Millbrook Dam Reconstruction Moves Ahead, But at a Higher Cost

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  Council was dismayed to learn that before shovels were in the ground for the reconstruction of the Millbrook Dam, the project costs have already risen by more than $500K.  At the time the project was approved, the original forecast was for a total project cost of $3.3 million dollars, … Continue reading

Revised Dam Design Revealed at ORCA Open House

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ORCA and Hatch design engineers were on hand last week to connect back with the community about the changes to the Millbrook Dam rehabilitation project scheduled to start this fall.  The presentation revealed several improvements that were appreciated by residents who dropped in to see the new drawings. One of … Continue reading

ORCA Announces Remedial Work to Protect Millbrook Dam

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The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) will be undertaking remedial actions at the Millbrook Dam to ensure the structural integrity of the dam. The work will involve the construction of a cofferdam in the mill pond in front of the existing penstock pipe and the strengthening of the toe berm.  … Continue reading

Progress on the Millbrook Dam Project

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At their meeting last week, ORCA’s Board of Directors approved a recommendation to award Hatch engineering firm a contract for the design and the procurement of construction services for the reconstruction of the Millbrook dam. Hatch has been involved with the project since last fall when the firm was retained … Continue reading

Progress on the Millbrook Dam Project

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At their meeting last week, ORCA’s Board of Directors approved a recommendation to award Hatch engineering firm a contract for the design and the procurement of construction services for the reconstruction of the Millbrook dam. Hatch has been involved with the project since last fall when the firm was retained … Continue reading

Local High School Student Taylor Luecke Contributes Time and Talent to the Mill Effort

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Karen Graham Taylor Luecke is a Crestwood student with a part-time job at the Buck-or-Two store. When the Mill campaign was going, Taylor felt moved to help out, and did so in her own, unique way. She explains she was moved to act because the pond and trails have played … Continue reading

Proceeds of Millworks Art Show and Sale Tops $10,000!

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Bill Slavin The Millworks art show and sale in support of Needlers’ Mill exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. More than $10,000 was raised through the sale of artwork with a further $2000 collected in cash donations at the seven hour event held on Saturday, October 24. Organizers report that the vast … Continue reading

ORCA Unveils Preferred Dam Design

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Karen Graham At the Information session hosted by ORCA on Tuesday, host Marinigh and Senior Project Manager Alfred Breland of consulting firm Hatch Ltd. outlined some of the issues that will be addressed in the Addendum to the Environmental Study to bring the Millbrook Dam Reconstruction project in line with … Continue reading

Nexicom Steps Up with $5,000 Donation to Save the Mill

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Nexicom’s legacy is rooted in its local community involvement and dedication in helping people. That dedication stems from the owners, John and Paul Downs, who exemplify the importance of family and community. Both brothers have recognized the ongoing efforts put forth by The Millbrook & Cavan Historical Society to raise … Continue reading

Millworks Art Sale in Support of Mill

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Bill Slavin Local and regional artists have rallied around Millbrook’s mill! A request for artists to donate their work in support of the current fund-raising campaign to save Needlers’ Mill from destruction has met with overwhelming success. Thirty artists have stepped up to the plate with donated work for the … Continue reading

Work Begins at the Mill

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With the fundraising campaign in full swing, work has begun on the project to move Needler’s Mill onto a new, stable foundation.  Last week, soil sampling took place in preparation for the engineer’s design of the new foundation. This foundation will be located right next to where the mill currently … Continue reading