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Perth Weekend Guide: May 27-29
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FRIDAY   All Ontario Vehicle Rescue Challenege (Auto Extraction) Perth Fairgrounds 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information please email autoex@dnetv.ca or contact any of the organizers. Relay For Life St. John Roman Catholic High School David Peters at 613-267-4724 or email david.peters@cdsbeo.on.ca. SATURDAY Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot All Ontario Vehicle Rescue Challenege (Auto Extraction) Perth Fairgrounds 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please email autoex@dnetv.ca or contact any of the organizers. Gospel Sing-Along 7 p.m. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (1 Drummond Street [...]
Stunt driver calls 911 to complain about OPP
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Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release LEEDS COUNTY (Brockville) STUNT DRIVER CALLS 911 2016-05-27 (LEEDS, ON.) – A traffic stop in Rideau Lakes prompted a Toronto driver to call 911 to report that police had stopped him for speeding. On the 26th of May 2016 at about 10:30 PM a member of the Rideau Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police stopped a stunt driver on Highway 15 near Crosby. The driver was exceeding the speed limit by 56 km/hr. As a result of the drivers actions the vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days. The upset 20 year old Toronto man demanded that he be driven to Kingston by police. He was tol[...]
OPP seek suspects in Smiths Falls gun robbery
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Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release LEEDS COUNTY (Brockville) BUSINESS BREAK AND ENTER- FIREARMS STOLEN 2016-05-26 (LEEDS, ON.) – A local Rideau Lakes business was the victim of an early morning break and enter where firearms were stolen. On the 25th of May 2016 at about 2:00 AM members of the Rideau Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police attended a break and enter that had just occurred at Bennett’s Bait and Tackle Shop located on 15 Highway, just south of Smiths Falls. Thieves entered the business and removed firearms prior to fleeing the scene. Anyone with information on the above occurrence is asked to c[...]
Cooper outlines Economic Development Plan Report at Smiths Falls council meeting
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Page Taylor – Smiths Falls During the May 24 Smiths Falls council meeting Manager of Economic Development Cyril Cooper gave a comprehensive outline of the Economic Development Plan Report, which provided vital economic and marketing data towards the further improvement of the town. The results showed a two per cent increase in manufacturing jobs in comparison with other communities, and high potential to target millennials as well as U.S. customers within Upper New York State. Highlighted within the Economic Development Plan was the Coolattin Connection Project, a potential tourism opportunity involving a twinning agreement between Smi[...]
Smiths Falls sanctions Farmer’s Market as town event
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Page Taylor – Smiths Falls During the Smiths Falls council meeting on May 24, Nicola Thomson and Trish Krotki of the Downtown Business Association requested that the Smiths Falls Farmer’s Market, slated to begin June 4 at the corner of Russell and Beckwith streets, be sanctioned as a town event. Mayor Shawn Pankow, along with Councillor Lorraine Allen and Councillor Chris Cummings agreed that the event would be beneficial. It would support local growers, promote sustainability and attract tourism. At the special meeting of council taking place afterwards, the motion carried that the farmer’s market be sanctioned as a town event.[...]
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: May 27-29
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FRIDAY Charitable Barbecue for Fort McMurray 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 2 Beckwith Street South Hosted by Dominion Lending Centres Public Skating 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre $2 per person Weekend Movie Night: A Royal Night Out 7:30 p.m. Smiths Falls Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue) $10 cash at the door SATURDAY Toledo Community Yard Sale 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. St. Andrew’s United Church Breakfast & lunch available. The Franktown Lilac Festival 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Breakfast, Children’s Bike Parade, BBQ, Horse Wagon Rides, Ham & Bean Supper, Little Ray’s Reptile Show, Music, Craft Market, Ba[...]
Smiths Falls council discusses tax rates and restoration projects
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Page Taylor – Smiths Falls The Smiths Falls Council of the Whole (COW) meeting was held on May 24, followed by a special council meeting. Tax and community redevelopment were among the topics discussed. Tax cap phase out The phasing out of a tax cap for multi-residential, industrial, and residential properties was discussed and debated at length, with much resistance from both Councillor Lorraine Allen and Councillor Joe Gallipeau, who questioned what would happen should the economy boom. However, Chief Administrative Officer, Malcolm Morris, reassured the council that the trend is to get away from tax capping, and there is already an o[...]
Westport winery hopes to be tourist destination
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By: Chris Must    “We were told that we were crazy…and at times we wondered if they were right,” says Allison Scheuermann, reflecting on her family’s five-year odyssey into wine making.    Apart from Prince Edward County, Eastern Ontario isn’t known for its vineyards. But that may be about to change. Crazy or not, Francois and Allison Scheuermann can be justly proud of the three varieties of wine they have successfully produced at their Westport vineyard and winery after five years of hard work.    Just over six acres of the Scheuermanns’ 20-acre property at the north edge of Westport are planted with grapevines. Their pl[...]
Prescription drug drop of day in Smiths Falls a huge success
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Smiths Falls – Prescription Drug Drop Off Day was a huge success in Smiths Falls and across the Country. This past Saturday, May 21, 2016, the Smiths Falls Police Service with the assistance of the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Health Unit and the Smiths Falls Municipal Drug Strategy Committee all worked together to help local residents safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications. The Smiths Falls Police Service received over 3350 prescription medications, several inhalers and liquid form medication weighing 3.7kgs from several citizens. The prescription medications collected included Hydromorphone, Morphine and Robaxasil, all of which [...]
Hospital toonie auction set for May 25
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The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Auxilliary’s third annual Toonie Auction is coming up Wednesday May 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 95 on Market Street in Smiths Falls. This fun night has everyone bidding on gift baskets filled with delightful goodies. Each bid is a Toonie and this year there’s going to be a mini fashion show with clothing, jewelry and purses featured at the Hospital gift shop, modelled by auxiliary members.[...]
Wine’d Around Downtown ready to serve up fun for Carleton Place
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss It’s been called a wine and food tasting extravaganza — it’s the annual Wine’d Around Downtown in Carleton Place. This year’s event scheduled is for Saturday, May 28 from  1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Hosted by the Carleton Place Sister City Committee, Wine’d Around Downtown is modelled after a similar event held in Franklin, Tennessee. Franklin is one of the town’s Sister Cities, along with the village of Comrie, Scotland. “It’s a great social opportunity first and foremost,” committee chair Jeff Maguire says of the event. “You can go and meet friends and neighbours in a laid back setting while, at the sam[...]
Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association to host Farmers’ Market
Submitted by the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is excited to announce the anticipated opening of the Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 4, 2016. DBA Chair, Patricia Krotki, explained that farmers’ markets are an important tool in creating a welcoming gathering place for visitors and residents in a community. “The market will not only be a showcase for the many farms and artisans in the local area, but will also be an economic driver that invites people to the downtown area,” Krotki stressed, “We’re looking forward to including the market among our other [...]
Treat Dad to Beer Tasting & Book Launch at Heritage House Museum
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Tall Boys & Tall Tales: Beer Tasting & Book Launch at Local Museum Cheers to a celebration of books, beer, and bygone times in the Smiths Falls area! On June 18th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. the Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls will be hosting, ‘Tall Boys & Tall Tales’, a beer tasting and book launch. It’s the perfect opportunity to test your knowledge on the history of beer, sample some of the 4 Degrees Brewery’s latest beer, and learn about Larry Cotton’s newest book! Not to mention, it’s a perfect gift for Father’s Day! The event will begin with a brief history of beer and some beer trivia. Afterwards, two of the[...]
Town Criers From Across Province Compete in Perth
Overall winner of the 2016 Ontario Guild of Town Crier Championships was Andrew Welch of Caledon and Erin, seen here giving his final cry on Sunday.
By Terry O’Hearn Perth Town Crier Brent McLaren set the standard in front of a large crowd gathered outside the Crystal Palace on Saturday, May 31, when Criers from across the region competed at the 2016 Ontario Guild of Town Crier Championships. The winner of the competition after the final cry on Sunday was Andrew Welch of Caledon and Erin, while second and third place were Chris Whyman of Kingston, and Bill McKee of Oshawa. The Town Criers and their escorts had gathered earlier at the Best Western Plus Parkside Inn and Spa on Peter Street, before making their way to the launch of the weekend’s festivities at the Tay Basin. The benchmar[...]
Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, The Musical romps into Studio Theatre
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Workin’ nine to five, what a way to make a livin’, Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’. They just use your mind, and they never give you credit, It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it! Who can believe it’s been 36 years since those words and that music burst onto North American movie screens? And who didn’t get swept up in the story of three friends who go to war with their chauvinistic, dim-witted boss? The movie struck a chord with everyone who saw it. On June 2nd, the Broadway musical version of 9 to 5 will strike a chord all over again, right here in Perth. “I&[...]
Lilac Festival celebrates 21 years
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The village of Franktown, established around 1818, was designated the Lilac Capital of Ontario in 1998 and has held an annual festival to celebrate these beautiful and fragrant bushes since 1995. Lilacs were brought to the area by English and Scottish settlers in the early 1800s and planted around many area farmhouses. The 25 acre parcel of land to the south of Church St between the aptly named Lilac Lane and Highway 15 is home to many colour variations of the common lilac. This area garnered the interest of the lilac team of the friends of the Central Experimental Farm in 2007. Of particular interest were some naturalized hybrid species with[...]
Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with free lockage along Parks Canada’s historic canals
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New Release For Immediate Release Government of Canada Announces Free Lockage in 2017 Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with free lockage along Parks Canada’s historic canals May 19, 2016                        Ottawa, Ontario        Parks Canada Agency As part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada announced free admission in 2017 for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna announced that lockage will also be free for boate[...]
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: May 20-23
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FRIDAY Public Skating 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre $2 per person Eastern Ontario Bluegrass Festival Lombardy Fair Grounds Festival Pass $70; Saturday Pass $40; Evening or Day Pass $20. Fort McMurray Fundraiser: Spaghetti Dinner & Dance 6 p.m. Smiths Falls Legion (7 Main Street East) Hosted by The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, The Kinsmen, The Lions, The Civitan Club and The Rotary Club SATURDAY Bake, Craft, Yard Sale & BBQ 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church Street West) Eastern Ontario Bluegrass Festival Lombardy Fair Grounds Festival Pass $70; Saturday Pass $40; Ev[...]
Perth Weekend Guide: May 20-22
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FRIDAY Ontario Town Crier Championships – A Perth 200 Signature Event Downtown Perth There will be crying (by the criers, of course), laughter, collaboration, and history lessons all wrapped up in this fun-filled weekend! For more information : Cathy at cathy@catscovecommunications.com or visit www.perth200.ca. Stephen Fisher at O’Reilly’s Pub 9 p.m. O’Reilly’s Pub and Ale House (43 Gore Street East) SATURDAY Perth Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot around the Crystal Palace Prescription Drug Drop-Off 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Perth OPP Detachment Ontario Town Crier Championships – A Perth 200 S[...]
Westport council passes motions pertaining to community upgrades
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By Page Taylor – Westport During the Village of Westport’s regular council meeting on May 16 council passed the motion of conducting two separate surveys which will outline the use of the Westport harbour by both boaters and visitors.  The purpose of the surveys would be to gather information on who is using the harbour and how the town would potentially improve user experience. Although it was agreed that the most effective strategy would be an in-person interview, the surveys would also be available online for visitors to complete. Councillor Frank Huth brought the council’s attention to the Westport baseball diamond, which is cu[...]
Canadian paddler shares experiences, holds training sessions
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By Chris Must – Smiths Falls No one knows Canada by water better than Max Finkelstein. “I’ve seen a lot of this country from a canoe,” says the author of two books describing his experiences as a long-distance paddler. “It does make me feel like I really know Canada in a way that most people don’t.” After spending the summers of 1997, 1998 and 1999 paddling across the country following the route of early explorer Alexander Mackenzie, Finkelstein wrote “Canoeing a Continent,” first published in 2002. He is also the author of “Paddling the Boreal Forest,” a 2004 book describing canoe voyages across Labrador and norther[...]
Tweed to sponsor MADD and CDPC campaign on impaired driving
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Tweed Inc., Canada’s largest medical cannabis producer plans to fund a national campaign to raise awareness of impairment in relation to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis. The campaign will be developed and administered by two of the country’s leading organizations in promoting evidence based drug policy and safe driving, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada). Funding will be provided to MADD Canada over three years by Canopy Growth Corporation (Canopy Growth) whose wholly owned subsidiaries Tweed Inc. (Tweed) and Bedrocan Canada Inc. (Bedrocan Canada) will[...]
Lanark County OPP support prescription drug drop off day
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Officers from the Lanark County Detachment Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be supporting “Prescription Drug Drop Off Day” once again this year by partnering with other police, health agencies and our community to reduce the opportunity for misuse and abuse of prescribed medications. On Saturday, May 21 from 10.00 am to 3.00pm, officers and auxiliary officers will be operating drop off  points at the Lanark County Detachment Offices in Perth and Carleton Place. Prescription Drugs have, and are, being acquired and misused in our community. This is an effort to provide a convenient opportunity for people to dispose of unused [...]
Pet Zone: Why microchip your pet
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Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America. Some of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner, via our Lost Pet Recovery Service. Collar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it were to go missing, micro chipping is your best option. 4 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet Only true permanent method of[...]
Crimestoppers seeks community’s help
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Windows smashed at residence On Monday May 16 at around 1 a.m. a residence on George Street in Smiths Falls had several windows smashed. The cost to replace these windows is high. Front window of residence smashed overnight Sometime overnight on Sunday, May 15 to early morning on Monday, May 16, someone smashed the front picture window of a residence on Running Avenue in Smiths Falls. Break and enter During the day on Friday, May 13, a residence on Stephen Street in Smiths Falls was entered and several items including jewelry was stolen. Garage broken into and bicycle stolen Around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, someone entered a garage on A[...]
Mrs. McGarrigle Fine Food Shops founder honoured
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By: Howaida Sorour-Roberts Janet Campbell of Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food Shops in Merrickville has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre. “We chose Janet because she exemplifies all the things this award is about,” said Wendy Onstien, manager and lead consultant at Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre in Brockville. The award honours female entrepreneurs who are leaders in their community, take risks, persevere through different challenges, are innovative and strong, explained Onstien.  All of which she said were qualities that Campbell possessed in spades. W[...]
Fee increases approved by Smiths Falls council
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls The May 16 regular meeting of Smiths Falls council was a brief affair, a remarkable move considering there were two recorded votes on issues pertaining to money. Budget Two contentious by-laws were passed this week. The Smiths Falls budget has now passed with a tax hike and water rate increase. In a recorded vote councillors Jay Brennan, Joe Gallipeau, and Dawn Quinn voted against the budget, with the budget passing with four votes. Railway Museum A by-law to release another $8,000 from the Community Donations reserves to the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario was passed under a recorded vote. Cou[...]
Town crier championship this weekend in Perth
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While we don’t usually encourage crying in public spaces, we’re going to set that preference aside for the Ontario Provincial Town Crier Championships. Taking place in downtown Perth from May 21 to May 22, 2016, the town will welcome town criers from across the region for the 2016 Ontario Guild of Town Crier Championships. It’s a free event, and we encourage the public to come check out the three cries that will happen over the two-day period. ‘Wait, can you explain what a Town Crier does?’ O’yez! You’re in for a little history lesson, my friend. A Bellman or Town Crier could well be described as the original historical new[...]
Wally’s Classic coming to Carleton Place for fourth year
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The 2016 Wally’s Classic is the fourth annual Strongman competition hosted by Wally Thorbjornsson. It’s a two day Professional and amateur competition held in the Carleton Place Arena on May 21st and 22. On the Saturday the amateur competition starts at 10:00 a.m. with 40 strong men and women competing in few different weight classes. It’s a fast pace challenge that offers the athletes the chance to advance to the next level in this great sport. At 2:00 p.m., 10 International professional strongman competitors will take the stage including some of the strongest men in the world. With four of the top Canadian Athletes facing two from the[...]
Perth schools raise funds for Fort McMurray
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By Terry O’Hearn – Perth Students, teachers, and volunteers crowded the gymnasium at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School in Perth on Thursday, May 12, dancing from 12:15 to 2 p.m. in a fundraising effort on behalf of the fire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. A total of $1,380 was raised, which will go to the “Alberta Fires Appeal” of the Canadian Red Cross. The event was just one of several local school events for the Fort McMurray cause taking place this week. Perth & District Collegiate Institute announced they were holding a Fort McMurray fundraiser in the cafeteria, also on May 12, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a [...]
Erratic driving complaint leads to charges
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Driving complaint leads to charges  On the 12th of May 2016 police responded to an erratic driving complaint that turned into domestic related charges. A 32 year old male was charged with having over 80mgs of alcohol as well as intimidation after he pursued his ex-girlfriend in a vehicle. The male was held in custody pending a bail hearing. On the 12th of May 2016 a 30 year old male from Perth was arrested after trying to steal DYSON fans from a local business. The male fled the scene but arrested shortly after by police and was charged with 2 counts of theft under, dangerous driving and driving without a licence. The male was on outstanding[...]
Gemmells: A fun trend for 2016
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The latest gardening craze is Fairy Gardening. This magical movement enthralls gardeners of all ages. Fairy gardens are tiny creative worlds complete with miniature furnishings, fairy-scale plants and plenty of mystique. Creating a fairy garden is a fun project! Here are a few tips to make sure your garden is a success. Choose a container that is not too deep. There are many interesting and funky things that make great fairy gardens from tea cups to tool boxes, old bird baths to antique wheelbarrows the choices are endless. Try to always use a good weed free potting soil. Never use topsoil or black earth as plants cannot breathe in these heav[...]
CSAs widely available in Lanark County
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By Chris Must Buying local food is a trend that’s here to stay, says Shannon Miller. Miller and her husband Robert and four young children are the fourth generation of the family to operate the 400-acre Miller’s Bay Farm, located near Rideau Ferry. In 2006 the Millers stopped raising dairy cattle and focussed entirely on fruit, vegetables and field crops. Four years ago the Millers decided to venture into the world of community supported agriculture (CSA). A concept that has been around since the 1980s, community supported agriculture offers the consumer an opportunity to pay a fee to a specific farm at the start of the annual growing sea[...]
Perth Sports Hall of Fame to hold first induction ceremony
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss      Tim Zander loves history and sports. “When I combine the two, that’s even more fun for me,” he says. That’s why the history teacher at Perth and District Collegiate Institute (PDCI) is proud to be chairing the committee for the Perth and District Sports Hall of Fame. The committee was formed in 2014 and includes Tracy Zander, Maureen Pegg, John Gemmell, Clark Theobald and Jim Graff. The Perth area has a rich history, but Zander believes its sporting heritage has not received the recognition it deserves. “There’s that missing thing as part of the Perth history,” he noted. “We have not recognized p[...]
