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Algonquin College hosting United Way breakfast October 25

Submitted Algonquin College Perth Campus, a long-time supporter of United Way Lanark County (UWLC), will host its annual kick-off breakfast on Thursday, October 25th, to celebrate the work of United Way Lanark County. This breakfast event is open to the public and runs from 7:30 to 9:30 AM in the cafeteria of the College Campus, […]

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First Teen Art Show at the Carleton Place Public Library

Submitted Join us for our first Teen Art Show at the Carleton Place Public Library. We’re excited to present “TEN: TEN TEEN ARTISTS, ONE GALA EVENING”  on  Friday, October 19/18, 6-8pm at the Carleton Place Public Library, 101 Beckwith St., 613-257-2702.  Ranging from drawings to stop motion art, it’s bound to be an interesting evening from […]

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Celebrating the Opening of the OVRT Fri. October 5th

Submitted Please join the Warden and Councillors of Lanark County for a ceremony to mark the official opening of the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT) on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. The celebration will be held at the under the overpass at Highway 7 in Carleton Place, on the trail. The celebration marks […]

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Tiny homes versus large scale development

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca At a regular session of Carleton Place council’s planning and protection committee meeting held on Sept 18th, residential housing proposals from both ends of the size spectrum received a lot of attention and prompted a great deal of discussion. Tiny homes hit council’s attention in June of this year when Terrilee Kelford […]

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Too many apples on your lawn? The Table can harvest for you

Submitted The Table Community Food Centre makes healthy food available to the Perth community and uses food as a tool to build health, hope and community. At this time of year The Table benefits from the great abundance of fresh healthy produce available in our local gardens, yards and orchards. Unfortunately there is also much […]

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The Rural FASD Support Network launched their first public meeting on Sept. 15

Submitted On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Rural FASD Support Network launched their first public meeting at Calvary Bible Church in Smith Falls, ON. The day started with Shelley More, co-founder, sharing the milestones achieved in the past two years, introducing the members of the executive committee, and sharing their mandate, vision and mission. Shelley also […]

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All-terrain wheelchair is new feature at Lanark Lodge

Submitted Lanark County’s accessible trail – the Tay River Pathway – just got even more accessible for Lanark Lodge residents thanks to a new all-terrain wheelchair. The Tay River Pathway is located behind the Lanark County Administration Building, Lanark Lodge and Perth Community Care Centre. The looped trail is 1 kilometre in length and passes […]

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Parkinson SuperWalk 2018 a huge success

Submitted The 2nd Annual Parkinson SuperWalk surpassed organizers’ expectations this year, raising almost $39,000. Over one hundred participants and dozens of volunteers gathered in Conlon Farm for the event, emceed by CTV Ottawa’s Patricia Boal. Perth Mayor John Fenik was joined by Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow, Westport Mayor Robin Jones and Carleton Place Mayor […]

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Truckers: Follow the yellow painted line

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca An hour into Committee of the Whole Tuesday night, a big issue, discussed many times, came up for deliberation again — heavy transport vehicles through the middle of town. Grant Machan, Director of Environmental Services, gave an overview of truck routing in Perth; there is a limited north-south corridor on Drummond Street […]

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If elected, Fenik wants to opt out of cannabis sales for a year

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Mayor Fenik wants to opt-out of recreational cannabis sales in Perth for a year; it’s not his decision to make — it will have to be made by the incoming council — but if he is re-elected, that’s what he wants to do. Recreational online pot sales are coming October 17. At […]

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Cornerstone asks for ‘inclusionary’ development in Perth

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Terrilee Kelford is insistent and persistent; she spoke to Smiths Falls council several months ago, and last night she made an “ask” to Perth’s Committee of the Whole. She knows a lot about tiny homes for homeless kids, and she’s convinced that any future these kids might have depends on giving them […]

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Novatech recommended for Lombard/Abbot signals

Sally Smith The Director of Public Works and Utilities, Troy Dunlop, asked council to adopt the recommendation to award Novatech Engineers, Planners and Landscape Architects for the design of the Lombard and Abbott Street signalization upgrades. Of the three proposals submitted, Novatech priced out in the middle at $68,258. The three were scored under five […]

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Duke and Duchess getting ramp to help them over riprap

Sally Smith Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, reported Monday night “the pour on the deck” of the Beckwith old-lock bridge went well last Friday. This week expect to see “sidewalks get poured Tuesday or Wednesday, weather permitting.” He added that the “three days behind” has now lessened to “two days.” The tender […]

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Perth council defeats Attendance Policy By-Law

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was Perth council’s turn to say aye or nay to a Council Attendance Policy By-Law; it ended as a defeated vote. The proposal originally came to council August 7 for consideration; it’s purpose was to establish an “attendance policy regarding Council members’ attendance on all Committees and Boards.” At the moment […]

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Joe and Angie Cayen will be missed, says Mayor

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Mayor Shawn Pankow extended heartfelt thanks to Joe Cayen and his wife Angie of Smiths Falls’ Canadian Tire at Committee of the Whole Monday night. “People come into our community and leave good impressions and strong memories,” he said of the two and their family who are moving to a bigger store […]

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Thanks to everyone from Urban Jungle

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Councillor John Maloney took a few moments Monday night to thank sponsors of Urban Jungle’s Obstacle and Fitness Challenge held August 12. This year the challenge raised $14,310. Of that, donations included $7,000 going to Lower Reach; $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ after school program; $250 to the Railway Museum; $150 […]

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Lane closures on bridge scheduled

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Malcolm Morris, Smiths Falls CAO, spoke briefly about the Town’s bridge construction at Committee of the Whole Monday night. It’s proceeding on schedule, he said, acknowledging “There are days with no activities but no one should be alarmed. This is not uncommon for bridge construction projects. “Lane closures on the southbound lane […]

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*Clarification: Decisions, budgeting could be better, says Gallipeau

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca *Clarification: In an August 7, 2018 article Decisions, budgeting could be better, mayoral candidate Joe Gallipeau was quoted as saying, “the Town has spent $500,000 on docks for Le Boat.” Smiths Falls Treasurer Janet Koziel clarified those figures at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting: “Some docks were purchased in 2017, so for […]

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Perth Healing Forest Memorial unveiling Last Duel Park

Submitted You are invited to join the Healing Forest committee, and special guests on September 30th for the unveiling of Perth’s Healing Forest Memorial to the children who were taken away to Residential School and the many children who did not make it home to their families. The memorial also remembers the Missing and Murdered […]

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Perth Union Library celebrates successful 2018 Summer Literacy Program

Submitted The Perth Union Library’s Summer Literacy Program is fully funded for 2018. Each year, the program helps over 100 children in the area. This program is funded entirely by grants and donations, so the library extends a thank you to all who supported this initiative. We truly could not serve these children without the […]

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Smiths Falls Tweed visitor centre

