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BLACKSTOCK by Tammy Phillips

Durham Region has quickly moved into the Red Zone with Ontario’s recently unveiled COVID-19 colour-coded framework and restrictions. Fortunately, Scugog has maintained exceptionally low cases, with 29 total, only three of which were active at the time of writing this article. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blackstock Co-op Nursery School (BCNS) is unable to host its Annual Breakfast with Santa & Friends. This is BCNS’s largest fundraising event, which normally hosts over 450 people from Blackstock and surrounding communities. The pancake breakfast, silent auction, bake sale and photos with Santa provide the non-profit nursery school with a large portion of its yearly operating funds. Instead, this year, the non-profit nursery school is hosting a ‘Tis the Season Online Silent Auction on their website at: This event is being held exclusively online. Bidding opened on Friday, November 20th at 6 p.m. and will close on Friday, December 6th at 6 p.m. Winners will be contacted within 24 hours of closing. A number of impressive donations are available for bidding on, including; an overnight stay and breakfast for two at Nestleton Waters Inn; Brimacombe lift tickets for two; Mini Photo Session with Rachel Callan Photography; Farm Boy Fresh Turkey Dinner that will serve 6-8 people, Breakfast Basket, Willowtree Farm Gourmet Gift Basket; Hands of Time Massage Therapy Sessions; Pair of Decorative Holiday Cushions, HJ Custom Craft Essential Oil goodies; and the newly released and sold-out everywhere PS5 Console. The non-profit nursery school has been committed to providing a positive learning experience for children and their families in Blackstock and surrounding areas for almost 45 years. News and items for consideration can be emailed to by 12 noon on the Monday prior to publication date.

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