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Termination of project manager the focus of BIA meeting
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  An unusually large crowd of about 25 people gathered at Carambeck Community Centre last night (Sept. 21) for a Downtown Carleton Place BIA Board meeting. Regular business was discussed but the meeting ran more than double its intended length because discussion unfolded regarding the termination of the position of BIA Project Manager which was held by Cathie McOrmond. As Project Manager, McOrmond was the primary contact for the needs of BIA members. Mark Lovell was voted the new chair of the BIA Board at the meeting, and he gave details about the transition plan. The transition plan is the design currently in [...]
Baby Everley’s family needs our help to help Everley
***VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED*** Everyone is use to seeing this bright beautiful little girl with big smiles, laughing and playing. What you don’t see behind closed doors is what we actually live with day to day. Not once but multiple time per day. Everley has pass out spells or as we call them “blue spells”. When our daughter cries, she holds her breath and passes out. She needs to be bagged and resuscitated every-time she has a blue spell. Now it’s not uncommon. Some children do this as we speak but in our case, if Everley falls asleep, passes out, or even gets knocked out….. Our child will die! With her cond[...]
Financial specialist to hold seminars on retirement planning in Perth
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Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  For people with low incomes who are in their 50s and 60s, almost all of the standard advice given out by banks and financial institutions like  “don’t take early CPP,” or “buy RRSPs,” or “working over age 65 is a good way to make money,” is wrong, according to social policy advocate John Stapleton. Working and earning up to $3,500 after age 65 is just fine. But after that threshold, every dollar earned will reduce government entitlements such as the federal guaranteed income supplement (GIS) and Ontario’s GAINS by up to 100 cents on the dollar over a significant range of income, Staple[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 23 – 25
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 23 – 25 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 The Valleymen’ in Concert 7:00pm Doors open at 6:00pm Proceeds to Trinity’s General Fund. Tickets $10. Tickets available at Gemmell’s Flowers – 613-283-7666 Trinity United Church 41 Market St. North, Smiths Falls www.trinityunitedsf.ca SMITHS FALLS FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION SEMI ANNUAL FISH FRY 4:00pm – 7:00pm Join us for our second semi-annual fish fry! Featuring crispy, hand-battered English-style Haddock with a side of golden French fries and creamy coleslaw… $12 [...]
Bridges to be topic at Heritage Symposium
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Sharing information and inspiring change are benchmarks for the annual Heritage Symposiums that the Smiths Falls Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC) organizes each year. This year’s fifth annual symposium’s theme revolves around bridges and will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. “We chose the theme because five of Smiths Falls bridges are named in the Historic Bridges of Lanark County list,” said Dorothy Hudson, chair of MHC. The Bridging Hometown Pride with Heritage Assets symposium will host three speakers and one of them is An[...]
Tall Boys & Tall Tales: Beer tasting & book launch at local museum
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Cheers to a celebration of books, beer, and bygone times in the Smiths Falls area! On October 1st from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. the Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls will be hosting, ‘Tall Boys & Tall Tales’, a beer tasting and book presentation. It’s the perfect opportunity to test your trivia skills, sample some of the 4 Degrees Brewery’s latest beer, and learn from Larry Cotton’s newest book! You will also have the chance to listen to live music and enjoy some Oktoberfest sausages. The event will begin with a brief history of beer and some trivia. Afterwards, two of the ‘Tall Boys’ from 4 Degrees will take you through a t[...]
Men’s Sheds in Lanark County: A space for community and camaraderie
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca The Table Community Food Centre in Perth was livelier than usual last night (Sept. 20) as people gathered to eat, mingle and learn about Men’s Sheds in Lanark County. Men’s Sheds are collaborative, communal spaces where men gather to woodwork, cook, and yell at the television during playoff season together. There are currently two Men’s Sheds in Lanark County. Hackberry Men’s Shed in Carleton Place and Perth Men’s Shed. “Despite the name, Men’s Sheds are usually hosted in community spaces,” said Ramsey Hart, who works at the Table. He runs the Perth Men’s Shed and often hosts it at the Table. [...]
Mississippi clean up project removing loads of waste from waterway
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By Sarah Cavanagh editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Mississippi Clean-up Project (MCP) was established in 2005 with one goal: to clean up and restore our local waterways, streams and lake. Since its inception, founder and primary administrator Doug Snedden, has been wading into the Mississippi and wading out with every manner of solid waste. From items like bottles and cans to tires and shopping carts to 200 gallon oil tanks. Without a government agency or professional organization tasked with removing trash from our river system, Snedden took it upon himself to fill an obvious void. His efforts, and those of project participants, work to remove dang[...]
Council supports project to improve regional cellular and broadband service
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls council passed a motion on Sept. 19 to support the development of a full business case proposal called the Eastern Ontario Regional Cellular Mobile Broadband Project.  The town has also added its voice to the county’s in requesting MP Scott Reid and Randy Hillier, MPP, work closely with the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) on the project. The aim of the project is to provide higher speed and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario.  Fanning the urgency of the project is the need to establish a p[...]
Changing of the guard for Smiths Falls Police
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca With the retirement of Chief Robert Dowdall, which takes effect on Sept. 30 the Smiths Falls Police Services Board has appointed new leaders for the force. Deputy Chief Mark MacGillivray as the next Chief of Police starting Oct. 1.  He will be supported by Staff Sergeant Richard Labelle, who has been appointed Deputy Chief of Police.  Both men have 29 years of experience in policing.  MacGillvery has served that entire time with the Town of Smiths Falls and Labelle has been with Smiths Falls for the past 22 years of his 29 years service. “With these new appointment we are confident we will h[...]
Stone Arch Bridge renovations soon to be complete
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca  A Special Committee of the Whole meeting was called in Smiths Falls to give Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities the opportunity to consult with council members over the final look of the concrete barrier walls to be erected along the Stone Arch Bridge that is currently under renovation. “The bridge project is proceeding well and we’re going to get into pouring the barrier walls soon,” said Dunlop.  “We’ve kept the barrier wall as low as we could to maximize the view of the river.” The two-foot-high barrier walls will be made of poure[...]
Asset Management Plan gets council approval
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts The controversial Asset Management Plan and Long Term Financial Sustainability Plan was approved by Smiths Falls council on Sept. 19.  Council has also agreed to consider the plan during budget deliberations and has approved the recommended policies of the plan, which call for a 3.38 per cent tax increase or  $600,000 in revenue whether through cost saving or new funding initiatives.  The motion also recommends that the town update the asset management plan as the town’s priorities change. “The plan outlines the state of our infrastructure with a plan to deal with it over the next 40 years,” expla[...]
ARC grand opening well attended
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On Saturday, Sept. 17, the newly minted Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) held their official opening. The event was well attended by area mayors and reeves, as well as council members and ARC members. Shown here from left : Bill Dobson, Reeve of Montague, Ron Holmes, mayor of Rideau Lakes, Shawn Pankow, mayor of Smiths Falls, in second row Jeff Banks, South Elsmsley council member, front, David Nash, mayor of Merrickville-Wolford, back, Carol Coté, ARC board member and front Kathy Gilligan, ARC board chair.[...]
The grandmother of all comedies comes to the Studio Theatre
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Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Nick has just received a job offer in Seattle that he simply can’t refuse. Trouble is, accepting it means he’ll have to tell his grandparents he’s moving away from New Jersey. And if you’re Italian and Catholic, with grandparents like Nunzio, Emma, Frank and Aida, that’s a big problem. Premiering Thursday, September 22 at the Studio Theatre it’s Joe DiPietro’s comedy Over The River And Through The Woods, a heartwarming story about family, faith, food, and other things that sound good but sometimes make life more than a little complicated. In the minds of Nick’s be[...]
