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Lots of love for Hometown Hearts barbecue fundraiser

Harrison Field A barbecue fundraiser was held on Sept. 20 in Carleton Place by Hometown Hearts for the Eden family to help after a fire destroyed their home. Hometown Hearts is a volunteer group in Carleton Place that aims to help members of the community in times of tragedy such as this. The barbecue offered […]

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Sewer and water increase on the way for Carleton Place

Harrison Field editorial@pdgmedia.ca A 1.8 per cent increase is par for the course when it comes to water and sewage costs in Carleton Place. Phil Hogan, treasurer, introduced the sewer and water budget for the 28 and final time at the Sept.19 corporate services committee meeting. According to the presentation given by Hogan, the increase […]

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United Way briefs Smiths Falls council on accessibility concerns

Chris Must The United Way of Lanark County is investing in outreach efforts on behalf of disabled members of the community, with considerable success. United Way Regional Director Fraser Scantlebury and Partnership Coordinator Amy Elsner attended a special meeting of Smiths Falls Town Council on Monday, Sept.18 to provide an overview of the Accessibility for […]

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Governor General’s medal presented to long-time volunteer

Chris Must Friends and family members, including two mayors and a retired senator, gathered on Monday, Sept. 18 to honour long-time volunteer Lois Hunter. Hunter was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Mayor Shawn Pankow at a special meeting of Smiths Falls town council held in the upstairs hall of the Smiths Falls […]

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Bellies were filled, good times had at reconciliation dinner in Perth

The Reconciliation Feast held at the Perth Civitan Club on Sept. 15 was a huge success, with a full house. A delicious meal featuring Indigenous dishes such as local venison stew, Three Sisters soup, sumac tea, and a wild rice dessert, catered, in part, by Algonquin chef Tim Cota was served. Tim Johnson, acting director of the Smithsonian […]

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Hole in one for Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce golf day

The Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Golf Classic was hosted at the Canadian Golf and Country Club in Ashton on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Over 130 local business leaders and their associates took to the greens.

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Community group aims to fire up a friendship oven in Carleton Place

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Imagine it’s a cool fall evening; chilly enough to need a sweater but warm enough to eat dinner outside. The smell of a freshly-baked pizza wafts through the air as a light breeze blows browned leaves to the ground at Market Square in Carleton Place. By about this time next fall, Carleton […]

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Shout Sister choir draws large crowd on first night

Submitted The new Shout Sister choir is off to a good start with upwards of 30 women coming to the first meeting, which was held on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The choir meets in Smiths Falls every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 41 Market St. N. and is for anyone who […]

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Smiths Falls resurrects youth after school programming

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Although financial difficulties recently caused the Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth to close its building on Main Street West, funding has been found to continue an after school program, town councillors were told at a Sept. 11 meeting. Art Manhire, the town’s Manager of Community Services, said Lanark County will […]

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7th Annual Lanark & District Civitan Scarlet Fall Run set for Oct. 1

Submitted On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Lanark & District Civitan Club will host its 7th annual Scarlet Fall Run. Now that school is back in session, so are routines. It’s also the best time to set some fitness goals, and you can start out by putting the Scarlet Fall Run on your race calendar. Taking […]

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Transportation master plan gets go-ahead from Perth CoW

Sally Smith With little discussion, Perth Committee of the Whole unanimously passed Perth’s transportation master plan. The plan was initially presented in June. Mayor Fenik commented that although the plan was accepted as a complete document, if the chance arose and money became available, “we could move around within the plan” and work on various […]

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Solar assessments are coming to some Perth buildings

Sally Smith Janice Ashworth, general manager of Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC), presented briefly at Perth Committee of the Whole on Tuesday about the possibility of OREC partnering with “local property owners to use their land or rooftops for community-owned renewable power projects (solar).” One of Ashworth’s points was that as electricity prices go up […]

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Seniors programs a priority at Carleton Place library for fall

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca While September marks the start of a new school year for many students and parents alike, it can seem like the start of the glum end-of-summer blues for many seniors. That’s why the Carleton Place Public Library is planning a series of seniors’ programs this fall. Finance seminars “I know that seniors’ […]

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St. Paul’s to host postcard-writing events in support of UNDRIP

Submitted St. Paul’s United Church in Perth invites community members to take one very simple action in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: writing postcards to local representatives in Parliament encouraging them to support Bill C-262. If enacted, Bill C-262, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples […]

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Reader survey winner and results

Our reader survey winner of the $25 gift card is Jennifer Irwin of Carleton Place! Thank you to everyone who filled out our reader survey. We’ve already started delving into your answers and implementing your suggestions. Some common threads we’re seeing is that you want the following: Little known stories that nobody else is talking […]

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Program for youth to continue despite centre closure

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Although financial difficulties recently caused the Smiths Falls & District Centre for youth to close its building on Main Street West, funding has been found to continue an after-school program, town councillors were told at a Sept. 11 meeting. Art Manhire, the town’s manager of community services, reported that Lanark County will […]

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Smiths Falls backs in-depth study of community assests

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls has agreed to lend its support to an application for provincial Trillium funding for an in-depth study of the community’s assets. Peter McKenna of Rideau Community Health Services spoke to town councillors on Sept. 11 to outline plans for the “local deepening community initiative” which would be carried out by […]

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Word on the street: September feels

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Comfy knit sweaters. Fresh dewy mornings. The crunch of colourful leaves under booted feet. September is here again. As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the turn of the season represents renewal for many people. Whether it’s back to grade school, leaving home for college or the start of […]

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Smiths Falls to launch snowsuit campaign Sept. 18

Chris Must In the midst of September’s mild temperatures, it’s easy to forget how harsh Ontario’s winters can get. But those cold months aren’t far away, and local efforts to help protect young children in need are about to get under way. Smiths Falls’ 2017 snowsuit campaign will be officially launched Monday, Sept. 18 at […]

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Smiths Falls council OKs apartments for former Lockwood building

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town council has approved zoning changes to allow the owners of the building formerly occupied by Lockwood’s Sight & Sound to be converted to apartments. The zoning changes, approved by council Sept. 5, apply to both 73-75 Elmsley Street North and 12-14 Daniel Street. Building owners Kate Ryan and brother […]

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Rainy poses no hindrance to enjoyment of Perth Fair

Sally Smith The focus is inside at small country fairs on rainy days, as was the case on Sunday, Sept. 3, at the 172nd year of the Perth Fair. It rained, and rained, and rained all day; the ferris wheel was stopped, there were no line-ups for ride tickets – rides closed until 1 p.m. […]

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Parkinson SuperWalk spreads awareness, raises funds Sept. 9

By Terry O’Hearn Pat Evans is determined to get the message out that those afflicted with Parkinson’s should consider being more open about having the disease. It might also help to seek the advice of a movement disorder specialist, and possibly join a support group. She stressed those things are needed in order to be […]

