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Business ‘Krowns’ Smiths Falls shop for its customer service By STACEY ROY When Dan and Cliff Allan of Krown Rust Protection Centre in Smiths Falls learned they had won a prestigious company award due to customer retention, they decided the best way to say thank you was to give back to the community. On April 30 the Allan brothers made good on this commitment when they presented Dawn Bouchard, principal at Chimo Elementary School with a $1,000 donation that will go towards the purchase of a Smartboard for the school. “It will definitely go to a good cause,” Bouchard said in thanks. These computerized whiteboards allow teachers to write notes while accessing interactive teaching tools previously unavailable in the classroom. Locally, smartboards have been used from everything from taking attendance to learning colours in the kindergarten room and their success in teaching this generation of learners has made the acquisition of another smartboard the next step in the school’s technology plan. In thanking the local business for their generosity, Bouchard said the donation has expedited the purchase of this valuable equipment. “This is going to help us get there even faster than I thought we’d get there,” she said of its purchase. According to Freeman Young, president of Krown, Smiths Falls is the first outlet to have chosen a donation to a local school over receiving the award money. On Feb. 28, 2013 the Allan brothers received the top standing in customer satisfaction rating throughout the entire chain. “When the award was handed out earlier this year to Cliff and Dan at our

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In celebration of their recent customer service award, Krown Rust Protection Centre owners, Cliff Allan (far left) and Dan Allan (second from right) donated $1,000 to Dawn Bouchard, principal of Chimo Elementary School. Freeman Young (second from left), president of Krown and mayor Dennis Staples (right) attended the April 30 presentation in Smiths Falls. annual Krown conference most people ing business and dedication to making said “where the heck is Smiths Falls?” their customers as comfortable as posThey all know now,” Young added. sible. To that end, the local shop at 15 “Krown dealers from Europe, the U.S. Franklin St. has a window that connects and all over Canada are now trying to the waiting room with the shop itself so copy the model set by the Smiths Falls customers can see work done on their centre and that’s extraordinary.” vehicle. The location won the recognition The brothers thanked Young for the over stores in Canada, America and Eu- recognition April 30, adding special rope (a total of 272 locations) by report- thanks goes to their father who taught ing a customer return rate of 92.3 per them a strong work ethic and to treat cent in 2012. people as they want to be treated. “That’s just unheard of. It’s phenom“We owe a debt of gratitude to our enal,” Young commented. father. He’s everything to us,” Dan AlThe Smiths Falls franchise owners lan said. were a strong 10 per cent higher than Krown has been servicing Smiths their closest competitor and well above Falls and area vehicles since 1999 when the Krown standard of 72 per cent. The they opened their original shop on Union secret to Smiths Falls’ success is un- Street prior to moving to Franklin Street doubtedly their personal approach to do- where they now operate from.

United Counties launches new strategic regional economic development plan The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Department is moving forward with a strategy to support and promote existing businesses while marketing the region to attract investors. The new three-year regional economic development strategy presented to the Counties Council Governance and Finance Committee last Thursday makes helping local business and industry a top priority. There will be a focus on the agricultural, chemical and bio-product sectors. The plan also calls for a new Counties-wide tourism strategy as well as entrepreneurial and community development. “It is estimated 80 per cent of new jobs are created by existing businesses so it is essential to work with our Leeds Grenville employers to find out how to help them expand their operations and employee base,” said Ann Weir, manager of the Counties Economic Development Department. “Whether it’s assisting a company to access provincial and federal funding, helping to identify potential local suppliers or finding ways to make them more competitive, the spotlight will be on business retention and expansion,” said Weir. “We are seeing positive results from the United Counties decision to work regionally on economic development,” said Leeds Grenville Warden Ron Holman. “This plan is relevant to today’s local economy and is the needed focus. Working together is making a real difference.”

The new Counties website, www., was launched in 2012 to be an accessible, continuously updated repository of information for residents, visitors, investors, business and industry. Maintaining and updating the website is a major part of the economic readiness toolkit and will continue to be a priority, Weir said. With this undertaken, the goal is now to expand into new areas over the next three years. The department will prepare a tourism strategy to address the role of the Counties. The goal will be to design a sustainable model that increases marketplace positioning and growth opportunities to increase visitor spending and investments. Developing and supporting business attraction opportunities is another priority in the plan. Counties will work with regional, provincial and federal agencies to increase the profile of the region and to source investor leads. Several new marketing tools will be developed this year as part of the plan. The marketing strategy includes the creation of promotional videos, a regional guide, an e-newsletter and a presence on social media platforms. The Counties will again host its annual Economic Development Summit on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. This year the Economic Development Leadership Award for outstanding commitment to the growth and vitality of the Leeds Grenville economy will be presented at the Summit.


