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The Stone Mills Community Voice Susan Moore and Carol Knowles


short time ago, Carol Knowles and Jasmin Cameron, residents of Stone Mills, were discussing what it means to live in Stone Mills Township. They wanted to offer community members an opportunity to brainstorm, discuss ideas, and develop a vision for Stone Mills. Often, events and initiatives take place in one village at a time. Wouldn’t it be brilliant to collect a group of Stone Mills people eager to develop a collective vision? An inaugural meeting was set up this year on March 27 at the Old Bookstore Café in Camden East. About 20 people showed up, enjoyed some good food at the café, and had a purposeful conversation about our community. Carol explained that a Community Voice could be a broad umbrella to include uniting township residents, coordinating township events, and raising awareness about current or future township development. The group could work together on initiatives that enhance the experience of living in Stone Mills. At this meeting, we met some new neighbours, enjoyed some laughs, and even trotted over to see the Camden East Library (which was closed down on May 1) so we could discuss a possible repurposing of the building. The group recognized the value, to all residents, in

Celebration of Life for Ron Lalande Saturday, June 22

preserving public historic buildings in Stone Mills. Some exciting possibilities were considered. Many other ideas were brainstormed. One gem of an idea was to create a map/ brochure for the township that would include recreational facilities, parks and conservation areas, our small businesses, and a listing of our community groups and service clubs. The group has begun to rev up some initial ideas and possible funding sources for this ambitious project. Another idea was to add the decorative bicycle theme in other villages, following the lead of the Boosters group in Tamworth. The brightly painted bikes filled with baskets of flowers are a distinctive and striking feature in front of the shops and restaurants. Visitors comment on this engaging project. It has become somewhat of a hallmark in the village of Tamworth and shows evidence of good community spirit. The Community Voice will continue to bring voices together in the township. The group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Old Bookstore Café in Camden East. More voices are welcomed to swell the movement. Together, we can find new ways to connect the dots in Stone Mills. For more information, contact Carol Knowles at

between 4-7 p.m. at our home 1916 County Road 1 East just west of Newburgh Please feel free to bring a lawn chair, also if you have a photograph and/or story you might like to share with the family that would be greatly appreciated.

Tamworth Playgroup & Centreville Playgroup in the Park Tamworth Playgroup 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Every Monday in June Tamworth Arena Ages 0-6 and their families

Centreville Playgroup 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 8, 15, 22, & 29 At the Fairgrounds All ages welcome (Weather permitting)

Please bring a snack, water, sunscreen, and outdoor wear

GEORGE MCLAUGHLIN is turning 80 and he’s coming “home” to celebrate!

Solution to the crossword puzzle on page 16:

Drop-in and join George and his family at the

Lakeview Tavern, Beaver Lake, in Erinsville on Sunday, July 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Live music and food will be provided. The only gift George wants is an opportunity to visit and reminisce with his oldest friends and neighbours. George feels very blessed for his new life in Lakefield (near Peterborough), but he misses down home and is looking forward to seeing many familiar faces on this special occasion. For more details, please contact Lisa at 705-875-4955

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The SCOOP // June / July 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // June / July 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...