Survey results shows where attention needs to be paid in Carleton Place
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By Sarah Cavanagh editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Aug.15, an online survey was posted to the Discover Carleton Place Facebook group. The idea was to get a snapshot of Carleton Place today: who we are, what our families look like, where we shop, what we do for fun and what we hope to see in Carleton Place in the future. Touted as a family-oriented community of 10,000 residents with a variety of social and recreation activities we were interested in seeing how urban sprawl has affected the demographics of our community and why our residents enjoy living here. With 80 respondents who have lived in Carleton Place an average of 14 years ( four months was[...]
Tall Boys & Tall Tales: Beer tasting & book launch at local museum
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Cheers to a celebration of books, beer, and bygone times in the Smiths Falls area! On October 1st from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. the Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls will be hosting, ‘Tall Boys & Tall Tales’, a beer tasting and book presentation. It’s the perfect opportunity to test your trivia skills, sample some of the 4 Degrees Brewery’s latest beer, and learn from Larry Cotton’s newest book! You will also have the chance to listen to live music and enjoy some Oktoberfest sausages. The event will begin with a brief history of beer and some trivia. Afterwards, two of the ‘Tall Boys’ from 4 Degrees will take you through a t[...]
Extreme paintball league’s cup finals to be played in Smiths Falls
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Stanley Cup of the Canadian Xtreme Paintball League (CXBL) is coming to Smiths Falls this month. On Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, the Siloki Centre located at the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls is hosting the NAX Cup Championships. This is the second tournament to be hosted in Smiths Falls by Siloki, and it’s free to watch. “The one we had in July was the midway challenge, which is played halfway through the season,” explained Richard Peskett, owner of the Siloki Centre. Hosting the NAX Cup is a big deal and the venue has to be approved by the CXBL. “With the finals, we require more terrain, [...]
Syrian refugees to reunite with siblings in Almonte
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By Sam Cooley editorial@pdgmedia.ca With the help of citizen and church groups, two Syrian refugee families who settled in Almonte may soon be re-united with the relatives they left behind—all within Mississippi Mills. Though they come from different parts of Syria and are of a different faith, the Jarous and Mustafa families both fled their homes and escaped a civil war to eventually re-settle in Almonte. With two children in tow, they uprooted their lives and crossed the border into neighbouring countries, where they spent years living with no home before they were sponsored by local citizen and church groups. These days, the Jarous and M[...]
Hunger Stop food bank to host chef challenge fundraiser Sept. 19 – 21
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Submitted editiorial@pdgmedia.ca Across Canada, one in 10 people do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food Banks Canada has designated Sept. 19 to Sept. 23 has Hunger Awareness Week. Almost 700 people (from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith) use the Lanark County food bank, The Hunger Stop, every month. Thirty-six per cent of those people are children and over 8 per cent are seniors. The Hunger Stop is having a Master Chef Cook Off during Hunger Awareness week to bring attention to the needs of those less fortunate and help fund efforts within the community. All funds go towards the[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 16 – 18
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 16 – 18 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Movie Night at Station Theatre 7:00pm Come out for movie night to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Station Theatre. Adults: $10; Students: $5 – cash at the door. Station Theatre 53 Victoria Avenue, Smiths Falls www.smithsfallstheatre.comwww.smithsfallstheatre.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Downtown Farmers’ Market 9:00am – 2:00pm Come out to enjoy the Downtown Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market an get some local fresh produce! See you on Russell Street West! Russell St W just[...]
Will Perth council consider other uses for Last Duel Park?
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By Sally Smith sally@pdgmedia.ca A dark shadow is once again plaguing the green grounds of Last Duel Park in Perth. James Laverdure, 45, of Lanark County, was killed in the early morning hours of Aug. 7 in the campground, the same place where, back in 1833, friends Robert Lyon and John Wilson squared off over the honour of schoolteacher Elizabeth Hughes. The park stretches along the banks of the Tay River, accommodates 47 serviced campsites as well as unserviced tent sites, is available from May to October, and has picnic areas and public docks. But the tragic events of last month have brought the future of the park to the fore in Mayor John [...]
Chiropractic Care and Longevity Center celebrates 25 years by giving back
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She has worked with patients from newborn babies to centenarians. Her passion and joy in the work she does have inspired an equal response of loyalty and support. That’s why Dr. Kathy Wickens, chiropractor, and owner of Chiropractic Care and Longevity Center in Perth is celebrating her 25th anniversary with a fundraiser. “It’s been so rewarding to help others people attain a better quality of life, so it’s been a wonderful 25 years and I want to give back,” says Wickens. On October 1, the clinic will be hosting a Give Back Walk/Run, and they hope the community will come out and help them support the two charities they’ve chosen. [...]
Hometown News talks one-on-one with new Hydro One ombudsman
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The change from 100 per cent public ownership of Hydro One late last year meant that the Ontario ombudsman’s office no longer had any authority to investigate complaints against the giant utilities’ billing and customer service practices. Meanwhile the utility’s board recognizing that it needs to place more focus on customer service appointed an independent ombudsman to help the company’s 1.3 million customers resolve problems with Hydro One. Fiona Crean was appointed in November of 2015 and her office opened its doors in March of 2016. Still familiarizing herself with the complexities [...]
Ombudsman is committed to ensuring equitable treatment
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca About 30 people showed up at the Royal Canadian Legion in Smiths Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to meet the new Hydro One Ombudsman Fiona Crean.  The event organized by the Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce was attended by residents and businesspeople alike. “I came to find out what is being said,” Fiona Haggar told HomeTown News. “I’m a senior that lives in the country and the [Hydro] rates are ridiculous.” Haggar’s comments were echoed by a number of people in the audience waiting to hear from Crean. Following brief introductions by Barbara Black, president of the Chamber of C[...]
Merrickville shutterbugs showcase their work at local exhibit
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By Howiada Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca An informal group of shutterbugs are holding a photography exhibit in Merrickville. The Merrickville Photo Club is hosting its third annual photography exhibit, opening on Sept. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Yellow Canoe Café. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. It’s an opportunity for members of the public to meet the photographers and view their work. “There is no theme, every member is invited to submit their best photo for the exhibit,” said Mary Ross, club member. The Merrickville Photo Club started about three years ago by two local photographers, Richinda Ba[...]
Perth Inside Out: Perth’s namesake served honourably in World War II
Legion President Eric Devlin with the ship's bell from the HMCS Lanark, in the Members' Lounge.
By Terry O’Hearn terry@pdgmedia.ca On Feb. 20, 2010, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) honoured the memory of Perth’s namesake, the frigate HMCS Lanark, with a special ceremony at Code’s Mill Conference Centre to mark the Navy’s Centennial. A representative of the RCN presented Mayor John Fenik with a framed pictorial history of the ship at the time. The old warship had served honourably during World War II; her bell hangs in the Members’ Lounge of the Perth Legion, and the Hall of Remembrance museum upstairs has a prominent display about her. Although few Perth citizens are aware of the ship and her history, I will relate some of that [...]
Man drives dangerously and acts assaultively
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(TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – At about 02:54pm on Saturday 3rd September 2016, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), started to receive a succession of 911calls reporting a green Ford Truck driving dangerously in different areas of the Town of Perth. Reports included that the vehicle was traveling at high speeds, doing “donuts” in parking lots and driving over sports fields and recreational areas. Members of the community were present and at risk at all locations. The truck was located by police and was successfully stopped on Spence Side Road in Drummond North Elmsley Township. The driver was non-co[...]
Festival of Small Halls announces community events, line up additions September 2016
Elliott Brood will perform at the Spencerville Mill on Sept. 22; the Nick Smith Centre Hall in Arnprior on Sept. 23 and at the Joshua Bates Centre in Athens on Sept. 24.
Submitted At its core, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about celebrating community. The Festival of Small Halls is set to get hands clapping and toes tapping this month as it welcomes an inspiring combination of big names in music and local opening acts to treasured small halls across eastern Ontario from Sept. 14 to Oct. 2. The festival expanded to include 24 rural locales this year, paying tribute to cherished small town spaces with history and heart. National and international musicians including Breabach, Basia Bulat, Jim Bryson, Elliott BROOD, Hat Fitz and Cara, Tomato Tomato, April Verch, Darlingside, Harrow Fair and more are re[...]
