Hometown News

A Christmas Story is coming to Perth Studio theatre in time for the holidays

Article submitted by Paul Joyce Try this: Mention A Christmas Story to a few friends then stand back and watch the reaction. Guaranteed, eyes will widen, smiles will appear, and you’ll hear “I love that show!” For millions of people, a holiday viewing of A Christmas Story is a family tradition. There’s actually an American […]

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Carleton Place Mayor faces new breach of confidentiality allegations

Matthew Behrens For the second time this year, Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos faced down calls to resign over an alleged breach of confidentiality that one councillor pledged will result in yet another mayoral malfeasance complaint to the town’s integrity commissioner, Robert Swayze. In a raucous Nov. 14 council meeting that looked like a scene […]

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Smiths Falls council pushes for local pot sales outlet

Chris Must Smiths Falls town councillors have agreed to back a recommendation from Mayor Shawn Pankow to push the provincial government to allow the town’s marijuana growing facility to have its own retail sales outlet. Currently proposed provincial legislation to regulate the sale of “recreational” marijuana provides for a limited number of retail outlets, with […]

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Special guests help commemorate Remembrance Day in Merrickville

Howaida Sorour-Roberts Merrickville Wolford residents turned out in record numbers for this year’s Remembrance Day Service at the Merrickville Cenotaph. The annual ceremony kicked off with a parade leaving the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 245 at 10:30 a.m. The parade was led by local star piper Callum Gauthier and the colour party and included the […]

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Smiths Falls Bears put up good fight against Ottawa Jr. Sens

Chris Uhlig The Nov. 10 Smiths Falls Bears game against the Ottawa Jr. Senators at home ice was preceded by a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring our veterans, of which some were in attendance. There were no goals in first period, but the second period started strong for the Bears. The home team got a two […]

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Perth doctor wins Ontario College of Family Physicians award

The Ontario College of Family Physicians recognizes and celebrates outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication of family doctors across Ontario through an annual awards program. The 2017 award recipients exemplify the vital work family doctors do to help Ontarians healthy. This year, Dr. Robin Kennie of Perth has been honoured with the Community Teacher of the […]

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Winter Weather Travel Advisory in effect for tonight

3:02 PM EST Thursday 09 November 2017 Weather advisory in effect for: Plevna – Sharbot Lake – Western Lanark County Smiths Falls – Perth – Eastern Lanark County Winter Weather Travel Advisory in effect for tonight. Snowfall and rapidly falling temperatures could affect road conditions this evening and then strong winds develop. A cold front […]

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Labrador land protectors discuss Indigenous rights in Perth Nov. 22

Submitted by the Ontario Muskrat Solidarity Committee As part of a province-wide speaking tour, individuals representing the Labrador Land Protectors – a group who are trying to stop the threat posed to a number of Indigenous nations by a massive hydro project at Muskrat Falls, Labrador – will speak at a free public presentation on Wednesday, […]

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Agriculture development guide on the way for Mississippi Mills

Harrison Field The Municipality of Mississippi Mills councillors heard on Nov. 7 from Teri Devine, the agriculture and rural economic development advisor with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, about an agriculture and economic development guide that is being developed.   The resource guide has been developed in order to point out […]

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Mississippi Mills council still debating new signs

Harrison Field It is one step forward and two steps back for a new Mississippi Mills welcome sign, as the latest design was not approved by council.   “Right now the signs are so shabby I just want to get something done,” said Councillor John Edwards.   The council will be looking to get quotes […]

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Good marketing draws tourists to Perth

Sally Smith Shannon Baillon, director of community services, presented the Perth Committee of the Whole with a fall season video on Tuesday, Nov. 7. It’s the next in the four-season series of marketing the Town of Perth. A winter one is in the planning stages. Catchy music, inviting words, familiar scenes of the town encourage […]

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Revised criteria make Carleton Place eligible for climate change grants

Matthew Behrens Thanks to revised criteria issued by the provincial government’s Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund, the town of Carleton Place is applying for a number of grants that would help reduce its climate change footprint. Chief Administrative Officer Paul Knowles told the physical environment committee on Nov. 7 that this opportunity will open the […]

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Guidelines drafted to keep Carleton Place sidewalks clutter free

Matthew Behrens After much discussion and consultation, Carleton Place town staff have proposed a set of draft guidelines that would help keep downtown’s sidewalks free of congestion and obstacles. The physical environment committee’s Nov. 7 meeting heard about plans to improve the placement of temporary objects including sandwich board signs, merchandise displays, moveable seating and […]

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Fall means coats and camouflage

April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca Fall is here and with that comes brisk temperatures (although we haven’t seen much of that yet), hats, coats and camouflage. Granted, the last might not be part of everyone’s wardrobe but I’m going to guess that it is for a large part of our readership. Hunting is as much of a […]

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29th annual Women’s Fair held to help abused women

Harrison Field editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Carleton Place Arena and Rotary Club of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills played host to the 29 annual Women’s Fair on Saturday, Nov. 4.   The Women’s Fair featured a variety of different businesses and crafts including Surrounding Memories, The Cat’s Glass and Stittsville Wellness.  All of the businesses were female […]

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Build a Mountain food drive keeps is in full swing

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As the annual Build a Mountain of food campaign enters its 11th year, the motivation that drives its founder remains the same. “My goal from day one has been to try and fill as many shelves as possible,” Hugh Colton told Hometown News recently. From humble beginnings in just one local community […]

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New legislation could cost businesses billions, Ontario Chamber claims

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act is a well-intentioned piece of legislation that “is riddled with unintended consequences,” the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of policy and government relations told a Smiths Falls audience Nov. 1. Speaking at a public forum hosted by the Smiths Falls and District Chamber of […]

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Canopy Growth teams up with makers of Corona to produce cannabis-infused drinks

Canada News Wire Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) is proud to announce that it has agreed to enter into a strategic relationship with the leading total beverage alcohol supplier in the United States, Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), (“Constellation” and together with Canopy Growth, the “Companies”). Constellation is a […]

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Over 200 line up for Toy Heaven’s first annual Haunted House

Toy Heaven’s first annual Haunted House was a huge hit this Halloween. The Smiths Falls toy store drew a crowd of over 200 people who eagerly lined up to brave the scary haunted walk that took them in the back door and out the front door of the store on Russell Street. Christin and Lenny […]

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Legion poppy campaign is underway

Terry O’Hearn The Royal Canadian Legion 2017 National Poppy Campaign, which gets underway each year on the last Friday of the month, got underway today. Accordingly, Perth-Upon-Tay, Branch 244, launched their poppy campaign with a symbolic presentation of the first poppy to John Gemmell, Perth’s Deputy Mayor and President of Branch 244. The presentation was […]

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Perth BIA survey reveals significant business growth

Sally Smith The tally of a two-year Perth Business Improvement Area survey found the Town of Perth has taken on between 25 and 30 new businesses, according to Councillor Judy Brown at a council meeting on Oct. 24. The reasons for this are many: newcomers liked the way the town looked, they liked the Heritage […]

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Lanark County OPP charge man in Lanark Village robbery

Submitted by Lanark County OPP As part of an ongoing investigation of a robbery in the Township of Lanark, detectives from the crime unit Lanark County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a 39-year old man from Perth. Bryan Mordy has been charged with robbery using a firearm, wearing disguise with intent […]

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Mayor walks out on integrity commissioner discussion

Matthew Behrens Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos, the subject of a number of integrity commissioner complaints during his term in office, abruptly walked out of the council chamber without explanation just before an Oct. 24 discussion about renewing the commissioner’s contract with the town. “The mayor just left the room,” said councillor Teresa Fritz as […]

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Carleton Place Canadians catch Smiths Falls Bears hibernating

Harrison Field editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Carleton Place Canadians were able to hold off some strong pushes from the Smiths Falls Bears for a 5-0 shutout at the Carleton Place Arena on Sunday, Oct. 22. Carleton Place had a rough match, with a number of players heading off of the ice, some returning later, some not. The […]

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Smiths Falls council divided over Beckwith Street rehabilitation

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls will apply for provincial funding to reconstruct three blocks of Beckwith Street from Chambers to Russell Streets. Although some members of council expressed a desire to see the entire downtown portion of Beckwith (from Chambers to Emsley) rebuilt during a single construction season, town staff cautioned that […]

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Third needle drop-off station coming to Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca With the help of students at St. Luke Catholic High School, the local Municipal Drug Strategy Committee is ready to install a third needle collection box in Smiths Falls. Town councillors agreed on Oct. 23 to locate the collection box at the corner of Market and Elmsley Streets. The cost of constructing […]

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The flavours of fall

Shannon Miller Millers Bay Farm Aren’t you glad we live in Canada!  There are so many reasons, but one of our favourites is the changing seasons.  That’s not only due to the fact that this business is a seasonal one, although we’re not going to lie — that definitely a big one. The happy thought […]

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Climate presentation to Tay Valley council sparks action

Terry O’Hearn Ecotay Educational Centre Director Michael Glover stepped up his game at a Tay Valley Council Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with a climate change presentation to Tay Valley Council, Committee of the Whole (COW). Glover was continuing on the theme: “Is it time to panic?” from the recent Ecotay Climate Change Workshop held […]

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My Place will be your place after one visit

Brian Turner I usually don’t put a lot of stock in online business ratings, but when searching for a restaurant in Smiths Falls to review, My Place kept coming up as number one on more than a few different sites.  So our neighbours joined my partner and I for a recent visit, and found out […]

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PTSD awareness session draws large crowd of first responders

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Carleton Place planning and protection committee heard on Oct. 17 that a September awareness session on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) aimed at firefighters and their spouses drew an astounding 136 participants from eastern Lanark County. “This is certainly a hot topic in the emergency services world now, and we’ve worked hard […]

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You are what you eat

Dr. Katie Weststrate, MScCH, RYT, ND For most of us, food, and the act of eating, serves many roles. Foremost, we rely on food to nourish our physical bodies, to provide the essentials for growth and function. Increasingly I see patients who have become distanced from this awareness. We take food for granted, eating solely […]

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Province offering reward of $50,000 for location of Carole Dianne Roy

(BECKWITH TOWNSHIP, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Lanark County Detachment under the direction of Detective Staff Sergeant Brad Robson of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing female. Carole Dianne Roy was reported missing to the OPP on May 23, 2012. Through OPP investigation […]

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Two Rivers Food Hub celebrates three years in operation, job creation and record growth in 2017

The Two Rivers Food Hub will soon be marking three years in operation, and a year of record growth and successful job creation while supporting the local food economy in Lanark Leeds and Grenville counties. Bruce Enloe, General Manager for the food hub, explained that the year 2017 has been a pivotal year for the […]

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Smiths Falls urges province to study impact of Bill 148

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors have voted to ask the province of Ontario to carry out a full economic impact analysis before passing any proposed changes to the province’s employment standards. In a resolution to be forwarded to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Labour Kevin Daniel, and local Member of Provincial Parliament Randy […]

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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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Celebration of Lights is cancelled for 2017

Submitted Residents of Smiths Falls will be missing its holiday light displays in Victoria Park this year. Parks Canada is conducting repairs and upgrades to the canal, locks and basin, rendering the area too dangerous to hold the annual month-long event. “We’re sad to have to take a hiatus this year, but we can’t bring […]

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Nineteen local athletes head to the World OCR Championship

Submitted The Perth Athletic Centre (PAC), owned and operated by Mark Melanson and Ted Theelen, is extremely proud of its many Highlander members who have qualified for the World Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Championship.   The Highlander program has been offered for the last four years at PAC and has built up an athletic team […]

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Blast from the past: Whitney’s Office Supply

From the Lanark County Museum Network Whitney’s Office Supply at it’s Beckwith Street location circa 1960. The kids are lined up for their back to school shopping. – Also from the Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum collection.

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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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More services for abused women coming to Lanark County

Matthew Behrens The World Health Organization classifies violence against women as a global epidemic. While figures on the alarmingly high rates of such violence in Lanark County were shared with the Carleton Place town council Oct. 10, there was also good news with the announcement of a new second-stage housing project for those fleeing abuse. […]

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Perth Autumn Studio tour colourful and enticing

Sally Smith If you want to watch Franc van Oort etch, you might have to set up a tent in the front yard of his studio along Upper 4th concession Road outside Perth, and wait out the procedure; for the acid etching to get done, it takes about that long. Before that is the drawing, […]

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Bill 148 not just about dollars and cents

Harrison Field editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Thursday Oct. 5, the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce held an information session on what to expect when Bill 148 becomes law. Bill 148 is called the Fair Workplace Better Jobs Act, but is more commonly known as the legislation that will be raising minimum wage. It will be doing so […]

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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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Chimo Elementary closes out successful food drive

Janelle Labelle Grade 7 and 8 students in Chimo Elementary School’s Early Act program collected 771 non-perishable food items for the Smiths Falls food bank. Along with officers from the Adopt-a-School program, the students stuffed a cruiser On Friday, Oct. 6 with the food donations, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Early Act is […]

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The Hunger Stop hosts a garden party to announce Great Veggie Grow-Off winner

Circle the date October 14! Yes, that’s right, sun or rain from 11am to 1pm; we are having a garden party at the Carleton Place Community Garden at 176 Townline Road in Carleton Place (access through St. Gregory Catholic School parking lot). We are celebrating the rejuvenation and expansion of the Carleton Place Community Garden […]

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Three men charged in Tay Valley home robbery

(TAY VALLEY TOWNSHIP, ON) – Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Detectives from the Lanark Detachment Crime Unit have charged three men in relation to a robbery in Tay Valley Township. At 11: 56pm on Wednesday October 4, 2017 officers were called to a residence on Stanley Road in […]

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Load restrictions coming for Carleton Place central bridge

Matthew Behrens Concerns over the safety of the Carleton Place central bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River next to the town hall, will lead to load restrictions. Final details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The news comes as the town tries to figure out how best to finance the necessary repairs […]

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Safe selling site, dementia bracelets get positive response from Carleton Place council

Matthew Behrens Two new initiatives from the Carleton Place Police Services Board received an enthusiastic response when presented to town council’s planning and protection committee on Oct. 3. Both address situations of increasing concern, from helping keep track of loved ones with dementia to ensuring safety for those engaged in acts of online trading that […]