Iconic Ottawa entertainer to portray Stompin’ Tom in Perth show
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By: Chris Must In the early 1970s Freddy Dixon was a hard-working country singer/songwriter playing in local clubs across the Ottawa Valley. One night Dixon’s band was working at the Kemptville Hotel when the owner, Harry Coulter, approached him with a special request. Would Dixon’s band be willing to back up a new guy who was working as a single? Just one complication: the services of Dixon’s drummer, Sam Henry, wouldn’t be needed. Dixon asked why. “He doesn’t like drums,” Coulter replied. “He uses a board. He stomps on it.” “I told him to go to hell,” laughs Dixon today, looking back. “We’re not backing up a guy wh[...]
Therapeutic Riding Program Partners With Perth Museum
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By: Terry O’Hearn – Peth In a move to bring some of the Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program (LCTRP) activities back to Perth, a Paint Day was held Sunday, May 1, at the Perth Museum, with eight developmentally disabled children taking part. Program coordinator Amy Booth said it was the first time staging this type of event, which was meant to be a fundraiser, help raise awareness in the community, and to provide therapy for the youngsters at the same time. Booth mentioned that although some adjustments to this type of fundraising event may be in order, she was thrilled with the success of the initial attempt, especially with the [...]
Perth Weekend Guide: May 13-14
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FRIDAY Lanark Trades Tournament 4 p.m. Elliot Street Clinic (12 Elliot Street) Email info@morepep.ca or call the Clinic at 613-267-1660. SATURDAY Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot SUNDAY Settler’s Trek Tay Basin A flotilla will arrive at the Tay Basin with local representatives and re-enactors coming to the Perth Military Settlement for the first time.  For more info settlerstrek2016.ca Perth & District Sports Hall of Fame Induction 3 p.m. Studio Theatre Perth (63 Gore Street East)[...]
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: May 13-15
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FRIDAY Public Skating 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre $2 per person Movie Night: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church Street) Free will offering. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Sean McCann Sings Smiths Falls Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue) $30 each SATURDAY Annual Kids Charity Fishing Tournament 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rideau Ferry Harbour Marina (110 Coutts Bay Road) $10 per child, $25 for a family of 3 or more. Art Journey Show & Sale 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre Free admission. The London Trio Plus 7:30 p.m. Trinity [...]
Smiths Falls service clubs band together for Fort McMurray
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The five service clubs in Smiths Falls are banding together to raise funds for Fort McMurray: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, The Kinsmen, The Lions, The Civitan Club and The Rotary Club are hosting a dinner and dance to be held at the Legion on Friday, May 20. The bar will open at 5:00 p.m. and a spaghetti dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. The Doherty Brothers will kick off the dance at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Legion or any of the service clubs.  Each of the clubs will be making some form of donation either to the event or in the form of cash and will welcome any cash donations that can be added to [...]
Director and staff reports from Smiths Falls council
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 By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls Here are the main reports from the regular Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on May 9. Full reports and minutes can be found on the town website. Pedestrian Bridges The North Pedestrian Bridge is now in place and the town is now working on turtle island, Art Manhire, manager community services told members of council. Yard Waste Clean-up The annual leaf and yard waste collection will be taking place between May 11 and May 13 as scheduled, Troy Dunlop, director of public works and utilities reminded council and media. Active Transportation Summit On May 13 Dunlop will be speaking [...]
Railway Museum gets requested funding from Smiths Falls council
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts- Smiths Falls The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO), has managed to win the $8,000 shortfall it lobbied council to release. In a letter addressed to council, the RMEO board laid out the ramifications of council’s decision to shave $8,000 from the museum’s community donation ask. “Though we greatly appreciate the investment of $42,000 in 2016, we would like to remind council that in order for us to reach our goal of self sustainability, we need an investment of $50,000,” wrote Tony Humphrey, president of RMEO board. The reduced funding would have forced the museum to curb staffing forcing th[...]
Chambers St. development picks up speed
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls A proposed new development that will see the land at the corner of Chambers and Bay Streets re-purposed has started to move forward. The proposal was submitted five weeks ago, with delays coming from staffing changes and procedural requirements. Lucas O’Connor, owner of Lucas Evolution Realty  and the one plans to re-purpose the site still needs a zoning amendment before he can go ahead with the proposed eight-story, mixed use building.  The entire development would create 52 units and would have an innovative parking system for 88 cars, among other things that will benefit the community.  W[...]
Smiths Falls key in Vimy Oaks Project
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls The Vimy Oaks Legacy project aims to find a suitable home for one of 150 Vimy oak saplings that will be coming to Smiths Falls. “We want to try to engage the community in a project we’ve been working on for a couple of years,” said Blake Seward, teacher and youth engagement advocate. The project builds on the actions of one Lieutenant Leslie Miller who survived the Battle of Vimy and collected acorns from the ridge to plant at his orchard in Southern Ontario. Today, several of the original oaks he planted survive but there are no original oaks on the Vimy Ridge site.   There ar[...]
Standing room only for Smiths Falls Minor Hockey AGM
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It was a full house at the Annual General Meeting of the Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Association (SFMHA), with 79 voting members in attendance.  Elections were held for the 2016-17 Board of Directors on May 10th at the Smiths Falls youth arena hall.  The membership elected a new board of directors, all board positions are elected annually.  The newly elected members to the SFMHA executive are as follows: President – Steve Bridson Vice President – Mat Krotki Secretary – Karen Coxon Treasurer – Erica Nicholson Registrar – Sue Peladeau Midget/Juvenile Director – Dennis Durant Bantam Director – Kjeld J[...]
Home and Living Expo a great success
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls The Smiths Falls Home and Living Expo on May 7-8 was a great success at its new location in the former Target Store at County Fair Mall. Saturday saw more than a thousand attendees and on Sunday the crowds were still coming. Decked out in a bathrobe to set the mood, Raymonde Beaton, owner of Infuzion Soft Tubs located in Kemptville manned her unique booth of portable hot tubs at the Smiths Falls Home and Living Expo.         Zoe and Annabelle Dow, aged 8 and 10 stopped at the ReMax booth and scored bags of popcorn from Wendy Hillier, ReMax broker.         T[...]
Merrickville garage sale a hit
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts Always a busy day, this year’s Merrickville Garage Sale held on Saturday, May 7 didn’t disappoint. Crowds descended on the village looking for bargains throughout the village. Parking was the usual nightmare, but shoppers seemed to be enjoying themselves on what turned out to be a sunny day. Shown here crowds on St. John Street, one road off the main drag, browsing for bargains.[...]
FEDERAL INMATE WANTED
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  (TORONTO, ON) – The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad is requesting the Public’s assistance in locating a Federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his Breach of Parole. Jeffery Daniel IAHTAIL is described as an aboriginal male, 39 years of age, 5’5” (165cm), 185 lbs (84Kg’s), brown eyes and very short brown hair.  He has a skull tattoo on his right forearm, scars on his left cheek and  on his left forearm. IAHTAIL is a Federal offender serving a 4 year sentence for Criminal Harassment and Disobey a Court Order. The offender is known to frequent the Ottawa, Kingston, Barrie, Sudbury, Toro[...]
More than just bread at C’est Tout Bakery
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By: Howaida Sorour-Roberts There’s a new bakery with a twist in town, and it’s right on Beckwith Street across from Ger-bos.  C’est Tout bakery, breakfast and lunch bar had its soft opening on March 24, right in time for Easter. “For breakfast we’ll have the usual stuff, but I’m incorporating a muesli bar, so people can make their own yogurt parfait, and I will also have gluten free options,” said Amy Rensby, proprietor. The Lunch counter will incorporate as much local produce as possible and include local meets, artisanal cheeses, and fresh soups along with all the baked goods.  Vegetarian and vegan options will also be avail[...]
TNIM presents a fresh romantic comedy
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By: Howaida Sorour-Roberts Spring is in the air and Theatre Night in Merrickville (TNIM) is getting ready to launch its spring production.  This year TNIM is presenting Hamish by Michael Grant.  Set in the Scottish Highlands, it is a charming comedy with a Canadian flavour. “I found this play in a Theatre Ontario anthology of full-length plays,” said Margaret Shearman, director.  “I really liked it and it’s written by a Canadian who actually went to Scotland to research the play.” The plot revolves around Kelli, the Canadian wife who books a trip to Scotland for herself and her overworked husband.  She picks her husband’s ance[...]
Pet Zone: Choosing your dog
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Choosing a dog Time commitment Dogs should be walked 2–3 times a day. Just letting them out in the backyard doesn’t provide enough exercise, stimulation or fun. Obedience classes are the best way to make sure your dog has adequate training. They usually require an hour of class time per week for an eight-week period. Plus, set aside 20–30 minutes a day to practice skills during your dog’s first year. Dogs require regular ear and teeth cleaning, nail clipping and grooming to keep their coats clean and healthy. You can do this yourself or you can go to a grooming parlour. You will also need to clean your home more often, especiall[...]
Robertson: Real estate market heats up in spring
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Submitted by Dave Robertson Spring is usually the busiest time of the year for the real estate market, and this season is looking to be no exception. Real estate activity starts to heat up in March and normally peaks in the month of May, before it slowly tapers off through the remaining of the summer.  November through February is unsurprisingly the slowest time of year for real estate sales. Thanks to the early warm weather, we saw many new listings come on the market sooner normal. Over the past five years, we’ve seen an increasing amount of inventory available on the market. We typically would see eight to 12 months of inventory at thi[...]
