Municipal Council Grant Program Resurrected

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Several years ago, Council shut down the popular Community Funding Grant program, where the municipality provided financial support for one-time funding requests to local organizations providing a benefit to the community in a social, recreational, cultural or humanitarian aspect. In early February, Council renamed the program which is now called … Continue reading

A Taste of African Culture

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For 18 years, Fran Fearnley of ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery has travelled across Zimbabwe to purchase stone sculptures from local artists. Inspired by outdoor studio displays of Zimbabwean sculpture, she opened her generous rural property in 2000 for its first annual outdoor exhibition of hand-carved Zimbabwean stone sculptures. Stone sculpture … Continue reading

Budget Timetables to Move Forward

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At the July 3rd Council meeting, a revised budget timetable for the 2018 budget was approved, allowing staff to begin the budget process a month earlier than previous years. Under the new schedule, Council will receive two draft presentations to Council for review and discussion. The first presentation will occur … Continue reading

Cavan’s Dan McHattie Takes the Win at Peterborough Speedway

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This experienced father of two is well known in car racing circles, with multiple championships wins under his belt. He was at it again as Peterborough Speedway kicked off the unofficial second half of its 50th anniversary season with the Mid-Summer Bash presented by Country 105 on Saturday July 22nd. … Continue reading

Flying Fortress Week Touched Centennial Place Residents

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Flying Fortress Week touched Centennial Place residents as they visited the airport last month for a tour of the World War II B-17G Flying Fortress bomber named Sentimental Journey. Among the visitors was Wilf Smith, who flew 39 operational bombing missions over Germany as a wireless air-gunner in a Lancaster … Continue reading

Common Ground – Summer’s Lease…

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“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date…” Shakespeare Sonnet 18 The summer of 2017 has certainly been a season of rampant growth in the garden. To get to my tomatoes to stake them recently, I had to clear away several groupings of annual poppies. These had grown to the … Continue reading

OLG Makes First-Quarter Payment to Cavan Monaghan

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The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) issued a first-quarter (April to June, 2017) non-tax gaming revenue payment of $806,572 to the Township of Cavan Monaghan on July 21st for hosting Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs. Since November 1999, Cavan Monaghan has received more than $56.1 million in non-tax gaming … Continue reading

Comment – Our Paper Strives to Serve Our Community

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  It’s not a big survey sample, but the comments I receive are pretty consistent in their message:  people are glad to have a local newspaper. New residents often express surprise that a community of this size can support its own paper, but the reason for this is clear – … Continue reading

150th Annual Zucchini Festival

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Amidst the hubbub surrounding Canada’s sesquicentennial, it would be easy to forget that 2017 also marks the 150th anniversary of the first Millbrook Zucchini Festival. This year’s festival, which will take place on September 10, 2017 along the sunny shores of Baxter Creek, commemorates that momentous occasion, 150 years ago, … Continue reading

Public Feedback Sought on Contemporary Zoning Issues

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  At the July 5th meeting, Mark Stone of MLS Planning Consulting presented the Draft Discussion papers developed after their June public consultation to move the new Zoning By-Law project forward. Among other topics, the report discussed the issue of keeping small livestock in areas of the township where this … Continue reading

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Local Mosquitoes

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Peterborough Public Health (PPH) is advising the public that mosquitoes in the City of Peterborough have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The mosquitoes were trapped from July 17 to 19, 2017. This is the first positive mosquito pool found in Peterborough this year. During the summer months and … Continue reading

The Ins And Outs of Title Insurance: What’s Covered And What’s Not

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When it comes to the single largest investment most of us will make – buying a home – you want to make sure you’ve protected that investment to the best of your ability. One option to consider is title insurance – a cost-effective protection that shields homebuyers from many of … Continue reading

Migrant Workers Help Make Local Harvests Happen

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  Perusing the farmers’ markets comes with the satisfaction of knowing the produce is fresh, grown to exacting health standards and supports the local economy. But that’s not the whole story. Many local market garden and orchard operations rely on seasonal foreign workers to get their produce in the ground, … Continue reading

Ground Water Monitoring Continues at Former Correctional Centre

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Prior to the demolition of the Correctional Centre located at 706 County Rd 10 in Millbrook in 2015, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) conducted a series of tests to identify any potential contamination through a regulatory process provided by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). Despite repeated requests to receive … Continue reading

Ontario Fire & Life Safety Educators’ Award to Millbrook Resident

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Amanda Nichols of Millbrook was the recipient of the 2017 Program of the Year award at this year’s Ontario Fire and Life Safety Educators conference for the program she created on behalf of the Peterborough Fire Services. This prestigious award is given to the fire department which creates a new … Continue reading

Two Farmers’ Markets in August

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It’s harvest time!  This season’s crop of fresh, delicious produce is ready for the picking.  Fresh greens, new potatoes, sweet corn, juicy ripe tomatoes, sun-kissed berries,  succulent squash – you’ll it all and much more at the Millbrook Farmers’ Market. This year, we are running two markets each during the … Continue reading