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IN BRIEF 85-year-old Perth man missing Kenneth Robert Lewis, 85, was reported missing on April 24. Lewis is described as being healthy and of sound mind. He is average height, 170 lbs, clean shaven with grey hair and usually wears a dark grey golfer hat. He also usually wears his shirt tucked into belted pants. A 2006 red Ford Focus ZX4 with Ontario marker BHCL 492, which is registered to Lewis, has been parked in a Smiths Falls parking lot since April 17. Anyone with any information about Lewis is asked to call Perth Police at 613-267-7283 or the Smiths Falls Police at 613-283-0357.


177 years and counting The rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated. A number of residents have wished The Perth Courier staff all the best and were surprised to hear the newspaper was closing down. This has thrown us all for a loop, because the Courier is NOT closing its doors. To clarify, Clement Printing will be closing next month, but the Courier is open for business, as it has been for 177 years. The Courier currently shares a building with Clement Printing, but they are entirely different businesses. We hope this helps to clarify some of the inquiries. We wish the staff at Clement Printing all the best in the future.

BALLOT BONANZA Olivia Winch, a Grade 7 student at North Elmsley Public School, practises casting her ballot on April 20 while teacher Doug Norman looks on. At the school in Port Elmsley, 63 students are expected to participate in Student Votes, along with about 900,000 non-voting age youth nation-wide. The results are to be released May 2. Geoff Davies photo

Festival of the Maples celebrates 35 years

BY KASSINA RYDER Perth’s Festival of the Maples turns 35 years old this year, and organizers say the April 29-30 event is going to be one to remember. New attractions include more children’s activities, including an all-day kids’ area at the Crystal Palace, said Jordan Kennie, event co-ordinator with the Perth

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Perth council seems on the brink of battle with the provincial government after its decision Thursday to appeal an order that could see the municipality spending at least $2 million on sewage treatment. Six councillors voted in favour of the appeal – the seventh, Judy Brown, was absent – at a special council meeting on April 21, after receiving the Ministry of the Environment order the day before. Councillors expressed frustration, having just completed an environmental assessment and rubber-stamping a plan to install “geo-tubes,” an innovative technology to filter out pollutants that would otherwise be pumped into the river. The geo-tubes were expected to cost about $300,000. The ministry’s demands could cost the town more than 23 times that, especially if it requires an expansion of the sewage lagoon, Mayor John Fenik said. “This is effectively…a $7million price tag,” Fenik said. Not only is that well beyond the town’s means, he said, but it’s unreasonable given the proposed geo-tubes were in line with the industry’s best practices, cost-efficient, and would have a

considerable impact on the river’s pollutants, he said. On hand were Trish Johnson and Alan Perks, of R.V. Anderson Associates Limited, the town’s consultants for sewage matters. They agreed with this view. They say the devil may be in the details with this order from the ministry. Johnson said the town may be able to fight the order on semantic grounds. The ministry is ordering “full treatment” of the water. Whether that means treating the water up to provincial standards – which, she said, the geo-tubes would accomplish – or fully cleaning every drop is up for debate, she said. “The old-boy way of doing it is with a huge concrete tank,” said Johnson. This model was conceived with cities in mind decades ago, when there was much government grant money to help, she said. Perth is the only town in eastern Ontario not living up to these standards, she said. At the same time, it’s the only town not benefitting from government money to do so. While such grants were abundant in “the good old days”, they’re now scarce, said Johnson. Perth now has the opportunity to lead the charge, she said, by

Chamber of Commerce. Musical activities, arts and crafts and the Doug Barr Children’s Show will all take place at the Basin, along with old favourites such as pony rides and the petting zoo. “It just seemed to be a natural fit to have some more kids’ activities down there,” said Kennie. “It’s such a family festival, it gives them more to do.” Other initiatives include the new “Sweet and Sticky Weekend” package, which aims to extend the

Saturday festival into a weekendlong event. Gift certificates and special rates at local hotels and bed and breakfasts are aiming to entice out-of-towners to stick around both before, and after, the festival. “They can head up to Balderson and head up to Lanark and really explore the whole district,” Kennie said. Finding ways to keep festivalgoers exploring the Perth area instead of leaving town as soon

as the festival shuts down has garnered a lot of support, Kennie said. “We’ve actually had a great response,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of interest in that.” As part of the package, The Stone Cellar Restaurant is offering a $75 five-course winepaired meal featuring local maple syrup. Kennie said while there are some new initiatives, many See ‘How sweet it is!’, Pg. 3

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One person is in hospital after a car collided with a roadside hydro pole on the Scotch Line, about 10 kilometres southwest of Perth. Lanark County OPP said the male driver was conscious when taken to hospital in Perth. He sustained minor injuries. The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. near Narrows Lock Road, leaving a car flipped over in the ditch, on the side of the Perth-bound lane. It lay next to a hydro pole that was broken at its base, held up only by power lines, several of which were said to be live. Nearby residents report hearing a thud followed by a brief power outage around the time of the accident. “I know this is a particularly curvy part of the road, but the weather conditions are good today so I’m a little perplexed by (the accident),” said Judy McKenna, who lives next door to where it occurred. “People do drive fast along here. This road is a busy road,” she said. Still, she said, such accidents are rare, especially in daylight. “I’ve never seen that happen here,” McKenna said. Police said the Scotch Line was expected to be closed between Westport and Stanleyville until A car lies flipped in the ditch after hitting a hydro pole on the Scotch Line. The male driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Geoff Davies photo approximately 3 p.m.

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Local author nominated for ‘little Nobel’

BY KASSINA RYDER Local author Tim Wynne-Jones has been nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the most prestigious award for children’s literature in the world. “It’s a huge honour, it’s the biggest honour of all,” said WynneJones. The award, which was founded in 1956, is considered the Nobel Prize of children’s literature, and Wynne-Jones said he is thrilled to be counted among some of the world’s best children’s writers. Past winners have included Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi Longstocking series, and Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia. “You’re being considered along with some of the greatest authors in our genre of our time,” WynneJones said. “Just to be even mentioned in the same context as such fabulous writers is a great honour.” Wynne-Jones had just finished

his master’s degree in visual art at York University when he wrote his first book, Odd’s End, in 1980. After it won the Seal First Novel Award, which came with a $50,000 grand prize, he decided that perhaps a career in writing was for him. “That seemed like a pretty good reason to keep on going,” he said. Wynne-Jones has published an average of a book a year over the last 31 years. He said the key to writing a novel is to divide it into individual pieces, instead of trying to tackle it as a whole. “Write a chapter at a time,” he said. “I don’t start a novel, I start a chapter. I make that the whole centre of what I’m doing, and then I write the next one.” Experts in Canadian children’s literature, including librarians, children’s literature professors and writers, nominated WynneJones for the Andersen award through the International Board on Books for Young People Canada. When he found out about his nomination, Wynne-Jones was

instructed not to tell a soul until the list was officially announced. “I had to keep it a secret, which was horrible,” he said. “I told my wife and that was it.” A ten-person jury made up of children’s literature experts from around the world will judge the nominations, and award winners will be announced in England in August, 2012. Until then, WynneJones said he plans on travelling throughout Europe this year. “I’m going to do a lot of walking around the coast of England,” he said. Born England, Wynne-Jones has lived in Canada since he was four years old. He still lives just outside of Perth, in Brooke Valley, but has been spending some time living in Ottawa. He has spent much of the last two months travelling and promoting his new book, Blink & Caution, which was released in March. Wynne-Jones is the author of The Maestro, The Boy in the Burning House, and 29 other books.

Lanark County youth centre funding not guaranteed BY CATHY JAMES Perth Courier These are council briefs from the Lanark County Council’s Community Development Committee and Community Services Committee meetings, which took place at the Lanark County Building on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. All council members were present, except for Coun. John Fenik. In an effort to wean Lanark County’s youth centres off county financial dependency, the centres will now discover if they will receive county funding on an annual, case-by-case basis. At the council’s community services committee meeting April 13, county councillors discussed how, and if, they want to give money to the five centres in the future. The funding started in 2007 when the county agreed to help pay youth centre staff salaries, and has been in the budget line each year since. This year’s budget includes nearly $200,000 set aside for the five regional youth centres. But council wants the youth centres to demonstrate their efforts to acquire this funding elsewhere. This concept was a budget discussion when council eliminated the grant program and moved the youth centre funding to the social services budget. At that time, council to also pass a motion in an effort to wean the youth centres off council dependency. Lanark County’s chief administrative officer, Peter Wagland, wanted clarification from councillors about how they want to approach and notify the youth centres about this decision. Council discussed how they want to tell the youth centres they must provide an annual financial report to council, as well as include a plan on how they intend to become self-sufficient. When each financial report is submitted, council would then

review each centre’s statements and determine if they would receive county funding. Community services committee chair Keith Kerr said the centres have to demonstrate their need for the money. “If they can find ways to be self sufficient and may not need as much money, we can put it to better use. If they are working to the best of their ability and still can’t find the money, budget by budget we have to look at it,” Kerr said. Some councillors expressed their concern about leaving the centres to financially hang out to dry. Coun. Peter McLaren said he spoke with the Lanark Highland Youth Centre staff, who insists the county money gives the centre leverage for further funding. “They told me they can’t get grant money without having the dollars upfront,” he said. But Kerr said council’s motion doesn’t mean they will automatically nix youth centre funding. “We don’t so much want to pull back on funding, but it’s taxpayers dollars, and we want to be accountable for it,” he said. “We are no way in trying to pull it away from them, we just want to make sure it’s used responsibly.” Council agreed to inform each youth centre they must submit a financial report to council each year as well as demonstrate their efforts to find financial support outside the council chamber walls.

High Hydro costs leads to education program The Lanark County Housing Corporation was left with a $93,000 deficit last year and is working to eliminate future financial shortfalls. The housing corporation manages more than 500 rental units across the county, and increased hydro costs contributed to last year’s Lanark County Housing Corporation’s deficit. This cost is out of the housing corporation’s



hands, as they don’t have control over each tenant’s energy use. Director Christine Culham will implement a creative way to address the hydro costs and encourage tenants to conserve energy. This year’s hired summer student will develop an education program to showcase ways to minimize hydro use. Wagland outlined this idea to council at its April 13 meeting. “The tenants, in some areas, don’t have an appreciation for the hydro costs,” he told councillors. “This education program is a great way to educate the tenants on use, and hopefully reduce the costs.” This program will be crafted and delivered to the tenants throughout the summer months.

