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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 Miller about offering financial aid to local small businesses.  Mirroring an example created by North Grenville, Miller and the Mayor’s task force were suggesting using the […]

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Martha Stewart and Marquee brands partner with Canopy Growth Corporation to launch Martha Stewart CBD

Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC), a world-leading diversified cannabis, hemp, and cannabis device company, today announced the launch of Martha Stewart CBD– a new line of premium quality, hemp-derived wellness supplements, with flavor profiles inspired by some of Martha’s most popular recipes. The initial product offering will include a range of human wellness supplements, with […]

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Fatal motor vehicle accident in Smiths Falls

** Update ** Pedestrian Fatality – Arrest On Sunday, August 30, 2020, Smiths Falls Police responded to the report of a deceased male found on Rideau Avenue North in Smiths Falls. The male identified as Daniel Kilpatrick, 58, of Ottawa, was the apparent victim of a collision with a motor vehicle. Smiths Falls Police have […]

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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 caution due to the expected increase in pedestrians, cyclists and school buses, and to give themselves extra commuting time. Students will no doubt be excited […]

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Canopy Growth solidifies national retail footprint with expansion into Alberta market

Company to open 10 retail stores across Alberta under the Tokyo Smoke and Tweed banners, marking its first retail cannabis presence in the province Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce the Company will be opening 10 brick-and-mortar retail cannabis locations across Alberta under its award-winning Tweed and […]

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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 hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “We are pleased to once again be welcoming the public into the municipal complex,” said Shawn […]

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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 sewers.  Smiths Falls council discussed three different options for moving forward with the Marguerite Street project at a virtual meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.  Option […]

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Public meeting shows approval for future apartment complex in Smiths Falls

Plans for a new apartment complex in Smiths Falls have received a mostly positive reception from the town. The Smiths Falls planning advisory committee held a public meeting on the development of a 132-unit apartment complex via Facebook Live on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. The apartment complex will be constructed at the corner […]

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LGL Community Partners successful Health Canada grant recipients

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, along with its community partners, are successful recipients of a 3 year Health Canada Substance Use and Addictions Program grant. This grant provides communities across Canada the opportunity to apply for funding in the following areas; Harm Reduction, Community-Led and Front-line Initiatives Increasing Access to Pharmaceutical – […]

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UPDATE: Lanark OPP investigating robbery in Montague Township

Additional Arrest and Charges The Lanark Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has made another arrest in connection with a recent robbery. On August 8, 2020, just before 5:30 a.m., officers with the Lanark County OPP responded to a robbery on Allington Road in Montague Township. The 26 year old victim sustained minor injuries but […]

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CDSBEO School Re-entry Plan for September 2020

The CDSBEO School Re-entry plan contains details to help parents with their decision on whether to choose remote distance learning or in-person instruction at school. It describes what we know to date about how both remote distance learning and in-person instruction will be done, and answers many of the questions parents have been asking. Learn […]

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Canopy Growth to hold virtual Annual General and Special Meeting of shareholders

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) announced today the Company will hold its 2020 Annual General and Special Meeting in virtual online format. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM ET on September 21, 2020 and will be conducted by live audio webcast at http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/WEED2020 Shareholders of record as of the close […]

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Local farmer philosophical following thefts of egg money

The next time a thief shows up at Simerville Farm, he may find himself caught on camera, says Mike Somerville, who owns and operates the farm on Rosedale Road in Montague Township with his wife Danielle Simard. On Aug. 11 Somerville discovered that only $3.25 was in an “honour box” used by customers to pay […]

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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 beginning Aug. 24 was discussed.  The province ended its state of emergency on July 24, but Smiths Falls is still continuing with theirs during the […]

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Health Unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

Environment Canada had issued a heat warning for today and tomorrow due to high heat and humidity. The Health Unit would like to remind everyone to be cautious as the combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat […]

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Fire damage to high school may total $1 million

Damage to St. Luke Catholic High School has been estimated at between $500,000 to $1 million after a fire Friday, July 31. Smiths Falls Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough said an investigation concluded that the fire was started by a mechanical failure in equipment being used by a crew working on the roof of the building. […]

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Canopy Growth’s new online store provides one-stop shop for growing U.S. product portfolio

ShopCanopy.com offers a convenient online shopping destination and features the company’s growing portfolio of CBD brands Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC), a world-leading diversified cannabis, hemp, and cannabis device company, announced the launch of its new U.S. e-commerce website: ShopCanopy.com (“ShopCanopy”). ShopCanopy serves as the online home for Canopy Growth’s growing portfolio of U.S. hempderived […]

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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. Work on this project will begin the last week in July 2020 and is anticipated to take between four and six weeks to complete. The […]

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UCDSB favours students in school full time in 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan

Senior staff and Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met virtually on Wednesday, July 22 to discuss the UCDSB Draft School Reopening Plan that will be submitted to the Ministry of Education on July 27. This meeting was broadcasted live for the public, and the recording can be found here.  The UCDSB Draft Reopening Plan outlines three different scenarios for delivering […]

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Valley Heartland responds to COVID with $1.7 million for small businesses

Small businesses are vital as the backbone of our rural. To support businesses through the coronavirus crisis, Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) acted quickly to help local businesses weather the pandemic’s stress and cash flow challenges and to keep funds circulating in the local economy when it was needed most. On March 16, […]

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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 in agreement that the bridge will be included as a project for discussion in the 2021 budget year.  Town staff presented a report in March […]

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UCDSB Student Survey provides insightful feedback for Fall planning

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) surveyed Grade 7-12 students to get feedback on their experiences with distance learning and how the current model could be improved in the future. Results showed that students appreciate the flexibility of distance learning, allowing them to work at their own pace (72%), with the majority of students […]

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Canopy Growth & Acreage Holdings agree to modify plan of arrangement as Canopy Growth’s U.S. expansion continues

Canopy Growth and Acreage agree to amend plan of arrangement to provide potential additional upside for all shareholders Amended arrangement provides for up-front cash payment to Acreage shareholders and certain convertible security holders in the aggregate amount of US$37,500,000 Amended arrangement creates two classes of Acreage shares, including a new floating share that provides upside […]

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Apartments coming to 1 Old Slys Road in Smiths Falls

The housing shortage in Smiths Falls may soon be alleviated with the approval of three one-bedroom apartments at 1 Old Slys Road. Senior Planner Karl Grenke shared with council at their virtual meeting on Monday, June 22 the site plan for a townhouse-style addition to an existing home.  The current building was constructed in 1909 […]

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Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures as of June 22

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) is embarking on a carefully thought out and measured approach to gradually increase the number of scheduled surgeries and procedures. Safety and Quality of Care are the cornerstones of this plan. On March 19th , the Government of Ontario put on hold all elective and non-essential surgeries […]

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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 this new way to celebrate our nation while maintaining physical distancing recommendations,” said Art Manhire, Director of Community Services for the Town of Smiths Falls. […]

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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 Novatech and Jim Bell of Partham Engineering joined council at its virtual meeting on Monday, June 1 to answer questions about their plans for the […]

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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 permanently move the campground.  Manager of Economic Development and Tourism Jennifer Miller presented a report outlining three possible new locations for the campground at a […]

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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 pickup for public libraries.   We are excited to announce that we will begin curbside pickup on Monday, May 25th.  While our library will remain closed […]

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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 week the province of Ontario’s announced the Stage 1 re-opening of some businesses that included direction for municipal locations like parks and sports fields. On […]

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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 in the site plan agreement to allow the project to move forward. The 110-unit apartment complex will include four units in the north building designated […]

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Smiths Falls COVID-19 Assessment Centre expands to receive self-referrals

Effective Thursday, May 21, 2020, the COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) located at the Smiths Falls Site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital will expand their effort to reach more people requiring COVID-19 testing. The CAC has previously accepted referrals from primary care providers (i.e. family physicians, nurse practitioners or clinics) in the community […]

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Ontario starts to re-open for business

On May 14, The Ontario Government announced some re-opening strategies for businesses and a plan to start Stage 1 on Tuesday May 18. The list of businesses opening this weekend can be found on the Ontario website. The Health Unit has recently published a fact sheet with some guidelines that will help to get your business thinking about […]

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Health Unit and Farmers’ Markets are working together to safely bring local food to the community

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark strongly supports local Farmers’ Markets. They encourage people to buy healthy local food, and are a way for farmers to sell their produce.  They have also been a social gathering place which supports individual and community well-being.  Unfortunately at this time, with COVID-19, where social gatherings used to be a […]

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Rideau Lakes presents cheque to Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital

The Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital was the recipient of a cheque for $54,484 from the Township of Rideau Lakes today. Mayor Arie Hoogenboom presented the cheque to the Hospital President and CEO, Dr. Barry Guppy and Board Chair Donna Howard, using a hockey stick in order to practice social distancing. The cheque is […]

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We are “Community Strong”

I believe as we go through this pandemic, self-care is very important. One thing I do is go for a walk. Even before the pandemic, walking every day has been as important to me as oxygen.  When we began this pandemic, restrictions and directives were put in place to keep us safe. If we follow […]

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Update: Search for missing boater south of Smiths Falls

Missing person located deceased The search for a missing person, south of Smiths Falls, has ended. Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Underwater Search and Recovery Team located the body of Timothy EDWARDS, age 38 of South Elmsley Township at approximately 10:45 a.m. today, May 4, 2020. On May 2, 2020, shortly after 8:15 […]

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Search for missing boater south of Smiths Falls

The search is continuing for a missing person, south of Smiths Falls. On May 2, 2020, shortly after 8:15 p.m. members of the Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a report that a canoe had capsized on a local waterway in the area of Jasper Road and McCaw Road, with one […]

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Uniting virtually to support Canadians affected by MS

MS Awareness Month brings MS community together to take collective action toward a world free of multiple sclerosis This May, the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada brings the MS community together for MS Awareness Month with the launch of #WeChallengeMS, a nationwide virtual movement urging people to turn everyday acts into extraordinary actions. Throughout the month, MS […]

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Ontarians asked to “Shine a Light for All They Do” May 1 in a province-wide show of appreciation on Doctors’ Day

Ontarians can show their appreciation for doctors on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and all doctors who work to keep their patients healthy, by simply turning on their phone flashlights and holding them high on May 1 at 9:00 p.m. The province-wide show of appreciation is being organized by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) […]

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Smiths Falls committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of construction workers on Beckwith Street

The Town of Smiths Falls is committed to the timely and safe completion of the Beckwith Street Revitalization Project, and to the health and well-being of contractors on the job site. The Town has been made aware that workers from Tomlinson are being unnecessarily distracted by a few individuals. For that reason, Tomlinson has had […]

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Clever Leaves and Canopy Growth announce regional supply agreement

Clever Leaves Colombia to supply extracted products to Canopy LATAM, Canopy Growth’s Latin American Subsidiary Clever Leaves, a leading multinational operator (MNO) and licensed producer of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis and hemp extracts, and Canopy LATAM Corporation (“Canopy LATAM”), a wholly owned and controlled subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC), announce that both parties have entered into a […]

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Town of Smiths Falls declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19

Mayor Shawn Pankow today declared a state of emergency in Smiths Falls to help support Public Health officials’ efforts to “flatten the curve” and to contain the spread of COVID-19. This aligns with steps already taken by the Government of Ontario. “With the number of cases of COVID-19 in our region continuing to rise, we […]

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Outbreak declared in Van Horne and Willowdale Retirement Residences in Smiths Falls

The Health Unit is working with both Van Horne and Willowdale Retirement Residences in Smiths Falls to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures under the Long Term Care Home Act have been put in place to manage the outbreak and are being monitored by the […]

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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 and the support coming from our community for staff and patients means more than we can ever express. We know that many of you want […]

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Storz & Bickel’s Volcano Medic 2 receives medical use approval from Health Canada

Storz & Bickel is pleased to announce that Health Canada has issued a Medical Device Licence for the new Volcano Medic 2 (License No.: 103842), an advanced cannabis vapourizer device for medical use. This licence permits distribution to medical institutions, clinics, and patients in Canada ­– including distribution through Spectrum Therapeutics, the medical cannabis division […]

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Lanark County has partnered with two organizations to provide child care for essential service workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Lanark County has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open two licensed child care centres specifically to provide care for children of essential and critical service workers. The Child Development Centre operated by the Town of Smiths Falls and TayCare Children’s Centre in Perth operated by Tayside Community Residential and Support Options will […]

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Canopy Growth announces changes to its Board of Directors

Terry Yanofsky and David Lazzarato appointed as John Bell and Peter Stringham retire from the CGC Board. Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that Ms. Terry Yanofsky and Mr. David Lazzarato have been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. “It is my pleasure to […]

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First person with confirmed COVID-19 reported in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark

Today, Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, confirmed that an individual living in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is in isolation at home and had recently returned from the United States. A woman in her 70s was […]

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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.  Mayor Shawn Pankow says he is willing to work with Smiths Falls residents “through what will be a difficult time.” Another way council is providing […]

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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 agreed upon, including several measures aimed at providing financial relief to businesses and residents dealing with the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Council passed […]

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Canopy Growth to temporarily close corporate owned retail amid response to COVID-19

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and paying close attention to the guidance given by public health bodies around the globe. Canopy Growth’s leadership team has made the decision to temporarily close all corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed retail locations across Canada, effective at 5:00 […]

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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.  Town staff met with Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Lanark, Leeds & Grenville District Health Unit on the morning of March […]

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Smiths Falls taking steps to prevent spread of COVID-19

While there continues to be no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our region, we believe it is both prudent and responsible to play an active role in limiting the possible spread of the virus. In alignment with the decision to close Ontario public schools (including day care facilities within schools) and with guidance from the […]

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Temporary measures at Hospital to protect our patients and staff

As a result of increasing concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) is implementing a variety of measures to increase the safety of our patients, staff, volunteers, students and physicians and to ensure that PSFDH can continue to provide the hospital care that our community needs. Beginning immediately […]

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Ottawa Conservation Authorities to work with provincial and municipal partners on flooding strategy

With the spring thaw top of mind for residents who were affected by significant flooding along the Ottawa River in 2019, the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley and South Nation Conservation Authorities welcome the coordinated approach that Ontario proposes to build between federal and provincial governments, local municipalities, Conservation Authorities and indigenous partners to protect people […]

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Winter work on Hutton Creek Marsh restoration complete

Winter restoration work on the Hutton Creek Marsh is now complete to the delight of the many dedicated partners who made the project possible. This work completes Phase 2 of a long-term project to bring the provincially significant wetland near Lombardy back to a more natural, productive state. Over the years, the provincially significant wetland […]

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Smiths Falls recognizes first woman councillor for International Women’s Day

Margaret Frances Graham was the first woman to run for Smiths Falls council and win.  Councillor Wendy Alford made a speech at Smiths Falls town council’s committee of the whole meeting on Monday, March 9 in honour of all the work Graham had done for the town during her time in office from 1951-1957. Alford […]

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Bears win last home game of the regular season

The Bears faced the Pembroke Lumber Kings Friday night for the last home game of the regular season, and they finished it on a high note with a solid 4:2 win. The award ceremony just before the game undoubtedly motivated the team an extra degree, as did the desire to extract sweet revenge for the […]

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Smiths Falls council to host public meeting on future of Confederation Bridge

Confederation Bridge in Smiths Falls is a historical landmark, but it was closed in 2015 as the infrastructure was deemed unfit for vehicle traffic.  The one-lane bridge connecting Beckwith Street with Centennial Park and the water tower was once a quick alternative to driving downtown and a pedestrian walkway frequently used along the Rideau Canal. […]

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Bears put up a good fight against the leading team in the league

Friday night’s game against the Carleton Place Canadians didn’t really hold any surprises for anyone. The Bears had to yield to the leading team of the league with a 4:6 loss, although not without putting up a good fight. Ryan Richardson, assisted by Helmer and McLean, put the Bears to an early lead 35 seconds […]

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Canopy Growth announces production optimization plan in Canada

The Company announces the closure of two Canadian greenhouses, representing a significant step forward in aligning the Company’s cultivation capacity with projected demand. Company expects to record estimated pre-tax charges of approximately $700-800MM in Q4 Fiscal 2020, as the Company completes its organizational & strategic review. Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, […]

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Sledge hockey makes Smiths Falls debut

Anyone who has witnessed Paralympians in action develops a healthy level of respect for these dedicated athletes and the challenges they overcome. A key Winter Paralympics sport, sledge hockey, came to Smiths Falls Saturday, Feb. 29 as the Ottawa-based Sledge Hawks took on the Atom B Bears in a demonstration scrimmage. A group of younger […]

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Bears fans treated to a thriller game

Only a mere 130 spectators came to see the Bears taking on the Brockville Braves Tuesday night, but those people got treated to a thriller of Michael Jackson quality. Best of all, the Bears took away the 7:6 win. The first period turned into a bit of a catastrophe for the Bears, barely limping out […]

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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 discussion over a proposal to share the cost of a new sidewalk between the town and the developer, representatives of Kevlar Developments stood up and […]

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Bears hit rough patch losing another game, to Navan Grads

The Bears have seemingly hit a patch of rough ice lately with a string of losses at home and abroad. In all fairness, the game Friday night against the Navan Grads could have went either way, both teams were fairly evenly matched, but in the end the Bears had to contend with a 1:3 loss. […]

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Montague’s annual Race the Runway in jeopardy, council told

Montague Township’s largest annual event may not happen because of internal conflict between the Smiths Falls Flying Club members and the Race the Runway board of directors, town councillors were told Feb. 18.  Race the Runway co-founder Peter O’Blenis appeared at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole to appeal for help. “Members of […]

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Bears winning streak comes to an end against Lumber Kings

The Bears amazing winning streak came to a screeching halt last Friday at the home game against the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Some spectators attributed the 2:4 loss to a lack of discipline with the defense, others perceived the refereeing to be one-sided not giving the team a break, but the major reasons for the loss […]

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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 closed for a little over a year and nobody thought it would reopen this quickly,” Mayor Shawn Pankow said. “I’d like to thank Tammy (Shepard, […]

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Creating housing solutions in Lanark County

On February 20th, The Table Community Food Centre is hosting a Housing Forum in response to the current housing crisis and everyone is invited. With continually rising costs, and almost no available affordable housing; people on low income are just barely surviving.  Creating housing solutions in Lanark County – the focus of the forum – […]

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Local Youth Film Festival offers $1000 grand prize!

MyView Youth Film Festival is back for its 7th year!  Kemptville’s own McGahey Insurance and Grenville Mutual Insurance have again teamed up to provide the $1000 Grand Prize for 2020. This creative film-making contest is open to all youth ages 10-24 that live, work or play in Eastern Ontario (see www.myviewfilmfest.ca for list of eligible counties). Young people are encouraged to pick up […]

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Budding partnership reaps sustainable solutions for Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard

Canopy Growth leases former Concession 5 Vineyard property to Niagara College It’s proving to be a vintage year for cultivating partnerships in Niagara. Thanks to a new agreement, Niagara College’s Teaching Winery will take over operations at a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard property owned by Canopy Growth (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC), sowing the seeds […]

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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 Craig Street, Perth at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.Vegetarian lunch with snack breaks will be provided. The workshop is free (donations gratefully received on the […]

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Another game in the bag for the Bears

Seemingly unstoppable, the Bears added yet another win to their portfolio. The team extended their winning streak once more, coming out atop with a 4:3 result against the Rockland Nationals in Sunday’s afternoon home game at the Den. Both teams put out a good solid game of hockey, with the Bears having the slight upper […]

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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 added (for a total of 22) and at the end of the game, both The COGS (Rotarians) and The Split Decisions (the boxers) pulled together […]

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Road Apples take the stage at The Gallipeau Centre Theatre Feb. 15

The Tragically Hip: The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, were a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting of vocalist Gord Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker (known as Bobby Baker until 1994), bassist Gord Sinclair, and drummer Johnny Fay. They released 13 studio albums, two live albums, one EP, […]

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Great North Wrestling returns to Smiths Falls for “Annihilation” event

Featuring WWE & WCW legends Haku and the Barbarian Great North Wrestling will kick off 2020 with its ‘Annihilation’ event at Smith Falls’ Gallipeau Centre Theatre on Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 pm.  Headlining the event will be a highly-anticipated grudge match between the team of Tongan behemoths Haku and The Barbarian versus Puerto Rican […]

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Bears beat Kemptville 73’s bringing their streak to six in a row

A 5:3 win over the Kemptville 73’s extended the Bears winning streak to the sixth game in a row. The team won that game however only with a good portion of luck though, as their performance still left much to be desired, particularly during the first two periods of the game. The forwards often appeared […]

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Bears come out on top against the Kanata Lasers

The Tuesday Bears game against the Kanata Lasers can be regarded as one of the slightly more unusual ones. Remember the postponed game of November 29th of last year, the one which had to be cancelled due to that Zamboni mishap? Well, the teams met Tuesday again for the rescheduled game, and the Bears came […]

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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 to talk to and share common interests supported by experienced case workers. Group mentoring programs Go Girls! and Game On! (for boys) focuses on physical activity, balanced eating […]

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Killer Bears win shootout against the Braves

The Sunday game of the Bears against Brockville radiated the vibes of a good old fashioned whodunit movie of the Miss Marple Kind with Margaret Ruthford. One didn’t have the slightest of clues who did the murder until the very end, and in our case the killer team turned out to be the Bears with […]

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Bears do Smiths Falls proud on Friday against the Nepean Raiders

Potential anthropologists of the world of hockey would surely find the Friday night games to represent a bewildering ever changing microcosm of their chosen field of study. There are 50/50 draws, the smell of french fries in the air, countless kids leaving trails of popcorn wherever they go, hardcore fans engaging with referees in a […]

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3:4 shootout loss for the Bears against the Navan Grads

‘Almost’ isn’t good enough in most of the sports, you either win or you loose. The Bears almost made it after a fierce comeback in Friday’s game against the Navan Grads, but in the end it just wasn’t enough and they had to content with a 3:4 shootout loss. The Bears got of to a […]

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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 an emphasis on nature. Children can expect to create snowman slime, a bird feeder and other projects. If the weather permits, we will head outside […]

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Smiths Falls Council approves 2020 budget, 1.9 per cent water increase

Smiths Falls town council is set to approve the town’s 2020 budget, which includes a 1.9 per cent increase in water rates. Town Treasurer Janet Koziel presented the final draft of the 2020 budget to council’s Committee of the Whole at a meeting Jan. 13, 2020.  “I think it has that fair balance between what […]

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Big night Friday for the Bears

The Bears welcomed their fans back at the Den Friday night for the first home game since Christmas. The team had already two road games under their belt in the new year, a 6:3 win over Cornwall, and a 3:6 loss against Kemptville. Friday’s game turned into a big night for the team, especially for […]

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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 also heard from Smiths Falls Food Security advocacy group, the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, Lanark Transportation, and the University Hospital Kingston Foundation. Manahan told […]

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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. “With two months of work already complete, I am very pleased with the progress being made,” said Shawn Pankow, Mayor of Smiths Falls. “I look […]

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Police investigating robbery that occurred at a local Main St restaurant

On the 28th of December 2019 at approximately 8:45 p.m., police responded to the KFC on Main St Smiths Falls after receiving a report of a male who entered the restaurant brandishing a weapon demanding money. The male fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Male described as being in his 20’s, thin approximately 6 […]

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Female held in custody over numerous theft and fraud related charges

51 year old Lorraine CUSSON of Perth was arrested in Perth Provincial Court yesterday after being charged December 24th 2019 for theft and breach of a recognizance in Smiths Falls. She was held in custody for a bail hearing as she is facing over 75 outstanding criminal charges in the Lanark county area for thefts […]

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Smiths Falls school investigating after cannabis cookies found

An investigation was launched at Chimo School in Smiths Falls at the end of the term after cookies believed to contain cannabis were brought to the school. In a message send to parents, Principal David Morrison stated that end of the day he was “made aware that cookies that were suspected to contain cannabis made […]

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The Bears were more than ready to take on the Canadians

Icy cold winds blew in from the north Friday night, and so did the Carleton Place Canadians. This team not only displayed a physically imposing look, they also happened to be the number one team in the league right now. The Bears, wearing their maroon heritage uniforms for the last home game before Christmas, were […]

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Filling our ambulances with food!

Local paramedics from the Lanark County Paramedic Services (LCPS) usually pick up patients, but on December 14th and 15th, they picked up donations as well. The 5th annual “Fill an Ambulance with Food” drive was held in Almonte, Carleton Place, Smiths Falls and Perth. It was another successful food drive across four communities, with 110 […]

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No such luck for the Bears last Friday against Kemptville

Friday the 13th didn’t bring the Bears much luck, some spectators even said the team was robbed of the win. Kemptville took away the 2:1 win in overtime that night, their fifth win in a row. No scores were recorded for the first period, but the Bears finally made headway with a score by Brody […]

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Indie rock band headlines ski club fundraiser Dec. 21

For the second year in a row, the Rideau Ski Club is hoping to net $3,000 from its annual fundraising evening. Basic White, a London-based rock trio with local roots, is back for “Rock the Hall 2.0”, to be held at Hanley Hall, 30 McGill St. North in Smiths Falls from 8 p.m. to midnight […]

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Water treatment plant report reveals town water storage only 11 hours in emergencies

Smiths Falls has just 11 hours of water supply in the event of an emergency, town council was told at a Dec. 9 meeting. Town Manager of Water/Waste Water Treatment Jason Barlow presented a year-end service sustainability report to council. The report showed that the town would only have 11 hours of water supply in […]

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Bears get their mojo back against the Rockland Nationals

Did the Bears find their mojo back during Tuesday’s game against the Rockland Nationals? The answer is a definite MAYBE. Yes, they took away the 5:1 win and displayed a number of downright amazing feats, but the fact remains that the team still has a lot of open construction sites which also made their presence […]

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UCDSB appoints new CFO and Treasurer of the Board

Current Superintendent of Human Resources and Operational Services Jeremy Hobbs has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). Director of Education Stephen Sliwa announced last week that Superintendent Hobbs will fully transition into this role in February 2020. Trustees confirmed his appointment at their organizational meeting […]

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Smiths Falls businesses coping with Beckwith construction

“Signs, signs, everywhere signs…” The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) sparked some unintended controversy the other weekend as it posted some new signage designed to let the public know that Beckwith Street businesses remain open while the first phase of street reconstruction is under way. The signs, with humorous messages such as “I Dig […]

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Hard work and determination, the log homes of Rideau Ferry

It’s a story about old-growth forests, pioneers, hard work and a determination not to break the bank when buying a home. It’s our history. There are at least five cedar log homes in Rideau Ferry that were moved to their current sites by enterprising families. They came from the Lanark Highlands, near Lavant Station, at […]

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Canopy Growth announces David Klein as new Chief Executive Officer

Mark Zekulin to step down within current year as planned Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that effective January 14, 2020, David Klein has been appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. David brings a wealth of expertise to this role, having served in a number of […]

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Five new Tokyo Smoke licensee retail locations advance in Ontario public process

Tokyo Smoke, Canopy Growth Corporation’s (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) award-winning retail subsidiary is proud to announce that after working closely with recently-announced Ontario retail licence winners, it has entered into agreements with five retailers who have progressed to key, public stages in the licensing process. In particular, three locations have been posted […]

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Town and Country Chrysler CHEO Christmas Chest

Town and Country Chrysler in Smiths Falls is proud to partner with the CHEO Foundation this holiday season. Starting on November 5th, until December 20th Town and Country Chrysler’s CHEO Christmas Chest campaign will be collecting items for the CHEO Foundation from their “CHEO Bear’s Wish List. “CHEO has been such a great support for our […]

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Canopy Growth outlines “Cannabis 2.0” portfolio

On November 28th, 2019, Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) will officially unveil its new portfolio of Cannabis 2.0 products, including its Distilled Cannabis™ concept, chocolates, vape cartridges and vape pens at a media launch event in Toronto, Ontario “With the coming of Cannabis 2.0, our goal is to provide customers with […]

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Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital asks Smiths Falls council for capital care program funding

President and CEO of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Dr. Barry Guppy presented a delegation about the capital care program to Smiths Falls council at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Nov. 25.  The hospital is asking the town of Smiths Falls to contribute $174,341 to the capital care program in […]

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Canopy Growth expands Investor Relations Team

with appointment of Wall Street equity research veteran Judy Hong as Vice President, Investor Relations Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Hong as Vice President, Investor Relations, effective December 2, 2019. In her role, Judy will partner with Tyler Burns and lead the […]

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Canopy Growth receives Health Canada license for state-of-the-art beverage facility

Canopy Growth Now Has All “Cannabis 2.0” Related Licences Required for Vapes, Beverages, and Chocolates Now in Hand Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that on November 22, 2019, it received its operating and secure storage licence from Health Canada for its 150,000 sq. ft. beverage facility […]

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Victorian Christmas Tea Party

With Christmas right around the corner, the Heritage House Museum is excited to host its annual Victorian Family Christmas Tea Party on Sunday, December 1st from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Share in the sights, sounds, and flavours of an 1860s Christmas. Gather around a traditionally decorated tree in the parlour and enjoy a cup of tea […]

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Great North Wrestling presents ANNIHILATION

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.Gallipeau Centre Theatre, Smiths Falls, ONGreat North Wrestling returns to Smiths Falls for the first time in 3 years on Feb 29 2020 for our “Annihilation” event! Main Event Tag Team MatchWWE Legends ‘The Faces of Fear’ Haku & Barbarian vs ECW Original Too Cold Scorpio & The Blood Hunter […]

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Smiths Falls council to seek extension from Parks Canada over moving Victoria Park campground

Smiths Falls council has voted to ask Parks Canada for an extension to April 30, 2020 to come up with a plan for the Victoria Park campground. The vote was held at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  The long-standing recreational vehicle campground in Victoria Park in Smiths Falls has been […]

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Annual memorial game honouring our veterans

The second game of the weekend, the annual memorial game honouring our veterans, saw the Bears opposing the Rockland Nationals Sunday afternoon. Mr. Ormand VanDusen dropped the ceremonial puck.  Almost a continuation of Friday, anything that could go wrong, went wrong for the Bears, ending in a 0:6 loss. The unnecessary penalties, a jumble of […]

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Bears hand the win to the Pembroke Lumber Kings on a silver platter

The penalty box must be a magical space of desire, so much so that the Bears practically handed the win to the Pembroke Lumber Kings on a silver platter Friday night, just to enjoy a few zen-like minutes in said spot of tranquility. The past weekend saw not one but two games played at the […]

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Several reports of lead in drinking water in Ontario schools

As you may be aware, there have recently been several reports in the media on the presence of lead in the drinking water in Ontario schools. More specifically, several Upper Canada District School Board schools have been named as exceeding the Ontario threshold for lead in drinking water. We understand the importance of maintaining healthy […]

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The Bears take away a rewarding 4:2 win over the Grads

Back in their usual Friday night spot, the Bears faced the Navan Grads at the Den. Displaying a more creative and bolder game play than usually seen, the team took away a rewarding 4:2 win over the Grads. While the first period saw no official scoring, the Bears almost took the lead during the final […]

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Fashion meets flower with Holt Renfrew x Tokyo Smoke holiday collaboration

This holiday season, award-winning and design-focused Canadian cannabis brand, Tokyo Smoke, is teaming up with iconic luxury retailer, Holt Renfrew, for a first of its kind collaboration that introduces fashion to flower. The collaboration includes a capsule collection of cannabis accessories wrapped in Holt Renfrew’s Toile print and holiday pop-up accessory shops at Holt Renfrew’s […]

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Disappointing loss for the Bears againts the Braves

Sunday afternoons are for coffee and cake at grandma’s. Maybe that’s what the Bears were already thinking about, for their performance on ice during the game against the Brockville Braves wasn’t overly convincing, culminating in a disappointing 1-4 loss. The first period saw no scoring by either team, even though the Braves outshot the Bears […]

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Ice rental report finds only 50 per cent of ice time booked for both arenas

Smiths Falls community services director Art Manhire along with community development clerk Nick Pilon presented a report on ice rental trends and arena operations performance to council on Monday, Oct. 28.  “We saw a $40,000 increase in girls hockey,” Pilon said.  “Also saw a decrease of interest in minor hockey with a loss of $20,000.”  […]

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November is Radon Action Month

November is Radon Action Month and the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit is encouraging homeowners to test their houses for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.  Lung cancer from radon depends mostly on three factors: the level of radon you are exposed to, the duration of exposure […]

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Smiths Falls council approves plan for plaza redevelopment on Lombard Street

Senior planner Karl Grenke presented the plans for the recently purchased Rideau plaza on the corner of Lombard and Abbott Streets at a council meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.  The plan is part of the Beckwith Street downtown revitalization project, which will help to ease traffic issues at that intersection.  “We see this as a […]

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UCDSB supports Ontario Dress Purple Day

On October 24, 2019, staff and students across the Upper Canada District School Board will join organizations across the province for Ontario Dress Purple Day, a day to raise awareness about the role communities play in supporting vulnerable children and families. The goal is to inform students about their right to safety and well-being, regardless […]

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Hutton Creek Marsh getting makeover thanks to generous grant

A provincially significant wetland will get a makeover this winter, thanks in part to a $55,000 grant from Wildlife Habitat Canada. The Hutton Creek Marsh near Lombardy has become a monoculture: choked and overgrown with cattails, only 10 per cent of the marsh is now open water. Crews will construct three 0.5 acre ponds and […]

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Canopy Growth secures exclusive opportunities in the UK and Luxembourg

Receives first UK licence for a storage and distribution facility dedicated to medicinal cannabis, under the MHRA ‘specials’ program for unlicensed medicines Wins exclusive contract to supply medical cannabis in Luxembourg, connecting country to Canopy Growth’s European network Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”), is pleased to provide updates on key […]

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Pretty in pink, but still mighty dangerous

The Bears donned pink uniforms Friday night against the Cornwall Colts for “Pink in the Rink” in support of cancer research. Clearly being the better team that night, the Bears steamrolled to a 5:1 win despite only having 21 shots on goal versus 27 for the Colts. Not wasting any time, Theo Todd scored the […]

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Canopy Growth launches 27th retail banner location

Welcome Tokyo Smoke – Brandon, Manitoba Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to launch its 27th retail location and introduce customers in Brandon, Manitoba to its second location, conveniently located in Brandon’s Corral Centre. “Retail presence is a key driver of brand recognition in a competitive market,” said Rade Kovacevic, […]

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Canopy Growth, Constellation Brands & Acreage Holdings CFO round-table

Canopy Growth CFO, Mike Lee sat down with his counterparts from Constellation Brands and Acreage Holdings to discuss the historic agreements that link the three companies. We encourage you to watch the round-table discussion, which was moderated by CNBC’s Tim Seymour. Article and Video Submitted

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Canopy Growth completes previously announced acquisition of Beckley Canopy Therapeutics

Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) has closed the previously announced acquisition of all outstanding shares in the global cannabinoid based research company Beckley Canopy Therapeutics (Beckley Canopy), including the joint commercial venture Spectrum Biomedical UK. These teams will now be integrated into the broader Spectrum Therapeutics organization to increase the […]

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Canopy Growth announces sale of stake In AusCann

Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth”) has sold its 42,087,639 shares in Australian cannabis company AusCann Group Holdings (AusCann) via an off market block trade at $0.15 per share for gross proceeds of $6.3 million. The trade was facilitated by Canaccord Australia. The sale represents Canopy Growth’s total 13.2% interest in AusCann.  “Canopy Growth […]

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Great start to Thanksgiving weekend for the Bears

