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Cyber security experts investigate email breach at Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville

Unauthorized entry into private information of 2 people identified LAURIE WEIR An email breach has prompted cybersecurity experts to launch an investigation at a children’s agency. When asked about the […]

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Rideau Lakes municipal building under a potential retrofit microscope

BY LAURIE WEIR The municipal offices of the Township of Rideau Lakes are under the microscope again after Coun. Paula Banks brought forward a motion to the regular meeting of […]

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Two people missing after falling through the ice

SUBMITTED Members of Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating a missing person incident where three individuals broke through the ice on Charleston Lake. On […]

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Marco Smits recognized by Rideau Lakes for Emmy-award winning coverage of 2022 Olympics

BY LAURIE WEIR Fiber optics in Rideau Lakes was the Emmy award winner at a regular meeting of the municipal services committee.  Marc Smits won a Sports Emmy Award for […]

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Town of Perth residents share their stories through “Embrace the Move” video series

SUBMITTED From an active family of four to a couple who embraces arts and culture, The Town of Perth is excited to feature local residents and business owners with the launch […]

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New Commander for Grenville OPP Detachment

SUBMITTED BY ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE EAST REGION HEADQUARTERS Inspector Lisa Nicholas is the new Commander of the Grenville Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. “I am very pleased to announce […]

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Changes coming to policing in Ontario by April 1

Police Service Boards to consolidate to 1 in Lanark County BY LAURIE WEIR The Ministry of the Solicitor General has announced changes to the Community Safety and Policing Act 2019, […]

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Smiths Falls Police take swift action: Multiple arrests made in connection to intimate partner violence, harassment and more

BY SMITHS FALLS POLICE SERVICE Intimate Partner Violence – Warrant – Arrest On Thursday January 24th, 2024, a 29-year-old was located and arrested on an outstanding warrant for his arrested […]

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Lanark County Detachment Commander to retire Feb. 9

Insp. Karuna Padiachi took over reins in 2019 BY LAURIE WEIR The time has come for Insp. Karuna Padiachi to hang up his shield after 30 years in policing.  The […]

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Rideau Lakes welcomes Steve Holmes as Manager of Parks and Facilities

SUBMITTED The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to announce that Steve Holmes has been selected to fill the position of Manager of Parks and Facilities, starting on February 20, 2024. […]

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‘Nurturing affordable living’: Housing co-op launches fundraising campaign for affordable housing feasibility study in Lanark County

The focus is on sustainability, affordability, and member empowerment BY LAURIE WEIR A housing cooperative will launch a GoFundMe campaign Feb. 7 for an eco-friendly, affordable housing co-op in Lanark […]

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Mayor Lowry Chairs gender-based violence discussion at ROMA Conference

SUBMITTED BY MISSISSIPPI MILLS While at the 2024 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference held last  week in Toronto, Mississippi Mills Mayor Christa Lowry chaired a panel discussion on  gender […]

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Fatal collision involving four vehicles closes Hwy 7

Investigation Ongoing SUBMITTED BY LANARK COUNTY OPP The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continues to investigate a fatal collision which resulted in the death of one […]

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Local Land Trust receives fantastic Christmas gift!

SUBMITTED BY MISSISSIPPI MADAWASKA LAND TRUST Not everyone can say they received a new property for Christmas! Such was the case for the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) this holiday […]

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

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

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Health Unit reminds parents about immunizations needed for school

SUBMITTED BY LEEDS, GRENVILLE AND LANARK DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT This January, the Health Unit is starting to send out letters informing over 6000 families they are required to submit immunization […]

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Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association hosts Information Day and AGM Jan. 27

Are you a maple syrup producer or thinking about becoming one? The Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA) is hosting an annual Information Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on […]

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Lanark OPP requests assistance with suspicious death investigation

SUBMITTED BY OPP EAST REGION Investigators are releasing photos of two individuals, charged with First Degree Murder and sexual assault in connection to ongoing investigations in Carleton Place, to seek […]

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Ontario cracking down on crime in Smiths Falls and Lanark County

Province protecting local communities with proceeds seized from criminals SUBMITTED – JOHN JORDAN M.P.P. LANARK-FRONTENAC-KINGSTON The Ontario government is fighting back against crime in Smiths Falls and Lanark County, by […]

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

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

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Behind closed doors: Recent arrests unveil disturbing cases of intimate partner violence

BY SMITHS FALLS POLICE SERVICE Male arrested for Intimate Partner Violence On Wednesday January 3rd, 2024, police attended a Chambers St address to investigate a disturbance and reported assault. The […]

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Registering Your Child for Kindergarten – 101

SUBMITTED BY UCDSB Starting Kindergarten marks an exciting chapter for families. In this pivotal stage, children learn the fundamentals of math and literacy but also develop independence, problem-solving skills, and the […]

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Home Hospice North Lanark invites you to a Death Café

SUBMITTED BY HOME HOSPICE NORTH LANARK Embrace the conversation! In our part of the world, we tend toward not wanting to talk about death, or think about it, or plan […]

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Jack FM is back on the airwaves

BY LAURIE WEIR Jack FM has returned to the airwaves in Smiths Falls.  The station that serves the Ottawa market, including Smiths Falls and the valley, was the variety hits […]

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More than 130 drivers charged with being impaired behind the wheel in East Region OPP Festive Ride

ARTICLE SUBMITTED – OPP EAST REGION Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers across East Region conducted over 1500 Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs between November 16, 2023 and January […]

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Perth Polar Bear Plunge rings in 2024 with $25,000 to Rural FASD

BY LAURIE WEIR Jan. 1 was the first day in a week that the sun broke through the cloudy gloom as more than 100 plungers braved the -4-degree temperature for […]

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Lanark County Paramedic Service Food Drive fills ambulance!

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

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Individuals charged in connection to several break and enter investigations

Three individuals have been charged with numerous offences after a series of break and enter investigations. Beginning near the end of August, Eastern detachments started receiving reports of break and […]

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Health Unit introduces prenatal breastfeeding information sessions

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is pleased to announce the start of their prenatal breastfeeding information sessions starting this January. Are you pregnant? Have questions about breastfeeding? Get […]

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Food safety tips over the holidays

It’s that time of year again when families and friends get together to celebrate and that usually means food is involved.  Safe food preparation matters because slip ups in food […]

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

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

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What if it’s NOT the most wonderful time of the year?

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! This time of year has many joyous, merry times, gatherings, and events. No matter where you go, in every store, on television, radio, social media, or […]

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Help fill a stocking for a senior

Sarah Dodgson says they never turn gifts away at this time of year when it comes to filling stockings for seniors. “Seniors have done a lot for us,” she adds, […]

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Hike for Home Hospice 2023 sprints right past goal!

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

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Ontario Provincial Police seek solid leads in ongoing search for missing persons

Investigators Appeal For Tips, Not Rumours The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Smiths Falls Police Service (SFPS) are urging those with information regarding two missing people to contact investigators. The […]

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Create magic this Christmas — Shop Home Hospice North Lanark trees and help your neighbours

OUR TREE FUNDRAISER SHOPPING SITE IS NOW OPEN! Support and advocacy for people who have received a terminal diagnosis; advocacy for those finding life difficult because of changes in their […]

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Celebrate the Holiday Season with breakfast with Santa at Pierce’s Corner Hall!

Get ready for a festive morning filled with joy, laughter, and a delicious breakfast as Santa Claus makes a special appearance at Pierce’s Corner Hall, located just outside North Gower, […]

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Rideau Lakes welcomes Shellee Fournier as the new Township CAO

The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to announce  that Shellee Fournier, Ec.D. CMO, Dipl. M.A. has been selected for the position of Chief  Administrative Officer (CAO), beginning January 8, […]

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Portland’s Skate the Lake adapts to climate uncertainties

Volunteers of a popular skating event in the village of Portland, Ontario in the township of Rideau Lakes are working on reinventing the way they have organized races for 20 […]

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OPP drug bust in Smiths Falls leads to multiple arrests and seizures

Members of the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid a series of charges after the execution of two search warrants. On November 16, 2023 members […]

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Christie Lake Road closure slated for Nov. 15

A section County Road 6 (Christie Lake Road) will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to allow for the replacement of a failing culvert. Lanark County Public Works Manager Sean […]

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Town of Perth plans waste management blitz beginning November 16

The Town of Perth, in collaboration with its curbside collection contractor, will be kicking off a waste management blitz beginning Thursday, Nov. 16, to guide residents and address a growing trend […]

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OPP launches urgent investigation into mysterious discovery of unidentified woman near Pakenham

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating after a body was located near Pakenham. On November 12, 2023, shortly after 12:00 p.m. officers received a […]