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Smiths Falls Police Service to offer online police checks

As part of our ongoing effort to optimize the use of technology, enhance efficiency, and better serve members of the public, the Smiths Falls Police Service is pleased to announce the launch of a new online application process for employment and volunteer Police Information Checks. “We are very happy to team up with Triton Canada […]

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Urban Jungle proceeds to fund fitness gear for Lower Reach Park

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillor John Maloney is hoping his colleagues will vote for the town to match funds raised at this year’s Urban Jungle obstacle course, which have been donated to pay for new fitness equipment at Lower Reach Park. Maloney and other organizers of the second annual Urban Jungle event, held […]

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Shout Sister! choir is coming to Smiths Falls, newbies encouraged to join

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca With 23 already underway and another planned for Smiths Falls this September, Georgette Fry and the Shout Sister! choirs are making a loud, joyous name for themselves across Ontario. Fry started the first in Kingston in 2002, with another two in Brockville and Picton in 2006, and she hasn’t looked back from […]

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Arnprior-raised author promotes latest novel in Carleton Place

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca “I wake up every morning and get to do what I love,” said valley-raised author David Mulholland who is promoting his third novel called Chaudière Falls. Chaudière Falls is a dramatized historical account of how Ottawa became Canada’s capital. In perfect timing to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial birthday, the novel recounts the self-serving […]

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Hawthorne Mill to become condos, development plan gets revealed Aug. 26

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place residents will be treated to a brand new seven-and-a-half-acre condo and apartment development in the next few years. “Nothing is finalized yet but we’re very excited as we’re still working on the plans,” said Wally Thorbjornsson, the developer who has plans to turn the Hawthorne Mill property into high-end condos […]

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How to forge ahead with wild edibles in Lanark County

Sarah Cavanagh The world is your oyster! Well maybe not your oyster in Eastern Ontario but quite possibly your leek, your berry, your apple or your fiddlehead. We are blessed in our region to have a plentiful bounty of wild edibles right outside our door. If you have ever considered trying your hand at the […]

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Bulbs, bunches and braids at Perth Garlic Festival

Sally Smith editor@pdgmedia.ca Anything you ever wanted to know about garlic was there for the asking Aug. 12 – 13 in Perth. Set up on the fairgrounds, there were upwards of 75 garlic growers, sellers and their offshoots – like garlic fudge and garlic ice cream. Crowds were smaller on Saturday than Sunday, and many […]

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Austin’s Army supports Perth teenager in battle against cancer

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca During the past two summers, Austin Ritz, a confident young singer and guitar player, had the honour of being the first performer on stage at the fabled Stewart Park Festival. But the Perth teenager’s voice was sadly missing from this year’s musical gathering because he has been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia at […]

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Carleton Place native wins national pharmacy award

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place native Allison Tario received the New Practitioner Award at the Canadian Pharmacists Conference in Quebec City in June. The New Practitioner Award recognizes a pharmacist who has been in practice not more than five years, has demonstrated a commitment to pharmacy at the undergraduate level and has continued to promote […]

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Smiths Falls awards engineering contracts for bridge work, water treatment plant

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls will award contracts for engineering services for both bridge rehabilitation work and replacement of water treatment equipment. At a special meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole on Aug. 8, Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop recommended that the Greer Galloway Group be awarded […]

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Public urged to report Japanese knotweed

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca A new invasive plant species – Japanese knotweed – has been spotted in Lanark County, and the public is urged to watch for and report it so steps can be taken to minimize its impact. “Japanese knotweed has become a big problem in other parts of Canada and the world,” explains Lanark County […]

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Royal Sappers and Miners honoured at memorial in Newboro

On July 19 a memorial stone to the 13 Royal Sappers and Miners who lost their lives during construction of the Rideau Canal at Newboro due to malaria or mishap from 1828 to 1832 was unveiled. With a shortage of local skilled labourers at the time, Colonel John By brought members of a couple of […]

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Indigenous studies pilot program a major success at PDCI

By Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca It’s a rare occasion when students, teachers, and principal are on the same page, but that happened this year at Perth & District Collegiate Institute (PDCI), where an Indigenous studies pilot project proved so successful that it will remain part of the curriculum. Much credit goes to Grade 12 student Brandon […]

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Carleton Place real estate agent connecting the community one bike at a time

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca “Every kid should have a bike. We want to give them that opportunity,” says Lynn Vardy, a real estate agent with Royal LePage Team Realty in Carleton Place. For every home Vardy sells, she donates one new bicycle to a child in need, in her client’s name. The bike campaign started in […]

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Lanark County boasts two electric vehicle charging stations

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca First on the scene was the electric charging station at the Fall River Restaurant, located at 21980 Highway 7 in Maberly. It was officially opened by Tay Valley Township Reeve Keith Kerr in 2015. Drivers can charge their car for free. The station is available at the courtesy of the Maberly Bakery located […]

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Fabulous turn out for three-day festival in Perth

By Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Stewart Park festival was still rocking early Sunday afternoon in Perth. Two venues hosted musical entertainment while hundreds sat, watched and listened. The main stage and its audience sang along to EvenSong and Tribe of One, the Wendy Laut River Stage and its audience hummed and swayed along to Morning […]

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Smiths Falls man wins ultraMarathon gold medal

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls lawyer Mike Cliffen has never been one to run from a challenge, and so it made perfect sense that the 63-year-old would find himself participating in the 50-km Calgary Ultramarathon on May 28. He crossed the finish line at a remarkable 5 hours and 12 minutes and took home the […]

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New doctors start in August at Perth Medical Clinic

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Just graduated, newly married, and now starting their medical practices in Perth. Dr. Shelly Xu and Dr. Scott Charenko are the two newest faces at the Perth Medical Clinic on Isabella Street. The two will start their medical practices in August. Registration details will be on the clinic’s Facebook page. Both doctors […]

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Looking at past will design future of Inge-Va

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca “I bet you expected a younger student.” Steve Stanish stood and held out his hand, he certainly wasn’t a fresh-faced kid two years out of high school. Instead the 59-year-old looked a bit weather-beaten, wearing well-used clothes, a baseball cap on  his head, and a grin a mile wide. The Algonquin College […]

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Child and youth mental health centre opens doors at new Carleton Place location

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca A crowd gathered at 130 Lansdowne Avenue in Carleton Place the morning of June 29 for a ribbon cutting ceremony for Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth. The child and youth mental health centre opens its doors at this new location after moving from its previous location at 40 Bennett Street. […]

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Restaurant composting program surfaces in Carleton Place

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca The amount of weekly waste produced by a restaurant can be astounding, which is why a couple Carleton Place restaurant owners have adopted unique composting strategies to suit their needs. “I saw a lot of waste going to the garbage so we started composting instead,” said Ian Carswell, the owner of Black […]