The Municipal Hazardous Waste Depot (MHWD), located at the Middleville waste site (4686 Wolf Grove Road) will open for the 2011 season on Saturday, May 21st at 9:00 a.m. The site is available to all residents of Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley Townships. The MHWD will be open until Thanksgiving to accept your household hazardous wastes. Commercial, farm, or industrial wastes are not accepted. The MHWD is open during all regular Middleville waste site hours. Remember to deliver leftover paints and other re-usable items to the MHWD REUSE TABLE. Re-using items whenever possible helps to preserve our natural environment extend the life of our waste sites, and save the township money on recycling and disposal. When you bring your leftover materials and containers to the MHWD, we’ll ensure that they’re reused or recycled into new materials such as recycled paint, antifreeze and plastics. When we can’t reuse or recycle what we collect, we’ll handle disposal in the most environmentally friendly way possible. For a complete listing of materials accepted and waste site hours call the Lanark Highlands Township office at 613-259-2398 or check our website at

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battling the ministry to accept treatment technologies that are effective and affordable for smaller communities. “We believe we already have full treatment,” Johnson told councillors. “It’s time to have the discussion at the director’s level.” To do so, the town has hired a lawyer, Tony Fleming of the Kingston-based firm Cunningham and Swan. The firm’s website says Fleming Council prepares to plan is recognized as a specialist in municipal law, including land use strategically The Lanark County OPP planning and development. Environmental services direcDetachment and a waste mantor Grant Machan said staff were agement working group formation ranked as the previous council’s top priorities in 2010. This term’s council will determine if these items remain a top county concern as they plan familiar people and activities are to work on the Lanark County still on the schedule, including Strategic Plan in the coming CTV Ottawa ambassador Max months. Keeping, who will kick things off Wagland handed each council- during the opening ceremonies at lor a survey and questionnaire 10:30 a.m. at the April 13 meeting, asking “The feel of the festival will they answer questions pertaining stay the same,” she said. “All of to county services, operations the things people really love will and top issues that should be still be there.” discussed during strategic plan The main focus of the festival deliberations. has never changed, Kennie add“It gives us a starting point ed. for future strategic planning,” “The celebration is that all Wagland said. of our maple producers are fiCouncillors will then get nally out of the bush,” she said. together with the executive “People can finally taste what management staff for a day-long they’ve spent all these long hours meeting where they will review producing.” accomplishments from the 2007Celebrating the hard work 2010 municipal term, and identify of maple syrup producers has upcoming challenges forecasted always been the festival’s goal. for this term, which ends in 2014. “It’s such a time-consuming A work plan and timetable will be endeavour,” she said. “This is crafted from the day’s event, and really their time to come out and will act as a guideline for future sell their syrup and let everybody county reference. taste it and celebrate the season.”

caught off guard after receiving the ministry’s order one day earlier. Allowed only seven days to lodge an appeal, the town called a special session Thursday, due to the matter’s time-sensitive nature. Once the ministry receives Perth’s appeal, they have a 10-day window in which to respond. If the government wants more extensive treatment facilities in Perth, they’ll have to help foot the bill, said Fenik. “We’ll pay our share…but what I’m saying to the ministry is put some money on the table and we’ll do it.”

How sweet it is! Depending on the year, plans for the festival have both grown and been scaled back over the festival’s 35-year history, Kennie said. “I think were in a growth period again,” she said. For early birds wanting to get a head start on this year’s tastetesting, the Perth Jaycees are again hosting a pancake breakfast at the Perth-Upon-Tay branch of the Royal Canadian Legion at 7 a.m. The schedule also includes performances by the Dynamite Tay Square Dancers, the Nepean Philharmonic Steel Band and the South Gengarry Pipes and Drums, along with Twister, featuring Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster, and The Mill Street Beat. For a full list of events, visit the Perth Chamber of Commerce website at http://perthchamber. com/festival-of-maples/.


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ADOPTION OF THE 2011 ANNUAL BUDGET TAKE NOTICE THAT, the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands intends to adopt the 2011 Budget on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Office. Dated at the Township of Lanark Highlands this 16th day of April, 2011. For further information contact: Township of Lanark Highlands Robert Bunker, Treasurer 75 George Street Lanark, ON K0G 1K0 T: 613-259-2398 ext. 225 F: 613-259-2291 E:

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Storytelling time for adults

New travelling theatre launches inaugural season with stops in Perth BY DESMOND DEVOY Is storytelling something you do only for children? If you are Jennifer Cayley or Jan Andrews, the answer is most certainly “no.” “Storytelling for adults is absolutely unknown,” said Cayley. “They think of storytelling with grandparents and librarians and children.” While storytelling can be done with kids, it is not only that. “We wanted to change that,” said Cayley. “No one has ever marketed it properly.” That is why the two women decided to form their own nonprofit company, 2 Women Productions, to tell stories for adults, “in acceptable performance venues within the community…to try and move storytelling into being an integral part of arts and culture.” One of the many challenges facing adult storytelling is letting audiences know what it is not – it is not monologue or a one-person play. “We’re a great culture for wanting everything categorized,” said Cayley. The important difference for adult storytelling is that, “your fundamental relationship is with the audience and not with another person on stage.” Andrews has been telling stories for about 30 years, while Cayley has been at it for about 20 years, and she pointed out that their form of storytelling is more comparable in style to that of Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café program on CBC Radio, or Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio, than it is with the likes of monologuist Spalding Gray. The company’s inaugural season will kick off with three productions, two of which will be held in the Lanark County

Care for a bite? Jennifer Cayley, left, offers Jan Andrews an apple during a photocall for their upcoming Peterborough production of the two-woman storytelling show The Book of Spells: A Love Story. The local artistic duo have founded a company, 2 Women Productions, which will bring adult storytelling to venues throughout Lanark County. Submitted photo area, with each production divided up into two 45-minute sets. While epics are all the rage at the cinema, with The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter movies, Cayley believes that people are hungry for an extended, epic experience in live performance as well. One recent weekend, she helped perform Homer’s The Odyssey in 14 hours. “It took us all weekend,” she said. “But people were mesmerized. People are hungry for that engagement, to be engaged with that story over time.” And while the audience might be sitting in their seats, there is

still a lot going on. “It may look very passive,” said Cayley. “But the audience is working just as hard as the storyteller,” having to use their imaginations to paint a picture. Some storytellers use props in their performances, and that is true in the second show in the inaugural season, Talking You In: A Life Watch, with Dan Yashinsky and jazz guitarist Brian Katz using music to underscore the story. Cayley, who lives “on the Almonte side of Middleville,” hopes that this season will become a regular three-show-season every spring, with frequent

performances in Carleton Place, Smiths Falls, Peterborough, Perth and Wakefield, Que. While epics are a big part of adult storytelling, small, personal stories are also a happy member of the medium. In the second show of the season, Landscapes of Silence: A Daughter’s Story, Argentine storyteller Marta Singh tells a narrative set against the backdrop of the military junta that ruled Argentina in the 1970s and ‘80s, as well as her decision to have an abortion. “The story, in the end, comes down to being about her relationship with her mother and a

place of secrets,” said Cayley. Meanwhile, Yashinsky’s story is very different, as he struggles to deal with his second son lying in a neo-natal intensive care unit after his birth. His wife gave him the idea for telling stories to his sick son one day as they looked down on him, lying unconscious in the hospital. “Go and tell him a story,” Yashinsky’s wife said. “You don’t want the only sound he will hear to be the sound of beeps in his ear,” from the medical equipment. It is here though that there is another departure from a oneperson show and storytelling, and that comes in the directing. “In storytelling, there is no directoral process,” said Cayley. “It’s more of a dramaturgy process. The storyteller must have the final vision of the show.” Cayley and Andrews will be working as dramaturges for Singh’s show, for example. “This is our work,” said Cayley. “We see ourselves as professional artists. We want to get the work out there.” The season opener starred Cayley and Andrews during a special performance of The Book of Spells: A Love Story, at Peterborough’s St. John’s Anglican Church, a benefit for the Peterborough Women’s Events Planning Committee. Landscapes of Silence: A Daughter’s Story, starring Marta Singh, plays the following local dates: Perth, Friday, April 29 and Wakefield, Que., Saturday, April 30. Talking You In: A Life Watch, with Daniel Yashinsky and Brian Katz, plays the following local dates: Peterborough, Thursday, May 12; Smiths Falls, Friday, May 13; Perth, Saturday, May 14; Wakefield, Que., Friday, May 20 and Carleton Place, Saturday, May 21.

Perth mayor to pay up for Slim to Win Challenge BY CATHY JAMES Perth Courier Perth Mayor John Fenik has lost inches around his waist, but may soon lose money from his wallet. That’s what happens when competition comes knocking at the door. Nearly three months ago, the Slim to Win Weight Loss Competition launched, pitting Lanark and Renfrew County residents against one another in an effort to lose weight over a 90-day period. Organized by the Lanark and Renfrew County Paramedic Services, the competition’s purpose educates and encourages healthy eating and regular exercise across the region. With 200 residents signed up in each region, the county that loses the most weight earns bragging rights. When the campaign first started, Fenik issued a challenge to his fellow Lanark County leaders. Sign up, he said, and whoever loses the most weight will get a dinner out, and he’ll pick up the tab.

Drummond/North Elmsley Reeve Aubrey Churchill has accepted the challenge, and he’s a frontrunner for Fenik’s dinner excursion. Having lost 18 pounds at the last weigh in, Churchill says he thinks he’s now past the 20-pound mark. He explains how he made small changes in his daily habits. “It’s all about portion control, and I now realize I don’t need to fill my entire plate each meal,” he says, adding he’s also addressed his snacking habit. “Instead of reaching for the chips, I have an apple, and that usually satisfies the cravings.” He also never misses a day of exercise. “Every day, I get on the treadmill for 30 minutes, it’s as simple as that,” he says. While Churchill laughs with Fenik about his weight loss following the April 6 county council meeting, he learns Fenik isn’t far behind him. “I’m down 13 pounds, and have three more to go to reach my goal,” Fenik says. “All I’ve really changed is my portion control

and eating less. It’s working.” Churchill told Fenik he’s already selected his restaurant of choice. “We’re having Italian,” he says. But Fenik remains persistent. With running shoes in hand, he had plans to walk home from the county building that evening. Meanwhile, Lanark County Warden Sharon Mousseau says she feels good about her individual challenge with Renfrew County Warden Bob Sweet. They accepted the weight-loss challenge and the warden who loses the most weight will have their county flag posted at their counterpart’s headquarters. As well, the losing warden has to plant a maple tree on the other county’s property. Mousseau smiles as she muses about the warden challenge. “I recently brought him some Easter chocolate to tempt his cravings,” she says, with a laugh. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win.” The counties will discover the biggest loser following the final weight in, which takes place April 28.

Perth Mayor John Fenik, left, is facing off against Aubrey Churchill, Reeve of Drummond/North Elmsley, to see who can lose the most weight over a 90-day period. Churchill said he is down almost 20 pounds so far, while Fenik said he is almost at his goal of 16 dropped pounds. Cathy James photo

COUNCIL BRIEFS The following are notes taken from the April 19, 2011, meeting of the Town of Perth’s committee of the whole. All members of council were present.

Improvement Plan Approved Several motions involving the community improvement plan were among the measures that got the rubber stamp at last week’s meeting. The wheels should soon hit the road now that town staff has the green light to implement the plan, which aims to rejuvenate Perth’s buildings through incentives and grants for property owners. Among the approved measures were motions to establish the project area, to outline directions to staff, and to develop terms of reference for an advisory panel to implement the plan. Council also approved the creation of a “Wilson Street Beautification Advisory Panel,” a group who will work to raise funds from the community to complete landscaping projects along the street that were cut from last year’s budget. The costs of the landscaping projects are to be split equally with the town. Because Wilson Street connects Perth’s downtown core with Highway 7, it has been said the panel’s work is entwined with the aims of the community improvement plan. Though modifications were

made to the plan after public consultations, in response to comments from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, council voted that the modifications were minor and the plan should be approved without further consultations. The only measure pulled for further discussion was the hiring of an economic development assistant to assist in implementing the improvement plan. In the end, council approved the measure, and recruiting for the six-month position is expected to begin in May. The temporary contract would be worth $17,500. Coun. Judy Brown backed an amendment to specify this money would be coming from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund.

