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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Ball Hockey and Basketball

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Drop in for a game of supervised ball hockey.
Outdoor Gerry Lowe Rink

Public Swim

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre
361 Queen St.
Cost: Regular Drop in prices apply

Shinny Hockey

1:30pm – 3:30pm
Join us at the Youth Arena for Shinny Hockey. $2 person.

A Chillin’ Movie Night for all kids

5:00pm
Join us to watch Zootopia. We’ll have dinner: Chili, bread & butter, milk, apple juice & rice krispie squares. Th movie starts at 6:30. Sponsored by Trinity United Church.
41 Market Street (Downstairs).

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Re-Purposing Craft Workshop

9:30am – 12:30pm
Takes place at the REAL Deal store. Carol Richardson of Heritage Mosaics, Perth will show how to make gifts from glass, tile, china etc. 283.9966 to register

Rideau Ski Club, Ski Swap & Open House

Equipment Drop Off: 9:30am – 12:20pm
Sale and Open House: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Need new ski and snowboard gear? The Rideau Ski Club Open House and Ski Swap and our membership drive kicks off at Sport X – Bikes, Boards & Skis! Become a Rideau Ski Club Member. Purchase a membership to receive great discounts at local hills. Individual: $20; Family: $40.

Merrickville Agricultural Society Christmas Craft Show

10:00am – 4:00pm
The 21st annual Merrickville Agricultural Society Christmas Craft Show will be held on November 26, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Merrickville Community Centre, 106 Read St. Free admission & parking.

Celebration of Lights Opening Night

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Let the Spirit of the Season embrace you as Victoria Park comes alive with illumination! Join us in Victoria Park as we light over 10,000 lights in 40 displays and the trees. Enjoy free wagon rides, popcorn, cookies, hot chocolate, Timbits and a visit from Santa.Build a Mountain of Food will be on site please bring a non-perishable food item for the van. Free Event; Donations are welcome – donation boxes will be on site. Note: After opening ceremony the lights will remain on till 10:00pm for viewing. For more information contact: info@togethersmithsfalls.com or visit www.togethersmithsfalls.com
Victoria Park Campground, 30 Lombard St.

Public Skating

11:30am – 12:30am
Sponsored by Smiths Falls Recreation Department – $2 per person
Smiths Falls Youth Arena

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

County Fair Mall past and present staff photo this weekend

1:00pm
A past employee at the County Fair Mall in Smiths Falls is organizing a photo in front of the mall, that is slated for demolition.
Tracey Merkley would like all mall employees, past and present, to come out for one final photo before the mall closes in the New Year.
She said the idea was just a random idea that has gotten bigger and bigger, and now the picture is set to be taken Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.
Any of the mall’s staff members, former or current, are welcome to participate in what they hope will be a photo of the mall’s multi-generational workforce.
Merkley says she worked at many different stores in the mall over nearly two decades, just like her mother who worked at the old Zellers store for more than 25 years. She told the Record News, “We’re trying to encourage people to come out and reminisce and get one last photo before they tear the mall down.”

Lyle Dillabough’s The Last of the Good Years

2:00pm
The Last of the Good Years, Lyle Dillabough’s examination of “life, barrooms and small towns in Canada during the 1960s and ’70s,” will be presented at The Station Theatre in Smiths Falls on Sunday, November 27 at 2pm. Based on recollections that Lyle (also known as the Valley Troubadour) wrote down while in hospital after a near-death experience, it will feature live music by area musicians who performed back in the ’60s and ’70s at The Mariner’s Inn, as well as at hotels such as The Arlington, The Rideau and The Russell. All proceeds after expenses will be donated to the Smiths Falls Community Food Bank, and tickets are only $10 at the door (cash only). Doors open at 1:30.
The Station Theatre
53 Victoria Ave. (corner of Daniel St.), Smiths Falls
smithsfallstheatre.com

Talk: Franklin’s Lost Ships Found

2:00pm
Talk by Jonathan Moore, a member of the Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Team that discovered the first of Franklin’s lost ships, the HMS Erebus.
In support of the Heritage House Museum.
In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada’s Arctic. For over 150 years, groups have been sent to the Canadian Arctic in an attempt to learn the fate of the Franklin expedition. In 2014, there was a breakthrough when an expedition led by Parks Canada found the long-lost wreck of HMS Erebus. On September 12 (2016) the wreck of the HMS Terror was discovered 50km away from the wreck of the HMS Erebus. The extraordinary efforts leading to this discovery have brought together government and public, private and non-profit organizations from 2008 to present. The use of both state-of-the-art technology and 19th-century Inuit oral testimony made this historic find possible.
Tickets are going quickly at only $20 per person and are available at Heritage House Museum (11 Old Sly’s Road in Smiths Falls, 283–6311). The museum is open weekdays 10:30am to 4:30pm, weekends noon to 4:30pm.
Smiths Falls Legion
7 Main St. E., Smiths Falls
office95@cogeco.ca
613-283-2690

Public Skating

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Sponsored by Smiths Falls Recreation Department – $2 per person
Smiths Falls Youth Arena

CP Holiday Train

Finch
Location: Tracks adjacent to James Street between Williams Street & George Street
Arrival: 2:30 PM
Event Time: 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Merrickville
Location: 103 East Broadway & Count y Road #2. South side of crossing near Bay Street
Arrival: 4:45 PM
Event Time: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Smiths Falls
Location: Smith Falls Train Station, 63 Victoria St.
Arrival:6:20 PM
Event Time: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Perth
Location: Railway Crossing on South Side of Wilson Street
Arrival: 7:40 PM
Event Time: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
For more info visit their website:
www.cpr.ca

Perth weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Perth Weekend Guide: November 25 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

The Memory Project

10:30am
The Perth & District Union Public Library will be hosting a Memory Project speaker on Friday, November 25th at 10:30am. Please stop by to meet this World War Two veteran to listen to the stories and lessons he has to share. For more information on the Memory Project, visit http://www.thememoryproject.com/
The Perth & District Union Public Library
613-267-1224

Perth Community Foundation Christmas Gala.