The start of the Thanksgiving weekend couldn’t have been better for the Bears. An amazingly large crowd of no less than 450 people flocked to the Den for fan appreciation night  to be rewarded with a great game that saw the Bears take away a 4:0 win over the Carleton Place Canadians. The first period […]

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East region OPP pulling for United Way

OPP teams from detachments across Eastern Ontario are “pulling together” in support of their local United Ways, with the second annual OPP Pulling for United Way truck pull! On October 18th, 2019 come watch and cheer as OPP and other First Responder teams test their strength and attempt to pull a 28,000 pound Mobile Support […]

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OPP seeking assistance to identify person responsible for theft of a motor vehicle

Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the theft of a motor vehicle. Sometime overnight on Wednesday, Oct. 9 an unknown person(s) stole a 2006 Ford F-150 pick-up truck from an address on Lorne Street in Montague Township. If you have […]

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Canopy Growth announces new chair of the board of directors

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that David Klein has been appointed Chair of its Board of Directors effective immediately.  Mr. Klein currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Constellation Brands, Inc. He has held numerous executive positions in the finance sector […]

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Lanark County Housing Corporation (LCHC) continues development progress despite challenges

The Lanark County Housing Corporation (LCHC) is an organization owned by Lanark County, responsible for the administration and funding of social housing within the County and the Town of Smiths Falls.  LCHC owns a total of 533 social housing units throughout Lanark County, including the properties located at 314 to 334 Joseph Street, 328 to […]

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Smiths Falls council to draft a 2020 budget proposal

Treasurer Janet Koziel presented a report to Smiths Falls council on Monday, Oct. 7 for what the town will focus on in the 2020 budget.  Much of the town budget will rely on the results of the upcoming Federal election. “There’s a lot of things that can change between now and early next year,” Mayor […]

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The Bears took away a 3:2 overtime win against the Ottawa Junior Senators

The Ottawa Junior Senators came to town Sunday to meet the Bears in an afternoon game. A win on home ice still eluded the Bears so far this season, and the last meet of both teams here at the den just a month ago saw Ottawa take away the win during shootout. But this time […]

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Bears swallow disappointing loss against Hawkesbury

After Friday’s 4:2 away game win against Hawkesbury, the Bears were naturally eager to duplicate their success at Sunday afternoon’s game on home ice. But things turned out much different this time, no poking helped the bear to come out of slumber until it was much too late, and the team had to swallow a […]

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Board honours outstanding employees at 2019 Trustee Innovation Awards

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) recognized excellence on Wednesday, September 25 at the 2019 Trustee Innovation Awards ceremony in Brockville, which took place during the regular Board meeting. The annual awards program started in November 2012 to recognize staff for innovative teaching and work practices, with the intent that these practices will be […]

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Haunted October at the museums

Mark it on your calendars! October is a busy month at the Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum. We have family-friendly events, ghost tours, haunted houses and more. For October the museum is open Wednesday, Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. October 5th – Apollo 11: The […]

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Spectrum Therapeutics announces donation to support research and education initiatives

led by the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network Spectrum Therapeutics (“Spectrum”), the medical division of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is pleased to announce a donation to the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal (Montreal Sacre Coeur Hospital Foundation) to support the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network’s (“CSCN”) associated national campaign: Sleep On […]

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Modest gains achieved in EQAO data for UCDSB students

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has received the latest EQAO assessment data and overall, UCDSB students have achieved modest gains in areas of reading and writing, while reflecting the provincial trends in math. The UCDSB sees these achievements as steps in the right direction. Each year, these assessments offer insight on how Ontario […]

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Smiths Falls on track to becoming a leader in cannabis tourism

New Cannabis Tourism Strategy lays framework to attract more entrepreneurs and visitors The legalization of cannabis, combined with Canopy Growth Corporation’s headquarters in Smiths Falls, has presented the Town with an unparalleled opportunity to become a leader in the cannabis tourism industry. On September 23, the Town presented a Cannabis Tourism Strategy to Council that […]

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Council to apply for funding to reconstruct Thurber Street Child Development Centre

Smiths Falls residents are struggling to find available day care spots.  Council is eligible to apply for $100,000 in funding for the reconstruction of the Thurber Street location.  “This is sort of a no-brainer,” Councillor Wendy Alford said. “We have the opportunity to have the county put additional money for the changes we need at […]

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Heartbreaking defeat for the Bears against Kanata Lasers

The Bears seemingly got off to a rather rocky start this season, now trailing the stats with six loses and no win after Friday night’s game against the Kanata Lasers, a tough 3:4 loss. No wonder that tempers occasionally flared high. The 282 spectators still got treated to a good game. Kanata used a power […]

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Santé Cannabis and Spectrum Therapeutics launch transformative medical cannabis training program for Québec healthcare professionals

Québec doctors have a new tool at their disposal for learning about medical cannabis and its viability as a treatment option for their patients. Santé Cannabis, a pioneer in medical cannabis in Québec, has partnered with Spectrum Therapeutics, the medical division of Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) to launch the Prescriber Training Program, designed to […]

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Sole Sisters Annual Walk and Run for cancer research set to raise funds for SF&PDH Chemotherapy Unit and Cancer Society

The Sole Sisters 7th Annual Walk and Run for Cancer Research is pleased to announce that registration is open for this year’s event taking place at Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.  Once again half of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Great War Memorial […]

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Police seeking public assistance in identifying suspects

On Monday September 9, 2019 at approximately 10 p.m., 3 male suspects attended a restaurant on Main Street East in the Town of Smiths Falls. Two of the suspects entered the store and administered a noxious substance towards two patrons inside. A third suspect waited outside the restaurant during this time. All suspects fled the […]

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UCDSB draws attention to Mental Health Supports on World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) wants to highlight some of the steps students, staff and their families can take to take care of their mental health, and the resources available to them if they are in crisis. “One of the best things to do as a […]

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Smiths Falls council to apply for funding for new electric vehicle charging station

Smiths Falls council discussed the possibility of adding charging stations for electric vehicles in town at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Sept. 9.  CAO Malcolm Morris recommends that council authorize staff to write a letter to the Ontario Power Generation to partner with the town as an incentive for federal government funding. […]

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Bears loose to Ottawa 2-3 at home opener

The Bears welcomed back their fans to their home opener for the new season past Friday at the Den, facing the Ottawa Junior Senators. Black and yellow balloons decorated the foyer of the Memorial Center to welcome the crowd, which was greeted by a much rejuvenated team with many new faces added to the lineup. […]

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Male arrested for break and enter

On Thursday August 22, 2019 at approximately 9:41 a.m., police located and arrested, 31 year old Kyle WALLACE of Smiths Falls, for committing numerous break and enters in the Town of Smiths Falls. As a result WALLACE stands charged with the following: three counts of break and enter, one count of trespass by night and […]

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Construction on Beckwith street development to begin this fall with $2.1 million funding

Smiths Falls council received the connecting link funding of $2.1 million and plans to begin construction on the Beckwith Street redevelopment project this fall.  Councillor’s Peter McKenna, Wendy Alford, Lorraine Allen and Chris McGuire support the decision to go ahead with construction as soon as possible in order to remove some of the disturbance to […]

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Search warrants executed in Joint Forces Investigation

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Smiths Falls Police Service (SFPS) have charged two people in connection with a series of break-ins in Smiths Falls, Ontario, as well as parts of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties. Members of the SFPS and members of the OPP East Region Criminal Operations, OPP Community Street Crime Unit, the […]

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Canopy Growth receives key extraction licence

Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED), (NYSE: CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received a licence from Health Canada for its KeyLeaf Life Sciences (“KeyLeaf”) facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Including the Smiths Falls site and the recently licensed BC Tweed extraction site, Canopy Growth now operates three significant extraction […]

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Not gone, just moved down the road!

Paws A Bit is on the move….  Do not fear, Paws A Bit will be moving only about fifteen minutes down the road to the lovely town of Smiths Falls. They have teamed up with the lovely ladies at Bone Appetit! and will relocate within their gorgeous boutique at 1B Main St. East. Paws A […]

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Smiths Falls provides update on economic development and growth

The Town of Smiths Falls has experienced tremendous growth in economic development in recent years, and continues to seek opportunities to foster a strong, diverse community that will attract investors and entrepreneurs. The Town has seen an 8.9% increase in job growth from 2012 to 2017, which exceeds provincial growth rates. In addition, more than […]

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New Long-term care facility coming to Smiths Falls

At a special Committee of the Whole meeting at the Smiths Falls arena Aug. 12, Senior Planner Karl Grenke recommended that council approve a zoning bylaw proposal to build a long-term care facility in the area behind Pearl Street.  Jim Parsons purchased 35 acres of land behind Pearl Street and adjacent to the high school […]

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Canopy Growth And Greenlane Announce Exclusive Distribution Partnership For Storz & Bickel Vaporizers In The United States

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with one of the largest global sellers of premium cannabis accessories, Greenlane Holdings, Inc, (“Greenlane”) (Nasdaq: GNLN) that gives Greenlane exclusive distribution rights of Storz & Bickel vaporizers throughout the United States. Storz & Bickel, a […]

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Spectrum Therapeutics announces strategic patient support and education partnership with Medical Pharmacies

Spectrum Therapeutics, the medical division of Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”) (TSX: WEED; NYSE: CGC) announced that it has entered into a five year service agreement with Medical Pharmacies Group Limited (“Medical Pharmacies”), Canada’s largest specialty pharmacy that services residents in long-term care, retirement homes and other settings. Under the agreement, Spectrum Therapeutics will be the preferred […]

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Organizers welcome whole community to Smiths Falls Pride

As the second annual Smiths Falls Pride event approaches, memories of the first event held in 2018 still bring strong emotions to its co-chairs. Both James A e Perkins and Heather Currie Whiting fought back tears recalling an elderly man who took the time to attend the town’s inaugural Pride event despite being unable to […]

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3M Canada & United Way Lanark County Backpack Drive Returns!

Believe it or not, back to school season is right around the corner, and many parents and children in our community are preparing for the big day! United Way Lanark County, along with our local 3M Canada Perth plants, are once again running a Backpack Drive. From now until August 22nd we will be collecting […]

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Stay safe this summer: stay on the trails!

It’s a great time to be outdoors, but be aware: certain pests and poisonous plants are getting in on the action, too. As you hit the trails, remember to stay on the path and dress appropriately to protect against ticks, poison ivy, wild parsnip and other hazards. Ticks: Black-legged ticks are on the rise in Eastern […]

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Perth Inside Out: “The Whip” came to Perth in 1967

When “The Whip” came to Perth on June 29, 1967, he was in the twilight of his career. His downward journey over the previous few years had carried him from the boisterous crowds of more than 10,000 at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens, to a few hundred polite souls at Perth Arena. A Perth Courier advertisement […]

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Smiths Falls minor hockey league seeking answers for ice time

At a special committee of the whole meeting on Monday, July 15 council received a delegation from minor hockey league president Mat Krotki about concerns over the price of ice time in town.  “Kids should be able to play affordable hockey in this town,” Krotki said. The minor hockey league is looking to sell their […]

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Council considers possible retail locations for future cannabis store in Smiths Falls

At a special committee of the whole meeting Smiths Falls council voted all in favour of continuing the process to apply for a cannabis retail store in town. The Ontario government recently announced a second Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario lottery that will see 50 more private retailer stores across the province. “Certainty one […]

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Heat warning update

Due to high temperatures and humidex levels Environment Canada has issued a heat warning levels for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday for the area of Leeds and Grenville; Lanark County is not included in this heat event.  A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have […]

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Spectrum Therapeutics Partners with Canadian Mental Health Association’s Not Myself Today® Initiative

Spectrum Therapeutics (“Spectrum”), the medical division of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC) (the “Company” or “Canopy Growth”) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (“CMHA”). The initiative, a first of its kind for a leading cannabis company and a national mental health organization, will see the CMHA in […]

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Summer company = youth business bosses

Four local students have started to run their own businesses this summer after being selected for the 2019 Summer Company Program from the Small Business Advisory Centre (Lanark County/Smiths Falls) catchment area. Summer Company provides an opportunity for students to start and run their own business for the summer. The successful students for 2019 are: […]

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The official launch of Rolling Greens July 6 has exciting plans to unveil

“Murray Brothers Caddyshack® restaurant to be located in clubhouse” Rolling Greens, North America’s first cannabis-themed golf course, is throwing a party Saturday, July 6, and everyone is invited. But at this party BYOB has a new meaning: “bring your own bud!” Gordon Weiske, who recently moved from Toronto to Smiths Falls to take on the […]

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Canopy Growth announces acquisition of KeyLeaf Life Sciences to support long-term major scale extraction needs

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that it has completed a transaction to acquire Saskatoon-based bio-product extractor KeyLeaf Life Sciences (“KeyLeaf”), related entities, and intellectual property. Canopy Growth has been working closely with KeyLeaf – formerly known as POS Bio-Sciences – as a trusted partner building out […]

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We’ve got the relaxing beaches you’ve been dreaming of

Ah, summer: a time for relaxing with friends, soaking up the sun and, of course, hitting the beach. But sometimes beach days are more hassle than relaxle: fighting traffic, circling for parking and dodging rogue frisbees while you defend your tiny square of sand from the hordes of other beachgoers. Some fun! But there’s a […]

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Roadside fruit and vegetable stands: Hey folks, can we talk?

Any day now, the sides of the streets will be dotted with a familiar – and welcome – sign of summer… Roadside fruit and vegetable stands.   They are most often operated by the farmers themselves, or members of their summer staff team – but not always. They usually sell produce which has been grown […]

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No construction scheduled for Beckwith Street redevelopment project in summer 2019

The Town of Smiths Falls reports the Beckwith Street Redevelopment project will not begin in summer 2019. Further information about construction schedules will be communicated to downtown businesses and the media as they become available. On May 6, 2019, Smiths Falls Town Council provided unanimous support to seek grant funding under the provincial Connecting Links […]

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Canopy Growth announces shareholder approval in connection with the proposed acquisition of Acreage & provides update on American hemp and CBD operations

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that, at a special meeting of the Company’s shareholders (the “Meeting”) held earlier today, the Company’s shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution (the “Canopy Shareholder Resolution”) approving the issuance of common shares of Canopy Growth and certain amendments to […]

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Health Unit begins Beach Water Quality Program this week

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is starting weekly water sampling of the area’s public bathing beaches for this year. The beaches will be monitored weekly throughout the summer season until August 31, 2019. This year the following public swimming areas will be monitored: In Lanark County: Almonte Beach, Dalhousie Lake, Centennial Beach, […]

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New information forces pause for ATV access through town

In an unusual move, Rick Gilfillen, president of the Rideau Lakes ATV Club, was allowed to speak at council Monday night. In question is a travel road through town for ATVs. Before Gilfillen spoke, Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, tossed new information into council’s lap: Bill 107, the Getting Ontario Moving Act, […]

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Green spaces included in asset management policy

Treasurer Janet Koziel approached council Monday night with information about the development of a Strategic Asset Management Policy (SAMP) for the municipality; she further asked for the adoption of a bylaw to adopt the SAMP before July 1, as Ontario municipalities are now required to have a SAMP in place before that date. The Draft […]

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Motion re Beckwith Street comes to council

Amidst barking dog and honking horns Monday, council once again visited the Beckwith Street redevelopment issue, this time with a firm, specific, draft resolution. Sticking to their guns, both Councillor Brennan and Councillor Dwyer voted against, while Councillors Alford, Mckenna, McGuire and Mayor Pankow voted for; Councillor Allen was absent. The draft is as follows: […]

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Councillors challenged in cardboard boat race

This is a Rideau Ferry Regatta year. The event, which started in 1909, now takes place every two years, and this year a fourth cardboard boat challenge has been issued to the municipalities involved. Boats call for a two-person crew and are built before the event; decorations are encouraged. Paddles and safety equipment (like life-jackets) […]

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Sun and warmth enticed a crowd to annual book sale

It was a good day for a book sale. Smiths Falls’ Friends of the Library volunteers set up their annual event in front of the library, and even before tables were filled with books, buyers were waiting. As tables became empty, volunteers added more…so for those who were looking there was something for everyone. Families […]

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Amended smoking and vaping bylaw passed

An amended smoking and vaping bylaw was discussed Monday at Committee of the Whole. Two weeks ago, when the proposed bylaw was first brought to committee, councillors requested some amendments; staff returned the bylaw to committee of the whole Monday with those amendments. They included: specifying ‘park’ to ensure no confusion with recreational facilities/sports fields […]

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Eight properties become Properties of Interest

At Committee of the Whole Monday night, council was asked to add eight properties to the Properties of Interest Registry. Senior Planner Karl Grenke introduced the topic and Tony Humphrey of the Municipal Heritage Committee then took some time describing the location of the properties. These include: Washburn Block, J.M. Clark Hardware Store, Alexander Clark […]

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Canada’s Cannabis Project discussed at council

Nathanial Morris of Canada’s Cannabis Project once again introduced himself to council after a few months’ absence, to update members about plans for a living laboratory project. Morris commented he’s had good feedback from the business community particularly Brian Paquette, owner of both the Axe and Arrow Gastropub and Café Whim. Morris said they have […]

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School bus schedules changing in north west area of two large school boards in eastern Ontario this fall

Parts of CDSBEO & UCDSB School Districts Will Shift Bus Schedules on September 4, 2019. The Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO) is changing bus pick-up and drop off schedules for some students to reflect the reality of a new unified school day for students across the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) and […]

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Canopy Growth collaborates with Parent Action on Drugs to launch digital cannabis education tools

GOAL IS TO HELP PARENTS JUMPSTART CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUTH ABOUT CANNABIS USE NEW RESOURCES INFORMED BY THE SENSIBLE CANNABIS EDUCATION TOOLKIT Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce the next phase in its partnership with Parent Action on Drugs (“PAD”) and Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (“CSSDP”) […]

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Hometown News reader writes letter to the editor concerning behavior and actions of council

Majority of the council voted not to read the letter Monday night. Mayor Pankow and Smiths Falls Town Councilors, I am writing this evening to express my concerns regarding the recent behavior and actions of members of Town Council. I have lived in this town for 35 years and I have never once felt compelled […]

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Phase 2 of Parking Study awarded to J.L. Richards

Council consented to award Phase 2 of the Parking Study to J. L. Richards Consulting Engineers in the amount of $30,954.37. Phase 1 was prepared by PN Parking Solutions in December of 2018. The results suggested “a fairly fluid turnover” with demand the highest on Beckwith Street. The joint bid from PN Parking Solutions/BA Group […]

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Town line painting contract awarded Monday night

Council members agreed that the Town award Western Signs and Line Painting Ltd with the line painting contract. The pavement marking program includes the painting of about 21 km of roadway centrelines, 1000 parking spaces, 250 stop bars, 100 crosswalks and over 700 symbols. The Western Signs and Line Painting Ltd. bid came in at […]

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Request for permanent street toll exemption granted

Council consented to Sergeant Paul Klassen’s request asking for a permanent exemption for the Special Olympics Street Toll. The request was to allow the street toll to continue to take place under the Cornelia St overpass. This is the 15th year for the Special Olympics tolling. The Cornelia St. overpass was chosen for its safety; […]

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Majority of council voted not to read letter Monday night

Councillor Niki Dwyer suggested a more co-ordinated approach be taken to answering correspondence that has been sent to all council members. Traditionally, she said, it is the mayor who responds if sent to all council members; Mayor Pankow said he would do that with Mary-Kate Bridson’s letter. Councillor Dwyer suggested there were certainly some valid […]

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Smiths Falls Triathlon: Canada’s longest running triathlon returns June 22

It all started in Smiths Falls 40 years ago when the first triathlon was held along the banks of the historic Rideau Canal. On June 22, 2019, the Town of Smiths Falls will once again welcome hundreds of participants to the Smiths Falls Classic Triathlon, where participants can challenge themselves by running, cycling, and swimming […]

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New RISE Yoga Festival coming to Smiths Falls June 15

Smiths Falls’ focus on health and wellness is once again coming to the forefront, with the announcement of a brand-new community event – the RISE Yoga and Wellness Festival. Running from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019, this free, family-friendly, and educational event will celebrate the community and embracing a healthy […]

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Canopy Growth appoints Mike Lee as acting Chief Financial Officer

THE COMPANY AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS THANK TIM SAUNDERS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS IN SHAPING CANOPY GROWTH’S CULTURE AND SUCCESS Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Lee to its executive leadership team in the acting role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective June 1, 2019. […]

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New grooming equipment benefits many at Murphys Point

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

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

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

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Town of Smiths Falls Business Recruitment and Expansion Media Series: Lanark Vet Clinic

Following participation in the Lanark County Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Survey in 2018, the Town of Smiths Falls is launching a series of profiles to highlight the businesses who took part in the survey. This series will celebrate the successes of local businesses doing amazing things and contributing to the growth and prosperity of […]

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Canopy Growth introduces spectrum therapeutics

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to introduce Spectrum Therapeutics, a new global brand that will encompass all of the Company’s ongoing commercial medical and clinical research operations including Spectrum Cannabis, Canopy Health Innovations (CHI), and the most recent addition to Canopy Growth’s medical portfolio, Bionorica SE-founded C3 Cannabinoid Compound […]

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Lanark County 2019 construction projects underway

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

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Lanark County Business Retention & Expansion Project volunteers exceed goals

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

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Hospital announces new President & CEO

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Barry Guppy has been appointed as the hospital’s President & Chief Executive Officer, effective June 3, 2019. Dr. Guppy is an engaged and visionary senior healthcare executive, bringing a broad diversity of experience across the healthcare sector that has included […]

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Canopy Growth acquires Germany’s C3 Cannabinoid Compound Company

Founded by top global herbal medicine manufacturer Bionorica SE, C3 is a leader in cannabinoid-based medical therapies used by European physicians to treat patients The acquisition brings together Canopy Growth’s medical business with Europe’s largest cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals company. C3 is a leading manufacturer and distributor of dronabinol, a registered pharmaceutical drug in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark. […]

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Temporary closure of Old Slys Bridge

The Old Slys swing bridge will be closed to all traffic between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 1 and 2 in order to complete routine maintenance. Motorists and pedestrians should plan their routes accordingly in order to avoid delays. Parks Canada wishes to thank the public for their patience and cooperation at this […]

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Spectrum Cannabis and the Arthritis Society team up to launch Arthritis Talks, a national symposium series for patients

Spectrum Cannabis, the medical division of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Arthritis Society to raise awareness and educate people about living with arthritis, including the potential of medical cannabis as a treatment for arthritis symptoms and the importance of seeking guidance from health care practitioners. […]

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UPDATE: Temporary traffic controls at Burritt’s Rapids Swing Bridge

Parks Canada would like to advise that vehicles may encounter short delays at the Burritt’s Rapids Swing Bridge on Thursday, April 25. Traffic control staff will be onsite as lines are painted on the road approaches to the one-lane swing bridge. This work is weather dependent. Work to repair the swing bridge was completed in fall 2018. […]

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Council rejects sole bid on Beckwith Street project

Smiths Falls council rejected the sole bid received from the Ottawa Greenbelt Construction company was for the amount of $9.5 million. Both council and town works Director Troy Dunlop were disappointed with the Beckwith Street tender results of phase one. Council was surprised with the lack of competitive bids when tender closed on April 11. […]

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Temporary traffic controls at Burritts Rapids Swing Bridge

Parks Canada would like to advise that vehicles may encounter short delays at the Burritts Rapids Swing Bridge on Tuesday, April 23. Traffic control staff will be onsite as lines are painted on the road approaches to the one-lane swing bridge. This work is weather dependent and a rain date has been set for Wednesday, April 24. Work […]

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Canopy Growth announces plan to acquire leading U.S. multi-state cannabis operator, Acreage Holdings

Proposed Deal Complements Canopy Growth’s U.S. CBD Strategy With An Accelerated Pathway Into U.S. Cannabis Markets, Once Federally Permissible Deal Structure Expected to Provide Improved Access to Capital for Acreage, Paving Way for Accelerated Expansion Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”) (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) and Acreage Holdings, Inc. (“Acreage”) (CSE:ACGR.U) (OTC: ACRGF) (FSE: 0ZV) (together, the “Companies”) […]

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Canopy Growth expands European footprint, acquires Spanish licensed cannabis producer Cafina

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that it has completed an all-cash acquisition of Spain-based licensed cannabis producer Cáñamo y Fibras Naturales, S.L. (“Cafina”). The acquisition lays the foundation for Canopy Growth to expand its European production footprint into one of the most ideal growing regions in […]

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Smiths Falls Council to pause discussion on Beckwith St redevelopment

Smiths Falls council passed a motion to defer all discussion on the Beckwith Street redevelopment project in a meeting on Monday, April 15. Council is at a standstill until town works Director Troy Dunlop provides more information on how to proceed in the coming weeks. The decision was made after council discussed the potential implications […]

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Smiths Falls Mayor headed to Washington D.C. to speak to Congress

Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow will speak to the Congressional Cannabis Caucus in Washington D.C. on April 30. Canopy Growth invited Mayor Pankow at the beginning of March as part of “Canada Day” on Capitol Hill to help push forward the legalization of recreational cannabis use in the U.S. “It’s definitely not something I would […]

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Spectrum Cannabis announces partnership with CARP

Spectrum Cannabis, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth”) is pleased to announce a partnership with and endorsement from CARP, Canada’s largest and most trusted advocacy association for aging Canadians and its print, online, radio and TV voice, ZoomerMedia. Spectrum Cannabis will be offering tailored educational initiatives for over 320,000 CARP […]

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Housing purchase kicks off design effort for Abbott and Lombard Street intersection

Smiths Falls drivers will be seeing improvements at the Abbott and Lombard Street intersection next year following the town’s successful purchase of a Lombard Street residential property. Town staff will be working on design plans for the busy town intersection all this year following the successful purchase of the brick home at 54 Lombard Street. […]

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Missing Smiths Falls woman located safe in Kingston

In regards to press release about missing person who was reported missing to Smiths Falls Police on 15 March 2019. The missing female was Christine CUTLER aged 56 of Smiths Falls. The Smiths Falls Police is pleased to announce that with assistance of Kinston Police Force Christine was located safe in Kingston 10 April 2019. […]

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Red dress project to be held in May in Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls council will make May 6 the honorary day of remembrance for the Red Dress project. Flora Riley spoke to council about the importance of the Red Dress project and its special meaning for her personally. “Hanging red dresses in public spaces is a visual reminder of the women and girls who are no […]

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Smiths Falls council moves forward with plan to hold public meeting

After months of back and forth with residents, council has voted to move forward with an amendment to next week’s council meeting to vote on holding a public meeting. Midway through Monday, April 8 committee of the whole meeting, Councillor Dwyer spoke up about adding a discussion on holding a public meeting about the Beckwith […]

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Cookies made for Docs on Ice tournament coming to Lanark County

If you think you’ve been smelling the comforting warmth of vanilla and cocoa, cinnamon and ginger across Lanark County lately, chances are you have. Thirty six hundred – yes, that’s right, three thousand and six hundred – cookies have been pulled hot and fresh from local ovens, ready to welcome one thousand doctors to the […]

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Police requesting assistance in locating missing person

The Smiths Falls Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing female. The person was reported missing to Smiths Falls Police on 15 March 2019 but Police have not been able to ascertain her whereabouts since 01 March 2019. The missing female is Christine CUTLER aged 56 of Smiths Falls. Christine is […]

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Live at the Falls coming to Gallipeau Centre

Council’s second delegation came from Karen Bedard, Kemptville Music Festival, asking for a resolution from the Town recognizing Live at the Falls, a Blues Festival, slated for August 16 and 17 on the grounds of the Gallipeau Centre. Bedard says to expect 2,500 people a day and adds her team will work to grow the […]

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Campbell presents truckers’ perspective on street redevelopment to council

Again, amidst honking, hollering and barking dog, Smiths Falls council welcomed two delegations to chambers Monday night. Rob Campbell of Campbell Trucking brought a different perspective to councillors about the Beckwith Street Redevelopment Project, for which Councillor Dwyer, in the chair, thanked him. Campbell, a resident of the Town, said he has spent many years […]

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Bears defeat the Braves in the fourth game of the first playoffs round

The Bears faced the Brockville Braves in a late night game Sunday at the Den for the fourth game of the first playoffs round. With three losses already it was all or nothing for the team, but they pulled through to a 5-2 win. Scott Gervais scored first at 12:20 in the first period, assisted […]

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Ontario investing in small and rural municipalities

Investments to improve service delivery and efficiency will support communities, respect taxpayer dollars Municipalities in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston will receive a total of more than $7.7 million to improve local service delivery and efficiency as part of a one-time investment announced by Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Taxpayers need their local governments to […]

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Bears lose to the Braves in the first round of the play-offs

The Bears face the Brockville Braves during their first round of play-off. So far it has not looked good for the team. Wednesday’s game, the second in the round, at the Den brought a 2-5 loss. No scoring was recorded during a rather bland first period. Brockville pulled ahead in the second period with a […]

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Spotlight on Business: New career direction for first-time business owner

There’s a new ‘pot’ store in town — hmm…that’s ‘pot’tery store. Gene Amell’s store — Simply Ceramics+ — opened with a ribbon-cutting, and cake and coffee for customers. The front half of the small space was crowded with curious visitors and well-wishers, while the back was filled with shelves of bisque figures waiting to be […]

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Canopy Growth acquires hemp company to accelerate expansion in the United States

Hemp pioneer Geoff Whaling to join Canopy Growth USA as Strategic Advisor, Hemp and CBD in addition to being the co-founder and President of Hemp Developments LLC. Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce today it has acquired AgriNextUSA, a hemp enterprise led by CEO Geoff Whaling, that […]

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Celebrate the sweetest time of the year at the 5th annual Maple Weekend in Lanark & District

It’s the sweetest time of the year, and the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA) is inviting visitors to join them April 6 and 7 in celebrating the 5th annual Maple Weekend event and a new season of maple syrup production in the region. Since its introduction in 2015, Maple Weekend has become […]

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No cost dental hygiene services on April 6

This is the eleventh year that Gift from the Heart will provide no cost dental hygiene services to those in need. Lori Lawrence, Registered Dental Hygienist, and proud owner of the little blue house on James St in Smiths Falls, addressed council Monday amidst honking, hollering and dog barking. She came to speak about Saturday, […]

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Advocate says only seeing tip of iceberg

Pat Evans, speaking on behalf of Parkinson’s Canada, Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, addressed Council Monday evening, amidst the honking, hollering and dog barking taking place outside council chambers. Acknowledging she had Parkinson’s, she asked for some help with the visual presentation. There’s a growth diagnosis of Parkinson’s in this area Evans said, and continued with […]

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Former mayor asks council four questions

Former Mayor Dennis Staples addressed Smiths Falls council Monday afternoon in connection with the Beckwith Street Redevelopment Plan. During his address, amongst other comments, he asked — and wanted answers for — four questions: why his letter of Feb. 19 was not part of the council agenda on Feb. 25 in keeping with the Procedural […]

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An open letter to my constituents and the people of Ontario

It is the fundamental and over-arching first principle of all elected representatives to support their constituents to the best of their ability each and every day. If that is not the first thought of every single elected member each morning then they ought to reflect upon why they serve. I feel deeply for my supporters […]

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Smiths Falls holds first climate change protest

Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, community members in Smiths Falls came together to protest climate change as part of a global effort on Friday, March 15. Cities around the world held protests today. The protest in Smiths Falls is one small part of a larger effort to urge world leaders to take action […]

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Bear fan appreciation event was a success, Bears lose game against Kemptville 73s

The Memorial Center was filled with well over a thousand excited Bears fans during the Tuesday March Break with the Bears fan appreciation event, which turned out to be a smashing success. From skating with the Bears and their mascot, over pizza and cake, to Bears face and tattoo painting and price raffles, there was […]

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Two delegations both ask council to reverse decision on angle parking

Brief is the only word to describe the two delegations at Committee of the Whole Monday evening in Smiths Falls. Despite loud protests from outside — barking dog, honking horns and hollering — two men stood, presented (within a short space of less than 10 minutes each when they were allowed 20), and sat. Vince Hamilton spoke first noting […]

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Smiths Falls strategic planning session highlights potential for tourism, new businesses

Smiths Falls continues to be on a roll as town officials unveiled their vision for the community in 2030 and the priority areas for the next four years at a strategic planning open house on Thursday, March 7.  The strategic planning meeting held in the upstairs hall at the community centre drew 100 members of the public. They were invited to submit […]

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#BalanceforBetter

In today’s world, a woman can do whatever she sets her mind to…or can she? Truth is, while Canada has gained gender parity in terms of education attainment, this country loses points on the global gender gap rankings when it comes to political empowerment, and economic participation and opportunity. On a global scale, the World […]

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Delegations invited to question council

It was straight to work at Committee of the Whole Monday in Smiths Falls. Even as honking and hollering of protesters intruded into upstairs council chambers, the first priority issue — Public Engagement Options (re Beckwith Street Redevelopment)— took centre stage. Several options were suggested by CAO Malcolm Morris, and council was urged to choose one or a […]

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The Bears winning streak came to an end Friday against the Lumber Kings

The Bears winning streak came to an abrupt end Friday night with a disappointing 2-5  loss against the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Pembroke didn’t waste any time and scored no less than three goals during the first period alone. First came a short handed goal by Jacob Collins at 1:37, followed by a score by Connor […]

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Shutout win by the Bears against Hawkesbury Hawks

The Bears recorded a shutout win against the Hawkesbury Hawks at the Den Tuesday night. Fletcher Anderson scored first with a goal early in the first period at 3:34, assisted by Theo Todd. The next and final goal was shot at 13:38 in the second period by Tate Leeson with help form Bruce Coltart and […]

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Canopy Growth and Sequential Brands Group announce collaboration on CBD product development

Martha Stewart to join as advisor on hemp-derived CBD products Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or “the Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) and Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (“Sequential”) (Nasdaq:SQBG) announced today that Martha Stewart has joined the Company in an advisory role to assist with developing and positioning a broad new line of  product offerings across multiple […]

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Le Boat puts Rideau Canal on the map

Le Boat was at council Monday evening presenting a wind-up of its first year in Smiths Falls and on the Rideau. By all accounts it was good. The first question Lisa McLean, marketing manager for Le Boat, answered (one that many who have boated on the Rideau for years asked) was why don’t those who […]

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Brennan says not interested in meeting with pitchforks: wants a dialogue

Again protestors stood out front as council proceeded upstairs in council chambers late Monday afternoon. Outside, many said it’s not just the parking anymore but the way the decision was made. One protestor, who wouldn’t give her name, remembered back to last year. “It was a done deal then, and the new council comes in […]

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Lanark County publishes 2019 Festivals & Events Guide

Lanark County’s Tourism Department, in partnership with the municipalities of Beckwith, Carleton Place, Drummond /North Elmsley, Lanark Highlands, Mississippi Mills, Montague, Perth, Tay Valley and Smiths Falls, is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Lanark County Festivals & Events guide.  The compilation of the Festivals & Events guide is one that involves virtually every community […]

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Protests unlikely to move Smiths Falls council, says mayor

Interview by Emilie Must A vote by Smiths Falls town councillors Jan. 21 to reverse a decision by the previous council, and implement a complete street design for the redevelopment of Beckwith Street has sparked angry protests in this normally quiet town. Protestors with signs have picketed outside the town hall during council meetings for […]

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Canopy Growth names cannabis trailblazer Hilary Black as Chief Advocacy Officer

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce it has named Hilary Black as its Chief Advocacy Officer, effective immediately. In her expanded role, Hilary’s mandate includes driving patient advocacy efforts worldwide, executing the Company’s global corporate social responsibility strategy, and leading the implementation of best practices for diversity […]