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OPP investigating robbery at gas station in the town of Perth

(TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Detectives from the Lanark County Detachment OPP, are actively investigating a robbery at a gas station in the town of Perth. At 9:45pm on Tuesday October 3, 2017 officers responded to a call to the Donaldson’s Gas Bar at 230, Gore […]

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Smiths Falls council approves policy to protect staff

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls councillors voted Oct. 2 to adopt a policy dealing with “unreasonable customer behaviour.” The new policy, which councillors have stated is not intended to discourage anyone from bringing questions or concerns to town hall, is intended to “guide staff to identify situations that meet the criteria of vexatious, frivolous and/or […]

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Investigation ongoing in Monday robbery at Lanark LCBO

On Oct. 2 at approximately 12:20 p.m. officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Lanark County detachment responded to the report of a robbery at the LCBO on Clarence Street in the Village of Lanark. Preliminary details of the investigation indicate that two males entered the store demanding money and are believed to have left on foot […]

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Merrickville artist selected to show in international exhibition

Monica Viola is one of only nine Canadians tapped for prestigious exhibition in the city of the arts, Florence Italy. The Florence Biennale, is an international exhibition of contemporary art that happens every two years in Florence, Italy.  It is taking place from Oct. 6 to Oct. 15 this year. The exhibition was founded in […]

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Smiths Falls police looking for information on assault in Parkland Court

On the 29th of September 2017 around 12PM Smiths Falls Police responded to a call in the area of Parkland Court where a male was assaulted by a group of persons. There was an unconfirmed report that a handgun may have been involved. The suspects fled the area. A search was conducted with the assistance […]

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Smiths Falls man arrested for indecency at conservation area

Submitted by OPP Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation after a report of an indecent act at Mac Johnson Conservation Area on Sunday, Sept. 24. At about 5:10 p.m. an adult male was approached by another male at the parking area of Mac Johnson Conservation Area, north of Brockville in Elizabethtown-Kitley […]

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Carleton Place Chamber touts tourism program

Matthew Behrens The Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and provide an extensive range of community services, especially with respect to tourism, past president Donna MacDonald told town councillors in a presentation on Sept. 26. “Tourism is big business,” she said, noting that visitors pump over $108 million annually into the Lanark County […]

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Cofferdam bursts on Tay; repairs underway

Sally Smith Mayor John Fenik, at Perth council on Tuesday, Sept. 26, was thankful for at least two things when the cofferdam installed on the Tay River burst on Friday, Sept. 22. “Nobody was killed or hurt,” and there was not a lot of property damage, he said, counting them off on his fingers. Municipal […]

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Fentanyl education starting earlier

Sally Smith Councillor Jim Graff reported on the Zone 2 Ontario Association of Police Services Board presentation he attended in Renfrew on Sept.22. The principal speaker, Deputy Chief Tim Farquharson, from Peterborough, took attendees through a quick overview of fentanyl and the growing crisis in this country. Graff said it “scared the living hell out […]

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Armoured car monument to be delayed until 2018

Chris Must The process of selecting the most appropriate location is expected to delay the installation of an armoured car monument in Smiths Falls until next year. In a presentation to Smiths Falls town council on Sept. 25, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 member Jim Jenkins said donors to the project, which will see the […]

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Presence of West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in our area

Submitted The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile Virus this season.  Recent sampling has identified positive mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus. Earlier this season, neighbouring health units including Ottawa, Eastern Ontario (Cornwall) and KFLA (Kingston) Public Health have identified positive mosquitoes. This virus is […]

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Local initiatives crucial to staving off climate catastrophe

Terry O’Hearn Michael Glover is convinced that some local municipalities, including Tay Valley Township, can become self-sufficient using renewable energy before a widely accepted 2050 deadline. Glover is a former National Research Council manager, and now director of Ecotay Educational Centre, situated west of Perth on the Upper Scotch Line. The 2050 deadline was announced […]

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Watch out Canada, says Le Boat’s managing director

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca “Watch out Canada, because we are coming in!” Le Boat’s managing director, Cheryl Brown, made this announcement as representatives of Parks Canada and area municipalities gathered Sept. 20 to celebrate the opening of the European boat rental company’s new Canadian Headquarters: the Lockmaster’s House in Smiths Falls. Brown said the company’s $16 […]

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Carleton Place to become new home to parrot training centre

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca In October, Carleton Place will become home to the only charitable aviary and adoption centre in Canada. “We have a saying that the underdog of the pet world is the parrot, there aren’t the same kinds of support mechanisms for parrots as there are for cats and dog,” said Judy Tennant, the […]

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Attempted murder charge in Almonte

Lanark County Interval House As the anniversary of the Wilno murders causes communities to pause and as the trial is set to begin in October, an attempt murder has occurred in Lanark County. In Almonte Ontario, home of the murder suicide of February 2016, yet another woman’s life was almost taken by violence. September 20th, […]

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Lanark OPP charge Mississippi Mills man with attempted murder

Lanark County OPP MISSISSIPPI MILLS, ON On September 20, 2017 at approximately 12:39 a.m., officers with the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Mississippi Mills (Almonte).  The investigation found that an altercation had taken place at a residence and a female had been […]

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Turbulent flight for Roy Brown statue in Carleton Place

Harrison Field editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place’s Roy Brown Society has a big job ahead of them, raising the necessary funds for the Roy Brown statue, but that just became easier with funds from the town budget for murals being reallocated for part of the statue funding. The planned statue was a point of contention during the […]

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Beer, Wine & Spirits: Whiprsnapr Brewing Co. has beers for every lager lover

Brian Preston Bells Corners in Nepean has a relatively new craft brewery operating at 14 Bexley Place called Whiprsnapr Brewing Co (www.whiprsnaprbrewingco.com) It’s fourth anniversary will be on Devil’s Eve (Halloween) this year. Cody Howard, son of one of the owners (Ian McMartin, Mike Feagan and Dave Woward) gave us a wonderful tour and tasting […]

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Snowsuit campaign gets off to warm start

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca 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 officially launched on Monday, Sept. 18 at […]

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Smiths Falls fire chief announces resignation

Chris Must Normand Beauchamp, fire chief of Smiths Falls since 2013, has announced that he will be resigning to move to a larger community. Beauchamp, who informed town council of his decision at a meeting on Sept. 18, said that his new employer will have to remain confidential for now. “I want to thank each […]

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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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Architects announced for new emergency department

Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) has retained the services of Parkin Architects Limited to design the new Emergency Department. The firm was chosen following a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. “Parkin has an excellent reputation and extensive experience in the health care field,” notes Mary Wilson […]

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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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Smiths Falls new brand wins national award

Cyril Cooper, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism Town of Smiths Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Town of Smiths Falls launched their new brand identity in June 2017 and recently received National recognition from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) on September 12, 2017 in Niagara Falls. The National Marketing Awards are presented […]

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Carleton Place council makes rare move of re-tendering construction contract

Matthew Behrens As Carleton Place’s bustling construction season carries on into the fall, the town’s policy review committee met Sept. 12 to discuss a series of bids for future work, with one highly unusual decision not to accept estimates for one contract and to reissue that tender at another date. “These prices are awfully high,” […]

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Smiths Falls to reinvest in doctor recruitment

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls will continue to invest in ongoing efforts to bring new physicians to the area, councillors agreed at a meeting on Sept. 11. Providing an update on the full-time physician recruitment effort the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has been leading since 2014, recruiter Carlene MacDonald told […]

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Positive vibes to Councillor Maloney as he waits out Hurricane Irma

Hometown News spoke with Smiths Falls Councillor John Maloney earlier today from North Fort Myers, Florida where he and his wife Maria have settled in to weather out hurricane Irma. “We could not get out as there was no gas and the roads were bumper to bumper. It did not look like we were going […]

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Was this an act of hate or ignorance?

Staff Racism and acts of hate don’t just exist in big cities or towns south of the border. Only a few weeks after the upheaval in Charlottesville, Virginia in August, this graffiti was spotted in Smiths Falls on the unused railway path by the Bascule Bridge. One resident who walks that path regularly (and asked […]

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Rocky Ramp Phase II gets the go ahead in Perth

Sally Smith It took seven days but by 6:30, Sept. 5, both Steve Braun and Matthew McComb of Matrix Solutions Inc. heaved sighs of relief when Perth council unanimously agreed to pass the budget deviation in the amount of $23,962 to hire their firm as project managers for the Rocky Ramp Phase II project. The […]

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Speeding study seeks to reduce traffic accidents

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca In an effort to improve road and pedestrian safety, Carleton Place town staff will be gathering data on speeding on local streets, largely in response to a number of concerns recently raised about specific thoroughfares and intersections. High speeds on Mississippi Road, the Bridge Street/Prime Street/Thomas Street area, Industrial Avenue, and Morris […]

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Carleton Place residents invited to discuss 1.8 per cent water rate hike

Matthew Behrens On Sept. 19, residents of Carleton Place will be provided an opportunity to respond to a proposed 1.8 per cent increase in water and sewer bills at the town’s regular 7 p.m. meeting. The suggested increase, in keeping with an expected inflation rate of 1.7 per cent, would help cover the cost of […]

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Smiths Falls to take leading role in energy savings

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls is ready to implement energy-saving measures that should reduce its energy use by the equivalent of 140 tons of greenhouse gas. A consultant from technological firm Honeywell told councillors at a special Sept. 5 meeting that much energy savings is the equivalent of taking 47 medium-size cars […]

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Town to provide $1,500 to convert old store to boat repair shop

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Town Councillors have agreed to provide $1,500 in assistance to the owner of 41 Centre Street to help convert the former Canadian Tire building at that location into a repair facility for boats. A rear door in the building needs to be enlarged so that Le Boat, which will be […]

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OPP charge driver in Carleton Place long weekend accident

Submitted by Ontario Provincial Police Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators have completed their investigation of a collision on Highway 7 between Highway 15 and Napoleon Street in the Town of Carleton Place. Officers were called to the scene at 05:23 p.m. […]

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Carleton Place pig roast draws crowd of more than 100 people

Jane Hobson Pints and roasted pig were the main attractions at A Feast of Fall in Carleton Place tonight (Sept. 3). Presented by Stalwart Brewing Co. and Black Tartan Kitchen, about 120 people gathered at the Carleton Place Canoe Club for a swanky evening of bold brews and locally raised pig to welcome the fall […]

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Colonel By Island without power Sept. 5 to 8

Submitted by Parks Canada Parks Canada advises that Colonel By Island, located on Big Rideau Lake on the Rideau Canal, will be without power from Sept. 5 to Sept. 8 to allow for new submarine cable installation on the site. This means that there will be no access to the washroom facilities on this site […]

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Five vehicle collision starts off long weekend in Carleton Place

Submitted by OPP Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) are continuing the investigation of a collision resulting in serious injuries on Highway 7 between Highway 15 and Napoleon Street in the Town of Carleton Place. Officers were called to the scene at 5:23 […]

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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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Perth council approves Conlon Farm garage site

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The site for the Conlon Farm garage was once again at council on Tuesday, Aug. 29. This time the controversial site was passed but not without opposition. Councillors Boldt and Graff voted against the chosen site while the rest of council voted for it. Perth staff, with due consideration, research and analysis […]

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Site meeting planned in early September at Rocky Ramps in Perth

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmeida.ca In an unusual move, Mayor John Fenik asked visitors attending Perth council to voice their opinions about the Rocky Ramp Phase II project plans along the Tay River at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Many stood and spoke voicing their concerns about the aesthetics, or more precisely, lack of aesthetics, of the project […]

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Initial plans for Smiths Falls town square unveiled

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca At an Aug. 28 meeting Smiths Falls town councillors were given their first look at proposed plans to construct a town square and renovate the town hall complex. Dan Wojcik of heritage architectural firm +VG presented what he called “a preliminary take” on the design of a town square to be located […]

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Smiths Falls water tower to be back in action Wednesday

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A leak in the Smiths Falls water tower has been repaired, and the tower should be back in service this Wednesday, town councillors were told Aug. 28. At a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris reported that the tower, which had to be drained so a […]

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Single vehicle rollover near Smiths Falls subject of SIU investigation

Submitted The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has started an investigation into a single vehicle rollover on Highway 15 outside Smiths Falls. Preliminary information suggests the following occurred. Just after midnight on Aug. 27, 2017, Ontario Provincial Police and Smiths Falls police officers were called to a dispute. When police officers arrived, a man in […]

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Hawthorne Mill open house draws positive reaction from community

Sarah Cavanagh The Thorbjornsson Family hosted the Hawthorne Mill open house on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Carleton Place. The event promised to be a day of fun and exploration and it didn’t disappoint. 
On display was a collection of items from the Mill’s working history, postcards and photos from […]

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Incident leads to attempted murder charge

In the early morning of 24 August 2017 Smiths Falls Police brought a male in crisis voluntarily to the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.  It is alleged that the after initial intake at the hospital the male grabbed a pair of blunt-ended scissors and proceeded to stab a member […]

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Lanark County OPP is seeking assistance from the public

Lanark County Crime Stoppers Release Date:  August 22, 2017 Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public to identify the person or persons responsible for a recent break, enter and theft at a gas station in Carleton Place.  On Saturday, July 1, 2017 OPP received a report about an overnight break […]

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Premiere of Fort Hemlock at Smiths Falls Station Theatre

Hats off to everyone for a fabulous premiere! That was the buzz around The Station Theatre Friday night at the end of the first-ever performance of Fort Hemlock. “The sets were wonderful – transforming a street scene to a hotel was amazing to watch,” said Nancy Grundy from North Gower. “And the kids were really […]

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Marine fatality at Rideau Ferry Regatta

(Drummond-North Elmsley Township) On August 19, 2017, at approximately 2:00 pm, officers from the Ontario Provinicial Police, Lanark County detachment responded to a report of a marine collision that occurred during the Rideau Ferry Regatta in Rideau Ferry. Investigation at this time indicates that a marine vessel which was involved in a scheduled race, became airborne and […]

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CP toastmasters new chapter

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca “When a person understands who they are — and they understand their own potential — they can create their own destiny,” says Roy van der Mull, the vice president of education for MasterMind Toastmasters in Carleton Place. “Communication is everything.” MasterMind Toastmasters is a new chapter of Toastmasters International, a membership based […]

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Hummingbird Chocolate’s bean-to-bar production offers unique flavours

Brian Preston editorial@pdgmedia.ca We have a gem in Eastern Ontario, a rare and unusual enterprise that you must visit – Hummingbird Chocolate in Almonte. It is one of only a few places in the country that produces quality chocolate from bean to bar. They make Hershey bars taste like coarse sugar candy. Using only the […]

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OPP stop stunt driver in Rideau Lakes

Yesterday at about 3:10 p.m. Ontario Provincial Police officers in Rideau Lakes Township stopped a northbound car on Highway 15 driving in excess of 85 kilometres over the speed limit. As a result of the investigation, the 22-year-old Ajax man had his vehicle towed and impounded for seven days. He is scheduled to appear at Brockville Provincial […]

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Province activates disaster recovery assistance for Ontarians in Tay Valley

Ontario has notified the Township of Tay Valley that Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in areas affected by flooding (see map). Significant rainfall in early May, and the release of water from Bobs Lake through the Bobs Lake Dam in Bolingbroke, has resulted in flooding […]

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Police continue to investigate Sunday accident

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators continue to investigate a fatal collision in Tay Valley Township. On Sunday, Aug. 13, officers were called at 1:37 a.m. to the intersection of Scotch Line Road and Narrows Lock Road. A Mazda passenger car was on an […]

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Missing Carleton Place man located

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by the OPP Canine Unit and officers from the Emergency Response Team (ERT) have concluded the search for a missing man from the Town of Carleton Place. Detlef Dunn, 53 years, was located in the Town of Carleton Place this morning.

