250 Trees & Shrubs Planted At Millpond & Station Trail In Millbrook For TD Tree Days

On Saturday, September 14th, more than 50 volunteers planted 250 new trees and shrubs along the shoreline of the Millbrook Millpond at Medd’s Mountain and along the Station Trail. This planting was part of TD Tree Days, in partnership with TD Canada Trust.

The native species planted included Eastern White Cedar, Speckled Alder, Dogwood, Elderberry, Nannyberry and Willow, which will support natural diversity and wildlife habitat.

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Otonabee Conservation staff were on-site to provide technical support and share information about the value of trees within the natural environment.

“The planting of trees provides countless benefits from filtering the air we breathe to regulating temperatures and providing shelter to wildlife,” says Meredith Carter, Manager of Watershed Management programs for Otonabee Conservation. “Trees also have a tremendous capacity to capture carbon dioxide, mitigating climate change.”

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

“The day was a great success,” adds Erin McLeod, TD Canada Trust Employee and volunteer Site Leader.

"TD and so many community volunteers had a great time and did an amazing job, which speaks well of the commitment of TD staff, their families, and municipal support from the Township of Cavan Monaghan to improving the local environment and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities through TD Tree Days."

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

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Millbrook Is Swooning Over Josh Duhamel And He Is Swooning Over Them

Heartthrob actor Josh Duhamel is in Millbrook filming the superhero drama Netflix series Jupiter's Legacy, and he is being incredibly gracious with fans.

“Best day ever, got to meet Josh Duhamel today at work,” says Taylor Froggatt on Facebook of meeting the Transformers star. “Gotta love when they film Netflix movies in Millbrook. So star struck right now.”

Photo by Taylor Froggatt (Facebook)

Photo by Taylor Froggatt (Facebook)

The Valley Shop in Millbrook posted this pic below to their Facebook page

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As well, The Quilter’s Bolt in Millbrook posted this picture to their Facebook page

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“Josh was kind enough to stop and take selfies with us Nexicom ladies. Love working in Millbrook,” says Suzanne Tyo-Whiston on Facebook where she posted this selfie picture with him.

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Oh, and when he’s not taking photos with adoring fans, he is doing some filming—as evidenced by this photo by Pastry Peddler

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Feature Film Beacon Street Shooting Scenes In Downtown Millbrook

The beautiful town of Millbrook near Peterborough, which is often used for scenes on TV series and movies, has once again been transformed into a set for Beacon Street, a new feature film in production being filmed on location there for several days.

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Many of the stores and cafes in town have been transformed for scenes in this Netflix movie, including the local Home Hardware, which is now Rudolph’s Dry Tack & Hardware…

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The Millbrook Business Improvement Area posted to their Facebook page video of all the people from the film production supporting business in the community, including the Pastry Peddlar…

Here are a couple more pictures from the set…

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TV Series Anne Filming More Scenes In Millbrook

The TV series Anne has been in Millbrook on several occasions over the past couple years filming scenes for the show, and they were back in this charming Ontario village near Peterborough on Tuesday (February 27th) shooting more.

The CBC/Netflix series Anne is based on the 1908 classic novel Anne of Green Gables, and Millbrook is transformed into Charlottetown, PEI for some scenes. Here are some pictures below from the set on what turned out to be beautiful, balmy winter day for filming...

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Millbrook Was Beautifully Transformed Into Charlottetown, PEI For New CBC/Netflix TV Series "Anne"

Millbrook townsfolk were buzzing on Tuesday (November 8th), as their picturesque downtown near Peterborough, Ontario became the set for a new, upcoming CBC/Netflix series Anne based on the 1908 classic novel Anne of Green Gables.

The adaptation of the famous novel is slated to air early in 2017, and is being spearheaded by Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad). The eight-episode series will stream globally on Netflix and air on CBC in Canada, and by airing on Netflix will further introduce Anne to a generation of new fans outside Canada.

Millbrook was dramatically transformed into Charlottetown, PEI for the scenes. Here are pictures below from the set...

Anne Shirley herself is being played by Amybeth McNulty, who wasn't on set today...

Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg

Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg

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Look At The Sinkhole On Millbrook's Main Street

[UPDATE: King Street is open again after repair crews worked overnight to fix it.]

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A water main break in Millbrook on Friday (August 22nd) has caused a portion of the main street in the town to buckle. Millbrook is now under a boil water advisory, and residents are advised to boil the water for one minute before using it for cooking, drinking, and teeth brushing. Engineers are working to repair the infrastructure. Check out these pics below via Millbrook Bia on Facebook on the flooding yesterday on the street and the resulting sinkhole...

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Millbrook Downtown Being Transformed Into Movie Set For "Life" Starring Robert Pattinson

[UPDATE: We got him! Robert Pattinson in Millbrook! See pics below!!]

[UPDATE 2: Moviefone.com picks up our post.]

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The Hollywood movie Life starring Robert Pattinson (Twilight film series) is filming scenes in Millbrook, Ont., near Peterborough on Tuesday (March 4th). Pattinson plays the role of Dennis Stock, the photographer for Life magazine who took many of the iconic images of James Dean. Millbrook's downtown on King Street is being transformed by the film crew into the 1950s era (see pic below), with primary scenes to be filmed at The Pastry Peddler—which will stand in as a Fifties shoe store. Pattinson will be in town for the shoot. The movie is slated for release in 2015.

UPDATE: Robert Pattinson on set below in Millbrook...

