• Leeds and the Thousand Islands to celebrate Heritage Week
    The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Municipal Heritage Committee is celebrating Heritage Week by acknowledging 17 properties now designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. The township is doing this through posts on its social media pages all week long, highlighting the protected heritage properties. These featured properties are: the Buell Cemetery (Old River
  • Upper Canada District School Board to end remote learning
    The region’s largest school board will end its remote learning option for students at the end of the current school year.  Trustees at the Upper Canada District School Board heard February 14 that enrolment for the learning option has declined to under 100 students.  The program was begun as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • ‘A sad commentary’: Brockville to issue statement responding to social media negativity, ‘verbal attacks’
    At the standing committee meeting of Brockville City Council on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, the general committee was presented with a staff report recommending that staff create a “Negative Social Media Use Statement,” which would be posted on the City of Brockville’s website.   It is no secret that the use of social media has both
  • ‘Competing interests’: Brockville council will vote on design of upgraded sewage station next week
    After hearing from both staff and a concerned citizen regarding the best way to proceed with the design of a much-needed upgraded sewage pumping station at Centeen Park, Brockville City Council deferred their decision to next week’s meeting. At the top of their standing committee meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, council received a presentation
  • TLTI says yes to St. Lawrence Cruise Lines
    The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands council has approved a St. Lawrence Cruise Lines request for overnight stays at Ivy Lea Wharf. This occurred during a recent committee of the whole council meeting in Lansdowne. At a meeting on Dec. 4, the committee of the whole received a delegation from John Chomniak, on
  • Brockville police investigating stabbing
    Police in Brockville are investigating a stabbing that occurred over the weekend. In a media release, police say that on February 17, at around 7 a.m., the Brockville Police Service received a report concerning a stabbing at a residence located in the southern area of the city. Following an investigation, it was determined that four
  • Multi-vehicle collision closes portion of Highway 401 east of Brockville
    OPP reported over X just after 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, that a multi-vehicle collision took place on Highway 401 near Brockville at about noon that day. Minor injuries were reported, and officers are currently working to get the roadway cleared. As a result, the westbound lanes east of Brockville are currently closed. OPP
  • Large fight involving up to 20 people outside Brockville bar
    In the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 17, Brockville police were called to the scene of a large disturbance outside of Broad Street Billiards, where about 15-20 people were participating in a fight. Officer Darryl Boyd of the Brockville Police Service told Brockvilleist that “there was a disturbance involving a larger group of individuals participating
  • What’s open and closed in Brockville this Family Day
    Monday, Feb. 19 is Family Day, a statutory holiday that will affect some municipal services and store hours. Here’s what you need to know in Brockville. Do you know of something that should be added to this? Email hollie@hometownist.com. RETAIL, RESTAURANTS, ACTIVITIES MUNICIPAL SERVICES Public Skating:
  • Gananoque appoints new CAO
    The Town of Gananoque has a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). In a Feb. 14 media release, the town announced that Melanie Kirkby has been selected for the role after interviews were held with candidates in January 2024. Kirkby has held the office of treasurer with Gananoque for the last nine years. “Her pursuit of
  • Woman facing numerous charges after attempting to flee from Brockville police
    In the early hours of Tuesday, Feb. 13, at around 1:15 a.m., a Brockville police officer initiated a motor vehicle stop on a female driver operating a vehicle with Quebec plates. Police say the vehicle was observed travelling in the wrong direction on the one-way section of William Street. During the pursuit, the officer noted
  • UPDATE: Hikers who fell through the ice at Charleston Lake were men from GTA: OPP
    Two men reported missing after falling through the ice on Charleston Lake have been found dead, provincial police said Monday night. Leeds County Ontario Provincial Police said the sad discovery was made after an extensive search and rescue operation. “On February 12, 2024, at approximately 4 p.m., members of Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario
  • Lots going on in Gananoque for Family Day
    There will be lots happening this Family Day on the Gananoque waterfront. Family Day takes place Feb 19, and the Thousand Islands Boat Museum is hosting its eighth annual Family Day on the waterfront celebrations. “(It will be) a take-home mini-boat craft competition, parents/kids are encouraged to upload a photo of their child with their
  • UPDATE: Two bodies recovered from Charleston Lake
    At about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, OPP reported over X that the two bodies have been recovered from Charleston Lake; “the individuals are deceased,” police stated. Three hikers fell through the ice at the lake on Sunday night. One was able to pull themselves out of the water, but a search took place
  • Three hikers fall through ice at Charleston Lake
    UPDATE: Two bodies recovered from Charleston Lake Search and rescue efforts were continuing on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 12 for two people who went missing after falling through ice on Charleston Lake while hiking on Sunday. One person managed to pull themselves from the freezing waters, but two people were still missing as of
  • UPDATE: Three people fall through ice at Charleston Lake, search underway