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Town of Smiths Falls receives asset management funding

The Town of Smiths Falls is receiving $50,000 through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) federally-funded Municipal Asset Management Program. Smiths Falls was one of 42 municipalities across Canada to receive funds through this program. The new program is a five-year $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities make informed infrastructure investment decisions based on […]

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Canopy Growth appoints Dr. Danial Schecter as Director, Global Medical Services

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Danial Schecter as Director of Global Medical Services. Dr. Schecter is widely recognized as an expert in the clinical use of medical cannabis and will use his experience to expand the Company’s network of partner healthcare clinics […]

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WAK looks for funding from Municipal Grants program

Gail Logan and Bridget Manahan appeared as a delegation of two at council late Tuesday afternoon asking for funding under the Municipal Grants program. Logan, with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County (BBBSLC) let Manahan, Manager of Youth Services with the We Are Kids (WAK) program, lead the way. Manahan said the main purpose […]

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Railroad Museum on a roll this past year

Two delegations at council, each looking for money, took councillors’ attention late Tuesday amidst horn honking and hollering from the outside street protestors. Tony Humphrey, president of the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, accompanied by Leisa Bell, made a request to council for $20,000 from the 2019 Municipal Grants. He gave a quick brush-up on […]

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Choked defeat for the Bears against Rockland Nationals

Fortune hasn’t shone on the Bears games at the Den lately. The team almost broke the cycle at Friday’s game against the Rockland Nationals just to experience yet another tough 3-4 loss at the last moment. Rockland first hit was annulled since the net had moved. However they still managed to score the first official […]

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Chimo kids go home with new books

Students at Chimo Elementary School in Smiths Falls took a bit of time away from class Thursday to get a Valentine’s present. Kindergarten to Grade 4 kids trooped to the school library where seven Friends of the Smiths Falls Library members met them with boxes of books. This year, as they have for the past […]

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Boxing for Parkinson’s a real winner

Boxing4Health – Sally Smith Kim Ducharme, who leads a boxing class three times a week in the basement of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Smiths Falls, says there’s a misconception about boxing. “People often think of it as just a beat-down. But we work on balance, strength, and endurance — boxing is the fun part.” She grins, and adds […]

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Einsteins win for second year in a row

Friends of the Library Once again Einsteins won the Friends of the Library Trivia Pursuit Challenge on Sunday, February 10, at the Smiths Falls Legion. For the second year in a row (with a slightly different team than last year), this year’s team of Heather Currie-Whiting, Annie Laurie, Jack Lessard, Chris and Laurie Mathieson, Tim […]

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Make town a living laboratory

  Smiths Falls is in for a high-ole time in the next couple of years. Council members unanimously nodded to Nathaniel Morris’ cannabis pilot project presentation Monday at Committee of the Whole. Despite loud, prolonged honking from drive-bys, and yelling from about 40 protestors protesting angle versus parallel parking outside City Hall, Morris, Canopy Growth, […]

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Protesters have their say about angle/parallel parking

Shortly after Committee of the Whole started Monday night at 4 p.m., noise from outside began to filter up to council chambers. Activists on the street were protesting the recent contentious decision by council to opt for parallel parking versus angle parking which has been one of Smiths Falls more visible characteristics over the past […]

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New Year new shows at the Gallipeau Centre Theatre

2019 will be an awesome year for live music as Dream Rock announces their first two of many shows they will be producing at The Gallipeau Centre Theatre this year. Live in concert Saturday February 9th 2019 Captain Fantastic The Elton John Experience the ultimate musical tribute to one of the worlds greatest and highly […]

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A win slips through the Bears claws Friday night

Chris Uhlig The Bears let a win slide through their claws at the Friday night game at the Den with a 3-4 loss against the Navan Grads in overtime. Jacob Shankar gave the Bears an early lead in the first period with a score at 4:48, assisted by Jacob Cuffley and Alexandre Way. Navan answered […]

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OPP request public assistance to locate missing male

Submitted On November 30, 2018, members of the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a missing person who had not been seen since late July, early August 2018. Police are concerned for the well-being of Mr. Robert William LAMBERT, 75-years-old of Montague Township, Ontario who often requires assistance […]

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First cannabis themed golf course rolls into Lombard Glen

Emilie Must Rolling Greens is Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club’s new name as of April 1st—but it’s no April Fool’s joke. Toronto-based business partners Gordon Weiske and Joe Lopes officially bought the golf course from Jean and Dave Sherman at the end of 2018. Rolling Greens’ new owners have big plans for the golf […]

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Looking for new location for Victoria Park campground; must be moved in two years

Sally Smith Even with ice on the canal, summer and Victoria Park Campground were on council’s mind Monday at Committee of the Whole in Smiths Falls. The future of the park has been on the collective Town minds for at least the last 24 months. CAO Malcolm Morris acknowledged the history of Victoria Park goes […]

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Previous decision rescinded; Complete Street design approved with more analysis of cycle lanes

Sally Smith In a recorded vote, a motion to rescind the motion regarding angle versus parallel parking made by the previous council in February 2018, was won 4 to 3 Monday evening in Smiths Falls’ council chambers; those voting for were Councillors Alford, McKenna, Allen and Mayor Pankow. Those voting against were Councillors Brennan, McGuire […]

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European Update: Spectrum Cannabis enters UK & Poland

Submitted High-quality medical cannabis available today in Polish pharmacies; UK presence positions Spectrum to lead in a key emerging market. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) is pleased to update key European progress in the UK and Poland where its medically-focused business Spectrum Cannabis continues to build a sophisticated, pan-European cannabis […]

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Learn more about maple syrup production at LDMSPA’s Information Day and AGM, January 26

Submitted Get the answers to your maple syrup production questions at the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA) Information Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 26, 2019. This annual, all-day informational event is intended to provide resources and education for new and existing maple syrup producers in the region. “The annual […]

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Making Smiths Falls, proud the Bears for the win twice last week

Chris Uhlig Last week we saw not one, but two home games for the Bears, but only one was played at the den. The first game, we saw the Bears facing the Cornwall Colts at the CCHL Winter Showcase Tuesday in Kemptville. The team delivered a solid 5-2 win, with goals shot by Joey Warywoda, […]

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Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush celebrates fifty flippin’ years & seeks staff alumni for reunion

Submitted Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush is very excited to be celebrating Fifty Flippin’ Years in the Pancake House! Our family has been in maple syrup production for more than 150 years. Fourth and fifth generations owners are busy at the helm and sixth generation grandchildren are making a contribution to production, customer service […]

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Friends of the Library hold 22nd Annual Trivia Challenge

Submitted by the Friends of the Smiths Falls Library It’s that time of the year when the Friends of the Smiths Falls Library invite teams to participate in their Annual Trivia Challenge. The 22nd annual fundraiser takes place in the Lancaster Room (Main floor) at the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion, 7 Main Street, on Sunday, February […]

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Plant in Smiths Falls ‘centre of everything’

Sally Smith Sean Webster and Mario Castillo, Canopy Growth representatives, addressed Committee of the Whole Monday night. In an overview of the huge business, they talked about where Canopy is, and where it’s going. The plant in Smiths Falls is the “centre of everything,” Webster, Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations for both Federal and Ontario, said. […]

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Vote on rescinding previous council’s decision slated for next week in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith Another long discussion leading to the January 21 decision on revisiting the angle/parallel parking issue in downtown Smiths Falls faced those attending Committee of the Whole Monday night. Some questions that needed to be answered, were; further opinions were given, and the mandate of the new council was re-stated. Councillor Wendy Alford, at […]

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New York State facility to anchor new Hemp Industrial Park

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) has been granted a licence by New York State to process and produce hemp. Thanks to the work of key state and federal government officials from the State of New York, Canopy Growth is proud to outline its commitment to invest in New York […]

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Registering for Kindergarten 101

Submitted The first day of school is a big milestone for children and their families, especially for parents who are sending a child to school for the first time. Even for experienced parents, knowing the steps to take to register for school or what to expect in Kindergarten may leave some asking questions. Here is […]

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Smiths Falls gets first look at 2019 budget

Sally Smith Janet Koziel, Smiths Falls treasurer, delivered the first draft of the 2019 budget to a Special Committee of the Whole Monday night. “This preliminary budget reflects the vision within the Strategic Plan,” she said, while at the same time is “preparing to meet the challenges of the Town’s future financial stability.” On its […]

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Canopy Growth outlines its CBD advantage

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC)(TSX:WEED) (the “Company” or “Canopy Growth”) once again applauds the passage of the U.S. 2018 Farm Bill. Canopy Growth wishes to update the market on its hemp operations as it prepares for US market entry thanks to this transformative piece of federal legislation, one that enables expanded pathways to the American […]

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Councillor McKenna compliments fellow female councillors

Sally Smith Immediately before adjournment, Councillor McKenna, made the observation that it was a privilege to win a council seat and even more a privilege to win it alongside three terrific and intelligent women. “More women need to be involved in politics [even though] barriers such as child care might get int the way. I […]

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Parallel parking to be revisited in motion of intent

Sally Smith Even though the draft budget loomed large on the agenda at Smiths Falls’ Committee of the Whole, it was Councillor Wendy Alford’s desire to revisit a decision made almost a year ago regarding angle parking on a revitalized Beckwith Street that grabbed attention Monday. Alford said this was a once in a generation […]

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As Town grows, parking gets scrutiny from council

Sally Smith Paula Nichols of PN Parking Solutions and Karl Grenke, Senior Planner, addressed Committee of the Whole Monday evening presenting the first part of a parking utilization study for the Town in response to new and increased development pressures downtown and in conjunction with the Beckwith Street revitalization project. Council budgeted $25,000 in 2018 […]

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Town setting policy re cannabis retail locations

Sally Smith CAO Malcolm Morris brought a cannabis report to Committee of the Whole. Provincial cannabis retailing regulations include a 150 metre buffer area for cannabis stores to keep them separated from schools. No buffers from any other use, sensitive or otherwise, have been specified in the regulations. However, “staff recommend we develop our own […]

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Station Theatre highlighted at council on Monday

Sally Smith Station Theatre board member, Tom Foulkes, addressed Committee of the Whole, Monday, bringing an update from the theatre to new council members. It’s been five years since a member of the board last spoke to council, Foulkes commented, and as the town is “poised for heady times” it’s time for another. “We’re not […]

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Bears take home the win against the Rockland Nationals

Chris Uhlig Baby it’s cold outside, so why don’t you stay with me in the Den for a game of hockey. What a game it was, a real nail biter that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats til the very end. Even better, the Bears FINALLY took home a much awaited WIN, […]

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Axe and Arrow Gastropub; A New Approach

Brian Turner Review an eatery without ever stepping foot inside?  How can that be done? If you consider that the place in question is the creation of local community supporter and enthusiast Brian Paquette, you’ll find your answer.  Brian and his wife Vanessa MacLellan moved to Smiths Falls only 7 years ago, but they’ve both […]

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New council was sworn into office in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith A new council was sworn into office Monday night in Smiths Falls. New council members Niki Dwyer, Wendy Alford, Chris McGuire and Peter McKenna joined returning councillors Jay Brennan and Lorraine Allen, as well as Mayor Shawn Pankow. Mayor Pankow spoke glowingly of the recent growth of the town — particularly Canopy Growth’s […]

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Young hockey players had an enjoyable evening with the Smiths Falls Bears

Chris Uhlig Last night, a group of young hockey players in Smiths Falls had an enjoyable evening of pizza , gifts and a chance to meet the town’s CCHL Jr. A hockey team, The Smiths Falls Bears. The evening was arranged by Midway Sports and Trophies Inc (the team sponsor) in partnership with the Jr. […]

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Canopy Growth Completes strategic extract supply agreement with MediPharm Labs

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) and MediPharm Labs Inc. (“MediPharm”), a specialized cannabis extraction business licensed under the Cannabis Act, and a wholly owned subsidiary of MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSXV:LABS) (together, the “Companies”) have entered into a strategic supply agreement dated November 29, 2018. Under the 18-month agreement, MediPharm […]

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Christmas comes to Heritage House Museum

Submitted Come by Heritage House Museum and enjoy the most festive event of the year on Sunday, December 2nd from 1pm to 3pm. Live music, tea in the parlour, goodies, meet local artists and a jolly old soul at the Victorian Christmas Party. Share in the sights, sounds and flavours of an 1860s Christmas. Gather […]

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Smiths Falls December Mobile Donor Centre held in honour of late SFDCI teacher Kristine MacLaren

#REDSTRONG Submitted WHAT: Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) staff have adopted the December 5th Smiths Falls Mobile Donor Centre In Honour of the late Kristine MacLaren. In May of 2017, Kristine MacLaren, Music and Arts Teacher at SFDCI was diagnosed with a leiomyo sarcoma- a rare form of cancer originating from smooth muscle. During her […]

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Celebration of Walking Event November 28th

Submitted We will be celebrating the “Walking the Rural Way” project; a project supported by Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada with funding from the Government of Ontario. The goal of this project is to increase active school travel opportunities for elementary school students by strengthening our partnerships, and creating environments […]

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Smiths Falls on the Rise: Celebrating community growth, record highs in construction in 2018

There’s a lot more than cannabis growing in Smiths Falls these days. As the community celebrates the end of a monumental year, the town of Smiths Falls is booming in more ways than one, with an increase in real estate and construction development that has reached record highs. The impetus behind these increases lies primarily […]

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Holiday Train marks 20 years of making memories this season

Stacey Roy Country music singer, Kelly Preston and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) invites the communities of Merrickville, Smiths Falls and Perth to join them for a Christmas tradition of harmony and helping others Nov. 28 when the CP Holiday Train pulls into our communities this anniversary year. This annual holiday event will be moving into […]

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Docs on Ice Tournament coming to Lanark County, seeking home rentals

Submitted In 2019, a group of local doctors will welcome nearly 1,000 physicians to the ice pads across Lanark County – and they need your help. Docs on Ice is an annual fundraising hockey tournament for physicians that first started in Peterborough in 1983 with just eight teams. Today, the event has since grown to […]

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Celebration of Lights is back bigger and better than ever!

Submitted Together Smiths Falls is bringing back the Celebration of Lights to Victoria Park for its fifth season after one year hiatus. “It was disappointing to have to cancel last years event due to the construction in the basin but we look forward to bringing the event back and making it one to remember,” said […]

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Kemptville 73’s delivered a 2-6 blow to the Bears Friday night

Chris Uhlig The Kemptville 73’s delivered a crushing 2-6 blow to the Bears Friday night at the Den in a game that’s more memorable for a serious player injury and the number of penalties, particularly unsportsmanlike behaviour, than actual hockey play. Kemptville opened hunting season on the Bears with a powerplay score by Jesse Dick […]

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2nd Annual Ladies Night at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm

Thursday, November 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Submitted Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm and Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush are excited to present the 2nd Annual Ladies Night, an old-fashioned evening of Christmas hospitality and warmth. Oh, and some shopping opportunities too! Join us on Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Cedar […]

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Beckwith renewal, Old Lock construction on track

Sally Smith Director of Public Works, Troy Dunlop, reports that Beckwith Street downtown renewal groups have been looking at street lighting, traffic signal design, traffic calming measures, raised intersections at Russell and Main (how to be constructed and details).  He adds everything is on track and ready for tendering the first week of February. The […]

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Look for five new entrance signs to town

Sally Smith Jennifer Miller, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, presented a recommendation to council to award an RFP to CGS Signs and Stripes Inc. for the removal of the existing signs in town, and the production and installation of five new entrance signs to replace the existing signs at entry points. This is the […]

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Sivarulrasa Gallery to host United Way Lanark County Mix & Mingle fall social

Submitted United Way Lanark County is pleased to announce its partnership with Sivarulrasa Gallery in hosting United Way’s Mix & Mingle Fall Social. This networking event is being held on Wednesday November 21 st , in the Sivarulrasa Gallery, amongst the eye catching exhibits on display, from 6:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. at 34 Mill Street […]

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Animal shelter launches building fundraiser this Christmas season

Stacey Roy There is no better present to give our feline friends than a warm place to rest their heads this Christmas morning. That is what a $50,000 building campaign launched on gofundme.com (under the name laws shelter rebuild) aims to achieve. The fundraiser was launched by Gerry Van Loon, president of the Lanark Animal […]

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Carleton Place Canadians beat the Smiths Falls Bears in overtime

Chris Uhlig Carleton Place Canadians win against the Bears in overtime 2 to 1. The longstanding rivalry between the two Hwy 15 teams was fought out again under the score board of the Memorial Center Friday night. The game started after a Remembrance Day ceremony in honour of our veterans. The first period yielded no […]

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Come to the Cenotaph on November 11

Sally Smith It started with a question — “Why are there three cenotaphs in Smiths Falls?” There’s a large memorial plaque at the Memorial Centre where the LAV III is now located, another small cenotaph behind the library at the cross streets of Beckwith and Elmsley, and the main cenotaph at Centennial Park — Beckwith […]

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Spectrum Cannabis welcomes JWC dried cannabis products to its online platform

Diversified offering reinforces commitment to medical customers Submitted Spectrum Cannabis Inc. (“Spectrum Cannabis”), wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth”), is pleased to announce that it has  added dried cannabis products from Craft Grow partner James E. Wagner Cultivation (“JWC”) (TSX.V:JWCA) to its online store, reinforcing its commitment to quality and variety […]

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Ontario Festival of Small Halls set to deck the halls with special shows

Submitted The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is getting festive with hall-iday shows again this year, bringing big names in holiday music and comedy to even more special places across Eastern Ontario! The festival is expanding its hall-iday offerings, while presenting the unforgettable music of JUNO-nominated, Royal Wood, as well as the enthralling live performance […]

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Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Interim leadership arrangements

Submitted The Board of Directors of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has made further changes to address the vacancy resulting from PSFDH CEO, Beverly McFarlane’s extended treatment for medical reasons. Effective November 1, 2018, Vickie Kaminski has been appointed on a temporary basis as Acting CEO, bringing the Senior Leadership Team back to […]

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Canopy Growth issues shares to acquire stake in Manitoba retail business

Submitted On October [25], 2018, Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) issued to Flight North Inc. (“Flight North”) and Willmont Capital Ltd. (“Willmont Capital”, together with Flight North, the “Vendors”) an aggregate of 60,488 common shares of Canopy in connection with the share purchase agreement between Canopy, TS Brandco Holdings Inc. (“TS Brandco”) and the […]

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Sweet victory for the Bears against the Hawks

Chris Uhlig The Bears delivered a sweet 4-1 home ice victory against the Hawkesbury Hawks Tuesday night, to the delight of the 116 spectators. Noah Romeo flung the first puck into the net at 12:41 with help from Alex DiCarlo, the only goal of the first period. Late in the second period at 19:52 Theo […]

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Plate incoming results show Pankow re-elected

Sally Smith Even Shawn Pankow, mayor-elect, wanted to get home shortly following Smiths Falls results just after midnight October 22. He spoke briefly to the greatly reduced — but still enthusiastic — numbers at the Memorial Centre. “I’m very excited about the council you’ve elected. There’s both experience and youth, and a very bright group.” […]

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Tweed and Smiths Falls harold historic legalization of pot

Stacey Roy Cheers rose up alongside applause all around for the company, the activists, the town and the country that made legalization of marijuana possible Oct. 17, 2018. “This is an historic day for Canada”, added Bruce Linton, CEO of Tweed inside the company’s Smiths Falls education centre today. “We should all be very proud”. […]

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Canopy Growth to announce second quarter 2019 financial results

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) will release its financial results for the second quarter fiscal 2019 ended September 30, 2018 on November 14, 2018. Following the release of its second quarter 2019 financial results, Canopy Growth will host a conference call and audio webcast with Bruce Linton, Chairman & […]

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Looking for Pickleball players in Smiths Falls

Submitted People often equate Pickleball with seniors — that is, if you’re playing Pickleball you’re over 65. Joni Thornley doesn’t disagree with that but adds some balance to the description — “it’s loved by seniors, but it’s played by everyone.” Smiths Falls Pickleball was initially introduced to the town by Linda Pond but now Anne […]

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Lanark County Independent Grocers running I Love My Community Point of Sale Campaign in support of United Way

Submitted United Way Lanark County’s 2018 Campaign is underway, and starting October 21st through November 3rd, Andress’ YIG (Your Independent Grocer) in Smiths Falls, Mitchell’s YIG in Carleton Place, Patrice’s YIG in Almonte and Barnabe YIG in Perth will be running a I Love My Community Point of Sale (POS) Campaign. This marks the first […]

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Children’s Resources on Wheels has a new home!

Submitted Children’s Resources on Wheels and its two programs EarlyON Child and Family Centre and CROW Licensed Home Child Care relocated to its new home at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School at 4 Ross Street, Smiths Falls. EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in […]

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Lanark County to unveil food and drink trail at stakeholder session Oct. 23

Submitted The Lanark County Tourism Association (LCTA) is pleased to announce that Lanark County’s first food and drink trail program guidelines will be officially unveiled to stakeholders on Oct. 23 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Lanark County Administration Building. This stakeholder session is the second meeting held to gain feedback on the […]

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National impaired driving awareness campaign launched ahead of cannabis legalization

Submitted With cannabis legalization just seven days away, Tweed, Canada’s best-known cannabis brand, Uber, and MADD Canada are joining forces to launch a national awareness campaign focused on educating Canadians on the dangers of impaired driving, while also suggesting 101 creative things to do instead of driving high. Together, the three organizations are taking the […]

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Canopy Growth completes first legal medical cannabis export from Canada to the United States

Marking a major milestone in cannabis history, Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) has completed a legal transfer of cannabis products to a research partner in the United States. To the Company’s knowledge, this was the first export of legal cannabis products from Canada to the United States pursuant to an […]

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Interruption from the floor changes tone of meeting

Sally Smith It took one woman’s voice Thursday night to change the tone of the All-Candidates’ meeting in Smiths Falls. Carol Anne Knapp stood at the end of the debate between would-be councillors and mayoral candidates and asked to ask a question of the 13 candidates, nine of them men. This dramatic action was very […]

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Mayoralty candidates Pankow and Gallipeau asked ‘tough’ questions

Sally Smith Two mayoralty candidates held the attention of a crowd of close to 350 at Settlers Ridge in Smiths Falls October 4. Joe Gallipeau and incumbent Shawn Pankow expressed views — often contradictory — during the hour long session. Moderator Paul Howard kept up the momentum with questions he himself described as “tough and […]

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Chicken x 5 brings in $100 for Food Bank

Sally Smith Thirteen candidates sat on an elevated platform at Settlers Ridge in Smiths Falls October 4 in front of a crowd of over 350 who were listening and deciding between the four women and nine men running for a councillor’s position. Incumbents — John Maloney, Dawn Quinn, Jay Brennan and Lorraine Allen — were […]

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Local chiropractor expands offering at new clinic location

Stacey Roy stacey@pdgmedia.ca Operating a successful chiropractor clinic in Smiths Falls is great, but operating such a clinic that also offers guided and scalable fitness programs for those in need is optimum. This is what Rob Rodine and his staff at Optimum Health Clinic (33 Ferrara Drive, Smiths Falls) have achieved in their new, fully […]

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CCR Tribute Bootleg Creedence take the stage next at the Gallipeau Centre

On their last visit to Lanark County, Bootleg CREEDENCE brought the house down at their SOLD OUT Show in Perth on Saturday June 9th. The crowd loved them and and was blown away as the band kept them on their feet for the last five songs as they sang along and danced in the aisles. […]

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Eagles tribute – New Kids in Town big crowd, big show, big success

Submitted Last Saturday at the Gallipeau Center Theater New Kid in Town paid homage to the Eagles and brought the house down with their outstanding tribute to the Eagles.  These five incredibly talented musicians based out of Saint Catherines Ontario and the GTA blew the audience away as they played hit after hit from the […]

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Live streaming coming to Smiths Falls Council meetings

Councillor John Maloney was more than pleased to hear Smiths Falls council members agree to go ahead with Clerk Kerry Costello’s recommendation regarding live streaming of Committee of the Whole, or Council, or a combination of both, or perhaps a third reading of the budget, at Monday’s meeting. Maloney was the first to bring this […]

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Pushing the envelope: Town of Smiths Falls embraces role as hub for innovation

The town of Smiths Falls is celebrating its role as a hub for innovation industry and business enterprises, a role that has its roots in the community’s history and has made Smith Falls a desirable location for forward-thinking businesses for more than 200 years. “The people of Smiths Falls have long embraced innovation and have […]

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Delays at Burritt’s Rapids Swing Bridge

Submitted Parks Canada would like to advise that vehicles may encounter 20 min delays at the Burritt’s Rapids Swing Bridge on Friday, September 28 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. These intermittent closures will facilitate adjustments to the bridge and complete the remaining work that will bring the project to an end. […]

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Canopy Growth shareholders approve $5B CAD investment by Constellation Brands

Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that at the Company’s annual general and special meeting of shareholders held on September 26, 2018 (the “Meeting”), shareholders approved the previously-announced $5B CAD ($4B USD) private placement of 104,500,000 common shares and 139,745,453 common share purchase warrants of the Company […]

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Shawarma On the Falls inviting and tantalizing

Spotlight on Business If you haven’t tried Smiths Falls’ newest restaurant/take-out yet, get there fast. Shawarma On the Falls is more than worthwhile… Co-owners Thomas Lavasani and Joe Hassoun have worked together for 16 years — “He’s like an older brother to me,” Thomas laughs, with emphasis on the ‘older’. Thomas was a manager for […]

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Smiths Falls Bears endure another tough loss against the Brockville Braves

Submitted The Smiths Falls Bears had to endure another tough loss on home ice this Tuesday, loosing 3-6 against the Brockville Braves. The Braves opened scoring early on with a goal by Fred Allaire a mere 25 seconds into the game, followed by a power-play goal at 11.22 by Nicholas Hawkins. Brian Bygrave, assisted by […]

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Smiths Falls man charged after fraud investigation

Submitted Following a two month fraud investigation, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a man who operates businesses in the Town of Perth and Town of Smiths Falls. On Friday June 8, 2018 OPP received a walk in complaint at the Lanark County Detachment which resulted in […]

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Northern fire department needs help from Smiths Falls

Sally Smith Wharncliffe Fire Department, located in a northern municipality northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, has asked that Smiths Falls “receive emergency calls and notify Wharncliffe Fire Department of the call,” because they can’t “afford the current price increases for dispatch services.” The current cost to them is $800 and to cover the costs they […]

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Feeding birds discouraged in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith Clerk Kerry Costello took direction from Council Monday night regarding feeding birds. Councillor Brennan, responding to a taxpayer complaining about people feeding “geese, seagulls and wildlife in neighbourhoods,”asked for more concrete guidance from the town. Unlike Mary Poppins who encouraged her charges to take tuppence (two British pennies) and feed the birds with […]

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Main Street zoning amendment deferred

Sally Smith After a heated discussion, and with some final input from CAO Michael Morris, Smiths Falls council members decided to defer a decision about a zoning amendment application at 18-22 Main Street to the next CoW meeting in early October. Karl Grenke, Senior Planner, received a zoning plan amendment September 6 “to allow ground […]

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Another exciting step towards legalization: Tweed retail is coming to Manitoba!

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that it has completed the required Cannabis Retail Organization Agreement and Cannabis Store Retailer Agreements with the Manitoba Government and today unveiled the future locations of its first Tweed retail sites in the province. Starting October 17, adult customers in […]

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Bears drew short end of the stick on Friday night against Carleton Place Canadians

Submitted When it comes to the matter of hockey, there is absolutely no love lost between the two longtime Lanark county rivals of Smiths Falls and Carleton Place. The Bears ultimately drew the short end of the stick in the fast paced and very physical Friday night game against the Carleton Place Canadians in a […]

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Early morning fire leaves one homeless

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca An early morning fire left one occupant of a house at 25 James Street in Smiths Falls on the doorstep of the building next door. Lieutenant Randy Normandin spoke to the Hometown reporter at 3:50 a.m. “There was a fire in the kitchen, and one occupant who is out safely. He was […]

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Ninth Girls’ Night Out a success by all accounts

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Ask Councillor Lorraine Allen what worms taste like and she answers, with a bit of a grimace, that the crispy semi-circular dead critters taste a bit like a cracker. She had a chance to down one during Girls’ Night Out Thursday at the Rideau Candy Shoppe; for taking the dare, participants were […]

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Organigram & Canopy Growth partner in Newfoundland and Labrador by signing supply agreement including distribution and retail services

Deal secures Organigram’s portfolio within Canopy Growth’s retail stores & launches B2B sales platform Submitted Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OGI) (OTCQX:OGRMF), the parent company of Organigram Inc. (“Organigram”) and Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth”) (collectively, the “Companies”), leading licensed producers of cannabis are pleased to announce that following Organigram’s approval as a cannabis […]

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Canopy Growth congratulates Canopy Rivers for its listing on the TSX Venture Exchange

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth”) wishes to congratulate the entire team at Canopy Rivers Inc. as they take a leap forward and commence trading today on the TSX Venture Exchange as under the ticker symbol, “RIV”. Canopy Rivers was founded to diversify Canopy Growth’s cannabis supply streams and quickly evolved into a […]

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Libraries across Lanark County celebrate Ontario Public Library Week

Submitted 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. In Ontario, we celebrate our public libraries during Ontario Public Library Week (OPLW), on October 14-20, 2018. Libraries are Ontario’s farthest-reaching, most cost-effective community resource – providing high-quality education and lifelong learning, fostering community economic development and reducing the impacts of poverty. […]

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Economic development on the rise in Smiths Falls

Submitted The Economic Development department in the Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to report that economic development in Smiths Falls is on the rise, a trend that looks to continue into 2019, and beyond. Staff report the upward trend comes as a result of years of background work by council and staff to create […]

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Recruitment on-going for both hospitals

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Dr. Kate Stolee, Chief of Staff with the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, gave an overview of the on-going physician recruitment for the Smiths Falls and Perth hospitals on Monday night at council. People who move here need a physician and sometimes the decision whether or not to move is if […]

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Tower going purple for Big Brother Big Sister

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Purple was the colour of the night at Smiths Falls council meeting Sept. 17. Mayor Shawn Pankow declared September as Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) month, noting as well that the water tower would glow purple this week to commemorate the declaration. He added that “evidence-based research shows that every dollar invested […]

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New project to help more students walk to school in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark

Submitted Walking to school is a great way for children to be physically active. Not only is it associated with improved physical and mental health, but it also contributes to safer school zones, by reducing traffic volumes at and around schools. The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (LGL) District Health Unit, in partnership with active school […]

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The Rural FASD Support Network launched their first public meeting on Sept. 15

Submitted On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Rural FASD Support Network launched their first public meeting at Calvary Bible Church in Smith Falls, ON. The day started with Shelley More, co-founder, sharing the milestones achieved in the past two years, introducing the members of the executive committee, and sharing their mandate, vision and mission. Shelley also […]

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Bell’s in town

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Kevin Francis spent a peaceful day Friday sitting just in front of The Ivy on William plugging away at work on fibre optics for Smiths Falls. Francis, from Ottawa, set up a small table and chair, put his garbage can close by to catch all the dribs and drabs, and quietly worked […]

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Sept 14, 2018 – Smiths Falls Bears deliver 5-1 win over the Kanata Lasers at Friday night home game

The Bears delivered a solid 5-1 win over the Kanata Lasers during their Friday night home game in front of a crowd of 255 people. Alex DiCarlo opened the scoring season at 4.04 in the first period, with assists credited to Theo Todd and Ethan Coltart. Bruce Coltart continued adding to the scoreboard with a […]

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Edmonds Lock 25 and weir: Final phase of work to begin

Submitted The final phase of work at Edmonds Lock 25 on the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will begin in mid-October. This phase will focus on additional repairs to the historic masonry of the weir. Work will include grouting, repointing and dutchman repairs – where portions of stone are replaced – along the weir. The […]

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Novatech recommended for Lombard/Abbot signals

Sally Smith The Director of Public Works and Utilities, Troy Dunlop, asked council to adopt the recommendation to award Novatech Engineers, Planners and Landscape Architects for the design of the Lombard and Abbott Street signalization upgrades. Of the three proposals submitted, Novatech priced out in the middle at $68,258. The three were scored under five […]

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Duke and Duchess getting ramp to help them over riprap

Sally Smith Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, reported Monday night “the pour on the deck” of the Beckwith old-lock bridge went well last Friday. This week expect to see “sidewalks get poured Tuesday or Wednesday, weather permitting.” He added that the “three days behind” has now lessened to “two days.” The tender […]

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Sept 7, 2018-Smiths Falls Bears lose 4-3 to the Pembroke Lumber Kings in their Friday night home opener

Labour Day has come and gone,  the kids are back to school,  and the days are getting noticeable  shorter already. That can only mean one  thing – HOCKEY season! The  Bears hosted the  Pembroke Lumber Kings Friday night for their home opener.  The first period of the  game went by without any goals  by either […]

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Curling is one of the fastest growing sports in Canada

YOU’VE WATCHED US ON TV Curling is one of the fastest growing sports in Canada; millions of Canadians curl. You have watched curling on TV. Now is your opportunity to give curling a try! Smiths Falls has one of the finest curling facilities in the Ottawa Valley.   Boasting 4 sheets of ice as well as […]

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Joe and Angie Cayen will be missed, says Mayor

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Mayor Shawn Pankow extended heartfelt thanks to Joe Cayen and his wife Angie of Smiths Falls’ Canadian Tire at Committee of the Whole Monday night. “People come into our community and leave good impressions and strong memories,” he said of the two and their family who are moving to a bigger store […]

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Thanks to everyone from Urban Jungle

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Councillor John Maloney took a few moments Monday night to thank sponsors of Urban Jungle’s Obstacle and Fitness Challenge held August 12. This year the challenge raised $14,310. Of that, donations included $7,000 going to Lower Reach; $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ after school program; $250 to the Railway Museum; $150 […]

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You provide the student, we’ll provide the rest!