Settlers Trek 2016 en route in May
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A northward migration will start around noon from Brockville’s Courthouse Green on Sunday, May 15, after a call from Perth’s Town Crier, and a greeting from the Mayor of Brockville.  The journey will end on May 20 at the Tay Basin in Perth. Settlers Trek 2016 is a re-enactment of the 100-kilometre trek from Brockville to Perth made by the first individuals and families to populate the Perth Military Settlement in 1816. The bicentennial commemoration will be an attempt to recreate the original land and water route as closely as possible, and will coincide with the 200th Anniversary celebration of the Perth Military Settlement. Families an[...]
Generous donation buys hospital new machine
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Commonwell Mutual Assurance Group were instrumental in providing the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, Smiths Falls campus with an Unit Dose Drug Distribution system through a grant.   The new machine is expected to reduce error, improve drug control,  and free up nurses to spend more time with patients and less time dispensing pills. Shown here with a cheque for $15,000 from left front row:  Kayla Harry, Commonwell claims specialist, Lise Smiths executive director Smiths Falls Hospital Foundation, Angie White, Commonwell property underwriter; Back from left:  Nancy Shaw, vice president clinical services, and Jacqueline Roberts, p[...]
2016 Stewart Park Festival celebrates 25 years of music
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Submitted by the Stewart Park Festival  The year 2016 marks not only the 200th anniversary of the Perth military settlement, but also the 25th anniversary of one of the area’s most popular events the Stewart Park Festival. The festival saw its humble beginnings as part of the Town of Perth’s 175th anniversary celebrations back in 1991. That year, six individuals under the auspices of the Downtown Heritage Perth BIA, oversaw a variety of activities in Stewart Park, including musical performances by Colleen Peterson, Power Snooze, The Sox and Steve Hannah. From that time on, come July, there has been music in the park. Now the Stewart Park[...]
Making a difference in the world from Carlton Place
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Carleton Place may be in Ontario but with the humanitarian efforts of its citizens are being felt across the globe through a number of programs running in the area. Diana Billings has had the opportunity to travel to Grenada five times with the Calvary Pentecostal Church in Carleton Place. “My son, who is only 6, has been able to join me on 4 of those trips! It’s been a great family opportunity.” Each year this local church sends a team under Seeds International to 37 schools to put on puppet shows, play games, sing songs and deliver medals to the 4th grade classes that have completed the Seeds International curriculum. Billings als[...]
Perth Weekend Guide: May 7-8
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FRIDAY  Smitty at O’Reilly’s 9 p.m. O’Reilly’s Pub (43 Gore Street East) SATURDAY Quilts in the Church 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. St. Paul’s United ChurcH 25 Gore Street West) Admission is $5 dollars, with a $6 lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot around the Crystal Palace. SUNDAY Pasta Day at the Golden Arrow 11:30 a.m. – 9 :30 p.m. Golden Arrow Pub (71 Foster Street) $10.99 pasta and salad all day.[...]
Village-wide yard sale exemplifies community spirit
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By: Howaida Sorour-Roberts The Merrickville Garage Sale is a village wide event that takes place on the first Saturday in May every year – this year it will be held on Saturday May 7.  Nobody organizes the event anymore, it just happens according to Anne Barr, Merrickville councilor. “It’s just an organic event that started some 20 to 25 years ago,” said Barr. Attracting thousands of bargain shoppers the village wide yard sale started out as a fundraiser for local causes, according to former Merrickville Mayor Betty Weedmark. “The original organizers, I think it was the Chamber of Commerce came to council and made a presentation ab[...]
Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: May 7-8
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FRIDAY Public Skating 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community ($2 per person) Smiths Falls Firefighters’ Association Annual Fish Fry 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Smiths Falls Fire Hall $12 for adults, $5 for children. SATURDAY Cinderella Boutique Day 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 2 Gould Stret Call 613-283-5383 to book an appointment. Smiths Falls Home & Living Expo 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. County Fair Mall (275 Brockville Street) Free admission. Joy Jam 2016 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Smiths Falls Freestyle Park (71 Cornelia Street West) $5 registration fee. One day fundraising event with all funds going toward new equipment for the Smi[...]
Smiths Falls man in custody after pursuit discontinued
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On the 2nd of May 2016 Smiths Falls Police Service commenced a threatening investigation after a male threatened to drive his car through a local business after being unhappy with the service. The 49 year old male was located later that evening operating his vehicle downtown. A traffic stop was initiated but the male fled from police. The male drove through a yard before colliding with a cruiser. The pursuit was discontinued for public safety. On the 3rd of May 2016 the male was arrested at a residence in Smiths Falls without further incident. He stands charged with uttering threats to cause damage, flight from police, fail to stop for police[...]
Cinderella Boutique Day makes dreams come true on May 7
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss – Smiths Falls It was the spring of 2013 and Lindsay wanted to go to her high school prom but, for financial reasons, didn’t think she would have the opportunity. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to afford a prom dress that year,” she recounted. That was until the Arden-area teenager heard about the Cinderella Boutique Day in Smiths Falls and ended up with her own Cinderella story. She went to the boutique and came home not only with a beautiful dress but also shoes and earrings that complemented a necklace she already had, all at no charge. “It was difficult for me to find a dress that fit but they[...]
Business and motions from Smiths Falls council meeting
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls Here are the topics of business from the May 2 Smiths Falls town council meeting. Town’s Financial Statements “As part of the audit process, management and the mayor met with the audit team and it was a very positive meeting,” said Howard Allen, auditor.  “I can say that 2015 was a good year for the town.” According to Allen the town raised more money than it had budgeted and its expenses were lower in 2015.  In 2016 Allen said they expected to see a small deficit largely because of asset depreciation. “The town’s net debt is down $2 million because of [...]
Robinson Street fire victims finding homes
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls During the May 2 regular meeting of the Smiths Falls council, Mayor Shawn Pankow gave a brief update on the Robinson Street fire. He announced that approximately five of the 15 displaced residents had found permanent accommodation as of April 27.  Two more have found temporary housing and five more will be moving into permanent digs next week. That leaves three residents who need relocation,” said Pankow, He went on to thank the community for its incredible support but said there is still a lot to be done. Anyone that can help with furniture or appliance donations is asked to contact Lanark V[...]
Smiths Falls DBA to update planters in the downtown
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts This year the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association’s (DBA) budget is up from $77,000 to $79,000, Nicola Thomson, DBA coordinator told the Committee of the Whole, prior to the regular May 2 council meeting. We will be spending $5,500 on new planters because some of the old planters are starting to rot,” she said. Not all the planters will be replaced this year, only about five or six. The DBA has also expanded its borders to bring Davidson’s Courtyard into the DBA’s boundaries. Thomson told councillors that the DBA was looking into installing cigarette receptacles in the downtown area to [...]
Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Executive Nominations for 2016-17
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Have you considered being part of the Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Executive?  It is time for you to have your say, get out and vote!   At the Annual General Meeting of the Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Association (SFMHA), elections will be held for the 2016-17 Board of Directors.  All Board positions are elected annually.  Full job descriptions can be found in the SFMHA Constitution on the SFMHA website (www.sfmha.ca). Nomination forms can be downloaded from the SFMHA website at http://sfmha.ca/files/sfmha_nomination_form_2016-17.pdf   Please send completed applications to nominations@sfmha.ca or drop them off in the SFMHA mailbox at the Smi[...]
Merrickville Heritage Classic Photos
Participant medals for runners in the Merrickville Heritage Classic. All medals were made locally.
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts The first Merrickville Heritage Classic held on Saturday April 30 saw more than 230 participants register for the run.[...]
Comic Book Day to flood Carleton Place with superheros
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss – Carleton Place If you love superheroes, downtown Carleton Place is the place to be on Saturday, May 7. In fact, Cathie McOrmond, project manager for the Carleton Place BIA, hopes the downtown will be filled with caped crusaders of all ages on that day as the fifth annual Free Comic Book Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We want people to come down, rain or shine, with their costumes,” she said. Held on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place is one of many such events around the world held on that date to promote comics, art and literacy. What distinguishes the Carleton Place e[...]
DBA to host Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market
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April 27, 2016 For Immediate Release The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is excited to announce the anticipated opening of the Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 4, 2016. DBA Chair, Patricia Krotki, explained that farmers’ markets are an important tool in creating a welcoming gathering place for visitors and residents in a community. “The market will not only be a showcase for the many farms and artisans in the local area, but will also be an economic driver that invites people to the downtown area,” Krotki stressed, “We’re looking forward to including the market among our other vibrant downtown busine[...]

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Perth Weekend Guide: May 27-29
May.27, 5:31 pm
FRIDAY   All Ontario Vehicle Rescue Challenege (Auto Extraction) Perth Fairgrounds 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information please email autoex@dnetv.ca or contact any of the organizers. Relay For Life St. John Roman Catholic High School David Peters at 613-267-4724 or email david.peters@cdsbeo.on.ca. SATURDAY Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot All Ontario Vehicle Rescue Challenege (Auto Extraction) Perth Fairgrounds 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please email autoex@dnetv.ca or contact any of the organizers. Gospel Sing-Along 7 p.m. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (1 Drummond Street [...]