Chiropractic Care and Longevity Center celebrates 25 years by giving back
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Advertorial She has worked with patients from newborn babies to centenarians. Her passion and joy in the work she does have inspired an equal response of loyalty and support. That’s why Kathie Wickens, chiropractor, and owner of Chiropractic Care and Longevity Center in Perth is celebrating her 25th anniversary with a fundraiser. “It’s been so rewarding to help others people attain a better quality of life, so it’s been a wonderful 25 years and I want to give back,” says Wickens. On October 1, the clinic will be hosting a Give Back Walk/Run, and they hope the community will come out and help them support the two charities they’ve [...]
Be mindful of crosswalks and those using them
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Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Children are back to school again and that means that crossing guards are back on the job of ensuring children get across the roads safely. In Smiths Falls there are five supervised crosswalks: on Queen Street at Anderson Street; on Chambers Street at McGill Street, on Elmsley Street at Russell Street, on Brockville Street at Oak Street and on Brockville Street at Ross Street. Motorists are asked to be mindful of children crossing and to respect their space. “Constable Dave Murphy is making the rounds over the next couple of weeks and we do want to remind the public that there is a $180 fine for faili[...]
Police expansion feasibility study progressing
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The police expansion feasibility study is coming together according to Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris. “The consultants have developed a model for what expanded policing would look like and are working on an analysis of the cost drivers,” said Morris. The project has fallen slightly behind and will not be complete until October.  This is just a feasibility study and it will not result in an actual price tag but will inform the town as to whether it makes any sense to pursue the avenue of expanding Smiths Falls Police Services to serve surrounding municipalities, explained Chris Cumming, Smiths [...]
Tasty fundraiser for Scotch lovers at RMEO
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It has a long history of its own, making it a perfect pairing for a museum fundraiser. Whisky anglicized from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’ (water of life, as all alcohol was once called) started out as a medicinal concoction that has, over the centuries, developed into a prized recreational alcoholic beverage enjoyed by millions around the world. On Sept. 17, the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (REMO) is hosting a single malt Scotch tasting evening in partnership with Ouidram, an Ottawa event planning company that specializes in whisky tastings. “We’ll be offering four different expressions o[...]
Smiths Falls asset management plan still controversial
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca At the Sept. 12 Committee of the Whole meeting held in Smiths Falls, Watson & Associates representative Dan Wilson, presented council with an updated asset management plan. “The [asset management plan] will be instrumental in informing the budget, so we need this plan to be approved and in place,” said Malcolm Morris, Smiths Falls CAO. The update presented by Wilson reflected changes to the financial strategy, which had previously (April 2016) met with strong opposition from council members concerned over accepting the recommended 4.03 per cent tax increases every year until 2021. In an effor[...]
Smiths Falls Police drug warrant leads to charges
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On 09 Sep 2016 members of the Smiths Falls Police Criminal Investigations Section completed a controlled drugs and substances investigation.  A search warrant was executed at a house on Daniel St in the Town on the early evening of 09 September. Upon executing the search warrant officers found numerous persons inside as well as a quantity of cocaine valued at approximately nine thousand dollars.  Drug paraphernalia and cash was also seized in the residence as well as a pellet gun. Charged and arrested with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime were: Chaise LA[...]
Brett Pearson Run for Your Life takes to Carleton Place Sept. 24
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By April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca Outliving a child is a parent’s worst nightmare, but that nightmare became a reality on Nov. 20, 2006 for Nicole Pearson when her 16-year-old son, Brett Pearson, took his own life. “Brett was a sensitive and caring boy who kept his emotions bottled up inside, he had a lot of difficulty expressing himself,” explained Nicole. “Brett had opened up to some of his friends but then they blamed themselves. He was sad sometimes, but he wasn’t showing that to us. It was a difficult time for us as a family.” Over a nine-month period Nicole says she noticed a change in Brett. He started missing school,[...]
Red-and-white took the day at Centennial Park
Brooke speaks to on-lookers and thanks everyone for their support as Brittany stands by her side. Brooke thanked her sister for being there always - her best friend and buddy. She told the school kids to “try to be the best you can be, and ‘set goals’.
By Sally Smith It was a wild, red-and-white couple of hours at Centennial Park September 9. Close to 700 school kids plus most of the Town of Smiths Falls were there to greet Brooke and Brittany Henderson on their return home from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Another cause for celebration was Brooke’s 19th birthday – which is tomorrow; the crowd sang Happy Birthday twice…and once in French! It wasn’t just the young fans who came to celebrate. Many onlookers were of the ‘older’ generation, those who had watched the girls grow up, had been there when they played in the junior ranks, and who knew their parents and grandparents. D[...]
OPP to be conducting community satisfaction surveys by phone
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Submitted A Community Satisfaction Survey is scheduled to start in September in East Region to solicit public opinions about the services the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments deliver to communities throughout the region. The Community Satisfaction Survey is a telephone survey that randomly selects members of the public (16 years or older) who live in Ontario. The survey takes about five to seven minutes to complete and is strictly voluntary. Those contacted and willing to participate are asked about issues such as community security, perceptions of crime and youth issues in the community, OPP presence in the community, service del[...]
Acupuncture: a traditional approach to health and wellbeing
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By Dr. Natalie Bernicky So why choose acupuncture as part of your health care? Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, originating in China about 2000-5000 years ago. In 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) formally endorsed acupuncture, and listed 41 diseases amenable to acupuncture treatment. Since then, the WHO has sponsored worldwide training programs in acupuncture, primarily because of its cost-effectiveness. More recently, both the Canadian and American military have turned to acupuncture as a means of managing chronic and acute pain in active duty members, where conventional medications and therapies were [...]
Youth homelessness campaign coming to Smiths Falls, Perth, Carleton Place
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Submitted From Sept.30 to Oct. 3, businessman and entrepreneur Joe Roberts, will be pushing a shopping cart through Lanark County and Smiths Falls to raise awareness about youth homelessness. His journey for this national trek started May 1, 2016 in St. John’s Newfoundland and will end Sept. 30, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia. During this 9,000 km and 17-month trip, Roberts will be making hundreds of stops to get involved with local community events across the country. The Push for Change, partnering together with Raise the Roof Canada and The National Coalition to End Youth Homelessness, are working to build a prevention framework [...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 9 – 11
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 9 – 11 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Welcome Home Henderson Sisters 11:00am – 2:00pm Wear red and white and join the Town of Smiths Falls in a celebration on Friday September 9th, to welcome their hometown golf pro Brooke Henderson back from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero and to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of pro golf sisters Brooke and Brittany Henderson. The red and white themed celebrations will take place at Centennial Park, located on Confederation Drive Smiths Falls. Mayor Shawn Pankow along with[...]
Join us to celebrate team Henderson’s success
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It’s a celebration and everyone is invited! Join Mayor Shawn Pankow along with Town Council and staff on Friday September 9th in a recognition ceremony for it’s hometown golf pro’s Brooke & Brittany Henderson. Everyone is encouraged to wear red & white and to bring a lawn chair. The red & white themed celebration will be held this Friday September 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Smiths Falls Centennial Park on Confederation Drive. The ceremony will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Doherty Brothers will be performing from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. as people arrive onsite and get comfortable. Chris St[...]
Smiths Falls economic development plan gets final approval
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Following an unusual amount of discussion during a council meeting, Smiths Falls council finally passed a motion at the Sept. 9 meeting to receive and endorse the economic development and tourism plan prepared the economic development department. “I agree that it’s a good plan but a couple items in the budget bear some further discussion,” said Jay Brennan, Smiths Falls councillor. In particular Brennan pointed to the Excelerator and the physician recruitment line items listed in the department’s budget in Appendix B of the economic development and tourism plan.[...]
