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Smiths Falls Rotary Club earns Spirit of Giving Award
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Every year the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls organizes and serves a barbeque for staff and children at the Easter Seals’ Camp Merrywood in Port Elmsley.  This year the BBQ was held on July 20, and staff presented the Smiths Falls Rotary Club with their Spirit of Giving Award in recognition of their 68-year commitment to the camp. Smiths Falls Rotary has been supporting the camp since 1948 and last year made a $17,000 donation towards a new roof for the camp clubhouse. Barbara Gray, camp director stands beside Ken Graham, president Smiths Falls Rotary as he receives the Spirit of Giving Award from Ca[...]
SFDCI Teacher charged with sexual assault
Smiths Falls Police
PRESS RELEASE 21 JULY 2016 On the 10TH of June Police commenced an investigation into allegations of inappropriate actions by a teacher at Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute. The investigation lead to numerous charges against 36 year old Blair Cathcart who was suspended by the school board at the outset of the investigation. On 20 July 2016 the investigation was completed and Mr Cathcart was arrested and charged with six counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual interference and one count of sexual exploitation.  He was released from custody on numerous conditions with a future court date of 22 August. Smiths Falls Police Service urges [...]
Lieutenant Governor visit Smiths Falls hospital postponed
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
By  Homtown News Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca *UPDATE: This visit has been postponed. The Lieutenant Governor is will be attending the full honour funeral of the fallen firefighter in Kingston. Details of the new date will be shared when it’s known.* The Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell will be visiting the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital on Saturday, July 23. Dowdeswell will be meeting with hospital volunteer Lucie Bingley. Bingley received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Youth Volunteer in June at a ceremony in Toronto. The medal honours youth between the ages of 15 and 24 who have g[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 22 – 24
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 22 – 24 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. SATURDAY, JULY 23 Downtown Farmers’ Market 8:00am – 1:00pm Join us outside Davidson Courtyard on Russell St. W. on Saturday mornings throughout the summer to enjoy farm-fresh products, seasonal* vegetables/fruits, home baked goods, honey, pepperoni, etc… and locally crafted items. 7 Russell St. W., Smiths Falls SUNDAY, JULY 24 Lombardy Karting Association Race Meet 10:00am – 2:00pm Lombardy Fair Grounds. Lombardy Karting Association meets every other Sunday at a dedicated go-kart track at [...]
Lanark health unit issues another heat warning
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Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has issued a heat warning because of the high heat and humidity that is in the forecast for the rest of the week and throughout the weekend. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death. Those that are most affected by severe heat are the elderly, people with chronic illness or who take certain medications, infants and preschool children, people who participate in physical activ[...]
Community rallies to raise funds for Everly
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A fundraising buzz has taken hold in Smiths Falls to raise money for a little girl born with an extraordinarily rare genetic disorder — Everley Yolkowskie. Family friends Amanda Fournier and Rachael Bell organized a huge fundraiser on Saturday July 16 to help raise money  for the family and needed treatments for Everley. “We raised $10, 259 and donations are still coming in,” said Fournier, a friend of the Yolkowski family and fitness instructor at The Shift, in Smiths Falls. Taking over the Smiths Falls Memorial Centres’ ice pad the two family friends organised an insanity class, silent au[...]
Smiths Falls council supports ban on door-to-door sales
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca On July 18, Smiths Falls Council passed a motion in support of banning door-to-door sales. “Be it resolved that the Council of the Town of Smiths Falls move to urge the Provincial Government to ban all door-to-door sales in the home service sector (more specifically the sale or lease of HVAC equipment, water heaters, water filtration systems and other related home energy products and services by door-to-door agents) as soon as possible,” read Smiths Falls Councillor Jay Brennan. The resolution was in response to a letter received from the town of Pelham, Niagara, encouraging all municipal[...]
Drug warrant at grow operation results in charges
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On Monday, July 11 2016 members of the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit assisted by members of Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.) warrant to search at a commercial property in Beckwith Township, which led to the arrest of Adam Gunderson-Lord, 37,  and John Armstrong, 36, of Ottawa. During the investigation the following items were seized: • 2012 cannabis marihuana plants in various stages of growth. • 25 pounds of cannabis marihuana bud • 26 grams of cannabis resin (hash) • hydroponic growing equipment The following charges were laid against Gu[...]
Operation V.A.L.U.E – Vulnerable Animals Left Unattended Everyday
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The Smiths Falls Police Service receives several complaints every year from persons worried about pets left in vehicles especially in the hot weather. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur. The Smiths Falls Police Service has joined with the Ontario SPCA and Operation V.A.L.U.E – Vulnerable Animals Left Unattended Everyday. This is a crime prevention initiative designed to address areas of concern[...]
SUV strikes several motorcycles and home
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(ATHENS, ON) – On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at approximately 11:40 a.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Leeds County detachment located a collision scene at County Road 5 and Main Street in the Town of Athens, Ontario which involved several motorcycles, a Jeep sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a residence. Investigation to date, reveals that a 1999 Jeep Cherokee travelled through a gas station, on Main Street in the Village of Athens, and struck three separate motorcycles and their operators, it continued to travel and struck a residence, where it came to rest.  Leeds Grenville paramedics attended the scene The operators of t[...]
Ontario Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2016
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March 18, 2016 11:00 A.M.Ministry of Labour Ontario Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2016 Ontario is increasing minimum wage rates – the lowest rate that can be paid by employers to employees. Between 1996 and 2003, the general minimum wage in Ontario was frozen at $6.85/hr., but increased annually between 2004 and 2010, and again in 2014 and 2015. Previous to today’s announcement, the most recent increase took the general minimum wage from $11/hr. to $11.25/hr. That increase was the result of the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act – passed November 2014 – that tied changes to the minimum wage to the O[...]
Parks Canada to Close Kingston Mills Locks Due to Gate Malfunction
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Parks Canada to Close Kingston Mills Locks Due to Gate Malfunction Kingston, ON – Monday, July 18, 2016 – Parks Canada advises that due to a malfunctioning lock gate, Kingston Mills Lockstation will be closed tomorrow, July 19, after 3 p.m. The last lockage through the lock will be at 2 p.m. The problem with the gate was discovered earlier today and crews will be affecting repairs after the lock closes. As soon as the problem is fixed, the locks will reopen to boat traffic. The closure does not affect the bridge or automobile traffic near the lockstation. For more information about the Rideau Canal Waterway, visit www.parkscanada.gc.c[...]
Town embarks on formal twinning agreement
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As a follow up to the presentation made by Ingrid Bron, economic development/tourism coordinator on July 11, Smiths Falls council passed a motion on July 18, at the regular council meeting to formally support the pursuit of a twinning agreement between Smiths Falls and the town of Carnew, in County Wicklow, Ireland. An historian from Ireland has traced a large number of Irish immigrants in the mid 1800 to Smiths Falls.  It is documented that approximately 6000 Irish tenant farmers were force-migrated from the Coolattin estate and it is believed that many of these immigrants settled in Smiths Falls.  They are believed to have found work on t[...]
Sand and salt shed contract awarded
Photo Credits: Howaida Sorour-Roberts
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Council has passed a motion to award the contract for the construction of a new sand and salt storage shed on Air Care Drive to Wright Development. The town received two bids from contractors interested in building the shed, and  both tenders met the town’s requirements, but the Wright Development bid was for $276,754 compared to 318,670 from AWD contractors according to a report filed by Troy Dunlop, director of Smiths Falls public works and utilities. “Wright have built five other similar structures in the Lanark, they have provided great service to other municipalities and we[...]
ARC asks Smiths Falls to honour funding promise made to Hub
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A delegation from the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) made a funding request to the Smiths Falls Special Committee of the Whole at the July 18 meeting held in Town Hall. “We are a non-profit organization incorporated provincially, we are now operating the community pool located at the Gallipeau Centre,” said Kathy Gilligan, chair of ARC. The new organization that took over from the HUB, had presented members of council with a new business plan on July 15.  Gilligan highlighted a few of the important changes that have been made at the community pool in ARC̵[...]
Drug Warrant at grow operation results in charges
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DRUG WARRANT AT GROW OPERATION RESULTS IN CHARGES (Beckwith Township, Ontario) – On Monday July 11th, 2016 members of the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit assisted by members of Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.) Warrant to Search at a commercial property in Beckwith Township (ON), which led to the arrest of Adam GUNDERDSON-LORD and John ARMSTRONG of Ottawa. During the investigation the following items were seized: • 2012 cannabis marihuana plants in various stages of growth. • 25 pounds of cannabis marihuana bud • 26 grams of cannabis resin (ha[...]
Regional economic development has a new face at Valley Heartland
Stacie Lloyd, has just taken on the job of regional economic development officer at Valley Heartland CFDC. Approachable and personable, Lloyd will be responsible for furthering the economic development interests of Lanark County and North Leeds. Photo Credit: Howaida Sorour-Roberts.
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Barely hours into her new job, Stacie Lloyd sat down with Hometown news to introduce herself and her goals as the new regional economic development officer at Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation. “I really feel like I’m coming back to my roots, my passion — because 15 years ago I worked in economic development with Mississippi Mills, so I’m familiar with the environment of local politics and volunteer committees, and I really love that,” said Lloyd. Originally a geography graduate with a specialization in Economic Development, the mother of three and county resident [...]
Smiths Falls killer James Giff granted full parole
James Giff -Cancrime, Monday, July 18th, 2016
Killer James Giff convinced the parole board he’s not a threat to reoffend if given the least restrictive form of freedom from prison but, in an unusual step, the board barred the murderer from accessing social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Giff, who raped and stabbed a 16-year-old girl, then left her to die in a snowbank, was granted full parole, a form of early release from penitentiary that permits him to live on his own, without direct daily supervision. It’s a big step for a criminal once classified as a sadist, and who spent most of the past 30 years behind bars. The parole board decided, after a hearing July 7, that Giff wo[...]
Tartans on Barns project celebrates area’s heritage
Mary Stewart stands in front of the Fergusson tartan that graces the barn of Ross and Pam Fergusson on their Tennyson Road farm. Photo Credit: Dianne Pinder-Moss
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca When motorists drive by Ross and Pam Fergusson’s farm on Tennyson Road in Perth, some are doing a double take. That’s because the main barn on their 200-acre property now sports a colourful four foot squared tartan. The Fergussons are among several property owners in Lanark County showing Scottish or Irish heritage pride by being part of the Tartans on Barns project. The celebration of the area’s heritage is what the project is all about. “It will promote and build a deeper understanding of Canada’s roots, its people and what it means to be both a rural Canadian and a settler of this area,”[...]
