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Railway Museum is all aboard for weddings
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts howaida@pdgmedia.ca The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario has hosted its first full wedding this month. The ceremony was held in the breezeway while the interior was decorated for an elegant sit-down dinner catered by Magnolia Catering of Smiths Falls. The festivities included a number of railway features including a train ride featuring a first generation diesel engine pulling a 1940s wooden Canadian Pacific caboose equipped with champagne for the newlyweds and their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The couple also received a congratulatory telegram orchestrated by museum volunteers John Mulkerns and Graeme Roy.   Shown [...]
National restaurant chain coming to Hwy 7 corridor in Perth
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedica.ca A national restaurant chain will be setting up shop in a new commercial project planned along the Highway 7 corridor. Perth Town Council unanimously approved at its June 21 meeting a by-law authorizing the mayor and staff to sign an addendum to the Site Plan Control Agreement with the owner of the Perth Mews Mall to facilitate the construction of a new commercial building, which will include a restaurant and drive-thru facility. “It is one of the national chains,” Eric Cosens, director of development and protective services confirmed. “Exactly which one, we don’t know.” What is known is that[...]
Perth Kilt Run Expects New Guinness Record
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Perth – Terry O’Hearn Perth’s World Record Kilt Run 2016 appears to have smashed its previous Guinness World Record, and organizers Terry and Mary Stewart will be watching closely for the official Guinness approval in the coming weeks. The highly successful run is one of the 200th Perth Military Settlement Anniversary events. This year is the third and final attempt for a new kilt race record, and it is expected the new record will exceed three thousand runners.  Other communities attempting to break the same record have included the St. Paddy’s race in Raleigh, North Carolina, and race organizations in Perth, Australia, and [...]
Cherry Picked Canadian products rule
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REGIONAL – Howaida Sorour-Roberts It’s a bright and neatly appointed store, filled with artfully displayed gift items.  Cherry Picked, on Brock Street East, in Merrickville (right behind the gas station) is a new to the village. It’s owned by Mitch Rochette, and frequently manned by his wife Leslie Way.  The couple are new to the village, having only moved  from Ottawa in the fall of 2015. “I’ve never lived outside the city limits because I needed to be close to hospitals,” explained Way. Way had kidney failure in 2011 and a transplant in 2012. Once she was given a clean bill of health, the couple decided to take the plung[...]
Tay River water levels diminish
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TAY RIVER WATER LEVELS DIMINISH The Town of Perth is working with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) to monitor water levels in the Tay River, due to the decrease in water flows in the watershed. RVCA staff is predicting that the drought conditions in the watershed will be moving from a Minor to Moderate Severity by Sunday due to the extended lack of rainfall. The municipality is asking residents and businesses to be aware of water use during this seasonal challenge. Perth staff is working on several fronts to optimize municipal operations to lessen impacts on water demands while maintaining operations. Resi[...]
Tay River pathway extension moving forward in July
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At a special committee meeting of the Lanark County Council on June 22, members congratulated volunteers who are raising funds for the extension of the Tay River Pathway on their tremendous efforts. Councillors learned the group has raised about $64,000 of their $67,000 goal. The fully accessible 1.5-kilometre loop trail is located behind Lanark Lodge and the Perth Community Care Centre and the goal is to extend it to the Tay River and provide a viewing platform. Committee members Diane Czerwinski and Nicola Oddy presented an update to the economic development committee on Wednesday night, and council supported the group’s efforts by confir[...]
Perth to get six new affordable housing units
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Lanark County Council authorized a contribution agreement with Regan Lee Developments for the provision of six affordable housing units in Perth at it’s June 22 meeting. Twelve two-bedroom apartments in a three-storey building will be constructed with of of them being affordable housing units to be rented at $695 per month. The rest to be rented at a market rate of $1,000 per month. This is the result from a request for proposals (RFP) put out in April for affordable housing units to be funded through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) program 2014 extension. There were two applicants when the RFP closed in May. Both were evalua[...]
Private addictions clinic will provide jobs in the area
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REGIONAL – HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS Before the end of the year, a private addictions treatment centre will be opening up in Smiths Falls at the Gallipeau Centre. “We don’t have a date yet, but we’ve started renovations and are hoping to open by September,” said Chris Fagan, owner of Canadian Addictions and Rehab. Canadian Addictions and Rehab centre, formerly known as Life Changes, is a medical detox addictions clinic specializing in alcohol, cocaine and opioid addictions primarily. Through this private centre, patients are generally admitted for onsite treatment over a period of 30 to 90 days. When the rehab centre opens, it wi[...]
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 24 – 26
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 24 – 26 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Microchip Clinic 1:00pm – 5:00pm Lanark veterinary clinic and the town of Smiths Falls have partnered to offer a microchipping clinic on the following days; Friday June 24th, Thursday June 30th from, Friday Julu 8th and Friday July 15th. Cost: $25/animal (Cash Only) Call for more information: Lanark Veterinary Clinic, 88D Cornelia St. W. 613-284-0880 Fish and Chips Friday at Legion Branch 95 Smiths Falls 4:00pm – 7:00pm June 10th has been cancelled so the next one will be Friday June 2[...]
More drug and assault arrests by Smiths Falls police
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During a routine traffic stop on June 16 by a Smiths Falls police officer,  a small amount of cocaine was found in possession of a passenger in the motor vehicle. The 19 year old Smiths Falls male was arrested and later release with a future court date. Also on June, police were called to a local duplex during a dispute between two parties where one was spat on by the other. A 31-year-old Smiths Falls male was arrested and held for bail on charges of assault, uttering threats and breaching conditions. On June 20, police responded to a reported domestic incident in the south end of Smiths Falls. The complainant had been assaulted and was[...]
The myths of swimming after eating
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Carleton Place – Linda Seccaspina Whenever we went for a picnic near a lake as a child, we were told to never go swimming for at least an hour after we ate. According to a parent’s rule (probably thought up by someone in the 14th century) you were going to have cramps and die if you ventured into that water. Each time I heard that particular ridiculous information, all I wanted to do was defy the whole big pile of bunk. Who started all these myths, and why? Once a month, on a Sunday, we used to drive down to St. Albans, Vermont for the day. After lunch, like clockwork, the whole “no swimming after eating for an hour” conversation[...]
Perth to be enforcing by-law against sidewalk cyclists and skateboarders
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca The sidewalks in downtown Perth are for the use of pedestrians, not cyclists and skateboarders. And shortly there will be signs reinforcing that message. At the regular meeting of Perth Town Council on June 21, Councillor Jim Graff reported that signs will be going up within the next week, primarily on Gore and Foster Streets, to inhibit those who ride their bicycles or skateboards there, particularly during business hours. “The signs are really putting some teeth into the bylaw,” he stated, noting that commissionaires will now be in a position to issue tickets. “The commissionaires are going to [...]
New youth program to help jobless get work launches in Smiths Falls
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Smiths Falls – Submitted Youth Job Link is the newest youth program to be introduced by Employment Ontario.  This youth program complements the existing programs delivered by ontrac Employment Resource Services for the Smiths Falls community and continues to support our efforts to assist students and youth (ages 15-29) find work as well as transition successfully into the labour market.   The focus of this program is on career exploration, career management, job search, job readiness and job matching.  Youth Job Link is in place to support all youth, however, the job matching component is available to those students/youth who have le[...]
Smiths Falls Police execute drug warrant at Brockville Street address
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Drug Warrant Executed On June 16th, 2016 the Smiths Falls Police executed a Controlled Drugs And Substances Act Search Warrant at a Brockville Street address. Officers made entry to the residence, locating inside in excess of $3300 of Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, weapons and cash. Four adults and a young offender have been arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Cocaine, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. There were 17 other charges also laid in relation to the investigation. Charged as a result of the investigation are; Malcolm PYPER – 20 yrs old of Smiths Falls Possession of Co[...]
Perth man charged after break-in to The Table Community Food Centre
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Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release LANARK COUNTY PERTH MAN CHARGED AFTER BREAK AND ENTER TO COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE 2016-06-20 FROM/DE: Lanark County Detachment.                         DATE: June 20, 2016. PERTH MAN CHARGED AFTER BREAK IN TO COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE. (TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a Perth man following an investigation of a break and enter to The Table Community Food Centre, Perth. Staff from the Centre called Police at about 8.22am on Friday 17th June 2016 after they discovered that the premises ha[...]
Perth Pride parade was a wash of colour and support
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On June 11 citizens of Perth and surrounding area proudly displayed their true colours in the annual Perth Pride Parade. The vibrant company gathered at Stewart School at three and proceeded down Wilson Street and Gore Street before ending at the Tay Basin, where vendors were selling snacks and tie-dye clothing at the Crystal Palace. The parade featured many prominent organizations in the community such as Y.A.C, The Table, Queer Connections, and the Dave Smiths Treatment Centre. The United Church of Canada also made an appearance as a voice of support for the LGBTQ community. The day ended with a show at seven from Gender Illusions, a group [...]
