Holiday Train comes to town on Nov. 27

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

Food bank gets boost from Station Theatre and music group

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

Perth and Smiths Falls hospital accredited with exemplary standing

Submitted The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) has received a report card that the community can be very proud of. We are pleased to announce that PSFDH has achieved “Accreditation with Exemplary Standing”, the highest level of excellence award, based on the recent on-site survey by Accreditation Canada. Accreditation Canada’s survey, conducted every […]

Town urged to build proper trailhead for Cataraqui Trail

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

Smiths Falls appoints acting fire chief

Chris Must The Town of Smiths Falls has officially appointed Lieutenant Randy Normandin as acting fire chief. At a Nov. 20 council meeting, councillors approved a bylaw naming Normandin as temporary replacement for Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp, who announced on Sept. 18 that he would be leaving for new employment. He has since been appointed […]

Salvation Army seeks Smiths Falls kettle volunteers

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

MPAC error to cost Smiths Falls $1 million

Chris Must What one town councillor called a “flawed system” has the town of Smiths Falls paying former County Fair Mall owners RioCan Properties $1 million after the company successful appealed the assessed value of the property. “It is extremely painful,” commented Mayor Shawn Pankow after town Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris provided a report […]

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

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

Smiths Falls to write off $153,000 in tax from failed factory

Chris Must The loss of a small Smiths Falls factory with a history dating back to 1946 is costing the town $153,000 in unpaid commercial property taxes. G.H. Metal Stamping, named for owner Gord Hicks, ceased its production of toolboxes in October of 2015. Town Clerk Kerry Costello advised Smiths Falls councillors at a meeting […]

New health bureaucracy not needed, Town of Smiths Falls agrees

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