Submitted As parents and students pick up last minute items in preparation of the 2018-2019 school year, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) wants to remind UCDSB families that they don’t need to buy pencils, erasers or other such common classroom items. All UCDSB schools provide students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with the […]

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Lane closures on bridge scheduled

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Malcolm Morris, Smiths Falls CAO, spoke briefly about the Town’s bridge construction at Committee of the Whole Monday night. It’s proceeding on schedule, he said, acknowledging “There are days with no activities but no one should be alarmed. This is not uncommon for bridge construction projects. “Lane closures on the southbound lane […]

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*Clarification: Decisions, budgeting could be better, says Gallipeau

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca *Clarification: In an August 7, 2018 article Decisions, budgeting could be better, mayoral candidate Joe Gallipeau was quoted as saying, “the Town has spent $500,000 on docks for Le Boat.” Smiths Falls Treasurer Janet Koziel clarified those figures at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting: “Some docks were purchased in 2017, so for […]

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Smiths Falls Tweed visitor centre

Stacey Roy The next time tourists make the loop at 1 Hershey Drive looking for a chocolate shop they will find one and much more as the Tweed Visitor Centre officially opens Aug. 25. “It would be completely impossible not to bring back what was here, what is here and now it’s back,” said Bruce […]

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Looking for a seamstress

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Costume designer and maker, Sandy Bradley, at The Station Theatre in Smiths Falls is looking for a seamstress. If you can set a sleeve, alter clothes to fit, put in a zipper and make clothes from patterns, please give her a call. Besides sewing (which is something you like to do anyway), […]

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Canopy Growth receives amended licences from Health Canada

Submitted New Automated Distribution Centre Enhances Smiths Falls Campus Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received amended licences from Health Canada that increase the size and sophistication of its national footprint. The amended licences include a nearly doubling of growing capacity at its Smiths […]

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Canopy Growth secures over 100 product listings in Ontario

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) (the “Company” or “Canopy Growth”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Tweed Inc., has been selected as an approved supplier by the Ontario Cannabis Store (“OCS”) to supply a wide variety of cannabis products through its online store starting October 17th, 2018. Specific quantities will be disclosed once those details have […]

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Constellation brands to Invest $5 Billion in Canopy Growth to establish transformative global position and alignment

Submitted Expands Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Canopy Growth’s Global Expansion Plans in Rapidly-Growing Medical and Recreational Cannabis Markets Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, and Canopy Growth Corporation (Canopy Growth) (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC), a leading diversified cannabis company (together, the “Companies”), today announced a significant expansion of their strategic […]

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Canopy Growth extends existing commercial agreement

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) has issued $2,500,000 in common shares of Canopy Growth in connection with the expansion of an existing commercial arrangement at a price per share equal to the 5-day volume weighted-average price of the Company’s common shares on the TSX ending on [August 10, 2018]. […]

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Getting ready for pot …

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca A lot “needs to be considered” in Smiths Falls before October 17 — the day pot is legalized; that’s only nine weeks away. CAO Malcolm Morris briefly spoke to council at the end of Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting and said there would be ongoing updates from now on. A […]

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Duck Island bridge construction going to RFP

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Mayoral candidate Joe Gallipeau was galvanized into action Monday night stating he would not support a recommendation to purchase and install two pedestrian bridges from Duck Island to the Water Treatment Plant. Pedestrians of Smiths Falls have been without the link from Duck Island heading to Abbott Street since fast flowing waters […]

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Spectrum Cannabis introduces first of its kind Catalyst Peer Mentorship Program

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC) and its wholly owned subsidiary Spectrum Cannabis, together with Dr. Danial Schecter, Co-founder of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic, today announced a new Catalyst Peer Mentorship Program (“Catalyst Program”) which will link physicians from across the country with colleagues who possess advanced knowledge […]

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Canopy Growth announces further consolidation of Latin America assets with full acquisition of Spectrum Cannabis Chile

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce the acquisition of all remaining outstanding shares of its Chilean in-market entity, Spectrum Cannabis Chile SpA (“Spectrum Cannabis Chile”). This transaction brings Spectrum Cannabis Chile fully under the Canopy Growth umbrella and directly supports the Company’s plans for development within […]

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Announcing the 3rd Annual Shindig in Smiths Falls

Submitted A Musical Celebration for our Staff and Home Town Community Tweed is pleased to announce the date for the third annual Shindig, the largest community and music event in Smiths Falls. The date: August 25, 2018. Block your calendars and tell your friends! When we started this amazing journey as a cannabis company we […]

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Canopy Growth announces clinical trial approved for the use of cannabis to treat anxiety in certain animals

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE: CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Canopy Health Innovations Inc. (“Canopy Health” or “CHI”) is pleased to announce that approval has been received from the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada to research the effectiveness of cannabidiol (“CBD”) to treat anxiety in certain animals. […]

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Canopy Growth strengthens commitment to cannabis-based medicines through completion of Canopy Health Innovations acquisition

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE: CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Canopy Health Innovations Inc. (“CHI”), including the subsidiary operations of Canopy Animal Health Inc. (“CAH”). The Company believes its strategy of integrating and aligning CHI’s clinical platform with the international […]

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Collision claims life of woman

Submitted Officers of the Rideau Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are continuing an investigation into a collision that claimed the life of a local woman. On August 7, 2018 at about 3:45 AM OPP officers from the Rideau Lakes Detachment responded to a collision on Highway 15, just north of Portland in Rideau Lakes Township. Investigation […]

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Town of Smiths Falls opens new Visitor Centre at Town Hall

Submitted The Town of Smiths Falls opened their new Visitor’s Centre during a meeting of Council on Monday, July 23rd. Located in the old school house, the new welcoming space will house the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, the Town of Smiths Falls departments of Economic Development and Tourism, the Local Immigration Partnership, and […]

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LCBO & United Way Lanark County’s Show Your Local Love campaign underway

Submitted The LCBO’s Summer Point of Sale Campaign in support of our 2018 United Way Lanark County Campaign is underway! From now until August 6th, LCBO Team Members in Carleton Place, Almonte, Perth, Smiths Falls and Lanark Highlands will be collecting donations at the cash to raise funds to help United Way assist those in […]

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Town will benefit as member of EORN system

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Committee of the Whole agreed Smiths Falls should be a partner in, and support, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) system to improve mobile broadband cell coverage in the area. The project covers from Peterborough to the border of Quebec and the cost will be somewhere between $54,000 and $81,000 — on […]

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School crossing guard locations reviewed at CoW

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca In just over a month kids will be heading back to school. With the push to get children exercising more and school boards increasing the distance they can/should walk, the Town is updating its crossing guard locations and adding/subtracting some. Nadine Bennett, Deputy Clerk, presented a report to Committee of the Whole […]

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Waterfront visioning exercise presented; lots of good ideas

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls CAO, Malcolm Morris, was taken to task Monday night at Committee of the Whole. Morris presented the findings of a Waterfront Visioning Exercise undertaken in late March this year of which the general tone was interest, intrigue, potential and possibilities. The chastisement came from councillors who hadn’t been invited to […]

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Pankow decides on second run for mayor

Sally Smith Shawn Pankow signed and submitted papers today to take a second run for the top spot in the Town of Smiths Falls. If he wins this will be his third term on council, the first one being as a councillor. The election is October 22. Pankow, 53 in September, says his job is […]

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Open air burn ban continues due to fire hazard risk

Submitted The Smiths Falls Fire Department is continuing with a ban on open air burning, due to the continued dry conditions. The ban remains into effect and applies to all properties within Smiths Falls until further notice. No authorization to burn will be permitted during the burn ban. *This is about fire prevention. The forecast […]

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Councillor Cummings not running for re-election

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca In an emotional moment on Monday, Councillor Chris Cummings announced he would not be seeking re-election in October. “It’s time for me to step back,” he said, adding he’s been 12 years on council, made a number of friends and has a new understanding of municipal government and politics. He said he […]

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No decision reached about extending Campsite lease

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca They didn’t ask for money, they asked for time at Committee of the Whole July 16. Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce (SFDCC) members presented their “ask” Monday regarding a longer term lease for the Victoria Park Campground; the current agreement expires on December 31 this year. The Campground has a […]

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“Invest” money to make money says chess organizer

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Jeremy Sztuka hopes to entice chess players to the 2nd annual Smiths Falls Open Chess Tournament in mid-August with some help from council members. He approached Committee of the Whole Monday with an ask of $2000, all of which would go directly to prizes for the players. His reasoning is he can […]

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Council asked to fly flag and march in PRIDE event

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca James AE Perkins brought a gift to Committee of the Whole Monday — a flag. It’s a large multi-coloured rainbow flag and he asked if the Town would fly the flag in recognition of the first annual Smiths Falls Pride Event. The parade is scheduled for August 18 at 5 p.m. at […]

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Friends of Lanark County’s response to Lanark County’s 2018 Spray Program

Submitted by Friends of Lanark County Starting in mid-May, Lanark County used Clearview herbicide along County roads in an effort to control wild parsnip. Once again, as for the two previous years, there has been insufficient notification of this program. The small ad in the local newspaper still left residents in the dark. As well, […]

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Canopy Growth to acquire Hiku brands to strengthen retail and brand portfolio

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth”) (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) and Hiku Brands Company Ltd. (“Hiku”) (CSE: HIKU) (together, the “Companies”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement (the “Agreement”) pursuant to which Canopy Growth will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Hiku (the “Transaction”). […]

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Let’s talk about our physical environment

Submitted Our physical environment is comprised of the buildings, transportation (roads, public/private transit, bike lanes and sidewalks), energy systems (hydro, heat/cool & water), open space (parks and recreation) and farm lands that make up and support our communities. Our physical environment is a social determinant of health and plays an important role in our health and […]

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Four Students Launch their Businesses through Summer Company

Submitted This year, 4 local students have been selected for the 2018 Summer Company Program from the Small Business Advisory Centre (Lanark County/Smiths Falls) catchment area. Summer Company provides an opportunity for students to be their own boss for the summer. The successful students for 2018 are: Liam Nesbitt – ‘Life Changing Training’ Life Changing […]

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4 Degrees to host hippie party and concert Aug. 11

Submitted Relive the dawning of the Age of Aquarius on Saturday, Aug. 11 as 4 Degrees Brewing Company hosts an outdoor concert and hippie costume party. Frost & Wood-Stock, scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m., is also a fundraiser in support of children’s summer programming at the Smiths Falls Public Library. Audience members are urged […]

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Perfect fishing days at Lower Reach Park

Submitted Ask anyone and they’ll tell you it was a perfect day. At least 100 came out to Lower Reach Park for the Cops, Kids and Canadian Tire fishing derby on Sunday. July 8 was the last free fishing day of free fishing week in Ontario and members of the Smiths Falls Police Force, the […]

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Stephanie Mitton excited about by-election

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The evening was warm enough to compel the staff at 4 Degrees Brewing Company in Smiths Falls to open the garage door at the side of their establishment in the hopes of letting in some cool breezes. Stephanie Mitton was there at her first Meet and Greet event; she is one of […]

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Canopy Growth Corporation announces exercise and closing of Over-Allotment option

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) announced today the issuance of C$100 million aggregate principal amount of its 4.25% convertible senior notes due 2023 (the “Over-Allotment Notes”) pursuant to the exercise in full of the over-allotment option granted to the initial purchasers in connection with the previously announced […]

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Lanark County reminds residents jumping is prohibited from trail bridges

Submitted Lanark County is reminding residents that jumping from trail bridges within the County of Lanark is unsafe and strictly prohibited. The County was advised by the Ontario Provincial Police that they are receiving reports of young people jumping into the Mississippi River from the fenced off and posted “No Trespassing” bridges located along the […]

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Long hours and two free lockage days mark the start of summer on the Rideau Canal

Submitted Parks Canada announces that the Rideau Canal’s summer hours will begin this coming Friday, June 22nd at all lock stations between Ottawa and Kingston. Lock staff will welcome boaters and land-based visitors from Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 6 pm and on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between 9 am and 7 pm. 2018 is the perfect time to experience […]

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The Simplicity of the SpectrumTM Meets the Sophistication of Softgels

Submitted Spectrum Cannabis (“Spectrum Cannabis”), the global medical subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is proud to announce the introduction of convenient, colour-coded Softgels to its product line in Canada. These innovative new products, available today, provide patients and healthcare professionals with a consistent dosing format for ingestible […]

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Cash in-lieu of parking spaces goes to Town

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Andrew Hassoun is bringing a new restaurant to Town. Shawarma on the Falls, specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, is set to open at 16 Beckwith St. N. The location, previously a pet shop, under the Town’s zoning By-law, requires that parking spaces be provided “to accommodate new, expanded and redeveloped land uses.” […]

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Pankow, Fenik ask for money for hospitals

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Two mayors attended Committee of the Whole Monday — Shawn Pankow from Smiths Falls and Perth mayor John Fenik. They spoke to council members and those attending the meeting about the Core Capital Campaign of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, and asked for council’s consideration in their “ask” for money. […]

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Condie Street resident brings petition to council

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Ryan Abbass was unhappy Monday. He brought a petition filled with names of people who live on Condie Street who object to the proposed reconstruction of the road. The proposal is for sidewalks to be constructed only on the west side of the street, rather than both sides. Having lived there over […]

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Boxing 4 Health for people with Parkinson’s comes to Smiths Falls

  Boxing 4 Health Inc. – a unique exercise program based on training used by kickboxing trainers and adapted for people living with Parkinson’s Disease is now available in the Smiths Falls area. The program involves stretching, functional movements, skipping, push-ups, balancing and non-contact boxing lead by trained coaches. “We are excited about bringing this […]

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Canopy Growth Corporation upsizes and prices offering of convertible senior notes

  Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) announced today that it has priced its previously announced offering of convertible senior notes due 2023 (the “notes”). The Company will issue C$500 million aggregate principal amount of the notes. Canopy Growth has granted the initial purchasers of the notes an […]

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Le Boat grand opening a huge success

Trevor Oattes Smiths Falls has become a new home for Le Boat, Europe’s largest luxury boat rental company, following the grand opening of the company’s North American headquarters on June 13. Le Boat’s history spans over 40 years across eight of Europe’s richest countries – Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. The […]

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Town of Smiths Falls appoints new Fire Chief

Submitted The Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to announce that Mr. Rick Chesebrough has been appointed as the Town’s new Fire Chief. Mr. Chesebrough joins a long list of esteemed fire services professionals that have held the post since the Fire Department was established as a Fire Brigade in 1852. Rick comes to the […]

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LAV III coming to Smiths Falls

Sally Smith Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 members left Town Hall happy Monday after the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls. The Legion has been looking for approval from the Town for a place to build a concrete pad for the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III its had waiting since December. Monday they […]

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OPP conducting investigation into a missing Rideau Lakes man

(LEEDS, ON.) –   Officers of the Rideau Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are continuing an investigation into a missing Rideau Lakes man. On June 6, 2018 at about 4:50 PM Rideau Lakes OPP officers responded to Delta in response to a missing person. Daniel Slack, 68 years old of Delta was last seen on his acreage property […]

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Days of Caring at The Mission in Smiths Falls

Submitted On Wednesday May 23, we kicked off the first of 6 planned Days of Caring where employees  from Tweed volunteer their efforts on Tweed company time to tackle projects for our partners throughout Lanark County & Smiths Falls.  Our first project was weeding and cleaning up the backyard at The Mission in Smiths Falls, […]

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What topics to take to AMO Conference this year

Sally Smith Each year municipalities head off to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference. This year it’s in Ottawa from August 19-22. Some Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants will be in attendance and will host municipal delegations. CAO Malcolm Morris asked council for suggestions for these delegations. Staff identified four: Connecting Link funding program, Perpetual […]

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Tweed Inc. asked for stratified title for two parcels of land

Sally Smith It was recommended to Committee of the Whole Monday evening that the Town convey a “stratified title” under Hershey Drive to link the properties known as 1 Hershey Drive and 2 Air Care Drive. This, says Karl Grenke, planner with the Town, would “merge” the addresses of Tweed Incs. two existing landholdings and […]

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Town asked to be part of “test corridor” for autonomous vehicles

Sally Smith The Town received an invitation from the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) asking it to join the “preferred autonomous vehicles test corridor.” This is an initiative for controlled testing of autonomous vehicles (AVs). The OGRA is calling for “the creation of a seamless and well-coordinated preferred AV testing corridor stretching from Windsor to […]

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Second annual Pow Wow gearing up for June 9, 10

Sally Smith A second annual Pow Wow on Turtle Island is slated this year for Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. SFDCI, and students of the Indigenous Studies Program, will host the event. The purpose is to bring people together, connect the school with the community, and celebrate Indigenous culture and traditions. Akwesasne Mohawks […]

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Tribute to our legend Stompin’ Tom Connors

Submitted Reserved seating, a cash bar and a great show?! It’s all happening June 16th @ 7 PM as part of the On The Roll Smiths Falls series! Don’t miss the Stompin’ Tom Connors Canadian Tribute Tour, performed by none other than his son, Stompin’ Taw! This show promises to be a STOMPIN’ good time… […]

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Dr. Mark Ware joins Canopy Growth Corporation as Chief Medical Officer

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Ware, a leading researcher in the cannabis field for decades, will join the senior leadership team at Canopy Growth as the Company’s Chief Medical Officer commencing July 1st, 2018. Dr. Ware is an associate professor of family […]

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Vert is growing again: Health Canada grants licence to Vert Mirabel

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) together with Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand Inc. (“Bertrand”) are pleased to announce that their joint business Les Serres Vert Cannabis Inc. (“Vert Mirabel”), received a cultivation licence from Health Canada on Friday, May 25, 2018. This establishes the tenth licenced production facility under the […]

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Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Potable Water Storage

Town Meeting: Phase 2 Status Update J.L. Richards & Associates Limited Sarah Gore, P.Eng., Project Manager Sources: smithsfalls.ca – PDF www.jlrichards.ca Town of Smiths Falls Water System   Purpose of this Study Phase 1 Problem/Opportunity Statement “The Town of Smith’s Falls owns and operates a communal potable water supply system for the Town, including the […]

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Chimo Elementary School hosted UCDSB cheerleading competition

Submitted Chimo Elementary School hosted the Upper Canada District School Board Cheerleading Competition on May 15, 2018. Two UCDSB schools participated in the competition – Gananoque Intermediate & Secondary School and Chimo Elementary School. Both schools had multiple teams and stunt groups, with a total of 63 athletes ranging from Grade 4 to Grade 12 […]

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Mayor Pankow addresses the Canadian Senate regarding Bill C-45 respecting Cannabis

As posted on Facebook page –Shawn Pankow, Mayor of Smiths Falls “It was an honour today to address the Canadian Senate Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee today regarding Bill C-45 respecting Cannabis and amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and others. I participated on a panel with Canopy Growth Corporation […]

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What to do with the old iconic water tower?

Sally Smith The Town of Smiths Falls has given itself a long lead-in time before it really has to start thinking about what to do with the iconic water tower in the middle of town. It’s 90 years old now; it has another 10 years at the very most until it’s “done-done,” says the Town’s […]

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A rousing hockey night at Volunteer Appreciation event

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was Hockey Night in Smiths Falls Wednesday night at the Station Theatre. Mark Borowiecki, Sens #74, was on hand at the Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation evening, and the whole Smiths Falls PeeWee B Bears team was on stage, too. Bookended by the hockey stars were Bill Widenmaier and Katie Hoffman, recipients of […]

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Students promote and produce talent show for KITES

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Project KITES is not just good for Eila VanWingerden, the 14-year-old girl SFDCI students have taken under their wing this semester; it’s also good for the 20 students doing the fundraising, putting a variety show together, and finding sponsors for the June 5 event. Each semester over the last year-and-a-half, Breanna Bedor’s […]

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Spiff up town in preparation for tourists

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Malcolm Morris, Smith Falls’ Chief Administrative Officer, commented at a special Committee of the Whole meeting, May 7, that the initial stages of a First Impressions program have been put to work. He described the program as “a look at the town through the lens of a tourist.” A first reaction driving […]

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Good sound-bites, no controversy at All-Candidates’ meeting

OPINION – Sally Smith It was very civil, very sedate, very structured. The Lanark Federation of Agriculture partnered with the Chambers of Commerce from Smiths Falls, Perth and Carleton Place to host an All-Candidates’ Meeting at Beckwith Township offices Wednesday night. Four candidates faced a crowd of about 120 people – Anita Payne, Green Party […]

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SFDCI fundraising for indigenous visitors

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute’s Gr. 10 Civics class asked council for a grant of $500 to help raise funds to bring 15 indigenous students from North Saskatchewan to visit the town for a week, and, in return, for 15 SFDCI students to travel to the northern community for a week. Council […]

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New look for old building at 1 Chambers Street

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The front corner of the uniquely shaped building at 1 Chambers Street is getting a make-over. The building has been periodically vacant over the years; the proposal is to refurbish it under a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) grant to contain an ice-cream shop on the lower level (Sweet Scoops, to open year-round), […]

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Few rooms and rentals in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca CAO Malcolm Morris gave a good-news, bad-news story to CoW on Monday – there is lots of interest in finding rooms and accommodations in Smiths Falls, but there aren’t any! “It’s an unprecedented situation,” says Councillor Cummings. “It’s a problem we thought we’d never have.” Morris says if people have space, if […]

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New Screening software used by police

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Community Police Officer Aaron Tompkins, along with Chief Mark MacGillivray presented and described the department’s new Health IM Screening software to Committee of the Whole May 14. Health IM has three components – a digital mental health screener, a wireless connection, and records management synchronization with the hospital system. Health IM is […]

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A surplus, less of a deficit, and improvement in the Town of Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was good news for the Town of Smiths Falls at Committee of the Whole Monday night. Howard Allen of Allen and Partners gave a brief overview of the financial statement for 2017. Generally speaking, there is a “surplus of $400,000, there is less of a deficit, and the Town’s situation has […]

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Canopy Growth announces application to list on the NYSE

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”)(TSX: WEED) announced today it has applied to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). The Company currently anticipates that, subject to the receipt of all required approvals, its common shares will begin trading on the NYSE before the end of May […]

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Second fire in as many weeks for Smiths Falls Fire Department

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Monday, May 15th, the Smith Falls Fire Department received the call of an attic fire at 95 Main St. E. around 6:05 pm, when a neighbor reported smoke coming out of the back portion of the roof.  Both Montague and Smiths Falls fire departments responded to the scene. Nobody was in […]

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Looking for a solution for missing pedestrian bridge

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca We’re not going to get it soon, but when the pedestrian bridge from small Turtle Island to the south shore is done (for the second time) it will be “serviceable, safe and there for a long time,” says Art Manhire, Director of Community Services with the Town. “We’re in the process of […]

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Say Hi to AB Labs: the newest CraftGrow partner in the Tweed Main Street store

Submitted Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the addition of high quality cannabis from CraftGrow partner AB Laboratories Inc. (“AB Labs”), part of Invictus MD Strategies Corp (“Invictus”) (TSXV: GENE; OTC: IVITF), in the Tweed Main Street online store. This is the latest product from a CraftGrow […]

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Telecommunications crossing given go-ahead at CoW

Sally Smith With barely the blink of an eye, council members, at a special Committee of the Whole meeting, May 7, sent a recommendation forward to council for the installation of a private (unregulated) telecommunications crossing on Hershey Drive to Air Care Drive. Private utilities require a municipal agreement to occupy any portion of a […]

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Victoria Avenue fire was accidental due to careless smoking

Submitted On May 7th, 2018 the Smiths Falls Fire Department responded to a fire at 80 – 82 Victoria Avenue. This property housed 6 apartments. The fire was contained the to third floor unit. The Smiths Falls Fire Department, Smiths Falls Police Service, and the Office of the Fire Marshal have investigated the cause of […]

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Smiths Falls Police and Fire Department investigating the cause of the fire on Victoria Avenue

Submitted On May 7, 2018 at approximately 1:35 a.m. the Smiths Falls Fire Department responded to a fire at 80 – 82 Victoria Avenue. Mutual Aid from the Montague Fire Department and Perth Fire Department was called. Smiths Falls Police Service also responded to the scene. This property housed 6 apartments. Sadly, there was one […]

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Tweed announces location of Newfoundland production site and first retail locations

Submitted Tweed is pleased to join the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in announcing the locations of its new production facility and first four retail locations in the province. Together, these sites will bring over 200 high quality local jobs in the booming legal cannabis sector. The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Jeff Ryan, […]

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Abbott Street swing bridge closing for repairs

Submitted The Detached swing bridge will be closed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 8 and 9 in order to complete routine maintenance.  Motorists are invited to plan their routes accordingly in order to avoid delays.  Parks Canada wishes to thank the public for their patience and cooperation at this […]

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One fatality in early morning fire in Smiths Falls

On May 7, 2018 at approximately 1:35 a.m. the Smiths Falls Fire Department responded to a fire at 80 – 82 Victoria Avenue. Mutual Aid from the Montague Fire Department and Perth Fire Department was called. Smiths Falls Police Service also responded to the scene. This property housed 6 apartments. Sadly, there was one fatality. […]

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Smiths Falls Police caution residents to stay away from water

Every spring we see water levels rise due to thawing of ice and snow, heavy rainfalls and spring run off.  Levels along the canal through Smiths Falls and outlying areas are high and the water is very cold and moving fast. Banks can be soft and slippery. The Smiths Falls Police ask that you please stay […]

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Smiths Falls to continue successful On the Roll music series

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Looking for a reason to celebrate? One thing worth celebrating is the thriving music scene to be found in Smiths Falls and Lanark County. This area has always been home to many talented musicians, from the old time fiddlers of the 1940s and 50s, to the country singers whose original songs made […]

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St. Francis school alumni welcomed back to school May 6 for final walk through

Stacey Roy On Sunday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. St. Francis de Sales School on Elmsley Street in Smiths Falls, will be opening its doors to the community for a final walk down memory lane and a celebration of the facility’s over 100 years of service. “We hope to see a lot […]

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Butterflies are Free opens at Station Theatre April 27th

Submitted by The Station Theatre Mothers should see this play. It’s about letting go of your children, and propping them up along the way. It’s witty and wise; you’ll weep and wonder if that’s you up there on stage. Butterflies are Free is a two-act play written by Leonard Gershe and originally produced in 1969 […]

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Student summer jobs subsidized under Green Fund

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca At a Special Council Meeting Monday night in Smiths Falls, council passed a bylaw to authorize an agreement with Canada Parks and Recreation Association to receive $15,187.20 in funding subsidies for three summer jobs under the Green Fund Jobs initiative. The subsidies will be used to offset employment for summer positions for […]

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‘No’ to chickens in backyard in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Council was asked for direction by staff on allowing chickens to be kept in a residential area; staff’s recommendation is to deny the request under the Animal Control bylaw, as it may set a precedent. Resident Andrew Howard has asked for an exemption. “My wife and I were hoping that council would […]

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No final answer for Harold Street residents

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Residents of Harold Street were not wholly assured at Committee of the Whole Monday evening in Smiths Falls that their Saturday morning peace would not be interrupted by ATVs running down the road from sunset to sundown. Rick Gilfillen, president and trail co-ordinator of the Rideau Lakes All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Club, […]

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Canopy Growth committed to giving back to community

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Station Theatre hosted the Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce breakfast April 24. Quiche, muffins and coffee, provided by Two Guys for Lunch, enticed about 70 members to stand and chat for a few moments before heading into the theatre for a presentation by Leslie Lentz and Sarah Brownlee, Canopy […]

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Canopy Health Innovations files a suite of additional cannabis-related patents

Submitted Canopy Health Innovations (“Canopy Health” or “CHI”), the partly-owned biopharmaceutical research and development affiliate of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (“Canopy Growth”), today announced that it has, alone or with its subsidiary Canopy Animal Health or through its joint-venture Beckley Canopy Therapeutics, filed eight provisional US patents pertaining to the delivery and application of […]

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In a 4/20 commitment Tweed Collective will invest $20 million to transform where and how we live

SMITHS FALLS, ON, April 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Tweed Inc. (“Tweed”) is proud to announce the funding and creation of the Tweed Collective – an initiative founded on the principles of progress, growth, and community development. Over the next 4 years, the Tweed Collective will invest $20 million in social, responsible initiatives that will transform where and how we […]

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CTV camera crew on the run

Submitted Tom Foulkes kept a CTV camera crew on the run Tuesday as they went from his house to the walking track at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre and finished at the Station Theatre. Joel Haslam, Regional Contact host, interviewed Foulkes for a Heart Institute piece to be run next Wednesday, April 25. Walking […]

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Burritts Rapids swing bridge

Submitted Parks Canada’s project to repair the historic Burritts Rapids Swing Bridge is progressing well. The bridge was partially disassembled and moved to a shop in Merrickville for repairs. As part of these repairs the steel components will be sandblasted, reshaped, and repainted. Similarly, repairs will also be done on the mechanical components of the […]

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Governance Capacity Building Workshops for non-profits coming to Lanark County & Smiths Falls in May

Submitted The issues facing volunteer board members of local non-profit organizations and charities are greater than ever, from strategic planning to community engagement. How do you achieve your mission? What does it mean to be a Board member? Who does what at the Board level? Why is community outreach so important? Where do we go […]

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Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush season extended open daily until April 22

Submitted by Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush Mother Nature is in the Maple Corner this spring! This long lingering cold crisp weather is perfect for maple sap flow. Shirley, Scott & Team Awesome are excited to welcome you to our pancake house and gift shoppe for an extra week of maple season. Scott’s expectation […]

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Township of Montague open houses

Submitted The Township of Montague wants to hear what its residents have to say! As part of its strategic-planning process, the Township is hosting two open-house sessions for its residents. These events are an opportunity to hear the results of the strategic planning survey that was distributed throughout the Township this past March, review a […]

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Hospital 2018-2019 quality improvement plan now available

Submitted by Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Report on Progress Strategies from 2017-2018 Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) has prepared its 2018-2019 Quality Improvement Plan for submission to Health Quality Ontario (HQO).  It is a blueprint to focus on initiatives for the coming 12 months. A Quality Improvement Plan (the Plan) is […]

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Beckley Foundation and Canopy Health Innovations partner to form Beckley Canopy Therapeutics

Submitted by Canopy Growth Corporation Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (“Canopy Growth”) is pleased to announce the launch of Beckley Canopy Therapeutics (“Beckley Canopy”), a partnership between its affiliate and biopharmaceutical research arm Canopy Health Innovations (“Canopy Health”) and drug research pioneer Lady Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation (“Beckley”). Beckley Canopy has been formed to research and […]

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Old Rideau Hotel gets site plan control agreement from Town

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The historic Rideau Hotel (20 Beckwith Street N) is on track with a site plan control agreement between the Town and the owner for mixed-use residential and commercial redevelopment. It will include the establishment of 25 residential units (one and two-bedroom) and three commercial units on site. Site plan control looks at […]

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$25,000 grant encourages participation in active transportation

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Those attending the Fifth Annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation (EOAT) Summit in Brockville this year will see a familiar Smiths Falls face. Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, will be a member of the discussion panel. Jeff Mills and Danielle Shewfelt, EOAT representatives, spoke at Smiths Falls Committee of the […]

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Reduction in assessment asked for iconic building

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Committee of the Whole, Monday night, agreed to temporarily reduce the assessment on the iconic building at 78 Brockville Street previously known as the Kilt and Castle; the assessment, at the moment is unknown, until the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) provides it. The reduction in assessment has been asked from January […]

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Chef Ram gives back

Submitted Chef Ram, creator of Ramello butter chicken sauce, donated $500 from the proceeds of Ramello to Lanark County Big Brothers Big Sisters. Jennifer Miller of BBBS accept on the organizations behalf.

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Victoria Basin construction faces slight delay

Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca Construction crews have been busy repairing the Victoria Basin in Smiths Falls this spring. Parks Canada’s contractors have been restoring the sea walls in the Victoria Basin, ahead of the construction of a new dock system along the south wall. Their work has been slowed down, “complicated by the break in a […]

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The former Smiths Falls Indoor Flea Market building has been sold

Submitted A familiar sight in the Township of Montague could look very different by this time next year. The former Smiths Falls Indoor Flea Market building has been sold, and the Township of Montague is considering a rezoning proposal which will enable the new owners to build self-storage units in its place.   According to […]

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Smiths Falls bracing for tourist invasion in 2018

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca With the pride of Le Boat’s luxury houseboat fleet ready to embark on the Rideau in May, the town of Smiths Falls is expecting an influx of visitors from all over the globe. To help make sure the community is positioned to make the best of this opportunity, the town’s Economic Development […]

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New OR bed provides for even better orthopedic patient outcomes

Submitted The Hana Bed is a state of the art operating room table that allows the patient to receive a total hip replacement that is minimally invasive when compared to the traditional procedure. The table allows the surgeon to position the patient in such a way that no muscles are cut. The surgeon can repair […]

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The Health Unit encourages safe and healthy food donation choices

Submitted by Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit Household food insecurity means not having enough money to buy healthy food. The solutions to food insecurity include things like enough income, affordable housing, daycare and transportation, opportunities for safe and steady work and opportunities for an education. Until more people have enough income to buy enough […]

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#MeToo play tours Lanark County in April

Submitted The global #MeToo and #TimesUp movements receive a local interpretation in April as Burning Passions Theatre presents a new play, Every Friday, that will tour local youth centres and schools in Lanark Highlands, Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, and Almonte. The play, written and directed by Laurel Smith, based on stories created by Mary Cowan, Ruby […]

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Bid to reconsider Beckwith Street design shot down

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca ‘We’re talking about $5 million here.’ A Smiths Falls council member’s bid to persuade colleagues to change their decision on the design for the redevelopment of the town’s main street was shot down at a March 26 meeting. Following a report from staff on the province’s decision not to provide the town […]

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Grab attention when you speak, join Toastmasters

Carrie Wynne Am I the only one that has sat through a meeting completely disengaged? The speaker was behind the lectern with his head down reading pages and you had a hard time hearing him? Did you try not to fall asleep or check your phone, but the content and delivery was so boring that […]

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Smiths Falls not successful in receiving Connecting Links funding

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls did not receive MTO Connecting Links Funding for 2018/19, according to Brandy Duhaime, Regional Communication Co-ordinator with the eastern region of the Ministry of Transportation. The preliminary cost construction of eligible roadworks, in the first phase of redevelopment of the Downtown Core (Beckwith St. – Chambers to […]

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Canopy Growth completes genetics transfer to Spain

Submitted by Canopy Growth Corporation Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (“Canopy Growth” or “the Company”) is pleased to confirm that it has successfully completed a transfer of 1,500 cannabis clones to its Madrid-based partner, Alcaliber SA (“Alcaliber”), completing the first phase of a partnership entered into by both parties (the “Parties”) as announced on September 11, 2017. Canopy […]

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Smiths Falls appoints integrity commissioner

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls has officially appointed an integrity commissioner to ensure members of council are meeting the terms of their code of conduct. At a March 19 meeting, councillors voted in favour of a recommendation from Director of Corporate Services and Clerk Kerry Costello to appoint Tony Fleming of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little […]

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Why did the chip wagon cross the road? To come to Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Fans of the Britt’s Chips won’t have to make much of an adjustment to their routines once the local chip wagon moves to its new location. Britt’s Chips is moving across the road from its current site at 244 Highway 15 to 10 Ferrara Drive. “They’re moving across the road from where […]

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Bridges Bar and Grill in Pakenham; Great place to meet between the bridges

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca In the restaurant business, being all things to all diners really does come with risks. It’s difficult to provide an all-encompassing menu without being weak in certain areas thus alienating some segments of your audience. But since Tracey Greer, husband David and brother David Jordan took over this Pakenham main street location […]

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Second annual Good Food in Schools forum

Submitted by The Table Community Food Centre and foodcoreLGL There is a growing movement in schools across Canada, a movement that is looking more closely at the food kids eat at school and that is getting them more involved with growing, making and understanding healthy foods. It is widely acknowledged that school gardens, food literacy programs […]

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Smiths Falls Settlers lose out on championship to Essa Stallions

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca It’s a wrap, the dream has come to an end. After having lost the first of the Championship games 1-4 against the Essa Stallions Friday, the Settlers had to win Saturday to keep in the run for the Championship. But despite giving their best, the team didn’t find a way to push […]

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Smiths Falls Settlers move on to Eastern Division finals of the CPJHL

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca Hockey night, no it was a hockey afternoon this Thursday at the Community Memorial Centre here in Smiths Falls, with the Settlers hosting the Maniwaki Mustangs for the third of three game to decide the Eastern Division finals of the CPJHL. Bright rays of sunlight steamed into the building, bathing the rink […]

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SFDCI’s hospitality and tourism course building a reputation and expanding beyond the school walls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Walk through the front doors at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI), turn right, head to the double set of doors to the cafetorium, go through them and cross to the kitchen. Jeff Burns is there, Chef Jeff, that is. He’s the one in the red Chef’s coat, working with students (many […]

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Water restrictions – Drinking water system

