Spring and Summer Road Work Projects – Some Pain Required for Future Gain

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At this week’s BIA Breakfast event, Director of Public Works Wayne Hancock lay out the schedule of events for the much anticipated road improvements in the downtown area. As outlined in the capital budget process, there will be some significant improvements implemented on the section of King Street between Union … Continue reading

A Canadian Original: Local Women’s Institutes Continue the Tradition

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  It could conceivably be called the first feminist organization in Canada. The Women’s Institute, now an international organization with branches around the world, was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario. An educated, middle class mother of four living in Hamilton, Adelaide Hoodless became distraught over the death of her youngest … Continue reading

Local Volunteers Helping in Belize

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  The year 2016 marks the fifth year for local volunteers to travel to Belize. As a result of the generosity of local donors who support the annual dinner/auction, donating cash, soccer equipment, school supplies and Wayne Blaby whose organization is collecting used laptops and refurbishing them, the Belize project … Continue reading

Upcoming Memoir To Document Unique Perspective on a Troubling Part of Canadian History

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  We’ve heard about residential schools but find it hard to understand how the system transformed into one of widespread institutional abuse.  At the turn of the century, the federal government decided that aboriginal children in Canada’s north children should receive a public school education.  Because the population in that … Continue reading

Where Are They Now? Catching up with Kevin Calhoun

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  Even though Kevin now lives in one of the largest urban centres in Canada, he and wife Christie have chosen their location carefully.  Snuggled in at the foot of Mount Seymour in a hamlet called Deep Cove, they enjoy all things nature-related, which makes this an ideal spot.  They … Continue reading

Ride a Rottenworm in to See Funfolk’s The Princess and the Plumber!

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Everything is going according to plan for Funfolk’s rendition of The Princess and the Plumber, premiering March 13th at the Millbrook Legion. Costumes are ready – including a very creative worm sewn together around humps of foam and pool noodles – and lines have been memorized! Children from Lakefield, Peterborough … Continue reading

‘We’re Bringing Country to The Country!’

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  The Next Country Music Star is coming back to The Ranch Resort this March. Returning for it’s second year, the Ranch is pairing with the Havelock Country Jamboree (HCJ) for a 30 minute set on the same stage as some of country’s biggest stars. “Everyone wants to go to … Continue reading

Country Kids in the City for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Convention

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  In my role as Senior Millbrook Fair Ambassador, I represented our Agricultural Society last week in Toronto at the 2016 Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) which was held at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto. It was a gorgeous hotel, and it felt like the country … Continue reading

Basketball Pro Visits South Cavan School

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  Peterborough’s basketball star Jesse Young visited South Cavan school last week to shoot hoops with students. Young played all day through student gym periods, often being prompted to show off his dunking skills, before coaching the boys and girls basket ball team for a joint practice after school. They … Continue reading

Easements to Accommodate Ontario Trails Strictly Voluntary under proposed Legislation

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Introduced in the Ontario legislature in May, Bill 100 entitled “Supporting Ontario Trails Act” has attracted attention from rural landowners whose properties border or converge on these public routes. According to Paul Wettlaufer, Director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), trail-related easements are entirely voluntary under the proposed legislation. … Continue reading

New Ownership for Sylvia’s Restaurant – Welcome Madison’s’!

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  For Black this will be something of a homecoming. Both he and Wuis grew up in the area and were high school sweethearts who drifted apart and eventually found other partners. Through Facebook, they reconnected and got married last summer. They have decided to test that bond by going … Continue reading

Why aren’t more young people farming?

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  It’s the perennial question. Last month this paper ran a profile on the young family at Puddle Duck Farm, an organic operation in Millbrook producing honey, maple syrup, vegetables, cut flowers and more. While stories like theirs aren’t popping up in the same abundance as dandelions in spring, younger … Continue reading