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Le Boat unveils brand new Rideau Canal fleet Smiths Falls - Chris Must editorial@pd gmedia.ca The official unveiling of Le Boat’s Rideau Canal fleet on Feb. 6 marked a momentous day for Smiths Falls, said Mayor Shawn Pankow. Local mayors, town staff, MPP Randy Hillier and representatives from Parks Canada joined Le Boat’s Global Managing Director, Cheryl Brown, to introduce the community to the 16 houseboats that represent “the pride of our fleet.” Custom-built in Poland for the Canadian market, the boats recently arrived at the newly-renovated maintenance facility at 41 Centre Street in Smiths Falls. The international company’s first year of operation in Canada will begin in May. “I want to welcome Le Boat to Smiths Falls and to the whole area,” said Hillier. “Bon voyage. We’re going to have a wonderful time having you here.” Le Boat operates more than 900 boats worldwide, with the waterways of France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, England, Scotland and Ireland as its main markets. “We are the market leader, the biggest company in the world for self-driving boating holidays,” said Brown.

The story of the company’s decision to expand into Canada – and locate its North American headquarters in Smiths Falls – began in January 2015. Brown was representing the company at the New York holiday show when she was approached by Noreen Cartwright, an official with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Brown recalled that Cartwright told her Le Boat has “an amazing product,” and added, “I would love to see your boats on the Rideau Canal.” Intrigued, Brown and members of her team decided to see the canal for themselves, arriving in Ottawa in August 2015, touring the canal and visiting Smiths Falls. “Canada and the Rideau Canal just blew me away,” said Brown. “I was just amazed at how incredible Ottawa was.” Brown couldn’t understand why no other company like hers was operating on the Rideau, but concluded, “There always has to be a first.” Le Boat decided that the Rideau was definitely worth investing in, and opened its North American headquarters at the old Lockmaster’s House in Smiths Falls in September. “It (the Rideau) is a real mecca for anything that’s outdoors,

Mayor Shawn Pankow and Le Boat’s global managing director, Cheryl Brown, helped unveil one of the company’s new fleet of houseboats at a Feb. 6 event. The boats are being stored until the spring at the former Canadian Tire building at 41 Centre St. Photo credit: Chris Must.

and just so beautiful,” Brown said. The company is investing $16 million (Canadian) in order to offer Rideau cruises to clients. Le Boat plans to operate up to 32 boats on the Rideau within five years. The company is already 53 per cent sold for its first season, with 40 per cent of the customers coming from Europe. The 16 boats that are now ready for the 2018 season are two-, threeand four-cabin models. A five-cabin version will arrive in 2019. The

boats are custom built at the Delhia Yachts factory in Poland, and are designed for inexperienced operators. Le Boat provides full training with their base staff so that those using the boats are comfortable and competent. No licence or experience are required to hire one of the company’s houseboats. Noting that the arrival of Le Boat helps achieve two of Smiths Falls’ key strategic objectives – tourism and waterfront development –

Mayor Shawn Pankow said, “This is a monumental day for our community.” A team of VIPs removed the covering from one of the boats at the event to provide the community with a sneak preview. Although guests were unable to go onto the boat, Brown promised that another event will be held in warmer weather. “We’ll see you again in May,” said Pankow.

Tattoo Shops no longer a parent's worst nightmare regional - Matthew Behrens editorial@pd gmedia.ca

Lea Maurice of Carleton Place’s Ink & Iron Tattoo Co. shows off the first of many tattoos that she received at the age of 17. Photo courtesy of Lea Maurice.

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The stereotype of tattoo parlours as seedy joints tucked away in dark alleys has been upended by new-age art shops in Lanark County, catering to a surprisingly wide range of individuals. At Lea Maurice’s Ink & Iron Tattoo Co. in Carleton Place, there’s a relaxing spa feel as visitors aged 18 to 91 groove to a playlist featuring Blue Rodeo and the Tragically Hip. After a spell working in the addictions and mental health field, Maurice looked to where she could exercise her long-held artistic passions. She apprenticed with an Ottawa uncle (who actually gave her her first tattoo at age 17), and then set up her own shop

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in 2015. Maurice says all of her tattoos have special meaning, and so she well understands that many Ink & Iron customers are desiring an image or phrase engraved on their skin “because it reminds them of a significant person or time in their life. It can be very therapeutic, and it’s almost like a counseling session when they tell me their story about why they're getting it. People call it ink therapy for a reason.” She sees a lot of requests for memorial tattoos like exact-copy signatures that read “Love Poppa,” or replicas of a father’s police badge. “It makes them feel like there’s a piece of that person with them,” she adds. Some 90 per cent of Ink & Iron’s

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clientele are women who gravitate to her specialized water-colour styles, and many are repeat visitors who have become friends. Her shop receives an annual health inspection, she uses only disposable equipment, and any new client is engaged in a detailed discussion to ensure that the individual is ready for a permanent change to their body. Queried about the strangest request she’s received, Maurice laughs and says, “I don't think you can put that in the paper,” though she does admit that the second most bizarre ask was for a curse word on an inner lip. Maurice refuses to do swastikas or anything racist, and while she has no trouble helping a long married couple have their respec-

tive names tattooed on one another, she advises against individuals who have only been together for a month from undergoing the same. While 18 is the legal age for individuals to get their own tattoos, Maurice will also consider the well thought out requests of teenagers who come in with their parents. In addition to her tattoo work, Maurice dedicates significant time and resources to ending youth homelessness in Lanark County. As she dreams up new ideas to achieve that goal, Maurice also plans this year to get a tattoo portrait of her grandfather, “who was everything to me. It will be a daily reminder to me of how much I loved him.” continues on page 4

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Letter from our Editor

Fraudsters are testing my spidey sense …And how about those Pee Wee Bears

Within the last month, I’ve almost been the victim of two scams — one via telephone and one via email. The first one was when I got a call from “Bell” letting me know about a new promotion. It sounded good — not too good to be true — but really good. I figured since the big three service providers have been at battle over who can offer the best plan for the lowest price on smartphone plans, Bell was upping the ante and extending the deals to landline customers. What made me pause was when the customer service rep on the other end asked me three times that I did in fact want to go ahead with this deal, and then transferred me to a manager who

then again asked me about it. I worked in a call centre once — one that was less than legit, although I didn’t realize it until it was too late — and that was a tactic we used. Get the person to agree, the manager closes the deal. When I thought something was fishy, I asked him to prove to me that this was Bell. Without missing a beat this person gave me his direct phone number. Then he asked for my address and account number. When I asked why he didn’t have this info, after all I am an existing client, he said he would get it from the accounts department and asked me to hold. One minute later, he tells me that the accounts line is busy, can I just give it to him? While I was on hold, I Googled the number he gave me. Turns out it’s been linked to a shady U.S. call centre and flagged for bogus calls. The second time I almost became a fraud victim was when I got a email from Ap-

ple letting me know my ID was being used on an iPad. It suggested that if I didn’t just log in from an iPad to change my password ASAP because ID may have been compromised. I clicked on the link provided. It looked so legit. And when I did, it asked me to confirm my name, email, my address and my social insurance number (SIN). What? Why does Apple need my SIN? Then I looked closely at the link. It said Apple in it but had way too many .fghghtc.vgggjjhj to be real. I want to think that I am not the target demographic for these fraudsters but, apparently I am. These people have learned and have evolved. These scams are no longer so obvious that only a luddite or half-wit would get caught up in it. Be wary and listen to your spidey sense. On another note, you know what is legit? These Pee Wee Bears we have here in Smiths Falls. This group of kids is working hard to prove they are worthy of the Good Deeds Cup — a “cup” that has a $15,000 reward for their charity of choice. (If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, flip to page 7 or check out hometownnews.ca). This endeavour to go above and beyond to help others shows not just the competitive and giving spirit of these kids, but the values being taught to them by their parents, coaches and mentors. No matter where these Bears end up in this competition, this experience will be one they remember throughout their lives. Hopefully it will guide them in their decision making and make them think twice about the things they have, throw away and how they can help others in the future. Kudos to the coaches and parents for taking on an initiative that is well beyond their “hockey duties,” all in the name of kindness. #HomeTownProud. Cheers, April Scott-Clarke, Editor, Hometown News