Hillcrest Cemetery Annual Decoration Day
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Hillcrest Cemetery welcomes you to their annual Decoration Day service on Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Join the cemetery for an afternoon of reflection and memorial celebration.  Service begins at 2:00 p.m. at 3540 Highway 43 West, Smiths Falls. The Hillcrest Cemetery was the private burial ground for one of the earliest Smiths Falls families, the Simpson’s.  William Simpson, patriarch for the Simpson family was hired as a contractor for the development of Rideau Canal through our region.  Purchased in 1869 by the Town of Smiths Falls, this public non-denominational cemetery is now the final resting place to over 10,000 people. Decoration D[...]
Perth’s homecoming weekend party slated for July 22-24
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The Town of Perth’s Blast from the Past Homecoming Weekend will be a three-day celebration honouring our area’s 200th anniversary. It’s the big weekend we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s now coming to life. Here is a general schedule of events to help you decide how you wish to spend your time in Perth celebrating our 200th anniversary. Friday, July 22 BBQ Block Party: The celebrations will launch with the opening of the BBQ Block Party at the Perth Fairgrounds. Running all weekend, the BBQ Block Party will feature rib vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities and car shows. The gates open at 11 a.m. and c[...]
Local doc delves into the darkness and finds the light in iconic book
Book Review Kambites
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Tears on the Equator by local psychiatrist Gerasimos I. Kambites, is a must read for anyone involved in third world development or anyone even vaguely interested in the world beyond these borders. A former journalist who went on to become an ordained Orthodox Priest, and then a doctor so that he could establish a church and a clinic on a remote island in Lake Victoria with his Ugandan wife, Kambites is a skilled storyteller.  In fact the book has its roots in two articles that Kambites and his then wife wrote for National Geographic. In many ways it’s a love story.  It’s the story of two ideal[...]
Heat warning lifted
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The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has lifted the heat warning for the tri-county area effective today as the temperatures have become seasonal. The Health Unit will continue to monitor weather conditions. For more information on how to protect your health during extreme heat, visit www.healthunit.org or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter @LGLHealthunit. You can also call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853 or after hours at 613-345-5685.[...]
Two firefighters succumb to heat in yesterday’s fire
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedi.ca Two of the firefighters deployed to the grass fire that closed parts of Highway 7 and Highway 43 were taken to hospital overcome by the intense heat, according to a BBD&E Fire Station press release. The two men, were with the BBD&E fire department and were released last night after receiving treatment at the Perth site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District hospital according to Greg Saunders, Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley fire chief, who was in charge of the operation. BBD&E was the first responding fire department but soon had to call in mutual aid, once the scope of the fire [...]
Chemotherapy service re-opens at Perth Hospital
The Perth site of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital is once again opening a chemotherapy service for low risk therapies. Photo Credit: Howaida Sorour-Roberts
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Cancer patients across our region can breathe a sigh of relief. A satellite chemotherapy service that was shut-down more than five years ago at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, has re-opened. “The chemotherapy service is underway already and we have patients that are currently receiving their chemotherapy at PSFDH, Great War Memorial Hospital site,” said Beverley McFarlane, president and CEO of the hospital. The grand opening of the site was supposed to take place on June 21, but was delayed temporarily. “The official grand opening has been delayed as we do some final touch ups on[...]
Carleton Place BIA launches new online community events calendar
Mark Lovell, a director with the Carleton Place BIA’s Board of Management, demonstrates how user-friendly the new online community events calendar on the BIA website is. Photo Credit: Dianne Pinder-Moss
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca As a person who likes to connect people, Mark Lovell is passionate about his involvement in a new initiative to connect local residents with what is going on in Carleton Place and beyond. The director with the Carleton Place BIA Board of Management has spearheaded the creation of a community events calendar on the BIA’s website, www.downtowncarletonplace.com. With the BIA already being part of the social media scene for a few years through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the events calendar is viewed as the next evolution in the organization’s online presence. “There seemed to be a need in the c[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 15 – 17
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 15 – 17 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JULY 15 Microchip Clinic 1:00pm – 5:00pm Lanark veterinary clinic and the town of Smiths Falls have partnered to offer a microchipping clinic. Cost: $25/animal (Cash Only) Call for more information: Lanark Veterinary Clinic, 88D Cornelia St. W. 613-284-0880 SATURDAY, JULY 16 Downtown Farmers’ Market 8:00am – 1:00pm Join us outside Davidson Courtyard on Russell St. W. on Saturday mornings throughout the summer to enjoy farm-fresh products, seasonal* vegetables/fruits, home baked goods, honey, p[...]
Highway 43 fire over after a four-hour fight
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The fire that closed Highway 43 west of Smiths Falls most of the afternoon and into the evening was finally brought to heal around 7:00 p.m. Smiths Falls fire fighters made it back to the fire station by about 7:20 according to Normand Beauchamp, Smiths Fall fire chief.  The call came in at 2:32 p.m. “It was probably at least six kilometers of fire, every fire department in the county was called. There were 11 fire departments on the scene,” said Beachamp. According to the chief, it wasn’t just one fire but five or six blazes that had to be dealt with.  The fire stretched from Hi[...]
Fires still burning, but tamed, say officials
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A grass fire that seems to have been sparked by a passing train closed both Highway 7 and Highway 43 west of Smiths Falls all the way to Perth. Initial reports said the fire was out of control. Police were re-routing traffic heading out towards Perth at the intersection of Cornelia and William St. “BBD&E fire department have command of the fire,” said Paul Klassen, sergeant with the Smiths Falls Police, one of the officers enforcing a highway closure. According to the Smiths Falls fire department most of the county fire departments were dispatched to fight the blaze. They also said they [...]
Beckwith Township to make a splash with new pad for kids
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Amanda Wagorn, mother of three, sees how much her kids enjoy playing at the splash pad at Riverside Park in Carleton Place and the Beckwith Township resident says she would love to have a facility like that closer to home. So, she is doing her part to make that a reality in the township as a member of the Splash Pad/Playground Fundraising Committee. The committee, which was formed in early 2016, has been working to increase awareness and fundraise for the installation of a splash pad and playground structure at Beckwith Park. The initiative is being undertaken as a legacy project to mark the township[...]
Operation Dry Water gets full police support
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The Smiths Falls Police Service supports the Canadian Safe Boating Council initiative to reduce impaired boating deaths this August long weekend Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Smiths Falls Police Service is supporting the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) initiative called “Operation Dry Water.” Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice. With the summer boating season in high gear, the August 1st long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating[...]
Operation freeze to reward youngsters for good deeds
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The Smiths Falls Police Service, Smiths Falls and District Crimestopper and Mac’s Convenience Stores have joined forces to combat crime and to reward youngsters for good deeds they perform. This is a campaign to reward youngsters who perform a good deed anywhere that might otherwise go unrecognized. Smiths Falls Police Officers on patrol who see a good deed performed by a young person or note that the young person is following the law will be rewarded with a FREE 710ml FROSTER from Mac’s Convenience Stores. This Campaign is to encourage young persons to obey the law and do good deeds thereby putting a freeze on crime and keeping our town [...]
Health Unit Issues Heat Warning
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Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit Media Release July 11, 2016 Health Unit Issues Heat Warning Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has issued a Heat Warning because of the high heat and humidity that is in the forecast over the next few days. Temperatures and humidex levels will be high beginning Tuesday and are expected to continue throughout Thursday.  A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases d[...]
United Church of Lombardy makes last donation
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In 1886 the deed was signed. A group of dedicated Methodists purchased a plot of land, 60 ft by 100 ft. on Highway 15 at Lombardy. The property was purchased for a $75.00. A brick church was erected and became the hub of a four point Methodist charge until 1925. Then, at that time, the United Church of Canada was created. Lombardy church then was in a pastoral charge with Rideau Ferry and Port Elmsley. In January 2016, this same property was sold to a private owner and the Church that stood for all of those years serving the United Church community would no longer be their church. The difficult decision was made to amalgamate with Bethel Chur[...]
Information session to be held as Smiths Falls explores twinning with the town of Carnew Ireland
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Media Release: Coollattin Connection Project  Coordinating with the upcoming Canada 150 celebrations in 2017, Smiths Falls is exploring a formal twinning with the town of Carnew, in County Wicklow, Ireland. In the 1840’s during the Irish Great Famine 2.5 million persons emigrated from Ireland, many to what was then Upper Canada. During the period 1847-1856 over 6000 people were force-migrated from the Coolattin Estate, owned by the Fitzwilliam Family, who went to some lengths to shepherd former tenants of their estate into work opportunities on the railways in Canada. The Fitzwilliam family eventually bequeathed their ancestral home to the[...]
Heritage House Museum gets council support for RCMP Ride
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Heritage House Museum has been trying to get the RCMP Musical Ride to town of Smiths Falls since last year.  Although their application was not approved last year, the museum was contacted by the RCMP this year and encouraged to put forward a second application for 2017. With the invitation, the museum was given some guidelines on how to strengthen their case.  To that end the museum has partnered with the Lombardy Fair Board and would be looking to bring the ride to the Lombardy Fair Grounds.  The applicants have approached the Town of Smiths Falls for a letter of support as part of their improve[...]
Economic development/tourism plan includes a town-twinning proposal
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls economic development/tourism plan is in the final stages of polish. A copy of the document has been circulated to members of the Smiths Falls council (and is available on the town’s website.) During the July 11 committee of a whole (COW) meeting, members of the committee expressed their general approval of the plan, but would like further clarification on timelines and component costs. Looking for approval of the document, Cyrill Cooper, director of economic development said he would add the details before bringing the document to council. In the meantime, the document proposes[...]
Community pool’s sponsorship request met with confusion
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls has received a letter from the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (formerly the Hub) looking for sponsorship for weekend public swim programs. “It looks like a marketing campaign, as they’ve approached the town and many other businesses,” said Jay Brennan, Smiths Falls councillor. According to the letter the aim is to bring children and families that would not normally be able to afford the cost of public swims out to the pool on Saturdays between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.  Town CAO Malcolm Morris, pointed out that the newly formed Aquatic Recreation Centre h[...]