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OPP searching for missing Carleton Place man

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by the OPP Canine Unit and officers from the Emergency Response Team (ERT) are continuing to search for a missing man from the Town of Carleton Place. Detlef Dunn, 53, was last seen in the area of Julian Street in the Town […]

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Smiths Falls Police officers soon to be carrying naloxone

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Service The Smiths Falls Police Service is pleased to announce that all front line officers are being trained in the deployment of Naloxone nasal spray. With the Opioid crisis spreading across the country, the Smiths Falls Police Service is taking this proactive step to keep its officers and members of […]

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Water pressure and colour could be impacted during tower maintenance

Submitted by Town of Smiths Falls Landmark Municipal Services will be performing maintenance repairs on the water tower, starting on Monday, Aug. 14. The scope of work will require a planned shutdown of the water tower for a period of approximately one week starting today. During this timeframe, the town’s water distribution system will be […]

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Smiths Falls water tower repairs to start Monday

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls water tower has sprung a leak, and will have to be drained and repaired within the next few days. Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, told Smiths Falls town councillors Aug. 8 that the tower was leaking at the base due to a “pinhole leak” on one […]

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Smiths Falls to ban Merrickville-Wolford residents from town rec facilities

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Residents of neighbouring municipalities refusing to contribute to the operating costs of Smiths Falls recreational facilities will no longer be allowed to use those facilities, under a new town policy. The town negotiated cost-sharing agreements with all municipalities bordering on Smiths Falls and managed to reach agreements with the townships of Rideau […]

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Fatal victim identified in Highway 7 collision

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by Technical Traffic Collision continue to investigate a fatal collision on Highway 7, in Tay Valley Township that occurred on Monday, Aug. 7 just west of Silver Lake Provincial Park. Investigation revealed that an eastbound Dodge passenger vehicle collided with a westbound Subaru […]

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Fatal collision on Highway 7 near Silver Lake Provincial Park

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by Technical Traffic Collision Investigators are currently dealing with a fatal collision on Highway 7, in Tay Valley Township. Officers were called to the scene just west of Silver Lake Provincial Park at 4:26 p.m. on August 7. Investigation revealed two vehicles collided and […]

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Lombardy Agricultural Fair a great hit with crowds

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was a good day to go to the fair – cool, a little overcast and a good breeze. The 151st Lombardy Agricultural Fair was packed Saturday afternoon. Parking attendants shook their heads wondering where to park everyone. The fair had everything, plus more: cotton candy, donuts, ice cream and poutine. There […]

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Merrickville Canalfest 2017

April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca  The Merrickville Canalfest got off to a slow start on Saturday, Aug. 5 with dark clouds threatening the day’s events but, as the hours and clouds passed more and more people ventured out to enjoy the three-day festival. Kid shows and live music are on the main stage, ground entertainment is happening […]

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Urban Jungle set to challenge athletes for a second year

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Trails to blaze, hills to climb, obstacles to conquer and of course, lots of mud. This is how Maria and John Maloney describe the Urban Jungle Obstacle and Fitness Challenge coming up on Aug. 13. “The idea is that it’s challenging and fun,” said Maria. “Why would you go somewhere that isn’t […]

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Perth councillors unhappy with wasterwater upgrade costs but will proceed

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Following heated discussion at the town of Perth’s Aug. 1 committee of the whole meeting, town council approved wastewater management upgrades with a price tag over $3 million higher than originally budgeted. Grant Machan, the town’s director of environmental services, noted that plans for wastewater management expansion have been an ongoing concern […]

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Perth library’s evolving community hub draws praise

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca   The Perth & District Union Public Library is booming, and CEO/Chief Librarian Erika Heesen shared some glowing numbers with the towns committee of the whole on Aug.1. Heesen reported over 125,000 visits in the first six months of this year, almost 119,000 items checked out, 1,214 volunteer hours, and over 4,800 […]

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Do you know who the Nation River Lady is?

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On May 3, 1975, a local farmer discovered the remains of a woman in the Nation River a short distance from the Highway 417 bridge and south of the Town of Casselman, Ontario. This deceased woman became known as the Nation River Lady and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigators are re-introducing the case […]

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Male arrested after phoning police repeatedly

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Friday July 28, 2017 police arrested a 32-year-old Smiths Falls male for phoning the Smiths Falls Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police repeatedly over a few day span for non- legitimate police business. As a result of police investigation, the suspect is charged with public mischief, mischief, harassing phone calls and resisting […]

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Police arrest woman for fraudulent prescription

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Monday July 24, 2017 at police were called to attend a pharmacy on Lombard Street in Smiths Falls for a report of a suspicious prescription. Police attended and investigation revealed that a 51-year-old female of Ottawa, Ont. had used a forged prescription at several pharmacies in Smiths Falls. Police located the suspect […]

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Parks Canada opens area lock stations on Rideau Canal

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Parks Canada announces the re-opening of Jones Falls, Davis, Detached, Combined, Old Slys, Edmonds and Kilmarnock Locks. This is in addition to Brass Point Swing Bridge, Poonamalie, Beveridges, Ottawa, Narrows, and Newboro lock stations, which opened on June 26. The open stretch will permit boaters to navigate through from the top end of […]

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High speed fibre internet coming to Mississippi Mills

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Bell Canada is planning on investing approximately $10 million in Mississippi Mills to bring high speed fibre internet to the Almonte area. Bell Canada’s investment is part of the Mississippi Mills 2020 (MM2020) ongoing efforts to bring high speed, reliable and cost effective internet access to all corners of Mississippi Mills. The first […]

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Subdivision proposal causes concern for eco-minded Carleton Place residents

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Tensions between the rapid-fire rate of development in Carleton Place and the desire to protect drinking water and the local environment came to a head at a lengthy public meeting on July 25 at the town’s planning and protection committee. At issue was the ambitious proposal to build the Bodnar subdivision, a […]

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Rideau Canal temporarily closes navigation across canal; Ottawa, Newboro, and Narrows locks remain open

July 25, 2017 Smiths Falls, ON             Parks Canada Increased levels of precipitation have resulted in high flows and water levels across the Rideau Canal.  In order to ensure a safe and navigable waterway, Parks Canada announces a temporary closure of the majority of the canal (except for Ottawa, Newboro, and Narrows lock stations) while […]

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Water levels force closure to sections of Rideau Canal

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Parks Canada advises that high water levels have forced the Rideau Canal to close navigation on the waterway between Neworo and Kingston Mills lock station. This means there will be no access to the canal between these two stations until further notice. All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water but […]

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Speed only one issue for Harold Street residents

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   The Town of Smiths Falls is prepared to fund “traffic calming” measures to address the concerns of Harold Street residents who say many drivers are using their street as a high-speed shortcut. One resident came to a July 24 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole to present a number of […]

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Smiths Falls profits from new construction

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls has collected over $230,000 in building permit fees so far in 2017. In a report to town council’s Committee of the Whole July 24, Clerk Kerry Costello said a total of 45 building permits had been issued as of June 30. The total value of projects under construction in town […]

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Smiths Falls expands fire dispatching services in Ontario

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Fire Department is continuing to find new sources of revenue for the town by providing fire dispatching services to other small municipalities. At a special council meeting July 24, councillors voted to sign a new contract to provide dispatching service to the small northern Ontario municipality of St-Charles, located […]

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Let’s play ball at Conlon Farm in Perth

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Opening ceremonies for the Major Provincial Baseball Championships got underway at 11:30 sharp, Saturday, July 22 in Perth at Conlon Farm. Red, yellow, green and blue-shirted players lined the diamond for the singing of Oh Canada before Perth’s Town Crier Brent McLaren welcomed everyone and thanked all involved in organizing the event. […]

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Smiths Falls gym new one-stop-spot for all things fitness

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca A new gym opened in Smiths Falls in mid-June. Located at 42 Union Street, Iron Body Fitness is a gym that offers heavy weight lifting, cardio, seniors’ classes, yoga classes and more. “There was a need for a modern, fully-equipped gym in Smiths Falls so that’s what we created,” said Iron Body […]

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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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Correction: Perth men charged after a series of trailer, ATV thefts

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) assisted by the Lanark County Detachment Crime Unit and the OPP Regional Support Team (RST) have charged laid charges on individuals as a result of an ongoing investigation into a series of thefts. Since the beginning of July 2017, officers from […]

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Wrestlers get warning over crass-cutting dispute

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Ontario Provincial Police in Leeds County responded to a dispute in the Village of Lyn that resulted in an assault investigation. On July 16, officers were called to residence to investigate a neighbour dispute. However the investigation found that two men, 42 and 60, involved were actually trying to setting their own […]

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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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Smiths Falls endorses VIA Rail expansion plans

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors have passed a resolution of support for VIA Rail’s multi-million dollar “high frequency” train project for the Windsor to Quebec City corridor. At a July 17 council meeting, Mayor Shawn Pankow asked fellow councillors to support VIA’s application to the federal government, which he said would be “a […]

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Engineers submit environmental report on vacant water plant

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls is eligible for funding to help clean up contamination at the town’s former water treatment facility on Old Mill Road. The old treatment plant, which closed in 2010, was the subject of an environmental site assessment carried out for Molroz Engineering last year. Engineer David Hodgson presented […]

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Smiths Falls plans to limit tax rebates on vacant buildings

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Opting to keep a provincial program that provides property tax rebates to the owners of vacant commercial and industrial buildings, Smiths Falls town council has decided instead to reduce the financial impact of the program by limiting the number of years owners can apply. The provincial government announced earlier this year that […]

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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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Maintenance and improvements happening at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Renovations and maintenance of the operating rooms at the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District (PSFDH) start today, Monday, July 17, 2017 and will be closed during this necessary work. During the renovations, emergency procedures including c-sections will continue to be provided at the Smiths Falls site. All other […]

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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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Lombardy Fair cancels pig scramble for 2017

April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca  The Lombardy Fair is striking the pig scramble from its daily events at this year’s fair. The pig scramble has been part of the fair for at least the last four years but pressure from advocacy group Ottawa Farmed Animal Save made the fair organizers reconsider it for 2017. An online petition […]

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Lock It Or Lose It campaign underway

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Police are urging the public to keep their vehicles locked, keys removed, valuables out of sight and their windows closed to deter thieves from entering. The Smiths Falls Police Service and Crime Stoppers have partnered up and will be checking vehicles in the community for the remainder of the summer months as part […]

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Local foods, music in the spotlight at Pigstock

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Local food vendors, craft beer, live music and a whole pig roasted on a spit were among the attractions at the first annual Pigstock festival at Smiths Falls’ Gallipeau Centre Saturday, July 8. The event was produced by Bruce Enloe, general manager of the Two Rivers Food Hub.

