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June 23, 2021

The Orono Horticultural Society volunteers pictured from left to right: Alan Herring, president, Pat Preyde, Carol Bailey, vice-president, Gail McKenzie, Joan Osmok and Gord Humphrey. The OHS plants and maintains the gardens at the Cenotaph and Library as well as the Main Street flower planters. Many hands make light work, the Orono Horticultural Society are looking for volunteers to help with watering. If you are interested call Carol at 905-983-5058.


Gypsy Moths still invading our space

Remember the children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle? Recently some very hungry caterpillars moved into southern Ontario and are eating their way through our maple, birch, and oak, trees- they are not fussy eaters, but do prefer hardwood trees, particularly oak.


Truth and Reconciliation call to action in Clarington

Addressing the legacy of residential schools: Clarington will examine ways to move forward with reconciliation on a municipal level.

On Monday, June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, Clarington Council unanimously passed a motion directing staff to examine the calls to action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.


Kirby Church Books back in session

The Kirby Church Bookstore was a popular place on Saturday, the first day of reopening to the world. Chairs and a tent for shade were available for those who had to wait. We persuaded them to get together for a quick photo so we could make a memory. More booklovers were waiting in their cars.

Brian Colville shows us the Home Knowledge Atlas, circa 1888, on loan from Claire Chapman. The cover indicates it holds much Geographical, Astronomical and Historical information. Brian is anxious to see what it says about this local area, which we are sure he will share with us.


Fashion as a Sign of the Times

“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” — Diana Vreeland


Celebrating Orono’s colour

Orono Horticultural Society vice-president Carol Bailey who pens the OHS monthly column in the Orono Weekly Times, is pictured here last week in her garden. She is astonished that everything is at least two months early. She says the secret to planning your garden is planting colour for every season.


Unique business open in Newcastle

Newcastle residents interested in art, antiques and oddities have a new “shed” they can visit. The Little Blue Shed kicked off its grand opening June 19 with some local visits and a lot of interesting, handmade art to look at.


OCL new access underway

Orono Crown Lands’ volunteer Ron Boss is pictured clearing trees preparing for the Taunton Road entrance parking lot expansion. OCL volunteers would like to thank their generous neighbour for donating the woodchipper.



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