Stacey Roy The next time tourists make the loop at 1 Hershey Drive looking for a chocolate shop they will find one and much more as the Tweed Visitor Centre officially opens Aug. 25. “It would be completely impossible not to bring back what was here, what is here and now it’s back,” said Bruce […]

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Looking for a seamstress

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Costume designer and maker, Sandy Bradley, at The Station Theatre in Smiths Falls is looking for a seamstress. If you can set a sleeve, alter clothes to fit, put in a zipper and make clothes from patterns, please give her a call. Besides sewing (which is something you like to do anyway), […]

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We need your help to light up the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth

Submitted Let’s “Light up the Labyrinth” together – from 6:30 – 9:00 PM on Friday, September 7th, 2018. 
 During this event, the warm glow of more than 600 candlelit luminaries will flicker along the path of Carleton Place’s Community Labyrinth. This year, during the walk, local musician Rob McMurray will be playing electric guitar with electronic effects (delays, reverb, and […]

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Getting ready for pot …

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca A lot “needs to be considered” in Smiths Falls before October 17 — the day pot is legalized; that’s only nine weeks away. CAO Malcolm Morris briefly spoke to council at the end of Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting and said there would be ongoing updates from now on. A […]

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Duck Island bridge construction going to RFP

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Mayoral candidate Joe Gallipeau was galvanized into action Monday night stating he would not support a recommendation to purchase and install two pedestrian bridges from Duck Island to the Water Treatment Plant. Pedestrians of Smiths Falls have been without the link from Duck Island heading to Abbott Street since fast flowing waters […]

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50 Allan street proposal dominates midsummer evening

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Tuesday Aug 7, Carleton Place Town Council held a session of its Policy Review committee with a very full agenda. The meeting was held in the upstairs auditorium to accommodate a larger crowd (approximately 50 attended); most coming out to speak on and witness the fate of a four storey multi-residential […]

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Announcing the 3rd Annual Shindig in Smiths Falls

Submitted A Musical Celebration for our Staff and Home Town Community Tweed is pleased to announce the date for the third annual Shindig, the largest community and music event in Smiths Falls. The date: August 25, 2018. Block your calendars and tell your friends! When we started this amazing journey as a cannabis company we […]

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Town of Smiths Falls opens new Visitor Centre at Town Hall

Submitted The Town of Smiths Falls opened their new Visitor’s Centre during a meeting of Council on Monday, July 23rd. Located in the old school house, the new welcoming space will house the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, the Town of Smiths Falls departments of Economic Development and Tourism, the Local Immigration Partnership, and […]

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Town will benefit as member of EORN system

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Committee of the Whole agreed Smiths Falls should be a partner in, and support, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) system to improve mobile broadband cell coverage in the area. The project covers from Peterborough to the border of Quebec and the cost will be somewhere between $54,000 and $81,000 — on […]

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School crossing guard locations reviewed at CoW

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca In just over a month kids will be heading back to school. With the push to get children exercising more and school boards increasing the distance they can/should walk, the Town is updating its crossing guard locations and adding/subtracting some. Nadine Bennett, Deputy Clerk, presented a report to Committee of the Whole […]

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Waterfront visioning exercise presented; lots of good ideas

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls CAO, Malcolm Morris, was taken to task Monday night at Committee of the Whole. Morris presented the findings of a Waterfront Visioning Exercise undertaken in late March this year of which the general tone was interest, intrigue, potential and possibilities. The chastisement came from councillors who hadn’t been invited to […]

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Pankow decides on second run for mayor

Sally Smith Shawn Pankow signed and submitted papers today to take a second run for the top spot in the Town of Smiths Falls. If he wins this will be his third term on council, the first one being as a councillor. The election is October 22. Pankow, 53 in September, says his job is […]

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No decision reached about extending Campsite lease

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca They didn’t ask for money, they asked for time at Committee of the Whole July 16. Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce (SFDCC) members presented their “ask” Monday regarding a longer term lease for the Victoria Park Campground; the current agreement expires on December 31 this year. The Campground has a […]

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Council asked to fly flag and march in PRIDE event

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca James AE Perkins brought a gift to Committee of the Whole Monday — a flag. It’s a large multi-coloured rainbow flag and he asked if the Town would fly the flag in recognition of the first annual Smiths Falls Pride Event. The parade is scheduled for August 18 at 5 p.m. at […]

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Friends of Lanark County’s response to Lanark County’s 2018 Spray Program

Submitted by Friends of Lanark County Starting in mid-May, Lanark County used Clearview herbicide along County roads in an effort to control wild parsnip. Once again, as for the two previous years, there has been insufficient notification of this program. The small ad in the local newspaper still left residents in the dark. As well, […]

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Let’s talk about our physical environment

Submitted Our physical environment is comprised of the buildings, transportation (roads, public/private transit, bike lanes and sidewalks), energy systems (hydro, heat/cool & water), open space (parks and recreation) and farm lands that make up and support our communities. Our physical environment is a social determinant of health and plays an important role in our health and […]

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The CiB Judges are coming to Merrickville-Wolford

Submitted The Village of Merrickville-Wolford is participating in the 2018 Edition of Communities in Bloom (CiB) in the 1,501 – 5,000 Population category along with Hanna AB; Madawaska Valley ON and Prescott ON. The Communities in Bloom judges, Lorna McIlroy from Grande Prairie Alberta & Gaétan Deschênes from Saint-Basile-le-Grand Québec will be evaluating the Village of Merrickville-Wolford on July 17-18-19.  The […]

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Progress on Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail

Submitted Planned construction on the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT) for 2018 has begun and residents will soon start to see progress and work completed. In particular, two bridges in the Almonte ward will be getting a facelift this summer. After listening to residents regarding the design of the bridge and in consultation with the […]

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Stephanie Mitton excited about by-election

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The evening was warm enough to compel the staff at 4 Degrees Brewing Company in Smiths Falls to open the garage door at the side of their establishment in the hopes of letting in some cool breezes. Stephanie Mitton was there at her first Meet and Greet event; she is one of […]

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Carleton Place council votes itself a raise

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council held 3 of its committee meetings on Tuesday June 19th and started off the evening with the Corporate Review Committee (finance).  Treasurer Trisa McConkey made several presentations related to town wages and the impact of Ontario Bill 148 which raised the minimum wage to $14/hr in January of this year.  As per […]

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Community Issues Committee

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca At the Community Issues Committee meeting held on June 19th, council reviewed reports and minutes from various external committees such as Parks and Recreation, Environmental Advisory, etc.  Parks and Rec will be forwarding an updated parks/trails use bylaw to council for review and passage.  The last amendments were done in 2005 and new changes […]

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Cash in-lieu of parking spaces goes to Town