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Almonte students take part in unique act of remembrance 

A group of students from Almonte’s R. Tait McKenzie Public School gathered at Auld Kirk Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 8 for a unique, hands-on act of remembrance to honour fallen military veterans. […]

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Missing person located deceased adjacent to Highway 15

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating after the body of a missing man was found adjacent to Highway-15 near Smiths Falls. Steven TATE, age […]

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Holiday Smile Cookies supporting Lanark County Food Bank

All four Tim Hortons in Almonte and Carleton Place are supporting the Lanark County Food Bank – The Hunger Stop with this year’s Holiday Smile Cookie campaign. The Lanark County […]

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Local Government Week ‘a really good week’ in Smiths Falls

During Monday night’s council meeting in Smiths Falls, Councilor Jay Brennan shared an update on the recently-celebrated Local Government Week. Members of council were busy engaging with the community face-to-face […]

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Town awards Library tender to premium construction

During Monday evening’s Special Committee of the Whole meeting, Director of Community Services Stephanie Clark presented a report on the Smiths Falls Public Library renovation. The renovation project went out […]

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UCDSB launches first ever Holocaust Education Week

“Every Holocaust survivor’s story is a love story…the love of life, family and freedom,”— this is the powerful message that students from North Grenville District High School heard from Andy […]

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Well water testing service location changing in Perth as of Nov. 6

The Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit would like to advise residents who have been dropping off private well water samples for testing at “The Office” in Perth, that […]

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Lanark County Social Services celebrates 50 years

Lanark County Social Services is celebrating its 50th anniversary in November – marking five decades of tremendous change in serving the community. The department began operations on Nov. 3, 1973 […]

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Small papers make a big difference

We haven’t left. We’re still here. Others have gone…but Hometown News is still on the streets. For a week or two we thought there wouldn’t be any papers in Smiths […]

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The 2023 Build a Mountain of Food Campaign

The Build a Mountain of Food Campaign is about to embark on its 17th year of collecting food and cash donations in support of local food banks through out the […]

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Annual Lake 88 Radiothon for Local Healthcare Raises $122,475

The Annual Lake 88 Radiothon for local health care has raised $122,475 for local hospitals and community health care centres. And we can’t thank you enough.  Lake 88 Radiothon Founder Brian Perkin […]

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Road work projects falling into place

Director of Public Works and Utilities Paul McMunn shared updates with town council during the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls on Tuesday night. Currently, work is underway […]

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Vendor chosen for CT Scanner Project at Almonte General Hospital

Following a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, GE HealthCare Canada has been chosen to provide the new CT Scanner at Almonte General Hospital. The first patients will be welcomed by […]

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Rural Community Hospice Day comes to Carleton Place

With generous support from the OutCare Foundation and in collaboration with Home Hospice North Lanark, Rural Community Hospice Day will be held in Carleton Place on Friday November 10th. Informal […]

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Hot weather has returned

Hot weather is expected until Thursday night and the Health Unit would like to remind everyone to take care during times of high temperatures and high humidity. Environment and Climate Change Canada […]

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Almonte Wellness Trail enhances municipality’s existing public spaces

Some new features are ready to be unlocked in Mississippi Mills’ parks and public spaces. Community partners joined Mississippi Mills Ramsay Ward Councillor Vicki Lowe along the Almonte Alameda to […]

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Important wetlands now protected by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust

The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) is pleased to announce it has protected a new property in Lanark County – a hidden gem of great ecological significance and home to […]

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I couldn’t leave them there to die

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

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Joint emergency services training exercise in Carleton Place June 3

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in partnership with the Carleton Place Fire Department and Lanark County Paramedic Service will be conducting a training exercise on […]

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Community Services brings solutions to problem areas around town

During Tuesday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Community Services Stephanie Clark shared some updates with town council about solutions to ongoing issues in various […]

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Former water treatment plant salvageable

Ryan Elliott, Director of Structural Engineering with G. Douglass Vallee Engineering Ltd., investigated the building at 25 Old Mill Road in Smiths Falls on Tuesday, and shared an update with […]

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Perth CAO issues call for courtesy and kindness

On Monday, May 15, Michael Touw, the chief administrative officer (CAO) for the town of Perth posted the following message on the town’s website (perth.ca) and social media pages. “To […]

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Police week and National Accessibility week observed this month

During Monday evening’s town council meeting in Smiths Falls, Mayor Shawn Pankow noted two special weeks that are being observed in May: Police Week and National Accessibility Week. Police Week […]

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Smiths Falls fire quenched with help from Perth, Montague, Drummond / North Elmsley

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough shared a report on the overnight fire at the old water treatment plant on Old […]

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Early morning fire at old water treatment plant

An early morning fire at Smiths Falls’ old water treatment plant brought firefighters out in force. Fire started at 2:20 a.m. May 8; it was “fully involved — roof, third, […]

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Agency celebrates 500th board meeting in its 50th Year

On May 16th, 1973, a group of concerned community members met in Carleton Place to form a ‘Big Brothers Association’. 14 people attended the meeting, and the what we now […]

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National Day of Mourning April 28

During the town council meeting in Smiths Falls on Monday night, Mayor Shawn Pankow took a moment to remind council of the upcoming National Day of Mourning on April 28.  […]

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Last week’s ice storm highlighted need for Smiths Falls dispatch radio replacement

During Tuesday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough took a moment to thank the Fire Department, dispatchers, and volunteers who helped out during […]

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Maple Run Tour returns this April

The Pakenham Maple Run Tour returns April 1-2 with eight fascinating tour stops and over 30 artists and artisans. A tour like no other, Maple Run is a unique blend […]

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Smiths Falls received funds for transitioning to NG-9-1-1

During the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls on Monday night, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris discussed the future of 9-1-1 services with council. NG-9-1-1, which stands for […]

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High frequency railway begins procurement process

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris provided an update to council about the proposed High Frequency Railway that would run between Toronto and […]

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Carleton Place announce new health hub

A new health hub being led by the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team (OVFHT) will begin construction this fall on Costello Drive in Carleton Place. OVFHT has received Ministry of […]

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Building Lanark County Affordable Housing at The Table Community Food Centre

Building Lanark County Affordable Housing (BLAH)’s series of public information sessions kicked off Monday, March 6, 2023. It was a huge success with standing room only. The Table hosted a […]

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OPP provides clarification regarding recent emergency alert

Following the recent public safety emergency alert, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to thank the public for their cooperation and patience. Our top priority is always your safety. […]

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Smiths Falls aims to “alleviate the stress” following Canopy closure, layoffs

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris addressed the town’s response to last Thursday’s announcement from Canopy Growth regarding their intended […]

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New community housing initiative in Lanark County

Building Lanark (County) Affordable Housing (BLAH!), a project The Table Community Food Centre (The Table) is launching. The first public information session Monday, March 6, 2023 6:30-8:00pm will be at […]

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Extreme cold warning

The Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU) would like to advise everyone to take appropriate precautions over the next few days as temperatures are expected to be extremely […]

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Smiths Falls to rescind employee Covid-19 vaccination policy

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Corporate Services Kerry Costello brought the Covid-19 vaccination policy to council’s attention. As an employer, the town […]

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Paramedic service review

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

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Pest plan passed

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

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Perth budget and tax rate one step closer

After 3 day-long meetings and 1 special committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday Jan 17th, Perth council is now facing the final vote to set the 2023 tax rate […]

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Accessibility continues as council plans to meet in chambers

With a note of cautious hopefulness, Mayor Shawn Pankow announced that Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole may be the last virtual meeting. “It is our hope that we will […]

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Carleton Place Council Report for Jan 10

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

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Perth Council Report for Jan 10

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

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Skate the Lake in Portland, Ontario postponed until February

Article was originally printed in the February edition of Hometown News. The dates have since been changed. Read the full article for details. – Hometown News Staff Video Submitted Skate […]

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This holiday season, open doors to connection for caregivers like Helia

After 12 years of caring for her husband with Parkinson’s disease, on top of her own health issues, Helia was exhausted and overwhelmed. The emotional weight of caring for her […]

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Thank you, Crossing Guards!