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Frankville farm becomes first local producer of cold pressed sunflower oil By ASHLEY KULP When Dale Horeczy and Brad Daily purchased their Frankville property, Kricklewood Farm in 2009, they had no idea what was in store for them. Fast forward a few years later, the duo are now the only local producers of cold pressed sunflower oil in the area. In early April, the first batch of Kricklewood Farm’s cold pressed sunflower oil was bottled and is now available in a number of local specialty and health food stores, including Foodsmiths in Perth, Smiths Falls’ The Garden Market, The Granary in Carleton Place, as well as the Butcher Shop in Brockville. According to Horeczy, who has a background in marketing, he and Daily started on the road to sunflower oil production in 2010 on their 90-acre farm where they also raise 10 Nubian goats, ducks, chickens, and pot-bellied pigs, making goat’s milk soap and other products. “We were debating what to do with the land and Brad, my partner, grew up in Manitoba where they grow a lot of sunflowers, then we saw an article in the Ottawa Citizen about it,” he noted during a recent interview at his rented production space in Smiths Falls. “We saw a gentleman in Quebec was doing this (sunflower production) on a bigger scale and we thought if he can do it, then maybe we can do it.” Horeczy and Daily went to visit his operation to find out more and spent the next two years researching the idea, seed varieties, farming requirements and equipment needed to press and bottle the oil. “Last year, we were ready and put in our first 15 acres of sunflowers,” Horeczy said. “We worked with local neighbours who used their farming equipment who planted and weeded for us. Others did combining and stored the seed for us in their grain silos.” Kricklewood Farm also held a benefit for the Lanark Animal Welfare Society last summer when the sunflowers were in full bloom. Guests were invited to tour the farm’s grounds and could take home a bouquet of the sunny blossoms for a $10 donation. “(When in full bloom), the fields look like you’re in the middle of a Van Gogh painting,” Horeczy commented. “Every morning I was out there taking a lot of pictures and chronicling the process.” The crop was harvested after the sunflowers had dried and gone to seed in November 2012. That’s when the real work began for Horeczy and Daily. Having extensively looked at the requirement equipment, they decided on a German made screw press, which Horeczy likens to a “giant meat grinder.” The seed is poured into a large hopper and the oil is then squeezed out into one reservoir, while the solid remnants of the seed make their way to another. Those dry pellets can be used as feed for livestock or as compost, so there’s no waste through the process. “The oil is pumped out then we let it settle for a week, filter it and bottle it,” Horeczy explained. “It’s a simple process, which is the same way traditional olive oil is made, this is just a little more modern.” Where the cold press comes into play is the fact that no heat (the press turns very slowly) or chemicals is used in the production of Kricklewood Farm’s sunflower oil. “That’s what makes it as tasty as it is and gives it the golden yellow colour,” Horeczy said. “Sunflower oil in a grocery store is usually clear because chemicals have been used to extract the oil. This way, the flavour comes through


based operation. That’s something important to he and Daily. “We’re promoting it (sunflower oil) as a local production and I go in and meet the owners of stores myself,” Horeczy stated. “It’s low level and we want to keep it local with gourmet and health food stores. It’s probably as big as we want it right now.” The feedback he has been receiving on the oil has made all the work worth it. Emails received through the Kricklewood Farm website ( have been positive as have the comments from the stores stocking the product. “They (stores) all appreciate it being local and the fact that we’re the only farm doing sunflower oil in the area makes it unique,” he noted. “It’s very gratifying to know stores are all very open to bringing the product in.” For the near future, Horeczy and Daily are focusing on sunflower oil production, but Horeczy said there is the possibility of developing flavour oils,

Dale Horeczy, above, owner of Frankville’s Kricklewood Farm with partner Brad Daily, pours sunflower seed into a machine which presses the seed into oil. The farm recently became the first local producer of cold pressed sunflower oil in the area. Right, the sunflower oil is available in a variety of local health food and gourmet stores throughout the region.

such as garlic-infused and other varieties, but “right now we’re getting our bases covered with this basic oil.” “Ideally, we’d also like to move the press to our farm and eventually have a little shop on site,” he added, pointing to fellow Frankville business, Gibbon’s Maple Farm, as how he would like to see Kricklewood Farm develop. “That’s what we’re working towards, making it a local food destination,” Horeczy concluded. Kricklewood Farm is also planning future workshops and fundraisers for local organizations to continue to share the farming experience. For more information on Kricklewood Farm, visit their website at www. or look for their booth at the 1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival in Brockville this June and the Ottawa valley Midsummer Herbfest at Almonte’s Herb Garden on July 28. They will also be at several local farmers’ market throughout the area this spring and summer.

- Business Today photos by LAURIE WEIR and STACEY ROY

It was the first time that members of the community had a chance to pay homage to men and women killed on the job at a new monument in Perth Monday, April 29. The National Day of Mourning was recognized by half a dozen people, including local union council reps. Pictured above are: John Jackson, CUPE Local 2119 president; Herve Cavanagh, OPSEU 466 president; Ike Doornekamp, OSSTF District 26 rep; Erin Harrison, Canadian Labour Congress regional rep; Chris LuscombeMills, OPSEU retiree and Labour Council rep and Danny Whitmore, president of the Lanark District Labour Council. Below, there was a strong turnout of family and friends at the Labour Council cenotaph on Beckwith Street April 29 to mark the 29th annual National Day of Mourning. Erin Harrison of the Canadian Labour Congress addresses the crowd. A number of representatives held candles in memory of those who have died, been injured or become ill due to work.

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much stronger.” In larger operations, often presses are sped up in order to produce a higher yield. Horeczy indicated there are many health benefits to using sunflower oil, including its high levels of vitamin E. In fact, Horeczy said that mothers often use it to heal chafing from diaper rash. It is known for having a light, nutty flavour that is paired well with herbs to create vinaigrettes, or even as a substitute for butter on corn on the cob.

in stocking the item. In addition to the stores listed above, shops throughout Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, including: Peches & Poivre in Almonte; Balderson Fine Foods in Balderson; Katz Deli and Catering in Brockville; The Cheddar Stop in Carleton Place; Forfar Dairy Limited in Forfar; Mrs. McGarrigles Fine Food Shop in Merrickville; Heather’s Healthy Harvest in Kemptville; Wendy’s Country Market in Lyndhurst; Swallowtail Farm and Coutts Country Flavours in Perth; Kudrinkos in Westport, carry the sunflower oil, as well as Looking forward a few in Ottawa and Kingston and one Horeczy has recently been produc- in Toronto. ing and bottling more oil, as well as He is quick to stress that Kricklehitting the road to find stores interested wood Farm will remain a small farm-


