By Karen Graham Richard Taylor, a lawyer representing a group of investors, presented a dramatic vision for an alternative location for the Shorelines Casino within the boundaries of Cavan Monaghan Township at the May 2nd Council meeting. The proposal was released the same day to the City of Peterborough Council and […]

Bold Alternative Casino Development Proposal Presented to Council

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By Karen Graham Under clear skies with rain in the forecast for the following day, the conditions were ideal on Saturday for the Otonabee Regional Conservation Authorities’ tree planting event. Approximately 300 members of local scout organizations filed in at twenty minute intervals to take their spots along pre-cut lines […]

ORCA Hosts Local Tree Planting Project with Scouts

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By Karen Graham Growing up in Cavan, Brennan had it all. His rural Cavan home, where father Larry operates a Chiropractic Clinic, also provided ponds for summer fishing and winter hockey activities, siblings willing to act as goalies as the need arose, and a cadre of friends to fill out […]

Where Are They Now? Catching up with Brennan Smith

Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness Week Last week Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale announced May 1st begins Canada’s 21st annual Emergency Preparedness Week, with the theme “Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.” This is a collaborative government initiative where provincial, territorial and federal emergency management organizations to […]

Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness Week

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By Karen Graham This year artists in and around Bethany are opening their doors again for Mother’s Day weekend. The artists work in a wide variety of media, creating works of beauty, purpose and often whimsy to express their creative vision in their unique settings. From quilts to photographs, beautiful […]

Celebrate Mother’s Day Visiting Local Artists on Rolling Hills Studio ...

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By Jill Williams I have a quotation from Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind on my bulletin board in the kitchen that I have been glancing at all winter “O wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”. Well, spring is finally here and the best part of the […]

“Our gardens let us dream about the future…” ...

By Glenn Spurrell The House Wren had just arrived back, and as predicted he started investigating the birdhouse in my backyard almost immediately. You might remember I reported that White-breasted Nuthatches had taken up residence in this house this year quite early in the season. I knew the wren would […]

The Intelligence of Instinct

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By Karen Graham On Monday, six volunteers from the Cavan Monaghan Barn Quilt Trail Project joined Mrs. Sturgeon’s Grade 4 class to introduce them to the local project. The volunteers, many of whom are former teachers, were there to help students design their own block which might eventually be incorporated […]

Barn Quilt Trail Project Begins with Students at Millbrook South ...

Erica Hernandez is a “Music for Young Children” Teacher, specializing in children ages 0-4, returned to the library last week to offer some music and moves for the weekly Children’s time at the Millbrook branch. A private piano teacher and primary choir director for over 10 years, she joined the […]

Music & Movement with Erica Hernandez

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By Karen Graham A traditional red brick Ontario farm house on the south side of Highway 7A in Bethany has housed a bustling business since 1983. The home has been in the Morton family since 1868, when the great grandfather of current owner Kathleen Morton purchased the property and built […]

Aunt Laura’s Tea Room

The Otonabee Conservation Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 “Conservation Foundation McCulloch Scholarship” from graduating high school students pursuing post-secondary education in an environmental field. The $500.00 cash award is presented to a graduating student having demonstrated leadership in conservation or environmental projects and planning to pursue post-secondary […]

Applications Welcome for Conservation Scholarship

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By Valerie Kent The Market in Millbrook was lively and well attended judging by all the cars and the people strolling around. A young couple was trying the cinnamon buns which looked so appetizing it would have been easy to ask for a bite. They agreed that it was a […]

Early Market Day in Millbrook

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Before you dust out your bike and hit the Peddles and Pastry route, you might want to give your wheels some TLC so the only stops you make are ones you choose. The local hills provide breathtaking views, and getting to the top can be breath taking as well. The last […]

For Smooth Sailing, Tune Up Your Bike for Spring

The Township of Cavan Monaghan is seeking public input from their residents on a proposed new Community Centre for the municipality. Recently, Council and Staff hosted two public meetings at the Township Office to hear from its residents. The Township continues to encourage residents to come and present their thoughts […]

Township Council Seeks Input on Proposed Community Centre

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Peter Keeping is clematis enthusiast and an internationally renowned expert on Clematis.   Along with his wife Sheila, Peter operates Peter and Sheila’s Country Garden in Bowmanville, Ontario. He was introduced to the species in 1982 when he received two plants for his birthday, and soon joined the International Clematis Society […]

International Clematis Expert to Share his Expertise with Garden Club

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  Kelly Pazdzior and Michelle Horner with Grade 8 student Mandy sold popcorn as part of the Cops for Cancer fundraising efforts at Millbrook South Cavan on Monday.    