7:00pm – 11:00pm
The Perth & District Community Foundation hosts its annual Christmas Gala. For many, this is the most splendid event leading up to the holiday season — a posh night of mingling (in formal attire) with friends new and old, of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music and laughter. New this year is the Glass & Glitter Bar. For an extra $25, you can get the VIP experience, but only 75 tickets are available so you’d best act quickly. There will be a live auction and music by St. Jimmy’s 4. Tickets are available through Tickets Please. Cost: $110
Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa
82 Peter St.
613-326-0295
pdcf.ca

Perth Blue Wings vs. Brockville Tikis

7:00pm
THE PERTH BLUE WINGS take on the BROCKVILLE TIKIS at the Perth Arena.
2 Beckwith St. East
www.perthbluewings.ca

River City Junction

9:00pm
Live Music.
O’Reilly’s Pub
43 Gore St. E., Perth
613 267-7994
www.oreillyspubperth.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Festival of Good Cheer

9:30am
Festival of Good Cheer VIP Shopping Event begins with registration at the Crystal Palace at 9:30 a.m. Come and pick up your VIP Christmas bag filled with promotions, gifts and coupons. Listen to Christmas music as you shop in downtown Perth and visit the various stores offering promotions. Jump on the horse drawn wagon and travel through our heritage downtown. Book a dinner at your favourite restaurant and then stroll through the downtown under our Christmas trees filled with 10,000 sparkling lights. Experience a magical celebration in beautiful downtown Perth!
Crystal Palace
63 Gore St. E.
613-267-3311
www.perth.ca

Yuletide Fair

10:00am – 1:30pm
St. Paul’s UCW presents YULETIDE FAIR 2016 on Saturday, November 26th, 10am to 1:30pm (25 Gore St. W., Perth). Hot lunch served from 11am-1pm, homemade soup, sandwiches, pies $10, children 10 and under $5. Delicious Bake Table – including gluten free and Christmas puddings! Crafts, jewellery, calendars and agendas, handmade items, Christmas decorations and more…..”touch and take” surprise gifts. Frosty’s Room – children’s secret shopping. For information call 613-267-2973. Accessible building, Sunday parking rules apply.
St. Paul’s United Church
25 Gore St. West, Perth

Annual Christmas Bazaar

10:00am – 2:00pm
Help us spread Christmas Cheer! Come to the annual Christmas Bazaar, sponsored by “His House, the Perth Hub Drop-in Centre”, Saturday, November 26 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, corner of North and Drummond St Perth. Please access elevators from rear door at parking lot (off Foster St) or use side entrance at North Street to lower hall.
St. Andrew’s Church
Corner of North and Drummond St. Perth

Midnight Makers Holiday Market

10:00am – 3:00pm
30 creative local creators. Swag bag to first 30 shoppers. Cost: $2 sugg donation
Old Perth Shoe Factory
1 Sherbrooke St. W.
www.midnightmakers.com

MERA Christmas Fair

10:00am – 4:00pm
One-of-a-kind items from local vendors featuring fine handmade creations: handweaving, pottery, jewelry, chocolate, handsewn items, home preserves, beeswax candles, and much more.
MERA Room with items made by MERA members including beautiful hand-painted cards by the MERA Arts Circle Christmas decorations and many other items made by the Fibrearts, Weaving, Knitting and Pottery groups and Baking donated by our members from which MERA receives 100% of sales.
Wizard’s CAFE will be open all day so you can enjoy a light lunch and other goodies throughout the day. All sales from the cafe go to MERA.
MERA Schoolhouse
974 9th Concession A, McDonalds Corners
meraschoolhouse@bell.net
613-278-0388
www.meraschoolhouse.org

Book Signing: Claudia Smith

1:00pm – 3:00pm
New book: By Word of Mouth — Sleigh Bells and Snowdrifts, a collection of winter and Christmas articles written by Claudia, over the last 26 years, for the Lanark Era.
The book launch will take place on Sunday, November 13 from 2 to 4pm. Come by the Middleville Community Centre to meet the author and enjoy some refreshments. There will also be book signings at the Book Nook in Perth on Saturday, November 26 from 1 to 3pm, and at Mill Street Books in Almonte on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 3pm. All proceeds will go to the ongoing work of the Middleville Museum.
The Book Nook
60 Gore St. E.
thebooknook@bellnet.ca

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Perth Farmers’ Xmas Market

10:00am – 3:00pm
Local artisans, bakers, farmers.
Crystal Palace
63 Gore St. E.

Christmas Lunch and Fashion Show

12:00pm – 2:30pm
Lunch at Maximilian Restaurant. Fashions provided by Streve Designs, Jewel’s, Cosmic Ties. In support of Lanark County Support Services. Tickets $25.00 each. Fantastic Door Prizes to be won!
Maximilian’s Restaurant, 99 Gore St E., Perth
www.lanarkcountysupportservices.com
613-267-6048

Advent Procession with Carols

4:00pm
Advent Procession with Carols at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church
St. James the Apostle Anglican Church
12 Harvey St. cnr Drummond, Perth
stjamesperth@superaje.com
613-267-1163
www.stjamesperth.ca

CP Holiday Train

Finch
Location: Tracks adjacent to James Street between Williams Street & George Street
Arrival: 2:30 PM
Event Time: 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Merrickville
Location: 103 East Broadway & Count​y Road #2. ​South side of crossing near Bay Street
Arrival: 4:45 PM
Event Time: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Smiths Falls
Location: Smith Falls Train Station, 63 Victoria St.
Arrival:6:20 PM
Event Time: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Perth
Location: Railway Crossing on South Side of Wilson Street
Arrival: 7:40 PM
Event Time: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
For more info visit their website:
www.cpr.ca

Carleton Place weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Carleton Place weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Une Heure de Conte en Francais

10:30am – 11:00am
Our French Storytime is back for the fall! Join us weekly for fun French stories, songs, and more. We also do a colouring page each week. This is the perfect session for children learning French, those in French immersion, and for families who speak French at home. No registration is necessary, and all ages are welcome. We will decide on the level based on the attendance.
carletonplacepubliclibrary@gmail.com

Mary Poppins

7:30pm
The Mississippi Mudds present “Mary Poppins”, a spoonful of musical magic! Tickets available at Hallmark, CP. Thursday evening show $15, all other shows $20.
Carleton Place Town Hall
175 Bridge St.
jsx4@rogers.com
613-250-2803
Mississippimudds.com

Lanark Laughs

8:00pm – 10:00pm
Stand-up Comedy
The Waterfront Gastropub
12 Bell St, Carleton Place
613-257-5755
http://thewaterfrontgastropub.ca/

