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Glen Tay Block Race Celebrates 50th Running of Modern Race
Winner Earl Steinbrecher crosses the finish line.
By Terry O’Hearn More than seventy runners finished this year’s 2016 Glen Tay Block Race, despite hot and humid weather.  The overall winner was Earl Steinbrecher of Willseyville, NY, who finished in a time of 55:47.  Although it was well off the course record of 45:14 set by Kingston’s Steve Boyd in 2003, it was nonetheless considered a decent time by race organizers. This year’s race was the 50th consecutive running of the modern edition of the race, and it was also one of the Perth 200th Anniversary events.  Perth Deputy-Mayor and chair of the 200th Anniversary Committee John Gemmell was present to bring greetings to the runners[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 26 – 28
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 26 – 28 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Bridge to Terabithia 7:30pm – 9:45pm Supported by a lyrical score with funny, touching songs, the play tells a dramatic story of friendship, imagination, loss and courage. August 19-28. Tickets $20 adults; $10. The Smiths Falls Community Theatre smithsfallstheatre.com SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 MEGA Indoor Sale & Bake Sale 8:00am-1:00pm Lots of treasures, baked goods by Trinity Cooks, tasty BBQ food by Mens Breakfast Club. Trinity United Church 41 Market St, Smiths Falls. Downtown Farmers’ [...]
Smiths Falls to celebrate Henderson’s return from Rio
Brooke Henderson
Brooke and Brittany Henderson are household names in Smiths Falls. The duo represented Smiths Falls, and Canada, proudly at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. To welcome the sisters home and to celebrate their hard work, the town will be hosting a party on Friday, Sept. 9 at Centennial Park on Confederation Drive in Smiths Falls. The town wants to encourage everyone to wear red and white to show their support. “Brooke is a dynamic young woman and incredible ambassador for the town,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow. “The accomplishments of Team Henderson are cause for celebration.” The celebration will get under way at 11:00 a.m. with live entert[...]
Lanark County Tourism kicks off new marketing project with funding from OHTO
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Submitted The Lanark County Tourism Association (LCTA) has received funding from Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO), as part of OHTO’s Tourism Development Partnership Program (TDPP), which will allow the association to kick off it’s new marketing campaign while supporting the Come Wander brand. “The TDPP program is designed to encourage and support collaborative tourism development initiatives that reflect the Come Wander regional brand platform, that align with strategic objectives, and that can demonstrate long term benefits to the region,’” said Stephanie Hessel, tourism development and industry relations c[...]
Smiths Falls community donation policy getting a revamp
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Every year it’s an emotional issue and one that doesn’t seem to get any easier for Smiths Falls council.  Two years ago, an effort was made to define a community donations policy to help guide both council and applicants through the process of applying and succeeding. “The goal of that policy was to give clear direction to council and help staff coach and work with community groups,” said Chris Cummings, the Smiths Falls councillor who spearheaded the creation of the existing policy. This year that policy is being revamped and several factors are being considered, because, as Cummings point[...]
Food establishment inspection information now available online
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Submitted The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has made it possible for the public to now access the latest inspection information online for any inspected food premises in the tri-county area. Accessing the reports is simple. Visit the health unit website at www.healthunit.org and select the food safety page.  Click the INSIGHT  button and type in the name of the establishment you would like to review. It’s important to note that only premises that are inspected by public health inspectors will be listed in the inventory.   An explanation of how to interpret inspection information is also available on this website. Membe[...]
Annual Victoria Park BBQ
The Smiths Falls chamber of commerce is having their annual Victoria Park BBQ. All members are welcome to come today from 5-7 p.m. down at Victoria Park Campground. We hope to have a great turn out in this gorgeous setting down by the water. Hope to see you there.[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 19 – 21
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 19 – 21 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 Bridge to Terabithia 7:30pm – 9:45pm Supported by a lyrical score with funny, touching songs, the play tells a dramatic story of friendship, imagination, loss and courage. August 19-28. Tickets $20 adults; $10. The Smiths Falls Community Theatre smithsfallstheatre.com Annual Victoria Park BBQ 5:00pm – 7:00pm It looks like a great day to get together for a BBQ! All members are welcome to come. we hope to have a great turn out in this gorgeous setting down by the water. SATURDAY, AUGUST[...]
Charges and arrests make for a busy weekend for Smiths Falls police
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Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Department Domestic Charges On Aug. 4, police responded to a reported domestic incident in Smiths Falls. A 29 year old North Bay male was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. He was later released from custody to reside in North Bay. Man’s frustration leads to charges A male who lives in the downtown core of Smiths Falls became frustrated on Aug. 5 due to headlights of parked cars shining in his residence. The 61-year-old proceeded to smash the headlights on the cars with the drivers inside. He was later arrested and charged with mischief Impaired driving incident Smiths Falls police responde[...]
Small restaurant serves mighty flavour
Cha-restaurant
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It always amazes me that some of the best restaurants I find are hole-in-the-wall establishments that you either couldn’t find on your own or would just walk by without noticing. One such is Cha Tea House on St. Lawrence Street in Merrickville.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside. Without the two red patio tables with chairs set on the sidewalk in the summer, you probably wouldn’t notice it at all. Until you eat there.   What do they serve?  Well it’s Chinese food, but this place is D-I-F-F-E-R-E-N-T.  Seriously, this is Chinese food as I’ve never experienced before and believe[...]
Top Shelf Distillers in Perth turns local corn into great vodka
Top Shelf Distillers
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca There is a shiny new distillery in Ontario that’s taken off like a freight train since it opened in mid-December 2015. Top Shelf Distillers produces vodka and gin in Pert, but you’ll find their products at your local LCBO — look for the upside down label. “We’re way busier than we ever expected. It’s a good problem to have, but a bit overwhelming,” said Hannah Murphy CEO and co-founder of Top Shelf Distillers. Barely eight months since it opened and the distillery is already approved to sell its vodka and gin through the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). “We’re now producing [...]