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Perth council at odds over hamburger debate

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca   Councillor Jim Boldt was understandably concerned. Janet and John Lafortune came to him with a vexing story. For the last five years or so they have run the concession stand at Conlon Farm selling hamburgers and french fries. They have worked hard often staying longer hours than needed, and have become […]

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Carleton Place library’s strategic plan presented to council

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place librarian Meriah Caswell presented the library board’s strategic plan to town council on June 27, a five-year overview that seeks to modernize the book-lending facility while continuing to meet the evolving needs of the community. Caswell explained that libraries in general are experiencing significant challenges as they seek to respond […]

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New youth centre director meets Smiths Falls councillors

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A new executive director takes over the reins at the Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth as of July 10, and has already been introduced to the members of town council. Bridget Manahan grew up in the area between Smiths Falls and Perth, and graduated from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute. […]

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Memories re-surface at Westport Heritage Festival

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The best job at Westport’s Heritage Day Festival June 24 fell to three pie-tasting judges – Doris Jones, Sean Rodgers and Rob Roberts. They each got to have a thin slice of 23 pies (apple, caramel, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, raisin, maple and many more) and then make a decision as to whose […]

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Sole Sisters annual walk delivers $10,000 for local cancer patients and research

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  On Friday, June 16, 2017 Sheila Coutts of the Sole Sisters Annual Walk and Run for Cancer Research presented by Discover Smiths Falls made two special deliveries in the town of Perth. Coutts delivered two cheques, each for $5,000 to the Perth Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation (GWMHF) and to the Perth office […]

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Masonic child ID program available free of charge to all youth

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca At Perth’s Festival of the Maples in late April both Makenna and Myla Ennis spent some time at Town Hall having vital personal statistics taken:  fingerprints, photographs, video and audio, dental impressions and DNA swabs. Makenna is 7 and Myla is 5. This was all part of the MasoniCh.I.P. Ontario program, a […]

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Westport Heritage Festival takes place June 24

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca The impressive green space of Lockwood Memorial Park in Westport is the new home of the Westport Heritage Festival, on all day Saturday June 24. Over 40 vendors and heritage themed exhibitors will sell art, crafts, unique one-of-a-kind gifts and delicious homemade food in a pastoral setting next to the community centre. There’s a […]

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Smiths Falls ready to approve Rideau Hotel redevelopment plans

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The redevelopment of Smiths Falls’ landmark Rideau Hotel is continuing, with town councillors expressing their willingness to amend their official plan and zoning bylaw to allow the developers to convert the building to an apartment complex. At a special meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole on June 19, town staff presented […]

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Integrity Commissioner for Lanark County?

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Perth Committee of the Whole passed a motion on June 13 to participate in a Lanark County Request for Proposal for the services of an integrity commissioner. The motion was initiated by the Lanark County and Smiths Falls Clerks’ Group. The Commissioner would be appointed over a five-year contract on a fee-for-service […]

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Vital Signs survey important for well being of community

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca “We need to know the nuances, know the similarities and the differences in our communities,” said Lynn McIntyre, executive director of Perth and District Community Foundation (PDCF) while speaking at Perth Committee of the Whole June 13. The foundation wants to know what’s going on within the purview of its area – […]

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Carleton Place council passes bylaw establishing 2017 tax rates

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca During a rare Wednesday evening session of Carleton Place town council on June 14 – the regular Tuesday meeting had been cancelled for lack of quorum – Mayor Louis Antonakos and four councillors passed a by-law to adopt requisite estimates to establish 2017 tax rates. The meeting was also abnormally short at […]

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New chiropractor joins well-known Smiths Falls practice

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Dr. Bryan Pankow was welcomed to the Smiths Falls Family Chiropractic team on June 12 at an early evening open house. Pankow, 26, was born in Smiths Falls, went to school in Perth, and continued his education at Queen’s University graduating from the Kinesiology program with distinction. From there he headed to […]

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Crossing guards become a staple in their communities

Crossing guards are among the most visible signs of a caring community. In all types of weather, they diligently work their daily split shifts at key intersections to ensure students, parents, and other community members are able to safely navigate journeys that could otherwise pose peril due to red light runners, road rage, and distracted […]

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Carleton Place population isn’t getting any younger

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca  According to the most recent census data, the town of Carleton Place is seeing growth in the numbers of older residents, with a drop in those aged 19 and under. Chief Administrative Office Paul Knowles presented the figures to the June 6 meeting of the town’s planning and protection committee, noting such […]

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Council puts brakes on arena upgrades

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Following a rigorous June 6 discussion at Carleton Place town council’s physical environment committee that weighed the need to replace aging arena change rooms with the importance of minding the public purse, councillors voted to bring the matter forward for future discussion. The decision came in reaction to news that an original […]

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Smiths Falls Fire Department responded to 208 calls in 2016

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Fire Department answered 208 calls for help in 2016, Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp stated in his annual report to town council on June 5. The calls included three fires, one of which, in April 2016, inflicted $1.5 million worth of damaged to 10 row houses located at 14-30 Robinson […]

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Smiths Falls dedicates new memorial to veterans of WWI

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The sacrifices made by Smiths Falls residents 100 years ago were honoured Saturday, June 3 as the Evergreen Avenue committee unveiled a new monument marking the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The memorial is intended to honour Canadian contributions in several  battles during the First World War: the Somme, Vimy […]

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Smiths Falls health clinic celebrates five years in community

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Monday, May 29, 2017 the Smiths Falls Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (S.F.N.P.L.C) celebrated its five year anniversary with an open house to welcome the public and thank the clients and community for their ongoing support. Since its inception and “go live” date of May 29, 2012 the clinic has registered over 2500 patients […]

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Councillor Graff fumes over contractor mess

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Councillor Jim Graff asked for Council’s latitude at Perth council on May 30. “This is going to  make me look like a grump,” he continued, but he wanted his thoughts heard on messy contractors. Before the council meeting Graff stood behind Town Hall and stared at a mess on the back lawn. “Contractors should […]

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Lanark County Mental Health to see amalgamation, new location in 2017

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca This year, 2017, holds the promise of being very busy and exciting for Lanark County Mental Health (LCMH).  On the heels of marking its 35th anniversary last fall, this crucial local health care provider is now planning on relocating their main Smiths Falls offices and amalgamating with Lanark Leeds and Grenville Addictions […]

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Merrickville-Wolford new fire chief has big plans for the department

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca He’s a thinker and a planner. Mark Urquhart’s been on the job as Merrickville-Wolford’s Fire Chief for less than a month and already has two ideas he wants to put into play.  He wants to create junior and auxiliary members to the fire department. This is his way of getting youth interested […]

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Ontario honours OPP Detective Constable Richard Robinson

