ORCA Presents New Design for Millbrook Dam

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At a public consultation conducted last January, Otonabee Conservation shared a design for the reconstruction of the Millbrook Dam spillway that incorporated a 26 metre wide weir, with a multi-level spillway where water that spilled constantly flowed over the lower, eastern side of the spillway and during times of high … Continue reading

Millbrook & Cavan Historical Society Launches Reprint of Historic Local Booklet

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The local Historical Society is reprinting the 1937 booklet entitled “A Brief History of Cavan Township and Millbrook Village from 1816 to 1937”, written by Mary Sloane Eakins. The author is the great-granddaughter of John Deyell, one of the township’s first settlers and is credited with the development of the … Continue reading

Moving Forward with Needler’s Mill

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It is almost a year since an agreement was reached to enable the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society to purchase Needler’s Mill in Millbrook from the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, and the end is finally in sight. Last Thursday, July 21, David Hobson, representing the Historical Society, had an opportunity … 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

Save the Dam group Saves The Mill

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At their regular meeting on August 20,  the Board of Otonabee Conservation (ORCA) voted to accept the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society’s Offer to Purchase Needler’s Mill in Millbrook. Historical Society president Celia Hunter and Angie McLean from the Save the Dam Mill Pond Group presented the offer to the Board, with … 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