Cubacan project makes play for support Cuban bat factory upgrades
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Bill Ryan provided a brief overview of the Cubacan project, as well as making a pitch to Perth Town Council in regards to the project’s newest initiative, at the Aug. 9 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting. That initiative focuses on improving the quality of the bats now made in Cuba, as well as increasing the production capabilities. Funds are being raised to purchase a hydraulic copy lathe and other equipment, which will be shipped to Cuba and set up in a bat factory there to replace the rudimentary equipment currently being used. Along with making council aware of the initiative, Ryan sought its s[...]
Perth taking action to recruit doctors to the area
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Perth may not be ailing right now when it comes to the number of family physicians in the community but that prognosis could change shortly, according to the town’s mayor. “We are fine now but, in a very short time, we may not be that way,” he stated at the Aug. 9 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting of Perth Town Council, noting that several doctors are nearing retirement age. Fenik told council that the opportunity had arose for Perth to share a professional physician recruiter with Smiths Falls and Brockville at a cost to the town of $10,000 for one year. This will cover one day a week, he poi[...]
Resident drives home concerns about large truck traffic on Gore Street
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss After addressing Perth Town Council a few years ago over his concerns about large trucks utilizing Gore Street, Derek Holbeche was at the Aug. 9 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting to drive home the message again. Appearing as a delegation at the meeting, Holbeche told council that in June 2015 he observed a flatbed truck loaded with large landscaping rocks “that must have weighed more than 20 tonnes, the weight limit on the large bridge,” going down the street. “This year, when Gore Street was being repaved, only cars and light trucks were allowed on the street and reroute truck signs directed heavy trucks around[...]
Tweed outdoor party a hit, despite the rain
Pankow and Family
By Sally Smith sally@pdgmedia.ca  Rain didn’t deter anyone. Families arrived with chairs and umbrellas, and set up in front of the stage. People of all ages dropped in to the Tweed lawn party on Sunday, Aug. 14. Authorized medical users were shown to their own private area (at a distance from other guests), and when the show did start (a little late because of a malfunctioning amplifier), it was a blast. Tweed chose Sunday afternoon to thank its customers with headliners BlakDenim, The Balconies and Joel Plaskett Emergency. Bruce’s Babies opened with some original songs. The mood was happy, the music was loud, and a 5 o’clock downpour [...]
Carleton Place investigation concludes without incident
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Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release LANARK COUNTY *UPDATE*CARLETON PLACE OPP CONDUCTING INVESTIGATION ON HIGH ST 2016-08-15 (CARLETON PLACE, ON) – The police investigation being conducted today by the Carleton Place Ontario Provincial Police on High Street in the Town of Carleton Place has been concluded safely without incident. OPP attended a residence on High Street in regards to the well-being of a male.  Upon further investigation police secured the area in the interest of public safety. A male was apprehended safely and without incident with the assistance of the OPP East Region Emergency Response Team, the OPP[...]
Carleton Place OPP investigating on High Street, road closed
Smiths Falls Police
Submitted The Carleton Place Ontario Provincial Police are currently conducting a police investigation in the area of High Street in Carleton Place. The area has been secured in the interest of public safety until the investigation is concluded. High Street will be closed from Thomas Street to Flora Street. Thomas Street, Moffat Street and Flora Street will be closed south from Charlotte Street to McRostie Street. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to select another route when travelling in the area until the conclusion of the investigation.[...]
Celebrate Lanark County’s bounty at harvest festival
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Submitted Want to get fresh with a local farmer? The fourth annual Lanark County Harvest Festival will give everyone a chance to do just that. This outdoor event, slated for Sunday, Sept. 11 at Beckwith Park (1319, 9th Line, Beckwith), will celebrate the county’s bounty of the harvest featuring local producers, food seminars, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, local musicians, historical displays and more. This year, we celebrate the 200th anniversary by showcasing the people, products and projects of Beckwith, Drummond/North Elmsley, Perth and Tay Valley. The Lanark County Harvest Festival is an opportunity for people to meet[...]
Lanark County OPP keeping eye on new smartphone game
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By Sam Cooley editorial@pdgmedia.ca You could say it’s been a good month for the Pokemon Go players chasing Pikachu through Lanark County. No accidents, robberies or collisions have occurred as a result of the video game, according to OPP Constable David Bird. “Hopefully our community stays that way,” he said. Pokemon Go is a smart-phone game where users chase down and capture digital critters in a semi-virtual reality which utilizes a phone’s GPS and camera systems. Released on July 16 in Canada, it has on occasion been the source of distraction for some of its users. According to Bird, the game appears to have gained a bit of tracti[...]
Bat building passion turns into a pitch for funds to upgrade Cuban bat factory
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca When Bill Ryan and his wife Nora first started holidaying in Cuba approximately 10 years ago, they wanted to show their appreciation of the staff at the resort in which they were staying. Aware that Cubans are huge baseball fans, Bill collected baseball gloves from his co-workers, purchased some balls, and using an old lathe he had been given, he decided to handcraft some children’s baseball bats. “I thought this might be something they could use,” he says. “They did. They loved it.” Ryan continued to make bats to give to the children of the resort workers each year and took them down with th[...]
Health unit raises awareness about bats and rabies
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Submitted Bats are beneficial to the ecosystem, but they can carry diseases such as rabies and histoplasmosis, which can affect humans and animals. They may also transmit distemper and mange to household pets. Bats are nocturnal animals and feed most actively two or three hours following sunset. They are efficient insect controllers eating about three times their body weight. Bats typically have their babies in June and come August many of the young bats are looking for their own roosting sites. Many bats will roost and hibernate in attics. Approximately three percent of bats carry the rabies virus. The most common signs of rabies in bats are[...]
New leadership names to Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital board
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Submitted Terry Cairns and Dr. Scott Higham have one thing in common – they are both committed to local health care close to home. As Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital’s new Board Chair and Chief of Staff, they say they are looking forward to being at the helm and building upon the Board’s successes. “Health care is transforming and working with our partners to find ways to improve the quality of care through innovation is always a priority. Providing the best and most appropriate services locally also remains at the top of the list,” says Terry Cairns who joined the board four years ago. “We want to take a lead rol[...]
