Paramedic service review

County Council received an update and overview of the Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) from Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO of Almonte General Hospital and Carleton Place District Memorial Hospital. The service is operated by Almonte General Hospital on behalf of the County. County council approves the annual budget, collective bargaining mandate, response time […]

Pest plan passed

At its meeting Wednesday evening (Jan 25), Lanark County Council adopted the County’s updated Integrated Pest Management Vegetation Management Plan. The original plan was adopted in 2016 to manage vegetation in order to maintain safe roadsides. It aimed to reduce reliance on mowing, brushing and spraying, while restoring pollinator habitat. Updates to the plan reflect […]

Perth budget and tax rate one step closer

After 3 day-long meetings and 1 special committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday Jan 17th, Perth council is now facing the final vote to set the 2023 tax rate and municipal operating budget. These sessions don’t include the many individual meetings held between councilors and the town treasurer, Director Brian Burns over the last […]

Accessibility continues as council plans to meet in chambers

With a note of cautious hopefulness, Mayor Shawn Pankow announced that Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole may be the last virtual meeting. “It is our hope that we will be able to return to in-person meetings in our new council chambers on January 30 if the work is completed in the next 2 weeks,” […]

Carleton Place Council Report for Jan 10

Water and Sewer Budget The water and sewer budget for 2023 was on the table for discussion at Tuesday, Jan 10th’s meeting of Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole. The plans are for a 1.95% increase to water and sewer rates which will result in a total charge of $990.96 per year for a residential […]

Perth Council Report for Jan 10

Perth council sets another budget meeting  At Perth Council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Jan 10th, councilors were supposed to hold a primary vote on the 2023 municipal budget. The final draft called for an affective 5% increase in property taxes and an 11% increase in water/sewer charges. Several councilors still had questions […]

Skate the Lake in Portland, Ontario postponed until February

Article was originally printed in the February edition of Hometown News. The dates have since been changed. Read the full article for details. – Hometown News Staff Video Submitted Skate the Lake returns for first time since the pandemic How many of you have never heard of Skate the Lake (STL)? Well, it has been […]

This holiday season, open doors to connection for caregivers like Helia

After 12 years of caring for her husband with Parkinson’s disease, on top of her own health issues, Helia was exhausted and overwhelmed. The emotional weight of caring for her husband’s every need had been taking a toll for a long time.  As her husband’s condition got to the point of hospitalization, Helia arranged for […]

Thank you, Crossing Guards!

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Community Services Kerry Costello thanked two retiring crossing guards for their service to the town. “Thank you to our crossing guards for their commitment and dedication to the children in our community,” she said. “We’d like to thank Donald Corrigal who served […]

Large shoes to fill

During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Chief Administration Officer Malcolm Morris announced the upcoming retirement of two of Smiths Falls’ valued directors.  Town Treasurer Janet Koziel has held her position in Smiths Falls for over 19 years, and has announced her intention to retire at the end of this year. Her replacement will […]