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President’s Message – Spring 2019

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Dear Members and Friends,

Tom WallaceThank you very much for your continuing support of NVDHS. The mission of the NVDHS is to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the Village of Newcastle and its immediate environs. On June 8, we will participate in the annual Doors Open event. This year is a celebration of Clarington’s agricultural heritage and agribusinesses. It is truly an outstanding event. Flyers for this event are available at the NVDHS. 

The NVDHS will be open during the summer, every Tuesday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. We have many resources that allow our community to research our local history. 

We are proud to recognize Hazel Crago and Murray Walton as lifetime members of our Society. Hazel was the editor of the Newcastle Independent section of the Canadian Statesman. Her articles brought the local news of and to our village for many years. Murray was one of the original founders of the NVDHS and was a co-founder of Waltona Park in Newcastle. I think every child raised in Newcastle in the 50s and 60s learned to swim at Waltona Park. Murray and Hazel have made outstanding contributions to our village and we are honoured to recognize them as lifetime members. 

 We have acquired new computers, scanners, software and related equipment. We have also engaged a summer student (Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich) to commence the digitization project. I would also like to thank Heather Johnston for her volunteer work in assisting with the digitization project. She has been a terrific help. This project will result in our records being easily accessible for everyone. There is much history to be preserved.

A Heritage Park will be part of the new housing development by Wilmot Creek at the west end of Newcastle. That Heritage Park will honour Samuel Wilmot and his achievement in developing Ontario’s first full-scale fish hatchery in 1868. I recently visited the Orono Crown Lands (www.oronocrownlands.com) a few kilometres  north of the proposed Heritage Park, and walked along Wilmot Creek. The Orono Crown Lands occupy 633 acres of the former Orono Provincial Nursery. There are thirteen km of nature trails for walking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, dog walking, as well as cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The history of Wilmot Creek is fascinating and there are many plaques highlighting that history. It will be wonderful to have a local site further celebrating that history and Samuel Wilmot’s unique contribution to the area.

On behalf of the NVDHS, I extend our best wishes to all of our members, friends, and supporters. Enjoy your summer (if it ever comes!!).

Tom Wallace