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IN BRIEF Bail hearing held for accused in murder trial A bail hearing was held for Lucie Paquette on March 4, at the Ontario Superior Court in Perth. The bail hearing will be continued on April 11, at 9:15 a.m. Paquette, 47, is accused of firstdegree murder in the Nov. 15, 2010, death of her common-law husband, Gerry Madaire. Madaire was found dead in the couple’s home on Montgomery Road, just outside the village of Lanark. Details of the testimony presented in the courtroom are subject to a publication ban and cannot be reported at this time. Paquette was in court this morning. She recently completed a court-ordered psychiatric assessment at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre in Ottawa. The assessment was ordered to determine if she is mentally fit to stand trial. The results of that assessment have not yet been presented.

BY CATHY JAMES Perth Courier

Perth police charge Lanark man with drunk driving A 23-year-old Lanark man was charged with operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of more than .08 milligrams on March 2. He was arrested at 8 p.m. outside Perth. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Under Ontario’s Municipal Act, municipalities first have to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to restructure. In other words, municipalities can only amalgamate if all parties agree to it and the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs gives his stamp of approval. Since the mid-1990s, expansion of urban areas, changes in responsibilities of local government and provincial government initiatives have led to a massive wave of municipal mergers. The most important changes saw some counties and regional municipalities merge with their constituent local municipalities. According to the Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs, the number of municipalities was reduced by more than 40 per cent between 1996 and 2004, from 815 to 445. Two years ago, that number went down to 444. During the wave of amalgamations in Ontario in 1998, Perth and what are now Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley townships held some preliminary discussions about merging, but it never got any

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY The Paranormal Show hit the stage at the Perth Studio Theatre on Saturday night, taking the audience into the world of the unknown, and displaying supernatural feats. Scott McClelland, known to his audience as Nikolai Diablo, wowed the audience with a variety of acts, including mind-reading and communicating with the dead. Ryan Holland photo

Perth Mayor John Fenik has an idea to save town expenditures and reduce debt: amalgamate. Fenik recently told The Perth Courier he plans to bring a motion forward to the Town of Perth council, asking for their feedback about joining forces with surrounding municipalities. “I’m going to approach the Perth council to have support to enter into discussions with Tay Valley Township and Drummond/ North Elmsley Township about amalgamating,� he says. The provincial government has been encouraging municipal governments to amalgamate with a view that municipal government should provide services in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. This is a concept with which Fenik agrees. “A town of 6,000 can’t survive, we have to have the numbers come in,� he says. “I would gladly step down as mayor to give the leadership role to one of the other township reeves, if it meant amalgamating. I’d do it in a heartbeat.�

See ‘Mayor to pitch’, Pg. 3

Perth natives to cross Canada for charity



Eco-abode Sharbot Lake building is first in Ontario to get this green seal of approval. 2

High-octane headache Historic home partially-demolished after 900-litre fuel leak. 4

A powerful hunger will be driving Perth natives Jason Morgenster n and Tyler Valiquette as they pedal their way across the country this summer. But they aren’t the hungry ones. The 2.7 million Canadians who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, they’re the hungry ones. They’re the reason for Canada Crossing. That’s the name of the journey that will take the two University of Guelph students from Victoria, B.C., through the Rockies, across the Prairies to the Northern Ontario wilderness and onto the Maritimes and, finally, St. John’s, Nfld. From their first toe-dip in the Pacific, to the final splash on The Rock, the team plans to travel a total of 7,843 kilometres over the course of two months, with July 2 as the slated start date.

Along with fellow Guelph students Joel Saunders, who will join them on the road, and co-ordinator Caitlin Smith, Morgenstern and Valiquette are working towards a fundraising goal of $50,000. The money is going to Meal Exchange, a national studentfound charity with 26 campus chapters across the country, which has been operating since 1993 to address local hunger. “We want to make people aware that there is hunger in our country, though it’s sometimes hidden from view, and that people can and should make a difference,� said Morgenstern. On their jour ney, the team plan to visit major cities along the way – including Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa – in order to connect with local chapters of Meal Exchange. In addition to spreading their antihunger message, they want to produce a documentary and a See ‘Perth natives’, Pg. 3

University of Guelph students Tyler Valiquette (Left) and Jason Morgenstern will be passing through their hometown of Perth in early August as they pedal their away across Canada. They hope their journey will raise $50,000 for Meal Exchange, a charity working to eliminate hunger in Canada. Geoff Davies photo

St. John to offer full-day kindergarten in 2012 BY GEOFF DAVIES Roughly 900 more Ontario schools will start offering fullday kindergarten in September 2012, including one more school in Perth. On March 2, St. John Elementary School principal Terri Brady learned the school board had selected her school to offer the program. St. John currently offers a Perth bumped from the playoffs in Game Six by a score of “Ready to Learn� program, in 3-1. 21 which students alternate between

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a full-day kindergarten program one day, and daycare with early childhood educators the next. Brady said the next step for her school is to begin planning the transition from “Ready to Learn� to a full-day kindergarten program. “We’re happy to have been chosen for (2012) and we’ll do our best to implement the program for the good of all the kids,� she said. The other local elementary school currently offering fullday kindergarten is Maple Grove

Public School. Though the program was new this September, already the school is seeing positive results, said principal Elaine Combley. “We can’t believe how quickly the children pick up routines, things that would take a bit longer on alternate days,� she said. “It’s amazing.� The province is in the process of phasing in full-day kindergarten, and says it will be available in all elementary schools by September 2014. In September 2012, close to

1,700 schools will offer full-day kindergarten, making for a total of 120,000 enrolled. That’s almost half of Ontario’s four- and fiveyear-olds, according to a release from the provincial government. “A strong start in school leads to a strong finish, so more students graduate and go on to college, university or an apprenticeship,� Premier Dalton McGuinty said in the release. “Full-day kindergarten is setting our children up for success and it’s making things a little easier for parents today.�



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Seniors’ spot an Ontario first for green construction BY GEOFF DAVIES The lights never go off, but they’re never really on. It’s sunlight recycled, or passive natural light. Body temperature sensors ensure you never get scalded at the faucet. Instead, the heated water flows through almost 1.5 kilometres of in-floor tubing to heat the house. And since the house hardly leaks, the hot air stays hot and the dollars stay in the tenants’ pockets. As managing partner with Alltech Construction Management Group, Cam Allen helped build these townhouses just outside of Sharbot Lake, which mark a first in Ontario for environmentallyconscious construction. “When the auditor came (to test the air envelope), he couldn’t get a

the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the GreenHouse seal is a counterpart to the long-standing U.S. “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” certification. Though internationally recognized, LEED is less appropriate for non-urban settings, said Allen. That fact aside, Allen said the townhouses’ accreditation would be roughly equivalent to LEED’s top standard, Platinum. By focusing on the four pillars of energy efficiency, water conservation, air quality and materials management, the certification claims to reduce greenhouse gas production by up to three tonnes per house, per year. But Allen said he hopes the townhouses will reduce anxiety as well as emissions. “They allow the seniors to stay in their home environment,” he said.

reading, the walls are that tight,” he said, adding that it was an avowed first for that experienced auditor. “The drywallers cursed us because it took four or five days for one coat of drywall tape to dry.” Built with the active, budgetwary senior in mind, construction began on the so-called Mature Living Townhouses back in August. The first tenants, paying a flat rate of $640 per month, are due at the beginning of April. The 4,800 square-foot affordable housing project cost about $800,000 to build and can house up to 10 tenants in its six units, said Allen. This project of Central Frontenac Non-Profit Housing proved to be not only cost-efficient, but also the first building in Ontario worthy of “GreenHouse” certification, he said. Conceived in conjunction with

“Their families are probably here, all the services they need are here…this is the ideal home for the active senior.” With move-in day just around the corner, Allen and crew are

putting the finishing touches on the place so as to show it off at early March open houses. Not that there are any spots open for tenants. “It filled up pretty quick.”

Survey finds 22 species at risk BY KASSINA RYDER A recent survey has revealed that Lanark County is home to approximately 22 possible at-risk species of animals and plants, including butterflies, reptiles and wolves. Five of Lanark County’s 38 community forests were recently surveyed to determine how many at-risk species are currently living within the forests. The Life Science Surveys took place over a four-month period in four forests in Lanark Highlands and one in Tay Valley Township. Mississippi Valley Conservation and the Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County submitted a joint application to the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, which

provides funding to perform surveys through the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. “We selected five properties out of the 38 there are and did intensive species-at-risk inventory on them,” said Brian Anderson, advisory services coordinator for Mississippi Valley Conservation. “It is important that we know if these species are in decline and if we do any operations within the forest we know more about them and we’re mindful not to destroy their habitats.” Anderson said some of the species include two types of butterfly, the Monarch and the West Virginia White, along with animal species such as the Eastern wolf. Others include American gin-

seng and the five-lined skink, depending on the location, said Jonathan Allen, facilities and fleet manager for the County of Lanark public works department. “Different parts of the county have different species at risk,” he said. Allen said performing studies allows for better forest management. “We’re there to keep the forest prosperous,” he said. “We have to do these studies to make sure we’re not disrupting the forest. “We want to be careful.” The community forests are maintained by Lanark County. The forests encompass almost 12,000 acres, which are all available to the public. The first property was purchased in 1938, while the last was bought in 1987.

Cam Allen of All-tech Construction Management Group points to the only active light source in the townhouse’s main room: a “Sundome,” a skylight of sorts that recycles natural light. The townhouses, newly built just outside of Sharbot Lake, were the first in Ontario to receive GreenHouse certification, thanks to green innovations such as the Sundome. Geoff Davies photo

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AN AMAZING SET OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS WORKING TOGETHER John Mayer has it right – we are bigger than our bodies give us credit for. We all know that we are so much more than just flesh and bones – we have an amazing set of complex systems that work together in a somewhat miraculous manner, without our even understanding them. Powering it all is a mild electrical current that runs through our extremely sophisticated circuitry, firing most of our 50-75 trillion cells. Like every other flow of electrical current, it generates a magnetic field, and its frequency or rate of flow can be measured. In fact, individual cell types have different frequencies that overlap and interact with each other, creating the larger field that extends beyond our physical body. These frequencies or vibrations are not static - they change according to both internal and external stimuli, though they each have an optimal range or resonance – a high and low frequency beyond which

the way they operate is affected. Our health suffers when our frequencies/vibrations get too low, and generally improves when they are raised. Keeping our field within our optimal resonance can be an important component of overall good health. So how do we raise our vibration? You already know lots of ways to do this – spending time with loved ones, listening to music, exercise, your favourite hobby, volunteering, dancing like nobody’s watching, a luxurious bath, a weekend away, a massage or a manicure, a run – it’s pretty much the things you do that make you feel good. You also probably can already list the things that get you down – poor diet, stress, pollutants. Some of these you can manage, while others seem to be beyond your control – and that feeling of no control can create even more stress in your life. Most of us know what we should do to be healthier, but

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Woman’s fuel tank nightmare continues BY KASSINA RYDER It stood for nearly 200 years, but will take only an hour to destroy. Fergusons Falls resident Nancy Command says her log cabin will have to be torn down after watching the newly renovated addition to the house being demolished in front of her eyes on March 2. The addition was demolished after Command’s oil tank leaked 900 litres of fuel beneath the house last November. Command is the fourth generation of her family to live in the cabin, which is also her father’s birthplace. She believes it was built in the early 1800s. She had just finished renovating the addition for a renter who was moving to Canada. Command planned on living in the main part of the cabin, while the renter had her own living quarters in the addition. “I was set,” Command said. “Life was going to be good.” Since then, she said her life has been a nightmare. She moved to a condo at McCreary’s Beach Holiday Resort last month and has been hoping for a miracle – that the fuel didn’t manage to reach the soil

underneath the main part of the cabin. But the recent demolition revealed oil beneath the main part of the house, which means it will either have to be torn down or moved. Command said her insurance has provided enough money to tear down the addition and she might have enough left over to demolish the rest of the house. But moving the cabin to another location would have to come out of her own pocket, and Command said after she has now lost the entire cost of the new addition, she simply doesn’t have the money. She also said she isn’t sure the almost 200-year-old cabin would survive the trip.

“It can be moved, but there is no certainty when you’re moving a 190-year-old house,” she said. “It boils down to what is the price of heritage?”

includes fuel tank regulations. The TSSA puts no age limit on fuel tanks and only requires inspections every 10 years, according to its website. However, some insurance companies won’t Fuel leaks common insure homes with oil tanks, and others require tanks to be Cam Monk is the chief project replaced after a certain amount manager for D.L. Services Ltd., the of time. environmental clean-up company The TSSA also states that oil that is working on Command’s property. distributors are required to order While he said he could not an inspection if they determine a comment about the specifics of tank is unsafe. Command’s situation, Monk said “No distributor shall supply fuel residential fuel tank leaks happen oil to a container or tank system often. that is connected to an appliance “They’re actually very comor work unless the distributor mon,” he said. “This is 90 per cent is satisfied that the installation and use of the appliance or work of our business.” Monk said leaks can occur due comply with this Regulation and, (a) Unless the distributor has inspected the appliance or work at least once within the previous 10 years,” the website states. Since spreading her story, Command said she has had people stopping her on the street to talk to her. People tell her they have started calling their insurance companies to make sure they are covered in the event of a fuel leak. Command said she hopes others will learn from her story and take The newly renovated addition to Nancy Command’s log cabin in Ferguson’s Falls was torn down on March steps to make sure it does not 2 after the fuel tank leaked beneath the house last November. happen to them.