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Hugh Colton receives Charles Gilhuly Award for volunteer efforts By STACEY ROY When it comes down to the business of volunteering, Hugh Colton has his heroes – from Gerry Lowe to Charles Gilhuly himself. So it’s fitting that this year Colton’s work with Build A Mountain of Food and other initiatives has earned him the Charles Gilhuly Award. “I’m humbled, there’s no doubt about that,” Colton said of the award. He looks down at the award plaque that lists the many recipients since the Charles Gilhuly Award was initiated in 1975. Names such as Jack Rabb (1977), Jack Traynor (1978), Nancy Yunker (2007) and Elaine Lowe 1982 (Gerry Lowe’s wife) fill out the plaque that is hung at the Town Hall most days. “Gerry Lowe taught me how to do this,” Colton said. The formal award presentation took place April 23 at the Memorial Community Centre during the town’s annual volunteer appreciation night. Mayor Dennis Staples introduced this year’s recipient with such key words as community builder, tireless volunteer and get it done person. “He’s a true ambassador of our town who takes volunteerism to new levels,” Staples said. Being part of such an elite group of community heavyweights means a lot to Colton, who was born and raised in Smiths Falls and remembers Gilhuly’s presence at the town beach when he was a young boy enjoying that facility. He accepted the award last week, but

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provides the jumping-off point for his good work, there are many hours that Colton donates himself as a volunteer through and through, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I don’t think there’s any better feeling in the world than to say you’ve taken this program on and we’ve changed the lives of a lot of people,” he said of volunteers. “They make communities survive.” In addition to the annual 11-community food drive, Colton also works with the Gerry Lowe Foundation to provide a one-hour hockey slot every Monday for those who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to enjoy the sport. Amongst his many special projects there is scarcely a fundraiser, banquet or public event where Colton isn’t in front of the microphone encouraging others to help organizers reach their goal. He encourages everyone to challenge themselves to find an organization or cause they are passionate about and make themselves available to give back. “It’s going to change your life,” he said.

Hugh Colton (right) and Mike Koziel (left) of Town & Country Chrysler hold the Charles Gilhuly Award plaques before the dealership’s community outreach board. Colton was recently honoured with the award for his volunteer efforts and shares it with his dealership and the many volunteers with whom Volunteer Appreciation Award he works. For more than 20 years Bill Curry insists he shares it with the countless “Brad Kyle believes in what I do,” has found a way to give back to his volunteers who come out and make Colton added. “He’s got one of the hometown while commuting for a living. For all his years of commitment to the annual Build A Mountain of Food biggest hearts.” a success each year, as well as his The dealership is the only one the Property Standards Committee (21 boss Brad Kyle of Town & Country known that employs someone with years), the Lanark/Smiths Falls HousChrysler who makes the work he does the special task of reaching out into ing Authority (one year) and the Compossible. the community. While Colton’s job mittee of Adjustment (13 years) the

town has awarded him the Volunteer Appreciation Award. “I like helping out and I feel everybody should try to do something to help,” Curry said. The presentation came as a surprise to the Smiths Falls resident who also sees his acknowledgement as a humbling honour in a community that boasts so many worthy volunteers. Curry said he started out with the Property Standards Committee in 1992 because he wanted to give back to his community, but needed something that fit into his schedule. This committee meets only when needed to discuss items of importance. “Things have changed,” Curry said of the world of property standards. When he first began on the committee in November 1992 the committee’s decisions were made in camera away from public scrutiny. Today this practice has changed and discussion and decisions are rendered during an open public meeting. Curry is pleased to have reached more than 20 years of service to his community, but doesn’t see himself stopping any time soon. The Volunteer Appreciation Award began in 1992/93 when a donated plaque from Paul Howard was given new life as an award to honour volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to council boards and committees. The first person to receive the award was Harold Nichol (1994) who served on L.A.C.A.C. and the Heritage House Museum Board.

The Great Waterway supports local initiatives Spots still available for business fair port of The Great Waterway’s Project Manager. Eligible partners were Great Waterway Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) and Destination Marketing Funds (DMF) as well as municipalities with a role in the delivery of tourism services. The Great Waterway undertook a fair evaluation process to ensure the approved projects were in line with the region’s own initiatives and vision of achieving the highest growth of tourism visitation revenues and investment amongst Ontario’s tourism regions by developing results driven product and investment development and marketing initiatives. Recommended projects were approved by an independent advisory committee who are knowledgeable in the tourism sector as well as familiar with the region. “We are grateful the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport made these funds available allowing us to work with our regional partners on important community initiatives. These

extra funds will strengthen their tourism assets and ability to attract first time and repeat visitors.” said Stephen Paul, Chair of the South Eastern Ontario Tourism Organization, The Great Waterway. “The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites is excited to work with the Great Waterway in 2013, and beyond, to raise the profile of the museums and galleries of Kingston. The grant we have received to purchase consistent and recognizable outdoor signage will immensely improve the visibility of our many sites, and make it easier for tourists to find their way to us.” said Mark Badham, President, Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites Inc. “Brockville Tourism is thrilled to be in partnership this year with The Great Waterway. Through this partnership we will be able to complete restoration to many of Brockville’s city signs.” said Steve Weir, Tourism Manager, Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce.

There are still spots available for businesses to take part in the third annual Elizabethtown-Kitley Business Fair. The township’s Economic Development Committee is inviting all local businesses to take part in the business fair on Saturday, June 8 at the site of the former Spring Valley Hall on County Road 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to featuring displays from local businesses, the fair will include children’s entertainment and a Lions Club charity barbecue on site.

Registration fee for vendors’ exhibit space is only $40 and an additional $40 will provide vendors advertising in a mail out to 20,000 homes, EMC and radio coverage. However, all members of the public can attend the fair for free. This event is targeted to businesses throughout Elizabethtown-Kitley; however businesses from outside the municipality can exhibit there as well. Any businesses which want to register are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Contact 613-3457480 or email to register.