Smiths Falls Fire Department to get new air compressor
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Following a brief discussion and question period during a Special Committee of the Whole, held immediately before the regular council meeting, Smiths Falls council passed a motion to purchase a breathing air compressor for the Smiths Falls Fire Department. “Bear in mind that we fill, on average, more than 600 cylinders a year,” said Normand Beauchamp, Smiths Falls fire chief. The old compressor is no longer working and at a conservative estimate is more than 30 years old, according to Beauchamp. Two requests for quotes were solicited but only one supplier responded.  The cost of the new compress[...]
Pankow promotes prostate cancer awareness, Team Henderson at council
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Two proclamations were made at the start of the regular Smiths Falls council meeting held on Sept 6. The month of September has been declared Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in Canada, with one in eight men likely to be diagnosed with it or 24,000 men each year. “It has a treatment success rate of 90 per cent if caught in the early stages,” said Shawn Pankow, mayor of Smiths Falls. September 9th has been declared Team Henderson Day, acknowledging the hard work and success of  Brittany and Brook Henderson as golf pros and ambassadors for th[...]
Police arrest one on cocaine related charges, one still wanted
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On Sept. 1, 2016 of the Smiths Falls Police Service executed a controlled drugs and substances act warrant at a residence on Jasper Avenue.  As a result of a search of the residence, cocaine and related trafficking paraphernalia was seized. A female was arrested, charged and held pending a show cause hearing.  Amanda Billings, 30, of Smiths Falls is facing one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking. A male member of the residence has been charged with multiple criminal offences and is currently wanted by the Smiths Falls Police Service.  Samuel Rathwell, 33, of Smiths Falls is facing one count of possession for the purpose of t[...]
HydroOne ombudsman coming to Smiths Falls
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Staff On Tuesday, Sept. 13 the Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Ontario HydroOne ombudsman Fiona Crean, giving the community an opportunity to listen and meet with Crean. The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, located at 7 Main St. East in Smiths Falls. “According to the Ontario Chamber, one in 20 businesses in Ontario expects to close their doors in the next five years due to rising electricity prices,” said Chamber president, Barbara Black, “This is an important issue for the businesses of Smiths Falls.” The report issued by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, To[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 2 – 5
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 2 – 5 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Kaleidoscope of Victorian Coloured Glass Exhibition Kaleidoscope of Victorian Coloured Glass Exhibition – Join the Museum for a breath taking display of art glass with a vast array of colours and techniques. The colourful glass pieces from the Byington Collection focus on the period 1850 -1910, where the experimentation with decoration, techniques and materials brought creativity in glass production to its peak. This is an opportunity to see rare and beautiful pieces from a sixty year pri[...]
Perth mayor aboard Via Rail proposal to establish service through town
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss editorial@pdgmedia.ca It’s been many years since a passenger train passed through Perth. That could change, however, if a proposal by VIA Rail Canada gets on track. Mayor John Fenik shared at the close of Tuesday’s (Aug. 30) regular meeting of Perth Town Council that he met earlier that day with a VIA Rail representative regarding the possible establishment of a rail line from Peterborough to Perth. “They want to build a new track from Peterborough, running right on through and including Perth,” Fenik told council of his meeting with Jacques Fauteux, VIA Rail’s director of government and community relations, of[...]
OPP East Region detachment has a new commander
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Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region detachment has a new leader. Superintendent Chris Harkins, former commander of the fleet, supply and weapons services bureau at OPP general headquarters, has been promoted to chief superintendent and named commander of OPP East Region. Harkins fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the former regional commander, Dan Redmond. “Chief Superintendent Harkins brings vast and varied experience to his new role. He has a strong understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities facing not only the members of the OPP, but also the residents of Eastern Ontar[...]
Expanded Farm 2 Fork event in Carleton Place expected to be a repeat success
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss editorial@pdgmedia.ca When Debbie McVie read an article about a farm to table dinner being staged outdoors in the downtown of Jonesborough, Tennessee, her interest was piqued. “(I) thought how wonderful it was and why couldn’t it work here,” says McVie. “As well, several small communities in the area already host events similar to this and it works at bringing people together.” When McVie mentioned the idea on social media, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive with several people offering their support and assistance. A meeting was organized and a committee struck, which attracted two members of the Carleto[...]
Lanark County Ontario Works not mailing payments in September
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Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Due to the uncertainty of Canada Post mail service at this time, Lanark County Ontario Works will not be issuing any payments by mail. If you are expecting payment by cheque, you may pick it up at your Ontario Works office in Perth, Smiths Fall or Carleton Place starting Aug. 31st as follows: Aug. 31 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sept. 1 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sept. 2 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Proper identification is required at time of cheque pick. Your cheque will be sent to the town in your mailing address If you receive your payment by direct bank deposit (DBD) you should not [...]
Tay Valley heritage takes first place at Lanark County plowing match
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Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Picture perfect blue skies and the green fields of the Moodie-Cameron farm set an ideal stage for Tay Valley Township’s Settlers Heritage Day and Lanark County Plowing Match on Aug. 20. The tremendously successful event brought visitors, locals and plowing match participants together for a full day of competition, information and celebration as part of the area’s 200th Anniversary signature events. Visitors had a jam packed day taking in all the activities, exhibits and demonstrations. Larger than expected crowds stayed entertained with the music of the Bowes Brothers and live action displays of black[...]
RCL Automotive celebrates 10 years in Smiths Falls
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Submitted In 2006, Chris Craig decided to open his own business: RCL Automotive, now located at 236 Lombard St. in Smiths Falls, with RCL standing for Roslyn, Chris and Leigh as well as reliable, courteous and loyal service. While doing his apprenticeship in the small town of Almonte, one of his co-workers would say, “Always treat a customer the way you would want to be treated.” Chris held on to that piece of advice and made it part of his business model to always treat each customer like they are family. In 1997, Chris started working in Smiths Falls at Edgetown Motors Garage where he was able to meet and gain new customers throug[...]
What to do when flashing lights appear in your rear-view mirror
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By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca There’s nothing like a set of flashing blue and red lights suddenly appearing in the rear-view mirror to get a motorist’s attention. Every driver knows to pull over and come to a stop, and it’s always a relief when the speeding police car continues on its way: it wasn’t you this time. In Ontario police vehicles responding to an emergency will display red and blue flashing lights. An ambulance is equipped with red lights. But blue and red are not the only colours used by emergency vehicles. The Highway Traffic Act of 1990 authorizes firefighters to display a flashing green light when responding to em[...]
Glen Tay Block Race Celebrates 50th Running of Modern Race
Winner Earl Steinbrecher crosses the finish line.
By Terry O’Hearn More than seventy runners finished this year’s 2016 Glen Tay Block Race, despite hot and humid weather.  The overall winner was Earl Steinbrecher of Willseyville, NY, who finished in a time of 55:47.  Although it was well off the course record of 45:14 set by Kingston’s Steve Boyd in 2003, it was nonetheless considered a decent time by race organizers. This year’s race was the 50th consecutive running of the modern edition of the race, and it was also one of the Perth 200th Anniversary events.  Perth Deputy-Mayor and chair of the 200th Anniversary Committee John Gemmell was present to bring greetings to the runners[...]

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Termination of project manager the focus of BIA meeting
Sep.22, 9:10 pm
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  An unusually large crowd of about 25 people gathered at Carambeck Community Centre last night (Sept. 21) for a Downtown Carleton Place BIA Board meeting. Regular business was discussed but the meeting ran more than double its intended length because discussion unfolded regarding the termination of the position of BIA Project Manager which was held by Cathie McOrmond. As Project Manager, McOrmond was the primary contact for the needs of BIA members. Mark Lovell was voted the new chair of the BIA Board at the meeting, and he gave details about the transition plan. The transition plan is the design currently in [...]
Baby Everley’s family needs our help to help Everley
***VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED*** Everyone is use to seeing this bright beautiful little girl with big smiles, laughing and playing. What you don’t see behind closed doors is what we actually live with day to day. Not once but multiple time per day. Everley has pass out spells or as we call them “blue spells”. When our daughter cries, she holds her breath and passes out. She needs to be bagged and resuscitated every-time she has a blue spell. Now it’s not uncommon. Some children do this as we speak but in our case, if Everley falls asleep, passes out, or even gets knocked out….. Our child will die! With her cond[...]
