Community

Promotional campaign aims to attract new residents to ‘Land in Lanark’

LAURIE WEIR It’s a catchy tagline to attack newcomers to Lanark County as the county aims to bolster the health care and trades sectors.  “Land in Lanark” is the new […]

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How is Housing First good for the community?

SUBMITTED The following is part of a series about homelessness in Lanark County. When talking about community safety and well-being, those on the front lines of human services often strive to […]

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‘Opportunity to make a difference’: County agrees to rental increase of $120,000 for transitional housing in Smiths Falls

Original agreement increases to $416,000 as does number of rooms for use LAURIE WEIR A rent increase was cause for concern around the horseshoe at Lanark County council, but in […]

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Perth’s Festival of the Maples sugars up for sweet 48th year!

SUBMITTED It’s the annual rite of spring. Maple syrup season is upon us once again as we prepare to celebrate our region’s most famous agricultural commodity – sweet, savoury maple […]

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May the fork be With You – a truly fun fundraiser for the Falls Food Hub

SUBMITTED The Table Community Food Centre is excited to announce its first major fundraising event in support of the Falls Food Hub. May the Fork Be With You will put the […]

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‘We will not build less than adequate buildings’: Perth enters into agreement with Carebridge Community Support to purchase 63 Halton St.

Property sells for $1 with stipulation that it’s for affordable housing LAURIE WEIR Affordable housing in Perth has been earmarked for the property at 63 Halton Street, (PerthWorks), prompting only […]

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Toy Lending Library opens at the Perth & District Library

SUBMITTED The Perth & District Union Public Library is now offering a Toy Lending Library! Created with the support of Lanark County Best Start, the collection is made up of […]

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Fish Fry – a staple in Toledo for a quarter century

LAURIE WEIR For the past 25 years, there has been an annual fish fry in Toledo. It started as a bullhead supper and now it’s a way to help entice […]

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From mud to mini-forest: 55 volunteers make a soaking Saturday worth it!

Planting continues this fall! SUBMITTED – Dave Thornley, Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) Thank you everyone… What started with rain, mud and uncertainty turned into a great and successful day with the […]

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‘Laudable objective’: Housing co-operative looks forward to next steps to finding property for affordable housing

Lanark County council opted to keep 99 Christie Lake Road for their own potential development LAURIE WEIR Linden Housing Development Co-operative will search other avenues after Lanark County opted to […]

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What is the by-name list all about?

SUBMITTED The following is part of a series about homelessness in Lanark County.  There’s a man, let’s call him Joe, who is working full-time at a minimum wage job. His […]

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Potential savings of $175,000 in Rideau Lakes Township due to mild winter

LAURIE WEIR Lack of snow events this season have given Rideau Lakes Township about $175,000 in cost savings – at least for now. During a regular municipal services committee meeting […]

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RMEO Easter Eggspress chugs into record-breaking season opener

CHRIS UHLIG The Easter Eggspress stopped at the Railroad Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO) here in Smiths Falls last Saturday to launch the 2024 museum season. Visitors from all over […]

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Seniors Club in a Pickle

JANELLE LABELLE During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Anne Miskelly of the Smiths Falls Harmony Club spoke to council about pickleball. “This is the fastest […]

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Lanark County outlines construction projects for 2024

SUBMITTED Construction season is nearly here! Lanark County Public Works plans to complete pavement preservation on 17 kilometres of roads this year, with rehabilitation scheduled for 27.9 km and paved shoulders slated […]

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‘Sell out fast’: Inaugural fundraising golf tournament for Lanark County Interval House is filling quickly

LAURIE WEIR It’s tee time! The inaugural Golf for Change charity golf tournament in support of Lanark County Interval House and Community Support will take place May 31 at the […]

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‘Most derogatory email’: Perth Mayor Judy Brown counters with kindness in her council update

LAURIE WEIR During a regular meeting of Perth town council on March 19, Mayor Judy Brown was thoughtful with her update to council. Each member of council has a chance […]

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What is “Housing First” and does it work?

SUBMITTED The following is part of a series about homelessness in Lanark County. In order to end homelessness, a number of strategies must be put in place. A proven strategy […]

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Carleton Place lights up the night with “Streetscape Showcase” art installation

SUBMITTED The Downtown Carleton Place BIA is proud to announce the launch of an innovative placemaking project designed to engage visitors with light, colour and artwork in the heritage shopping […]

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Smiths Falls gets mini miracle: Tiny forest planned for Corbett Park

SALLY SMITH Let’s think about forests — leaves underfoot, tree canopy overhead, birds, bugs and bees. It’s wonderful to get out, to breathe, to listen. In town that’s hard to […]

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Smiths Falls Rotary Club bringing world renowned fiddlers MacMaster and Leahy to Lanark County

Fundraiser for hospital’s MRI campaign LAURIE WEIR The last time world renowned fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy were in Lanark County it was in 2022 when they headlined for […]

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What does homelessness look like in Lanark County?

SUBMITTED The following is part of a series about homelessness in Lanark County. In Ontario, and Lanark County, homelessness is defined as “a situation in which an individual or family is […]

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Kemptville student wins 2024 Ottawa Award in media category

SUBMITTED A Kemptville Public School (KPS) student’s passion for weather has gained him a 2024 Ottawa Award for the second year in a row. Finn Vanderlinden, a Grade 4 student at KPS, […]

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Thirty-four businesses nominated for the Rideau Lakes Business Recognition Awards

SUBMITTED The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to announce that  34 local businesses have been nominated for the Business Recognition Awards.   This year, the Township is working with three […]

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Thom Street reconstruction on the agenda in Perth

Open house at town hall March 7 LAURIE WEIR Thom Street in Perth will soon be undergoing reconstruction.  Grant Mahon, director of environmental services gave the town’s committee of the […]

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Town of Perth negotiating with Heritage Bikes and Rentals Inc. on purchase of property at Conlon Farm

LAURIE WEIR The Town of Perth is negotiating the purchase of 16 Conlon Farm, from the owners of Heritage Bikes and Rentals Inc. During the regular committee of the whole […]

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Heritage House Museum celebrates International Women’s Day, March Break

JANELLE LABELLE During the Smiths Falls council meeting on Monday night, Mayor Shawn Pankow proclaimed March 8 as International Women’s Day. This is a day to “rally for women’s equality […]

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OLT releases the list of issues set to be reviewed regarding proposed subdivision

SUBMITTED The Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) has released the list of issues identified by the involved parties tied to the proposed subdivision by CAIVAN at the Perth Golf Course. This […]

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Transitional housing coming to former retirement home in Smiths Falls

LAURIE WEIR Having transitional housing in Smiths Falls has been cause for “a lot of engagement” since it was announced at Lanark County council on Feb. 14 that they would […]

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Rideau Lakes veterinarian honoured with prestigious accolades

Dr. Shane Renwick earns WVA Global Veterinary Award LAURIE WEIR The Township of Rideau Lakes has recognized another prestigious award winner.  Dr. Shane Renwick of the Elgin area, won the […]

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Perth councillor backed by colleagues to fund CPR/First Aid instructor’s course

LAURIE WEIR After not having access to first responders for the Stewart Park Festival last summer until the last minute, one councillor asked to expense an instructor’s course so they […]

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Notice of appeal received by the Town of Perth regarding proposed Perthmore subdivision expansion

SUBMITTED The Town of Perth has recently received notice that Perthmore Enterprises Inc. – the developer of the Perthmore subdivision located within the municipality – has submitted an appeal to […]

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Mississippi Mills Public Library collects provincial awards

STAFF WRITER In recognition of excellence, Mississippi Mills Public Library (MMPL) chief administrative officer Christine Row, and the library itself received prestigious provincial awards at the Ontario Library Association Super […]

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Second Case Management Conference on Perth Golf Club has minor change

Request for party status withdrawn by Richard Schooley BY LAURIE WEIR A second case management (CMC) conference was held Monday, Feb. 12 to settle a dispute between the Town of […]

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CHIP encouraged by Perth Council’s new motions

Town’s ‘Request for Proposals’ to be aimed at creating Affordable Housing SUBMITTED (Perth) New motions passed by Perth’s Town Council have made the Community Housing  Initiative Perth (CHIP) increasingly optimistic […]

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Blurred lines lead to unsustainable situations between province, municipalities

BY JANELLE LABELLE During the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls on Monday night, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris presented a call to action from the Association of […]

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Biochar site steps into sight with feasibility study application

BY JANELLE LABELLE During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn requested council’s direction to apply for funding to […]

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Falls Food Hub takes big steps forward to fundraising target

SUBMITTED For two years, The Table Community Food Centre has been working towards opening a satellite facility in Smiths Falls. The Falls Food Hub, as the new location will be […]

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Mississippi Mills organizations to receive over $40,000 in 2024 Municipal Grants program

SUBMITTED Mississippi Mills will distribute over $40,000 to community groups and organizations in 2024 through the Municipal Grants program. Council approved the 2024 allotments during their February 6 meeting in the […]

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Information session for Blakeney Bridge

SUBMITTED Lanark County is providing the public with an in-person update on the Blakeney Bridge replacement design and schedule. The existing single-lane bridge is more than 100 years old and […]

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Perth briefs: From Crystal Palace to heritage gems, community upgrades, and future visions

BY LAURIE WEIR Crystal Palace roof-lift The glass roof is coming off the Crystal Palace, as work to replace it has begun. The cost to replace the glass panels with […]

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Mississippi Mills council unveils unique start to 2024: Indigenous ceremony and buzzworthy battery storage plans

SUBMITTED The meeting opened with the Annual Mississippi Mills Land Acknowledgement Ceremony, held by Council at the start of each year as a step to help re-establish relationships between Indigenous and […]

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Mississippi Mills participates in successful ministerial delegations at ROMA Conference

SUBMITTED Last week’s Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference was highlighted by two successful ministerial delegations for Mississippi Mills Council Members and staff.  The first delegation took place with the […]

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Perth council endorses emergency motion for affordable housing

BY LAURIE WEIR Affordable housing took a front seat during the Jan. 30 council meeting in Perth.  Council supported an emergency motion brought forward by Coun. Gary Waterfield, to issue […]

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Building activity in Rideau Lakes shows steady growth

SUBMITTED BY TOWNSHIP OF RIDEAU LAKES The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to report that building activity over the last five years marks continued growth and investment. The end-of-year […]

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Perth council pulls plug on grant application for EV charging stations

BY LAURIE WEIR Perth council pulled the plug on an application to help fund four Level 3 EV charging stations.  It was a project that could have seen a grant, […]

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Smiths Falls applies for EV charging station grant

BY JANELLE LABELLE During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn presented council with the opportunity to direct staff […]

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Hospice Hub asks Smiths Falls for $25K toward providing care

BY JANELLE LABELLE Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls began with a delegation from the Hospice Hub. Anne Janssen of the Hospice Hub described the value […]

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Smiths Falls mayor touts Hershey’s return, community food hub, housing as some of the highlights

Town Square opening, volunteer appreciation, and library renovations also made the list BY LAURIE WEIR Smiths Fall had some encouraging progress on several fronts in 2023, and we caught up […]

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Health Hub, park rejuvenation and more on tap in Carleton Place for 2024

BY LAURIE WEIR What’s in store in 2024 for the Town of Carleton Place?  We touched base with Mayor Toby Randell, who said the town prides itself on providing citizens […]

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What’s in store for Rideau Lakes in 2024?

