Smiths Falls History & Mystery: Death of a carpenter

John Perrin was a member of the team of carpenters who built the Keyhole House in Smiths Falls in 1892. During its construction, he left his signature on the back of a door frame in a second-floor bedroom. The following year, John married Annie Weekes. Tragically, seven months later at the age of twenty-seven, John […]

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 and 14, and welcomed more than 1200 attendees. The museum brought in $19,000 that weekend.  Councilor Allen noted that the much-anticipated Hogwarts Express event scheduled […]

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 lit purple now, in honour of Big Brother Big Sister month,” he explained. On September 21, the town’s iconic water tower will be lit blue, […]

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 ensure they are on the voters list.  The upcoming municipal election will see voting held via telephone and online. Costello noted that voter information letters […]

FoodCycler pilot expands waste management possibilities

During the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday evening, Alex Hayman from Food Cycle Science shared results from the recent FoodCycler Pilot Project in Smiths Falls. One hundred residents purchased FoodCyclers (countertop composters) at a reduced rate and kept track of their usage for a three-month period during the spring. This pilot project was […]

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 Street. The submitted proposals were placed on the Speak Up, Smiths Falls platform for public consideration, and the public responded.  During Monday evening’s Committee of […]

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario Trainfest 2022 success

The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO) is pleased to announce a successful Trainfest 2022, welcoming more than 1200 visitors to Smiths Falls. The train rides of both event days sold-out and the museum was buzzing with railway enthusiasts from across the province and beyond. “We love welcoming visitors driving from hours away coming to […]

Smiths Falls History & Mystery: The man behind the mantel

On April 12, 1882, John Bourchier Briggs (1882-1938) was born into an affluent and influential family in St. Pancras, London. His father, William Edward Briggs (1847-1903) was a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons and regularly graced the pages of The Illustrated London News. William’s firm, J. and W. E. Briggs operated […]

Smiths Falls beats out Banff

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris shared some encouraging news with the town of Smiths Falls.  The Transportation Association of Canada recently awarded the Small Municipality Achievement Award for innovative works to Smiths Falls, specifically for the revitalization of Beckwith Street (Phase 1). This award was announced a […]

Smiths Falls History & Mystery: Anna Gould

Heiress to a fortune In 1861, fourteen-year-old Anna Marie Gould (1847-1895) became heiress to William Simpson, the largest landowner in Smiths Falls. At the age of seventeen, she inherited a portion of her father’s (Jason Gould’s) fortune which included a substantial amount of Smiths Falls property. Anna was a very wealthy woman when she married […]