Carleton Place Canadians and Canadian Tire jumpstart the 2015-17 hockey season
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Submitted The Carleton Place Canadians and Canadian Tire Carleton Place join forces again to jumpstart the 2016-2017 hockey season. Everyone is invited to come on out to the Carleton Place Canadian Tire Parking lot at 485 McNeely Ave. in Carleton Place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. to meet and mingle with the entire 2016-2017 CP Canadians Jr A team. Free family activities will also be taking place, so bring a hockey stick and join in the fun. Along with autographs, there will be photo opportunities with your favourite players, information on the upcoming season and an opportunity to pre-order your season tickets. In 2005, Canadian[...]
Military are setting up camp in Perth in October
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Up to 500 members of the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RHCA) will be deployed to Perth for a few days in October as part of a military exercise. Exercise “Avenging Gunner,” as it is being called, will commence on Oct. 11 with the main body of the regiment moving from its base in Petawawa to Ottawa and then on to Perth the following day. Support personnel will be setting up at the Perth Fairgrounds in advance to meet the regiment when they arrive. From Oct. 12-14, the fairgrounds will serve as the base of operations with some members of 2 RCHA going to the Lombardy Fairgrounds and o[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 12 – 14
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 12 – 14 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 Summer Swap Days Place your items at the curb on Friday evening and leave it there till Sunday morning for Swap Weekend browsers but if not please remove your items from the curb by Sunday morning. 613-283-4124 ext. 1147 vbernicky@smithsfalls.ca SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Summer Swap Days Place your items at the curb on Friday evening and leave it there till Sunday morning for Swap Weekend browsers but if not please remove your items from the curb by Sunday morning. 613-283-4124 ext. 1147 vbernicky@smit[...]
Perth’s new fire chief well known in community
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Perth’s new fire chief is a familiar face on the Perth Fire Department. Following an in-camera session and the approval of a bylaw governing the appointment at a special meeting of Perth Town Council on Aug. 9, Mayor John Fenik announced that Trevor Choffe will succeed current chief Steve Fournier who is retiring at the end of September. One of 16 applicants for the position from across Canada and among five interviewed, Choffe has been a volunteer with the fire department for nine years. He rotates as an officer on call and as a driver on call, as well as being part of the fire instructor team. Chof[...]
South Pedestrian Bridge will be up by Friday
Smiths Falls Logo
By Howida-Sorour Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s been in the works for a while but the south pedestrian bridge will be up by the end of the week.  “The abutments are poured and cured and the bridge will be here by Wednesday and installed by Friday,” said Art Manhire, Smiths Falls director of community services. The 70 foot bridge will be delivered to the town in one section and installed along with some panels on site.[...]
No gain without traffic pain
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Traffic on Lombard Street has been chaotic over the past few days, but will start to ease somewhat soon. Meanwhile work on the Stone Arch Bridge is imminent and will also be causing some delays. “The traffic restriction will change during work on the Stone Arch Bridge.  The work will start on the east side and the worst of the traffic restrictions will be done at the start of the project,” said Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities The Foster Street project is also ready to go according to Dunlop and work should start next week. “Notices will be sent out to residents[...]
Smiths Falls residents asked to conserve water
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has declared the region to be in moderate drought conditions with precipitation at less than 60 per cent of normal.   Area lakes are 30 to 40 centimetres below normal levels and non-reservoir lakes are experiencing water loss due to evaporation of up to one and two centimetres a day. “We’re just asking people not to wash their cars or water their gardens every day, and as much as possible to limit their water use,” said Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities “If these condition continue we may have to move towards some water [...]
Smiths Falls Rotary already talking snowsuit campaign
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s hard to think about winter in 30 degree weather, but the Lanark Child and Family Services snowsuit campaign will be starting soon. In a delegation to the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole on Monday, Aug. 8, Ken Graham, president of the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls highlighted the need to bring awareness to this year’s campaign. “Last year 524 snowsuits were distributed in this area, more than 200 in Smiths Falls,” said Graham. As Graham pointed out, hot as it’s been this summer, the fall and winter will be upon us soon, and for the second consecutive year Rotary is partnering with[...]
Lorne Street reconstruction still looking for funding
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca An application for funding to reconstruct Lorne Street in Smiths Falls failed to secure approval. The joint provincial and federal Small Communities Fund was inundated with applications with a total value that exceeded the funding envelope. “We weren’t the only community that didn’t get funding,” said Malcolm Morris, Smiths Falls CAO. The fund allowed municipalities to apply for two thirds of a project cost. The Lorne Street reconstruction project, which includes water and sewage infrastructure, repaving and sidewalks is estimated at $1.5 million. The town applied for $500,000 from each of th[...]
United Way Lanark County to make six-figure investment in programs in 2016
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Thanks to the generosity of Lanark County and Smiths Falls donors, the Board of United Way Lanark County (UWLC) have committed to investing $258,898 over the next three years into programs and projects that will have an impact in our community, starting with $108,195 in 2016. Our community partners include Adult Learning & Training Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County, Carleton Place & District CORE Youth Services, Community & Primary Health Care in partnership with Mills Community Support Corporation, Lanark County Community Justice, Lanark Highlands Youth Centre, Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth, and YAK[...]
Almonte lung health program a breath of rehab for those with COPD
Ellen Holmes, a RRT/CRE, leads those in the maintenance portion of the Lung Health Program in a cool down exercise during a recent class in Almonte. She, along with physiotherapist Danielle Mingelinckx and Lynn McNames, a physiotherapy assistant, instruct the pulmonary rehabilitation classes there. Photo Credit: Dianne Pinder-Moss
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema in 2011, Roger Dionne was also contending with arthritis in his knees, a recurring leg infection, circulation issues, sleep apnea and psoriasis, which covered more than 80 per cent of his body. He doesn’t hesitate in saying that by the spring of 2015, he was physically a mess. No longer able to work, the Almonte resident’s health had deteriorated to the point that he was having to rely on others to help get him dressed, climb the stairs and to take a shower. He couldn’t even [...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 5 – 7
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 5 – 7 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Public Skating 5:00pm – 6:00pm Come out and enjoy an hour of skating. $2 per person. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre 71 Cornelia St, Smiths Falls SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Downtown Farmers’ Market 9:00am – 2:00pm Come out to enjoy the Downtown Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market an get some local fresh produce! See you on Russell Street West! Smiths Falls Rideau Paddlefest 9:00am – 5:00pm Answer the ‘Call of the Rideau’. Join us Saturday and celebrate the flat waters of the Ri[...]
