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Craft sale to support Union Hall renovations, December 10

Union Hall renovations funded through craft sales, donations In...

Annual tree fundraiser launches just in time for Christmas shopping

Living trees and shrubs are the perfect...

Reader comments on AGH emergency department closure

Finally, Ontario’s crumbling patient-centred healthcare system has...

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Daughter and laughter don’t rhyme: why English spelling is so weird

by Brent Eades English is one of history’s most successful tongues. It’s spoken as a first or second language by more people globally than any other -- about 1.5 billion...

Blue Slippers and Black Scissors

Almonte, the summer of 1954.  The SOLD sign had just gone up on 38 Cameron Street signalling the beginning of a forty-year residency of the Dunn family.  Marie was...

Our Grand Olde Dame

Editor's Note: I have been remiss in not sharing more poems from Noreen Syme, about growing up in Almonte long ago. As the Almonte Fair approaches, I'll share this...

Some alternative histories of Almonte, courtesy of artifical intellegence

by Brent Eades Artificial intelligence (AI) platforms such as GPT-3 have grown immensely more powerful in recent years, especially in their ability to generate text...

Where British surnames come from

by Brent Eades I like knowing where words come from — their etymology (from the Greek etymon + logia, ‘the truth of words’). The origin of...

Why we’re called Mississippi Mills

Former Councillor Alex Gillis revisits his files of 26 years to recall how Mississippi Mills was named The following ad appeared in the Almonte Gazette...

Seeking information on the Carroll Side Road

It’s 1880 and you’re walking from Carp to Almonte to visit your Irish relatives over Easter. Thankfully the snow’s finally gone, but you can’t...

The great ‘oldest general store’ debate

by Brent Eades A while back I posted a local history quiz, which readers seemed to enjoy. One question, however, did lead to some raised...

Some bumps on the Bay Hill road

by Brent Eades I've been experimenting with adding colour to some of the 700 historic Almonte photos that Michael Dunn shares with me on Almonte.com....

A cold night in Almonte, circa 1880

by Brent Eades I'm pointing out the obvious, but it is mighty darn cold out there. Wind chill approaching minus 40, apparently. How did our ancestors...

History Lesson: A John Dunn Story

In a book published in Quebec City in 1832 concerning the settlement of Canada, Joseph Bouchette says: “The first systematic emigration we have to record...

A rich trove of Almonte history on Facebook

I've been remiss in not drawing attention to this marvellous Facebook group run by CP-based blogger and historian Linda Seccaspina, Tales of Almonte. With daily...

Through the rear-view mirror

by Karen Hirst It isn't that I live in the past, quite the contrary, but from time to time I do like to dip into...

Mill of Kintail in the 1950s

Lucy Carleton send this interesting account of the Mill when it was owned by Major Jamie Leys and his wife, who bought the property in...

Those Lazy, Hazy Days

Karen Hirst A trip back in time -- a time when moms and tots, teens, and lovelorn pursuers of teens would spend all day basking...

When 150 of years of Almonte trains came to an end

by Brent Eades The first train arrived at Almonte back in 1859, when the tracks of the Brockville & Ottawa Railway reached town. And trains continued...

Two centuries of Almonte on the map

Editor's Note: I posted this item six years ago, when we had many fewer readers. I thought I'd repost it for folks who wouldn't...

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