Perth Pride Day An outburst of audience applause greeted Mayor John Fenik’s announcement that June 18 will be Pride Day in Perth. The proclamation was one of five made at the beginning of the April 19 town council meeting, but it was by far the most enthusiastically received. The group behind the move is LGBT Lanark County – which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender – a local pride organization formed last October, with the mandate to promote inclusiveness in the community. They had several members at the meeting to applaud the an-

nouncement. Fenik also declared April to be Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a move meant to raise awareness for the disease he said is detected in 100,000 Canadians yearly. May will be International Building Safety Month, Fenik announced, and the first week of the month will be Emergency Preparedness Week. The second week of May will be Census Week, as council is encouraging citizens to participate in the federal census, scheduled for May 10.


Mobile Refreshment Vehicle By a vote of 6 to 1, council approved a request to operate a mobile refreshment vehicle in the vicinity of 1847 Rogers Rd., commonly known as the Heritage Silversmith property. Only Fenik opposed the motion, which granted a temporary sixmonth licence to Kevin and Marcy Cassell, who needed special permission from the town due to zoning restrictions in the area. Town documents state the Cassells hope to be operating the vehicle, a chip wagon, as early as May. Councillors expressed their support for the temporary licence on the grounds it allowed time for the Cassells to assess the viability of the business, while giving the town flexibility as to whether solidify the arrangement once the temporary licence is up. Fenik opposed the motion, saying it’s a slippery slope once the town starts granting exceptions to things that contravene zoning bylaws and Perth’s official plan, as the chip wagon proposal does. “I will not support a heritage town…full of chip wagons,” Fenik said. “I think this is a motion fraught with peril.”

Council agreed to help fund a billboard on Highway 7 advertising Perth’s attractions to passing drivers. The costs are to be split three ways with the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce and the town’s Business Improvement Area. The plan is to have the billboard up for 36 months, between now and 2014, at a total cost of $15,400. This includes the $1,900 it cost to make the sign, which measures 2.5 metres by five metres. The town’s share is $5,133. The report by Shellee Evans, director of community services, says the sign erected last year near Carleton Place has garnered Decision again delayed on “numerous” positive comments. Olympic House This indicates the advertising is Council voted to delay its final successfully showing “there is more to Heritage Perth than the ruling on Olympic House, a proposed fundraising measure highway strip,” the report says.

put forward by the father of Nick Tritton, a local Olympian and world-class judo competitor. At the March 8 meeting of the committee-of-the-whole, Tritton’s father Mark, a contractor, explained his plan to build an auction house on lands owned by the town. The profits would go to support Tritton’s Olympic aspirations, as well as several charities of his choosing. At that time, he said he would need a decision from the town by the end of April, as construction would need to get underway in August if the project is to be supported by Algonquin College students. Councillors were hesitant to give the green light at that meeting, citing this year’s tight budget and the list of complications that come with construction on the proposed site. But, for now, council’s final decision will have to wait. At the April 19 meeting, councillors agreed to postpone the decision until they receive some missing information from Tritton and company. “We’re awaiting word from the proponents and Algonquin College about how (or) if they wish to proceed,” said Tim Simpson, Perth’s chief administrative officer. Simpson said the group is working on an amended proposal, which the town has yet to see.

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Are you going to vote, and who gets your vote?

One last look at your candidates for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington GREEN

John Baranyi “Green party ideas can put us on a path to making our lives better for us and our kids and grandkids, and it’s really the only party that can do that for us.”


Ralph Lee Lindsay Wilkinson

Joe Foster

Wendy Desparois

“No, I haven’t “Yes, I’m still thinkvoted in about five ing, but I’m leaning toward Conservative. I years. I have a lack of trust of all just feel more strongly things political.” about their opinions.”

“They (the incoming government) are going to have to come to me and ask for my support. They will have to take my election platform seriously. It’s going to send a message to the big parties that we are watching.”

“Yes, I’m either going to vote Green or Indpendent. The Conservatives and Liberals are basically the same.”

What has been the most important issue so far?


Scott Reid “I’ve been around for a long time and I’m someone who has worked closely with Stephen Harper since back in the days of the Reform Party. I’m able to bring concerns to him in ways that aren’t always possible (for other MPs).”


David Remington “I think the style you bring to politics is as important as any single issue or policy. To me, it’s the approach. My style of politics will be in the community and active.”

Laurie Hutchinson

Jamie McCarthy

Tina Spicer


“We need more jobs. I have just recently lost my job, and it’s kind of hard to find a new one.”

“Balance the budget. If they balance the budget, they can put funds towards other important issues.”

“Cutbacks to heath care that won’t allow my parents to have the access they have had over previous years.”

Doug Smyth

Voter turnout rates are getting lower. Why do you think that is?

Janet Carleton “I think it’s a show of disappointment in the political system, not necessarily a lack of interest.”

“They (voters) are not 100 per cent happy with any of the parties right now. I think most people...even if they’ve voted the same way for years, they are still willing to listen to some fresh ideas.”

Samantha Timmins “There is a lack of people trying to get youth’s opinions. I work at the youth centre, and none of the people running have come there.”

Panel dives in to river committee idea BY GEOFF DAVIES

What began as a petition to Perth council for warning signs along the Tay River seems to have morphed into an environmental movement to clean up the waterway. “Treasuring the Tay” was the topic of the panel discussion on April 18 at the town’s Royal Canadian Legion branch. About 130 people were in attendance. The evening was hosted by the Canadian Federation of University Women. It was Peggy Land, of the group’s environmental committee, who first got this ball rolling with her March 8 presentation to town councillors, pleading for signs warning of the presence of E. coli bacteria, sometimes in levels higher than government safety standards. But signs for swimmers weren’t mentioned once by the panel. Instead, the discussion emphasized the importance of individual responsibility when deciding whether to swim. It then flowed on to water quality, and how working together could make the Tay healthier all-around. “‘Swim again’ is not the whole point,” said panelist Alfred Von Mirbach of EcoPerth. “But it’s a good indicator of the river’s health.” When the dust settled, the groups at the table walked away talking about a new purpose: to form a task force, of sorts, to combat river pollution. For Land, that was “the perfect outcome,” though she expressed disappointment that warning signs were not discussed. “Hopefully (the working group) will happen soon and enough curative action will happen before the Tay canal, as it flows right across Perth, becomes, sorry to say, even more like an open sewer,” Land said via email. Land said her plan is to prepare a report on the evening’s discussions and present it to town council. CAN I SWIM? Making the water safe for swimming was the initial topic. Dr. Paula Stewart, head of the Leeds Grenville Lanark District Health Unit, was the first to

speak. She explained it’s up to individuals to decide, but they should be fully informed of the risks. Many factors impact the water’s purity, such as temperature, time of year, location and whether there’s been recent rainfall. And E. coli isn’t the only danger: several bacteria can prove harmful if one swallows or gets water in the ears, on the skin, or in the eyes. “You wouldn’t have a river that didn’t have some contamination,” Stewart said. “It’s all about the level of risk that you (the swimmer) would be willing to entertain.” She advised swimmers to educate themselves well and to

survey their swimming hole for sources of contamination, such as gull or dog feces. Right now we can’t know exactly how clean the water is. There is no designated swimming area, so there isn’t as much testing done. Without more data, we can’t know for sure, she said. “It’s about likelihood, not certainty.” The outcome of most infections would be minor, she said, but there remains the chance for more serious infections. Patrick Larson, a water technician with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, echoed this. “The particular strain (of E. coli) considered in the analysis is not a problem in itself…it’s one of the better ones, if you will,” he said. But it could still lead to infections from other strains “that you don’t want to tangle with.” The important thing, he said, is that more and more often test

results are showing dangerous bacteria levels. “Something’s happening. What it is exactly, we haven’t got that far.” That’s nothing new, though. As Stewart pointed out, it was “adverse test results” that closed Stewart Park’s outdoor pool in the 90s. CLEAN-UP COMMITTEE The idea of a river clean-up committee began to take shape as panelists identified key areas of need, many of which couldn’t be tackled by a single organization. No one contested that pollutant levels seem to be rising, but their cause and exact concen-

trations remain unknown. John McKenty, representing the Stewart Park Festival, was among those calling for more education on the risks of swimming in the Tay. While locals may know when and where the water isn’t clean, visitors such as festival-goers still need to be informed. “Our responsibility isn’t to tell them what to do…but they need to know what the factors are they’re facing, what the risk is,” he said. The need for groups to work together arises from more than just how big the job is. In some ways, the groups’ different jurisdictions can get in the way. For example, while the final call on water safety is made by the health unit, the river testing is done by the conservation authority. But they can’t make any action towards opening a swimming area without the town beginning the process. Grant Machan, the town’s environmental director, said the

municipality would also like to see a cleaner river, but is generally looking for partnerships for such undertakings. The first thing they need is a “consistent baseline understanding of what’s going on,” said Machan. As for participating in the committee, that’s ultimately up to council. “I don’t have the ability to form that committee, but I think it’s worthwhile for the municipality to form that partnership,” he said. The evening concluded with questions from the audience, during which there were calls for Tay Valley Township, septic tank inspectors, and Parks Canada, which operates the Rideau Canal, to be part of future talks. WHAT COUNCIL SAID The outcome of Treasuring the Tay was a hot topic the next day at the April 19 meeting of Perth town council. Coun. Jim Graff first mentioned it while giving his monthly activity report. He said he attended the meeting and, though he applauds the interest in cleaning up the river, reaffirmed his opposition to signs warning of possibly dangerous bacteria levels. “If you need a sign in Stewart Park to tell you not to drink the water, I think you have some problems,” Graff said to council. Instead of signs, he said the town can, and should, depend on the common sense of Perth’s citizens when it comes to swimming in the river. Coun. Judy Brown also attended the Tay River meeting, and told councillors she approved of the “very balanced approach” presented by Stewart of the health unit. Brown told council of the proposal to undertake a rivercleaning project, perhaps as a legacy project for Perth’s 200th anniversary in 2016. She said she has put the topic on the agenda for when councillors meet again in early May. When asked in an interview, Mayor John Fenik said he would support a proposed task force for cleaning up the Tay. “There is a place at the table for the Town of Perth to be represented on that committee,” Fenik said.

Jonathan Davidson “People like to complain, no one likes to do anything, so it’s easier to pay your taxes and complain than it is to vote and not pay your taxes.”