HUB pool closes, reopens under new name and operators
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April Scott-Clarke – Smiths Falls The Hub pool is no longer. The facility has reopened under the name Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC). An email sent to members indicted that Hub memberships will be honoured by ARC. Operations will continue as before with members and patrons still having access to the same programming. The email stated, “you will see changes along the way with our efforts to improve all aspects of the operation. This is a new beginning for our Community Pool and we fully anticipate great support from our municipalities and the community in general through fundraisers, sponsorships and ad[...]
Lanark Health Unit issues heat alert
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Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has issued a heat alert because of the high heat and humidity that is in the forecast over the next few days. Temperatures and humidex levels are expected to be high into early next week. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death. Everyone is at risk; however the following are in greater danger of being affected: elderly people with chronic illness or who take certain medication[...]
Rideau Ferry native cycled 30,000 km through 40 countries
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REGIONAL – Chris Must Riding a bicycle 30,000 km through 40 countries understandably makes for a great learning experience. But what was the biggest lesson for Mark Quattrocchi, who wrapped up his two-year odyssey this month? “The world is not a scary place,” the Rideau Ferry native said in a phone call from Toronto, just one week from ending his journey on June 11. “It is full of wonderful and kind people. It really was an eye-opening experience for me.” Although his trip took him through such troubled areas as Afghanistan and parts of Mexico racked by drug cartel-related violence, Quattrocchi says he always felt safe, and al[...]
Smiths Falls tax cap phase out
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Smiths Falls – Howaida Sorour-Roberts The town is currently recommending that commercial, multi-residential and industrial properties no longer be subject to tax capping in Smiths Falls. In the past if a tax assessment increased by more than five per cent in any given year on a commercial, multi-residential or industrial property its tax increase was capped at five percent per year for up to five years or until the property was paying its assessed taxes. However changes at the Municipal Properties Assessment Corporation (MPAC) are making this provision redundant, as MPAC is now phasing in increases over a period of five years. The issue[...]
Funding approved for Almonte youth center
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Regional – Page Taylor When it comes to providing a safe space for young people, it isn’t all fun and games. The region of Almonte Mississippi Mills has been without a permanent youth center since the closure of Take Young People Seriously (TYPS) in 2014. However, on May 3, the first steps towards heralding in a new youth center took place at the Mississippi Mills council meeting when the council approved the free use of the Almonte Curling Club to a youth summer program. (The program will run from July 4 to September 2.) The Lanark County Council recently designated further funding to hire an executive director shortly after, and $4[...]
Celebrate Father’s Day in the County
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REGIONAL – Sarah Cavanagh Celebrate all the men in your life this month with a staycation in one of the many communities of Lanark County. Kick off the festivities in Carleton Place with a spin around the dancefloor at Rick and Tania’s Dance Studio at 8 p.m. for a Ballroom and Latin Dance Social. Perfect for a double date! If the night is still young join DJ Whisper at 10 p.m. at the Waterfront Gastropub for some music and munchies. Families can celebrate together on Saturday, June 18 in Perth, Smiths Falls or Carleton Place as each town offers fun family friendly events for any budget. You can start your day off with the Farmer’s [...]
RCMP Musical Ride in Perth this weekend
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A spectacle known around the world… The RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. Their performance consists of intricate figures and drills choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination. The Musical Ride performs in up to 50 communities across Canada between the months of May and October. They help raise thousands of dollars for local charities and non-profit organizations. The Musical Ride provides the opportunity to experience the heritage and traditions of the RCMP. The riders act as ambassadors of goodwill who promote the RCMP’s image throughou[...]
Veteran paddler shares experiences during Smiths Falls presentation
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From “the most beautiful lake in the world” to the toughest stretches of river rapids, Max Finkelstein has seen everything Canada’s waterways have to offer. Finkelstein, whose accomplishments as a paddler include setting a world record by paddling up the Rideau from Kingston to Ottawa in just 22 hours, came to Smiths Falls June 9 to present a slide show of images taken during the journeys that inspired his books. He also donated copies of both books to the public libraries in Smiths Falls and Merrickville. Photo from left: Karen Schecter of the Smiths Falls Public Library, Max Finkelstein, and Omar Simonyi representing the Merrickvi[...]
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 17- 19
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 17 – 19 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Things my mother taught me. 7:30pm – 9:45pm Location: Station Theatre Station Theatre “Things My Mother Taught Me” by Katharine DiSavino, directed by Sheila Jasiak. Rollicking, tender comedy, Tickets $20 adults; $10 students at www.smithsfallstheatre.com and Special Greetings, cash only. Contact: Lynda Daniluk Phone: 613.283.0300 Website: http://www.smithsfallstheatre.com SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Yoga in the park 9:00am – 9:45am Yoga in the Park June 16th – July 16th, 9:00 – 9:45[...]
Carleton Place town hall gets a slight makeover
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Page Taylor – Carleton Place As passed by the Carleton Place Town Council on June 14, a purchase order for Castle Masonry and Construction will be drafted for the repointing of the South wall of the town hall, a process done to preserve brick and mortar buildings in order to restore eroded joints. The contractor provided the most affordable quote to the town, estimating a $14 per square foot cost, as opposed to estimates of $25 per square foot and $30 per square foot from the other bidding contractors. [...]
Building by-laws will be changing in Carleton Place in July
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Page Taylor – Carleton Place A new building by-law was passed by the Carleton Place council on June 14 that would amend, and, effectively replace, the current regulation on construction permits in order to further outline construction, demolition, and change of use permit applications. Coming into force next month, the town of Carleton Place is requiring applications for construction permits to describe the nature of work being done, along with detailed plans and proof of ownership. Meanwhile, applications to demolish would describe the future use of the demolished space, along with detailed plans and proof of ownership. Permits that ha[...]
Carleton Place to apply for more Canada 150 program funding
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Page Taylor – Carleton Place Adding to the $30,000 funding the Town of Carleton Place has received to restore signage in Roy Brown Park, the council carried a motion on June 14 to submit another budget application to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which would be put towards three priority projects. The highest priority was identified by Councillor Doug Black as the expansion of change rooms in the Neelin Street Community Centre (Arena), while the second priority would be to replace the  heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Carambeck Community Centre, and the third being to create a boat channel in the M[...]
Heritage House Museums’ Tall Boys & Tall Tales postponed
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Please note the Heritage House Museum event Tall Boys & Tall Tales, planned for Saturday, June 18th has been postponed until the fall.  Details are currently being reorganized. We apologize for any confusion.  Updated details will be provided as soon as possible. Thank you. Leisa Purdon Bell Museum Clerk/Collections Manager Heritage House Museum Town of Smiths Falls 613-283-6311 heritagehouse@smithsfalls.ca www.smithsfalls.ca/heritagehouse www.facebook.com/HeritageHouseMuseum[...]
Anne Shropshire steps down as Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce President
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Special Announcement Change in the Board Executive: The Board of Directors for the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank and recognize Anne Shropshire for her contribution to the Chamber and the Town of Smiths Falls. Anne, who was in her second term as president of our Chamber, has made the decision to step away from the board effective immediately. Anne dedicated many hours to the Chamber with great passion and she will be missed. Vice President, Barbara Black of RBC, has assumed the President role for the duration of the year and an election was held by the board for a new Vice President to fill the vacancy. Se[...]
Public hearing in Perth on June 14
The Perth Committee of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of considering the following items. A proposed interim reduction of the minimum drive‑thru queue length for a restaurant on part of a lot in Highway Commercial Zone through a minor variance. The property is municipally known as 80 Dufferin Street. View the complete Notice of Public Hearing here. A proposed reduction of the minimum fish habitat setback requirement on a lot in the Environmental Protection and Residential Second Density (R2) Zones through a minor variance. The property is municipally known as 67 Harvey Street. [...]
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 10-12
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FRIDAY Family Movie Night: Hook 7 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church Free-will offering. Things My Mother Taught Me 7:30 p.m. Smiths Falls Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue) $20 for adults, $10 for students. SATURDAY Annual Paint Powder Run for Mental Health Awareness 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cataraqui Trail 3km & 5km runs – Participation in the run is free . Organized by the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) group, SFDCI’s Difference Club. Things My Mother Taught Me 7:30 p.m. Smiths Falls Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue) $20 for adults, $10 for students. SUNDAY Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale 9:30 a[...]
Perth Weekend Guide: June 10-12
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FRIDAY 9 to 5: The Musical 8 p.m. Studio Theatre Perth For information: studiotheatreperth.com SATURDAY Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot Perth Museum Bird Watching Tour 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Perth Wildlife Reserve Got Questions? Call Janet at the Perth Museum – 613-267-1947 or Lynda at 613-267-6754. Hungry Planet Pop-Ups 11:30 a.m. Hungry Planet For information contact kris.thetablecfc.org. Walking Food Tour 1 p.m. Downtown Perth Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour Throughout Lanark County. Motorists are asked for patience and caution as riders navigate the roads in and around Lanark County. For more informati[...]
Man Show coming to Beckwith in June
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Submitte by Creative Minds Event Planning Creative Minds Event Planning is pleased to announce the return of the Man Cave – The Ultimate Show for Men to the Beckwith Recreational Complex on June 18th 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Following the success of the inaugural show in 2015 and the fun of the Kanata Testosterone Oktoberfest event, organizers are gearing up to launch the 2nd year with some new additions. Attendees can expect to shop at over 40 exhibitors (inside and outside), take part in interactive demos and displays, enjoy the Craft Beer and Spirits Zone 12pm-6pm with an outdoor patio, the popular Food Truck Showdown, ladies zone and[...]
