Two groups proposing Perth Family Health Teams

At the Tuesday, May 23rd session of Perth council, two separate groups attended as delegations seeking support for their applications to create Family Health Teams (FHTs) to serve Perth and the surrounding area. These would be provincially funded. Queen’s Park put a moratorium on new applications some time ago and on May 10th of this year they […]

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 ( and social media pages. “To the members of our community, While unusual for the CAO to directly communicate with you, I would like to appeal to you in light of […]

Celebrate Pride Month with Rainbow Storytime!

In celebration of Pride Month, Rainbow Storytime returns for its third consecutive year at the Perth & District Union Public Library. Rainbow Storytime is a wonderful way to meet members of the community while sharing inclusive picture books and stories. Inclusive programming and celebrations in the library offer families a safe space to celebrate diversity […]

Red Dress Day honours missing and murdered Indigenous women

During Monday evening’s council meeting in Smiths Falls, Acting Mayor Jay Brennan proclaimed Red Dress Day on May 5, 2023. The Red Dress Project was a public art installation created by Jaime Black in 2010, as a way to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), “by hanging empty red dresses in a […]

Council updated on ice storm impact and clean-up

At Tuesday, April 25’s Perth town council meeting, senior staff provided a detailed report on the municipal response to the ice storm earlier this month. Eleven 9-1-1 calls involved emergency services’ responses for electrical hazards, an elevator rescue, flooding assistance, a medical event, and carbon monoxide (CO) issues from emergency generator use. Lanark County registered […]

Nunsense is wacky, it’s outrageous, and its great family fun!

Let’s start with a little who’s who in Nunsense and the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Sister Mary Hubert is played by Tracey Noonan, who while playing a wiseman an annual nativity pageant was accidentally trampled by a camel who went berserk. Sister Mary Amnesia, (Raynee Doner), has no clue who she is, recalling only that […]

Dog park gets another walk

Perth town council held its committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, April 4 in front of a packed gallery. They were there for another discussion on an off-leash dog park. Last December, after receiving a delegation requesting such a facility in town, council directed staff to prepare a report detailing possible locations and costs. […]

Butterfly Home Round Room opens at Lanark Lodge

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday at Lanark Lodge to mark the opening of the Maples Butterfly Home Round Room. The room is part of an innovative initiative based on the Butterfly Household Model of Care developed by Dr. David Sheard of Dementia Care Matters, a leading UK-based dementia care culture change organization. […]

The Trashure Hunt returns to help clean up Perth’s streets!

Perth’s Climate Change Action Panel invites you to celebrate Earth Day at the Trashure Hunt on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Back for a second year, this town-wide clean-up event will not only help beautify the Town, but will bring together the community in a fun, family-friendly way! “Spring is a time of renewal, and what […]

CFUW Perth and District leads drive to combat period poverty

Carley Stewart, from the national organization The Period Purse, shared some startling statistics with CFUW Perth and District at a presentation on February 27. According to Plan International Canada’s research, 34 percent of women and girls in Canada often or occasionally make budget sacrifices to afford menstrual products.  Some girls and women miss school and […]