Cuts leave libraries ‘making bread with no flour’

“It’s like saying please make bread, but we’re not giving you any flour to do it,” said the CEO and chief librarian of the Perth Union Library, describing the impact of recent massive budget cuts. In a report to Perth town council at its June 11 Committee of the Whole meeting, Erika Heeson said the Southern Ontario […]

Town of Perth applying for community policing grants

Perth town council has approved plans for the town’s police services board to apply for two provincial grants aimed at giving a major boost to local community safety and policing initiatives. In a report prepared by Chief Administrative Officer Ronald Ladd for their monthly meeting held Tuesday, May 28, councillors were informed that the Ministry […]

New grooming equipment benefits many at Murphys Point

The 2019 ski season may be over, but a new piece of equipment funded by the Perth & District Community Foundation is expected to benefit skiers at Murphys Point Provincial Park for years to come. The Tay Valley Cross-Country Ski Club (TVCCSC) and the Friends of Murphys Point Park partnered in 2018 to seek funds […]

Users of Lanark County libraries feeling loss of The Interlibrary Loan program

Users of Lanark County’s five public libraries are beginning to feel the loss of the interlibrary loan program. The Interlibrary Loan delivery service was scrapped after the 2019 Ontario Budget saw a 50% budget decrease to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS), which organized the service. According to the most recent Ministry of Tourism, Culture […]

Need for sidewalks on Highway 7 a priority for Perth residents

The need for sidewalks and lower speed limits on highway 7 are priorities identified by Perth residents in a recent survey conducted by town staff, who are in the process of developing an active transportation plan for the town. At a meeting of Perth town council’s Committee of the Whole Tuesday, May 7, Director of […]

Impact of provincial cuts on local health unit remains unknown

The impact of cuts to local services like those provided by the Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit are going to cost Perth money, says Mayor John Fenik. In a presentation to Perth town council’s Committee of the Whole Tuesday, May 7, health unit representatives Jane Hess and Alexis Green said budget cuts are […]

Lanark County 2019 construction projects underway

The 2019 Lanark County Public Works construction season is already underway, with rehabilitation and paved shoulder work planned for 21.3 kilometres and pavement preservation projects on 40 km. The total construction budget for this year is up slightly, at $7.76 million, but revenues have also increased: federal gas tax funding is covering $1.82 million and […]

Lanark County Business Retention & Expansion Project volunteers exceed goals

Thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers, efforts to hear the voice of local business as part of an innovative project have exceeded expectations. Lanark County, in partnership with Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC), is delivering the Business Retention & Expansion (BR+E) Project, which aims to support and strengthen local business across the […]

Stewart Park Festival launches Coffeehouse Competition for Young Musicians

Young musicians from across the region are invited to play in the Stewart Park Festival Youth Coffeehouse where they can compete for a chance to perform at the award-winning festival this summer. The Coffeehouse is an invitation to all youth musicians living within Lanark County and Rideau Lakes. The coffeehouse concert gives youth ages 14-21 […]

Perth council required to have climate change tag on all reports

Perth council is now required to think about and make public the effects council’s decisions will have on climate change. Council voted unanimously to make a separate subheading stating whether the impact is positive, negative, neutral or if the effect is not yet known. “It will either be changing our ways to reduce our carbon […]