DJ Whisper

10:00pm – 2:00am
The Waterfront Gastropub presents top 40 dance music.
The Waterfront Gastropub
12 Bell St, Carleton Place
http://thewaterfrontgastropub.ca/

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Breakfast with Santa

10:00am – 3:00pm
Have breakfast with Santa at CPHS. Contact the school for details (613) 257-2720

Carleton Place High School, 215 Lake Ave W, Carleton Place

Christmas Craft Show

10:00am – 3:00pm
Over 40 exhibitors. Lunch counter by Ashton United. Holiday fun pop-up photo booth fundraiser for Furry Tales Rescue. Cash donations will be collected for the Lanark Co. Food Bank
Beckwith Public School
1523 9th Line Beckwith
613-253-0427

Itty Bitty, Teenie Tiny Art Show & Sale

10:00am – 4:00pm
Arts Carleton Place. Original works for under $100. Small canvases, fused glass art, photography, pottery, wood and stone pieces, jewellery, exciting mixed media works, coffee and treats from Ginger Café
CP Canoe Club
179 John St., Carleton Place
613-253-1838
http://www.cpcanoeclub.com/

Mary Poppins

2:00pm
The Mississippi Mudds present “Mary Poppins”, a spoonful of musical magic! Tickets available at Hallmark, CP. Thursday evening show $15, all other shows $20.
Carleton Place Town Hall
175 Bridge St.
jsx4@rogers.com
613-250-2803
mississippimudds.com

Acoustic Saturdays

3:00pm – 6:00pm and again at 9:00pm – 1am
The Waterfont Gastropub presents acoustic saturdays.
downtowncarletonplace@gmail.com
12 Bell Street, Carleton Place

Queens Live Music

4:00pm – 8:00pm
Live Local Band
downtowncarletonplace@gmail.com
Queen’s Hotel
142 Bridge St, Carleton Place

Santa Claus Parade

5:00pm
Theme: Candyland Christmas. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Lanark County Food Bank along the parade route. Register a float for $20.
Downtown Carleton Place
Bridge Street
613-451-1979

Home

Music at the Moose

9:00pm – 11:30pm
he Thirsty Moose have great live local music
downtowncarletonplace@gmail.com
The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery
20 Bridge St, Carleton Place

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Itty Bitty, Teenie Tiny Art Show & Sale

10:00am – 4:00pm
Arts Carleton Place. Original works for under $100. Small canvases, fused glass art, photography, pottery, wood and stone pieces, jewellery, exciting mixed media works, coffee and treats from Ginger Café
CP Canoe Club
179 John St., Carleton Place
613-253-1838
http://www.cpcanoeclub.com/

Mary Poppins

2:00pm
The Mississippi Mudds present “Mary Poppins”, a spoonful of musical magic! Tickets available at Hallmark, CP. Thursday evening show $15, all other shows $20.
Carleton Place Town Hall
175 Bridge St.
jsx4@rogers.com
613-250-2803
Mississippimudds.com

Music at Gastropub

3:00pm – 6:00pm
Check out the Waterfront Gastropub for some great live music with Redneck Limousine
downtowncarletonplace@gmail.com
12 Bell Street, Carleton Place

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: November 25 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Violet Femmes Gala

5:00pm – 8:00pm
Girls night out of fine dining (w/Chef Kevin Ralph) & dancing (Renegade). Silent auction & raffle, host Sandra of KISS FM. In support of Interval House. Tickets $65 or $520 table of 8, online or by email. Wear purple!
Almonte Civitan Hall
500 Almonte St
brianne@lcih.com
613-257-3469×63
Lcih.org

Almonte Lectures: Past in a Digital Age

7:30pm
Randy Boswell, News, History and Memory: Rediscovering the Past in a Digital Age. Free; donations accepted.
Almonte United Church
106 Elgin St.
almontelectures.net

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Pakenham Country Christmas

9:00am – 5:00pm
Experience the true spirit of Christmas.
9am to 11am – Breakfast with Santa (Centennial Restaurant)
10am to 2pm – Letters to Santa and Childrens Craft Table (Pakenham Public School)
10am to 2pm – Craft Sale (Pakenham Public School)
10am to 2pm – Girl Guide Christmas Cafe (Pakenham Public School)
10am to 2pm – Have hot apple tea and cookies with Mrs. Claus and see local artists Kevin Dodds and Daisy Mae Lennox (Pakenham General Store)
11am to 2pm – Make your own Reindeer Food (5 Span Feed & Seed)
11am to 1pm – Candy Kebab Station (Nicholson’s)
11am to 2:30 – Tea Room (St. Marks Anglican Church)
11am to 3pm – Christmas Tea and Country Craft Making for Adults (Stonebridge Haven)
11:30 to 12:30 – Visit with Santa (Pakenham Public School)
3pm – Storytime (Nicholson’s)
4:30pm – Tree lighting and Caroling (Park at the Bridge by 5 Span Spuds)
Pakenham Public School
109 Jeanie St.
www.ucdsb.on.ca

Coins & Strings

3:00pm
Harpist Diana Marie & collection of the world’s rarest and coolest $2 coins at this Open House.
Alliance Coin & Banknote
88 Mill St., Almonte
sean@alliancecoin.com
613-256-6785
www.alliancecoin.com

High Times at the Heart Institute

7:00pm
Stone Fence Theatre raises money for Almonte General Hospital. The musical comedy was written by Ish Theilheimer, the company’s producer, and directed by Barry’s Bay resident Chantal Elie-Sernoskie. It celebrates Canada’s health care system and takes a humorous look at the subject of aging baby boomers coming to terms with mortality. Proceeds from the play go directly to the hospital. Cost: $25.66 plus tx.
Almonte Old Town Hall
14 Bridge St
613-628-6600
stonefence.ca

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Trad Song Session

2:00pm – 4:00pm
The session follows the tradition of people gathering in a local pub to sing and play for their own pleasure. We emphasize simple traditional songs with choruses​ ​so that others can join in​​ – work songs, sea shanties, old gospel tunes and the like – most often unaccompanied​. The stronger singers lead and sing the verses and everyone joins in on the choruses.
To lead a song, you should pretty much know it by heart and the first​ couple of rounds are reserved for those who have prepared a chorus song. In later rounds, if there is time, we will hear the occasional ballad or other solo piece. Most of the songs come from the British Isles and North America but we welcome songs from other traditions as well contemporary classics that follow the traditional idiom.
For more information about the​ ​Trad Song session, including a brief discussion of what makes a song “traditional”, see shantyman.ca/TradSing or call David 613-355-5552.
The Barley Mow
79 Little Bridge Street,
dave@barleymow.com
613-256-5669
barleymow.com

