• 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
  • ‘Oversubscription of applications’: Smiths Falls community grant recommendations get council nod
    The “oversubscription of applications” made it difficult to allocate funds through the Smiths Falls community grants. Staff will revisit the way in which they allocate those funds to the organizations within the community. There were 38 organizations that requested more than $383,000. Council approved $190,000 – seven were not eligible, while the remaining organizations received
  • ‘Helping others is a great feeling’: Perth library, local couple team up to offer nostalgia-inspired memory kits
    Who can resist indulging in nostalgia about the good old days? For those facing challenges in recollection and forming connections, a Perth couple has devised a method to promote these cherished memories. Ray and Elaine Hook have offered memory kits for borrowing from the library, and the initiative has been well received at The Perth
  • Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears dig for two colossal shootout wins this week in CCHL action
    Two shootout wins in two games have given the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears four points in CCHL action to remain at the top of the Robinson Division; they’re now tied for second place overall with the Cornwall Colts. The Bears are five back of the Navan Grads, who sit atop of the league standings with 60 points.   The
  • Tay Valley man arrested after allegedly pointing handgun during dispute
    Lanark OPP report that a Tay Valley Township resident is facing charges after a dispute led to an incident where a firearm was allegedly pointed. Officers with the Lanark Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and members of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded to a location on Tay Ridge Road shortly after 10
  • Mississippi Mills Public Library brings home provincial awards
    The Mississippi Mills Public Library (MMPL) took home several impressive awards at the annual Public Library Awards gala, held last week in Toronto in conjunction with the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2024. Christine Row, CEO of the MMPL, received the W.J. Robertson Medallion for Public Librarian of the Year. Awarded to a public librarian
  • Film festival offers Eastern Ontario youth over $3,000 in prizes
    Calling all young people aged 10 to 24 with an interest in filmmaking! The MyView Youth Film Festival is gearing up for its 2024 edition, promising an exciting platform for budding filmmakers in Eastern Ontario. Proudly supported by Kemptville’s McGahey Insurance and Grenville Mutual Insurance, the festival offers a $1,000 grand prize to the winning
  • Mississippi Mills participates in ministerial delegations at ROMA conference
    Last week’s Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference was highlighted by two successful ministerial delegations for Mississippi Mills council members and staff. The first delegation took place with the Honourable Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure, regarding acquiring the land and building at 2 Industrial Drive in Almonte. The former Land Registry Office, a 4,750 square
  • Building activity in Rideau Lakes nearly doubled over previous five-year period
    The Township of Rideau Lakes has reported substantial building activity and sustained growth over the past five years, as highlighted in the end-of-year report presented to the council earlier this month. According to the report, a total of 342 homes and cottages received building permits between 2019 and 2023, a significant increase from the 179
  • Carleton Place gears up for transformative roadway improvements: MTO unveils ambitious project for Highways 7 and 15
    The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will begin working on improvements to the intersections of Highways 7 and 15, as well as Highway 7 and McNeely Avenue in Carleton Place. This project is based on a preliminary design and class environmental assessment (EA) study completed in 2020. Aligning with the Town of Carleton Place’s Transportation
  • Smiths Falls Youth Arena gets a jolt with addition of four new EV charging stations
    The Smiths Falls Youth Arena will be the site for four EV charging stations, with a grant application being submitted to help cover up to 75 per cent of the cost. Paul McMunn, the town’s director of public works and utilities, spoke to council on Monday, Jan. 29 during a special committee of the whole
  • Perth mayor to take leave of absence for health reasons
    Perth Mayor Judy Brown has declared a temporary leave of absence due to health reasons, effective immediately. At the council meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, a resolution was passed, granting the mayor temporary leave and designating Deputy Mayor Ed McPherson as acting mayor for the duration of her absence. “I have the best interests
  • New $80,000 cruiser approved for Smiths Falls Police Service
    The Smiths Falls Police Service will get a new 2025 police cruiser for the price of a 2024. Act. Chief Jodi Empey was at a special committee of the whole meeting of Smiths Falls town council on Monday, Jan. 29, where she asked council to approve the purchase of a new fully marked SUV cruiser.
  • Mississippi Mills mayor chairs gender-based violence discussion at ROMA conference
    While at the 2024 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference held last week in Toronto, Mississippi Mills Mayor Christa Lowry chaired a panel discussion on gender based violence. It marked the first time the issue has been discussed at a large convening venue of municipal officials in Ontario. The panel session, Responding to Gender Based
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