Hillier presents books to Grade 2 class BY GEOFF DAVIES

Stories continued from Page 1

Mayor to pitch According to Drummond/ North Elmsley Reeve Aubrey Churchill, Fenik approached both he and Tay Valley Reeve Keith Kerr prior to the Feb. 25 Lanark County council meeting. Churchill says Fenik outlined his plans. “He gave us a heads up that he was bringing a motion to his council to talk about amalgamating with our townships,” Churchill says. Churchill’s response to Fenik was clear. “I told him I would reserve comment until he receives dir-

ection from his council and our council is approached,” he told the Courier. Churchill is no stranger to the amalgamation process. In 1998, Drummond and North Elmsley Townships came together as a unified municipality. “I was involved in the last amalgamation as I was a councillor for North Elmsley,” he explains. “We had a perfect fit and there were no issues with that amalgamation.” But Churchill says Fenik’s idea is a different ballgame, as it brings two rural municipalities with a town setting. “This is a totally new direction,” he says.

formal report of their experiences for the charity. “We want to help educate people on the issues and the projects that are in the works,” said Valiquette. Hunger “is something we can actually solve in Canada because we have the resources to do it.” According to their website, Canada Crossing has raised more than $3,000 toward its goal. To this end, Morgenstern Local MPP Randy Hillier speaks at Queen Elizabeth Public and Valiquette were in Perth School on March 4. Hillier chose the school to receive the gift for a Feb. 22 fundraiser at the of a full set of Grade 2 Nelson Literacy books from publishing Crossroads Tea Room. company Nelson Education. Geoff Davies photo They will be back in Perth in

early August, when they pedal through on their way to Ottawa and then Eastern Canada. In the meantime, aside from some furious training, they will be seeking support from individuals and businesses. While they are seeking corporate sponsors to help cover the costs involved, 100 per cent of donations will go to Meal Exchange, they said. Anyone interested in supporting their journey, or in joining in for part of it – an “open invitation,” Morgenstern said – should check out their website at www.

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FROM THE FRONT further than that. Local MPP Randy Hillier was at Queen Elizabeth Public School on Friday, March 4 bearing gifts for the Grade 2 class. Publishing company Nelson Education made the donation of a full set of Nelson Literacy books on behalf of Hillier, who won the right to give them to a school of his choosing, following a draw at Queen’s Park. Books, said Hillier, are timeless, making them the ideal gift. “What you gain from them, that knowledge and learning, is always with you,” he said. “That present is always present wherever you go.” Carmela Ciocio, principal at Queen Elizabeth, said the school has seen a recent surge of younger students. With 55 children in Grade 2 this year, and that number on the rise, teachers there realized they had an urgent need for more books, she said. Hillier won the right to present that gift at a lobby day to highlight the decrease in provincial education funding, said Chris Besse, senior vice-president for Nelson Education, who was on hand to present the set of books. He said that spending on learning resources has gone down 22 per cent since 1998. Since 2009, the province has seen a $25 million cut on learning resource spending, according to a release from Hillier’s office. Since 2004, Ontario has experienced the sharpest decline in resource spending out of any province, the release said.

to a variety of reasons, but the most common is simply that the tank is too old. A tank typically rusts from the inside out, so the owner may not even realize it is in bad condition, he said. Freeze and thaw cycles can also wreak havoc on fuel lines, which expand and contract if water has managed to get inside, Monk said. Homeowners need to be aware of the problems that can occur and take steps to prevent them, such as placing fuel tanks in a safe location where falling ice can’t hit them. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority is the body that governs the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Act, which


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The cost of this ad will be $175.00 for businesses within Lanark Highlands and $200.00 for all other businesses, and be limited to insertion on one page of the publication. The Township is limiting the total number of ads available to 20. Ads will be available on a first come first serve basis with no reserved pages.

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Conservation authority eyes Carleton Place HQ New MVC building could land on Highway 7

BY NEVIL HUNT The offices of the local conservation authority may move to Carleton Place. The chair of the Mississippi Valley Conservation (MVC) said a new location is needed, and a high-visibility site on Highway 7 would probably meet with the board’s approval. The MVCA’s current headquarters is on Highway 511, a few kilometres north of Lanark village. “We have staff in double-wide trailers right now,” said MVC chair Mark Burnham, who is also a councillor in Tay Valley Township. “It’s not (wheelchair)

accessible and the corridors aren’t wide enough.” The site being considered is on Highway 7, about 800 metres west of Mississippi Road. The conservation authority would need to construct a building. At the MVC’s annual general meeting last week at the Mill of Kintail, the new board approved a budget that would provide up to $830,000 for the headquarters land purchase and construction. Burnham said that if the move to Carleton Place doesn’t happen, another option is to build at the Mill of Kintail property, although he expects opposition to any additions to the historic site. “It’s about deciding what is best for us, and what is

affordable,” he said. Funding for the MVC comes from a property tax levy on residents within the watershed and the province. In 2011, property owners will pay a levy of $4.57 for every $100,000 of property value they own.

New board The Mississippi’s sizeable watershed covers 4,450 square kilometres, from headwaters at Mazinaw Lake, near Bon Echo Provincial Park, to the Ottawa River. The MVC elected a new board for 2011 during the annual general meeting on Feb. 24, and all 11 municipalities along the

river’s route are represented: • Chair Mark Burnham, Tay Valley Township. • Vice-chair Phil Sweetnam, City of Ottawa. • Wayne Millar, Township of Central Frontenac. • Adam Snider, Township of Addington Highlands. • Garry McEvoy, Township of Greater Madawaska. • Richard Kidd, Beckwith Township. • Doug Black, Town of Carleton Place. • Gail Code, Township of Drummond/North Elmsley. • Bob Sutcliffe, Township of Lanark Highlands. • Duncan Abbott, Town of Mississippi Mills.


Firefighters from across Lanark County stand in formation outside Blair and Son funeral home in Perth. They marched there on March 2 in tribute to Jim Healey, a 16-year veteran and former chief of the Lavant, Dalhousie and North Sherbrooke fire department, on the occasion of his wake. Kassina Ryder photo

• Alex Gillis, Town of Mississippi Mills. • Lonnie Watkins, Township of North Frontenac. • Al Jones, City of Ottawa. • Olivia MacAngus, City of Ottawa. • Eli El-Chantiry, City of Ottawa.

Dam safety The MVC operates 19 dams along the waterway, and private operators manage four hydroelectric generating stations. The board heard last week that some dams require safety reviews in 2011. The MVC is waiting for provincial grants to begin the reviews. On the schedule for reviews in 2011 are the Lanark and Carleton Place dams. “Lanark is probably our highest dam,” said Burnham. Further west, correcting deficiencies at the Shabomeka Lake dam is costing more than anticipated. MVC general manager Paul Lehman told the board that many of the authority’s dams are old and require reviews. Dams require reviews every five or 10 years, depending on three factors: • Structural stability: whether a failure would put lives at risk above or below the dam. • Public safety: if the operation or functioning of the dam could endanger public safety. • Operator safety: encompassing risk to staff. Matt Craig, the MVC’s manager of planning and regulations, said he expects all of the Mississippi system’s dams to be considered low risk, meaning reviews every 10 years. He based that opinion on the fairly small volume of water held back by the dams and the relatively sparse population that could be affected if a dam failed.

PPAC review: Dr. Zoo BY CATHY JAMES Perth Courier

Afro-Celtic-Reggae band Dr. Zoo lit up the stage at the PDCI Theatre on Friday night, bringing their unique sound to Perth. The six-piece band, with members from across Canada and beyond, has toured North America, Japan, the UK and South Africa, and had no problem getting the crowd into the show. Ryan Holland photo

It’s obvious Randal Arsenault loves his night job. The Newfoundland native founded the group, Dr. Zoo, and they performed at the Mason Theatre in Perth on March 4, presented by the Perth Performing Arts Committee. Since 2003, Dr. Zoo has released three albums and has toured Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa, and has taken home awards from the East Coast Music Awards and Music Newfoundland. Dr. Zoo recently opened for Johnny Clegg, Freshly Ground, Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi. The band’s story starts with Arsenault who has lived and travelled in Africa, most recently completing his doctorate in zoology. His travels and studies inspired him to create and develop the musical genre, “AfroCeltic-Reggae.” It’s a musical concept that’s hard to imagine. Until you hear it for yourself.

The three genres complement one another so well, as Arsenault transforms the three existing and lively musical genres into a smooth, musical template. The evening’s play list included Dr. Zoo’s original pieces as well as some well known hits. Whether playing his own original scores or worldwide hits, Dr. Zoo ensured the Afro-CelticReggae template was incorporated into the piece. It made for an interesting night as the audience was always listening for the three genres in every song performed. Arsenault says he is inspired by Paul Simon’s Graceland album, much of which was recorded in South Africa and included African musicians. They performed Simon’s renowned hit, African Skies, yet Arsenault wanted to take it one step further. “This is Paul Simon goes Newfie,” he said with a laugh, and the Celtic edge was introduced into the piece. When playing Bob Marley’s, No Woman, No Cry, they added the fiddle, bringing Celtic flavour to

the piece yet again. It helps when the lead man and his band mates are so passionate about the songs and stories, bringing charismatic energy to the stage. African musicians are in his band, and at Friday night’s performance, Sudanese guitarist David Kabbashi performed as did vocalist and African drummer, Youssou Seck of Senegal – both of whom performed solos. Arsensault introduced musical flavours and inspiring stories to the Perth audience last Friday evening, marrying the three genres together beautifully.

Next Performance This season’s last PPAC performance takes place at the Mason Theatre at the Perth and District Collegiate Institute on Friday, April 15, when the Sultans of String come to town. The audience also got a peek at next year’s line up, as they were informed that next season’s first performance, which is slated for Friday, Sept. 30, will have the Alcan Quartet on stage. For tickets, visit perthpac. org.

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Lanark resident new VP at Beckwith school BY DESMOND DEVOY When would your lunch hour include a dance rehearsal and pick-up basketball? When you are Kevin Fisher, the new vice-principal at Beckwith Public School. On a quiet Feb. 28, only his third day as one of the new leaders at the school, Fisher, a Lanark resident, was using his lunch period to help the students who had made it through that morning’s freezing rain to practise their basketball skills. Later, he took in a practice by students rehearsing for an upcoming assembly, working on a dance routine set to the new Katy Perry hit, “Firework.” “It works better with the music,” said one girl, as the routine wrapped up on the stage. “If I’m a passing figure who doesn’t say hi, they won’t respect that,” said Fisher, afterwards. In his years of teaching, he has observed that kindergarten students are particularly adept at spotting phonies, something he hopes he is never called.

“When I’m 80, I’m going to enjoy being around youth in the great outdoors,” he said, whether that be on yard duty, on the court, or in the classroom. “Teaching is a passion that I wanted to pursue.” Fisher was the vice-principal at Caldwell Street Public School in Carleton Place for six years. He had been the vice-principal at Naismith Memorial Elementary School in Almonte for three years previous to his Carleton Place posting. He grew up in Stittsville, where both of his parents were teachers. Not surprisingly, then, he worked as a tutor in high school, and then a teaching assistant in university. “People told me I was good at it,” he said with a laugh. He studied biology and computers at the University of Waterloo, before completing teachers’ college at the University of Ottawa. He is married with three children. “Strange as it seems to move mid-year…(it gives me) a chance to see the school up and running,” as well as to take part in the hiring process for the next school year, he said of his February move.

In teaching a Grade 3-4 split class many years ago, he came to know the strengths and weaknesses of his students, but working in administration gives him a broader canvas to work with. “There’s a greater potential for a good impact on a number of students,” he said of his viceprincipal role. “You’re working with teachers who impact a larger number of classrooms.” While it is still early in his posting, Fisher has some good first impressions of both staff and students. “Staff are phenomenally caring,” said Fisher. “The laughter in the hallways, I’ve only noticed in a few other places.” He has been impressed with what he has seen of the students as well. “The students are very polite and well behaved,” said Fisher. In fact, the students have Beckwith Public School’s new vicebeen very helpful in getting him principal, Kevin Fisher, shoots hoops during the lunchtime recess acclimatized to the ebb and flow of his new school. in the gym on Feb. 28. A big “What does that bell mean?” he sports fan, Fisher is the former asked one of his classes. “It’s not vice-principal of Caldwell Street a fire bell. It’s the lunch bell,” he Public School in Carleton Place. Desmond Devoy photo was informed. “I’m on a learning

curve,” he added. Fisher stated that he has no major plans for reform at the top of the school. “I’ll be standing back and watching until June,” he said. “My entry plan is, learn the players.” Fisher teaches Grade 7 science and math classes, and is also itching for a chance to show off his coaching skills in the gym. He might take up the vacant threepitch coaching job this season but, if there are spots available next year, would like to work his magic with the school’s soccer, volleyball and basketball teams, following up on his work teaching physical education at Caldwell Street. He is also an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, canoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, off-road cycling, badminton and rock climbing. “I play most sports,” he said, before adding, “I won’t coach a team at the same level my kids play,” lest Beckwith Public takes on The Stewart School from Perth. “That would make for some interesting dinner conversation,” he joked.

A natural playground for The Stewart School BY KASSINA RYDER The new Stewart Elementary School building is nearly six years old, but it is still missing one of its fundamental components – a playground. And members of the school’s council say they want more than just a set of steel monkey bars. They see the lack of playground equipment as an opportunity to create a “naturalized playground,” which would benefit both the school and neighbourhood

families living in a section of Perth that doesn’t offer many places to play, said school council member Tamara Derkzen. “It’s a place the whole community can enjoy,” she said. Derkzen said the goal is to create a natural play space that would include flower and vegetable gardens and an outdoor classroom. “We want to connect the kids a little bit more with nature through play,” she said. “I think it also encourages science and nutrition and those kinds of

topics as well. “It’s nice to get beyond plastic and pavement.” While there are no set plans in place just yet, Derkzen said the ideal playground would contain lots of trees for shade, large rocks for kids to climb on, stone pathways, and possibly logs cut in half for benches. The outdoor classroom would be a simple structure with openbench seating and a small stage, Derkzen said. “It makes the whole schoolyard visually welcoming,” she said.