A roundabout in Crosby, a completed fire station for South Elmsley, and park improvements are on the agenda BY LAURIE WEIR Roundabouts, a fire station, and park improvements throughout the […]

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Mississippi Mills prepares for growth, prosperity in 2024

Downtown Almonte completion one the highlights of last year BY LAURIE WEIR The completion of Downtown Almonte, the celebration of the municipality’s bicentennial, and action on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) […]

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What’s on the agenda for Perth for 2024?

BY LAURIE WEIR What’s on the agenda for the Town of Perth in 2024? We reached out to Mayor Judy Brown and discovered her list of priorities includes development, transportation, […]

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Rideau Lakes welcomes new Fire Chief Gene Richardson

SUBMITTED BY TOWNSHIP OF RIDEAU LAKES The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to announce that Gene Richardson has been selected as Fire Chief and will begin on February 12, 2024. […]

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Smiths Falls Police make multiple arrests – Intimate partner violence, mischief and outstanding warrants unveiled in recent operations!

SUBMITTED BY SMITHS FALLS POLICE SERVICE Male arrested Intimate Partner Violence- Warrant On Thursday January 11th, 2024, police attended a Lavinia St. address in relation to an Intimate Partner Violence […]

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Have a ‘Coffee with a Cop’ at local cafes in Almonte and Portland this month

BY LAURIE WEIR Ontario Provincial Police officers have been hanging out at local coffee shops in Lanark County and Rideau Lakes as part of an effort to build relationships with […]

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Parking infractions set to increase in Perth

$10 fines will increase 150% BY LAURIE WEIR Parking infractions are getting pricier in Perth – but fines will be more on par with outlying municipalities.  That was a motion […]

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Nighttime navigators in Perth beware: Dimming streetlights spark concerns

LED circuit boards to be recalibrated in several of the 753 lights across town BY LAURIE WEIR There is not a lot of life left in Perth’s streetlights.  That was […]

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‘Ludicrous and short-sighted’: Perthmore Corridor will remain property of the Town of Perth

Motion to sell the easement was defeated at committee of the whole BY LAURIE WEIR The Town of Perth was ready to sell the easement known as the Perthmore Corridor […]

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Town to replace Perth water treatment plant’s roof at a cost of $292,500

BY LAURIE WEIR It wasn’t an expenditure they were looking at this year, but due to deterioration, the water treatment plant in Perth will get a new roof at a […]

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Dreaming about the Bridge of Dreams for pedestrian crossing in Smiths Falls

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, council received an update from Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn regarding the design for the proposed […]

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Winter storm strains implementation of new snow removal strategy

BY JANELLE LABELLE Smiths Falls received 30cm of snow this past weekend. During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole, Director of Public Works Paul McMunn shared a report on the […]

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Beckwith Township recognized as top fundraiser for Rural FASD’s Polar Plunge

Firefighters Association and top family fundraisers also from municipality BY LAURIE WEIR When it comes to raising money for a worthy cause, the Township of Beckwith is over the top.  […]

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Victoria Park Visitor Services cost increase needed, says Chamber

BY JANELLE LABELLE During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, the council received a delegation from the Chamber of Commerce. Leslie Richardson represented the Chamber in […]

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‘Willing to be brave’: Rural FASD Support Network reaches goal far bigger than financial target

2024 Perth Polar Bear Plunge hits $30,000 for this year’s recipient BY LAURIE WEIR The Perth Polar Bear Plunge was a huge success for the Rural FASD Support Network in […]

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Almonte’s unique cohousing dream takes shape

It’s moving forward slowly…but it’s moving.  The hope is by 2026 Almonte will have a ‘done and finished’ cohousing development in town; Nancy Mucklow wants to be part of it.  […]

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Lanark County Paramedic Service Food Drive fills ambulance!

Every day, paramedics with the Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) care for our community. Recently, they did so in a different way. On December 10th and 11th, throughout Lanark County, […]

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Mississippi Mills council gives stamp of approval to 2024 budget

The Municipality of Mississippi Mills Council passed the 2024 Budget on December 14,  after deliberations over five meetings, and following public input from nearly 170 residents.   There are four components […]

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Thurber street location of the Smiths Falls Child Development Centre reopened on Dec. 14 

The Smiths Falls Child Development Centre, located on Thurber Street, is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated reopening of its facility on Monday, December 11th, 2023. As the community eagerly anticipated […]

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President & CEO of Mississippi River Health Alliance announces plan to step down in 2024

Mary Wilson Trider, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mississippi River Health Alliance, has shared with the Allied Boards of Directors her intention to step down in the Spring […]

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Rideau Lakes welcomes Interim Fire Chief 

The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to announce that Mark McFalls will be appointed as Interim Fire Chief on January 2, 2024. With over 15 years in Fire Services, McFalls […]

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Ontario Land Tribunal case dates set regarding proposed subdivision

The Case Management Conference (CMC) about the appeal submitted by CAIVAN (Perth GC) Limited (Case Number OLT-23-000534) was held on Thursday, Dec.14. In addition to the representatives for the Town of Perth, […]

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Committee of the Whole tackles 2024 preliminary budget

During Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, council and town staff discussed the 2024 preliminary budget. CAO Malcolm Morris presented the budget for discussion, and department heads […]

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Smiths Falls awards RFP to TSI Inc. for design & admin of Confederation Bridge

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn recommended that council approve awarding the request for proposal (RFP) for detailed design of […]

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30th Annual Perth Polar Bear Plunge set to make a splash on New Year’s Day

On January 1, starting at 8:30am, cold plunging enthusiasts will once again gather at the Perth Legion to participate in the annual Perth Polar Bear Plunge for its 30th anniversary. […]

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New grassroots fundraiser boosts The Table Community Food Centre

A new grassroots fundraising initiative has been bringing in donations to The Table this holiday season. Toonies for The Table received wide support from local businesses in Perth as well […]

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Tay Valley Township approves 2024 budget: residential property owners to pay on average $6 a month more than in 2023

At its meeting on December 12th, 2023, Tay Valley Township Council gave final approval to the Township’s 2024 budget. The Township is planning for its future capital needs by investing more […]

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Mississippi Mills Council highlights for December 5, 2023

Council honoured Mississippi Mills Public Library’s (MMPL) Monica Blackburn during last night’s meeting. Monica, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Children’s Librarian, is retiring after more than 35 years with the […]

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Rideau Lakes Township (RLT) Council rejects BESS projects over safety concerns

Two companies made a presentation each bidding for an Ontario government contract to build and maintain Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) projects in RLT for a 20 year period. They […]

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Repercussions of global polycrisis felt in Smiths Falls

During the council meeting on Monday night in Smiths Falls, council discussed the renewal of loans for the Pelletizer at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the police building on Air […]

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Hike for Home Hospice 2023 sprints right past goal!

Home Hospice North Lanark (HHNL) is wrapping up its 11th Annual Hike for Home Hospice, and we are beyond excited. The last line of the press release that announced the […]

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Construction on pause for Catherine, Oak streets

During the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday night in Smiths Falls, Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn shared an update on the ongoing construction project on […]

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Secondhand Stories launches online auction for rescue chickens

Online auction is a financial lifeline for local chicken sanctuary. On November 20, 2023 Secondhand Stories launched their biggest fundraiser of the year, their winter online auction. Sadly, on occasion, owners can […]

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Sue Wilson acclaimed Board Chair, Karen McAllister acclaimed Vice-Chair at CDSBEO annual board meeting

Sue Wilson, Trustee for Prescott-Russell County, has been acclaimed for a second term to the position of Chair for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. Chair Wilson has […]

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Join the 15th Annual Sandy Claus Stocking Drive to bring Christmas cheer to Lanark County Food Bank

Help the Lanark County Food Bank – The Hunger Stop put a little Christmas cheer in client’s homes this year for its 15th annual Sandy Claus Stocking Drive. The Sandy Claus Stocking Drive began […]

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Extendicare celebrates grand opening of new long term care home in Carleton Place

The Ontario government, along with Axium-Extendicare, celebrated the opening of Stoneridge Manor, a modernized, new long-term care home that brought 128 new and upgraded beds to the Town of Carleton […]

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Cherished memories for young boy thanks to Chief Chesebrough

I had the pleasure of spending some time with my 7-year-old great grandson, Luke, in early July.  We started out the day with our usual lunch at McDonalds followed by […]

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PSFDH plans for growth, tech

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Michael Cohen, President and CEO of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital led a delegation to ask for […]

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Perth Library launches Community Survey

The Perth & District Library is launching a Community Survey for the public to share their ideas and opinions about the library and its services. The Library will use the […]