Perth steps it up to help out sister city in Japan BY KASSINA RYDER

The town of Perth is now accepting donations from schools, church clubs, service clubs and other organizations to help Asago, Japan with its disaster relief efforts. While the city itself was spared during the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan in March, the entire country now faces economic woes and damaged nuclear power plants, not to mention the trauma of the disaster, said the initiative’s cochair John Clement. Perth’s contribution will be added to fundraising efforts for Japan already taking place in Asago. Clement and Mayor John Fenik are co-chairing the project. He and Fenik have taken responsibility for processing donations, which means every dollar donated will go directly to Asago, Clement said. “Proceeds will be dollar for dollar,” he said. “There are no administration costs involved.” Fenik said Asago had donated funds to Perth during the ice storm in 1998, and now Perth will be able to return the favour. “The strength, depth and quality of relationships can be measured in how friends support each other in times of need,” Fenik said in an email. “Our friends in Japan need us now. Please help.” Because the money is being given directly to Asago instead of to a registered Canadian charity, the town is unable to provide tax receipts. Schools and other organizations are not able to use charitable receipts, which is why the town is hoping these groups will answer the call. Donations can be dropped off at town hall, or at the Clement Printing/Perth Courier office at 39 Gore St. E. Clement said donations must be received by June 3 in order to meet the deadline specified by Asago.

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More than a right T

he saying goes, you get the government you deserve. But not always. In our first-past-the-post election process, government leaders are chosen with surprisingly low voter support. And as voter turnout tumbles, people who truly care fall victim to the sad sector of citizens who don’t vote because they’ve given up hope and allow Canada’s future to be directed by the fractured few. As tough as it may be to muster enthusiasm for this upcoming federal election, we must, if only out of respect for a democracy Canadians say they care about so much that they are willing to spend billions and sacrifice lives to fight battles for democracy in far-away lands. On the world stage, Canada is a very young country, and the battles fought for the right to vote are not so very old. At the time of Confederation in 1867, only a small minority of the population could vote. Only males over the age of 21 who met certain property qualifications were eligible to vote and run as federal candidates. Women, registered Indians and members of certain religious denominations were excluded. And with provincial legislation governing federal politics, some groups were not allowed to vote in some provinces. In 1885 a complex property-based system applied differently from town to town and province to province, but some Aboriginal people gained the right to vote depending upon where they lived. During the Second World War, the vote was given to all British subjects, male and female, who were active or retired members of the armed forces, including Aboriginals and people under the age of 21. In the election of Dec. 1917, some 2,000 military nurses became the first Canadian women granted to right to vote in a federal election. One year later, the vote was extended to all Canadian women 21 and over who were native-born and satisfied any relevant property qualifications. Today, with the right to vote firmly secured, far too many people simply give it a pass. Don’t be one of them. Take, or make, the time to vote next Monday, May 2. In a world of pressures from every direction, the secrecy of the voting booth still offers the one place where you, and you alone, can show what you truly stand for. And if you stand for nothing, then you’ll surely fall for anything.

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wo years ago I wrote about our visit to the Palm Desert area of California and the photo ops available there. We have just returned from another visit to the same area, but saw vastly different things this time. Canadians from our part of the country tend to go to Florida and other eastern seaboard states as it’s a lot closer and faster than the two flights it takes to get to the Palm Springs airport. It’s worth the effort, though, as there is so much to see and photograph in the desert. The secret is to take lots of side trips if based in Palm Desert as we were. Palm Desert itself is a golfers’ paradise, with an endless sea of rented condos surrounding the fairways in gated communities. Luckily, there are many fascinating sights within an hour or two of these desert cities. The ancient mission at San Juan Capistrano was worth seeing. Lots of history there and, yes, the swallows do come back every year as the song says. From there, the city of Oceanside is an easy drive and it’s fun photographing the surfers from the huge pier as you can get right above them. Joshua Tree National Park is a must-see. The park is huge, but if you enter at the northwest gate, many of the best sites are within easy reach. Nature trails


CRABB Camera Corner take you through rock formations straight out of a sciencefiction space movie. It’s like being on another planet – photos at every turn. A short drive up to a lookout lets you see all the way to the Salton Sea and Mexico beyond. The desert cities sprawl out directly below. The mountains surrounding the Coachella Valley are deceptively high, with some being snow-capped in April when we were there. An exciting drive is to take Highway 74 out of Palm Desert and head up to Idyllwild. The road s-turns and switchbacks all the way up the mountain and there are two fabulous lookouts where you can see all the way down to the valley below.

These are desert mountains, so vegetation is sparse and different from anything around here. As you continue on to Idyllwild, everything changes and you are in a setting that could be somewhere in B.C. – tall trees, log houses and snow. They had 12 cm of the white stuff the day before we visited – and this is April in southern California. A land of many many contrasts. Another fun activity (and we picked a cooler day for this) was a hike up a nearby mountain. The trails are well-defined and the views wonderful. Many little treats to photograph can be found along the paths such as a cactus in full bloom. The famous roadrunner bird is common to this area. Always carry water in the desert – an absolute must due to the total lack of humidity. The famous El Paseo Drive is a shopping street with stores like Coach and Louis Vuitton and Tiffany’s. Rolls Royces and Bentleys are parked at the kerbs and people drive by in designer golf carts (I’m not kidding). Again, a camera at the ready is a must. Those are a few of the highlights of a destination which offers the photographer so incredibly much to shoot. The sun shines every day, so be prepared for that. Don’t go there in summer unless you love 50 degree temps. Click!

Drinking beer with the PM?


debated long and hard about whether to drive the old Armchair Express™ around the block one more time before the election. When is the federal election again? Oh, yeah. Next week. And then possibly again in a few months. Anyway, I couldn’t let this week go by without some sort of rambling ramble about the goings on. I thought a really good place to start this edition of the Armchair Express™ would be by asking a pertinent question. Which of the leaders would you like to have a beer with if he or she were prime minister? Because yes, sadly, it seems to have come to this. Here’s another question. Can anyone tell me what the issues are that we are supposed to be considering? Or who is promising what? I’m just wondering if we’re all keeping track. Sure – the parties are all talking about the economy and health care and education. We’re getting promises for families, businesses and corporations. We’re hearing about new taxes and old taxes and no taxes and social programs and balancing budgets. Environment? Not so much. Certainly not in a carbon tax kinda way this time. But what this election really seems to be about is things like parliamentary procedure, contempt of parliament, integrity, coalitions and How to Form a Government 101. All related to this is stuff like who is allowed to attend rallies, who is getting kicked out, who is using a teleprompter, who is not and who is allowed to speak to the leaders. Which, I suppose, all comes back to the beer question.


GRAY Past Deadline Although it would be nifty to be able to hang with the PM and have a chatty beer, is that really what we are looking for in a leader? Sure, it’s important for a leader to be able to communicate on a variety of levels in order to reach all audiences, but I’d rather he or she be working at important running-the-country things than sitting around and making me feel comfortable over a beer. Elections, unfortunately, are as much about optics and personalities and spin as they are about issues. The leader who can successfully convince the population that he or she can manage the important issues facing our country in terms of economy and environment and health care and education (not necessarily in that order and, arguably, all of equal and interlinked importance) while having a beer with us, is probably going to be the winner. And he may or may not be sporting a cane while doing it. Which brings me to one of the most interesting things that has

come out of this election campaign – the rise of the NDP. Look at Jack Layton go! On the weekend he had risen to second place in the polls (which are for dogs, I know). This, of course, gets a lot of different people excited. There’s one statistician who is frequently called upon for comment on the late news who I think has gone through a transformation since the NDP began to climb in the polls. When the campaign started this guy looked pretty bored while talking about all the numbers, which seemed a little strange since that’s his gig. Now, however, he’s all smiley and keen as he talks about the shifts that are taking place here and there. I suspect it makes the math more interesting. And what math it is – because even though a whole bunch of people may have decided they really like Jack and that they never want to drink beer with Steve, that could very well mean they will have to drink beer with Steve anyway. In fact, our system is such that even though most people don’t want to drink beer with Steve, if they can’t decide between drinking beer with Jack or Iggy, then they’ll be hanging out on the patio with Steve and even more Harperites than before. I picture everyone silently drinking beer (because Steve doesn’t like his people to talk to anyone), until he comes along to play the piano and sing a song. All this while the other band, Reckless Coalition™, packs up its gear and trudges off. Sigh. I don’t even like beer, by the way.

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Stop being ‘wimps’ Dear Editor, I am thoroughly disgusted with so many Canadian voters these days! We are one week away from one of the most important things that can happen in a free society, a Canadian election, and we hardly see any candidates’ signs! What is wrong with people these days? Canada is one of the greatest countries in the world! Our forefathers worked, fought, and died, to leave us a fully democratic country, where each and every one of us can, and should, stand up, freely, and have his or her say. Canadians used to have pride in their country. We’d sing the anthem, we’d salute our flag and we’d get out and vote for the candidate of our choice. Years ago, people were proud to be Canadians. What has happened? What’s gone wrong? Today it seems so many Canadians

just live in fear. Fear of putting up a candidates sign, that it might, by way of “political correctness” offend someone? Or fear of repercussions? Property damage? Fear for their jobs? Whatever, this is wrong. Is this what Canadians have become? Wimps? In the 1950s, 60s etc, people weren’t afraid to stand up for their personal preference, weren’t afraid of hurting someone’s precious “feelings” because of their preference. Canadians, stand up. Be proud again. Stand up to fear. Stand up against political correctness. Be proud to let others know your choice of candidate. Stop being wimps and support Canada. Take the time to get out and vote. It’s our government, our country, our inheritance, our freedom – don’t let it be taken away from us. Don Adams, Balderson

Where is public input? Dear Editor, I have just become aware of the draft 20-year Lanark County Community Forest Management Plan (2011 to 2030) produced for the county by a private sector forester. The deadline for comments, or request for changes is May 2. A second deadline for the final passage of the plan is set for July. It seems like a race to the finish line for quick approvals. No public workshop, or even an open house, will be held. A quick review of the text makes it pretty clear that the Plan is 100% for cutting trees and 0% for forest conserva-

tion and protection. There are many short and longterm benefits that come from the protection and restoration of old growth forests, and the protection of ecosystems, rare species, biodiversity and special places. Finally, the county has entered into a certified forest agreement with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest. The terms require that the County recognize what are called “high conservation value forests” and avoid logging these. No such areas have been recognized in the plan. Ted Mosquin

Signs, signs, nowhere there’s signs A federal election usually entails a fierce political campaign, reaching out to voters in a number of facets. But doesn’t this particular election seem different? Make your way around town and across the rural regions, and you’ll notice something is obviously sparse: election signs. Sure, they can be spotted along the county road intersections and on the sporadic front lawn, but party signs are usually posted, pitched and plastered across the region come election time. The Green Party of Canada sends a consistent message during any campaign season that in order to decrease its election – err, carbon – footprint, no more than one sign will be posted at an intersection. You will see the odd Green Party sign with LanarkFrontenac-Lennox and Addington candidate’s John Baranyi’s name attached to them. But what’s the reason for the remaining parties which usually ensure their signs are a sight for all eyes? I contacted LFLA incumbent Scott Reid’s office, to inquire about this. Campaign manager Mike Firth (no relation to Colin) said they purposely haven’t posted as many signs in public spaces. This year’s strategy is to stick to private property signage as it sends a clear message of support. Wynne Turner runs the Liberals’ Perth office, and she says they’ve handed out more signs this election for candidate David Remington than in past elections. Independent candidate Ralph Lee told me his signage campaign is limited based on financial constraints and he’s utilizing his campaign mobile unit in Carleton Place as well as pamphlets to spread the word. NDP candidate Doug Smyth’s office said their colourful signs are so visible they don’t need many to attract attention. As well, they’ve re-