Lockwood’s is closing its doors for good: Here’s why
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By Sally Smith – Smiths Falls On June 30, an iconic Smiths Falls business will shut and lock its doors for good. Lockwood’s Sight and Sound is closing up shop, a family decision, one made in sorrow, but also made with the full conviction that it must be done. Owner Dave Ryan, 60, is at the Civic Hospital with a stage four glioblastoma brain tumour. “He’s not well enough to have any treatments,” explained his daughter Jessica Marshall, adding quietly,“We’re all hoping for a miraculous recovery.” Jessica and sister Melanie Doornekamp, sat and talked about their dad at Jessica’s home shortly after the decision to close was [...]
Tickets on sale now for Leafs alumni game in Perth
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By Chris Must – Perth Tickets officially went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 9 for the much-anticipated Toronto Maple Leafs alumni game against the Perth Blue Wings in January 2017. In a Facebook message to Blue Wings fans, team owner Michael McLean said tickets for the game, set for Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. are expected to sell out quickly. The Perth Arena has just 600 seats, and the last alumni game featuring the Boston Bruins alumni in January 2016 was also a sold-out event. “The buzz and the hype – I’ve never seen anything like it,” said McLean in his Facebook video. The event has been years in the planning, he added. The[...]
Merrickville Blockhouse Opening Photos
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The Merrickville Blockhouse Opening took place on June 4 and Kathy Botham was on site to take some photos at the event.  [...]
Smiths Falls Shows Fighting Spirit at Relay for Life
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By Page Taylor – Smiths Falls Although cancer survivors don’t often wear capes, on June 4, the Smiths Falls 2016 Relay for Life encouraged everyone to don their favourite superhero attire in the battle against an enemy who never fights fair. Like past years, the event took place on the track of Smiths Falls District High School (SFDCI), and kicked off with the opening ceremony and the Survivor Lap, which was accompanied by the Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band. “When I talked to the students here about the war on cancer, I told them that in their lifetime, I believe that we are going to win that war,” said Matt Rodrigues, chair of the[...]
Mississippi Mills Celebrates Fifth Year of Relay for Life
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By Page Taylor – Mississippi Mills Donna Telford knows just how common it is to live a life affected by cancer. In 2011, after having lost her sister to colon cancer, it was her family who brought the Relay for Life baton to the Almonte area. And on June 3, Telford’s team, For the Love of Dido (in memory of her sister), walked the track at Gemmill Park, commemorating the fifth year of the Mississippi Mills Relay for Life. Telford said that a milestone such as that can be bittersweet, but ultimately, something to be celebrated. “The first year,” reminisced Telford. “We had a goal of $30,000. The money we ended up raising was $112[...]
Close to 1,000 students take on cancer at St. John Relay for Life event
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By Page Taylor -Perth It was a day of survival, friendship, and fundraising, but most of all, it was a day of hope. Fifteen schools from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario congregated in the gym of St. John Catholic High School in Perth during the Relay for Life kickoff presentation on May 27. Heather Gerber, principal of St. Gregory Catholic School, called this gathering of 958 students and teachers the “Catholic coalition,” an alliance dedicated to fighting against cancer. “So far, we have raised $625,000 for cancer research,” Gerber announced, citing the total amount raised over St. John’s 15 years of relay. [...]
Tay River unsafe for swimming much of the time
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Page Taylor – Perth According to a presentation by Peggy Land, from the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)’s environment committee gave at the Perth committee of the whole meeting on June 7, the Tay River is unsafe to swim in about half of the time. Land stated that the No Swimming sign that had been posted to warn residents was removed in 2015 during renovations to the Old Mill Road and never replaced. She believes putting the signs back up may help stop E. coli infections in children swimming in the Tay River. Samples taken by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) revealed that E. coli bacteria levels were dang[...]
Perth looking to become a World Heritage Site
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Page Taylor – Perth In honour of Perth’s 200 anniversary, John Stewart of the Perth and Lanark Legacy Project requested approval from the Perth council at the June 7 meeting to nominate the town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although he admitted that the application process is as lengthy as its name (Initial Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for Nomination), he said that receiving World Heritage status would effectively put the military settlement on a global stage. The theme, explained Steward, is Carry Forward. Councillor Judy Brown wondered what further benefit it would be to receive the abovementioned status if the town [...]
Nutrition top of mind at the Granary, and in their hosted events
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The Granary Bulk and Natural Foods is an independent natural health retailer located at 107 Bridge St, in the heart of Carleton Place. Owner, Dena Comley purchased the business in 2009 and since then has been on a mission to offer ethical, local and sustainable products. The Granary offers grocery items, body care and beauty supplies, supplements, bulk food, homeopathic treatments, eco-friendly wares and more. When stocking products, every effort is made to prioritize purchasing local food that is in-line with the store’s quality, standards and values. Customers can learn about nutrition and natural health from the friendly and informed sta[...]
Environmental Site Assessment of former water treatment plant to cost more
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls At the Smiths Falls council meeting on June 6, council decided to pass a budget variance of $41,500 to continue with the Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) of the former water treatment plant with Malroz Engineering Ltd. The ESA contract was award to Malroz in March 2016. The original proposal was for $39,084 plus HST for Phase I of the study.  An additional $25,000 was budgeted for Phase II of the study. “Phase I examined the history of the site and previous uses that might have contributed to site contamination or environmental hazards and included an examination of the structure to loo[...]
Smiths Falls to participate in water technology study
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls Smiths Falls has been approached by the University of Ottawa to participate in a pilot project to test newly developed technology that could give water/wastewater operators real time information on some of the regular tests they have to conduct on a daily or weekly basis. As things stand various elements of the operation require samples to be sent out for testing and there is a lag time of several days before results come back.  This new technology would give operators immediate results. “We’re excited to be part of this project at no cost to the town,” said Troy Dunlop, direc[...]
Smiths Falls partners with Lanark Veterinary Clinic to offer micro-chipping for pets
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The town has set up a micro-chip clinic in partnership with Lanark Veterinary Clinic so that residents can get their pets micro-chipped at a cost of $25 per pet. There will be four clinics held at the Lanark Vet Clinic located at 88 Cornelia Street W. Residents will need to book their  appointment at the clinic by calling 613-284-0880. The micro-chip dates are June 24, June 30, July 8 and July 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. “We will be putting posters in town and ads in the newspapers.” said Kerry Costello, director of corporate services.[...]
Smiths Falls Police expansion feasibility study more expensive than budgeted
Smiths Falls Chief of Police Bob Dowdall was asked to speak to the proposed feasibility study that will look into expanding Smiths Falls Police services to neighbouring municipalities at the Special Committee of the Whole meeting held on June 6. The town received four proposals, all higher than the budgeted amount, and the winning proposal is more than $7,000 over budget.  Photo by Howaida Sorour-Roberts
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls On June 6 Smiths Falls council approved the awarding of a police expansion feasibility study to Investigative Research Group to the tune of $22,180 plus HST. “We had four proposals that were submitted, the budget was for $15,000 — but all the proposals came in over budget, the lowest was for $17,700 and the highest was for $46,530 and that’s not including HST,” said Kerry Costello, director of corporate services. The Town’s review team included Costello, Malcolm Morris, CAO and Smiths Falls Police Chief Bob Dowdall.  The team scored the proposals on content, experience and[...]
Smiths Falls Community Improvement Plan more accessible
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls On June 6 during the regular Smiths Falls council meeting, the Smiths Falls Community Improvement Plan (CIP) that was introduced as part of the town’s vision and economic development planning has been amended to encourage more participation. The plan, which gives businesses matching funds to make improvements to façade, signage or structure has had very slow uptake. Council has now lowered the minimum requirement for participation to $500. So if a business identifies an improvement to their premises that meets the CIP criteria, is approved by the town and costs $1,000 they would pay the firs[...]
Neilson brand Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk recalled due to Listeria
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Recall date: June 5, 2016 Reason for recall: Microbiological – Listeria Hazard classification: Class 1 Company / Firm: Saputo Inc. Distribution: Ontario, Quebec Extent of the distribution: Retail Recall details Ottawa, June 5, 2016 – The Food Recall Warning issued on June 3, 2016 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation. Saputo Inc. is recalling Neilson brand Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should n[...]
Paddlers, sponsors signing on for Paddlefest 2016
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By: Chris Must What could be more Canadian than paddling a canoe? Paddling enthusiasts will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and indulge in a little friendly competition as the third annual Rideau Paddlefest comes to Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls on Saturday, Aug. 6. Co-chaired by Peter Au and Pat Graveline, the volunteer Paddlefest committee has already secured sponsorship from Kilmarnock Enterprise, Wills Transfer, Innovative Logic, Impression Printing, and Metroland Media. The Town of Smiths Falls recently approved a grant of $2,000 to support the festival, which is billed as a cultural, historical, community-based [...]
