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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: Feb. 12-15

Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 12:02 PM
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FRIDAY

Station Theatre Movie Night: Suffragette
7:30 p.m.
Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue)
$10 at the door, cash only.

SATURDAY

WINTER CARNIVAL

Pancake Breakfast
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Smiths Falls Legion (7 Main Street)
Adults $6, children $3. Sponsored by the Smiths Falls Lion’s Club.

Carnival Time at Rideau Candy Shoppe
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rideau Candy Shoppe (20 Russell Street East)
Games are $0.65. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Smiths Falls Library and to Smiths Falls Crimestoppers.

Skate With Sens: Spartacat and Smiths Falls Bears Mascot
11 a.m. – 12. p.m.
Gerry Lowe Memorial Sens Rink (Community Centre)
Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, hockey, and games.

Marshmellows with Sparky the Fire Dog
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Smiths Falls Fire Department.

Cupcake Bake-Off
12 p.m.
Gerry Lowe Memorial Sens Rink
Judging is at 12:30 p.m.

Mulligan Sno Classic Sno-Golf
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Field at Youth Arena.

Sno Soccer
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Tennis Court at Community Centre
Sponsored by Smiths Falls Adult and Learning Centre

Take on Tatting: A Tatting Workshop
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Heritage House Museum (11 Old Sly’s Road)
$50 per person for two sessions and all material provided. Registration required.

Swim and a Movie
1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Gallipeau Centre (361 Queen Street)
Free admission, come watch the Good Dinosaur in the Gallipeau Centre Theatre. Sponsored by Together Smiths Falls, Pankow Financial Solutions Ltd., The Gallipeau Centre and The Town of Smiths Falls

Hearts Off to Valentines
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Smiths Falls Library
Stories, crafts, and games. Ages seven and up.

Swim for Jacqui
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Hub Pool

Winter Wonderland Teen Dance
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Youth Arena Hall
$2 at door, sponsored by the Smiths Falls Youth Centre.

Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance
7 p.m.
Civitan Hall (1248 Highway 15)
Advance tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple. At the door, $15 per person or $20 per couple.

Station Theatre Movie Night: Suffragette
7:30 p.m.
Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue)
$10 at the door, cash only.

SUNDAY

Carnival Time at Rideau Candy Shoppe
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rideau Candy Shoppe (20 Russell Street East)
Games are $0.65. A portion of proceeds goes to Smiths Falls Library and to Smiths Falls Crimestoppers.

Valentine’s Day Supper at Westminster Presbyterian Church
4:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Advance tickets only

FAMILY DAY MONDAY

Shinny Hockey
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Community Centre
$2 per person, ages 13 and up.-

Sleigh and Wagon Rides
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kinsman Pavilion, Lower Reach Park
Sponsored by ReMax and the Kinsmen Club.

Carnival Time at Rideau Candy Shoppe
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rideau Candy Shoppe (20 Russell Street East)
Games are $0.65. A portion of proceeds goes to Smiths Falls Library and to Smiths Falls Crimestoppers.

Public Skate
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Community Centre
$2 per person.

Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: Feb. 3-5

Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 03:02 PM
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FRIDAY

Book Fair Fundraiser
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
County Fair Mall
Sponsored by the Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth

SATURDAY

Book Fair Fundraiser
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
County Fair Mall
Sponsored by the Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth

SUNDAY

Book Fair Fundraiser
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
County Fair Mall
Sponsored by the Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth

Book Signing with Jennifer DeBruin
After church service.
Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church Street)

19th Annual Trivia Challenge
1:30 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion (7 Main Street East)
Sponsored by Friends of the Smiths Falls Library.

 

HUB poolBY: AMY HOGUE

Smiths Falls’ council will be diving into the Hub pool issue at a Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on June 8, where councillors will discuss the merits of further contributions to the pool.

The 2015 budget has $30,000 set aside for the Hub, and it’s not yet clear if those funds will be released until further debate takes place at the council table.

