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