Submitted by the town of Smiths Falls On March 12th, the Town experienced a major water main break on one of the three water mains which supply drinking water across the Rideau River. This feeder main has been taken out of service and drinking water supplies have been restored. The Town has also been in […]

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No cannabis store-front for Smiths Falls this year

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Councillor John Maloney asked the important question at Committee of the Whole Monday night. Will Smiths Falls get a cannabis store-front this year? Malcolm Morris, who has been involved with provincial negotiations from the beginning, said “no.” The province is opening 40 store-fronts in 2018 and Smiths Falls won’t be one of […]

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Consultants not sure how long it will take to fix pipe leak

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls staff quickly realized there was a water leak somewhere in the water system because of “lost pressure,” Malcolm Morris, CAO, explained at Committee of the Whole Monday night, responding to a Media Release put out on the Smiths Falls website at 2:50 p.m. He explained that the rupture causing the […]

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Smiths Falls Settlers take on the Manawaki Mustangs

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Settlers played another fine game of play-off season hockey Monday night. Wait a minute you say, were they not supposed to play the EOHA Sunday instead? Technically yes, but fans were greeted with an empty rink Sunday. What happened? As it turns out, the EOHA team was disqualified for […]

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Male exposes himself to a female employee

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Services On the 7th of March 2018 police commenced an investigation after receiving a complaint of a male committing an indecent act inside a local business towards a female employee. Charged with indecent act is 22 year old Ryan Darou of Lanark. He will appear in court at a later […]

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Disturbances in Parkland court area on March 9

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Services Domestic dispute leads to several charges On the 9th of March 2018 police responded to a disturbance call in the Parkland court area and arrested a 22 year old male who fled the scene from a domestic dispute but was apprehended by police shortly after. The male was charged […]

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Peewee Bears good deeds continue despite Cup contest being over

Hometown Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Peewee Bears have been so blessed this year, reaping the rewards of learning how giving feels so much better than receiving. Even though the team did not win the physical Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, they won the hearts of the community and embraced the spirit of giving, which team […]

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Ottawa EOHA make a come back against the Smiths Falls Settlers

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Settlers played another game in their Best-Of playoffs series against the EOHA Saturday. Maverick Baxtrom shot the first goal of the game for the Settlers with assists by Adam Porter and Austin Vallier. EOHA countered with two scores by Joey Driscoll and Noah Edmonds later in the period. The […]

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The Smiths Falls Settlers defeat Ottawa EOHA on March 9

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca There’s still hockey action going on in Smiths Falls. The Smiths Falls Settlers have reached the playoffs in the CPJHL (Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League) and played the Ottawa EOHA this weekend at the Community Center in a Best-Of series of games. The Settlers are a fairly new Smiths Falls based team, […]

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Short Term Restrictions – Drinking Water System

Submitted by the Town of Smiths Falls The Town has experienced a break. This break has been isolated. The Water Plant will be refilling system reservoirs over the next several hours. We have been in consultation with the Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit. Town residents are advised that there are no concerns regarding […]

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Unlock the potential of food this nutrition month

Submitted by Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit March is nutrition month, and this year the Registered Dietitians at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit are focusing on four ways to unlock the potential of food. Food unites us at the dinner table and is often included as part of cultural traditions. Food […]

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Smiths Falls Police seek public assistance in identifying individual

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Service Smiths Falls Police are asking for assistance from the community to identify this male. This male was inappropriate towards a female employee at a local business. Anyone with information as to the identity of this suspect is asked to please contact Smiths Falls Police 613-283-0357 ext 0

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Good food and good conversation at Newcomer Dinner

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca About 30 newcomers sat down to a potluck supper hosted by Welcome Wagon at St. John’s Anglican Church in Smiths Falls, Wednesday. Reverend Canon Catherine Ascah extended greetings as did Mayor Shawn Pankow before diners tucked into the casseroles, salads and desserts prepared by St. John’s volunteers. Some newcomers were brand new, […]

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Caroline Mulroney makes stop in Smiths Falls March 6

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Caroline Mulroney was in town March 6. During a quick whistle-stop campaign drop-by on her way from Peterborough, she spoke briefly to over 100 willing listeners at the Smiths Falls Lions Club on Abbott Street. Mulroney, the Conservative party’s York-Simcoe riding candidate and eldest daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, is […]

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Mayor, business owners featured on CBC morning show during local broadcast

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca CBC was in Smiths Falls this on March 6 and broadcasting from the Coffee Culture Café. Host Robyn Bresnahan opened the show at 5:30 a.m. and talked to residents and politicians over the next three hours. CBC chose Smiths Falls,  highlighting it as a town in transition with Tweed (Canopy Growth) and […]

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Station Theatre in Smiths Falls gets defibrillator

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Four board members were on hand, Monday, March 5, when Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MP Scott Reid and his aide Shawn Morrison carried two small boxes into Smiths Falls’ Station Theatre. Reid set the boxes on the counter, one a defibrillator and the other the white wall-storage unit. Defibrillators go for about $2,000 and approximately 300 […]

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Smiths Falls officials to work closely with businesses during road work

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Town of Smiths Falls officials assured council members at a March 5 meeting that a detailed plan will be developed to help businesses cope with the redevelopment of the town’s main street. Now that councillors have chosen their preferred design for the redevelopment, construction on Beckwith Street is set to begin in […]

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Hillcrest Cemetery in Smiths Falls a cost-efficient and evolving operation

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca It’s been around longer than the town of Smiths Falls, and it’s still one of the most cost-effective operations in town. Hillcrest Cemetery was founded in 1832 as the private burial ground of the Simpson Family. It was purchased by the local municipality in 1869 (Smiths Falls was not incorporated as a […]

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Smiths Falls to scale back first phase of town hall renovations

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   The Town of Smiths Falls staff will have to go back to the drawing board to ensure the first phase of long-awaited renovations to the town hall stay within budget. Manager of Community Services Art Manhire reported to council at a March 5 meeting that just three bids were received for […]

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Smiths Falls Bears miss playoffs by a single goal

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Junior A Bears hosted the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Friday, March 2 for their last home game during the regular season. The well attended game with a crowd of 490 had some unusual visitors this time around, with the CBC handing out free snow cones and raffling off prices. The first […]

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CBC sets up camp in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Stop in at 18 Russell St. E in Smiths Falls this weekend and have a chat with Elyse Skura or Matthew Kupfer. If those names sound familiar, that’s probably because you’re a CBC listener. Kupfer is the evening reporter for TV, radio and the web; you’ve probably seen him around town in […]

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Premier calls Smiths Falls ‘remarkable’ and recognizes local economy

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca One Smiths Falls town councillor said he felt like “a rock star” after the premier of Ontario singled Smiths Falls out for special praise at a recent municipal conference. At a Feb. 26 council meeting, Councillor Chris Cummings said had “never been so proud” as he was when Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke […]

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Facelift for Beckwith Street bridges to continue

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A project launched two years ago will continue in 2018, as Smiths Falls town councillors have agreed to proceed with the ongoing rehabilitation of three bridges spanning the Rideau Canal along Beckwith Street. However, the project will cost the town more than anticipated, as engineers from the Belleville-based Greer Galloway Group have […]

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No room for bike lanes: angle parking is staying in Smiths falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   The redevelopment of Beckwith Street in Smiths Falls will be going ahead, and bringing several improvements, but one thing that will be staying is angle parking. A majority of town councillors, arguing that most of the people they represent want angle parking to stay, voted  at a special council meeting Feb. […]

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Homan/Hogan Cash Spiel brings in over 10,000 for spinal cord injuries

The Smiths Falls Curling Club was bustling this weekend, as it hosted the Homan/Hogan Cash Spiel. This is the fourth annual bonspiel fundraiser, sponsored by Andress’ Independent, for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI Ontario). Sixteen teams entered the competition, which included both friendly and competitive curlers. A silent auction was also held for many great […]

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Coldest Night walkathon raises funds, awareness for youth homelessness

Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca Volunteers and fundraisers filled the Youth Arena Hall in Smiths Falls on Feb. 24 with a common goal: to eliminate homelessness in Lanark County. Cornerstone Landing hosted The Coldest Night of the Year in Smiths Falls, which is an annual and multi-site walkathon aimed at eradicating homelessness.  Across Canada, more than 100 […]

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Rescued finches almost ready for permanent homes

Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca Feathered Haven Parrot Rescue in Smiths Falls typically rescues birds one at a time.  Early in January, however, they found themselves tasked with the rescue of over 100 birds in one fell swoop.   Jill Woods, who runs Feathered Haven Parrot Rescue was contacted by family members of the birds’ owner. The […]

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Smiths Falls to build new docks in the Victoria Basin

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca In preparation for the launch of Le Boat’s Rideau Canal fleet in the spring of 2018, Smiths Falls town councillors have agreed to invest a total of $40,000 to build two new docks in the Victoria Basin. Economic Development Manager Cyril Cooper advised councillors at a Feb. 20 meeting that half of […]

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Smiths Falls council to choose Beckwith Street design Feb. 26

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors will make a final decision on the design for the redevelopment of Beckwith Street at a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 26. Council was presented with the engineers’ final recommendation for the design – which would see parking on the street move from angle to parallel parking – […]

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Smiths Falls Bears lose in shoot out to Cornwall Colts

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca  You win some, you lose some, and the Friday, Feb. 16 Smiths Falls Junior A Bears game in the Bears’ Den fell into the later category, when the Cornwall Colts took home a 2-1 shootout win over the Bears. It wasn’t for of a lack of trying though. The Bears recorded a […]

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Annual Skate the Lake draws in international skaters

This 14th annual skating event took place over Family Day weekend on the 1 km oval in front of Hanna Park in Portland, Ont. The weather window was just perfect with good ice and conditions for everyone to come out and enjoy the 100Km event Saturday where more than 56 Dutch skaters participated from Holland. […]

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Massive turn out to Pee Wee Bears community party

Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Pee Wee Bears held a tailgate party and food drive today to say thank you to the community for their support in the Good Deeds Cup. Free hotdogs, cupcakes, treats and drinks were enjoyed by close to 400 Bears fans and family. “What a great turnout. It just goes […]

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Low Q4 sales and investor withdrawl causes Two Rivers to restructures

Two Rivers Food Hub As of February 14, 2018, Two Rivers Food Hub is ceasing its distribution operations.  The commercial kitchens and long-term freezer and cooler storage rentals will continue as usual at the hub.  Two Rivers Food Hub is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Smiths Falls Ontario with a mandate to support the […]

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Local male arrested with multiple charges

Smiths Falls Police Service During the early morning hours of 11 February 2018 Smiths Falls Police received multiple calls reporting a male armed with a uncapped syringe who had attempted to rob three businesses downtown and citizens located within and nearby. The male in an attempt to flee, threatened a citizen with the weapon to […]

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Smiths Falls council does Valentine’s Day good deeds

Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Town Council took on the Pee Wee Bears Good Deeds Cup Challenge today — a challenge presented to them at council last week. Mayor Shawn Pankow and Councillors Lorraine Allen, Jay Brennan, and John Maloney visited Willowdale Retirement Residence and Van Horne Manor, to pass out roses and wish residents […]

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Lots of community spirit at the Friends of the Library Trivia Challenge

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was an unexpected finish — the Einsteins and the Quiztophers nosed ahead by one point to take the 21st Friends of the Library Trivia Challenge 81 to 80 at the Smiths Falls Legion on Sunday, Feb. 11. They were behind throughout the afternoon (just a little!) but the final category gave them […]

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Le Boat unveils brand-new Rideau Canal fleet

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The official unveiling of Le Boat’s Rideau Canal fleet on Feb. 6 marked a momentous day for Smiths Falls, said Mayor Shawn Pankow. Local mayors, town staff, local MPP Randy Hillier and representatives from Parks Canada joined Le Boat’s Global Managing Director, Cheryl Brown, to introduce the community to the 16 houseboats […]

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Business group looks to change conversation on Beckwith St. redevelopment

April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Business Owners Association (SFBOA) took the floor at the Monday night, Feb. 12, committee of the whole meeting in Smiths Falls, with the hopes to change the conversation of the Beckwith Street redevelopment plan. So far there has been a lot of talk about parking, but Nick Ritchie of […]

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Lanark County drug strategy committee talks Icelandic approach to curb substance abuse

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca  On Friday, Feb. 9, the collected municipal drug strategy committees of Lanark County held their 28th annual networking day where they discuss the latest trends and solutions in the field of mental health and addictions. Hosted at the Beckwith Municipal Hall by Beckwith Reeve Richard Kidd, the 60 in attendance were members or […]

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Fundraising walk to help homeless youth Feb. 24

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A first-time fundraising event to help homeless youth in Lanark County has already attracted some high-level support. Three mayors – John Fenik of Perth, Louis Antonakos of Carleton Place and Shawn Pankow of Smiths Falls – have already signed up to participate in The Coldest Night of the Year, a fundraising walk […]

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Groups seeking grants in excess of $10k present to Smiths Falls council, awaiting decisions

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Representatives of the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, the Smiths Falls After School Program, and the Healthy Living Festival appeared before Smiths Falls town councillors on Feb. 5 to make in-person appeals for community grant funding in 2018. Town policy requires any group seeking a grant of more than $10,000 to appear […]

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Pee Wee Bears to host outdoor community party as last good deed

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   Who are the most famous people in Smiths Falls? Right now, according to Mayor Shawn Pankow, it’s probably the members of the Smiths Falls Pee Wee Bears team. Having recently learned that they had been chosen as one of the three finalists in the running to win the Chevrolet Good Deeds […]

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Smiths Falls Bears are out of hibernation

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca While the groundhog might have predicted another six weeks of winter,  the Smiths Falls Bears have definitely come out of hibernation. On Friday night (Feb. 2) the team delivered another home ice win at the Den, this time in overtime against the Rockland Nationals. Rockland’s Alex Robert scored the first goal of […]

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Pee Wee Bears make it to Good Deeds Cup final

Hometown News Staff The official votes are in and the Pee Wee Smiths Falls Bears are now off to the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup final. Moving on to the final of the competition means that the team has earned an extra $5,000 towards their charity of choice — the Salvation Army. Getting past the first […]

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Le Boat ships arrive in Smiths Falls

Hometown News Staff It was an exciting day in Smiths Falls  today as giant, shrink-wrapped boats pulled into town on the back of tractor trailers. Pink lashing were used secured the trailers from their starting point in Poland as a nod to the $1657 donation Le Boat made in support of breast cancer. Photos from […]

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Future of green cremation in Smiths Falls uncertain

April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedi.ca  Hilton’s Aqua Green Dispositions, a local crematorium that uses an alternative, no-flame, method for cremation called alkaline hydrolysis, is going into its fourth year of business but this year may be its last. On Jan. 25 the facility was inspected and was promptly issued a notice to revoke the facility’s licence for […]

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Immediate Licence Suspension of AquaGreen Dispositions in Smiths Falls

On January 24, 2018, the Registrar, Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA) issued a Notice of Proposal to Revoke and an Order to immediately suspend the Crematorium Operator licence of Hilton’s AquaGreen Dispositions Inc. in Smiths Falls, ON. The immediate suspension is believed to be in the public interest. The Notice of Proposal […]

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Smiths Falls Bears miss a win against the Nepean Raiders

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Bears missed another opportunity on Tuesday, Jan. 23 for a win on home ice. The Nepean Raiders left the Bears Den with a 4-2 victory. The first period saw no scoring by either team. Smiths Falls gained the upper hand with a goal by Scott Gervais halfway into the […]

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Smiths Falls identified as “a community on the rise” by premier Wynne at ROMA conference

The Town of Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow along with Councillors Dawn Quinn and Chris Cummings joined more than 1,000 rural municipal officials from across the province at the 2018 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto from January 21 to 23. The conference launched Monday morning with a keynote address by premier Kathleen […]

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It’s how you wear your size, not what size you wear

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca For all the full-figured women out there, your wish has come true. A new shop opened on Nov. 2 in Smiths Falls that’s just for you. Sherri Axford and Kelly Ilan, both 45 and long-time best friends, have put their creativity, their work ethic and their delight in shopping and clothes to […]

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Lanark County approves homelessness prevention plan

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Today Lanark County Council approved the 2018/2019 Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) Investment Plan. At the community services committee meeting earlier this month, Social Housing Manager Sandy Grey explained the annual provincial funding aims to “prevent, address and reduce homelessness by improving access to adequate, suitable and affordable housing that is linked to […]

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United Way Lanark County now accepting community funding requests

Hometown News Staff If you’re a non-profit or charity serving Smiths Falls or Lanark County, be aware of the United Way Lanark County’s (UWLC) new funding process. The new online process is now open and applications are being accepted until March. 1, 2018. The organization has opened up a new a Call for Proposals (CFPs) […]

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Smiths Falls Bears fall to Carleton Place Canadians

Chris Ulhig editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Jan. 19 the Smiths Falls Bears faced off against the Carleton Place Canadians. It was a hard fought battle for both sides but the Canadians ended up on top, resulting in a final score of  3-1. Smiths Falls Bears’ Kyle Dowdall with assists from Bruce Coltart and Marc Shannon netted the […]

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A Beatles Tribute show Feb. 3 highlights preview of RCA history exhibit

Hometown News Staff In the mid-1960s the RCA Victor record pressing plant in Smiths Falls was humming like a finely-tuned machine. The plant ran around the clock in those days, pumping out records to keep up with the demand for new music by a band from England – four long-haired young men in matching suits […]

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Smiths Falls Bears take a brutal beating by the Brockville Braves

Chris Uhlig Some days one wishes to have just stayed in bed instead of even trying. That’s how the Smiths Falls Bears must have felt after Tuesday night’s game, having received a brutal 1-8 hammering at the hands of the Brockville Braves. It didn’t even start out all that bad. Brockville’s Eric Holland scored the […]

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Two Guys for Lunch in Smiths Falls

Brian Turner Over my time in retail business I’ve attended more than my share of educational seminars (what’s this got to do with a restaurant review?), read on.  One point that always seems to mystify supposed expert business owners/operators, is understanding the true definition of their operation, their mission so to speak.  Some will learn […]

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No more free use of Smiths Falls Library for Drummond/North Elmsley residents

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillor Chris Cummings, the town’s long-time representative on the Smiths Falls Public Library Board, told fellow councillors at a Jan. 15 meeting that he was disappointed by a recent decision by the Township of Drummond/North Elmsley. The township, he reported, has decided to stop paying an annual grant to […]

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Petitioners present plea to keep angle parking in Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   Smiths Falls resident Patricia Headlam made an impassioned plea to town councillors at a Jan. 15 meeting to keep angle parking on Beckwith Street, on the grounds that it is an important part of the town’s heritage. Accompanied by a group of supporters, Headlam also presented Mayor Shawn Pankow with a […]

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Smiths Falls approves 2018 budget in record time

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A municipal budget with no tax increase tends not to generate much controversy. With Smiths Falls town councillors confident that their 2018 town budget won’t be a bitter pill for residents to swallow, they voted to approve the third and final draft at a Jan. 15 meeting. “That was by far probably […]

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Police execute search warrant on illegal drug grow-op

On Friday January 12, 2018 members of the Smiths Falls Police Service executed a drug search warrant on a commercial tenant, known as the Siloki Inc. at 361 Queen Street, Smiths Falls. Police located a large scale grow-op inside the business. Police seized approximately 52 marijuana plants, a quantity of loose marijuana buds, production and […]

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BGH and PSFDH combined stroke unit sees serious drop in mortality rates

Outcome for stroke survivors from Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties drastically improves as a result of joint effort by Brockville General Hospital and Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Submitted A person who experiences a stroke is more likely to survive, recover and return home when a specialized team provides early stroke care. Collaboration between […]

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Working backwards to move forwards with our health

Dr. Robert Rodine On Jan. 1 every year, gym memberships rise and sales at the health food store increase as people embark on a ‘new year-new you’ adventure. But not all resolutions are the syndicated weight loss or smoking cessation target. Sometimes, a resolution can be an experience rather than a destination. While some people will […]

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Local bird rescue inundated since saving 100 plus birds from single home

Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca Feathered Haven Parrot Rescue in Smiths Falls typically rescues birds one at a time, when their owners are no longer able to care for them or for various other reasons. This week, however, they found themselves tasked with the rescue and care of over 100 birds in one fell swoop. Jill Woods, […]

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Pee Wee Bears on track to win national ‘good deeds’ trophy, voting starts Monday

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Since Friday, Jan. 5 the whole country has known that Smiths Falls has a great peewee hockey team. On that day, as Canada defeated Sweden in the World Junior Hockey gold medal game, the announcement was made on live TV that the Smiths Falls Peewee Bears have been chosen as semi-finalists for […]

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Dine and dash leads to arrest

Smiths Falls Police On January 7, 2018 at approximately 1 a.m. police were called to a business on Center Street for a reported customer who failed to pay his outstanding bill. Investigation revealed that a 44 year old male suspect had left without paying for his order. Police located and stopped the suspect a short […]

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Domestic assault results in numerous charges

Smiths Falls Police On Friday January 5, 2018 at approximately 11:02 p.m. police responded to a residence on Parkland Court for a report of a domestic disturbance. Investigation revealed that a 50 year old male suspect of Smiths Falls had assaulted a female resident and was in breach of his release conditions. The suspect was […]

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Male arrested for outstanding warrant

Smiths Falls Police On Friday January 5, 2018 at approximately 11:29 a.m. police attended a residence on Empress Avenue and located a 24 year old male suspect of no fixed address, with an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued by the Ottawa Police Service. The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and later turned over […]

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Smiths Falls to expand fire dispatching services

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Smiths Falls Fire Department continues to provide new sources of funding for the town by providing fire dispatching services to remote municipalities. Although these municipalities respond to emergencies using their own personnel and equipment, the Smiths Falls department’s communications system provides the dispatching service for a fee. At its next regular […]

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Le Boat planning grand opening for June 2018

Chris Must The grand opening of Le Boat’s North American headquarters in Smiths Falls will take place in June, town councillors were advised at a Jan. 8 meeting. Economic Development manager Cyril Cooper said the luxury houseboat rental company’s expansion plans are proceeding on schedule, with its fleet of boats for use on the Rideau […]

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Kemptville 73’s steal a win from Smiths Falls Bears

Chris Uhlig On Jan. 5 the Smiths Falls Bears faced off against the Kemptville 73’s in junior hockey action at home in front of a crowd of 288 fans. In the end, it was the guests who took away the 1-0 win. The lone goal of the game was scored by Kemptville’s Jared Patterson with […]

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100 Women Who Care find root in Carleton Place

Matthew Behrens A global charitable movement that began a decade ago in Jackson, Michigan has formed a new chapter in Carleton Place thanks to the networking efforts of local entrepreneurs Lynn Vardy and Jeannie Mongrain. The 100 Women Who Care campaign – in which selected charities regularly meet up with potential donors, each armed with […]

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Volunteering is a lifelong passion for Lois Hunter

Sally Smith Lois Hunter has lived a lifetime of volunteering. Starting early, before she was a teen, she volunteered at agricultural fairs around her home farm, and it became a lifestyle, a second nature, a belief in how to live her life. She learned it well. In September 2017, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers was […]

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Smiths Falls Bears lose to Ottawa Jr. Sens in last season game

Chris Uhlig Despite the recent good run, the Smiths Falls Bears finished off their regular season with a 2-1 loss after a hard fought battle against the Ottawa Junior Senators. After a scoreless first period, Ottawa’s Griffin McGregor shot the first goal for the game at the 4:20 mark in the second period. Ottawa’s Darcy […]

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Smiths Falls Bears take on Hawkesbury Hawks

Chris Uhlig editorial@pdgmedia.ca Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way, Oh what fun it is to watch the Bears go on the ice and play. Tuesday night provided the setting for the Smiths Falls Bears vs the Hawkesbury Hawks game on home ice. Attendance was a little disappointing though, but those 130 people got […]

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Smiths Falls to end Canada 150 on a high note

Chris Must editorial@pdmedia.ca As 2017 draws to a close, Smiths Falls is planning a final Canada 150 celebration and a musical gift to the community. Juno award-winning musician Jenny Whiteley will headline an afternoon and evening of musical entertainment on Friday, Dec. 29 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 hall. Winner of two Juno […]

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Smiths Falls still on track for no tax hike in 2018

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls is still on track to pass its 2018 budget without increasing the burden on local taxpayers. At a Dec. 18 meeting, councillors were presented with the second draft of the budget, which calls for no increase in property taxes. The draft does propose a two per cent […]

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Angle or parallel? Parking issue dominates Beckwith Street discussion

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are being asked to choose between maintaining Beckwith Street’s “unique” angle parking, or using some of the street’s unusual width to create wider sidewalks and add bicycle lanes. After gathering public input into a plan to redevelop the town’s main thoroughfare from Chambers Street north to Elmsley, Ron […]

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Housing corporation redevelopment project moves forward

Submitted Council has approved the hiring of a contract position for at least one year to oversee the redevelopment/regeneration process for properties held by the Lanark County Housing Corporation (LCHC). At the community services committee meeting earlier this month, Social Services Director Nancy Green explained the position would report to the county CAO, as Lanark […]

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Dealing with the holidays after loss

Submitted by the Canadian Cancer Society Perth and Area Office Christmastime. It’s a season that usually comes with good cheer and celebration, but when you’ve lost a family member or friend to cancer — and it’s the first Christmas without them — you ain’t feeling the cheer. To help you get through this holiday, we’ve […]

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Smiths Falls Bears’ light up the scoreboard with a win over Naven Grads

Chris Uhlig Large snowflakes filled the cold blistery air of the night sky outside, but the party raging inside the Bears’ Den in Smiths Falls on Friday night was hot hot hot, with the Smiths Falls Bears delivering a solid 6-3 win over the Navan Grads. Early into the first period, Bruce Coltart opened the […]

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Santa Claus Parade in Smiths Falls

Chris Uhlig  Santa Claus came to Smiths Falls on Saturday evening with the annual parade winding its way from the Memorial Center down Beckwith Street to Lower Reach Park. People of all ages lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Santa. And since Santa is a being from the magical realms and can show […]

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Smiths Falls town hall upgrade a priority for council

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Acknowledging that the Smiths Falls Town Hall is presently so poorly designed that visitors often wonder if they have come to the right place, town councillors agreed at a Dec. 11 meeting that renovations to the building are an immediate priority. Presenting an architect’s report on a suggested multi-phase project to both […]

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Half of Lanark County’s homeless youth from Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Fifty per cent of Lanark County’s homeless young people come from Smiths Falls, town councillors were told at a Dec. 11 meeting. Terrilee Kelford, chair of the board of Cornerstone Landing Youth Services, said the organization has made a great deal of progress in the past two years addressing a problem that […]

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Music and food at SFDCI noontime café

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca For a bit of a noisy but really good lunch, head out to Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute every second Thursday at noon, dig in to tasty food and sit back and listen to up-and-coming musical artists. The Restless Red Hawk Café, located in the front foyer of the school, highlights six […]

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R.I.D.E. checkpoint yields arrest

Submitted Smiths Falls Police Service On Saturday, Dec. 9 at approximately 9:40 p.m. while conducting a R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) checkpoint, Smiths Falls police stopped a driver of a motor vehicle for a traffic related offence. A check on the 43-year-old male driver of Perth was in breach of his recognizance release conditions and […]

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Teddy bear toss brings Bears a 4 -3 win over Lasers

Chris Ulhig The Bears Den was the place to be Friday night, Dec. 8, in Smiths Falls. Bears fans were delivered a plush-filled, nail-biting extravaganza. This being the annual Teddy Bear toss game night, Brian Bygrave of the Bears triggered an avalanche of plush toys thrown into the rink by ecstatic fans when the first […]

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Former maintenance building sold to snowblower maker

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls’ vacant maintenance building at 191 Beckwith St. will be sold to a snow blower manufacturer, town council has decided. At a Dec. 4 meeting councillors voted to sell the surplus former sand and salt storage facility to James MacKenzie of Cyclone Blowers Inc. for $95,000. A second bid of $126,000 […]

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Smiths Falls preparing for 2018 municipal election

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Municipalities in Ontario will elect new representative s on Oct. 22, 2018, and the town of Smiths Falls is making sure all the necessary rules will be in place. At a meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole on Dec. 4, town Clerk Kerry Costello presented councillors with several new and […]

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New Catholic school on track for September opening

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca It doesn’t have a name yet, but the new Catholic school under construction on Ross Street in Smiths Falls is still on schedule to open in September 2018. Bill Gartland, director of education at the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, provided an update for Smiths Falls town councillors at a […]

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Bears open the weekend with a lose to Nationals in Junior A hockey action

The Rockland Nationals dropped into Smiths Falls for the Friday night game against the Smiths Falls Bears. A crowd of 267 people came out for the Junior A hockey entertainment. The first period remained scoreless, while Mathieu Blanchette of Rockland landed the first point of the game in the second period. He followed up with […]

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Local Sci-Fi and Fantasy author has been making novels a reality for 20 years

Sally Smith Julie Czerneda stands when she writes. She has a nifty table that goes up-and-down with the push of a button. It puts her keyboard at the exact height she needs, and the stand-up approach to writing, she says, prevents back aches. It also helps her get more out of her writing. For an […]

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Strategic plan approved for the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.

Submitted The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is pleased to announce that the 2018-21 Strategic Plan was approved at the November 28, 2017 Board of Directors’ meeting.   The Board of Directors embarked upon the revitalization of the Strategic Plan in the fall of 2016, engaging key internal and external stakeholders through direct focus […]

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Cooking classes are bringing a taste of Italy to Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca No one knows more about how to live la dolce vita than the people of Italy. Paola Scatozza, a native of the Abruzzo region of Italy who also lived in Belgium before coming to Canada with her husband Fernando, has been bringing a taste of Italy – and “the sweet life” – […]

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CP Holiday train draws big crowds as expected

Chris Uhlig The CP Holiday Train rolled into Smiths Falls on Monday night, Nov. 27. As a longstanding tradition it drew larger crowds than ever, eager to see the brightly decorated train decked out in thousands of lights. This year it even featured a Canada 150 themed car. And Santa with his helping elf payed […]

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Skateboard park to be named for Larry Hardy

Chris Must Plans to name the Smiths Falls skateboard park in memory of former Police Chief Larry Hardy are moving ahead. A delegation, including former mayor Dennis Staples, came to town council in May to suggest that the park be named in honour of the former chief, who was instrumental in fundraising efforts to build […]

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Smiths Falls councillors favour grant for Howling Designs

Chris Must Howling Designs, a Smiths Falls design firm whose motto is “Stand out from the pack,” has applied for $10,000 façade improvement grant under the town’s Community Improvement Plan. Economic Development Coordinator Ingrid Bron advised councillors at a Nov. 27 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole that the grant would be used for […]

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No tax increase in first draft of Smiths Falls budget but expect others

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Although the first draft of Smiths Falls’ 2018 municipal budget shows no increase in taxes, residents are unlikely to escape with no extra costs. Staff are recommending a hike of as much as seven and eight per cent in rates for water and wastewater treatment and distribution. A second option called for […]

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Carleton Place Canadians beat Smiths Falls Bears in their own den

Chris Uhlig The Smiths Falls Junior A Bears hosted the Carleton Place Canadians on home ice on Friday, Nov. 24 in front of a large crowd of 466. After a strong start with an early score by #14 forward Marc Shannon at the 4.45 mark in the first period, Smiths Falls lost a bit of […]

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Suspects nabbed in early morning robbery in Smiths Falls

On Thursday November 23, 2017 at approximately 9:45 a.m. police responded to an armed robbery at a business on Lombard Street. Investigation revealed that Jeremy Gagnon (19) of Smiths Falls and Katrina Burke (33) of Smiths Falls attended the business with the intent of robbing the store with a weapon. The suspects made off with […]

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Holiday Train comes to town on Nov. 27

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

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Food bank gets boost from Station Theatre and music group

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

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Perth and Smiths Falls hospital accredited with exemplary standing

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

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Town urged to build proper trailhead for Cataraqui Trail

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

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Smiths Falls appoints acting fire chief

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

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Salvation Army seeks Smiths Falls kettle volunteers

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

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MPAC error to cost Smiths Falls $1 million

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

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

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

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

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

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New health bureaucracy not needed, Town of Smiths Falls agrees

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

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Smiths Falls council pushes for local pot sales outlet

Chris Must Smiths Falls town councillors have agreed to back a recommendation from Mayor Shawn Pankow to push the provincial government to allow the town’s marijuana growing facility to have its own retail sales outlet. Currently proposed provincial legislation to regulate the sale of “recreational” marijuana provides for a limited number of retail outlets, with […]

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Smiths Falls Bears put up good fight against Ottawa Jr. Sens

Chris Uhlig The Nov. 10 Smiths Falls Bears game against the Ottawa Jr. Senators at home ice was preceded by a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring our veterans, of which some were in attendance. There were no goals in first period, but the second period started strong for the Bears. The home team got a two […]

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4 Degrees Brewing opens tap room and retail store

Sally Smith The space is big, bright and open. The seven or more stainless steel vats sitting in the front window invite touching and walking around. Jeff Murphy, operations manager of 4 Degrees Brewing Company, greets guests and like a true aficionado doesn’t hesitate to talk about the business or the brew. Friday, Nov. 10 […]

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Emily Duberville presented with Joyce Brennan arts award

Sally Smith Emily Duberville was truly surprised to be nominated for the Joyce Brennan Award. This award was inaugurated in 2011 to recognize significant contributions to art and culture in the Smiths Falls area. At an awards presentation on Nov. 9 at the Heritage House Museum, hosted by the Smiths Falls and District Arts and […]

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Planned power outages for Smiths Falls’ households this weekend

A planned power outage for several Smiths Falls households will take place this weekend.  Approximately 625 household will be affected, according to the Hydro One website The planned outage will occur this Sunday, November 12th from 7 until 10 am as Hydro One installs new equipment. For information related on Hydro One’s planned outages, you can visit www.hydroone.com/stormcenter3/

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Station Theatre plays host to new shows and good times

Submitted by the Smiths Falls Community Theatre The Continentals are back at The Station Theatre for an afternoon of good music, good memories, lots of hand-clapping and foot-stomping, and it’s happening this weekend on Sunday, Nov.12 at 2 p.m. All proceeds go to The Smiths Falls Food Bank. With just a little bit of pride, […]

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New name coming for old mall

Chris Must The County Fair Mall has a new name. A sign has gone up over the main entrance reading: “Settlers Ridge Centre – Fitness & Medical, Meeting Hall, Professional Offices, Retail Stores.” An official unveiling of the mall’s new branding will be announced shortly. Check back next week for more details.