When it is completed, the playground will be more than just a place to play, Derkzen added. Providing kids with a natural area to play in will encourage them to use their imaginations, as well as instilling a sense of pride in both students and the larger community. There are currently no playgrounds in the section of town where The Stewart School is located, so the area will also benefit families living nearby. “It’s a good, central spot,” Derkzen said. Derkzen said the group plans

to tackle the project in stages by expanding a little each year. Fundraisers such as the Family Trivia Night held at the school on Feb. 25 are helping to raise the money needed to complete projects, Derkzen said. Approximately $20,000 has been raised so far and council plans to start a science and nutrition garden this summer. She said although the project is being funded in stages, progress is definitely being made. “We’ve got the ball rolling,” she said.

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This Year’s Festival Is Extra Sweet!!!! For many years the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce and its Festival of the Maples committee have been wishing to enhance this already successful event. The Chamber’s Event Coordinator, Jordan Kennie has spearheaded the following weekend package, enticing those visiting Perth during the Festival of the Maples to see what Perth and the entire district has to offer………..

Sweet and Sticky Weekend in Perth We are so excited to announce that Nevis Estate and Drummond House in Perth, and The Rothwell Stone Cottage and The Roberts House in Westport, along with the Stone Cellar Restaurant and Ground Waves are coming together to provide a fabulous weekend package for those coming in from out of town! Thousands of people come to Perth for this one day event. We would love to see them stay a little longer, and experience the delicious food and the warm hospitality that Perth and district has to offer, as well as get a chance to check out some of our local merchants in a more relaxed \atmosphere the next day.

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Volunteers Needed for Festival of the Maples on April 30th With the Perth Festival of the Maples quickly approaching, the organization of the event is well underway and details are starting to fall into place. In its 35th year, The Festival of the Maples would not be as successful as it is without the assistance of VOLUNTEERS. Each year, the Festival committee is appreciative of anyone who is interested in helping on the day of the event. You don’t need to give up your entire day; only a couple of hours to help make this year’s Festival as fantastic as years past. This year the Festival is on Saturday, April 30th. Greg Hallam is organizing the volunteers for the Festival this year and would be grateful to anyone offering a couple of hours of his/her day. Please give Greg a call at 613-267-7029 or email Greg at

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The biggest kilt run in the world!!! Congratulations to Mary and Terry Stewart, (owners of the Running Goat), all the participants of the 2010 Perth Kilt Run and the organizing committee for making it into the Guiness World Records! Well done! If you are interested in participating in this year’s Kilt Run, contact 613 264-8904 or email:


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We Welcome Our Newest Members The Beach House Massage and Bodywork 123 Arnold Dr., Perth, Contact: Chrystine Moreau 613-466-0205 Massage Therapy/Thai Massage/ Reflexology/ Wraps/Indian Head Massage/Hot Stone Massage Coming this summer; Pedicures & Facials Perth & District Union Public Library 30 Herriott St., Perth Contact: Elizabeth Goldman 613-267-1224 Library, information, knowledge, computers, literacy, culture Temple’s Sugar Camp 1700 Ferguson Falls Road, Cty. Rd. 15, Ferguson Falls, Ont. Contact: Charles Temple 613-253-7000 Maple syrup, sugar camp, restaurant, weddings

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Eat your veggies


ost of us have at least one childhood memory, sitting at the kitchen table poking unenthusiastically at cold, brussels sprouts, or spreading our peas strategically around a plate, so we could move on to dessert. Our parents told us it was important that we eat our vegetables so we would grow up to be strong and healthy. According to a 2007-08 Canadian Community Health Survey, people living in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark need another talking to at the kitchen table. The study showed that 61 per cent of area residents do not consume enough fruit and vegetables. With the current youth obesity epidemic hitting Canada and the U.S., it is more important than ever that parents lead by example and promote living healthy lifestyles to their families. With the combination of two working parents, and the age of the Internet, it is getting increasingly difficult for parents to keep their kids active. We may not be able to keep our kids running or swimming laps on a daily basis, but we can offer them healthy, nutritious and balanced diets, which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. It’s time to ditch those ready-made lunches and dinners, and start putting healthy meals and snacks in our stomachs. Sure it’s easier to order a pizza than to cook a healthy meal – and sometimes parents need that quick and easy fix – but if fast food becomes the norm for dinner, instead of the exception, it will cost everyone more in the long run. Many people avoid buying fresh fruits and vegetables because they simply do not fit within their budgets, which is understandable, but there are plenty of frozen fruit and vegetable options available that can provide the same levels of nutrition. Try and remember fruits and veggies when making a donation to the food bank as well. The food banks are always looking for more fruits and vegetables to offer those in need. Another option available to those of us with green thumbs is to grow your own fruits and vegetables. Of course, this takes time and isn’t always a viable solution. Remember, fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients that help prevent chronic illnesses like cancer and heart disease, so eating healthy isn’t just going to trim our waistlines, it’s an investment in our future.

Vegas is a nice place to visit, but...

Local Landmark I

In this space each week, we will feature a photo of local interest. Be the first to correctly identify the location or item in the picture by emailing with the subject line, “Local Landmark,” and your name will be printed in next week’s paper! Hazel Kirkham correctly identified last week’s local landmark as the side door of the Mill Store Outlet. This week’s local landmark clue is: this revelation is on the wall, worts and all.

expect we all have wish lists of one sort or another. Mine has always consisted of places I’d like to visit, which included Las Vegas. So I was glad to hear that my older grandson was planning to get married there. Better still, his dad, my son-in-law, was making all the arrangements for a package deal to include flight, accommodation and insurance. So, with a light heart, out came my blue carry-on and in went a glittery blouse for the wedding, plus nightware, toiletries and extra clothing. We were only going to be there for five days and four nights so one piece of carryon luggage took care of things. Since he’d made a really bargain deal, we had to be prepared to travel at odd times, so off we went to my daughter’s the night before. Then up at 3.30 a.m. and away to the airport. A long, sleepy flight, but, since Las Vegas is in a different time zone, we eventually arrived “bright and early.” To plunge into a world of flashing lights, loud music and, in my case, celebrities I’d never heard of. Everyone has heard of Elvis, of course, and versions of him popped up all over the place. Even at the chapel, which we reached via the longest white limo I’ve ever seen, and where, after a small private ceremony with a real minister, our grandson and his pretty bride went through another glitzy ceremony with a gold-clad “Yea baby!” version on-stage.

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BENDELL Settled In Then on to a splendid reception with a buffet which covered all kinds of food from around the world. Plus, for an extra $9, all the wine or beer you wanted. I don’t drink wine so, to enter into the spirit of the thing, I ordered a beer, served to me in the bottle. Not wanting to seem like an old-fashioned party pooper, I took a swig and, of course, dear husb captured it on film. Ah well, its Las Vegas and anyone my age needs to adjust their attitudes a bit to fit in with all the glitz. Luckily, I really enjoyed the company of the other guests, all laughing and chatting and enjoying the ambiance. True, I had to hire a wheelchair to get around – it’s a long way from one hotel to another as one explores the strip. But with scantily clad girls posing

at many of the street corners, I had to ask my daughter to steer me along as dear husb got a bit carried away with the view and tended to push me into walls. I need hardly say that there are slot machines and gaming tables everywhere – even at the airport and, while they do offer a place to sit down, I can’t say that any of our party came away with a fortune. So there’s a lot about Las Vegas to raise the eyebrows a bit. Some of it is quite funny. On arrival, we passed a white van painted to look like a Dalmatian, bearing the sign: “Spot-On Air Conditioning.” A really huge sign caught my eye in a shopping area: “If it’s in stock we have it!” Beggars, who had presumably over-reached themselves in the gambling casinos, were everywhere. I quite enjoyed the sign one had propped up: “I’m not gonna lie to you. I want beer.” Another naughty chap wore a T-shirt which read: “Police officer. Lie flat on your back and do everything the nice police officer tells you to do.” Hmm. So there you have it. Personally some of my high spots were enjoying views of all the surrounding mountains, visiting a shark aquarium and viewing lions close up. I’m all in favour of nature over the unnatural and even got to stroke a large snake, which my daughter had placed around her neck. So, all in all, there was something for everyone, but I don’t think I’ll be going back.

800 columns ... and counting


uess what. You are currently reading my 800th Past Deadline column. Whoa. That seems like a big number. It makes me feel kinda old, actually, and maybe a little tired because that represents more than half a million words. I didn’t know I had half a million words in me, but probably some of you suspected. I can’t even remember when I started writing Past Deadline. I think it was 1995. It was definitely before I got married because I wrote a whole series of columns about “the wedding monster,” which I still think are prerequisite reading for any bride to be (in the “don’t be a stressed-out freak like I was” vein). So what does one do after writing a half million words over more than a decade? Take a nap, perhaps? (Not likely around here!) Have a celebratory beverage? (Maybe.) Retire? (Ha.) No, what one does is get ready for another milestone that involves the number 800, of course. So...I have...gulp...signed up for the Kilt Run. The “800” connection, you may remember, is that the run was spawned last year as a way to help our sister city, Perth, Scotland, to celebrate its 800th anniversary. Even though I had started a running program by then, I didn’t sign up because I didn’t think I would be ready to do 8K. By the time I realized I probably could manage it without dying, registration had closed. So, I think it is only appropriate that I sign up for this event one year late in honour of my


GRAY Past Deadline 800th Past Deadline column. Get it? Past Deadline? Guffaw. Me so funny and clever. (Insert eye roll here.) Of course there is that teeny tiny hurdle about actually running. Some of you may recall I have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to this most intrepid of exercise programs. The last time I did any sort of regular running was September/October. At that time I was all gung-ho about the Terry Fox Run. I was definitely going to run the route – oh yes. It is about 5K, and that was quite manageable for me. No probs, except for the fact I was coming down with a chest cold. I thought I was going to die part way through the run. I believe I was thinking, “Run through the chest pain,” which is probably not a really clever thing to do. Moron. Anyway, that cold lasted a while and the accompanying cough (with which I believe most

of the town is familiar) lasted for weeks. I ran less and less and then stopped, especially around Christmas when life got just too busy to see straight. Motivation is a pretty big deal. You have to have it to accomplish many things in life. I’m not sure exactly why I decided one night a couple of weeks ago that I was going to go for a run, but I’m sure glad I did. I downloaded some groovy tunes, put on the ear phones, tied up the Rocket Shoes™ and set out on a winter-night trek. I figured I’d maybe be able to manage two or three kilometres. Maybe 20 minutes of alternating walking and running. I was hoping I could run five minutes at a time before taking a break. In short, I figured I’d be starting over. By gum, I did 5K and I ran almost all of it! I walked up the Drummond Street hill because it was near the start of my route and I figured I’d be a goner if I lost my breath so soon, and I walked for another minute at about the 4K mark. I am amazed by the body’s capacity to remember! Sure, I paid for it a couple of days later as I hobbled around and became reacquainted with a few dormant muscles, but it was a good kind of pain. So, as I contemplated a topic for my 800th column, it only seemed fitting to connect one milestone to another. (This whole scheme is also made possible by the fact there is still four months-worth of training time ahead.) You can bet if I survive the Kilt Run on July 2, I’ll have something to write about then, too!

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Celebrating National Wildlife Week


ational Wildlife Week is a signature event of National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There campaign, an initiative to connect families and communities to nature, raise healthier kids, instill a conservation ethic, and inspire a life-long appreciation of wildlife and the environment. Held annually since 1938, National Wildlife Week is National Wildlife Federation’s longest running education program. Because March 13 to 20 is National Wildlife Week, I thought it appropriate to review the history of wildlife conservation in our own province. While Sir John A. Macdonald set the pattern on June 8, 1887 by establishing Saskatchewan’s Last Mountain Lake Sanctuary, National Wildlife Week was really established in Ontario by Order-in-Council in 1947 in commemoration of famed Canadian wildfowl conservationist Jack Miner. Yet even before Jack Miner started the first goose sanctuary at Kingsville in 1908, laws

and measures were evolving to conserve Ontario’s wildlife. As early as 1762, for example, General Thomas Gage, military governor of Montreal, proclaimed a cross-country closed season for ruffed grouse from March 15 to July 15. In 1821 the first game regulation for the preservation of deer within this province was instituted. Deer were not to be taken between Jan. 10 and July 1, with a penalty of 40 shillings for violators. This legislation was followed in 1839 with the passing of the first general game law for Upper Canada and contained a clause banning Sunday hunting. Another set of closed seasons, this time for wild swans and all other waterfowl, was initiated in 1845. By 1860, statutes were in the books to protect fur bearers from being trapped between May 1 and Nov. 1 in any year. Four years later, birds beneficial to agriculture were given, along with their young, a protected season from March 1 to Aug. 1. By 1867, under the new


BRIGGS-JUDE Outdoors Confederation’s British North America Act, all wildlife became a provincial responsibility. However, the federal government retained jurisdiction over all of the fisheries. In 1973, the Insectivorous Bird Act was amended to protect all song birds year round. In 1890 ring-necked pheasants were re-

leased in Ontario’s southern agricultural areas. The first resident deer licence ($2) was established in 1896. In 1897 members of the Ontario Provincial Police were given authority to enforce the Game and Fish Act. The Ontario Federation of Anglers was formed in 1927 and the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1931. In 1936, eagles and ospreys became protected species and two years later, ducks Unlimited was formed in this country. In 1947 the Canadian Wildlife Service was organized, the Ontario Trappers’ Association was formed, and hunters joined the anglers to form the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. The first Canadian National Sportsmen’s Show was held in 1948. In 1957, hunter training programs were being set up. In 1962, hawks, owls and kingfishers were added to the protected list. In 1969 the Hawk Cliff Raptor Station was established near


Tongues wagging about WagJag

Where is the legislation? Dear Editor, The government of the day, through the Minister of Veterans Affairs has made several announcements and promises on bill C-55 (New Veterans Charter), which has received first reading in the House of Commons, but has not progressed to the committee level. Similar announcements and promises have been made on bill-480 by the Minister of Finance (removal of GST from poppies and wreath purchases), for which no legislation has yet been tabled. As your readers know, the tabling and passage of these bills with Royal Assent will not be possible should the government decide to call an election.