Chuckles Jack in Smiths Falls soon to have a patio
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmeida.ca An application for cash in lieu of parking has been approved by the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole. The application by the owners of Chuckles Jack restaurant on Russell Street in Smiths Falls requested that the town accept cash in lieu of six parking spaces so that a patio could be created for the restaurant. The owners specified that two of the parking spaces would be seasonal and only used during the summer month.  Taking that provision into account the town is charging Chuckles Jack half the annual fee for the two parking spaces. A by-law to enter into a cash in lieu of parking will be broug[...]
Perth Dry Stone Bridge project has commenced
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The Town of Perth is thrilled to announce that the Dry Stone Bridge project kicked off this week and plans are in place for professional masons to arrive in Perth for Homecoming Weekend. On July 22-24, Perth and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada (also known as Dry Stone Canada) will host 40 professional dry stone masons from across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, who specialize in the construction of permanent stone structures without the use of mortar. During the three days, these dry stone “wallers” will build a unique structural dry stone bridge and strong stone retaining walls, revitalizing the old [...]
Healthy Living: Meditation for Children
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The Dalai Lama once said, “If every child in the world would be taught meditation we would eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” This quote captures the powerful benefits of this mindful practice for children of any age. A peaceful heart and existence can go a long way in helping children learn some building blocks to assist them in living a balanced life. Meditation helps children feel what it is like to be still and quiet. It helps them tune into their inner wisdom to feel safe and secure in the world while learning ways to breathe and to feel their own breath.   Some of the many benefits include the following items[...]
Regional Health Hub stalled for lack of interest
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Smiths Falls – HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS Health and access to healthcare is a complex issue, involving many different organization spanning health and social mandates.  In January 2015 a multi-sector Rural Health Hub Advisory Committee put out a framework for Rural Health Hubs in response to the Ministry of Health and Long Terms Care’s push towards integrating services and delivering equitable access to services across the province. “The initiative was green lighted last fall,” said Richard Schooley, chair of the Smiths Falls and District Hospital board. While Schooley has been actively talking to the various stakeholders, includin[...]
Cherry Picked Canadian products rule
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Cherry Picked Canadian products rule By Howaida Sorour-Roberts It’s a bright and neatly appointed store, filled with artfully displayed gift items.  Cherry Picked, on Brock Street East, in Merrickville (right behind the gas station) is a new to the village. It’s owned by Mitch Rochette, and frequently manned by his wife Leslie Way.  The couple are new to the village, having only moved  from Ottawa in the fall of 2015. “I’ve never lived outside the city limits because I needed to be close to hospitals,” explained Way. Way had kidney failure in 2011 and a transplant in 2012. Once she was given a clean bill of health, the couple dec[...]
Decorated hero returns to Perth – announces service dog funding
On the left, John Gemmell, Curator of the Hall of Remembrance military museum, and Perth's Deputy Mayor, receives an autographed copy of Medric Cousineau's book, Further Than Yesterday: That's All That Counts.
By Terry O’Hearn Retired Captain Medric “Cous” Cousineau, SC, CD, and his service dog Thai included Perth on their itinerary Friday, July 8, and used the occasion to bring news of an exciting announcement:  a new partnership between the Paws Fur Thought organization and Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) has been agreed upon. A CNW news story from July 5 related that WWC “has entered into a $175,000 investment in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) service dogs through a partnership with Paws Fur Thought. This investment ensures stable funding to Paws Fur Thought allowing them, in turn, to pair 40 Veterans with service dogs over the ne[...]
Lanark County reminds residents CP Trail Corridor is not yet open to public
CP Trail Corridor is not yet open to public
Lanark County reminds residents CP Trail Corridor is not yet open to public Lanark County is reminding residents that the newly leased abandoned CP Rail Corridor, which is slated to be developed as a future trail, is currently not open to the public. The county is undertaking a safety review of all of the structural assets along the trail, including the seven bridges (three in Almonte, two in Carleton Place and two in Pakenham). “The corridor has never been open to the public and it remains closed at this time to ensure safety,” explained Lanark County CAO Kurt Greaves. “At this point the bridges do not have safety railings in place.”[...]
Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day
Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day
Press Release On Sunday July 10 th , 2016 members of the Smiths Falls Police Service and the Smiths Falls Police Association will be hosting a “Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day”. This event will take place at the Parks Canada parking lot on Old Sly’s road in Smiths Falls from 9 am – 1 pm. This is a free event for kids to take part in. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A free BBQ lunch will be provided from 12-1pm and there will be prizes for participants. Members of Parks Canada Visitor Experience Team will also be on hand providing canoeing instructions and rides to kids. In addition to this great event, [...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 8 – 10
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 8 – 10 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JULY 8 Art in the Barn 5:00pm – 8:00pm For the last five years original works of art have been available directly from the artists at Art in the Barn and this year it’s back again. The 6th annual Art in the Barn, hosted by the Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association, returns to the Lombardy Agricultural Society Fairgrounds Barn located 4 miles south of Smiths Falls on Highway 15 at Kelly’s Road. Last year Art in the Barn featured even more artists by adding the Main Hall to the festive event. This year[...]
Movies Under the Stars – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Come out to the Movies Under the Stars at 7 to see The newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens and enjoy the pre-show activities. Pre-show Activities: Spaced themed Lego table Star Wars arts & crafts table A visit from a Star Wars Character Astronomy Table The pre-show activities start at 7pm. The movie starts at dusk. Free admission but donations are appreciated. There will be hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, chips and drinks. Bring a blanket or a chair and your family.[...]
Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day this Sunday in Smiths Falls
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On Sunday July 10th, 2016 members of the Smiths Falls Police Service and the Smiths Falls Police Association will be hosting a “Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day”.  This event will take place at the Parks Canada parking lot on Old Sly’s road in Smiths Falls from 9 am – 1 pm.  This is a free event for kids to take part in.  Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  A free BBQ lunch will be provided from 12-1pm and there will be prizes for participants. Members of Parks Canada Visitor Experience Team will also be on hand providing canoeing instructions and rides to kids. In addition to this great event, the V.E. Team [...]
Local Students become their own Bosses for the Summer
Left to right: Cameron Fabrici (Fab’s Firewood), Bronwyn MacDonald (Busy B Photography), Amanda Snider (Little Bear Jewellery Designs), Nicholas Joannou (NJ Visuals), Ryan Pollock (RJ’s Chairs)
This year 5 local students have been selected for the 2016 Summer Company Program in the Lanark County/Smiths Falls area. Summer Company provides an opportunity for students to be their own boss and to start/run a business for the summer. The Summer Company Program is an initiative of the Ontario Government and throughout the summer the students are equipped with the tools necessary to succeed and provide hands-on business training and mentoring. Summer Company is aimed at students between the ages of 15-29 in school and returning to school in the fall.  The successful students receive an award of up to $1,500 to help with business start-up [...]
OPP executed drug warrant on Rideau River Road
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Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release GRENVILLE COUNTY (Kemptville) DRUG WARRANT EXECUTED ON RIDEAU RIVER ROAD 2016-07-06 (Kemptville, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police Community Drug Action Team, Grenville County OPP Emergency Response Team,  the OPP Tactical Response Unit and the North Grenville Fire Department executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Search Warrant at a residence in the Township of North Grenville. On July 5 2016 at 11:20 am, police entered a residence on Rideau River Road and seized 104 marihuana clones, 19 mature marihuana plants and 63.7 grams of marihuana bud. Total approximate value of seizure i[...]
SFMHA looking for players and coaches at rep and house levels
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PLAYERS AND COACHES NEEDED July 4, 2016 Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Association (SFMHA) is still accepting player registrations especially at the novice and midget levels as well as midget goalie registrations.  Contact Registrar Susan Peladeau at susan.peladeau@gmail.com or Treasurer Erica Nicholson at ericanicholson@aol.com for more information or to register. SFMHA is also still looking for coaches at all the rep and house levels.  Interested parties should contact Coaching Director Gord Schultz at gordschultz@bell.net[...]
Iconic white trail unique to Smiths Falls
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By Sally Smith The white crushed-stone path along the river by Lower Reach Park has many uses – jogging, dog-walking, pushing strollers – and for some teenagers, necking. Art Manhire, director of community services, laughs when considering this. That particular part of the intertwining trail system which runs throughout and beyond the Town of Smiths Falls, sees a lot of action. Within the town perimeter, the very visible trail stretches about six kilometres. Outside, it joins the Cataraqui Trail into south eastern Ontario, and now there is a joining trail to the Quebec border. The Rideau Trail can also be accessed from the white p[...]
Smiths Falls approves water and wastewater rate charge
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On May 16, 2016, the council of the Town of Smiths Falls approved the Water & Wastewater rate charge increases as per by-law No.8854-2016. The revised rates are effective June 1 . 2016. As per the Sustainable Water and Sewage Systems Act (S.W.S.S.A.) and legislative changes as a result of the Walkerton crisis, municipalities are required to conform to statutes governing the management of water and wastewater systems. The intent of the Act was to introduce the requirement for municipalities to undertake an assessment of the cost of providing their water and wastewater services for the purposes of establishing a system of full cost rec[...]
Merrickville Bridge to Canada aiming to sponsor refugee family in late 2016
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Regional – Howaida Sorour-Roberts Individuals and groups all over Canada are mobilizing to offer a safe haven for Syrian refugees.  In the last six months a new group has sprung up in Merrickville.“RCHS [Rideau Community Health Services] put on an information night in Smiths Falls last December and we decided to form a group that night,” said Audrey McKendry-Bridge, chair of Merrickville Bridge to Canada (MBC) At that meeting McKendry-Bridge, Jacque Pelletier, Fred MacFarland, and Graeme Bonham-Carter heard presentations from World Hope, Refugee 613 (Ottawa), Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (CARR, Perth) and Refugees I[...]
Students bring home a piece of World War I history
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REGIONAL – HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS A majestic piece of history is about to land in Smiths Falls with the help of students from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI).  A single oak tree, descended from oaks that once dotted Vimy Ridge in France will be planted somewhere in town to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge next year. “I hope that it sparks conversation and interest in younger people ,” said Ben Seward, SFDCI grade 11 student. The project has been in the works for more than two years, and Smiths Falls gets first dibs thanks to the work of Blake Seward, SFDCI history teacher. “A year [...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 1 – 3
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 1 – 3 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. Movies under the stars – First of the year. 6:00pm – 12:00am (Midnight) This week’s movie is Zootopia sponsored by Hunt & Dopson Insurance Group Inc. This week’s community partner is Community Enhancement Association. Come out for the pre-show activities: Little Ray’s Reptiles Show 7pm – 8pm, Canada Tattoos and facepainting, and colour the streets with sidewalk chalk. Free Admission (donations appreciated). Hotdogs, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Chips and Drinks. Bring a blanket or a c[...]