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Lombardy Agricultural Society announces winner of the $4,000 vacation voucher

On Sunday, Dec. 31 Lombardy Agricultural Society committee members and families enjoyed a potluck brunch where the winning ticket of the Vacation Voucher worth $4000 was drawn. Only 750 tickets were available for purchase for $20 each. Shown here is President Melanie Chisholm drawing the winning ticket. Congratulations to Brenda Jansen of Long Sault! Photo submitted.

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Carleton Place resident calls for mayor's resignation

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People First of Lanark County founder and Carleton Place resident Kory Earle held a formal press conference on Jan. 29 to deliver remarks concerning the Jan. 26 release of a municipal integrity commissioner's report regarding Mayor Louis Antonakos. Robert J. Swayze, Integ-

rity Commissioner for the Town of Carleton Place, found that the mayor contravened the Council Code of Conduct in his joint report on three different complaints filed by former town mayor Paul Dulmage, current councillor Brian Doucett, and Earle. That report is available on the municipal website attached to the Jan. 30 council meeting agenda. Dulmage complained

that Mayor Antonakos disrespected him publicly in a Facebook post by stating that he (Dulmage) had been dishonoured, and Doucett alleged that the mayor released a confidential report that was considered in a 2010 closed or in-camera session of council. Earle's submission to the Integrity Commissioner related to issues of being bullied, intimidated and being called a liar.

Rescued finches almost ready for permanent homes

Swayze determined that the mayor failed to “treat members of the public with dignity, understanding, and respect” and exhibited discreditable conduct towards Dulmage and Earle. He also found that mayor committed a serious violation of both the Code and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in response to Councillor Doucett filings regarding the released 2010 report. Council will discuss the commissioner's report at their Jan 30 meeting. An emotional Earle read from a prepared statement to a room filled with supporters and family, indicating that he felt it was his responsibility to file his complaint as a resident of Carleton Place and as a

member of an organization that stands for and promotes a “Canada that values diversity; and honours, respects and includes all its citizens.” He indicated that he feared running into Mayor Antonakos after a series of confrontations that occurred between 2010 and 2017 that came to a head when the mayor took exception with Earle's choice of Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn as council's spokesperson at an annual People First fundraiser and awareness campaign. He went on to add that the mayor had called him a liar in public (in front of a witness) and that his phone answering machine had recorded several rude voicemails from the mayor. He stated that he had under-

gone counselling as a result of his experiences. He called for the mayor to resign immediately during the conclusion of his remarks. “If the mayor refuses to step down, I call on him to publicly apologize and to take sensitivity training. Town Council should treat the three complains separately in determining the penalties to assess,” he said. Earle expressed his thanks to his family, People First, members of town council (Councillors Black, Fritz, and Redmond were in attendance at the release), and friends and community residents who have spoken to him in support. Read more on this story on our website at www. hometownnews.ca

Perth’s proposed 2018 budget gets thumbs up from council Perth - Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Photo submitted by Laura Woodward-Gale

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Smiths Falls - Janelle Labelle editorial@pdgmedia.ca Feathered Haven Parrot Rescue in Smiths Falls typically rescues birds one at a time. Early in January, however, they found themselves tasked with the rescue of over 100 birds in one fell swoop. Jill Woods, who runs Feathered Haven Parrot Rescue was contacted by family members of the birds' owner. The owner had been evicted from her Kanata home and was no longer able to care for the many birds left behind. Woods put out a call for volunteers and they answered. "We were very fortunate to have so much willing, qualified help on hand: vet technicians were on site and volunteers familiar with avian rescue," she says. The birds, 106 finches and two canaries, were transported to Feathered Haven Parrot Rescue where they were kept in quarantine until they were tested by a veterinarian and cleared to be

released into foster homes. Dr. Paul O'Neill, a board certified avian veterinarian with Island City Animal Hospital in Brockville, is continuing to oversee their care. He is impressed with the quality of care the birds have received since their rescue, crediting the volunteer team with doing "an amazing job." The birds have been diagnosed with coccidiosis, a parasitical infection, and are currently undergoing treatment for that. Four volunteers have stepped in to foster the birds during their testing and vetting, but once the birds have a clear bill of health, Woods will be looking for permanent homes for them. They should be able to be adopted by midto-late February. Of her own role in the rescue, Woods is modest. "You do what you need to do,” she says. “Rescue is not about any fame or glory, simply about being a clean-up crew to others' mistakes, no matter what the reason, and doing what needs to be done."

She turns the spotlight on the many volunteers and donors who have assisted in the birds' rescue and now in their continuing care, taking them to vet appointments, bringing food, toys, setting up cages, etc. “It’s just been incredible,” she says. “A community effort for sure.” A bake sale was held at Laura Jane's Pet Food and Supplies in Perth, raising over $270 for the birds' vet bills. Carson’s Creations sold paintings alongside the bake sale and donated a portion of sales as well. Woods notes that this story has spread beyond the community and generous strangers are reaching out from all over. "We have had offers of help from people in Toronto. We received financial donations from all across Canada, some from the U.S., and even one donation from a gentleman in Germany who wanted to help." Woods explains that finches are friendly birds, but this group is especially so. "You can tell they are used to interacting with humans," Woods says. "They're really lovely, really sweet birds." Feathered Haven Bird Rescue is still gratefully welcoming any donations of finch toys or food, and any financial support for the vet bills. "No donation is too small to help," Woods smiles. "Every dollar is a valuable dollar." Anyone wanting to donate online may do so via Paypal; the account is JillAWoods@aol. com.

Perth councillors and department heads, along with media, spent four hours Friday walking through Treasurer Lang Britchford’s proposed 2018 budget of $7.2 million. In the end, it was given a thumbs-up with a two per cent increase and will be passed at council Feb. 20. Mayor John Fenik noted that “13 years ago the town was in significant financial peril. We spent $1 million more than we took in. This year, we are at, or below, the annual consumer price index (CPI) rate. We can continue to do this through innovation leading to positive change.” Included in the budget is a wage increase for town staff of 1.5 per cent, which is lower than average. The “general turnover” shows mature staff leaving at the top of the pay scale and newer staff coming on at a lower pay scale. Other items of note in the budget are as follows:  the BIA shows “healthy growth and expansion;”  the library needs roof repair;  2 per cent water increase (the first since 2011); and  no change in the budget of the Police Services Board (PSB). Britchford noted that the PSB applied for and received two grants - a $260,000 policing effectiveness and modernization grant, and a $250,000 proceeds of crime grant. During the presentation, Councillor Jim Boldt asked why the cost of healthcare was up by 26