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OPP reminds drivers not to swerve for wildlife

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Grenville County Detachment is urging all motorists to expect the unexpected when it comes to wildlife on the highways. The Grenville County OPP is once again reminding the motoring public to be alert and aware of their surroundings after police investigated a single motor vehicle collision on Highway […]

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Consumers and vendors warned of new counterfeit bill scam

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Police are warning Ontario residents of counterfeit currency making the rounds, which can leave consumers and vendors as victims in its wake. Since the beginning of 2017, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have received 82 reports of counterfeit bills in its west region alone, ranging in value from $5 to $100 bills. The OPP […]

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Secretive nuclear waste shipments moving along Hwy7 and 416

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A growing number of voices are raising alarm over a secretive,  unprecedented series of liquid radioactive waste shipments from Chalk River’s nuclear facilities to a South Carolina processing plant. While routes are not publicized, two of the only roadways that meet the designated requirements for the journey are Highways 17 and 416. […]

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Construction on Lake Avenue in Carleton Place starts next week

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Reconstruction work on Lave Avenue in Carleton Place will start e on Tuesday, July 11. Lake Avenue East will be closed to through traffic from Bridge Street to Argyle Street until late August. Businesses in this corridor will remain open and accessible throughout the project. The intersection of Lake Avenue and Bridge Street […]

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Water restrictions lifted, splash pad open

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Due to a minor incident yesterday the Town shut down operations at the Water Treatment Plant in order to safeguard our drinking water system. The town resumed operations at the Water Plant last evening and the system if now fully operational. The restriction of water usage is now lifted. It is important for […]

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Fire out, water restrictions still in place

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Earlier today, the Town of Smiths Falls shut down operations at the water treatment plant in response to a minor fire event near the main water intake. These precautionary measures were taken as a multi-barrier approach to safeguarding the drinking water system. The town has since resumed operations at the Water Plant and […]

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Smiths Falls residents asked to limit water use due to fire

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Due to a minor fire in close proximity to the town’s water intake, Smiths Falls town staff is asking residents to take the following precautionary measures: Please limit your use of Town water and cease any non-essential use of Town water The Water Treatment Plant has been shut down. The beach area and […]

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Free fishing event to celebrate angling in Ontario

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Members of the Smiths Falls Police Service and Smiths Falls Police Association will be hosting a free family fishing day on Sunday July 9 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lower Reach Park. This event will close out Ontario’s license-free fishing week, which started on July 1. These licence-free days are held […]

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Knowles to stay on as Carleton Place CAO

Staff april@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Carleton Place announced on June 28 that Mark Jensen would not be taking over for Paul Knowles in the role of chief administrative officer as planned. Changes in personal and family circumstances has prevented Jensen from accepting the position. Knowles will remain as CAO while council initiates a new recruitment […]

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Smiths Falls swans arrive July 4, naming contest starts

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca The two swans the Town of Smiths Falls purchased to deter the geese will arrive this afternoon (July 4) at 5 p.m. and residents are invited by the town to come out and welcome them. Also read: Smiths Falls invests in swans to keep geese at bay The swans will be released into […]

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Stock Show U coming to Eastern Ontario

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Not many kids under 21 want to head to school but ask Owen Grundy, 13, about Stock Show University and it’s a place he’d go every day if he could. Stock Show U, with professors from all over North America, is a free educational clinic where stock show youth are taught “proper […]

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A damp but delightful Canada Day in Rideau Ferry and Perth

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Everyone got wet but no one cared. The day was warm, a little muggy and grey and still people sauntered down Gore Street in Perth, swayed along to the Totally Hip at Rock the Dock Rideau Ferry, ate outside at picnic tables, paddled into the Tay Basin and greeted complete strangers with […]

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Rideau Canal celebrates 10 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage site

Submitted by Ontario Parks Canada Agency editorial@pdgmedia.ca This year marks a year of celebrations and milestones for Canada, particularly as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and the Government is very pleased to offer free […]

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Owners of Habitat for Humanity home is Perth officially welcomed

Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa’s (Habitat GO) Perth Chapter celebrated the completion of its first Perth build with a dedication ceremony to welcome the newest Habitat homeowners on Wednesday, June 28. Construction of the single-family home began in September 2016, thanks to a unique partnership with Algonquin College’s Construction Carpentry – Advanced Housing program in […]

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New logo celebrates past, present and future of Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca “We’re moving forward,” Shawn Pankow, mayor of Smiths Falls said at the unveiling of the new logo and website for the town on June 29. The new logo celebrates past, present and future while still retaining historical roots. The new stylized logo, with gradations of blue from turquoise through ultramarine to cornflower, […]

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Canada 150 canoe brigade visits Smiths Falls

Photos by Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls welcomed 14 voyageur canoes and about 130 paddlers from across Canada as the South Wind Canoe Brigade camped at the Detached Lock overnight June 27 on their way from Kingston to Ottawa. The paddlers and the 19 visitors from Ireland who are spending a week in town were […]

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OPP investigate fatal collision on hwy 7 east of Perth

(DRUMMOND NORTH ELMSLEY TOWNSHIP, ON) – Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating a fatal collision on Highway 7 east of the Town of Perth. Officers were called to the scene at 06:40 am on Wednesday 28th June 2017. Initial investigation indicates that an east bound cyclist was struck by an […]

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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 arena renovations one step closer to confirmation

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The ongoing saga of funding for new Carleton Place arena dressing rooms was on the agenda of the town’s policy review committee June 27, with councillors voting to hold a meeting of key stakeholders this fall, put out a tender document in early 2018, and support in principle the installation of an […]

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Le Boat draws a crowd at Chamber breakfast

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca For those 80 hungry breakfasters who came to the Smiths Falls’ Chamber of Commerce’s early morning meeting on June 27, not only did they get a good meal, they got an eyeful in a presentation on Le Boat. Expect a pre-launch of Le Boat in Smiths Falls in August this year with […]

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Smiths Falls invests in swans to keep geese at bay

 Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The town of Smiths Falls is hoping that a pair of swans trumps a whole gaggle of geese. At a meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole  on June 26, Director of Community Services Art Manhire told councillors two swans have been purchased to help drive geese away from the Upper […]

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Highland on the Rideau draws competitors from across the province

Photos by Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band once again hosted Highland on the Rideau at Lower Reach Park Saturday, June 24, bringing participants from all over Ontario to compete in piping, drumming, and highland dancing competition. See more photos of the event on our Facebook page.  Musket demonstration: Members of the […]

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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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Tickets still available for June 30 Party by the Basin in Perth

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Perth will be in full celebration mode on Friday, June 30 when the Party by the Basin kicks off the Canada 150th celebrations in downtown. This never-before-done event at the Tay Basin will close down the Crystal Palace parking lot to host an outdoor celebration including three bands, a 12-vendor […]

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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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Special Investigations Unit complainant succumbs to injuries

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident involving police and a 43-year-old man that occurred earlier this month near Smiths Falls. Preliminary information suggests the following: In the afternoon hours of Saturday, June 3, 2017, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer contacted a man by phone informing […]

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UPDATE – Smiths Falls Police locate missing youth

LOCATED Smiths Falls Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a young male reported missing from his foster home on June 17, 2017. Erik Lalonde is a white male, 17 years of age, 5’8” tall, 140 lbs, curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen on June 17 wearing orange pants and […]

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Council continues to mull over arena renovation costs

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The issue of Carleton Place arena renovations came back for discussion at the town’s corporate services committee June 20, as councillors heard more details on a proposal that had ballooned to almost $1.7 million from its original budgeted cost. Carleton Place Treasurer Phil Hogan discussed the renovation – a 5,000 square-foot addition […]

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Carleton Place discusses provincial strategy on municipal revenue generation

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Carleton Place town council’s community issues committee heard an update on June 20 from Chief Administrative Officer Paul Knowles about a new report from the Association of Municipalities (AMO) that seeks to address the growing gap between municipal revenues and costs. The AMO’s report, dubbed “What’s Next Ontario,” is a product […]

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Carleton Place Senior Hockey League turns the game into a brotherhood

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca When John Edwards wife, Teresa, died unexpectedly in January 2017 and he suddenly became a single father to his thirteen-year-old daughter Ayanna, Edwards said the Carleton Place Senior Hockey League (CPSHL) gave him something to look forward to. “Playing hockey twice a week helped me and Ayanna recreate a sense of normalcy […]

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Study identifies potential savings of $174,000 for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca An in-depth review of water distribution and sewage disposal operations in the town of Smiths Falls has identified a potential $174,000 in savings to taxpayers. Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop presented the results of a six-month service review to town councillors on June 19. In 2017, he said, the […]

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New gas station and car wash coming to Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are supporting a proposal to build a new gas station and car wash on Lombard Street. The new business, a Petro Canada station, car wash and convenience is to be located at 96 Lombard St., between Scotiabank and Walmart, councillors were told in a planning department report presented […]

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Annual Paddlefest sees participants of all ages

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Although organizers of Rideau Paddlefest held Sunday, June 18 at Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls shut the event down early due to a tornado warning in the area, voyageur canoe races took place in the morning as planned. 

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Youth services partner up to eliminate youth homelessness

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A new partnership seeks to end the vexing problem of Lanark County youth homelessness which, while not as visible as its urban counterpart, nonetheless affects a growing number of young people. Under a new initiative known as Collective Impact (CI) — inspired by U.S. research that identified too many social issues being […]

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Perth formally adopts climate change action plan

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Committee of the Whole passed a motion June 13 for the Town of Perth to adopt the Local Climate Change Action Plan and submit it to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities under the Green Municipal Fund project. “This is not a happy, feel good report,” Mayor John Fenik said after Sean Campbell, […]

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Lanark Lodges hosts community luminary ceremony June 15

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Lanark Lodge in Perth have been active in fundraising for many community causes over the years, including the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Relay For Life. Four years ago, staff decided to bring the Relay to Lanark Lodge to involve residents, families, staff and the community at large. That way, according to Deborah Pidgeon, […]

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Niknaks Paddle Shack open for business in Smiths Falls

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca There’s a great new way to flow through the summer months by taking advantage of the Rideau Canal in Lanark County this summer. Niknaks Paddle Shack is a seasonal kayak, canoe, paddleboard and bike rental service that is set to open in mid-June in Smiths Falls. Located in the Murphy building on […]

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Local nurse honoured with prestigious award

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca When she’s on break, Rhonda Eaton sits in her favourite chair, puts her feet up and has a gab with her nursing mates. This will be her last year for gab-fests though. Eaton is retiring. And although she’s leaving, she’s leaving in a blaze of glory. The 39-year nursing veteran this year […]

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Local Salvation Army Majors honoured for their service to the community

Town Councilor Jay Brennan presents Major Owen Rowsell and Major Sharon Rowsell of the Smiths Falls Salvation Army with a certificate of appreciation for their service to the community. The Majors have been located in Smiths Falls for the past two years but have spent the last 39 years in ministry with the Salvation Army. They will officially […]

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Traditional Pow Wow in Smiths Falls puts dancing on display

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The students of the Indigenous Studies Program at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute hosted a traditional pow wow on Duck Island June 10 and June 11. Traditional drumming and dancing was presented by the Mohawks of Akwesasne First Nations and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. Photos by Chris Must Host drummers […]

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Town seeks a made-in-Smiths Falls solution for vacant retail space

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Empty commercial space in Smiths Falls comes with a heavy cost to local taxpayers, so the town is seeking what one council member calls “a made-in-Smiths Falls solution.” The town hosted an open house the evening of June 6 to gather feedback on plans to change or eliminate a tax rebate paid […]

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Rideau Hotel developers seek financial help

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The developers working to turn the derelict Rideau Hotel into a new apartment complex are appealing to the town of Smiths Falls for financial help with two separate grant applications. Developer Andrew Cinnamon, owner of Park View Homes, told town councillors at a June 3 meeting that he has factored the grant […]

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Small towns welcome Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca   The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, spent the morning and afternoon of June 5 in the small towns of Perth and Smiths Falls. She arrived at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Perth at 9:30 a.m. to help with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation, first touring the […]

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Smiths Falls honours three officers for bravery in April 28 fire

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Three members of the Smiths Falls Police Services who disregarded their own safety to rescue a woman from a burning building were honoured by town council on June 3. Mayor Shawn Pankow presented plaques to Constables Michael Gallagher and Dan King and Sgt. Paul Klassen for their actions on April 28, when […]

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Let’s Eat: Fast food done right at Law & Orders

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca  There’s nothing better in this country than the onset of our glorious summers.  Warm weather and plenty of sunshine beckon us to cottages, lakes, rivers, and campgrounds and finding a great place to recharge ourselves with some delicious hand-crafted food makes our journeys that much more enjoyable.  On that very popular commuting […]

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By-the-glass can be sold by Perth Brewery

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth council passed a motion on May 30 to support the issuance of a Manufacturer’s Limited Liquor Sales Licence – by the glass for Perth Brewery. Councillor Judy Brown voting against and Councillor Riq Turner declaring a pecuniary interest. A motion is required by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Mayor […]

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Smiths Falls Fire Department responds to fire at Tweed

Monday morning, May  29, at 9:26, the Smiths Falls Fire Department responded to a fire in the Industrial Park in Smiths Falls. The fire broke out at the Tweed plant, located at 1 Hershey Drive. Firefighters responded and the blaze  was under control within three minutes. The fire broke out in what use to be the […]

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Hillier takes hydro complaints directly to premier

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca As part of his ongoing battle against astronomically high Hydro One rates in rural Ontario, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington MPP Randy Hillier is seeking letters of concern and complaint from his constituents, which he pledges to personally deliver to Premier Kathleen Wynne. The idea for area residents to photocopy their Hydro One bills […]

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New Catholic elementary school for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Students currently attending St. Francis de Sales and St. James the Greater Catholic elementary schools will soon be going to a brand new school. At a meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole May 23, councillors were informed of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario’s plans to […]

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Carleton Place council suspends mayor’s income for integrity breach

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Two weeks after a raucous town hall meeting in which councillors and residents alike called on embattled Mayor Louis Antonakos to resign over the damning findings of an integrity commissioner’s report, members of council decided on May 23 to penalize the mayor with a 90-day suspension of income. In addition, members of […]

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OPP officer arrested for sexual assault

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Friday May 19 an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from Eastern Ontario was arrested as a result of an ongoing domestic investigation conducted by the OPP Professional Standards Bureau (PSB). The investigation stems from incidents that are alleged to have occurred while the officer was off duty. As a result a 39-year-old, […]

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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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Stewart Park Festival musical line up and event run down

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Stewart Park Festival has released its 2017 performer line-up and the talent set to hit the stage this summer is a solid mix that’ll once again draw thousands to the park. The three-day festival, held July 14-16, will showcase performers from across Canada including long-time-loved, Juno-award winners Sue Foley and Valdy as […]

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Smiths Falls Vimy Ridge oak takes root

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths’ Falls own Vimy oak was planted near the town cenotaph during a ceremony May 18. The sapling, grown from cuttings taken from trees in Scarborough that grew from acorns mailed to Canada from the Vimy battlefield 100 years ago, was planted by Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute students Eryn Hewson, Jordan […]

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New community navigator will help guide those challenged by community services maze

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca “It’s an honour to be in this position and to have people sharing things with me that are hard to share,” said Tracy Kwissa, the new community navigator for Lanark County. “I am very open. I am not judgmental. Everyone has a valid story that is worthy of being heard and being […]

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Carleton Place community investment strategy has a $89 million price tag

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place treasurer Phil Hogan updated the May 16 meeting of the corporate services committee with an overview of the town’s robust, evolving 10-year community investment strategy, valued at $89 million. While the largest ticket item on the plan was development (at $26 million), roads and sewer/water came in a close second […]

