Newcastle Chamber Newsletter Update - January 13 2021
A Job Well Done!
A big shout out to our two Keller Williams Agencies: One of the charities the Chamber supported.

The Vatandoust Sirrs Team and
The Jason Van Stiphout Real Estate Team

Deena Misale wrote:
“We said it would look different this year and it did. Usually, we are a team of over 150 agents, families, and friends. The job is done in a morning. This year we were in 10 people at a time over 3 days.
Usually, we have a year to fundraise, host events and do what we can to raise enough to feed 2000 families.
This year, we had less time and less opportunity to raise the $74,000 it takes.
With the help of my colleagues and everyone who donated, we were able to reach our goal, in fact, at the last minute we were asked for 200 more, and we provided.
Part of the beauty here is that it is not about the us, it is not a photo op, it’s not a “look at me”, it’s about the families in need. This is the effort of hundreds of people coming together to help our community.
Thank you to those who donated. Right up until today.
Because of all of you, 2208 families have a Christmas dinner. I hope your heart is full. I know mine is. Thank you”
Christmas Joy!!!!
Distribution of 57 gifts for seniors in Long Term Care residences! Another cause supported by the Chamber. Well done Susan Scrimgeour, our members are the best!
 A warm welcome to new members Rhonda Holloway and John Kolodziej, owners of Help Me Rhonda’s Interiors. They have recently relocated their business to Newcastle and have been in business in the Durham Region for the last 27 years. Looking forward to meeting them once we get back to normal.
What's New In Our Community
We all agree that fresh air and exercise are critical in making people feel better through the Covid crisis. Clarington resident, Mark Canning and Councillor Janis Jones have initiated the construction of outdoor skating rinks in our Municipality. There is one already at Pearce Farm in Newcastle and two more are planned soon for Roswell Park, Courtice and at a school in Bowmanville. More rinks are planned for approval in all wards. All rinks comply with Municipal bylaws, insurance, and will be operated following Covid rules and restrictions. 
Contact: Janice Jones
Area businesses are asked to consider a sponsorship as funds are needed for construction of base, sides, and tarps for 100x20 foot rinks. There are no funds in the Municipal budget this year for their construction. One company has already donated the water to flood them. All sponsors will be recognized. Volunteers are also needed to monitor the rinks as only 10 people can skate at one time. If you can help in any way, please contact Mark

Also, in the works is a Community Garden in the same area as the Recreation Centre. I believe it will be an acre in size. This will be a great addition to the Newcastle community. I will have additional details in our next newsletter.
Doing Business During COVID
We know there are great steps being taken to work safely during this extremely difficult time. Please take a few minutes and send me a note telling me what you are doing and we will pass it along. There will be a great story on The Old Newcastle House in our next newsletter.
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