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HARK! The Queen Elizabeth II Elementary School Christmas pageant was held on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Above Breeah Jones hears the angels while to the left Keegan Beasant strikes a pose at the end of the rapping finale.
Montegue’s Reeve Bill Dobson is the new Lanark County Warden. – Page 2
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EMC News – Emma Fillipoff is still missing. The 26 year-old Perth native was last seen in Victoria, B.C. Nov. 28. She had been living in a women’s shelter there and was last seen by two Victoria police of¿cers that evening. Her mother, Shelley Fillipoff, is out west searching for her, and in her latest interview with CTV media in Vancouver on Thursday, Dec. 13, she was in tears. “This is every family’s worst nightmare,” she said. “It is by far the worst possible thing imaginable; 15 days is much longer than I ever thought when I arrived in Victoria.” A “Help Find Emma Fillipoff” fan page has exploded to 2,276 people over the past
few weeks where well wishes, prayers and support are pouring in. There have also been links set up for “Emma Sightings” where people are encouraged to submit information if they have seen anyone looking like Emma. There have been sightings all over Vancouver Island, including one on Dec. 13 on Mount Washington. Emma is described as 5 foot 5 inches, weighs about 100 pounds and has waistlong, dirty blond hair, wearing camo pants and carrying an orange purse. On Friday, Dec. 21, a fundraising dance will be held at the Timber Run Golf Course in Lanark to help raise money for the Fillipoff family who continue to search for Emma. The Friday night fundraiser will feature a dance and the cost is $10 at the door. It starts
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Cathie Ritchie, clerk of Lanark County, touches the new chain of ofﬁce worn by newly-elected Lanark County Warden Bill Dobson after outgoing warden
John Gemmell of Perth passed over the chain of ofﬁce to the Montague Township Reeve.
Montague’s Bill Dobson new warden Several battles for committee chairmanships
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EMC News – Montague Township Reeve Bill Dobson has been elected as the Lanark County Warden for 2012-13. Dobson beat out a challenge from Tay Valley Township Reeve Keith Kerr, who was making another attempt at the chair, during a vote in the council chambers in Perth on Tuesday, Dec. 18. “I am honoured to take this responsibility,” said Dobson after the results were announced. “I take it very, very seriously. I will do my best.” He added that there were a lot of strengths around the council table, and “I look forward to putting them all together, (and to) keep working as a team.” Born near Cobden, Ont., he has run a heritage farm near Rosedale, Montague Township, since 1968, raising organic beef. Trained as a teach-
er, he negotiated teachers’ salaries with the Bill Davis government in the 1970s. “We want to be ¿scally responsible and balance our budget,” Dobson promised. “We must review how our money is spent,” pointing out that federal and provincial grants were drying up, and that unless sustainable funding was addressed, “we will not be able to enjoy the levels of service we enjoy today without making some changes.” He suggested that there could be some level of sharing of expertise, personnel and even buildings to lower costs. Dobson also promised to look in to holding “a truly Lanark County harvest festival.” In his election speech earlier in the morning, Kerr noted that he too wanted to focus on county spending. “Our municipality has been written up by AMO (As-
sociation of Municipalities Ontario) for our ¿nancial sustainability,” said Kerr of his native Tay Valley. Committee chairmanships Outgoing Lanark County Warden John Gemmell, the deputy Mayor of Perth, was acclaimed as the new chairman of the corporate services committee. It was to be the only acclamation of the day, with Lanark Highlands Deputy Mayor Brian Stewart beating out Beckwith Township’s deputy Reeve Sharon Mousseau for the community services post. The community development committee chairmanship went to Mississippi Mills town Coun. Val Wilkinson, who beat out Beckwith Township Reeve Richard Kidd. In the ¿nal vote of the early afternoon, Lanark Highlands Mayor Peter MacLaren beat out Montague Township’s deputy Reeve Pat
Dolan to head up the public works committee chairmanship. The striking committee is made up of Drummond/North Elmsley Deputy Reeve Gail Code, Gemmell, Dolan, Stewart, and Wilkinson. Gemmell thanked the councillors for a memorable year as warden. “It has been a great experience, one I will not forget,” said Gemmell. “It’s been a privilege.” Gemmell pointed to the county’s new of¿cial plan, the hiring of a new chief administrative of¿cer, green lighting both the McNeely Avenue extension in Carleton Place and the arterial road in Perth, and the decision to add a county public works garage and bringing in “a responsible budget,” for 2013 were highlights of the past year.
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