Board of Directors’ Chair, Kathy Gilligan, made a presentation to council at a May 11 COW meeting, outlining the strides forward the pool has made since their last visit to council.  Local resident, Tom Foulkes, who has been assisting the Hub board of directors with their business plan revision, was also on hand for the presentation to council.

Since they last met, the Hub has worked to revise their business plan and responding to community and council concerns, Gilligan said.  Since January 2015, the Hub has also seen an increase in membership of more than 25 per cent, something Mayor Shawn Pankow considers to be a good sign, in light of the financial uncertainty of the pool.

“Earlier in the year things looked pretty desperate, this time I think it’s good news,” Pankow said, pointing out that because the municipality is using taxpayer’s dollars, it’s important to ensure the money will fund something that will succeed.

That said, Pankow stressed he “recognizes we have a really valuable asset here that doesn’t cost us a lot of money.”

News of a further debt to the Hub’s service provider was a surprise to council.  Councillor John Maloney said when the Hub last appeared before council, that information wasn’t presented to them.  Gilligan responded that the decision was made to handle that debt on their own, and it wasn’t included in the presentations to council.

“In retrospect, that was a mistake,” Gilligan acknowledged, but stressed that “we should have a new agreement with the service provider soon” that will be more favourable to the Hub financially.

Councillor Chris Cummings pointed out he would like to see a Terms of Reference before entertaining contributions beyond those the municipality has already made.  Cummings said in his view, the Hub’s business plan is flawed.

“Until I have a Terms of Reference and understand what the obligations are going forward, I’m not willing to put other money in,” Cummings said, “There’s still a lot of things that have to go on here.”

At a subsequent meeting on May 25, council agreed to revisit the Hub pool issue at the June 8 COW meeting to make a decision on whether or not the town will be making future funding commitments.

Food Co-op meeting tonight in Smiths Falls

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 01:02 PM
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Smiths Falls Council is encouraging anyone interested in learning more about a new food co-op in the Smiths Falls area to attend the information night being held at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The co-op, as explained in our article on the idea, hopes to work toward providing locally grown food more readily to Smiths Falls residents.

The meeting is being held at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, in the upper hall.

Related: Smiths Falls Target closure provides opportunity for Smiths Falls worker’s co-op

By: Amy Hogue

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and that’s just what Carol Ann Knapp is planning to do following Target’s recent announcement of their withdrawal from Canada and Smiths Falls Target Closure.  Knapp is looking at seizing this opportunity to move forward with a longtime interest of hers, to set up an indoor intensive gardening co-operative in Smiths Falls.

Knapp said she had no forewarning of Target’s decision to withdraw from Smiths Falls when she arrived at work on Jan. 15.  Within minutes of arriving for work, she was informed of the bad news by fellow staff members – they would all soon be out of a job.

Knapp said at first she was upset, but only briefly.  “I probably cried for less than 30 seconds before I thought co-op,” Knapp explained.

Knapp is no stranger to co-operatives.  She was part of the creation of the Dandelion Foods co-operative in Almonte several years ago, and although she decided to bow out when her vision no longer connected with the path the project was taking, she has never lost her interest in co-operatives and the benefits they hold.  Knapp also made the move to Smiths Falls two years ago with the intent to found a co-op, but family changes affected her plans.

According to the International Co-operative Alliance, a co-operative is based on values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.  A worker’s co-operative, like the kind that Knapp is looking at creating in Smiths Falls, is one where the business is owned and managed by its members.

Co-operatives are organized according to the seven principles of co-operation, namely voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, co-operation among co-operatives and concern for the community.

With so many closures in Smiths Falls, and now with yet another closure announced, a co-operative could be just the opportunity Smiths Falls needs.  Knapp’s plan to set up an indoor intensive gardening business is not one without foundation.  In essence, Tweed is doing just that, only with a slightly different end product than what Knapp sees being produced.

“There’s definitely a different profit margin between an ounce of marijuana and an ounce of lettuce,” Knapp acknowledged.