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Financial specialist to hold seminars on retirement planning in Perth
Sep.22, 11:51 am
Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  For people with low incomes who are in their 50s and 60s, almost all of the standard advice given out by banks and financial institutions like  “don’t take early CPP,” or “buy RRSPs,” or “working over age 65 is a good way to make money,” is wrong, according to social policy advocate John Stapleton. Working and earning up to $3,500 after age 65 is just fine. But after that threshold, every dollar earned will reduce government entitlements such as the federal guaranteed income supplement (GIS) and Ontario’s GAINS by up to 100 cents on the dollar over a significant range of income, Staple[...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 23 – 25
Sep.22, 10:24 am
Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 23 – 25 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 The Valleymen’ in Concert 7:00pm Doors open at 6:00pm Proceeds to Trinity’s General Fund. Tickets $10. Tickets available at Gemmell’s Flowers – 613-283-7666 Trinity United Church 41 Market St. North, Smiths Falls www.trinityunitedsf.ca SMITHS FALLS FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION SEMI ANNUAL FISH FRY 4:00pm – 7:00pm Join us for our second semi-annual fish fry! Featuring crispy, hand-battered English-style Haddock with a side of golden French fries and creamy coleslaw… $12 [...]
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Bridges to be topic at Heritage Symposium
Sep.22, 8:50 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Sharing information and inspiring change are benchmarks for the annual Heritage Symposiums that the Smiths Falls Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC) organizes each year. This year’s fifth annual symposium’s theme revolves around bridges and will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. “We chose the theme because five of Smiths Falls bridges are named in the Historic Bridges of Lanark County list,” said Dorothy Hudson, chair of MHC. The Bridging Hometown Pride with Heritage Assets symposium will host three speakers and one of them is An[...]
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Tall Boys & Tall Tales: Beer tasting & book launch at local museum
Sep.21, 2:00 pm
Cheers to a celebration of books, beer, and bygone times in the Smiths Falls area! On October 1st from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. the Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls will be hosting, ‘Tall Boys & Tall Tales’, a beer tasting and book presentation. It’s the perfect opportunity to test your trivia skills, sample some of the 4 Degrees Brewery’s latest beer, and learn from Larry Cotton’s newest book! You will also have the chance to listen to live music and enjoy some Oktoberfest sausages. The event will begin with a brief history of beer and some trivia. Afterwards, two of the ‘Tall Boys’ from 4 Degrees will take you through a t[...]
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Men’s Sheds in Lanark County: A space for community and camaraderie
Sep.21, 10:07 am
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca The Table Community Food Centre in Perth was livelier than usual last night (Sept. 20) as people gathered to eat, mingle and learn about Men’s Sheds in Lanark County. Men’s Sheds are collaborative, communal spaces where men gather to woodwork, cook, and yell at the television during playoff season together. There are currently two Men’s Sheds in Lanark County. Hackberry Men’s Shed in Carleton Place and Perth Men’s Shed. “Despite the name, Men’s Sheds are usually hosted in community spaces,” said Ramsey Hart, who works at the Table. He runs the Perth Men’s Shed and often hosts it at the Table. [...]
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Mississippi clean up project removing loads of waste from waterway
Sep.20, 9:21 pm
By Sarah Cavanagh editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Mississippi Clean-up Project (MCP) was established in 2005 with one goal: to clean up and restore our local waterways, streams and lake. Since its inception, founder and primary administrator Doug Snedden, has been wading into the Mississippi and wading out with every manner of solid waste. From items like bottles and cans to tires and shopping carts to 200 gallon oil tanks. Without a government agency or professional organization tasked with removing trash from our river system, Snedden took it upon himself to fill an obvious void. His efforts, and those of project participants, work to remove dang[...]
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Council supports project to improve regional cellular and broadband service
Sep.20, 10:11 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls council passed a motion on Sept. 19 to support the development of a full business case proposal called the Eastern Ontario Regional Cellular Mobile Broadband Project.  The town has also added its voice to the county’s in requesting MP Scott Reid and Randy Hillier, MPP, work closely with the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) on the project. The aim of the project is to provide higher speed and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario.  Fanning the urgency of the project is the need to establish a p[...]
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Changing of the guard for Smiths Falls Police
Sep.20, 9:52 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca With the retirement of Chief Robert Dowdall, which takes effect on Sept. 30 the Smiths Falls Police Services Board has appointed new leaders for the force. Deputy Chief Mark MacGillivray as the next Chief of Police starting Oct. 1.  He will be supported by Staff Sergeant Richard Labelle, who has been appointed Deputy Chief of Police.  Both men have 29 years of experience in policing.  MacGillvery has served that entire time with the Town of Smiths Falls and Labelle has been with Smiths Falls for the past 22 years of his 29 years service. “With these new appointment we are confident we will h[...]
Stone Arch Bridge renovations soon to be complete
Sep.20, 9:41 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca  A Special Committee of the Whole meeting was called in Smiths Falls to give Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities the opportunity to consult with council members over the final look of the concrete barrier walls to be erected along the Stone Arch Bridge that is currently under renovation. “The bridge project is proceeding well and we’re going to get into pouring the barrier walls soon,” said Dunlop.  “We’ve kept the barrier wall as low as we could to maximize the view of the river.” The two-foot-high barrier walls will be made of poure[...]
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Asset Management Plan gets council approval
Sep.19, 10:20 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts The controversial Asset Management Plan and Long Term Financial Sustainability Plan was approved by Smiths Falls council on Sept. 19.  Council has also agreed to consider the plan during budget deliberations and has approved the recommended policies of the plan, which call for a 3.38 per cent tax increase or  $600,000 in revenue whether through cost saving or new funding initiatives.  The motion also recommends that the town update the asset management plan as the town’s priorities change. “The plan outlines the state of our infrastructure with a plan to deal with it over the next 40 years,” expla[...]
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ARC grand opening well attended
Sep.19, 1:15 pm
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the newly minted Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) held their official opening. The event was well attended by area mayors and reeves, as well as council members and ARC members. Shown here from left : Bill Dobson, Reeve of Montague, Ron Holmes, mayor of Rideau Lakes, Shawn Pankow, mayor of Smiths Falls, in second row Jeff Banks, South Elsmsley council member, front, David Nash, mayor of Merrickville-Wolford, back, Carol Coté, ARC board member and front Kathy Gilligan, ARC board chair.[...]
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The grandmother of all comedies comes to the Studio Theatre
Sep.19, 11:00 am
Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Nick has just received a job offer in Seattle that he simply can’t refuse. Trouble is, accepting it means he’ll have to tell his grandparents he’s moving away from New Jersey. And if you’re Italian and Catholic, with grandparents like Nunzio, Emma, Frank and Aida, that’s a big problem. Premiering Thursday, September 22 at the Studio Theatre it’s Joe DiPietro’s comedy Over The River And Through The Woods, a heartwarming story about family, faith, food, and other things that sound good but sometimes make life more than a little complicated. In the minds of Nick’s be[...]
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Survey results shows where attention needs to be paid in Carleton Place
Sep.19, 8:32 am
By Sarah Cavanagh editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Aug.15, an online survey was posted to the Discover Carleton Place Facebook group. The idea was to get a snapshot of Carleton Place today: who we are, what our families look like, where we shop, what we do for fun and what we hope to see in Carleton Place in the future. Touted as a family-oriented community of 10,000 residents with a variety of social and recreation activities we were interested in seeing how urban sprawl has affected the demographics of our community and why our residents enjoy living here. With 80 respondents who have lived in Carleton Place an average of 14 years ( four months was[...]