Westport & Rideau Lakes weekend guide: November 26 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Westport & Rideau Lakes weekend guide: November 26 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Shop and Hop

3:00pm – 9:00pm
Late shopping, prizes etc.
Westport

Head over Heels

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Folk/country/rock from Gananoque, with vocal/guitar duo Kevin Head & Miss V. www.kevinheadmusic.com
The Cove Country Inn, Westport
info@coveinn.com
1-888-COVEINN
613-273-3636
Coveinn.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Santa Claus Parade

1:00pm
Come see Santa!
The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St.
info@coveinn.com
1-888-COVEINN
Coveinn.com

Henry Norwood & Shawn McCullough

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Live music.
The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St., Westport
info@coveinn.com
1-888-COVEINN
613-273-3636
Coveinn.com

John Wilberforce

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Folk/Rock from Kemptville. www.reverbnation.com/johnwilberforce.
The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St., Westport
info@coveinn.com
1-888-COVEINN
613-273-3636
Coveinn.com

Carleton Place residents to see property tax increase in 2017

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca 

Carleton Place Council approved the 2017 budget, including the 2.1 per cent property tax increase. The increase will mean an additional $27.50 per $200,000 home.

Staff are instructed to proceed with the identified projects contained in the 2017 budget, some of which include: a $1.5 million repair to Central Bridge on Bridge St., $1 million in upgrades to the dressing rooms at the Carleton Place Arena, and $160,000 of upgrades to the exterior of Town Hall.

Carleton Place council confirms sale of four lands

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council confirmed the sale of four properties at the Nov. 22 council meeting at Town Hall.

The land included is: Allan Street Property, Cavanagh Property on Morris Street, part of Old Franktown Road and part of the land on Highway 7 adjacent to the Rivington Property. The Allan Street Property was sold for $144,555 and the other lands were sold for $139,000, $2,055 and $2,889, respectively.

The municipal lands were previously identified as surplus to the needs of the Town of Carleton Place meaning they can be sold.

Electronic voting a possibility for 2018 Carleton Place municipal election

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council listened to a presentation via webcast from Steven Lattey, of Simply Voting Inc., about electronic voting for the Town of Carleton Place for the 2018 municipal election at the Nov. 22 council meeting.

During the presentation, Lattey explained that E-Volve Integrated Electronic Voting Solutions, an electronic voting system that incorporates four different programs, including Simply Voting Inc., offers secure access without delays, 24/7. “We use the best security and reliability methods on all fronts,” he said.

Simply Voting Inc. is a Canadian voting system that enables people to vote via computer or telephone. Currently, over 1,000 organizations across 48 countries use the system.

Electronic voting means convenience for the elector, easy accessibility for people with disabilities, reduced cost of election workers, no requirement for advance voting stations and overall reduction in elections costs.

“Submitting online or on the phone has the same effect of dropping a paper ballot into the box at a traditional voting station,” Lattey told council.

Council was shown an example of online and telephone voting using a template from an actual election managed by Simply Voting in Prince Edward Island.

Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos said he does not know how many traditional paper voting stations will remain if an electronic system is adopted. It is also unknown as to how much a system like Simply Voting Inc. will cost.

“Times have changed, other municipalities have moved this way and it’s more convenient for people,” Antonakos said.
Antonakos supports the move toward electronic voting and hopes it will lead to a higher voter turnout in future elections.

Council asked that staff collect more information regarding electronic voting and the success of the system in other municipalities before coming to a decision about whether or not this system will be used in the 2018 election.
Council is expected to hear updated staff recommendations in the new-year. A decision would need to be made by April 2017 for the system is to be adopted for 2018 municipal elections.

Cenotaph chosen for planting of Vimy oak

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 09:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca 

Smiths Falls’ own “Vimy Oak” will be planted beside the town cenotaph, town councillors have agreed.

Making a presentation to council Monday, Nov. 21, Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) students Jordan Drummond and Ben Seward provided an update on the progress of the project and asked for help in finalizing the preferred site to plant the oak.

After the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, a Canadian officer gathered some acorns from an oak tree destroyed in the fighting and sent them home to Canada. After the war ended the following November, Miller planted those acorns on his family farm in Scarborough as a way to commemorate the battle.

The acorns later grew into majestic oaks, of which just eight remain today. A volunteer group, the Vimy Oaks Legacy, is working with contacts in France to commemorate the centennial of Vimy Ridge by replanting the oak forest destroyed a century ago. Cuttings were taken from the Vimy Oaks in Scarborough last January. The grafted oaks are growing at Connon Nurseries in Ontario, and 100 will be shipped to France for planting next year, next to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Another 150 saplings will be planted in communities across Canada to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

A small group of SFDCI history students was enlisted to help plan both the planting of the Smiths Falls sapling, and the dedication ceremony and permanent marker. One of the group’s tasks was to recommend a location, and they started with six potential sites. Drummond told councillors the list had been shortened to just two potential sites, the park beside the town hall, and the cenotaph.

Because of the ongoing Town Square project to make improvements to the site next to the town hall, Art Manhire, manager of community services, said town staff were recommending the cenotaph as the “safest” location for a tree planting. He also said the soil at the cenotaph is favourable.

Smiths Falls chief building official resigns

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca 

Smiths Falls Chief Building Official Stephen Mailloux is resigning to take a new job as building inspector for Loyalist Township.

Town councillors voted Nov. 21 to appoint a of number staff members to interim positions to fill the vacancy until a permanent arrangement can be made early in 2017. “We need to appoint people to fill in for him until the new year, when we can see exactly what we need in that position,” said Councillor Dawn Quinn.

Appointed on an interim and contract basis are Chief Building Official Ray Scissons, and building inspectors Nathan Blood, Mel Bursey and Peter Black.

Mailloux is expected to provide assistance during the transition period.

