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December 4, 2019

Sunday’s weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the many children who came with their families to have breakfast with Santa at the Newtonville Community Hall on Sunday. Jamison Heerschop (L) isn’t quite sure about the man in the red suit while his brother Ashton had already given Santa his wish list.


Allistair Macrae: The Antique Man

Congratulations on winning Platinum for the Toronto Star’s Readers Choice Award. Although he has a full-time job in Markham, “this is my passion. I love Orono.” The Antique Market is home to ten vendors, some of whom help manage it during the week. Oronofest was a big thing for Macrae. Business has been good and just this week ten pieces of furniture left the market. The general customer range is within about two to two and half hours, with lots of people from Toronto. Orono is on the way to lots of places that people go to on the weekends as well. Sunday was a miserable weather day but customers were at the Market. Macrae and crew work hard at cataloguing and accounting for everything, and “it’s constant staging,” he says.


Another Successful Art Class at the Gift of Art

When Linda Virio was in high school she was a good student, except in art and music. Her father used to tell her, “It doesn’t matter. We’re the math and science people.” Virio’s “late in life” start in art came twenty years ago, when her sister suggested that they take an art class. “What?” said Virio at the time. “We don’t do art in this family. We’re the math and science people.” She laughs and says, “And now it’s all I do.”


OHS wraps up 2019 and looks forward to Spring

After nine years, Aimie Harris, the Orono Horticultural Society’s longest running president, has stepped down. For 2020 Harris has taken on the role of secretary.

The 2020 Directors of the Orono Horticultural Society. Sitting from (LtoR): Denise Leslie, Shelly Etmanskie, Carol Bailey, vice president, and Cathy Humphrey. Standing from (LtoR): Gord Humphrey, Elizabeth MacLeod, Joan Osmok, Aimie Harris, secretary, Alan Herring, president, and Mary-K Hardy. Absent: Lorna Atkins, Carol Mostert and Beryl Clark, treasurer.

The Orono Horticultural Society will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2021. To commemorate this milestone, ‘We’re In the Hayfield Now Daylily Farm’, created a special flower, held by Shelley Etmanskie. The flower was named Orono’s Centennial Beauty and will be for sale at the Spring Flower Show in May for $20. Members submitted names and the selection was a combination of three submissions.

Larry Dickenson received the Extra Mile Award in Memory of Dini Schoenmaker, donated by her family. Larry is pictured with Dini’s daughters Janet Standeven (L) and Yvonne Maitland.

Pictured from (L) Anneke Plazek won Best in Show Photography, Liz Rankin-Reid won the Judges Choice award for her Home Adornment entry and Shelley Etmanskie won Best In Show for her entry in For the Birds.


November 27, 2019

Sophia McMeechin was at A Gift of Art’s Card Making Party on Sunday. On Giving Tuesday, December 3 the cards will be gifted to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services, Fosterbrooke Long Term Care and the Clarington East Food Bank.


NPS glee club shines

Under the direction of teachers Karen Wood and Ian Jack, Newcastle Public School’s choir of 65 children from Grade 3 to Grade 6 entered the highly competitive CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge.


Santa continues his rounds with a stop in Orono

Ho, Ho, Ho, the big man gets around. Accompanied by two bands, 32 floats, numerous merry makers, and eagerly cheered in by a whole lot of people, he came to Orono on Sat morning. Youngsters lined the curbs in groups and cuddled up to keep warm. Parents and grandparents drank hot chocolate and caught up with friends.