JAMES Private “I” ceived more than usual requests for lawn signs and the campaign budget is set with priorities, not wanting to go into deficit. Signs or no signs, we all know the federal election will be here now that the Easter bunny has made his way out of town. Have you received your voter card yet? If not, you can still vote. Arrive at one of the Elections Canada locations on May 2, show two pieces of ID and proof of address and you’re off to the races. Or at least to the polling station. Contact Elections Canada for further information at 1-800-4636868 or NEW CHAPTER FOR MANOR OWNERS Nine years ago this month, David Marshall and Michael Dwyer arrived in Perth after purchasing the Perth Manor Boutique Hotel on Drummond Street. They worked hard to bring the Manor back to its original purpose – a gorgeous mansion with beautiful gardens, making it a favourite weekend escape for visitors and wedding bliss for newlyweds. Nearly four years ago, friends of ours got married in Perth and hosted their dinner and reception

at the Manor. They couldn’t rave enough about David and Michael’s exceptional attention to detail, ensuring their big day was flawless. And that it was. If you’ve driven by the Manor over the winter months, you would have spotted the sold signs posted on each corner of the property. David and Michael plan to move out West this spring, and before they leave the Perth community wants the chance to say goodbye. The Stone Cellar will host a Farewell Party for the Manor Men on May 6. An open reception from 5-7 p.m. will allow anyone from the community to drop in and wish them well. Stay a little longer and enjoy a four-course dinner with David and Michael at the restaurant. To find out more details about the event and to make dinner reservations, you can contact the Stone Cellar at 613-267-0200. WALKS WITH TUX After hearing fire sirens escalating through town on Saturday, April 16, I learned the next morning about the destructive fire that affected the Perth Picture Framing and Gallery Perth on Wilson Street. My dog, Tux, and I took a walk over that way this past week, and saw the fire damage to the building. While heartbreaking to see a building in such a state, at least no one was hurt. Even better, it’s such an amazing story of the firefighters and nearby residents who collaborated to ensure the art was removed safely from the building. Fire Chief Steve Fournier told me how 10 firefighters got in a chain, working together to get the art work out. Employees from the Cloud 9 Bakery, Happy Scrapper and Embers also pitched in, bringing the art to Embers for temporary storage. Kudos to the firefighters and residents who worked together to salvage treasured pieces.

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A salute to Broadway after a successful run on Broadway, which gave the songs a universal audience. The musical reached its highest popularity in the 1950s with the works of partners Rogers and Hammerstein. The concert by the band features many well-known tunes that had their starts on Broadway and will include selections from the musicals 42nd Street, Rose Marie, The Music Man, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, as well as more contemporary songs from Chicago, and by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The concert will be held at the PerthUpon-Tay Legion Branch at 26 Beckwith St. W., Perth on Sunday May 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and $10 for families. They are available at the door and include light refreshments. For further information, visit the band’s website at Submitted by Perth Citizens’ Band.

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Canada’s oldest continuous town band, the Perth Citizens’ Band, will present “A Salute to Broadway” as the theme for its annual spring concert. The band is known across the region and recently competed in the Brockville Music Festival where it received a gold level award for its performance. This concert will feature many well-known tunes covering the musical history of Broadway. In the late 1800s, Broadway was known as the Great White Way, and was famous for its theatres and vaudeville music halls. By the early 1900s, the Broadway musicals were in full swing, and the great songs were written by the top composers of the day, such as George Cohen, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. The Ziegfield Follies and Busby Berkeley musicals were often adapted for movies OPEN: Monday - Friday 9 - 7, Saturday 9 - 4

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On Saturday, April 30, Lake 88.1 will present “Slowhand,” the definitive Eric Clapton tribute, starring Cliff Stevens in concert at Perth’s Studio Theatre. The award-winning guitarist has wowed audiences across Canada and around the world for years with this spectacular tribute. It captures the best of Eric Clapton, with songs covering more than four decades of the legendary guitarist’s career, from the psychedelic Cream era, to the hits of the 70s and 80s, to the Grammy-winning “Unplugged” and beyond. From start to finish, all of Clapton’s best known tunes and brilliant solos are covered, with a respect reserved

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Municipal Connection Perth Water Treatment Plant Residue Management Project TOWN COUNCIL ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN THE

2011 CENSUS AND THE NEW NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY Every five years Statistics Canada conducts a Census. Beginning May 2nd, 2011 all households in Canada will be receiving a yellow Census package from Statistics Canada for the 2011 Census and new National Household Survey (NHS). It is important to complete and return the package to Statistics Canada. The information compiled provides significant information that is used in making decisions for our community, province and country as a whole. The Town depends on census information when planning for new schools, roads, waterworks, recreation, police and fire services. As well, the Planning Department frequently references information regarding households and families to plan current and future housing needs, health care and day-care centres. The Council of the Town of Perth supports and encourages community participation in the 2011 Census and National Household Survey to ensure that the Town receives the data required to plan, develop and evaluate municipal programs and services. The Town appreciates your co-operation in this process.

Hydrant Flushing The Perth Municipal Water Board will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Town fire hydrants over the next several weeks. This is routine spring maintenance, but it may result in some minor inconveniences, such as discoloured water and loss of pressure. If discoloured water is detected, open your cold water tap to clear your system; it is only temporary and not hazardous. The majority of flushing will take place between May 2nd and 6th.

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.”

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF PERTH CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT WATER TREATMENT PLANT RESIDUE MANAGMENT NOTICE OF COMPLETION To determine the preferred solution for water treatment plant residue, a Class EA was completed under Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. The treatment plant residue is currently discharged directly into the Tay River. The municipality proposes to manage the residue using a geotextile membrane capture and dewatering facility located on site. Subject to comments received as a result of this Notice, and the receipt of necessary approvals and pending other sources of funding approval, the Town of Perth intends to proceed with the design and construction of this project. The project file is available for review at the following location: Town of Perth 80 Gore Street East Perth, Ontario K7H 1H9 Tel: 613-267-3311, ext. 2233 Interested persons should provide written comment to the municipality on the proposal within 30 calendar days from the date of this Notice. Comments should

be directed to the Director of Environmental Services, Town of Perth. If concerns arise regarding this project, which cannot be resolved in discussion with the municipality, a person or party may request that the Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environment assessments. Requests must be received by the Minister at the address below within 30 calendar days of this Notice. A copy of the request must also be sent to the Director of Environmental Services, Town of Perth. If there is no “request” received by 30 May 2011, the project will proceed as presented in the planning documentation.


ment agencies in preparing administrative materials for program implementation; and - working with various downtown property owners, business organizations and the CIP Implementation Panel to encourage the uptake of the CIP program for 2011. 2. Update the Town’s Community Profile and various economic related statistics/information on the Town’s website 3. Update the Town’s property vacancy database 4. Provide administrative support to the Perth Revitalization Committee and the CIP Implementation Panel. 5. Seek out and apply to various grants to support economic development initiatives. Preference will be given to applicants who possess a Community College Diploma (or equivalent) in Office Administration, Business, or Marketing; have excellent communication skills; have previous experience in a public sector administrative position/customer service position; and have an awareness of provincial privacy legislation.

Administrative Assistant – Economic Development 6-Month Contract Position – No Benefits Reporting to the Director of Community Services, the Administrative Assistant – Economic Development, is responsible for implementing various economic development initiatives as described below. The Administrative Assistant will also be required to regularly liaise with business owners and various government agencies. Key duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Implement the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) as follows: - prepare a Terms of Reference for the CIP Implementation Panel under the supervision of the Director of Community Services and in collaboration with the Director of Planning; - research and create CIP marketing and administrative forms/application packages; - communicate with other municipalities and govern-

Minister of the Environment 136 St. Clair Avenue 10th floor, Toronto, ON. M4V 1P5 This Notice issued 28 April 2011. Grant Machan, C.E.T., Director of Environmental Services, Town of Perth


(just 2 km east of Perth) 464468

This is a 36.25 hour per week temporary 6-month unionized position paying $19.81 per hour. There are no benefits associated with the position. The job description can be obtained by visiting the Town’s website or at Town Hall. Individuals interested in this position should submit their resume and covering letter, no later than 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, outlining how their skills and experience match the position requirements, to: Jan McFadden Town of Perth 80 Gore Street East, Perth, ON, K7H 1H9 Phone: 267-3311 x 2242 We thank all applicants who apply for the position; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act 2001 and will be used only for the purpose of candidate selection.

Wilson Street Beautification Advisory Panel Membership on Committees of the Council 2011-2014 Term The Town of Perth invites citizen members to apply to serve on the Wilson Street Beautification Advisory Panel for the term 2011-2014. To qualify, applicants must be a Canadian citizen, a resident or taxpayer of Perth. Interested applicants are asked to complete and submit an “Application to Serve on Committee of the Council of the Town of Perth”, (located on the Town’s website) to the Town Clerk (80 Gore Street East). Applications will be accepted from April 28th up to and including May 13th, 2011. All applications received will be reviewed by the Striking Committee and recommendations will be made to Council for the appointment of members. Note: The qualifications required and terms for the Advisory Panel can be found on the Town’s website located at, under the “News” section. All applications shall be kept on file for the term of Council. Those applicants not appointed in the initial process will be considered first in the event of a vacancy. For further information, please contact Lauren Walton, Town Clerk, at 613-267-3311.

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Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth is pleased to announce that Tania Munroe’s dance studio is hosting the fifth annual fundraising dance to benefit children and youth in Lanark County. This year, the event is happening on May 14. Savoury Pursuits will be catering snacks and desserts. Doors open at Carleton Place Town Hall at 7 p.m. This year, the organizing committee has adopted a Spring Fling theme and the town hall will be transformed with spring colours and flowers. As well as Tania’s Dance Studio’s support, Neptec and Motion Printing are sponsors of the event. Many local merchants from across the county have donated items for the silent auction as well. Proceeds from the dance are directed towards recreation funding for children in the county. The dance has also supported a youth initiate. This included sending youth delegates to the annual Children’s Mental Health Ontario conference where they had the opportunity to influence children’s mental health services, as well as develop personal skills. One recent youth participant at the CMHO conference, Audrey, 18, stated, “I realize how different things have been because of going to the conference. It opened us up to a lot more experiences, almost a whole other world. We did leadership training and because of that, we were able to help create YOP (Youth Overcoming Pressure). YOP provides opportunities for youth who are interested in youth mental health and addictions issues to become actively involved with their peers and speak out. Tickets are $30 and include appetizers, desserts, ballroom dance demonstrations and a silent auction. The event is so much fun that we have a large number of people who attend every year. Tickets are available by contacting Tania’s Dance Studio at 613-253-0035 or Open Doors at 613-2578260. Join the event and support our youth. As Tania says, “Happy Dancing.” Submitted by Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth.