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Build a Mountain food drive keeps is in full swing

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As the annual Build a Mountain of food campaign enters its 11th year, the motivation that drives its founder remains the same. “My goal from day one has been to try and fill as many shelves as possible,” Hugh Colton told Hometown News recently. From humble beginnings in just one local community […]

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New and unique fitness facility coming to Smiths Falls

April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca Construction started on Oct. 30 for a new fitness facility in Smiths Falls. Owner Natatia Gemmell says this new gym will be different than anything the town has seen. Gemmell, who’s become well-known in the community for her training expertise through Natatia’s One-on-One Fitness, is opening Functional Performance Fitness in the County […]

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Over 200 line up for Toy Heaven’s first annual Haunted House

Toy Heaven’s first annual Haunted House was a huge hit this Halloween. The Smiths Falls toy store drew a crowd of over 200 people who eagerly lined up to brave the scary haunted walk that took them in the back door and out the front door of the store on Russell Street. Christin and Lenny […]

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Joyce Brennan art award still looking for 2017 nominations

Submitted The Smiths Falls & District Arts & Culture Council (SFDACC) is calling for nominations for the seventh annual Joyce Brennan Award for outstanding contributions to art and culture in the Smiths Falls Area. Nominations are due Nov.1 and an individual or an organization can nominate a candidate. This award is given in honour of […]

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Art Journey Show and Sale

The Art Journey, Show and Sale will be held on Oct. 28-29 at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, 71 Cornelia St. W. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Two days of artistic delights – artists’ demos, live music and a door prize. The goal of Art Journey is […]

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Smiths Falls council divided over Beckwith Street rehabilitation

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls will apply for provincial funding to reconstruct three blocks of Beckwith Street from Chambers to Russell Streets. Although some members of council expressed a desire to see the entire downtown portion of Beckwith (from Chambers to Emsley) rebuilt during a single construction season, town staff cautioned that […]

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Company chosen to build new docks for Le Boat in Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Kehoe Marine Construction has been chosen to build 15 new docks at Victoria Basin in Smiths Falls. The docks will be used by Le Boat Ltd., which is beginning its luxury houseboat rental operations on the Rideau in May of 2018. At a special council meeting on Oct. 23, Smiths Falls town […]

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Third needle drop-off station coming to Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca With the help of students at St. Luke Catholic High School, the local Municipal Drug Strategy Committee is ready to install a third needle collection box in Smiths Falls. Town councillors agreed on Oct. 23 to locate the collection box at the corner of Market and Elmsley Streets. The cost of constructing […]

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Two Rivers Food Hub celebrates three years in operation, job creation and record growth in 2017

The Two Rivers Food Hub will soon be marking three years in operation, and a year of record growth and successful job creation while supporting the local food economy in Lanark Leeds and Grenville counties. Bruce Enloe, General Manager for the food hub, explained that the year 2017 has been a pivotal year for the […]

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Smiths Falls mayor announces staffing changes

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Former Smiths Falls Fire Chief Norman Beauchamp assumed new duties as chief of the City of Timmins department Monday, Oct. 16, announced Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow. Beauchamp’s last day as chief in Smiths Falls was Friday, Oct. 13, Pankow advised fellow councillors at an Oct. 16 meeting. Pankow also announced that […]

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Smiths Falls urges province to study impact of Bill 148

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors have voted to ask the province of Ontario to carry out a full economic impact analysis before passing any proposed changes to the province’s employment standards. In a resolution to be forwarded to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Labour Kevin Daniel, and local Member of Provincial Parliament Randy […]

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Baseball is re-born in Smiths Falls, puts town on little league map

Sally Smith No longer will Smiths Falls be known just for hockey if Joe Shadoue and his brothers have anything to say about it. And Shadoue is not shy about talking. He talks baseball — he thinks it, he coaches it, he plays it, it’s in his head all the time — and he’s happy […]

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Celebration of Lights is cancelled for 2017

Submitted Residents of Smiths Falls will be missing its holiday light displays in Victoria Park this year. Parks Canada is conducting repairs and upgrades to the canal, locks and basin, rendering the area too dangerous to hold the annual month-long event. “We’re sad to have to take a hiatus this year, but we can’t bring […]

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Lombard/Abbott intersection fixes to cost $294,000

Chris Must An engineering consulting firm is recommending a series of “non-intrusive” solutions to relieve traffic congestion on Abbott Street in Smiths Falls during boating season. The swing bridge that opens to allow boats on the Rideau Canal to pass through regularly backs up traffic all the way to Highway 43, a problem exacerbated when […]

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Valley Heartland provide over $1 million in loans in 2016-17

Chris Must The Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation, which serves Lanark and North Leeds County, disbursed over $1 million in business loans in 2016-17, with 30 per cent of those funds going to businesses in Smiths Falls. Stacie Lloyd, the agency’s regional economic development officer, provided a report to members of Smiths Falls town […]

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Service clubs team up to bring Oktoberfest to Smiths Falls

Chris Must Local service clubs are both shrinking and aging, so they must join forces to present major events, Smiths Falls town councillors were told at an Oct. 10 meeting. Gary “Beep” Dalgleish of the Rotary Club came to council to provide an update on plans for a new Oktoberfest event to be held Saturday, […]

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Who Dunit? starts at Station Theatre Oct. 13

Submitted by The Station Theatre Movie or play? Play or movie? Solve the conundrum by taking in both at The Station Theatre this month. Katharine Coleman, veteran director of half a dozen plays, is excited about her comedy-mystery opening mid-October. And what better night to open Who Dunit? than Friday, Oct. 13. “I picked the […]

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Beatles Tribute show to benefit hospital campaign

The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce A Beatles Tribute concert and dance Saturday, Oct. 14 with proceeds to the hospital’s Ultrasound Campaign. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 hall at 7 Main St. East. The foundation began fundraising efforts […]

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What are you thankful for?

Jane Hobson Ah yes – the September heatwave has come and gone. School is in full swing. Pumpkin spice everything is everywhere. The air is fresh and cool once again as colourful leaves float to the ground. October has arrived. Thanksgiving seems to be one of the few times of year when people genuinely — […]

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Chimo Elementary closes out successful food drive

Janelle Labelle Grade 7 and 8 students in Chimo Elementary School’s Early Act program collected 771 non-perishable food items for the Smiths Falls food bank. Along with officers from the Adopt-a-School program, the students stuffed a cruiser On Friday, Oct. 6 with the food donations, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Early Act is […]

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Smiths Falls council approves policy to protect staff

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls councillors voted Oct. 2 to adopt a policy dealing with “unreasonable customer behaviour.” The new policy, which councillors have stated is not intended to discourage anyone from bringing questions or concerns to town hall, is intended to “guide staff to identify situations that meet the criteria of vexatious, frivolous and/or […]

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Three shows to go for Tomorrow Box at Station Theatre

Submitted Audiences are raving about The Tomorrow Box, deftly directed by Carolee Mason and now playing at Studio Theatre with only three performances to go: Friday, Oct. 6 andSaturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. This beautifully-written, tender and funny Canadian play about family, tradition and the power of […]

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Smiths Falls police looking for information on assault in Parkland Court

On the 29th of September 2017 around 12PM Smiths Falls Police responded to a call in the area of Parkland Court where a male was assaulted by a group of persons. There was an unconfirmed report that a handgun may have been involved. The suspects fled the area. A search was conducted with the assistance […]

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Smiths Falls man arrested for indecency at conservation area

Submitted by OPP Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation after a report of an indecent act at Mac Johnson Conservation Area on Sunday, Sept. 24. At about 5:10 p.m. an adult male was approached by another male at the parking area of Mac Johnson Conservation Area, north of Brockville in Elizabethtown-Kitley […]

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Smiths Falls applying for $1.2 million to continue bridge repairs

Chris Must Smiths Falls will apply for an additional $1.2 million in provincial infrastructure funding to continue rehabilitation work on three Beckwith Street bridges. Troy Dunlop, the town’s director of public works and utilities, advised that the funding was available through the Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links Program for 2017-18. Council voted in late 2016 […]

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Council backs happy hours to be hosted at new co-work space

Chris Must A duo of entrepreneurs who have opened a new “community and co-working space” in the former Knights of Columbus building on William Street in Smiths Falls have secured town council’s blessing to host monthly networking happy hours. Fitness marketing professional Jessica Webster, who moved to the area last year from San Diego, CA, […]

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Armoured car monument to be delayed until 2018

Chris Must The process of selecting the most appropriate location is expected to delay the installation of an armoured car monument in Smiths Falls until next year. In a presentation to Smiths Falls town council on Sept. 25, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 member Jim Jenkins said donors to the project, which will see the […]

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Watch out Canada, says Le Boat’s managing director

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca “Watch out Canada, because we are coming in!” Le Boat’s managing director, Cheryl Brown, made this announcement as representatives of Parks Canada and area municipalities gathered Sept. 20 to celebrate the opening of the European boat rental company’s new Canadian Headquarters: the Lockmaster’s House in Smiths Falls. Brown said the company’s $16 […]

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Attempted murder charge in Almonte

Lanark County Interval House As the anniversary of the Wilno murders causes communities to pause and as the trial is set to begin in October, an attempt murder has occurred in Lanark County. In Almonte Ontario, home of the murder suicide of February 2016, yet another woman’s life was almost taken by violence. September 20th, […]

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Lanark OPP charge Mississippi Mills man with attempted murder

Lanark County OPP MISSISSIPPI MILLS, ON On September 20, 2017 at approximately 12:39 a.m., officers with the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Mississippi Mills (Almonte).  The investigation found that an altercation had taken place at a residence and a female had been […]

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Snowsuit campaign gets off to warm start

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca In the midst of September’s mild temperatures, it’s easy to forget how harsh Ontario’s winters can get. But those cold months aren’t far away, and local efforts to help protect young children in need are about to get under way. Smiths Falls’ 2017 snowsuit campaign officially launched on Monday, Sept. 18 at […]

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United Way briefs Smiths Falls council on accessibility concerns

Chris Must The United Way of Lanark County is investing in outreach efforts on behalf of disabled members of the community, with considerable success. United Way Regional Director Fraser Scantlebury and Partnership Coordinator Amy Elsner attended a special meeting of Smiths Falls Town Council on Monday, Sept.18 to provide an overview of the Accessibility for […]

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Governor General’s medal presented to long-time volunteer

Chris Must Friends and family members, including two mayors and a retired senator, gathered on Monday, Sept. 18 to honour long-time volunteer Lois Hunter. Hunter was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Mayor Shawn Pankow at a special meeting of Smiths Falls town council held in the upstairs hall of the Smiths Falls […]

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Smiths Falls fire chief announces resignation

Chris Must Normand Beauchamp, fire chief of Smiths Falls since 2013, has announced that he will be resigning to move to a larger community. Beauchamp, who informed town council of his decision at a meeting on Sept. 18, said that his new employer will have to remain confidential for now. “I want to thank each […]

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Shout Sister choir draws large crowd on first night

Submitted The new Shout Sister choir is off to a good start with upwards of 30 women coming to the first meeting, which was held on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The choir meets in Smiths Falls every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 41 Market St. N. and is for anyone who […]

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7th Annual Lanark & District Civitan Scarlet Fall Run set for Oct. 1

Submitted On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Lanark & District Civitan Club will host its 7th annual Scarlet Fall Run. Now that school is back in session, so are routines. It’s also the best time to set some fitness goals, and you can start out by putting the Scarlet Fall Run on your race calendar. Taking […]

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Smiths Falls new brand wins national award

Cyril Cooper, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism Town of Smiths Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Town of Smiths Falls launched their new brand identity in June 2017 and recently received National recognition from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) on September 12, 2017 in Niagara Falls. The National Marketing Awards are presented […]

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Local pantry brings small door fun to Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Judy Abromeit has thrown down the gauntlet and is challenging other businesses to join in on a little fun. It won’t cost a lot, it won’t take a lot of time, it will be fun and colourful and it will make your business stand out. Abromeit is a NOAL Pantry employee and […]

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Reader survey winner and results

Our reader survey winner of the $25 gift card is Jennifer Irwin of Carleton Place! Thank you to everyone who filled out our reader survey. We’ve already started delving into your answers and implementing your suggestions. Some common threads we’re seeing is that you want the following: Little known stories that nobody else is talking […]

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Smiths Falls athletes recruited to elite football training program

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The path to gridiron greatness appears to run through Smiths Falls, as two of the town’s top athletes have been accepted into the elite Football North training program in Ottawa. The program is run out of St. Joseph High School in Ottawa, which is where the two will attending school is year. […]

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Program for youth to continue despite centre closure

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Although financial difficulties recently caused the Smiths Falls & District Centre for youth to close its building on Main Street West, funding has been found to continue an after-school program, town councillors were told at a Sept. 11 meeting. Art Manhire, the town’s manager of community services, reported that Lanark County will […]

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Smiths Falls backs in-depth study of community assests

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls has agreed to lend its support to an application for provincial Trillium funding for an in-depth study of the community’s assets. Peter McKenna of Rideau Community Health Services spoke to town councillors on Sept. 11 to outline plans for the “local deepening community initiative” which would be carried out by […]

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Smiths Falls to reinvest in doctor recruitment

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls will continue to invest in ongoing efforts to bring new physicians to the area, councillors agreed at a meeting on Sept. 11. Providing an update on the full-time physician recruitment effort the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has been leading since 2014, recruiter Carlene MacDonald told […]

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Smith’s Falls Bears win for hometown crowd

The Smiths Falls Bears had a tough game on Friday, Sept. 8  in the Bears Den against the Pembroke Lumber Kings for the 2017-18 home opener but they still pulled out a win. The game started off rough when Pembroke got a goal within the first 10 seconds in the first period. But after equal […]

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Smiths Falls to launch snowsuit campaign Sept. 18

Chris Must In the midst of September’s mild temperatures, it’s easy to forget how harsh Ontario’s winters can get. But those cold months aren’t far away, and local efforts to help protect young children in need are about to get under way. Smiths Falls’ 2017 snowsuit campaign will be officially launched Monday, Sept. 18 at […]

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Smiths Falls council OKs apartments for former Lockwood building

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town council has approved zoning changes to allow the owners of the building formerly occupied by Lockwood’s Sight & Sound to be converted to apartments. The zoning changes, approved by council Sept. 5, apply to both 73-75 Elmsley Street North and 12-14 Daniel Street. Building owners Kate Ryan and brother […]

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Smiths Falls to take leading role in energy savings

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls is ready to implement energy-saving measures that should reduce its energy use by the equivalent of 140 tons of greenhouse gas. A consultant from technological firm Honeywell told councillors at a special Sept. 5 meeting that much energy savings is the equivalent of taking 47 medium-size cars […]

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Town to provide $1,500 to convert old store to boat repair shop

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Town Councillors have agreed to provide $1,500 in assistance to the owner of 41 Centre Street to help convert the former Canadian Tire building at that location into a repair facility for boats. A rear door in the building needs to be enlarged so that Le Boat, which will be […]

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Initial plans for Smiths Falls town square unveiled

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca At an Aug. 28 meeting Smiths Falls town councillors were given their first look at proposed plans to construct a town square and renovate the town hall complex. Dan Wojcik of heritage architectural firm +VG presented what he called “a preliminary take” on the design of a town square to be located […]

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Urban Jungle proceeds to fund fitness gear for Lower Reach Park

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillor John Maloney is hoping his colleagues will vote for the town to match funds raised at this year’s Urban Jungle obstacle course, which have been donated to pay for new fitness equipment at Lower Reach Park. Maloney and other organizers of the second annual Urban Jungle event, held […]

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Smiths Falls water tower to be back in action Wednesday

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A leak in the Smiths Falls water tower has been repaired, and the tower should be back in service this Wednesday, town councillors were told Aug. 28. At a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris reported that the tower, which had to be drained so a […]

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Shout Sister! choir is coming to Smiths Falls, newbies encouraged to join

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca With 23 already underway and another planned for Smiths Falls this September, Georgette Fry and the Shout Sister! choirs are making a loud, joyous name for themselves across Ontario. Fry started the first in Kingston in 2002, with another two in Brockville and Picton in 2006, and she hasn’t looked back from […]

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Single vehicle rollover near Smiths Falls subject of SIU investigation

Submitted The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has started an investigation into a single vehicle rollover on Highway 15 outside Smiths Falls. Preliminary information suggests the following occurred. Just after midnight on Aug. 27, 2017, Ontario Provincial Police and Smiths Falls police officers were called to a dispute. When police officers arrived, a man in […]

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Incident leads to attempted murder charge

In the early morning of 24 August 2017 Smiths Falls Police brought a male in crisis voluntarily to the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.  It is alleged that the after initial intake at the hospital the male grabbed a pair of blunt-ended scissors and proceeded to stab a member […]

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Premiere of Fort Hemlock at Smiths Falls Station Theatre

Hats off to everyone for a fabulous premiere! That was the buzz around The Station Theatre Friday night at the end of the first-ever performance of Fort Hemlock. “The sets were wonderful – transforming a street scene to a hotel was amazing to watch,” said Nancy Grundy from North Gower. “And the kids were really […]

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Marine fatality at Rideau Ferry Regatta

(Drummond-North Elmsley Township) On August 19, 2017, at approximately 2:00 pm, officers from the Ontario Provinicial Police, Lanark County detachment responded to a report of a marine collision that occurred during the Rideau Ferry Regatta in Rideau Ferry. Investigation at this time indicates that a marine vessel which was involved in a scheduled race, became airborne and […]

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Two local police officers win medals in World Police and Fire Games

Submitted Two local Smiths Falls Police Officers travelled out to the World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles last week and came home with a number of medals.   Sgt. Jodi Empey and Cst. Brent Pellett competed in swimming and running events. Empey won gold in four swimming event: the 50m fly, 50m freestyle, […]

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Province activates disaster recovery assistance for Ontarians in Tay Valley

Ontario has notified the Township of Tay Valley that Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in areas affected by flooding (see map). Significant rainfall in early May, and the release of water from Bobs Lake through the Bobs Lake Dam in Bolingbroke, has resulted in flooding […]

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Tweed’s Front Yard Shindig was a rocking wet time

Jason Code For the second year in a row Tweed’s Front Yard Shindig was a huge success, even though the weather was a major factor in the stage time for the bands. The afternoon kicked off with The Wild Card followed by Toronto based rock-surf band Thrifty Kids. Up next, from London, Ont., Basic White […]

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New chiropractor says chiro is about more than just manipulations

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca “A big part of well being is to be able to function properly and do the activities you want to do,” says Dr. Jennifer Brazeau, who joined Restorative Health chiropractic clinic in Smiths Falls in January. “To me, having the option to move is at the base of general well-being.” Brazeau also […]

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OPP searching for missing Carleton Place man

Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by the OPP Canine Unit and officers from the Emergency Response Team (ERT) are continuing to search for a missing man from the Town of Carleton Place. Detlef Dunn, 53, was last seen in the area of Julian Street in the Town […]

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Smiths Falls Police officers soon to be carrying naloxone

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Service The Smiths Falls Police Service is pleased to announce that all front line officers are being trained in the deployment of Naloxone nasal spray. With the Opioid crisis spreading across the country, the Smiths Falls Police Service is taking this proactive step to keep its officers and members of […]

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Water pressure and colour could be impacted during tower maintenance

Submitted by Town of Smiths Falls Landmark Municipal Services will be performing maintenance repairs on the water tower, starting on Monday, Aug. 14. The scope of work will require a planned shutdown of the water tower for a period of approximately one week starting today. During this timeframe, the town’s water distribution system will be […]

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Juno award winners lined up for Tweed Shindig Aug. 12

  Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Up and coming talent from both the east and west coasts of Canada are coming to Smiths Falls Aug. 12 for the second annual Front Yard Shindig hosted by Tweed. The outdoor concert, to be held on the front lawn of the Tweed site at 1 Hershey Dr., will be headlined […]

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Non-profit food hub in Smiths Falls seeks tax relief

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors have been asked to consider granting property tax relief to the non-profit Two Rivers Food Hub, which is still struggling to break even. Founded in 2014, the Food Hub operates out of the Gallipeau Centre, and provides a number of services aimed at helping local food producers connect […]

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Smiths Falls awards engineering contracts for bridge work, water treatment plant

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls will award contracts for engineering services for both bridge rehabilitation work and replacement of water treatment equipment. At a special meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole on Aug. 8, Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop recommended that the Greer Galloway Group be awarded […]

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Smiths Falls water tower repairs to start Monday

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls water tower has sprung a leak, and will have to be drained and repaired within the next few days. Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, told Smiths Falls town councillors Aug. 8 that the tower was leaking at the base due to a “pinhole leak” on one […]

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Smiths Falls to ban Merrickville-Wolford residents from town rec facilities

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Residents of neighbouring municipalities refusing to contribute to the operating costs of Smiths Falls recreational facilities will no longer be allowed to use those facilities, under a new town policy. The town negotiated cost-sharing agreements with all municipalities bordering on Smiths Falls and managed to reach agreements with the townships of Rideau […]

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Merrickville Mid-Week Market finding success in its first season

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Merrickville has a brand new attraction and it is as enchanting and lovable as the rest of the quaint town. Tucked between Zak and Finnegan at Home and The Christmas Shoppe on St. Lawrence Street, the Merrickville Mid-Week Market offers a spectacular selection of goodies from hand-crafted linen clothing and baked dog […]

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Lombardy Agricultural Fair a great hit with crowds

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was a good day to go to the fair – cool, a little overcast and a good breeze. The 151st Lombardy Agricultural Fair was packed Saturday afternoon. Parking attendants shook their heads wondering where to park everyone. The fair had everything, plus more: cotton candy, donuts, ice cream and poutine. There […]

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Urban Jungle set to challenge athletes for a second year

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Trails to blaze, hills to climb, obstacles to conquer and of course, lots of mud. This is how Maria and John Maloney describe the Urban Jungle Obstacle and Fitness Challenge coming up on Aug. 13. “The idea is that it’s challenging and fun,” said Maria. “Why would you go somewhere that isn’t […]

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Male arrested after phoning police repeatedly

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Friday July 28, 2017 police arrested a 32-year-old Smiths Falls male for phoning the Smiths Falls Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police repeatedly over a few day span for non- legitimate police business. As a result of police investigation, the suspect is charged with public mischief, mischief, harassing phone calls and resisting […]

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Police arrest woman for fraudulent prescription

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Monday July 24, 2017 at police were called to attend a pharmacy on Lombard Street in Smiths Falls for a report of a suspicious prescription. Police attended and investigation revealed that a 51-year-old female of Ottawa, Ont. had used a forged prescription at several pharmacies in Smiths Falls. Police located the suspect […]

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Parks Canada opens area lock stations on Rideau Canal

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Parks Canada announces the re-opening of Jones Falls, Davis, Detached, Combined, Old Slys, Edmonds and Kilmarnock Locks. This is in addition to Brass Point Swing Bridge, Poonamalie, Beveridges, Ottawa, Narrows, and Newboro lock stations, which opened on June 26. The open stretch will permit boaters to navigate through from the top end of […]

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Speed only one issue for Harold Street residents

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   The Town of Smiths Falls is prepared to fund “traffic calming” measures to address the concerns of Harold Street residents who say many drivers are using their street as a high-speed shortcut. One resident came to a July 24 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole to present a number of […]

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Smiths Falls profits from new construction

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls has collected over $230,000 in building permit fees so far in 2017. In a report to town council’s Committee of the Whole July 24, Clerk Kerry Costello said a total of 45 building permits had been issued as of June 30. The total value of projects under construction in town […]

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Smiths Falls expands fire dispatching services in Ontario

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Fire Department is continuing to find new sources of revenue for the town by providing fire dispatching services to other small municipalities. At a special council meeting July 24, councillors voted to sign a new contract to provide dispatching service to the small northern Ontario municipality of St-Charles, located […]

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Public urged to report Japanese knotweed

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

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Smiths Falls endorses VIA Rail expansion plans

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors have passed a resolution of support for VIA Rail’s multi-million dollar “high frequency” train project for the Windsor to Quebec City corridor. At a July 17 council meeting, Mayor Shawn Pankow asked fellow councillors to support VIA’s application to the federal government, which he said would be “a […]

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Engineers submit environmental report on vacant water plant

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The town of Smiths Falls is eligible for funding to help clean up contamination at the town’s former water treatment facility on Old Mill Road. The old treatment plant, which closed in 2010, was the subject of an environmental site assessment carried out for Molroz Engineering last year. Engineer David Hodgson presented […]

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Maintenance and improvements happening at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Renovations and maintenance of the operating rooms at the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District (PSFDH) start today, Monday, July 17, 2017 and will be closed during this necessary work. During the renovations, emergency procedures including c-sections will continue to be provided at the Smiths Falls site. All other […]

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Lombardy Fair cancels pig scramble for 2017

April Scott-Clarke april@pdgmedia.ca  The Lombardy Fair is striking the pig scramble from its daily events at this year’s fair. The pig scramble has been part of the fair for at least the last four years but pressure from advocacy group Ottawa Farmed Animal Save made the fair organizers reconsider it for 2017. An online petition […]

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Moon Over The Brewery promises music, magic and emotion

Submitted by Jane Stott editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Imagine Star Wars without its iconic theme music. Jaws without its pulse-pounding intro soundtrack. Gone With The Wind stripped of its sweeping musical refrain. Music is an essential “character” in our favourite movies, and its role on the stage is just as indispensable. For proof, consider the musical landscape created […]

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Lock It Or Lose It campaign underway

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Police are urging the public to keep their vehicles locked, keys removed, valuables out of sight and their windows closed to deter thieves from entering. The Smiths Falls Police Service and Crime Stoppers have partnered up and will be checking vehicles in the community for the remainder of the summer months as part […]

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Local foods, music in the spotlight at Pigstock

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Local food vendors, craft beer, live music and a whole pig roasted on a spit were among the attractions at the first annual Pigstock festival at Smiths Falls’ Gallipeau Centre Saturday, July 8. The event was produced by Bruce Enloe, general manager of the Two Rivers Food Hub.

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Water restrictions lifted, splash pad open

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Due to a minor incident yesterday the Town shut down operations at the Water Treatment Plant in order to safeguard our drinking water system. The town resumed operations at the Water Plant last evening and the system if now fully operational. The restriction of water usage is now lifted. It is important for […]

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Fire out, water restrictions still in place

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Earlier today, the Town of Smiths Falls shut down operations at the water treatment plant in response to a minor fire event near the main water intake. These precautionary measures were taken as a multi-barrier approach to safeguarding the drinking water system. The town has since resumed operations at the Water Plant and […]

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Smiths Falls residents asked to limit water use due to fire

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Due to a minor fire in close proximity to the town’s water intake, Smiths Falls town staff is asking residents to take the following precautionary measures: Please limit your use of Town water and cease any non-essential use of Town water The Water Treatment Plant has been shut down. The beach area and […]

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Free fishing event to celebrate angling in Ontario

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Members of the Smiths Falls Police Service and Smiths Falls Police Association will be hosting a free family fishing day on Sunday July 9 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lower Reach Park. This event will close out Ontario’s license-free fishing week, which started on July 1. These licence-free days are held […]

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Smiths Falls swans arrive July 4, naming contest starts

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca The two swans the Town of Smiths Falls purchased to deter the geese will arrive this afternoon (July 4) at 5 p.m. and residents are invited by the town to come out and welcome them. Also read: Smiths Falls invests in swans to keep geese at bay The swans will be released into […]

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Rideau Canal celebrates 10 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage site

Submitted by Ontario Parks Canada Agency editorial@pdgmedia.ca This year marks a year of celebrations and milestones for Canada, particularly as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and the Government is very pleased to offer free […]

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New logo celebrates past, present and future of Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca “We’re moving forward,” Shawn Pankow, mayor of Smiths Falls said at the unveiling of the new logo and website for the town on June 29. The new logo celebrates past, present and future while still retaining historical roots. The new stylized logo, with gradations of blue from turquoise through ultramarine to cornflower, […]

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Canada 150 canoe brigade visits Smiths Falls

Photos by Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls welcomed 14 voyageur canoes and about 130 paddlers from across Canada as the South Wind Canoe Brigade camped at the Detached Lock overnight June 27 on their way from Kingston to Ottawa. The paddlers and the 19 visitors from Ireland who are spending a week in town were […]

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Smiths Falls bakery starts a ‘suspended’ coffee and treat initiative

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca A hot coffee on a breezy summer morning. A refreshing kombucha on lunch break. A fresh loaf of bread on the dinner table. These seemingly insignificant items are often a treat that many cannot afford. C’est Tout Bakery in Smiths Falls has a plan to make these simple pleasures more accessible to […]

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Le Boat draws a crowd at Chamber breakfast

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca For those 80 hungry breakfasters who came to the Smiths Falls’ Chamber of Commerce’s early morning meeting on June 27, not only did they get a good meal, they got an eyeful in a presentation on Le Boat. Expect a pre-launch of Le Boat in Smiths Falls in August this year with […]

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Smiths Falls has until Aug. 1 to change rebate program

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are continuing to weigh their options before deciding whether to make changes to a provincial program that allows the owners of vacant commercial and industrial buildings to receive property tax rebates. The Ontario government announced earlier this year that it would allow local municipalities to apply to the […]

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Smiths Falls invests in swans to keep geese at bay

 Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The town of Smiths Falls is hoping that a pair of swans trumps a whole gaggle of geese. At a meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole  on June 26, Director of Community Services Art Manhire told councillors two swans have been purchased to help drive geese away from the Upper […]

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Ease end-of-school year stress

Submitted by Christine Peets editorial@pdgmedia.ca June is a very busy month, with end of school assignments, exams, plus all of the sports and social activities. There’s no doubt that it could be a stressful time, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s important to recognize what those stressors could be and how to deal with […]

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Special Investigations Unit complainant succumbs to injuries

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident involving police and a 43-year-old man that occurred earlier this month near Smiths Falls. Preliminary information suggests the following: In the afternoon hours of Saturday, June 3, 2017, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer contacted a man by phone informing […]

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UPDATE – Smiths Falls Police locate missing youth

LOCATED Smiths Falls Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a young male reported missing from his foster home on June 17, 2017. Erik Lalonde is a white male, 17 years of age, 5’8” tall, 140 lbs, curly brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen on June 17 wearing orange pants and […]

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Study identifies potential savings of $174,000 for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca An in-depth review of water distribution and sewage disposal operations in the town of Smiths Falls has identified a potential $174,000 in savings to taxpayers. Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop presented the results of a six-month service review to town councillors on June 19. In 2017, he said, the […]

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Smiths Falls ready to approve Rideau Hotel redevelopment plans

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The redevelopment of Smiths Falls’ landmark Rideau Hotel is continuing, with town councillors expressing their willingness to amend their official plan and zoning bylaw to allow the developers to convert the building to an apartment complex. At a special meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole on June 19, town staff presented […]

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New gas station and car wash coming to Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are supporting a proposal to build a new gas station and car wash on Lombard Street. The new business, a Petro Canada station, car wash and convenience is to be located at 96 Lombard St., between Scotiabank and Walmart, councillors were told in a planning department report presented […]

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Annual Paddlefest sees participants of all ages

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Although organizers of Rideau Paddlefest held Sunday, June 18 at Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls shut the event down early due to a tornado warning in the area, voyageur canoe races took place in the morning as planned. 