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Stunt driver calls 911 to complain about OPP
May.27, 4:28 pm
Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release LEEDS COUNTY (Brockville) STUNT DRIVER CALLS 911 2016-05-27 (LEEDS, ON.) – A traffic stop in Rideau Lakes prompted a Toronto driver to call 911 to report that police had stopped him for speeding. On the 26th of May 2016 at about 10:30 PM a member of the Rideau Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police stopped a stunt driver on Highway 15 near Crosby. The driver was exceeding the speed limit by 56 km/hr. As a result of the drivers actions the vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days. The upset 20 year old Toronto man demanded that he be driven to Kingston by police. He was tol[...]
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OPP seek suspects in Smiths Falls gun robbery
May.26, 2:29 pm
Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release LEEDS COUNTY (Brockville) BUSINESS BREAK AND ENTER- FIREARMS STOLEN 2016-05-26 (LEEDS, ON.) – A local Rideau Lakes business was the victim of an early morning break and enter where firearms were stolen. On the 25th of May 2016 at about 2:00 AM members of the Rideau Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police attended a break and enter that had just occurred at Bennett’s Bait and Tackle Shop located on 15 Highway, just south of Smiths Falls. Thieves entered the business and removed firearms prior to fleeing the scene. Anyone with information on the above occurrence is asked to c[...]
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Cooper outlines Economic Development Plan Report at Smiths Falls council meeting
May.26, 12:38 pm
Page Taylor – Smiths Falls During the May 24 Smiths Falls council meeting Manager of Economic Development Cyril Cooper gave a comprehensive outline of the Economic Development Plan Report, which provided vital economic and marketing data towards the further improvement of the town. The results showed a two per cent increase in manufacturing jobs in comparison with other communities, and high potential to target millennials as well as U.S. customers within Upper New York State. Highlighted within the Economic Development Plan was the Coolattin Connection Project, a potential tourism opportunity involving a twinning agreement between Smi[...]
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Smiths Falls sanctions Farmer’s Market as town event
May.26, 11:37 am
Page Taylor – Smiths Falls During the Smiths Falls council meeting on May 24, Nicola Thomson and Trish Krotki of the Downtown Business Association requested that the Smiths Falls Farmer’s Market, slated to begin June 4 at the corner of Russell and Beckwith streets, be sanctioned as a town event. Mayor Shawn Pankow, along with Councillor Lorraine Allen and Councillor Chris Cummings agreed that the event would be beneficial. It would support local growers, promote sustainability and attract tourism. At the special meeting of council taking place afterwards, the motion carried that the farmer’s market be sanctioned as a town event.[...]
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: May 27-29
May.26, 9:50 am
FRIDAY Charitable Barbecue for Fort McMurray 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 2 Beckwith Street South Hosted by Dominion Lending Centres Public Skating 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre $2 per person Weekend Movie Night: A Royal Night Out 7:30 p.m. Smiths Falls Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue) $10 cash at the door SATURDAY Toledo Community Yard Sale 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. St. Andrew’s United Church Breakfast & lunch available. The Franktown Lilac Festival 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Breakfast, Children’s Bike Parade, BBQ, Horse Wagon Rides, Ham & Bean Supper, Little Ray’s Reptile Show, Music, Craft Market, Ba[...]
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Smiths Falls council discusses tax rates and restoration projects
May.25, 9:39 am
Page Taylor – Smiths Falls The Smiths Falls Council of the Whole (COW) meeting was held on May 24, followed by a special council meeting. Tax and community redevelopment were among the topics discussed. Tax cap phase out The phasing out of a tax cap for multi-residential, industrial, and residential properties was discussed and debated at length, with much resistance from both Councillor Lorraine Allen and Councillor Joe Gallipeau, who questioned what would happen should the economy boom. However, Chief Administrative Officer, Malcolm Morris, reassured the council that the trend is to get away from tax capping, and there is already an o[...]
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Westport winery hopes to be tourist destination
May.25, 6:36 am
By: Chris Must    “We were told that we were crazy…and at times we wondered if they were right,” says Allison Scheuermann, reflecting on her family’s five-year odyssey into wine making.    Apart from Prince Edward County, Eastern Ontario isn’t known for its vineyards. But that may be about to change. Crazy or not, Francois and Allison Scheuermann can be justly proud of the three varieties of wine they have successfully produced at their Westport vineyard and winery after five years of hard work.    Just over six acres of the Scheuermanns’ 20-acre property at the north edge of Westport are planted with grapevines. Their pl[...]
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Prescription drug drop of day in Smiths Falls a huge success
May.24, 10:26 pm
Smiths Falls – Prescription Drug Drop Off Day was a huge success in Smiths Falls and across the Country. This past Saturday, May 21, 2016, the Smiths Falls Police Service with the assistance of the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Health Unit and the Smiths Falls Municipal Drug Strategy Committee all worked together to help local residents safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications. The Smiths Falls Police Service received over 3350 prescription medications, several inhalers and liquid form medication weighing 3.7kgs from several citizens. The prescription medications collected included Hydromorphone, Morphine and Robaxasil, all of which [...]
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Hospital toonie auction set for May 25
May.24, 9:34 pm
The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Auxilliary’s third annual Toonie Auction is coming up Wednesday May 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 95 on Market Street in Smiths Falls. This fun night has everyone bidding on gift baskets filled with delightful goodies. Each bid is a Toonie and this year there’s going to be a mini fashion show with clothing, jewelry and purses featured at the Hospital gift shop, modelled by auxiliary members.[...]
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Wine’d Around Downtown ready to serve up fun for Carleton Place
May.24, 9:19 pm
By Dianne Pinder-Moss It’s been called a wine and food tasting extravaganza — it’s the annual Wine’d Around Downtown in Carleton Place. This year’s event scheduled is for Saturday, May 28 from  1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Hosted by the Carleton Place Sister City Committee, Wine’d Around Downtown is modelled after a similar event held in Franklin, Tennessee. Franklin is one of the town’s Sister Cities, along with the village of Comrie, Scotland. “It’s a great social opportunity first and foremost,” committee chair Jeff Maguire says of the event. “You can go and meet friends and neighbours in a laid back setting while, at the sam[...]
Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association to host Farmers’ Market
Submitted by the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is excited to announce the anticipated opening of the Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 4, 2016. DBA Chair, Patricia Krotki, explained that farmers’ markets are an important tool in creating a welcoming gathering place for visitors and residents in a community. “The market will not only be a showcase for the many farms and artisans in the local area, but will also be an economic driver that invites people to the downtown area,” Krotki stressed, “We’re looking forward to including the market among our other [...]
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Treat Dad to Beer Tasting & Book Launch at Heritage House Museum
May.23, 11:53 pm
Tall Boys & Tall Tales: Beer Tasting & Book Launch at Local Museum Cheers to a celebration of books, beer, and bygone times in the Smiths Falls area! On June 18th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. the Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls will be hosting, ‘Tall Boys & Tall Tales’, a beer tasting and book launch. It’s the perfect opportunity to test your knowledge on the history of beer, sample some of the 4 Degrees Brewery’s latest beer, and learn about Larry Cotton’s newest book! Not to mention, it’s a perfect gift for Father’s Day! The event will begin with a brief history of beer and some beer trivia. Afterwards, two of the[...]
Overall winner of the 2016 Ontario Guild of Town Crier Championships was Andrew Welch of Caledon and Erin, seen here giving his final cry on Sunday.
Town Criers From Across Province Compete in Perth
May.23, 11:26 pm
By Terry O’Hearn Perth Town Crier Brent McLaren set the standard in front of a large crowd gathered outside the Crystal Palace on Saturday, May 31, when Criers from across the region competed at the 2016 Ontario Guild of Town Crier Championships. The winner of the competition after the final cry on Sunday was Andrew Welch of Caledon and Erin, while second and third place were Chris Whyman of Kingston, and Bill McKee of Oshawa. The Town Criers and their escorts had gathered earlier at the Best Western Plus Parkside Inn and Spa on Peter Street, before making their way to the launch of the weekend’s festivities at the Tay Basin. The benchmar[...]
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Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, The Musical romps into Studio Theatre
May.23, 9:19 am
Workin’ nine to five, what a way to make a livin’, Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’. They just use your mind, and they never give you credit, It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it! Who can believe it’s been 36 years since those words and that music burst onto North American movie screens? And who didn’t get swept up in the story of three friends who go to war with their chauvinistic, dim-witted boss? The movie struck a chord with everyone who saw it. On June 2nd, the Broadway musical version of 9 to 5 will strike a chord all over again, right here in Perth. “I&[...]
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Lilac Festival celebrates 21 years
May.21, 9:49 am
The village of Franktown, established around 1818, was designated the Lilac Capital of Ontario in 1998 and has held an annual festival to celebrate these beautiful and fragrant bushes since 1995. Lilacs were brought to the area by English and Scottish settlers in the early 1800s and planted around many area farmhouses. The 25 acre parcel of land to the south of Church St between the aptly named Lilac Lane and Highway 15 is home to many colour variations of the common lilac. This area garnered the interest of the lilac team of the friends of the Central Experimental Farm in 2007. Of particular interest were some naturalized hybrid species with[...]
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Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with free lockage along Parks Canada’s historic canals
May.20, 4:24 pm
New Release For Immediate Release Government of Canada Announces Free Lockage in 2017 Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with free lockage along Parks Canada’s historic canals May 19, 2016                        Ottawa, Ontario        Parks Canada Agency As part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada announced free admission in 2017 for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna announced that lockage will also be free for boate[...]
