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Renfrew County sees influx of Orthodox Mennonites

Residents in Renfrew County are welcoming some new neighbours.

There's been an influx of Orthodox Mennonites settling in the area.

Levi Weber's family is one of five to move to the area.

"The area where we came from was a little crowded and the land prices were driving us [to] seek other opportunities," Weber told CTV News.

The families, who reject modern technology, have disconnected power to their homes and do not use any of the modern day appliances found in most Canadian homes.

"We didn't really have to do much work to the house," said Weber, who has a family of 10. "It had electricity, of course, and we discontinued that use."

"They go back to the horses, back to what my father grew up doing, you know? Using the horses, so it's a little blast from the past," said neighbour Sean Enwright.

The community has been very welcoming. Officials in Renfrew have even installed hitching posts for horses outside of City Hall.

Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe said this is a great opportunity for growth in the area.

The Mennonite families have plans to build a school in the area.

-With files from CTV's Katie Simpson

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