Where are They Now? Doug Howson of Cavan Places 3rd in Canadian Death Race

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Karen Graham Growing up on Syer Line, Doug was an active, fun-loving child.  He played House League hockey, but was never a star athlete.  That changed soon after his wife Allison introduced him to long distance running. After finishing high school at Crestwood, Doug completed a Heavy Equipment program at … Continue reading

They are off! Liberal Candidate David Marquis Hopes to move from Municipal to Federal Service

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Karen Graham David Marquis is no stranger to political life, having served at the municipal level for 16 years in Brock Township. He hopes to join a Liberal government this fall in Ottawa, where his party plans to make some changes in the way the country is governed. Having grown … Continue reading

On a Mission to Break the Silence of Depression

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Melodie Seto It is often said that life experiences help make us who we are. Julie Vallieresis no stranger to this concept as she presses forward in her journey to redefine herself. Now a married 42 year old mother of three, she reflects on her20+ year battle with depression and … Continue reading

Get a Bicycle Boost with an E-Bike

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Karen Graham So you’ve seen the signs and read about the beautiful cycle routes in and around the area.  The trouble is, those magnificent views touted in the write ups required mounting a formidable hill to take in the panoramic view.  If the idea of peddling your way to the … Continue reading

Be Ready for Your ‘Close-Up’ this Ladies’ Night

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Sarah Sobanski Cavan-Monaghan’s Kristine Hannah will help you capture a moment with local firefighters and officers tonight (Aug. 6) at Ladies’ Night. Last years attendees may recognize her from her representation in the Millbrook and District Chamber of Commerce booth as their Vice President, but this time around Hannah, also … Continue reading

The Key to 4th Line Theatre’s Continued Success? Stick with the Plan!

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Karen Graham For the past 24 years, Robert Winslow has had a plan, and boy, is it working!  Never interested in performing off-the shelf summer theatre productions, since the 4th Line Theatre`s inception its creator has used it as a vehicle to educate and entertain, by developing and presenting original … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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