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Station Theatre walkway replacement a stumbling block

During Tuesday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Community Services Stephanie Clark discussed intended repairs to the Station Theatre walkway. Requests for quotations to replace […]

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Lanark County acknowledges World Homelessness Day

Lanark County Council has declared Oct. 10 as World Homelessness Day in Lanark County and affirms its commitment to move the bar on homelessness in the community. World Homelessness Day […]

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Carleton Place council report for Aug 15

New no parking signs coming At the August 15th session of Carleton Place council, approval was given for parking restrictions on Lake Ave West at Victoria (north side) and Costello Drive […]

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Perth council report for Aug 15

Council puts brakes on project support  At Aug 15th’s session of Perth council, a letter of support request that was approved by the committee of the whole, was deferred to […]

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PAC meeting re. George St development draws crowd

During Smiths Falls’ council meeting on Monday evening, Councilor Jay Brennan discussed a recent meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee.  “On June 13, Councilor [Stephen] Robinson and I attended a […]

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Doors Open at Heritage House and Movies Under the Stars

During Tuesday evening’s council meeting in Smiths Falls, Councilor Jay Brennan shared some news from the Heritage House Museum. Heritage House will be participating in Doors Open 2023, an initiative […]

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Carleton Place council report for June 20

Carleton Place council reviews next major subdivision At Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole meeting on June 20th, town director of development services Niki Dwyer presented an overview of […]

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I couldn’t leave them there to die

Can you imagine starting a new life in a new country, with hopes of your family joining you, only to find out the Canadian government has disallowed it because of […]

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The playgrounds are coming!

Stephanie Clark, the new Director of Community Services with the town of Smiths Falls, gave a report to council during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday night.  This […]

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Red Dress Day honours missing and murdered Indigenous women

During Monday evening’s council meeting in Smiths Falls, Acting Mayor Jay Brennan proclaimed Red Dress Day on May 5, 2023. The Red Dress Project was a public art installation created […]

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Carleton Place council handles full agenda

At the April 25th meeting of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole, councilors tackled a plateful of business items and motions. Watch what you pour down the sink During a […]

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Council updated on ice storm impact and clean-up

At Tuesday, April 25’s Perth town council meeting, senior staff provided a detailed report on the municipal response to the ice storm earlier this month. Eleven 9-1-1 calls involved emergency […]

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“Do what you can” to Pitch In, Smiths Falls!

On Monday evening, during the town council meeting in Smiths Falls, Councilor Dawn Quinn encouraged everyone to remember to Pitch in, Smiths Falls! The annual clean-up is underway now until […]

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Carleton Place Councilor holds non-profit summit

First-term Carleton Place councilor Sarah Cavanagh held a non-profit summit on Wednesday April 12 at the St James Parish Hall to gather representatives a wide variety of non-profit, charitable, and […]

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Pedestrian bridge moves into design phase

During the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday evening, Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn presented an array of potential bridge designs for the Confederation Drive river […]

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Dog park gets another walk

Perth town council held its committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, April 4 in front of a packed gallery. They were there for another discussion on an off-leash dog […]

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Carleton Place council report March 21

Carleton Place council returns to in-person meetings After a 3 year pandemic-induced absence, Carleton Place council returned to in-person meetings on Tuesday, March 21st. Those that have gotten used to […]

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CFUW Perth and District leads drive to combat period poverty

Carley Stewart, from the national organization The Period Purse, shared some startling statistics with CFUW Perth and District at a presentation on February 27. According to Plan International Canada’s research, […]

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Smiths Falls welcomes new staff

During the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls on Monday night, CAO Malcolm Morris welcomed Kerry Costello back to the role of Town Clerk. CAO Morris also introduced […]

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Smiths Falls Rotary Club Ladies’ Night remembers Eileen Crosbie

The Smiths Falls Rotary Club held its first Ladies’ Night since 2019 on Wednesday (Feb. 15) night at the Legion. This has been an annual event for many years for […]

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New traffic lights coming to Carleton Place along side childcare fee increase

New traffic lights coming On Wednesday, March 8th, Carleton Place Town Hall announced that they had been notified by the Ministry of Transportation that a recent traffic study at the […]

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Perth Council committee votes to close Perthmore path and Perth Golf Course lands development

Perth Council committee votes to close Perthmore path At the committee of the whole meeting for Perth council on Tuesday, March 7, a full gallery attended to witness another debate […]

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RMEO on track for a busy spring

During Monday night’s council meeting in Smiths Falls, Councilor Stephen Robinson shared some updates from a recent meeting at the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario.   Over the winter, several upgrades […]

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Chamber of Commerce eager to establish a cantina in Smiths Falls

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Leslie Richardson from the Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce made a brief presentation to council.  In 2022 the Chamber […]

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Perth council hands out Heritage Awards

At the regular Perth council meeting on Tuesday, February 21, Mayor Judy Brown handed out the annual Heritage Perth Architectural Awards. These are given out every year to recognize, promote, […]

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COVID Testing Clinic in Almonte closing after three years

Patti Morton says she remembers the early months of the COVID Testing Clinic in Almonte. “COVID was very new, and we were all working very hard to keep patients, residents, […]

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Community groups offer welcome, add “rich vitality” to Smiths Falls

During Tuesday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Mayor Shawn Pankow took a moment to acknowledge this week as the one-year anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine. […]

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Smiths Falls council welcomes new Chief Building Official

During the Smiths Falls town council meeting on Tuesday evening, CAO Malcolm Morris announced that the town’s Building Services have seen a change of leadership. The former Chief Building Official […]

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Evicted homeowner has high hopes

It looks like nothing is happening at the small brick building on William Street; the eviction notice is still taped to the door, the water’s been turned off, there are […]

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Smiths Falls Fire Department February updates

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough shared several updates from the Smiths Falls Fire Department.  The fire department has been successful […]

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Carleton Place council report Feb 7

Budget set to go At Tuesday, February 7th’s committee of the whole meeting for Carleton Place council, town treasurer Trisa McConkey ran through the final version of the 2023 budget […]

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Perth council report for Feb 7

Perth planning dept warns of some enforcement coming At the committee of the whole meeting for Perth council on Tuesday, February 7th, town development services director Joanna Bowes and chief […]

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Smiths Falls’ draft budget to bring cost of living increases

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, CAO Malcolm Morris presented the year’s third draft budget to council. The budget was prepared by interim Treasurer Michael […]

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Councilors busy with DBA, Arts Council, Health Unit, and Recycling

During Monday evening’s town council meeting in Smiths Falls, council members shared reports from their recent activities.  Councilor Jennifer Miller recently attended the Downtown Business Association’s board meeting, the inaugural […]

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Smiths Falls awards Water Tower Design RFP to EVB Engineering

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn presented a report to Smiths Falls town council on the current status of the […]

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Paramedic service review

County Council received an update and overview of the Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) from Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO of Almonte General Hospital and Carleton Place District Memorial […]

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Pest plan passed

At its meeting Wednesday evening (Jan 25), Lanark County Council adopted the County’s updated Integrated Pest Management Vegetation Management Plan. The original plan was adopted in 2016 to manage vegetation […]

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Permanent closure of the detached trail bridge, Smiths Falls

The Detached Trail Bridge located in Smiths Falls will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian usage, effective immediately. The Detached Trail Bridge is a decommissioned railway bridge structure constructed […]

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Council votes in favour of pedestrian crossing to replace Confederation Bridge

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Smiths Falls’ town council received a report from Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn. This report included the finalization of […]

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Carleton Place Council Report for Jan 10

Water and Sewer Budget The water and sewer budget for 2023 was on the table for discussion at Tuesday, Jan 10th’s meeting of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole. […]

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Perth Council Report for Jan 10

Perth council sets another budget meeting  At Perth Council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Jan 10th, councilors were supposed to hold a primary vote on the 2023 municipal […]

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Capital budget discussions begin in Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls council welcomed Interim Treasurer Stephen Dickey, who hit the ground running during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting. In his new role with the town, Interim Treasurer […]

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Local building industry leaders step up for legacy project

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, CAO Malcolm Morris shared good news with council regarding the long-deferred bandstand planned for the new town square.  The […]

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Remembering Betty Preston

The Almonte General Hospital family is mourning the loss of a committed community volunteer. Elizabeth “Betty” Preston passed away on Wednesday, January 4th, leaving a legacy of caring at Almonte […]

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Refuge and Welcome in Smiths Falls for Ukraine

Mark Czubak knew if the Smiths Falls Welcomes Ukraine (SFWU) committee was going to work, the thinking behind it would have to be thorough, thoughtful and workable. Now, early December […]

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Carleton Place council report for Dec 6

Carleton Place council remembers Ecole Polytechnique victims  At the beginning of the first full council meeting for the newly elected group, a moment of silence was observed to solemnly remember […]

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Perth council report Dec 6

Perth dog park gets another discussion   At Perth town council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Dec 6th, staff presented some options on a leash-free dog park. The report […]

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All Aboard the North Pole Express!