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Andrew Hassoun is bringing a new restaurant to Town. Shawarma on the Falls, specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, is set to open at 16 Beckwith St. N. The location, previously a pet shop, under the Town’s zoning By-law, requires that parking spaces be provided “to accommodate new, expanded and redeveloped land uses.” […]

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Pankow, Fenik ask for money for hospitals

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Two mayors attended Committee of the Whole Monday — Shawn Pankow from Smiths Falls and Perth mayor John Fenik. They spoke to council members and those attending the meeting about the Core Capital Campaign of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, and asked for council’s consideration in their “ask” for money. […]

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Condie Street resident brings petition to council

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Ryan Abbass was unhappy Monday. He brought a petition filled with names of people who live on Condie Street who object to the proposed reconstruction of the road. The proposal is for sidewalks to be constructed only on the west side of the street, rather than both sides. Having lived there over […]

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Boxing 4 Health for people with Parkinson’s comes to Smiths Falls

  Boxing 4 Health Inc. – a unique exercise program based on training used by kickboxing trainers and adapted for people living with Parkinson’s Disease is now available in the Smiths Falls area. The program involves stretching, functional movements, skipping, push-ups, balancing and non-contact boxing lead by trained coaches. “We are excited about bringing this […]

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CERV and Cornerstone Landing Front and Center

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca At the regular council session held in Carleton Place on Tuesday, June 12th, Mayor Louis Antonakos and council congratulated the newest member of the CERV (Community Emergency Response Volunteer) team, Mark Dorland on his recent graduation from the required training.  This program, initiated in 2003, has been helping out in emergency situations under […]

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Carleton Place’s Policy Review Committee wades through a packed agenda

Brian Turner Carleton Place Town Council held 2 meetings on Tuesday June 12 in reverse order from their normal process. The Policy Review Committee meeting convened first in the session with a full Council meeting following. The reasoning for the rare schedule change was that last Tuesday, June 5th, saw no meetings due to the […]

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LAV III coming to Smiths Falls

Sally Smith Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 members left Town Hall happy Monday after the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls. The Legion has been looking for approval from the Town for a place to build a concrete pad for the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III its had waiting since December. Monday they […]

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Mississippi Mills honours one of their own with community fountain installation

Stacey Roy This Sunday, June 10 family, friends and the Mississippi Mills community will gather behind the Old Town Hall in Almonte to remember the late Bernard Cameron with a dedication of a new Riverwalk water fountain. The official dedication will take place June 10, 1 p.m. in the garden behind the Old Town Hall […]

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Days of Caring at The Mission in Smiths Falls

Submitted On Wednesday May 23, we kicked off the first of 6 planned Days of Caring where employees  from Tweed volunteer their efforts on Tweed company time to tackle projects for our partners throughout Lanark County & Smiths Falls.  Our first project was weeding and cleaning up the backyard at The Mission in Smiths Falls, […]

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Town asked to be part of “test corridor” for autonomous vehicles

Sally Smith The Town received an invitation from the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) asking it to join the “preferred autonomous vehicles test corridor.” This is an initiative for controlled testing of autonomous vehicles (AVs). The OGRA is calling for “the creation of a seamless and well-coordinated preferred AV testing corridor stretching from Windsor to […]

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A rousing hockey night at Volunteer Appreciation event

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was Hockey Night in Smiths Falls Wednesday night at the Station Theatre. Mark Borowiecki, Sens #74, was on hand at the Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation evening, and the whole Smiths Falls PeeWee B Bears team was on stage, too. Bookended by the hockey stars were Bill Widenmaier and Katie Hoffman, recipients of […]

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Spiff up town in preparation for tourists

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Malcolm Morris, Smith Falls’ Chief Administrative Officer, commented at a special Committee of the Whole meeting, May 7, that the initial stages of a First Impressions program have been put to work. He described the program as “a look at the town through the lens of a tourist.” A first reaction driving […]

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Detailed plans for Ottawa Valley Rail Trail presented

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca At the May 15th Carleton Place Corporate Services Committee meeting, former CAO Paul Knowles presented the details of the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail portion inside town boundaries as well as the large park area known as Carleton Crossing (behind the OPP station). The trail will follow the old rail line purchased by […]

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SFDCI fundraising for indigenous visitors

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute’s Gr. 10 Civics class asked council for a grant of $500 to help raise funds to bring 15 indigenous students from North Saskatchewan to visit the town for a week, and, in return, for 15 SFDCI students to travel to the northern community for a week. Council […]

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New look for old building at 1 Chambers Street

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The front corner of the uniquely shaped building at 1 Chambers Street is getting a make-over. The building has been periodically vacant over the years; the proposal is to refurbish it under a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) grant to contain an ice-cream shop on the lower level (Sweet Scoops, to open year-round), […]

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Few rooms and rentals in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca CAO Malcolm Morris gave a good-news, bad-news story to CoW on Monday – there is lots of interest in finding rooms and accommodations in Smiths Falls, but there aren’t any! “It’s an unprecedented situation,” says Councillor Cummings. “It’s a problem we thought we’d never have.” Morris says if people have space, if […]

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A surplus, less of a deficit, and improvement in the Town of Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was good news for the Town of Smiths Falls at Committee of the Whole Monday night. Howard Allen of Allen and Partners gave a brief overview of the financial statement for 2017. Generally speaking, there is a “surplus of $400,000, there is less of a deficit, and the Town’s situation has […]

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Food Bank Feelin’ Groovy for this year’s BOGO

Submitted It’s time for the Lanark County Food Bank – The Hunger Stop’s annual Buy One, Give One Community Dinner when every ticket purchased doubles in value and extends an offer for a Food Bank client to attend the dinner too. This year’s Feelin’ Groovy theme promises to be a whole lot of fun with […]

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Looking for a solution for missing pedestrian bridge

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca We’re not going to get it soon, but when the pedestrian bridge from small Turtle Island to the south shore is done (for the second time) it will be “serviceable, safe and there for a long time,” says Art Manhire, Director of Community Services with the Town. “We’re in the process of […]

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‘No’ to chickens in backyard in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Council was asked for direction by staff on allowing chickens to be kept in a residential area; staff’s recommendation is to deny the request under the Animal Control bylaw, as it may set a precedent. Resident Andrew Howard has asked for an exemption. “My wife and I were hoping that council would […]

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No final answer for Harold Street residents

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Residents of Harold Street were not wholly assured at Committee of the Whole Monday evening in Smiths Falls that their Saturday morning peace would not be interrupted by ATVs running down the road from sunset to sundown. Rick Gilfillen, president and trail co-ordinator of the Rideau Lakes All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Club, […]

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Canopy Growth committed to giving back to community

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Station Theatre hosted the Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce breakfast April 24. Quiche, muffins and coffee, provided by Two Guys for Lunch, enticed about 70 members to stand and chat for a few moments before heading into the theatre for a presentation by Leslie Lentz and Sarah Brownlee, Canopy […]

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Sunshine lured hundreds to Tiny House Festival