Dr. Penny receives award at RCHS AGM
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts The Rideau Community Health Services annual general meeting, held at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre on Tuesday June 28 th was the best attended in the history of the organization according to Jacques Pelletier (at left), board chair. Most of the attendees were there to support Dr. Brian Penny (centre) who was being recognized for his 40 years of service to the community with an honourary membership to RCHS. “I’d like to thank everyone who came out tonight, I really feel humbled and proud at the same time,” said Penny. The much loved doctor is not retiring, but Peter McKenna (at right), executi[...]
Smoking restriction, poop & scoop dispensers and more…
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts The director of corporate services, Kerry Costello is reminding residents that there is no smoking allowed in any municipal parks or within 20 feet of any playing field. The Town of Smiths Falls has installed dog poop bag dispensers in the downtown core in an attempt to help reduce the dog mess found on our streets.  They will be at Beckwith and Main, Beckwith and Russell and one more location.  Please use the bags to collect your animal’s waste and then dispose of it in the garbage cans provided throughout the downtown. Just a few weeks ago the town adopted a series of changes to the by-laws governing pet own[...]
Lanark County construction projects are underway – plan your route
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Lanark County’s public works construction program for 2016 is well underway, with some projects already completed. Terry McCann, public works director, reminds motorists that traffic may be reduced to one lane periodically during these projects and, in some cases, detours may be in place. “We urge drivers to please obey all signs and traffic control personnel during construction in order to ensure their safety and that of the workers. We regret any inconvenience or disruption to traffic that may be caused.” The progress on the 2016 projects is outlined below: County Road 8 (Watsons Corners Road): This project by Smiths Construction Comp[...]
Council to evaluate community donation policy
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts There is currently no policy that requires groups that receive community donations from Smiths Falls town council to return to council and report on how the funding they received was spent or the effect it might have had on the group’s performance. “I would like to hear from groups after they have completed their events, and not just when they are looking for donations,” said councillor John Maloney. Most of council agreed and it’s been decided that council members will make recommendations to Kerry Costello, director of community services, who will work to strengthen the current community donation[...]
Smith Falls council appoints Quinn to hoarding coalition
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Recognizing that hoarding is a mental illness and that hoarding activities can put vulnerable people at serious risk the Town of Smiths Falls is recommending that council appoint Dawn Quinn to the Lanark Hoarding Coalition.   The coalition is made up of a number of service providers and advocates who work to together to help find solutions for people who suffer from excess hoarding behaviours. Although town by-laws are able to regulate the exteriors of people’s homes, any interventions inside a home violate human rights.  The coalition’s goal is to access the supports and community resources that can help hoarder keep their homes and th[...]
Lombard Street in Smiths Falls to get a face-lift
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts Smiths Falls council has authorized the mayor and clerk to go ahead with a contract agreement with Karson Asphalt Paving Inc,  the company with the lowest bid for the rehabilitation of Lombard Street. The town had received funding for the project under the connecting Links Fund.  The project is expected to take about three weeks to complete. “The stipulation is that they maintain two lanes of traffic flow,” said Troy Dunlop, director of public works and utilities. No date has been set for the start of the project, as other construction work such as the Stone Arch Bridge also has to be factored into the [...]
Animal control contract awarded
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By Howida Sorour-Roberts Smiths Falls has entered into a three-year contract with Frontenac Municipal Law Enforcement for animal control services. “We received two bids and both were compliant, but the lowest bid was from Frontenac.  We’ve used both services before and are currently contracted with Frontenac who are prompt, professional and efficient,” said Costello. The company’s bid was $38,130 for 2017 compared to $40,341 from Lanark Municipal Law Enforcement.    [...]
Two Smiths Falls properties receive Properties of Interest designation
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts The Stone Arch Bridge and ‘The Doctor’s House’ at 39 Russell Street East, both in Smiths Falls, have been approved to join the list of Properties of Interest designation compiled by the Municipal Heritage Committee. “Planning staff are very supportive of the addition of these two properties to the town’s properties of interest registry,” said Katelyn Morphet, interim planner. While the designation cannot bind the owners to preserving the property it does delay any proposed demolition of the properties for up to 60 days.   The idea is to allow the Municipal Heritage Committee the time [...]
Smiths Fals tax collection policy under review
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts The town is currently owed more than $2million in tax arrears. Since a deficit that large affects the town’s budget negatively, city staff is recommending a new tax collection policy. “This is about how to deal with arrears. We have a process but it doesn’t have any teeth until it goes to the tax sale process,” explained Director of Corporate Services, Kerry Costello. The aim of the new policy is to give the town more options to enforce tax payment and reduce arrears. A draft of the policy was submitted to council and changes are suggested for virtually every aspect of the current collection[...]
Smiths Falls seeks grant funding for community upgrades
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts The town of Smiths Falls has submitted grant applications totalling $1.56 million to the Canada 150 Infrastructure Development program.  The fund is financed to the tune of $44 million for Eastern Ontario grants and the application deadline was June 24. “We’ve received confirmation of the receipt but haven’t heard back yet,” said Art Manhire, director of community services. If all the grants are accepted, the town could receive up to $679,000 or approximately 50 per cent of project costs. Smiths Falls is hoping to receive funding for updates to the town hall, a new exhibition space at Heritag[...]
RVCA declares minor drought for Rideau watershed areas
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will be conducting spring maintenance at some of our swing bridges and
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During the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on June 27, the Rideau Conservation authority has updated the town that the Rideau watershed flow is at 15 per cent of normal and has declared a minor severity drought. “We’re getting word out to residents for voluntary conservation of water,” said Troy Dunlop, director of Public Works and Utilities. At this time the town is advising residents not to water their lawns and gardens during the hottest hours of the day and to be mindful of all water use. In the meantime, Dunlop says the town is being conscientious about it’s own consumption of water.[...]
The first ever fully kilted marathon
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The first ever fully kilted marathon that took place Sunday June 26th was run through the rural environs Tay Valley Township and finished at EcoTay Education Centre.  The attached photo shows Kenya’s Gilbert Kiptoo running past the local Lioness Club’s cheering & water station on Glen Tay Side Road on his way to be the first person across the finish line. A less hurried entry stopped to chat with the women dressed in period costume to honour the area’s 200th anniversary  [...]
County begins trial adopt-a-road noxious weed program
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County begins trial Adopt-a-Road Noxious Weed program Lanark County is working with a property owners’ association on a trial program along a section of road to reduce noxious weeds, such as wild parsnip, without the use of pesticides. The Little Silver and Rainbow Lakes Property Owners Association (LSRLPOA) is the first Lanark County Adopt-a-Road Noxious Weed trial participant. Terry McCann, the county’s public works director, explained the association’s executive wanted to investigate alternatives to the use of pesticide spray for noxious weed control on roadsides of County Road 36, which transects the watershed of Little Silver and[...]
Railway Museum is all aboard for weddings
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts howaida@pdgmedia.ca The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario has hosted its first full wedding this month. The ceremony was held in the breezeway while the interior was decorated for an elegant sit-down dinner catered by Magnolia Catering of Smiths Falls. The festivities included a number of railway features including a train ride featuring a first generation diesel engine pulling a 1940s wooden Canadian Pacific caboose equipped with champagne for the newlyweds and their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The couple also received a congratulatory telegram orchestrated by museum volunteers John Mulkerns and Graeme Roy.   Shown [...]
National restaurant chain coming to Hwy 7 corridor in Perth
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By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedica.ca A national restaurant chain will be setting up shop in a new commercial project planned along the Highway 7 corridor. Perth Town Council unanimously approved at its June 21 meeting a by-law authorizing the mayor and staff to sign an addendum to the Site Plan Control Agreement with the owner of the Perth Mews Mall to facilitate the construction of a new commercial building, which will include a restaurant and drive-thru facility. “It is one of the national chains,” Eric Cosens, director of development and protective services confirmed. “Exactly which one, we don’t know.” What is known is that[...]
Perth Kilt Run Expects New Guinness Record
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Perth – Terry O’Hearn Perth’s World Record Kilt Run 2016 appears to have smashed its previous Guinness World Record, and organizers Terry and Mary Stewart will be watching closely for the official Guinness approval in the coming weeks. The highly successful run is one of the 200th Perth Military Settlement Anniversary events. This year is the third and final attempt for a new kilt race record, and it is expected the new record will exceed three thousand runners.  Other communities attempting to break the same record have included the St. Paddy’s race in Raleigh, North Carolina, and race organizations in Perth, Australia, and [...]
Cherry Picked Canadian products rule
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REGIONAL – Howaida Sorour-Roberts It’s a bright and neatly appointed store, filled with artfully displayed gift items.  Cherry Picked, on Brock Street East, in Merrickville (right behind the gas station) is a new to the village. It’s owned by Mitch Rochette, and frequently manned by his wife Leslie Way.  The couple are new to the village, having only moved  from Ottawa in the fall of 2015. “I’ve never lived outside the city limits because I needed to be close to hospitals,” explained Way. Way had kidney failure in 2011 and a transplant in 2012. Once she was given a clean bill of health, the couple decided to take the plung[...]

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Smiths Falls Rotary Club earns Spirit of Giving Award
Jul.22, 11:07 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Every year the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls organizes and serves a barbeque for staff and children at the Easter Seals’ Camp Merrywood in Port Elmsley.  This year the BBQ was held on July 20, and staff presented the Smiths Falls Rotary Club with their Spirit of Giving Award in recognition of their 68-year commitment to the camp. Smiths Falls Rotary has been supporting the camp since 1948 and last year made a $17,000 donation towards a new roof for the camp clubhouse. Barbara Gray, camp director stands beside Ken Graham, president Smiths Falls Rotary as he receives the Spirit of Giving Award from Ca[...]
Smiths Falls Police
SFDCI Teacher charged with sexual assault
Jul.21, 3:51 pm
PRESS RELEASE 21 JULY 2016 On the 10TH of June Police commenced an investigation into allegations of inappropriate actions by a teacher at Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute. The investigation lead to numerous charges against 36 year old Blair Cathcart who was suspended by the school board at the outset of the investigation. On 20 July 2016 the investigation was completed and Mr Cathcart was arrested and charged with six counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual interference and one count of sexual exploitation.  He was released from custody on numerous conditions with a future court date of 22 August. Smiths Falls Police Service urges [...]