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca A bridge at Highway 401 and Joyceville Road in Joyceville has been officially dedicated in memory of fallen OPP Detective Constable Robinson. Robinson died on May 24, 2013 while attending the Canadian American Law Enforcement Organization conference in Buffalo New York, as a representative of the OPP Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau. Robinson lived […]

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Moose commuter train battles federal government railroading

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls residents hoping to enjoy commuter rail service into Ottawa this year will have to wait a while longer as Moose, the private company behind the proposal for a 400 kilometre interprovincial route, battles a federal government that seems uninterested in working with the project. As Canada plans its 150th anniversary, […]

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Expanding train service in Lanark County

By Alexandra Mazur and Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca There’s much talk of transportation infrastructure in the spring air. Both the federal government and local municipalities appear interested in expanding Via Rail service to include a link from Peterborough through Perth to Smiths Falls. The line would hook up with the Ottawa-Toronto corridor and provide more frequent […]

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Horticulture student will be hired to maintain Inge-va this summer

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth council passed a bylaw on May 16 to hire a student to provide landscape maintenance and restoration services to Inge-va. Staff asked for Council’s approval to enter into an agreement with Algonquin College and Ontario Heritage Trust. Algonquin College will select the student from its Horticultural Industries Program and provide technical […]

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Conlon Farm Rec. complex garage location vote deferred until September

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth town council listened to its citizens and once again deferred the Conlon Farm Recreation Complex garage location decision – this time until the September Committee of the Whole meeting. On May 16, council heard from a delegation of former mayor Lana March, and Perth and District Little League representative Harry Hale, […]

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Prescription drug drop-offs steady despite the rain

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  On May 13 Smiths Falls Police along with their partners from Crime Stoppers, and Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit were on hand at the police station parking lot to accept prescription drugs, expired drugs or any unused drugs. With the fentanyl and opioid crisis at a simmer in the town and […]

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Carleton Place kayaker has paddles aimed at national and olympic teams

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca After nine weeks at training camp in Melbourne, Florida, Carleton Place kayaker Monica Black is back on the Mississippi River and her training is as intense as ever. Black wants to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and is confident of her chances. She trained with the Canadian […]

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RVCA updates Perth council on flooding

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Sommer Casgrain-Robertson, general manager of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA), briefly presented Perth Committee of the Whole on May 9 with a 2017 update and highlights of 2016. Given what’s happening throughout the rest of Ontario and Quebec at the moment, Casgrain-Robertson commented that last year was a “quiet flood year […]

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Perth council undecided on new storage garage location at Conlon Farm

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Rick Wilson from the Perth and District Little League addressed a special Council meeting on May 9 with his views on where a storage building should be placed at Conlon Farm. “With provincials this year, it’s important to have Conlon Farm up to snuff,” he said. To him that means the building […]

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Energy project given the go-ahead by CoW in Perth

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Scott McLeish, senior business consultant with Honeywell Energy Services Group, was on hand at the May 9 Committee of the Whole in Perth to answer any questions before council passed a bylaw authorizing an agreement for the Honeywell engineering report to go ahead. Council also was asked to consider a budget deviation […]

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MP Romeo Saganash greets Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights in Perth

Sarah Nelson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Walkers from the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights took a brief pause in Perth on May 9 to spend the evening with high-profile speakers the Right Honourable James Bartleman and NDP MP Romeo Saganash. The walkers, part of Churches for Indigenous Rights, are travelling 600 kilometres from Kitchener to Ottawa by foot to […]

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Carleton Place council struggles with reputation damage

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A slew of high-profile, negative media stories has left Carleton Place with the risk of the town being viewed as a political Peyton Place instead of a signature location to “meet me on the Mississippi.” Front-page exposés alleging backroom malfeasance, a number of integrity commission complaints, and a mayor who appears to […]

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Smiths Falls skateboard park to be named after Chief Hardy

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are considering naming the town’s skateboard park to honour the man who was responsible for raising the funds to build it: former Police Chief Larry Hardy, who died on April 26. Ex-mayor Dennis Staples and former councillor Jack Traynor attended a meeting of town council’s Committee of the […]

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Tool library coming to Perth

Alex Mazur editorial@pdgmedia.ca Come the end of May, students in Heritage Carpentry and Joinery at Algonquin College’s Perth campus will be able to walk into the school’s library and take out not only books, but tools they might not otherwise have access to. The tool library trend has been growing for several years and came […]

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Annual kids charity fishing tournament comes to Smiths Falls

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The annual Peter Larmand Outdoors Kids Charity Fishing Tournament officially has a new home in Smiths Falls. “We are excited to announce that we have been welcomed with open arms and the 11th Annual Peter Larmand Outdoors Charity Fishing Tournament has a new home,” said Peter Larmand, event organizer. “Lower Reach Park in […]

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Carleton Place presents PTSD strategy to the province

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A local plan to support police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other front-line workers who may be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was presented to the Ontario Ministry of Labour last month, according to the Carleton Place director of protective services, Les Reynolds. Reynolds told the May 2 meeting of the town’s […]

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Carleton Place approves amendments to noise bylaw

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Changes to the Carleton Place noise bylaw will help clarify the roles and responsibilities of town staff and residents, according to the town’s director of protective services Les Reynolds. Reynolds told the planning and protection committee on May 2 that noise will be clearly defined as “sound that is excessive, or of […]

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Smiths Falls Home and Living Expo May 6 – 7

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Home and Living Expo is coming to the County Fair Mall this weekend, Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7. This year we’ll be Celebrating 150 Years of Cottage Life in the Heart of the Rideau. There will be a large number of vendors featuring products and services for your […]

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Smiths Falls joins mental health awareness campaign

Smith Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow has proclaimed May 1 to May 7 Children’s Mental Health Week in the town and is encouraging all citizens to care for their mental health and share the message that help is available for those who need it. A wave of green is sweeping over parts of Ontario this week […]

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Roadside spraying controversy continues at Lanark County council

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca The roadside pesticide spraying debate continued at the April 25 Lanark County council meeting even though council has already passed a motion to spray in 2017. Dr. Meg Sears made a presentation to council about the health consequences of pesticide spraying. Sears is a researcher and lead scientist at the national group […]

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Support grows for community garden in Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Plans to open a community garden on the grounds of Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls are moving closer to reality, as members of the museum board have lent their support to the plan. A volunteer group known as the Community Carrot made a presentation to Smiths Falls town council on April […]

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Smiths Falls set to reopen foot bridge

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Engineers will be onsite Tuesday, April 25 in to determine if it is safe to open the South Pedestrian Bridge connecting Turtle Island to Duck Island in Smiths Falls. The bridge was closed earlier this month due to high water levels. “As soon as we get the all clear we’ll open that […]

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SFDCI brings in a crowd at annual craft fair

