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 […]

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 […]

Memories re-surface at Westport Heritage Festival

Sally Smith 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 […]

Westport Heritage Festival takes place June 24

Submitted The impressive green space of Lockwood Memorial Park in Westport is the new home of the Westport Heritage Festival, on all day Saturday June 24. Over 40 vendors and heritage themed exhibitors will sell art, crafts, unique one-of-a-kind gifts and delicious homemade food in a pastoral setting next to the community centre. There’s a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Human trafficking cases discovered in Lanark County

Sally Smith 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 […]

Maple weekend in Lanark County is April 1 – 2

Submitted 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 […]

How To Fair expands to Lanark County libraries

Submitted  The libraries of Lanark County are pleased to announce they will be hosting a How To Fair at libraries across Lanark County on Saturday, April 22. The first annual How To Fair was held at the Perth Union Library in April 2016. This year, it has now expanded to libraries across Lanark County. […]