Carleton Place kicks off food festival with town square party
Looking for something fun and local to do? On Aug. 11, head downtown Carleton Place to Market Square (7 Beckwith Street) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. pm for an opportunity to eat, drink and shop local at the Kick-off at The Square event. Organized by the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce, #KickOffAtTheSquare will allow patrons to enjoy refreshing appetizers, sample beverages and treats, enjoy live music, cooking demos, an open air art gallery, museum display and shop some unique local vendors. Conveniently located in the downtown core, Market Square is just around the corner from the towns’ main street. Grab a bite and then stroll do[...]
Stone Arch Bridge will accommodate art
Smiths Falls Stone Arch Bridge
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca In March Scott Poole of Greer Galloway Group, the consulting engineering firm on the Stone Arch Bridge restoration project, presented the Smiths Falls committee of the whole (COW) options regarding the barrier wall and railing for the Stone Arch Bridge. At that time, members of council agreed on a less obtrusive wall with an open metal railing to give a better view of the river. The idea of incorporating a ‘bumpout’ (a small section of wall that’s flush with the exterior but higher than the surrounding railing) was mentioned but not finalized. During the Aug. 2 COW meeting, Troy Dunlop, directo[...]
Community pool receives town funding
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca  At the Smiths Falls special committee of the whole (COW) meeting held on Aug. 2, discussion regarding the fate of the community pool located at the Gallipeau Centre dominated the meeting. In the end, four out of six councillors voted to enter into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC), similar to the agreement the town had with the HUB, but to a limit of $18,000. “I have given this a lot of thought over the weekend, and I will support the community pool for a maximum of $18,000 in matching funds, but I am supporting it in the ho[...]
Advertising Sales Representative – Digital and Print Media
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LOOKING FOR – Advertising Sales Representative – Digital and Print Media (this is a commission based position only) Lanark County The Advertising Sales Representative Position is responsible for building, growing and servicing a client base for a growing community newspaper. Applicants must be self-starters and exceptionally goal oriented as the focus of this position is on developing new revenue opportunities for both the print and digital media products. Position Accountabilities: – Prospect for new clients, source leads, cold call, and generate sales across multi-media platforms – Responsible for ongoing sales with[...]
Rotary continues support of Smiths Falls Community Hospital foundation
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  Last year, the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls pledged to donate $20,000 to the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation (SFCHF) over the course of five years  to be put towards the cost of the Diagnostic Imaging Unit. On Friday, July 29 at the Rotary Club’s regular breakfast meeting held in Collegiate Hall, the club presented the Foundation with a cheque for $4,000 as the second instalment of that pledge. Shown here from left: Eileen Crosbie, club director presents, the cheque to Lise Smiths, executive director of SFCHF and Nancy Shaw, vice-president clinical services PSFDH with Rotary Club President Ken Graham’s support. Photo by:[...]
Smiths Falls lane reductions and detours in effect
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The Town of Smiths Falls construction program for 2016 is well underway with over $3 million in infrastructure work planned on local bridges, roadways and buried utilities. Major construction projects are set to begin in early August on Beckwith Street (Stone Arch Bridge), Lombard Street (Ferrera Drive to Town limits), and Foster Street. Motorists are advised that lane reductions and detours will be in place during construction and therefore traffic delays should be expected. In all cases, the town asks that drivers obey construction signs and traffic control in work zones in order to ensure the safety of local workers. Residents and business[...]
Locally made sheep cheese a flavour to try
Photo Credits: Howida Sorour-Roberts
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Cheese, yum! There are few greater culinary pleasures than a really good artisanal cheese served with a nutty cracker and a glass of wine. Anywhere I go I look for local cheeses. So it was with great delight that I sampled and then fell in love with Milkhouse Farm and Dairy sheep cheeses, made in Montague. Not only are these absolutely delightful cheeses to serve with bread, crackers or add to your favourite soup, salad or potatoes, they’re easier to digest. I discovered, by accident, that my husband who cannot tolerate any cow or goat milk or cheese, had no trouble at all with sheep cheese. “A l[...]
Smiths Falls Chamber members hit the links Aug. 24
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By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca The hard-working members of the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to getting away from the office on Aug. 24 to relax, socialize and hit some golf balls. Sponsors and golfers are signing up for the annual chamber tournament, featuring 18 holes of golf at the Lombard Glen Golf and Country Club. The annual tournament raises funds to assist the chamber in its work of supporting the local business community. The chamber plans to use some of the funds raised to bring in guest speakers on topics of interest to members. Lombard Glen can accommodate up to 150 golfers, said chamber mark[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 29 – August 1
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 29 – August 1 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JULY 29 Happy 6th Anniversary Jewel’s Perth 9:00am – 5:00pm Celebrate 6 years in Perth and our 1 year expansion at 48 Wilson St. W., Perth (in the Metro Mall)! Lots of sales, draws, fun and refreshments to thank our community! See you at Jewel’s – you won’t want to miss this!!! Jewel’s Gently Used Clothing Store – Smiths Falls & Perth 18 William Street East, Smiths Falls 150th Lombardy Fair 3:00pm – 11:00pm Midway Hours: Friday Open 3:00pm to 11:00pm 201[...]

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Glen Tay Block Race Celebrates 50th Running of Modern Race
Aug.26, 12:22 am
By Terry O’Hearn More than seventy runners finished this year’s 2016 Glen Tay Block Race, despite hot and humid weather.  The overall winner was Earl Steinbrecher of Willseyville, NY, who finished in a time of 55:47.  Although it was well off the course record of 45:14 set by Kingston’s Steve Boyd in 2003, it was nonetheless considered a decent time by race organizers. This year’s race was the 50th consecutive running of the modern edition of the race, and it was also one of the Perth 200th Anniversary events.  Perth Deputy-Mayor and chair of the 200th Anniversary Committee John Gemmell was present to bring greetings to the runners[...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 26 – 28
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 26 – 28 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Bridge to Terabithia 7:30pm – 9:45pm Supported by a lyrical score with funny, touching songs, the play tells a dramatic story of friendship, imagination, loss and courage. August 19-28. Tickets $20 adults; $10. The Smiths Falls Community Theatre smithsfallstheatre.com SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 MEGA Indoor Sale & Bake Sale 8:00am-1:00pm Lots of treasures, baked goods by Trinity Cooks, tasty BBQ food by Mens Breakfast Club. Trinity United Church 41 Market St, Smiths Falls. Downtown Farmers’ [...]