Mr. Grinch certainly tried his best to derail the North Pole Express at the Railroad Museum of Ontario on Saturday – he sent rain, a bitter cold and stormy winds, […]

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Smiths Falls Celebration of Lights to light up for the 2022 festive season

Kick off the festive season in Smiths Falls with the Celebration of Lights starting Saturday December 3rd at Centennial Park by the water tower. The Celebration of Lights will once […]

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New term of council to create fresh Strategic Plan

The newly formed council of the town of Smiths Falls will be developing a Strategic Plan to guide their decision making over the next four years. During Monday night’s Committee […]

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Perth council report for Nov 22

Local support worker hailed  At Tuesday’s (Nov 22) Perth council meeting, the Perth Medal was awarded to Jackie Hart. The Medal is awarded by the Mayor annually to a person […]

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Holiday Festivities are underway in Smiths Falls

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Manager of Tourism and Economic Development Julia Crowder shared a list of upcoming holiday festivities in Smiths Falls.  The popular Merry & […]

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Past permit issue leaves local woman homeless

“Is there not a better way to do this – with a little humanity perhaps?” Julie Chagnon just put large new windows in the small brick building on William St […]

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Farewell and many thanks to outgoing council members in Smiths Falls

Monday night marked the final council meeting with the current term of council which has served Smiths Falls since 2018. Mayor Shawn Pankow and councilors Wendy Alford, Lorraine Allen, Jay […]

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“Team Vital” shows their LOVE for their hospital & community

Leading by example, staff, physicians, volunteers and board members from the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) and the CPDMH Foundation, have definitely shown their love for their hospital […]

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Conservation coordinator position shines thanks to OTF grant

On October 12th, 2022, local MPP John Jordan met with the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) to celebrate the $29,700 Community Building Fund grant received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation […]

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Brooke Henderson visits Chimo School; gymnasium named in her honour

She’s small. Not just small…petite. But size doesn’t matter for Brooke Henderson on the golf course. There she packs a punch. Brooke spent Thursday afternoon at Chimo Elementary School in […]

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Smiths Falls has “played our part” in affordable housing

During Smiths Falls’ Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday evening, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris updated the committee on the status of 1430 Robinson Avenue.  This property, which belonged […]

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FoodCycler pilot expands waste management possibilities

During the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday evening, Alex Hayman from Food Cycle Science shared results from the recent FoodCycler Pilot Project in Smiths Falls. One hundred residents […]

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Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario Trainfest 2022 success

The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO) is pleased to announce a successful Trainfest 2022, welcoming more than 1200 visitors to Smiths Falls. The train rides of both event days […]

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Proposed bandshell construction hits a snag

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Community Services Art Manhire met with town council to discuss the long-awaited construction of a gazebo-style bandshell […]

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Zoo’s News meet author Natasha Peterson

Self-published children’s book author Natasha Peterson, is excited to present her newest book, Zoo’s News. Like her previous stories, Zoo’s News has a lesson that can be learned by the […]

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Findings of the fire investigation report for the Portland Fire Station

The Township of Rideau Lakes was provided with the Final Fire Investigation report by the Office of the Fire Marshal on July 6, 2022 in response to a reportable large […]

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SuperWalk heading back to Conlon Farm

Al Potvin knows how to prepare for an interview. At 87, about eight years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The disease has progressed to the point where it’s […]

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CP council approves extra clean-up funds, review of storm clean up approved and first view of Findlay Foundry development

Carleton Place council approves extra clean-up funds   At the Tuesday, June 7th meeting of Carleton Place council, the final approval was given for an extra $60K for clean up after the […]

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Ontario Bill 109 brings planning changes, The Table proposes greenhouse and Perth aces water test

Ontario Bill 109 brings planning changes  At Tuesday, June 7th’s committee of the whole meeting for Perth council, the town’s director of development services Joanna Bowes provided an update on […]

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Council community updates – June 6, 2022

During Monday evening’s town council meeting in Smiths Falls, various councilors shared several community updates.   Councilor Lorraine Allen noted that the Friends of the Library are having their annual book […]

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New community partnership in Portland

The Township of Rideau Lakes and Country Roads Community Health Centre are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Portland Food Bank and the Community Clothing Co-operative. This newly […]

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Carleton Place heritage property improvement grants launched, Councilor calls for storm response review

Carleton Place heritage property improvement grants launched  At Tuesday, May 31st’s session of Carleton Place town council, councilors put their final stamp of approval on the town’s first-ever heritage property […]

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Carleton Place Catch the Ace brings in big dollars for the local hospital and Legion

$294,610.53 has been raised for local charities, thanks to the Carleton Place Catch the Ace progressive raffles. Supporting both the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CDPMH) Foundation and the […]

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Playground tender awarded to Playground Planners

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Community Services Art Manhire outlined the next steps in moving forward with the installation of new playgrounds […]

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Plant sale & BBQ to raise funds for South Lanark Community Garden & Lanark Highlands Youth Centre

The holiday weekend in May is closely associated with gardening and the South Lanark Community Garden wants to let the community know that there will be plenty of vegetable seedlings, […]

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June is Pride Month in Smiths Falls

During Monday night’s town council meeting, Mayor Shawn Pankow proclaimed the month of June to be Pride Month in Smiths Falls. “Whereas the town of Smiths Falls supports the rights […]

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Smiths Falls saw 19 new businesses in 2021: Business Survey Report

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Julia Crowder, Manager of Tourism and Economic Development, presented the first annual Business Survey Report based on a town-wide […]

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Town Hall establishes temporary new entrance on Church St

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Utilities and Public Works Paul McMunn shared a brief update with council and town staff about the […]

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Fingers crossed for tacos in the park this summer

Kerry Costello, Director of Corporate Services, presented a Refreshment Vehicle Request to the council of the town of Smiths Falls on Monday evening. The Chamber of Commerce, which runs the […]

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Springtime updates from Smiths Falls Library, RMEO

Councilor Lorraine Allen shared updates with council from the Smiths Falls library and the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO) during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. RMEO held a special holiday event […]

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Perth Council Committee of the Whole highlights

On Tuesday April 5th, Perth Council’s committee of the whole met to discuss a large number of issues on the table. First look at Perth Golf Course lands housing project   The […]

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Perthmore path gets a green light, sort of

Another topic that has seen more than its fair share of discussion at the council table, the public pathway in the Perthmore subdivision, had another debate on Tuesday. The path […]

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Vote on Movies Under the Stars

The annual movie survey for Movies Under the Stars is currently being held online. Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, Julia Crowder, shared that the Heritage House Museum will once […]

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Help clean up Perth’s streets at the Trashure Hunt!

In celebration of Earth Day, Perth’s Climate Change Advisory Panel (CCAP) is hosting the first ever Trashure Hunt on Saturday, April 23, 2022. A town-wide clean-up, the event will not […]

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Library, RMEO, busy with plans and repairs

Councilor Lorraine Allen shared an update from the Smiths Falls Public Library Board and the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario during Tuesday night’s council meeting.  The ceiling in the children’s […]

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Brawn Construction awarded tender for Phase 3 of town hall reno

Director of Community Services Art Manhire presented a report to council during Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting Monday evening regarding Phase 3 of the town hall renovations. Manhire […]

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Development of former water treatment plant: “Let’s move forward”

Julia Crowder, Manager of Economic Development in Smiths Falls, presented a report with a draft RFP (Request for Proposals) to the town council at the Committee of the Whole meeting […]

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McArthur Island development progressing

At the Tuesday, Feb 8th session of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole, staff brought forward requests from the McArthur Island developer for agreement extensions on the first two phases […]

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Trails and trails

Perth’s director of Community Services Shannon Baillon presented plans to extend the Tay River trail in town from Leslie Street, where it currently terminates to an area just behind the […]

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Street name change considered

Perth town council started off the New Year with a heavy agenda for their committee of the whole. Up first was an official public meeting regarding a street name change. […]

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Proposed Community Hub ‘would be a jewel’

Michele Bellows from Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS) presented a vision to Smiths Falls town council during Monday evening’s council meeting. RCHS would like to develop a hub in Smiths Falls […]

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RMEO requests help to meet goals

Tony Humphrey, from the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, presented a 2022 Grant Request to the town of Smiths Falls during Monday night’s council meeting. He outlined the museum’s successful […]

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Township launches new “Experience Rideau Lakes” pages on Social Media

The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to announce the launch of its new Facebook and Instagram pages on Meta (formerly known as Facebook). As part of the Digital Content […]

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1,108 pounds of donated food!

In addition to working tirelessly over many months of pandemic response, the Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) team made time to support our communities by hosting the annual “Fill and […]

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Smiths Falls street names to be “rooted in local history”

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Senior Planner Karl Grenke brought forward a request from Parkview Homes regarding two proposed street names for the new neighbourhood in Bellamy […]

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Local residents’ concerns reviewed

On the council agenda was a letter signed by several Tysick Ave., residents concerned with final grading, fencing, and ineffective privacy measures, among other issues related to their new rear-yard […]

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Strategic plan and tax rate passed

At their final meeting before the Christmas break on Tuesday, December 14, Perth Town Council approved the new Strategic Plan as well as its 2022 Budget. Forecasting significant growth over […]

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Smiths Falls eager to participate in Foodcycler pilot project

Alex Hayman from Foodcycler Science Corporation presented an exciting recycling project to Smiths Falls town council and staff during Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting.  The Foodcycler is a […]

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Perthmore to get traffic improvements

Responding to a request from the Perthmore Community Association, Bradley Wright, the town’s director of development services, presented the committee with a list of the association’s recommendations for improvements to […]

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Carleton Place council honours firefighters and then gives away their name

On Tuesday, November 23rd, Carleton Place Mayor presided in council chambers for the first time in almost 2 years. The reason was to honour 3 members of the Ocean Wave […]

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Festival of Lights to fill hearts and bellies again this year

Director of Community Services Art Manhire shared some festive good news during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls. The behind-the-scenes work of this year’s Festival of […]

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Perth council Committee of the Whole matters from Nov 16 2021

Quarterly Building Report  Perth’s Chief Building Official, Brian Gass delivered his third quarter report to the committee on Tuesday, Nov 16th. While the number of building permits issued had actually […]

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Perth Council Committee of the Whole report

More Downtown trees to be replaced  At the November 9th session for Perth town council’s committee of the whole meeting, staff presented a report on the state of the ash trees […]

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Volunteer group takes on LDD Moth egg clusters in Perth parks

Starting Monday, November 8, a group of volunteers will begin a two-week blitz to remove LDD Moth egg clusters from trees in parks throughout the Town of Perth. Their efforts […]

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Local students recognized by Suzuki Foundation

Local students Jordan-Anne Rich (Almonte) and Clara Misener (Perth) have been highlighted by the David Suzuki Foundations for their local contributions to the National Butterflyway project. Their gardens are part of […]

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Smiths Falls provides clarification on proof of vaccination required at community centre

The Town of Smiths Falls is providing clarification on what proof of vaccination will be accepted at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre to gain entry. Effective Sept. 22, 2021, […]

