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May 15, 2024

The Newcastle Gardening Club (formerly the Newcastle Horticultural Society) kicked off planting season with their annual plant sale. Maria Biscardi (left) brought flowers from her grandmother, Margery Freethy’s garden. Club president Sarah Powell was on hand with other volunteers, to answer questions about plants or about the NGC. The Newcastle Gardening Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Newcastle United Church.


Making her mark in skilled trades

Orono resident Megan Terry distinguished herself among Ontario’s top emerging talents at the Skills Ontario Competition. As the nation’s largest skilled trades and technology event unfolded at the Toronto Congress Centre on May 6 and 7, Terry clinched a remarkable silver medal in the Heating Systems Technician category, showcasing her expertise in the field.


Waiting to help ‘Flip the Switch’

Newtonville and area residents hurried home from school or work to greet Ryan Keeping as he and his team swept into town last Wednesday. From left, Kate and her puppy Harvey, Chad, and his daughter Evie and son Glenn, Ulrike and Joanne waited patiently and braved the intermittent rain showers to greet him. Young Glenn, no doubt inspired by Ryan’s fund-raising, did a bit of his own. He participated in NPS Pedal for Hope initiative, which saw people raise money for getting their heads shaved. Glenn raised $1,700!


Live theatre laughs

Last Saturday afternoon, live theatre buffs were treated to five short plays put on by Theatre on the Ridge in Port Perry. Local playwright David Simpson is flanked by actors Lisha Van Niewenhove and Conrad Boyce who brought to life his entry to the event, ‘Thai Green Curry’. The actors double as writer and former publisher respectively for The Uxbridge Cosmos. Patrons were asked to vote for their favourite play, which will be a difficult task as each play dealt with different, relatable situations. There was much laughter and a few tears over the course of the afternoon; time well spent. Results of the com-petition will be announced later in the week.


GTBL Baseball – Kendal Senior Eagles

The Kendal Eagles first game of the GTBL season was scheduled for Monday, May 13 on the road against the East York Bulldogs. Results were not available at our press deadline. Look to next week’s issue of the Orono Weekly Times for a detailed recap.



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