per cent. Britchford replied that Perth is dealing with an older population that is more dependent on healthcare and drugs as they age. He assured Boldt that no one is abusing the system “but there are some expensive drugs to deal with. It’s in line with the national average.” Mayor Fenik agreed. “The increase is not specific to Perth; every municipality sees this increase.” There was also some discussion about vehicle charging stations. Councillor Boldt asked “who pays?” as the capital cost to the town to install one is $28,000. Mayor Fenik’s opinion was that “the internal combustion engine is on the way out” and that there was an “economic spin-off ” i.e. those who stop in Perth and use the charging station will be spending in town. Britchford commented that a future possibility would be to add a charge to the charging stations. Major financial and sustainability goals include: managing the obligation

under Ontario’s Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act;  committing to build a reserve capacity;  completing outstanding 2017 capital projects;  completing automation of the water treatment plan; and  making asset management the town’s key operational project for 2018. The budget projects capital spending will be $11,013,127 with $1.2 million contributed to tax reserves. The treasurer wanted it noted that “staff has been successful at securing external grant funding, which allows capital to be completed while minimizing the impact to both tax and rate payers.” At the end of the deliberations, Mayor Fenik noted that historically a motion is made to adjourn and that name is noted in the minutes. As this is Lang Britchford’s last budget (he’s retiring this year), Fenik suggested Britchford motion to adjourn. He did.

Treasurer Lang Britchford presented his last budget in council chambers Friday, Jan. 26. Photo credit: Sally Smith.


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Tattoo Shops no longer a parent's worst nightmare

Curtis Wan of For the Love of Ink clearly enjoys his work as a successful Perth tattoo artist for over 12 years. Photo courtesy of Curtis Wan.

regional - Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Continued from page 1 That love of tattoos is also celebrated further west in Perth, where a former hi-tech engineer, decided on a career change. Curtis Wan has run For the Love of Ink for a dozen years. He has a similarly large female clientele (75 per cent) and the majority of guests are aged 25 to 35. “It’s one of the few ways we can truly customize ourselves,” he explains of the tattoo attraction. “A majority of it is showing the inside on the outside, what our feelings and character are, and it's a very

addictive thing. Your brain releases a lot of endorphins when you get tattooed, and anyone who comes in and tells me, ‘This is the only tattoo I am getting,’ is often in two weeks later getting another.” Like Maurice, Wan says that he learns a lot about people, especially when he is doing a tattoo that can take up to seven hours (his longest booking ran 14 hours). He too refuses to do anything racist, hate-filled, or demeaning. Wan says he won't judge people as long as their requests fall within his moral guidelines. He also is careful about

where he puts tattoos on people. For example, if an individual does not already have tattoos on their neck or hands (necks are the most commonly requested area for tattoo removal) he won't provide one in those areas. “I get lost in the art when I’m doing it,” Wan says of his successful career switch. “Taking a piece of art and putting it on someone’s body and seeing them smile, or doing a memorial tattoo and they're crying at the end? That’s really rewarding for me.” Wan’s passion for art has taken him around the world, from Italy’s Vatican to Chinese Buddhist temples. He says seeing some of the world’s most famous artworks has inspired his daily practice. Like Maurice, he is also deeply involved in the community, having raised and donated over $25,000 for animal shelters and other local fundraisers. As for those old negative tattoo stereotypes? Wan says he has seen dramatic changes in the business, from people wanting only tiny images inked on them to seeking whole arms done, including doctors and lawyers. “The stigmas are not even close to where they were 10 years ago.”

New group forms to help promote Smiths Falls businesses

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A new group of Smiths Falls business owners is hoping to ramp up the promotion of local shopping to residents and tourists alike as the town faces a number of significant challenges and opportunities, from the redevelopment of Beckwith Street to the arrival of international tourism firm Le Boat. For C’est Tout Bakery owner Amy Rensby, this new group simply called the Smiths Falls Business Owners Association, provides a space to deal with practical issues that can fall through the cracks when groups like the local chamber of commerce or downtown business association (DBA) are busy tackling policy issues on the legislative front. Whether that’s ensuring proper signage is in place redirecting potential customers snarled by explanation-free construction blockages or recalibrating the currently lopsided service/retail mix in the downtown core, group members believe their daily “boots on the ground” experience and feedback will add a valuable voice to civic discussions. Rensby says she was inspired to help reinvigorate the voices of business owners as someone who, despite operating for two years with a main street storefront presence, meets customers daily who did not know she was there.

“We really need to advance the visibility of who's here in town, to share and promote more holistically the end-toend service offerings that exist here.” The arrival of Le Boat – which will welcome international tourists to Smiths Falls as the starting point for Rideau Canal journeys lasting at least a week – served as a spark for Rensby and others to ask how they can best meet the needs of visitors. “How do we put our best foot forward and not find ourselves behind the eight ball?” she asks, suggesting that a coordinated effort is required to not only market what's available to walk-in tourists, but to also ensure the proper infrastructure will be in place to meet all of their requirements. “How do we understand what they’re looking for?” Rensby asks. “For example, food providers are looking at how we can offer grocery boxes for boaters just off a plane from Europe. If you sell shoes, does this mean you start stocking more product like deck footwear?” Rensby says her group could also assist with education for business owners dealing with the inevitable surprises arising from international visitors. Last summer, a group of 140 German tourists came to Smiths Falls as part of a daytrip when their cruise ship was docked in Kingston. Having travelled extensively,

Rensby knew that Germans consider tipping in restaurants offensive, but those unfamiliar with such different customs might react negatively if they're not properly prepared. “How do we cater to and understand those cultural differences so we can adapt?” she asks. Group members are quick to point out that they do not wish to step on any toes or duplicate work already being done by the chamber or the DBA. “Our objective is to focus on a few priority issues each year” that are more likely to complement the work of other groups, Rensby says. One priority is addressing the Beckwith Street construction period as well as proposed redevelopment designs. While local residents debate angled versus parallel parking, Rensby and others are keeping an eye on how to make the design more supportive to downtown businesses while also accommodating tourism infrastructure. She points to the rapid growth of cycling tours and, hence, the critical need for a bike lane on Beckwith Street. “A lot of us are saying if we dig up the street and no one can access it for one or two summers, we need to see something significantly different out our windows that is visually appealing, that encourages more foot traffic,” Rensby says. “We want people to ‘Come Wander,’ which is the Lanark County tourism theme.”

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Heritage Week at the Heritage House Museum

Join the museum for a presentation on “The History of Slavery Along the St. Lawrence” with local writer, Jennifer DeBruin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 .

February 11

Friends of the Library Trivia Challenge

At the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion at 1:30 p.m. Info: 613-283-2911 or www.filmnightinternational.blogspot.com

February 12

Paint Evening

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, come join fellow artists for a fun Paint Evening hosted by the Smiths Falls & District Arts and Culture Council. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased at The Rideau Candy Shoppe at 20 Russell St. The event is taking place at Fort Hemlock from 7 to 9 p.m. All proceeds go to the Smiths Falls & District Arts and Culture Council Bursary Fund. Food and beverages are extra.

The film Wonder is being shown at the Station Theatre. 7 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door. www.smithsfallstheatre.com/movies

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Film Night International

At the Station Theatre, screening Meditation Park. Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $10, at the library or at the door. Info: 613-283-2911 or www.filmnightinternational.blogspot.com

February 24

Heritage Week at the Heritage House Museum

The Museum hosts Anita Dworshak ‎ for a Pure Goat Milk Soap workshop 1-4pm for $40 per person. For more information on any Heritage Week programming or to register call: 613-283-6311.