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Smiths Falls to celebrate Henderson’s return from Rio
Aug.25, 1:50 pm
Brooke and Brittany Henderson are household names in Smiths Falls. The duo represented Smiths Falls, and Canada, proudly at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. To welcome the sisters home and to celebrate their hard work, the town will be hosting a party on Friday, Sept. 9 at Centennial Park on Confederation Drive in Smiths Falls. The town wants to encourage everyone to wear red and white to show their support. “Brooke is a dynamic young woman and incredible ambassador for the town,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow. “The accomplishments of Team Henderson are cause for celebration.” The celebration will get under way at 11:00 a.m. with live entert[...]
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Lanark County Tourism kicks off new marketing project with funding from OHTO
Aug.23, 8:58 am
Submitted The Lanark County Tourism Association (LCTA) has received funding from Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO), as part of OHTO’s Tourism Development Partnership Program (TDPP), which will allow the association to kick off it’s new marketing campaign while supporting the Come Wander brand. “The TDPP program is designed to encourage and support collaborative tourism development initiatives that reflect the Come Wander regional brand platform, that align with strategic objectives, and that can demonstrate long term benefits to the region,’” said Stephanie Hessel, tourism development and industry relations c[...]
community-donations
Smiths Falls community donation policy getting a revamp
Aug.23, 8:31 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Every year it’s an emotional issue and one that doesn’t seem to get any easier for Smiths Falls council.  Two years ago, an effort was made to define a community donations policy to help guide both council and applicants through the process of applying and succeeding. “The goal of that policy was to give clear direction to council and help staff coach and work with community groups,” said Chris Cummings, the Smiths Falls councillor who spearheaded the creation of the existing policy. This year that policy is being revamped and several factors are being considered, because, as Cummings point[...]
food-inspection
Food establishment inspection information now available online
Aug.20, 9:08 am
Submitted The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has made it possible for the public to now access the latest inspection information online for any inspected food premises in the tri-county area. Accessing the reports is simple. Visit the health unit website at www.healthunit.org and select the food safety page.  Click the INSIGHT  button and type in the name of the establishment you would like to review. It’s important to note that only premises that are inspected by public health inspectors will be listed in the inventory.   An explanation of how to interpret inspection information is also available on this website. Membe[...]
Annual Victoria Park BBQ
Aug.19, 12:55 pm
The Smiths Falls chamber of commerce is having their annual Victoria Park BBQ. All members are welcome to come today from 5-7 p.m. down at Victoria Park Campground. We hope to have a great turn out in this gorgeous setting down by the water. Hope to see you there.[...]
weekend-guide
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 19 – 21
Aug.18, 9:44 am
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 19 – 21 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 Bridge to Terabithia 7:30pm – 9:45pm Supported by a lyrical score with funny, touching songs, the play tells a dramatic story of friendship, imagination, loss and courage. August 19-28. Tickets $20 adults; $10. The Smiths Falls Community Theatre smithsfallstheatre.com Annual Victoria Park BBQ 5:00pm – 7:00pm It looks like a great day to get together for a BBQ! All members are welcome to come. we hope to have a great turn out in this gorgeous setting down by the water. SATURDAY, AUGUST[...]
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Charges and arrests make for a busy weekend for Smiths Falls police
Aug.17, 10:18 am
Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Department Domestic Charges On Aug. 4, police responded to a reported domestic incident in Smiths Falls. A 29 year old North Bay male was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. He was later released from custody to reside in North Bay. Man’s frustration leads to charges A male who lives in the downtown core of Smiths Falls became frustrated on Aug. 5 due to headlights of parked cars shining in his residence. The 61-year-old proceeded to smash the headlights on the cars with the drivers inside. He was later arrested and charged with mischief Impaired driving incident Smiths Falls police responde[...]
Cha-restaurant
Small restaurant serves mighty flavour
Aug.17, 9:47 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It always amazes me that some of the best restaurants I find are hole-in-the-wall establishments that you either couldn’t find on your own or would just walk by without noticing. One such is Cha Tea House on St. Lawrence Street in Merrickville.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside. Without the two red patio tables with chairs set on the sidewalk in the summer, you probably wouldn’t notice it at all. Until you eat there.   What do they serve?  Well it’s Chinese food, but this place is D-I-F-F-E-R-E-N-T.  Seriously, this is Chinese food as I’ve never experienced before and believe[...]
Top Shelf Distillers
Top Shelf Distillers in Perth turns local corn into great vodka
Aug.17, 9:32 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca There is a shiny new distillery in Ontario that’s taken off like a freight train since it opened in mid-December 2015. Top Shelf Distillers produces vodka and gin in Pert, but you’ll find their products at your local LCBO — look for the upside down label. “We’re way busier than we ever expected. It’s a good problem to have, but a bit overwhelming,” said Hannah Murphy CEO and co-founder of Top Shelf Distillers. Barely eight months since it opened and the distillery is already approved to sell its vodka and gin through the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). “We’re now producing [...]
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Cubacan project makes play for support Cuban bat factory upgrades
Aug.16, 12:23 pm
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Bill Ryan provided a brief overview of the Cubacan project, as well as making a pitch to Perth Town Council in regards to the project’s newest initiative, at the Aug. 9 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting. That initiative focuses on improving the quality of the bats now made in Cuba, as well as increasing the production capabilities. Funds are being raised to purchase a hydraulic copy lathe and other equipment, which will be shipped to Cuba and set up in a bat factory there to replace the rudimentary equipment currently being used. Along with making council aware of the initiative, Ryan sought its s[...]