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Merry + Bright program launches Nov. 1 with 21 holiday boxes to choose from

The Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to announce the popular Merry + Bright holiday shopping program will be returning again for 2021. This shop local program was a hit […]

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Smiths Falls provides information on proof of vaccination protocols for the Memorial Community Centre and updates on fall events

Smiths Falls provides information on proof of vaccination protocols for the Memorial Community Centre and updates on fall events The Town of Smiths Falls is providing information to citizens on […]

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Westport council welcomes newest member

On Monday October 18th, the town of Westport held a by-election to fill a vacant council seat left by former councilor Melissa Sullivan who resigned for personal reasons in May […]

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Parks and Recreation Master Plan underwhelms town council

Michael Cleland and Stephen Slawuta of RC Strategies presented the Parks and Recreation Master Plan report at the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday evening. The town […]

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RMEO to host Santa Train this year; restrictions in place

During Monday evening’s council meeting in Smiths Falls, Councillor Lorraine Allen brought a report from the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO). Typically, RMEO hosts a North Pole Express event, […]

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REAL busy with tool library, fundraiser

Autumn is a busy time for the Rideau Environmental Action League. Councillor Niki Dwyer shared some exciting fall updates from REAL during the Smiths Falls council meeting Monday evening.  The […]

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A $120,117 gift to local healthcare

Residents, businesses and service organizations throughout the Lake 88.1 listening area showed their support for their local hospitals and community healthcare centres (CHCs) by donating a record $120,117.60 during this […]

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New branding approved

The town’s director of community services, Shannon Baillon presented the latest versions of the town’s new branding images to be used in local signage, letterheads, and a variety of visual […]

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Rocky Ramp project on hold again

At Perth Council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Oct 12th, the topic of the rocky ramp project came up yet again. This time, Grant Machan, the town’s director […]

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Hidden damage ups Town Hall repair costs

Town council learned on Tuesday what many home owners have found; there are always surprises when renovating or repairing an older home. The town embarked on a $230K project earlier […]

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Developer fails second try for approval

Patten Homes failed in its second attempt to get approval for a new block of townhomes on Taber Street at Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting for Carleton Place council. […]

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Town receives results from public Active Transportation survey

Kim Hunton from consulting firm WSP reported back to the Committee of the Whole in Smiths Falls on Tuesday evening with results from this summer’s Public Active Transportation Survey. WSP […]

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Lanark County Food Bank’s Sandy Claus is already calling on her elves

It may be Fall but the Lanark County Food Bank Stocking Drive is already on. Because clients only access the Food Bank once a month, stockings start being handed out […]

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Cavanagh Construction to be awarded Beckwith Phase 2 tender

Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn shared some good news with council during the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls on Monday night. The Beckwith Street Phase […]

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Radiothon aims to fund healthcare equipment need

Thursday, October 14, 2021 ‘Supporting our frontline workers by giving them the tools they need’ Local healthcare officials, doctors, nurses, patients and volunteers will take to the airwaves of Lake […]

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REAL organizing shoreline cleanup day in Smiths Falls Oct. 2

The Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) is looking for volunteers to help make a local impact on an alarming world-wide problem. Plastic garbage ending up in inland waterways then flowing […]

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Perth & District Library and Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation raise funds for Indigenous books

In honour of the recently declared National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the Perth and District Union Public Library and Lanark County Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation are collaborating on […]

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Park improvements underway in Smiths Falls

Director of Community Services Art Manhire informed the Committee of the Whole in Smiths Falls on Monday night that new basketball courts were installed in Lower Reach park last weekend […]

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Perth & District Library launches scavenger hunt, survey to celebrate Canadian Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and library partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. For 2021, Ontario Public Library […]

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Smiths Falls shoreline planting postponed to May 2022

A Shoreline Restoration Demonstration planned for Saturday, Sept. 25 in Smiths Falls is being postponed to May 2022 after organizers ran into difficulty obtaining permission to plant trees and shrubs […]

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Perth’s Night Market “a huge success”

Members of Perth town council discussed the recent Night Market during the council meeting on Tuesday night. “It was a huge success,” commented Councillor Brock McPherson, “There was a huge […]

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Land acknowledgement to preface council meetings

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Deputy Clerk Nadine Bennett presented a recommendation to town council on behalf of the Racism and Discrimination Task Force […]

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Councillor Bird proposes community flagpole

During Tuesday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Councillor Dave Bird presented council with a suggestion that Perth adopt a community flag pole. This community flag pole would serve the […]

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Perth Council Committee of the Whole approves YAK lease

Perth’s YAK Youth Services came with plenty of support to Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting for Perth town council, but in the end, this well-known organization already had councilors’ […]

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Almonte community coordinators (The Hub/Rebound) hosts Federal all-candidates meeting

On Tuesday, Sept 14th, the Almonte Community Coordinators (The Hub/Rebound) will host an all-candidates meeting in Almonte at the Civitan Hall (500 Almonte Street). It will be a live in-person […]

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Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital announces COVID-19 vaccination requirements

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) is committed to the health and safety of its staff and physicians and has a duty to actively promote, implement, and comply […]

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Big projects underway, planned, in Smiths Falls

CAO Malcolm Morris shared several updates with council during Smiths Falls’ Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday evening.  The tender for Phase 2 of the Beckwith Street Revitalization was […]

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Carleton Place turns down town-home proposal

At Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, August 10th, the town’s director of development services, Niki Dwyer, brought forward an application from Cavanaugh Development to create […]

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Grant applications for funding, services, to improve living and shopping in Perth

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Perth, Director of Community Services Shannon Baillon shared with council that she had recently applied for a grant from the Canada […]

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Council declines request to offer compost to the public

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Perth resident John Clement presented a request to town council from 18 citizens regarding Perth’s compost.  This group pointed out that Perth […]

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Town trying to fight bac(teria)

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Councillor Chris McGuire alerted council and staff that the beaches in Smiths Falls are currently under a no-swimming advisory due to high […]

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Shave your head for James

This Saturday, up to 40 friends and teammates of local resident and Carleton Place Canadian Hockey Club U18 member, 16-year-old James Patchell will shave their heads and raise funds in […]

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Perth & District Library expands opening hours and services!

The Perth and District Union Public Library is pleased to announce newly expanded hours, starting Tuesday August 3. The new hours are Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday […]

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Road construction “progressing very well”

Smiths Falls’ Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris shared an update on road construction with council during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.  Morris related that the work at the […]

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Smiths Falls moving forward into step three of reopening

Deputy Clerk Nadine Bennett brought a report from the Emergency Control Group to the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday night in Smiths Falls. The Emergency Control Group last […]

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Conflict of interest or smart deal for taxpayers?

It started with a recent post on a social media account for Carleton Place’s BIA; a picture of Carleton Place councilor Andrew Tennant repairing the stone work high up on […]

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Perth to show solidarity with Indigenous community in Canada Day video

In light of the recent devastating discovery of children’s bodies in mass graves in residential schools, Director of Community Services Shannon Baillon recommended on Tuesday evening to town council that […]

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REAL depaving and pollinating in Smiths Falls

Councillor Dwyer brought a report from the Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) to council during Monday night’s council meeting in Smiths Falls.  “More than 40 volunteers spent their Saturday in […]

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Depaving Daniel Street to make a Paradise

Drones, pick-axes, chunks of asphalt, overflowing wheelbarrows all caught the attention of passers-by in downtown Smiths Falls Saturday morning. Volunteers were busy as bees on Daniel Street in front of […]

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Council approves $20 000 increase to 2021 CIP grants

Through Bradley Wright, Director of Development Services, the Perth Community Improvement Advisory Panel requested an additional $20 000 for the 2021 Community Improvement Plan (CIP) program during Tuesday night’s Committee […]

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Perth to purchase new street sweeper

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, it was decided that the town of Perth will welcome a brand new street sweeper later this year. Director of Environmental Services […]

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Council discusses design for Phase 3 of town hall renovation

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Dan Wojcik and Jacob Kelly from +VG Architects presented design element options to council for Phase 3 of town […]

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Rotary Club in Smiths Falls plans 100th anniversary

This year the Rotary Club is quietly marking 99 years of service in Smiths Falls and looking forward to their 100th anniversary next year. Gerald Reilly, President of the Rotary […]

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Perth Firedawgs, donors, providing four-season sport court

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Perth, Fire Chief Trevor Choffe presented a report recommending council authorize staff to proceed with the creation of a new four-season […]

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Council approves designation of Butterflyway Gardens

During Perth’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday night, town council received a recommendation to assist in a local youth group’s pollinator-protection project. Climate Network Lanark’s youth group requested […]

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Council defers decisions about Phase 2 of Beckwith St Revitalization

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, town council received a report on Phase 2 of the Beckwith Street Revitalization from James Fookes of Morrison Hershfield […]

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Hospital leadership update

On Monday, June 7, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) announced that Dr. Barry Guppy, the President & CEO will be leaving […]

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1dea Media presents three concepts for rebranding Perth

During Tuesday’s special Committee of the Whole meeting, Karen Bonhomme and Trevor Trewartha of 1dea Media + Design presented town council with three new concepts for Perth’s rebranding. The three […]

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Construction to begin on Abbott/Lombard intersection May 31

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, town CAO Malcolm Morris shared an update regarding upcoming road construction projects. The renovation of the Abbott/Lombard intersection is […]

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Covid-19 update: “We have done exceptionally well”

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Smiths Falls Fire Chief Chesebrough reported the latest data on Covid-19 in our region. “We have done exceptionally well at bringing the numbers […]

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Landfill Site expansion update

Grant Machan, Director of Environmental Services, brought an update to council on the Landfill Site expansion. The site has been a hive of activity lately, as workers prepare for a busy […]

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Perth continues not to pursue estates for deceased persons’ fines

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Perth, council participated in a lively discussion about the collection of fines due from those who have died. It is the […]

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Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop “tough to replace”

Smiths Falls Town Council wished Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop all the best in his new venture during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Dunlop is […]

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Economic Development and Tourism manager Jennifer Miller “connected people”