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Community Services Kerry Costello thanked two retiring crossing guards for their service to the town. “Thank you […]

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Large shoes to fill

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Chief Administration Officer Malcolm Morris announced the upcoming retirement of two of Smiths Falls’ valued directors.  Town Treasurer Janet Koziel has held […]

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Lanark County Paramedics partner with Trillium Gift of Life

The Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) and the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) have partnered to help save and enhance more lives. After several years of collaborative work, delayed […]

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Past permit issue leaves local woman homeless

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

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More boat slips planned for next spring

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, town CAO Malcolm Morris presented a proposed seven-year lease agreement between the town and luxury boat rental company Le […]

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CFUW Perth and District supports summer literacy programming in Lanark County

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Perth and District is providing $3,000 to support delivery of literacy programs for children in the summer of 2023. Early literacy provides a strong […]

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Official Results for the 2022 Municipal Election

The official results are in for the 2022 municipal election, which saw 41.4% voter turnout across Mississippi Mills; that equates to 5,051 recorded votes of the 12,199 eligible voters. The […]

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2022 Municipal & School Board elections results Carleton Place

Mayor: Edward (Toby) Randell Deputy Mayor: Andrew Tennant Councillor:Linda SeccaspinaJeff AtkinsonDena ComleySarah CavanaghMark Hinton Mayor Candidate Unofficial Vote Tally Status Andreas Foustanellas   191   Doug Black   1764   Edward […]

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2022 Municipal and School Board Elections unofficial results for the Town of Perth

The voting period for the Town of Perth 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections has concluded. The following are the 2022 Unofficial Election Results: Candidate Total Votes MAYORJudy Brown 983Stephanie […]

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The 2022 RCL Automotive Build a Mountain of Food embarks on its 16th year

The 16th annual RCL Automotive Build a Mountain of Food campaign’s Title Sponsor, RCL Automotive, has once again joined forces this holiday season with media partners, Metroland Media, Lake 88 […]

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Lanark County celebrates child care sector workers

October 18th is the 22nd annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, and Lanark County is celebrating! “This year we recognize our amazing early learning and child […]

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Carleton Place All Candidates audience thin for Mayoral debate

In most municipal elections, more public focus is on mayoral and deputy-mayoral races as that’s where the grand policy announcements and platforms are usually found. But that wasn’t the case […]

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Perth All Candidates Meeting; a lot to choose from

On Monday, October 3rd, the Perth and District Canadian Federation of University Women, and the Perth Chamber of Commerce, and The Table Community Food Centre hosted a municipal all candidates […]

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Municipal Elections. Boring? Waste of Time? Think Again!

We can all be excused for not looking forward to elections with their noise, excessive and often negative advertising, and seemingly endless debates about things we have little concern for. […]

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RMEO Trainfest: all aboard for success

During Monday evening’s town council meeting in Smiths Falls, Councilor Lorraine Allen brought an update from the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO). The RMEO held Trainfest on August 13 […]

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Smiths Falls water tower illuminated with significance through September

During Smiths Falls’ town council meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Shawn Pankow proclaimed September as Big Brother Big Sister month. “You may notice in the evenings, our water tower is […]

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Smiths Falls will vote via telephone, internet, for municipal election

Kerry Costello, Director of Corporate Services in Smiths Falls, took a moment during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday night to encourage residents to contact town hall to […]

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Affordable housing grant program

On Wednesday, Sept 8 at Lanark County council’s social services committee meeting, Emily Hollington, the County’s director of social services presented a proposal for an affordable housing grant program. The […]

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Perth Councilors’ Reports; More than routine

At the regular Perth town council meeting on Tuesday Aug 23rd, councilors provided their regular updates on meetings attended and any news to report. While sometimes these reports are rather […]

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Russell Street Parkette mural, artist chosen

Earlier this summer, five artists submitted mural proposals in response to the town of Smiths Falls’ plan to create an Artscape Parkette on the corner of Russell Street and Beckwith […]

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Federal offender wanted on Canada wide warrant

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of […]

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Committee welcomes first Ukrainian family to Smiths Falls

The calming countryside of the Smiths Falls area is now a home away from home for a Ukrainian mom and her two daughters who arrived in Canada on Monday evening, […]

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Rideau Bridge to Canada Golf Tournament will help bring refugee families to our communities

Rideau Bridge to Canada is partnering with Brockville Freedom Connection and Open Arms Brockville to host an exciting fundraising event that offers something for everyone while helping all three refugee […]

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3rd annual Radiothon to support local land trust

The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) is a volunteer-based charity committed to ensuring that wild landscapes are protected for us, our children, and grandchildren. MMLT stewards over 3,200 ac. in […]

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Docs on Ice returning to Lanark County in 2023

Dr Bob Van Noppen and Dr Paul Miller from Docs On Ice met with council during the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls on Monday evening. Docs on […]

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Carleton Place council report June 21

First look at McNeely Landing  At the Carleton Place council committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday June 21, councillors got a first detailed looked at plans for a new […]

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Seasonal construction projects reviewed

The County’s public works staff outlined the upcoming roads’ works for this season. The County has budgeted over $11M for capital projects which will include County Road 18 (Port Elmsley […]

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County committee reviews climate action progress

At Wednesday, May 25th’s Public Works Committee meeting for Lanark County council, Michelle Vala, the County’s Climate Environmental Coordinator provided an update on climate action plans and activities. Her report […]

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Rocky ramps gets final approval

At Perth’s town council meeting on Tuesday May 24th the motion to authorize a rehabilitation project for the rocky ramps in the Tay River received final approval but not without another […]

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Hydro One crews replace over 40 poles and rebuild main power line that energizes Carleton Place

Saturday’s storm left a trail of destruction across southern, central and eastern Ontario, with additional damage still being discovered by the hour by Hydro One crews. Carleton Place was one […]

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Victory in the fight for the right to a natural garden

Charges against Smiths Falls residents dropped by town. In a case that will affect municipal by-laws across Canada, Craig and Beth Sinclair can announce that Smiths Falls has withdrawn the […]

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June 6 marks Shriners’ 150th anniversary

John Ruffo and Fred Haggart, members of the Tunis Shriners, virtually attended the Smiths Falls town council meeting on Monday evening. Next month marks the Shriners’ 150th anniversary on June […]

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Provincial election candidates for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

Conservative | Green | Liberal | NDP Yes it’s election time again. On Thursday, June 2 Ontarians will go to the polls to choose their next MPPs. Hometown News has […]

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LFK Candidate Marlene Spruyt launches campaign – The Leadership You Need

LANARK-FRONTENAC-KINGSTON Green Party candidate Marlene Spruyt kicked off her campaign by putting down her first sign.  “I have spent the past few months listening to residents across this vast riding.  […]

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Confederation Bridge ‘has reached the end of its life’

Paul McMunn, Director of Public Works and Utilities, shared a report regarding Confederation Bridge during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls. Since Nov 2021, engineers at […]

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Funds for affordable housing “will go a long way”

Councilor Peter McKenna shared exciting news from Lanark County Council with Smiths Falls on Tuesday night.  “For the first time in my lifetime, the municipal, provincial, and federal governments are […]

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Ukrainian committee seeks local host families

Do you have some extra space in your home and extra room in your heart?  The Smiths Falls Welcomes Ukraine Committee is looking for Smiths Falls area residents who are […]

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Special committee meeting on housing report

On Wednesday, April 6th, Lanark County Council convened a special meeting of their Community Services Committee to receive and discuss a report from SHS Consulting and WSP and the county’s […]

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Lawsuit launched against Town of Perth

At Tuesday’s, March 29th session of Perth council, the topic of the Rocky Ramps rose out of the water once again. The ramps were installed in the Tay River starting in […]

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Beckwith Street Revitalization Phase 2 gets underway

Paul McMunn, director of Public Works and Utilities, brought an update to the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls on Monday evening. The street renewal project known as […]

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UCDSB brings mobile skills training labs to students this spring

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is getting set to provide students with additional hands-on and real-world learning in skilled trades this spring. Through funding provided to the UCDSB Specialist High […]

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Canopy Growth shines a light on menstrual health through CBD efficacy study

Study completed in collaboration with James Madison University reveals new ways to address menstrual-related symptoms with cannabis Canopy Growth Corporation’s (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED) (NASDAQ: CGC) scientific research […]

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International Women’s Day: #BREAKINGTHEBIAS

“The only limit to a girls’ dreams and achievements should be the extent of their own effort.”  Imagine a gender-equal world. A world that is free of bias, stereotypes and […]

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Getting closer to shovels in the ground!