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: May 20-23
May.20, 11:22 am
FRIDAY Public Skating 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre $2 per person Eastern Ontario Bluegrass Festival Lombardy Fair Grounds Festival Pass $70; Saturday Pass $40; Evening or Day Pass $20. Fort McMurray Fundraiser: Spaghetti Dinner & Dance 6 p.m. Smiths Falls Legion (7 Main Street East) Hosted by The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, The Kinsmen, The Lions, The Civitan Club and The Rotary Club SATURDAY Bake, Craft, Yard Sale & BBQ 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church Street West) Eastern Ontario Bluegrass Festival Lombardy Fair Grounds Festival Pass $70; Saturday Pass $40; Ev[...]
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Perth Weekend Guide: May 20-22
May.20, 11:20 am
FRIDAY Ontario Town Crier Championships – A Perth 200 Signature Event Downtown Perth There will be crying (by the criers, of course), laughter, collaboration, and history lessons all wrapped up in this fun-filled weekend! For more information : Cathy at cathy@catscovecommunications.com or visit www.perth200.ca. Stephen Fisher at O’Reilly’s Pub 9 p.m. O’Reilly’s Pub and Ale House (43 Gore Street East) SATURDAY Perth Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot around the Crystal Palace Prescription Drug Drop-Off 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Perth OPP Detachment Ontario Town Crier Championships – A Perth 200 S[...]
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Westport council passes motions pertaining to community upgrades
May.19, 10:13 pm
By Page Taylor – Westport During the Village of Westport’s regular council meeting on May 16 council passed the motion of conducting two separate surveys which will outline the use of the Westport harbour by both boaters and visitors.  The purpose of the surveys would be to gather information on who is using the harbour and how the town would potentially improve user experience. Although it was agreed that the most effective strategy would be an in-person interview, the surveys would also be available online for visitors to complete. Councillor Frank Huth brought the council’s attention to the Westport baseball diamond, which is cu[...]
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Canadian paddler shares experiences, holds training sessions
May.19, 2:14 am
By Chris Must – Smiths Falls No one knows Canada by water better than Max Finkelstein. “I’ve seen a lot of this country from a canoe,” says the author of two books describing his experiences as a long-distance paddler. “It does make me feel like I really know Canada in a way that most people don’t.” After spending the summers of 1997, 1998 and 1999 paddling across the country following the route of early explorer Alexander Mackenzie, Finkelstein wrote “Canoeing a Continent,” first published in 2002. He is also the author of “Paddling the Boreal Forest,” a 2004 book describing canoe voyages across Labrador and norther[...]
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Tweed to sponsor MADD and CDPC campaign on impaired driving
May.18, 3:02 pm
Tweed Inc., Canada’s largest medical cannabis producer plans to fund a national campaign to raise awareness of impairment in relation to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis. The campaign will be developed and administered by two of the country’s leading organizations in promoting evidence based drug policy and safe driving, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada). Funding will be provided to MADD Canada over three years by Canopy Growth Corporation (Canopy Growth) whose wholly owned subsidiaries Tweed Inc. (Tweed) and Bedrocan Canada Inc. (Bedrocan Canada) will[...]
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Lanark County OPP support prescription drug drop off day
May.18, 2:32 pm
Officers from the Lanark County Detachment Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be supporting “Prescription Drug Drop Off Day” once again this year by partnering with other police, health agencies and our community to reduce the opportunity for misuse and abuse of prescribed medications. On Saturday, May 21 from 10.00 am to 3.00pm, officers and auxiliary officers will be operating drop off  points at the Lanark County Detachment Offices in Perth and Carleton Place. Prescription Drugs have, and are, being acquired and misused in our community. This is an effort to provide a convenient opportunity for people to dispose of unused [...]
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Pet Zone: Why microchip your pet
May.18, 9:46 am
Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America. Some of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner, via our Lost Pet Recovery Service. Collar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it were to go missing, micro chipping is your best option. 4 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet Only true permanent method of[...]
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Crimestoppers seeks community’s help
May.17, 4:30 pm
Windows smashed at residence On Monday May 16 at around 1 a.m. a residence on George Street in Smiths Falls had several windows smashed. The cost to replace these windows is high. Front window of residence smashed overnight Sometime overnight on Sunday, May 15 to early morning on Monday, May 16, someone smashed the front picture window of a residence on Running Avenue in Smiths Falls. Break and enter During the day on Friday, May 13, a residence on Stephen Street in Smiths Falls was entered and several items including jewelry was stolen. Garage broken into and bicycle stolen Around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, someone entered a garage on A[...]
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Mrs. McGarrigle Fine Food Shops founder honoured
May.17, 9:44 am
By: Howaida Sorour-Roberts Janet Campbell of Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food Shops in Merrickville has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre. “We chose Janet because she exemplifies all the things this award is about,” said Wendy Onstien, manager and lead consultant at Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre in Brockville. The award honours female entrepreneurs who are leaders in their community, take risks, persevere through different challenges, are innovative and strong, explained Onstien.  All of which she said were qualities that Campbell possessed in spades. W[...]
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Fee increases approved by Smiths Falls council
May.16, 9:57 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls The May 16 regular meeting of Smiths Falls council was a brief affair, a remarkable move considering there were two recorded votes on issues pertaining to money. Budget Two contentious by-laws were passed this week. The Smiths Falls budget has now passed with a tax hike and water rate increase. In a recorded vote councillors Jay Brennan, Joe Gallipeau, and Dawn Quinn voted against the budget, with the budget passing with four votes. Railway Museum A by-law to release another $8,000 from the Community Donations reserves to the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario was passed under a recorded vote. Cou[...]
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Town crier championship this weekend in Perth
May.16, 9:41 am
While we don’t usually encourage crying in public spaces, we’re going to set that preference aside for the Ontario Provincial Town Crier Championships. Taking place in downtown Perth from May 21 to May 22, 2016, the town will welcome town criers from across the region for the 2016 Ontario Guild of Town Crier Championships. It’s a free event, and we encourage the public to come check out the three cries that will happen over the two-day period. ‘Wait, can you explain what a Town Crier does?’ O’yez! You’re in for a little history lesson, my friend. A Bellman or Town Crier could well be described as the original historical new[...]
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Wally’s Classic coming to Carleton Place for fourth year
May.16, 9:19 am
The 2016 Wally’s Classic is the fourth annual Strongman competition hosted by Wally Thorbjornsson. It’s a two day Professional and amateur competition held in the Carleton Place Arena on May 21st and 22. On the Saturday the amateur competition starts at 10:00 a.m. with 40 strong men and women competing in few different weight classes. It’s a fast pace challenge that offers the athletes the chance to advance to the next level in this great sport. At 2:00 p.m., 10 International professional strongman competitors will take the stage including some of the strongest men in the world. With four of the top Canadian Athletes facing two from the[...]
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Perth schools raise funds for Fort McMurray
May.14, 9:58 pm
By Terry O’Hearn – Perth Students, teachers, and volunteers crowded the gymnasium at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School in Perth on Thursday, May 12, dancing from 12:15 to 2 p.m. in a fundraising effort on behalf of the fire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. A total of $1,380 was raised, which will go to the “Alberta Fires Appeal” of the Canadian Red Cross. The event was just one of several local school events for the Fort McMurray cause taking place this week. Perth & District Collegiate Institute announced they were holding a Fort McMurray fundraiser in the cafeteria, also on May 12, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a [...]
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Erratic driving complaint leads to charges
May.14, 2:24 pm
Driving complaint leads to charges  On the 12th of May 2016 police responded to an erratic driving complaint that turned into domestic related charges. A 32 year old male was charged with having over 80mgs of alcohol as well as intimidation after he pursued his ex-girlfriend in a vehicle. The male was held in custody pending a bail hearing. On the 12th of May 2016 a 30 year old male from Perth was arrested after trying to steal DYSON fans from a local business. The male fled the scene but arrested shortly after by police and was charged with 2 counts of theft under, dangerous driving and driving without a licence. The male was on outstanding[...]
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Gemmells: A fun trend for 2016
May.13, 9:55 am
The latest gardening craze is Fairy Gardening. This magical movement enthralls gardeners of all ages. Fairy gardens are tiny creative worlds complete with miniature furnishings, fairy-scale plants and plenty of mystique. Creating a fairy garden is a fun project! Here are a few tips to make sure your garden is a success. Choose a container that is not too deep. There are many interesting and funky things that make great fairy gardens from tea cups to tool boxes, old bird baths to antique wheelbarrows the choices are endless. Try to always use a good weed free potting soil. Never use topsoil or black earth as plants cannot breathe in these heav[...]
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CSAs widely available in Lanark County
May.13, 9:45 am
By Chris Must Buying local food is a trend that’s here to stay, says Shannon Miller. Miller and her husband Robert and four young children are the fourth generation of the family to operate the 400-acre Miller’s Bay Farm, located near Rideau Ferry. In 2006 the Millers stopped raising dairy cattle and focussed entirely on fruit, vegetables and field crops. Four years ago the Millers decided to venture into the world of community supported agriculture (CSA). A concept that has been around since the 1980s, community supported agriculture offers the consumer an opportunity to pay a fee to a specific farm at the start of the annual growing sea[...]
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Perth Sports Hall of Fame to hold first induction ceremony
May.13, 9:22 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss      Tim Zander loves history and sports. “When I combine the two, that’s even more fun for me,” he says. That’s why the history teacher at Perth and District Collegiate Institute (PDCI) is proud to be chairing the committee for the Perth and District Sports Hall of Fame. The committee was formed in 2014 and includes Tracy Zander, Maureen Pegg, John Gemmell, Clark Theobald and Jim Graff. The Perth area has a rich history, but Zander believes its sporting heritage has not received the recognition it deserves. “There’s that missing thing as part of the Perth history,” he noted. “We have not recognized p[...]