The Royal Canadian Legion has written to both ministers on the matters of legislative procedure and has received assurances that these matters are being looked into. These bills, however, may die on the order paper if an election is called and leave Canada’s disabled veterans, their families and the Royal Canadian Legion without the legislation they all need. The Royal Canadian Legion writes this letter because we care. Patricia Varga Dominion President The Royal Canadian Legion

Ice fishermen should leave nothing but footprints behind Dear Editor, I am writing this letter to appeal to ice fishermen everywhere, but in particular, those who use the boat launch on the Yacht Club Road in Rideau Ferry. While I do not participate in this sport, I understand that there could be many enjoyable hours spent in an ice shack on a beautiful winter day, fishing and spending time with friends. What I don’t understand is how so many of you feel that you have the right to leave garbage, food, beer bottles and dead fish in your wake. Each day, I walk my dog to the lake from my home nearby and invariably, I must be vigilant in assuring that he doesn’t eat something that will harm him,

roll in dead fish, or cut himself on broken glass. This beautiful area on the banks of the Rideau is a space that can and should be enjoyed by as many people (and pets) as possible. This year in particular I have noted the lack of respect for the property. It would be a shame if the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority chose to close this access to the lake during the winter months due to misuse by some uncaring and irresponsible users. Like the Boy Scouts say – when you are using areas meant for everyone, please leave nothing behind but your footprints! Sue Bolger, Rideau Ferry

Port Stanley on Lake Erie and the Endangered Species Act for Ontario was passed. The Department of Lands & Forests became the Ministry of Natural Resources in 1972 with an increase of district offices from 21 to 49. In 1982 a program to reintroduce the trumpeter swan to this province was begun. In 1984 wild turkeys were reintroduced into this province at five release sites and a year later the Community Wildlife Involvement Program (CWIP) was created. A co-operative agreement was signed in 1986 between the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, and Wildlife Habitat Canada to provide one million dollars annually to protect Ontario’s wetland habitat. During the 1988 Wildlife Week, Ontario’s provincial bird, the loon, was chosen by school children. The theme that year was “Wildlife needs our help. Conserve wildlife habitat.” and is something we should all be thinking about.

STAFF Group buying is gaining popularity worldwide and local consumers have their own opportunity to get on board with From ski passes to cupcakes, local shoppers are finding the online discount resource is a great way to save money in their own community and beyond. The growth of - a wholly owned subsidiary of TorStar Digital, one of the sister companies of Metroland Media - into the Ottawa Region has been phenomenal, says WagJag co-ordinator Leslie Osborne. So what is WagJag? is a group buying or social buying website that brings you amazing deals on the coolest events, restaurants, fashion finds, activities and adventures. can deliver great offers because it assembles a group of ‘WagJaggers’ with combined purchasing power. One amazing deal is featured each day and is available for seven days or less. You can only get the deal if enough people join the group and agree to purchase. Once enough people join, you get a printable electronic voucher and you use the voucher to redeem your WagJag. It’s that simple! If you need help setting up an account or have any questions or would like to feature a deal, contact The Perth Courier office.

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Time to Renew Your Annual Dog Licence A dog tag (licence) is required annually for all dogs residing within the Town of Perth. Between January 1st and March 31st, the cost for the annual licence is $15.00 and it can be purchased at Town Hall. After March 31st, the cost increases to $30.00. All cats are required to be registered (by tag) in the Town of Perth. This is a one-time licence that can be purchased at Town Hall anytime, and the cost is $15.00. On application for a tag, the owner of the dog or cat may be required to produce a certificate, signed by a practicing veterinarian, confirming that the animal has been inoculated with an anti-rabies vaccine within the period of twelve (12) months immediately prior to the date of application. For more information about dog and cat tags, please call 613-267-3311 Ext. 2222.

Council Minutes, Agendas, Reports The agendas, minutes and reports associated with all meetings of Council and Committees/ Advisory Panels of Council are posted to the Town’s website in advance of the meeting. Please visit our website at and look under “Council/ Administrative Services.”

While Changing Your Clocks …Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries The Perth Fire Department urges residents to use the time change this weekend as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm and an effective home escape plan may make the difference of surviving a fire in your home. The provincial death rates from fire have almost doubled the statistics from last year. Since January 1st, 2011, there have been 15 deaths in the province related to fire. Too often, the Fire Marshall’s Office investigations reveal that smoke alarms had either

not been installed or had been disabled because of a dead battery or removal of the battery. Studies have shown that you may have as little as three minutes to escape a fire in your home. That is why it is crucial that working smoke alarms be installed on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Human nature tends to lead people to take the attitude of “it won’t happen to me.” The fact is that it can and you need to do all you can to protect you and your loved ones from the devastating effects of fire. • Install smoke alarms, test them monthly, and change the batteries at least once a year. Smoke alarms need to be changed after 10 years. • Develop a home escape plan and practice it with the entire family. • Know two ways out of each room, where possible. • Keep exit doors and hallways clear of clutter so you can get out quickly. • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or others who may need assistance. • Choose a meeting place where everyone can be accounted for. • Call the Fire Department from outside the home. • Once Out, Stay Out. Never re-enter a burning building. If you require assistance or have questions regarding fire safety don’t hesitate to contact the Perth Fire Department at 613-267-5574 .

Community Centre March Break Schedule Tim Horton’s Free Skates take place the week of March Break (14-18) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:30pm and Wednesday from 3-4pm. Currently there is ice for sale during the March Break; please phone Colleen Keeley at 613-267-3311 Ext. 2221 for information on availability and rates.


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proposed Community Improvement Project Area and a Community Improvement Plan during its regularly scheduled meeting on April 5th, 2011 at 5:15 pm, in the Council Chambers, Perth Town Hall, 80 Gore Street East, and the Committee will determine if the Community Improvement Plan is to be recommended to Council for adoption. THE PURPOSE of the proposed Community Improvement Plan is to support and promote the continued beautification, improvement and revitalization of Downtown Perth. The Community Improvement Plan applies to lands designated as the proposed Community Improvement Project Area as identified on the Key Map below. THE EFFECT of the proposed Community Improvement Project Area and Community Improvement Plan is to provide a set of municipal leadership programs and financial incentive programs to support the beautification, improvement and revitalization of Downtown Perth. THE SUBJECT LANDS encompass the entirety of Downtown Perth, including the lands identified on the attached Key Map KEY MAP

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ANY PERSON may attend the meeting, however, those wishing to appear as a delegation to present concerns, questions or comments regarding the Community Improvement Plan must contact the Town Clerk to register as a delegation no later than Friday, April 1st at 11:00 am. Additional Information may be obtained from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays from the Planning Department at Town Hall. Please call in advance to ensure staff will be available to provide assistance. Dated at the Town of Perth This 2nd day of March, 2011 Lauren Walton, Clerk, Town of Perth, 80 Gore St. E., Perth, ON K7H 1H9 Tel: 613-267-3311 Fax: 613-267-5635 Contact: Eric Cosens, Director of Planning


Getting to Know your Municipal Staff Over the next several months, the Town of Perth will use this space to profile its full-time staff members, as well as volunteers of the Perth Firefighters’ Association, giving readers a glimpse of who provides your municipal services and how. We hope you find it informative and enjoyable. Name: Jesse Bischoff Department: Community Services Title: Aquatics Instructor Years Worked for the Town: 5 Hometown: McDonald’s Corners, ON Job Description: Instruct aquatics lessons, lifeguard during swims, as well as help to maintain the Perth Indoor Pool facility. Personal Information: Jesse has a great interest in classic muscle cars and restores them during his spare time. Although he mostly works on Mopars, he has just finished an ’86 Chevy ½ ton rebuild, but his next project will be back to Mopar with a ’68 Coronet R/T. On Working for the Town of Perth: Jesse says he likes keeping active and staying close with the community. Name: Shellee Evans Department: Community Services Title: Director Years Worked for the Town: 11 Hometown: Roebuck, ON Job Description: Taking care of all the things that make Perth “Perth”: parks, recreation, heritage, culture, economic development, special events and corporate communications. Personal Information: Shellee enjoys travelling, home renovations and spending quality time with her family. On Working for the Town of Perth: Shellee says her favourite part of the job is seeing the community enjoy the parks, attractions and taking part in the many special events the Town helps organize. It’s easy to be proud of our town.

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TENNANT Musical Musings with veterans Mr. Rick, Mose Scarlett and Michael Jerome Browne, that brought the audience to their feet. Another sweet moment was at a packed workshop entitled “Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar” where I heard creative dexterity at its best. One other nice moment was hearing the collective buzz that our own Brock Zeman raised throughout the various crowds. Impressive. An enjoyable weekend. Locally, congratulations go to Orion Theatre Company’s production of The Full Monty. What a terrific show, with a stellar live band and a cast that belted out some great material. Jeff Kohl deserves special mention as he carried the lead wonderfully. It was tight, a great use of minimal space and had the audience just where they wanted them.

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y far better half and I travelled to ‘Tranna’ (aka The Big Smoke) a couple of weekends ago to experience, yet again, one of our favourite weekends of the year. Held along Danforth Avenue, between Broadview and Chester Subway stations, (Black Swan Tavern and neighbourhood, for those who know the area) Winterfolk IX offers live roots and blues music on seven stages, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Family Day Monday from noon to midnight, with acts changing hourly. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The majority of acts are from Toronto and surrounding area, but some have travelled many miles to strut their stuff. With schedule in hand, we wander from venue to venue, reuniting with musical friends and meeting new ones. From single artists to songcircle sessions of several players taking turns offering their writings, there’s something for everyone. Unlike Stewart Park Festival (SPF) where I’m busy most of the time behind the scenes, at this event I can sit back, take it all in, relax, appreciate, enjoy a brew or two and reflect on what’s happening around me. It’s a comfortable mix of young and old, newbies and veterans, weekend warriors and full-time musicians, all sharing their craft. Interestingly, more than once I heard veterans coming off stage stating they wished there was more jamming; where players would join in with others. These days, players tend to strut their own original tunes, so there isn’t that common thread of joining in on a cover tune of someone else. Given most are great players, it’s too bad. As a result, many of the ‘magical musical moments’ like those found on the Wendy Laut Stage at SPF, where unusual combinations blend, are missed. We ran into an old friend, John Switzer, who we first met as a bass player when Charlie Sohmer and the Jazzed Up Hoodlums played our living room. John has been an award-winning producer, but he glowed as he told us about now being the program coordinator for a wonderful program called Independent Music Production at Seneca College, which sponsored an afternoon at one of Winterfolk’s venues showcasing some of their up and coming students. As I watched these showcases, I don’t know who was glowing more, the beaming parents in the audience who came to witness their child putting their studies to use, or the students as they boldly exposed themselves to the real world via their own creations. Or maybe John himself, glowing, as he described through introductions the growing creativity he’s been witnessing at the school by this younger generation. I think I was most impressed by the up and coming youth throughout the weekend. On Friday I caught a young female duo called The Blackest Crow. The mere mention of their instrumentation may make you cringe, given it was predominately cello and banjo with vocal harmonies, yet somehow, they offered a sweet sound. They were aglow this night as they had just picked up their first CD that day. That first recording is what any musician waits a lifetime to see come to fruition. You could have heated the city with the energy and joy these two radiated on stage. Later that night, I was impressed by another young multiinstrumentalist, Jason Leprade, who backed Rosemary Phelan on guitar, dobro and backing harmonies. He provided a subtle, yet vital piece to her descriptive lyrics and tunes. Rosemary quoted another Toronto singer I’ve written about before, Jon Brooks, stating, “I don’t write happy songs, rather I write healing songs of hope.” That reminded me why I enjoy this genre of music so much. There isn’t much fluff, but there sure is tons of heart. It wasn’t all “them yeut’s” though. I caught a memorable finger-picking blues workshop,


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If it’s unusual for community performers to have the chance to work on the development of a new opera, it’s equally rare for audiences outside of, say, New York City to have the opportunity to attend the world-premiere of one. Regional audiences have that opportunity next week when Peter Paul Morgan’s Open House is given its first performances at the Studio Theatre in Perth. Morgan’s decades-long labour of love is rapidly coming together in late rehearsals and the cast, orchestra and crew are readying themselves for the world-premiere event. Those who might be worried that this is a stuffy piece of “art” with horn-hatted valkyries bellowing in an unknown language should be reassured: this isn’t your grandmother’s opera. How many of Wagner’s operas have a real estate salesman as the hero? It is contemporary, modern, exciting and, wonder of wonders, in English. Lanark village resident Morgan has laboured long to create a piece that is about modern life, modern problems and modern solutions. The contemporary setting and sound of Open House keep it fresh and flowing. Led by the voice of Janice Reid (the Beggar Woman in the Perth Community Choir’s fall 2010 Sweeney Todd) as Carrie, a newly widowed mother struggling with grief and change, the cast of 12 community performers is bringing enthusiasm,

energy and a surprising depth of vocal capability to the show. At just under two hours in length, it is a challenge for nonprofessional singers to meet the physical demands, but the company of Open House have proven their ability to step up. It’s also a challenge for a 10-piece orchestra to come together in a short time (additional rehearsals take additional money!) and put together a performance of a score that is a total unknown. Musical director/arranger Mark Bailey has drawn together some of the best professional musicians from the region to provide the music that is at the heart of the show. As stage director C. Lee Bates points out, “Just to sit for two hours and listen to this orchestra play is worth the price of admission. The audience will be getting a free stage production on top of that!” Open House is a work that its creative team feels is going places beyond its premiere -- something that would be, in itself, rare among operas. It is as up-todate as hip-hop, as free-wheeling as jazz and as moving as grand opera – without a single horn-hat on stage (there are some hard-hats, though). Open House will run for four performances only at the Studio Theatre in Perth, March 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and March 13 at 2 p.m. (the first day of Daylight Saving Time). Tickets are $25, all inclusive, and are available at Tickets Please (39 Foster St. - Jo’s Clothes) or online at Call 613-485-6434.