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, town council bade farewell Economic Development and Tourism Manager Jennifer Miller. CAO Malcolm Morris expressed appreciation for Manager Miller’s hard work and […]

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County sign by-law replaced with new rules

County council has approved an updated policy and by-law to regulate advertising signs and devices in the county right-of-way and on private property adjacent to county roads. The new by-law […]

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“Connect Lanark” broadband program launched

At Wednesday’s (May 12) Lanark County council meeting, the Connect Lanark program received final approval. This financial assistance is designed to help low-income families to achieve broadband internet installation. The […]

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Council purchases redesign for struggling Rocky Ramps

Following a lively and lengthy discussion during Perth’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday night, Perth town council voted 6-1 in favour of hiring Matrix Solutions to produce a […]

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Diesel spill contained thanks to ‘aggressive action’

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Fire Chief Chesebrough debriefed council on Thursday night’s diesel spill in Smiths Falls when approximately 100 litres of diesel fuel was accidentally […]

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Opinion: Randy Hillier

I am a voter in MPP Randy Hillier’s riding and I can honestly say that he no longer represents me, nor the hundreds of others waiting in a confusing line […]

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Covid friendly activities to do near your hometown this summer

With the hopeful end of lockdown coming soon, I reached out to some of the surrounding towns to find out what kind of Covid-19 friendly events are being planned this […]

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The Smiths Falls Swag Program

The Smiths Falls Swag Program was introduced to council on April 20 2021 by Jennifer Miller, Manager of Economic Development & Tourism. This program would create a merchandise program to […]

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The Red Dress Project on May 8 draws attention to missing, murdered Indigenous women

Mayor Shawn Pankow took a moment during Monday night’s council meeting in Smiths Falls to highlight a sombre matter. “I want to recognize the Red Dress Project on May 8, […]

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Community driven campaign raises over $44,000 for local mother Courtney Preece, easing the fear of homelessness for her and her son

Over $44,000 has been raised to date as a result of an outpouring of love from the community to help support Smiths Falls mother, Courtney Preece in her mission to […]

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County assisting with internet costs

A proposal from County Warden and Mississippi Mills Mayor Christa Lowry to provide funding to households in need for internet service installations received an enthusiastic response from the economic development […]

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Shipping containers’ decision deferred

At the Tuesday, April 27 virtual meeting of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole, shipping containers (known as sea-cans at the town-hall) were once again on the table. Director […]

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station coming to Smiths Falls downtown parking lot

Vanessa Bernicky, Engineering Technologist, presented Smiths Falls’ town council with a recommendation to lease a dual-head electric vehicle charging station during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.   The proposed […]

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Affordable Housing Initiatives

At the meeting on Tuesday, Niki Dwyer, Director of Development Services, presented her report on the town’s efforts to create affordable housing. She listed the new 20 unit rent-geared-to-income apartment […]

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Extra Garbage Bag approved again

On Tuesday, Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole once again amended their waste management bylaw to permit an extra bag of garbage per household while the current public health […]

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Perth to apply for Reconnect Festival and Event grant

During Perth’s virtual Commitee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday evening, Director of Community Services Shannon Baillon requested direction from town council to apply for the 2021 Reconnect Festival and […]

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Chamber of Commerce to manage Visitor Services at Victoria Park this summer

Manager of Economic Development Jennifer Miller presented Smiths Falls town council with a recommendation to award the tender for Visitor Services at Victoria Park to the Chamber of Commerce this […]

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Smiths Falls receives $1.8 million Connecting Links grant

Director of Public Works Troy Dunlop was “very pleased to report that we received $1.8 million towards construction of key elements in Beckwith Street Phase Two” via the 2021-2022 Connecting […]

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A new Cultural Plan for Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls’ Director of Economic Development Jennifer Miller presented town council with a draft of the Municipal Cultural Plan during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.   The Municipal Cultural […]

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Vacant county housing property law suit settled

A series of boarded-up former social housing buildings in Carleton Place is now up for sale. The units on Edwards Drive near the intersection of Townline Road East and Joseph […]

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First look at proposed Town Square design; feedback requested

Town council got a peek at the initial drawing of Smiths Falls’ future town square on Monday night. The new town square will be created in the space between the […]

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Lanark County Council and committees meet

On Wednesday March 10th, Lanark County council held a regular and virtual session along with 3 committee meetings; Community Services, Corporate Services, and Public Works. All members of county council sit […]

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Smiths Falls’ municipal complex to remain closed until further notice

The Town of Smiths Falls’ Municipal Complex will remain closed until further notice due to the recent increase in active cases in the Leeds Grenville Lanark Public Health Unit (LGLPHU) […]

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New equipment for Perth snow removal ‘efficient and helpful’

During Tuesday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Director of Environmental Services Grant Machan extended thanks to town council on behalf of environmental services staff. Perth’s recent acquisition of a […]

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Parking fees to be waived through end of October

Community Services Director Shannon Baillon brought a request from the Perth Business Improvement Association (BIA) to town council during Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.  The BIA requested council […]

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Mayor distributes Heritage Perth Architectural Conservation 2021 awards

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing, the Heritage Perth Architectural Conservation 2021 awards were presented a little differently this year. During Tuesday night’s council meeting in Perth, council members […]

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Smiths Falls busy with Covid-safe activities

Directors Kerry Costello and Art Manhire shared some updates with town council during Monday night’s virtual Committee of the Whole meeting.   There is currently a vacancy on the Smiths Falls […]

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Carleton Place growth: Is control possible?

Our current pandemic has inadvertently created a bump in local real estate demands, as those in the market for relocation have expanded their choices to include and sometimes focus on […]

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Smiths Falls’ shop local programs receive award recognition for excellence in economic development

The Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to announce that two Smiths Falls’ economic development initiatives have received provincial recognition for excellence in economic development by the Economic Developers Council […]

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SBAC funds to be redistributed, saved for a rainy day (now?)

Jennifer Miller, Economic Development and Tourism Manager for Smiths Falls, presented a report on the SBAC Reserve Fund to town council during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.  The […]

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Demolition to clear the way for green space, park access

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Art Manhire updated Smiths Falls town council on the demolition work that has begun at 54 Lombard Street.  The demolition of 54 […]

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Fairview Manor residents receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Leeds Grenville Lanark (LGL) District Public Health Unit staff were on site at Fairview Manor on January 28th to administer the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to the residents. The […]

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Perth & District Union Public Library offers curbside pickup and more during lockdown

Perth’s town council meeting was held virtually on Tuesday night, with Mayor Fenik and skeleton staff present in the town hall and the other councillors joining from their homes via […]

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Beckwith Street Renewal in good hands with Director Dunlop

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, members of the Smiths Falls town council congratulated Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, on the completion of Phase 1 […]

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Rideau Lakes delivers on Crosby traffic lights

Following two decades of advocacy by Rideau Lakes, traffic lights are coming to Crosby.  The Highway 15 and Country Road 42 intersection at Crosby is a notoriously blind and dangerous […]

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Our Perth writer is a man of many talents

Newspaper reporter and photographer, sailor, police officer, elite distance runner, community volunteer, and seeker after intelligent life in outer space – Perth’s own Terrance O’Hearn is a man of many […]

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2021 to be a year of “great growth” in Smiths Falls

Councillor Brennan reported to town council during Monday night’s meeting that there has been lots of activity with the town Planning Committee. Currently, preparation is underway for construction of “a […]

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Development, donations, and 1.1% tax hike in 2021 budget

Smiths Falls Treasurer Janet Koziel presented the third draft of the 2021 budget to town council on Monday night. There was much discussion from the Committee of the Whole on […]

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Smiths Falls’ shop local programs named as finalists for economic development awards

The Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to announce that two Smiths Falls’ projects have been named as finalists in the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) 2020 Awards of […]

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Delegations present community grant requests

The council for the town of Smiths Falls received three delegations during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, each submitting a Community Grant request. Reverend Christopher Ryan of Trinity […]

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Economic development achieving excellence in Smiths Falls

Jennifer Miller, Economic Director for the town of Smiths Falls, shared good news with council at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.  Merry & Bright boxes, which were developed […]

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Carleton Place Councilor Theresa Fritz Passes

On Monday Jan 11, the Canadian flag atop Carleton Place’s town hall flew at half-mast in solemn acknowledgement of the sudden and unexpected passing of Councilor Theresa Fritz on Sunday […]

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Municipal facilities close to public effective Dec. 26

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, the province of Ontario announced a province-wide lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This lockdown will begin on Dec. 26, 2020 and remain […]

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Our Emergency Department teams are here for you

Registered Nurse Nicki Watkins joined the Emergency Department team at Almonte General Hospital (AGH) team in April – right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. She says she jumped […]

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Council designates funds for lunch program at Trinity United

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Mayor Shawn Pankow read a letter from Reverend Christopher Ryan of Trinity United Church. Trinity United in Smiths Falls […]

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Town of Carleton Place receives funding under phase 2 of provincial safe restart program

The Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place learned today (Dec 16) that it will receive an additional $371,000 from the Province of Ontario under Phase 2 of the Safe […]

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Town hall flags lowered to honour Thomas Allen Foulkes

Mayor Pankow opened Smiths Falls Town Council meeting on Monday evening with a few warm words about recently departed Thomas Allen Foulkes. The flags at town hall were lowered today […]

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Carebridge Community Support seeks Smiths Falls’ support for grant application, development

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, town staff presented Council with a Rapid Housing report. The Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) is a Federal grant project […]

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New Pediatrician provides extra support for family physicians and families

Dr. Cara Walker is all about families – both her own and those she cares for in her pediatric practice based in Almonte at the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team. […]

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Carleton Place expansion ribbon cutting

On Friday, Dec 11, municipal councilors, county and town staff, childcare managers, families, construction firm management, and the Lanark County Warden, Mississippi Mills Mayor Christa Lowry gathered at the Francis […]

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Help Lanark County Paramedics fill an ambulance with food

Every day, paramedics with the Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) care for our community. This Holiday Season, they will do so in a different way. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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JACK has hit the road