The music department at Smiths Falls Collegiate and District High School hosted its  third annual Spring Craft Fair in support of our program on April 22. There were more than 50 vendors/crafters on site. All money raised from the table rental goes back to the music department to pay its upcoming competition in the Trills and […]

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The Lanark County Great Veggie Grow-off kicks off May 1

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Join the Neighbourhood Tomatoheads, Lanark municipal and community leaders at the Mississippi Mills Youth Centre at 134 Main St. E., in Almonte on May 1 at 3 p.m. to kick off the fourth annual Great Veggie Grow-off Challenge. There will be snacks and music around the centre’s newly raised garden beds. The Great […]

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Cannabis info session in Carleton Place gets huge community response

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Thursday, April 20, while some across the country were celebrating world cannabis day, the Carleton Place Drug Strategy Committee hosted a cannabis conversation at the upper hall of the Neelin Street Arena. A panel of local experts comprised of Dr. Manuela Joannou (family and emergency department physician) from Perth, PC Greg […]

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Carleton Place to honour town founders and vets publically

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca  For more than a year, Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos has been musing about the best way to commemorate the town’s earliest European residents and founders. Antonakos asked the community issues committee on April 18 to start thinking about picking a location in Carleton Place to honour those who helped build the […]

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Smiths Falls’ own Vimy Oak to be planted May 18

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Several Smiths Falls men fought and died at the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge. One hundred years later, their sacrifice will be remembered through the planning of one the 100 oak saplings grown from acorns gathered on the battlefield shortly before the Canadian Corps captured the ridge in four days […]

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Five strategies for inspired living

It takes discipline and practice to create a mindset where inspiration thrives. Most of us have been hardwired for struggle. Life can be discouraging at times and we allow ourselves to get depleted by these bad mental states. We need good habits and routines that keep us on track.  Here are five strategies to create […]

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Lent traditions

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca The Lenten season is a time of fasting, moderation and spiritual discipline that last for 40 days for Christians. This year, lent started on Ash Wednesday (March 1) and ends on the Thursday before Easter (April 13). The purpose is to set aside time to reflect on the suffering, sacrifice, life, death, […]

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Notre Dame Catholic High School band supports local hospital for 10th year

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca The lights are bright, the tables are pushed aside and the smell of lunch lingers in the air of the Notre Dame Catholic High School (NDCHS) cafeteria. About 35 students sit in chairs with music books on stands in front of them. They hold their instruments at the ready. Tony Stuart, music […]

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Carleton Place Bunny Run hops out on April 15

The tenth annual, free community Bunny Run returns to Downtown Carleton Place on Saturday, April 15. The Bunny Run has seen over 1,200 children gathering treats along Bridge St since it began in 2007.   “We have an amazing thirty-one businesses and organizations participating. This is huge,” said Kory Earle, event chair and founding member. From […]

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Repurposing, recycling, reusing, decluttering for 40 days

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca In a unique approach to Lent that is accessible to anyone regardless of their faith, Royal LePage Advantage Real Estate Brokerage in Smiths Falls launched a local 40 Bags for 40 Days initiative on March 1 that encourages community members to declutter, repurpose, share, and donate a bag of household items up […]

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Docks coming to Downtown Carleton Place

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place’s policy review committee heard on April 11 that a successful Canada150 application will assist with a program to improve the Mississippi River channel marking and install boat docks in the waterway’s downtown basin. “I did go to the AGM of the Mississippi Lakes Association and they were excited  about this,” […]

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Carleton Place volunteers launch community support initiative

Matthew Behrens and Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca A group of Carleton Place residents have come together under the banner of “Hometown Hearts” to promote and refresh the community and culture of Carleton Place, with a number of summer events on tap designed to attract visitors and locals alike.   “Our mission is to be there as […]

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Smiths Falls to shine a green light on mental health issues

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The need for improved mental health services for children will be in the spotlight across Canada during the first week of May. Dr. Kevin Clouthier, executive director of Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth, spoke at an April 10 meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole to ask […]

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Group pushing for community garden in Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A Smiths Falls group advocating to build a community garden on the grounds of Heritage House Museum has already won some support from town councillors. Following an April 3 presentation by the group known as The Community Carrot, Councillor John Maloney, known as the driving force behind the annual Urban Jungle obstacle […]

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Carleton Place home show returns April 7-9

The seventh annual Carleton Place Spring Home and Fashion Show returns to the Carleton Place Arena on Friday, April 7. For three days (April 7 to April 9) the Town of Carleton Place Recreation and Culture department helps the community ring in spring with a weekend of fun and inspiration. Show organizer Jessica Smith describes […]

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Sneddon receives community builder award

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca This year’s Carleton Place Community Builder Award was presented by Mayor Louis Antonakos to Doug Sneddon, who was recognized on March 28 both for his work to clean up the Mississippi River as well as lobbying for upgrades to the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital. “His actions over the years have […]

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Reading campaign at Caldwell Street PS gets kids fired up

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca What’s better than it being Friday? Riding to grade 1 in a fire truck, of course! On Friday, March 24, grade one student Landon Hayward was dropped off at Caldwell Street Public School in an Ocean Wave Fire Company fire truck with Deputy Chief Dave Joy. Hayward’s fellow students cheered him on […]

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Carleton Place health and safety audit gets an F in administration

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place’s Community Issues Committee heard March 21 that an external consultant conducting a five-year review of the Town’s health and safety program issued a failing grade. Although most of the deficiencies noted by the audit were deemed “administrative,” Chief Administrative Officer Paul Knowles acknowledged that improvements must still be made to […]

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Carleton Place engages with county economic development strategy

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca As many as five Carleton Place representatives, including Mayor Louis Antonakos, will work with Lanark County and Valley Heartland Futures Development Corporation over the next four months to develop an economic development strategic planning process. The project aims to build community capacity, develop stronger partnerships with stakeholder organizations, provide lower-tier municipalities with […]

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How To Fair expands to Lanark County libraries

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The libraries of Lanark County are pleased to announce they will be hosting a How To Fair at libraries across Lanark County on Saturday, April 22. The first annual How To Fair was held at the Perth Union Library in April 2016. This year, it has now expanded to libraries across Lanark County. […]

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Carleton Place goes green for mental health awareness

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Carleton Place is looking to light one of its buildings green during Children’s Mental Health Week, running May 1-7. The Green Light campaign is part of a provincial effort to help eliminate stigma and raise awareness of the extent of mental health challenges faced by young people. Last year, […]

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Tickets on sale for Carleton Place hospital Auxiliary celebration

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Honours & Awards Celebration and roast beef dinner is set for Friday, March 31 at the Carleton Place Arena. The event will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 each. The evening includes dinner, the awards presentation and musical entertainment. Please join us […]

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Carleton Place council clarifies closed meetings protocol, cell phone usage

