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Hats for Hospice

Hats for Hospice are all hand knit by the caring hands of Tina Barrie and the Friends of Soper Creek Yarn. “This has been a goal of mine: make enough hats to do a small fundraiser to help build Clarington’s Hospice. The Hospice will provide a much-needed service to local families,” said Tina. The hats will be available through the shop, cash or debit card only please. The prices range from $25 – $50 per hat and can be purchased at Soper Creek Yarn in Orono.


Museum 178

We are finally open – and just in time for the recent Remembrance Day activities at the Bowmanville Legion Branch 178. It was a pleasure to show visitors our new and improved displays.


Newcastle Lions food and toy drive well supported

The Newcastle Lions Club members were outside the Community Hall last Saturday collecting toys and food which they will donate to CEFB and local agencies this holiday season. Pictured L to R: Linda Bray, Heather Griffin, Pat Paterson, Helen Simpson and Tom Simpson.

Gary Wilson and Tom Simpson welcome donations for the food drive.


November 23, 2022

Santa came rolling into Newcastle last Sunday night to the delight of the families gathered for the first live parade since 2019. The weather held and the parade opened with fanfare. Santa was heard to say that he was thrilled to see everyone’s smiling faces once again.


New council

On Monday night Municipal Clerk June Gallagher called the first meeting of council for the years 2022 -2026 to order. Prior to the Swearing-in ceremony, Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant and Traditional Knowledge Keeper performed a Smudge Ceremony and Honour Song.


Gala was ‘the bees knees’

Carol Bailey was honoured to receive The Extra Mile Award donated by the Schoenmaker Family in memory of Dini Schoenmaker. Director Mary-K Hardy presented the award to Carol along with the Canadian Garden Council’s 2022 Year of the Garden Hero Award.

The long anticipated 100th Anniversary Roaring 20s themed gala finally took place. The Orono Horticultural Society’s 2023 board of directors in their finest ‘gin joint’ attire, in front from left to right: Alan Herring, president; Carol Baily vice president; Cathy Humphrey; Gord Humphrey; Joan Osmok; Beryl Clark; and Andrea Hester, treasurer. On the stairs from left to right: Mary-K Hardy, 2nd vice-president; Gail Williamson; Diana Calderwood and Shelley Etmanskie.

Servers for the Roaring 20s Gala Annual General Meeting where from bottom left going clockwise: Ava, Macey, Jasper, Elliot, Avery and Maisie.


Local groups get a boost

The Newcastle Volunteer Firefighters Association split the proceeds from their Harvest Festival Pancake Breakfast be-tween Durham Hospice – Clarington and the Clarington East Food Bank. On hand from Hospice to receive their cheque of $2025 were board members Leo Blindenbach and Marian Timmermans (centre left). Coordinator Susan Pascoe (centre) and Rev. Mary-Jane Hobden (far left) represented the foodbank. Fire Captain Ray Beenan (back) and Volunteer Firefighter Chris Vanhaverbeke were thrilled to present the donations to both agencies. The Firefighter’s Association would like to thank the businesses who donated to the pancake breakfast making this community assistance possible.


Dan Zegers – Building a legacy

There are a lot stories in the walls of older homes. For instance, there is a nice-looking house on the 4th Concession that has a history. It has been in the family for almost 70 years now. It’s young compared to some around here, but its owner is eager to tell its story.



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