Smiths Falls Law Torch Run for Special Olympics this weekend
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Just a reminder that the Smiths Falls Police will be holding their Law Torch Run for Special Olympics activities over this weekend. Voluntary Road Toll will be held in the Cornelia St Underpass from 10-4:30 pm on Friday, June 3rd 2016 Torch Run will take place leaving the County Fair Mall at 10 am Saturday June 4th, 2016 going through the downtown core to the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre. Contact for Torch Run events is Sgt P. Klassen and can be reached at 613-285-6756.[...]
Perth Weekend Guide: June 3-5
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FRIDAY 9 to 5: The Musical 8 p.m. Studio Theatre Perth For more information visit studiotheatreperth.com Perth Fire Fighters’ Association Golf Tournament 12:45 p.m. start Perth Golf Course SATURDAY Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot 9 to 5: The Musical 8 p.m. Studio Theatre Perth For more information visit studiotheatreperth.com Hungry Planet Pop-Ups 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hungry Planet Perth 200th Anniversary Walking Food Tour 1 p.m. Downtown Perth Call the Matheson House Museum to arrange tickets – 613-267-1947. Perth Museum Bird Watching Tour 8:15 a.. – 11 a.m. Perth Wildlife Reserv[...]
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 3-5
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FRIDAY Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Gutsy Walk 6 p.m. Kinsmen Community Pavilion, Lower Reach Park $8 per person. Voluntary Road Toll – Torch Run for Special Olympics 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Cornelia St Underpass SATURDAY Yard Sale in the Barn 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lombardy Agricultural Fairground Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics 10 a.m. County Fair Mall going through the downtown core to the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre Plant & Book Sale 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Calvary Bible Church (44 Beech Street) All proceeds donated to Cornerstone Landing, a group dedicating to eliminating teen homelessness. Great No[...]
Upper Canada District School Board budget gets approval
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Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board passed the 2016-2017 budget on Wednesday, June 1. The budget includes $345.9 million in operating expenses, $30 million in planned capital expenses, and an operating surplus of $913,215, calculated for Ministry compliance purposes, said Superintendent of Business Nancy Barkley. “The public expects us to carefully provide the necessary resources for our students and, at the same time, be fiscally responsible in this era of reduced funding from the province,” said Chair Jeff McMillan. “This was a challenging process for our Board of Trustees, but we believe we’ve passed a budget that [...]
Lockwood’s Sight & Sound in Smiths Falls to close its doors at the end of June
Lockwood's Sight & Sound in Smiths Falls is closing
Lockwood’s Sight & Sound in Smiths Falls is closing. For over half a century Lockwood’s has been run by the Ryan family. Allen Ryan took over the business from Percy Lockwood in 1964 and Allen`s son Dave took it over when he was in grade 12. Dave and Anne Ryan along with their children have run the local store for the last several decades. Everything in the store is on sale at liquidation prices, all water-sport products are on for 50% off the lowest ticket price. The retail store will be open for liquidation of stock until June 30th. The service division closed today. Please visit them in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com[...]
Tay River Rocky Ramp monitoring continues
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Page Taylor – Perth The by-law to improve the Tay River Rocky Ramp through the removal of large stones and the repair of the south stone wall was discussed at length by the Perth council at the May 31 meeting. The two-year observation period remained unchanged. Councillor Jim Bolt advised that since the town was on the verge of a drought, with no climatic changes in sight, having the opportunity to see how both low water and high water would greatly benefit their plans. Mayor John Fenik also thanked the residents of Harvey Street for their patient thus far, and stressed that the area was undergoing a renewal. The decision to monitor the[...]
Perth splash pad to re-open soon
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Page Taylor – Perth After receiving many comments and concerns from the public regarding the non-operation of the splash pad, the Mayor John Fenik announced during the May 31 Perth council meeting that an adhesion granular surface of the splash pad was not “up to snuff,” causing children to trip, which was why the town had to temporarily close the pad. The mayor assured that the town was working on the problem and the splash pad was slated to re-open the weekend of June 4-5, well in time for summer break.[...]
Healthy Living Festival returns for fourth year
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By: April Scott-Clarke For the fourth year in a row the annual Healthy Living Festival will be taking to the streets of downtown Smiths Falls on June 18. The Downtown Business Association (DBA) has been planning the event since November and has been able to bring together an interesting lineup of performances and activities for people to enjoy. This year there will be a Little Thing Running Thing for kids in the morning and multiple Hockey Circus Show performances, alongside jugglers and acrobatic acts throughout the day. And for anyone who likes inflatables, there will be lots at the festival for you to try out! You can walk on water with th[...]
Warrant executed on Smiths Falls man
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On May, 27 Smiths Falls Police Officers attended the Gatineau Police station to take custody of a 22 year old male who was wanted on a warrant held by Smiths Falls Police for Breach of Recognizance. The male was returned to the Smiths Falls Police Station and held pending a bail hearing. Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283- 0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477).[...]
Four Degrees of brewing in Smiths Falls
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By Chris Must The growing popularity of their craft beer has four Smiths Falls men optimistic that they will be able to begin brewing their products right here in their home town in the near future. The idea behind Four Degrees Brewing Company began four years ago during a golf game between Andrew Howard and Nick Ritchie. The partners decided it would be fun to start their own beer company, and bring much-needed jobs to Smiths Falls in the process. The other two partners in the company are Joe Adams and Chris Haines. Although none of the partners started out knowing how to brew beer, said Haines, “what we did have was a willingness to try a[...]
Cancer survivors invited to be part of Relay For Life in Smiths Falls on June 4
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This will be the fourth year that Carol Snook has participated in the Relay For Life, including being part of the Survivor Reception and Survivor Victory Lap.
When Carol Snook was told in June 2009 that she had breast cancer, she couldn’t believe what she was hearing.  “I was very surprised and shocked as there wasn’t a history of breast cancer in the family,” she relates. It was during a regular mammogram that a small lump was detected. After a follow up ultrasound and biopsy, the cancer diagnosis was made.  “Even then, I couldn’t feel the lump myself as it was quite small,” she states. “That is why I impress on all my female friends to get regular mammograms.” Snook underwent surgery in late August that year. That was followed by five sessions of chemotherapy, three weeks apar[...]
3M Golf for the Kids a big success
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Supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County were on hand to enjoy a fun day of golf at Mapleview in Perth on Saturday, May 28. It was a sold out event, with 144 golfers taking part, and enjoying the beautiful course while supporting a great local children’s charity. 3M Canada in Perth was this year’s title sponsor, and sent two teams to participate, as well as donated items for the take home bags that each golfer gets. Tim Hortons donated the coffee and muffins, Garden Market Smiths Falls provided fresh fruit for a mid-morning snack and dessert to accompany the homemade cookies provided by Wendy Andison. Shoppers Drug Mart in [...]
Perth splash pad out of service until resurfacing complete
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An update from the on the – The contractor has inspected and tested the surface of the Splash Pad and they have developed a plan to provide more grip on the surface. They have ordered the material and expect to be on site on Monday or Tuesday next week. The resurfacing will take one day and then an additional day to cure. We will post more details when we get them. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience especially given the weather, and hope to have everything operational next week.[...]
TOTAL BURN BAN IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF LANARK COUNTY
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Due to extremely dry weather conditions and no significant rainfall in the immediate weather forecast, there is now a TOTAL BURN BAN IN EFFECT for all of Lanark County. All burning is prohibited, including camp fires and burn barrels. Setting off of fireworks is strongly discouraged. Please contact your local Fire Department or municipality for more information.[...]
The Town of Smiths Falls is asking that people don’t feed the geese
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The Town of Smiths Falls is asking that people don’t feed the geese in the local parks. Having too many geese on the local waterfront raises e coli levels and makes it dangerous for humans and animals to enjoy the water.[...]
Merrickville Blockhouse Festival becomes two-day celebration
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The Merrickville Blockhouse Festival presents a mosaic of our history with bateau men, fur traders, quilters, traditional bagpipe and fiddle music, and a variety of heritage exhibits the weekend of June 4-5. Those are just a few of the active displays under the marquees and on the Blockhouse Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “Last year many of the participants asked for a two-day event, so we’ve obliged them,” said Ann Martin, president of the Merrickville and District Historical Society. “The festival explores many facets of our heritage, and we want to give the public every opportunity to enjoy the activities laid on[...]

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Railway Museum is all aboard for weddings
Jun.27, 12:03 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts howaida@pdgmedia.ca The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario has hosted its first full wedding this month. The ceremony was held in the breezeway while the interior was decorated for an elegant sit-down dinner catered by Magnolia Catering of Smiths Falls. The festivities included a number of railway features including a train ride featuring a first generation diesel engine pulling a 1940s wooden Canadian Pacific caboose equipped with champagne for the newlyweds and their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The couple also received a congratulatory telegram orchestrated by museum volunteers John Mulkerns and Graeme Roy.   Shown [...]
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National restaurant chain coming to Hwy 7 corridor in Perth
Jun.27, 10:48 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedica.ca A national restaurant chain will be setting up shop in a new commercial project planned along the Highway 7 corridor. Perth Town Council unanimously approved at its June 21 meeting a by-law authorizing the mayor and staff to sign an addendum to the Site Plan Control Agreement with the owner of the Perth Mews Mall to facilitate the construction of a new commercial building, which will include a restaurant and drive-thru facility. “It is one of the national chains,” Eric Cosens, director of development and protective services confirmed. “Exactly which one, we don’t know.” What is known is that[...]