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Tall Boys & Tall Tales: Beer tasting & book launch at local museum
Sep.17, 1:57 pm
Cheers to a celebration of books, beer, and bygone times in the Smiths Falls area! On October 1st from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. the Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls will be hosting, ‘Tall Boys & Tall Tales’, a beer tasting and book presentation. It’s the perfect opportunity to test your trivia skills, sample some of the 4 Degrees Brewery’s latest beer, and learn from Larry Cotton’s newest book! You will also have the chance to listen to live music and enjoy some Oktoberfest sausages. The event will begin with a brief history of beer and some trivia. Afterwards, two of the ‘Tall Boys’ from 4 Degrees will take you through a t[...]
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Extreme paintball league’s cup finals to be played in Smiths Falls
Sep.16, 1:27 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Stanley Cup of the Canadian Xtreme Paintball League (CXBL) is coming to Smiths Falls this month. On Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, the Siloki Centre located at the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls is hosting the NAX Cup Championships. This is the second tournament to be hosted in Smiths Falls by Siloki, and it’s free to watch. “The one we had in July was the midway challenge, which is played halfway through the season,” explained Richard Peskett, owner of the Siloki Centre. Hosting the NAX Cup is a big deal and the venue has to be approved by the CXBL. “With the finals, we require more terrain, [...]
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Syrian refugees to reunite with siblings in Almonte
Sep.16, 1:25 pm
By Sam Cooley editorial@pdgmedia.ca With the help of citizen and church groups, two Syrian refugee families who settled in Almonte may soon be re-united with the relatives they left behind—all within Mississippi Mills. Though they come from different parts of Syria and are of a different faith, the Jarous and Mustafa families both fled their homes and escaped a civil war to eventually re-settle in Almonte. With two children in tow, they uprooted their lives and crossed the border into neighbouring countries, where they spent years living with no home before they were sponsored by local citizen and church groups. These days, the Jarous and M[...]
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Hunger Stop food bank to host chef challenge fundraiser Sept. 19 – 21
Sep.16, 8:55 am
Submitted editiorial@pdgmedia.ca Across Canada, one in 10 people do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food Banks Canada has designated Sept. 19 to Sept. 23 has Hunger Awareness Week. Almost 700 people (from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith) use the Lanark County food bank, The Hunger Stop, every month. Thirty-six per cent of those people are children and over 8 per cent are seniors. The Hunger Stop is having a Master Chef Cook Off during Hunger Awareness week to bring attention to the needs of those less fortunate and help fund efforts within the community. All funds go towards the[...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 16 – 18
Sep.15, 9:35 pm
Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 16 – 18 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Movie Night at Station Theatre 7:00pm Come out for movie night to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Station Theatre. Adults: $10; Students: $5 – cash at the door. Station Theatre 53 Victoria Avenue, Smiths Falls www.smithsfallstheatre.comwww.smithsfallstheatre.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Downtown Farmers’ Market 9:00am – 2:00pm Come out to enjoy the Downtown Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market an get some local fresh produce! See you on Russell Street West! Russell St W just[...]
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Will Perth council consider other uses for Last Duel Park?
Sep.15, 9:03 pm
By Sally Smith sally@pdgmedia.ca A dark shadow is once again plaguing the green grounds of Last Duel Park in Perth. James Laverdure, 45, of Lanark County, was killed in the early morning hours of Aug. 7 in the campground, the same place where, back in 1833, friends Robert Lyon and John Wilson squared off over the honour of schoolteacher Elizabeth Hughes. The park stretches along the banks of the Tay River, accommodates 47 serviced campsites as well as unserviced tent sites, is available from May to October, and has picnic areas and public docks. But the tragic events of last month have brought the future of the park to the fore in Mayor John [...]
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Chiropractic Care and Longevity Center celebrates 25 years by giving back
Sep.15, 2:06 pm
She has worked with patients from newborn babies to centenarians. Her passion and joy in the work she does have inspired an equal response of loyalty and support. That’s why Dr. Kathy Wickens, chiropractor, and owner of Chiropractic Care and Longevity Center in Perth is celebrating her 25th anniversary with a fundraiser. “It’s been so rewarding to help others people attain a better quality of life, so it’s been a wonderful 25 years and I want to give back,” says Wickens. On October 1, the clinic will be hosting a Give Back Walk/Run, and they hope the community will come out and help them support the two charities they’ve chosen. [...]
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Hometown News talks one-on-one with new Hydro One ombudsman
Sep.15, 9:23 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The change from 100 per cent public ownership of Hydro One late last year meant that the Ontario ombudsman’s office no longer had any authority to investigate complaints against the giant utilities’ billing and customer service practices. Meanwhile the utility’s board recognizing that it needs to place more focus on customer service appointed an independent ombudsman to help the company’s 1.3 million customers resolve problems with Hydro One. Fiona Crean was appointed in November of 2015 and her office opened its doors in March of 2016. Still familiarizing herself with the complexities [...]
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Ombudsman is committed to ensuring equitable treatment
Sep.14, 8:25 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca About 30 people showed up at the Royal Canadian Legion in Smiths Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to meet the new Hydro One Ombudsman Fiona Crean.  The event organized by the Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce was attended by residents and businesspeople alike. “I came to find out what is being said,” Fiona Haggar told HomeTown News. “I’m a senior that lives in the country and the [Hydro] rates are ridiculous.” Haggar’s comments were echoed by a number of people in the audience waiting to hear from Crean. Following brief introductions by Barbara Black, president of the Chamber of C[...]
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Merrickville shutterbugs showcase their work at local exhibit
Sep.14, 1:39 pm
By Howiada Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca An informal group of shutterbugs are holding a photography exhibit in Merrickville. The Merrickville Photo Club is hosting its third annual photography exhibit, opening on Sept. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Yellow Canoe Café. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. It’s an opportunity for members of the public to meet the photographers and view their work. “There is no theme, every member is invited to submit their best photo for the exhibit,” said Mary Ross, club member. The Merrickville Photo Club started about three years ago by two local photographers, Richinda Ba[...]
Legion President Eric Devlin with the ship's bell from the HMCS Lanark, in the Members' Lounge.
Perth Inside Out: Perth’s namesake served honourably in World War II
Sep.14, 3:59 am
By Terry O’Hearn terry@pdgmedia.ca On Feb. 20, 2010, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) honoured the memory of Perth’s namesake, the frigate HMCS Lanark, with a special ceremony at Code’s Mill Conference Centre to mark the Navy’s Centennial. A representative of the RCN presented Mayor John Fenik with a framed pictorial history of the ship at the time. The old warship had served honourably during World War II; her bell hangs in the Members’ Lounge of the Perth Legion, and the Hall of Remembrance museum upstairs has a prominent display about her. Although few Perth citizens are aware of the ship and her history, I will relate some of that [...]
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Man drives dangerously and acts assaultively
Sep.14, 3:12 am
(TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – At about 02:54pm on Saturday 3rd September 2016, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), started to receive a succession of 911calls reporting a green Ford Truck driving dangerously in different areas of the Town of Perth. Reports included that the vehicle was traveling at high speeds, doing “donuts” in parking lots and driving over sports fields and recreational areas. Members of the community were present and at risk at all locations. The truck was located by police and was successfully stopped on Spence Side Road in Drummond North Elmsley Township. The driver was non-co[...]
Elliott Brood will perform at the Spencerville Mill on Sept. 22; the Nick Smith Centre Hall in Arnprior on Sept. 23 and at the Joshua Bates Centre in Athens on Sept. 24.
Festival of Small Halls announces community events, line up additions September 2016
Sep.14, 3:00 am
Submitted At its core, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about celebrating community. The Festival of Small Halls is set to get hands clapping and toes tapping this month as it welcomes an inspiring combination of big names in music and local opening acts to treasured small halls across eastern Ontario from Sept. 14 to Oct. 2. The festival expanded to include 24 rural locales this year, paying tribute to cherished small town spaces with history and heart. National and international musicians including Breabach, Basia Bulat, Jim Bryson, Elliott BROOD, Hat Fitz and Cara, Tomato Tomato, April Verch, Darlingside, Harrow Fair and more are re[...]
