Craig and Beth Sinclair’s St. Lawrence Street property has been transformed into a naturalized garden, a habitat for birds and butterflies, over the past several years. Photo credit: Craig Sinclair

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 6, and Smiths Falls will be marking the day and flying the Shriners’ flag in honour of this significant celebration.  Mayor Shawn Pankow introduced Ruffo […]

June is Pride Month in Smiths Falls

During Monday night’s town council meeting, Mayor Shawn Pankow proclaimed the month of June to be Pride Month in Smiths Falls. “Whereas the town of Smiths Falls supports the rights of every citizen to experience equality and freedom from discrimination, and whereas all people, regardless of race or ethic origin, colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, […]

Rideau Paddlefest returns to Smiths Falls June 11

From its origins as a key strategic component in Britain’s plans to defend its colony of Upper Canada from a potential American invasion to the year-round recreational paradise we see today, the Rideau Canal has seen a lot of history. Officially recognized as a world heritage site in 2007 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific […]

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 contacted the major party candidates (PC, Liberals, NDP, Greens) to get their take on the issues of importance facing Lanark Frontenac Kingston residents. We’re happy […]

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

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Julia Crowder, Manager of Tourism and Economic Development, presented the first annual Business Survey Report based on a town-wide survey from 2021.  Crowder developed this survey, which will recur annually, in order to “consistently engage with the business community and obtain feedback and vital […]

Town Hall establishes temporary new entrance on Church St

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Utilities and Public Works Paul McMunn shared a brief update with council and town staff about the ongoing town hall renovation.  Due to Phase 2 of the Beckwith St Reconstruction project and the town hall renovation, the main entrance for reception at […]

Fingers crossed for tacos in the park this summer

Kerry Costello, Director of Corporate Services, presented a Refreshment Vehicle Request to the council of the town of Smiths Falls on Monday evening. The Chamber of Commerce, which runs the visitors centre at Victoria Park, requested the town’s permission to set up a cantina on the play structure’s gravel pad next to the yellow airplane […]

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 McIntosh Perry have been assessing the long-closed Confederation Bridge in Smiths Falls. Their report showed that extensive investigative work would be further required to determine […]

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 aligned on the housing crisis,” McKenna said, as he introduced his report on last week’s meeting of community services at Lanark County Housing. Lanark County […]

Springtime updates from Smiths Falls Library, RMEO

Councilor Lorraine Allen shared updates with council from the Smiths Falls library and the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO) during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. RMEO held a special holiday event on Saturday, the Easter Egg-spress, during which the museum welcomed over 600 visitors. There was a petting zoo “which was very well received; most of […]