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
Lieutenant Governor visit Smiths Falls hospital postponed
Jul.21, 10:27 am
By  Homtown News Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca *UPDATE: This visit has been postponed. The Lieutenant Governor is will be attending the full honour funeral of the fallen firefighter in Kingston. Details of the new date will be shared when it’s known.* The Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell will be visiting the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital on Saturday, July 23. Dowdeswell will be meeting with hospital volunteer Lucie Bingley. Bingley received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Youth Volunteer in June at a ceremony in Toronto. The medal honours youth between the ages of 15 and 24 who have g[...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 22 – 24
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 22 – 24 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. SATURDAY, JULY 23 Downtown Farmers’ Market 8:00am – 1:00pm Join us outside Davidson Courtyard on Russell St. W. on Saturday mornings throughout the summer to enjoy farm-fresh products, seasonal* vegetables/fruits, home baked goods, honey, pepperoni, etc… and locally crafted items. 7 Russell St. W., Smiths Falls SUNDAY, JULY 24 Lombardy Karting Association Race Meet 10:00am – 2:00pm Lombardy Fair Grounds. Lombardy Karting Association meets every other Sunday at a dedicated go-kart track at [...]
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Lanark health unit issues another heat warning
Jul.21, 9:29 am
Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has issued a heat warning because of the high heat and humidity that is in the forecast for the rest of the week and throughout the weekend. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death. Those that are most affected by severe heat are the elderly, people with chronic illness or who take certain medications, infants and preschool children, people who participate in physical activ[...]
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Community rallies to raise funds for Everly
Jul.20, 9:24 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A fundraising buzz has taken hold in Smiths Falls to raise money for a little girl born with an extraordinarily rare genetic disorder — Everley Yolkowskie. Family friends Amanda Fournier and Rachael Bell organized a huge fundraiser on Saturday July 16 to help raise money  for the family and needed treatments for Everley. “We raised $10, 259 and donations are still coming in,” said Fournier, a friend of the Yolkowski family and fitness instructor at The Shift, in Smiths Falls. Taking over the Smiths Falls Memorial Centres’ ice pad the two family friends organised an insanity class, silent au[...]
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Smiths Falls council supports ban on door-to-door sales
Jul.20, 8:00 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca On July 18, Smiths Falls Council passed a motion in support of banning door-to-door sales. “Be it resolved that the Council of the Town of Smiths Falls move to urge the Provincial Government to ban all door-to-door sales in the home service sector (more specifically the sale or lease of HVAC equipment, water heaters, water filtration systems and other related home energy products and services by door-to-door agents) as soon as possible,” read Smiths Falls Councillor Jay Brennan. The resolution was in response to a letter received from the town of Pelham, Niagara, encouraging all municipal[...]
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Drug warrant at grow operation results in charges
Jul.19, 5:02 pm
On Monday, July 11 2016 members of the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit assisted by members of Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.) warrant to search at a commercial property in Beckwith Township, which led to the arrest of Adam Gunderson-Lord, 37,  and John Armstrong, 36, of Ottawa. During the investigation the following items were seized: • 2012 cannabis marihuana plants in various stages of growth. • 25 pounds of cannabis marihuana bud • 26 grams of cannabis resin (hash) • hydroponic growing equipment The following charges were laid against Gu[...]
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Operation V.A.L.U.E – Vulnerable Animals Left Unattended Everyday
Jul.19, 1:32 pm
The Smiths Falls Police Service receives several complaints every year from persons worried about pets left in vehicles especially in the hot weather. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur. The Smiths Falls Police Service has joined with the Ontario SPCA and Operation V.A.L.U.E – Vulnerable Animals Left Unattended Everyday. This is a crime prevention initiative designed to address areas of concern[...]
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SUV strikes several motorcycles and home
Jul.19, 12:31 pm
(ATHENS, ON) – On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at approximately 11:40 a.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Leeds County detachment located a collision scene at County Road 5 and Main Street in the Town of Athens, Ontario which involved several motorcycles, a Jeep sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a residence. Investigation to date, reveals that a 1999 Jeep Cherokee travelled through a gas station, on Main Street in the Village of Athens, and struck three separate motorcycles and their operators, it continued to travel and struck a residence, where it came to rest.  Leeds Grenville paramedics attended the scene The operators of t[...]
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Ontario Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2016
Jul.19, 11:08 am
March 18, 2016 11:00 A.M.Ministry of Labour Ontario Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2016 Ontario is increasing minimum wage rates – the lowest rate that can be paid by employers to employees. Between 1996 and 2003, the general minimum wage in Ontario was frozen at $6.85/hr., but increased annually between 2004 and 2010, and again in 2014 and 2015. Previous to today’s announcement, the most recent increase took the general minimum wage from $11/hr. to $11.25/hr. That increase was the result of the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act – passed November 2014 – that tied changes to the minimum wage to the O[...]
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Parks Canada to Close Kingston Mills Locks Due to Gate Malfunction
Jul.19, 10:43 am
Parks Canada to Close Kingston Mills Locks Due to Gate Malfunction Kingston, ON – Monday, July 18, 2016 – Parks Canada advises that due to a malfunctioning lock gate, Kingston Mills Lockstation will be closed tomorrow, July 19, after 3 p.m. The last lockage through the lock will be at 2 p.m. The problem with the gate was discovered earlier today and crews will be affecting repairs after the lock closes. As soon as the problem is fixed, the locks will reopen to boat traffic. The closure does not affect the bridge or automobile traffic near the lockstation. For more information about the Rideau Canal Waterway, visit www.parkscanada.gc.c[...]
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Town embarks on formal twinning agreement
Jul.19, 10:30 am
As a follow up to the presentation made by Ingrid Bron, economic development/tourism coordinator on July 11, Smiths Falls council passed a motion on July 18, at the regular council meeting to formally support the pursuit of a twinning agreement between Smiths Falls and the town of Carnew, in County Wicklow, Ireland. An historian from Ireland has traced a large number of Irish immigrants in the mid 1800 to Smiths Falls.  It is documented that approximately 6000 Irish tenant farmers were force-migrated from the Coolattin estate and it is believed that many of these immigrants settled in Smiths Falls.  They are believed to have found work on t[...]
Photo Credits: Howaida Sorour-Roberts
Sand and salt shed contract awarded
Jul.19, 9:50 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Council has passed a motion to award the contract for the construction of a new sand and salt storage shed on Air Care Drive to Wright Development. The town received two bids from contractors interested in building the shed, and  both tenders met the town’s requirements, but the Wright Development bid was for $276,754 compared to 318,670 from AWD contractors according to a report filed by Troy Dunlop, director of Smiths Falls public works and utilities. “Wright have built five other similar structures in the Lanark, they have provided great service to other municipalities and we[...]
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ARC asks Smiths Falls to honour funding promise made to Hub
Jul.19, 9:44 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A delegation from the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) made a funding request to the Smiths Falls Special Committee of the Whole at the July 18 meeting held in Town Hall. “We are a non-profit organization incorporated provincially, we are now operating the community pool located at the Gallipeau Centre,” said Kathy Gilligan, chair of ARC. The new organization that took over from the HUB, had presented members of council with a new business plan on July 15.  Gilligan highlighted a few of the important changes that have been made at the community pool in ARC̵[...]
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Drug Warrant at grow operation results in charges
Jul.19, 9:12 am
DRUG WARRANT AT GROW OPERATION RESULTS IN CHARGES (Beckwith Township, Ontario) – On Monday July 11th, 2016 members of the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit assisted by members of Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.) Warrant to Search at a commercial property in Beckwith Township (ON), which led to the arrest of Adam GUNDERDSON-LORD and John ARMSTRONG of Ottawa. During the investigation the following items were seized: • 2012 cannabis marihuana plants in various stages of growth. • 25 pounds of cannabis marihuana bud • 26 grams of cannabis resin (ha[...]
Stacie Lloyd, has just taken on the job of regional economic development officer at Valley Heartland CFDC. Approachable and personable, Lloyd will be responsible for furthering the economic development interests of Lanark County and North Leeds. Photo Credit: Howaida Sorour-Roberts.
Regional economic development has a new face at Valley Heartland
Jul.19, 3:22 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Barely hours into her new job, Stacie Lloyd sat down with Hometown news to introduce herself and her goals as the new regional economic development officer at Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation. “I really feel like I’m coming back to my roots, my passion — because 15 years ago I worked in economic development with Mississippi Mills, so I’m familiar with the environment of local politics and volunteer committees, and I really love that,” said Lloyd. Originally a geography graduate with a specialization in Economic Development, the mother of three and county resident [...]
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Smiths Falls killer James Giff granted full parole
Jul.18, 3:30 pm
Killer James Giff convinced the parole board he’s not a threat to reoffend if given the least restrictive form of freedom from prison but, in an unusual step, the board barred the murderer from accessing social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Giff, who raped and stabbed a 16-year-old girl, then left her to die in a snowbank, was granted full parole, a form of early release from penitentiary that permits him to live on his own, without direct daily supervision. It’s a big step for a criminal once classified as a sadist, and who spent most of the past 30 years behind bars. The parole board decided, after a hearing July 7, that Giff wo[...]
Mary Stewart stands in front of the Fergusson tartan that graces the barn of Ross and Pam Fergusson on their Tennyson Road farm. Photo Credit: Dianne Pinder-Moss
Tartans on Barns project celebrates area’s heritage
Jul.18, 10:36 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca When motorists drive by Ross and Pam Fergusson’s farm on Tennyson Road in Perth, some are doing a double take. That’s because the main barn on their 200-acre property now sports a colourful four foot squared tartan. The Fergussons are among several property owners in Lanark County showing Scottish or Irish heritage pride by being part of the Tartans on Barns project. The celebration of the area’s heritage is what the project is all about. “It will promote and build a deeper understanding of Canada’s roots, its people and what it means to be both a rural Canadian and a settler of this area,”[...]
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Hillcrest Cemetery Annual Decoration Day
Jul.18, 10:15 am
Hillcrest Cemetery welcomes you to their annual Decoration Day service on Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Join the cemetery for an afternoon of reflection and memorial celebration.  Service begins at 2:00 p.m. at 3540 Highway 43 West, Smiths Falls. The Hillcrest Cemetery was the private burial ground for one of the earliest Smiths Falls families, the Simpson’s.  William Simpson, patriarch for the Simpson family was hired as a contractor for the development of Rideau Canal through our region.  Purchased in 1869 by the Town of Smiths Falls, this public non-denominational cemetery is now the final resting place to over 10,000 people. Decoration D[...]