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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Ball Hockey and Basketball

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Drop in for a game of supervised ball hockey.
Outdoor Gerry Lowe Rink

Public Swim

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre
361 Queen St.
Cost: Regular Drop in prices apply

Shinny Hockey

1:30pm – 3:30pm
Join us at the Youth Arena for Shinny Hockey. $2 person.

A Chillin’ Movie Night for all kids

5:00pm
Join us to watch Zootopia. We’ll have dinner: Chili, bread & butter, milk, apple juice & rice krispie squares. Th movie starts at 6:30. Sponsored by Trinity United Church.
41 Market Street (Downstairs).

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Re-Purposing Craft Workshop

9:30am – 12:30pm
Takes place at the REAL Deal store. Carol Richardson of Heritage Mosaics, Perth will show how to make gifts from glass, tile, china etc. 283.9966 to register

Rideau Ski Club, Ski Swap & Open House

Equipment Drop Off: 9:30am – 12:20pm
Sale and Open House: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Need new ski and snowboard gear? The Rideau Ski Club Open House and Ski Swap and our membership drive kicks off at Sport X – Bikes, Boards & Skis! Become a Rideau Ski Club Member. Purchase a membership to receive great discounts at local hills. Individual: $20; Family: $40.

Merrickville Agricultural Society Christmas Craft Show

10:00am – 4:00pm
The 21st annual Merrickville Agricultural Society Christmas Craft Show will be held on November 26, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Merrickville Community Centre, 106 Read St. Free admission & parking.

Celebration of Lights Opening Night

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Let the Spirit of the Season embrace you as Victoria Park comes alive with illumination! Join us in Victoria Park as we light over 10,000 lights in 40 displays and the trees. Enjoy free wagon rides, popcorn, cookies, hot chocolate, Timbits and a visit from Santa.Build a Mountain of Food will be on site please bring a non-perishable food item for the van. Free Event; Donations are welcome – donation boxes will be on site. Note: After opening ceremony the lights will remain on till 10:00pm for viewing. For more information contact: info@togethersmithsfalls.com or visit www.togethersmithsfalls.com
Victoria Park Campground, 30 Lombard St.

Public Skating

11:30am – 12:30am
Sponsored by Smiths Falls Recreation Department – $2 per person
Smiths Falls Youth Arena

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

County Fair Mall past and present staff photo this weekend

1:00pm
A past employee at the County Fair Mall in Smiths Falls is organizing a photo in front of the mall, that is slated for demolition.
Tracey Merkley would like all mall employees, past and present, to come out for one final photo before the mall closes in the New Year.
She said the idea was just a random idea that has gotten bigger and bigger, and now the picture is set to be taken Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.
Any of the mall’s staff members, former or current, are welcome to participate in what they hope will be a photo of the mall’s multi-generational workforce.
Merkley says she worked at many different stores in the mall over nearly two decades, just like her mother who worked at the old Zellers store for more than 25 years. She told the Record News, “We’re trying to encourage people to come out and reminisce and get one last photo before they tear the mall down.”

Lyle Dillabough’s The Last of the Good Years

2:00pm
The Last of the Good Years, Lyle Dillabough’s examination of “life, barrooms and small towns in Canada during the 1960s and ’70s,” will be presented at The Station Theatre in Smiths Falls on Sunday, November 27 at 2pm. Based on recollections that Lyle (also known as the Valley Troubadour) wrote down while in hospital after a near-death experience, it will feature live music by area musicians who performed back in the ’60s and ’70s at The Mariner’s Inn, as well as at hotels such as The Arlington, The Rideau and The Russell. All proceeds after expenses will be donated to the Smiths Falls Community Food Bank, and tickets are only $10 at the door (cash only). Doors open at 1:30.
The Station Theatre
53 Victoria Ave. (corner of Daniel St.), Smiths Falls
smithsfallstheatre.com

Talk: Franklin’s Lost Ships Found

2:00pm
Talk by Jonathan Moore, a member of the Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Team that discovered the first of Franklin’s lost ships, the HMS Erebus.
In support of the Heritage House Museum.
In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada’s Arctic. For over 150 years, groups have been sent to the Canadian Arctic in an attempt to learn the fate of the Franklin expedition. In 2014, there was a breakthrough when an expedition led by Parks Canada found the long-lost wreck of HMS Erebus. On September 12 (2016) the wreck of the HMS Terror was discovered 50km away from the wreck of the HMS Erebus. The extraordinary efforts leading to this discovery have brought together government and public, private and non-profit organizations from 2008 to present. The use of both state-of-the-art technology and 19th-century Inuit oral testimony made this historic find possible.
Tickets are going quickly at only $20 per person and are available at Heritage House Museum (11 Old Sly’s Road in Smiths Falls, 283–6311). The museum is open weekdays 10:30am to 4:30pm, weekends noon to 4:30pm.
Smiths Falls Legion
7 Main St. E., Smiths Falls
office95@cogeco.ca
613-283-2690

Public Skating

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Sponsored by Smiths Falls Recreation Department – $2 per person
Smiths Falls Youth Arena

CP Holiday Train

Finch
Location: Tracks adjacent to James Street between Williams Street & George Street
Arrival: 2:30 PM
Event Time: 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Merrickville
Location: 103 East Broadway & Count y Road #2. South side of crossing near Bay Street
Arrival: 4:45 PM
Event Time: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Smiths Falls
Location: Smith Falls Train Station, 63 Victoria St.
Arrival:6:20 PM
Event Time: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Perth
Location: Railway Crossing on South Side of Wilson Street
Arrival: 7:40 PM
Event Time: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
For more info visit their website:
www.cpr.ca

Perth weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Perth Weekend Guide: November 25 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

The Memory Project

10:30am
The Perth & District Union Public Library will be hosting a Memory Project speaker on Friday, November 25th at 10:30am. Please stop by to meet this World War Two veteran to listen to the stories and lessons he has to share. For more information on the Memory Project, visit http://www.thememoryproject.com/
The Perth & District Union Public Library
613-267-1224

Perth Community Foundation Christmas Gala.