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Perth Kilt Run Expects New Guinness Record
Jun.27, 9:37 am
Perth – Terry O’Hearn Perth’s World Record Kilt Run 2016 appears to have smashed its previous Guinness World Record, and organizers Terry and Mary Stewart will be watching closely for the official Guinness approval in the coming weeks. The highly successful run is one of the 200th Perth Military Settlement Anniversary events. This year is the third and final attempt for a new kilt race record, and it is expected the new record will exceed three thousand runners.  Other communities attempting to break the same record have included the St. Paddy’s race in Raleigh, North Carolina, and race organizations in Perth, Australia, and [...]
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Cherry Picked Canadian products rule
Jun.27, 7:29 am
REGIONAL – Howaida Sorour-Roberts It’s a bright and neatly appointed store, filled with artfully displayed gift items.  Cherry Picked, on Brock Street East, in Merrickville (right behind the gas station) is a new to the village. It’s owned by Mitch Rochette, and frequently manned by his wife Leslie Way.  The couple are new to the village, having only moved  from Ottawa in the fall of 2015. “I’ve never lived outside the city limits because I needed to be close to hospitals,” explained Way. Way had kidney failure in 2011 and a transplant in 2012. Once she was given a clean bill of health, the couple decided to take the plung[...]
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Tay River water levels diminish
Jun.24, 11:31 am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TAY RIVER WATER LEVELS DIMINISH The Town of Perth is working with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) to monitor water levels in the Tay River, due to the decrease in water flows in the watershed. RVCA staff is predicting that the drought conditions in the watershed will be moving from a Minor to Moderate Severity by Sunday due to the extended lack of rainfall. The municipality is asking residents and businesses to be aware of water use during this seasonal challenge. Perth staff is working on several fronts to optimize municipal operations to lessen impacts on water demands while maintaining operations. Resi[...]
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Tay River pathway extension moving forward in July
Jun.23, 11:50 am
At a special committee meeting of the Lanark County Council on June 22, members congratulated volunteers who are raising funds for the extension of the Tay River Pathway on their tremendous efforts. Councillors learned the group has raised about $64,000 of their $67,000 goal. The fully accessible 1.5-kilometre loop trail is located behind Lanark Lodge and the Perth Community Care Centre and the goal is to extend it to the Tay River and provide a viewing platform. Committee members Diane Czerwinski and Nicola Oddy presented an update to the economic development committee on Wednesday night, and council supported the group’s efforts by confir[...]
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Perth to get six new affordable housing units
Jun.23, 11:25 am
Lanark County Council authorized a contribution agreement with Regan Lee Developments for the provision of six affordable housing units in Perth at it’s June 22 meeting. Twelve two-bedroom apartments in a three-storey building will be constructed with of of them being affordable housing units to be rented at $695 per month. The rest to be rented at a market rate of $1,000 per month. This is the result from a request for proposals (RFP) put out in April for affordable housing units to be funded through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) program 2014 extension. There were two applicants when the RFP closed in May. Both were evalua[...]
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Private addictions clinic will provide jobs in the area
Jun.23, 7:20 am
REGIONAL – HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS Before the end of the year, a private addictions treatment centre will be opening up in Smiths Falls at the Gallipeau Centre. “We don’t have a date yet, but we’ve started renovations and are hoping to open by September,” said Chris Fagan, owner of Canadian Addictions and Rehab. Canadian Addictions and Rehab centre, formerly known as Life Changes, is a medical detox addictions clinic specializing in alcohol, cocaine and opioid addictions primarily. Through this private centre, patients are generally admitted for onsite treatment over a period of 30 to 90 days. When the rehab centre opens, it wi[...]
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 24 – 26
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 24 – 26 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Microchip Clinic 1:00pm – 5:00pm Lanark veterinary clinic and the town of Smiths Falls have partnered to offer a microchipping clinic on the following days; Friday June 24th, Thursday June 30th from, Friday Julu 8th and Friday July 15th. Cost: $25/animal (Cash Only) Call for more information: Lanark Veterinary Clinic, 88D Cornelia St. W. 613-284-0880 Fish and Chips Friday at Legion Branch 95 Smiths Falls 4:00pm – 7:00pm June 10th has been cancelled so the next one will be Friday June 2[...]
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More drug and assault arrests by Smiths Falls police
Jun.22, 10:01 am
During a routine traffic stop on June 16 by a Smiths Falls police officer,  a small amount of cocaine was found in possession of a passenger in the motor vehicle. The 19 year old Smiths Falls male was arrested and later release with a future court date. Also on June, police were called to a local duplex during a dispute between two parties where one was spat on by the other. A 31-year-old Smiths Falls male was arrested and held for bail on charges of assault, uttering threats and breaching conditions. On June 20, police responded to a reported domestic incident in the south end of Smiths Falls. The complainant had been assaulted and was[...]
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The myths of swimming after eating
Jun.22, 7:46 am
Carleton Place – Linda Seccaspina Whenever we went for a picnic near a lake as a child, we were told to never go swimming for at least an hour after we ate. According to a parent’s rule (probably thought up by someone in the 14th century) you were going to have cramps and die if you ventured into that water. Each time I heard that particular ridiculous information, all I wanted to do was defy the whole big pile of bunk. Who started all these myths, and why? Once a month, on a Sunday, we used to drive down to St. Albans, Vermont for the day. After lunch, like clockwork, the whole “no swimming after eating for an hour” conversation[...]
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Perth to be enforcing by-law against sidewalk cyclists and skateboarders
Jun.21, 9:07 pm
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca The sidewalks in downtown Perth are for the use of pedestrians, not cyclists and skateboarders. And shortly there will be signs reinforcing that message. At the regular meeting of Perth Town Council on June 21, Councillor Jim Graff reported that signs will be going up within the next week, primarily on Gore and Foster Streets, to inhibit those who ride their bicycles or skateboards there, particularly during business hours. “The signs are really putting some teeth into the bylaw,” he stated, noting that commissionaires will now be in a position to issue tickets. “The commissionaires are going to [...]
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New youth program to help jobless get work launches in Smiths Falls
Jun.21, 7:28 am
Smiths Falls – Submitted Youth Job Link is the newest youth program to be introduced by Employment Ontario.  This youth program complements the existing programs delivered by ontrac Employment Resource Services for the Smiths Falls community and continues to support our efforts to assist students and youth (ages 15-29) find work as well as transition successfully into the labour market.   The focus of this program is on career exploration, career management, job search, job readiness and job matching.  Youth Job Link is in place to support all youth, however, the job matching component is available to those students/youth who have le[...]
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Smiths Falls Police execute drug warrant at Brockville Street address
Jun.20, 2:30 pm
Drug Warrant Executed On June 16th, 2016 the Smiths Falls Police executed a Controlled Drugs And Substances Act Search Warrant at a Brockville Street address. Officers made entry to the residence, locating inside in excess of $3300 of Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, weapons and cash. Four adults and a young offender have been arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Cocaine, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. There were 17 other charges also laid in relation to the investigation. Charged as a result of the investigation are; Malcolm PYPER – 20 yrs old of Smiths Falls Possession of Co[...]
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Perth man charged after break-in to The Table Community Food Centre
Jun.20, 2:06 pm
Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release LANARK COUNTY PERTH MAN CHARGED AFTER BREAK AND ENTER TO COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE 2016-06-20 FROM/DE: Lanark County Detachment.                         DATE: June 20, 2016. PERTH MAN CHARGED AFTER BREAK IN TO COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE. (TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a Perth man following an investigation of a break and enter to The Table Community Food Centre, Perth. Staff from the Centre called Police at about 8.22am on Friday 17th June 2016 after they discovered that the premises ha[...]
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Perth Pride parade was a wash of colour and support
Jun.20, 12:55 pm
On June 11 citizens of Perth and surrounding area proudly displayed their true colours in the annual Perth Pride Parade. The vibrant company gathered at Stewart School at three and proceeded down Wilson Street and Gore Street before ending at the Tay Basin, where vendors were selling snacks and tie-dye clothing at the Crystal Palace. The parade featured many prominent organizations in the community such as Y.A.C, The Table, Queer Connections, and the Dave Smiths Treatment Centre. The United Church of Canada also made an appearance as a voice of support for the LGBTQ community. The day ended with a show at seven from Gender Illusions, a group [...]
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HUB pool closes, reopens under new name and operators
Jun.20, 12:33 pm
April Scott-Clarke – Smiths Falls The Hub pool is no longer. The facility has reopened under the name Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC). An email sent to members indicted that Hub memberships will be honoured by ARC. Operations will continue as before with members and patrons still having access to the same programming. The email stated, “you will see changes along the way with our efforts to improve all aspects of the operation. This is a new beginning for our Community Pool and we fully anticipate great support from our municipalities and the community in general through fundraisers, sponsorships and ad[...]
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Lanark Health Unit issues heat alert
Jun.20, 11:27 am
Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has issued a heat alert because of the high heat and humidity that is in the forecast over the next few days. Temperatures and humidex levels are expected to be high into early next week. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death. Everyone is at risk; however the following are in greater danger of being affected: elderly people with chronic illness or who take certain medication[...]