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth’s Tiny House Festival on Saturday was more than a success. Cars lined the highway by Algonquin College and visitors lined up to get into the tiny houses to see if they might actually be a fit. Ages ranged from babies in carrier pouches to grandparents. Most were just plain curious, others […]

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Glen Tay Public School celebrates its 50th birthday

Submitted On May 1, 1968, Glen Tay Public School welcomed its first students from the fifteen neighbouring one room and two room schools. This amalgamation resulted in many new opportunities for students and staff alike which has continued to this day. On May 1, 2018 current students, family members and all alumni are invited to […]

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Travel expenses policy revised and new municipal software coming

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca At the Corporate Services Committee meeting on April 18 council approved a new travel expense policy requiring employees and councilors to utilize the most practical and economical arrangements and capping daily meal allowances at $100.  While the previous cap was $75, individuals could apply to exceed that figure.  The new limit will […]

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Carleton Place Council puts brakes on arena change-room upgrades

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Council held their regular session of their Corporate Services Committee on Tuesday April 18.  Staff presented various scenarios and options for funding the replacement of the town’s central bridge and the arena’s change-rooms.  While council directed staff to begin the tender document process for the arena at the March 20th meeting […]

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Good news for those with Parkinson’s

Terry O’Hearn terry@pdgmedia.ca Pat Evans, Parkinson’s volunteer and co-chair of the local SuperWalk, reminds us that the month of April is Parkinson’s awareness month. “There is a new sense of hope in Lanark North Leeds for people with Parkinson’s Disease and April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month, is a good time to understand why,” Evans says. “Last […]

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National Healing Forest proposal gets unanimous approval

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The National Healing Forest recommendation returned to Committee of the Whole Tuesday for a final consideration and agreement before it goes to council April 24. It initially came to Committee of the Whole a little over a month ago where there was some disputation from Andrew MacDonald that the plaque for the […]

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Hospital 2018-2019 quality improvement plan now available

Submitted by Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Report on Progress Strategies from 2017-2018 Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) has prepared its 2018-2019 Quality Improvement Plan for submission to Health Quality Ontario (HQO).  It is a blueprint to focus on initiatives for the coming 12 months. A Quality Improvement Plan (the Plan) is […]

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Old Rideau Hotel gets site plan control agreement from Town

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The historic Rideau Hotel (20 Beckwith Street N) is on track with a site plan control agreement between the Town and the owner for mixed-use residential and commercial redevelopment. It will include the establishment of 25 residential units (one and two-bedroom) and three commercial units on site. Site plan control looks at […]

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$25,000 grant encourages participation in active transportation

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Those attending the Fifth Annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation (EOAT) Summit in Brockville this year will see a familiar Smiths Falls face. Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, will be a member of the discussion panel. Jeff Mills and Danielle Shewfelt, EOAT representatives, spoke at Smiths Falls Committee of the […]

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Reduction in assessment asked for iconic building

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Committee of the Whole, Monday night, agreed to temporarily reduce the assessment on the iconic building at 78 Brockville Street previously known as the Kilt and Castle; the assessment, at the moment is unknown, until the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) provides it. The reduction in assessment has been asked from January […]

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The former Smiths Falls Indoor Flea Market building has been sold

Submitted A familiar sight in the Township of Montague could look very different by this time next year. The former Smiths Falls Indoor Flea Market building has been sold, and the Township of Montague is considering a rezoning proposal which will enable the new owners to build self-storage units in its place.   According to […]

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Smiths Falls bracing for tourist invasion in 2018

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca With the pride of Le Boat’s luxury houseboat fleet ready to embark on the Rideau in May, the town of Smiths Falls is expecting an influx of visitors from all over the globe. To help make sure the community is positioned to make the best of this opportunity, the town’s Economic Development […]

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New antique marketplace to be held April 14 in Carleton Place

Submitted The Cavanagh Family Marketplace presents the 1st Annual Antique and Collectible Show at the Carleton Place Curling Club on April 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This event is free for anyone to attend and is the perfect event for learning a little about local history, to shop for that person on your […]

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Local Hospitals go for Silver with the Healthy Foods in Champlain Hospitals Program

Submitted Veggie breakfast omelettes. An oatmeal topping bar. Fruit parfaits. Pembroke Regional Hospital (PRH) is making healthy eating the easy choice in the cafeteria, Mural Café and Sunshine Gift Shop – and they are getting creative too! They’ve introduced a fresh salad bar, new beverages, and an enticing breakfast buffet – all part of achieving […]

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Longtime residents honoured with Carleton Place’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca Longtime area residents Mary and Wally Cook were honoured with Carleton Place’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a regular council meeting held on March 27th in recognition for their outstanding leadership and tireless community contributions.  Mary, a well known former CBC broadcaster and prolific author and her husband Wally, a former town councilor were joined […]

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Many resources available for Perth history research

Terry O’Hearn terry@pdgmedia.ca The rich history of Perth and surrounding townships was highlighted recently with the year-long celebration of the Perth Military Settlement 200th anniversary in 2016. Although there are still many descendants of those original families living in the area who know their history, more recent arrivals have also tended to seek information about, […]

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Smiths Falls appoints integrity commissioner

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls has officially appointed an integrity commissioner to ensure members of council are meeting the terms of their code of conduct. At a March 19 meeting, councillors voted in favour of a recommendation from Director of Corporate Services and Clerk Kerry Costello to appoint Tony Fleming of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little […]

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Why did the chip wagon cross the road? To come to Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Fans of the Britt’s Chips won’t have to make much of an adjustment to their routines once the local chip wagon moves to its new location. Britt’s Chips is moving across the road from its current site at 244 Highway 15 to 10 Ferrara Drive. “They’re moving across the road from where […]

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Second annual Good Food in Schools forum

Submitted by The Table Community Food Centre and foodcoreLGL There is a growing movement in schools across Canada, a movement that is looking more closely at the food kids eat at school and that is getting them more involved with growing, making and understanding healthy foods. It is widely acknowledged that school gardens, food literacy programs […]

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Policy review committee meeting March 13

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Tuesday March 13th, after their regular council session, Carleton Place Council held a regular meeting of the Policy Review Committee. Deputy-Clerk Stacey Blair brought forward a report on the need for creating a policy to cover council members’ use of municipal resources during an election campaign. This is mandated by provincial legislation […]

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New bylaws passed at Carleton Place town council meeting

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Town Council convened their regular council session on Tues., March 13 and passed a number of new bylaws. Among these were municipal legislations confirming the appointment of Diane Smithson as CAO, Trisa McConkey as Treasurer, and former treasurer Phil Hogan as deputy-treasurer. While all three have been acting in their […]

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No cannabis store-front for Smiths Falls this year

