Smiths Falls profits from new construction

Chris Must 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 […]

Smiths Falls expands fire dispatching services in Ontario

Chris Must 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 […]

Public urged to report Japanese knotweed

Submitted A new invasive plant species – Japanese knotweed – has been spotted in Lanark County, and the public is urged to watch for and report it so steps can be taken to minimize its impact. “Japanese knotweed has become a big problem in other parts of Canada and the world,” explains Lanark County […]

Smiths Falls endorses VIA Rail expansion plans

Chris Must 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 […]

Engineers submit environmental report on vacant water plant

Chris Must 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 […]

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 […]

Lombardy Fair cancels pig scramble for 2017

April Scott-Clarke  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 […]

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 […]

Lock It Or Lose It campaign underway

Submitted 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 […]

Local foods, music in the spotlight at Pigstock

Chris Must  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.