You may have heard the clapping and cheering around town as the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Foundation’s volunteer Campaign Cabinet celebrated the good news. The hospital has […]

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Lanark County continues to increase community housing

In consultation with partners, clients and the community, and by using a multi-pronged approach, Lanark County continues to take steps to address the complex issue of housing. At the community […]

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Housing funding flows

At Wednesday, Feb 9th session of Lanark County council’s community services meeting, social services’ staff confirmed that the province will once again supply $1.3M to the County for its annual community […]

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Whitcomb, Graham proposed as new street names

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Senior Planner Karl Grenke presented a short list of revised street name options for two new streets in the […]

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Lanark County receives Innovation Award for climate action

Lanark County is one of six organizations, businesses and individuals receiving a 2021 Sustainable Kingston Award for hard work in mitigating the climate emergency and fostering a culture of sustainability […]

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Carleton Place council report for Jan 25

Carleton Place launches Affordable Housing Grant program  At the Jan 25th meeting of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole, councillors voted to approve their Affordable Housing Grant program. Grants of […]

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Sham hearing an embarrassing fiasco for Smiths Falls

Do you long to be a petty tyrant? Does harassing and bullying your neighbours appeal to you? Then the Smiths Falls Property Standards Committee may have an opening for you! […]

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Fire master plan received

In compliance with provincial regulations, the Town of Perth contracted The Loomex Group to complete a review of current fire services to present a new Fire Master Plan to council. […]

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Immediate facility closures taking effect on January 5

Due to the new restrictions set by the Province of Ontario, the following measures will be put in place in the Town of Perth effective January 5th, 2022; All indoor […]

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Portland Fire Hall and contents destroyed

On Tuesday, December 21, Rideau Lakes Township lost the building that houses the Portland Fire Hall and its contents, including fire vehicles. At approximately 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the three-bay […]

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Covid-19 numbers on the rise; booster shots available

Fire Chief Chesebrough shared a pandemic update from the Emergency Control Group with council during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls.  Chief Chesebrough noted that anyone […]

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An open letter to the community from your healthcare workers

Dear friends and neighbours across Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Our communities are facing a very concerning increase of COVID-19 cases. The Omicron variant is here, and it is increasing the […]

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Detour bridge route won’t be ready until January

Carleton Place’s public works department posted an update on various municipal construction projects yesterday. They indicated there were delays in obtaining certain materials for the repairs to the Gillies Bridge […]

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Carleton Place inks budget and tax increase

At a special meeting of Carleton Place council, held on Thursday, Dec 16th, a final vote was taken on the proposed 2022 municipal budget and tax rate changes. Staff had […]

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New Portland Municipal Hub receives green light from Council

At their December 13 meeting, Rideau Lakes Council provided approval to proceed with the new municipal hub in the village of Portland.  The decision followed two years of work and […]

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UCDSB enhances outdoor learning experiences with Storytime Trails

Staff and students throughout the Upper Canada District School Board are turning the page on a new learning experience – through outdoor Storytime Trails. Five schools within the UCDSB are participating in an […]

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LFK Green Party candidate announcement

The Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Green Party of Ontario Constituency Association is pleased to announce that our candidate for the June 2022 election is Dr. Marlene Spruyt of Ardoch. Dr. Spruyt is a […]

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High-frequency rail service would have “direct impact on Smiths Falls”

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, CAO Malcolm Morris shared a brief update with council about VIA Rail’s proposed high frequency rail service. “Before Covid […]

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New clerk hired for Lanark County

Lanark County Council has authorized the hiring of Jasmin Ralph to fill the clerk’s position for Lanark County effective Feb. 1, 2022. “We are pleased to welcome Jasmin to the […]

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Shoreline rehab decision deferred

Grant Machan, Perth’s director of environmental services, brought forward a report on a council request for staff to investigate the sediment and vegetation removal at the shoreline frontage of 20 […]

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Affordable housing action

At the committee of the whole meeting for Perth town council, held on Tuesday Dec 7th, councilors received a request from their planning advisory committee for the director of development […]

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Carleton Place council report for Dec. 7

Carleton Place putting a lid on noise  At Tuesday, Dec 7th, meetings of Carleton Place council and their committee of the whole, revisions to the town’s noise bylaw were up […]

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12 scams of the holidays

Investigators of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre along with members of the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police want to remind and inform community members of the following 12 […]

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Council gives pre-budget approval for Phase 3 of Town Hall renovation

Smiths Falls’ Director of Community Services Art Manhire sought pre-budget approval for going ahead with phase three of the town hall renovation during the Committee of the Whole meeting on […]

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New non-profit “Pivotal Help Community Association” provides funding for in-person counselling services

Pivotal Help Community Association is a brand-new non-profit organization that launched on December 1st, as a means to provide accessible funding by application for local counselling and guidance for those […]

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All around the region Santa is making his appearance

All around the region, Santa is making his appearance in the weeks leading up to Christmas. There will be an old-fashioned Christmas parade in Pakenham on December 4 at 1pm, […]

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New warden and committee chairs named

At the Wednesday Dec 1st session of Lanark County Council, a new warden or chair of county council for 2022 was acclaimed. Perth Mayor John Fenik has served twice before as […]

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Fatal house fire in Rideau Lakes Township under investigation

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a fatal house fire in Rideau Lakes Township. On November 30, 2021, at approximately 9:15 p.m., members of the Leeds Detachment of the […]

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Final meeting as Warden for Mississippi Mills Mayor Christa Lowry

County Warden Christa Lowry presided over her last session of county council on Wednesday Nov 24. The Warden’s position is elected by members of county council and lasts for a […]

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Perth council report for Nov 23

Perth Mayor and council honour Steve Tennant  At the regular session of Perth town council on Tuesday, November 23rd, Mayor John Fenik presided over the official presentation of this year’s […]

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ATV connecting link and home-to-trail access approved in Smiths Falls

This month marks the end of a two-year trial period authorizing operators of ATVs to have access to specific municipal roadways and lands within Smiths Falls in order to link […]

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Town supports petition to allow service of cannabis-infused edibles, beverages

The council of the town of Smiths Falls received a virtual delegation during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday evening, regarding the public consumption of cannabis-infused drinks and […]

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Smiths Falls plays a role in developing affordable housing

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Senior Planner Karl Grenke presented a recommendation from the CIP Evaluation Committee that town council provide a Planning Fees […]

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Is there a future for the Kitten Mill?

On Sunday, October 31st, a group of approximately 50 area residents gathered at a meeting near the village of Lanark to discuss the possibility of restoring the George St 1860 […]

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Lanark group to tackle Kitten Mill restoration?

A small group of Lanark Highlands and area residents are planning a public meeting to discuss the future of the Lanark Mill (a.k.a. The Kitten Mill). Hometown News caught up with […]

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A plan to safely reopen ontario

Beginning October 25th, 2021, Ontario will be removing capacity limits where proof of vaccination is required. This will include settings like restaurants, bars, sports facilities, casinos, and indoor meeting and event spaces, […]

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R.O.P.E. Squad seeking public assistance in locating federal offender

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of […]

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Health unit to re-Open offices in Brockville & Smiths Falls to the public

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is announcing the re-opening of its Brockville and Smiths Falls offices starting Monday, October 18th 2021. The offices will be open Monday to […]

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Proof of vaccination required for visitors

Beginning October 7th, visitors to Almonte General Hospital (AGH) and Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) will need to be fully vaccinated.  AGH and CPDMH are aligning with other […]

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Historic Land Acknowledgement during Smiths Falls’ Committee of the Whole

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Knowledge Keeper Chuck Commanda opened the meeting with an inaugural reading of the Land Acknowledgement. This acknowledgement was recommended […]

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Hospital Fundraising Team provides update

At the committee of the whole meeting of Carleton Place town council on Tuesday Sept 21, councilors received a progress report from the hospital emergency department fundraising co-chairs and staff. […]

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Human remains still unidentified in Smiths Falls

Yellow police tape stretched cordoned off a wooded area Tuesday just off William St. W. in Smiths Falls. Smiths Falls police, OPP and a forensic anthropologist team from Toronto were […]

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Landfill liner saves $1 million: “a very good news story”

During the past year, the town of Perth’s staff have been working hard to create a new landfill expansion site, taking on the oversight of this project themselves rather than […]

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New President & CEO to Join Hospital

After an extensive search process, the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mr. Michael Cohen has been appointed as the Hospital’s President […]

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SF Wastewater experiences two lift pump failures in three months

Jason Barlow, manager of Water and Wastewater Treatment, requested council to approve an emergency repair to a sewage lift pump during Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting. This was […]

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Lanark County recognizes Truth and Reconciliation Day and sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

On Wednesday Sept 8th Lanark County council unanimously passed a resolution to Recognize Truth and Reconciliation Day on Sept 30th.  The motion refers to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report […]

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Virtual participation “a great thing in a bad situation”

Following an e-participation report from staff, Smiths Falls town council has decided to continue to hold virtual council and committee meetings until council chambers are renovated and Covid-19 is no […]

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Get to know local candidates

Every few years, Canadians are privileged to be able to make their mark in politics. I’m not talking about making your mark as a politician, although there are plenty of […]

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Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston early voting

In advance of the federal election on September 20, the Elections Canada office for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston is open at Settlers Ridge Centre in Smiths Falls for early voting. Jackie Staples, recruitment […]