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Perth taking action to recruit doctors to the area
Aug.16, 12:11 pm
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Perth may not be ailing right now when it comes to the number of family physicians in the community but that prognosis could change shortly, according to the town’s mayor. “We are fine now but, in a very short time, we may not be that way,” he stated at the Aug. 9 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting of Perth Town Council, noting that several doctors are nearing retirement age. Fenik told council that the opportunity had arose for Perth to share a professional physician recruiter with Smiths Falls and Brockville at a cost to the town of $10,000 for one year. This will cover one day a week, he poi[...]
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Resident drives home concerns about large truck traffic on Gore Street
Aug.16, 11:47 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss After addressing Perth Town Council a few years ago over his concerns about large trucks utilizing Gore Street, Derek Holbeche was at the Aug. 9 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting to drive home the message again. Appearing as a delegation at the meeting, Holbeche told council that in June 2015 he observed a flatbed truck loaded with large landscaping rocks “that must have weighed more than 20 tonnes, the weight limit on the large bridge,” going down the street. “This year, when Gore Street was being repaved, only cars and light trucks were allowed on the street and reroute truck signs directed heavy trucks around[...]
Pankow and Family
Tweed outdoor party a hit, despite the rain
Aug.15, 9:19 pm
By Sally Smith sally@pdgmedia.ca  Rain didn’t deter anyone. Families arrived with chairs and umbrellas, and set up in front of the stage. People of all ages dropped in to the Tweed lawn party on Sunday, Aug. 14. Authorized medical users were shown to their own private area (at a distance from other guests), and when the show did start (a little late because of a malfunctioning amplifier), it was a blast. Tweed chose Sunday afternoon to thank its customers with headliners BlakDenim, The Balconies and Joel Plaskett Emergency. Bruce’s Babies opened with some original songs. The mood was happy, the music was loud, and a 5 o’clock downpour [...]
Smiths Falls Police
Carleton Place investigation concludes without incident
Aug.15, 3:31 pm
Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release LANARK COUNTY *UPDATE*CARLETON PLACE OPP CONDUCTING INVESTIGATION ON HIGH ST 2016-08-15 (CARLETON PLACE, ON) – The police investigation being conducted today by the Carleton Place Ontario Provincial Police on High Street in the Town of Carleton Place has been concluded safely without incident. OPP attended a residence on High Street in regards to the well-being of a male.  Upon further investigation police secured the area in the interest of public safety. A male was apprehended safely and without incident with the assistance of the OPP East Region Emergency Response Team, the OPP[...]
Smiths Falls Police
Carleton Place OPP investigating on High Street, road closed
Aug.15, 12:20 pm
Submitted The Carleton Place Ontario Provincial Police are currently conducting a police investigation in the area of High Street in Carleton Place. The area has been secured in the interest of public safety until the investigation is concluded. High Street will be closed from Thomas Street to Flora Street. Thomas Street, Moffat Street and Flora Street will be closed south from Charlotte Street to McRostie Street. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to select another route when travelling in the area until the conclusion of the investigation.[...]
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Celebrate Lanark County’s bounty at harvest festival
Aug.14, 10:01 am
Submitted Want to get fresh with a local farmer? The fourth annual Lanark County Harvest Festival will give everyone a chance to do just that. This outdoor event, slated for Sunday, Sept. 11 at Beckwith Park (1319, 9th Line, Beckwith), will celebrate the county’s bounty of the harvest featuring local producers, food seminars, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, local musicians, historical displays and more. This year, we celebrate the 200th anniversary by showcasing the people, products and projects of Beckwith, Drummond/North Elmsley, Perth and Tay Valley. The Lanark County Harvest Festival is an opportunity for people to meet[...]
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Lanark County OPP keeping eye on new smartphone game
Aug.11, 1:04 pm
By Sam Cooley editorial@pdgmedia.ca You could say it’s been a good month for the Pokemon Go players chasing Pikachu through Lanark County. No accidents, robberies or collisions have occurred as a result of the video game, according to OPP Constable David Bird. “Hopefully our community stays that way,” he said. Pokemon Go is a smart-phone game where users chase down and capture digital critters in a semi-virtual reality which utilizes a phone’s GPS and camera systems. Released on July 16 in Canada, it has on occasion been the source of distraction for some of its users. According to Bird, the game appears to have gained a bit of tracti[...]
Bat-Builder-Bill-Ryan
Bat building passion turns into a pitch for funds to upgrade Cuban bat factory
Aug.11, 12:51 pm
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca When Bill Ryan and his wife Nora first started holidaying in Cuba approximately 10 years ago, they wanted to show their appreciation of the staff at the resort in which they were staying. Aware that Cubans are huge baseball fans, Bill collected baseball gloves from his co-workers, purchased some balls, and using an old lathe he had been given, he decided to handcraft some children’s baseball bats. “I thought this might be something they could use,” he says. “They did. They loved it.” Ryan continued to make bats to give to the children of the resort workers each year and took them down with th[...]
Bat-rabies
Health unit raises awareness about bats and rabies
Aug.11, 12:38 pm
Submitted Bats are beneficial to the ecosystem, but they can carry diseases such as rabies and histoplasmosis, which can affect humans and animals. They may also transmit distemper and mange to household pets. Bats are nocturnal animals and feed most actively two or three hours following sunset. They are efficient insect controllers eating about three times their body weight. Bats typically have their babies in June and come August many of the young bats are looking for their own roosting sites. Many bats will roost and hibernate in attics. Approximately three percent of bats carry the rabies virus. The most common signs of rabies in bats are[...]
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New leadership names to Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital board
Aug.11, 12:30 pm
Submitted Terry Cairns and Dr. Scott Higham have one thing in common – they are both committed to local health care close to home. As Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital’s new Board Chair and Chief of Staff, they say they are looking forward to being at the helm and building upon the Board’s successes. “Health care is transforming and working with our partners to find ways to improve the quality of care through innovation is always a priority. Providing the best and most appropriate services locally also remains at the top of the list,” says Terry Cairns who joined the board four years ago. “We want to take a lead rol[...]
