Historical Society steps up with an offer for Mill

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On Thursday, July 23, an Offer to Purchase Needler’s Mill was delivered by hand to the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) from the Millbrook & Cavan Historical Society.  The Save the Dam Mill Pond Group is a component of the Historical Society, and has worked closely with the Historical Society Board of Directors to … Continue reading

There’s a ‘Rumor’ at the Millbrook Library

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Sarah Sobanski Reader’s Release is a monthly column where members of Cavan-Monaghan Libraries review a book from the library’s new monthly releases to keep you updated on the hottest reads available to you locally.  I had never read Elin Hilderbrand before – perish the thought. I’ve carried around a lot … Continue reading

End of an Era as the Jail Comes Tumbling Down

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Karen Graham One Millbrook icon has finally bitten the dust, as piles of rubble is all that remains of the Maximum Security correctional centre on King Street that once provided employment to 300 staff.  The property has been vacant for most of the 12 years since its decommissioning in 2003, … Continue reading

Local Craftsman Enjoys Applying Traditional Techniques to Unique Projects

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Karen Graham Tom is the son of Barb and Barry Staples, long time Cavan residents who operate an organic farm on Morton Line.  After finishing high school at Crestwood, Tom studied digital photography at Georgian College in Barrie, having tinkered with film as a teenager with classmate Ben Knechtel.  Summer … Continue reading

Three Summer Beaches to Try Before the Summer Ends

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Sarah Sobanski The first official month of summer has passed, but there’s still plenty of sun left to enjoy. As the heat settles in for the remainder of the summer, some of the best family adventures can be had cooling off at the beach, but it can be hard to … Continue reading

More Dialogue Will help Agriculture’s Threatened Reputation

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Karen Graham Going back just a few generations, most people had a direct connection to the farm and understood how the food chain worked. If you didn’t grow up on a farm, you had relatives or friends who did, so there was a basic understanding of what farmers do.  Because … Continue reading

Beware of Toxic plants Lining Rural Roads

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  By Karen Graham If you suddenly notice unusual brown discolouration of your skin with little or no accompanying discomfort, or weeping blisters from an unknown source, you may have come in contact with the sap from a plant containing a chemical compound called “furanocoumarin”.  Common plants containing this chemical … Continue reading

Booming Business in Bethany

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By: Melodie Seto Along Highway 7A, there is a clearing where rows and rows of eye-catchingly colourful cottage chairs, tables, and other similar furniture are displayed.  This scene is one of several business enterprises run by the Irwin family. Willow Green LTD’s cottage furniture business, which goes by the name … Continue reading

Quality Ontario Wines Available at Local Farmers’ Markets

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By Karen Graham Those of you who braved the pouring rain which soaked last month’s Farmers’ Market may have been surprised to see a booth offering wine for sale. This is a recent event and part of the loosening of the rules surrounding alcohol sales in the province. It began … Continue reading

Save the date- Another Ladies’ Night is on the Way on August 6th

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By Karen Graham Another fun-filled evening of entertainment, food and shopping will hit King Street in Millbrook beginning at 4 pm on Thursday August 6thand brought to you by the Millbrook Business Improvement organization.  Among the musical entertainers is Samantha Windover whose powerful voice returns to dazzle with her latest … Continue reading

4th Line Theatre’s Robber Loves His Montreal Canadiens

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  By Sarah Sobanski Hockey fans will want to brush up on their hockey history before going to 4th Line Theatre’s The Bad Luck Bank Robbers. For starters, the Leafs won their last Stanley Cup in 1967 and surprisingly, even after their 48-year drought, they hold the title for most … Continue reading

Lively discussion leads to Somber Second Thoughts about Mill Purchase

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By Karen Graham A brief presentation by Alex Bushell from Save the Dam Millpond (SDMP) group about the viability of hydro power generation at the Dam location using micro-turbines was quickly overshadowed by discussions about the future of the Needler’s Dam buildings. After a pointed presentation from Save the Dam Millpond Committee … Continue reading

Dam Replacement Ensured by Three-Pronged Funding Announcement

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By: Karen Graham On July 3rd, government dignitaries united at the site of the Millbrook Dam to share a major funding announcement that ensures this historic site will retain its pivotal place in the landscape of downtown Millbrook.The funding is split 3 ways, with Federal government and the province each … Continue reading