Community

Victory in the fight for the right to a natural garden

Charges against Smiths Falls residents dropped by town. In a case that will affect municipal by-laws across Canada, Craig and Beth Sinclair can announce that Smiths Falls has withdrawn the Order to remove their natural garden. The Sinclairs have been carefully cultivating a natural garden for years, planting hundreds of native wildflowers, trees and shrubs, […]

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 […]

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 […]

LFK Candidate Marlene Spruyt launches campaign – The Leadership You Need

LANARK-FRONTENAC-KINGSTON Green Party candidate Marlene Spruyt kicked off her campaign by putting down her first sign.  “I have spent the past few months listening to residents across this vast riding.  This election is an opportunity to set a new direction that focuses on providing real solutions for the real problems that people in this riding […]

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 […]

Ukrainian committee seeks local host families

Do you have some extra space in your home and extra room in your heart?  The Smiths Falls Welcomes Ukraine Committee is looking for Smiths Falls area residents who are willing to open their home to a Ukrainian family fleeing the war abroad. Approved families will be asked to commit to six months to a […]

Special committee meeting on housing report

On Wednesday, April 6th, Lanark County Council convened a special meeting of their Community Services Committee to receive and discuss a report from SHS Consulting and WSP and the county’s director of social services, Emily Hollington on Municipal Tools to Support Affordable Housing. The report is the culmination of well over a year’s work involving […]

Lawsuit launched against Town of Perth

At Tuesday’s, March 29th session of Perth council, the topic of the Rocky Ramps rose out of the water once again. The ramps were installed in the Tay River starting in 2015 in an attempt to divert more water to the small man-made canal known as the Little Tay. The lower flows in the summer through […]

Beckwith Street Revitalization Phase 2 gets underway

Paul McMunn, director of Public Works and Utilities, brought an update to the Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls on Monday evening. The street renewal project known as Beckwith Street Phase 2 is pending construction.  This week will see mobilizing and staging taking place, and twenty boulevard trees were removed the week before […]