Common Ground – July 2021

“Parnassus has its flowers of transient fragrance.” Dr Johnson The porch triffid, aka Nicotiana sylvestris, continues to confound visitors. Many people have asked me what on earth is that giant plant with drooping white flowers. If you have only seen the very dwarf forms that are sold as bedding plants,… Continue reading

Small Growers Satisfy Appetite for Local Food

Pictured is Harmony Evans, of Wild Ginger Farms, with her constant companion, Meekin, in her half-acre plot on the edge of town. She is one of my young farmers including Amanda Rice, of Spring Bloom Orchards, Cody and Kelsey Armstrong, Eban Hancock, and Merridey Senior, of Puddleduck Farm, who are… Continue reading

New Electoral Ward Boundaries Established

At last week’s Council meeting, new boundaries that redivide the township for electoral purposes were approved.  They provide for a more equitable population distribution and representation amongst the wards, keep traditional hamlets together and provide strong, easily recognized boundaries in the form of roads.  While the southern ward which includes… Continue reading

Tax and Water Bill Arrears Climbing

At the June 21st Council meeting, Director of Finance/Treasurer Kimberley Pope presented the annual Property Tax Arrears Update.  It included a few surprises. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the municipality waived all late payment penalties from March 16, 2020 to October 31, 2020 and held the collection process… Continue reading

Results are in for Maple Syrup Competition

  On June 5th, the Millbrook Agricultural Society hosted its first Maple Syrup Competition conducted remotely.  Despite the lack of an audience, the event attracted seventeen entries.  Dave Brackenridge brought years of maple syrup production experience from his family’s syrup operation to the contest, supporting the event by judging the… Continue reading

Kawartha Quilting and Sewing has Moved

A retirement paved the way for the Kawartha Quilting and Sewing to relocate to a new facility. This month, the shop moved to Bethany to the former location of another quilt shop with its own parking, lots of space and a separate building formerly housing a United Church. Phillipa Skjaveland… Continue reading

Lions’ Breakfast a Big Hit

Last month the Millbrook and District Lions’ Club resurrected their monthly breakfast in a COVID-friendly way, offering drive-through service of peameal bacon on a bun.  Demand exceeded their expectations, prompting a return visit to Foodland to replenish supplies.  They served 173 adults and five children, enabling them to make a… Continue reading

Comment – July 2021

Whispers are often more powerful than shouts when it comes to attracting attention.  The most powerful messages often use very few words.  Several simple and well-chosen words can communicate, educate or inspire – no lectures or explanations required.  Think-  Black Lives Matter; We shall overcome; Make Love, not war.  They… Continue reading