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The Locals: Ray Brown – The best Barber in town

Ray Brown’s Barber Shop sits on the corner of Main and Station Streets in Orono. he has been there since December 1, 1975.

Brown was born and raised on a farm in Pontypool 76 years ago. “I thought farming would be too hard work,” re-calls Brown. His father took him to get a haircut and speak with an ‘old guy’ in Pontypool. After some conversation and contemplation that seemed like the thing to do.

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Tuktoyaktuk or Bust: taking the road rarely travelled

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

The New Year is a time when many people reprioritize their bucket lists as they dream of possibilities and hopes for the future. Imagine if your buck-et list included riding to Tuktoyaktuk in the NWT by motorcycle? What are the chances you’re actually going to do it?

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New COVID-19 Vaccines

In December Health Canada approved two COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccine roll out is now underway across the province. According to the Ontario Ministry of Health website, the roll out is broken in to three phases.

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Early forms of vaccination development

Through December the first two vaccines against COVID-19 were approved by Health Can-ada and phase one of the vac-cine campaign has begun. One of the things that is much dis-cussed in relation to vaccines is their efficacy. While vaccines may not always be 100% effective at protecting against contracting a disease or virus, over our recent history, there is much that proves overall vaccines are a highly effective measure in preventing, reducing the effects or even eradicating certain viruses or diseases.

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Freezing dips on New Years Day as early as 1946

This New Year was greeted by many with a heavy sigh of relief that the year that was came to a close and a cautious excitement for the year ahead. While many of our common traditions and celebrations this year were stymied and sidelined by the on-going pandemic and current lockdown, we are still able to reflect on celebrations from years past.

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Turkey Station open for business

Scott Lee hands Mike Whelan his Christmas turkey, with the reconditioned 1920,s milk wagon as a backdrop. In days of old, the wagon was horse-drawn with cartons of milk ready for delivery to your door. Nice lawn ornament.

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Positive energy coming your way

Is it safe to say we are tired of the COVID mantra? Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Social distance. The routine should be second nature by now. As my friend Diane Glad-well, a retired Public Health Nurse, would say, it’s “Sort of like brushing your teeth every morning; you wear a mask when you leave the house.”

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A Christmas Miracle

By Abigail Porter, Orono Public School

Holly Andres sat on her bed thinking of what to write to Santa. Should she say, “To Santa. I have been so good this year,” or maybe, “Hey Santa, I loved the Lego set you got me last year” or should she just get straight to the point? Like, “Santa, I want my dad home for Christmas.”

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