Knapp explained she would like to see the co-operative grow the most popular crops and the highest sellers in the grocery store, such as lettuce, broccoli, celery, beans and sprouts.  Sprouts in particular have an interest for Knapp, since they grow quickly and are a quick turnover crop.  She said she sees the co-op supplying local businesses, including potentially the Two Rivers Food Hub, but has not ruled out moving farther afield.

With access to many contacts from her previous foray into the co-operative world, Knapp said she has already touched base with co-operative guru, Russ Christianson, who has been involved in the start-up of many Ontario co-operatives.  Knapp will be holding a question and answer meeting on Feb. 3, 7 p.m. at 71 Cornelia St. for anyone interested in being involved in the co-op.  Christianson will be a guest speaker at the session, and Mayor Shawn Pankow will also be invited to participate.

Knapp stressed that you don’t need to be a farmer or gardener to become involved in the Smiths Falls co-operative, and that because it is a business any number of positions will need to be filled.

“We need IT, we need management, we need HR…just because it’s a worker’s co-op doesn’t mean it isn’t still an operating business, the difference is where the profits go and who has a say…I’m hoping I’ll just be a gardener,” Knapp said, “If you’re unemployed or underemployed in this region, we would certainly welcome the participation.”

Knapp has already been looking at potential locations for the co-operative, including the former Hershey factory which has recently been the subject of community debate following a plastics to fuel oil conversion plant proposal for that location.  Other locations are also being considered, although Knapp said it’s too early to tell where they will end up.

For Knapp, a co-operative is an opportunity for success.  “I would like to bring some job security for myself and for other people, and for people to see that the co-op model works,” Knapp explained, adding that historically co-operatives have a higher success rate than regular business models.

For more information about the co-op, or the upcoming question and answer session please visit their Facebook group, called Smiths Falls Workers’ Community Co-operative Initiative, or attend the information session on Feb. 3, 7 p.m. at 71 Cornelia St.

Photo Caption:  Smiths Falls’ resident, Carol Ann Knapp, is all smiles about the opportunity to create a co-op in Smiths Falls.  “If you’re unemployed or underemployed in this region, we would certainly welcome the participation,” Knapp said.

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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: Feb. 12-15

Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 12:02 PM
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FRIDAY

Station Theatre Movie Night: Suffragette
7:30 p.m.
Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue)
$10 at the door, cash only.

SATURDAY

WINTER CARNIVAL

Pancake Breakfast
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Smiths Falls Legion (7 Main Street)
Adults $6, children $3. Sponsored by the Smiths Falls Lion’s Club.

Carnival Time at Rideau Candy Shoppe
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rideau Candy Shoppe (20 Russell Street East)
Games are $0.65. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Smiths Falls Library and to Smiths Falls Crimestoppers.

Skate With Sens: Spartacat and Smiths Falls Bears Mascot
11 a.m. – 12. p.m.
Gerry Lowe Memorial Sens Rink (Community Centre)
Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, hockey, and games.

Marshmellows with Sparky the Fire Dog
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Smiths Falls Fire Department.

Cupcake Bake-Off
12 p.m.
Gerry Lowe Memorial Sens Rink
Judging is at 12:30 p.m.

Mulligan Sno Classic Sno-Golf
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Field at Youth Arena.

Sno Soccer
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Tennis Court at Community Centre
Sponsored by Smiths Falls Adult and Learning Centre

Take on Tatting: A Tatting Workshop
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Heritage House Museum (11 Old Sly’s Road)
$50 per person for two sessions and all material provided. Registration required.

Swim and a Movie
1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Gallipeau Centre (361 Queen Street)
Free admission, come watch the Good Dinosaur in the Gallipeau Centre Theatre. Sponsored by Together Smiths Falls, Pankow Financial Solutions Ltd., The Gallipeau Centre and The Town of Smiths Falls

Hearts Off to Valentines
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Smiths Falls Library
Stories, crafts, and games. Ages seven and up.

Swim for Jacqui
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Hub Pool

Winter Wonderland Teen Dance
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Youth Arena Hall
$2 at door, sponsored by the Smiths Falls Youth Centre.

Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance
7 p.m.
Civitan Hall (1248 Highway 15)
Advance tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple. At the door, $15 per person or $20 per couple.