February 23-25

Smiths Falls Community Theatre

February 16 & 17 Movie Night

February 22

Enjoy the start of our season with Rumors, a hilarious American farce by Neil Simon, at the Station Theatre, 53 Victoria Ave. Info: 613-283-0300 or www.smithsfallstheatre.com

Seeking Musicians! Call for Musicians to participate in the On the Roll Live Music Series for 2018 in Smiths Falls. If you are a musician or performer, please send us your information to be included in a roster of performers who may be selected for events. Email ibron@smithsfalls.ca

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community Growth on the agenda for Merrickville-Wolford Community Fund Regional - April Scott-Clarke editorial@pdgmedia.ca

Ann Martin, a staple in the Merrickville volunteer community, wants to ensure that the community she loves is well taken care of and lives on long after

she is gone. This sense of community and philanthropy is the incentive behind creating the Merrickville-Wolford Community Fund (MWCF). Community funds are broad-based, volunteer-driven and locally fo-

cused organizations. The primary purpose is to provide and manage an endowment fund. The vision for the MWCF, like others, is to work collaboratively with community and special interests groups and provide funding for proj-

ects that will benefit the community at large. “I’m interested in paying it forward. I support worthy causes in Merrickville-Wolford, but I want to make a lasting impact in the community,” explains Martin. “By contributing to an endowment fund I know that my donation will live on. It’s being able to give back.” The MWCF is in its infancy but is growing quickly. It was founded in January 2017 and got off to a successful start by securing $10,000 of funding through the Canada 150 program. The money was used this past summer to fund Canada 150 events throughout the village.

Thanks to donations made through events such as the annual Village Chef night series, the fund is getting richer. The opening night of the Merrickville culinary event was on Jan. 17 and raised $2,000 for the fund. With that, the fund sits at just over $5,000. Martin says the goal is to be in a position to start granting money by 2018. Currently the steering committee is made up of Martin and another local volunteer Dan Black. The two hope that this year the committee will grow not only monetarily but also in manpower, “We are looking for people to sit on the board and decided how to

grow the fund and make the decisions,” she says. And that is the real benefit of a community fund. “The people in the community are making the decisions. It is money for the community managed by the community,” she says. A public information session is being planned for April 2018 to explain the community fund model and hopefully recruit like-minded volunteers. If people want to get more information before then or get involved, they are encouraged to contact the fund via email at mwcommfund@gmail.com and follow the MWCF’s Facebook page.

Carleton Place Winter Carnival

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The opening night of the 8th Village Chef season at Mainstreet Family Restaurant in Merrickville raised $2,000 for the Merrickville-Wolford Community Fund. Photo credit: April Scott-Clarke.

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by Carrie Wynne

Am I the only one? Breaking the silence

Well-behaved women seldom make history ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich This bumper sticker gained wide popularity in the 1970s and has come around again to invite us all to speak up about sexual stereotypes and discrimination. I’d say it’s about time if it means a safer and more equal world for our daughters and grand-daughters. Over the past few decades, thanks to responsible parenting, good strong role models and whistleblowers we have experienced many great strides. This recent movement in Hollywood about breaking the silence offers all women another layer of protection against sexual harassment, misconduct and assault. I’m excited about that. There are plenty of good men to celebrate and bad men we

need to stop. Many people still sit on the sidelines that care, but not enough to uncross their arms and start waving them in the air to show gratitude. I get that. We can’t care about everything. But for every sexist remark you let slide it marginalizes the progress being made by courageous women who have stuck their necks out for the safety and fair treatment of your daughters and grand-daughters. The least you can offer them is a little support. I’m against censorship and political correctness that’s suffocates our free speech, but my alliance must be with these women who were brave enough to come forward and start these conversations. If that makes me a feminist well, okay then. When an underground system starts leaking people are going to get wet. Snakes will squirm. That’s what snakes do when you run over them. History is being made and ordinary women can contribute. We’re supporting a movement for

safer workplaces and respectful inclusive treatment. Our girls won’t feel inferior or be paid less money than their male counterparts for doing the same job. If they’re assaulted, coerced or manipulated there will be a system behind her to bring the matter to justice. Society will finally get that "no means no" is not up for debate and that victim blaming is not okay. Time is up on the silence and I love how eventually everything catches up to people. It’s dirty work but so is injustice. I’ve asked myself this question about a thousand times and have never found an answer that satisfies me. “How do we get people to care?” You don’t. People have no clue until it happens to them. This movement is creating a better era for women and that’s something our generation can be proud. Don’t let apathy be your response. Am I The Only One?

On Feb.24, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m enjoy a little break from the winter blahs at Riverside Park in Carleton Place. “We are excited to once again bring the Winter Carnival back to Carleton Place for the sixth straight year,” says volunteer committee member Shannon O’Neill. “Chilly’s choice of theme this year is tropical vacation and will help bring us out of the winter blues and enjoy all that Carleton Place has to offer. While it won’t be sunny and hot weather, it’s always fun to pretend we are on a beach.” On the agenda are coconut bowling, flamingo ring toss and the ever popular tug of war. Inside the canoe club, families can enjoy a Reptiles of the World Show at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. hosted by Little Rays Reptiles. The Parrot Partners are inside from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. with a troupe of feathered friends and there is also face painting from 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Crafts with Christina will be held from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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The Carleton Place High School will host the Merchant Market all day showcasing over 30 local artisans, products and services. Throughout the day there will also be mascot appearances, a meet and greet and storytime with Moana, and live performances by the Nepean Panharmonic Steel Band and Junkyard Symphony. "Now in its sixth year, the Carleton Place Winter Carnival is an example of what dedicated community members can accomplish with the best interests of their community at heart,” says Mayor Louis Antonakos. “This event was created and continues to be powered by volunteers. We are so fortunate as a community

to enjoy the fruits of these labours every February as families gather together to have a free day of fun.” O’Neill wanted to acknowledge how important the sponsors are to this event but the volunteers. “We are a committed volunteer committee, but the Carleton Place Winter Carnival wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of our town, sponsors, local businesses, volunteers and of courses the residents!” So mark your calendars and come out to enjoy a free day of family fun on Feb.24 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Riverside Park. More information is available on the carnival website at www.cpwintercarnival.com or follow them on Facebook.


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community

Skate The Lake on Family Day weekend Regional - Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca Excitement is building for the 15th Annual Skate the Lake on the Big Rideau, the largest lake on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year on the Family Day Weekend, (Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th), the ice resurfacer will be making ‘the rounds’ to ensure that the world class oval will be ready for both international competitive skaters and recreational skaters who just want to have fun. After the Opening Ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. and greetings from the Dutch Ambassador, Henk van der Zwan, for the first time in the history of Skate the Lake, 60 skaters from The Netherlands, along with local and North American skaters will participate in a 100k timed race. On Sunday, there are 5, 10, 25, 50 and 5 x 1k races and for chil-

dren under 12, a 5k race. Registration is required for these events and further information about registration fees and start times can be found on the Skate the Lake website www.skatethelakeportland.com. Other activities include an Ice Stock demo (a winter sport similar to curling), youth curling and a children’s skating area. You can warm yourself around a bonfire, take a horse-drawn wagon ride or grab a bite; Snert (a Dutch pea soup), Skate Tails, chili, hot chocolate and cider or, you can shop at the Portland Outdoors Boutique. After the races, everyone can skate to music. “We are honoured to host this large contingent of Dutch skaters who are coming to Portland for the first of three skating events in Canada,” says Marco Smits, a speed skater himself and co-founder of Skate The Lake. “It will be incredible to watch as

they do 40 laps of the oval, a distance equivalent to a round trip skate to Kingston”. Skate The Lake is not just about outdoor winter sports. There will be a tasty home-cooked meal at the Community Hall on Saturday night starting at 5 p.m. and on Sunday after dusk, fireworks will light up the skies. “It will be a great weekend and we look forward to welcoming people to this wonderful event,” volunteer Ken Maxwell adds, “Even if you don’t skate, there will be lots to see and do. Skate the Lake that Rick Mercer skated.” https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=3qGl5f4_4w Portland is located less than an hour north of Kingston and just over an hour south of Ottawa. To register: registration@portlandoutdoors. com Dinner Tickets: Connie Cochran connie.co-