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Perth’s homecoming weekend party slated for July 22-24
Jul.18, 7:00 am
The Town of Perth’s Blast from the Past Homecoming Weekend will be a three-day celebration honouring our area’s 200th anniversary. It’s the big weekend we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s now coming to life. Here is a general schedule of events to help you decide how you wish to spend your time in Perth celebrating our 200th anniversary. Friday, July 22 BBQ Block Party: The celebrations will launch with the opening of the BBQ Block Party at the Perth Fairgrounds. Running all weekend, the BBQ Block Party will feature rib vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities and car shows. The gates open at 11 a.m. and c[...]
Book Review Kambites
Local doc delves into the darkness and finds the light in iconic book
Jul.18, 3:41 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Tears on the Equator by local psychiatrist Gerasimos I. Kambites, is a must read for anyone involved in third world development or anyone even vaguely interested in the world beyond these borders. A former journalist who went on to become an ordained Orthodox Priest, and then a doctor so that he could establish a church and a clinic on a remote island in Lake Victoria with his Ugandan wife, Kambites is a skilled storyteller.  In fact the book has its roots in two articles that Kambites and his then wife wrote for National Geographic. In many ways it’s a love story.  It’s the story of two ideal[...]
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Heat warning lifted
Jul.15, 8:22 pm
The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has lifted the heat warning for the tri-county area effective today as the temperatures have become seasonal. The Health Unit will continue to monitor weather conditions. For more information on how to protect your health during extreme heat, visit www.healthunit.org or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter @LGLHealthunit. You can also call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853 or after hours at 613-345-5685.[...]
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Two firefighters succumb to heat in yesterday’s fire
Jul.14, 8:28 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedi.ca Two of the firefighters deployed to the grass fire that closed parts of Highway 7 and Highway 43 were taken to hospital overcome by the intense heat, according to a BBD&E Fire Station press release. The two men, were with the BBD&E fire department and were released last night after receiving treatment at the Perth site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District hospital according to Greg Saunders, Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley fire chief, who was in charge of the operation. BBD&E was the first responding fire department but soon had to call in mutual aid, once the scope of the fire [...]
The Perth site of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital is once again opening a chemotherapy service for low risk therapies. Photo Credit: Howaida Sorour-Roberts
Chemotherapy service re-opens at Perth Hospital
Jul.14, 11:00 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Cancer patients across our region can breathe a sigh of relief. A satellite chemotherapy service that was shut-down more than five years ago at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, has re-opened. “The chemotherapy service is underway already and we have patients that are currently receiving their chemotherapy at PSFDH, Great War Memorial Hospital site,” said Beverley McFarlane, president and CEO of the hospital. The grand opening of the site was supposed to take place on June 21, but was delayed temporarily. “The official grand opening has been delayed as we do some final touch ups on[...]
Mark Lovell, a director with the Carleton Place BIA’s Board of Management, demonstrates how user-friendly the new online community events calendar on the BIA website is. Photo Credit: Dianne Pinder-Moss
Carleton Place BIA launches new online community events calendar
Jul.14, 8:00 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca As a person who likes to connect people, Mark Lovell is passionate about his involvement in a new initiative to connect local residents with what is going on in Carleton Place and beyond. The director with the Carleton Place BIA Board of Management has spearheaded the creation of a community events calendar on the BIA’s website, www.downtowncarletonplace.com. With the BIA already being part of the social media scene for a few years through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the events calendar is viewed as the next evolution in the organization’s online presence. “There seemed to be a need in the c[...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 15 – 17
Jul.14, 12:32 am
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 15 – 17 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JULY 15 Microchip Clinic 1:00pm – 5:00pm Lanark veterinary clinic and the town of Smiths Falls have partnered to offer a microchipping clinic. Cost: $25/animal (Cash Only) Call for more information: Lanark Veterinary Clinic, 88D Cornelia St. W. 613-284-0880 SATURDAY, JULY 16 Downtown Farmers’ Market 8:00am – 1:00pm Join us outside Davidson Courtyard on Russell St. W. on Saturday mornings throughout the summer to enjoy farm-fresh products, seasonal* vegetables/fruits, home baked goods, honey, p[...]
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Highway 43 fire over after a four-hour fight
Jul.13, 11:08 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The fire that closed Highway 43 west of Smiths Falls most of the afternoon and into the evening was finally brought to heal around 7:00 p.m. Smiths Falls fire fighters made it back to the fire station by about 7:20 according to Normand Beauchamp, Smiths Fall fire chief.  The call came in at 2:32 p.m. “It was probably at least six kilometers of fire, every fire department in the county was called. There were 11 fire departments on the scene,” said Beachamp. According to the chief, it wasn’t just one fire but five or six blazes that had to be dealt with.  The fire stretched from Hi[...]
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Fires still burning, but tamed, say officials
Jul.13, 6:32 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A grass fire that seems to have been sparked by a passing train closed both Highway 7 and Highway 43 west of Smiths Falls all the way to Perth. Initial reports said the fire was out of control. Police were re-routing traffic heading out towards Perth at the intersection of Cornelia and William St. “BBD&E fire department have command of the fire,” said Paul Klassen, sergeant with the Smiths Falls Police, one of the officers enforcing a highway closure. According to the Smiths Falls fire department most of the county fire departments were dispatched to fight the blaze. They also said they [...]
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Beckwith Township to make a splash with new pad for kids
Jul.13, 12:53 pm
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca Amanda Wagorn, mother of three, sees how much her kids enjoy playing at the splash pad at Riverside Park in Carleton Place and the Beckwith Township resident says she would love to have a facility like that closer to home. So, she is doing her part to make that a reality in the township as a member of the Splash Pad/Playground Fundraising Committee. The committee, which was formed in early 2016, has been working to increase awareness and fundraise for the installation of a splash pad and playground structure at Beckwith Park. The initiative is being undertaken as a legacy project to mark the township[...]
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Operation Dry Water gets full police support
Jul.13, 8:09 am
The Smiths Falls Police Service supports the Canadian Safe Boating Council initiative to reduce impaired boating deaths this August long weekend Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Smiths Falls Police Service is supporting the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) initiative called “Operation Dry Water.” Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice. With the summer boating season in high gear, the August 1st long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating[...]
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Operation freeze to reward youngsters for good deeds
Jul.12, 12:24 pm
The Smiths Falls Police Service, Smiths Falls and District Crimestopper and Mac’s Convenience Stores have joined forces to combat crime and to reward youngsters for good deeds they perform. This is a campaign to reward youngsters who perform a good deed anywhere that might otherwise go unrecognized. Smiths Falls Police Officers on patrol who see a good deed performed by a young person or note that the young person is following the law will be rewarded with a FREE 710ml FROSTER from Mac’s Convenience Stores. This Campaign is to encourage young persons to obey the law and do good deeds thereby putting a freeze on crime and keeping our town [...]
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Health Unit Issues Heat Warning
Jul.12, 12:14 pm
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit Media Release July 11, 2016 Health Unit Issues Heat Warning Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has issued a Heat Warning because of the high heat and humidity that is in the forecast over the next few days. Temperatures and humidex levels will be high beginning Tuesday and are expected to continue throughout Thursday.  A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases d[...]
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United Church of Lombardy makes last donation
Jul.12, 11:36 am
In 1886 the deed was signed. A group of dedicated Methodists purchased a plot of land, 60 ft by 100 ft. on Highway 15 at Lombardy. The property was purchased for a $75.00. A brick church was erected and became the hub of a four point Methodist charge until 1925. Then, at that time, the United Church of Canada was created. Lombardy church then was in a pastoral charge with Rideau Ferry and Port Elmsley. In January 2016, this same property was sold to a private owner and the Church that stood for all of those years serving the United Church community would no longer be their church. The difficult decision was made to amalgamate with Bethel Chur[...]
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Information session to be held as Smiths Falls explores twinning with the town of Carnew Ireland
Jul.12, 10:17 am
Media Release: Coollattin Connection Project  Coordinating with the upcoming Canada 150 celebrations in 2017, Smiths Falls is exploring a formal twinning with the town of Carnew, in County Wicklow, Ireland. In the 1840’s during the Irish Great Famine 2.5 million persons emigrated from Ireland, many to what was then Upper Canada. During the period 1847-1856 over 6000 people were force-migrated from the Coolattin Estate, owned by the Fitzwilliam Family, who went to some lengths to shepherd former tenants of their estate into work opportunities on the railways in Canada. The Fitzwilliam family eventually bequeathed their ancestral home to the[...]
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Heritage House Museum gets council support for RCMP Ride
Jul.12, 7:44 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Heritage House Museum has been trying to get the RCMP Musical Ride to town of Smiths Falls since last year.  Although their application was not approved last year, the museum was contacted by the RCMP this year and encouraged to put forward a second application for 2017. With the invitation, the museum was given some guidelines on how to strengthen their case.  To that end the museum has partnered with the Lombardy Fair Board and would be looking to bring the ride to the Lombardy Fair Grounds.  The applicants have approached the Town of Smiths Falls for a letter of support as part of their improve[...]
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Economic development/tourism plan includes a town-twinning proposal
Jul.12, 7:38 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls economic development/tourism plan is in the final stages of polish. A copy of the document has been circulated to members of the Smiths Falls council (and is available on the town’s website.) During the July 11 committee of a whole (COW) meeting, members of the committee expressed their general approval of the plan, but would like further clarification on timelines and component costs. Looking for approval of the document, Cyrill Cooper, director of economic development said he would add the details before bringing the document to council. In the meantime, the document proposes[...]
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Community pool’s sponsorship request met with confusion
Jul.12, 7:18 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls has received a letter from the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (formerly the Hub) looking for sponsorship for weekend public swim programs. “It looks like a marketing campaign, as they’ve approached the town and many other businesses,” said Jay Brennan, Smiths Falls councillor. According to the letter the aim is to bring children and families that would not normally be able to afford the cost of public swims out to the pool on Saturdays between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.  Town CAO Malcolm Morris, pointed out that the newly formed Aquatic Recreation Centre h[...]
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Chuckles Jack in Smiths Falls soon to have a patio
Jul.12, 7:13 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmeida.ca An application for cash in lieu of parking has been approved by the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole. The application by the owners of Chuckles Jack restaurant on Russell Street in Smiths Falls requested that the town accept cash in lieu of six parking spaces so that a patio could be created for the restaurant. The owners specified that two of the parking spaces would be seasonal and only used during the summer month.  Taking that provision into account the town is charging Chuckles Jack half the annual fee for the two parking spaces. A by-law to enter into a cash in lieu of parking will be broug[...]