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*UPDATE* Police locate 14-year-old Maria Arreola

Update On the 18th of May 2017 Ottawa Police located missing teen 14 year old Maria ARREOLA safe. Smiths Falls had issued a press release after the young teen left the Smiths Falls area on her own and could not be located. Smiths Falls Police is looking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Maria […]

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Smiths Falls to gather feedback on ending vacancy rebate

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Given the large amount of vacant retail space in Smiths Falls, town councillors are considering cancelling a program that provides tax rebates to the owners of vacant commercial property. In a recent report to council, Clerk Kerry Costello stated that “The Town of Smiths Falls has had an alarming number of vacancy […]

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Smiths Falls’ finances improving, says auditor

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Presenting draft financial statements for 2016 to Smiths Falls town council on May 15, auditor Howard Allan said the town’s finances are moving “in the right direction.” Allan noted that in 2016, Smiths Falls’ revenues were more than budgeted, while operating expenses came in slightly less. The town was also able to […]

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Smiths Falls awards contract for Beckwith Street redevelopment design

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The first step in a long-awaited project – the redevelopment of Beckwith Street in Smiths Falls – was taken with the awarding of a contract at a town council meeting on May 15. Smiths Falls councillors voted to an endorse a staff recommendation to accept an $85,000 quote from Parsons Corporation to […]

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Fidget cube craze has hit Carleton Place

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Fidget devices are making national headlines lately as debates emerge about whether or not they boost concentration or distract students in the classroom, but residents of Carleton Place are among the thousands that see these as a benefit. In a shocking span of just 24 hours, Apple Cheeks Consignment in Carleton Place […]

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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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Hometown Hearts hosts first fundraising and awareness event

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Hometown Hearts hosted their first event called Night on the Town Retro Rewind on Bridge Street in Carleton Place Thursday, May 11. Hometown Hearts is a non-profit organization that started in Carleton Place in March. The mission of the group is to provide support and resources to members of the community when […]

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Interval House launches See it, Name it, Change it campaign to help stop violence

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca “There was lots of rage and we took that rage and turned it into action,” Erin Lee said at County Council on May 10. Lee, executive director of Lanark County Interval House, spoke about the reasons behind the See It, Name It, Change It program launched at the Community Services Committee meeting. […]

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Report finds Carleton Place mayor guilty, community calls for resignation

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Days after he declared he would not attend the May 9 meeting of Carleton Place town council, Mayor Louis Antonakos presided over a boisterous and emotional meeting as over 120 residents called for the embattled mayor to resign. He faced boos and derisive laughter at his refusal to admit any wrongdoing following […]

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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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Smiths Falls to explore sharing services with Montague Township

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are enthusiastic about the possibility of sharing the cost of some services with the neighbouring municipality of Montague Township. Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris told councillors at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole on May 8 that the idea to explore possible sharing of services came […]

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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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Peak point of the flooding risk has passed for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Residents of Smiths Falls are advised to stay clear of the swollen Rideau River following the recent heavy rainfall and flood warnings. “There is a large volume of very rapidly moving water going through town and the best thing is to stay away from it,” advised town Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris […]

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Flood levels expected to decline in Smiths Falls

Media Release #3 – Flood Levels Expected to Decline May 8, 2017 @ 2:00PM Flood levels can be expected to decline through the afternoon today as peaks are being reached on the Rideau and tributaries. Peak levels have been or are being reached in the lower Rideau watershed downstream of Smiths Falls as runoff from […]

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Perth staff are working to control local flooding

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth is not isolated from the historic flooding affecting much of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. In Perth, a substantial portion of Stewart Park is under water with a number of bridges through the grassy area closed do to high waters. Much of Last Duel Park is also under water, as lonely […]

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*UPDATE* OPP Investigate bomb threat at Carleton Place Hospital

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca **UPDATE** (TOWN OF CARLETON PLACE, ON) – Officers from the Crime Unit of the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to investigate a Bomb Threat targeting the Carleton Place Hospital on Lake Avenue East in the Town of Carleton Place. Officers from the Lanark County Detachment assisted by […]

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Indigenous rights pilgrimage comes to Lanark County in May

By Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Two years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its landmark study documenting the devastating legacy of residential schools on Indigenous communities, a group of 30 people will walk from Kitchener to Ottawa this spring in response to one of the report’s 98 calls to action. The Pilgrimage for Indigenous […]

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Smiths Falls police keep busy with end of month crimes

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Male arrested for drinking and driving On Wednesday, April 26 at approximately 8:33 p.m. police conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle on William Street west. The 62-year-old male driver of Smiths Falls, was found to have alcohol on his breath. As a result of police investigation the male driver was arrested […]

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Tips to help residents prepare for possible flooding

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Many lakes and rivers are at their highest levels and the weather forecast for the next week predicts additional and significant rain. This may cause flooding in some areas or worsen the impact on already flooded areas.  There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your property from potential flooding and damages.  […]

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Sparks fly at Carleton Place town council in anticipation of integrity report

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A week before what will likely be a dramatic public presentation of Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze’s report on a complaint levelled against Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos, sparks flew at the town council’s May 2 gathering. Antonakos angrily accused councillors of improperly cancelling a May 9 meeting of the policy review committee […]

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Show kids support main message of fentanyl and opioid presentation

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  In their fentanyl and opioid presentation on Tuesday, May 4 at St. John Catholic High School in Perth, both Jessica Wigle and Kelly Munroe agreed that knowledge of the drug and what to do is crucial in preventing deaths. The Public Health nurses with Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit spoke […]

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Rain Brings Water Levels Up On Rideau

The rain event on Monday May 1 has caused water levels in the Rideau watershed to rise again. Water levels in the Rideau Valley had fallen close to historical average levels since the spring freshet peak on April 7. As much as 60 millimetres of rain on Monday has caused levels to increase again. Another […]

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Post-mortem being done on dead man found in Appleton

A post mortem examination is scheduled for today, May 2, at Ottawa Hospital on the deceased 50-year old male that was found in the Village of Appleton on May 1. The investigation, which is in its preliminary stages, is being conducted by the Lanark County Crime Unit, with the assistance of the OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit […]

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Smiths Falls praise emergency workers in wake of April 28 fire

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  At a May 1 meeting, Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow and fellow council members had words of praise for police and firefighters as well as the community at large following a devastating apartment building fire on Pearl Street Friday, April 28. “I want to give a lot of credit to our emergency […]

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Merrickville-Wolford declines to join rec agreement with Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Imposing a ban on residents of neighbouring municipalities that refuse to join in a recreation facility cost-sharing agreement with Smiths Falls “is not going to be fun for anybody,” town councillors were told at a meeting May 1. After learning that the Village of Merrickville-Wolford had voted not to pay about $15,000 […]

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Smiths Falls council agrees to fund ARC pool

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca At a May 1 meeting, Smiths Falls town councillors narrowly managed to achieve an agreement on providing municipal operating funds to the Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) in 2017. A volunteer group operates the facility, which is the former Rideau Regional Centre Pool, now located within the Gallipeau Centre. […]

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Perth’s Festival of the Maples a sweet family event

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Saturday, April 29 was a perfect day. The rain held off, the sun peeped out and people slowly walked Gore Street in Perth from top to bottom, eating and tasting from one end to the other. Perth’s Festival of the Maples drew onlookers from all over. They savoured the sweet mellowness of […]

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Carleton Place to expand splash pad, upgrade facilities at Riverside Park

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place town council heard on April 25 that a successful grant application will allow for expansion of the splash pad at Riverside Park, as well as upgrades to the public washrooms and a pathway from the beach to the washrooms. Joanne Henderson, the town’s manager of recreation and culture, was praised […]

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Carleton Places welcome new CAO Mark Jensen

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place is welcoming a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to replace the outgoing CAO Paul Knowles. “It’s a special night,” Mayor Louis Antonakos said on April 25 as he introduced Mark Jensen, the town’s new CAO. Jensen has spent the past 16 years as the director of community and development services […]

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Ombudsman’s report indicates no misappropriated funds in Rideau Lakes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2017 Rideau Lakes Moving Forward Following Ombudsman Report Chantry, Ontario, April 24, 2017 – The Township of Rideau Lakes Council received a report from the Ombudsman on Monday April 24.  The report followed Council’s appointment of an Ombudsman to investigate the accumulation of a deficit between 2008 and 2014 of […]

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Carleton Place to host Teen Expo learning event

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca After three successful years the Carleton Place Learning Expo returns to Carleton Place with the Teen Expo at Notre Dame Catholic High School on May 2 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The goal of the Learning Expo has always been to provide a networking opportunity for parents, educators and local resources. The […]

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Chip truck proposed for Main Street car wash site

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca French fry enthusiasts will have another opportunity to satisfy their cravings thanks to an application to open a new chip wagon called “Pioneer Fries” at 25 Main St. East in Smiths Falls. At a April 24 meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole, Clerk Kerry Costello reported that the […]

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New cancer treatment room opens at Perth hospital

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital officially opened its refurbished chemotherapy services room in Perth on April 20. In an emotional gathering of doctors, nurses and loved ones of three cancer patients who sadly lost their lives to cancer – Hilary Drummond, Dr. Erin Savage and Yarrow Viets –  Karen Rennie, chair […]

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Smiths Falls to create long-term plan for parks, public input wanted

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls’ largest park received the lion’s share of discussion at an April 20 open house held to gather public input into a five-year plan for the town’s parks and recreation facilities. The open house held in the town council chambers attracted eight participants, some of whom shared recommendations for improvements to […]

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Carleton Place to start a bike share program, host active transit summit

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Carleton Place is pumping up its efforts to get people onto bicycles with a number of upcoming initiatives that will see more people on two wheels throughout the tourism season. At the Carleton Place community issues committee meeting on April 18, the group approved a bike share service plan to invest $2,850 […]

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Plans for legal marijuana good for town, says Smiths Falls mayor

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The tabling on April 13 of federal legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use is good news for Smiths Falls, Mayor Shawn Pankow told fellow council members at a regular meeting April 18. “Tweed, of course, is a big part of our community,” said Pankow. “It’s news that they’ve obviously been looking […]

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Juno award winners to entertain Perth for Canada 150 celebrations

April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Perth is turning Canada Day into a three-day celebration in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, with the party kicking off on June 30 at the Tay Basin. The Party By the Basin as it’s being dubbed will close down the Crystal Palace parking lot turning it into a food […]

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Smiths Falls blood donor clinic needs more donors

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca I don’t like needles, I’m too busy, I already gave blood this year, I don’t think I can for health reasons — these are just some of the reasons that people don’t give blood. Giving blood takes less than 10 minutes and doing so can add years to the life of a recipient. […]

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Vimy Ridge app by Smiths Falls students accepted by Apple

Submitted editorial@pdgemdia.ca An app developed by students at Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) that allows users to learn about the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Canadians who died there has been accepted by Apple for distribution. The app “Vimy Ridge,” developed by Grades 11 and 12 computer science students, was accepted April 7 […]

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Smiths Falls gets $1.2 million grant to finish Beckwith Street bridge project

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls has received good news from the Ministry of Transportation, which will be providing a grant of $1,216,350 to help complete work on the Beckwith Street bridges. In a letter dated March 29, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca advised that the grant, provided through the 2017-18 Connecting Links funding program, is […]

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Local cannabis conversation event to help parents talk to youth

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca As the federal government readies its plan to legalize marijuana use, parents and caregivers are invited to attend an April 20 event designed to help open honest conversation with teenagers and parents. David Simpii, a member of the Carleton Place’s municipal drug strategy committee, told town council on April 11 that marijuana […]

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Carleton Place hospital emergency department plans move to next phase

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) has retained the services of Resource Planning Group Inc. (RPG) to lead the functional program stage of planning for the hospital’s new emergency department. “The Ministry of Health has a five-stage planning and approval process for capital projects and we are at stage two,” explains Mary […]

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Smiths Falls seeks to appoint integrity commissioner

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Although impending legislation will eventually require all Ontario municipalities to appoint an integrity commissioner, the Town of Smiths Falls doesn’t want to wait that long. The appointment of an integrity commissioner is one of a number of changes that will be required under Bill 68, a provincial act entitled the Modernizing Ontario’s […]

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Smiths Falls councillors support joint recreation panel

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A request from Montague Township to have input into the management of Smiths Falls recreation facilities has received a sympathetic hearing from town councillors. During discussions surrounding a new five-year cost-sharing arrangement to allow access by township residents to Smiths Falls’ two arenas, Montague councillors suggested that a joint recreational advisory panel […]

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Male arrested for impaired driving in Smiths Falls

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Sunday, April 9 1:59 a.m. police conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle on Chambers Street. Investigation revealed that the 36 year old male driver of Lyn, Ontario was under the influence of alcohol. The male suspect was arrested for impaired driving, having over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters […]

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Pedestrian bridge closed due to rising water levels

With the river levels rising, the Town of Smiths Falls has decided to close off access to Turtle Island.  The south pedestrian bridge (Spillway to Duck Island on the main channel of the river) remains closed. Barriers are in place. Parks Canada is opening dams upstream in an effort to control flooding.  The Town will […]

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Scientists warn of pesticide peril at Perth meeting

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca As Lanark County prepares another controversial season of roadside pesticide application targeting wild parsnip, a group of concerned residents who oppose the toxic implications of spraying held a standing-room-only public information session in Perth on April 6 featuring two high-profile scientists. “I live in the land of poison ivy, and I’m no […]

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Montague Township defers vote on cost-sharing with Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Montague Township councillors have decided to defer voting on a recreation cost-sharing agreement with the Town of Smiths Falls, which would see the township pay an annual share of $50,000 to give its residents access to the town’s two arenas. Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow and Director of Community Services Art Manhire […]

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Carleton Place to facilitate wetlands regulation discussions

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Carleton Place will facilitate discussions between the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and landowners affected by hitherto unenforced regulations that call for protection of wetlands under the 2006 Conservation Authorities Act. As part of a proposal to expand its regulatory coverage, the MVCA has been engaged in a series […]

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Carleton Place council suggests compromise solution for OVRT