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Youth services partner up to eliminate youth homelessness

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A new partnership seeks to end the vexing problem of Lanark County youth homelessness which, while not as visible as its urban counterpart, nonetheless affects a growing number of young people. Under a new initiative known as Collective Impact (CI) — inspired by U.S. research that identified too many social issues being […]

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Niknaks Paddle Shack open for business in Smiths Falls

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca There’s a great new way to flow through the summer months by taking advantage of the Rideau Canal in Lanark County this summer. Niknaks Paddle Shack is a seasonal kayak, canoe, paddleboard and bike rental service that is set to open in mid-June in Smiths Falls. Located in the Murphy building on […]

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Local nurse honoured with prestigious award

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca When she’s on break, Rhonda Eaton sits in her favourite chair, puts her feet up and has a gab with her nursing mates. This will be her last year for gab-fests though. Eaton is retiring. And although she’s leaving, she’s leaving in a blaze of glory. The 39-year nursing veteran this year […]

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New chiropractor joins well-known Smiths Falls practice

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Dr. Bryan Pankow was welcomed to the Smiths Falls Family Chiropractic team on June 12 at an early evening open house. Pankow, 26, was born in Smiths Falls, went to school in Perth, and continued his education at Queen’s University graduating from the Kinesiology program with distinction. From there he headed to […]

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Local Salvation Army Majors honoured for their service to the community

Town Councilor Jay Brennan presents Major Owen Rowsell and Major Sharon Rowsell of the Smiths Falls Salvation Army with a certificate of appreciation for their service to the community. The Majors have been located in Smiths Falls for the past two years but have spent the last 39 years in ministry with the Salvation Army. They will officially […]

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Traditional Pow Wow in Smiths Falls puts dancing on display

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The students of the Indigenous Studies Program at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute hosted a traditional pow wow on Duck Island June 10 and June 11. Traditional drumming and dancing was presented by the Mohawks of Akwesasne First Nations and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. Photos by Chris Must Host drummers […]

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Crossing guards become a staple in their communities

Crossing guards are among the most visible signs of a caring community. In all types of weather, they diligently work their daily split shifts at key intersections to ensure students, parents, and other community members are able to safely navigate journeys that could otherwise pose peril due to red light runners, road rage, and distracted […]

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Smiths Falls Fire Department responded to 208 calls in 2016

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Fire Department answered 208 calls for help in 2016, Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp stated in his annual report to town council on June 5. The calls included three fires, one of which, in April 2016, inflicted $1.5 million worth of damaged to 10 row houses located at 14-30 Robinson […]

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Rideau Hotel developers seek financial help

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The developers working to turn the derelict Rideau Hotel into a new apartment complex are appealing to the town of Smiths Falls for financial help with two separate grant applications. Developer Andrew Cinnamon, owner of Park View Homes, told town councillors at a June 3 meeting that he has factored the grant […]

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Small towns welcome Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca   The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, spent the morning and afternoon of June 5 in the small towns of Perth and Smiths Falls. She arrived at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Perth at 9:30 a.m. to help with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation, first touring the […]

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Smiths Falls dedicates new memorial to veterans of WWI

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The sacrifices made by Smiths Falls residents 100 years ago were honoured Saturday, June 3 as the Evergreen Avenue committee unveiled a new monument marking the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The memorial is intended to honour Canadian contributions in several  battles during the First World War: the Somme, Vimy […]

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Smiths Falls honours three officers for bravery in April 28 fire

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Three members of the Smiths Falls Police Services who disregarded their own safety to rescue a woman from a burning building were honoured by town council on June 3. Mayor Shawn Pankow presented plaques to Constables Michael Gallagher and Dan King and Sgt. Paul Klassen for their actions on April 28, when […]

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New book celebrates work of poets, storytellers and songwriters

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca It took nearly a decade to complete, but members of a Smiths Falls group of poets, composers  and storytellers can take pride in a new book that will share their work with a wider audience. Vine Rhymes, a group founded in 2005 by Helen Latimer-Hanah and Beth Bernhardt, offers writing enthusiasts of […]

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Smiths Falls health clinic celebrates five years in community

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Monday, May 29, 2017 the Smiths Falls Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (S.F.N.P.L.C) celebrated its five year anniversary with an open house to welcome the public and thank the clients and community for their ongoing support. Since its inception and “go live” date of May 29, 2012 the clinic has registered over 2500 patients […]

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Lanark County Mental Health to see amalgamation, new location in 2017

Brian Turner editorial@pdgmedia.ca This year, 2017, holds the promise of being very busy and exciting for Lanark County Mental Health (LCMH).  On the heels of marking its 35th anniversary last fall, this crucial local health care provider is now planning on relocating their main Smiths Falls offices and amalgamating with Lanark Leeds and Grenville Addictions […]

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Smiths Falls Fire Department responds to fire at Tweed

Monday morning, May  29, at 9:26, the Smiths Falls Fire Department responded to a fire in the Industrial Park in Smiths Falls. The fire broke out at the Tweed plant, located at 1 Hershey Drive. Firefighters responded and the blaze  was under control within three minutes. The fire broke out in what use to be the […]

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Trainfest After Dark the newest Canada 150 event for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A railway-themed musical evening on Aug. 26 at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre theatre is the newest event in the growing line-up of Canada 150 events in Smiths Falls. Trainfest After Dark, to be held following a day of hands-on activities for visitors to the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, will get […]

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Hillier takes hydro complaints directly to premier

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca As part of his ongoing battle against astronomically high Hydro One rates in rural Ontario, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington MPP Randy Hillier is seeking letters of concern and complaint from his constituents, which he pledges to personally deliver to Premier Kathleen Wynne. The idea for area residents to photocopy their Hydro One bills […]

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Smiths Falls to host pow wow as Canada 150 event

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A feast of bison will be among the cultural highlights as the Town of Smiths Falls’ Canada 150 celebrations continue with a pow wow on Turtle Island June 10 and 11. Economic Development Director Cyril Cooper told councillors at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole on May 23 that the […]

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New Catholic elementary school for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Students currently attending St. Francis de Sales and St. James the Greater Catholic elementary schools will soon be going to a brand new school. At a meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole May 23, councillors were informed of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario’s plans to […]

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Moose commuter train battles federal government railroading

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls residents hoping to enjoy commuter rail service into Ottawa this year will have to wait a while longer as Moose, the private company behind the proposal for a 400 kilometre interprovincial route, battles a federal government that seems uninterested in working with the project. As Canada plans its 150th anniversary, […]

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Smiths Falls Vimy Ridge oak takes root

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths’ Falls own Vimy oak was planted near the town cenotaph during a ceremony May 18. The sapling, grown from cuttings taken from trees in Scarborough that grew from acorns mailed to Canada from the Vimy battlefield 100 years ago, was planted by Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute students Eryn Hewson, Jordan […]

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*UPDATE* Police locate 14-year-old Maria Arreola

Update On the 18th of May 2017 Ottawa Police located missing teen 14 year old Maria ARREOLA safe. Smiths Falls had issued a press release after the young teen left the Smiths Falls area on her own and could not be located. Smiths Falls Police is looking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Maria […]

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Local students set to hit stage for Stewart Park Festival Coffeehouse

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Students from across the region will put their musical talent to work on Thursday, May 18 when they take part in the annual Stewart Park Festival Coffeehouse. Taking place at the Perth Tea Room on Gore Street, the evening event will showcase four acts from four Lanark County-based high schools. The annual concert […]

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Smiths Falls to gather feedback on ending vacancy rebate

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Given the large amount of vacant retail space in Smiths Falls, town councillors are considering cancelling a program that provides tax rebates to the owners of vacant commercial property. In a recent report to council, Clerk Kerry Costello stated that “The Town of Smiths Falls has had an alarming number of vacancy […]

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Smiths Falls’ finances improving, says auditor

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Presenting draft financial statements for 2016 to Smiths Falls town council on May 15, auditor Howard Allan said the town’s finances are moving “in the right direction.” Allan noted that in 2016, Smiths Falls’ revenues were more than budgeted, while operating expenses came in slightly less. The town was also able to […]

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Smiths Falls awards contract for Beckwith Street redevelopment design

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The first step in a long-awaited project – the redevelopment of Beckwith Street in Smiths Falls – was taken with the awarding of a contract at a town council meeting on May 15. Smiths Falls councillors voted to an endorse a staff recommendation to accept an $85,000 quote from Parsons Corporation to […]

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Prescription drug drop-offs steady despite the rain

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  On May 13 Smiths Falls Police along with their partners from Crime Stoppers, and Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit were on hand at the police station parking lot to accept prescription drugs, expired drugs or any unused drugs. With the fentanyl and opioid crisis at a simmer in the town and […]

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Smiths Falls to explore sharing services with Montague Township

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are enthusiastic about the possibility of sharing the cost of some services with the neighbouring municipality of Montague Township. Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris told councillors at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole on May 8 that the idea to explore possible sharing of services came […]

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Smiths Falls skateboard park to be named after Chief Hardy

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are considering naming the town’s skateboard park to honour the man who was responsible for raising the funds to build it: former Police Chief Larry Hardy, who died on April 26. Ex-mayor Dennis Staples and former councillor Jack Traynor attended a meeting of town council’s Committee of the […]

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Peak point of the flooding risk has passed for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Residents of Smiths Falls are advised to stay clear of the swollen Rideau River following the recent heavy rainfall and flood warnings. “There is a large volume of very rapidly moving water going through town and the best thing is to stay away from it,” advised town Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris […]

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Flood levels expected to decline in Smiths Falls

Media Release #3 – Flood Levels Expected to Decline May 8, 2017 @ 2:00PM Flood levels can be expected to decline through the afternoon today as peaks are being reached on the Rideau and tributaries. Peak levels have been or are being reached in the lower Rideau watershed downstream of Smiths Falls as runoff from […]

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Annual kids charity fishing tournament comes to Smiths Falls

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The annual Peter Larmand Outdoors Kids Charity Fishing Tournament officially has a new home in Smiths Falls. “We are excited to announce that we have been welcomed with open arms and the 11th Annual Peter Larmand Outdoors Charity Fishing Tournament has a new home,” said Peter Larmand, event organizer. “Lower Reach Park in […]

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Smiths Falls police keep busy with end of month crimes

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Male arrested for drinking and driving On Wednesday, April 26 at approximately 8:33 p.m. police conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle on William Street west. The 62-year-old male driver of Smiths Falls, was found to have alcohol on his breath. As a result of police investigation the male driver was arrested […]

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Rain Brings Water Levels Up On Rideau

The rain event on Monday May 1 has caused water levels in the Rideau watershed to rise again. Water levels in the Rideau Valley had fallen close to historical average levels since the spring freshet peak on April 7. As much as 60 millimetres of rain on Monday has caused levels to increase again. Another […]

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Smiths Falls Home and Living Expo May 6 – 7

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Home and Living Expo is coming to the County Fair Mall this weekend, Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7. This year we’ll be Celebrating 150 Years of Cottage Life in the Heart of the Rideau. There will be a large number of vendors featuring products and services for your […]

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Smiths Falls praise emergency workers in wake of April 28 fire

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  At a May 1 meeting, Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow and fellow council members had words of praise for police and firefighters as well as the community at large following a devastating apartment building fire on Pearl Street Friday, April 28. “I want to give a lot of credit to our emergency […]

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Merrickville-Wolford declines to join rec agreement with Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Imposing a ban on residents of neighbouring municipalities that refuse to join in a recreation facility cost-sharing agreement with Smiths Falls “is not going to be fun for anybody,” town councillors were told at a meeting May 1. After learning that the Village of Merrickville-Wolford had voted not to pay about $15,000 […]

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Smiths Falls council agrees to fund ARC pool

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca At a May 1 meeting, Smiths Falls town councillors narrowly managed to achieve an agreement on providing municipal operating funds to the Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) in 2017. A volunteer group operates the facility, which is the former Rideau Regional Centre Pool, now located within the Gallipeau Centre. […]

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Roadside spraying controversy continues at Lanark County council

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca The roadside pesticide spraying debate continued at the April 25 Lanark County council meeting even though council has already passed a motion to spray in 2017. Dr. Meg Sears made a presentation to council about the health consequences of pesticide spraying. Sears is a researcher and lead scientist at the national group […]

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Local band starts Beatles Tribute tour in May

By Jenny Burr editorial@pdgmedia.ca The year was 1964 and the date was Feb. 9 when The Beatles made their first appearance in the United States on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles had already topped No.1 on the American music charts. The audience seating for 700 had sold out. By the time 8 p.m. arrived […]

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Support grows for community garden in Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Plans to open a community garden on the grounds of Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls are moving closer to reality, as members of the museum board have lent their support to the plan. A volunteer group known as the Community Carrot made a presentation to Smiths Falls town council on April […]

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Chip truck proposed for Main Street car wash site

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca French fry enthusiasts will have another opportunity to satisfy their cravings thanks to an application to open a new chip wagon called “Pioneer Fries” at 25 Main St. East in Smiths Falls. At a April 24 meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole, Clerk Kerry Costello reported that the […]

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SFDCI brings in a crowd at annual craft fair

The music department at Smiths Falls Collegiate and District High School hosted its  third annual Spring Craft Fair in support of our program on April 22. There were more than 50 vendors/crafters on site. All money raised from the table rental goes back to the music department to pay its upcoming competition in the Trills and […]

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The Lanark County Great Veggie Grow-off kicks off May 1

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Join the Neighbourhood Tomatoheads, Lanark municipal and community leaders at the Mississippi Mills Youth Centre at 134 Main St. E., in Almonte on May 1 at 3 p.m. to kick off the fourth annual Great Veggie Grow-off Challenge. There will be snacks and music around the centre’s newly raised garden beds. The Great […]

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New cancer treatment room opens at Perth hospital

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital officially opened its refurbished chemotherapy services room in Perth on April 20. In an emotional gathering of doctors, nurses and loved ones of three cancer patients who sadly lost their lives to cancer – Hilary Drummond, Dr. Erin Savage and Yarrow Viets –  Karen Rennie, chair […]

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Smiths Falls to create long-term plan for parks, public input wanted

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls’ largest park received the lion’s share of discussion at an April 20 open house held to gather public input into a five-year plan for the town’s parks and recreation facilities. The open house held in the town council chambers attracted eight participants, some of whom shared recommendations for improvements to […]

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Smiths Falls’ own Vimy Oak to be planted May 18

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Several Smiths Falls men fought and died at the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge. One hundred years later, their sacrifice will be remembered through the planning of one the 100 oak saplings grown from acorns gathered on the battlefield shortly before the Canadian Corps captured the ridge in four days […]

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Plans for legal marijuana good for town, says Smiths Falls mayor

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The tabling on April 13 of federal legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use is good news for Smiths Falls, Mayor Shawn Pankow told fellow council members at a regular meeting April 18. “Tweed, of course, is a big part of our community,” said Pankow. “It’s news that they’ve obviously been looking […]

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Smiths Falls blood donor clinic needs more donors

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca I don’t like needles, I’m too busy, I already gave blood this year, I don’t think I can for health reasons — these are just some of the reasons that people don’t give blood. Giving blood takes less than 10 minutes and doing so can add years to the life of a recipient. […]

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Repurposing, recycling, reusing, decluttering for 40 days

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca In a unique approach to Lent that is accessible to anyone regardless of their faith, Royal LePage Advantage Real Estate Brokerage in Smiths Falls launched a local 40 Bags for 40 Days initiative on March 1 that encourages community members to declutter, repurpose, share, and donate a bag of household items up […]

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Vimy Ridge app by Smiths Falls students accepted by Apple

Submitted editorial@pdgemdia.ca An app developed by students at Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) that allows users to learn about the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Canadians who died there has been accepted by Apple for distribution. The app “Vimy Ridge,” developed by Grades 11 and 12 computer science students, was accepted April 7 […]

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Smiths Falls gets $1.2 million grant to finish Beckwith Street bridge project

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls has received good news from the Ministry of Transportation, which will be providing a grant of $1,216,350 to help complete work on the Beckwith Street bridges. In a letter dated March 29, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca advised that the grant, provided through the 2017-18 Connecting Links funding program, is […]

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Local cannabis conversation event to help parents talk to youth

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca As the federal government readies its plan to legalize marijuana use, parents and caregivers are invited to attend an April 20 event designed to help open honest conversation with teenagers and parents. David Simpii, a member of the Carleton Place’s municipal drug strategy committee, told town council on April 11 that marijuana […]

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Smiths Falls to shine a green light on mental health issues

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The need for improved mental health services for children will be in the spotlight across Canada during the first week of May. Dr. Kevin Clouthier, executive director of Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth, spoke at an April 10 meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole to ask […]

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Smiths Falls seeks to appoint integrity commissioner

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Although impending legislation will eventually require all Ontario municipalities to appoint an integrity commissioner, the Town of Smiths Falls doesn’t want to wait that long. The appointment of an integrity commissioner is one of a number of changes that will be required under Bill 68, a provincial act entitled the Modernizing Ontario’s […]

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Smiths Falls councillors support joint recreation panel

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A request from Montague Township to have input into the management of Smiths Falls recreation facilities has received a sympathetic hearing from town councillors. During discussions surrounding a new five-year cost-sharing arrangement to allow access by township residents to Smiths Falls’ two arenas, Montague councillors suggested that a joint recreational advisory panel […]

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Male arrested for impaired driving in Smiths Falls

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Sunday, April 9 1:59 a.m. police conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle on Chambers Street. Investigation revealed that the 36 year old male driver of Lyn, Ontario was under the influence of alcohol. The male suspect was arrested for impaired driving, having over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters […]

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Pedestrian bridge closed due to rising water levels

With the river levels rising, the Town of Smiths Falls has decided to close off access to Turtle Island.  The south pedestrian bridge (Spillway to Duck Island on the main channel of the river) remains closed. Barriers are in place. Parks Canada is opening dams upstream in an effort to control flooding.  The Town will […]

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Groups hope to revive sport of canoeing on the Rideau

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Canoeing, a sport which was all the rage during the Rideau Canal’s hey day as a recreational paradise around the turn of the century, may be headed for a rebirth in this area. John Festarini, Parks Canada’s associate director for Ontario waterways, told the directors of the Rideau Roundtable at their annual […]

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Group pushing for community garden in Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A Smiths Falls group advocating to build a community garden on the grounds of Heritage House Museum has already won some support from town councillors. Following an April 3 presentation by the group known as The Community Carrot, Councillor John Maloney, known as the driving force behind the annual Urban Jungle obstacle […]

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Montague Township defers vote on cost-sharing with Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Montague Township councillors have decided to defer voting on a recreation cost-sharing agreement with the Town of Smiths Falls, which would see the township pay an annual share of $50,000 to give its residents access to the town’s two arenas. Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow and Director of Community Services Art Manhire […]

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Dental hygienists offering free care April 8

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Dental hygienists at Smile Sensations in Smiths Falls will be offering a day of free dental care for the eighth year in a row, as part of the nationwide Gift from the Heart event Saturday, April 8. Attending a regular Smiths Falls town council meeting on April 3, Lori Lawrence and Elise […]

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Smiths Falls councillors reach compromise on ARC pool funding

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) will receive funding from the town of Smiths Falls after members of council reached a compromise on an issue that had members evenly split over the course of several meetings. At a special meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole April 3, agreement […]

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Kids’ fishing tournament coming to Smiths Falls in 2017

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The list of events happening in Smiths Falls in 2017 continues to grow, as the organizer of an annual kids’ charity fishing tournament has announced plans to bring the event to town for the first time. Peter Larmand, a Smiths Falls resident, tournament bass angler and host of an outdoors radio show, […]

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Human trafficking cases discovered in Lanark County

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca If you think it doesn’t happen here, think again. Human trafficking is happening in Lanark, Perth, Carleton Place and Smiths Falls. “It’s all over Canada, all over the world,” said Constable Aaron Tompkins, community services officer with the Smiths Falls Police Service. “It’s a domestic problem,” he went on, adding that recently […]

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Traffic study of Abbott and Lombard Streets yields solutions

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Members of Smiths Falls town council were pleasantly surprised to learn on March 27 that solutions to relieving traffic gridlock at the intersection of Abbott and Lombard Streets should not be as costly as they thought. Bob Boutilier of Ainley Group Consulting Engineers attended a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole […]

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No more plastic for yard waste in Smiths Falls

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Town of Smiths Falls is making a move in a greener direction by eliminating the use of plastic bags in its spring yard waste collection program. Starting in May 2017, the town will only be accepting compostable paper yard waste bags for the spring and fall leaf collection program. Large compostable paper […]

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He shoots, he scores!

Is your community group, sports team or business doing something fun and interesting? If so, we want to know about it. Shoot us an email to tell us what’s going! editorial@pdgmedia.ca 

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Town of Smiths Falls issues public warning

Public Warning – Door to Door Water Testing A recent spike in residential complaints has prompted the release of a public warning from the Town of Smiths Falls. If for any reason, residents have been approached by door to door salesmen claiming to be selling water treatment products that are endorsed by the municipality, you […]

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Maple weekend in Lanark County is April 1 – 2

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Get ready for some maple-inspired fun on April 1 and 2, during Maple Weekend’s third annual sweet celebratory event. Taking place right in the heart of maple season, Maple Weekend is the perfect time to plan a trip to a local participating sugar bush and sample maple treats while experiencing some old-fashioned family […]

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How To Fair expands to Lanark County libraries

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

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AMBER ALERT

Surete du Quebec has activated an AMBER Alert in relation to the abduction of a 4 yr old boy from Saint-Jerome, QC. Victim is Joel Mukonkole, who is African-Canadian with black short hair and brown eyes. Suspect is Rachel Esema-Okako, 31 yrs old described as African-Canadian, with long, brown hair and brown eyes. Last seen […]

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Smiths Falls Bears pull out a playoff win at home

Jarred Rattan editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Bears won Tuesday, March 22 in the Bears’ Den. The Smiths Falls team won 3-2 against Cornwall Colts. The two teams had a tough battle with no goals in the first period. Once they teams  took to the ice for the second period though, the Bears made  two goals against […]

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New arena cost-sharing plan a tough sell in Montague

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Some Montague Township councillors are questioning whether the number of children from the municipality who use Smiths Falls arenas justifies paying the town $50,000 a year under a new cost-sharing plan. Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow and Director of Community Services Art Manhire attended a March 21 meeting of Montague Township council’s […]

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Chiropractic care for your young family

Dr. Natalie Bernicky People often ask me “why would a baby need a chiropractor?” An infant is only able to communicate by crying, so it is up to the parents to interpret and respond compassionately to their distress. The most common reasons parents’ bring their baby or young child in for care are difficulty with […]

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Fentanyl and opioid public meeting set for March 28

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca Fentanyl and opioid drug abuse is at a high across the country and local community services and support authorities are banning together to bring awareness to this important issue. Smiths Falls Police Service; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health; and the Smiths Falls Crime […]

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2016 pay and expenses for Smiths Falls councillors now public

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As required by the Municipal Act, the remuneration and expenses of individual Smiths Falls town council members have been released to the public. “None of us are on the sunshine list,” said Councillor Chris Cummings in moving the motion to approve the release of the information, referring to the annual publication of […]

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Smiths Falls urged to recognize Frost family legacy

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Heritage Smiths Falls is urging the town to recognize the historical significance of a group of properties on Chambers Street. Group members Tony Humphrey and Christopher McGuire appeared at a March 13 meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole to presented a recommendation to list the buildings known as […]

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Council defers voting on “contentious issue” of pool funding

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors remain unable to reach a consensus on a funding request from the board of the Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC). At a March 13 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole, a vote to grant the request was deferred when acting committee chair Councillor Chris Cummings refused to allow […]

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ATV group seeks Smiths Falls’ help in linking trails

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Rideau Lakes ATV (RLATV) Club has asked for permission to use some Smiths Falls streets to help connect two ATV trails. At a March 13 Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting, RLATV Club president and trail coordinator Rick Gilfillen made a pitch for town council to approve a land use […]

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Stew’s up!

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum hosted an Irish stew luncheon on March 12.  The museum is partnered with the Town of Smiths Falls Tourism and Economic Development, the Local Immigration Program, and the Smiths Falls & District Collegiate Institute Hospitality class to offer a unique cultural experience that shares and promotes […]

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Smiths Falls to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with unique sporting event

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Tired of golf and curling? Those who are looking for a new kind of friendly competition will want to check out “The Green Mile,” a new event offering fans of beer and of running the chance to enjoy two of their favourite pursuits at the same time. This first-time event will be […]

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Smiths Falls teen fundraises for journey to preserve rare Mongolian horses

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca For Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute student Teaghan O’Grady, saving endangered horses is a family tradition. While her parents, Gaelin and Larry, have spent over 15 years helping raise and preserve the rare Canadian Suffield Mustangs – the last of Canada’s free-range horses – O’Grady is fundraising $6,000 for a journey […]

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Who is Nellie McClung?

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca March 8 was International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day that brings awareness to the fact that a serious gender gap still exists. The World Economic Forum predicts that parity won’t be reached until 2186. This year’s IWD theme is #BeBoldforChange. March is also Women’s History Month. While there are many bold […]

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Smiths Falls welcoming Irish visitors this summer

By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation this year, Smiths Falls will be embracing a vital part of its history – the Irish connection. In 1871, 63 per cent of the residents of Smiths Falls and the surrounding townships were Irish. Today the town is officially twinned with Carnew, a […]

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Smiths Falls man arrested for trafficking

Friday 03 March 2017 Press Release Smiths Falls Police concluded a three month investigation into a male believed to be trafficking illicit drugs in Smiths Falls.  Police arrested the male and later executed a Controlled Drugs and substances Act search warrant at his residence on Brockville Street.  During the arrest and subsequent search warrant police […]

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Smiths Falls approves 2017 budget in record time

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As of March 6, Smiths Falls town council has passed the 2017 municipal budget – an achievement which one member of council called “probably a record.” Moving the third and final reading of the budget – which received preliminary approval Feb. 13 – Councillor Lorraine Allen said, “All of us feel that […]

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Smiths Falls delegation meets with minister on guaranteed minimum income

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   Mayor Shawn Pankow and other representatives of the Town of Smiths Falls had the opportunity Feb. 21 to share their views with provincial officials on the topic of a guaranteed minimum income. The mayor, along with Councillor Chris Cummings and Lanark County Warden Bill Dobson, met with Chris Ballard, the Minister […]

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Carleton Place Canadians beat Smiths Falls Bears 2-1 in overtime

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca The Carleton Place Canadians clinched a win on March 5, 2017 beating the Smiths Falls Bears 2-1 in overtime at the Carleton Place Arena. After a goalless first period, the Bears’ Michael McKenney and the Canadians’ Connor Merkley both scored one goal in the second period. No goals were scored in the […]

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Bears lose 4-2 in last season home game

Smiths Falls Bears lost 4-2 on Friday, March 3 in the Bears Den against Pembroke. This was the Bears last home game of the season. They will face off against the Carleton Place Canadians on Sunday, March 5. Photos by J.R Photography

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Warm up with Irish stew, folk music at Heritage House March 12

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Céad míle fáilte! The Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum extends a warm welcome to local residents to attend the Taste of Ireland, an Irish stew luncheon. The museum is partnering with the Town of Smiths Falls Tourism and Economic Development, the Local Immigration Program, and the Smiths Falls & District Collegiate Institute Hospitality […]

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Smiths Falls won’t comment on changes to Lanark County plan

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca As a separate municipality, the Town of Smiths Falls won’t be commenting on a proposed amendment to Lanark County’s official plan. The amendment would recognize and classify “areas of natural and scientific interest” within the county, and was requested by the Town of Mississippi Mills, councillors were told at a Feb. 27 […]

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Smiths Falls couple can buy town land for garage

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are backing a recommendation from town planner Niki Dwyer to allow a local couple to purchase a small piece of town-owned land to build a garage next to their new home. Dwyer presented a report at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Feb. 27 recommending a […]

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Human trafficking survivor to address students, police and public March 6

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Perth Police Services Board and Lanark County OPP are jointly hosting special guest speaker Simone Bell in Perth on March 6 to raise awareness about human trafficking and its local implications. Bell is a survivor, speaker, peer support manager and social justice advocate. She was coerced into the sex trade by a […]

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Fire dispatching could be a lucrative revenue stream for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Providing fire dispatching services for other municipalities has proven to be a lucrative new source of extra revenue for the Town of Smiths Falls. At a town council meeting on Feb. 21, councillors approved a recommendation from Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp to sign a contract with the Municipality of Highlands East to […]

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Smiths Falls community grants for 2017 finalized

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca After an in-depth discussion at a special meeting of Smiths Falls town council’s Committee of the Whole on Feb. 21, councillors have agreed for the most part to endorse the 2017 community grants recommended by a committee of staff. Based on an amount equal to one per cent of all revenue collected […]

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Smiths Falls council deadlocked on funds for pool

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors reached an impasse during debate at a Feb. 21 meeting over how much municipal funding should be given to the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC). In the course of approving staff recommendations on how to disburse community grants for 2017, the six council members who […]

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Smiths Falls Bears score a hometown win

Smiths Falls Bears won against the Kanata Lazers on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Bears Den in Smiths Falls. The final score was 5-3. The next home game for the Bears will be on Friday, Feb. 24 against the Gloucester Rangers.     Photos by J.R.Photography

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Family’s donation to help kids at Smiths Falls Library

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca A $25,000 donation from the Quattrocchi Family will aid in improvements to the children’s department of the Smiths Falls Public Library, town councillors were told on Feb. 6. Councillor Chris Cummings, the town’s representative on the library board, reported that the upper floor of the library is to be renovated some time […]

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Heartbreaking loss for Bears on Valentine’s Day

Smiths Falls Bears lost to the Brockville Braves on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The game went to a shootout with Brockville defeating Smiths Falls 4 to 5. The next game is on Friday, Feb. 17 in the Bear’s Den.    Photos by J.R. Photography

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Action from the February AAA hockey tournament in Smiths Falls

The Smiths Falls AAA Bears held a mini hockey tournament at home on Saturday, Feb. 12. Teams at the tournament included Nepean, Cornwall, Smiths Falls, in addition to several others. Photos by J.R. Photography

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Legion to buy armoured car for Afghan veterans memorial

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 in Smiths Falls is able to complete an application to purchase a surplus armoured car after town council confirmed that the vehicle can be located next to the town cenotaph, as a memorial to veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Twenty surplus LAV 3 (light armoured vehicles) […]

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Smiths Falls water tower needs to be replaced

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Having served the town for more than 90 years, Smiths Falls’ water tower has reached the end of its useful life town councillors were told at a Feb. 13 meeting. Presenting a report prepared by Landmark Municipal Services, Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop told council the water tower was […]

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Smiths Falls to make grants more accessible to downtown businesses

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls will move ahead with plans to make grants under the Community Improvement Program (CIP) available to more downtown businesses. The minimum grant to be awarded under the program, which makes a total of $50,000 available each year for improvements to the facades or interiors of businesses located […]

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“Good news” budget expected for Smiths Falls

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls council members are confident that the town’s 2017 budget will be good news for ratepayers weary of annual tax and utility rate increases. “I think it’s a good news budget,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow. The 2017 budget, which passed first and second reading at the Feb. 13, was the third […]

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Photos: Smiths Falls Bears vs. Cornwall

Smiths Falls Bears lost to the Cornwall Colts 4-1 on Friday, Feb.10 at home in Central Junior Hockey League action.  The Bears are on the road for their next two games — Sunday, Feb. 12 in Brockville and then on Thursday, Feb. 16 they will face off against the Colts again in Cornwall.     […]

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Take a hike with the Rideau Trail Association

Alexandra Mazur editorial@pdgmedia.ca Every week, groups of people set out on a joint journey to discover the wilderness that surrounds the length of Rideau Canal and its tributaries. This adventurous bunch belongs to the Rideau Trail Association (RTA), a charitable organization that has been running since its inception in 1971, when students from Queens University […]

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Feting Smiths Falls long-serving firefighters

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A trio of long-serving Smiths Falls firefighters were saluted for dedicated commitment to community safety and saving lives during a packed retirement party on Jan. 31 at the Kinsman Hall. With a combined 84 years of front-line experience, Rick Laming, Don Lackey and Bill Hurlbert were feted by town councillors, fellow smoke-eaters, […]

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Chimo students question the mayor in council chambers

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Mayor Shawn Pankow hosted two grade 5 Chimo Elementary School classes in council chambers on Tuesday, Feb.8. Bombarded with questions, he was able to answer them all except “Who was the first mayor of Smiths Falls?” Other questions from students included: “Why are there no girls (in the pictures on the wall […]

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Smiths Falls police lay numerous drug and assault charges over past week

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Threats lead to domestic assault charge On Wednesday, Feb.   a 22-year-old female contacted police about receiving a threat from her 26-year-old boyfriend.  As a result of investigation, the accused was arrested for domestic assault and held for a bail hearing to answer to this charge. Domestic assault leads to numerous criminal charges […]

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Drunk driver gets over 80 charge, could face jail time

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 12:31 a.m. while on general patrol, Smiths Falls police watched a vehicle fail to come to a complete stop at a red light at an intersection in the Smiths Falls downtown core. Police conducted a traffic stop and detected could smell alcohol on the 32-year-old female driver.  A […]

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Smiths Falls council highlights: Snow removal, summer festivals

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Here are couple of quick hits from Smiths Falls council to help keep residents in the loop of what’s happening across the town. Smiths Falls provides truck for airport plowing Saddled with an out-of-commission truck once used for snow plowing, the Smiths Falls-Montague Airport Commission has found a solution to the problem. […]

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Smiths Falls mayor missed chance to lobby for income study

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow headed to this year’s Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference with a mandate to lobby the Minister of Community and Social Services to have Smiths Falls considered as a site for a pilot study on a basic guaranteed income for residents of the province. However, following some occasionally […]

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Wonton Crunch in Smiths Falls expands facility

By Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls entrepreneur Prim Singh has devised the perfect recipe for culinary success with an automated wonton maker that is revolutionizing production of the popular Asian cuisine appetizer. Following two appearances on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and a new distribution contract with Sysco food services, Singh’s trademark Wonton Crunch snacks are primed […]

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Smiths Falls pool to host swim-a-thon Feb. 11

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca With the drop in entrance fees at the Aquatic Recreation Centre the number of people swimming at the pool has increased, with the pool recently recording record numbers of participants filling the pool for Aquafit. The pool is building on this success by hosting its annual swim-a-thon on Saturday, Feb.11. This year people […]

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Potluck competition and growing event draws county-wide crowds

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca  More than 80 people enjoyed a local foods potluck hosted by Smiths Falls’ Two Rivers Food Hub on Jan. 31. While feasting on a wide selection of dishes, including lamb stew, homemade perogies, winter-grown greens and gluten-free brownies, farmers joined with food buyers to discuss their respective needs for the 2017 planting season. The […]

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Charges laid for two late January crimes in Smiths Falls

Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls Police were busy over the weekend and beginning of the week answering calls that resulted in several charges. Domestic assault leads to multiple charges On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 police arrested a 21-year-old male after responding to a domestic assault.  The male was arrested on scene and charged with assault, mischief […]

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Salvation Army Kettle Campaign raises $244,000 in 2016

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers in Smiths Falls, Perth, Carleton Place, Almonte and Merrickville, the Salvation Army’s 2016 Kettle Campaign raised a total of $244,510 to help the needy throughout the region. Fundraising results were down slightly from the previous year, when $251,166 was collected. The kettle campaign kicked off […]

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UCDSB public meeting hears concerned parents plead for more time

By Jenny Burr editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Monday, Jan. 30 the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) held a public meeting in Smiths Falls at the Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute — one in a series of many — to give parents, guardians and members of the public the opportunity to voice their opinions on proposed […]

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School bus and car collision in Rideau Lakes yesterday – No injuries

(LEEDS, ON.)    Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation into a school bus and car collision in Rideau Lakes. On the 30th of January 2017 at about 3:30 PM, members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Rideau Lakes Township attended to reports of a Howard school bus and a Volkswagen Jetta […]

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Susan Shirley Program for teen moms closes doors in Smiths Falls

Sarah Nelson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Nichole Anderson, co-founder of The Susan Shirley Program in Smiths Falls, says that there are many different ways of mothering, but it’s the quality that counts. The program, which closes its doors today, Jan. 31, provided parenting skills, life skills, and supported housing for young mothers in the Smiths Falls area. It […]

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Employment opportunity with Smiths Falls DBA

The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is seeking a creative, organized and self-motivated individual to fulfill the part-time role of DBA coordinator. Reporting directly to the Chair of the DBA Board of Management, the coordinator will assist in the organization and execution of all activities, initiatives, and events as outlined by the Board of […]

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Arrest made in Smiths Falls armed robbery

UPDATE TO ROBBERY PRESS RELEASE On Jan.11, 2017 there was an armed robbery at the Quickie Convenience store located at 110 Beckwith St N in Smiths Falls.  The assailant held up the lone clerk and left the area with an amount of cash and cigarettes. Investigation with the assistance of Coburg Police and OPP Stormont […]

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The Rideau Candy Shoppe’s nacho eating competition

This is a 2 day event to help kick-off our recent nacho machine purchase! Cost is $25 per person(taxes included) A waver form must be signed prior to participating Ages 18+ The contest will run as follows: February 4th Day 1 – Qaulifying round. First group will begin at 11am. Groups of 10 will face […]

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Food forum to challenge schools to integrate good food into school life

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca It’s no secret that eating well is the foundation of a healthy life. Early exposure to the fun and health benefits that come from growing, cooking and enjoying healthy foods is best.  School environments including classroom curricula, cafeterias, nutrition programs, fundraisers, and extra-curricular activities can all play a central role in creating good […]

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ontrac Workshops this February in Smiths Falls

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Smiths Falls gearing for year-long party to mark Canada 150

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca The 150th anniversary of Confederation won’t pass unnoticed in Smiths Falls, as the town is planning a full year of celebrations. Planning is still underway, but a number of celebratory events are already confirmed. The town has also been successful in securing funding to help with event expenses. Ingrid Bron, economic […]

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Aquatic Recreation Centre directors earn praise from Smiths Falls council

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Kathy Gilligan, who came to Smiths Falls town council on Jan. 23 to ask for $26,600 on behalf of the board of the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre, received a sympathetic reception. Representing the non-profit board which last summer began operating the former Rideau Regional Centre on the grounds of […]

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Smiths Falls railway museum seeks town funding

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca In support of an application for $50,000 in funding from the Town of Smiths Falls, Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario curator Anne Shropshire updated town councillors on Jan. 23 on the progress of the museum’s plan to achieve financial sustainability. “We have had a very successful two years,” said Shropshire, noting that […]

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Smiths Falls homeowners reach deal with council to build garage

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The owners of a home at 57 Broadview Ave. East will be able to build a garage after all. When the owners Gary Davis and E.Davies first approached the town of Smiths Falls in November seeking permission to buy a small strip of land next to the property to build a garage […]

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Global warming good argument for basic income, says Smiths Falls resident

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carol Ann Knapp, a Smiths Falls resident who drew attention by standing up at a Jan. 9 council meeting to protest some councilors’ lack of support for a basic guaranteed income in Ontario, appeared on Jan. 23 to provide further input on the subject. Knapp, who obtained council approval to appear as […]

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Photo highlights: Carleton Place Canadians beat Smiths Falls Bears

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  The Carleton Place Canadians beat the Smiths Falls Bears 4-0 at the Jan. 22, 2017 regular season game at the Carleton Place Arena. Forward Andrew Dodson scored the final goal, his 16th of the season, in the third period.  The Carleton Place Canadians are currently first in the Central Canada Hockey […]

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Choose your executor wisely

By Shawn Pankow, CFP, CHS, CLU The job of an executor has always been difficult. However, changes implemented by the provincial government has made it more challenging, time-consuming, and onerous. It has also laid a much broader, deeper and heavier burden of responsibility on the person you leave in charge of your estate. Most people […]

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Smiths Falls residents speak out for basic income pilot

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca For Smiths Falls mayor Shawn Pankow, the need for Ontario to explore a better way to support the most disadvantaged in society hits close to home. In February 2016 the provincial government announced plans to conduct a pilot study to examine the feasibility of providing residents of Ontario with a guaranteed minimum […]

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Police seek assistance locating missing Smiths Falls man

MISSING ELDERLY MALE    Smiths Falls Police are requesting the assistance of the public in locating a missing elderly male from Smiths Falls.  Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of; Francis Ronald BILLINGS  (76 yrs old)   The male was last seen around 4pm in the area of Sussex St in the Town of […]

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Smiths Falls to drop lottery licence fees

By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls has voted to stop charging charitable organizations a fee for lottery licences. After some members of council argued that these fees were a burden on service clubs, and took away from money going to community projects, a bylaw was prepared to cancel the fees altogether. As […]

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Smiths Falls budget revenue-neutral for first time in 20 years

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Although the second draft of the Town of Smiths Falls’ 2017 budget calls for a 2.46 per cent increase in the tax rate, this does not mean that the town will collect more in taxes this year, according to Councillor Chris Cummings. Because the value of property assessments in town has dropped, […]

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Council reverses stance on basic income lobbying

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors have voted to allow Mayor Shawn Pankow to lobby the provincial government to have the community selected to participate in a study of the feasibility of a basic guaranteed income. In an unexpected reversal of its earlier position on the issue, council backed a plan for the mayor […]

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Canopy Growth triples Tweed’s production potential by acquiring 1 Hershey Drive

SMITHS FALLS, ON, Jan. 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: CGC) has closed the acquisition of the property at 1 Hershey Drive that currently houses Canopy Growth’s headquarters and the Tweed Inc. (Tweed) production facilities. “Increasing the scale of our cannabis production capacity is vitally important to our […]

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Pankow’s Ukrainian New Year’s levy a success

By Kathy Botham editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Mayor Shawn Pankow along with his wife Tracey hosted a New Year’s levy on Saturday, Jan. 14. Following the Pankow Ukrainian heritage, the Levy’s theme was such, which included the date it fell on. Most of the food and desserts were prepared with Ukrainian recipes. More than 250 people arrived at […]

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Bare Bear Bones auditions in Smiths Falls

By Allison Graham On Saturday, Jan. 14  actors auditioned for Bare Bear Bones, a play written by Michael Grant and directed by Sheila Jasiak. Bare Bear Bones is a comedy about a middle aged couple who are empty nesters and have lost that loving feeling. They decide to return to the place in which they […]

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Photo highlights: Smiths Falls Bears fall 4-3 over Cumberland Grads

The Smiths Falls Bears faced off against the Cumberland Grads on home ice on Friday, Jan. 13. Despite the hometown advantage for the Bears, the Grads managed a 4-3 win. Here are some photographic highlights of the game. Photos by Jarad Rutton.