“This Jack has hit the road,” reads a message on the website of the Smiths Falls-based radio station JACK 92.3. Local fans were dismayed to learn that the station, owned […]

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Christmas lights in Perth skies

The Town of Perth has just received notice that Santa’s Elves have been at work preparing the night skies for the big guy’s visit. They are expecting Christmas Eve to be […]

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Santa Claus is still coming to town

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the ability to run some of the normal Christmas events in Perth, organizers are finding inventive ways to keep the Christmas spirit alive. […]

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Perth-Upon-Tay Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day contest winners

The Remembrance Day Posters, Poems and Essays Contest was held again this year by the Perth-Upon-Tay Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244.  This contest is designed for local area school students […]

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Changes in Planning Act increase small developer opportunities

Bradley Wright, Director of Development Services, presented an Affordable Housing update to Council during Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting. In the past few years, there have been several […]

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Ontario’s Workplace Education and Enforcement Campaign comes to LGL this week

Inspection Blitz Helps to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 and Keep Workers and Public Safe The Ontario government launched a series of education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the […]

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Smiths Falls parking bylaw to be revitalized

During Monday Night’s town council meeting, Kerry Costello, Director of Corporate Services presented four quick fixes to update the current parking bylaw in Smiths Falls. The council voted to amend […]

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Lanark County Interval House goes virtual with Holiday Giving Campaign

Lanark County Interval House and Community Support is thinking creatively this year – it’s taking its annual Angel Tree campaign online! The virtual Angel Tree website allows people to choose how […]

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PSFDH brings thanks, requests support from town of Perth

The Perth Committee of the Whole received a delegation from the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital on Tuesday night. CEO Dr. Barry Guppy and Chair of the board Donna […]

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Perthmore Community Association requests help from town with traffic, lighting

The Perth town council received a delegation from the Perthmore Community Association during Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting. President Michael Flynn and Vice President Chris Cook brought several […]

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Students voices and train whistles heard in Perth

The Perth town council received a delegation from Perth Children’s House Elementary School regarding train whistles. Remy and Jonathan, two young students from the school, brought a short video to […]

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Auxiliary gift shop back in business at Settlers Ridge Centre

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the doors of the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop have been shuttered since March 11. But thanks to a generous offer from the […]

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Downtown Carleton Place celebrates TEAMWORK with new downtown lighting scheme

Each year, Downtown Carleton Place, with the help of our friends at Christmas Décor & Lighting, install annual holiday and ambient lighting to create a festive and inviting atmosphere in […]

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Local family competes on Family Feud Canada

Charlie and his angels have completed their mission. Although the details of that mission – appearing on the current season of Family Feud Canada – remain shrouded in secrecy, local […]

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Spectrum Therapeutics announces support for Wounded Warriors Canada and its Mental Health Services for Veterans and First Responders

Campaign includes a $50,000 donation to Wounded Warriors by Spectrum Therapeutics and an internal fundraiser to raise additional contributions through November Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, […]

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Vivian Munro receives Perth Medal

During Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, Mayor Fenik bestowed the Perth Medal on Vivian Munro, “a citizen who exemplifies volunteerism.” Vivian Munro has volunteered with Perth Figure Skating for over […]

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Smiths Falls Fire Department busy with training, prevention

Chief Chesebrough brought the 2019 Fire Department Annual Report to the Committee of the Whole, a complete look at the 2019 calendar year for the Smiths Falls Fire Department.  The […]

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Local Hospital recognized for quality endoscopy services

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is proud to be a recipient of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) Quality Endoscopy Recognition program.  The CAG recognized our organization for their […]

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100 Women Who Care Lanark County, did it again!!

Our charities this quarter were, Perth Enrichment Program for Older Adults, YAK Youth Services and Home Hospice North Lanark. They not only submitted a video telling us about their respective […]

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Carleton Place Council Round-up

At the regular and virtual meeting of Carleton Place Town Council on Tuesday, Oct 13, approval was given to extend the patio season to the end of October. This refers to […]

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Indigenous Student Leadership forum goes virtual: UCDSB’s first digital iLead Day a success

Inspiration was ignited at the Upper Canada District School Board’s Indigenous Student Leadership Forum, even though it was presented in a different way: virtually.   The Indigenous Student Leadership Forum for Staff and Students […]

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The Big Social fundraiser supporting The Table Community Food Centre – a chance to connect, share food and change lives

National event raises money for healthy food programs in Perth and across the country What if your next virtual get-together was about more than staying connected — what if it […]

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Dire need for affordable housing; Speak up, Smiths Falls!

On Tuesday night, Mayor Pankow presented an interim report on affordable housing availability and options in Smiths Falls created by the Housing Task Force.  “There is a dire need for […]

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Massive development project around the Gallipeau Centre in planning stage

Development and housing were key themes of Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls. Graham Bird, president of the GBA group brought a presentation to council on […]

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Smith Drive residents concerned for children at play

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, council received a request from residents of Smith Drive for traffic analysis and possible speed humps. Local residents are concerned about the […]

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Projected Perth landfill expansion needs adjustment

At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday night, Perth town council received a delegation from R.J. Burnside regarding the town’s tender for an expansion of the current landfill […]

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Fundraiser event to help Studio Theatre Perth keep doors open

It’s Halloween and a good scare is in the works.  Studio Theatre, Perth is premiering the 1922 horror flick Nosferatu with an original score composed by Perth local musician Mark […]

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Teacher Blair Fitzsimons awarded the 2020 Prime Minister’s Award for teaching excellence in STEM

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is pleased to announce that Blair Fitzsimons, a teacher at St. Mary-St. Cecilia Catholic School (Morrisburg), has been awarded a Regional Certificate of Achievement […]

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RVCA supports Lanark County Climate Action Plan through landowner tree planting program

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) supports Lanark County’s commitment to plant one million trees through its landowner tree planting program. The RVCA’s program has helped landowners in watershed municipalities […]

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Heritage Perth due for re-branding

Shannon Baillon, Director of Community Services, requested that town council provide pre-budget approval of $40 000 in 2021 to go be earmarked for town rebranding. The current Heritage Perth logo […]

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Winter outdoor dining, pathway along Riverdale

Town Council Approves Winter Outdoor Dining On Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Corporate Services Kerry Costello presented a report recommending that council extend […]

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Stolen wolf sculpture found after plea goes viral

The wolf is back at the door. A Smiths Falls business owner says her faith in the community has been restored after social media followers boosted her plea for help […]

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Perth council establishes framework 2021 budget, Tiny homes not filling niche, welcome Sri-Lankan restaurant

Perth Town Council establishes framework for 2021 budget On Tuesday evening Perth’s town council members engaged in a lively discussion about laying the framework for a potential tax increase. Within […]

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Smiths Falls town council Sept. 21

Water tower illuminated in purple to mark Big Brothers Big Sisters month On Monday evening, Smiths Falls’ town council welcomed Sandra Burelli, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of […]

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Council approves Small Business Assistance and Hotel Rideau grand entrance coming

Smiths Falls’ council committee approves Small Business Assistance On Monday evening, Smiths Falls’ committee of the whole discussed a presentation from the town’s manager of tourism and economic development, Jennifer […]

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Tim Hortons® Smile Cookie Campaign is back, supporting Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation

From September 14 to September 20, the full $1 from every Smile Cookie sold in Carleton Place will support Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation Last year, Tim Hortons® […]

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School buses are returning soon

Drivers reminded to exercise caution The Grenville Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police reminds motorists that school buses are returning to area roads very soon. Motorists are reminded to exercise […]

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Covid-19 at the Francis Street Daycare in Carleton Place

On Friday Aug. 28th, the town hall in Carleton Place issued a press release indicating possible exposure to the Covid-19 virus for a small number of children and staff at […]

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Crossing signage coming for trail intersections?

At the Aug 25th Carleton Place council committee of the whole meeting, councilor Linda Seccaspina brought forward a motion to implement signs or crosswalk markings at 2 intersections in town where […]

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Town Hall reopens to the public effective Sept. 1, with restrictions

The Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to announce the municipal complex will be reopening, effective Monday, Sept. 1 at which time the complex will be open for regular business […]

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Council undecided on future of Marguerite Street in Smiths Falls

The last few years have seen an increase in construction projects surrounding Wood Avenue and Marguerite Street in Smiths Falls, leaving residents concerned over the state of the street’s storm […]

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New Chief of Staff says Almonte is a perfect Fit

Dr. Graeme McKillop contemplated becoming a doctor while living in West Africa in a small house with no electricity or running water. He had already completed a Master’s degree in […]

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Smiths Falls council to continue virtual meetings during state of emergency

Smiths Falls town council has decided it is too soon to resume in-person meetings. At a virtual special council meeting Mon., Aug. 10, a motion to hold in-person council meetings […]

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Sign bylaw changes, crosswalk signage coming and virtual meetings to continue

Carleton Place Committee of the Whole approves sign bylaw changes  At Tuesday’s virtual session of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole, Chief Building Official Lennox Smith presented a proposal […]

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Hackathon shines light on some serious talent

On August 6th, local tech collaborator Rob More and his team delivered a very special 2020 event as part of the annual Beckwith Tech Camp with area students attending virtually.  This […]

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New board chairs share aligned goals

Carol Anne Esnard and Dave Perley both believe in giving back to their local communities. As the new Board Chairs of the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) and […]

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Municipally declared state of emergency terminated

Effective July 31st at 1:30 pm, the Municipality of Mississippi Mills terminated the Declared State of Emergency. The State of Emergency was declared on March 31, 2020 to allow for […]

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Town of Perth ends state of emergency for COVID-19

The Town of Perth has ended the State of Emergency that was declared for the COVID-19 pandemic on April 7, 2020. The removal of the Town’s State of Emergency falls […]

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Lanark County moves forward with Climate Action Plan

Since adopting its Climate Action Plan in January 2020, Lanark County has taken some decisive actions towards achieving goals for sustainability. Protecting and enhancing the natural environment is a core […]

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Smiths Falls to save $100,000 annually with new LED lighting project