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The physical environment committee of Carleton Place town council is encouraging Lanark County to adopt a compromise position on usage of the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT), one that envisions separate, parallel trails running within a common corridor. The April 4 decision follows a series of open houses and presentations to council […]

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Dental hygienists offering free care April 8

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Dental hygienists at Smile Sensations in Smiths Falls will be offering a day of free dental care for the eighth year in a row, as part of the nationwide Gift from the Heart event Saturday, April 8. Attending a regular Smiths Falls town council meeting on April 3, Lori Lawrence and Elise […]

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Rideau Lakes to hold by-election to replace late councillor Doug Good

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca In a break with recent precedent, Township of Rideau Lakes council voted April 3 to hold a by-election for the Bastard & South Burgess ward seat left vacant by the tragic death of Councillor Doug Good, whose truck broke through the ice on Big Rideau Lake last month. While Mayor Ron Holman […]

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Smiths Falls councillors reach compromise on ARC pool funding

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) will receive funding from the town of Smiths Falls after members of council reached a compromise on an issue that had members evenly split over the course of several meetings. At a special meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole April 3, agreement […]

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Family chosen for first Perth Habitat for Humanity home

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A family that has “fallen in love” with the Town of Perth is looking forward to moving into their new Habitat for Humanity home by the end of May. The Tall family, now living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment in the east end of Ottawa, were chosen late last year to live […]

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Lanark County OPP seek public help with March break-ins

Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are seeking assistance from the public to identify the person or persons responsible for break-ins and vandalism at homes under construction in Carleton Place. On March 3 the police received a report that new homes, located just off Cavanagh Road on the east side of Carleton Place, had been […]

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Dr. Stewart gives Perth council fentanyl facts

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca During Perth council on March 28, Councillor Ed McPherson asked Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer, Lanark, Leeds, Grenville Health Unit to comment on fentanyl and opioids, saying she was leading the charge on fentanyl in the area. Stewart assured that there have always been people using opioids but the change has […]

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Carleton Place in good shape, according to municipal audit

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Carleton Place is in good financial shape, according to a report by municipal auditor Howard Allan presented to Carleton Place council on March 28. “Overall, I think it is fair to say that the town has enjoyed good financial management,” Allan said, noting revenues are slightly higher than budgeted, […]

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Kids’ fishing tournament coming to Smiths Falls in 2017

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The list of events happening in Smiths Falls in 2017 continues to grow, as the organizer of an annual kids’ charity fishing tournament has announced plans to bring the event to town for the first time. Peter Larmand, a Smiths Falls resident, tournament bass angler and host of an outdoors radio show, […]

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Human trafficking cases discovered in Lanark County

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca If you think it doesn’t happen here, think again. Human trafficking is happening in Lanark, Perth, Carleton Place and Smiths Falls. “It’s all over Canada, all over the world,” said Constable Aaron Tompkins, community services officer with the Smiths Falls Police Service. “It’s a domestic problem,” he went on, adding that recently […]

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Traffic study of Abbott and Lombard Streets yields solutions

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Members of Smiths Falls town council were pleasantly surprised to learn on March 27 that solutions to relieving traffic gridlock at the intersection of Abbott and Lombard Streets should not be as costly as they thought. Bob Boutilier of Ainley Group Consulting Engineers attended a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole […]

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No more plastic for yard waste in Smiths Falls

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Town of Smiths Falls is making a move in a greener direction by eliminating the use of plastic bags in its spring yard waste collection program. Starting in May 2017, the town will only be accepting compostable paper yard waste bags for the spring and fall leaf collection program. Large compostable paper […]

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Town of Smiths Falls issues public warning

Public Warning – Door to Door Water Testing A recent spike in residential complaints has prompted the release of a public warning from the Town of Smiths Falls. If for any reason, residents have been approached by door to door salesmen claiming to be selling water treatment products that are endorsed by the municipality, you […]

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Maple weekend in Lanark County is April 1 – 2

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Get ready for some maple-inspired fun on April 1 and 2, during Maple Weekend’s third annual sweet celebratory event. Taking place right in the heart of maple season, Maple Weekend is the perfect time to plan a trip to a local participating sugar bush and sample maple treats while experiencing some old-fashioned family […]

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AMBER ALERT

Surete du Quebec has activated an AMBER Alert in relation to the abduction of a 4 yr old boy from Saint-Jerome, QC. Victim is Joel Mukonkole, who is African-Canadian with black short hair and brown eyes. Suspect is Rachel Esema-Okako, 31 yrs old described as African-Canadian, with long, brown hair and brown eyes. Last seen […]

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New arena cost-sharing plan a tough sell in Montague

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Some Montague Township councillors are questioning whether the number of children from the municipality who use Smiths Falls arenas justifies paying the town $50,000 a year under a new cost-sharing plan. Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow and Director of Community Services Art Manhire attended a March 21 meeting of Montague Township council’s […]

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Fentanyl and opioid public meeting set for March 28

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca Fentanyl and opioid drug abuse is at a high across the country and local community services and support authorities are banning together to bring awareness to this important issue. Smiths Falls Police Service; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health; and the Smiths Falls Crime […]

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2016 pay and expenses for Smiths Falls councillors now public

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As required by the Municipal Act, the remuneration and expenses of individual Smiths Falls town council members have been released to the public. “None of us are on the sunshine list,” said Councillor Chris Cummings in moving the motion to approve the release of the information, referring to the annual publication of […]

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Glen Tay Public School may be saved from UCDSB chopping block

Jenny Burr  editorial@pdgmedia.ca In a final staff report released on Feb. 15 by the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), some schools originally slated for closure this fall have been removed from the list. Glen Tay Public School is one of them.   “My first reaction, I cried tears of relief. I couldn’t believe what […]

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Antonakos predicts confusion, turmoil from council’s motion

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos read a brief statement at town council’s March 14 session forecasting local confusion and provincial “turmoil” in response to last week’s motion authorizing Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn to “act as the spokesperson for council on matters dealing with the media.” Antonakos, who previously said that council’s decision […]

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Carleton Place council seeks to hold the line on wage settlements

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place town council’s policy review committee has been discussing concerns regarding wage settlements imposed by the provincial arbitration system, noting the costs of providing emergency services including police and fire has increased at three times the rate of inflation annually since 2002. More items from the March 14 meeting Carleton Place […]

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Council defers voting on “contentious issue” of pool funding

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors remain unable to reach a consensus on a funding request from the board of the Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC). At a March 13 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole, a vote to grant the request was deferred when acting committee chair Councillor Chris Cummings refused to allow […]

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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 teen fundraises for journey to preserve rare Mongolian horses

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca For Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute student Teaghan O’Grady, saving endangered horses is a family tradition. While her parents, Gaelin and Larry, have spent over 15 years helping raise and preserve the rare Canadian Suffield Mustangs – the last of Canada’s free-range horses – O’Grady is fundraising $6,000 for a journey […]

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Perth considers live-streaming for provincial major baseball tourney

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth Committee of the Whole (CoW) heard on March 7 that, once again, the provincial baseball tournament for Major-level 11- and 12-year-old teams is coming to Perth mid-summer. Pat Habel, co-chair of the tournament, made a pitch to CoW asking for $7,800 to pay for live-streaming of the tourney. “It’s the best […]

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Carleton Place Deputy Mayor now formal media representative

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Before a packed gallery of residents and local and national media, Carleton Place Town Council passed a motion March 7 authorizing Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn to officially “act as the spokesperson for Council on matters dealing with the media.” The motion capped a heated and dramatic meeting that followed on a front-page […]

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Smiths Falls man arrested for trafficking

Friday 03 March 2017 Press Release Smiths Falls Police concluded a three month investigation into a male believed to be trafficking illicit drugs in Smiths Falls.  Police arrested the male and later executed a Controlled Drugs and substances Act search warrant at his residence on Brockville Street.  During the arrest and subsequent search warrant police […]

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Smiths Falls approves 2017 budget in record time

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As of March 6, Smiths Falls town council has passed the 2017 municipal budget – an achievement which one member of council called “probably a record.” Moving the third and final reading of the budget – which received preliminary approval Feb. 13 – Councillor Lorraine Allen said, “All of us feel that […]

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Smiths Falls delegation meets with minister on guaranteed minimum income

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   Mayor Shawn Pankow and other representatives of the Town of Smiths Falls had the opportunity Feb. 21 to share their views with provincial officials on the topic of a guaranteed minimum income. The mayor, along with Councillor Chris Cummings and Lanark County Warden Bill Dobson, met with Chris Ballard, the Minister […]

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Smiths Falls couple can buy town land for garage

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are backing a recommendation from town planner Niki Dwyer to allow a local couple to purchase a small piece of town-owned land to build a garage next to their new home. Dwyer presented a report at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Feb. 27 recommending a […]

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Parent Alert – illicit (non-prescription) Fentanyl in our area

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit and Eastern Ontario Health Unit would like you to be aware that there is confirmation of illicit (non-prescription) Fentanyl in our area. We are approaching all schools with grade 7-12 students to assist us in ensuring students, parents and teachers are aware that this drug is in […]

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Advice to Perth council – raise taxes

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth town council officially passed bylaw 2017-4644 (the 2017 budget) for the Town of Perth at the Feb. 21 meeting, and while it may have some residents jumping for joy because they won’t see a tax increase this year,  it has left at least one resident very concerned. Resident Dr. Ross Preston […]

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New parking restrictions take effect Feb. 27 in Carleton Place

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca In response to larger than normal snow accumulation, Carleton Place council has introduced new parking restrictions effective Monday, Feb. 27. As of that date, parking will be prohibited 24/7 on the even numbered side of streets that normally allow parking on both sides of town thoroughfares. The new measures, which are in […]

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Smiths Falls council deadlocked on funds for pool

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors reached an impasse during debate at a Feb. 21 meeting over how much municipal funding should be given to the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC). In the course of approving staff recommendations on how to disburse community grants for 2017, the six council members who […]

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Child pornography investigation leads to charges

On 15 February 2017 an investigation into child pornography came to a culmination in Smiths Falls.  The investigation started with the Canadian Police Center for Exploited Children receiving information in January from a federal agency in the United States that a person in Smiths Falls was viewing child pornography.  This information was relayed to the […]

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Smiths Falls water tower needs to be replaced

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Having served the town for more than 90 years, Smiths Falls’ water tower has reached the end of its useful life town councillors were told at a Feb. 13 meeting. Presenting a report prepared by Landmark Municipal Services, Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop told council the water tower was […]

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Smiths Falls to make grants more accessible to downtown businesses

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls will move ahead with plans to make grants under the Community Improvement Program (CIP) available to more downtown businesses. The minimum grant to be awarded under the program, which makes a total of $50,000 available each year for improvements to the facades or interiors of businesses located […]

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Drunk driver charged after collision with ambulance in Port Elmsley

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged the driver of a car that collided with an ambulance on Highway 43 in Port Elmsley, Drummond, North Elmsley Township. OPP were called to Hwy 43 and Station Road at 03:31 am on Saturday, Feb.1. An investigation revealed that […]

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“Good news” budget expected for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls council members are confident that the town’s 2017 budget will be good news for ratepayers weary of annual tax and utility rate increases. “I think it’s a good news budget,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow. The 2017 budget, which passed first and second reading at the Feb. 13, was the third […]

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Local resident crowned Aboriginal Tourism Champion

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca In December 2016, Stephanie Sarazin was awarded an Aboriginal Tourism Award for Best Cultural Ambassador at the fifth-annual International Aboriginal Tourism Conference. Sarazin is an Algonquin from Pikwakanagan, Ont. and has strong ties to the Lanark County and Ottawa region. “It was kind of overwhelming,” says Sarazin, 30, remembering the moment […]

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Perth looking at drone policy for town

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth Committee of the Whole okayed a recommendation on Feb 7 “to establish a municipal unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) policy.” The policy will provide a guide for flying drones over property owned by the town. Drones are becoming more popular and several people have approached town staff to request permission to fly […]

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Feting Smiths Falls long-serving firefighters

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A trio of long-serving Smiths Falls firefighters were saluted for dedicated commitment to community safety and saving lives during a packed retirement party on Jan. 31 at the Kinsman Hall. With a combined 84 years of front-line experience, Rick Laming, Don Lackey and Bill Hurlbert were feted by town councillors, fellow smoke-eaters, […]

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Carleton Place one step closer to skateboard ban in public spaces

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council authorized the staff recommendation that the Traffic and Parking Bylaw be amended to include the prohibition of skateboarding at Market Square, Town Hall Square and any municipal parking lots. An exception to the bylaw would be the community centre parking lot, as there is currently a skate park there. […]

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Smiths Falls police lay numerous drug and assault charges over past week

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Threats lead to domestic assault charge On Wednesday, Feb.   a 22-year-old female contacted police about receiving a threat from her 26-year-old boyfriend.  As a result of investigation, the accused was arrested for domestic assault and held for a bail hearing to answer to this charge. Domestic assault leads to numerous criminal charges […]

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Drunk driver gets over 80 charge, could face jail time

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 12:31 a.m. while on general patrol, Smiths Falls police watched a vehicle fail to come to a complete stop at a red light at an intersection in the Smiths Falls downtown core. Police conducted a traffic stop and detected could smell alcohol on the 32-year-old female driver.  A […]

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Curler Hailey Armstrong has goals of rocking the Olympics

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  “My mom is my biggest supporter. I feel like everyone says that but it’s true,” says Perth native Hailey Armstrong, whose curling team now holds a silver medal from the 2017 Canadian Junior Women’s Curling Championship. “She does a lot, she’s at almost every event. I know I couldn’t do it without […]

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Smiths Falls mayor missed chance to lobby for income study

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow headed to this year’s Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference with a mandate to lobby the Minister of Community and Social Services to have Smiths Falls considered as a site for a pilot study on a basic guaranteed income for residents of the province. However, following some occasionally […]

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Wonton Crunch in Smiths Falls expands facility

By Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls entrepreneur Prim Singh has devised the perfect recipe for culinary success with an automated wonton maker that is revolutionizing production of the popular Asian cuisine appetizer. Following two appearances on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and a new distribution contract with Sysco food services, Singh’s trademark Wonton Crunch snacks are primed […]