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Perth Dry Stone Bridge project has commenced
Jul.11, 3:09 pm
The Town of Perth is thrilled to announce that the Dry Stone Bridge project kicked off this week and plans are in place for professional masons to arrive in Perth for Homecoming Weekend. On July 22-24, Perth and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada (also known as Dry Stone Canada) will host 40 professional dry stone masons from across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, who specialize in the construction of permanent stone structures without the use of mortar. During the three days, these dry stone “wallers” will build a unique structural dry stone bridge and strong stone retaining walls, revitalizing the old [...]
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Healthy Living: Meditation for Children
Jul.11, 2:45 pm
The Dalai Lama once said, “If every child in the world would be taught meditation we would eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” This quote captures the powerful benefits of this mindful practice for children of any age. A peaceful heart and existence can go a long way in helping children learn some building blocks to assist them in living a balanced life. Meditation helps children feel what it is like to be still and quiet. It helps them tune into their inner wisdom to feel safe and secure in the world while learning ways to breathe and to feel their own breath.   Some of the many benefits include the following items[...]
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Regional Health Hub stalled for lack of interest
Jul.11, 1:51 pm
Smiths Falls – HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS Health and access to healthcare is a complex issue, involving many different organization spanning health and social mandates.  In January 2015 a multi-sector Rural Health Hub Advisory Committee put out a framework for Rural Health Hubs in response to the Ministry of Health and Long Terms Care’s push towards integrating services and delivering equitable access to services across the province. “The initiative was green lighted last fall,” said Richard Schooley, chair of the Smiths Falls and District Hospital board. While Schooley has been actively talking to the various stakeholders, includin[...]
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Cherry Picked Canadian products rule
Jul.11, 1:16 pm
Cherry Picked Canadian products rule By Howaida Sorour-Roberts It’s a bright and neatly appointed store, filled with artfully displayed gift items.  Cherry Picked, on Brock Street East, in Merrickville (right behind the gas station) is a new to the village. It’s owned by Mitch Rochette, and frequently manned by his wife Leslie Way.  The couple are new to the village, having only moved  from Ottawa in the fall of 2015. “I’ve never lived outside the city limits because I needed to be close to hospitals,” explained Way. Way had kidney failure in 2011 and a transplant in 2012. Once she was given a clean bill of health, the couple dec[...]
On the left, John Gemmell, Curator of the Hall of Remembrance military museum, and Perth's Deputy Mayor, receives an autographed copy of Medric Cousineau's book, Further Than Yesterday: That's All That Counts.
Decorated hero returns to Perth – announces service dog funding
Jul.9, 2:50 pm
By Terry O’Hearn Retired Captain Medric “Cous” Cousineau, SC, CD, and his service dog Thai included Perth on their itinerary Friday, July 8, and used the occasion to bring news of an exciting announcement:  a new partnership between the Paws Fur Thought organization and Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) has been agreed upon. A CNW news story from July 5 related that WWC “has entered into a $175,000 investment in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) service dogs through a partnership with Paws Fur Thought. This investment ensures stable funding to Paws Fur Thought allowing them, in turn, to pair 40 Veterans with service dogs over the ne[...]
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Lanark County reminds residents CP Trail Corridor is not yet open to public
Jul.8, 4:51 pm
Lanark County reminds residents CP Trail Corridor is not yet open to public Lanark County is reminding residents that the newly leased abandoned CP Rail Corridor, which is slated to be developed as a future trail, is currently not open to the public. The county is undertaking a safety review of all of the structural assets along the trail, including the seven bridges (three in Almonte, two in Carleton Place and two in Pakenham). “The corridor has never been open to the public and it remains closed at this time to ensure safety,” explained Lanark County CAO Kurt Greaves. “At this point the bridges do not have safety railings in place.”[...]
Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day
Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day
Jul.8, 1:22 pm
Press Release On Sunday July 10 th , 2016 members of the Smiths Falls Police Service and the Smiths Falls Police Association will be hosting a “Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day”. This event will take place at the Parks Canada parking lot on Old Sly’s road in Smiths Falls from 9 am – 1 pm. This is a free event for kids to take part in. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A free BBQ lunch will be provided from 12-1pm and there will be prizes for participants. Members of Parks Canada Visitor Experience Team will also be on hand providing canoeing instructions and rides to kids. In addition to this great event, [...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 8 – 10
Jul.7, 6:40 pm
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 8 – 10 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, JULY 8 Art in the Barn 5:00pm – 8:00pm For the last five years original works of art have been available directly from the artists at Art in the Barn and this year it’s back again. The 6th annual Art in the Barn, hosted by the Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association, returns to the Lombardy Agricultural Society Fairgrounds Barn located 4 miles south of Smiths Falls on Highway 15 at Kelly’s Road. Last year Art in the Barn featured even more artists by adding the Main Hall to the festive event. This year[...]
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Movies Under the Stars – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jul.7, 5:43 pm
Come out to the Movies Under the Stars at 7 to see The newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens and enjoy the pre-show activities. Pre-show Activities: Spaced themed Lego table Star Wars arts & crafts table A visit from a Star Wars Character Astronomy Table The pre-show activities start at 7pm. The movie starts at dusk. Free admission but donations are appreciated. There will be hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, chips and drinks. Bring a blanket or a chair and your family.[...]
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Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day this Sunday in Smiths Falls
Jul.6, 11:04 pm
On Sunday July 10th, 2016 members of the Smiths Falls Police Service and the Smiths Falls Police Association will be hosting a “Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Day”.  This event will take place at the Parks Canada parking lot on Old Sly’s road in Smiths Falls from 9 am – 1 pm.  This is a free event for kids to take part in.  Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  A free BBQ lunch will be provided from 12-1pm and there will be prizes for participants. Members of Parks Canada Visitor Experience Team will also be on hand providing canoeing instructions and rides to kids. In addition to this great event, the V.E. Team [...]
Left to right: Cameron Fabrici (Fab’s Firewood), Bronwyn MacDonald (Busy B Photography), Amanda Snider (Little Bear Jewellery Designs), Nicholas Joannou (NJ Visuals), Ryan Pollock (RJ’s Chairs)
Local Students become their own Bosses for the Summer
Jul.6, 10:27 am
This year 5 local students have been selected for the 2016 Summer Company Program in the Lanark County/Smiths Falls area. Summer Company provides an opportunity for students to be their own boss and to start/run a business for the summer. The Summer Company Program is an initiative of the Ontario Government and throughout the summer the students are equipped with the tools necessary to succeed and provide hands-on business training and mentoring. Summer Company is aimed at students between the ages of 15-29 in school and returning to school in the fall.  The successful students receive an award of up to $1,500 to help with business start-up [...]
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OPP executed drug warrant on Rideau River Road
Jul.6, 9:54 am
Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release GRENVILLE COUNTY (Kemptville) DRUG WARRANT EXECUTED ON RIDEAU RIVER ROAD 2016-07-06 (Kemptville, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police Community Drug Action Team, Grenville County OPP Emergency Response Team,  the OPP Tactical Response Unit and the North Grenville Fire Department executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Search Warrant at a residence in the Township of North Grenville. On July 5 2016 at 11:20 am, police entered a residence on Rideau River Road and seized 104 marihuana clones, 19 mature marihuana plants and 63.7 grams of marihuana bud. Total approximate value of seizure i[...]
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SFMHA looking for players and coaches at rep and house levels
Jul.5, 7:05 pm
PLAYERS AND COACHES NEEDED July 4, 2016 Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Association (SFMHA) is still accepting player registrations especially at the novice and midget levels as well as midget goalie registrations.  Contact Registrar Susan Peladeau at susan.peladeau@gmail.com or Treasurer Erica Nicholson at ericanicholson@aol.com for more information or to register. SFMHA is also still looking for coaches at all the rep and house levels.  Interested parties should contact Coaching Director Gord Schultz at gordschultz@bell.net[...]
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Iconic white trail unique to Smiths Falls
Jul.4, 10:03 am
By Sally Smith The white crushed-stone path along the river by Lower Reach Park has many uses – jogging, dog-walking, pushing strollers – and for some teenagers, necking. Art Manhire, director of community services, laughs when considering this. That particular part of the intertwining trail system which runs throughout and beyond the Town of Smiths Falls, sees a lot of action. Within the town perimeter, the very visible trail stretches about six kilometres. Outside, it joins the Cataraqui Trail into south eastern Ontario, and now there is a joining trail to the Quebec border. The Rideau Trail can also be accessed from the white p[...]
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Smiths Falls approves water and wastewater rate charge
Jul.4, 8:54 am
On May 16, 2016, the council of the Town of Smiths Falls approved the Water & Wastewater rate charge increases as per by-law No.8854-2016. The revised rates are effective June 1 . 2016. As per the Sustainable Water and Sewage Systems Act (S.W.S.S.A.) and legislative changes as a result of the Walkerton crisis, municipalities are required to conform to statutes governing the management of water and wastewater systems. The intent of the Act was to introduce the requirement for municipalities to undertake an assessment of the cost of providing their water and wastewater services for the purposes of establishing a system of full cost rec[...]
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Merrickville Bridge to Canada aiming to sponsor refugee family in late 2016
Jul.4, 7:31 am
Regional – Howaida Sorour-Roberts Individuals and groups all over Canada are mobilizing to offer a safe haven for Syrian refugees.  In the last six months a new group has sprung up in Merrickville.“RCHS [Rideau Community Health Services] put on an information night in Smiths Falls last December and we decided to form a group that night,” said Audrey McKendry-Bridge, chair of Merrickville Bridge to Canada (MBC) At that meeting McKendry-Bridge, Jacque Pelletier, Fred MacFarland, and Graeme Bonham-Carter heard presentations from World Hope, Refugee 613 (Ottawa), Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (CARR, Perth) and Refugees I[...]