Cops for Cancer fundraising efforts

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By Celia Hunter Volunteers are sought to assist in the annual cleaning and grooming of the trails for Spring/Summer/Fall seasons in a Volunteer Work Day for the Millbrook Valley Trails. The Volunteer Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with a rain date […]

Volunteers Needed! Annual Cleaning & Grooming of Trails

While many farmers are hoping this recently arrived fine weather continues to dry out and warm up the soil so they can start planting, some crops have been in the ground since September.   Winter wheat is planted from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere while spring wheat goes into […]

Which wheat? Winter, Spring, Red or White, Hard or Soft?

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Galerie Q is hosting a new group exhibition entitled “La feminine” which features 21 works by 10 Canadian artists, three of whom are recognized Canadian Masters. The diverse and expansive body of work exhibited in La féminine presents femininity as a fluid concept. Using paint and brush to explore the […]

Galerie Q Presents: La féminine

Looking like an ancient relic, this stone arch in a field north of Mount Pleasant is a recent creation of Dry Stone Wall expert John Rimmington-Shaw of Port Hope built with the help of volunteers in a single day in July 2006.
By Karen Graham It catches your eye as you drive north on County Road 10 from Mount Pleasant. On a slight angle, it is positioned in a way that allows the light to flow through the opening, and with stones strewn at its feet, the arch looks like the remains […]

The Mount Pleasant Arch

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Get Out! By Glen Spurrell We all know it’s been a cold start for April. It seems we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t complain! But one group that isn’t complaining is the maple syrup producers. I have it on good authority that all the producers have had their best […]

From Winter to Summer!

Evil doers Drew Johnston and Yannick Grignon with Peter Holbook, aka Machbeth, in IE Weldon's current production of Macbeth
I, unlike a lot of people my age, have always been interested in Shakespeare. It would be unfair, though, to say that everyone about my age dislikes the Bard’s plays. When my school, IE Weldon, held open auditions for a production of Macbeth, I was one of many to show up. […]

Macbeth – Music, Murder & Mayhem

By Karen Morton “Where would we be without volunteers?” More than 40 volunteers, several board members, took part in a volunteer appreciation dessert party at the St. Thomas Anglican Church. Where would we be in Millbrook without our volunteers? They have such an impact not only on the organization, but […]

National Volunteer Appreciation at Community Care Millbrook

By Karen Graham Valerie Kent has been busy.  The renovations on her studio gallery art school just north of the four corners of Cavan are nearing completion, and she can`t wait to move in.  On the main level, Valerie will offer a gallery featuring works at accessible prices from local […]

More Art Opportunities Come to Cavan

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By Leni Rautiainen For all of you Millbrook Farmers’ Market lovers out there, we have good news!  The Market is back!  An eager and excited group of market vendors will be staging an early comeback on Sunday, April 24th.  About a dozen or so earlybird vendors are ready to kick […]

The Market Returns Sunday April 24

By Karen Graham Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership (OGELP) announced on Tuesday that it is moving forward with proposed plans to develop and operate a new, multi-faceted entertainment property in the City of Peterborough, which means the current operation at Kawartha Downs will be relocated.   This announcement follows a recent […]

Shorelines Casino Seeks Relocation to the City of Peterborough

Brook Taylor of Taylor's Recycled Plastic Products in his recently expanded shop
By Lynn Osborne With Spring-like weather approaching (hopefully), Brook Taylor of Taylor’s Recycled Plastic Products is in full swing with production. Taylor’s recycled plastic products are hand crafted furniture pieces, and are custom made- no 2 pieces are exactly the same. Brook Taylor, the Owner of Taylor’s recycled Plastic products […]

A Chair of a Different Colour!

By Karen Graham Two grade three classes from Millbrook South Cavan School were the beneficiaries of funding from the Lifesaving Society school grant designed to provide students with the minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.  The program includes three in-class sessions on water safety and […]

Cavan Monaghan Fire Department helps Millbrook South Cavan Students Get ...

Kelly’s Crazy Kid’s Event Raises $2582 for Multiple Sclerosis Last Friday evening, Kelly Armstrong and a host of sponsors, players and supporters met at the Lakeview Bowling alley for the 5th Annual MS Bowling event in support of MS.  The idea began with a discussion at Lakeview Bowl where Kelly’s […]

Kelly’s Crazy Kids’ Event Raises $2582 for MS

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©Deborah Carew I often get asked to recommend gardening books that are practical and useful for gardeners in this community. At the top of my personal heap of useful books are all the Harrowsmith gardening books, and many of them are available in the Millbrook Library. I would particularly recommend […]

Common Ground: Practical Gardening Tips from Jill Williams