7:00pm – 11:00pm
The Perth & District Community Foundation hosts its annual Christmas Gala. For many, this is the most splendid event leading up to the holiday season — a posh night of mingling (in formal attire) with friends new and old, of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music and laughter. New this year is the Glass & Glitter Bar. For an extra $25, you can get the VIP experience, but only 75 tickets are available so you’d best act quickly. There will be a live auction and music by St. Jimmy’s 4. Tickets are available through Tickets Please. Cost: $110
Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa
82 Peter St.
613-326-0295
pdcf.ca

Perth Blue Wings vs. Brockville Tikis

7:00pm
THE PERTH BLUE WINGS take on the BROCKVILLE TIKIS at the Perth Arena.
2 Beckwith St. East
www.perthbluewings.ca

River City Junction

9:00pm
Live Music.
O’Reilly’s Pub
43 Gore St. E., Perth
613 267-7994
www.oreillyspubperth.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Festival of Good Cheer

9:30am
Festival of Good Cheer VIP Shopping Event begins with registration at the Crystal Palace at 9:30 a.m. Come and pick up your VIP Christmas bag filled with promotions, gifts and coupons. Listen to Christmas music as you shop in downtown Perth and visit the various stores offering promotions. Jump on the horse drawn wagon and travel through our heritage downtown. Book a dinner at your favourite restaurant and then stroll through the downtown under our Christmas trees filled with 10,000 sparkling lights. Experience a magical celebration in beautiful downtown Perth!
Crystal Palace
63 Gore St. E.
613-267-3311
www.perth.ca

Yuletide Fair

10:00am – 1:30pm
St. Paul’s UCW presents YULETIDE FAIR 2016 on Saturday, November 26th, 10am to 1:30pm (25 Gore St. W., Perth). Hot lunch served from 11am-1pm, homemade soup, sandwiches, pies $10, children 10 and under $5. Delicious Bake Table – including gluten free and Christmas puddings! Crafts, jewellery, calendars and agendas, handmade items, Christmas decorations and more…..”touch and take” surprise gifts. Frosty’s Room – children’s secret shopping. For information call 613-267-2973. Accessible building, Sunday parking rules apply.
St. Paul’s United Church
25 Gore St. West, Perth

Annual Christmas Bazaar

10:00am – 2:00pm
Help us spread Christmas Cheer! Come to the annual Christmas Bazaar, sponsored by “His House, the Perth Hub Drop-in Centre”, Saturday, November 26 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, corner of North and Drummond St Perth. Please access elevators from rear door at parking lot (off Foster St) or use side entrance at North Street to lower hall.
St. Andrew’s Church
Corner of North and Drummond St. Perth

Midnight Makers Holiday Market

10:00am – 3:00pm
30 creative local creators. Swag bag to first 30 shoppers. Cost: $2 sugg donation
Old Perth Shoe Factory
1 Sherbrooke St. W.
www.midnightmakers.com

MERA Christmas Fair

10:00am – 4:00pm
One-of-a-kind items from local vendors featuring fine handmade creations: handweaving, pottery, jewelry, chocolate, handsewn items, home preserves, beeswax candles, and much more.
MERA Room with items made by MERA members including beautiful hand-painted cards by the MERA Arts Circle Christmas decorations and many other items made by the Fibrearts, Weaving, Knitting and Pottery groups and Baking donated by our members from which MERA receives 100% of sales.
Wizard’s CAFE will be open all day so you can enjoy a light lunch and other goodies throughout the day. All sales from the cafe go to MERA.
MERA Schoolhouse
974 9th Concession A, McDonalds Corners
meraschoolhouse@bell.net
613-278-0388
www.meraschoolhouse.org

Book Signing: Claudia Smith

1:00pm – 3:00pm
New book: By Word of Mouth — Sleigh Bells and Snowdrifts, a collection of winter and Christmas articles written by Claudia, over the last 26 years, for the Lanark Era.
The book launch will take place on Sunday, November 13 from 2 to 4pm. Come by the Middleville Community Centre to meet the author and enjoy some refreshments. There will also be book signings at the Book Nook in Perth on Saturday, November 26 from 1 to 3pm, and at Mill Street Books in Almonte on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 3pm. All proceeds will go to the ongoing work of the Middleville Museum.
The Book Nook
60 Gore St. E.
thebooknook@bellnet.ca

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Perth Farmers’ Xmas Market

10:00am – 3:00pm
Local artisans, bakers, farmers.
Crystal Palace
63 Gore St. E.

Christmas Lunch and Fashion Show

12:00pm – 2:30pm
Lunch at Maximilian Restaurant. Fashions provided by Streve Designs, Jewel’s, Cosmic Ties. In support of Lanark County Support Services. Tickets $25.00 each. Fantastic Door Prizes to be won!
Maximilian’s Restaurant, 99 Gore St E., Perth
www.lanarkcountysupportservices.com
613-267-6048

Advent Procession with Carols

4:00pm
Advent Procession with Carols at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church
St. James the Apostle Anglican Church
12 Harvey St. cnr Drummond, Perth
stjamesperth@superaje.com
613-267-1163
www.stjamesperth.ca

CP Holiday Train

Finch
Location: Tracks adjacent to James Street between Williams Street & George Street
Arrival: 2:30 PM
Event Time: 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Merrickville
Location: 103 East Broadway & Count​y Road #2. ​South side of crossing near Bay Street
Arrival: 4:45 PM
Event Time: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Smiths Falls
Location: Smith Falls Train Station, 63 Victoria St.
Arrival:6:20 PM
Event Time: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
Perth
Location: Railway Crossing on South Side of Wilson Street
Arrival: 7:40 PM
Event Time: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Performers: Dallas Smith and Odds
For more info visit their website:
www.cpr.ca

Carleton Place weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Carleton Place weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Une Heure de Conte en Francais

10:30am – 11:00am
Our French Storytime is back for the fall! Join us weekly for fun French stories, songs, and more. We also do a colouring page each week. This is the perfect session for children learning French, those in French immersion, and for families who speak French at home. No registration is necessary, and all ages are welcome. We will decide on the level based on the attendance.
carletonplacepubliclibrary@gmail.com

Mary Poppins

7:30pm
The Mississippi Mudds present “Mary Poppins”, a spoonful of musical magic! Tickets available at Hallmark, CP. Thursday evening show $15, all other shows $20.
Carleton Place Town Hall
175 Bridge St.
jsx4@rogers.com
613-250-2803
Mississippimudds.com

Lanark Laughs

8:00pm – 10:00pm
Stand-up Comedy
The Waterfront Gastropub
12 Bell St, Carleton Place
613-257-5755
http://thewaterfrontgastropub.ca/