The Town of Smiths Falls is beginning the conversion process to update its street lighting network to LED that will result in an annual cost savings of more than $100,000. […]

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Council continues discussion on future of Confederation Bridge in Smiths Falls

The historic Confederation Bridge in Smiths Falls was abruptly shut down in 2015 and since then, council has been unable to decide what to do with it. Today, council is […]

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Town of Carleton Place hires new Director of Public Works

The Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place is pleased to announce that Guy Bourgon has been hired as the Town’s new Director of Public Works. Mr. Bourgon will begin […]

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Local health units announce regional approach to mandatory masks

Today Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health and Ottawa Public Health announced a regional approach […]

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Carleton Place Council had an expensive night

On Tuesday, June 30th, Carleton Place council held a special virtual session instead of starting their summer break. On the agenda were several capital works projects that saw costs ballooning […]

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Carleton Place council discusses library, cost of town insurance and Covid-19 related expenses

Carleton Place Library on the move At the June 23 session of Carleton Place Council, councilors heard from the town’s manager of recreation and culture, Joanne Henderson about plans to […]

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CDSBEO Board Chair, Todd Lalonde, Appointed to the Council of the Ontario College of Teachers

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is pleased to share that Board Chair, Todd Lalonde, has been appointed as a member of the Council of the Ontario College […]

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Lanark County takes step to protect turtles along county roads

Lanark County Public Works staff are playing a part in reducing turtle mortality on county roads, and the public is invited to help! “Road mortality and habitat loss are two […]

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Smiths Falls announces new Canada Day house decorating contest

The Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to announce Canada Day celebrations will feature a new event this year – a Canada Day house decorating contest. “We’re excited to launch […]

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Carleton Place Council Integrity Commissioner files annual report

As part of provincial legislation, all municipalities in Ontario in 2018 must have an integrity commissioner, either by direct employment or via a contracted service.  Carleton Place uses the latter method […]

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Apartment complex planned for former hospital site

The former site of the South Unit of the Smiths Falls Community Hospital, vacant since 1998, should soon be home to a brand new 132-unit apartment complex. Kanata-based company Lepine […]

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Construction on Lombard/Abbott intersection to begin this fall

The congestion every summer at the intersection of Lombard Avenue and Abbott Street in Smiths Falls could be more seamless come June 2021. Representatives Lisa Bowley and Lee Sheets of […]

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Affordable housing may be coming to Harris Street in Perth

The town of Perth will be looking into the feasibility of providing more affordable housing for the community. Town council voted 4-3 in favour of directing staff to prepare a […]

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Relocation of Victoria Park campground up in the air

In October of 2019 the Town of Smiths Falls received a letter from Parks Canada terminating the current lease agreement for the Victoria Park campground and demanding that the town […]

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Smiths Falls library to begin curbside pickup on May 25

On May 14th, the Provincial Government announced the first phase of the province’s reopening framework. The announcement included an expanded list of services for select businesses and organizations, including curbside […]

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Town of Smiths Falls lifts some restrictions at recreation locations

In accordance with changes to provincial regulations the Town of Smiths Falls is lifting some restrictions for the use of municipal fields, courts, and the skateboard park, effective immediately. Last […]

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Apartment complex, affordable housing coming to Brockville Street

The Settlers Square Development, a 110-unit apartment complex at 260 Brockville St. is in the midst of construction.  At a May 19 meeting, Smiths Falls council passed all three bylaws […]

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MVCA Conservation Areas to Open in Time for Long Weekend

After weeks of closure, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is reopening all five of its conservation areas for public use on Saturday, May 16. To ensure the safety of the […]

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Highlights of special council meeting May 5

During the COVID-19 pandemic Council business continues to proceed using web and telephone conferencing. All Council meetings are streamed live to the public on the Municipal YouTube channel with recordings […]

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Carleton Place goes dual stream for recycling

At a special virtual meeting of Carleton Place Council, held on Tuesday May 5, recently retired director of public works Dave Young presented options for a new recycling collection contract.  The […]

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Hospitals thank Cavanagh Construction and Other Generous Donors

Our Community Keeps on Giving! The donations just keep coming – and we are very grateful. Over the past few weeks, our local communities have stepped up with donations of […]

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Community donations show love and support

Thank you for nourishing our souls Our local communities care. And we are grateful to everyone who has offered support to the front-line workers at Almonte General Hospital, Fairview Manor, Lanark […]

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Community donations and other offers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold , we are gratified with the response of the community, stepping up to help in so many ways. Each offer is sincerely appreciated […]

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Carebridge supports seniors and those at-risk through new grocery delivery program

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, Carebridge is reaching out to support those in need in our local communities. Carebridge is collaborating with local Your Independent Grocers stores in […]

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Township of Rideau Lakes declares State of Emergency

After careful consideration, and in consultation with the Emergency Management Control Group, Mayor Hoogenboom has declared a municipal State of Emergency with the Township of Rideau Lakes in accordance with […]

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Mayor Black offers sincere thanks for cooperation throughout community

To the Carleton Place Community On behalf of Council I would like to take this opportunity, first and foremost, to offer a sincere thank you to everyone for the cooperation […]

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Smiths Falls council waives penalty for late payments, offers free parking amid pandemic

Smiths Falls town council has voted to waive interest for late water bills and taxes during the COVID-19 pandemic at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday, March 23.  […]

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Smiths Falls town council takes action to help provide financial relief to businesses and residents impacted by COVID-19

On Monday, March 23, Smiths Falls Town Council met for a Committee of the Whole and a regular council meeting. During these meetings, a number of items were discussed and […]

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Smiths Falls council takes action in response to COVID-19

COVID-19 is spreading across Canada. Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris made a statement on the town of Smiths Falls’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the March 16 council meeting.  […]

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Perth council considers master plan and future of Crystal Palace

The town of Perth is hoping provincial funding may be available to turn a vision of a new indoor recreational facility into reality. Perth council saw the master plan for […]

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Carleton Place Council holds special Committee of the Whole meeting

On Tuesday March 3rd, Carleton Place council convened a special session of their committee of the whole to deal with several issues. One reason for the gathering was to hold a […]

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Dave Young recognized for years of service

On Tuesday, February 25th, 2020, Dave Young, Director of Public Works for the Town of Carleton Place, was recognized for his 35 years of service in the municipal sector with […]

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Kevlar development at a standstill after heated council debate

Following a heated discussion at a Feb. 24 meeting of Smiths Falls town council, an Ottawa-based developer threatened to cancel a 20-unit town home project altogether. After a long council […]

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Townline Road West apartment building coming

Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole received a presentation from Joanna Bowes, Manager of Development Services on an application to build a 3-storey apartment building at 31 Townline Road […]

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Carleton Place Council hears about cycling without age

At the Carleton Place council committee of the whole meeting held on Feb 18, local cycling enthusiast and community volunteer Treff Peters gave a presentation on Cycling Without Age, a […]

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Smiths Falls Child Development Centre reopens on Thurber Street

On Wed., Feb. 12 the town of Smiths Falls celebrated the reopening of the original site of the Child Development Centre at 43 Thurber St.  “The child development centre was […]

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Climate Action where we live

A workshop hosted by the Climate Action Network of Lanark County, Smiths Falls & Region  with Keynote speaker Steve Lapp Saturday February 29, 2020 at Algonquin College, Perth Campus, 7 […]

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Heart-breaking loss for Split Decisions

It took a tiebreaker to crown the winner at the annual Friends of the Library trivia afternoon on Sunday in Smiths Falls.  The Legion was packed, two extra tables were […]

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Carleton Place Mayor honours outstanding volunteer

At Jan 28’s meeting of Carleton Place Council, Mayor Doug Black presented a certificate of appreciation to Bill Slade, the outgoing chair of the town’s environmental advisory committee. Black provided some […]

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ETFO strike planned for tomorrow

This is a reminder that the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents elementary teachers within our board will be holding a one-day strike tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 29.   This means there will […]

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Library After Dark: Live music with Jenny Whiteley & Joey Wright

The Perth & District Union Public Library is set to use the space like never before. On Saturday February 22 at 8 p.m., the library will be transformed into a […]

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This is us…

Since 1912, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been providing life changing individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults and youth. One to one mentoring provides youth with a role model […]

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Carleton Place committee goes Grinch on Rotary Christmas Dinner

A Christmas Grinch appeared at the Jan 14th edition of Carleton Place’s committee of the whole. The committee received a request from the local Rotary club to refund a facility rental fee […]

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Committee reverses decision on Rental Village temporary building

At the Jan 14th session of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole, a decision was made effectively reversing one from Nov 12 of last year. At that meeting Rental […]

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Carleton Place council goes down the stream

Starting January 28th you will be able to view town council and committee of the whole meetings live online from the comfort of your home (or wherever else you happen to […]

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Tweed Collective™ accepting project applications to support communities across Canada

Application deadline extended to February 20, 2020 Tweed CollectiveTM is pleased to announce that it has extended its application deadline and will be accepting submissions until February 20, 2020. Tweed Collective […]

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PA Day program at the Heritage House Museum

The Heritage House Museum is organizing a fun-filled program for this upcoming PA Day on January 31, 2020. Join us for some exciting winter themed activities, crafts, and games with […]

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Perth renews contract with OPP for five years

The town of Perth plans to renew its contract with the Ontario Provincial Police for another five years. A report presented to Perth town council’s Committee of the Whole Jan. […]

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Planet Youth Lanark County launches

Lanark County is the first Canadian community to embark on a relatively new yet substantially successful approach to dealing with substance use among youth; Planet Youth. It was just 2 years […]

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WAK Youth program in Smiths Falls seeks funding for 2020

Bridget Manahan, Manager of Youth Services at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County represents one of five organizations seeking donations from the town of Smiths Falls for 2020.  Council […]

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Beckwith street construction to resume mid-January 2020

Ottawa Greenbelt Construction (R.W. Tomlinson Ltd.), wrapped up work for 2019 on Beckwith Street on December 20, and will be returning to the site to continue with construction in mid-January. […]

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