Myriad Centre for the Arts presents Craig Cardiff He has been called the Che or Kerouac of indie music, a songwriter’s songwriter, and, according to Gordon Lightfoot, simply “a songwriter who needs to be heard.” He is a workhorse who has selfproduced 11 albums, and is ceaselessly touring his brand of sardonic sincerity and polished awkwardness across North America, and the Myriad Centre for the Arts is pleased to present the acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff for an intimate evening with this outstanding artist. Cardiff ’s performances are a mix of story and song, building landscapes of sound using live digital loops, bringing the room to a hush with edgy, beautiful, sometimes melancholy songs – one breaks your heart and the next one puts it back together. He writes songs about the human condition – being barefoot, being full of cancer, about pouring yourself out, being worth love, being the kite that

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very best in art and culture can be found well outside the glass walls of the highly corporate entertainment industry. “I think the best shows are the ones where the lights are low, the music weaves in and out and the people forget where the audience begins and the performer ends,” says Cardiff, and the intimacy and exceptional performing facilities and the Myriad Centre provide the perfect environment to experience that magic. Cardiff performs at the Myriad Centre for the Arts, located in the Old Perth Shoe building on Sherbrooke Street, at 9 p.m. on May 6. Tickets are limited and are $22 for reserved seating, available through Tickets Please at Jo’s Clothes, 39 Foster St. in Perth. For more information or to purchase advanced tickets, call 613485-6434 or visit Submitted by the Myriad Centre for the Arts.

gets caught on the power lines, being a geek, about driving out February, songs about you – songs that need to be sung. Cardiff is at his best when he takes the most heart-breaking of subjects and somehow finds hope through thoughtful turns of phrase. “Smallest Wingless”, for example, tells the story of new parents who aren’t parents for nearly long enough. It’s crushing, but when Cardiff reminds us about the fine line between love and sadness, it seems almost optimistic. Cardiff has played with and opened for some of the best artists around, including Glen Phillips, Lucy Kaplansky, Dan Bern, Natalia Zukerman, Andy Stochansky, Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Downie (The Tragically Hip), Hawksley Workman, Sarah Slean, Skydiggers, 54-40 and more. His outstanding 11th CD release ‘Goodnight (Go Home)’ reminds us that often the

Entry fee is $5.00 with all proceeds going to YAK Youth Centre. Call Mexicali Rosa‛s at 613-264-8182 to sign up! Other activities and prizes all week!

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Spring Fling: annual event supports Lanark kids

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9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Maple Syrup Producers, Craft and Artisan Vendors, Food Vendors, Taffy on Snow, Classic Antique Car Display, Maple Auto Lane behind Town Hall Potter Jackie Seaton (, promoting the 10th Annual Empty Bowls project in front of the Riverguild storefront

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Presented by the 10:40 - 11:20 a.m. Perth & District Chamber of Commerce Perth Academy of Musical Theatre: Rock -n -Roll Medley: Sing, Dance and put on a Rockin’ costume! MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT 11:00 a.m. ER Services Auto Extrication SCHEDULE 11:30 a.m. (Herriott Street at Gore Street) The Doug Barr Children’s Show 10:00 AM Noon - 12:45 p.m. South Glengarry Pipes & Drums -Named Nepean Panharmonic Steel Band Best Pipe Band in Montreal’s 2006 St. 12:45 p.m. Patrick’s Parade Perth District Union Library Puppet Show 10:30 AM A Visit to the Sugarbush Official Opening Ceremonies - CJOH-TV’s Max Keeping - Perth & District Chamber of 1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Commerce President Jack McTavish -Perth Nepean Panharmonic Steel Band Mayor John Fenik - Lanark & District Maple 1:30 p.m. Maple Key Day Camp - Cooperative Game Syrup Producers’ Awards Presentation 2:00 p.m. 11:00 AM Perth District Union Library Puppet Show Wade Foster & doubleBack - The Valley’s great fiddling ‘phenom’ with - A Visit to the Sugarbush 2:15 p.m. one of the area’s best country bands “Music for Young Children”: sing songs 12:00 Noon South Glengarry Pipes & Drums - Returning & play instruments 3:00 p.m. for their second show of the day The Doug Barr Children’s Show 12:30 PM Dynamite Tay Square Dancers - Modern square dancing at its best 1:00 PM Mill Street Beat - A big, brassy 11-piece band from the area featuring the funky ‘Oakland Band’/R & B sound 2:00 PM Twister - Vintage R & B / rock & roll and more with Prairie Oyster’s Keith Glass 3:00 PM The Mick Armitage Band - Playing your rockin’ favourites Plus … At the Festival’s Crystal Palace: - The Nepean Panharmonic Steel Band - bringing the sounds of Trinidad-Tobago to the Tay Basin with their rhythmic 10-piece band from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Masters of Ceremonies -John Chatwood of Jack 92.3 FM - Norm Wright & Brian Perkin of Lake 88.1 FM


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at the Clubhouse, 1106 Gemmill’s Rd. Everyone welcome


Canada World Youth is sponsoring a “Veggie Gardening 101” workshop Topics that will be covered include, soil preparation, composting, starting your own seeds, plating seeds and transplants, weeding and cultivating, pest management and much more. Two garden growing experts, Sébastien Bacharach and Kristine Swaren will be facilitating this “hands-on/ experiential” learning day, answering your specific questions and demonstrating best gardening practices. So get ready for a day of digging, planting and learning. It will also be a great opportunity to learn more about this year’s CWY Perth-Honduran

This year, Perth is hosting nine Honduran and nine Canadian youth who will be doing volunteer work and living with host families. Our learning themes include drawing links between environment and health with a focus on food gardening. As such, CWY (Canada World Youth) is offering an on-site workshop dedicated to veggie gardening, inviting community members who have been involved with CWY in the past and anyone who is interested in learning more about how to start your own garden.


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exchange program in Perth, and meet the CWY Project Supervisor, Lisa Jaster, who will be able to answer any questions regarding becoming a host family, a volunteer work placement or how you can be involved in this year’s program. Title: Veggie Gardening 101. Date: May 7 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rainy day back up - May 14) Cost: Free - Spaces limited. Please register with Lisa Jaster ( or by phone 613812-8572). Register by: April 30.

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Rideau Volunteers offers heritage cedar rail fence building workshop The Rideau Volunteers, representing the Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) and the Rideau Canal Museum (RCM), will be hosting a heritage cedar rail fence building workshop, to be held on Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date is May 15). The workshop will be held at the

Real Deal Re-Use Store, 85 William St. W, Smiths Falls (across from the Railway Museum). Join us while two of the most highly acclaimed heritage fence builders in the area – Eugene Fytche and Scott Dobson – guide you through hands-on construction of different styles of cedar rail fences typical of the Ottawa and

Rideau Valleys. The cost is $10 to cover materials. Bring your own lunch, but light refreshments will be provided. Preregistration is a must, as spaces are limited. Contact Lynn Preston at 613283-9500 or by April 29. Come out and create some history.


40% of Eligible Voters Don’t Vote. Are You One of Them? • Have you given up on our failing system of Democracy? • Do you believe your preferred candidate can’t win here? • Do you feel that you cannot make a difference? If so, we have a message for you. • The apathy is growing and silence leads to more of the same. • Voting Green sends a clear message to Parliament, whether or not the candidate ‘wins.’ • Voting is your right! It makes a difference to your future. Please Vote this time, because together we can change the Climate in Parliament.

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HUNTER SAFETY Canadian Firearms Course. Courses and exams held throughout the year. Free course if you organize a group; exams available. WenAntiques for sale! Pine da Cochran, 613-256kitchen table and 4 2409. chairs. Drop-leaf harvest kitchen table, cofHOUSES fee table, dining room FOR SALE hutch with mirror, bedroom dresser with mir- Lifelease, Harmer ror. Two pine armoires, House. Seniors’ 3 phones, tools, iron building, Bells Corners. bed. Cash or money or- Quiet 2 bedroom, der. Ardoch, 613-479- 1.5 bath corner 0130. suite. S/W exposure, top floor, concrete building. New appliances, paint, carpet, windows. Eat-in kitchen, ensuite W/D, A/C, ample storage. fee. DINING-ROOM SET Monthly $154,900. 66 inches long, with two 15-inch extensions, Call Esther Roberts, exand opens to 96 inch- ecutive director, 613726-8882, ext. 222. es. It has two arm chairs and four side chairs. $800 INDUSTRIAL Call 613-824-4322. COMMERCIAL SPACE

For sale -- Hey, new moms of the bride-tobe this year! Navy mother-of-the-bride Joseph Ribkoff 3-piece dress. Excellent condition - worn ONCE! Sequined, size 16. Model was 5’3”, floor length. Purchase price $500, sacrifice $125 o.b.o. Call evenings, 1-613-826-0641.

Available now: 1 bedroom second-floor downtown apartment, includes fridge, stove, heat and hot water, $600. Available now: small 1 bedroom apartment, includes fridge, stove, hot water, yard and parking, central location, $400 plus heat and hydro. Available now: 1 bedroom apartment, includes fridge, stove, fireplace, yard and parking, $600 plus heat and hydro. 613267-6315. BACHELOR apartment. Centrally located. Fridge, stove, heat and water supplied. No pets. $575/month. Available May 1. 613267-2687. Hillside Apartments: Secure adult building. Park-like setting. Studio, 1 and 2 bedrooms. Smoke and pet free. Visit: www.lanarkhillside or call for details, 613259-2076.


PERTH: 2 bedroom upper duplex. Clean and bright. $598 plus hydro and cheap gas heat, parking. Walk to downtown. No dogs. References needed. 613-268-2432. SMITHS FALLS, Toulon Place. 2 bedroom apartment, $820, available June 1. Heat and hydro included. Attractive, clean, quiet, security building by County Fair Mall, laundry facilities, live-in superintendent. 613-2839650.


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ATTENTION HUNTERS Mossberg 535 turkey/deer combo. Savage 300 Win Mag c/w scope. H&R NWTF turkey 12ga and turkey chokes. Will sell all three as package or separate. Call 613250-9832, Dustin. HUNTER SAFETY CANADIAN FIREARMS COURSE at Arnprior, May 27, 28, 29. Wenda Cochran, 613256-2409.

2 BEDROOM UPSTAIRS apartment, downtown Arnprior. Washer and dryer in unit, secure building with intercom, parking spot, heat and hydro extra. $750/ month, first and last. 613-302-1669. ASHLEY CHASE. Fine adult apartments overlooking the Tay River near downtown Perth. One and two bedrooms, some with breakfast nook and 2 bathrooms, air conditioning, whirlpool, party room, library, elevator. 613-267-6980. CARSSRIDGE APTS, A 1 bedroom for $855, available May 1. LARGE 2 bedroom, ground floor, $1,030/ month, available immediately. In quiet, adult-only security building with laundry. Heat, hydro and cable included. 613-283-9650.


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Dear Kind Soul, Thank you for returning my documents to the Ontario Services Building. That good deed on your part saved me a great deal of anguish. Only in Perth! Thank you, Catherine Campbell Balderson, Ontario

In loving memory of John Edward Buchanan, who passed away in Colborne, Ont., on Friday, April 22, 2011 in his 48th year. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.