DJ Whisper

10:00pm – 2:00am
The Waterfront Gastropub presents top 40 dance music.
The Waterfront Gastropub
12 Bell St, Carleton Place
http://thewaterfrontgastropub.ca/

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Breakfast with Santa

10:00am – 3:00pm
Have breakfast with Santa at CPHS. Contact the school for details (613) 257-2720

Carleton Place High School, 215 Lake Ave W, Carleton Place

Christmas Craft Show

10:00am – 3:00pm
Over 40 exhibitors. Lunch counter by Ashton United. Holiday fun pop-up photo booth fundraiser for Furry Tales Rescue. Cash donations will be collected for the Lanark Co. Food Bank
Beckwith Public School
1523 9th Line Beckwith
613-253-0427

Itty Bitty, Teenie Tiny Art Show & Sale

10:00am – 4:00pm
Arts Carleton Place. Original works for under $100. Small canvases, fused glass art, photography, pottery, wood and stone pieces, jewellery, exciting mixed media works, coffee and treats from Ginger Café
CP Canoe Club
179 John St., Carleton Place
613-253-1838
http://www.cpcanoeclub.com/

Mary Poppins

2:00pm
The Mississippi Mudds present “Mary Poppins”, a spoonful of musical magic! Tickets available at Hallmark, CP. Thursday evening show $15, all other shows $20.
Carleton Place Town Hall
175 Bridge St.
jsx4@rogers.com
613-250-2803
mississippimudds.com

Acoustic Saturdays

3:00pm – 6:00pm and again at 9:00pm – 1am
The Waterfont Gastropub presents acoustic saturdays.
downtowncarletonplace@gmail.com
12 Bell Street, Carleton Place

Queens Live Music

4:00pm – 8:00pm
Live Local Band
downtowncarletonplace@gmail.com
Queen’s Hotel
142 Bridge St, Carleton Place

Santa Claus Parade

5:00pm
Theme: Candyland Christmas. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Lanark County Food Bank along the parade route. Register a float for $20.
Downtown Carleton Place
Bridge Street
613-451-1979

Home

Music at the Moose

9:00pm – 11:30pm
he Thirsty Moose have great live local music
downtowncarletonplace@gmail.com
The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery
20 Bridge St, Carleton Place

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Itty Bitty, Teenie Tiny Art Show & Sale

10:00am – 4:00pm
Arts Carleton Place. Original works for under $100. Small canvases, fused glass art, photography, pottery, wood and stone pieces, jewellery, exciting mixed media works, coffee and treats from Ginger Café
CP Canoe Club
179 John St., Carleton Place
613-253-1838
http://www.cpcanoeclub.com/

Mary Poppins

2:00pm
The Mississippi Mudds present “Mary Poppins”, a spoonful of musical magic! Tickets available at Hallmark, CP. Thursday evening show $15, all other shows $20.
Carleton Place Town Hall
175 Bridge St.
jsx4@rogers.com
613-250-2803
Mississippimudds.com

Music at Gastropub

3:00pm – 6:00pm
Check out the Waterfront Gastropub for some great live music with Redneck Limousine
downtowncarletonplace@gmail.com
12 Bell Street, Carleton Place

Almonte & Mississippi Mills weekend guide: November 25 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Almonte & Mississippi Mills Weekend Guide: November 25 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Violet Femmes Gala

5:00pm – 8:00pm
Girls night out of fine dining (w/Chef Kevin Ralph) & dancing (Renegade). Silent auction & raffle, host Sandra of KISS FM. In support of Interval House. Tickets $65 or $520 table of 8, online or by email. Wear purple!
Almonte Civitan Hall
500 Almonte St
brianne@lcih.com
613-257-3469×63
Lcih.org

Almonte Lectures: Past in a Digital Age

7:30pm
Randy Boswell, News, History and Memory: Rediscovering the Past in a Digital Age. Free; donations accepted.
Almonte United Church
106 Elgin St.
almontelectures.net

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Pakenham Country Christmas

9:00am – 5:00pm
Experience the true spirit of Christmas.
9am to 11am – Breakfast with Santa (Centennial Restaurant)
10am to 2pm – Letters to Santa and Childrens Craft Table (Pakenham Public School)
10am to 2pm – Craft Sale (Pakenham Public School)
10am to 2pm – Girl Guide Christmas Cafe (Pakenham Public School)
10am to 2pm – Have hot apple tea and cookies with Mrs. Claus and see local artists Kevin Dodds and Daisy Mae Lennox (Pakenham General Store)
11am to 2pm – Make your own Reindeer Food (5 Span Feed & Seed)
11am to 1pm – Candy Kebab Station (Nicholson’s)
11am to 2:30 – Tea Room (St. Marks Anglican Church)
11am to 3pm – Christmas Tea and Country Craft Making for Adults (Stonebridge Haven)
11:30 to 12:30 – Visit with Santa (Pakenham Public School)
3pm – Storytime (Nicholson’s)
4:30pm – Tree lighting and Caroling (Park at the Bridge by 5 Span Spuds)
Pakenham Public School
109 Jeanie St.
www.ucdsb.on.ca

Coins & Strings

3:00pm
Harpist Diana Marie & collection of the world’s rarest and coolest $2 coins at this Open House.
Alliance Coin & Banknote
88 Mill St., Almonte
sean@alliancecoin.com
613-256-6785
www.alliancecoin.com

High Times at the Heart Institute

7:00pm
Stone Fence Theatre raises money for Almonte General Hospital. The musical comedy was written by Ish Theilheimer, the company’s producer, and directed by Barry’s Bay resident Chantal Elie-Sernoskie. It celebrates Canada’s health care system and takes a humorous look at the subject of aging baby boomers coming to terms with mortality. Proceeds from the play go directly to the hospital. Cost: $25.66 plus tx.
Almonte Old Town Hall
14 Bridge St
613-628-6600
stonefence.ca