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Questions still loom as Villa Montague investors take concerns to court

-Business Today photos by JOSEPH MORIN

Good crowds for home show Above, The Smiths Falls Home and Living Show was the place to be for business-minded individuals on Saturday. May 4, with local vendors and organizations setting up shop at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre. The second annual event attracted hundreds of visitors. At left: The Cataraqui Trail is 100 kilometers in length. Volunteer Kent Mainse was at the trade show explaining the trail to visitors. Below: The smell of freshly popped popcorn was in the air at the Trade Show as volunteers from Century 21 made sure everyone had a snack. Left to right are: Lisa Ritskes, a sales representative and Nan Bell, a broker.

By STACEY ROY Municipal representatives aren’t turning their backs on the Villa Montague project until the court process regarding the alleged improper use of investors’ funds runs its course. Media reports have confirmed that 27 of 44 investors who have provided millions of dollars for Tom Assaly’s Act 1 projects - Villa Montague in Montague and Nature’s Walk in North Grenville have taken their case to the Ontario Superior Court. An inspector from Doyle Salewski was appointed to investigate the matter on Feb. 6, 2013. The investors allege that Assaly has used the funds provided by them for the purposes of moving forward the two projects, for renovations to his home in Florida, USA, demonstrating an intent to defraud them on their investment. “All of these things are still allegations. Nothing has been proven,” said Montague Reeve Bill Dobson. At this point the reeve is instructing his staff to continue developing a proposal to bring forward to Smiths Falls for discussion with the potential of a special in-camera meeting to be held in the near future. He said he is keen to hear the results of the court proceedings, but noted the township has a responsibility to move forward to address the larger issue the Villa Montague project uncovered. Dobson said he is hoping the two communities can come up with a compromise when it comes to how services can cross the border for future developments. Barbara McEachern, a Kemptville realtor, who until news of the investors’ court case became known to her a month ago, was working with Assaly to sell the two projects, says she is heartbroken the Villa Montague project has been impacted by the allegations. “I believe in the concept,” McEachern said. “I’m optimistic that another developer will come in or that Tom will right the situation and proceed with the project.” Since learning of the investors’ concerns she has shut down the Villa Montague website, but stated no funds have exchanged hands for the project as she was waiting for a municipal decision on the services. McEachern noted none of the investors involved in the allegations are known as they hadn’t invested in any units. The local realtor has invested $1,000 of her own funds into the projects to date believing the municipal debate over services was her only obstacle. The former Shardon Manor property has been partially demolished to make way for the

proposed Villa Montague development. “That’s what concerns me the most is what’s going to happen to that property. It’s such an eyesore,” she said. Tom Assaly has previously stated that if services couldn’t be provided by the town he would commit to doing basic improvements to the existing building and retaining the clientele that now call the building home. What will become of the property should Assaly be found guilty of defrauding his investors is as yet unclear. One of those who is also unclear about the future of the project is Smiths Falls Mayor Dennis Staples. “We are both (Smiths Falls and Montague) in a wait-and-see mode how this will affect the plans of Mr. Assaly,” said Staples, who said he spoke to Dobson about the matter on Friday, April 26. “What we don’t know (is) if that will impact on the project with Villa Montague.” The last time Staples saw Assaly in the flesh was at a public meeting on Villa Montague back in January. “I have had no contact with him in many, many months,” said Staples. “This is one of those things that has to play itself out.” Staples noted that Assaly had asked that the town’s water and sewer services be extended out to the site but “to date, we have not been able to complete anything” in terms of finalizing an agreement between the two municipalities. “Our door continues to be open,” said Staples. After the closing of the Hershey chocolate plant back in 2008, the town has tried to attract new developments to Smiths Falls and surrounding area. However, there have been setbacks, such as the proposed Aquablue water bottling plant and the proposed water park, both of which came to naught. “We get our hopes filled up that development will happen,” said Staples. “Whenever there is something that comes along and it doesn’t come to fruition, there is disappointment.” But he hastened to add that, in spite of those hiccups, there have been positive developments in the area, such as the new OPP regional headquarters in the area, and the redevelopment of the old Zellers store into a Target location. “We have had a number of new developments,” Staples said, stating that about $150 million in capital investments – such as renovations to Smiths Falls and District High School, the local health unit and the VIA Rail station, plus nearby housing developments – have been a boon for the town. With files from Desmond Devoy

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Property standards bylaw to get facelift By STACEY ROY The Smiths Falls property standards bylaw is about to get an improvement of its own, following strong councillor support last month. Mark Russell, property standards and by-law enforcement officer, submitted a report requesting a new property standards bylaw be drafted to achieve a number of outcomes. “It is in my professional opinion that the council should authorize the by-law enforcement department to create a new property standards by-law to address administrative changes necessary, increase the minimum standards of properties, and make the by-law more user friendly,” Russell stated in his report. Councillors welcomed the opportunity to introduce stronger wording to ensure lingering aesthetic concerns with vacant

buildings be addressed. Coun. Ken Graham said property standards is the single most common complaint he hears as a councillor and would support any changes that would “expedite the issue.” “We need something here that’s got a lot of teeth in it,” said Coun. Dawn Quinn. Currently, the town’s property standards by-law is enforced on a complaints driven basis. The town can require the building to be secured if there is a public safety concern. If the windows are broken the town can request the windows be boarded up. Quinn will be bringing forward information from the City of Ottawa who has been taking a strong stance against vacant buildings. She would like to see a requirement to maintain adequate windows in vacant buildings