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Carleton Place Canadians and Canadian Tire jumpstart the 2015-17 hockey season
Aug.11, 12:03 pm
Submitted The Carleton Place Canadians and Canadian Tire Carleton Place join forces again to jumpstart the 2016-2017 hockey season. Everyone is invited to come on out to the Carleton Place Canadian Tire Parking lot at 485 McNeely Ave. in Carleton Place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. to meet and mingle with the entire 2016-2017 CP Canadians Jr A team. Free family activities will also be taking place, so bring a hockey stick and join in the fun. Along with autographs, there will be photo opportunities with your favourite players, information on the upcoming season and an opportunity to pre-order your season tickets. In 2005, Canadian[...]
PerthMilitaryExercise
Military are setting up camp in Perth in October
Aug.11, 7:12 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Up to 500 members of the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RHCA) will be deployed to Perth for a few days in October as part of a military exercise. Exercise “Avenging Gunner,” as it is being called, will commence on Oct. 11 with the main body of the regiment moving from its base in Petawawa to Ottawa and then on to Perth the following day. Support personnel will be setting up at the Perth Fairgrounds in advance to meet the regiment when they arrive. From Oct. 12-14, the fairgrounds will serve as the base of operations with some members of 2 RCHA going to the Lombardy Fairgrounds and o[...]
weekend-guide
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 12 – 14
Aug.10, 11:54 pm
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 12 – 14 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 Summer Swap Days Place your items at the curb on Friday evening and leave it there till Sunday morning for Swap Weekend browsers but if not please remove your items from the curb by Sunday morning. 613-283-4124 ext. 1147 vbernicky@smithsfalls.ca SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Summer Swap Days Place your items at the curb on Friday evening and leave it there till Sunday morning for Swap Weekend browsers but if not please remove your items from the curb by Sunday morning. 613-283-4124 ext. 1147 vbernicky@smit[...]
Fire_Alarm
Perth’s new fire chief well known in community
Aug.10, 1:13 pm
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Perth’s new fire chief is a familiar face on the Perth Fire Department. Following an in-camera session and the approval of a bylaw governing the appointment at a special meeting of Perth Town Council on Aug. 9, Mayor John Fenik announced that Trevor Choffe will succeed current chief Steve Fournier who is retiring at the end of September. One of 16 applicants for the position from across Canada and among five interviewed, Choffe has been a volunteer with the fire department for nine years. He rotates as an officer on call and as a driver on call, as well as being part of the fire instructor team. Chof[...]
Smiths Falls Logo
South Pedestrian Bridge will be up by Friday
Aug.9, 11:48 am
By Howida-Sorour Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s been in the works for a while but the south pedestrian bridge will be up by the end of the week.  “The abutments are poured and cured and the bridge will be here by Wednesday and installed by Friday,” said Art Manhire, Smiths Falls director of community services. The 70 foot bridge will be delivered to the town in one section and installed along with some panels on site.[...]
trafficlights
No gain without traffic pain
Aug.9, 11:44 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Traffic on Lombard Street has been chaotic over the past few days, but will start to ease somewhat soon. Meanwhile work on the Stone Arch Bridge is imminent and will also be causing some delays. “The traffic restriction will change during work on the Stone Arch Bridge.  The work will start on the east side and the worst of the traffic restrictions will be done at the start of the project,” said Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities The Foster Street project is also ready to go according to Dunlop and work should start next week. “Notices will be sent out to residents[...]
water loss
Smiths Falls residents asked to conserve water
Aug.8, 10:43 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has declared the region to be in moderate drought conditions with precipitation at less than 60 per cent of normal.   Area lakes are 30 to 40 centimetres below normal levels and non-reservoir lakes are experiencing water loss due to evaporation of up to one and two centimetres a day. “We’re just asking people not to wash their cars or water their gardens every day, and as much as possible to limit their water use,” said Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities “If these condition continue we may have to move towards some water [...]
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Smiths Falls Rotary already talking snowsuit campaign
Aug.8, 10:39 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s hard to think about winter in 30 degree weather, but the Lanark Child and Family Services snowsuit campaign will be starting soon. In a delegation to the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole on Monday, Aug. 8, Ken Graham, president of the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls highlighted the need to bring awareness to this year’s campaign. “Last year 524 snowsuits were distributed in this area, more than 200 in Smiths Falls,” said Graham. As Graham pointed out, hot as it’s been this summer, the fall and winter will be upon us soon, and for the second consecutive year Rotary is partnering with[...]
funding
Lorne Street reconstruction still looking for funding
Aug.8, 10:27 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca An application for funding to reconstruct Lorne Street in Smiths Falls failed to secure approval. The joint provincial and federal Small Communities Fund was inundated with applications with a total value that exceeded the funding envelope. “We weren’t the only community that didn’t get funding,” said Malcolm Morris, Smiths Falls CAO. The fund allowed municipalities to apply for two thirds of a project cost. The Lorne Street reconstruction project, which includes water and sewage infrastructure, repaving and sidewalks is estimated at $1.5 million. The town applied for $500,000 from each of th[...]
CROW
United Way Lanark County to make six-figure investment in programs in 2016
Aug.8, 1:19 pm
Thanks to the generosity of Lanark County and Smiths Falls donors, the Board of United Way Lanark County (UWLC) have committed to investing $258,898 over the next three years into programs and projects that will have an impact in our community, starting with $108,195 in 2016. Our community partners include Adult Learning & Training Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County, Carleton Place & District CORE Youth Services, Community & Primary Health Care in partnership with Mills Community Support Corporation, Lanark County Community Justice, Lanark Highlands Youth Centre, Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth, and YAK[...]
Ellen Holmes, a RRT/CRE, leads those in the maintenance portion of the Lung Health Program in a cool down exercise during a recent class in Almonte. She, along with physiotherapist Danielle Mingelinckx and Lynn McNames, a physiotherapy assistant, instruct the pulmonary rehabilitation classes there. Photo Credit: Dianne Pinder-Moss
Almonte lung health program a breath of rehab for those with COPD
Aug.8, 10:56 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema in 2011, Roger Dionne was also contending with arthritis in his knees, a recurring leg infection, circulation issues, sleep apnea and psoriasis, which covered more than 80 per cent of his body. He doesn’t hesitate in saying that by the spring of 2015, he was physically a mess. No longer able to work, the Almonte resident’s health had deteriorated to the point that he was having to rely on others to help get him dressed, climb the stairs and to take a shower. He couldn’t even [...]
weekend-guide
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 5 – 7
Aug.4, 3:16 pm
Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 5 – 7 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Public Skating 5:00pm – 6:00pm Come out and enjoy an hour of skating. $2 per person. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre 71 Cornelia St, Smiths Falls SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Downtown Farmers’ Market 9:00am – 2:00pm Come out to enjoy the Downtown Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market an get some local fresh produce! See you on Russell Street West! Smiths Falls Rideau Paddlefest 9:00am – 5:00pm Answer the ‘Call of the Rideau’. Join us Saturday and celebrate the flat waters of the Ri[...]