Perth Inside Out: by Terry O'Hearn

The Table reaps banquet from Polar Bear Plunge

Ramsey Hart does not covet a corner office in an ivory tower. The Executive Director of The Table Community Food Centre works in a small space just off the kitchen at The Table building on Gore Street in Perth, where he can mingle with the staff and use his handson approach to running the facility. He led an enthusiastic team to a record-setting year, as recipient of the funds raised at the 2018 Perth Polar Bear Plunge (PPBP) on New Year’s Day. The group managed to raise more than $32,000, bringing the running total $307,216 since the inception of the Perth event in 1994. Hart embraces the PPBP as another of Perth’s great community events. “It brings people from many walks of life together for a unique experience, whether

as plungers, donors, volunteers or observers.” He went on to say that “the success of The Table's efforts is thanks to the plungers who gathered pledges ranging from $2 to $1,000. The commitment from the plungers to solicit donations and the positive response from the community shows how supportive the community is of The Table’s programs.” Their committee also made good use of online fundraising, Hart explained, and they shared information about the event through social media. “Our polar bear ‘memes’ were very popular.” “As with everything we do, the plunge was a collaboration between our staff and community volunteers,” he continued. “Twenty volunteers provided essential help the day-of from preparing breakfast to taking registrations and handing plungers their towels as they exited the water.” The Table was known as the Perth and District Food Bank until the year 2012, and their website www. thetablecfc.org explains

that the organization has always provided food access services to low-income people in Perth and area. “But we had a vision. We wanted to continue to meet the immediate need for food but we wanted to provide more fresh, whole and nutritious food. We also wanted to harness the power of food to make this a healthier, stronger, more just and inclusive community. “The Table’s mission is to foster a community that collaborates and empowers each other to improve access to healthy food, improve food skills and food literacy, advocate for individual well-being, and educate, engage and advocate on social policies to address food insecurity and poverty.” After a brief holiday break, Hart says the organization will be gearing up again for the many 2018 programs. Some of the programs are the after-school program winter/spring session; seniors gentle fit; a seniors’ food and fitness program; Cooking with Cents; Flavours From Your Neighbours; monthly drop

chran@bell.net (613) 2726747 Media Contacts: Marcia Maxwell marcia@maxwellenterprises. ca (416) 707-9931 Ken Maxwell ken@easternontariodocksandmarine. com (613) 207-1950 Tom Belton tgbelton@gmail. com (613) 359-5430.

Kenya Help recieves $1,200 cheque from theatre fundraiser

Nancy Stevens, founder of Kenya Help, a charity that helps children in Ngong, Kenya, spoke emotionally on Jan. 24 describing the plight of boys in Ngong. An evening fundraiser at The Station Theatre brought her a cheque for $1,200. She told the audience that would provide 133,333 litres of clean water for

the boys. Hopefully it would last to the end of the year, she added. Last year, money raised at the fundraiser, went to girl empowerment. The new Smiths Falls Shout Sister choir, directed by Sandy Bradley, made its debut at the fundraiser as the opening act for the Brockville Shout Sister choir.

Choir members from Picton and Kingston also arrived for the evening. Georgette Fry, founder of the Shout Sister choirs, and recipient last year of the Governor General Meritorious Service award, sang out the evening with one of her favourite songs, Leonard Cohen’s Anthem. Photo credit: Ron McKay.

in cooking; and food literacy sessions with youth centres and schools. Those are in addition to the core ongoing programs: The Good Food Bank, Community Meals, Advocacy Office, and Community Action Network. The funds raised during the PPBP event will go a long way in providing a boost to 2018 fundraising efforts. Hart stated that the Table “will use the funds to

support our core programs and increase the balance in our endowment fund which we are growing to provide an ongoing sustainable source of independent revenue for The Table.” Hart says “a big thank you to the firefighters and paramedics is necessary. Also to the local media: Lake 88, Hometown News and EMC, for their help getting the word out.” The PPBP committee,

who are all Legion members, “is to be commended for facilitating the event every year and providing this opportunity to diverse community groups. Thank you to all,” he finished. Indeed, another example of Perth’s reputation for staging events that bring people from far and wide, year after year. Readers, if you have any comments or suggestions, please email me at: terry@pdgmedia.ca

The Table CFC Executive Director Ramsey Hart and Community Chef Judy Dempsey, are shown in their “natural habitat”, the kitchen. Photo credit: Terry O’Hearn.


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lifestyle 4th Annual Homan/Hogan Charity Open Cash Spiel For

Smiths Falls Curling club gets its Curl ON in time for benefit bonspiel

cused on improving rock delivery, throwing weights and sweeping techniques. After lunch, instructor Don McFaul lead a lively discussion on various shot strategies and outcomes. He emphasized, "Communication is the key to a successful game at any

level of play." All participants came away from the clinics with valuable tips and resources to improve their curling game. Currently the focus at the club is preparation for the fourth annual Homan/ Hogan Charity Open Cash Spiel. To date this event, sponsored by Andress' Your Independent Grocer and 4 Degrees Brewing Company, has raised over $23,000 dollars for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. The three day event, Feb. 23 to Feb. 25 has two divisions. The "Friendly Flight" is for once a year curlers and friends. The "Competitive Flight" for regular season curlers. The entry deadline is Feb. 12, 2018. For more information and times, visit the club in person, call 613 283 4700 , or see the website https:// curlingsquash.ca/.

ing this volunteer work in their bid to qualify for the Good Deeds Cup. The team’s submission was chosen for the top 10 in the contest from among 136 videos sent in from across Canada, Hughes

told councillors. The Bears will find out if they have won the cup live on TSN on the evening of Feb. 26. “Get it!” said Councillor Lorraine Allen. “We’ll be there to help you.”

Fri. Feb. 23-Sun. Feb. 25, 2018

Open Spiel

24 Teams, 2 Games Guaranteed Hearty Lunch Saturday & Sunday

Draw Times

Friday, Feb. 23 7PM Friendly Flight (Once a year curlers and friends)

Saturday, Feb 24, 9AM Competitive Flight (Regular season Curlers)

11AM Competitive Flight (Regular season Curlers)

Prize Money

$2500.00 Total

Cost

$200.00 per Team (Entry Deadline: Feb. 12, 2018) Photo submitted.

Registration Form

Skip’s Name___________________________________ Home Club________________ Ph # _______________ Preferred Draw ____________ Email ______________ Make cheques Payable to: Smiths Falls Curling Club c/o Ann McGahey, Box 84,13 Old Slys Rd, Smiths Falls, On K7A4S9

Pee Wee Bears to host outdoor community party as last good deed

Smiths Falls - Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca On Saturday, Jan. 27 the Smiths Falls Curling club members reaped one of the benefits of their Curl ON membership, with two Curl ON clinics being held at the club. The onice morning session fo-

Photo credit: Chris Must.