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Peacefully, at Perth, on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the age of 84 years. Bill was the cherished husband of Lois E. (Young) Coutts, father of Lynn (Richard) Bartlett, Brent (Patricia), Barrie (Donna) and Ernie (Susan) Coutts, brother of Helen (late George) Cartwright and Ken (Dora) Coutts and brother-in-law of Edna Coutts; he was predeceased by brother Gordon Coutts and sister Gladys (late Norman) Barber. Bill will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandson, his nieces, nephews, family and many good friends. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth. Funeral service was held in Balderson United Church, Balderson on Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. Interment, Rideau Ferry Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation or Balderson United Church would be appreciated.

Scott John Adam ‘Jack’ Scott Peacefully, at Perth on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Jack Scott (Veteran WWII and manager for many years of the Perth & District Co-op) at the age of 90 years. Loved husband of Keitha (Kidd) Scott and predeceased by his first wife Mary Munro. Dear father of Bill (Joanne), Doug (Lynne) and Alan (Nancy) Scott. Cherished grandfather of Riley (Jason) Lucas, Robyn, Jeffrey, Jamie, Jana and Kelsey; great grandfather of Liam and Levi. Jack was stepfather to George (Gwen) Kidd, Mary Jane (Rob) Valiquette and their family Bailey, Tyler, Chelsea (Mitch) Fowler and their family Liam and Livia; Lisa (Doug) McEwen and their family Campbell and Brady. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters Jessie and Bill Scott, Jean McDonald and Stewart Scott. He will be remembered by sister-in-law Wilma Peckett, all his family and friends. Friends paid their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth. Funeral service was held in St. Paul’s United Church, Perth on Saturday, April 23 at 2:30 P.M. Interment, the Scotch Line Cemetery. In remembrance, contributions to C.N.I.B. or St. Paul’s United Church, Perth would be appreciated.

McEwen Judith Colleen McEwen 1949-2011 In hospital, in Perth on Sunday April 17, 2011. Judy was a teacher at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, former director of Len’s Cove Marina, Portland, volunteer with Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Kidney Foundation, Valley Heartland Community Futures Association, Beta Sigma Phi (Portland Chapter) and was an avid outdoor enthusiast and conservationist. She was the loved daughter of Robert and Helen, mother of Emily McEwen Horsfall (fiancé Kevin Duesling), sister of Robert “Bud” McEwen (Bo Liu) and the late James S. McEwen. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and former students. Friends paid their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth. All are welcome to attend a Life Commemoration and tree planting to be held at the family farm, 4767 Houghton Bay Road, Portland on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Those wishing are asked to consider memorial donations to the Breakfast Program of the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, c/o 299 Percy St., Smiths Falls On.

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Local residents become tourism experts

The Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is spearheading a grassroots effort to increase tourism to this region – which right now has the lowest numbers of visitors to anywhere in Ontario, with only 2.5 per cent of the provincial total. Recognizing that most people who live in the area may not consider it as a tourist destination, the OHTO has created a campaign to change this attitude and to inform the local population that Tourism Starts with You. People are encouraged to share the attractions and experiences that they love about the region at w w w. t o u r i s m s t a r t sw i t hyo u .

com with an added incentive that each submission counts as an entry to win an iPad 2. “This region has a lot to offer and it can become one of the premier destinations in the province,” explains Leah Piltz, marketing and communications coordinator at the OHTO. “Additionally, tourism can become a significant contributor to the local economy, helping to create jobs and to sustain the community. But to encourage tourism to this area, people have to start thinking about the broader picture.” Visitors to the www.tourism website are able to take some time to browse

entries and discover the wide variety of things there are to see and do right in their own backyard. From a luge track in Bancroft, to a skate park in Madoc, whitewater rafting in the Ottawa River, and more, visitors to the site will realise this region has much to offer. It is hoped that by familiarizing the public with these attractions, local residents are better able to inform visitors of what there is to do in the area. This could be something as simple as a suggestion to a visitor of what do to by a gas station attendant or local walking down the street. According to the latest data

from Statistics Canada, most tourists to the region are people visiting their friends and family – who by default become tourism experts. “They are the primary source of destination information, which is why meaningful growth in the tourism sector must begin with awareness among the local population,” adds Piltz. The Tourism Starts with You campaign is scheduled to run until June 30. The OHTO is a not-for-profit organization mandated by the Province of Ontario to increase tourism within the counties of Haliburton, Lanark, and Renfrew and portions of Frontenac, Hast-

The Althorpe Bolingbroke Community Hall is alive and well ed a monthly email newsletter, which details upcoming events at the hall. The club has also opened its membership to a broader area and invites interested people to become members. The hall’s challenge for 2011 is to find volunteers to help in turning all the good ideas into reality and to enable the hall to re-establish its place as the centre of activity for Althorpe, Bolingbroke and beyond! Are you interested in being a part of this wonderful community? To find out more or to add your name to the email distribution, please contact Mar-in Yates at 613-273-7505 or email myates@

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connect paddlers to different lakes, rivers and a canal, while providing unforgettable historical and heritage experiences. What better time to explore the Rideau Canal than during Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary? For more information on paddling the Rideau Canal, please visit Parks Canada’s website rideau, the Rideau Heritage Route’s website www.rideauheritage and You can also consult Kevin Callan’s chapter on paddling the Rideau Canal in “A Paddler’s Guide to the Rivers of Ontario and Quebec.” See you this summer with your paddle! Submitted by Parks Canada.

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In order to facilitate access and enjoyment of the Rideau Canal for paddlers, Parks Canada will be installing 75 new low-lying floating docks in the next few weeks. These environmentally friendly docks, designed specifically for paddlers, will be placed at most lock stations and other selected locations on the Rideau Canal. They will ensure safe and easy access for those who wish to portage and camp at the lock stations. Whether you are looking for dramatic Canadian Shield landscapes, a quiet meandering river or a section of canal winding its way through our nation’s capital, the Rideau Canal has it all. The Rideau Canal’s 24 lock stations

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Are you tired of spending your evenings and weekends watching yet another stranger-than-fiction reality TV show? Do you ever wonder where you could find something interesting and inexpensive to do with friends and family in your spare time – without driving all the way to Ottawa? Have we got news for you! Just north of Bolingbroke on Cty. Rd. 36 sits the Althorpe Bolingbroke Community Hall, the best-kept secret in the area. Built in the early 1950s, the ABC Hall was the “happening place” for dances, community dinners and numerous other events – the place to hang out with your friends and family. Today, the hall is a most inviting setting for a wide variety of events and planned activities for everyone. In December of 2010, the ABC Club – which owns and operates the hall on a not-for-profit basis – decided to redouble its efforts to increase the level of activity at the hall and to bring the hall to its full potential as a community resource. Over the past three months, the club’s events committee has forged ahead and accomplished much, including holding a successful choral concert, conducting monthly music jam sessions, having several community pot-luck dinners and completing the plan for a full program of dances for the year. As well, two exercise programs have started at the hall, an intermediate-level class on Wednesday evenings and a no-impact aerobics class on Saturday mornings. Many other groups meet regularly at the hall to conduct their activities,

including the CPHC Monday exercise class, the Seniors Club, the Tuesday euchre game, the Diners Club and Victoria’s Quilts Canada. What can the ABC Hall offer you? The sky is the limit. Why don’t you start by joining us at the dances and community dinners? ABC Club members are also looking for new ideas for community events that would use the hall, either as ventures renting the hall (wedding receptions, private parties, special meetings) or as events the hall could organize, with volunteers to help of course! Send us your ideas! To publicize the programs and to increase awareness, the club has start-

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ings, and Lennox and Addington. The OHTO works in collaboration with eight DMOs, tourism agencies and authorities including: Algonquin Nation, Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce,, Haliburton Highlands, Lanark County Tourism, Land O’ Lakes Tourist Association, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association, and the Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association. Find out more about the OHTO at For more information, please contact Leah Piltz at 613-629-6486 or Submitted by the Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization

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Celebrate National Immunization Week from April 23rd to April 30 The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit would like to remind everyone to stay up-to-date with immunizations to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. This is what you should know about immunizations: Parents are required to submit proof of their child’s immunizations to the Health Unit under the Immunization School Pupils Act, 1990. Children who are not up-to-date may be

suspended from school. Children ages 14 to 16 years should receive a tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough vaccine. All people between the ages of 19 and 40 should verify they have received two doses of MMR vaccine for full protection against measles, mumps and rubella. People who have not received these should contact their health care provider or the Health Unit.

Those who are planning on travelling should check their immunization record to ensure they are up-to-date and protected. Other countries may have occurrences of diseases that do not occur in Canada. Some adults may need to show proof of their immunization status for workplace positions. This may include health care providers, first responders, corrections officers, sanitation workers, or piercing and tattoo artists. All

All adults should receive a tetanus and diphtheria vaccine every 10 years. Students who are planning to attend college or university may be required to submit proof of immunizations to their academic institution. Students should contact their health care providers or the health unit in the late spring to ensure their required immunization information is current for school in September.

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Grant to commemorate the original Tay Canal

The Department of Canadian Heritage has approved a grant, through the Friends of the Tay Watershed Association, to provide descriptive signage that will officially designate the location of the original 1834 Tay Canal, an historic jewel that ran from Port Elmsley to Perth, in Eastern Ontario. This $18,600 grant complements an earlier contribution from the Department of Canadian Heritage to deliver the 2009 celebration of the Tay Canal’s 175th Anniversary. Since 2009, work has been underway in Drummond/North Elmsley Township to research the site of the original five canal locks, which are located in and above Port Elmsley. The Department of Canadian Heritage grant will provide funds for interpretive signage to be placed to designate and describe the beginning of the original canal. A similar sign will be located on the established Town of Perth Tay Trail, designating the top end of the original canal. Both heritage signs will be unveiled later this summer. The Department of Canadian Heritage grant has also provided for the final production of a commemorative DVD video – ‘Tay Canal Days’ – documenting the numerous historic and musical events presented during the 2009 celebration. Over a 12-month period, the anniversary

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presented a wide range of activities, including a dedicated week of live music and activities at the Tay Basin in Perth, a ‘Canal Day’ at Port Elmsley, Voyageur canoe tours, a classic boat visit, a tow path and butterfly garden walk, and others. The original Tay Canal was completed in 1834 through the efforts and financing of enterprising Perth and area business people, to provide a commercial transportation link to the newly completed (1832) Rideau Canal system. The Tay’s original route connected the Lower Rideau Lake, through the hamlet of Port Elmsley, known variously as “Pike Falls” and later “Barbadoes”, to the village of Perth – a distance of 10 miles (16 kilometres). Its five rubble locks and associated dams and, later, log raft slides, brought new access for Perth-and-area products, and numerous factories to Port Elmsley. However, the under-financed canal had been built to minimum standards, and endured only to the mid-1860s, when canal traffic stopped. In the 1880s, the federal government took control of the canal, and re-built it, by-passing Port Elmsley for the current route commencing at Beveridge Bay, on the Lower Rideau Lake. For further information, contact David Taylor, at 613-264-0094, or by e-mail at

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SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY BECKWITH TOWNSHIP DAY & SPORTS CAMP The Township of Beckwith is looking for energetic, creative students who have experience with children. We are looking to fill positions for the 2011 Summer Day & Sports Camp for Supervisors and Councillors. Completion of a CPR/First Aid course, while not a mandatory requirement would be beneficial. Student applicants may forward a resume to the undersigned at the Township of Beckwith Office, 1702 9th Line by NOON on May 2nd, 2011. References are required at the time of resume submission. Please direct resumes to: Attn: Cassandra McGregor, Recreation Coordinator •

SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY BECKWITH TOWNSHIP PARKS AND RECREATION ASSISTANT The Township of Beckwith seeking one energetic summer student for a temporary full-time Recreation Assistant for approximately 16 weeks starting May 11th, 2011. Student applicants may forward a resume to the undersigned at the Township of Beckwith Office, 1702 9th Line by NOON on May 2nd, 2011. References are required at the time of resume submission. Job description summary can be found on the Township Web-site under notices. Please direct resumes to: Attn: Cassandra McGregor, Recreation Coordinator•

LARGE ITEM PICK UP DATES The next large item pick-up dates will be May 2nd and May 3rd, depending on your garbage day.