Carleton Place kicks off food festival with town square party
Looking for something fun and local to do? On Aug. 11, head downtown Carleton Place to Market Square (7 Beckwith Street) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. pm for an opportunity to eat, drink and shop local at the Kick-off at The Square event. Organized by the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce, #KickOffAtTheSquare will allow patrons to enjoy refreshing appetizers, sample beverages and treats, enjoy live music, cooking demos, an open air art gallery, museum display and shop some unique local vendors. Conveniently located in the downtown core, Market Square is just around the corner from the towns’ main street. Grab a bite and then stroll do[...]
Smiths Falls Stone Arch Bridge
Stone Arch Bridge will accommodate art
Aug.2, 10:07 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca In March Scott Poole of Greer Galloway Group, the consulting engineering firm on the Stone Arch Bridge restoration project, presented the Smiths Falls committee of the whole (COW) options regarding the barrier wall and railing for the Stone Arch Bridge. At that time, members of council agreed on a less obtrusive wall with an open metal railing to give a better view of the river. The idea of incorporating a ‘bumpout’ (a small section of wall that’s flush with the exterior but higher than the surrounding railing) was mentioned but not finalized. During the Aug. 2 COW meeting, Troy Dunlop, directo[...]
HUB pool
Community pool receives town funding
Aug.2, 8:50 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca  At the Smiths Falls special committee of the whole (COW) meeting held on Aug. 2, discussion regarding the fate of the community pool located at the Gallipeau Centre dominated the meeting. In the end, four out of six councillors voted to enter into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC), similar to the agreement the town had with the HUB, but to a limit of $18,000. “I have given this a lot of thought over the weekend, and I will support the community pool for a maximum of $18,000 in matching funds, but I am supporting it in the ho[...]
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Advertising Sales Representative – Digital and Print Media
Jul.31, 3:47 pm
LOOKING FOR – Advertising Sales Representative – Digital and Print Media (this is a commission based position only) Lanark County The Advertising Sales Representative Position is responsible for building, growing and servicing a client base for a growing community newspaper. Applicants must be self-starters and exceptionally goal oriented as the focus of this position is on developing new revenue opportunities for both the print and digital media products. Position Accountabilities: – Prospect for new clients, source leads, cold call, and generate sales across multi-media platforms – Responsible for ongoing sales with[...]
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Rotary continues support of Smiths Falls Community Hospital foundation
Jul.29, 2:39 pm
  Last year, the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls pledged to donate $20,000 to the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation (SFCHF) over the course of five years  to be put towards the cost of the Diagnostic Imaging Unit. On Friday, July 29 at the Rotary Club’s regular breakfast meeting held in Collegiate Hall, the club presented the Foundation with a cheque for $4,000 as the second instalment of that pledge. Shown here from left: Eileen Crosbie, club director presents, the cheque to Lise Smiths, executive director of SFCHF and Nancy Shaw, vice-president clinical services PSFDH with Rotary Club President Ken Graham’s support. Photo by:[...]
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Smiths Falls lane reductions and detours in effect
Jul.28, 1:39 pm
The Town of Smiths Falls construction program for 2016 is well underway with over $3 million in infrastructure work planned on local bridges, roadways and buried utilities. Major construction projects are set to begin in early August on Beckwith Street (Stone Arch Bridge), Lombard Street (Ferrera Drive to Town limits), and Foster Street. Motorists are advised that lane reductions and detours will be in place during construction and therefore traffic delays should be expected. In all cases, the town asks that drivers obey construction signs and traffic control in work zones in order to ensure the safety of local workers. Residents and business[...]
Photo Credits: Howida Sorour-Roberts
Locally made sheep cheese a flavour to try
Jul.28, 12:01 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Cheese, yum! There are few greater culinary pleasures than a really good artisanal cheese served with a nutty cracker and a glass of wine. Anywhere I go I look for local cheeses. So it was with great delight that I sampled and then fell in love with Milkhouse Farm and Dairy sheep cheeses, made in Montague. Not only are these absolutely delightful cheeses to serve with bread, crackers or add to your favourite soup, salad or potatoes, they’re easier to digest. I discovered, by accident, that my husband who cannot tolerate any cow or goat milk or cheese, had no trouble at all with sheep cheese. “A l[...]
Photo Credits: smithsfallschamber.com
Smiths Falls Chamber members hit the links Aug. 24
Jul.28, 9:00 am
By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca The hard-working members of the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to getting away from the office on Aug. 24 to relax, socialize and hit some golf balls. Sponsors and golfers are signing up for the annual chamber tournament, featuring 18 holes of golf at the Lombard Glen Golf and Country Club. The annual tournament raises funds to assist the chamber in its work of supporting the local business community. The chamber plans to use some of the funds raised to bring in guest speakers on topics of interest to members. Lombard Glen can accommodate up to 150 golfers, said chamber mark[...]
weekend-guide
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 29 – August 1
Jul.28, 1:02 am
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 29 – August 1 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JULY 29 Happy 6th Anniversary Jewel’s Perth 9:00am – 5:00pm Celebrate 6 years in Perth and our 1 year expansion at 48 Wilson St. W., Perth (in the Metro Mall)! Lots of sales, draws, fun and refreshments to thank our community! See you at Jewel’s – you won’t want to miss this!!! Jewel’s Gently Used Clothing Store – Smiths Falls & Perth 18 William Street East, Smiths Falls 150th Lombardy Fair 3:00pm – 11:00pm Midway Hours: Friday Open 3:00pm to 11:00pm 201[...]

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