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UCDSB further invests in ventilation and other school safety measures

From improving air quality to installing hundreds of water bottle re-filling stations, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) continues with its commitment to ensuring schools remain a safe and healthy place for staff and students this school year.   […]

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Every Child Matters Flag Raising National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Over the last number of months, we have experienced heartbreaking and sobering events as we have learned in undeniable terms the true legacy of the Residential Schools. An uncomfortable truth is […]

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Fairview Manor participates in safe medication study

At Fairview Manor, resident safety is a priority. When it comes to dispensing medication, developing and monitoring the distribution process is vital. Fairview Manor is proud to be one of […]

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UCDSB seeking “full public consultation” on remote learning

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Smiths Falls town council received a delegation from the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB): John McAllister, Trustee, Ward 4 and Chair […]

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MTO to reconstruct section of Hwy 7 by 2026

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Perth town council welcomed a virtual visit from Chris Belanger, Ministry of Transportation project manager. Belanger brought news of pending improvements to […]

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Special Interest Groups, Public, choose Perth rebranding concept

Shannon Baillon, Director of Community Services, discussed the town of Perth’s rebranding with council during Tuesday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting. She brought community feedback on the three proposed […]

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Calvin Neufeld announced as LFK Green Party candidate

The Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Green Party of Canada Electoral District Association is excited and pleased to officially announce that Calvin Neufeld of Perth is our candidate for the 2021 federal election. For […]

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County council returns from break and asks motorists to brake

After a short summer break, Lanark County Council returned to regular council and committee meetings on Aug 11.  Council passed a by-law authorizing a reduced speed limit on County Road […]

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Provincial PC Candidate Race; One in, one out

On the same date, August 3rd, one new candidate threw his hat in the ring for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in our Lanark- Frontenac- Kingston riding and one withdrew. Ron […]

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Health Unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

It’s hot out there! The Health Unit would like to remind everyone to take care during times of high temperatures and high humidity. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued […]

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R.O.P.E. squad requesting public assistance locating federal offender on Canada wide warrant

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of […]

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Linton’s plans for old water treatment plant in limbo

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Bruce Linton met with town council to present an update on the development of the former water treatment plant. […]

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Marc Giles and local hospitals big winners after Win2021 lottery

Marc Giles of Carleton Place is the grand-prize winner of the Win2021 Hospital Lottery. Giles’ winning ticket number 105254 was announced July 8th at 7 p.m. by Keith & April […]

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Paramedics expanding their skillset

The Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) is proud to announce that 12 additional Paramedics have been certified (or are in the final stages of being certified) to administer Intravenous (IV) […]

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OPP investigating after bobcat reported missing from zoo

Police appeal for information and public awareness On June 6, 2021, the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was contacted by the owner of Saunders Country Critters […]

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Health unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

It’s hot out there! The Health Unit would like to remind everyone to take care during times of high heat and humidity. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a […]

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Four Lanark County Paramedics presented with bravery awards

Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery – Paramedics across Ontario go above and beyond every day to serve their community. Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) is proud to honour four of its […]

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Health Unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of a one day heat event on Friday May 21, 2021 for Lanark County.  High heat can be hazardous to your […]

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MVCA Watershed Plan nearing completion

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is one step closer to finalizing the Mississippi River Watershed Plan, which is now available online. Two public information sessions are planned for June: Wednesday, June 2 […]

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Avoid social gatherings Victoria Day weekend, says health unit

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit is advising the public to avoid social gatherings during the upcoming long weekend. Information provided to the Hometown News by the heath […]

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Health Unit asks for continued compliance over the long weekend

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit area is experiencing the lowest active case numbers since the beginning of March. We are asking residents to continue to follow the […]

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Destination Bike application endorsed

The county clerk has been authorized to draft a letter of endorsement for Destination Bike on behalf of Lanark County Council to promote bicycle-friendly communities in Lanark County. Information received […]

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UCDSB names next Director of Education

Trustees of the Upper Canada District School Board are pleased to announce that Ron Ferguson has been selected as the new Director of Education and Secretary to the Board for the Upper Canada District […]

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Catholic high school students stage online protest

Reports that colleagues threw a party for a teacher convicted of sexually assaulting and exploiting students at St. John’s Catholic High School led to a protest at the school Tuesday, […]

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Town seeks community input in Beckwith St Phase 2

Director of Public Works Troy Dunlop brought some updates to Council regarding the Beckwith Street redevelopment project. Phase 1 was completed last fall; a list of deficiencies is being compiled […]

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Catholic high school students plan to ‘log out’ Tuesday in protest

A rumour that colleagues threw a party for a teacher convicted of sexually assaulting and exploiting students at St. John’s Catholic High School has triggered plans for a protest at […]

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Town of Smiths Falls provides details on fuel spill at Victoria Park

The Town of Smiths Falls is reporting a diesel fuel spill that took place at the basin at Victoria Park on the evening of May 6, 2021. Upon learning of […]

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Hometown News welcomes student reporter Catherine Poag

I am currently in my third year of a four-year undergrad degree at Saint Francis Xavier University. I am pursuing my literary passions through editing the school newspaper and writing […]

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Rideau Hotel Update

Even the seemingly most difficult consumer problems can have a positive ending. A few days ago we told you about a young family (husband, wife, and young child) who were […]

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Depave Daniel Street, and put up a paradise

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director Kerry Costello confirmed to council that the town has given sufficient notice that the portion of Daniel Street […]

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Rideau Hotel switches to short-term rentals

The only long-term tenant in the newly restored Rideau Hotel in Smiths Falls recently learned that 22 of the 25 apartments in the building were being leased to Simply Comfort […]

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Lanark County council wraps up Housing and Homelessness meetings

On Wednesday, April 28th, the community services committee of Lanark County council wrapped up its three-meeting schedule to discuss affordable housing and homelessness. The first two meetings held earlier this […]

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Census

Mayor Fenik took a moment at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s town council meeting to highlight the importance of the 2021 Census. The Census will not be prevented by the […]

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UCDSB student brings strong message of support for 2SLGBTQIA+ community

The Upper Canada District School Board remains committed to ensuring that our students who self-identify as members of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual/2SLGBTQIA+ community feel […]

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Two of Friday’s lockdown measures walked back

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Chief Chesebrough discussed last Friday’s announcement from the Premier’s office. Chesebrough noted that there was “ample confusion with the new […]

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Province introduces “Person-centred” changes to Social Assistance

Emily Hollington, Lanark County’s Director of Social Services, met with Smiths Falls town council during Monday night’s virtual council meeting. She shared a presentation to outline the province-mandated changes that […]

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Fentanyl use and youth live session

The Upper Canada District School Board, in collaboration with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and the Brockville Police Services […]

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Fire Bad! Perth’s Burn Ban is still in effect

Fire chief Trevor Choffe reminded council during Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting that Perth’s open burn ban is in effect; no open burning is permitted at this time.  […]

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OPP attendance at Kemptville gathering

During the evening of April 8, 2021, members from the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended a large gathering outside of a business on Clothier Street […]

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Local Health Unit wants to hear from you for Phase II of Substance Use Project

The Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is pleased to announce that Phase 2 of the three year Health Canada Substance Use and Addictions Program contribution is ready to […]

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Lanark County OPP investigating home invasion, gunshots

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a home invasion at a residence in Carleton Place last night. On March 27, 2021, at approximately 10:00 […]

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Smiths Falls council joins South Frontenac in condemning MPP Randy Hillier

During Monday night’s council meeting, Smiths Falls’ town council condemned the actions of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP Randy Hillier during the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our Member of Provincial Parliament […]

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Survivor of sex trafficking confronting Garage Clothing in regards to their “SEND NUDE” email campaign to teens

CANADIAN COMPANY PROMOTING RISKY ONLINE BEHAVIOUR and putting our teens in direct danger of sex trafficking! Legally nothing can be done! Survivors and parents taking things into their own hands! […]

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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Almonte District High School – No exposure

Parents/guardians, staff and students at Almonte District High School received notification today that an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19.   The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has determined the […]

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Additional confirmed case of COVID-19 at Beckwith Public School – No exposure

A fifth individual at Beckwith Public School has tested positive for COVID-19. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has determined the individual was not at the school while infectious and therefore the case […]

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Additional case of COVID-19 at Pakenham Public School – No exposure

Parents/guardians, staff and students at Pakenham Public School received notification today that an additional individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has determined that the individual was not at the school while infectious and therefore the case poses no risk to staff […]

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CLASS ORDER: Made pursuant to Section 22(5.0.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7, as amended

DATE: March 16, 2021 TO: Owners and operators of public and private facilities that operate in the Municipalities of Perth and Smiths Falls where the public may gather: including but […]