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CARD OF THANKS I would like to thank all those who sponsored me in the swim-a-thon for the Clifford Bowey School. David Yerxa

Meet our Littlest Princess

Currie Edith Margaret Currie (nee McTavish) (1907 - 2011)


March 10, 2011

Al & Gerda Hearty are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Krista to Michael McLean, son of Frank & Eva McLean. A May destination wedding is planned.


To our Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma Mary Moore Lots of Love from, Fred, Christine & Family Barb, Bruce & Family



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Love, Mom, Dad & Cheyene

Happy 100th Birthday January 17, 2011

Sophia Nee Haggis (The Candy Lady)

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Dr. Crystal J. Baker Rev. John and Wendy Baker are very pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter from Saba University School of Medicine in May, 2010 with her Doctor of Medicine. In October 2010, Crystal was very excited to begin her training at the Family Medicine Residency Programme at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and was very honoured to receive the Alumni Senior Award at graduation. She had won an academic scholarship to RWC, as well as sports scholarships where she enjoyed varsity soccer and tennis. Crystal was also a very proud graduate of Perth & District Collegiate Institute, Perth, in 2002. She attended Queen Elizabeth Public School in Perth and graduated from Glen Tay Public School, Glen Tay, in 1997. Crystal Joy – we are all so proud of you! You had many hurdles, challenges and almost impossible situations to overcome, however – they were not without the prayers of many and God’s very special “path of grace” for your life. Lovingly from your family, Dad & Mom; Josh & Bekah; Will; Matt; Grandma; Casey & Queenie, too!



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In hospital, in Perth, on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the age of 74 years. Doris was predeceased by her parents Edith (Ferguson) and George Richmond and, in 1995, by her beloved husband Leslie R. Cameron. She was the loved mother of Ken (Peggy) of RR 1, Balderson and the sister of Fred (Donna) Richmond of Kingston. She will be fondly remembered by all her family and friends. Friends paid their respects at the Blair and Son Funeral Home, Perth. Funeral service was held in the chapel on Monday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. Interment Prestonvale Cemetery. In remembrance contributions to The Lanark Animal Welfare Society (L.A.W.S.) or fund of choice will be appreciated.


Happy “Sweet 16th” Birthday

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March 8, 2011



March 8, 2011 Dad & Mom Bill & Karen King Love, Brad

Happy 80th Birthday Don St. Pierre

Mike & Donna Donaldson Dave & Cheryl Cameron Kevin & Traci Cameron


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KING: In loving memory of Bill, who passed away March 14, 2010. Your presence is ever near us Your love remains with us yet You were the kind of father and grandfather Your children will never forget. Always loved and remembered, Susan, Cory Dylan

ELI KILGOUR Sept. 19, 1975 March 8, 2010. Lanark County sure is quiet without you. Your family and friends miss your hugs and laughter every day. Dear son, brother, father and friend. Love, Mom


WHYTE: In memory of a daughter, sister and aunt, Joanne, who passed away March 3, 2010. Long days, long nights, you bore the pain And hoped for cure, but all in vain Then God decided what was best He took you home and gave you rest. Forever loved and missed, Mom, Florence, Gertie and Roddy, Dorothy and Walter, Tom and Heather and families Worthington, Riley: July 15, 1996 - March 11, 2009. It’s been 2 years since you were taken by God -- could He have been mistaken To take a child who was so giving Who should be here among the living To bring us sorrow every day Why did He take tomorrow away I’ll tell you why I think God did It’s because you were such a great kid. And God should want you by His side Be next to you and filled with pride. That He created such a boy That brought so many so much joy. Sadly missed by Mom, Dad, Connor, Zack, Nanna and Poppa


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Proud parents Jeff Blackburn and Lisa Couch-Blackburn are thrilled to announce the arrival of their third child. Ivey Lisa was born on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 4:11 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. at the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital in Smiths Falls. Big sister Abby, along with big brother Evan, fell in love with their new little sister at first sight. Delighted grandparents are Ron and Marlene Couch of R.R. 1 Lanark and Bruce and Brenda Blackburn of R.R. 1 Balderson. Excited great-grandma is Phyllis Thompson of R.R. 3 Lanark. A heartfelt thank-you goes out to Dr. Yunker, Dr. Kerner, Dr. Toth, the operating room staff and maternity nurses for all their great care. Many thanks to our family and friends for their gifts, cards and support. In addition a special thank-you goes out to Grandma and Poppa Couch for helping Mommy out in the hospital and after her arrival home. Your love, support and visits were really appreciated.

Healey James E. ‘Jim’ Healey In hospital, in Perth, on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, in the presence of his family, James Elmer Healey (co-owner from 1961 to 1989 of Healey General Store, McDonalds Corners) in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Lois M. (Anderson) Healey. Loved and respected father and grandfather of Brian (Roberta) of Kanata and their family Megan and Matthew Healey, Dianne (Barry) Munro of Clayton and their family Brad Munro and Krista Ward and Paul (Jean) of Carleton Place and their family Jason and Jessica Healey. Cherished great-grandfather of Mackenzie and Ashton Munro and Carver and Payton Ward. Jim will be fondly remembered by the Anderson family, many friends and the McDonalds Corners community. Friends paid their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth. Funeral service was held in the chapel on Thursday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. Interment, Highland Line Cemetery, McDonalds Corners. In remembrance, contributions to Perth Civitan Club or Knox Presbyterian Church, McDonalds Corners would be appreciated. CL23704

A “Wonderful Lady” turning “80”

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Welcome to the world, Ivey Lisa Blackburn

Peacefully at Lanark Lodge, Perth, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Rev. Dr. Cecil M. Currie. Edith was the daughter of James and Mary McTavish of Balderson. She was predeceased by her children, Heather Jean Currie (1938) and Wendy Margaret McCluskey (2011). Also predeceased by brother Robert McTavish and sister Jean Crane. She is survived by one sister, Evelyn Temple, of Perth, and three grandchildren, David Home, Susan Home Rosberg and Mary Eavis. Edith will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Friends paid their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth, where the funeral service was held in the chapel on Monday, March 7 at 11 a.m. Interment in Elmwood Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to the Lanark Lodge Memorial Fund would be appreciated.

Armstrong Beth M. Armstrong Peacefully, in hospital in Perth, following a hard fought battle with cancer on Friday, March 4, 2011, Beth Marie (Hess) Armstrong at the age of 74 years. Predeceased by her parents Rose (Ellis) and Cecil Hess and in September of 2010 by her beloved husband William G. ‘Bill’ Armstrong. Loved mother of Barry (Shirley), Jill Eagle and Bill Jr. (Karen) Armstrong. Cherished Nana of Dan and Lucas Armstrong, Jana Eagle (Jay Sabourin), Kayla Eagle (Nik MorinCull) and Tanya and Rachel Armstrong. Dear sister of Barb (late Bill) Heldens and the late Ron Hess and Lois (late Bob) Dietschweiler. She will be sadly missed by many friends and extended family in the United States. Friends paid their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth. Funeral service was held in the chapel on Tuesday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception in the Blair & Son Family Centre. The interment will be held in the spring in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Cemetery, Spencerville, Ontario. In remembrance, contributions to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Special thanks to Drs. Tweedie and Morell and the staff of the Perth Hospital. CL23759

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Perth and District Collegiate Institute has been busy with activity in the weeks leading up to March Break. Many House activities have been taking place lately, such as our Hat Day last Friday, March 4. Many students wore fun, crazy, or just plain ugly winter hats to show off some school spirit and rack up some points for their Houses. The PDCI Concert Band has had a busy few weeks as they performed at the Grade 8 Open House, at their school tour, and at the Capital Region Music Festival in Ottawa. The band’s school tour is an annual event where the musicians travel to elementary schools in the Perth area to perform some of their more current songs for the students. The tour is usually scheduled a few days earlier than the music festival so the band gets a good rehearsal in before their judged performance. It’s also a great way for elementary school students to learn about the PDCI music program. This year the band travelled to North Elmsley School, Stewart School, and Drummond Central School on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The audiences in each of the schools were enthusiastic and attentive. The theme for the day was AntiBullying, so all band members were dressed up in pink to show their support. On Friday, Feb. 25, the concert band travelled to Earl of March Secondary School in Kanata to perform at the Capital Region Music Festival. The band arrived early enough to listen to some higher-level bands perform,


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The GWM Hospital Foundation takes pleasure in acknowledging the generous contribution from Shelley, Josef and Todd Stepanuik towards the Foundation’s fundraising event - Black Tie Bingo - to be held Saturday, April 9 at Code’s Mill on the Park. The proceeds of the Black Tie Bingo will be directed towards the purchase of nine computers-on-wheels to benefit patient care at the GWM site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Contributions such as the Stepanuik’s will help us realize this goal. Thank you very much Shelley, Josef and Todd! Shown above are, from left: Shelly, Josef and Todd Stepanuik with Gord Cowie, GWM Hospital Foundation board member and Black Tie Bingo co-chair in the background.

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Friends of Murphys Point receive provincial award

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representing the very settlement history they are learning about in school. It’s a magical program that relates directly to their curriculum.” “The opportunity for us and our staff to teach students about archaeology and to share what we can learn from the past has been tremendous, as has working with the Friends of Murphys Point,” said Kennett. “It is extremely gratifying to receive the Peggi Armstrong Award from our peers in the archaeological community,” added Earl. In addition to a full-day field trip that provides the opportunity for excavation, lab-related exercises and a naturalhistory component, participating classes have access to an interactive Travelling Museum in their classroom for a week, as well as a teacher resource package and a take-home workbook. “This project has been an enormous benefit to Murphys Point and we congratulate the Friends and Brenda and Jeff for this award,” said Curtis Thompson, acting park superintendent. “With the knowledge gained from the excavations and studies, we have learned a great deal more about the history of the park and, indeed, the area, which we can then share with the community and the visiting public.” The beautifully hand-crafted and unique award has been presented since 1997 in memory of Peggi Armstrong, who was a long-standing member of the Ottawa Chapter of the OAS and who was a driving force behind the development of a public archaeology component of the chapter’s activities. For more information about the award, check www.ottawaoas. ca/ peggi/peggi.htm. The Friends have embarked upon their annual fundraising campaign to offer the program to more than 150 students this spring. For information about the program or to make a donation, check or call 613-264-0447.

SCHEDULED MEETING DATES 2011 The Meeting Dates are as follows: 6:00 PM Public Works Councillor Tim Campbell Immed. Following Finance Councillor Faye Campbell 7:00 PM Planning Councillor Brian Dowdall

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NOTICE OF TENDER TENDER FOR GRASS CUTTING AT THE BECKWITH PARK – 9TH LINE BECKWITH QUEENSWAY WEST PARK – CEMETERY SIDE ROAD STEWART PARK – FRANKTOWN Any person interested in tendering for the above is invited to pick up tender forms and specifications at the township office, 1702 9th Line Beckwith, Black’s Corners, during regular office hours.

MARCH 23RD, 2011 MARCH INTERIM TAX BILLS The March Interim tax bills have been mailed out and if you have not received yours yet, please contact the Township Office at 613-2571539. The March Interim tax bill installment is due Wednesday March 23rd, 2011. For your convenience the office will be open Saturday March 19th, 2011 from 9:00 am – noon, to receive tax payments only. INFORMATION SESSION DRUGS AND ALCOHOL – HOW IT AFFECTS THE FAMILY

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The Friends of Murphys Point Park and local archaeologists Brenda Kennett and Jeff Earl have received a provincial award for the Archaeo Apprentice program for students. The Peggi Armstrong Public Archaeology Award is presented by the Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS) and recognizes individuals and groups that show commitment to a greater public awareness of archaeology. It takes into account the scope of the audience reached, the innovation of the program, the development of enduring resource materials and the partnerships and sponsorships springing from the activity. “The Friends celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2010, and it seemed appropriate that they also receive the recognition they deserve for a successful public archaeology program,” said Glenna Roberts, Ottawa chapter president. “In addition, Brenda and Jeff are well known for their professionalism and steadfast support for local archaeology. Recognition of their significant contribution to furthering archaeological research is long overdue.” The Friends of Murphys Point began developing what is now known as the Archaeo Apprentice program in 2000, starting with initial surveys of the McParlan House and Burgess Mill site (circa 1820) on Hogg Bay at Murphys Point Provincial Park. Kennett and Earl of Past Recovery Archaeological Services were on the initial steering committee and continue to help the Friends to realize the goal of developing the project into an educational experience with hands-on archaeology for Grade 5 students. “We are truly honoured to receive this prestigious award in recognition of Archaeo Apprentice,” said Stephanie Gray, Friends president. “Since we began excavating in 2004, more than 750 children have had a chance to experience handson history. They have found artifacts

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Ticket sales brisk for area’s first fundraising Black Tie Bingo Tie Bingo event are available on the foundation website at, by calling the office at 613-264-0638 or by emailing mhallam@

