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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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Battle over heritage preservation far from over

By Robert Washburn

A gathering of heritage activist, bureaucrats and politicians for the Ontario Heritage Conference in Cobourg this weekend marks an opportunity to assess and strategize around the way municipalities, the province and the federal government is protecting our past for the future. West Northumberland presents a textbook of the strengths and weaknesses of the current system, but also the challenges for the future. The recent debate over the prospect of 139 Bagot Street is a good example. Heritage property owner Grant Watson applied for a demolition permit, but the town denied him, waiting for an engineering report. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Cobourg Heritage Committee lends support to window replacement

An application to use heritage-style vinyl windows received support from the Cobourg Heritage Committee Wednesday night, but failed to have enough members to give it approval. Cobourg Heritage Planner Stephen Ashton said he would do a phone poll of other committee members and, if supportive, he would give the application staff approval. This means the item will not go before Cobourg council. Vinyl windows have received criticism from some politicians in the past few months. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Bagot Street heritage home faces possible demolition

By Robert Washburn

[singlepic id=7 w=320 h=240 float=right]A historic house on Bagot Street could face the wrecker’s ball, if it is deemed structurally unsound after a fire last spring gutted the building, the town’s heritage committee decided Wednesday night. The town’s heritage planner, Stephen Ashton, said the Ontario Vernacular Cottage, at 139 Bagot Street, built in 1875, was seriously damaged inside the building. The cost to repair is estimated to be approximately $197,000, according to a report brought before the committee. However, the situation is more complex because the report states the building did not have sufficient insurance to cover the cost of repair. There is no town bylaws demanding heritage property owners purchase sufficient insurance to repair historic buildings, Ashton said. Continue Reading →

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Get serious about heritage or go home

The debate over a proposal to install new windows at 14-16 King St. West in the Heritage District in Cobourg represents the very worst of preservation policies and politics Monday night. Landlords Karen and Joan Chalovich were in the public gallery when council received its report from staff about a proposal to replace an old set of windows with some new ones along the main street in the downtown. Joan Chalovich, a former mayor, was one of the people who was instrumental in getting a heritage district for Cobourg. She is also a long-time supporter of Barnum House in Grafton, the county’s museum and one of the most important historical buildings in West Northumberland. Continue Reading →

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