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Zoning maps in question – again

The expansion of environmentally protected (EP) zones was added to the agenda at Monday night’s council meeting with Councillor Neal concerned that the municipality is rezoning property EP that isn’t mandated by the province.

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Hockeyville 2020: It’s rally time, support our arena

People and community. That is what the Orono rink represents. For most of our history, this community, the people, have banded together to ensure that there is a building for hockey and skating. Generations of residents, some long gone, have selflessly contributed time, energy and finances to ensure that Orono had a rink. The Orono Arena and Community Centre is not a municipal government facility. It is privately managed and funded by the people guided by the volunteer Orono Amateur Athletic Association.

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The Locals: Bill Hannah – A Happy Life

Bill Hannah is a second world war veteran. When you have sailed the seven seas as a merchant marine, you get to go home and have a happy life. When Hannah was discharged in 1946, he came home to his wife Barb and the rest of his life. Hannah spent a short time working in a grocery store in Oakville, then on May 26th 1947, he joined Ontario Hydro. He remembers the day well, because that was the start of a new life. He spent the next 40 odd years as a lineman for Ontario Hydro.

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Learning how to turn Lego bricks into robots

The Lego Robotics Challenge is in full swing at the Newcastle Library for another fun-filled Wednesday in the series which finalizes on February 5. With bins and bags of Lego bricks of all sizes and shapes at the ready, laptops open showing visual and written instructions, and an air of intense focus, children are creating impressive constructions which they will code with a sequence of instructions, programming their creations to perform a task, navigate a maze, or move if something comes too close.

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A nightmare year for corn and soybean farmers

It is unusual to see so much corn in the fields at this time of the year. For many farmers, the weather conditions have meant that they just couldn’t get the corn off the fields. “There’s thousands of acres of corn still out in Clarington,” says Ed Morton whose farm is on the sixth concession east of Orono.

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