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Hurry and get in on the action in the area’s first Black Tie Bingo fundraising event! The Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation is hoping to raise more than $22,000 to purchase stateof-the-art equipment for the Great War Memorial (Perth) site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. These Computers on Wheels can be at the patient’s bedside and improve care by allowing health-care providers to stay with the patient for longer periods, to perform charting normally done at the central desk. The event kicks off Saturday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Code’s Mill in Perth with a reception followed by a live auction, a fantastic dinner and six games of bingo. Each game will offer a different themed prize that grows in value as the night goes on. There is a great prize list for the live auction as well. “The community response we have had for this event so far has been lovely,” said Margot Hallam, foundation executive director and event co-chair. “People have been very generous with their donations of prizes for the auction and the bingo games, and ticket sales are going well.” Gord Cowie, foundation director and event cochair, said the sponsors have been tremendous. “We are always looking for more, but so far we have attracted several at a variety of levels. Their contributions will go a long way to raise the funds for this equipment that benefits the whole community.” There are five different event partnership levels and each comes with varying degrees of recognition, tickets and benefits. A “diamond” partner at $5,000 or more has already committed, and there is one “emerald” partner ($3,000) so far. Several “platinum” partners ($1,500) have signed on, as well as a “gold” partner ($1,000). “We have had lots of response at the ‘supporter’ level, too, which is between $250 and $500,” Cowie said. “This is a really important level because it is affordable for many and it all adds up.” In addition to becoming a partner or donating a prize, the public can also support this fun event by buying a ticket, which includes the reception, auction, dinner and bingo games. Tickets cost $100 each. “Only 200 tickets will be sold and they are moving, so it’s important to reserve your spot now,” Cowie said. “It’s first-come, first-served, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.” “This event is going to be a lot of fun,” Hallam added. “It’s a chance for folks to get dressed up – whether it’s in a tuxedo, or gown, or in business attire – and play a game they may not often play.” Sponsorship packages and tickets for the Black

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The Perth Courier, in conjunction with the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce, held a photo contest for the front cover of the 2011 Perth Visitor Guide. Over 100 photos were submitted by aspiring local photographers and Steve Peters’ picture of Nevis Estate was chosen by the judging panel to grace the cover of the 2011 Perth & District Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide. For Steve’s efforts, he was awarded $400 in gift certificates from Brownlee’s Metro, The Crown and Ground Waves. A consolation prize of $200 in gift cards from Foodsmiths was awarded to Michele Baitley, whose name was drawn at random from all entries received.

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Local calendar of events


• The Active Seniors Koalition (ASK) hosts To advertise a non-profit community event, e-mail and we would be happy to shuffleboard at Watson’s Corners Hall at 10:30 a.m. include it in the Community Bulletin Board as space Bring a brown bag lunch. Call 613-259-5447. • The Active Seniors Koalition (ASK) hosts Line allows. Dancing at Middleville Community Centre at 11 Friday, March 11 a.m. Call 613-259-5447 for information. • The Salvation Army Thrift Store is holding a • Yoga with a certified instructor will be held at bag day sale. the Tatlock Hall from 7 to 8 p.m. Call 613-256-3453 for • A Games Night will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. information. at the Tatlock Hall. Games include Wii bowling, • Come spend St. Patrick’s Day with the Clynes! crokinole, table tennis and cards. Call 613-256-1071 St. Andrew’s United Church at 115 Clarence St. in for information. Lanark is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Supper at 6 p.m., featuring Irish stew and pie. Entertainment Saturday, March 12 will be provided by the Clyne Brothers. Tickets are • A single parenting support group will be held $12 in advance. Call 613-259-5410 or 613-259-2010. at 30 Bennett St. in Carleton Place from 1 to 4 p.m. Free child care is available. Call 613-259-2182 or 1866-762-0496 to register. • Introductory sessions of Nia- a new, dynamic form of fitness and dance will be held at the ABC Hall in Bolingbroke from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nia is fun and adaptable to every skill level, age and body type. Although classes are usually taken barefoot, you may wear a non-slip soft shoe or slipper and if you wish, bring along a yoga mat. The introductory special price is $30 (four classes for the price of All Major Drug Plans Accepted three), and the drop-in price is $10. Call 613-592-8358 Prescription Services (weekdays), or 613-273-7676 (weekends), or email 20% Seniors’ Discount last Tuesday • The St. James Anglican Church will host a of the Month community dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Everyone is Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. welcome. Located beside the GWM Hospital • The Wizards ’50s and ’60s Dance will be held 39 Drummond Street West, PERTH at the Westport Legion Branch 542 from 8 p.m. to 613-267-2110 midnight. A light buffet will be served and the cost is $18. • The Snow Road Snowmobile Club is hosting a fundraiser breakfast at at 1106 Gemmills Rd. All are welcome.

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Wednesday, March 16 • The Perth Historical Society is hosting an evening presentation on the preservation of your family documents, photographs, antique books and other treasures. David Theobald, historical conservationist and restorer, and former Chief Conservator for the paper laboratory of the Canadian Conservation Institute, will host the event, which will be held at the Perth Museum at 7:30 p.m. A $2 donation is requested.

Thursday, March 17 • Wear green and get 10 per cent off of all purchases at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. • The Butterfly Fan Club (the Perth and District Breast Cancer Support Group) will meet at the Perth Family Health Centre at 33 Lewis St. from 7 to 9 p.m. Psychotherapist Joanne Ronan Moore will be a guest speaker. Call Carleen at 613-812-4474.


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The Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation is holding a workshop to gain a more comprehensive understanding for the design and construction of accessible trails in Lanark County. The disabled community and support agencies are invited to provide input into the design preferences as well as potential promotion strategies. Thursday March 24th, 2011 @ 3:00 p.m. Lanark County Administration Building Council Chambers 99 Christie Lake Rd., Perth, Ontario K7H 3E2 For more information, contact Steve Allan 613-267-1353 ext 3101 • This project is funded by Healthy Communities through the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport


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The 2011 draft County budget will be presented at a Special Corporate Services Committee meeting on Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 99 Christie Lake Road, Perth. Further proposed meeting dates (if necessary): Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. For conďŹ rmation of meeting or any additional information, contact Kurt Greaves, Director of Finance/Treasurer at (613) 267 – 4200 ext. 1301 or by email at

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• The Valley Rovers with Clarence Fralic will perform at the Irish Concert at the Middleville Community Centre at 7:30 p.m. For further information please contact Margo at 613-256-5474 or Alberta at 613-259-2671. • The Rideau Trail Association, Skycroft area, is holding a level 2, 10 km. hike or snowshoe. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at Conlon Farm in Perth. Contact Dave and Meg at 613-449-7459 for more information. • A Create a Portrait from a Photo workshop will be held at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners. Ethan Hogue, a young local artist, will teach you how to create detailed and realistic coloured artworks through the precise medium of coloured pencil, which will enable you to recreate photographs in stunning colour and depth. The cost is $35 for MERA members and $50 for non-members. For information, call 613-278-0388.

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Beverly Lake Management Board; Town of Carleton Place; Town Electronics Ltd.; Wild Willie’s Candy Shoppe; Hy Fund Studio and of Mississippi Mills; Village of Merrickville – Wolford; Township of Elizabeth Interiors; Big Brother Big Sister of Lanark Co.; 2007 IPM; Montague; Town of Perth; Township of Drummond/North Elmsley; Knudsen Engineering; Galbraith Media; Oaks Trucking; Paddocks Township of Lanark Highlands; Village of Westport; Township of Plus; Carleton Refrigeration; Triacta; Merrickville Chamber of Elizabethtown/Kitley; Tay Valley Township; Centre For Sustainable Commerce; Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute; Eastern Ontario Watersheds; The County of Lanark; Rideau Roundtable; Articulation, Model Forest; Traditional Trades; Command Creations; Rideau Lakes Marketing & Communication; R.W. Blue Plumbing and Heating; Hot Tubs Inc.; Armadillo Packaging Systems; Reeltech Audio Video; Haggerty Electric; Mike Fair Chevrolet-Cadillac; Rideau Cup Dog Publow’s Plumbing Ltd.; Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd.; Sled Race; Beckwith Auto Centre Inc.; Hangers of Canada Ltd.; Smiths Falls Hyundai; J. A. Patterson Electric Ltd.; George Ennis 3M Canada Company; Powerbase Energy Systems Inc.; Friends Electric; Mckay Sheet Metal; J.P. Brankin & Sons Ltd.; Renwick & of Murphy’s Point Park; Children’s Aid Society of The County of Associations, Real Estate; St. Lawrence College/RRC; Equator Coffee Lanark; Sunrise Natural Wellness Ways; Ottawa Brass Ltd.; Cedar Roasters; Whatsitworthtoyou.Com Ltd.; Canmediate Consulting; Creations; Ontario Top Agents; Lower Beverly Lake Park; Smiths 1155395 Ont. Ltd. O/A Gads Hill Restaurant; 4271297 Canada Inc. Falls Railway Museum Corporation; Smiths Falls Community O/A Bistro 54; Elgin Bowling Lanes; 65 Mills St. Inc.; 78 Mill St. Theatre; Eco-Perth; Mississippi Inc.; J. Blackburn Construction Mills Chamber of Commerce; The Ltd.; Lanark County Tourism; Tiny Shipwreck Restaurant; Highlands; Hearts Pet Store Inc; EASTCAT; Youth Action Kommittee – Perth; MERA; Merrickville Chamber of FabďŹ x; Elgin And Area Heritage Commerce; Brockville Mental Society; Carleton Place Chamber Health Centre; Nature Works of Commerce; Lanark Community Learning; Advanced Small Transit; Brooke Valley School Engines; Polcan Design Group; Foundation; Cataraqui Region E.Ont at Royal Winter Fair; War Conservation Authority; Rideau of 1812 Re-enactment; Gordon Environmental Action League; %LJ%URWKHUV%LJ6LVWHUVRI /DQDUN&RXQW\ Pike Holdings Ltd; Inverideau Ltd; Bait Casters; Equine Health Centre; Al Car Sand and Gravel Ltd.; Tijuana Tilley’s Inc; South Lavant Association; Rideau Waterway Tunnock Consulting Ltd.; Hershey Action Centre; Rideau Canal Land Trust; Toledo Legion; Studio Theatre; County of Lanark Forest Museum Corporation; The United Way of Lanark County; DICA Working Group.



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Carnival time at SJCHS

THE POWER OF PINK The PDCI concert band played for students at Drummond Central School on Feb. 23. The band, staff and students all wore pink in honour of Anti-Bullying Day, which aimed to raise awareness about bullying. Kassina Ryder photo

Lent is a time for sharing answer. You’ll call for help and I’ll say, “Here I am.” (Isaiah 58: 6 – 6 – Peterson). So the scripture directs our Lenten observance. Here is much for contemplation, intention, sacrifice and action to follow. There is much to give up, including self-centredness, superficiality and the imposition of fasting on others, who choose it not, but have endured it long enough. May our Lent be Christ’s Lent, day by day, as St. Richard of Chichester prayed: “Thanks be to thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which thou hast given us; for all the pains and First Baptist Church insults which thou hast borne Religion Today for us. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may we know thee more clearly, love thee more case, some words of Isaiah the dearly, and follow thee more prophet should properly frame the nearly; for thine own sake.” fast to be undertaken, rather in the spirit of Jesus, who advised, “When you fast, do not show it by gloomy looks” (Matthew 6: 16 – Knox). Here is the Lord’s positive alternative: “This is the kind of fast I’m after; to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the light will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The glory NOTICE - ANNUAL MEETING of the Lord All Interment Rights Holders for Elmwood Cemetery are will secure invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Perth Cemetery your passage. Company, 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 23, 2010 at the Then, when you cemetery office, 26 Dufferin Road, Perth for the purposes pray, God will of: Receiving the financial statements for the fiscal year




SMITH Spartan Scene displayed the most participation and spirit, since they came out on top in house competition throughout the day. More participation was evident in the spirit days that followed, including pyjama day, ugly sweater day and Fandemonium day, in which students dressed up as their favourite characters from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. The student body was a sight to behold on these days, dressed consecutively in slippers, argyle and fluttering wizards’ capes. There will always be someone trying to bend the rules in their favour. What dampens school spirit is a focus on the restrictions of scholarly order. What keeps these fun-filled events going is the greater embrace of the creativity and unity of school spirit.





This year we are leaving Lent till late. Procrastinating? Easter will wait. This week is Ash Wednesday, the start of it. It will lead to an Easter on April 24, one day short of the latest possible. That’s fair. Three years ago Easter came on the earliest possible date, but one. The cards had less than a week’s shelf-life after St. Paddy’s were pulled. That lingering winter we climbed over snow dunes to hold an outdoor service, as the sun was reputedly rising on the resurrection. In school days, not all of us observed Lent, or knew much about it. If we had heard the word, we assumed that it was for ‘other people.’ We had also never heard about giving up things for Lent. Then a Grade 12 classmate announced one day – probably on a Wednesday – that he was giving up chocolate bars for Lent. I recall that we countered by saying we’d give up liver and spinach. That smartish comment was the last thought I gave to the season for quite some time. Here’s another thought. Our word “Lent” comes from an old English term for the lentening, or lengthening, of days: spring, in other words. In other countries, it is named something like “Quarantine,” which really means “40 days.” But mostly it is known as “the Great Fast,” remembering Jesus’ period of fasting and temptation, which did indeed last forty days after his baptism. It would seem to come down to a fast. Not only that, but Lent was, for the church, always a time of study, reflection and contemplation on the faith: a season of preparation for the Christian life. That being the

This past week at St. John Catholic High School, we celebrated our annual Winter Carnival. It is a day for students to play in the snow and enjoy the school community. The student council works hard, putting together teams and preparing outdoor activities such as sledding, ball hockey, tugof-war and a three-legged race. This year they even incorporated the school houses, putting a competitive edge on this year’s winter games. Music blasted across the school yard; there was hot chocolate; even for those too delicate to brave the cold, a movie played in the cafeteria. And yet every year, this innocent event brings into question among staff and students, the extent of our school spirit. It is the same every year. Much to the frustration of the student council, many students do not participate in the festivities, despite taking a half a day out of class time for the event. Students either don’t come to school that day, or leave halfway through the day, opting for their own personal plans. The way individuals take advantage of this school event, as well as other spirit days, causes reluctance among organizers. If the student population does not appreciate the social activities within the school, at what point do we just call it all quits? A student council representative emphasized that the students that showed up and participated had a blast. The House of Athens arguably

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Indulge in sweet maple products and meet local craftspeople and fine artists in the historic village of Pakenham and surrounding areas. For studio tour details check or call Three Yellow Tulips at 613-624-5932


ended, December 31, 2010. : Appointing an auditor for 2011. : Confirming one (1) Director. : Electing one (1) Director. : Approving new Corporate By-laws for the Company.

