• Police presence at Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute due to social media rumours
    Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute says police were present at the high school on Wednesday, Feb. 28 due to social media rumours indicating potential violence. In a letter to parents, Stacie Dowdall, Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute principal, said the school was made aware of rumours “that originated on SnapChat” about a reportedly violent incident that
  • ‘Remarkable Women of Smiths Falls’ to be showcased throughout the town this March
    Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum is set to launch the Remarkable Women of Smiths Falls travelling exhibit on March 1, 2024. This exhibit, previously hosted in July 2022, highlighted the contributions of 28 women from the Smiths Falls community. In 2023, the museum expanded the exhibit to include eight more women, taking the stories into
  • Judy Brown to resume mayoral duties in Perth March 1
    Mayor Judy Brown of Perth is set to resume her duties on Friday, March 1, 2024, following a temporary leave of absence. A media release from the town issued Wednesday, Feb. 28, says Brown, who took the leave due to health reasons, expressed her readiness to return with the backing of the council, staff, and
  • Smiths Falls water tower project hits $25.4 million
    The design for the new water tower for the Town of Smiths Falls is being finalized, but the scope of the trunk watermain project for the east end of town includes a full reconstruction. Jason Barlow, manager of water and wastewater for the town, alerted council on Monday, Feb. 26, that they approve a change
  • From increasing dispatch work to hoarding: Smiths Falls fire chief on department’s 2023 highlights
    Returning to a more normal line of work in 2023, the Smiths Falls Fire Department was back in full swing last year, following the COVID pandemic. Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough reported to Smiths Falls town council’s committee of the whole on Feb. 26, outlining what they did in 2023 and projections for this year. Chesebrough
  • LGL health unit urges kids get measles vaccines ahead of March Break travel
    Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer recently issued a statement urging Canadians to ensure they are up to date with their measles vaccination ahead of the upcoming March Break. The concern stems from a global increase in measles activity coupled with a decline in vaccine coverage among Canadian school-aged children, potentially leading to an influx of
  • Lanark County to kick off maple syrup season with ‘Tapping Out Party’ at Westport sugar bush
    Maple syrup season is set to officially begin a little early this year in Lanark County, with a ‘Tapping Out Party’ and ceremonial first tapping at Blair Brothers Maples in Westport this weekend. The Tapping Out Party is an annual event that marks the beginning of the local season. It started in 1991, with the
  • Light it up: Smiths Falls is getting app-controlled, permanent holiday lighting
    Instead of lighting the water tower for special occasions, Smiths Falls’ municipal complex can now be illuminated All-occasion permanent holiday lighting is being installed at town hall in Smiths Falls, as well as at the bandstand, which will give staff more colours and patterns to choose from for special requests and decoration. Historically, requests have
  • Lanark County heating retrofit program on the agenda for Perth and Almonte properties in 2024
    The second phase of a heating retrofit project will take place this year in Perth and Almonte, thanks to a housing grant allocation by Lanark County. Emily Hollington, director of community services for Lanark County, sought approval for the housing investment from the committee on Feb. 14, to the tune of nearly $1M in allocated
  • ‘Learning and collaborating’: Diverse flavours delight taste buds at Perth’s The Table Community Food Centre
    Flavours from around the world are being celebrated at Perth’s The Table Community Food Centre. Support from Feed Ontario’s Feeding Possibilities grant initiated the Cultural Celebrations Project in December. This project introduces monthly cultural celebrations during The Table’s regular community meals, held from 4:30-6 p.m. every first Friday of the month. Feedback from participants, staff,
  • Here are some highlights from Smiths Falls’ 2024 municipal budget, passed Feb. 20
    The Town of Smiths Falls’ 2024 municipal budget was greenlit by council during its Feb. 20 meeting. A media release from the town explains that the budget aimed to make balanced investments to provide essential services and community programming while ensuring municipal assets and infrastructure are properly managed. The capital budget will see a total
  • 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
  • Here’s what happened at Mississippi Mills’ Feb. 20 council meeting
    Here are highlights from Mississippi Mills’ council meeting that took place on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 20. Council heard a delegation from Danielle Shewfelt with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, who is the Municipal Public Health Nurse Liaison. The role will help support and work with Municipalities to strengthen policies and
  • Lanark County eyes former Smiths Falls retirement home for site of transitional housing
    The former Willowdale Retirement Home in Smiths Falls may soon become transitional housing thanks to a collaboration between the owner of the building, Saumure Group of Companies (SGC), and Lanark County. In January this year, there were 61 people on the county’s “By Name List,” a list of people experiencing homelessness. Many of them require
  • ‘Quite unforgettable’: Smiths Falls’ Old Home Week shaping up to be an 8-day party
    It only happens every 25 years, but Old Home Week in Smiths Falls is an event not to be missed. The task force shared their agenda with council’s committee of the whole on Tuesday, Feb. 12, as co-chair Christa Dales Donnelly presented a budget for early-stage planning. The date of the 2025 festival is Aug.
  • Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears cruise to 5-3 win over Ottawa Jr. Sens
    In front of 345 fans Friday night, the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears defeated the Ottawa Jr. Sens 5-2 in CCHL league play. The win gives the Bears 59 points overall – eight behind the league-leading Navan Grads with three games in hand and 11 games remaining in regular season play. Smiths Falls now leads
  • Almonte Lions make $15,000 Valentine’s Day donation to local hospital foundation
    Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day as members of the Almonte Lions Club dropped by the Almonte General Hospital with donations totalling $15,000. They also pledged another $5,000 towards the remaining costs of the CT scanner the foundation is raising money for. The Almonte Lions raise funds in a variety of ways including the
  • Perth Family Health Organization receives funding from province to boost family health care in area
    A Family Health Organization (FHO) in Perth recently received significant funding from the provincial government as part of the province’s investment in connecting people with primary health care teams. The funding is to the Perth Family Health Organization, which includes three clinics: the Perth Medical Clinic, Elliot Street Clinic and Perth Family Medicine; it will
  • Temporary speed limit reduction on Main Street in Almonte
    Please be advised of a temporary reduction of the speed limit on Main Street in Almonte, specifically between Martin Street and Union Street. In accordance with the delegated authority granted to the Director of Roads and Public Works, effective February 13, 2024, the new temporary speed limit for the street will be 30 km/h. This
  • Falls Food Hub in Smiths Falls secures significant funding
    For the past two years, the Perth-based Table Community Food Centre has worked towards establishing a satellite facility in Smiths Falls. Named the Falls Food Hub, this new location aims to replicate many of the programs currently offered by The Table in Perth, including community meals, community navigation services, and food skills programs. Securing a
  • Smiths Falls evens the score in Rockland in home-and-home series
    It wasn’t until the third period on Saturday night on the road that the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears were able to get back in the win column. After splitting the weekend home-and-home series against the Nationals, the Bears are sitting tied in second place of the CCHL with 57 points, alongside the Cornwall Colts.
  • Here’s what local organizations received municipal grants from Mississippi Mills
    Mississippi Mills will distribute over $40,000 to community groups and organizations in 2024 through the municipal grants program. Council approved the 2024 allotments during their February 6 meeting in the amount of $42,550. In the 2024 budget, Council increased funding for the annual grant program by $8,137.70 (26 per cent) over 2023.  “Community organizations and
  • ‘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
  • ‘Ready for Canada to try them’: Carleton Place doughnut shop strikes Dragon’s Den deal
    On a bustling weekday morning in downtown Carleton Place, Samantha Armstrong, owner of Holey Confections, is hard at work fulfilling orders in her beloved doughnut shop. What began as a humble Instagram venture in early 2020, born out of necessity when her husband Tyler faced a layoff, has blossomed into a thriving business with three
  • Perth encourages young families, businesses to ‘Embrace the Move’ in promotional videos
    The Town of Perth has announced it’s launching a new video series called “Embrace the Move.” The videos are aimed at showcasing local residents and business owners while highlighting Perth as an ideal destination for families and businesses alike, the town explains in a media release. Featuring two main videos with distinct focuses, the series
  • ‘Out to lunch’: Smiths Falls Heritage Committee wants to meet with Confederation Bridge design team
    The Smiths Falls Heritage Committee made no bones about their dislike of the chosen design for the new Confederation Bridge, despite its more modern features that offer a “wow factor.” Committee member Klaas van der Meer said that the bridges they looked at were “way out to lunch.” The only design he liked was unanimous
  • 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
  • Lanark County plans replacement for historic single-lane Blakeney Bridge
    In a bid to ensure the safety and longevity of the iconic Blakeney Bridge, Lanark County is gearing up for a replacement project. Lanark County is providing the public with an in-person update on the Blakeney Bridge replacement design and schedule, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the Almonte and District Community
  • Three suspects facing many charges after Mississippi Mills drug bust
    OPP report in a media release that officers have seized illicit drugs, fire arms and more, and arrested three people in Mississippi Mills. The East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), assisted by members of the Lanark County OPP, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, Emergency Response Team and Canine Unit executed a search warrant Feb.
  • Belltower work on Almonte’s Dungarvon Building completed, street closures remain in effect
    The Municipality of Mississippi Mills reports in a media release that they recently completed temporary stabilization work on the belltower of 38 Main Street East in Almonte (Dungarvon Building). Now, staff is “undertaking vibration monitoring to determine next steps for modifications to the temporary road closure,” reads the release.   At this time, however, the road
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