Findings of the fire investigation report for the Portland Fire Station

The Township of Rideau Lakes was provided with the Final Fire Investigation report by the Office of the Fire Marshal on July 6, 2022 in response to a reportable large loss fire at the Portland Fire Hall at 20 Colborne Street on December 21, 2021. Fire Investigation Services were enlisted to investigate the origin, cause […]

SuperWalk 2022 welcomes supporters and walkers to register/walk/donate

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, the Parkinson Canada SuperWalk, a post Labour Day September tradition in the area since the first successful walk in 2017, is returning to its roots. For the past two years, only smaller gatherings were possible, but this year, organizers are excited that the walk can return to its original format. […]

New community partnership in Portland

The Township of Rideau Lakes and Country Roads Community Health Centre are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Portland Food Bank and the Community Clothing Co-operative. This newly created partnership will provide a new space for the Portland Food Bank and the Community Clothing Co-operative in the same building as the Country Roads […]

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 […]

After two years of Covid cancellations Maple Weekend is back April 2 and 3

The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association is excited to announce that after two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the province will once again be showcasing a new crop of maple syrup during the annual Maple Weekend, April 2 to 3, 2022. This year’s event will be a welcome opportunity to get out […]

Township launches new “Experience Rideau Lakes” pages on Social Media

The Township of Rideau Lakes is pleased to announce the launch of its new Facebook and Instagram pages on Meta (formerly known as Facebook). As part of the Digital Content Strategy adopted by Council on December 6, 2021, the municipality has introduced “Experience Rideau Lakes” pages to offer free, accessible, and meaningful content to people […]

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 facility on Colbourne Street was fully engulfed shortly after smoke was reported. No injuries have been reported.  “The hall and its contents were destroyed” remarked […]

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 pressures on our already fragile health system. Every person carrying the Omicron variant is infecting more than four other people. By comparison, anyone with the […]

Am I the Only One: Homelessness

The US reached a stark milestone this month of 100,000 people dying of drug overdoses in one year. That is 275 overdose deaths every day.  In Canada, 20 people die every day from overdose. It is considered immoral in some circles to demand anything from an addict; this helps neither the addict or the city. […]

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 consultation with the community and detailed financial modeling to ensure the project would have no impact on tax rates. The hub, to be built in […]