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Potluck competition and growing event draws county-wide crowds

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca  More than 80 people enjoyed a local foods potluck hosted by Smiths Falls’ Two Rivers Food Hub on Jan. 31. While feasting on a wide selection of dishes, including lamb stew, homemade perogies, winter-grown greens and gluten-free brownies, farmers joined with food buyers to discuss their respective needs for the 2017 planting season. The […]

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Charges laid for two late January crimes in Smiths Falls

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls Police were busy over the weekend and beginning of the week answering calls that resulted in several charges. Domestic assault leads to multiple charges On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 police arrested a 21-year-old male after responding to a domestic assault.  The male was arrested on scene and charged with assault, mischief […]

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Carleton Place council asks for carbon tax to be invested in community

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council authorized the staff recommendation to ask the Province of Ontario to allocate some Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account (GGRA) funds to rural communities at the Jan. 31, 2017 council meeting. Ontario’s cap-and-trade program – sometimes referred to as a carbon tax – started Jan. 1, 2017. Most people noticed the […]

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UCDSB public meeting hears concerned parents plead for more time

By Jenny Burr editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Monday, Jan. 30 the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) held a public meeting in Smiths Falls at the Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute — one in a series of many — to give parents, guardians and members of the public the opportunity to voice their opinions on proposed […]

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School bus and car collision in Rideau Lakes yesterday – No injuries

(LEEDS, ON.)    Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation into a school bus and car collision in Rideau Lakes. On the 30th of January 2017 at about 3:30 PM, members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Rideau Lakes Township attended to reports of a Howard school bus and a Volkswagen Jetta […]

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Susan Shirley Program for teen moms closes doors in Smiths Falls

Sarah Nelson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Nichole Anderson, co-founder of The Susan Shirley Program in Smiths Falls, says that there are many different ways of mothering, but it’s the quality that counts. The program, which closes its doors today, Jan. 31, provided parenting skills, life skills, and supported housing for young mothers in the Smiths Falls area. It […]

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Employment opportunity with Smiths Falls DBA

The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is seeking a creative, organized and self-motivated individual to fulfill the part-time role of DBA coordinator. Reporting directly to the Chair of the DBA Board of Management, the coordinator will assist in the organization and execution of all activities, initiatives, and events as outlined by the Board of […]

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Arrest made in Smiths Falls armed robbery

UPDATE TO ROBBERY PRESS RELEASE On Jan.11, 2017 there was an armed robbery at the Quickie Convenience store located at 110 Beckwith St N in Smiths Falls.  The assailant held up the lone clerk and left the area with an amount of cash and cigarettes. Investigation with the assistance of Coburg Police and OPP Stormont […]

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Smiths Falls homeowners reach deal with council to build garage

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The owners of a home at 57 Broadview Ave. East will be able to build a garage after all. When the owners Gary Davis and E.Davies first approached the town of Smiths Falls in November seeking permission to buy a small strip of land next to the property to build a garage […]

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Global warming good argument for basic income, says Smiths Falls resident

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carol Ann Knapp, a Smiths Falls resident who drew attention by standing up at a Jan. 9 council meeting to protest some councilors’ lack of support for a basic guaranteed income in Ontario, appeared on Jan. 23 to provide further input on the subject. Knapp, who obtained council approval to appear as […]

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Police seek help in finding federal inmate at large

A combined effort between Kingston Police and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) through the Repeat Offenders Parole Enforcement Team (ROPE) is continuing the search for federal inmate David Maracle, with assistance from correctional services of Canada. Maracle walked away from the Henry Trail Correctional Facility located at 1453 Bath Road at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Jan. […]

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Annual Skate the Lake event offers fun, excitement for all ages

By Brian Preston editorial@pdgmedia.ca On the fourth weekend in January every year since 2004, the little hamlet of Portland in eastern Ontario hosts what has become an annual winter outdoor tradition — the International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon, also known as Skate the Lake. One of its founders, Marco Smits, who hails from […]

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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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Carleton Place councillors to attend OGRA Conference

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council authorized the cancellation of an upcoming regular council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 due to the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Conference that runs Feb. 26 to March 1, 2017. Council says meetings during this conference have usually been cancelled since it’s hard to maintain a quorum. […]

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SAGR technology chosen for lagoon in Perth

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Councillor Jim Graff questioned “why the great difference” between engineering firm tenders for Phase 1 of a Submerged Activated Growth Reactor (SAGR) for Perth’s lagoon. The lagoon has been reaching its capacity for many years and must be expanded to support a larger population and/or provide greater effluent treatment. A successful field […]

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Nine year tree replacement plan approved in Perth

By Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca A recommendation to cut down three ash trees “in poor condition” and plant three new trees in downtown Perth each year over a nine year period was approved in Committee of the Whole in Perth on Jan. 17,  but not before some discussion. Mayor John Fenik said “if they’re going to […]

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Improvement plans, backyard parties and rising fees in Perth

By Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Additional funding in the amount of $1,075.64 was authorized Jan. 17 at Perth Committee of the Whole meeting for the improvement project for 53 Herriott, Codes Mill on the Park. Initially, the community improvement plan (CIP) advisory panel approved the project for $3,924.36 based on a quote value of $11,892; additional […]

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Mayor, councillors asked to sign audit letter, answer questions

By Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Jan. 17, Perth Committee of the Whole passed a motion  to authorize Mayor John Fenik to sign the annual audit letter, and further, to require each councillor to answer specific questions on fraud that auditor Allan and Partners outlined in an audit planning letter. The auditors are paid $23,000 on […]

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Perth enters into agreement for infrastructure funding

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Perth Committee of the Whole passed a motion on Tuesday, Jan. 17 to enter into a formula-based agreement to receive total funding of $556,360 over the next three years. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) administers the provincial funding to municipalities under the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund program. […]

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Police seek assistance locating missing Smiths Falls man

MISSING ELDERLY MALE    Smiths Falls Police are requesting the assistance of the public in locating a missing elderly male from Smiths Falls.  Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of; Francis Ronald BILLINGS  (76 yrs old)   The male was last seen around 4pm in the area of Sussex St in the Town of […]

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Smiths Falls to drop lottery licence fees

By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls has voted to stop charging charitable organizations a fee for lottery licences. After some members of council argued that these fees were a burden on service clubs, and took away from money going to community projects, a bylaw was prepared to cancel the fees altogether. As […]

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Smiths Falls budget revenue-neutral for first time in 20 years

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Although the second draft of the Town of Smiths Falls’ 2017 budget calls for a 2.46 per cent increase in the tax rate, this does not mean that the town will collect more in taxes this year, according to Councillor Chris Cummings. Because the value of property assessments in town has dropped, […]

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Council reverses stance on basic income lobbying

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors have voted to allow Mayor Shawn Pankow to lobby the provincial government to have the community selected to participate in a study of the feasibility of a basic guaranteed income. In an unexpected reversal of its earlier position on the issue, council backed a plan for the mayor […]

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OPP search for two males involved area home invasion

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are continuing an investigation into a robbery that occurred east of Brockville. On Jan. 15, just after 8:00 p.m. OPP officers were notified of an occurrence on County Road 2, east of Brockville in Elizabethtown – Kitley Township. Two males entered a residence, confronted the occupants while […]

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Smiths Falls Police Service continue to investigate armed robbery in Smiths Falls

The Smiths Falls Police Service continues to investigate an armed Robbery that occurred on the 11 of January 2017. At approximately 7:30 p.m. a lone male entered the Quickie convenience store on Beckwith Street North, in the Town of Smiths Falls and demanded money from the cashier, fleeing shortly after. An undisclosed amount of money […]

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National Healing Forest addresses legacy of Residential Schools

By Sarah Nelson editorial@pdgmedia.ca An infantryman in World War II had a better chance of survival than did a child in an Indian Residential School in Canada in the early 20th century. This legacy inspired Peter Croals, a geologist and development consultant, and Patricia Stirbys, an Indigenous lawyer, to envision a place where Indigenous and […]

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Police are seeking information about robbery at Quickie in Smiths Falls

On the 11 of January 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m. a lone male entered the Quickie convenience store on Beckwith Street North, in the Town of Smiths Falls and demanded money from the cashier, fleeing shortly after. An undisclosed amount of money was taken and no one was injured as a result. The investigation is […]

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Smiths Falls’ Tweed factory bracing for explosive growth

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The success that the Tweed factory in Smiths Falls has enjoyed in its short history so far is sure to be eclipsed by the explosive growth that is expected to follow the legalization of marijuana in Canada. Although marijuana has been illegal in Canada since 1923, when it was prohibited without much […]

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OPP Festive Ride Campaign ends with impaired driving-related deaths and injuries

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wrapped up its Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaign on a sad note over the weekend, with a total of six people losing their lives in impaired driving-related incidents over the seven-week period. While all data is preliminary, five of the deaths involved a motor vehicle […]

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School bus in the ditch in Rideau Lakes – No injuries

(LEEDS, ON.) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation into a school bus that slid into a ditch. On the 10th of January 2017 at about 4:15 p.m., members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Rideau Lakes Township attended to reports of a Howard School Bus in the ditch on Opinicon […]

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Smiths Falls town staff present community grant recommendations

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca There are some winners and some losers after a team of Smiths Falls town staff members completed a review of applications from local groups seeking funds from the community donations program. At council’s request, all grants of less than $10,000 will be awarded based on staff recommendations. The evaluation team scores the […]

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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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Smiths Falls brewers seek council support for move to mall

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Andrew Howard and Nick Ritchie, two of the partners who operate Smiths Falls-based 4 Degrees Brewing Company, appeared before town council on Jan. 9 seeking support to pave the way for their plans to open a local operation at the County Fair Mall. Howard and Ritchie requested a council resolution that will […]

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Protest erupts over guaranteed income debate at Smiths Falls council

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Tempers flared at a Smiths Falls council meeting Jan. 9 as members of the public argued for the right to speak on the topic of the town being part of a provincial study to replace existing social service payments with a guaranteed minimum income. At a previous meeting on Dec. 19, a […]

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Impaired driver collides with Carleton Place Hospital

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged the operator of Bob Cat “Skid Steer” that struck the wall of the Emergency Unit at Carleton Place Hospital. Shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, officers were at the hospital dealing with an unrelated matter when they were […]

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Medical officer to present details of basic income project to Smiths Falls council Jan. 9

On Friday evening, Jan. 6, Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow let his Facebook followers know that the issue of the basic income pilot project is not dead and that the Leeds, Grenville and District Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Paula Stewart, will be presenting details on the province’s project at the Smiths Falls Committee of […]

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Police investigate of mischief to front door

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Thursday Jan.5, 2017 at around 11:18 p.m. someone threw a bottle through the front door window of a residence on McGill Street in Smiths Falls. There was significant damaged caused to the window and residence. Police are continuing to investigate this senseless crime. Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information […]

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History meets Twilight Zone in Perth Studio Theatre’s new thriller

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  We’ve all seen too many movie and theatre slogans that promise “an experience you won’t soon forget!” Nine times out of 10, those are the shows you mentally ash-can before you leave the parking lot. Luckily, there are still a few plays that truly engage us, living in our memories long enough to […]

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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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Pankow remains committed to basic income project

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls councillors have rejected a proposal for the town to participate in a pilot project to test the concept of providing a guaranteed basic income in Ontario, but Mayor Shawn Pankow remains committed to the concept. At a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Dec. 19, councillors were told […]

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Carleton Place council calls comments from resident “inappropriate”

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  Carleton Place resident David Somppi was granted permission to address councillors at the Dec. 13 council meeting regarding his concern that the town did not follow the procurement of goods and services policy when the work in Roy Brown Park was awarded without using a formal tendering process. Somppi said the […]

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Smiths Falls council rejects bid to host basic income pilot project

chris@pdgmedi.ca  Smiths Falls councillors have rejected a proposal for the town to participate in a pilot project to test the concept of providing a guaranteed basic income in Ontario. At a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Dec. 19, councillors were told that Mayor Shawn Pankow had written to the province in May suggesting […]

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Smiths Falls council to give clubs a break on lottery licences

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca A majority of Smiths Falls town councillors have agreed that non-profit organizations should not be charged fees to run lotteries. The provincial government allows municipalities issuing lottery licence to charge groups up to three per cent of the value of any prizes being awarded. Last year the town of Smiths Falls brought […]

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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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Man arrested and charged in Last Duel Park murder

(TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – The Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit has been actively investigating the homicide of 45 year old James “Jake” Laverdure which occurred August 7, 2016 at Last Duel Park Campground in the Town of Perth. As a result of the ongoing investigation a 22 year old man, Andrew […]

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Soon to be business as usual on statutory holidays in Carleton Place

jane@pdgmedia.ca At the Dec. 13, 2016 council meeting, Carleton Place council approved a bylaw change that will allow businesses to be open on statutory holidays, a decision that Stalwart Brewing Co. has been hoping for since it first requested an amendment to the current bylaw back in August. After about six months of in-depth discussion […]

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Saumure Group purchase brings new life to County Fair Mall

By:Chris Must The County Fair Mall will be spared the wrecking ball thanks to local entrepreneurs the Saumure Group. The Saumures’ purchase of the property was officially announced before a crowd of several hundred well-wishers at the mall Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 14. “Work begins now for a better tomorrow,” said Saumure Group Chief Financial Officer […]

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Big news coming about County Fair Mall

By staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls is inviting the public to join staff at the County Fair Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 12:30 p.m. for the unveiling of some big news. “It is with pleasure that we are able to announce this week exciting news which will ensure that neighbourhood residents and […]

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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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Smiths Falls council not ready to rule on land sale request

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smith Falls town councillors have been unable to reach agreement on the request from a newly-retired couple hoping to buy a small piece of town-owned land to build a garage. The owners of 57 Broadview Ave. West, Mr. and Mrs. G. Davies, want to acquire a piece of land measuring 5.8 by […]

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Collision claims life of Athens man

Officers of the Leeds Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation into a collision that claimed the life of an 86 year old man. On Dec. 8 at 11:57 AM OPP officers from Leeds County Detachment responded to a single motor vehicle collision on County Road 8, west of Lake Eloida Road […]

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First Habitat for Humanity home in Perth nearing completion

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Students in the construction carpentry program at Algonquin College Perth Campus are combining a fantastic learning experience with the opportunity to give a family a brighter future. The Perth Chapter of Habitat for Humanity was founded in May, and already construction of the chapter’s first home, located on Arthur Street in […]

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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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Pedestrian fatalities prompt OPP to seek public awareness

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has investigated an alarming number of pedestrian fatalities in 2016. Already 30 pedestrians have lost their lives on OPP patrolled roadways this year. This is 66% higher than the same period in 2015, when 18 pedestrians were killed. Over this same time period, officers in East Region investigated 16 motor […]

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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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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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Smiths Falls businesses to renovate thanks to council grants

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls town council has allocated all of the town’s $50,000 in Community Improvement Plan (CIP) funding for 2016, after approving grants for three local properties at a regular meeting on Dec. 5. Council has approved $20,000 for each of two applications from Parkview Homes to renovate properties on Russell Street, and […]

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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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A Christmas Carol playing in Perth until Dec. 10

BarnDoor Productions’ (BDP) adaptation of  Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is returning to the stage in Perth on Dec. 2.  First produced in 1997, the show combines drama, choral work, Charles Dickens’ marvellous words, music from five centuries, a cast of nearly 20, and what may be the most boisterous jig you’ll ever see. Putting […]

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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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Council to vote on funds for Davidson Courtyard upgrade

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are expected to approve an application for funding under the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for repairs and renovations to Davidson Courtyard. Owners Lyne Houle and Scott Taylor submitted an application to the program in May. Now a commercial and residential property, Davidson Courtyard opened in 1889 as […]

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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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Have you misplaced your pig?

