First Novel Secures Award for Author from Millbrook

Julie Joyce (nee Doner) began writing during her school days growing up on Zion Line south of town.  She became particularly enthralled by the popular TV series, The Gilmore Girls, but sometimes found the plot lines less than satisfactory.  With few friends sharing her interest in the show, she discovered… Continue reading

New Math Tutor Offers Help to Math- Challenged Students

There’s no doubt math is a challenging subject for many students.  The school board knows it, too.  In 2017, the Kawartha Pine Ridge School District launched a revised math strategy, prompted by falling math scores in provincial tests despite a focus on instruction in this subject.  Then Director of Education… Continue reading

Meet Joshua Helms, Foodland Millbrook’s new Store Owner/Operator

Foodland Millbrook has been a fixture in Millbrook for over 40 years, and its new owner, Josh Helms, is bringing a fresh approach and brand-new store renovation to customers in the community. Josh grew up in Mt. Albert, Ontario and started in the grocery business when he was 16 as… Continue reading

Meet the New Principal at Millbrook South Cavan Public School

Once again, Millbrook South Cavan begins the school year with a new principal.  Jeff White arrives from Norwood, replacing Janice Mackenzie who retired last year. Jeff grew up in Lakefield, and loves rural schools.  He studied at Trent and spent his student teaching time in the area as well.  In… Continue reading

Pontypool Celebration Honours Canadian War Brides

Last month the Manvers Historical Society hosted a reunion for local war brides to celebrate their contribution to the country.  Thirteen women and a husband representing his hospitalized wife attended from across the province.  Many brides bore familiar local names including Tinney, De Mille, Leahy, Condon, Robertson and Lash.  Ranging… Continue reading

Millbrook South Cavan Principal Retires

She may be sitting in her office in the photo, but that is not where Millbrook/South Cavan principal Sheryl Hunter spends her workday.   She can be found in the schoolyard during recess, in the halls speaking to students or filling in on Tupper Street for an absent crossing guard.  Students… Continue reading

From the Sock Drawer to the Shelves of Chapters: Catherine Cerveny Writes

It takes a lifetime to write your first book and six months to write the second, so the story goes.  For Catherine Cerveny, that will also be true for her third. A self-professed nerd, Catherine has been writing all her life, and has a sock drawer full of unfinished stories… Continue reading

Kim Turney Introduces Trendy Handbag Style to Peterborough Area

It’s not like Kim had nothing else to do.  A real estate agent in the Cavan Monaghan area is not sitting around in this real estate market.  Her daughter Carla introduced Kim to this sassy young Canadian company founded by Natalie Dusome, a young mother looking to build a business… Continue reading

Marie Stevens Opens Your Eyes with Makeup Techniques

Marie has always had style.  Tall and striking, she can slip her hair into a pony tail, don a pair of big sunglasses and a sun hat and look like she belongs on a fashion cover.  Now she is building a home business using her skills to make others look… Continue reading

One Look at Saturn and I was Hooked for Life

As we read a column each month, we learn a little bit about the writer.  Sometimes we would like to learn more, so this is the first of a series about the people who generously share their ideas and knowledge with us every month.  We start with John Crossen, Astronomy… Continue reading