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Lombardy Public School

Parents/guardians and staff at Lombardy Public School in Smiths Falls received notification over the weekend that two individuals at the school have tested positive for COVID-19. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health […]

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Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Region moved to yellow – Protect level

Today the government of Ontario announced that the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark region will move from the Green–Prevent level to the Yellow – Protect level of the Keeping Ontario Safe and […]

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New study highlights dangers posed by snowmobiles on OVRT after pedestrian injured

A 49-year-old woman walking her dog was seriously injured in Carleton Place on February 22, 2021 when struck by a snowmobile on Lanark County’s Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT). The […]

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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Pakenham Public School – No exposure

Parents/guardians, staff and students at Pakenham Public School received notification today that an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19.  Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has determined that […]

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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Almonte District High School – No Exposure

Parents/guardians, staff and students at Almonte District High School received notification today that an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has determined that the individual was not at the school while infectious and therefore the case poses no […]

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Outbreak declared at Beckwith Public School

Parents/guardians, staff and students at Beckwith Public School in Carleton Place received notification today that a second individual at the school has a confirmed case of COVID-19. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health […]

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Outbreak declared at Carleton Place High School

Parents/guardians, staff and students at Carleton Place High School received notification today that the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at the secondary school.   An outbreak is declared when 2 or more […]

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Early snow melt and rising water levels expected across the Rideau Valley Watershed

The winter of 2020-21 is quickly coming to an end. After a mild start, February brought cooler temperatures. The watershed saw a significant rain event in late December, followed by […]

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Additional confirmed case of COVID-19 at Carleton Place High School

An additional individual at Carleton Place High School has tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone who may have had a high-risk exposure at the school was contacted this evening by phone or email.   The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is […]

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Outbreak declared at Perth Community Care

The Health Unit is working with Perth Community Care to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak is not facility-wide, but restricted to one […]

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Fire Master Plan proposed for Perth

Terry Gervais of The Loomex Group presented council with a proposal for a Fire Master Plan for Perth during Tuesday night’s council meeting.  He pointed out that a Fire Master […]

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Smiths Falls to seek public input on Parks and Recreation Master Plan

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Michael Cleland and Steve Slawuta from RC Strategies presented their broad overview for developing a Parks and Recreation Master […]

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Demolition begins at 54 Lombard St. on Monday, Feb. 8

The Town of Smiths Falls is announcing the demolition of 54 Lombard St. scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 8. The demolition is expected to take three weeks. In 2013, […]

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Outbreak declared at Rosebridge Manor Nursing Home

The Health Unit is working with Rosebridge Manor to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. A single laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in a […]

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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Almonte District High School

Parents/guardians and staff at Almonte District High School received notification today (Jan. 29, 2021) that an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is closely […]

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Lanark County Interval House offers grand prize of $100,000

Lanark County Interval House and Community Support is offering the chance to win $100,000 with their C.R.A.V.E electronic raffle! Due to COVID-19, LCIHCS had to cancel all in-person fundraising events […]

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In-person learning return dates for UCDSB Students

This school year has been about balancing our students’ academic needs and the obligation to keep them, and our staff, safe while at school.  Late yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Education informed […]

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Ottawa Valley Family Medicine Obstetrics Program launches new website

Women in Lanark County, the Ottawa Valley and west Ottawa now have a new resource to support their low-risk pregnancy care. The Ottawa Valley Family Medicine Obstetrics team (FMOB) has […]

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First COVID-19 vaccination in LGL

The shipment of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to Kingston Health Science Centre (KHSC) this week marks the beginning of Phase 1 of the provincial vaccine rollout in the South East region, […]

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ROPE Squad seeking public’s assistance locating federal offender

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of […]

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Lanark County has partnered to provide child care for school aged children of essential service workers during lockdown

Lanark County has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open three licensed child care centres to provide care for school aged children of essential service workers during the […]

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Carleton Place Councilor Theresa Fritz Passes

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

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Town of Smiths Falls to seek public input on budget ahead of virtual meeting in January

Smiths Falls town Council will be hosting a public budget meeting during their regularly scheduled council meeting on January 11th. The town will be providing public access to budget documents, […]

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UCDSB moves to remote learning model following holiday break

Adhering to provincial guidelines, the UCDSB is set to temporarily close its schools and transition to a school-board-wide remote learning model following the holiday break. In a continued effort to […]

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Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Region will be in shutdown as of Boxing Day

A provincewide shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 am. The restrictions are in effect for all of Ontario from Saturday, December 26, 2020 […]

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Visitor policy update and the mandatory use of face masks

With the coming of the holiday season and the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the community along with the announcement of the shift of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark […]

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Rocky Ramp: repairs required in 2021?

During Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting in Perth, Council once again deliberated the future of the Rocky Ramp on the Tay River.  Ahead of a vote on placing $130 000 […]

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Fees and parking continue to be waived, extended

At the Council meeting on Tuesday night, Mayor Fenik announced that the town of Perth will continue to offer support to businesses and consumers. In May of 2020, to support […]

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Changes this Holiday Season at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact our lives. The upcoming holiday season is no exception.  In order to continue the hospital’s well thought out  and measured efforts to keep our patients, staff, […]

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Winter weather sees the Smiths Falls site COVID-19 Assessment Centre move inside

With the colder winter weather upon us, we have the moved the Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) inside the Main Entrance of the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths […]

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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Rideau Vista Public School

Parents/guardians and staff at Rideau Vista Public School received notification today that an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19. Working closely with the school, the Leeds, Grenville and […]

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Lanark County Interval House slipped up by MOU surprise

A visibly angry Erin Lee, (Executive Director of Lanark County Interval House) joined the committee of the whole meeting as a delegate via Zoom to express her frustration in dealing […]

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Carleton Place council moves budget forward

At Tuesday, Dec 8th, Carleton Place council committee of the whole meeting, town treasurer Trisa McConkey provided an update on the 2021 budget figures and proposed a 1.97% municipal property […]

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St. Francis de Sales School; which should come first, community or church needs?

In 2018, the St Francis de Sales School at the corner of Elmsley and Russell Streets in Smiths Falls closed, as the school board deemed that the structure was no […]

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute

Parents/guardians, staff and students at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute received notification today that an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19. Working closely with the school, the Leeds, Grenville […]

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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Rideau Vista Public School

Parents/guardians and staff at Rideau Vista Public School received notification that an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is closely monitoring the situation and […]

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New county warden elected

On Wednesday afternoon, Lanark County council held a special session to elect a new warden and slate of committee chairs. This is an annual event as wardens and committee chairs only […]

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Outbreak declared at Sherwood Park Manor in Brockville

The Health Unit is working with Sherwood Park Manor in Brockville to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One resident has tested positive for COVID-19. Enhanced infection control measures under the Long-Term Care […]

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Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Carleton Place High School

Parents/guardians, staff and students at Carleton Place High School received notificationthat an individual at the school has tested positive for COVID-19.   The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is working closely with […]

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Perth Council to reconsider process of property standards bylaw

The Perth Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday night began with a discussion of the Property Standards bylaw. Bradley Wright, Director of Development Services, informed Council of the current […]

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Pressure grows to remove Schedule 6 from Provincial Budget Bill 229

Municipalities and county councils have joined the call to have proposed changes to conservation authorities removed from the provincial budget bill – and now we need members of the public […]

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Lanark County Community Justice chosen as recipient of this year’s Polar Bear Plunge

Joellen McHard, Executive Director of Lanark County Community Justice, was received by Council at the Perth Town Council Meeting Tuesday night. She came dressed in a polar bear costume to […]

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PSFDH announces release of 2019/20 Annual Report – Motivated, engaged, inspired

The Board of Directors of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) is pleased to share with you the 2019/20 Annual Report – Motivated, Engaged, Inspired (the Report.)   PSFDH […]

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Deputy Mayor pulls support of new property standards and right of entry bylaws

On Wednesday, November 18th, Carleton Place Deputy Mayor Sean Redmond posted a statement on his Facebook page (and confirmed it to Hometown News) that indicated he was changing his position […]

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Male and female arrested for uttering threats

On Friday November 13, 2020 at approximately 11:29 a.m., police responded to a threats call for service. Investigation revealed that a 34 year old male suspect and a 31 year […]

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Male arrested for break and enter

On Thursday November 12, 2020 at approximately 12:55 a.m., police received a call to attend a residence on Abbott Street north for a report of a break and enter that […]

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Two males arrested for armed robbery and weapons offences

On Wednesday November 11, 2020 at approximately 7:48 p.m., police received a complaint of an armed robbery reported after the fact. Investigation revealed that two male suspects, Karol KROTKI (20 […]