Park N Pedal bike rack to be installed

This spring REAL and the Town of Smiths Falls are partnering to introduce a novel program to make it easier to get people out of their cars and onto their bicycles. Park ‘n Pedal focuses on individuals who live too far from town to bike into Smiths Falls easily. It will give them the option of biking in Smiths Falls for fun or exercise, to get to and from work or school, or to accomplish various errands in town. People will be able to park their cars on REAL’s property, where there is ample free parking, while they get around by bike. REAL will have a high quality, secure bicycle rack located on the REAL Deal site at 85 William St. W. The rack will be in a highly visible, lit location, in a secure, roofless enclosure. Only people registered for Park ‘n Pedal will have access to the locked enclosure. The person would leave their own bicycle locked in the enclosure, and may choose to lock their bike to the bike rack as well. When they want to cycle in town, they can drive into town, leave their car parked at the REAL Deal, unlock their bike, go about their business, and then return the bike to the enclosure. There is no cost to the cyclist for this service. It has long been a goal of REAL to establish a Park ‘n Pedal on its William Street site. It is just one of the many features planned for an Environment Centre that demonstrates practical environmental solutions to the public. Cycling instead of driving reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality for us all. Jamie Schoular, community ambassador for Smiths Falls, is working on behalf of the Town to promote Park ‘n Pedal. “It makes perfect sense that smaller communities such as ours embrace the growing movement towards becoming more accessible to cyclists. The recently completed (Town of Smiths Falls) Pedestrian Linkages Study recognizes the need for the town to provide for the inclusion of cyclists on roads and trails in and around our municipality,” Schoular said. The bike rack, being manufactured and donated by Kilmarnock Enterprise, was to be in place by the end of April. More information is available at www.REALaction. ca under the Greenspaces tab. To register, contact Susan Brandum, at

rather than boarding them up and heat in vacant buildings to protect the facility from depreciating further. “I certainly don’t want my town boarded up. I don’t think that’s a viable option,” said Coun. Lorraine Allen. She agreed with Quinn that tax breaks for vacant properties is the wrong way to encourage property owners to fill their buildings. This topic has been discussed at the Municipal Heritage Committee level, Coun. Chris Cummings reported. There is interest in addressing property standards for local heritage buildings who can fall into decay due to neglect. “I’d certainly like to look at that,” Cummings said.

-Business Today photo by STACEY ROY

A draft property standards bylaw will The National Day of Mourning offers a chance to remember those workers be coming forward to a future meeting lost far too young. Here participants in Smiths Falls hold candles in honour of loved ones who died on the job during the local ceremony April 29. for discussion and endorsement.

Tax rate frozen for another year, operations get tighter in Smiths Falls By STACEY ROY Smiths Falls councillors and town staff wrestled nearly $900,000 out of the 2013 budget in recent weeks to meet their commitment to keep the tax rate at 2012 levels for the coming year. The achievement came at a cost of many capital projects large and small that were recommended for completion this year. “Every one of the projects and initiatives are worthy the thing is we can’t do them all,” Mayor Dennis Staples said. Projects that were cut this week include the Civitan ball diamond work ($30,000), a salt storage facility ($550,000), and a number of major roadwork projects including the deferral of an environmental assessment on the Confederation Bridge ($75,000). “I don’t think we’re in a position to replace it,” Coun. Ken Graham said. It was generally agreed around the horseshoe that this was the case, noting the downtown plan does call for (in the long term) the bridge to be closed to vehicle traffic and recaptured as part of the parkland. Vanessa Bernicky, town staff, noted the bridge will be part of a bi-annual review by the ministry this year. While a date has not been confirmed on this review, Bernicky did assure councillors she would bring back any recommendations or orders from the review (that may include closure). This saves $75,000 from the budget. The same approach was taken with the maintenance work on the stone arch bridge on Beckwith Street. Bernicky assured residents the road is sound, but minor maintenance work was slated for this year at a cost of $100,000. On this line, councillors opted to remove it in favour of lobbying the provincial government to share the costs of maintenance as the bridge connects provincial highways. “I think they have an obligation to come to the table,” the mayor said.

This year’s budget was a bare bones budget operationally with the exception of two proposed additions: $35,000 in ongoing support for the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO) and $50,000 of support for The Hub’s community pool proposal. Coun. Shawn Pankow cast the deciding vote to deny the museum’s funding request this year based on the news the museum received $68,000 over two years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Coun. Chris Cummings assured his peers these funds are for specific programming initiatives that aim to assist the museum in becoming self-sustaining. The $35,000 from the town would have covered operational costs such as utilities so that fundraised dollars and grant money could be used to enhance what the museum offers. “I think this year is not the right year to start sustainable funding for the railway museum,” added Coun. Jay Brennan. “I’d take the $35,000 and put it in the Hub frankly.” Mayor Staples noted the town will look at how they fund all three museums in town (RMEO, Heritage House Museum and the Rideau Canal Museum) this year when they undertake a service review process. His hope is a new model of operations can be found to support all three museums. The RMEO will continue to receive $4,000 in tax forgiveness in 2013 as they have in the past. Coun. Dawn Quinn supported both the museum and the Hub’s request seeing both as unique assets for the town. “I think the Hub and the railway museum are two things that will bring good news to the town,” she said. Coun. Pankow is keen to begin the service review so that reserve funds can be built up allowing the town to pass their budget earlier in the year. This year’s budget process began well, but was held up when the Ontario Municipal

Partnership Fund numbers were lacking. One suggestion that town staff will likely table during this process is the thought of charging for staff time to set up, clean up before, during and event community events. Currently the town provides this service free of charge. Coun. Cummings said the town must maintain its debt room to accommodate unknown expenses. “Something will change tomorrow. We need to always be prepared for that,” Cummings said. In 2014-2015 the debt room is minimal at a little more than $95,500, but then rebounds in 2016 with $290,707 of room available at $412,639 in 2017. Staples supported caution going forward particularly in regards to potential changes requiring municipalities to depreciate their assets, which could potentially leave a hole in future budgets. “It’s something that’s very significant that we have to keep an eye on,” the mayor said. The town’s struggles to balance their budgets this and past years while meeting the needs of the community was part of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) presentation today (May 2) as part of the province’s pre-budget discussions. The town ascertained that they have lost roughly $1 million a year in lost tax and water revenue due to plant closures and vacant buildings. After cutting about $800,000 out of the 2013 budget councillors were at a loss as to where the remaining $78,000 (or one per cent of taxes) would come from until Steve Fournier, interim CAO came to the rescue despite having reviewed operations numerous times. “I’m quite happy to make the commitment that we will find them,” Fournier said. The final tax notices are due out by the end of May this year.


