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

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

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

County Eliminates Styrofoam Recycling

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The Township has been advised by Peterborough County that they will no longer accept Styrofoam products in the recycling stream. Residents are advised that these products, which include those pesky packaging peanuts and meat trays, should now be put into the garbage. One of few jurisdictions to ever recycle this … Continue reading

Refugee Children of Family #417 Don Skates at the Millbrook Arena

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  You may have seen the comprehensive article chronicling the circuitous path of Amal Alkhalaf and her three children from Syria to their new home in Peterborough in the January 26th edition of MacLean’s. Fourteen months after their flight from ISIS territory in Syria, they soon found their new Lebanon … Continue reading

Understanding Your Municipal Tax Bill

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If you own property in Ontario, you’ve received statements from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) which indicates a value they have established for your property that is used to calculate your municipal tax bill. MPAC is an independent, not-for-profit corporation funded by all Ontario municipalities, representing the largest assessment … Continue reading

Traditional Local Business Reinvents itself to Compete in International Projects

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Karen Graham You’ve probably seen the occasional elegant canoe sitting out front of Voyageur Canoe in downtown Millbrook. Established in 1969 by Glenn Fallis, it is a testament to his love of the paddling and a desire to create high quality canoes through a combination of traditional techniques using modern … Continue reading

The Wartime Service of Centennial Resident Wilf Smith

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Karen Graham Travelling through the halls of Centennial Place, it’s sometimes difficult to image the lives led by their residents. This fall, Wilf and Georgina Smith moved into the home, and theirs is a very interesting story. During the last two years of WWII, Wilf was with the Royal Canadian … Continue reading

Public Input Results in Reduced Municipal Tax Levy

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Karen Graham At the Public Budget meeting on Monday evening, Director of Finance Kimberley Pope presented the second draft of the 2016 budget to Council members and twelve ratepayers in the audience. This draft resulted in a municipal tax increase of 7.22%. Decisions to date resulting in this increase were … Continue reading

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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Karen Graham Based on a staff recommendation, Council directed staff to apply for the funding grant currently offered by the provincial government through the Ontario Green Investment Fund’s one-time, Electric Vehicle Charger Grant program to establish one Level 2 Vehicle Charging station for the downtown area and if eligible, apply … Continue reading

Barn Quilt Trail Project Seeking Artistic, Fabrication and Financial Support

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Karen Graham At this week’s Council meeting, Lenka Petric of the Cavan Monaghan Barn Quilt Trail Project presented an overview of the status of this impressive community project. With a current target of 30 barn quilts on the table, Petric outlined the vision of the group, which includes a wide … Continue reading

Animal Surgical Patients Need Blood Transfusions, Too

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Karen Graham Business in the emergency practise of local veterinary clinic, Cavan Hills, has picked up significantly over the past few years. Dr. Audrey Chouinard believes pet owners are taking more dramatic (and expensive) steps to heal their pets when faced with serious illness and traumatic injury.   No longer does … Continue reading

Buck or Two Plus Re-Opens February 1st

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Karen Graham Our local dollar store is getting new management and new inventory as Bill Clarke assumes responsibility for the fledgling retail outlet. The store will be managed by his daughter Julie, along with Assistant Manager C.J. Tobin who has been working at the store under the previous management, so … Continue reading

Jordan Landry and Tim Belch Host Town Hall Meeting

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Karen Graham With school cancelled because of blowing snow, hosts Landry and Belch were uncertain if many would turn out for their Town Hall meeting Monday evening to discuss their concerns about issues facing our municipal government. With fifteen attendees, many came with something specific on their minds. The meeting … Continue reading

Three Millbrook Teams Compete in the largest Atom tournament in North America

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Karen Graham What began as a typical one day, 8 team tournament in 1958 has blossomed into a five day event as this year’s Peterborough Liftlock Atom Hockey tournament includes 116 teams, up more than 20 from last year. With divisions from all levels of play from all-star to house … Continue reading