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Councillor John Maloney asked the important question at Committee of the Whole Monday night. Will Smiths Falls get a cannabis store-front this year? Malcolm Morris, who has been involved with provincial negotiations from the beginning, said “no.” The province is opening 40 store-fronts in 2018 and Smiths Falls won’t be one of […]

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Good food and good conversation at Newcomer Dinner

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca About 30 newcomers sat down to a potluck supper hosted by Welcome Wagon at St. John’s Anglican Church in Smiths Falls, Wednesday. Reverend Canon Catherine Ascah extended greetings as did Mayor Shawn Pankow before diners tucked into the casseroles, salads and desserts prepared by St. John’s volunteers. Some newcomers were brand new, […]

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Caroline Mulroney makes stop in Smiths Falls March 6

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Caroline Mulroney was in town March 6. During a quick whistle-stop campaign drop-by on her way from Peterborough, she spoke briefly to over 100 willing listeners at the Smiths Falls Lions Club on Abbott Street. Mulroney, the Conservative party’s York-Simcoe riding candidate and eldest daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, is […]

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Station Theatre in Smiths Falls gets defibrillator

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Four board members were on hand, Monday, March 5, when Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MP Scott Reid and his aide Shawn Morrison carried two small boxes into Smiths Falls’ Station Theatre. Reid set the boxes on the counter, one a defibrillator and the other the white wall-storage unit. Defibrillators go for about $2,000 and approximately 300 […]

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Premier calls Smiths Falls ‘remarkable’ and recognizes local economy

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca One Smiths Falls town councillor said he felt like “a rock star” after the premier of Ontario singled Smiths Falls out for special praise at a recent municipal conference. At a Feb. 26 council meeting, Councillor Chris Cummings said had “never been so proud” as he was when Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke […]

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CNIB looking for puppy raisers

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca If you’re a dog lover — specifically puppies — the CNIB has an interesting opportunity for you. The CNIB recently launched CNIB Guide Dogs to raise and train guide dogs exclusively for people with sight loss. CNIB is seeking animal lovers in Carleton Place who would like to be volunteer puppy raisers by taking a puppy […]

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Coldest Night walkathon raises funds, awareness for youth homelessness

Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca Volunteers and fundraisers filled the Youth Arena Hall in Smiths Falls on Feb. 24 with a common goal: to eliminate homelessness in Lanark County. Cornerstone Landing hosted The Coldest Night of the Year in Smiths Falls, which is an annual and multi-site walkathon aimed at eradicating homelessness.  Across Canada, more than 100 […]

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Smiths Falls to build new docks in the Victoria Basin

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca In preparation for the launch of Le Boat’s Rideau Canal fleet in the spring of 2018, Smiths Falls town councillors have agreed to invest a total of $40,000 to build two new docks in the Victoria Basin. Economic Development Manager Cyril Cooper advised councillors at a Feb. 20 meeting that half of […]

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New Carleton Place treasurer to be officially appointed at next council meeting

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca At the Carleton Place Corporate Services Committee meeting, held at the beginning of the Feb. 20 council session, council voted to forward a bylaw to their next full meeting to officially appoint Trisa McConkey as the town’s treasurer and to move Phil Hogan (the current holder of that position) to deputy treasurer […]

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Tattoo Shops no longer a parent’s worst nightmare

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The stereotype of tattoo parlours as seedy joints tucked away in dark alleys has been upended by new-age art shops in Lanark County catering to a surprisingly wide range of individuals. At Lea Maurice’s Ink & Iron Tattoo Co. in Carleton Place, there’s a relaxing spa feel as visitors aged 18 to […]

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Denzel Rules at Notre Dame

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca On February 15th, Notre Dame High School in Carleton Place held its open house to welcome students, parents, family, and neighbours for an evening of connection, information, and opportunities for students to display their love of learning. In the middle of a very busy and noisy entrance atrium an oasis of calm […]

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Smiths Falls council does Valentine’s Day good deeds

Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Town Council took on the Pee Wee Bears Good Deeds Cup Challenge today — a challenge presented to them at council last week. Mayor Shawn Pankow and Councillors Lorraine Allen, Jay Brennan, and John Maloney visited Willowdale Retirement Residence and Van Horne Manor, to pass out roses and wish residents […]

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Lots of community spirit at the Friends of the Library Trivia Challenge

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was an unexpected finish — the Einsteins and the Quiztophers nosed ahead by one point to take the 21st Friends of the Library Trivia Challenge 81 to 80 at the Smiths Falls Legion on Sunday, Feb. 11. They were behind throughout the afternoon (just a little!) but the final category gave them […]

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Carleton Place council hits Mayor Antonakos with hard financial blows

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca At a well attended meeting of Carleton Place Council’s Policy and Review committee, councillors voted in force to apply a forfeiture of 270 days of the mayor’s pay as well as the remainder of his 2018 discretionary allowance as punishment for his three latest contraventions of the municipal code of conduct as […]

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Fundraising walk to help homeless youth Feb. 24

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A first-time fundraising event to help homeless youth in Lanark County has already attracted some high-level support. Three mayors – John Fenik of Perth, Louis Antonakos of Carleton Place and Shawn Pankow of Smiths Falls – have already signed up to participate in The Coldest Night of the Year, a fundraising walk […]

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Colour palette again under scrutiny by Perth council

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth town councillors were again hot under the collar when it came to discussing the heritage palette of colours for downtown Perth. Stewart Bates of Antonio Way urged councillors not to agree to amend the Heritage Conservation District Bylaw. “We are in competition to attract businesses and new residents,” he argued. “We […]

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Reprise of Great Hamburger Debate at CoW in Perth

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth councillors went at it claws and nails (figuratively speaking) on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Committee of the Whole when a report on canteen leases was raised. In both June and July of last year a Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued for the operation of the canteen at the community centre; […]

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Uncollectable debts written off in annual housekeeping

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  With barely the blink of an eye and absolutely no fanfare, Perth councillors unanimously passed a bylaw authorizing the write-off of 2017 outstanding provincial offences accounts in the amount of $1,623.52 at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting. The accounts have been deemed to be uncollectable throughout the year, the primary […]

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Bees, grape arbour part of The Table’s summer projects

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Ramsey Hart, executive director of The Table Community Food Centre, in Perth, presented a quick overview of the happenings at The Table at Committee of the Whole ob Tuesday, Feb. 6. In 2017 there were: 9,500 community meals served, three times per week 3,737 food bank visits 182 food skills and health […]

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Groups seeking grants in excess of $10k present to Smiths Falls council, awaiting decisions

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Representatives of the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, the Smiths Falls After School Program, and the Healthy Living Festival appeared before Smiths Falls town councillors on Feb. 5 to make in-person appeals for community grant funding in 2018. Town policy requires any group seeking a grant of more than $10,000 to appear […]

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Immediate Licence Suspension of AquaGreen Dispositions in Smiths Falls