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Lorraine’s, Carleton Place’s new breast care studio and more, celebrated its official opening on April 26. Participating in the ribbon cutting with owner Crystal Harris (fourth from left), from left: Cathie McOrmond, Business Improvement Association (BIA) manager; Trent Harris, son; Blake Harris, son; Wayne Kenney, father; mayor Wendy LeBlanc; and Gary Harris, husband. cancer. Consequently, she had one of her breasts removed. “We were right there with her on her courageous journey – from diagnosis to treatment,� said Harris.

Minimally decked out in white with traces of purple, fixtures include a large portrait of Harris’ mother, which is prominently displayed above the fireplace mantle. Additionally, her mother’s 52-year-old wedding dress is showNext chapter cased. “I didn’t want a typical storefront,� “Purple was my mother’s favourite said Harris. “I wanted more of a home colour,� said Harris. atmosphere. Something private, cozy.� Although it took time to find the per- A need fect space, she found it in a centrally To purchase items such as masteclocated heritage building – 6 Lake Ave. tomy bras, prosthetic breast inserts, etc., W., the former constituency office of travel to Ottawa was a must. Member of Parliament Scott Reid and “There was nothing available locally Member of Provincial Parliament Ran- to support women,� said Harris. dy Hillier. It is difficult to find a good bra under “We took possession on Dec. 23,� normal circumstances. However, findsaid Harris, “and it took two months and ing one after a mastectomy or during family and close friends to get it ready.� chemotherapy and radiation treatments

is even more challenging. As a certified fitter, Harris will help her clients achieve the best possible fit. A positive self-image plays an important role in overall health and can aid in the healing process. “I want to make this a positive experience for clients,� said Harris. “In a comfortable and confidential setting, I am here to help them.� Private fitting rooms, warm slippers and coffee, tea or water are special touches. Calling ahead for an appointment can offer additional time to talk to clients and address their needs. “I really enjoy people, helping people,� said Harris. “I love getting to know someone and building new relationships.� Lorraine’s also offers a mobile service, in-home support. Harris only uses Trulife products, which are 100 per cent Canadian made. “This allows for a lower price point,� she said. “I don’t have offshore manufacturing and shipping feeds.� Moreover, there is no HST on medical products. The Assistive Devices Program, administered by the Operational Support Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as personal benefit plans can help with costs. Bras and post-operative camisoles come in different colours, and there are several styles (lingerie, athletic and leisure) and fabrics to choose from. “In the future I would like to carry headwear, scarves, swimwear and wigs,� said Harris. “Everyone has been incredibly sup-

portive,� continued Harris. “Nearly everyone knows someone with, or affected by, cancer.� Lorraine’s is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “I can accommodate special requests, if clients need to come in on the weekend,� said Harris. For additional information, contact the store at 613-854-7112.

Lorraine’s, Crystal Harris’ new store in Carleton Place, is named in memory of her mother (Lorraine Kenney) who passed away six years ago from lung cancer. A portrait of her mother is prominently exhibited above the fireplace mantle.

Dean family celebrates opening of grocery store in Almonte By TARA GESNER The Dean family observed the official opening of its newest Mike Dean’s Super Food Store on April 20. The family-owned and operated grocery store is located in Almonte at 430 Ottawa St. At the opening the store was packed with customers, politicians and members of the Dean family in celebration of the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. According to store manager James Egan, a soft opening took place about a month and a half ago. “Today we find ourselves standing in our sixth operation,� he said. “Congratulations, Mike!� Mike Dean’s Super Food Stores, in

business for 37 years, boast national brand products at direct warehouse prices, and the Almonte location joins the family’s growing chain of stores in Chesterville, Winchester, Vankleek Hill, Bourget and Sharbot Lake (coming soon). “Welcome!� said Mississippi Mills mayor John Levi. “We are really happy to have Mike and Gord (father and son) bring a store to town, which means more jobs.� He noted the municipality had been struggling to get a store in the Ottawa Street mall since 2002. “It is really exciting to get this mall rolling – to get it filled,� continued Levi, “and we have heard nothing but good things about you, and I am sure

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The Dean family celebrated the official grand opening of John Levi, Carleton-Mississippi Mills Member of Parits Almonte grocery store on Saturday, April 20, with a liament Gordon O’Connor and Mississippi Mills Coun. ribbon cutting. Above, from left: Mike, Gordon, Nancy, Denzil Ferguson. Julie and Pam Dean, as well as Mississippi Mills mayor they are all right.� Carleton-Mississippi Mills Member of Parliament Gordon O’Connor, who was on hand at Saturday’s official opening, was pleased to see another store in the modest community because it translated to much-needed jobs. “I understand from your pattern that you like to go into the smaller towns,� he said, “and I think it is really great what you are doing.� “We like being the community gro-


cery store,� said Mike. He noted his grandmother left Liverpool, England at the age of 11 for Canada. She ended up in Pakenham. Her sister settled in Carleton Place. “Both were married and had families,� said Mike, “and as a result, I spent quite a bit of time in Pakenham as a young boy.� With the new store in Almonte he said it was like coming home. Egan first visited Almonte in early

November (2012). “I took a tour around town and was quite impressed with how clean it was,� he said. “More importantly, when I came to start work in February, it was really friendly.� Egan promised to return the favour to the customers of Almonte. “We will keep this store safe, we will keep it clean, and we will keep it stocked,� he added. The opening offered a free barbecue, raffle and much more.