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Trad Song Session

2:00pm – 4:00pm
The session follows the tradition of people gathering in a local pub to sing and play for their own pleasure. We emphasize simple traditional songs with choruses​ ​so that others can join in​​ – work songs, sea shanties, old gospel tunes and the like – most often unaccompanied​. The stronger singers lead and sing the verses and everyone joins in on the choruses.
To lead a song, you should pretty much know it by heart and the first​ couple of rounds are reserved for those who have prepared a chorus song. In later rounds, if there is time, we will hear the occasional ballad or other solo piece. Most of the songs come from the British Isles and North America but we welcome songs from other traditions as well contemporary classics that follow the traditional idiom.
For more information about the​ ​Trad Song session, including a brief discussion of what makes a song “traditional”, see shantyman.ca/TradSing or call David 613-355-5552.
The Barley Mow
79 Little Bridge Street,
dave@barleymow.com
613-256-5669
barleymow.com

Westport & Rideau Lakes weekend guide: November 26 – 27

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

Westport & Rideau Lakes weekend guide: November 26 – 27

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Shop and Hop

3:00pm – 9:00pm
Late shopping, prizes etc.
Westport

Head over Heels

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Folk/country/rock from Gananoque, with vocal/guitar duo Kevin Head & Miss V. www.kevinheadmusic.com
The Cove Country Inn, Westport
info@coveinn.com
1-888-COVEINN
613-273-3636
Coveinn.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Santa Claus Parade

1:00pm
Come see Santa!
The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St.
info@coveinn.com
1-888-COVEINN
Coveinn.com

Henry Norwood & Shawn McCullough

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Live music.
The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St., Westport
info@coveinn.com
1-888-COVEINN
613-273-3636
Coveinn.com

John Wilberforce

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Folk/Rock from Kemptville. www.reverbnation.com/johnwilberforce.
The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St., Westport
info@coveinn.com
1-888-COVEINN
613-273-3636
Coveinn.com

Carleton Place residents to see property tax increase in 2017

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca 

Carleton Place Council approved the 2017 budget, including the 2.1 per cent property tax increase. The increase will mean an additional $27.50 per $200,000 home.

Staff are instructed to proceed with the identified projects contained in the 2017 budget, some of which include: a $1.5 million repair to Central Bridge on Bridge St., $1 million in upgrades to the dressing rooms at the Carleton Place Arena, and $160,000 of upgrades to the exterior of Town Hall.

Carleton Place council confirms sale of four lands

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council confirmed the sale of four properties at the Nov. 22 council meeting at Town Hall.

The land included is: Allan Street Property, Cavanagh Property on Morris Street, part of Old Franktown Road and part of the land on Highway 7 adjacent to the Rivington Property. The Allan Street Property was sold for $144,555 and the other lands were sold for $139,000, $2,055 and $2,889, respectively.

The municipal lands were previously identified as surplus to the needs of the Town of Carleton Place meaning they can be sold.

Electronic voting a possibility for 2018 Carleton Place municipal election

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council listened to a presentation via webcast from Steven Lattey, of Simply Voting Inc., about electronic voting for the Town of Carleton Place for the 2018 municipal election at the Nov. 22 council meeting.

During the presentation, Lattey explained that E-Volve Integrated Electronic Voting Solutions, an electronic voting system that incorporates four different programs, including Simply Voting Inc., offers secure access without delays, 24/7. “We use the best security and reliability methods on all fronts,” he said.

Simply Voting Inc. is a Canadian voting system that enables people to vote via computer or telephone. Currently, over 1,000 organizations across 48 countries use the system.

Electronic voting means convenience for the elector, easy accessibility for people with disabilities, reduced cost of election workers, no requirement for advance voting stations and overall reduction in elections costs.

“Submitting online or on the phone has the same effect of dropping a paper ballot into the box at a traditional voting station,” Lattey told council.

Council was shown an example of online and telephone voting using a template from an actual election managed by Simply Voting in Prince Edward Island.

Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos said he does not know how many traditional paper voting stations will remain if an electronic system is adopted. It is also unknown as to how much a system like Simply Voting Inc. will cost.

“Times have changed, other municipalities have moved this way and it’s more convenient for people,” Antonakos said.
Antonakos supports the move toward electronic voting and hopes it will lead to a higher voter turnout in future elections.

Council asked that staff collect more information regarding electronic voting and the success of the system in other municipalities before coming to a decision about whether or not this system will be used in the 2018 election.
Council is expected to hear updated staff recommendations in the new-year. A decision would need to be made by April 2017 for the system is to be adopted for 2018 municipal elections.

Cenotaph chosen for planting of Vimy oak

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 09:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca 

Smiths Falls’ own “Vimy Oak” will be planted beside the town cenotaph, town councillors have agreed.

Making a presentation to council Monday, Nov. 21, Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) students Jordan Drummond and Ben Seward provided an update on the progress of the project and asked for help in finalizing the preferred site to plant the oak.

After the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, a Canadian officer gathered some acorns from an oak tree destroyed in the fighting and sent them home to Canada. After the war ended the following November, Miller planted those acorns on his family farm in Scarborough as a way to commemorate the battle.

The acorns later grew into majestic oaks, of which just eight remain today. A volunteer group, the Vimy Oaks Legacy, is working with contacts in France to commemorate the centennial of Vimy Ridge by replanting the oak forest destroyed a century ago. Cuttings were taken from the Vimy Oaks in Scarborough last January. The grafted oaks are growing at Connon Nurseries in Ontario, and 100 will be shipped to France for planting next year, next to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Another 150 saplings will be planted in communities across Canada to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

A small group of SFDCI history students was enlisted to help plan both the planting of the Smiths Falls sapling, and the dedication ceremony and permanent marker. One of the group’s tasks was to recommend a location, and they started with six potential sites. Drummond told councillors the list had been shortened to just two potential sites, the park beside the town hall, and the cenotaph.

Because of the ongoing Town Square project to make improvements to the site next to the town hall, Art Manhire, manager of community services, said town staff were recommending the cenotaph as the “safest” location for a tree planting. He also said the soil at the cenotaph is favourable.

Smiths Falls chief building official resigns

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca 

Smiths Falls Chief Building Official Stephen Mailloux is resigning to take a new job as building inspector for Loyalist Township.

Town councillors voted Nov. 21 to appoint a of number staff members to interim positions to fill the vacancy until a permanent arrangement can be made early in 2017. “We need to appoint people to fill in for him until the new year, when we can see exactly what we need in that position,” said Councillor Dawn Quinn.

Appointed on an interim and contract basis are Chief Building Official Ray Scissons, and building inspectors Nathan Blood, Mel Bursey and Peter Black.

Mailloux is expected to provide assistance during the transition period.

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