• ‘Goes beyond books’: Perth school receives $15,000 literacy grant
    Perth’s The Queen Elizabeth Public School (QES) is the proud recipient of a $15,000 grant from Indigo’s Literacy Fund. The fund’s goal is to enhance reading resources and advance literacy at the school; QES has called their initiative The Literacy Enrichment Project: Bridging Worlds Through Books. A media release from the Upper Canada District School
  • Lanark County duo leads Team Canada in international cornhole championship
    Connor Weiss’ enthusiasm for cornhole is contagious. The bean bag toss game, popular in the United States, is growing in popularity in Canada with Weiss leading the way. He discovered the game at age 12 during a camping trip with family friend Paul VandenDam, and he’s been hooked ever since. Weiss and VandenDam, both Lanark
  • ‘People are in pain’: Why does it take so long to get an appointment for the new MRI machine at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital?
    The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has a new magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI), but for those waiting for scans, it can be a frustrating waiting game. Lanarkist caught up with Michael Cohen, president and chief executive officer at the PDSFH, and asked him about wait times with the new MRI at the Smiths
  • ‘I miss his smile every day’: Mother of Smiths Falls’ Steven Tate issues plea for answers
    Donna Tate, mother of Steven Tate, who was found deceased along Highway 15 on Nov. 8, 2023, has issued a tearful plea for answers in a video released by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on Thursday, June 20. “I miss his smile every day, I miss his hugs every day,” Donna says in the video. “He
  • Here’s what happened at the Tuesday, June 18 meeting of Mississippi Mills council
    During Tuesday night’s meeting, council recognized the 2024 Mississippi Mills Photo Contest winners. A total of 274 photos were submitted in the contest, which ran for the month of May. Council selected 10 finalists with the community voting on their favourites. First prize went to Ryan Donovan, who captured Almonte and the Mississippi River at
  • Perth student awarded $70,000 scholarship from TD’s Community Leadership program
    Clara Misener, a Grade 12 student at Perth & District Collegiate Institute (PDCI), has been awarded a $70,000 scholarship for her university education through the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership program. This prestigious award recognizes Canadian student leaders for their contributions to community change and progress. This year, 20 students across Canada received the scholarship.
  • How will Smiths Falls determine the future of its Youth Arena? Here’s what the feasibility study will look at
    The Town of Smiths Falls has commissioned a study to determine the best way to move forward with its aging youth arena. “These sorts of studies are important when you’re considering how to manage the future of aging infrastructure,” said Director of Community Services Stephanie Clark. “Before we seek to repair something of this magnitude,
  • Bragging rights, welcoming quilts and extreme fire calls: Four take-aways from Smiths Falls’ June 17 committee of the whole
    Here are four take-aways from Smiths Falls’ committee of the whole meeting on June 17, including extreme fire calls, Paddlefest bragging rights and the theatre’s lease agreement request. Fire department kept busy during first half of June During the June 17 Smiths Falls’ committee of the whole meeting, fire Chief Rick Chesebrough said the department
  • Head on collision closes Highway 7 in Sharbot Lake overnight
    Highway 7 near Arden Road, in Sharbot Lake, was closed overnight after a head-on collision fatally injured one person and saw five others transported to hospital with serious injuries. According to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), officers from the Frontenac OPP detachment responded to the report of the collision just after 11:30
  • Changes to conservation authority mapping subject of public information session in Perth on June 20
    South Nation Conservation (SNC), Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) are welcoming public input on updated development policies and wetland mapping used in Conservation Authority permitting. On April 1, 2024, the Government of Ontario replaced individual Conservation Authority Regulations under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act, with Ontario Regulation 41/24:
  • Highway 7 collision near Maberly leads to impaired driving charge, injuries
    A collision on Highway 7 near Maberly led to impaired driving charges early Monday morning. On Monday, June 17, just after 4 a.m., Lanark OPP were called to the scene of the collision, where “an eastbound pick-up truck had crossed the road and struck a rock cut,” police explain in a media release. The driver
  • Toronto driver arrested at scene of two vehicle collision near Sharbot Lake
    A Toronto driver is facing charges after a collision closed Highway 7 near Sharbot Lake over the weekend. According to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the two vehicle collision took place at Highway 7 and McQuaid Road around 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2024. “Two vehicles were travelling westbound on Highway
  • ‘Dangerously hot and humid conditions’ in the forecast for Eastern Ontario this week
    Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for much of Eastern Ontario, including the Quinte region, Lanark County and Leeds and Grenville. The prolonged heat event is expected to begin today (Monday, June 17). “Dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected through most of the week,” reads Environment Canada’s heat warning. Daytime highs through much
  • Wanted man located in Perth, arrested for sexual assault and numerous other charges
    OPP have located and arrested a wanted man they were looking for earlier this week. Police explain in a June 14 media release that arrest warrant had been issued earlier for this individual on numerous outstanding offences. “Officers from the ROPE Squad and Lanark OPP Detachment had been searching the area and successfully located the
  • Demolition process moves ahead for Smiths Falls water treatment plant burned by fire
    The delay of the demolition of the former water treatment plant in Smiths Falls has to do with the salvageable bits. Both the Municipal Heritage Committee and Smiths Falls town council are working on a list of parts they wish to save from the four buildings included in the site eyed for demolition at 25