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ple, so it wants its website to be equally so. The tourism authority is looking to make its website more mobile-friendly, with the iPhone, Android and other portable devices. During a presentation to Perth town council’s committee-of-the-whole meeting on Tuesday, April 9, the county’s tourism manager, reported that the audience visiting the website was 70 per cent female, with most of the visits coming from Canada, with the United States and United Kingdom in second and third place respectively, and a strong interest from Australia and New Zealand. The tourism authority’s Facebook site now has 200 more friends than it did a year ago, as it improves its online presence, including its Twitter account. But the county has not forgotten about older media, recently printing up new

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Annual economic development breakfast celebrates growth By JOSEPH MORIN A message of continued growth, and effective teamwork was what those at the 4th annual North Grenville Economic Development Appreciation Breakfast received last month. The April 18 breakfast is becoming a great way for North Grenville to send out a message detailing its economic plans and ongoing successes. In keeping with the theme of this year’s breakfast which was “Team North Grenville” organizers had asked Olympic gold medalist Rob Marland to talk about his own experiences as a top class Olympic rower and how, without teamwork, success is not normally the outcome in just about any endeavor. In keeping with the theme of teamwork and local flavours for the breakfast, six local businesses provided the food. Catered Affairs and the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill along with Albert’s Meat Market and Dial a Chef provided lots of great breakfast fare. Brewed Awakenings and Grahame’s Bakery joined in with coffee and donuts, cinnamon rolls and scones. Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville Gord Brown was on hand as well to explain a bit about what his government had accomplished regarding stabilizing, for the present and future, the country’s economic health. “Since taking office in 2006,” said Brown, “our government has pursued a positive agenda to make Canada’s economy stronger, helping create more good, high quality jobs.” These efforts, he said, included lowering taxes more than 150 times, lowering the average tax bill by more than $3,200 and supporting entrepreneurs by lowering taxes on job creating businesses and opening more markets to Canadian goods and increased trade deals. “That positive agenda has kept Canada’s economy on the right

ness and supporting them has resulted in a healthy business atmosphere. “That is what has made us one of the fastest growing communities in eastern Ontario,” he said. The North Grenville Director of Planning and Development Forbes Symon put all of that growth in perspective. In 2003 there were 92 new housing starts. Over the past ten years, as more developers put their plans into action that number increased. In 2012, there were 249 new housing starts. The value of all new construc-Business Today photo by JOSEPH MORIN The fourth annual Economic Development Appreciation Break- tion was a respectable $44.9 milfast held at the North Grenville Municipal Centre Thursday, lion. April 18 was a hit. The breakfast gave the municipality the Forbes Symon gave a brief list chance to celebrate its economic successes and exciting plans for the future. The keynote speaker was Rob Marland from Royal of accomplishments which are LePage. He is a Canadian 1992 Olympic gold medal winner in part and parcel of North Grenville rowing eights. Other speakers left to right were: North Grenville being able to move forward. A new comprehensive zoning councillor Tim Sutton, Mayor David Gordon, Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown and Forbes Symon, North Grenville director of bylaw was put in place, allowing one set of regulations and planning and development. expanded home based opportunipath,” said Brown. He explained the announcement the Eastern ties along with investment ready how Canada had created over Ontario Development Program zoning. An environmental assess950,000 new jobs since the depth was going to be extended another ment for servicing of the North of the recession and the country five years. “This is great news for West quadrant was completed. had the best job growth recovery North Grenville and our riding,” A new tourism website and app record in the G-7. said Brown. was set up at www.explorenorthThe MP explained the purNorth Grenville Mayor David and the Business Repose behind the government’s Gordon said all of the more than tention and Expansion program Economic Action Plan 2013. “It 155 people at the breakfast were continued to provide support for focuses more on positive initia- members of one great big team. business at www.northgrenvilletives to support job creation and The mayor said the success of with information growth,” he said. North Grenville and the contin- and presentations. The new Canada Job Grant is ued growth was thanks in part to While the municipality moved designed to help Canadians get staff. “North Grenville is incredhigh quality, well paying jobs. ibly lucky to have such dedicated North Grenville has a number councillors and staff,” he said. of important infrastructure projHe mentioned this was a comects waiting in the wings that munity of volunteers. need financial support from the Following the remarks about government. Brown said, “Eco- the government’s attempts to crenomic Action Plan 2013 includes ate a positive and opportunityour government’s plan to make rich business environment, the the largest federal investment in mayor pointed out there has been job-creating infrastructure in Ca- several new small businesses setnadian history, “Seventy billion ting up shop in North Grenville. over 10 years. This investment He said, “Economic developwill help build and repair roads, ment is not all about growth but bridges, subways, rail and much also about business retention and more in communities across expansion. Mayor Gordon beCanada.” lieves the work the municipality Another good news item was has done on sharing with busi-

forward the community was not far behind. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Bill Thake award was given to the Kemptville District Hospital. The award is for economic leadership. The hospital was also given the Booth Centennial Green award for its commitment to going green. The North Grenville Public Library had more than 100,000 visits compared to 22,000 in 2010. Sixty-two per cent of North Grenville residents have library cards and there have been 3,000 new library members added to the library since 2011. The new North Grenville District High School opened up last year and the Upper Canada District School Board has announced plans to build a new Kemptville Public School. The Ferguson Forest Centre made their final mortgage payment this year and a new dock and picnic shelter was placed at the Anniversary Park. There have been several new businesses in North Grenville. Grenville Mutual opened its new head office in the Kemptville Colonnade Business Park. DFC Woodworks Inc. started manufacturing at Bridge Street. Candy for You, Heather’s Healthy Harvest, Keller Williams Realty and Tekken Martial Arts opened locations in Old