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Chiropractic Care and Longevity Center celebrates 25 years by giving back
Sep.14, 12:00 am
Advertorial She has worked with patients from newborn babies to centenarians. Her passion and joy in the work she does have inspired an equal response of loyalty and support. That’s why Kathie Wickens, chiropractor, and owner of Chiropractic Care and Longevity Center in Perth is celebrating her 25th anniversary with a fundraiser. “It’s been so rewarding to help others people attain a better quality of life, so it’s been a wonderful 25 years and I want to give back,” says Wickens. On October 1, the clinic will be hosting a Give Back Walk/Run, and they hope the community will come out and help them support the two charities they’ve [...]
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Be mindful of crosswalks and those using them
Sep.13, 1:41 pm
Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Children are back to school again and that means that crossing guards are back on the job of ensuring children get across the roads safely. In Smiths Falls there are five supervised crosswalks: on Queen Street at Anderson Street; on Chambers Street at McGill Street, on Elmsley Street at Russell Street, on Brockville Street at Oak Street and on Brockville Street at Ross Street. Motorists are asked to be mindful of children crossing and to respect their space. “Constable Dave Murphy is making the rounds over the next couple of weeks and we do want to remind the public that there is a $180 fine for faili[...]
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Police expansion feasibility study progressing
Sep.13, 1:12 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The police expansion feasibility study is coming together according to Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris. “The consultants have developed a model for what expanded policing would look like and are working on an analysis of the cost drivers,” said Morris. The project has fallen slightly behind and will not be complete until October.  This is just a feasibility study and it will not result in an actual price tag but will inform the town as to whether it makes any sense to pursue the avenue of expanding Smiths Falls Police Services to serve surrounding municipalities, explained Chris Cumming, Smiths [...]
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Tasty fundraiser for Scotch lovers at RMEO
Sep.13, 10:28 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It has a long history of its own, making it a perfect pairing for a museum fundraiser. Whisky anglicized from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’ (water of life, as all alcohol was once called) started out as a medicinal concoction that has, over the centuries, developed into a prized recreational alcoholic beverage enjoyed by millions around the world. On Sept. 17, the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (REMO) is hosting a single malt Scotch tasting evening in partnership with Ouidram, an Ottawa event planning company that specializes in whisky tastings. “We’ll be offering four different expressions o[...]
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Smiths Falls asset management plan still controversial
Sep.13, 7:53 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca At the Sept. 12 Committee of the Whole meeting held in Smiths Falls, Watson & Associates representative Dan Wilson, presented council with an updated asset management plan. “The [asset management plan] will be instrumental in informing the budget, so we need this plan to be approved and in place,” said Malcolm Morris, Smiths Falls CAO. The update presented by Wilson reflected changes to the financial strategy, which had previously (April 2016) met with strong opposition from council members concerned over accepting the recommended 4.03 per cent tax increases every year until 2021. In an effor[...]
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Smiths Falls Police drug warrant leads to charges
Sep.12, 3:49 pm
On 09 Sep 2016 members of the Smiths Falls Police Criminal Investigations Section completed a controlled drugs and substances investigation.  A search warrant was executed at a house on Daniel St in the Town on the early evening of 09 September. Upon executing the search warrant officers found numerous persons inside as well as a quantity of cocaine valued at approximately nine thousand dollars.  Drug paraphernalia and cash was also seized in the residence as well as a pellet gun. Charged and arrested with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime were: Chaise LA[...]
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Brett Pearson Run for Your Life takes to Carleton Place Sept. 24
Sep.12, 11:32 am
By April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca Outliving a child is a parent’s worst nightmare, but that nightmare became a reality on Nov. 20, 2006 for Nicole Pearson when her 16-year-old son, Brett Pearson, took his own life. “Brett was a sensitive and caring boy who kept his emotions bottled up inside, he had a lot of difficulty expressing himself,” explained Nicole. “Brett had opened up to some of his friends but then they blamed themselves. He was sad sometimes, but he wasn’t showing that to us. It was a difficult time for us as a family.” Over a nine-month period Nicole says she noticed a change in Brett. He started missing school,[...]
Brooke speaks to on-lookers and thanks everyone for their support as Brittany stands by her side. Brooke thanked her sister for being there always - her best friend and buddy. She told the school kids to “try to be the best you can be, and ‘set goals’.
Red-and-white took the day at Centennial Park
Sep.9, 10:37 pm
By Sally Smith It was a wild, red-and-white couple of hours at Centennial Park September 9. Close to 700 school kids plus most of the Town of Smiths Falls were there to greet Brooke and Brittany Henderson on their return home from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Another cause for celebration was Brooke’s 19th birthday – which is tomorrow; the crowd sang Happy Birthday twice…and once in French! It wasn’t just the young fans who came to celebrate. Many onlookers were of the ‘older’ generation, those who had watched the girls grow up, had been there when they played in the junior ranks, and who knew their parents and grandparents. D[...]
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OPP to be conducting community satisfaction surveys by phone
Sep.9, 11:49 am
Submitted A Community Satisfaction Survey is scheduled to start in September in East Region to solicit public opinions about the services the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments deliver to communities throughout the region. The Community Satisfaction Survey is a telephone survey that randomly selects members of the public (16 years or older) who live in Ontario. The survey takes about five to seven minutes to complete and is strictly voluntary. Those contacted and willing to participate are asked about issues such as community security, perceptions of crime and youth issues in the community, OPP presence in the community, service del[...]
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Acupuncture: a traditional approach to health and wellbeing
Sep.9, 11:41 am
By Dr. Natalie Bernicky So why choose acupuncture as part of your health care? Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, originating in China about 2000-5000 years ago. In 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) formally endorsed acupuncture, and listed 41 diseases amenable to acupuncture treatment. Since then, the WHO has sponsored worldwide training programs in acupuncture, primarily because of its cost-effectiveness. More recently, both the Canadian and American military have turned to acupuncture as a means of managing chronic and acute pain in active duty members, where conventional medications and therapies were [...]
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Youth homelessness campaign coming to Smiths Falls, Perth, Carleton Place
Sep.9, 11:18 am
Submitted From Sept.30 to Oct. 3, businessman and entrepreneur Joe Roberts, will be pushing a shopping cart through Lanark County and Smiths Falls to raise awareness about youth homelessness. His journey for this national trek started May 1, 2016 in St. John’s Newfoundland and will end Sept. 30, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia. During this 9,000 km and 17-month trip, Roberts will be making hundreds of stops to get involved with local community events across the country. The Push for Change, partnering together with Raise the Roof Canada and The National Coalition to End Youth Homelessness, are working to build a prevention framework [...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 9 – 11
Sep.9, 3:32 am
Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 9 – 11 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Welcome Home Henderson Sisters 11:00am – 2:00pm Wear red and white and join the Town of Smiths Falls in a celebration on Friday September 9th, to welcome their hometown golf pro Brooke Henderson back from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero and to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of pro golf sisters Brooke and Brittany Henderson. The red and white themed celebrations will take place at Centennial Park, located on Confederation Drive Smiths Falls. Mayor Shawn Pankow along with[...]
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Join us to celebrate team Henderson’s success
Sep.8, 5:21 pm
It’s a celebration and everyone is invited! Join Mayor Shawn Pankow along with Town Council and staff on Friday September 9th in a recognition ceremony for it’s hometown golf pro’s Brooke & Brittany Henderson. Everyone is encouraged to wear red & white and to bring a lawn chair. The red & white themed celebration will be held this Friday September 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Smiths Falls Centennial Park on Confederation Drive. The ceremony will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Doherty Brothers will be performing from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. as people arrive onsite and get comfortable. Chris St[...]