Station Theatre Movie Night: Suffragette
7:30 p.m.
Station Theatre (53 Victoria Avenue)
$10 at the door, cash only.

SUNDAY

Carnival Time at Rideau Candy Shoppe
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rideau Candy Shoppe (20 Russell Street East)
Games are $0.65. A portion of proceeds goes to Smiths Falls Library and to Smiths Falls Crimestoppers.

Valentine’s Day Supper at Westminster Presbyterian Church
4:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Advance tickets only

FAMILY DAY MONDAY

Shinny Hockey
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Community Centre
$2 per person, ages 13 and up.-

Sleigh and Wagon Rides
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kinsman Pavilion, Lower Reach Park
Sponsored by ReMax and the Kinsmen Club.

Carnival Time at Rideau Candy Shoppe
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rideau Candy Shoppe (20 Russell Street East)
Games are $0.65. A portion of proceeds goes to Smiths Falls Library and to Smiths Falls Crimestoppers.

Public Skate
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Community Centre
$2 per person.

Smiths Falls Weekend Guide: Feb. 3-5

Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 03:02 PM
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FRIDAY

Book Fair Fundraiser
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
County Fair Mall
Sponsored by the Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth

SATURDAY

Book Fair Fundraiser
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
County Fair Mall
Sponsored by the Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth

SUNDAY

Book Fair Fundraiser
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
County Fair Mall
Sponsored by the Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth

Book Signing with Jennifer DeBruin
After church service.
Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church Street)

19th Annual Trivia Challenge
1:30 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion (7 Main Street East)
Sponsored by Friends of the Smiths Falls Library.

 

HUB poolBY: AMY HOGUE

Smiths Falls’ council will be diving into the Hub pool issue at a Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on June 8, where councillors will discuss the merits of further contributions to the pool.

The 2015 budget has $30,000 set aside for the Hub, and it’s not yet clear if those funds will be released until further debate takes place at the council table.

Board of Directors’ Chair, Kathy Gilligan, made a presentation to council at a May 11 COW meeting, outlining the strides forward the pool has made since their last visit to council.  Local resident, Tom Foulkes, who has been assisting the Hub board of directors with their business plan revision, was also on hand for the presentation to council.

Since they last met, the Hub has worked to revise their business plan and responding to community and council concerns, Gilligan said.  Since January 2015, the Hub has also seen an increase in membership of more than 25 per cent, something Mayor Shawn Pankow considers to be a good sign, in light of the financial uncertainty of the pool.

“Earlier in the year things looked pretty desperate, this time I think it’s good news,” Pankow said, pointing out that because the municipality is using taxpayer’s dollars, it’s important to ensure the money will fund something that will succeed.

That said, Pankow stressed he “recognizes we have a really valuable asset here that doesn’t cost us a lot of money.”

News of a further debt to the Hub’s service provider was a surprise to council.  Councillor John Maloney said when the Hub last appeared before council, that information wasn’t presented to them.  Gilligan responded that the decision was made to handle that debt on their own, and it wasn’t included in the presentations to council.

“In retrospect, that was a mistake,” Gilligan acknowledged, but stressed that “we should have a new agreement with the service provider soon” that will be more favourable to the Hub financially.

Councillor Chris Cummings pointed out he would like to see a Terms of Reference before entertaining contributions beyond those the municipality has already made.  Cummings said in his view, the Hub’s business plan is flawed.

“Until I have a Terms of Reference and understand what the obligations are going forward, I’m not willing to put other money in,” Cummings said, “There’s still a lot of things that have to go on here.”

At a subsequent meeting on May 25, council agreed to revisit the Hub pool issue at the June 8 COW meeting to make a decision on whether or not the town will be making future funding commitments.

Food Co-op meeting tonight in Smiths Falls

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 01:02 PM
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Smiths Falls Council is encouraging anyone interested in learning more about a new food co-op in the Smiths Falls area to attend the information night being held at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The co-op, as explained in our article on the idea, hopes to work toward providing locally grown food more readily to Smiths Falls residents.