On January 24, 2018, the Registrar, Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA) issued a Notice of Proposal to Revoke and an Order to immediately suspend the Crematorium Operator licence of Hilton’s AquaGreen Dispositions Inc. in Smiths Falls, ON. The immediate suspension is believed to be in the public interest. The Notice of Proposal […]

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It’s how you wear your size, not what size you wear

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca For all the full-figured women out there, your wish has come true. A new shop opened on Nov. 2 in Smiths Falls that’s just for you. Sherri Axford and Kelly Ilan, both 45 and long-time best friends, have put their creativity, their work ethic and their delight in shopping and clothes to […]

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Carleton Place OPP hosts annual free skate and lunch

Jane Hobson The Carleton Place detachment of Lanark County OPP hosted its fourth annual free skate and lunch on Saturday, Jan. 20 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. About 75 adults and kids bundled up to play hockey at the outdoor rink on Coleman Street. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to see [officers] outside […]

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Local postal worker union seeks council to support door-to-door delivery

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Amanda Brown, President of the Perth local for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, spoke at the Perth Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17. She explained that four years ago Canada Post embarked on a program to remove door-to-door delivery from all residential addresses across Canada. By the […]

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Dual event proposed for Last Duel Park

 Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  It’s a natural go-together, Perth Rotary club member Jim Peden said. He and fellow Rotarian Frank Larabie presented a summer 2018 proposed dual-event blockbuster to Perth Committee of the Whole Tuesday. As a partner with the town for the 2018 Ribfest, their proposal is to add a music festival and stage the […]

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No more free use of Smiths Falls Library for Drummond/North Elmsley residents

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillor Chris Cummings, the town’s long-time representative on the Smiths Falls Public Library Board, told fellow councillors at a Jan. 15 meeting that he was disappointed by a recent decision by the Township of Drummond/North Elmsley. The township, he reported, has decided to stop paying an annual grant to […]

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Smiths Falls approves 2018 budget in record time

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A municipal budget with no tax increase tends not to generate much controversy. With Smiths Falls town councillors confident that their 2018 town budget won’t be a bitter pill for residents to swallow, they voted to approve the third and final draft at a Jan. 15 meeting. “That was by far probably […]

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British Invasion to play benefit show at Four Degrees Brewing

Submitted Classic rock fans in the area are invited to beat the winter blahs at a special British Invasion tribute show to be hosted by Four Degrees Brewing Company in Smiths Falls on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 20.  The event is a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County. From the tight […]

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Carleton Place museum uncovers intimate unmentionables for next exhibit

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca Small town and rural museums are a great place to learn about your community.  Not just history, but the stories and tales of how people and events helped to create the place you call home.  They’re usually staffed with helpful, knowledgeable and cheery volunteers who never seem to mind going out of […]

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Canopy Growth makes large donation to Smiths Falls theatre

Hometown News staff Canopy Growth Corp.’s Chairman and CEO Bruce Linton (second from right) presented a $34,521.38 cheque to The Station Theatre in Smiths Falls Thursday. The cheque was a donation from Canopy Growth, with the funds being raised at a Canopy-sponsored golf tournament in 2017. The theatre has not yet determined what the funds will […]

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BGH and PSFDH combined stroke unit sees serious drop in mortality rates

Outcome for stroke survivors from Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties drastically improves as a result of joint effort by Brockville General Hospital and Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Submitted A person who experiences a stroke is more likely to survive, recover and return home when a specialized team provides early stroke care. Collaboration between […]

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Word on the Street: New Year’s resolutions

Sally Smith and April Scott-Clarke editorial@pdgmedia.ca The days and weeks leading up to New Years Eve if often a time of reflection for people. We remenice of the good times we’ve had over the past 12 months, and think about all we want to do in the year to come. For those that still make […]

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Carleton Place street light rehabilitation a go for 2018

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Following a number of years of discussion and planning, it appears that the town of Carleton Place will finally enjoy an upgrade to its street light network this year. It will introduce LED fixtures and fix systemic problems that have seen some areas of the town experience over a dozen outages in […]

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Carleton Place illegal dumping issue remains unresolved

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The problem of illegal dumping and who is responsible for its removal was the subject of a lengthy discussion at the Jan. 9 meeting of the Carleton Place planning and protection committee. Developer Volundur “Wally” Thorbjornsson had brought a complaint to the town about continued dumping of garbage at the entrance to […]

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Carleton Place sleep out inspires housing for homeless youth

 Matthew Behrens When Ink & Iron tattoo parlour owner Lea Maurice decided last November to host a Carleton Place Friday night sleepout to raise awareness of Lanark County youth homelessness, she had no idea that within 24 hours, a local developer would be inspired to take concrete action with plans to construct 13 units of […]

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100 Women Who Care find root in Carleton Place

Matthew Behrens A global charitable movement that began a decade ago in Jackson, Michigan has formed a new chapter in Carleton Place thanks to the networking efforts of local entrepreneurs Lynn Vardy and Jeannie Mongrain. The 100 Women Who Care campaign – in which selected charities regularly meet up with potential donors, each armed with […]

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Volunteering is a lifelong passion for Lois Hunter

Sally Smith Lois Hunter has lived a lifetime of volunteering. Starting early, before she was a teen, she volunteered at agricultural fairs around her home farm, and it became a lifestyle, a second nature, a belief in how to live her life. She learned it well. In September 2017, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers was […]

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Beckwith blasts into 2018

Brian Turner Beckwith Township residents wouldn’t let frosty temperatures keep them from ringing in the New Year in style at the third annual family festival held in Beckwith Park. While Reeve Richard Kidd mentioned that it’s always been hard to accurately gauge attendance, he estimated that last year’s event drew over 3,000 people. At the […]

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Residents voice praise and concern for high-rise condo phase of Mill project

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca At a recent meeting of the Carleton Place planning and protection committee Manager of Development Services Joanna Bowes presented an extensive report on how a proposed 127-unit, 13-story condominium — a phase of the Hawthorne Mill redevelopment project being undertaken by local developer Volundur (Wally) Thorbjornsson — would impact the community. (Read […]

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Smiths Falls to end Canada 150 on a high note

Chris Must editorial@pdmedia.ca As 2017 draws to a close, Smiths Falls is planning a final Canada 150 celebration and a musical gift to the community. Juno award-winning musician Jenny Whiteley will headline an afternoon and evening of musical entertainment on Friday, Dec. 29 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 hall. Winner of two Juno […]

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Carleton Place Municipal Academy is in session

Sara Ritchie editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council chambers turned into a classroom for a day in early November as twelve curious individuals attended the first of a three-class series dedicated to teaching the workings of local government. Speakers for the sessions were Paul Knowles, Carleton Place chief administrative officer, Duncan Rogers, Carleton Place clerk and Stacey […]

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Smiths Falls still on track for no tax hike in 2018

