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The future of former youth detention centre, including historic mansion, still to be determined

Sitting on the edge of a 70-acre piece of prime real estate on King Street, in the east end of Cobourg, sits Strathmore House. You might know it as the administration building for the Brookside Youth Detention Centre. It is one of the last palatial historic homes from the 19th century in Cobourg. It was built in the mid-1870s by a local lawyer and county court judge, George M. Clark. He was born in Belleville and moved to Cobourg as a young man to start apprentice as a lawyer. Continue Reading →

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Lena Fisher and other historic figures discussed with museum rep

Cobourg Museum representative Stanley Isherwood talks about the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre, local historic figures and Canada 150 during Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM Continue Reading →

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Local museums demonstrate bold vision for preserving past for the future

By Robert Washburn

In a time when many museums struggle to survive, two projects in West Northumberland County share a bold vision, looking to preserve the past, as well as create an opportunity for the future. The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre will hold its official opening this weekend launching an important place for viewing the rich and diverse history of Cobourg. At the same time, efforts are underway to raise money for the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum in Port Hope in an effort to turn it into a national attraction and create a home for the many artifacts it has collected. The heritage centre in Cobourg is the fruition of more than a decade of work and fundraising by a dedicated group of citizens, who originally wanted to save a limestone building located at Orr and Durham streets in the downtown. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Sparks fly as council splits over heritage windows

By Robert Washburn

The replacement of windows to a downtown building turned into a major melee between two groups on council who appear to hold opposing views on heritage Monday night. Deputy Reeve Stan Frost spearheaded the revolt when an application to replace windows at 15-19 King Street East was rejected. Councillors Miriam Mutton and John Henderson tried to defend a recommendation from the Cobourg Heritage Committee to deny the replacement of street front windows with vinyl, but allow them at the rear of the buildings. The committee wants Chalovich to repair the windows. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Live coverage of Cobourg Heritage Committee Wednesday night

A special presentation by Joe and Joan Sherman are a highlight of the Heritage Committee meeting Wednesday June 15, 2011 starting at 7 p.m. Former Cobourg Mayor Joan Chalovich has returned with a second request to fix windows on one of her King Street properties. As well, a property owner of Division Street has written a letter defending renovations he completed without a heritage permit. Join our live coverage by clicking here or via Twitter @rwash Continue Reading →

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TV show demonstrated how Saving Places is entertaining and significant

Heritage preservation should be more fun than serious in the public’s eyes, said a panelist at the Ontario Heritage Conference in Victoria Hall Friday. Andrea Nemtin, produce of the television show Saving Places, said her program, which appeared on the History Channel in 2010, was aimed at making heritage protection more accessible, entertaining, but educational. (more…) Continue Reading →

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