deal with it as soon it will have pods housing the dreadful seeds that we don’t what to see spread.” The best way to get rid of this is by extraction, “put your hands in the ground, dig down to the roots, feel for the nodes and pull. You have to get the nodes or it will grow back.” It may look nice, but it will strangle every plant around.
The day finally arrived and that day was last Friday. Gord Humphrey, Alan Herring and Carol Bailey were seen planting the Orono Public Library Garden. Later they moved on to the Cenotaph and then planted the Main Street planters. Be sure to mark your calendars for the OHS 100th Anniversary Garden Dedication on June 18 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Clarke High School students representing grades 9-12, along with Sgt. Sigmann (l), PC Jones from DRPS and Amanda Langille Child and Youth Worker (left front) get ready to stuff the cruiser with food. The students rose to a challenge to Durham schools from ‘Feed the Need’, to collect food and hygiene items for those in the region experiencing food insecurity. Students stuffed the trunk and backseat of the cruiser with 225lbs of items. Student council Prime Minister Claire Stone was so pleased with the student response that she states, “we hope to do this again next year.”
Last Saturday the Newcastle Business Improvement Association (BIA) held a Perogies for Ukraine Fundraiser with proceeds donated to the Ukrainian Congress Humanitarian Appeal. With 1200 perogies made – 600 were pre-ordered and 600 walk-ups they were sold out by noon. Pictured from left to right are: Sharon Spires, Angela Booth, Keira Rowsell, Tracey Yates, Janeen Rowsell, David Malleau and Marni Lewis. Watch for details on the Newcastle Village Facebook page on the next Perogies for Ukraine Fundraiser coming soon.
Off the main track of the busy little village of Newcastle is a small quiet court. This is the perfect place for a quiet older gentleman to reside in peace and quiet with his dog, Deeta, the wannabe service dog, turned companion.
Last weekend the Orono Arena held their first Road Rally Fundraiser to raise money for a new ice-resurfacer. Dean and Lisa Barker (in car) are pictured with Sharon and Peter VanderDuim. There were 11 check points, including the VanderDuim’s on Ochonski Road. To get their next clue participants had to sing Happy Birthday to Peter. The VandeDuim Mort-gage Team is sponsoring the June 24 outdoor movie family night fundraiser – showing the movie Luca. The event will also feature a balloon twister, obstacle course and Janet Lange face painting. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Orono Fair grounds, movie starts at dusk. Movie night is free, however donations are being accepted for the Orono Arena.
This week is Mental Health Week at Clarke High School. On Monday the week kicked off with students writing motivational notes to encourage peers. “Something that will help someone get through a rough time,” said Amanda Langille. The puzzle pieces will be posted throughout the school. Pictured standing (LtoR): Amanda Langille (CYW), Kareena Chote, Kirushajini Selvarupa, Claire Stone and Oriana Willings. Front row (LtoR): Jathurshan Selvarupa, Erica Alonso and Amber Hurst.
Dad Steve holds the bag for Keira, 13, and Dylan, 9. They were part of Operation Clean Sweep 2022, which took place at Bond Head, Port of Newcastle, Samuel Wilmot Trail and along Toronto Street. The municipality supplied and picked up the multiple bags of trash collected by the volunteers.