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls is still on track to pass its 2018 budget without increasing the burden on local taxpayers. At a Dec. 18 meeting, councillors were presented with the second draft of the budget, which calls for no increase in property taxes. The draft does propose a two per cent […]

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Housing corporation redevelopment project moves forward

Submitted Council has approved the hiring of a contract position for at least one year to oversee the redevelopment/regeneration process for properties held by the Lanark County Housing Corporation (LCHC). At the community services committee meeting earlier this month, Social Services Director Nancy Green explained the position would report to the county CAO, as Lanark […]

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Dealing with the holidays after loss

Submitted by the Canadian Cancer Society Perth and Area Office Christmastime. It’s a season that usually comes with good cheer and celebration, but when you’ve lost a family member or friend to cancer — and it’s the first Christmas without them — you ain’t feeling the cheer. To help you get through this holiday, we’ve […]

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Free course in Perth educates on Indigenous history

Submitted by Susan Fisher An eight-week course recently offered in Perth was so popular “that we had to turn a lot of people away,” said Ramsey Hart, member of Lanark County Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation. “Clearly there is a strong desire for this information.” In fact, response to the program, Understanding Canada’s Indigenous Histories, […]

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Carleton Place council announces holiday schedule

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca  With the December holiday season fast approaching, anyone needing to do business with the town of Carleton Place should take note that town hall will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2. At a Dec. 12 discussion of the town’s policy review committee, staff noted that regularly scheduled Tuesday evening meetings […]

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Santa Claus Parade in Smiths Falls

Chris Uhlig  Santa Claus came to Smiths Falls on Saturday evening with the annual parade winding its way from the Memorial Center down Beckwith Street to Lower Reach Park. People of all ages lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Santa. And since Santa is a being from the magical realms and can show […]

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Smiths Falls town hall upgrade a priority for council

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Acknowledging that the Smiths Falls Town Hall is presently so poorly designed that visitors often wonder if they have come to the right place, town councillors agreed at a Dec. 11 meeting that renovations to the building are an immediate priority. Presenting an architect’s report on a suggested multi-phase project to both […]

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Half of Lanark County’s homeless youth from Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Fifty per cent of Lanark County’s homeless young people come from Smiths Falls, town councillors were told at a Dec. 11 meeting. Terrilee Kelford, chair of the board of Cornerstone Landing Youth Services, said the organization has made a great deal of progress in the past two years addressing a problem that […]

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Music and food at SFDCI noontime café

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca For a bit of a noisy but really good lunch, head out to Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute every second Thursday at noon, dig in to tasty food and sit back and listen to up-and-coming musical artists. The Restless Red Hawk Café, located in the front foyer of the school, highlights six […]

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Perth intends to amend Heritage Conservation bylaw after Shadowfax paint issue

Submitted Perth town council has recommended that staff publish a Notice of Intention to amend the Heritage Conservation District (HCD) bylaw to state that the painting of wooden façade features does not require a Heritage Permit and that further action with Shadowfax (located at 67 Foster Street) be postponed until the Heritage Conservation District By-Law […]

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Smiths Falls preparing for 2018 municipal election

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Municipalities in Ontario will elect new representative s on Oct. 22, 2018, and the town of Smiths Falls is making sure all the necessary rules will be in place. At a meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole on Dec. 4, town Clerk Kerry Costello presented councillors with several new and […]

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The Mental Wellness Room opens in Carleton Place

Sara Ritchie If you are a member of Lanark County Mental Health (LCMH)  or other treatment programs and have Friday afternoon free, you may find the Mental Wellness Room your new Friday destination. The Room is designed as a friendly, supportive space for people living with mental illness to socialize, relax or chat with others […]

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Postal workers seek council support for home delivery

Matthew Behrens Carleton Place town council heard a plea from Canadian Union of Postal Workers representative Don Chartrand on Nov. 28 to pressure the federal Liberals to live up to their 2015 election promise to stop further cuts to postal services and to restore home delivery to those communities who lost it under the previous […]

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Squabbling erupts over modest tax increase for Carleton Place budget

Modest tax increase for 2018 Carleton Place Budget Matthew Behrens In his 28th and final budget for the town, veteran Carleton Place treasurer Phil Hogan has put together what most members of town council praised as a strong, forward-looking document that will see the municipal share of taxpayer rates increasing 1.97 per cent in 2018. […]

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Skateboard park to be named for Larry Hardy

Chris Must Plans to name the Smiths Falls skateboard park in memory of former Police Chief Larry Hardy are moving ahead. A delegation, including former mayor Dennis Staples, came to town council in May to suggest that the park be named in honour of the former chief, who was instrumental in fundraising efforts to build […]

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Smiths Falls councillors favour grant for Howling Designs

Chris Must Howling Designs, a Smiths Falls design firm whose motto is “Stand out from the pack,” has applied for $10,000 façade improvement grant under the town’s Community Improvement Plan. Economic Development Coordinator Ingrid Bron advised councillors at a Nov. 27 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole that the grant would be used for […]

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Perth’s Pierre Hofstatter wins rare community award

Matthew Behrens Announcements of Canadian Tire community involvement awards are about as rare as comet sightings – indeed, only nine winners have been named over the past century. But Pierre Hofstatter, the Perth owner of the iconic chain store, was recognized as one of those shining stars at a September gala. Hofstatter was lauded for […]

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Lanark County to investigate provincial policy that hinders development

Matthew Behrens Before year’s end, a consulting firm hired by Lanark County is slated to produce a report that municipal planners hope will guide discussion on responding to a 2014 provincial policy statement (PPS) within the Ontario Planning Act that many say is handcuffing area development and complicating longer-term infrastructure planning. The PPS requires municipalities […]

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Holiday Train comes to town on Nov. 27

Hometown News Staff The CP Holiday Train is rolling into Merrickville, Smiths Falls and Perth on Monday, Nov. 27. Expect large crowds but great entertainment. Merrickville 103 East Broadway & Count​y Road #2. ​South side of crossing near Bay Street 2017-11-27 4:45 PM 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Colin James and Emma-Lee Smiths Falls Smith Falls […]

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Christmas celebrations in Mississippi Mills kick off on Saturday

Submitted It’s no secret that there’s something special about the Town of Mississippi Mills, which includes the town of Almonte, the village of Pakenham, the former Township of Ramsay as well as the hamlets of Appleton, Clayton and Blakeney — and Christmastime is no exception. The holiday season begins with A Pakenham Country Christmas on […]

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Food bank gets boost from Station Theatre and music group

Submitted Smiths Falls Food Bank Manager Natalia Soteroff accepted a cheque for $570 from Station Theatre board member Lynda Daniluk on behalf of The Continentals. The Continentals took to the stage for an afternoon concert on Nov. 12 and donated the proceeds to the food bank. The Station Theatre donated space, time and utilities to […]

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Town urged to build proper trailhead for Cataraqui Trail