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Traffic stop nets impaired driver

On Sunday November 8, 2020 at approximately 6:41 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on Elm Street east. Investigation revealed that the 59 year old driver, Henry VERHOEVEN, of North […]

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Smiths Falls to revisit terms of unusual boundary agreement with Township of Montague

In Monday night’s Special COW Meeting, Town CAO Malcolm Morris presented to Council his recommendation that the 2010 Boundary Agreement between the town of Smiths Falls and the Township of […]

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Upper Canada District School Board promotes Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

To help enhance school safety and encourage positive learning environments, schools across the Upper Canada District School Board are promoting  Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week from November 15-21, 2020. This week, school staff, students […]

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Lanark Highlands Councilor wants a shot at being provincial PC candidate

Bill King, a current municipal councilor for Lanark Highlands has thrown his name in the ring to become the provincial PC candidate for the Lanark Frontenac Kingston riding. While the local […]

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Finishing touches on Beckwith Street Revitalization Project

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop explained the high volume of work being done on Beckwith Street. Tomlinson was on […]

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Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital faced with $2.6 million deficit due to Covid-19

The Smiths Falls Town Council received a delegation from the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting. PSFDH CEO Dr. Barry Guppy and […]

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Brockville Assessment Centre introduces new online booking system

Starting today, November 9, 2020, the Brockville Assessment Centre will be launching their new online appointment booking system. Hours for appointments will remain the same (Monday to Friday 10:00am – […]

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Ministry’s new Framework helps keep Ontario safe & open

Tuesday’s announcement of the Ontario government’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools […]

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Outbreak declared at Stoneridge Manor in Carleton Place

The Health Unit is working with Stoneridge Manor in Carleton Place to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Enhanced infection control measures under the Long-Term […]

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Increase of vehicle and pedestrian traffic leads to the need of signalized crossing

At the Public Works committee meeting, Terry McCann, director of public works made a presentation on one of the most requested road features his department deals with; pedestrian crossings. He noted […]

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Lanark County supports request to change cannabis rules

On Wednesday, Oct 28, Lanark County council held its regular meeting as well as its Economic Development committee and Public works committee sessions. These committees are comprised of all members of […]

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Covid-19 Affects poppy sales, Remembrance Day ceremony

On Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, Mayor Fenik announced that the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Campaign in the town of Perth will take place from October 30 to November 11.  […]

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Grants for small businesses still available

On Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Jennifer Miller, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, shared some good news for local small businesses.  In partnership with Valley Heartland Community […]

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Police seek public assistance to locate missing person

The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a report of a missing person last seen in Harrowsmith in South Frontenac Township. Police are requesting the […]

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COVID-19 exposure at Almonte District High School

Parents/guardians, students and staff at Almonte District High School are receiving written notification today concerning two possible separate exposures to COVID-19. The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has already been in contact […]

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Additional measures for COVID-19 response

Our experience is that people in our community with COVID-19 and their contacts follow public health directions willingly and completely.  Individuals with lab confirmed COVID-19 isolate at home until there […]

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Structure fire on Appleton Side Road

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department (MMFD) responded to a structure fire on Appleton Side Road at approximately 2:30 am Wednesday, October 21. Firefighters arrived at a fully involved barn fire […]

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UPDATE #2: Lanark OPP investigation a fatal collision involving a pedestrian

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a single vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on County Road 43. The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries. The […]

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Lanark OPP investigation a fatal collision involving a pedestrian

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a single vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on County Road 43. The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries. The […]

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Welcome to County Council

For those of you not familiar with our upper tier municipal government, here’s a quick introduction. Lanark County council is made up of representatives of the communities within the county and […]

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OPP seeking information about theft at Esso gas station

Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public to help identify the person responsible for a theft at the Esso gas station on Highway 7 in […]

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UCDSB honours six employees with 2020 Trustee Innovation Awards

Six Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) employees have been recognized for their creative thinking and practices during the 2019-2020 school year with a Trustee Innovation Award. The annual awards program started in […]

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We already know Covid won’t stop Santa Claus – it won’t stop Sandy Claus either

The Lanark County Food Bank Stocking Drive is already on. A lot has changed but the need for the support of the community is stronger than ever during this year […]

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Projected Perth landfill expansion needs adjustment

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

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OPP needs help identifying persons responsible for a major theft in Lanark Highlands

Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for a major theft from a property on Boyd’s Road […]

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Government mandates face covering/mask use for business and organizations

On October 5, 2020, the Government of Ontario implemented new provincial requirements for the use of mask or face covering by a person in the indoor area of the business […]

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Lanark OPP investigating fatal collision

Cyclist Dies After Being Struck By Transport One person has died following a collision involving a bicycle and transport truck, west of Carleton Place. On October 4, 2020, shortly before […]

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OPP seizes over 2100 cannabis plants north of Brockville

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) have seized more than 2100 cannabis plants in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township, north of Brockville. CSCU officers, along […]

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Fatal motor vehicle collision Lanark Highlands Township

On September 28, 2020, just after 3:00.p.m., officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a serious, single vehicle collision on Galbraith Road, […]

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Lanark County OPP investigating sudden death

Death Determined To Be Murder The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now confirmed the death of a Beckwith Township resident is a murder. On September 24, 2020, shortly before 10:30 […]

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OPP seeking assistance identifying persons 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 from an address […]

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Lanark County OPP investigating sudden death

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, is investigating a sudden death in Beckwith Township near Carleton Place. On […]

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Positive case of COVID-19 confirmed at Chimo Elementary School

This morning administrators at Chimo Elementary School were contacted by the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, informing them that a person at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.   Students and […]

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Lanark OPP investigating damage to art sculpture in Almonte

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking the public’s assistance regarding to damage done to a modern art sculpture at the Metcalfe Geoheritage Park in […]

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R.O.P.E. Squad requesting public’s assistance locating federal offender

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of […]

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CDSBEO COVID-19 and school reopening, virtual summer learning program 2020

COVID-19 and School Reopening Director of Education, John Cameron, welcomed Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medial Officer of Health with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of […]

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Carleton Place council crosses the trail, garbage relief to stay around, Annual Appreciation Night cancelled

Carleton Place Council Crosses the Trail  At the Sept 8th session of the Carleton Place council committee of the whole, public works director, Guy Bourgon brought forward a detailed report on […]

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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 […]

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Highlights from the September 2 special Board of Trustees Meeting

Full details on presentations, reports and discussions can be found in the agenda or reviewed in the recorded broadcast. Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met virtually on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 for […]

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Lanark OPP investigating suspected arson

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a suspicious fire in Tay Valley Township, southwest of Perth. On August 29, 2020, shortly after 9:00 p.m., […]

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Health Unit assesses situation at Municipal Childcare Centre and determines no risk

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has assessed the situation in which there was a case of possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus for a small group of […]

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UCDSB school reopening plan

The Upper Canada District School Board is looking forward to welcoming students and staff safely back to school in September.  The school district, in close collaboration with the Ministry of […]

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Ministry of Education committed to ensuring a safe return to school for students

Dear Parents, We are committed to ensuring the return to school is safe for students, teachers and staff. Our comprehensive plan for reopening schools leads the country in robust public […]

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Erin O’Toole is the new Conservative leader

On Sunday evening (and late into the night), in what was announced as the largest Canadian political virtual convention ever held, the federal Conservative party selected its new leader, MP […]

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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 […]

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Lanark OPP investigating serious assault

The Lanark Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid charges in connection with a serious assault, west of Pakenham, which sent one person to hospital. OPP officers and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Health Unit raises awareness about bats and rabies

Approximately three percent of bats carry the rabies virus. The most common signs of rabies in bats are the inability to fly and resting in unusual places such as the […]

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Barricaded person surrenders without incident

On July 23, 2020, officers from the Carleton Place and Lanark County Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a family dispute at a residence in […]

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Suspicious person on foot town of Perth

On July 21, 2020, just after 10:30 p.m., Lanark County OPP received a call from a concerned citizen who had encountered a suspicious male in the Town of Perth around […]

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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 […]

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Abduction attempt reported near Pakenham

On July 22, 2020, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an attempted abduction south of the Village of Pakenham in […]

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UPDATE: Lanark OPP actively searching for male in connection with serious assault

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, is seeking potential video from the public in relation to last week’s […]

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How are you coping with the pandemic?

