Local Skating Club Builds Skills and Confidence On and Off the Ice

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Karen Graham The local figure skating club has acquired more ice time this year, hoping to continue their momentum as their membership grows. Theirs is a very inclusive group, providing skill development at seven levels of proficiency, from beginners aged three to five just learning to keep upright on their … Continue reading

The Harvest

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Lorraine Hughes “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 The summer is winding down, the nights are starting to get chilly and we gardeners are busy harvesting, preserving and canning … Continue reading

The End of an Era?

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Karen Graham Saturday was a beautiful but difficult day for Shirley Challice.  After recently losing her husbandof many years, Shirley was parting with some of her personal belongings in an auction on the farm she and Roger where they had raised their family, paring down in preparation for a new … Continue reading

Will 2015 be the Last Unfair Election?

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Sarah Sobanski “There have been four majorities over 150 years of the electoral system, where the elected party received 50 per cent of the vote as well as seats (in the House of Commons),” NDP’s Craig Scott told a room full of concerned citizens at Millbrook’s Municipal Office Thursday. Hosting … Continue reading

Young Millbrook Entrepreneur Continues to Face Forward After a Successful Summer Start

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Melodie Seto 16 year old Brigh Findlay-Shields is not your average summer job-seeking high school student. Unlike most teenagers her age, she decided to become an entrepreneur during her summer holiday. As the proud founder of Darling Equine, an onlinebridle charm boutique, she is one of 13 youth participants in … Continue reading

Council Approves Back up Plan to Preserve Mill

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Karen Graham Despite media reports to the contrary, at the last Council Meeting our municipal representatives took a step to protect the grist mill building, not destroy it.  A letter from ORCA CAO Dan Marinigh had been received that day, seeking financial support for a last ditch effort to avoid … Continue reading

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