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Iconic Ottawa entertainer to portray Stompin’ Tom in Perth show
May.13, 9:21 am
By: Chris Must In the early 1970s Freddy Dixon was a hard-working country singer/songwriter playing in local clubs across the Ottawa Valley. One night Dixon’s band was working at the Kemptville Hotel when the owner, Harry Coulter, approached him with a special request. Would Dixon’s band be willing to back up a new guy who was working as a single? Just one complication: the services of Dixon’s drummer, Sam Henry, wouldn’t be needed. Dixon asked why. “He doesn’t like drums,” Coulter replied. “He uses a board. He stomps on it.” “I told him to go to hell,” laughs Dixon today, looking back. “We’re not backing up a guy wh[...]
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Therapeutic Riding Program Partners With Perth Museum
May.13, 9:15 am
By: Terry O’Hearn – Peth In a move to bring some of the Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program (LCTRP) activities back to Perth, a Paint Day was held Sunday, May 1, at the Perth Museum, with eight developmentally disabled children taking part. Program coordinator Amy Booth said it was the first time staging this type of event, which was meant to be a fundraiser, help raise awareness in the community, and to provide therapy for the youngsters at the same time. Booth mentioned that although some adjustments to this type of fundraising event may be in order, she was thrilled with the success of the initial attempt, especially with the [...]
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Perth Weekend Guide: May 13-14
May.13, 1:18 am
FRIDAY Lanark Trades Tournament 4 p.m. Elliot Street Clinic (12 Elliot Street) Email info@morepep.ca or call the Clinic at 613-267-1660. SATURDAY Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot SUNDAY Settler’s Trek Tay Basin A flotilla will arrive at the Tay Basin with local representatives and re-enactors coming to the Perth Military Settlement for the first time.  For more info settlerstrek2016.ca Perth & District Sports Hall of Fame Induction 3 p.m. Studio Theatre Perth (63 Gore Street East)[...]
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: May 13-15
May.13, 1:14 am
FRIDAY Public Skating 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre $2 per person Movie Night: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church Street) Free will offering. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Sean McCann Sings Smiths Falls Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue) $30 each SATURDAY Annual Kids Charity Fishing Tournament 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rideau Ferry Harbour Marina (110 Coutts Bay Road) $10 per child, $25 for a family of 3 or more. Art Journey Show & Sale 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre Free admission. The London Trio Plus 7:30 p.m. Trinity [...]
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Smiths Falls service clubs band together for Fort McMurray
May.11, 8:37 pm
The five service clubs in Smiths Falls are banding together to raise funds for Fort McMurray: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, The Kinsmen, The Lions, The Civitan Club and The Rotary Club are hosting a dinner and dance to be held at the Legion on Friday, May 20. The bar will open at 5:00 p.m. and a spaghetti dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. The Doherty Brothers will kick off the dance at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Legion or any of the service clubs.  Each of the clubs will be making some form of donation either to the event or in the form of cash and will welcome any cash donations that can be added to [...]
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Director and staff reports from Smiths Falls council
May.11, 1:22 pm
 By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls Here are the main reports from the regular Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on May 9. Full reports and minutes can be found on the town website. Pedestrian Bridges The North Pedestrian Bridge is now in place and the town is now working on turtle island, Art Manhire, manager community services told members of council. Yard Waste Clean-up The annual leaf and yard waste collection will be taking place between May 11 and May 13 as scheduled, Troy Dunlop, director of public works and utilities reminded council and media. Active Transportation Summit On May 13 Dunlop will be speaking [...]
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Railway Museum gets requested funding from Smiths Falls council
May.11, 12:25 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts- Smiths Falls The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO), has managed to win the $8,000 shortfall it lobbied council to release. In a letter addressed to council, the RMEO board laid out the ramifications of council’s decision to shave $8,000 from the museum’s community donation ask. “Though we greatly appreciate the investment of $42,000 in 2016, we would like to remind council that in order for us to reach our goal of self sustainability, we need an investment of $50,000,” wrote Tony Humphrey, president of RMEO board. The reduced funding would have forced the museum to curb staffing forcing th[...]
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Chambers St. development picks up speed
May.11, 12:10 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls A proposed new development that will see the land at the corner of Chambers and Bay Streets re-purposed has started to move forward. The proposal was submitted five weeks ago, with delays coming from staffing changes and procedural requirements. Lucas O’Connor, owner of Lucas Evolution Realty  and the one plans to re-purpose the site still needs a zoning amendment before he can go ahead with the proposed eight-story, mixed use building.  The entire development would create 52 units and would have an innovative parking system for 88 cars, among other things that will benefit the community.  W[...]
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Smiths Falls key in Vimy Oaks Project
May.11, 11:53 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls The Vimy Oaks Legacy project aims to find a suitable home for one of 150 Vimy oak saplings that will be coming to Smiths Falls. “We want to try to engage the community in a project we’ve been working on for a couple of years,” said Blake Seward, teacher and youth engagement advocate. The project builds on the actions of one Lieutenant Leslie Miller who survived the Battle of Vimy and collected acorns from the ridge to plant at his orchard in Southern Ontario. Today, several of the original oaks he planted survive but there are no original oaks on the Vimy Ridge site.   There ar[...]
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Standing room only for Smiths Falls Minor Hockey AGM
May.11, 1:13 am
It was a full house at the Annual General Meeting of the Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Association (SFMHA), with 79 voting members in attendance.  Elections were held for the 2016-17 Board of Directors on May 10th at the Smiths Falls youth arena hall.  The membership elected a new board of directors, all board positions are elected annually.  The newly elected members to the SFMHA executive are as follows: President – Steve Bridson Vice President – Mat Krotki Secretary – Karen Coxon Treasurer – Erica Nicholson Registrar – Sue Peladeau Midget/Juvenile Director – Dennis Durant Bantam Director – Kjeld J[...]
Home and Living Expo a great success
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls The Smiths Falls Home and Living Expo on May 7-8 was a great success at its new location in the former Target Store at County Fair Mall. Saturday saw more than a thousand attendees and on Sunday the crowds were still coming. Decked out in a bathrobe to set the mood, Raymonde Beaton, owner of Infuzion Soft Tubs located in Kemptville manned her unique booth of portable hot tubs at the Smiths Falls Home and Living Expo.         Zoe and Annabelle Dow, aged 8 and 10 stopped at the ReMax booth and scored bags of popcorn from Wendy Hillier, ReMax broker.         T[...]
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Merrickville garage sale a hit
May.9, 9:03 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts Always a busy day, this year’s Merrickville Garage Sale held on Saturday, May 7 didn’t disappoint. Crowds descended on the village looking for bargains throughout the village. Parking was the usual nightmare, but shoppers seemed to be enjoying themselves on what turned out to be a sunny day. Shown here crowds on St. John Street, one road off the main drag, browsing for bargains.[...]
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FEDERAL INMATE WANTED
May.9, 7:37 pm
  (TORONTO, ON) – The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad is requesting the Public’s assistance in locating a Federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his Breach of Parole. Jeffery Daniel IAHTAIL is described as an aboriginal male, 39 years of age, 5’5” (165cm), 185 lbs (84Kg’s), brown eyes and very short brown hair.  He has a skull tattoo on his right forearm, scars on his left cheek and  on his left forearm. IAHTAIL is a Federal offender serving a 4 year sentence for Criminal Harassment and Disobey a Court Order. The offender is known to frequent the Ottawa, Kingston, Barrie, Sudbury, Toro[...]
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More than just bread at C’est Tout Bakery
May.9, 2:06 pm
By: Howaida Sorour-Roberts There’s a new bakery with a twist in town, and it’s right on Beckwith Street across from Ger-bos.  C’est Tout bakery, breakfast and lunch bar had its soft opening on March 24, right in time for Easter. “For breakfast we’ll have the usual stuff, but I’m incorporating a muesli bar, so people can make their own yogurt parfait, and I will also have gluten free options,” said Amy Rensby, proprietor. The Lunch counter will incorporate as much local produce as possible and include local meets, artisanal cheeses, and fresh soups along with all the baked goods.  Vegetarian and vegan options will also be avail[...]
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TNIM presents a fresh romantic comedy
May.9, 1:50 pm
By: Howaida Sorour-Roberts Spring is in the air and Theatre Night in Merrickville (TNIM) is getting ready to launch its spring production.  This year TNIM is presenting Hamish by Michael Grant.  Set in the Scottish Highlands, it is a charming comedy with a Canadian flavour. “I found this play in a Theatre Ontario anthology of full-length plays,” said Margaret Shearman, director.  “I really liked it and it’s written by a Canadian who actually went to Scotland to research the play.” The plot revolves around Kelli, the Canadian wife who books a trip to Scotland for herself and her overworked husband.  She picks her husband’s ance[...]
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Pet Zone: Choosing your dog
May.9, 1:48 pm
Choosing a dog Time commitment Dogs should be walked 2–3 times a day. Just letting them out in the backyard doesn’t provide enough exercise, stimulation or fun. Obedience classes are the best way to make sure your dog has adequate training. They usually require an hour of class time per week for an eight-week period. Plus, set aside 20–30 minutes a day to practice skills during your dog’s first year. Dogs require regular ear and teeth cleaning, nail clipping and grooming to keep their coats clean and healthy. You can do this yourself or you can go to a grooming parlour. You will also need to clean your home more often, especiall[...]