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Smiths Falls Police Service continue to investigate armed robbery in Smiths Falls

The Smiths Falls Police Service continues to investigate an armed Robbery that occurred on the 11 of January 2017. At approximately 7:30 p.m. a lone male entered the Quickie convenience store on Beckwith Street North, in the Town of Smiths Falls and demanded money from the cashier, fleeing shortly after. An undisclosed amount of money […]

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Police are seeking information about robbery at Quickie in Smiths Falls

On the 11 of January 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m. a lone male entered the Quickie convenience store on Beckwith Street North, in the Town of Smiths Falls and demanded money from the cashier, fleeing shortly after. An undisclosed amount of money was taken and no one was injured as a result. The investigation is […]

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Smiths Falls’ Tweed factory bracing for explosive growth

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The success that the Tweed factory in Smiths Falls has enjoyed in its short history so far is sure to be eclipsed by the explosive growth that is expected to follow the legalization of marijuana in Canada. Although marijuana has been illegal in Canada since 1923, when it was prohibited without much […]

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OPP Festive Ride Campaign ends with impaired driving-related deaths and injuries

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wrapped up its Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaign on a sad note over the weekend, with a total of six people losing their lives in impaired driving-related incidents over the seven-week period. While all data is preliminary, five of the deaths involved a motor vehicle […]

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Smiths Falls seeks volunteers to help with Canada 150 events

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Town of Smiths Falls’ working group for Canada 150 celebrations is calling for volunteers to help out. Volunteers are need to assist in planning and coordinating a variety of activities including the On the Roll live music series, heritage walking tours, genealogy workshops, First Nations reconciliation events and program, and arts […]

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Smiths Falls town staff present community grant recommendations

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca There are some winners and some losers after a team of Smiths Falls town staff members completed a review of applications from local groups seeking funds from the community donations program. At council’s request, all grants of less than $10,000 will be awarded based on staff recommendations. The evaluation team scores the […]

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Developers seek official plan exemptions for Rideau Hotel plans

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Parkview Homes, new owners of the Rideau Hotel at 20 Beckwith St. North in Smiths Falls, are seeking town council’s approval to proceed with plans for the building that will require amendments to the official plan. The developers want to locate residential units on both the ground floor and in the basement, […]

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New police vehicle to join Smiths Falls fleet this spring

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  The Smiths Falls Police Service is planning to replace one of its vehicles with a new Ford Explorer costing about $45,000. Police Chief Mark McGillivray spoke to town councillors Jan. 9 to request pre-budget approval to buy the vehicle. He said the service normally replaces one vehicle each year “to keep our […]

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Smiths Falls brewers seek council support for move to mall

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Andrew Howard and Nick Ritchie, two of the partners who operate Smiths Falls-based 4 Degrees Brewing Company, appeared before town council on Jan. 9 seeking support to pave the way for their plans to open a local operation at the County Fair Mall. Howard and Ritchie requested a council resolution that will […]

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Protest erupts over guaranteed income debate at Smiths Falls council

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Tempers flared at a Smiths Falls council meeting Jan. 9 as members of the public argued for the right to speak on the topic of the town being part of a provincial study to replace existing social service payments with a guaranteed minimum income. At a previous meeting on Dec. 19, a […]

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Medical officer to present details of basic income project to Smiths Falls council Jan. 9

On Friday evening, Jan. 6, Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow let his Facebook followers know that the issue of the basic income pilot project is not dead and that the Leeds, Grenville and District Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Paula Stewart, will be presenting details on the province’s project at the Smiths Falls Committee of […]

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Local gym members place in Canadian Powerlifting Federation Competition

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Representatives from The Smiths Falls Gym & Fitness Centre take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their divisions at the Canadian Powerlifting Federation Competition hosted by Hostyle Conditioning in Orleans. Photo: left to right Chris Nugteren, Coach Brian Paquette and Coach Zach Last

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Smiths Falls council rejects bid to host basic income pilot project

chris@pdgmedi.ca  Smiths Falls councillors have rejected a proposal for the town to participate in a pilot project to test the concept of providing a guaranteed basic income in Ontario. At a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Dec. 19, councillors were told that Mayor Shawn Pankow had written to the province in May suggesting […]

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Smiths Falls council to give clubs a break on lottery licences

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca A majority of Smiths Falls town councillors have agreed that non-profit organizations should not be charged fees to run lotteries. The provincial government allows municipalities issuing lottery licence to charge groups up to three per cent of the value of any prizes being awarded. Last year the town of Smiths Falls brought […]

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Man arrested and charged in Last Duel Park murder

(TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – The Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit has been actively investigating the homicide of 45 year old James “Jake” Laverdure which occurred August 7, 2016 at Last Duel Park Campground in the Town of Perth. As a result of the ongoing investigation a 22 year old man, Andrew […]

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Saumure Group purchase brings new life to County Fair Mall

By:Chris Must The County Fair Mall will be spared the wrecking ball thanks to local entrepreneurs the Saumure Group. The Saumures’ purchase of the property was officially announced before a crowd of several hundred well-wishers at the mall Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 14. “Work begins now for a better tomorrow,” said Saumure Group Chief Financial Officer […]

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Three local agri-food producers receive government recognition

By Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca  Three local agri-food producers have received a Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, which gives recognition for work done by those in the agri-food industry in helping create jobs, boost the economy, strengthen communities and support a sustainable environment through innovative ideas.  Funny Duck Farms in Jasper was one of the names […]

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Smiths Falls excited about luxury boat company’s investment

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Manager of Economic Development Cyril Cooper says a European company’s plans to invest $16 million to bring luxury houseboats to the Rideau Canal is excellent news for local businesses. “I’m excited about Le Boat coming to the town of Smiths Falls,” Cooper told town councillors at a Dec. 12 meeting. […]

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Park View Homes to restore Rideau Hotel for apartments

Chris Must  chris@pdgmedia.ca Restoring Smiths Falls’ historic Rideau Hotel will be more of a “labour of love” than a solid financial investment, its new owner told town councillors Monday, Dec. 12. Andrew Cinnamon of Park View homes has purchased the Beckwith Street landmark, built in 1901, and plans to renovate the building into 25 new […]

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Tim Hortons and Kinsmen Club Hit the Mark for Kids

Smiths Falls – With another sold out crowd at hand, Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted their 28th Annual Curl for Kids bonspiel at the Smiths Falls Curling & Squash Club in November. Over $4000 was raised to help support mentoring programs in Lanark County. Corporate sponsors Tim Hortons in Smiths Falls and the Smiths Falls Kinsmen […]

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Smiths Falls Bears Peewee B House go 3 for 3 in tournament wins!

Smith Falls Peewee B House are on a winning streak taking the prize in all the tournaments they have played so far.  “I’m really proud of these boys, they’re working hard and having fun at the same time, I couldn’t ask for more.” says coach Keith Rhoden Arnprior Tournament – November 12th and 13th Smiths […]

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Smiths Falls council not ready to rule on land sale request

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smith Falls town councillors have been unable to reach agreement on the request from a newly-retired couple hoping to buy a small piece of town-owned land to build a garage. The owners of 57 Broadview Ave. West, Mr. and Mrs. G. Davies, want to acquire a piece of land measuring 5.8 by […]

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OPP impressed with success of 2016 angel trees

Close to 600 children affiliated with Lanark County Child and Family Services (LFSC) will receive gifts this year at Christmas thanks to the community support of the Lanark County Child and Family Services (LCFS) and Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) angel tree program. The angel tree program is now in its 31st […]

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Smiths Falls Weekend Guide December 9 – 11

To see you event in the Smiths Falls Weekend Guide email the details of your event to events@pdgmedia.ca. Friday, December 9 Christmas Market 5:00pm – 9:00pm Event is during the local bears game proceeds from the sale of the tables will be donated to the local bears! Come out enjoy the game and support your local […]

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SFDCI girls’ rugby team fundraises for California trip

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca They’re excited not just to be travelling, but to be able to represent their school. The Redhawks girls’ rugby team is in the final throws of fundraising for a trip to California to take part in a rugby tournament. “We chose California because they run an international rugby tournament in March, […]

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Local bride opts to tie knot in Smiths Falls after winning big

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s supposed to be a very special day, and for Emily Bowick of Smiths Falls it’s turning out to be a dream. As the winner of the $11,000 grand prize at Always and Forever Wedding Show in Smiths Falls, Bowick is thrilled with the variety and generosity of the package. “I […]

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St. James students to receive free books

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  On Wednesday, Dec. 6 every child at St. James the Greater School in Smiths Falls will receive a new book, thanks to the Friends of the Library. Councillor Lorraine Allen told Smiths Falls councillors at the Dec. 5 meeting that the books will be matched to the interests of the individual students. […]

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Smiths Falls councillors endorse autism treatment resolution

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls councillors have voted to endorse a resolution from the Town of Shelburne calling on the provincial government to restore funding for a treatment program for children with autism. According to the resolution, autism spectrum disorder affects one in 94 children, making it the most common neurological disorder. The resolution states […]

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Smiths Falls businesses to renovate thanks to council grants

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls town council has allocated all of the town’s $50,000 in Community Improvement Plan (CIP) funding for 2016, after approving grants for three local properties at a regular meeting on Dec. 5. Council has approved $20,000 for each of two applications from Parkview Homes to renovate properties on Russell Street, and […]

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Bears lose to Nepean in Fish Findlay Classic in Shawville

Courtesy of Smiths Falls Bears A crowd of 300 turned out to the Shawville Arena on Saturday, Dec. 3 to watch the 2nd Annual Fish Findlay Classic between the Smiths Falls Bears and the Nepean Raiders. The proceeds from this game are donated to the Shawville Minor Hockey Association. For the 2nd consecutive year the Raiders […]

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Sleeping Beauty pantomime come to Station Theatre in December

A villainous villainess, two fabulous felines and a host of funny characters brought together in a zany slapstick comedy. That, in a nutshell, is Sleeping Beauty, the British- style pantomime playing at The Station Theatre from Dec. 2 to 11. To make it easier to bring along the youngsters, there will be matinees at 2 […]

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Council to vote on funds for Davidson Courtyard upgrade

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are expected to approve an application for funding under the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for repairs and renovations to Davidson Courtyard. Owners Lyne Houle and Scott Taylor submitted an application to the program in May. Now a commercial and residential property, Davidson Courtyard opened in 1889 as […]

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Smiths Falls salt shed ready for winter

The newly built salt shed on Air Care Drive in Smiths Falls, had its grand opening at 9:00 a.m on Nov. 29. Mayor Shawn Pankow cuts the ribbon while members of council, town staff, public works staff and the MegaDome contractor, who built the structure, gathered around him. “I’m glad we’ve finally got this done, […]

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Win This Space topic for Dec. 1 speaker in Smiths Falls

Jan Hawley, economic development officer from the Municipality of Huron East, will be in Smiths Falls Thursday, Dec. 1 to share a success story. Hawley will speak at 7 p.m. at the Station Theatre regarding the success of the “Win This Space” program in her municipality. Win This Space is a business recruitment initiative, designed […]

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UCDSB school closures may trigger expansion of SFDCI

By Chris Must chris@pdgmdia.ca The Upper Canada District School Board’s plans to close some area schools will lead to an influx of younger students attending Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI), and the potential need for an addition to the school. In a report provided to Smiths Falls town councillors for information, the board indicated […]

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Owners planning apartments for vacant Lockwood’s location

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Local lawyer Kate Ryan, whose family owns the building at the corner of Elmsley and Daniel Streets formerly occupied by Lockwood Sight & Sound, appeared before Smiths Falls town council Nov. 28 to explain the family’s plans for the property. The long-time business closed at the end of June, shortly before owner […]

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Have you misplaced your pig?

(Township of Lanark Highlands, ON) – On the afternoon of Friday 25th November 2016, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to the 2nd Concession of Dalhousie, Township of Lanark Highlands, after a resident reported a large sow wandering and feeding around his property for three days. The […]

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Rotary makes donation to CHIMO public school

On Friday, Nov. 18, the Smiths Falls Rotary Club increased it’s support of the Earlyact Club at CHIMO public School. The program encourages children to take part in local and international acts of community service. Shown here from left Reese Andison and Lilli Lucas (far right) proudly hold up the Earlyact CHIMO banner as Anna […]

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VIA Rail passenger train fatality in Smiths Falls

On the 23rd of November 2016 Smiths Falls Police Service were called to Lorne St Smiths Falls Ontario to investigate a VIA rail passenger train bound for Smiths Falls that struck a pedestrian that was on the tracks. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police are continuing with the investigation. Identity has not […]

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Cenotaph chosen for planting of Vimy oak

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls’ own “Vimy Oak” will be planted beside the town cenotaph, town councillors have agreed. Making a presentation to council Monday, Nov. 21, Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) students Jordan Drummond and Ben Seward provided an update on the progress of the project and asked for help in […]

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Smiths Falls chief building official resigns

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Chief Building Official Stephen Mailloux is resigning to take a new job as building inspector for Loyalist Township. Town councillors voted Nov. 21 to appoint a of number staff members to interim positions to fill the vacancy until a permanent arrangement can be made early in 2017. “We need […]

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Green light for Harold Street traffic study

By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town council gave the green light Oct. 3 to a study to look into ways of slowing down traffic on Harold Street. The town’s public works department recently completed a two-week study of traffic on the street following a number of complaints from residents about speeding drivers. “People use […]

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Do you recognize this coin? Heritage House Museum seeks public assistance

Do you recognize this coin? “We had a lovely local couple pop by the museum this week to show us an interesting souvenir coin they stumbled upon. Ordered in a box of stuff from the internet, the coin made its way back to Smiths Falls from Sudbury, Ontario. This one isn’t like the other coins […]

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Retiring Chief Dowdall has “no regrets”

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Retiring Smiths Falls Police Chief Bob Dowdall addresses the crowd at his retirement send-off on Sept. 28 with his wife Colleen at his side. At a gathering to celebrate and honour retiring Smiths Falls Chief of Police Bob Dowdall held at the Smiths Falls Memorial Centre on Sept. 28, the chief […]

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New municipal grant policy will be a lot tighter

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The new municipal grant policy will be a lot tighter as it tries to remove the emotion out of the decision making process.  Currently Kerry Costello, director of corporate services for Smiths Falls, is developing a matrix with council approval that will be applied to all applicants and will allow staff […]

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Taming traffic on Harold Street in Smiths Falls

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Residents on Harold Street in Smiths Falls are finally going to see the town take steps to tame the traffic on their street.  Following consultations with residents, and the town’s Traffic Advisory Committee, Troy Dunlop, director of public works and utilities, is recommending that the town take steps to implement traffic calming remedies […]

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Town seeks student councillors, moves council to SFDCI for a day

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca  Local Government week is fast approaching and the town is looking to fill two positions for student councilors.  Notices have gone out to Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) and St. John Catholic High School in Perth seeking students who would be interested in serving as student councilors on Smiths Falls […]

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Student advocates for a basic wage in Smiths Falls

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on Sept. 26 at town hall kicked off with a presentation by Josh Birley on guaranteed minimum income. Birley’s presentation highlighted why the province’s proposed three-year guaranteed minimum income pilot would be of benefit to Smiths Falls.   The premise behind the program […]

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County Fair Mall closure surprises town

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca  It’s hard to keep a secret in a town the size of Smiths Falls and the word is out that County Fair Mall is closing.  It is not official though, and the town has not yet received any correspondence or indication to that effect from RioCan Canada’s largest Real Estate Investment Trust, which manages the […]

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Bridges to be topic at Heritage Symposium

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Sharing information and inspiring change are benchmarks for the annual Heritage Symposiums that the Smiths Falls Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC) organizes each year. This year’s fifth annual symposium’s theme revolves around bridges and will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls from 9:00 a.m. until […]

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Council supports project to improve regional cellular and broadband service

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls council passed a motion on Sept. 19 to support the development of a full business case proposal called the Eastern Ontario Regional Cellular Mobile Broadband Project.  The town has also added its voice to the county’s in requesting MP Scott Reid and Randy Hillier, MPP, work closely with the […]

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Changing of the guard for Smiths Falls Police

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca With the retirement of Chief Robert Dowdall, which takes effect on Sept. 30 the Smiths Falls Police Services Board has appointed new leaders for the force. Deputy Chief Mark MacGillivray as the next Chief of Police starting Oct. 1.  He will be supported by Staff Sergeant Richard Labelle, who has been […]

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Stone Arch Bridge renovations soon to be complete

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca  A Special Committee of the Whole meeting was called in Smiths Falls to give Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities the opportunity to consult with council members over the final look of the concrete barrier walls to be erected along the Stone Arch Bridge that is currently […]

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Asset Management Plan gets council approval

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The controversial Asset Management Plan and Long Term Financial Sustainability Plan was approved by Smiths Falls council on Sept. 19.  Council has also agreed to consider the plan during budget deliberations and has approved the recommended policies of the plan, which call for a 3.38 per cent tax increase or  $600,000 […]

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ARC grand opening well attended

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the newly minted Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) held their official opening. The event was well attended by area mayors and reeves, as well as council members and ARC members. Shown here from left : Bill Dobson, Reeve of Montague, Ron Holmes, mayor of Rideau Lakes, Shawn Pankow, […]

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Tall Boys & Tall Tales: Beer tasting & book launch at local museum

Cheers to a celebration of books, beer, and bygone times in the Smiths Falls area! On October 1st from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. the Heritage House Museum in Smiths Falls will be hosting, ‘Tall Boys & Tall Tales’, a beer tasting and book presentation. It’s the perfect opportunity to test your trivia skills, sample […]

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Extreme paintball league’s cup finals to be played in Smiths Falls

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Stanley Cup of the Canadian Xtreme Paintball League (CXBL) is coming to Smiths Falls this month. On Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, the Siloki Centre located at the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls is hosting the NAX Cup Championships. This is the second tournament to be hosted in Smiths Falls […]

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Man drives dangerously and acts assaultively

(TOWN OF PERTH, ON) – At about 02:54pm on Saturday 3rd September 2016, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), started to receive a succession of 911calls reporting a green Ford Truck driving dangerously in different areas of the Town of Perth. Reports included that the vehicle was traveling at […]

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Be mindful of crosswalks and those using them

Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Children are back to school again and that means that crossing guards are back on the job of ensuring children get across the roads safely. In Smiths Falls there are five supervised crosswalks: on Queen Street at Anderson Street; on Chambers Street at McGill Street, on Elmsley Street at Russell Street, on […]

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Police expansion feasibility study progressing

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The police expansion feasibility study is coming together according to Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris. “The consultants have developed a model for what expanded policing would look like and are working on an analysis of the cost drivers,” said Morris. The project has fallen slightly behind and will not be complete […]

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Tasty fundraiser for Scotch lovers at RMEO

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It has a long history of its own, making it a perfect pairing for a museum fundraiser. Whisky anglicized from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’ (water of life, as all alcohol was once called) started out as a medicinal concoction that has, over the centuries, developed into a prized recreational alcoholic beverage […]

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Smiths Falls asset management plan still controversial

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca At the Sept. 12 Committee of the Whole meeting held in Smiths Falls, Watson & Associates representative Dan Wilson, presented council with an updated asset management plan. “The [asset management plan] will be instrumental in informing the budget, so we need this plan to be approved and in place,” said Malcolm […]

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Smiths Falls Police drug warrant leads to charges

On 09 Sep 2016 members of the Smiths Falls Police Criminal Investigations Section completed a controlled drugs and substances investigation.  A search warrant was executed at a house on Daniel St in the Town on the early evening of 09 September. Upon executing the search warrant officers found numerous persons inside as well as a […]

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Red-and-white took the day at Centennial Park

By Sally Smith sally@pdgmedia.ca It was a wild, red-and-white couple of hours at Centennial Park September 9. Close to 700 school kids plus most of the Town of Smiths Falls were there to greet Brooke and Brittany Henderson on their return home from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Another cause for celebration was Brooke’s 19th […]

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Setting caps and goals for Community Donations

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Every year it’s an emotional issue and one that doesn’t seem to get any easier for Smiths Falls council. Two years ago, an effort was made to define a community donations policy to help guide both council and applicants through the process of applying and succeeding. “The goal of that policy […]

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Acupuncture: a traditional approach to health and wellbeing

By Dr. Natalie Bernicky So why choose acupuncture as part of your health care? Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, originating in China about 2000-5000 years ago. In 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) formally endorsed acupuncture, and listed 41 diseases amenable to acupuncture treatment. Since then, the WHO has […]

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Youth homelessness campaign coming to Smiths Falls, Perth, Carleton Place

Submitted From Sept.30 to Oct. 3, businessman and entrepreneur Joe Roberts, will be pushing a shopping cart through Lanark County and Smiths Falls to raise awareness about youth homelessness. His journey for this national trek started May 1, 2016 in St. John’s Newfoundland and will end Sept. 30, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia. During this 9,000 km and […]

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Join us to celebrate team Henderson’s success

It’s a celebration and everyone is invited! Join Mayor Shawn Pankow along with Town Council and staff on Friday September 9th in a recognition ceremony for it’s hometown golf pro’s Brooke & Brittany Henderson. Everyone is encouraged to wear red & white and to bring a lawn chair. The red & white themed celebration will […]

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Smiths Falls economic development plan gets final approval

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Following an unusual amount of discussion during a council meeting, Smiths Falls council finally passed a motion at the Sept. 9 meeting to receive and endorse the economic development and tourism plan prepared the economic development department. “I agree that it’s a good plan but a couple items in the budget […]

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Smiths Falls Fire Department to get new air compressor

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Following a brief discussion and question period during a Special Committee of the Whole, held immediately before the regular council meeting, Smiths Falls council passed a motion to purchase a breathing air compressor for the Smiths Falls Fire Department. “Bear in mind that we fill, on average, more than 600 cylinders […]

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Pankow promotes prostate cancer awareness, Team Henderson at council

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Two proclamations were made at the start of the regular Smiths Falls council meeting held on Sept 6. The month of September has been declared Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in Canada, with one in eight men likely to be diagnosed with it […]

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Police arrest one on cocaine related charges, one still wanted

On Sept. 1, 2016 of the Smiths Falls Police Service executed a controlled drugs and substances act warrant at a residence on Jasper Avenue.  As a result of a search of the residence, cocaine and related trafficking paraphernalia was seized. A female was arrested, charged and held pending a show cause hearing.  Amanda Billings, 30, […]

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HydroOne ombudsman coming to Smiths Falls

Staff On Tuesday, Sept. 13 the Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Ontario HydroOne ombudsman Fiona Crean, giving the community an opportunity to listen and meet with Crean. The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, located at 7 Main St. East […]

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Lanark County Ontario Works not mailing payments in September

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Due to the uncertainty of Canada Post mail service at this time, Lanark County Ontario Works will not be issuing any payments by mail. If you are expecting payment by cheque, you may pick it up at your Ontario Works office in Perth, Smiths Fall or Carleton Place starting Aug. 31st as follows: […]

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Tay Valley heritage takes first place at Lanark County plowing match

Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Picture perfect blue skies and the green fields of the Moodie-Cameron farm set an ideal stage for Tay Valley Township’s Settlers Heritage Day and Lanark County Plowing Match on Aug. 20. The tremendously successful event brought visitors, locals and plowing match participants together for a full day of competition, information and celebration as part of the area’s […]

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RCL Automotive celebrates 10 years in Smiths Falls

Submitted In 2006, Chris Craig decided to open his own business: RCL Automotive, now located at 236 Lombard St. in Smiths Falls, with RCL standing for Roslyn, Chris and Leigh as well as reliable, courteous and loyal service. While doing his apprenticeship in the small town of Almonte, one of his co-workers would say, “Always treat a customer […]

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Smiths Falls to celebrate Henderson’s return from Rio

Brooke and Brittany Henderson are household names in Smiths Falls. The duo represented Smiths Falls, and Canada, proudly at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. To welcome the sisters home and to celebrate their hard work, the town will be hosting a party on Friday, Sept. 9 at Centennial Park on Confederation Drive in Smiths Falls. […]

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Smiths Falls weekend guide: August 26 – 28

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Bridge to Terabithia 7:30pm – 9:45pm Supported by a lyrical score with funny, touching songs, the play tells a dramatic story of friendship, imagination, loss and courage. August 19-28. Tickets $20 adults; $10. The Smiths Falls […]

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Smiths Falls community donation policy getting a revamp

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Every year it’s an emotional issue and one that doesn’t seem to get any easier for Smiths Falls council. Two years ago, an effort was made to define a community donations policy to help guide both council and applicants through the process of applying and succeeding. “The goal of that policy […]

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Annual Victoria Park BBQ

The Smiths Falls chamber of commerce is having their annual Victoria Park BBQ. All members are welcome to come today from 5-7 p.m. down at Victoria Park Campground. We hope to have a great turn out in this gorgeous setting down by the water. Hope to see you there.

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Charges and arrests make for a busy weekend for Smiths Falls police

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Department Domestic Charges On Aug. 4, police responded to a reported domestic incident in Smiths Falls. A 29 year old North Bay male was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. He was later released from custody to reside in North Bay. Man’s frustration leads to charges A male who lives […]

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Tweed outdoor party a hit, despite the rain

By Sally Smith sally@pdgmedia.ca Rain didn’t deter anyone. Families arrived with chairs and umbrellas, and set up in front of the stage. People of all ages dropped in to the Tweed lawn party on Sunday, Aug. 14. Authorized medical users were shown to their own private area (at a distance from other guests), and when […]

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South Pedestrian Bridge will be up by Friday

By Howida-Sorour Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s been in the works for a while but the south pedestrian bridge will be up by the end of the week. “The abutments are poured and cured and the bridge will be here by Wednesday and installed by Friday,” said Art Manhire, Smiths Falls director of community services. The 70 […]

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Smiths Falls Rotary already talking snowsuit campaign

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s hard to think about winter in 30 degree weather, but the Lanark Child and Family Services snowsuit campaign will be starting soon. In a delegation to the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole on Monday, Aug. 8, Ken Graham, president of the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls highlighted the need […]

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Lorne Street reconstruction still looking for funding

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca An application for funding to reconstruct Lorne Street in Smiths Falls failed to secure approval. The joint provincial and federal Small Communities Fund was inundated with applications with a total value that exceeded the funding envelope. “We weren’t the only community that didn’t get funding,” said Malcolm Morris, Smiths Falls CAO. […]

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United Way Lanark County to make six-figure investment in programs in 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Lanark County and Smiths Falls donors, the Board of United Way Lanark County (UWLC) have committed to investing $258,898 over the next three years into programs and projects that will have an impact in our community, starting with $108,195 in 2016. Our community partners include Adult Learning & Training Centre, […]

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Stone Arch Bridge will accommodate art

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca In March Scott Poole of Greer Galloway Group, the consulting engineering firm on the Stone Arch Bridge restoration project, presented the Smiths Falls committee of the whole (COW) options regarding the barrier wall and railing for the Stone Arch Bridge. At that time, members of council agreed on a less obtrusive […]

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Community pool receives town funding

By Howida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca At the Smiths Falls special committee of the whole (COW) meeting held on Aug. 2, discussion regarding the fate of the community pool located at the Gallipeau Centre dominated the meeting. In the end, four out of six councillors voted to enter into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the […]

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Advertising Sales Representative – Digital and Print Media

LOOKING FOR – Advertising Sales Representative – Digital and Print Media (this is a commission based position only) Lanark County The Advertising Sales Representative Position is responsible for building, growing and servicing a client base for a growing community newspaper. Applicants must be self-starters and exceptionally goal oriented as the focus of this position is […]

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Rotary continues support of Smiths Falls Community Hospital foundation

Last year, the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls pledged to donate $20,000 to the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation (SFCHF) over the course of five years to be put towards the cost of the Diagnostic Imaging Unit. On Friday, July 29 at the Rotary Club’s regular breakfast meeting held in Collegiate Hall, the club presented […]

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Smiths Falls lane reductions and detours in effect

The Town of Smiths Falls construction program for 2016 is well underway with over $3 million in infrastructure work planned on local bridges, roadways and buried utilities. Major construction projects are set to begin in early August on Beckwith Street (Stone Arch Bridge), Lombard Street (Ferrera Drive to Town limits), and Foster Street. Motorists are […]

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Smiths Falls Chamber members hit the links Aug. 24

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca The hard-working members of the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to getting away from the office on Aug. 24 to relax, socialize and hit some golf balls. Sponsors and golfers are signing up for the annual chamber tournament, featuring 18 holes of golf at the Lombard […]

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Smiths Falls water treatment operators keen to test new technology

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls drinking water treatment plant is taking part in a pilot project to test a new industry technology and hopefully accelerate its introduction to the water treatment world to the benefit of municipalities across the province. “We never turn down a chance to get involved with the University of […]

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Smiths Falls on track for a budget surplus

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The interim report on the town’s 2016 expenditures to date suggest there could be a modest surplus this year. “Please find attached a copy of the 2016 Budget Departmental Summary showing a projected surplus of $85,461 for the fiscal period ending June 30,” wrote Janet Koziel, Smiths Falls interim treasurer in […]

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Christmas decor already on Smiths Falls DBA agenda

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is already planning the downtown’s Christmas decorations. DBA Coordinator Nicola Thomson was on hand at the July 25 Committee of the Whole updating committee members and asking them to release some of the DBA’s reserve funds. “Last year we had six lit wreaths and […]

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No open call for RFPs for town intersection study

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town staff are recommending that the town bypass the usual open calls for request for proposals (RFPs) in favour of inviting four known firms to participate in putting forward tenders for a study of the Lombard and Abbot Streets intersection. “It’s been my experience that during the summer months […]

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Community pool funding from town still on hold

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole held on July 25th at Town Hall was well attended as supporters of the community pool filled the gallery.    The upshot of the meeting was that the Town of Smiths Falls will seek legal clarification as to their exposure to the Hub’s debts […]

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SFDCI Teacher charged with sexual assault

PRESS RELEASE 21 JULY 2016 On the 10TH of June Police commenced an investigation into allegations of inappropriate actions by a teacher at Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute. The investigation lead to numerous charges against 36 year old Blair Cathcart who was suspended by the school board at the outset of the investigation. On 20 July […]

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Lieutenant Governor visit Smiths Falls hospital postponed

By Homtown News Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca *UPDATE: This visit has been postponed. The Lieutenant Governor is will be attending the full honour funeral of the fallen firefighter in Kingston. Details of the new date will be shared when it’s known.* The Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell will be visiting the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls […]

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Community rallies to raise funds for Everley

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A fundraising buzz has taken hold in Smiths Falls to raise money for a little girl born with an extraordinarily rare genetic disorder — Everley Yolkowskie. Family friends Amanda Fournier and Rachael Bell organized a huge fundraiser on Saturday July 16 to help raise money  for the family and needed treatments […]

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Operation V.A.L.U.E – Vulnerable Animals Left Unattended Everyday

The Smiths Falls Police Service receives several complaints every year from persons worried about pets left in vehicles especially in the hot weather. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can […]

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Town embarks on formal twinning agreement

As a follow up to the presentation made by Ingrid Bron, economic development/tourism coordinator on July 11, Smiths Falls council passed a motion on July 18, at the regular council meeting to formally support the pursuit of a twinning agreement between Smiths Falls and the town of Carnew, in County Wicklow, Ireland. An historian from […]

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Sand and salt shed contract awarded

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Council has passed a motion to award the contract for the construction of a new sand and salt storage shed on Air Care Drive to Wright Development. The town received two bids from contractors interested in building the shed, and  both tenders met the town’s requirements, but the Wright Development […]

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ARC asks Smiths Falls to honour funding promise made to Hub

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca A delegation from the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) made a funding request to the Smiths Falls Special Committee of the Whole at the July 18 meeting held in Town Hall. “We are a non-profit organization incorporated provincially, we are now operating the community pool located at the Gallipeau […]

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Smiths Falls killer James Giff granted full parole

Killer James Giff convinced the parole board he’s not a threat to reoffend if given the least restrictive form of freedom from prison but, in an unusual step, the board barred the murderer from accessing social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Giff, who raped and stabbed a 16-year-old girl, then left her to die […]

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Hillcrest Cemetery Annual Decoration Day

Hillcrest Cemetery welcomes you to their annual Decoration Day service on Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Join the cemetery for an afternoon of reflection and memorial celebration.  Service begins at 2:00 p.m. at 3540 Highway 43 West, Smiths Falls. The Hillcrest Cemetery was the private burial ground for one of the earliest Smiths Falls families, the […]

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Local doc delves into the darkness and finds the light in iconic book

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Tears on the Equator by local psychiatrist Gerasimos I. Kambites, is a must read for anyone involved in third world development or anyone even vaguely interested in the world beyond these borders. A former journalist who went on to become an ordained Orthodox Priest, and then a doctor so that he […]

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Smiths Falls weekend guide: July 22 – 24

Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. SATURDAY, JULY 23 Downtown Farmers’ Market 8:00am – 1:00pm Join us outside Davidson Courtyard on Russell St. W. on Saturday mornings throughout the summer to enjoy farm-fresh products, seasonal* vegetables/fruits, home baked goods, honey, pepperoni, etc… and locally crafted items. […]

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Cherry Picked Canadian products rule

Cherry Picked Canadian products rule By Howaida Sorour-Roberts It’s a bright and neatly appointed store, filled with artfully displayed gift items.  Cherry Picked, on Brock Street East, in Merrickville (right behind the gas station) is a new to the village. It’s owned by Mitch Rochette, and frequently manned by his wife Leslie Way.  The couple […]

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