Exciting Asbury Free Methodist Church

Drummond & North Sts. Minister: Rev. Marilyn Savage; Organist: Ann Savage

Sunday, March 13 11:00 a.m. - Worship service and Sunday school multi-age program. Nursery available. Coffee hour Friday mornings 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please check the website for info on youth group, Bible studies and other ministries, Audio loop system • 613-267-2481 A warm welcome to all!

144 Gore St. E., Perth Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, March 13 9:00 - 9:55 a.m., N.I.N.E Worship (Nursery & Children’s Church available.)

“Dear Child of God, Cast Out Fear!” by Pastor Phil Hamilton 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship “Witness, Wickedness & The Woman” by Rev. Alan Adams



St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church



For further information please contact the Perth Cemetery Office at: 14 Treelawn Blvd., Perth, Ontario K7H 3L9 (613) 267 7201 or

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Drummond & Harvey Street 613-267-1163 •

Preliminary Reports will be distributed to all students on Tuesday, March 8th.

Director of Education


“God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”

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First Baptist Church

“For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations Psalms 96: 4,5 are idols...” Sunday Meetings 9:30 a.m. Breaking of Bread 11:15 a.m. Sunday School 7:00 p.m. Gospel Meeting Wednesdays - 7:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study Thursdays, 7 p.m. Perth Bible Hour in the Stewart School library. For transportation, call 613-267-3012 or 613-268-2616



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Sunday, March 13 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship Guest Speaker: Rev. Eric Barr Community Dinner Saturday, March 19 • 4:30-6:00 p.m. 613-267-2973




25 Gore Street West Rev. Alan P. Boyd, M.A., Th.M. Director of Music: Brad Mills, B.Mus., A.R.C.C.O

17 D’Arcy Street, Perth • 613-267-2023 Seeking, Serving & Sharing Our Saviour Minister: Rev. Frank Morgan, B.A., B.D.

Sunday, March 13 (First Sunday of Lent) 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Class. Nursery provided. All welcome. 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship. Rev. Frank Morgan. Sermon: “Good Questions (i) ‘Am I My Brother’s Keeper?’” (Gen. 3:9). Wednesday, March 16 7:00 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer. Next Community Dinner March 26 • 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Donations accepted. Need a ride? 613-267-2023


Where we Believe, Belong, Become Rev. Lewis Massarelli 10:00 a.m. Morning worship 160 Wayside Dr., RR 6, Perth, ON Church: 613-267-3295 See Web page for details of programs


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Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday, March 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please call the school for further information, 613-267-3051.

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Attention Parents/Guardians:

2nd Saturday Community Dinner: 4:30 to 6 p.m.: all welcome Fridays starting 5:30pm: Skater Church


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3rd Thursday of the month: 5:30 p.m. with supper: Messy Church for young families

St. Augustine’s Eucharist: 2nd and 4th Sundays each month: 9:15 a.m.



Sunday, March 13 8 a.m. Said Eucharist • 10 a.m. Choral Eucharist

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LOOKING BACK 25 years ago

Cops recover property, cash and drugs County tree-cutting bylaw axed A number of controversial amendments proposed for the Lanark County tree-cutting bylaw were narrowly defeated last month at the regular meting of county council. The main point of contention surrounding the proposed changes involved a clause that would make it mandatory for all woodlot owners to notify the county clerk by means of a written notification every time they intended to harvest or destroy trees. After a vote on the amendments was taken, it was discovered that 14 councillors had voted in favour and 14 opposed the changes, forcing defeat of the bylaw. In essence, the changes would have given the county greater control on indiscriminate tree cutting that is now taking place by some commercial operators. The county has had a tree-cutting bylaw on the books since 1973, and because infractions are not easily discovered, the county, in conjunction with the Ministry

of Natural Resources (MNR), developed notification stipulation. “The notification clause created the biggest opposition,” stated James Tryon, chairman of the agriculture and reforestation committee. The proposed bylaw changes have haunted the council chamber for two years and in order to gauge the temperament of public opinion, several open meetings were conducted, which resulted in stiff opposition from some councillors, landowners and loggers. One of the outspoken opponents of the bylaw was Montague Township Reeve William Buffam, who commented that he was in favour of good forest management but couldn’t support the changes because it infringed on the rights and privileges of the taxpayer. According to Harry Barr, past chairman of the agriculture and reforestation committee, there is more to this situation than meets the eye. “As it stands at the moment, the local loggers are fingering the larger commercial operators,” he stated. “And it has actually turned into war.”

50 years ago

Warner Miss Eastern Ontario ly people would really prefer to do business with a man who is well established than with one who is down at the heels.”

Jim Malloy wins junior dog derby Jim Malloy of RR 1, Perth, was again the first-place winner in the junior dog derby held in Perth on Saturday afternoon. The race is sponsored by the Perth Jaycees. The races, which drew a large crowd, were held in the Stewart Park, as the streets in town were as bare as they would be in July. There were 12 dogs entered in the race, and four heats were run, with three dogs in each heat. The four winners competed in the final race. In winning the final race, Jim Malloy was awarded the Wilson Clothes Shop Trophy. John Malloy of Lombardy placed second, and little Miss Joan Malloy of Lombardy was in third position. Mary Burke of Perth placed fourth. Joan Malloy was the first girl to finish and was awarded the Douglas Cavers Trophy.


Clement - At the GWM Hospital, on Feb. 23, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. James Clement of McDonalds Corners, a son, Lloyd George. Darou - At the GWM Hospital, on Feb. 26, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Murray Darou of Lanark, a daughter. Downes - At the GWM Hospital, on Feb. 25, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. John Downes of RR 1, Sharbot Lake, a son.


Brady - At Kingston, on Saturday,

A preview of proxy votes, on whether or not the Lanark County branch of the Ontario Humane Society (OHS) should separate from the head office in Newmarket, shows overwhelming support in favour of the split. The vicepresident of the Lanark branch and one of the founders of the original shelter in Smiths Falls, Dawn Trent, said 90 members have voted for the separation, while two have voted against. More than 360 members were sent proxy votes in the event they couldn’t attend the annual meeting slated for March 19 in Smiths Falls. Trent said she “expects overwhelming support in favour of the split” from the remaining members. The March meeting dealing with the separation referendum has been called “illegal” by the executive vice-president of the OHS, Tom Hughes, but Trent said the meeting will go on as scheduled. Hughes said the meeting was illegal because members of the Lanark County branch were not notified of the meeting through the Newmarket office. “We’ve checked all the bylaws about referendums and meetings and there’s nothing in them about this meeting being illegal. If the bylaws have been amended in the last couple of months, we haven’t been notified,” explained Trent. Trent said the head office had informed them that the meeting was illegal, but the OHS has not stated the consequences of holding such a meeting. “They’ve only told us the meeting is illegal. They haven’t said what they’ll do if we hold it ... it’s just a lot of sabre rattling,” she said. The move toward separation of the Lanark County branch is unprecedented in the history of the OHS and was sparked by continuing conflict between the branch and the head office. Trent said people associated with the branch have been “maligned and harassed” by head office, while Hughes contends that the branch has not followed administration procedures. “We feel, essentially, that the community and the animals in the community would be better served if the branch is autonomous,” said Trent. Trent remarked that the shelter was in good financial shape due to the branch members and the contributions made to the shelter by the community.

details are expected to be finalized in April. School board superintendent of business, Tom Ariss, said this week that negotiations are underway for the purchase of the twostorey stone structure next to St. John’s Separate School. Four persons now occupy the convent building, and Ariss said he believes the occupants are currently looking for a house in the area. St. John’s School principal Greg McNally said this week that the school has a current enrolment of just over 500 students, up by 70 over last year. He expects an additional 50 students at the Grade 9 level at the start of the next school year. With the implementation of full funding for Catholic schools, St. John’s introduced Grade 11 this school year and will introduce Grade 12 in September. McNally said the convent building could accommodate five or six classrooms and another two to four classrooms could be created with construction of a link from the convent building to the present school building. If the purchase and subsequent renovations go ahead, it would make St. John’s one of the largest separate schools in the immediate region.


Derouin - On Feb. 20, 1986, to Doug and Donna (Lally) Derouin, a son, Derek Douglas. Gillespie - On Feb. 27, 1986, to Jay and Betty Ann Gillespie, a daughter, Erin Jayne. Oliver - On Feb. 17, 1986, to George and Mary (nee McGregor) Oliver, a daughter, Jennifer Lynne. Wills - On Feb. 19, 1986, to Brian and Rina Wills, a son, Jordan Lucas.


Campbell - Peacefully, at home in Perth, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1986, Jean R. Robertson, wife of the late Hugh Campbell. Clarke - In Henderson Hospital, Hamilton, on Feb. 28, 1986, Anna Clarke, wife of Harold Clarke of Grimsby. Donahue - In hospital, Kingston, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 1986, Elmer Donahue, beloved husband of Elsie Dunn of RR 1, Ompah. Farmer - At Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, on Feb. 24, 1986, Mary L. Hess, in her 85th year, dearly beloved wife of Colin Samuel Farmer. Kerr - Suddenly, on Sunday, March 2, 1986, Raymond G. Kerr, in his 30th year, dear friend of June Lemke. Ronald - Suddenly, on Monday, March 3, 1986, William A. Ronald, in his 60th year, beloved husband of Jean Rigney. Thompson - In hospital, Perth, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 1986, Harold M. Thompson, in his 86th year, dear brother of Mrs. Janet Menzies of Perth and the late Clifford Thompson. The preceding was excerpted from the front page of the March 5, 1986 issue of The Perth Courier.

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Feb. 25, 1961, Phillip James Brady, in his 49th year, beloved husband of Olive Millotte. Donovan - At the GWM Hospital, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 1961, Charles Donovan, in his 85th year, beloved husband of Lillia Ward. Ferguson - At Kingston General Hospital, on Monday, Feb. 27, 1961, Alexander (Sandy) Ferguson, beloved husband of Gladys Stedman. Ireton - At Toronto, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 1961, Pearl Bolton, in her 72nd year, wife of the late Frank J. Ireton. Kirkham - At St. Francis Hospital, Smiths Falls, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1961, Thomas J. Kirkham, in his 45th year, dear husband of Rhoda M. Beveridge. Murray - At St. Catharines, Ont., on Saturday, Feb. 25, 1961, John Vincent Murray, dear father of Mrs. Mary Strickland, John and Thomas. Pennett - At Perth, on Friday, Feb. 24, 1961, Shirley W. Pennett, beloved husband of Elizabeth E. Mackler, in his 46th year. Pretty - At the GWM Hospital, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1961, Merle Pretty, beloved husband of Shirley Miller, in his 33rd year. Purdon - At the GWM Hospital, on Feb. 18, 1961, William R. Purdon, in his 87th year, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Purdon. Walker - At Wiseman’s Nursing Home, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 1961, Agnes Walker, beloved daughter of James Walker and Elizabeth Board could buy convent Reid, in her 83rd year. The Lanark-Leeds-Grenville The preceding was originally published in The Perth Courier Roman Catholic School Board is of March 5, 1986 as the “25 years in the midst of negotiations to purchase St. John’s convent, and ago” news.



ert 16-year-old Sandra Warner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Warner, of Smiths Falls, a Smiths Falls and District Grade 13 student, was chosen Miss Eastern Ontario at Perth’s seventh winter carnival, held last Saturday night in the Perth Collegiate auditorium. The event was sponsored by the Perth Chamber of Commerce. Seven hundred spectators packed the collegiate auditorium, while a large crowd was unable to get inside the hall. The heavy downpour of rain through the afternoon and evening and the hazardous driving conditions failed to deter those who travelled long distance to be present for the talent festival and the choosing of Miss Eastern Ontario. There were nine queens from Ottawa Valley towns entered in the contest. They were auditioned in the Perth Collegiate on Saturday afternoon by the judges, Renne D’Ornant, Jewell Graham, Pierre Belisle and Jim Terrell of the CBC, Ottawa. Other contestants were: Beverly Walsh, Renfrew; Marilyn McCann, Westport; Jeanett Giroud, Arnprior; Bernice Campbell, Almonte; Janice McDowell, Carleton Place; Mary Ronson, South Mountain; Heather Crawford, Perth; and Sandra Tullis, Lanark. Each of the contestants received a cheque for $50 from John Dunn, of Ottawa Gas. The talent contest, open to eastern Ontario, was enjoyed by the audience, which was evidenced by their generous applause for each and every number. The program consisted of vocal solos, tap dancing and various musical numbers. The contest was divided into junior and senior divisions, with representation from several towns in the valley. Normalyn McLellan of Lanark, sponsored by the Perth Chamber of Commerce, was top winner in the junior division with her song-and-dance numbers. Margot Royce of Arnprior, vocalist, was second, and Nancy Houston of Carleton Place, vocalist, accompanied by Michael Mailey, was third. First place in the senior contest went to Sandra Doyle and Michael Mailey of Carleton Place, with a tap dance and piano routine. Don White and Don Eastman of Innisville were second, with a guitar and vocal combination, and third was James P. Rae of Perth, with guitar and vocal selections. The winners received cash awards.