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Robertson: Real estate market heats up in spring
May.8, 1:46 pm
Submitted by Dave Robertson Spring is usually the busiest time of the year for the real estate market, and this season is looking to be no exception. Real estate activity starts to heat up in March and normally peaks in the month of May, before it slowly tapers off through the remaining of the summer.  November through February is unsurprisingly the slowest time of year for real estate sales. Thanks to the early warm weather, we saw many new listings come on the market sooner normal. Over the past five years, we’ve seen an increasing amount of inventory available on the market. We typically would see eight to 12 months of inventory at thi[...]
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Settlers Trek 2016 en route in May
May.8, 10:45 am
A northward migration will start around noon from Brockville’s Courthouse Green on Sunday, May 15, after a call from Perth’s Town Crier, and a greeting from the Mayor of Brockville.  The journey will end on May 20 at the Tay Basin in Perth. Settlers Trek 2016 is a re-enactment of the 100-kilometre trek from Brockville to Perth made by the first individuals and families to populate the Perth Military Settlement in 1816. The bicentennial commemoration will be an attempt to recreate the original land and water route as closely as possible, and will coincide with the 200th Anniversary celebration of the Perth Military Settlement. Families an[...]
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Generous donation buys hospital new machine
May.7, 8:07 pm
Commonwell Mutual Assurance Group were instrumental in providing the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, Smiths Falls campus with an Unit Dose Drug Distribution system through a grant.   The new machine is expected to reduce error, improve drug control,  and free up nurses to spend more time with patients and less time dispensing pills. Shown here with a cheque for $15,000 from left front row:  Kayla Harry, Commonwell claims specialist, Lise Smiths executive director Smiths Falls Hospital Foundation, Angie White, Commonwell property underwriter; Back from left:  Nancy Shaw, vice president clinical services, and Jacqueline Roberts, p[...]
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2016 Stewart Park Festival celebrates 25 years of music
May.7, 10:44 am
Submitted by the Stewart Park Festival  The year 2016 marks not only the 200th anniversary of the Perth military settlement, but also the 25th anniversary of one of the area’s most popular events the Stewart Park Festival. The festival saw its humble beginnings as part of the Town of Perth’s 175th anniversary celebrations back in 1991. That year, six individuals under the auspices of the Downtown Heritage Perth BIA, oversaw a variety of activities in Stewart Park, including musical performances by Colleen Peterson, Power Snooze, The Sox and Steve Hannah. From that time on, come July, there has been music in the park. Now the Stewart Park[...]
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Making a difference in the world from Carlton Place
May.6, 10:41 am
Carleton Place may be in Ontario but with the humanitarian efforts of its citizens are being felt across the globe through a number of programs running in the area. Diana Billings has had the opportunity to travel to Grenada five times with the Calvary Pentecostal Church in Carleton Place. “My son, who is only 6, has been able to join me on 4 of those trips! It’s been a great family opportunity.” Each year this local church sends a team under Seeds International to 37 schools to put on puppet shows, play games, sing songs and deliver medals to the 4th grade classes that have completed the Seeds International curriculum. Billings als[...]
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Perth Weekend Guide: May 7-8
May.6, 12:34 am
FRIDAY  Smitty at O’Reilly’s 9 p.m. O’Reilly’s Pub (43 Gore Street East) SATURDAY Quilts in the Church 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. St. Paul’s United ChurcH 25 Gore Street West) Admission is $5 dollars, with a $6 lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Perth Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tay Basin Parking Lot around the Crystal Palace. SUNDAY Pasta Day at the Golden Arrow 11:30 a.m. – 9 :30 p.m. Golden Arrow Pub (71 Foster Street) $10.99 pasta and salad all day.[...]
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Village-wide yard sale exemplifies community spirit
May.5, 1:53 pm
By: Howaida Sorour-Roberts The Merrickville Garage Sale is a village wide event that takes place on the first Saturday in May every year – this year it will be held on Saturday May 7.  Nobody organizes the event anymore, it just happens according to Anne Barr, Merrickville councilor. “It’s just an organic event that started some 20 to 25 years ago,” said Barr. Attracting thousands of bargain shoppers the village wide yard sale started out as a fundraiser for local causes, according to former Merrickville Mayor Betty Weedmark. “The original organizers, I think it was the Chamber of Commerce came to council and made a presentation ab[...]
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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: May 7-8
May.5, 11:12 am
FRIDAY Public Skating 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Smiths Falls Memorial Community ($2 per person) Smiths Falls Firefighters’ Association Annual Fish Fry 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Smiths Falls Fire Hall $12 for adults, $5 for children. SATURDAY Cinderella Boutique Day 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 2 Gould Stret Call 613-283-5383 to book an appointment. Smiths Falls Home & Living Expo 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. County Fair Mall (275 Brockville Street) Free admission. Joy Jam 2016 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Smiths Falls Freestyle Park (71 Cornelia Street West) $5 registration fee. One day fundraising event with all funds going toward new equipment for the Smi[...]
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Smiths Falls man in custody after pursuit discontinued
May.4, 11:27 am
On the 2nd of May 2016 Smiths Falls Police Service commenced a threatening investigation after a male threatened to drive his car through a local business after being unhappy with the service. The 49 year old male was located later that evening operating his vehicle downtown. A traffic stop was initiated but the male fled from police. The male drove through a yard before colliding with a cruiser. The pursuit was discontinued for public safety. On the 3rd of May 2016 the male was arrested at a residence in Smiths Falls without further incident. He stands charged with uttering threats to cause damage, flight from police, fail to stop for police[...]
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Cinderella Boutique Day makes dreams come true on May 7
May.4, 11:00 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss – Smiths Falls It was the spring of 2013 and Lindsay wanted to go to her high school prom but, for financial reasons, didn’t think she would have the opportunity. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to afford a prom dress that year,” she recounted. That was until the Arden-area teenager heard about the Cinderella Boutique Day in Smiths Falls and ended up with her own Cinderella story. She went to the boutique and came home not only with a beautiful dress but also shoes and earrings that complemented a necklace she already had, all at no charge. “It was difficult for me to find a dress that fit but they[...]
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Business and motions from Smiths Falls council meeting
May.3, 2:32 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls Here are the topics of business from the May 2 Smiths Falls town council meeting. Town’s Financial Statements “As part of the audit process, management and the mayor met with the audit team and it was a very positive meeting,” said Howard Allen, auditor.  “I can say that 2015 was a good year for the town.” According to Allen the town raised more money than it had budgeted and its expenses were lower in 2015.  In 2016 Allen said they expected to see a small deficit largely because of asset depreciation. “The town’s net debt is down $2 million because of [...]
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Robinson Street fire victims finding homes
May.3, 2:24 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls During the May 2 regular meeting of the Smiths Falls council, Mayor Shawn Pankow gave a brief update on the Robinson Street fire. He announced that approximately five of the 15 displaced residents had found permanent accommodation as of April 27.  Two more have found temporary housing and five more will be moving into permanent digs next week. That leaves three residents who need relocation,” said Pankow, He went on to thank the community for its incredible support but said there is still a lot to be done. Anyone that can help with furniture or appliance donations is asked to contact Lanark V[...]
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Smiths Falls DBA to update planters in the downtown
May.3, 2:20 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts This year the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association’s (DBA) budget is up from $77,000 to $79,000, Nicola Thomson, DBA coordinator told the Committee of the Whole, prior to the regular May 2 council meeting. We will be spending $5,500 on new planters because some of the old planters are starting to rot,” she said. Not all the planters will be replaced this year, only about five or six. The DBA has also expanded its borders to bring Davidson’s Courtyard into the DBA’s boundaries. Thomson told councillors that the DBA was looking into installing cigarette receptacles in the downtown area to [...]
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Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Executive Nominations for 2016-17
May.2, 2:56 pm
Have you considered being part of the Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Executive?  It is time for you to have your say, get out and vote!   At the Annual General Meeting of the Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Association (SFMHA), elections will be held for the 2016-17 Board of Directors.  All Board positions are elected annually.  Full job descriptions can be found in the SFMHA Constitution on the SFMHA website (www.sfmha.ca). Nomination forms can be downloaded from the SFMHA website at http://sfmha.ca/files/sfmha_nomination_form_2016-17.pdf   Please send completed applications to nominations@sfmha.ca or drop them off in the SFMHA mailbox at the Smi[...]
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May.1, 9:01 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts The first Merrickville Heritage Classic held on Saturday April 30 saw more than 230 participants register for the run.[...]
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Comic Book Day to flood Carleton Place with superheros
May.1, 2:00 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss – Carleton Place If you love superheroes, downtown Carleton Place is the place to be on Saturday, May 7. In fact, Cathie McOrmond, project manager for the Carleton Place BIA, hopes the downtown will be filled with caped crusaders of all ages on that day as the fifth annual Free Comic Book Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We want people to come down, rain or shine, with their costumes,” she said. Held on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day in Carleton Place is one of many such events around the world held on that date to promote comics, art and literacy. What distinguishes the Carleton Place e[...]
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DBA to host Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market
Apr.28, 3:35 pm
April 27, 2016 For Immediate Release The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is excited to announce the anticipated opening of the Smiths Falls Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 4, 2016. DBA Chair, Patricia Krotki, explained that farmers’ markets are an important tool in creating a welcoming gathering place for visitors and residents in a community. “The market will not only be a showcase for the many farms and artisans in the local area, but will also be an economic driver that invites people to the downtown area,” Krotki stressed, “We’re looking forward to including the market among our other vibrant downtown busine[...]

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