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A year after Carleton Place Town Council discussed limiting in camera meetings to twice a month, councillors revisited the issue on March 14 to formalize that commitment. Historically, in camera meetings have been held during gatherings of the policy review committee (the only body that meets twice a month), but Councillor Theresa […]

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Seedy Sunday fills the Perth Legion with growers and vendors

Sarah Nelson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Seedy Sunday visitors filled the Perth Legion on Sunday, March 5 with excited conversation. The event, organized by the Perth Farmer’s Market as part of Seeds of Diversity’s seed saving awareness, brought together vendors and information tables with the goal of promoting the conservation of heritage and endangered seed varieties. Many members […]

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Smiths Falls urged to recognize Frost family legacy

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Heritage Smiths Falls is urging the town to recognize the historical significance of a group of properties on Chambers Street. Group members Tony Humphrey and Christopher McGuire appeared at a March 13 meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole to presented a recommendation to list the buildings known as […]

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Carleton Place seeks youth ambassadors for U.S. exchange program

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place teenagers are being encouraged to participate in a Youth Ambassadors Program, a three-week exchange that would allow them to join fellow students aged 15 to 18, along with adult mentors, on a summertime journey stateside. With a focus on civic education, social inclusion, community service, youth leadership, and citizen-engaged participatory […]

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Smiths Falls to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with unique sporting event

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Tired of golf and curling? Those who are looking for a new kind of friendly competition will want to check out “The Green Mile,” a new event offering fans of beer and of running the chance to enjoy two of their favourite pursuits at the same time. This first-time event will be […]

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Who is Nellie McClung?

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca March 8 was International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day that brings awareness to the fact that a serious gender gap still exists. The World Economic Forum predicts that parity won’t be reached until 2186. This year’s IWD theme is #BeBoldforChange. March is also Women’s History Month. While there are many bold […]

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International Women’s Day at Carleton Place Staples

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Staples hosted its fourth annual International Women’s Day business event yesterday (March 8) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staples locations across Canada participate in this celebration by inviting female entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses and share their stories. Sixteen women set up displays inside Carleton Place Staples to promote […]

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Smiths Falls welcoming Irish visitors this summer

By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation this year, Smiths Falls will be embracing a vital part of its history – the Irish connection. In 1871, 63 per cent of the residents of Smiths Falls and the surrounding townships were Irish. Today the town is officially twinned with Carnew, a […]

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Smiths Falls won’t comment on changes to Lanark County plan

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As a separate municipality, the Town of Smiths Falls won’t be commenting on a proposed amendment to Lanark County’s official plan. The amendment would recognize and classify “areas of natural and scientific interest” within the county, and was requested by the Town of Mississippi Mills, councillors were told at a Feb. 27 […]

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Human trafficking survivor to address students, police and public March 6

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Perth Police Services Board and Lanark County OPP are jointly hosting special guest speaker Simone Bell in Perth on March 6 to raise awareness about human trafficking and its local implications. Bell is a survivor, speaker, peer support manager and social justice advocate. She was coerced into the sex trade by a […]

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Stormwater discussion explores green infrastructure design

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council held an extensive discussion on Feb. 21 on low impact design (LID) as an improved stormwater management tool. LID will often include rain gardens, low slope swales, and other designs that contain, cleanse, and redirect rainwater runoff into the ground rather than through pipes and channels to a surface […]

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New Carleton Place bylaw to address noise complaints

By Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council has agreed to prepare a draft bylaw that will incorporate a series of new ideas to address the rise of noise complaints in neighbourhoods where air conditioners and pool pumps produce sounds that, while normal to some, are agitating to others. While town staff conclude its current bylaw […]

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Fire dispatching could be a lucrative revenue stream for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Providing fire dispatching services for other municipalities has proven to be a lucrative new source of extra revenue for the Town of Smiths Falls. At a town council meeting on Feb. 21, councillors approved a recommendation from Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp to sign a contract with the Municipality of Highlands East to […]

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Smiths Falls community grants for 2017 finalized

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca After an in-depth discussion at a special meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole on Feb. 21, councillors have agreed for the most part to endorse the 2017 community grants recommended by a committee of staff. Based on an amount equal to one per cent of all revenue collected […]

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Almonte General Hospital names new chief of staff

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca Dr. Chris Deschenes is no stranger to Almonte General Hospital (AGH). In fact, she’s been a family physician there for more than 35 years. Her expertise and experience make her the perfect choice for Chief of Staff. Deschenes assumed the role on Feb, 1, replacing Dr. Melissa Forbes who had completed her term. […]

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Family’s donation to help kids at Smiths Falls Library

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A $25,000 donation from the Quattrocchi Family will aid in improvements to the children’s department of the Smiths Falls Public Library, town councillors were told on Feb. 6. Councillor Chris Cummings, the town’s representative on the library board, reported that the upper floor of the library is to be renovated some time […]

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Firm hired to manage Carleton Place water projects

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca At the Feb. 14 Carleton Place council meeting,  staff  agreed to hire Ainley Graham Associates on an hourly basis to provide engineering and project management services for watermain and sanitary sewer lining work in the town. The projects include lining the Flora Street watermain river crossing, Antrim Street sanitary sewer, Industrial Park […]

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New mill produces unique textiles, dog wool included

 Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca In the 1820s immigrants from Scotland began to settle in Lanark, naming it Lanark after Lanark, Scotland. Joined by many Irish immigrants, the lumber and textile industry in Lanark flourished by the mid-1850s. Many textile mills in the area stayed open and in business until the late 1990s but eventually closed shop. […]

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Legion to buy armoured car for Afghan veterans memorial

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 in Smiths Falls is able to complete an application to purchase a surplus armoured car after town council confirmed that the vehicle can be located next to the town cenotaph, as a memorial to veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Twenty surplus LAV 3 (light armoured vehicles) […]

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Take a hike with the Rideau Trail Association

Alexandra Mazur editorial@pdgmedia.ca Every week, groups of people set out on a joint journey to discover the wilderness that surrounds the length of Rideau Canal and its tributaries. This adventurous bunch belongs to the Rideau Trail Association (RTA), a charitable organization that has been running since its inception in 1971, when students from Queens University […]

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Carleton Place hairstylist shaves head for $1,180

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca A head of full, dark brown hair shining under bright lights above. The luxurious locks are carefully sectioned into 24 ponytails, and then one by one, those ponytails are snipped off. Attached to what’s left of this head of dark brown hair is Michèle Frenette, a hairstylist at Mahogany Salon and Spa […]

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Carleton Place council to purchase 100 trees for community tree-planting program

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council authorized staff to issue a purchase order to Carleton Place Nursery to buy 100 bare root trees for the price of $6,570.95, during the Feb. 7, 2017 Physical Environment Committee meeting. These 100 trees are being purchased for the Carleton Place Bare Root Tree Program. The program aims to […]