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Rideau Ferry native cycled 30,000 km through 40 countries
Jun.19, 7:52 am
REGIONAL – Chris Must Riding a bicycle 30,000 km through 40 countries understandably makes for a great learning experience. But what was the biggest lesson for Mark Quattrocchi, who wrapped up his two-year odyssey this month? “The world is not a scary place,” the Rideau Ferry native said in a phone call from Toronto, just one week from ending his journey on June 11. “It is full of wonderful and kind people. It really was an eye-opening experience for me.” Although his trip took him through such troubled areas as Afghanistan and parts of Mexico racked by drug cartel-related violence, Quattrocchi says he always felt safe, and al[...]
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Smiths Falls tax cap phase out
Jun.18, 7:26 am
Smiths Falls – Howaida Sorour-Roberts The town is currently recommending that commercial, multi-residential and industrial properties no longer be subject to tax capping in Smiths Falls. In the past if a tax assessment increased by more than five per cent in any given year on a commercial, multi-residential or industrial property its tax increase was capped at five percent per year for up to five years or until the property was paying its assessed taxes. However changes at the Municipal Properties Assessment Corporation (MPAC) are making this provision redundant, as MPAC is now phasing in increases over a period of five years. The issue[...]
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Funding approved for Almonte youth center
Jun.17, 10:22 am
Regional – Page Taylor When it comes to providing a safe space for young people, it isn’t all fun and games. The region of Almonte Mississippi Mills has been without a permanent youth center since the closure of Take Young People Seriously (TYPS) in 2014. However, on May 3, the first steps towards heralding in a new youth center took place at the Mississippi Mills council meeting when the council approved the free use of the Almonte Curling Club to a youth summer program. (The program will run from July 4 to September 2.) The Lanark County Council recently designated further funding to hire an executive director shortly after, and $4[...]
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Celebrate Father’s Day in the County
Jun.17, 10:16 am
REGIONAL – Sarah Cavanagh Celebrate all the men in your life this month with a staycation in one of the many communities of Lanark County. Kick off the festivities in Carleton Place with a spin around the dancefloor at Rick and Tania’s Dance Studio at 8 p.m. for a Ballroom and Latin Dance Social. Perfect for a double date! If the night is still young join DJ Whisper at 10 p.m. at the Waterfront Gastropub for some music and munchies. Families can celebrate together on Saturday, June 18 in Perth, Smiths Falls or Carleton Place as each town offers fun family friendly events for any budget. You can start your day off with the Farmer’s [...]
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RCMP Musical Ride in Perth this weekend
Jun.17, 12:27 am
A spectacle known around the world… The RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. Their performance consists of intricate figures and drills choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination. The Musical Ride performs in up to 50 communities across Canada between the months of May and October. They help raise thousands of dollars for local charities and non-profit organizations. The Musical Ride provides the opportunity to experience the heritage and traditions of the RCMP. The riders act as ambassadors of goodwill who promote the RCMP’s image throughou[...]
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Veteran paddler shares experiences during Smiths Falls presentation
Jun.16, 7:53 pm
From “the most beautiful lake in the world” to the toughest stretches of river rapids, Max Finkelstein has seen everything Canada’s waterways have to offer. Finkelstein, whose accomplishments as a paddler include setting a world record by paddling up the Rideau from Kingston to Ottawa in just 22 hours, came to Smiths Falls June 9 to present a slide show of images taken during the journeys that inspired his books. He also donated copies of both books to the public libraries in Smiths Falls and Merrickville. Photo from left: Karen Schecter of the Smiths Falls Public Library, Max Finkelstein, and Omar Simonyi representing the Merrickvi[...]
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 17- 19
Jun.16, 12:13 pm
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 17 – 19 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Things my mother taught me. 7:30pm – 9:45pm Location: Station Theatre Station Theatre “Things My Mother Taught Me” by Katharine DiSavino, directed by Sheila Jasiak. Rollicking, tender comedy, Tickets $20 adults; $10 students at www.smithsfallstheatre.com and Special Greetings, cash only. Contact: Lynda Daniluk Phone: 613.283.0300 Website: http://www.smithsfallstheatre.com SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Yoga in the park 9:00am – 9:45am Yoga in the Park June 16th – July 16th, 9:00 – 9:45[...]
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Carleton Place town hall gets a slight makeover
Jun.15, 2:46 pm
Page Taylor – Carleton Place As passed by the Carleton Place Town Council on June 14, a purchase order for Castle Masonry and Construction will be drafted for the repointing of the South wall of the town hall, a process done to preserve brick and mortar buildings in order to restore eroded joints. The contractor provided the most affordable quote to the town, estimating a $14 per square foot cost, as opposed to estimates of $25 per square foot and $30 per square foot from the other bidding contractors. [...]
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Building by-laws will be changing in Carleton Place in July
Jun.15, 12:58 pm
Page Taylor – Carleton Place A new building by-law was passed by the Carleton Place council on June 14 that would amend, and, effectively replace, the current regulation on construction permits in order to further outline construction, demolition, and change of use permit applications. Coming into force next month, the town of Carleton Place is requiring applications for construction permits to describe the nature of work being done, along with detailed plans and proof of ownership. Meanwhile, applications to demolish would describe the future use of the demolished space, along with detailed plans and proof of ownership. Permits that ha[...]
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Carleton Place to apply for more Canada 150 program funding
Jun.15, 12:43 pm
Page Taylor – Carleton Place Adding to the $30,000 funding the Town of Carleton Place has received to restore signage in Roy Brown Park, the council carried a motion on June 14 to submit another budget application to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which would be put towards three priority projects. The highest priority was identified by Councillor Doug Black as the expansion of change rooms in the Neelin Street Community Centre (Arena), while the second priority would be to replace the  heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Carambeck Community Centre, and the third being to create a boat channel in the M[...]
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Heritage House Museums’ Tall Boys & Tall Tales postponed
Jun.14, 2:15 pm
Please note the Heritage House Museum event Tall Boys & Tall Tales, planned for Saturday, June 18th has been postponed until the fall.  Details are currently being reorganized. We apologize for any confusion.  Updated details will be provided as soon as possible. Thank you. Leisa Purdon Bell Museum Clerk/Collections Manager Heritage House Museum Town of Smiths Falls 613-283-6311 heritagehouse@smithsfalls.ca www.smithsfalls.ca/heritagehouse www.facebook.com/HeritageHouseMuseum[...]
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Anne Shropshire steps down as Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce President
Jun.14, 9:50 am
Special Announcement Change in the Board Executive: The Board of Directors for the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank and recognize Anne Shropshire for her contribution to the Chamber and the Town of Smiths Falls. Anne, who was in her second term as president of our Chamber, has made the decision to step away from the board effective immediately. Anne dedicated many hours to the Chamber with great passion and she will be missed. Vice President, Barbara Black of RBC, has assumed the President role for the duration of the year and an election was held by the board for a new Vice President to fill the vacancy. Se[...]
Public hearing in Perth on June 14
The Perth Committee of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of considering the following items. A proposed interim reduction of the minimum drive‑thru queue length for a restaurant on part of a lot in Highway Commercial Zone through a minor variance. The property is municipally known as 80 Dufferin Street. View the complete Notice of Public Hearing here. A proposed reduction of the minimum fish habitat setback requirement on a lot in the Environmental Protection and Residential Second Density (R2) Zones through a minor variance. The property is municipally known as 67 Harvey Street. [...]
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 10-12
Jun.10, 11:15 am
FRIDAY Family Movie Night: Hook 7 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church Free-will offering. Things My Mother Taught Me 7:30 p.m. Smiths Falls Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue) $20 for adults, $10 for students. SATURDAY Annual Paint Powder Run for Mental Health Awareness 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cataraqui Trail 3km & 5km runs – Participation in the run is free . Organized by the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) group, SFDCI’s Difference Club. Things My Mother Taught Me 7:30 p.m. Smiths Falls Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue) $20 for adults, $10 for students. SUNDAY Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale 9:30 a[...]
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Perth Weekend Guide: June 10-12
Jun.10, 10:44 am
FRIDAY 9 to 5: The Musical 8 p.m. Studio Theatre Perth For information: studiotheatreperth.com SATURDAY Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot Perth Museum Bird Watching Tour 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Perth Wildlife Reserve Got Questions? Call Janet at the Perth Museum – 613-267-1947 or Lynda at 613-267-6754. Hungry Planet Pop-Ups 11:30 a.m. Hungry Planet For information contact kris.thetablecfc.org. Walking Food Tour 1 p.m. Downtown Perth Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour Throughout Lanark County. Motorists are asked for patience and caution as riders navigate the roads in and around Lanark County. For more informati[...]
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Man Show coming to Beckwith in June
Jun.10, 9:47 am
Submitte by Creative Minds Event Planning Creative Minds Event Planning is pleased to announce the return of the Man Cave – The Ultimate Show for Men to the Beckwith Recreational Complex on June 18th 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Following the success of the inaugural show in 2015 and the fun of the Kanata Testosterone Oktoberfest event, organizers are gearing up to launch the 2nd year with some new additions. Attendees can expect to shop at over 40 exhibitors (inside and outside), take part in interactive demos and displays, enjoy the Craft Beer and Spirits Zone 12pm-6pm with an outdoor patio, the popular Food Truck Showdown, ladies zone and[...]