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Blue Wings get grounded by Renfrew Timberwolves win series 4-2 BY GEOFF DAVIES It took six games, but in the end the Perth Blue Wings were clipped. Up against the Renfrew Timberwolves in the semifinals for the Valley Division, Perth got booted in Game 6, with the coup de grace coming on March 1. After being put down by Perth twice, the Timberwolves came back with a fourgame win streak to take the series. “It came out of nowhere,” said Blue Wings coach Steve Sundin. “I still think we should’ve beat them but we didn’t count on running into a 17year-old back-up goaltender coming in and stoning us.” Halfway through Game 2, on Feb. 20, Renfrew’s Richard Barr came in to replace Mike Rosebrook between the pipes. He made 155 saves in five games, allowing only nine goals. That’s compared to six by Renfrew’s previous goaltender. “We just couldn’t score,” said Sundin. “We scored close about 200 goals this year but we just couldn’t score.” The Timberwolves had shuffled six

new players into their rotation by the Jan. 10 trade deadline and played like “a different team” afterwards, said Sundin. But Barr wasn’t one of them. “He was there all year, that was the surprising part about it,” he said. Then, after having hardly played all year, Barr came off the bench to save the series. “It’s one of those Cinderella stories, and I just hate to be on the other end of it,” said Sundin. On the phone from Arnprior where Renfrew had just won the opening game 3-2 thanks to a buzzer-beater goal, Sundin had nothing but props for the Timberwolves and his own team. “They’re a tenacious bunch and they’re playing good hockey right now,” he said. “But we had a great season and I’m really proud of our guys.” Though their season is through, the Blue Wings’ ranks will be full of veterans next year and they’re excited to follow up on one of the team’s best regular-season performances, he said. “We can have hold our heads high. Sometimes you have upstest in the place Perth Jr. B Blue Wings defenseman Gio Falsetti attempts to intercept a pass during offs and we just happened to be on the Game 6 of the playoff series against the Renfrew Timberwolves on Sunday, Feb. 27. The wrong end of one.” Timberwolves won the game 6-4, and took the series in six games. Geoff Davies photo

Local track star sets career best in Indiana BY GEOFF DAVIES The Feb. 26 weekend proved to be a big one for Perth-native Sam Murphy. The University of Illinois freshman competed against school’s from America’s oldest college sports conference and walked away with some her best times ever. The track and field athlete competed at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She raced in the Women’s 800-metre event on both days of the Championship, facing athletes from Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and other universities. In the preliminaries held on Feb. 26, she finished third with a “personal best” of 2:09.81, according to the University of Illinois website. She bested that on Day Two, with a third-place finish and a time of 2:09.53, a “career best.” Murphy was one of four top-three finishes for the University of Illinois, which finished the event standing in seventh place out of 11. With her win in the 800-metre event, Murphy helped bring in 14 of the school’s 61 points, which are tallied at the end of the meet. “Our underclassmen really came through for us in the 800m,” said Tonja Buford-Bailey, the team’s head coach. “They were really aggressive and ran really well overall. They put outstanding effort into that event which was really fun to Sam Murphy recently ran a personal best in a watch.” preliminary 800-metre race at the Big Ten Indoor To check out Murphy’s results, and follow her Championships, on Feb. 26, in West Lafayette, future races, visit the University of Illinois’ Ind. In the preliminaries, held on Feb. 26, Murphy finished third with a personal best time of Fighting Illini webiste at 2:09.81. File photo sports/w-xctrack

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING IS O-TAY! Nine-year-old Cameron Locke is joined by Marianne Carlyle on his first cross-country ski trip, during the recent Tay Valley cross-country ski day. The trails saw fewer skiers this year, due to poor weather conditions on the days preceding the ski. Ryan Holland photo

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Stingrays swim fast in February February was race month for the Perth Stingray Aquatic Club. After a very successful Eastern Ontario Short Course Championships in Nepean on the Feb. 11-13 weekend, two Stingrays travelled to London, Ont. The competition at hand was the 2011 Speedo Eastern Canadian Short Course Championships, held Feb. 1720. With over 100 swim clubs from Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island represented by over 800 swimmers, the meet was one of the premier events of the 2011 short course season. Bailey Andison, 13, and Dakota Plant, 17 – from Smiths Falls and Perth, respectively – represented the Stingrays. Top performance was Andison’s 10th place in the women’s 50-metre breaststroke. She also placed 17th in the 100-

metre breaststroke and 23rd in the 200metere breaststroke. Plant placed 24th in the 200-metere breaststroke, 27th in the 50-metre breaststroke and 28th in the 100-metre breaststroke. Next on the Stingray competition schedule was the 2011 Ontario Short Course Junior Provincial Championships held in Nepean from Feb. 24-27. The meet hosted over 1,000 of Ontario’s top swimmers from 92 swim clubs. Olivia Ellard, 12, of Perth, joined Andison and Plant to represent the Stingrays. Top swim was done by Andison, who captured the bronze medal in the 100metre breaststroke. She also placed 6th in the 200-metre breaststroke and 13th in the 400-metre individual medley, 14th in the 200-metre individual medley, 15th in the 100-metre freestyle and 17th in the 50-metre freestyle. Ellard grabbed 8th place in the 100metre freestyle, 9th place in 50-metre

freestyle, 200-metre freestyle and 100metre backstroke, 10th in the 400-metre freestyle and 16th in the 200-metre backstroke. Plant placed 9th in the 100-metre breaststroke and 11th in the 200-metre breaststroke. On the weekend of Feb. 26-27, 16 Stingrays competed in the Greater Ottawa Kingfish Gee Gee Invitational held at the University of Ottawa. The meet drew over 300 swimmers from 10 swim clubs from across Ontario. The top Stingrays was Daniel Brumar, 17, who won two gold and four silver medals. Gareth Martin, 10, won a gold and a silver, while Enid Martin, 14, and Caleigh Fisher, 13, each won a silver and a bronze. Other medal winners were Emma Besseau, 17, James Bell, 13, and Patrick Dupuis, 13. Other top 5 swims were done by David Machan, 9,Thomas MacMillan, 8, Kai Plant, 11, Andrew Machan, 8.


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Stingrays make waves at Gee-Gee invitational tre freestlye by shaving off four whole seconds and coming out with a time of 1:51. Koby Mitchell, David Machan and Thomas Macmillan all came out of the pool with smiles on their faces and swimming best times in their 50-metre breaststroke. Andrew Machan pulled off an amazing 200-metre backstroke as an eight-year-old, swimming another best time. Gareth Martin swam a brilliant 400-metre freestyle, breaking the seven-minute mark, and taking 32 seconds off of his best time. Gabrielle Earl and Madelyne Neil, both new faces to the swim meet world, did a wonderful job at keeping their cool and swimming fast.

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After an exciting and fun-filled regular season with a record of 20 wins, three losses and one tie, the Cougars missed topping the league by a mere point. The team was out to do even better in the playoffs. The first game took place in Lanark on Feb. 20 against the Stittsville Spartans. The Cougars accomplished a pretty easy 7-0 win despite playing without two defensemen. Will Umpherson posted the first point. He was ably set-up by Dalton Fielding. Fielding, called up from Novice to fill in the short bench, displayed his scoring prowess when he netted his own goal less than a minute later. Callum Anderson assisted him. The period finished off with a tremendous demonstration of teamwork with Kalil Bailey and Ryan Jordan passing the puck to Aiden Reesor for the goal. Matt Cardinal was on fire in the second period scoring both goals. He was helped out by Jordan. In the third Jones tipped in a goal and Anderson rushed the ice for the final goal. Connor Greaves garnered the shutout win. The Cougars’ second playoff game was against the Richmond Royals in Beckwith. This proved to be quite a nail-biter for the fans with their team barely eeking out a 21 win. The first period was scoreless with the players looking a bit lethargic and not completing their usual great passes. The Royals on the other hand came on strong anticipating the chance at an upset win. Greaves was outstanding between the pipes making some excellent saves. Midway through the second period, Kendra Parks cleared the puck from her end and dumped it into the Richmond end; Sawyer Jones nabbed the puck and sent it to Cardinal who lifted it over the net-minder. The Royals continued to play strong but Josh Armstrong worked hard to keep the players from getting good scoring chances. In the third, the Cougars finally began to pick up the pace. Emily Mullville came close to scoring and Jakob Noonan’s break-

away rush had fans at the edge of their seat. Ethan Hofstatter had many great scoring chances denied. Richmond managed to capture a goal. With things looking dire, Ryan Jordan once again took matters into his own hands to save his team, as he sped down the ice with less than a minute left delivering an exquisitely placed shot to win the game. The final game of the first round playoffs took place in Kinburn on March 5 against the West Carleton Warriors. The game was a do-or-die situation for the Cougars, who needed a win or tie to move on to the championship finals. The Cougars were hampered by the loss of two players and the Warriors were motivated to win and came on strong. Fortunately the powerful defensive skills of Hofstatter and Austin Topping kept them at bay. The entire first period was scoreless with end to end action. In the second, despite ample scoring chances, the Cougars were unable to beat the Warriors’ net-minder. Midway through the period Anderson picked up the puck in his end, weaved through the Warriors’ defense, deeked the goalie, and delivered one of the prettiest backhand goals of the season. In the third the Cougars owned the period. Jordan nabbed the puck in the corner and sent a swift pass out to the net which Cardinal neatly deflected in. Needing the win, the Warriors pulled their goalie but Parks utilized her speed to race down the ice for the empty netter. The Cougars went home with a 3-0 win and await the championship finals.




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showed is excellence and great knowledge of pace work by swimming a best time in his 400-metre freestyle with a 4:50.64, and almost out-touching a long-time competitor in the lane next to him. Well done, senior swimmers. The afternoon session brought just as much excitement with all the 12and-under swimmers. The pool was absolutely packed with swimmers from Nepean, Cornwall, Petawawa, Arnprior, and all over Ottawa. The 10-and-under boys relay with, lead, Thomas MacMillan, middles, David and Andrew Machan, and anchor, Gareth Martin, started the Stingrays off with a bang. With amazing relay takeovers and fast swims, all four boys set a great tone for the rest of the meet. Kai Plant swam an amazing 100-me-



The Perth Stingrays recently travelled to Ottawa University to compete at the Gee Gee Invitational swim meet and the local swimmers posted some impressive results. The 13-and-over swimmers had a very early start with warm up beginning at 7 a.m. Enid Martin, James Bell and Rory MacMillan started the Stingrays off with some great swims in the 100-metre breaststroke. Patrick Dupuis and Emma Besseau proved to make the 50-metre butterfly look easier than it actually is, by swimming close to their individual best times. Caleigh Fisher swam a wonderful 200-metre butterfly and is hoping to qualify for provincials at the next meet. With her great attitude toward the event, her coaches are sure she will meet her goal. Daniel Brumar

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Canadian blues legend to perform in Perth

Award-winning blues artist Rita Chiarelli will be making a rare appearance in Perth at the Myriad Centre for the Arts theatre. The concert will feature Chiarelli and her band in an intimate setting that is not to be missed. The show will take place on Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. Chiarelli was recently awarded with the prestigious Blues With A Feeling Award for lifetime achievement at the 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto. The awards celebrate the best in Canadian blues. A previous recipient of several Maple Blues Awards and a multiple Juno nominee, Chiarelli, who has been dubbed the “goddess of Canadian blues,” was thrilled to be acknowledged for her long and successful impact on the Canadian blues scene. “I’m very honoured to receive this award and be recognized for my career accomplishments,” she said. Currently enjoying great success with her CD Sweet Paradise, Chiarelli added, “After all these years I’m still excited to be doing what I do. I’m always trying to think outside the box. It’s important for me to continue to try something new and challenging projects like performing my music with the Thunder Bay and Windsor symphonies or making a film with inmates

in the Louisiana State prison. an intimate setting, but seating is limited (39 Foster St. at Jo’s Clothes) in Perth in “In other words,” says Chiarelli with a so reserve your seats soon. Tickets for the person, by phone at 613-485-6434 or on the smile, “I ain’t done just yet.” concert are available at Tickets Please web at Chiarelli’s critically praised Music From the Big House (with acclaimed director Bruce McDonald), documents her pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues – the Louisiana State Maximum PERTH Security Prison aka ‘Angola Prison’ and her performance with the musical inmates serving life sentences. “It’s really a movie about hope and redemption,” describes Chiarelli. The film has been successfully travelling the film festival circuit and was selected as the Best Canadian Documentary at the 2010 Edmonton Film Festival. Plans for its screening in Canada and distribution internationally are currently in the works. Music From the Big House has been selected to be screened as part of the upcoming Junos 40th Anniversary film festival taking place this March at the TIFF Lightbox Theatre in Toronto. Chiarelli will introduce the film and perform her new song These Four Walls at the screening. The song will be included on the film’s soundtrack due out in March. The March 20 matinee in Perth is a rare How-to-Demos, Information On: chance to see a Canadian blues legend in


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$549,000.00 - Adjacent to the town of Perth, this 1817 stone home has been tastefully renovated and restored - approximately 3220 square feet, the home features 10’8’ ceilings, pine & hardwood floors, original heritage 12 & 24 pane windows, deep sills with working interior shutters, oversized trim and mouldings and a gorgeous dream kitchen completely renovated - this stone home is situated on 6 gorgeous treed acres.

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Spacious main-level condo – Riverview with private deck. One bedroom plus den/office, in-unit laundry. $192,900. MLS # 776536 Call Andrew Rivington, Cell: 613-812-3280

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