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tive, competitively-priced products. Additional features and highlights of the renovated store include: Seasonal – The seasonal department is located at the front of the store and offers customers a vast assortment of products to start each season with confidence. During spring and summer, the area features barbecues and outdoor living items, and in the winter customers can find a large selection of holiday décor and winter-related items. Household essentials – The store carries more of what you need every day such as a wide selection of consumables, and pet food and accessories. Storage and organization – This area will help customers stay organized both inside the home and in the garage. With increased space and design changes, the store features inspiring closet and garage organization ideas and laundry room displays. Hardware store – This area of the store brings together hardware, paint, plumbing and electrical to a single, easy-to-shop location – with an extensive assortment of products, new customer service desk and kiosks. Tools – Located beside the Hardware


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MAY 14 Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting At The Mill Restaurant- 7:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Speaker: Greg Hinton “Great Goal Setting” Registration:

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MAY 21 Brockville Women In Business monthly luncheon meeting At CJ’s Banquet Hall Registration: 11:30 a.m.;


The newly renovated Canadian Tire Prescott store is ready to provide its many customers with a one-stop shopping destination to get everything they need for their home, car and leisure activities. Featuring Canadian Tire’s Smart Store concept, the renovated store offers everyday essentials at competitive prices in a shopping environment that is fun, inspirational and easy-to-navigate. Grand re-opening festivities were held April 25 with incredible in-store savings and fun events for the entire family. “We’re excited to be growing in Prescott and better able to serve our customers with Canadian Tire’s new Smart Store format that features a robust line-up of products at great value and a unique shopping experience,” says Jerome Taylor, Associate Dealer, Canadian Tire. “The renovated store reflects our commitment to being loyal to our customers and to investing in our community by delivering world class products, services, selection and value combined with top-notch customer service.” The renovated store features 20,000 square feet of retail space with more than 30,000 products. The newly reno-

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JUNE 8 Township of Elizabethtown/Kitley “Annual Business Fair” 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the former Spring Valley Community Hall on Hwy. 29, north of Tincap near the O.P.P. station. Regisration:


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Brockville Farmers’ market opens for its 180th season The Brockville Farmers’ Market opened its 180th season on Saturday, May 4, at 8:30 a.m. For the grand opening, the market had mayor David Henderson, councillors, a piper, a town crier and representatives of the Downtown Business Improvement Agency on hand. The Brockville Farmers’ Market brings to the public this summer 60 local farmers, market gardeners and artisans. With the Tall Ships and all other major events organized in Brockville for this summer, the market will be buzzing during the whole season. “The market has been growing fast over the last few years thanks to our customers who keep asking for more fresh produce and local products. The season is short in Canada and they want to take advantage of those few months where they can get fruits and vegetables just freshly picked and our market provides that,” said Margaret Plume, the acting Chair of the Brockville Farmers’ Market Association. All the members are very enthusiastic about the season coming up. “We are looking forward to a great

season. We have activities and entertainment planned for almost every Saturday and fun things for the kids such as little zoos, planting herbs or carving pumpkins. Just check the tent in the middle of the street.” The Brockville Farmers’ Market stands for local – homegrown – handmade - handcrafted. “If you are looking for fresh flowers or plants, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh homemade baking and treats, homemade jams and jellies, local maple syrup and honey, handmade natural skin care products or other beautiful crafts, come to the market. You will be surprised by the selection and sophistication of the products you can find,” added Plume. The Brockville Farmers’ Market is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located on Market Street West, beside City Hall in downtown Brockville. Check the website on a regular basis www.brockvillefarmersmarket. ca. Make the market part of your weekly shopping and support the development of a strong local economy.

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Left, Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands councillor Wendy Merkley (left) checks out some of the information available about the township at the third annual Thousand Islands Rural Small Business Showcase and Earth Day Showcase held at the Community Building in Lansdowne on April 21. Above, a wide variety of art was on display for the art and photography competition held at the event. Themes for the art works were Earth Day and Rural Small Business.

Spray tanning comes to Brockville By MARLA DOWDALL Bringing the sun to their customers, Tan on the Run is now offering its services in Brockville. A safe alternative to tanning, there is no UV, the products are organic and good for you, noted Sandra Hoare. Hoare purchased the franchise from Nicole Hyatt who appeared with the idea on Dragon’s Den. The service is mobile and brings tanning services to the customer’s home, a first for the area, Hoare explained.

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Industrial park expansion one step closer to reality By CONAN de VRIES The Township of Augusta just got a big boost in its efforts to expand its industrial park. Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown was at the township office recently to present a cheque for $100,000, which will enable the township to complete the slew of studies required before any kind of expansion can take place. “This is going to mean exciting things for Augusta Township,” said Brown. The money was provided under the auspices of the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP), an investment initiative begun in 2006 by the federal government that seeks to promote economic development in rural Eastern Ontario. The program is delivered locally by the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (GCFDC). “Our board is pleased to be supporting the Township of Augusta,” said Heather Lawless, executive director of the GCFDC. Since its inception, successive federal budgets have renewed the

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Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown (far right) and Tom Bailey (far left), of the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation, present a cheque to the Township of Augusta to help offset the costs of expanding the township’s industrial park. Grateful for the donation are Augusta Township councillors (from left) Doug Malanka, Darlene Banning, Pauline Cyr and Reeve Mel Campbell. EODP program for only one or water management studies that two years, meaning the program will need to be completed before was always on the bubble. But in the industrial park can get up the most recent budget, thanks in and running. Already, though, large part to activism by Brown there have been inquiries from and other Eastern Ontario MPs, interested companies. the EODP has been renewed for five years. “This is a great day for Augusta will use the Augusta,” said Reeve Mel investment to offset the costs of Campbell. “It puts us on a road the hydrological, archaeological, to prosperity we haven’t seen in environmental impact and storm some time.”



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