Chris Must Smiths Falls town councillors have been asked to make an investment in promoting the Cataraqui Trail, which starts near Ferrara Drive in town and winds 104 km south towards Kingston. Rideau Lakes Township Councillor Arie Hoogenboom, who has replaced the late Doug Good (who died in March when a truck crashed through ice […]

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Salvation Army seeks Smiths Falls kettle volunteers

Chris Must The Salvation Army’s Smiths Falls Christmas Kettle Campaign is in full swing, but there are still openings for more volunteers. Major Gerald Reilly told Smiths Falls town councillors at a Nov. 20 meeting that the campaign will consist for 1,250 volunteer hours spanning 625 shifts manning kettles in six locations. Kettles in Smiths […]

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Bowls, buns and soup to support the arts at SFDCI Nov. 25

<h2>By Sally Smith</h2> Like soup? How about a bun with that soup and some live entertainment? Come on out Saturday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) at 299 Percy Street, to buy a bowl, fill it with soup, grab a homemade bun and sit back and […]

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New health bureaucracy not needed, Town of Smiths Falls agrees

Chris Must By replacing Ontario’s 36 existing health units with 14 new regional boards of health, the provincial government may end up “throwing the baby out with the bath water,” said Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow. The mayor agreed that the town should endorse the position of the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit […]

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Emily Duberville presented with Joyce Brennan arts award

Sally Smith Emily Duberville was truly surprised to be nominated for the Joyce Brennan Award. This award was inaugurated in 2011 to recognize significant contributions to art and culture in the Smiths Falls area. At an awards presentation on Nov. 9 at the Heritage House Museum, hosted by the Smiths Falls and District Arts and […]

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Townships benefit by joint service delivery plan

Sally Smith Share the space and share the expertise is the thinking behind multi-party participation between several area townships. Rather than each of the five townships or towns individually providing service training, senior staff of Drummond/North Elmsley, Tay Valley, Lanark Highlands, Montague and Perth recommended a 2018 inter-municipal service delivery work plan to Committee of […]

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Money goes to town events for another year in Perth

Sally Smith Committee of the Whole authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign a 2018 Letter of Understanding between the town and the District Chamber of Commerce, which included a $10,000 contribution by the town for another year. Some of the economic activities would include an accreditation program and leadership conference at Algonquin College Perth […]

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25th Annual Perth Polar Bear Plunge to support The Table Community Food Centre

Submitted 2018 will mark the 25th year of New Year’s Day polar bear plunges into the Tay River. This long-standing event happens thanks to a team of hardworking volunteers from the Perth Legion. Each year the Legion volunteers partner with a different charity to hold the plunge. On this special anniversary year, The Table Community […]

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Company chosen to build new docks for Le Boat in Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Kehoe Marine Construction has been chosen to build 15 new docks at Victoria Basin in Smiths Falls. The docks will be used by Le Boat Ltd., which is beginning its luxury houseboat rental operations on the Rideau in May of 2018. At a special council meeting on Oct. 23, Smiths Falls town […]

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Annual SchoolBOX charity fiesta comes to Almonte on Nov. 4

Submitted Affectionately known as ‘the little charity that could’, SchoolBOX started with little more than a notebook and a pencil, and a dream to educate children in Nicaragua. At this year’s annual Latin Fiesta on Nov. 4 at the Citivan Hall in Almonte, community members will rally together to support the construction of SchoolBOX’s 100th […]

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Smiths Falls mayor announces staffing changes

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Former Smiths Falls Fire Chief Norman Beauchamp assumed new duties as chief of the City of Timmins department Monday, Oct. 16, announced Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow. Beauchamp’s last day as chief in Smiths Falls was Friday, Oct. 13, Pankow advised fellow councillors at an Oct. 16 meeting. Pankow also announced that […]

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Baseball is re-born in Smiths Falls, puts town on little league map

Sally Smith No longer will Smiths Falls be known just for hockey if Joe Shadoue and his brothers have anything to say about it. And Shadoue is not shy about talking. He talks baseball — he thinks it, he coaches it, he plays it, it’s in his head all the time — and he’s happy […]

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New member finally receives appointment to Perth PSB

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Eric Halpin doesn’t hold back. He says what he thinks. This is good for a man who’s been appointed as the newest member of the Perth Police Services Board (PSB), but it may be a little tougher on the board itself. Halpin is the fifth member of Perth’s board, joining Chair Jim […]

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Lombard/Abbott intersection fixes to cost $294,000

Chris Must An engineering consulting firm is recommending a series of “non-intrusive” solutions to relieve traffic congestion on Abbott Street in Smiths Falls during boating season. The swing bridge that opens to allow boats on the Rideau Canal to pass through regularly backs up traffic all the way to Highway 43, a problem exacerbated when […]

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Service clubs team up to bring Oktoberfest to Smiths Falls

Chris Must Local service clubs are both shrinking and aging, so they must join forces to present major events, Smiths Falls town councillors were told at an Oct. 10 meeting. Gary “Beep” Dalgleish of the Rotary Club came to council to provide an update on plans for a new Oktoberfest event to be held Saturday, […]

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Arts and crafts take over Thanksgiving weekend

Harrison Field editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Crown and Pumpkin was back once again this year to show off some local talent during the holiday long weekend. This year, the showcase has added 13 new artists, showing off a range of paintings, craft ales, photography, traditional Syrian food and more. In total there were 18 stations around Almonte […]

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Beatles Tribute show to benefit hospital campaign

The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce A Beatles Tribute concert and dance Saturday, Oct. 14 with proceeds to the hospital’s Ultrasound Campaign. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 hall at 7 Main St. East. The foundation began fundraising efforts […]

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Hometown TV Smiths Falls – Cafe Whim

Host Kathy Botham joins Cafe Whim owner Brian Paquette for the 1st Annual Cafe Whim Community Thanksgiving Feast held this passed Sunday in Smiths Falls.

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What are you thankful for?

Jane Hobson Ah yes – the September heatwave has come and gone. School is in full swing. Pumpkin spice everything is everywhere. The air is fresh and cool once again as colourful leaves float to the ground. October has arrived. Thanksgiving seems to be one of the few times of year when people genuinely — […]

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Carleton Place Fire receives coveted $5,000 training materials grant

Matthew Behrens The Carleton Place fire department, known since the 1860s as the Ocean Wave Fire Company, has received a coveted $5,000 grant from Project Assist, a joint venture of Enbridge and the provincial fire marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. It’s the second time Carleton Place has been chosen for the grant, which allows allows […]

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Smiths Falls applying for $1.2 million to continue bridge repairs

Chris Must Smiths Falls will apply for an additional $1.2 million in provincial infrastructure funding to continue rehabilitation work on three Beckwith Street bridges. Troy Dunlop, the town’s director of public works and utilities, advised that the funding was available through the Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links Program for 2017-18. Council voted in late 2016 […]

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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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