Community Groups seeking resident feedback with COVID Community Check-In survey Lanark Country residents: how have you been doing since the pandemic arrived? That’s the main question behind a survey that’s […]

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Radiothon to support local land trust

It’s no secret that the forests and wetlands within the Mississippi and Lower Madawaska watersheds provide us with countless environmental and health advantages. Being in these wild areas can give […]

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Brooke Henderson’s donation kickstarts local SuperWalk campaign

For both Brooke Henderson and Bob Arnold it was a happy morning. Brooke, because she could show her support for her Great Uncle Bob and Bob because her gift of […]

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

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

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OPP seeking assistance to identify persons responsible for theft of 2018 Yamaha Wolverine Side-by-Side

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 2018 Yamaha Wolverine Side-by-Side. Sometime […]

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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 […]

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Lanark County takes step to protect turtles along county roads

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

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Health Unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

Due to high temperatures and humidex levels Environment Canada has issued a heat warning. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high […]

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Carleton Place Downtown BIA looking for support

At a special session of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole held on June 16, Downtown BIA coordinator Kate Murray made a presentation to the virtual session requesting some […]

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Town of Perth announces limited re-opening of Town Hall, Fire Hall, Museum/Tourism Office and Indoor Pool

As part of the Province of Ontario’s plan to gradually begin offering services to the public, the Town of Perth will be re-opening the Town Hall, Fire Hall, Museum/Tourism Office […]

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LGL gets green light to participate in Stage 2 re-opening

Ontario has given the green light for some regions to open up Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 am as part of their Stage 2 plan. In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer […]

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UPDATE: OPP SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT

Charges Laid (PARHAM, ON) – The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now laid charges in connection with an incident in Parham, Ontario. Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on […]

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OPP SEARCHING FOR PARHAM SHOOTING SUSPECT – DO NOT APPROACH

OPP SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT Individual Considered Dangerous, Do Not Approach (PARHAM, ON) – The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is asking the public to be on the lookout […]

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Health Unit finds an increase in overdoses in Perth

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, through the overdose early warning and surveillance system, has seen an increase in overdoses in the Perth area including 3 suspected fatalities […]

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Limited visitor access and basic services resume at Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Starting June 1, 2020 the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services along the entire system, with the exception of Jones Falls and Kingston […]

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Health Unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

Due to high temperatures and humidex levels Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for this week.  A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. […]

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COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Almonte now offers direct access

Effective Tuesday May 26, 2020, the COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) located behind the Almonte General Hospital will expand efforts to reach more people requiring COVID-19 testing. A referral from Public […]

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Fire department responds to a structure fire on Malcolm Street, Almonte

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Malcolm Street in Almonte just before 6:30 pm May 20th. A quick moving fire spread to two properties causing […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Outbreak declared in Lanark Lodge in Perth

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and Lanark Lodge are working together to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus from swab […]

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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 […]

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Lanark County OPP seeking assistance to identify persons resposible for break and enter and theft

Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for a break, enter and theft at the Hopetown General […]

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Give the gift of safety this Mother’s Day!

What better way to show your mom you care then to keep her safe and protect her from COVID-19. The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit would like to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Carleton Place council passes tax rate and official plan amendment

In an online streaming session (via Zoom and Facebook) Carleton Place council held its regular session along with a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday April 21. Viewers might have […]

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Changes at the CPDMH Emergency Department

To further support everyone’s safety and well-being, Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital is making changes to how patients access the Emergency Department. A small temporary structure has been placed […]

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Carleton Place councillor posts video interview with local COVID front-line doctor Steven Walker

On Easter Monday, April 13th, Carleton Place town councillor Theresa Fritz posted a video of her interview, done earlier that day, with local family physician Dr. Steven Walker who is […]

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Carleton Place montioring information on COVID-19

The Town of Carleton Place continues to monitor new information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES Emergency Council Meeting An emergency Council meeting was held yesterday evening at 7:00 […]

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Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority office, facilities remain closed amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is reminding the public that its administrative office in Carleton Place and all facilities and structures at its conservation areas remain closed until further notice […]

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Enforcement of provincial orders

Starting on Wednesday, April 8th, the Municipality will begin enforcing the Provincial Emergency Orders which prohibit gatherings of 5 or more persons and the use of public and private outdoor […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Outbreak found in Lanark Lifestyles in Perth

The Health Unit is working with Lanark Lifestyles in Perth to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures under the Long […]

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Province orders public gatherings to be of 5 or less people

On March 28, 2020 the Provincial Order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act was amended.  The amendments strengthen the order issued on March 17, 2020 to include […]

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Paramedics launch COVID-19 home assessment mobile unit

Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) Paramedics are teaming up with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit to conduct in-home assessments and COVID-19 testing.  This mobile unit is dispatched […]

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Outbreak found in Stoneridge Manor in Carleton Place

The Health Unit is working with Stoneridge Manor in Carleton Place to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures have been […]

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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 […]

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Two COVID-19 related deaths reported in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark

It is with sadness that the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit reports that two older people, a man and a woman, with underlying health problems living in the […]

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Outbreak found in Carolina Retirement Residence in Perth

The Health Unit is working with Carolina Retirement Residence in Perth to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One resident and one staff member have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection […]

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Outbreak found in Almonte Country Haven

The Health Unit is overseeing the management by Almonte Country Haven of a COVID-19 outbreak in the long term care home – 3 residents and 1 staff member have tested […]

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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 […]

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Perth cancels maple festival, braces for COVID-19 impact

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, the town of Perth has enacted emergency measures to protect residents.  “In the last couple of weeks since COVID-19 ramped up…we are going to lose […]

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Carleton Place continues to monitor new inforation regarding COVID-19

The Town of Carleton Place continues to monitor new information regarding the COVID- 19 pandemic. Businesses As per current provincial rules, all bars and restaurants have closed except those facilities […]

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Lanark Lodge residents and staff remain in good health

As efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 continue, Lanark Lodge has implemented protocols to ensure well-being of its residents and staff, and outlines efforts to provide regular updates. “Lanark […]

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Rideau Lakes continue efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Township of Rideau Lakes’ Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) met on March 13th and March 17th, 2020 to discuss measures to limit the spread of the virus within our […]

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Public Health message to Lanark, Leeds & Grenville residents about food premises

As of March 17, 2020 the Premier of Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency due to the circulating COVID-19 virus. As part of the declaration, the province has mandated the […]

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Fairview Manor, Almonte and Carleton Place Hospitals make changes to prevent spread of COVID-19

To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made some changes at Almonte General Hospital, Fairview Manor and Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital. We want to ensure […]

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RVCA offices closed to public

The health, safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is our top priority. RVCA is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following changes in operations and programming effective […]

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Merrickville establishes emergency plans, monitors and address COVID-19

Please note that the Village of Merrickville-Wolford has established emergency plans and processes to monitor and address the COVID-19/Coronavirus. The Village’s Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) met on March 13th […]

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Carleton Place’s Emergency Operations Centre is monitoring infromation on COVID-19

As COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly and updates are emerging daily, we want to assure our residents that the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre is operating and monitoring new information as […]

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Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority responds to novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

In its continuing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) continues to follow the lead of our local public health units, as well as provincial […]

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Mississippi Mills update on COVID-19

Further Municipal measures taken This morning CAO, Ken Kelly activated the Municipal Emergency Management Control Group with a subsection of the group meeting to discuss the current COVID-19 situation as […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Facilities close in Perth until further notice

In order to help protect the public, the Town of Perth has decided to close the following public facilities until further notice: Perth and District Indoor Pool Perth and District […]

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Rideau Lake’s MECG discuss and prepare for COVID-19

The Township of Rideau Lake’s Municipal Emergency Management Control Group (MECG) convened the morning of March 13 at 9:30am to discuss and prepare for COVID-19 and the Township’s response. The […]

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OPP seeking assistance with theft of licence plates

Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public to help identify the person responsible for the theft of licence plates from a parked car. On the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Rheumatologist happy to be back for good

While completing his specialized training in rheumatology, Dr. Kyle Walker spent time in Carleton Place, learning alongside Dr. Brian Boate. Now, Dr. Walker is back, offering rheumatology clinics three days […]

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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 […]

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Fatal motor vehicle collision on highway 15

On February 17, 2020 at approximately 10:45 p.m. The Frontenac detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Kingston Fire & Rescue and Kingston Paramedics, responded to a two […]

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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 […]

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Novel Coronavirus is being closely monitored by public health

The first Canadian diagnosed with the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified in Toronto on Saturday. Canadian and provincial health agencies are working closely with public health and hospitals to […]

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A gift of warmth and comfort

The Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) has a new addition to its ambulances. The LCPS recently received a gift of approximately 100 handmade, child-sized quilts.  The angels behind this very […]

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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 […]

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Carleton Place Council comfortable with new Bridge Street price tag

Carleton Place council held a special session of their committee of the whole on Jan 7 to discuss the upcoming Bridge Street reconstruction and plan for a public meeting on […]

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