Maintenance and improvements happening at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

Submitted 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 […]

Moon Over The Brewery promises music, magic and emotion

Submitted by Jane Stott  Imagine Star Wars without its iconic theme music. Jaws without its pulse-pounding intro soundtrack. Gone With The Wind stripped of its sweeping musical refrain. Music is an essential “character” in our favourite movies, and its role on the stage is just as indispensable. For proof, consider the musical landscape created […]

Rideau Canal celebrates 10 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage site

Submitted by Ontario Parks Canada Agency 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 […]

Ease end-of-school year stress

Submitted by Christine Peets June is a very busy month, with end of school assignments, exams, plus all of the sports and social activities. There’s no doubt that it could be a stressful time, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s important to recognize what those stressors could be and how to deal with […]

Crossing guards become a staple in their communities

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

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

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

Hillier takes hydro complaints directly to premier

Matthew Behrens 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 […]

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 […]

Roadside spraying controversy continues at Lanark County council

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

Smiths Falls councillors reach compromise on ARC pool funding

Chris Must 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 […]