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Smiths Falls economic development plan gets final approval
Sep.6, 9:26 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Following an unusual amount of discussion during a council meeting, Smiths Falls council finally passed a motion at the Sept. 9 meeting to receive and endorse the economic development and tourism plan prepared the economic development department. “I agree that it’s a good plan but a couple items in the budget bear some further discussion,” said Jay Brennan, Smiths Falls councillor. In particular Brennan pointed to the Excelerator and the physician recruitment line items listed in the department’s budget in Appendix B of the economic development and tourism plan.[...]
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Smiths Falls Fire Department to get new air compressor
Sep.6, 9:16 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Following a brief discussion and question period during a Special Committee of the Whole, held immediately before the regular council meeting, Smiths Falls council passed a motion to purchase a breathing air compressor for the Smiths Falls Fire Department. “Bear in mind that we fill, on average, more than 600 cylinders a year,” said Normand Beauchamp, Smiths Falls fire chief. The old compressor is no longer working and at a conservative estimate is more than 30 years old, according to Beauchamp. Two requests for quotes were solicited but only one supplier responded.  The cost of the new compress[...]
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Pankow promotes prostate cancer awareness, Team Henderson at council
Sep.6, 9:09 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Two proclamations were made at the start of the regular Smiths Falls council meeting held on Sept 6. The month of September has been declared Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in Canada, with one in eight men likely to be diagnosed with it or 24,000 men each year. “It has a treatment success rate of 90 per cent if caught in the early stages,” said Shawn Pankow, mayor of Smiths Falls. September 9th has been declared Team Henderson Day, acknowledging the hard work and success of  Brittany and Brook Henderson as golf pros and ambassadors for th[...]
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Police arrest one on cocaine related charges, one still wanted
Sep.6, 10:54 am
On Sept. 1, 2016 of the Smiths Falls Police Service executed a controlled drugs and substances act warrant at a residence on Jasper Avenue.  As a result of a search of the residence, cocaine and related trafficking paraphernalia was seized. A female was arrested, charged and held pending a show cause hearing.  Amanda Billings, 30, of Smiths Falls is facing one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking. A male member of the residence has been charged with multiple criminal offences and is currently wanted by the Smiths Falls Police Service.  Samuel Rathwell, 33, of Smiths Falls is facing one count of possession for the purpose of t[...]
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HydroOne ombudsman coming to Smiths Falls
Sep.6, 10:32 am
Staff On Tuesday, Sept. 13 the Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Ontario HydroOne ombudsman Fiona Crean, giving the community an opportunity to listen and meet with Crean. The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, located at 7 Main St. East in Smiths Falls. “According to the Ontario Chamber, one in 20 businesses in Ontario expects to close their doors in the next five years due to rising electricity prices,” said Chamber president, Barbara Black, “This is an important issue for the businesses of Smiths Falls.” The report issued by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, To[...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 2 – 5
Sep.1, 12:15 am
Smiths Falls weekend guide: September 2 – 5 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Kaleidoscope of Victorian Coloured Glass Exhibition Kaleidoscope of Victorian Coloured Glass Exhibition – Join the Museum for a breath taking display of art glass with a vast array of colours and techniques. The colourful glass pieces from the Byington Collection focus on the period 1850 -1910, where the experimentation with decoration, techniques and materials brought creativity in glass production to its peak. This is an opportunity to see rare and beautiful pieces from a sixty year pri[...]
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Perth mayor aboard Via Rail proposal to establish service through town
Aug.31, 7:45 pm
By Dianne Pinder-Moss editorial@pdgmedia.ca It’s been many years since a passenger train passed through Perth. That could change, however, if a proposal by VIA Rail Canada gets on track. Mayor John Fenik shared at the close of Tuesday’s (Aug. 30) regular meeting of Perth Town Council that he met earlier that day with a VIA Rail representative regarding the possible establishment of a rail line from Peterborough to Perth. “They want to build a new track from Peterborough, running right on through and including Perth,” Fenik told council of his meeting with Jacques Fauteux, VIA Rail’s director of government and community relations, of[...]
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OPP East Region detachment has a new commander
Aug.31, 12:27 pm
Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region detachment has a new leader. Superintendent Chris Harkins, former commander of the fleet, supply and weapons services bureau at OPP general headquarters, has been promoted to chief superintendent and named commander of OPP East Region. Harkins fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the former regional commander, Dan Redmond. “Chief Superintendent Harkins brings vast and varied experience to his new role. He has a strong understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities facing not only the members of the OPP, but also the residents of Eastern Ontar[...]
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Expanded Farm 2 Fork event in Carleton Place expected to be a repeat success
Aug.30, 10:36 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss editorial@pdgmedia.ca When Debbie McVie read an article about a farm to table dinner being staged outdoors in the downtown of Jonesborough, Tennessee, her interest was piqued. “(I) thought how wonderful it was and why couldn’t it work here,” says McVie. “As well, several small communities in the area already host events similar to this and it works at bringing people together.” When McVie mentioned the idea on social media, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive with several people offering their support and assistance. A meeting was organized and a committee struck, which attracted two members of the Carleto[...]
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Lanark County Ontario Works not mailing payments in September
Aug.30, 9:58 am
Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Due to the uncertainty of Canada Post mail service at this time, Lanark County Ontario Works will not be issuing any payments by mail. If you are expecting payment by cheque, you may pick it up at your Ontario Works office in Perth, Smiths Fall or Carleton Place starting Aug. 31st as follows: Aug. 31 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sept. 1 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sept. 2 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Proper identification is required at time of cheque pick. Your cheque will be sent to the town in your mailing address If you receive your payment by direct bank deposit (DBD) you should not [...]
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Tay Valley heritage takes first place at Lanark County plowing match
Aug.29, 10:00 pm
Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Picture perfect blue skies and the green fields of the Moodie-Cameron farm set an ideal stage for Tay Valley Township’s Settlers Heritage Day and Lanark County Plowing Match on Aug. 20. The tremendously successful event brought visitors, locals and plowing match participants together for a full day of competition, information and celebration as part of the area’s 200th Anniversary signature events. Visitors had a jam packed day taking in all the activities, exhibits and demonstrations. Larger than expected crowds stayed entertained with the music of the Bowes Brothers and live action displays of black[...]
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RCL Automotive celebrates 10 years in Smiths Falls
Aug.29, 8:20 pm
Submitted In 2006, Chris Craig decided to open his own business: RCL Automotive, now located at 236 Lombard St. in Smiths Falls, with RCL standing for Roslyn, Chris and Leigh as well as reliable, courteous and loyal service. While doing his apprenticeship in the small town of Almonte, one of his co-workers would say, “Always treat a customer the way you would want to be treated.” Chris held on to that piece of advice and made it part of his business model to always treat each customer like they are family. In 1997, Chris started working in Smiths Falls at Edgetown Motors Garage where he was able to meet and gain new customers throug[...]
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What to do when flashing lights appear in your rear-view mirror
Aug.29, 12:09 pm
By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca There’s nothing like a set of flashing blue and red lights suddenly appearing in the rear-view mirror to get a motorist’s attention. Every driver knows to pull over and come to a stop, and it’s always a relief when the speeding police car continues on its way: it wasn’t you this time. In Ontario police vehicles responding to an emergency will display red and blue flashing lights. An ambulance is equipped with red lights. But blue and red are not the only colours used by emergency vehicles. The Highway Traffic Act of 1990 authorizes firefighters to display a flashing green light when responding to em[...]
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Glen Tay Block Race Celebrates 50th Running of Modern Race
Aug.26, 12:22 am
By Terry O’Hearn More than seventy runners finished this year’s 2016 Glen Tay Block Race, despite hot and humid weather.  The overall winner was Earl Steinbrecher of Willseyville, NY, who finished in a time of 55:47.  Although it was well off the course record of 45:14 set by Kingston’s Steve Boyd in 2003, it was nonetheless considered a decent time by race organizers. This year’s race was the 50th consecutive running of the modern edition of the race, and it was also one of the Perth 200th Anniversary events.  Perth Deputy-Mayor and chair of the 200th Anniversary Committee John Gemmell was present to bring greetings to the runners[...]

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