Smiths Falls - Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Who are the most famous people in Smiths Falls? Right now, according to Mayor Shawn Pankow, it’s probably the members of the Smiths Falls Pee Wee Bears team. Having recently learned that they had been chosen as one of the three finalists in the running to win the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, the team and its coaches came to a Feb. 5 council meeting to drum up more local support for their bid to win the cup – and a possible $15,000 for

their charity of choice. “You guys are probably more famous than anyone in this community besides Brooke and Brittany (Henderson,)” said Mayor Shawn Pankow. The Bears are planning to host a major outdoor barbecue and food drive at the outdoor Gerry Lowe Rink on the afternoon of Feb. 17, and are hoping to attract as many as 1,000 participants. “What we have to prove to Chevrolet is that we have had an impact on our community, and that we have created community engagement,” said team

manager Tina Hughes. “We are hoping it will be a sea of yellow and black.” A drone will be used to film the event, and that video will be key to the team’s final push to win the cup. The team’s colours will also adorn parking meters downtown, with council’s approval. The town will also provide the team with a $500 grant to cover their expenses for the event. Hughes invited councillors and town staff to join forces to “go out and do your own good deed as a team.” The team, made up of 14

Photo credit: Chris Must.

boys and one girl aged 11 and 12, chose the Salvation Army as their favourite charity. They helped collect food, serve meals and man fundraising kettles. They produced a one-minute video describ-


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special feature

Health Matters

By Dr. Mark Czubak and Dr. Frazer Smith

The link between social media, loneliness and how to break it

The idea that we now have more people than ever who describe themselves as lonely has become the topic of a great deal of international research. Having a degree of familiarity with the writings on this topic and their importance, we feel it is a very relevant topic to open a conversation about. A series of studies over the last five years finds a growing body of evidence that links loneliness to a significant increase in health conditions ranging from depression, cognitive decline, to heart disease and stroke. In fact, psychologists have found that loneliness, social isolation, poor quality relationships, and living alone all contribute significantly more to the risk of early death than obesity. Specific numbers regarding how many of us feel more lonely depend largely, and not surprisingly, on what we are measuring. The results of the statistic depend on the question that was asked. In the USA, Duke University released a study in 2006 that noted the number of Americans who felt they had “no close confidants” tripled from 1985 to 2004. European statistics measure things differently, and paint a picture of approximately 7 per cent to 10 per cent of the population saying “yes” they feeling subjectively lonely. We suggest that, by our unscientific observation in serving and listening closely to our community over 20 years, that a number of 20 per cent would be reasonable for our region. A recent Scientific American article defines loneliness as “perceived social isolation and the experience of being cut off from others.” Emotions help us gauge, perceive and hopefully adapt to change. Thus we can ask, is there any benefit to feeling lonely? Recently, neuroscientist John Cacioppo proposed a new evolutionary theory that is gaining support. He suggests that humans have an inherent motivation to stay connected to others in order to feel safe. When we feel disconnected from others we feel threatened. This increases the physiological stress response (fight or flight) in our body which activates our innate survival mechanism. Ca-

cioppo states that when a lonely person adapts and finds a new way to reconnect, the physical effect of loneliness are reversed. But, when efforts to reform social connections constantly fail, people stay hyperaware and mistrustful. Sustained stress can directly contribute to disease in our body. Age and loneliness Age matters. The phases of maturing and aging can bring on more loneliness, and studies show a peak at ages 30 and over 60. Thus, being married or sharing a home helps, as does regular employment. Social isolation can arise from losing a spouse or with failing health and mobility, especially in seniors. Yet simply living alone, falling marriage rates, declining volunteerism, declining church attendance and excessive reliance on social media are important factors tilting us towards loneliness in the mid-age group. Other factors are considered more universal predictors of feeling lonely at any age, namely the number of friends we engage with personally, not on the web, and the frequency of contacts. The disconnect of social media Here lies the allure of the smartphone and the false sense of connection it provides. Sean Parker, ex-president of Facebook, recently admitted that this social media app itself was designed specifically to hook users by exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology. This being the reality that when our brain expects a reward, a “like”, a “wave” or obtains new knowledge it releases a spurt of dopamine, a powerful neurochemical. A former vice-president of user growth at Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya, now travels to universities and speaks on this very topic. He notes, “short-term dopamine driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works.” Forward thinking corporations like the TD Bank in Toronto now carry signs in the lobby that state, “Disconnect to reconnect” and “Put your phone down and be present”. “Put your phone down and be present” We lunp Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our favourite headline news

feeds together as social media, yet the name is a misnomer. Social media often creates more feelings of disconnect and loneliness. Some of this in part is due to the fact that sites like Facebook contribute to social isolation as people compare their lives to the personal highlight reels of others rather than the reality of daily ups and downs. Leading minds now accept that the smartphone has made us worse at being alone and worse at being together, as well researched and phrased by Globe reporter Eric Andrew-Gee. Alleviate loneliness in children No one suffers more from this than our kids. Our biggest thrust and effort should be in alleviating loneliness in children. The reasons are many (and beyond the scope of this article), yet things like inadequate social skills, inability to handle and adapt to change, negative views of themselves, negative self-talk, are all clinical terms that can be thrown around. Let’s remember that these skills require patience and love and trust to develop wholly in our upcoming generation. In a 2010 studies by Rotenburg found a strong link that low trust issues cause or maintain loneliness in all ages under 21. Lonely children have a high risk of developing depression and mental health concerns in their adolescent an adult years. We have learned that in fact being “connected” to everyone all the time makes us less attentive to those we care about the most. With parenting, this can cause emotional harm, the kind that can be most easily avoided. Children should be held often or walked, holding hands with their parent, and not plopped in a stroller or car seat while the caregiver is on a phone. A nursing mom needs to make eye contact with a child, this developing important neural pathways of trust and love. The need to re-establish community connections Another hallmark of our changing society can be seen in the diminishing roles that traditional gathering sites have in our family units. Community centres, churches, and service groups now struggle to maintain

membership. We have both been involved to varying degrees with our esteemed local service groups. It is abundantly evident to anyone in our community that the people who remain, and continue to serve us, and fundraise for us all to benefit, are slowly greying. Volunteerism for the broader community benefit is on the decline, perhaps because clubs are taken for granted, or because younger members are difficult to recruit due to the busyness of family life. In wider reflection, if we ask the question, what would our community look like if our service clubs began to not function, we suggest things would look very different very quickly. It is one thing to owe our local clubs a debt of gratitude, but as an opportunity to meet generous community connected people, a membership with a service club is a solid way to alleviate loneliness at a comfortable pace. A person can reduce the health risks associated with being lonely, and improve the health of our community as well. Suggestions for reducing loneliness in our community include the many Mindfulness Meditation groups are now active in our region. Mindfulness has been widely recommended not only for the support of chronic pain conditions, but also for insomnia, which is prevalent in seniors. It’s beneficial for general well being at times when we may have no one to confide or connect with, but have the need to still our thoughts. We can change loneli-

Dr. Mark Czuback

Dr. Fraser Smith

ness The fact is, loneliness is not depression, not social anxiety, and not shyness, loneliness is a purely a heartfelt emotion that as a community, we can all actively work to reduce. We want to reduce it because it carries significant health risks and because we are able to. In 2011 the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark launched a national effort to diminish loneliness. What would our community look like if we chose the tagline “Fewest lonely people in Ontario.” Simple choices like staying for an extra few

hours with grandpa at the senior home. Playing with the kids outside instead of allowing them an extra two hours of isolating and unsupervised screen time. Bringing a token gift or a friendship card to the fellow who lives alone. Putting the phone down and being present. We believe that in presenting this topic for your reading and discussion, we have the opportunity to speak for those who often have the quietest voices. Dr. Mark Czubak and Dr. Frazer Smith have provided healthcare at Smiths Falls Family Chiropractic for 20 years