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Chimo students question the mayor in council chambers

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Mayor Shawn Pankow hosted two grade 5 Chimo Elementary School classes in council chambers on Tuesday, Feb.8. Bombarded with questions, he was able to answer them all except “Who was the first mayor of Smiths Falls?” Other questions from students included: “Why are there no girls (in the pictures on the wall […]

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Smiths Falls council highlights: Snow removal, summer festivals

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Here are couple of quick hits from Smiths Falls council to help keep residents in the loop of what’s happening across the town. Smiths Falls provides truck for airport plowing Saddled with an out-of-commission truck once used for snow plowing, the Smiths Falls-Montague Airport Commission has found a solution to the problem. […]

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Smiths Falls pool to host swim-a-thon Feb. 11

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca With the drop in entrance fees at the Aquatic Recreation Centre the number of people swimming at the pool has increased, with the pool recently recording record numbers of participants filling the pool for Aquafit. The pool is building on this success by hosting its annual swim-a-thon on Saturday, Feb.11. This year people […]

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Carleton Place receives funding for Canada 150 celebrations

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos congratulated the Recreation and Culture Department for receiving a grant from the Ontario 150 Community Capital Fund. The town successfully received $75,000 from the Ontario 150 Community Capital Fund, which provides one-time funding to support the repair and renovation of existing community facilities for Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary. […]

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The Rideau Candy Shoppe’s nacho eating competition

This is a 2 day event to help kick-off our recent nacho machine purchase! Cost is $25 per person(taxes included) A waver form must be signed prior to participating Ages 18+ The contest will run as follows: February 4th Day 1 – Qaulifying round. First group will begin at 11am. Groups of 10 will face […]

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Food forum to challenge schools to integrate good food into school life

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca It’s no secret that eating well is the foundation of a healthy life. Early exposure to the fun and health benefits that come from growing, cooking and enjoying healthy foods is best.  School environments including classroom curricula, cafeterias, nutrition programs, fundraisers, and extra-curricular activities can all play a central role in creating good […]

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ontrac Workshops this February in Smiths Falls

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Historical exhibit, guided tours to be offered at Carleton Place Town Hall in 2017

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca In 2017 Carleton Place Town Hall will celebrate its 120th anniversary and to commemorate that, council gave approval at the Dec. 20 council meeting for a month-long celebration to take place. In November 2017, the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum will install an exhibit about the construction and history of […]

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Smiths Falls gearing for year-long party to mark Canada 150

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca The 150th anniversary of Confederation won’t pass unnoticed in Smiths Falls, as the town is planning a full year of celebrations. Planning is still underway, but a number of celebratory events are already confirmed. The town has also been successful in securing funding to help with event expenses. Ingrid Bron, economic […]

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Aquatic Recreation Centre directors earn praise from Smiths Falls council

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Kathy Gilligan, who came to Smiths Falls town council on Jan. 23 to ask for $26,600 on behalf of the board of the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre, received a sympathetic reception. Representing the non-profit board which last summer began operating the former Rideau Regional Centre on the grounds of […]

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Stewart Park Festival Hires Perth200 Planning Consultants

Jan 20th 2017 Submitted The Stewart Park Festival committee is excited to announce they’ve recently hired Cathy and Toby James of Cat’s Cove Communications as the festival’s administrators. After a call-out for the position, the festival committee accepted Cat’s Cove’s proposal, which will see the duo work with the committee for a six-month contract. “Cathy […]

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Beet juice component used in road salt in Perth

By Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Councillor Jim Graff suggested beet juice was the to way to go for Perth when it comes to a salt management plan. His own research, he said, shows some municipalities that have used a beet juice component have reduced their road salt use by 30 per cent. Grant Machan, director of […]

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Smiths Falls residents speak out for basic income pilot

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca For Smiths Falls mayor Shawn Pankow, the need for Ontario to explore a better way to support the most disadvantaged in society hits close to home. In February 2016 the provincial government announced plans to conduct a pilot study to examine the feasibility of providing residents of Ontario with a guaranteed minimum […]

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Mississippi Squares annual halfway dance draws crowd of 300

By Jenny Burr editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Saturday, Jan. 14 The Mississippi Squares hosted their 28th Annual Halfway Dance where over 300 people attended and danced at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place. Three dance halls and levels of dance were offered.  The participants were from the 33 clubs in the Eastern Ontario Square and […]

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Development up 17 per cent since 2015 in Carleton Place

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council received information about the Planning Activity End of Year 2016 Report at the Jan. 10, 2016 meeting – the first meeting after the holiday break. The approved report, which deals with development services and planning matters in the Town of Carleton Place, highlighted successful developments in 2016 such […]

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Smiths Falls seeks volunteers to help with Canada 150 events

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls’ working group for Canada 150 celebrations is calling for volunteers to help out. Volunteers are need to assist in planning and coordinating a variety of activities including the On the Roll live music series, heritage walking tours, genealogy workshops, First Nations reconciliation events and program, and arts […]

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Developers seek official plan exemptions for Rideau Hotel plans

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Parkview Homes, new owners of the Rideau Hotel at 20 Beckwith St. North in Smiths Falls, are seeking town council’s approval to proceed with plans for the building that will require amendments to the official plan. The developers want to locate residential units on both the ground floor and in the basement, […]

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New police vehicle to join Smiths Falls fleet this spring

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Smiths Falls Police Service is planning to replace one of its vehicles with a new Ford Explorer costing about $45,000. Police Chief Mark McGillivray spoke to town councillors Jan. 9 to request pre-budget approval to buy the vehicle. He said the service normally replaces one vehicle each year “to keep our […]

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Hockey stick guitar still on the scene 40 years later

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca What do a hockey stick and a guitar have in common? The answer is Glen James. Carleton Place native Glen James built his first electric hockey stick at 19-years-old. Now 60, James plays the two-string instrument for fun at a Carleton Place watering hole called the Waterfront Gastropub. “An ex-girlfriend gave […]

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Pound fitness classes promote fitness for all around the region

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s fast, vigorous and fun.  Pound is a new trend in fitness that combines cardio conditioning and strength training with lightly weighted exercise drumsticks and lots of rhythm. The moves are inspired by yoga and pilates and it’s guaranteed to make you sweat. “It’s a quick and fun way to sweat and […]

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Historical exhibit, guided tours to be offered at Carleton Place Town Hall in 2017

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca In 2017 Carleton Place Town Hall will celebrate its 120th anniversary, and at the Dec. 20 council meeting council gave approval for a month-long celebration to take place. In November, the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum will install an exhibit about the construction and history of the building in the […]

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Lanark paramedics get new headquarters