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Lockwood’s is closing its doors for good: Here’s why
Jun.10, 6:19 am
By Sally Smith – Smiths Falls On June 30, an iconic Smiths Falls business will shut and lock its doors for good. Lockwood’s Sight and Sound is closing up shop, a family decision, one made in sorrow, but also made with the full conviction that it must be done. Owner Dave Ryan, 60, is at the Civic Hospital with a stage four glioblastoma brain tumour. “He’s not well enough to have any treatments,” explained his daughter Jessica Marshall, adding quietly,“We’re all hoping for a miraculous recovery.” Jessica and sister Melanie Doornekamp, sat and talked about their dad at Jessica’s home shortly after the decision to close was [...]
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Tickets on sale now for Leafs alumni game in Perth
Jun.9, 2:50 pm
By Chris Must – Perth Tickets officially went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 9 for the much-anticipated Toronto Maple Leafs alumni game against the Perth Blue Wings in January 2017. In a Facebook message to Blue Wings fans, team owner Michael McLean said tickets for the game, set for Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. are expected to sell out quickly. The Perth Arena has just 600 seats, and the last alumni game featuring the Boston Bruins alumni in January 2016 was also a sold-out event. “The buzz and the hype – I’ve never seen anything like it,” said McLean in his Facebook video. The event has been years in the planning, he added. The[...]
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Merrickville Blockhouse Opening Photos
Jun.9, 11:18 am
The Merrickville Blockhouse Opening took place on June 4 and Kathy Botham was on site to take some photos at the event.  [...]
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Smiths Falls Shows Fighting Spirit at Relay for Life
Jun.9, 10:55 am
By Page Taylor – Smiths Falls Although cancer survivors don’t often wear capes, on June 4, the Smiths Falls 2016 Relay for Life encouraged everyone to don their favourite superhero attire in the battle against an enemy who never fights fair. Like past years, the event took place on the track of Smiths Falls District High School (SFDCI), and kicked off with the opening ceremony and the Survivor Lap, which was accompanied by the Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band. “When I talked to the students here about the war on cancer, I told them that in their lifetime, I believe that we are going to win that war,” said Matt Rodrigues, chair of the[...]
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Mississippi Mills Celebrates Fifth Year of Relay for Life
Jun.9, 10:45 am
By Page Taylor – Mississippi Mills Donna Telford knows just how common it is to live a life affected by cancer. In 2011, after having lost her sister to colon cancer, it was her family who brought the Relay for Life baton to the Almonte area. And on June 3, Telford’s team, For the Love of Dido (in memory of her sister), walked the track at Gemmill Park, commemorating the fifth year of the Mississippi Mills Relay for Life. Telford said that a milestone such as that can be bittersweet, but ultimately, something to be celebrated. “The first year,” reminisced Telford. “We had a goal of $30,000. The money we ended up raising was $112[...]
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Close to 1,000 students take on cancer at St. John Relay for Life event
Jun.8, 8:10 pm
By Page Taylor -Perth It was a day of survival, friendship, and fundraising, but most of all, it was a day of hope. Fifteen schools from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario congregated in the gym of St. John Catholic High School in Perth during the Relay for Life kickoff presentation on May 27. Heather Gerber, principal of St. Gregory Catholic School, called this gathering of 958 students and teachers the “Catholic coalition,” an alliance dedicated to fighting against cancer. “So far, we have raised $625,000 for cancer research,” Gerber announced, citing the total amount raised over St. John’s 15 years of relay. [...]
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Tay River unsafe for swimming much of the time
Jun.8, 1:39 pm
Page Taylor – Perth According to a presentation by Peggy Land, from the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)’s environment committee gave at the Perth committee of the whole meeting on June 7, the Tay River is unsafe to swim in about half of the time. Land stated that the No Swimming sign that had been posted to warn residents was removed in 2015 during renovations to the Old Mill Road and never replaced. She believes putting the signs back up may help stop E. coli infections in children swimming in the Tay River. Samples taken by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) revealed that E. coli bacteria levels were dang[...]
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Perth looking to become a World Heritage Site
Jun.8, 1:04 pm
Page Taylor – Perth In honour of Perth’s 200 anniversary, John Stewart of the Perth and Lanark Legacy Project requested approval from the Perth council at the June 7 meeting to nominate the town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although he admitted that the application process is as lengthy as its name (Initial Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for Nomination), he said that receiving World Heritage status would effectively put the military settlement on a global stage. The theme, explained Steward, is Carry Forward. Councillor Judy Brown wondered what further benefit it would be to receive the abovementioned status if the town [...]
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Nutrition top of mind at the Granary, and in their hosted events
Jun.7, 9:53 am
The Granary Bulk and Natural Foods is an independent natural health retailer located at 107 Bridge St, in the heart of Carleton Place. Owner, Dena Comley purchased the business in 2009 and since then has been on a mission to offer ethical, local and sustainable products. The Granary offers grocery items, body care and beauty supplies, supplements, bulk food, homeopathic treatments, eco-friendly wares and more. When stocking products, every effort is made to prioritize purchasing local food that is in-line with the store’s quality, standards and values. Customers can learn about nutrition and natural health from the friendly and informed sta[...]
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Environmental Site Assessment of former water treatment plant to cost more
Jun.7, 6:55 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls At the Smiths Falls council meeting on June 6, council decided to pass a budget variance of $41,500 to continue with the Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) of the former water treatment plant with Malroz Engineering Ltd. The ESA contract was award to Malroz in March 2016. The original proposal was for $39,084 plus HST for Phase I of the study.  An additional $25,000 was budgeted for Phase II of the study. “Phase I examined the history of the site and previous uses that might have contributed to site contamination or environmental hazards and included an examination of the structure to loo[...]
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Smiths Falls to participate in water technology study
Jun.7, 6:46 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls Smiths Falls has been approached by the University of Ottawa to participate in a pilot project to test newly developed technology that could give water/wastewater operators real time information on some of the regular tests they have to conduct on a daily or weekly basis. As things stand various elements of the operation require samples to be sent out for testing and there is a lag time of several days before results come back.  This new technology would give operators immediate results. “We’re excited to be part of this project at no cost to the town,” said Troy Dunlop, direc[...]
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Smiths Falls partners with Lanark Veterinary Clinic to offer micro-chipping for pets
Jun.7, 12:50 am
The town has set up a micro-chip clinic in partnership with Lanark Veterinary Clinic so that residents can get their pets micro-chipped at a cost of $25 per pet. There will be four clinics held at the Lanark Vet Clinic located at 88 Cornelia Street W. Residents will need to book their  appointment at the clinic by calling 613-284-0880. The micro-chip dates are June 24, June 30, July 8 and July 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. “We will be putting posters in town and ads in the newspapers.” said Kerry Costello, director of corporate services.[...]
Smiths Falls Chief of Police Bob Dowdall was asked to speak to the proposed feasibility study that will look into expanding Smiths Falls Police services to neighbouring municipalities at the Special Committee of the Whole meeting held on June 6. The town received four proposals, all higher than the budgeted amount, and the winning proposal is more than $7,000 over budget.  Photo by Howaida Sorour-Roberts
Smiths Falls Police expansion feasibility study more expensive than budgeted
Jun.7, 12:39 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls On June 6 Smiths Falls council approved the awarding of a police expansion feasibility study to Investigative Research Group to the tune of $22,180 plus HST. “We had four proposals that were submitted, the budget was for $15,000 — but all the proposals came in over budget, the lowest was for $17,700 and the highest was for $46,530 and that’s not including HST,” said Kerry Costello, director of corporate services. The Town’s review team included Costello, Malcolm Morris, CAO and Smiths Falls Police Chief Bob Dowdall.  The team scored the proposals on content, experience and[...]
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Smiths Falls Community Improvement Plan more accessible
Jun.6, 11:47 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls On June 6 during the regular Smiths Falls council meeting, the Smiths Falls Community Improvement Plan (CIP) that was introduced as part of the town’s vision and economic development planning has been amended to encourage more participation. The plan, which gives businesses matching funds to make improvements to façade, signage or structure has had very slow uptake. Council has now lowered the minimum requirement for participation to $500. So if a business identifies an improvement to their premises that meets the CIP criteria, is approved by the town and costs $1,000 they would pay the firs[...]
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Neilson brand Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk recalled due to Listeria
Jun.6, 6:48 pm
Recall date: June 5, 2016 Reason for recall: Microbiological – Listeria Hazard classification: Class 1 Company / Firm: Saputo Inc. Distribution: Ontario, Quebec Extent of the distribution: Retail Recall details Ottawa, June 5, 2016 – The Food Recall Warning issued on June 3, 2016 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation. Saputo Inc. is recalling Neilson brand Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should n[...]