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Food & Drink

Airbnb-style home dining arrives in Perth Perth - Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca A taste of Europe has arrived in Perth courtesy of Chez Faith, a new Gore Street home dining experience that is the culinary equivalent of the sharing economy’s Airbnb, the

informal accommodation network where individuals lease their living space for short-term rentals. Situated in a gorgeous 1870 heritage home with the original pine floors, Chez Faith is the brainchild of Faith Hutton, a music teacher, nutritional

food enthusiast, cooking coach, and caterer who recently arrived in Lanark County to be closer to her aging Sharbot Lake father and adult children. It was while living in the UK for over 25 years that Hutton was inspired by the “supper club” trend that

Brian Preston - The Travelling Sommelier brianpreston@hotmail.com As this is the Beer, Wines & Spirits column, let's take a whirlwind tour of winter beverages in each category. Winter beers have been around as long as breweries have been making beer. Historically, they have always been especially popular in Britain, Belgium and Germany. While each brewmaster has his own recipe, the common themes among these beers are that they are usually dark ales, most are malt driven rather than hoppy, some are spiced with various ingredients, and many are often above 5 per cent ABV. Brewed usually from October to March, these beers are more for savouring than chugging, should be drunk at a slightly warmer temperature than regular beers, and go well with the hearty meals served this time of year. So to salute our multimonth winter, here are some Canadian winter beers well worth checking out. But remember, just like icy roads, these too will be gone when the warm days return. Beer These are considered warming beer, and are best served at near room temperature. Amsterdam Downtown Brown Ale Amsterdam Brewery, Toronto, 473 mL can, 5 per cent ABV, $3.25 Medium malty deep brown; roasted grain, sesame, and hops aromas; dry nutty and roasted flavours with a creamy finish. It pairs great with fish and chips in beer batter or a bowl of chili. Beau's The Tom Green Beer Beau's Brewery, Vankleek Hill, Ontario, 600 mL bottle, 5 per cent ABV, $5.45 Opaque, dark brown

colour with thick foam; intense aromas of full roasted malt, espresso bean and chocolate; full bodied, good carbonation and resonating roasted flavours from the nose that linger on to the long finish. Kichesippi Bristol Stout Kiteshippi Beer Company, Ottawa, 473 mL can, 4.8 per cent ABV, $3.15 This stout offers a balance of roasted malts and residual sweetness. I like this one on its own but a hearty stew matches well. Amsterdam Boneshaker Amsterdam Brewery, Toronto, 473 mL can, 7.1 per cent ABV, $3.35 Hazy medium copper, aromas of pink grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, honey and resinous hops; on the palate it is medium to full-bodied, a big beer with a bitter, hoppy finish, perfect with winter stews, chili, and roasted meats. Wines Wines for colder weather are more full bodied and not served very chilled. In white wines, I suggest Joseph Cattin Pinot Blanc 2016, AOC Alsace $15.95. From a well-established Alsatian, 11th generation winemaking family, this 2017 Paris wine competition gold medalist has a fresh nose of white grape, Asian pear and white grapefruit aromas with subtle aromas and flavours of tree fruit, citrus and mineral flavours. This wine pairs well with steamed mussels or light cream-sauce shrimp pasta, or roasted pork tenderloin with sweet pepper glaze. In a partially oak aged style, you can't go wrong with Fat Bastard Chardonnay Pays D'Oc. At $14.95 it’s a rich, full bodied, light golden straw colour; apple, mel-

on, pear and oak aromas; dry, apple fruit and vanilla flavours, buttery texture, well balanced with a medium-length finish that goes with all manner of main courses. In red wines try Courtois La Source Côtes du Rhône 2015 at $14.95. It’s a full bodied smooth 85 per cent Grenache/15 per cent Syrah blend with lots of black cherry, currants, peppery herbs and licorice aromas and flavours. Then there is a rich, full bodied Burgundy, the Pinot Noir fruit and spice play beautifully with roasted Canadian duck, goose, venison, or moose. The fuller the body, the more expensive your choice at LCBO. Or, serve a traditional medium bodied Tuscan Chianti served with stew or osso bucco like Straccali Chianti DOCG, Rocca Della Macie, at $12.95, with aromas and flavours of cherry and strawberry, dried herb notes; dry, medium bodied with well balanced acidity and tannins on finish. Liqueurs For liqueurs, finish off with a digestivo Rossi D'Asiago Limoncello, 750ml for $21.95 or a wee golden Drambuie, 375 mL for $25.00. The Drambuie has herb, spice, honey and smoky scotch aromas with rich flavours matching the aromas. It’s long warm finish touch Scottish roots on a cold night— simply heaven.

sees homeowners turning their dining rooms into “pop-up restaurants” for friends and strangers alike. “I love to cook and cater, so it’s my idea of heaven,” says Hutton, but because the British home she shared with her “charming Scottish husband, Richard” was too small, she put the idea on hold until they purchased a Perth house. The large dining and living rooms brought the home dining notion to the front burner. In 2009, the UK’s Independent newspaper called it “dining out with a difference, the latest foodie fad to hit London,” though the practice has long been a part of Cuban culture, with a variety of other global iterations as “living room restaurants.” They’ve also become a perfect launch pad for younger chefs without the capital to open an official restaurant to nonetheless hone their cooking chops and experiment with new dishes not found on standard menus. Chez Faith is one of a half dozen pop-ups currently in Ontario, but as social media spreads the word, that number will likely grow — especially as attention to nutritional quality and a more intimate, personalized experience make them more attractive dining options. Hutton welcomes both tourists and locals who are longing for the home-cooked experience without the work of food preparation, cleaning the house, doing the dishes or navigating a noisy, crowded space where talk is impossible. She offers a broad menu, from raw food and Mediterranean to Italian, Mexican, and Indonesian, among many others. A three-course meal costs as little as $40 per person. Her attention to nutrition as well as food allergies and sensitivities – guarding against cross-contamination that is often a concern in larger settings – are key hallmarks of her commitment to feeding people healthy, wholesome meals. The indoor space at Chez Faith seats up to 14 people and is perfect for family gatherings, birthday parties or staff dinners. A large living room provides a relaxing spot for pre- or post-meal drinks (visitors do have to bring their own alcoholic beverages, as Hutton

Faith Hutton prepares some home-baked crackers, one of many offerings at her Perth pop-up restaurant, Chez Faith. Everything on a diverse menu is made from scratch and reflects her commitment to healthy, flavourful eating. Photo credit: Matthew Behrens.