    Leeds OPP are still on scene at Charleston Lake on the morning of Monday, Feb. 12 searching for two individuals who went through the ice the evening before. OPP posted to X on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 11 that officers were at Charleston Lake searching for three “unaccounted for” individuals. It was later confirmed
  • Gananoque police warn of drug poisonings
    There has been a recent surge of drug poisonings in the region, and it has resulted in the Gananoque Police Service issuing a news release about the issue, as well a Facebook post on Friday morning, as it tries to get the word out to the community. In their notice, the Gananoque Police Service and
  • Charge laid after 14-year-old reportedly assaulted at Brockville’s Rotary Park outdoor rink
    Police in Brockville laid an assault charge on Tuesday after a 14-year-old was reportedly assaulted at a local skating rink. On Feb. 6, at approximately 4 p.m., officers with the Brockville Police Service responded to a reported assault at Brockville’s outdoor rink at Rotary Park on George Street. In a media release, police say their
  • ‘Great demand for tourism’: Rideau Lakes to collaborate with Smiths Falls for heritage symposium
    A Rideau Lakes historian pitched an idea to the Smiths Falls Heritage Committee a way to take part in the fall heritage symposium in town. George German, chair of the of the Municipal Heritage Committee in Rideau Lakes, spoke to the heritage committee on Feb. 5 during its regular meeting, outlining a way they preserve
  • Radio stations in Brockville, Kingston change ownership as Bell Media cuts 9 per cent of workforce
    Radio stations in Kingston and Brockville that were previously owned by Bell Media will soon be properties of My Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). Move 98.3 FM and Pure Country 99 are being acquired by MBC, who also own MyFM stations in both Gananoque and Napanee. The company is also acquiring two stations in Brockville as part
  • Gananoque council passes bylaw to partner with province on prisoner transportation
    Gananoque council has passed a bylaw to authorize the mayor and clerk to sign a court security and prisoner transportation program transfer agreement with the province. This occurred during Tuesday’s council meeting and was passed unanimously. For 2024, the Court Security and Prisoner Transportation Program has allocated $52,828 to the Town of Gananoque to be
  • Performing for a cause: Shout Sisters Brockville concert will help combat homelessness, hunger
    We’ve all heard it said that actions speak louder than words, however members of the Shout Sisters Brockville Choir are using their voices to take action against homelessness this February. Their upcoming show is open to anyone in the Brockville community, and all that’s required is that audience members make donations at the door.  Every
  • ‘Night in the Cold’ will raise awareness about rising homelessness in Gananoque and area
    On Feb. 20 the Gananoque Police Service will be at Town Park for an event raising awareness of homelessness. It is being dubbed a “Night in the Cold,” presented by the Gananoque Police Service in partnership with Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., these agencies will come
  • Upper Canada District School Board looks to expand after school programs
    A recent motion passed by Upper Canada District School Board trustees in January may mean more after school programming for students.  Trustee Carole Dufort proposed the motion which directed the board to “look at the possibility of expanding after school programming in our elementary schools at the lowest cost possible to families.” Dufort spoke that
  • North Grenville OPP charge suspect after truck vs. pedestrian hit-and-run
    Police in North Grenville have made an arrest in a reported hit-and-run that took place on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Colannade Drive plaza. The incident happened at about 4 p.m., when a pedestrian was hit by a red truck “with distinct headlights.” Police say the victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
  • Former engineer whisks up passion for pastry at Rideau Lakes’ The Pie Bar
    An engineer-turned-baker Stacy Blair stumbled into the delicious world of pies quite accidentally, turning her maternity leave into a thriving business venture. The Pie Bar, born out of a newfound passion for baking, has become a local sensation, attracting pie enthusiasts from far and wide. She, her husband Scott, and their five children, have opened
  • ‘Remain vigilant’: Gananoque Fire Service warns of solicitors
    The Gananoque Fire Service is making the public aware of an individual or individuals who have been approaching community members on a door-to-door basis. This individual or individuals, are soliciting the sale of fire protection equipment, the fire service says. “Please be aware that the Gananoque Fire Service does not sell fire protection equipment to
  • Brockville police arrest suspect accused of setting fire to The Bar
    In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, Feb. 4, a fire broke out at the downtown establishment The Bar. Inspector Darryl Boyd of the Brockville Police Service told Brockvilleist that the suspect is a 40-year-old female, who was charged with arson; she was seen on camera, apparently lighting some hanging Valentine’s Day decorations
  • Victim of fatal collision north of Brockville identified as 65-year-old man from Cardinal area
    The Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continues to investigate a fatal collision between Brockville and Smiths Falls. The collision happened Friday, Feb. 2, at around 1 p.m. on County Road 29, between County Roads 42 and 28. A tractor trailer and sport utility vehicle collided head-on. The driver of the sport utility
  • Brockville police looking to identify suspects in multiple distraction thefts at Food Basics, Giant Tiger and more
    The Brockville Police Service reports in a media release that on Friday, Feb. 2, they received multiple complaints regarding distraction theft at multiple locations throughout the city. Incidents were reported to have taken place at the Superstore, Food Basics and Giant Tiger, and police add that “it is important to note that there could be
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