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Paddlers, sponsors signing on for Paddlefest 2016
Jun.5, 9:42 am
By: Chris Must What could be more Canadian than paddling a canoe? Paddling enthusiasts will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and indulge in a little friendly competition as the third annual Rideau Paddlefest comes to Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls on Saturday, Aug. 6. Co-chaired by Peter Au and Pat Graveline, the volunteer Paddlefest committee has already secured sponsorship from Kilmarnock Enterprise, Wills Transfer, Innovative Logic, Impression Printing, and Metroland Media. The Town of Smiths Falls recently approved a grant of $2,000 to support the festival, which is billed as a cultural, historical, community-based [...]
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Smiths Falls Law Torch Run for Special Olympics this weekend
Jun.3, 12:48 pm
Just a reminder that the Smiths Falls Police will be holding their Law Torch Run for Special Olympics activities over this weekend. Voluntary Road Toll will be held in the Cornelia St Underpass from 10-4:30 pm on Friday, June 3rd 2016 Torch Run will take place leaving the County Fair Mall at 10 am Saturday June 4th, 2016 going through the downtown core to the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre. Contact for Torch Run events is Sgt P. Klassen and can be reached at 613-285-6756.[...]
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Perth Weekend Guide: June 3-5
Jun.2, 10:52 pm
FRIDAY 9 to 5: The Musical 8 p.m. Studio Theatre Perth For more information visit studiotheatreperth.com Perth Fire Fighters’ Association Golf Tournament 12:45 p.m. start Perth Golf Course SATURDAY Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot 9 to 5: The Musical 8 p.m. Studio Theatre Perth For more information visit studiotheatreperth.com Hungry Planet Pop-Ups 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hungry Planet Perth 200th Anniversary Walking Food Tour 1 p.m. Downtown Perth Call the Matheson House Museum to arrange tickets – 613-267-1947. Perth Museum Bird Watching Tour 8:15 a.. – 11 a.m. Perth Wildlife Reserv[...]
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: June 3-5
Jun.2, 10:40 pm
FRIDAY Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Gutsy Walk 6 p.m. Kinsmen Community Pavilion, Lower Reach Park $8 per person. Voluntary Road Toll – Torch Run for Special Olympics 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Cornelia St Underpass SATURDAY Yard Sale in the Barn 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lombardy Agricultural Fairground Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics 10 a.m. County Fair Mall going through the downtown core to the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre Plant & Book Sale 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Calvary Bible Church (44 Beech Street) All proceeds donated to Cornerstone Landing, a group dedicating to eliminating teen homelessness. Great No[...]
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Upper Canada District School Board budget gets approval
Jun.2, 11:25 am
Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board passed the 2016-2017 budget on Wednesday, June 1. The budget includes $345.9 million in operating expenses, $30 million in planned capital expenses, and an operating surplus of $913,215, calculated for Ministry compliance purposes, said Superintendent of Business Nancy Barkley. “The public expects us to carefully provide the necessary resources for our students and, at the same time, be fiscally responsible in this era of reduced funding from the province,” said Chair Jeff McMillan. “This was a challenging process for our Board of Trustees, but we believe we’ve passed a budget that [...]
Lockwood's Sight & Sound in Smiths Falls is closing
Lockwood’s Sight & Sound in Smiths Falls to close its doors at the end of June
Jun.1, 11:56 pm
Lockwood’s Sight & Sound in Smiths Falls is closing. For over half a century Lockwood’s has been run by the Ryan family. Allen Ryan took over the business from Percy Lockwood in 1964 and Allen`s son Dave took it over when he was in grade 12. Dave and Anne Ryan along with their children have run the local store for the last several decades. Everything in the store is on sale at liquidation prices, all water-sport products are on for 50% off the lowest ticket price. The retail store will be open for liquidation of stock until June 30th. The service division closed today. Please visit them in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com[...]
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Tay River Rocky Ramp monitoring continues
Jun.1, 10:43 am
Page Taylor – Perth The by-law to improve the Tay River Rocky Ramp through the removal of large stones and the repair of the south stone wall was discussed at length by the Perth council at the May 31 meeting. The two-year observation period remained unchanged. Councillor Jim Bolt advised that since the town was on the verge of a drought, with no climatic changes in sight, having the opportunity to see how both low water and high water would greatly benefit their plans. Mayor John Fenik also thanked the residents of Harvey Street for their patient thus far, and stressed that the area was undergoing a renewal. The decision to monitor the[...]
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Perth splash pad to re-open soon
Jun.1, 10:37 am
Page Taylor – Perth After receiving many comments and concerns from the public regarding the non-operation of the splash pad, the Mayor John Fenik announced during the May 31 Perth council meeting that an adhesion granular surface of the splash pad was not “up to snuff,” causing children to trip, which was why the town had to temporarily close the pad. The mayor assured that the town was working on the problem and the splash pad was slated to re-open the weekend of June 4-5, well in time for summer break.[...]
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Healthy Living Festival returns for fourth year
Jun.1, 9:52 am
By: April Scott-Clarke For the fourth year in a row the annual Healthy Living Festival will be taking to the streets of downtown Smiths Falls on June 18. The Downtown Business Association (DBA) has been planning the event since November and has been able to bring together an interesting lineup of performances and activities for people to enjoy. This year there will be a Little Thing Running Thing for kids in the morning and multiple Hockey Circus Show performances, alongside jugglers and acrobatic acts throughout the day. And for anyone who likes inflatables, there will be lots at the festival for you to try out! You can walk on water with th[...]
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Warrant executed on Smiths Falls man
May.31, 11:43 am
On May, 27 Smiths Falls Police Officers attended the Gatineau Police station to take custody of a 22 year old male who was wanted on a warrant held by Smiths Falls Police for Breach of Recognizance. The male was returned to the Smiths Falls Police Station and held pending a bail hearing. Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283- 0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477).[...]
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Four Degrees of brewing in Smiths Falls
May.31, 9:57 am
By Chris Must The growing popularity of their craft beer has four Smiths Falls men optimistic that they will be able to begin brewing their products right here in their home town in the near future. The idea behind Four Degrees Brewing Company began four years ago during a golf game between Andrew Howard and Nick Ritchie. The partners decided it would be fun to start their own beer company, and bring much-needed jobs to Smiths Falls in the process. The other two partners in the company are Joe Adams and Chris Haines. Although none of the partners started out knowing how to brew beer, said Haines, “what we did have was a willingness to try a[...]
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This will be the fourth year that Carol Snook has participated in the Relay For Life, including being part of the Survivor Reception and Survivor Victory Lap.
Cancer survivors invited to be part of Relay For Life in Smiths Falls on June 4
May.30, 11:36 pm
When Carol Snook was told in June 2009 that she had breast cancer, she couldn’t believe what she was hearing.  “I was very surprised and shocked as there wasn’t a history of breast cancer in the family,” she relates. It was during a regular mammogram that a small lump was detected. After a follow up ultrasound and biopsy, the cancer diagnosis was made.  “Even then, I couldn’t feel the lump myself as it was quite small,” she states. “That is why I impress on all my female friends to get regular mammograms.” Snook underwent surgery in late August that year. That was followed by five sessions of chemotherapy, three weeks apar[...]
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3M Golf for the Kids a big success
May.30, 9:51 pm
Supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County were on hand to enjoy a fun day of golf at Mapleview in Perth on Saturday, May 28. It was a sold out event, with 144 golfers taking part, and enjoying the beautiful course while supporting a great local children’s charity. 3M Canada in Perth was this year’s title sponsor, and sent two teams to participate, as well as donated items for the take home bags that each golfer gets. Tim Hortons donated the coffee and muffins, Garden Market Smiths Falls provided fresh fruit for a mid-morning snack and dessert to accompany the homemade cookies provided by Wendy Andison. Shoppers Drug Mart in [...]
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Perth splash pad out of service until resurfacing complete
May.30, 3:23 pm
An update from the on the – The contractor has inspected and tested the surface of the Splash Pad and they have developed a plan to provide more grip on the surface. They have ordered the material and expect to be on site on Monday or Tuesday next week. The resurfacing will take one day and then an additional day to cure. We will post more details when we get them. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience especially given the weather, and hope to have everything operational next week.[...]
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TOTAL BURN BAN IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF LANARK COUNTY
May.30, 12:57 pm
Due to extremely dry weather conditions and no significant rainfall in the immediate weather forecast, there is now a TOTAL BURN BAN IN EFFECT for all of Lanark County. All burning is prohibited, including camp fires and burn barrels. Setting off of fireworks is strongly discouraged. Please contact your local Fire Department or municipality for more information.[...]
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The Town of Smiths Falls is asking that people don’t feed the geese
May.30, 12:12 pm
The Town of Smiths Falls is asking that people don’t feed the geese in the local parks. Having too many geese on the local waterfront raises e coli levels and makes it dangerous for humans and animals to enjoy the water.[...]
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Merrickville Blockhouse Festival becomes two-day celebration
May.30, 6:18 am
The Merrickville Blockhouse Festival presents a mosaic of our history with bateau men, fur traders, quilters, traditional bagpipe and fiddle music, and a variety of heritage exhibits the weekend of June 4-5. Those are just a few of the active displays under the marquees and on the Blockhouse Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “Last year many of the participants asked for a two-day event, so we’ve obliged them,” said Ann Martin, president of the Merrickville and District Historical Society. “The festival explores many facets of our heritage, and we want to give the public every opportunity to enjoy the activities laid on[...]

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