is not licensed to serve. Guests can also eat outside in her large perennial gardens, which sport four ponds, a waterfall, and a screened-in dining area as well. A covered gazebo seats an additional eight people. Guests can also expect some participatory musical surprises from Hutton, who teaches flute, harp, and ukulele. She brings out colour-coded handbells and, while awaiting dessert, she and her guests create a piece of music together. “Everyone loves it,” she says. Even though pop-up restaurants are not officially sanctioned, Hutton has studiously boned up on all the proper rules from food storage and hygiene to waste disposal and health guidelines. If a town official did show up to check on her, she would easily pass inspection. Those enamoured with the Chez Faith lodgings can also book a stay as well, since they are part of the global Airbnb network. A vegetarian from the age of 19 who started eating meat again in 2015, Hutton has spent years researching food, and expects within the year to complete coursework both to become a certified nutrition coach and a registered wholistic nutritionist. The disconnect between nutrition and eating has long been an obsession for Hutton, who says that

wholesome foods need not be tasteless. She laughs as she recalls the “simply awful” sugar-free muffins that she suffered through while a student at Trent University, a memory that daily inspires her to create dairy- and sugar-free desserts that “are yummy and satisfying, without sacrificing comfort or flavour.” In a world where food sensitivities are skyrocketing, Hutton sees her home dining oasis as “part of raising awareness about the importance of nutrition,” noting that scientists now say that nutrition accounts for 70 to 80 per cent of our health. “I want to provide services that can guide and support people to make healthy choices. With the growing incidence of obesity and the alarming rise in chronic disease and allergies, we really need to start acting now. All of these conditions are due to lifestyle choices and are largely preventable,” she says. Towards that end, the multi-talented Hutton offers cooking and meal planning classes. She met one of her newest clients during the annual December heritage house tour, when over 850 people came through her home. While Hutton is prepared for all meals from breakfast to dinner, prospective diners must book in advance at www.chezfaith.com or by calling (613) 200-7440.


Make sure to try our produce, fresh to go, natural value and our president’s choice blue menu products.


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Let's Eat

business

By Brian Turner

The Hungry 7 in Perth

When the current owners took the chance and won an open-bid auction of the former Minuteman diner building on the very busy Hwy 7 commercial corridor in Perth to set up their own take on a lunch/dinner restaurant back in 2013, they knew they would have to offer something very different to separate themselves from the large and aggressive competition in their neighbourhood. The owners, Dave and Jennifer, planned and executed a complete building transformation and renovation/addition project. The results are a warm inviting dining room with a purposely designed open and visible kitchen to welcome visitors and regulars alike and let them know exactly what goes into every fresh-made plate and meal. Jennifer often comments that they had regulars from day one; former Minuteman customers that were curious to see how one of their favourite hang-outs transformed and who were enticed to stay on after the first taste of Dave’s delectable fares. Dave’s time as a chef at some of the best Italian restaurants from Ottawa to Toronto will explain why you will find a good variety of mouth-watering pasta dishes on the menu alongside traditional soup and sandwich lunch offerings.

All his sauces are individually prepared from locally sourced seasonal ingredients, which accounts for their memorable effects on the taste buds. You’ll also find new takes on favourite comfort foods like their extremely popular Hungry 7 burger, or Dave’s famous roast chicken or steak frites. But the Hungry 7 will let you expand your taste journey to new horizons with treats like their grilled Jamaican chicken sandwich served with fresh-fruit salsa for example. And sides are not simply an afterthought at the Hungry 7. There’s a large selection of fresh-made salads topped with Dave’s unique take on favourite dressings and his daily choice for homemade soups draws people in, and in large numbers. Think of concoctions like butternut squash and leek or chili beef with corn and blackbean. To cater to those that think lunch or dinner, even at a roadside diner, should be a relaxing civilized affair, the Hungry 7 is licensed for both wine and beer. Even in this area, Dave and Jennifer’s love for nearby resources shines as they select locally crafted beers and international wines. Leave room for dessert and you won’t be disappointed with Dave’s housemade cakes and pies. They

are a perfect ending to a great lunch or dinner. From traditional such as carrot or hummingbird cakes to more adventurous creations like chocolate paté or mixed berry cake, they will satisfy every taste and appetite. During my recent visit on a cold blustery winter day, I enjoyed a very non-traditional club sandwich platter made with large chunks of roasted chicken and thick crispy slices of bacon served on lightly toasted sourdough bread. Service was fast, friendly, and knowledgeable and the open expansive view provided by the Hungry 7’s large windows made me forget the frost outside. The Hungry 7’s official address is 34 Dufferin Street Perth, but in reality it’s on the south side of Highway 7 between the two major traffic lights and easily accessed from either west or east bound lanes. They have plenty of parking, too. They offer take-out services as well and are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can follow them on Facebook or Twitter to get the first look at their amazing daily specials board as well as special holiday meal events. And you can always reach them by phone at 613 466 0692.

Photo credit: Brian Turner.

Spotlight on business

Flint and Honey makes debut in Perth

Perth - Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca She’s a hockey player, a Carleton University graduate of criminology and psychology, a new mom and now, a business owner in Perth. Stacey Bonfield opened Flint and Honey on Gore Street on Jan. 19, with the official grand opening scheduled for Feb. 23. Flint and Honey sells women’s clothing, maternity wear and clothes for nursing mothers. It also carries baby clothing, body products and accessories. Bonfield says there are few maternity shops nearby and hopes the clothing she carries will appeal to young mothers. The nursing tops she carries are from Momzelle and are functional and trendy at the same time. Prices for babywear range from $3 to $80 and include anything from tiny leather shoes to onesies, sleepers, leggings, blankets, towels and funky, colourful sleep sacs. Bonfield sells baby shoes from local producer Heart Sole in Burritts Rapids. Women’s clothing ranges in price from $40 to $150 and includes tops, skirts, scarves, dresses, jeans, sweaters, ponchos, T-shirts, and more. There are two design lines from Toronto, three European lines and two American, with sizes ranging from XS to 2XL. Bonfield, with a nod to this year’s winter and spring colours, has included pinks and greys in her selection as well as eye-popping florals. Body product prices range from $2 to $60 and include bath balms, shower steamers, face masks, and soaps. Both Dear Ellie scents (in a mug) and Wick Witch candles come from nearby Merrickville, and

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New Perth business owner, Stacey Bonfield, provides a great selection of women’s and baby clothing, as well as maternity and nursing wear. Photo credit; Sally Smith.

Tayler Muldoon, a Kemptville artisan, sells handmade ornaments in the store. Bonfield grew up in Merrickville and through her teenage years worked at Hucklebucks, Unravelled and Wick Witch. These jobs gave her insight into the ups and downs, ins and outs of retail business, so she comes to this venture already adept and knowledgeable — and she has a coterie of supportive friends around her that she’s known forever. “Two girlfriends work here when I have to be at home, and other girlfriends take photos and model clothing,” she grins. She says that opening a businesses is an idea that she’s had forever, and one her family and friends encouraged her to pursue. The name of the store is a little harder to explain. Flint is after a horse. “I had to sell him,” she says a little woefully. “But he’s out west now, living a wonderful life…a little spoiled, probably.” Honey is a word she pulled out of a hat. There were a bunch of names she liked, it was just finding which of them went best with Flint. Janet Watson, a graphic designer in Merrickville,

helped her come up with the name and branding, as did friends and family. She knew she didn’t want the store name to be too feminine, as she wanted men to be comfortable there, too. And she wanted a hint of “surprise,” so Flint and Honey it became. Bonfield is excited about the grand opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 23. All the local craftspeople she features in her store — from Burritts Rapids, Merrickville and Kemptville — will be on hand, as well as Top Shelf Distillers from Perth, handing out free samples. And Bonfield herself is enticing customers with free gifts for the first 30 purchasers. But even before the main event, Bonfield is making Valentine baskets. She says there will be some pre-made but if “[people] come in with a budget” she’ll put together a basket for them. This store has it all. The hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m - 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She will be open Mondays starting in April. You can find Flint and Honey on Facebook or call the store at 613-5580076.

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