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Lanark County Paramedic Services (LCPS), operated by Almonte General Hospital, has moved into its new base and administration headquarters in Montague Township. “We want to thank the Lanark County Council for supporting our paramedics and helping to create this wonderful new facility,” says Mary Wilson Trider, president and CEO of Almonte General […]

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Canada 150th anniversary events to kick-off in Carleton Place Jan. 1

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca At the Dec. 13, 2016 council meeting, Jessica Smith presented Carleton Place council with an update about the events planned in Carleton Place for the 150th anniversary of Canada. The anniversary committee, responsible for coordinating events throughout 2017, is hosting its first event on Jan. 1, 2017. This year’s annual New […]

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Park View Homes to restore Rideau Hotel for apartments

Chris Must  chris@pdgmedia.ca Restoring Smiths Falls’ historic Rideau Hotel will be more of a “labour of love” than a solid financial investment, its new owner told town councillors Monday, Dec. 12. Andrew Cinnamon of Park View homes has purchased the Beckwith Street landmark, built in 1901, and plans to renovate the building into 25 new […]

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Tim Hortons and Kinsmen Club Hit the Mark for Kids

Smiths Falls – With another sold out crowd at hand, Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted their 28th Annual Curl for Kids bonspiel at the Smiths Falls Curling & Squash Club in November. Over $4000 was raised to help support mentoring programs in Lanark County. Corporate sponsors Tim Hortons in Smiths Falls and the Smiths Falls Kinsmen […]

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CPDMH gets new x-ray machine thanks to community donations

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  The Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) invited donors to a private unveiling of the brand new digital X-ray machine at the hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 7. “We are so happy and so thankful to have this beautiful piece of machinery here,” said Robyn Arseneau, the manager of fundraising at […]

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OPP impressed with success of 2016 angel trees

Close to 600 children affiliated with Lanark County Child and Family Services (LFSC) will receive gifts this year at Christmas thanks to the community support of the Lanark County Child and Family Services (LCFS) and Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) angel tree program. The angel tree program is now in its 31st […]

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Pegasus Subdivision gets street name approvals

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council approved the staff recommendation that the streets in the Pegasus Development be named with the following names; Antonakos Drive, Borland Drive, Cumming Avenue, Dunlop Road, Eastwood Drive, Hooper Street, Hurdis Way, LeBlanc Lane, Peever Place, Pollock Drive, Reynolds Avenue, Robertson Lane, Coor Court and Wylie Way. The names […]

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Carleton Place to increase snow removal efforts this winter

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca At the Dec. 6 Physical Environment Committee meeting, Carleton Place councillors approved the staff recommendation that public works staff move forward with the revised sidewalk winter maintenance policy on a trial basis for the 2016/2017 winter season. The public works department sidewalk winter maintenance policy will now include sidewalks in residential […]

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2016 marks 10th year for Free Christmas day dinner in Carleton Place

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca People First of Lanark County and the Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee are hosting the 10th annual Christmas dinner at the Carleton Place Legion on Dec. 25, Kory Earle, co-chair of the Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee,  told Carleton Place councillors at the Dec. 6, 2016 committee meetings. The […]

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SFDCI girls’ rugby team fundraises for California trip

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca They’re excited not just to be travelling, but to be able to represent their school. The Redhawks girls’ rugby team is in the final throws of fundraising for a trip to California to take part in a rugby tournament. “We chose California because they run an international rugby tournament in March, […]

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Local bride opts to tie knot in Smiths Falls after winning big

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s supposed to be a very special day, and for Emily Bowick of Smiths Falls it’s turning out to be a dream. As the winner of the $11,000 grand prize at Always and Forever Wedding Show in Smiths Falls, Bowick is thrilled with the variety and generosity of the package. “I […]

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St. James students to receive free books

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  On Wednesday, Dec. 6 every child at St. James the Greater School in Smiths Falls will receive a new book, thanks to the Friends of the Library. Councillor Lorraine Allen told Smiths Falls councillors at the Dec. 5 meeting that the books will be matched to the interests of the individual students. […]

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Smiths Falls councillors endorse autism treatment resolution

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls councillors have voted to endorse a resolution from the Town of Shelburne calling on the provincial government to restore funding for a treatment program for children with autism. According to the resolution, autism spectrum disorder affects one in 94 children, making it the most common neurological disorder. The resolution states […]

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Bears lose to Nepean in Fish Findlay Classic in Shawville

Courtesy of Smiths Falls Bears A crowd of 300 turned out to the Shawville Arena on Saturday, Dec. 3 to watch the 2nd Annual Fish Findlay Classic between the Smiths Falls Bears and the Nepean Raiders. The proceeds from this game are donated to the Shawville Minor Hockey Association. For the 2nd consecutive year the Raiders […]

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Christmas in Merrickville full of family fun

The Christmas spirit was certainly alive in Merrickville on Saturday morning. People crowded into the legion for a hot breakfast and a visit with Santa and then lines up outside for a horse-drawn wagon ride. The streets were also busy as people bustled in and out of stores and lined the sidewalk for the annual […]

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CPDMH and CP Chamber of Commerce team up for patient care

The Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce and the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation (CPDMH) have teamed up to raise money for patient care equipment with the 12 Days of Christmas raffle. Starting on Dec. 13 prizes will be drawn daily for 12 days, increasing in value each day for a total […]

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Smiths Falls salt shed ready for winter

The newly built salt shed on Air Care Drive in Smiths Falls, had its grand opening at 9:00 a.m on Nov. 29. Mayor Shawn Pankow cuts the ribbon while members of council, town staff, public works staff and the MegaDome contractor, who built the structure, gathered around him. “I’m glad we’ve finally got this done, […]

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UCDSB school closures may trigger expansion of SFDCI

By Chris Must chris@pdgmdia.ca The Upper Canada District School Board’s plans to close some area schools will lead to an influx of younger students attending Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI), and the potential need for an addition to the school. In a report provided to Smiths Falls town councillors for information, the board indicated […]

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Owners planning apartments for vacant Lockwood’s location

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Local lawyer Kate Ryan, whose family owns the building at the corner of Elmsley and Daniel Streets formerly occupied by Lockwood Sight & Sound, appeared before Smiths Falls town council Nov. 28 to explain the family’s plans for the property. The long-time business closed at the end of June, shortly before owner […]

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Rotary makes donation to CHIMO public school

On Friday, Nov. 18, the Smiths Falls Rotary Club increased it’s support of the Earlyact Club at CHIMO public School. The program encourages children to take part in local and international acts of community service. Shown here from left Reese Andison and Lilli Lucas (far right) proudly hold up the Earlyact CHIMO banner as Anna […]

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Green light for Harold Street traffic study

By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town council gave the green light Oct. 3 to a study to look into ways of slowing down traffic on Harold Street. The town’s public works department recently completed a two-week study of traffic on the street following a number of complaints from residents about speeding drivers. “People use […]

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