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 the property of Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place on Saturday June 3, 2023 beginning at 8:30am. This training exercise will involve a […]

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 community spaces.  In order to mitigate the amount of mess left by geese defecating in public places, Community Services has obtained “two products that we’ll […]

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 the Committee of the Whole during Tuesday night’s meeting.  Elliott was engaged by the town to determine if the former water treatment plant requires immediate […]

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 […]

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 is being celebrated in Smiths Falls this week, May 14-20. Police week is a way for police to connect to the community and bring awareness […]

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 Mill Road. The fire began overnight and was contained and extinguished with help from neighbouring fire services. The cause of the fire is still unknown […]

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, and second floor,” one fireman reported. He added they’re not sure of the cause, they’re “still investigating.” He said the building has been boarded up […]

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 know as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County was formed. The original minutes showed that the group talked about how to launch the organization, […]

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.  This day is for honouring anyone affected by workplace fatality: remembering those who died, or suffered injury, disability, or illness as a result of incidents […]

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 the recent ice storm.  During the storm, which knocked out power and downed trees in Eastern Ontario and Quebec, Smiths Falls dispatch received 163 emergency […]