  • Smiths Falls resident charged after report of suspect ‘popping tires’ at local business
    The report of someone “popping tires” on several vehicles at a business on Mazie Street West in Smiths Falls led to charges of 13 counts of mischief and trespassing for a local resident. In a media release, Lanark OPP explain that their officers responded to the business at around 12:30 a.m. on June 12. “The
  • Two Carleton Place schools to receive millions of dollars in funding to add classroom space
    Two Carleton Place schools are among three schools in the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario that will be receiving millions of dollars in funding from the Ministry of Education’s Capital Priorities Program. The funds will go toward proceeding with construction projects at thre schools, “delivering much-needed additional classroom space for students in the
  • Police looking for suspects after Carleton Place beach, soccer field vandalized
    Lanark OPP are reporting further incidents of vandalism in Carleton Place, and police are hoping the public can provide assistance in tracking down those responsible for “extensive damage” to recreational facilities in town. The OPP’s Media Relations Officer Bill Dickson told Lanarkist that police “can’t speculate on any potential connection” between incidents of vandalism in
  • Swimming barriers, cobra chickens and more: 10 things that happened at this week’s meeting of Smiths Falls council
    Photos by Laurie Weir Here are 10 things you need to know about what happened at the June 10 meeting of Smiths Falls council, including updates on heritage properties and cobra chickens. Healing circle The Indigenous Healing Circle is being created with painted logs and pea gravel laid in the park near the canal off
  • Report of man carrying handgun in Perth leads to weapons charges
    An incident involving a suspected handgun in Perth led to a Lanark Highlands resident being arrested and charged, OPP report in a media release. Just before 3:30 p.m. on June 11, police received word that someone was seen carrying a handgun on Gore Street, near Mill Street. “Officers quickly responded, located the male and determined
  • ‘Very needed’: Shelter Movers Ottawa looking for support from Smiths Falls
    When fleeing from a domestic violence situation, and you need help moving your belongings, Shelter Movers Ottawa has got your back. Ray Eskritt, shelter director, spoke to Smiths Falls council on June 10 to outline what the organization does for its clients, and to gain support from the town as they have been helping Smiths
  • Brockville resident charged with careless driving in collision near Smiths Falls
    A careless driving charge has been laid after a two-vehicle collision that took place early in the morning of Tuesday, June 6 north of Smiths Falls, Lanark OPP report. Police say both vehicles were travelling northbound shortly before 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday; one driver was attempting to turn left onto Sturgess Road when the other
  • Supporters of Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation fill council chambers in support of Station Theatre lease renewal
    After a recent Smiths Falls council request to see what is going on at the Station Theatre before renewing a 10-year lease, the Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation took the opportunity to fill the seats in council chambers on June 10, while their spokesperson touted the virtues of the group and its partnership with the
  • ‘Do not approach’: Police seeking wanted man known to frequent Perth, Smiths Falls
    Lanark County OPP are looking for a suspect who is wanted for numerous offences. In a post to X, police state that Lucas Young, 34, is wanted for sexual assault, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, and unauthorized possession of a firearm. Charges have not been proven in court. Police say Young is
  • Portions of Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail to close next week for surface work
    Three sections of the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT) will be closed for surface work from Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21. Facilities Coordinator Jonathan Allen explained the work is part of a successful funding application approved by the Trans Canada Trail. The sections that will be closed are as follows: “The section of
  • Police investigating vandalism depicting racial slurs, profanity in Carleton Place
    OPP in Carleton Place are looking for suspects following several incidents of offensive graffiti around town. In a June 10 media release, police describe the vandalism as “spray-painted tags and messages, many of them including profanity, racial slurs and other offensive terms.” The incidents were reported at locations around the community on Saturday morning. Police
  • Blakeney Bridge in Mississippi Mills to close from July to December
    Lanark County has announced that Blakeney Bridge in Mississippi Mills will be closed until mid-December starting Tuesday, July 2. The closure is required in order to facilitate its removal, and the installation of the new bridge.  The existing single-lane bridge, which was built in 1915, will be replaced with a two-lane modular bridge with a
  • PAP tests no longer offered by Leeds, Grenville, Lanark health unit
    Beginning Monday, June 10, changes will be in effect regarding sexual health clinic services in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. The health unit explains in a media release that PAP tests will no longer be offered at Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit locations. In addition, the Brockville clinic will no longer have Monday hours,
  • West Nile Virus detected in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area: health unit
    The West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in the South Grenville area, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit reports. In a media release, the health unit says that the virus was found in a bald eagle. “It is unknown if the bird acquired the virus locally or not,” the release says. West
  • OPP provide update as investigation continues into fatal Bobs Lake boat crash
    The tragic collision on Bobs Lake in May, which took the lives of three people, remains under investigation, according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The boat crash, which involved a speed boat and an open-hull fishing boat, occurred just before 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2024, during the Victoria Day long weekend. A