(Township of Lanark Highlands, ON) – On the afternoon of Friday 25th November 2016, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to the 2nd Concession of Dalhousie, Township of Lanark Highlands, after a resident reported a large sow wandering and feeding around his property for three days. The […]

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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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VIA Rail passenger train fatality in Smiths Falls

On the 23rd of November 2016 Smiths Falls Police Service were called to Lorne St Smiths Falls Ontario to investigate a VIA rail passenger train bound for Smiths Falls that struck a pedestrian that was on the tracks. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police are continuing with the investigation. Identity has not […]

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Cenotaph chosen for planting of Vimy oak

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls’ own “Vimy Oak” will be planted beside the town cenotaph, town councillors have agreed. Making a presentation to council Monday, Nov. 21, Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) students Jordan Drummond and Ben Seward provided an update on the progress of the project and asked for help in […]

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Smiths Falls chief building official resigns

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Chief Building Official Stephen Mailloux is resigning to take a new job as building inspector for Loyalist Township. Town councillors voted Nov. 21 to appoint a of number staff members to interim positions to fill the vacancy until a permanent arrangement can be made early in 2017. “We need […]

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OPP investigating bogus body on rail tracks

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are actively investigating a further incident involving a bogus body on rail tracks in the Town of Perth. On Oct. 3 at approximately 12:55 a.m. OPP were called to the Wilson Street West rail crossing in Perth where the barriers and lights appeared […]

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UCDSB approves school closures, accommodation review to begin

(Brockville) – The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has approved the start of a public review to determine the best ways to consolidate school space and increase the provincial funding for building improvements that enhance student learning. Trustees approved a report on the night of Wednesday, September 28 that will launch the Building for the […]

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Baby Everley boot drive rejected, banquet hall offered

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls received a letter from Rachael Bell requesting that the town consider allowing a boot drive to raise funds for Baby Everley. “I appreciate Rachael coming forward with this request, but I’m reluctant to support this initiative because it would be to support one individual.  There are […]

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Local woman rebuilding life after near-death attack

By Sally Smith sally@pdgmedia.ca “He was gonna kill me and I was gonna be with my son. That’s what he kept saying. Everyone heard him…” Caroline Taylor cried, unable to catch her breath. Tears rolled down her cheeks. Recounting the night of April 1, 2016 was gut-wrenching. It tore her apart. And it was a […]

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Baby Everley’s family needs our help to help Everley

***VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED*** Everyone is use to seeing this bright beautiful little girl with big smiles, laughing and playing. What you don’t see behind closed doors is what we actually live with day to day. Not once but multiple time per day. Everley has pass out spells or as we call them “blue spells”. […]

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Mississippi clean up project removing loads of waste from waterway

By Sarah Cavanagh editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Mississippi Clean-up Project (MCP) was established in 2005 with one goal: to clean up and restore our local waterways, streams and lake. Since its inception, founder and primary administrator Doug Snedden, has been wading into the Mississippi and wading out with every manner of solid waste. From items like bottles […]

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Man drives dangerously and acts assaultively

(TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – At about 02:54pm on Saturday 3rd September 2016, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), started to receive a succession of 911calls reporting a green Ford Truck driving dangerously in different areas of the Town of Perth. Reports included that the vehicle was traveling at […]

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Rideau Search and Rescue: a life saving group of volunteers

By Sally Smith sally@pdgmedia.ca An elderly man in his 90s wandered away from his home near White Lake. A five-year-old was lost in a cornfield in Battersea. The man’s body was found five days later; the boy was found asleep at the base of a towering cornstalk. In both instances, Rideau Search and Rescue (RSAR) […]

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Victim Services are here to help

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca They are probably one of the county’s best kept secrets, but they are definitely there when they’re needed. Victim Services Lanark County provides immediate, on scene, short-term support; crisis intervention, and follow-up and referrals; receive calls for information and assistance from social service agencies, other victim services and emergency service providers. […]

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Flushable wipes snarling sewage systems cost ratepayers

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The mantra “toilets are not garbage cans” is sweeping across the country from sea to sea, and its authors are the wastewater treatment plant operators who are forced to unclog putrid sewage blockages caused by materials that should never be flushed down the loo. “The time of travel through the sewer […]

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OPP to be conducting community satisfaction surveys by phone

Submitted A Community Satisfaction Survey is scheduled to start in September in East Region to solicit public opinions about the services the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments deliver to communities throughout the region. The Community Satisfaction Survey is a telephone survey that randomly selects members of the public (16 years or older) who live in […]

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Youth homelessness campaign coming to Smiths Falls, Perth, Carleton Place

Submitted From Sept.30 to Oct. 3, businessman and entrepreneur Joe Roberts, will be pushing a shopping cart through Lanark County and Smiths Falls to raise awareness about youth homelessness. His journey for this national trek started May 1, 2016 in St. John’s Newfoundland and will end Sept. 30, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia. During this 9,000 km and […]

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OPP East Region detachment has a new commander

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region detachment has a new leader. Superintendent Chris Harkins, former commander of the fleet, supply and weapons services bureau at OPP general headquarters, has been promoted to chief superintendent and named commander of OPP East Region. Harkins fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the former regional […]

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Lanark County Ontario Works not mailing payments in September

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Due to the uncertainty of Canada Post mail service at this time, Lanark County Ontario Works will not be issuing any payments by mail. If you are expecting payment by cheque, you may pick it up at your Ontario Works office in Perth, Smiths Fall or Carleton Place starting Aug. 31st as follows: […]

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Tay Valley heritage takes first place at Lanark County plowing match

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Picture perfect blue skies and the green fields of the Moodie-Cameron farm set an ideal stage for Tay Valley Township’s Settlers Heritage Day and Lanark County Plowing Match on Aug. 20. The tremendously successful event brought visitors, locals and plowing match participants together for a full day of competition, information and celebration as part of the area’s […]

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What to do when flashing lights appear in your rear-view mirror

By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca There’s nothing like a set of flashing blue and red lights suddenly appearing in the rear-view mirror to get a motorist’s attention. Every driver knows to pull over and come to a stop, and it’s always a relief when the speeding police car continues on its way: it wasn’t you this […]

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Glen Tay Block Race Celebrates 50th Running of Modern Race

By Terry O’Hearn terry@pdgmedia.ca More than seventy runners finished this year’s 2016 Glen Tay Block Race, despite hot and humid weather. The overall winner was Earl Steinbrecher of Willseyville, NY, who finished in a time of 55:47. Although it was well off the course record of 45:14 set by Kingston’s Steve Boyd in 2003, it […]

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Lanark County Tourism kicks off new marketing project with funding from OHTO

Submitted The Lanark County Tourism Association (LCTA) has received funding from Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO), as part of OHTO’s Tourism Development Partnership Program (TDPP), which will allow the association to kick off it’s new marketing campaign while supporting the Come Wander brand. “The TDPP program is designed to encourage and support collaborative tourism development […]

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Lanark County OPP keeping eye on new smartphone game

By Sam Cooley editorial@pdgmedia.ca You could say it’s been a good month for the Pokemon Go players chasing Pikachu through Lanark County. No accidents, robberies or collisions have occurred as a result of the video game, according to OPP Constable David Bird. “Hopefully our community stays that way,” he said. Pokemon Go is a smart-phone […]

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Bat building passion turns into a pitch for funds to upgrade Cuban bat factory

By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca When Bill Ryan and his wife Nora first started holidaying in Cuba approximately 10 years ago, they wanted to show their appreciation of the staff at the resort in which they were staying. Aware that Cubans are huge baseball fans, Bill collected baseball gloves from his co-workers, purchased some balls, and […]

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United Way Lanark County to make six-figure investment in programs in 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Lanark County and Smiths Falls donors, the Board of United Way Lanark County (UWLC) have committed to investing $258,898 over the next three years into programs and projects that will have an impact in our community, starting with $108,195 in 2016. Our community partners include Adult Learning & Training Centre, […]

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Advertising Sales Representative – Digital and Print Media

LOOKING FOR – Advertising Sales Representative – Digital and Print Media (this is a commission based position only) Lanark County The Advertising Sales Representative Position is responsible for building, growing and servicing a client base for a growing community newspaper. Applicants must be self-starters and exceptionally goal oriented as the focus of this position is […]

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Smiths Falls Chamber members hit the links Aug. 24

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca The hard-working members of the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to getting away from the office on Aug. 24 to relax, socialize and hit some golf balls. Sponsors and golfers are signing up for the annual chamber tournament, featuring 18 holes of golf at the Lombard […]

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Lanark health unit issues another heat warning

Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has issued a heat warning because of the high heat and humidity that is in the forecast for the rest of the week and throughout the weekend. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your […]

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Community rallies to raise funds for Everley

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A fundraising buzz has taken hold in Smiths Falls to raise money for a little girl born with an extraordinarily rare genetic disorder — Everley Yolkowskie. Family friends Amanda Fournier and Rachael Bell organized a huge fundraiser on Saturday July 16 to help raise money  for the family and needed treatments […]

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Drug warrant at grow operation results in charges

On Monday, July 11 2016 members of the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit assisted by members of Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.) warrant to search at a commercial property in Beckwith Township, which led to the arrest of Adam Gunderson-Lord, 37,  and John Armstrong, 36, […]

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SUV strikes several motorcycles and home

(ATHENS, ON) – On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at approximately 11:40 a.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Leeds County detachment located a collision scene at County Road 5 and Main Street in the Town of Athens, Ontario which involved several motorcycles, a Jeep sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a residence. Investigation to date, […]

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Ontario Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2016

March 18, 2016 11:00 A.M.Ministry of Labour Ontario Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2016 Ontario is increasing minimum wage rates – the lowest rate that can be paid by employers to employees. Between 1996 and 2003, the general minimum wage in Ontario was frozen at $6.85/hr., but increased annually between 2004 and 2010, and […]

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Parks Canada to close Kingston Mills Locks due to gate malfunction

Parks Canada to Close Kingston Mills Locks Due to Gate Malfunction Kingston, ON – Monday, July 18, 2016 – Parks Canada advises that due to a malfunctioning lock gate, Kingston Mills Lockstation will be closed tomorrow, July 19, after 3 p.m. The last lockage through the lock will be at 2 p.m. The problem with […]

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Drug Warrant at grow operation results in charges

DRUG WARRANT AT GROW OPERATION RESULTS IN CHARGES (Beckwith Township, Ontario) – On Monday July 11th, 2016 members of the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit assisted by members of Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.) Warrant to Search at a commercial property in Beckwith Township (ON), […]

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Regional economic development has a new face at Valley Heartland

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Barely hours into her new job, Stacie Lloyd sat down with Hometown news to introduce herself and her goals as the new regional economic development officer at Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation. “I really feel like I’m coming back to my roots, my passion — because 15 years ago I […]

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Smiths Falls killer James Giff granted full parole

Killer James Giff convinced the parole board he’s not a threat to reoffend if given the least restrictive form of freedom from prison but, in an unusual step, the board barred the murderer from accessing social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Giff, who raped and stabbed a 16-year-old girl, then left her to die […]

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Tartans on Barns project celebrates area’s heritage

By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca When motorists drive by Ross and Pam Fergusson’s farm on Tennyson Road in Perth, some are doing a double take. That’s because the main barn on their 200-acre property now sports a colourful four foot squared tartan. The Fergussons are among several property owners in Lanark County showing Scottish or Irish […]

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Hillcrest Cemetery Annual Decoration Day

Hillcrest Cemetery welcomes you to their annual Decoration Day service on Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Join the cemetery for an afternoon of reflection and memorial celebration.  Service begins at 2:00 p.m. at 3540 Highway 43 West, Smiths Falls. The Hillcrest Cemetery was the private burial ground for one of the earliest Smiths Falls families, the […]

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Local doc delves into the darkness and finds the light in iconic book

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Tears on the Equator by local psychiatrist Gerasimos I. Kambites, is a must read for anyone involved in third world development or anyone even vaguely interested in the world beyond these borders. A former journalist who went on to become an ordained Orthodox Priest, and then a doctor so that he […]

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Carleton Place BIA launches new online community events calendar

By Dianne Pinder-Moss dianne@pdgmedia.ca As a person who likes to connect people, Mark Lovell is passionate about his involvement in a new initiative to connect local residents with what is going on in Carleton Place and beyond. The director with the Carleton Place BIA Board of Management has spearheaded the creation of a community events […]

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