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Students bring home a piece of World War I history
Jun.30, 10:29 pm
REGIONAL – HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS A majestic piece of history is about to land in Smiths Falls with the help of students from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI).  A single oak tree, descended from oaks that once dotted Vimy Ridge in France will be planted somewhere in town to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge next year. “I hope that it sparks conversation and interest in younger people ,” said Ben Seward, SFDCI grade 11 student. The project has been in the works for more than two years, and Smiths Falls gets first dibs thanks to the work of Blake Seward, SFDCI history teacher. “A year [...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 1 – 3
Jun.29, 1:34 pm
Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 1 – 3 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. Movies under the stars – First of the year. 6:00pm – 12:00am (Midnight) This week’s movie is Zootopia sponsored by Hunt & Dopson Insurance Group Inc. This week’s community partner is Community Enhancement Association. Come out for the pre-show activities: Little Ray’s Reptiles Show 7pm – 8pm, Canada Tattoos and facepainting, and colour the streets with sidewalk chalk. Free Admission (donations appreciated). Hotdogs, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Chips and Drinks. Bring a blanket or a c[...]
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Dr. Penny receives award at RCHS AGM
Jun.29, 1:09 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts The Rideau Community Health Services annual general meeting, held at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre on Tuesday June 28 th was the best attended in the history of the organization according to Jacques Pelletier (at left), board chair. Most of the attendees were there to support Dr. Brian Penny (centre) who was being recognized for his 40 years of service to the community with an honourary membership to RCHS. “I’d like to thank everyone who came out tonight, I really feel humbled and proud at the same time,” said Penny. The much loved doctor is not retiring, but Peter McKenna (at right), executi[...]
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Smoking restriction, poop & scoop dispensers and more…
Jun.29, 11:53 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts The director of corporate services, Kerry Costello is reminding residents that there is no smoking allowed in any municipal parks or within 20 feet of any playing field. The Town of Smiths Falls has installed dog poop bag dispensers in the downtown core in an attempt to help reduce the dog mess found on our streets.  They will be at Beckwith and Main, Beckwith and Russell and one more location.  Please use the bags to collect your animal’s waste and then dispose of it in the garbage cans provided throughout the downtown. Just a few weeks ago the town adopted a series of changes to the by-laws governing pet own[...]
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Lanark County construction projects are underway – plan your route
Jun.29, 9:23 am
Lanark County’s public works construction program for 2016 is well underway, with some projects already completed. Terry McCann, public works director, reminds motorists that traffic may be reduced to one lane periodically during these projects and, in some cases, detours may be in place. “We urge drivers to please obey all signs and traffic control personnel during construction in order to ensure their safety and that of the workers. We regret any inconvenience or disruption to traffic that may be caused.” The progress on the 2016 projects is outlined below: County Road 8 (Watsons Corners Road): This project by Smiths Construction Comp[...]
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Council to evaluate community donation policy
Jun.28, 8:57 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts There is currently no policy that requires groups that receive community donations from Smiths Falls town council to return to council and report on how the funding they received was spent or the effect it might have had on the group’s performance. “I would like to hear from groups after they have completed their events, and not just when they are looking for donations,” said councillor John Maloney. Most of council agreed and it’s been decided that council members will make recommendations to Kerry Costello, director of community services, who will work to strengthen the current community donation[...]
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Smith Falls council appoints Quinn to hoarding coalition
Jun.28, 8:51 pm
Recognizing that hoarding is a mental illness and that hoarding activities can put vulnerable people at serious risk the Town of Smiths Falls is recommending that council appoint Dawn Quinn to the Lanark Hoarding Coalition.   The coalition is made up of a number of service providers and advocates who work to together to help find solutions for people who suffer from excess hoarding behaviours. Although town by-laws are able to regulate the exteriors of people’s homes, any interventions inside a home violate human rights.  The coalition’s goal is to access the supports and community resources that can help hoarder keep their homes and th[...]
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Lombard Street in Smiths Falls to get a face-lift
Jun.28, 1:23 pm
By Howida Sorour-Roberts Smiths Falls council has authorized the mayor and clerk to go ahead with a contract agreement with Karson Asphalt Paving Inc,  the company with the lowest bid for the rehabilitation of Lombard Street. The town had received funding for the project under the connecting Links Fund.  The project is expected to take about three weeks to complete. “The stipulation is that they maintain two lanes of traffic flow,” said Troy Dunlop, director of public works and utilities. No date has been set for the start of the project, as other construction work such as the Stone Arch Bridge also has to be factored into the [...]
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Animal control contract awarded
Jun.28, 11:04 am
By Howida Sorour-Roberts Smiths Falls has entered into a three-year contract with Frontenac Municipal Law Enforcement for animal control services. “We received two bids and both were compliant, but the lowest bid was from Frontenac.  We’ve used both services before and are currently contracted with Frontenac who are prompt, professional and efficient,” said Costello. The company’s bid was $38,130 for 2017 compared to $40,341 from Lanark Municipal Law Enforcement.    [...]
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Two Smiths Falls properties receive Properties of Interest designation
Jun.28, 11:00 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts The Stone Arch Bridge and ‘The Doctor’s House’ at 39 Russell Street East, both in Smiths Falls, have been approved to join the list of Properties of Interest designation compiled by the Municipal Heritage Committee. “Planning staff are very supportive of the addition of these two properties to the town’s properties of interest registry,” said Katelyn Morphet, interim planner. While the designation cannot bind the owners to preserving the property it does delay any proposed demolition of the properties for up to 60 days.   The idea is to allow the Municipal Heritage Committee the time [...]
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Smiths Fals tax collection policy under review
Jun.28, 10:51 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts The town is currently owed more than $2million in tax arrears. Since a deficit that large affects the town’s budget negatively, city staff is recommending a new tax collection policy. “This is about how to deal with arrears. We have a process but it doesn’t have any teeth until it goes to the tax sale process,” explained Director of Corporate Services, Kerry Costello. The aim of the new policy is to give the town more options to enforce tax payment and reduce arrears. A draft of the policy was submitted to council and changes are suggested for virtually every aspect of the current collection[...]
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Smiths Falls seeks grant funding for community upgrades
Jun.28, 10:44 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts The town of Smiths Falls has submitted grant applications totalling $1.56 million to the Canada 150 Infrastructure Development program.  The fund is financed to the tune of $44 million for Eastern Ontario grants and the application deadline was June 24. “We’ve received confirmation of the receipt but haven’t heard back yet,” said Art Manhire, director of community services. If all the grants are accepted, the town could receive up to $679,000 or approximately 50 per cent of project costs. Smiths Falls is hoping to receive funding for updates to the town hall, a new exhibition space at Heritag[...]
Parks Canada
will be conducting spring maintenance at some of our swing bridges and
sites along the Rideau Canal, in preparation for the 2015 navigation
season.
RVCA declares minor drought for Rideau watershed areas
Jun.28, 10:29 am
During the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on June 27, the Rideau Conservation authority has updated the town that the Rideau watershed flow is at 15 per cent of normal and has declared a minor severity drought. “We’re getting word out to residents for voluntary conservation of water,” said Troy Dunlop, director of Public Works and Utilities. At this time the town is advising residents not to water their lawns and gardens during the hottest hours of the day and to be mindful of all water use. In the meantime, Dunlop says the town is being conscientious about it’s own consumption of water.[...]
Winner of 2016 Full Marathon
The first ever fully kilted marathon
Jun.27, 5:08 pm
The first ever fully kilted marathon that took place Sunday June 26th was run through the rural environs Tay Valley Township and finished at EcoTay Education Centre.  The attached photo shows Kenya’s Gilbert Kiptoo running past the local Lioness Club’s cheering & water station on Glen Tay Side Road on his way to be the first person across the finish line. A less hurried entry stopped to chat with the women dressed in period costume to honour the area’s 200th anniversary  [...]
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County begins trial adopt-a-road noxious weed program
Jun.27, 4:43 pm
County begins trial Adopt-a-Road Noxious Weed program Lanark County is working with a property owners’ association on a trial program along a section of road to reduce noxious weeds, such as wild parsnip, without the use of pesticides. The Little Silver and Rainbow Lakes Property Owners Association (LSRLPOA) is the first Lanark County Adopt-a-Road Noxious Weed trial participant. Terry McCann, the county’s public works director, explained the association’s executive wanted to investigate alternatives to the use of pesticide spray for noxious weed control on roadsides of County Road 36, which transects the watershed of Little Silver and[...]
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Railway Museum is all aboard for weddings
Jun.27, 12:03 pm
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts howaida@pdgmedia.ca The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario has hosted its first full wedding this month. The ceremony was held in the breezeway while the interior was decorated for an elegant sit-down dinner catered by Magnolia Catering of Smiths Falls. The festivities included a number of railway features including a train ride featuring a first generation diesel engine pulling a 1940s wooden Canadian Pacific caboose equipped with champagne for the newlyweds and their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The couple also received a congratulatory telegram orchestrated by museum volunteers John Mulkerns and Graeme Roy.   Shown [...]
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National restaurant chain coming to Hwy 7 corridor in Perth
Jun.27, 10:48 am
By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedica.ca A national restaurant chain will be setting up shop in a new commercial project planned along the Highway 7 corridor. Perth Town Council unanimously approved at its June 21 meeting a by-law authorizing the mayor and staff to sign an addendum to the Site Plan Control Agreement with the owner of the Perth Mews Mall to facilitate the construction of a new commercial building, which will include a restaurant and drive-thru facility. “It is one of the national chains,” Eric Cosens, director of development and protective services confirmed. “Exactly which one, we don’t know.” What is known is that[...]
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Perth Kilt Run Expects New Guinness Record
Jun.27, 9:37 am
Perth – Terry O’Hearn Perth’s World Record Kilt Run 2016 appears to have smashed its previous Guinness World Record, and organizers Terry and Mary Stewart will be watching closely for the official Guinness approval in the coming weeks. The highly successful run is one of the 200th Perth Military Settlement Anniversary events. This year is the third and final attempt for a new kilt race record, and it is expected the new record will exceed three thousand runners.  Other communities attempting to break the same record have included the St. Paddy’s race in Raleigh, North Carolina, and race organizations in Perth, Australia, and [...]
Cherry Picked
Cherry Picked Canadian products rule
Jun.27, 7:29 am
REGIONAL – Howaida Sorour-Roberts It’s a bright and neatly appointed store, filled with artfully displayed gift items.  Cherry Picked, on Brock Street East, in Merrickville (right behind the gas station) is a new to the village. It’s owned by Mitch Rochette, and frequently manned by his wife Leslie Way.  The couple are new to the village, having only moved  from Ottawa in the fall of 2015. “I’ve never lived outside the city limits because I needed to be close to hospitals,” explained Way. Way had kidney failure in 2011 and a transplant in 2012. Once she was given a clean bill of health, the couple decided to take the plung[...]

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