The meeting is being held at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, in the upper hall.

Related: Smiths Falls Target closure provides opportunity for Smiths Falls worker’s co-op

By: Amy Hogue

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and that’s just what Carol Ann Knapp is planning to do following Target’s recent announcement of their withdrawal from Canada and Smiths Falls Target Closure.  Knapp is looking at seizing this opportunity to move forward with a longtime interest of hers, to set up an indoor intensive gardening co-operative in Smiths Falls.

Knapp said she had no forewarning of Target’s decision to withdraw from Smiths Falls when she arrived at work on Jan. 15.  Within minutes of arriving for work, she was informed of the bad news by fellow staff members – they would all soon be out of a job.

Knapp said at first she was upset, but only briefly.  “I probably cried for less than 30 seconds before I thought co-op,” Knapp explained.

Knapp is no stranger to co-operatives.  She was part of the creation of the Dandelion Foods co-operative in Almonte several years ago, and although she decided to bow out when her vision no longer connected with the path the project was taking, she has never lost her interest in co-operatives and the benefits they hold.  Knapp also made the move to Smiths Falls two years ago with the intent to found a co-op, but family changes affected her plans.

According to the International Co-operative Alliance, a co-operative is based on values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.  A worker’s co-operative, like the kind that Knapp is looking at creating in Smiths Falls, is one where the business is owned and managed by its members.

Co-operatives are organized according to the seven principles of co-operation, namely voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, co-operation among co-operatives and concern for the community.

With so many closures in Smiths Falls, and now with yet another closure announced, a co-operative could be just the opportunity Smiths Falls needs.  Knapp’s plan to set up an indoor intensive gardening business is not one without foundation.  In essence, Tweed is doing just that, only with a slightly different end product than what Knapp sees being produced.

“There’s definitely a different profit margin between an ounce of marijuana and an ounce of lettuce,” Knapp acknowledged.

Knapp explained she would like to see the co-operative grow the most popular crops and the highest sellers in the grocery store, such as lettuce, broccoli, celery, beans and sprouts.  Sprouts in particular have an interest for Knapp, since they grow quickly and are a quick turnover crop.  She said she sees the co-op supplying local businesses, including potentially the Two Rivers Food Hub, but has not ruled out moving farther afield.

With access to many contacts from her previous foray into the co-operative world, Knapp said she has already touched base with co-operative guru, Russ Christianson, who has been involved in the start-up of many Ontario co-operatives.  Knapp will be holding a question and answer meeting on Feb. 3, 7 p.m. at 71 Cornelia St. for anyone interested in being involved in the co-op.  Christianson will be a guest speaker at the session, and Mayor Shawn Pankow will also be invited to participate.

Knapp stressed that you don’t need to be a farmer or gardener to become involved in the Smiths Falls co-operative, and that because it is a business any number of positions will need to be filled.

“We need IT, we need management, we need HR…just because it’s a worker’s co-op doesn’t mean it isn’t still an operating business, the difference is where the profits go and who has a say…I’m hoping I’ll just be a gardener,” Knapp said, “If you’re unemployed or underemployed in this region, we would certainly welcome the participation.”

Knapp has already been looking at potential locations for the co-operative, including the former Hershey factory which has recently been the subject of community debate following a plastics to fuel oil conversion plant proposal for that location.  Other locations are also being considered, although Knapp said it’s too early to tell where they will end up.

For Knapp, a co-operative is an opportunity for success.  “I would like to bring some job security for myself and for other people, and for people to see that the co-op model works,” Knapp explained, adding that historically co-operatives have a higher success rate than regular business models.

For more information about the co-op, or the upcoming question and answer session please visit their Facebook group, called Smiths Falls Workers’ Community Co-operative Initiative, or attend the information session on Feb. 3, 7 p.m. at 71 Cornelia St.

Photo Caption:  Smiths Falls’ resident, Carol Ann Knapp, is all smiles about the opportunity to create a co-op in Smiths Falls.  “If you’re unemployed or underemployed in this region, we would certainly welcome the participation,” Knapp said.

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