Photo Credit: Christi Morton, PTBOCanada.com

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Photo Credit: Christi Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Photo credit: Christi Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Photo credit: Christi Morton, PTBOCanada.com

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Watch An Interview With Millbrook's The Pastry Peddler All About Butter Tarts

The 2013 Peterborough Flavour Festival is this Sunday (April 28th), and we chatted with Colin and Deanna, owners of The Pastry Peddler in Millbrook, Ont., about butter tarts. They are among the entrants in the Butter Tart Taste-off at the festival.

See our video of all the entrants in the Butter Tart Taste-off, and get ready to decide for yourself on Sunday.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Nexicom In Millbrook Had More Customers Than Usual Drop By Their Office Today

UPDATE: Thursday, September 8th, 11:09 a.m.  Here's an interesting timeline sent to us by a tipster that reveals what went wrong with Nexicom switch... It's apparently put together by Nexicom employee.

Sept 5th – 11:45AM. Primary and redundant switch failure alarm generated. Both our primary and backup phone switch went offline and technician notified.
Sept 5th – 12:15PM. Technician onsite and investigating. Strong burning smell evident upon entry to building.
Sept 5th – 12:45PM . Additional technicians called to site to investigate – power disconnected to all phone switch equipment as per safety protocols.
Sept 5th – 3:00PM. Diagnosis of issue shows that the primary and redundant telephone switch had suffered un-repairable electrical damage.
Sept 5th – 3:00PM. Emergency procedures initiated and switch vendor notified.
Sept 5th – 6:00PM. Extensive troubleshooting and “heated” discussion with switch vendor. Switch vendor notifies Nexicom that there is no spare equipment available in Canada currently and must ship replacement equipment from their UK and/or California locations.
Sept 6th – 8:00AM. Updates received from switch vendor that they are still staging and preparing the equipment. Staging and testing process is very involved and complex with this kind of equipment – normally takes a minimum of 1 week.
Sept 6th – 9:00AM. Nexicom technicians began preparatory work for arrival of new equipment.
Sept 6th – 3:00PM. Switch vendor has confirmed shipments have left from the UK and also from California via air freight.
Sept 6th – 11:00PM. Nexicom technicians complete preparatory work required for arrival of new equipment.
Sept 7th – 7:00AM. Confirmation that replacement telephone switch equipment has arrived in Toronto and waiting customs clearance process.
Sept 7th - 10:00AM. Customs clearance confirmed and new switch equipment picked up by Nexicom.
Sept 7th - 11:30AM. Equipment arrived and technicians began installation.
Sept 7th - 1:30PM. All voice services restored.

Nexicom has extensive support and maintenance contracts in place with our telephone switch vendor so that situations like this can be dealt with very quickly. This situation has raised serious concerns that are resulting in a series of ongoing discussions with them in the coming weeks. Obviously our primary focus at this moment is to followup on the service restoration but you can be confident the discussions with our switch vendor will be a priority immediately after service restoration.

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[UPDATE Wednesday, 11:51 a.m.: Here are the latest emails that went out to all Nexicom customers this morning. Service should be restored later this afternoon.]

Message to all Nexicom Telephone Customers

Re:  Phone Outages Update

Further to the update we sent a few hours ago, the switch has arrived in Millbrook.

Our technicians are currently working on programming the unit, and we anticipate that we should have full telephone service available to you by later this afternoon.

We will continue to keep you up to date on the progress.

Our next update should announce fully restored telephone service.

 
Thank you again,

The Nexicom Team

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Message to all Nexicom Telephone Customers

Re:  Phone Outages Update

The replacement switch has been processed through Canadian Customs and is in transit from Pearson International Airport to Nexicom’s facility in Millbrook.

The switch will be programmed by our technicians upon its arrival and we hope to have your phone service fully operational by later this afternoon.

Once the equipment is in our facility undergoing programming, we will send you another update.

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Nexicom Team

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[UPDATE: Here is the release that went out to all Nexicom customers this afternoon. It's looking like service won't be restored until by end of day tomorrow.]

From: "Do Not Reply" <donotreply@nexicom.net>
Date: September 6, 2011 3:38:07 PM GMT-04:00
To: <donotreply@nexicom.net>
Subject: UPDATE:  Telephone Outage
Reply-To: support@nexicom.net

Message to all Nexicom Telephone Customers
 
Further to our message this morning, a new telephone switch has been configured, tested and we have confirmed it is in transit.  It is anticipated that we will receive the new switch tomorrow afternoon after clearing customs.  As soon as we receive the unit, every effort will be made to restore service by end of day tomorrow. We will send out another update tomorrow once we receive the switch.
 
Again, we thank you for your understanding.
 
The Nexicom Team


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Local Author Julie Kirkpatrick at Chapters for Book Signing of "The Camino Letters"

Julie Kirkpatrick was at Chapters Friday night in Peterborough to autograph copies of her new book, The Camino Letters: 26 Tasks on the Way to Finisterre.

Julie is a local lawyer, practicing in Millbrook. In need of a break from law, she scheduled time off work while trying to make the best use of her daughter's unexpected spare time while in France. They decided to spend a month walking an old historic pilgrimage route through Spain called the Camino de Santiago. To satisfy Julie's thirst for knowledge, she decided to liven up the walk by mailing 26 of her friends asking them to provide her a daily task to complete. This whole adventure impacted her far more than she ever expected.

The book is a snapshot of her life, but is relatable to all as it is based on universal themes such as life, death, love and fear. Readers have conveyed to her that despite how it being such a personal story, they were able to make strong unique connections to it.

Julie will be at Chapters again today for signings (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.), and her book launch is this evening in Millbrook. You can also read more about The Camino Letters on her blog.  —words and pictures by Evan Holt

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