PUBLIC NOTICE – NOTICE OF INTENTIONTO ADOPT THE 2011 BUDGET In accordance with section 291 of the Municipal Act, 2001 and Municipal By-law No. 2007 – 51, notice is hereby that the Council of the Township of Beckwith intends to discuss and adopt its 2011 Budget at a Council Meeting on:


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Local farmers’ market seeks more friends On Saturday May 7, Mothers’ Day weekend, the Perth Farmers’ Market will be opening for its 19th season at the Crystal Palace. This year promises exciting special events, such as a Strawberry Social on the weekend of the Kilt Run as a fundraiser for the Women’s Institute. There will be music at the market, animal day, Fathers’ Day Kids Fish and many more fun events in addition

to the main feature, the wonderful fresh, locally-grown produce and meat as well as home baking and specialty items like honey, maple syrup, handmade soaps and other herbal preparations. On May 7, Sylvia’s plants will be giving away one free plant to every mother and Sweetmeadow Farms will be offering delicious crepes of fresh asparagus with

Mornay sauce and ice cream with maple syrup. Phyllis will be cooking up her fabulous homemade sausages and back bacon on a bun, as well as many wonderful baked treats. These are just a couple of examples of the wonderful food that will be available, as well as fresh salad mix and other veggies from the farmers with greenhouse facilities.

This year, the Friends of the Perth Farmers’ Market will be helping out again on Saturday mornings at the market, from Mothers’ Day until Thanksgiving. The farmers are busy growing, harvesting and selling their produce and we help with other things, such as the lucky draw basket, having an information table at the market and helping with special events.

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Dignity House Hospice hosts fifth annual Hike for Hospice for Palliative Care “Volunteer hikers, or walkers, help us in achieving them all. Not only do they raise funds for Dignity House Hospice and Community Home Support, they also raise community awareness of these programs.” Most importantly, all the money raised stays in our community. The funds raised for Dignity House Hospice will go towards the financial support of the Day Hospice. The Day Hospice opened in January at McMartin House. It now has three registered clients, and has spaces for three more. As well as providing an opportunity to interact with other individuals, facing similar challenges with life-limiting health challenges, a typical day at the hospice includes group discussion facilitated by our nurse coordinator, peer support, a compli-


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Join us for Maplefest breakfast

Prestonvale Cemetery Annual Meeting

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Monday, May 9 • 7 p.m.


at Ferguson’s Falls Hall All plot holders welcome

‘SNOW PROBLEM Margo Bell, community outreach coordinator for the the Children’s Aid Society, poses with Helen Gamble, president of the Kiwanis Club of Perth-on-Tay on April 20. Gamble had a hand in raising about $1,500 for the society’s snowsuit campaign. The Kiwanis Club raised $500, while the rest was raised through sales of ‘Tales for a Winter Night’, a book of short stories written by Gamble and other local authors, currently available at The Bookworm store. Bell said the society needs about $14,000 for its campaign. A garage sale is planned for April 30 at 109 Beckwith St. E. Geoff Davies photo

To advertise in The Perth Courier, call 613-267-1100.


Friday, April 29, is drop-in darts and all are welcome to join. On Saturday, there is a Maplefest breakfast in the morning, and then in the afternoon there is our monthly meat draw with sitaround music. All musicians are welcome to join in. On May 5, the ladies auxiliary meeting takes place. All is quiet as we get into spring and the golfers are getting itchy for warm weather. On May 11, we will again be hosting a veteran’s appreciation afternoon with entertainment by Carol Husband. On May 13, the Old Tyme Fiddlers are in the hall, and on Saturday our monthly jamboree begins at 2 p.m. All musicians are welcome. Lest We Forget

Sunday, May 1 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!

Saturday, April 30 4:30-6:00 p.m. Community Dinner Sunday, May 1 • 2nd of Easter 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Class. 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship. Rev. Frank Morgan. Sermon: “Good Questions (ix) ‘Do You Love Me More Than All Else?’” All welcome, nursery provided. Wednesday, May 4 7:00 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer Next Community Dinner May 28, 4:30 - 6:00 Need a ride? 613-267-2023


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

St. James The Apostle Anglican Church

• A Mothers Day brunch will be held at Hanley Hall in Smiths Falls from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $8, or $5 for those aged five to 12, and $25 for a family. Proceeds will go to the St. Francis de Sales Church.

May 1, Second Sunday of Easter 8 a.m. said BCP Eucharist 10 a.m. choral BAS Eucharist and Sunday School with Sandy following the SPARK story telling curriculum 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month: Messy Church starting with family supper at 5:30pm 2nd Saturday: Community Dinner: 4:30 - 6pm

Wednesday, May 18 • PDCI senior art students will showcase their work at the Old Brown Shoe Factory building. A portion of proceeds will go to the students, and the remainder will go to charities such as recent fire victims in the community, KEVA and Champions Foundation.

Exciting Asbury Free Methodist Church 144 Gore St. E., Perth Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, May 1 9:00 a.m.& 11:00 a.m. Guest Speaker Stephen Bond

Programs, and Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario

I haven’t been a “hospital insider” long. When I joined the hospital in 2008, my health care learning curve was steep, and I was lucky to benefit from the help of many leaders. Among those I relied on most is Paula Doering, our Senior Vice President, Clinical Programs, and Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario. Paula is leading the transformation of our Cancer Program. Today, she’s your columnist, telling you what you need to know about the project.

Thanks to everyone who made donations, attended our breakfasts, purchased tickets, volunteered, helped and supported in any other way.

We’re enhancing the quality of cancer services in all parts of our region by adopting a new way to provide cancer care to patients who have completed their active treatment. Until now, patients were followed for many years by their oncologist(s) – either at The Ottawa Hospital or in one of our regional cancer clinics.

Without you we would not be here.


Special thanks to the following who sponsored our fundraising breakfast during the season:

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

Sunday, May 1 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship Community Dinner Saturday, May 21 • 4:30-6:30 p.m. 613-267-2973

Better cancer care, closer to home, when you need it

Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital Paula Doering - Senior Vice President, Clinical

The Snow Road Snowmobile Club would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the past year.

St. Paul’s United Church

(Nursery & Children’s Church available.)

10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship

“I have called...I have stretched out my hand...” Proverbs 1:24 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


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Saturday May 14 • Sam Hawkins evening of blues music will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Upper Rideau Branch 542 in Westport. Tickets are available at the branch or at Murphys.



• The Riverview Seniors will hold an elections meeting at 1 p.m. at the Perth-Upon-Tay Branch 244 Royal Canadian Legion. • The Active Seniors Koalition (ASK) hosts shuffleboard at Watsons Corners Hall at 10:30 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. Call 613-259-5447 for information.

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Sunday, May 1 • The Sage Age Theatre presents Laugh at Yourself ! A lively improv show of short skits and songs at the Newboro Community Hall at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and proceeds go to the Dental Issues Group. Tickets are $10. For tickets or information, call Judy at 613273-3546, or Nancy at 613-272-2067. • Westport United Church is hosting the Kingston Chamber Choir during their spring tour, “Music to Move You,” with artistic director Gordon Sinclair at 2:30 p.m. Admission is a freewill of-fering. Refreshments will be served. • A Mother’s Day garden party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the United Church Hall in Toledo. There will be a fashion show and vendors, sponsored by the Toledo Community Service Committee. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Call Sandy at 613-2752707 or Lynda at 613-275-1828 for more information. Proceeds will be donated to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. • The Rideau Trail Association is hosting a level one, 10 to 12kilometre hike along the Trans Canada Trail from Mountain Grove to Sharbot Lake. Meet at Conlon Farm at 9 a.m. If you have questions, call hike leaders Arlyn at 613-267-2588 or Sandy at 613-267-5007.

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$20 per person or $40 for a family. • A single parenting support group meeting will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at 30 Bennett St. in Carleton Place. Free childcare is available to those who register. Call 613-259-2182 or 1-866-762-0496. • The seventh annual “Where’s Franktown” run will take place at Calvary Christian Academy in Franktown. This family-friendly event welcomes runners and power-walkers of all ages! The first run starts at 9:30 a.m. There will be hand-crafted medals and prizes for participants, including a vacation to Mexico! There will be a free barbecue lunch for all participants. Babysitting is also available. Pre-register until May 5 at events/franktown, or register on run day at 8 a.m. For more information, visit portion of this year’s proceeds will support local Paralympic athlete Noella Klawitter’s goal to participate in the 2012 Paralympic Games.


To advertise a non-profit commuThursday May 5 nity event, e-mail events@perthcou• The Active Seniors Koalition and we would be happy to (ASK) hosts shuffleboard at Watinclude it in the Community Bulle- sons Corners Hall at 10:30 a.m. tin Board as space allows. Bring a brown bag lunch. Call 613-259-5447 for information. Friday, April 29 • Yoga with a certified instructor • A charity book sale will be will be held at Tatlock Hall from held at the Alzheimer Society’s 7 to 8 p.m. Call 613-256-3453 for main office, located in the Lanark information. Lodge Building (115 Christie Friday, May 6 Lake Rd.), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entrance is to the far left of • A “Musical Potpourri for JaLanark Lodge’s main entrance. pan” fundraising concert will • The Lanark and District Civi- be held at St. James Anglican tan Club is hosting its old tyme Church (12 Harvey St.). A group of talent night with a hot meal at 6 local professional musicians has p.m. Dancing will take place from put together a program of music 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $12 per from the Baroque to the Beatles. person and entertainers are free. Admission is a freewill donation Everyone is welcome. and refreshments will be served • St. Paul’s U.C.W. Spring Rum- afterwards. All proceeds will be mage Sale is taking place at St. donated to the Red Cross for Paul’s United Church (25 Gore St. ongoing relief and recovery work W.), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on in Japan. Saturday April 30 from 9 a.m. to Saturday May 7 noon. • The third annual Mother’s • A benefit dance for the Jones Family will be held at the Perth Day dinner will be held at the Civitan Hall from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Royal Canadian Legion Upper • Archives Lanark is launching Rideau Branch 542 in Westport. the North Elmsley Rural School For tickets, call 613-273-3615. • A soapstone carving workshop Book at the Port Elmsley township office from 2 to 4 p.m. The book by David Turner will be held at is the fifth in the rural school the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonbook series and is available for alds Corners from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Using soapstone and simple purchase at the launch. carving tools, students will carve Saturday, April 30 the stone into a sculpture. The • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian cost is $35 for MERA members and Church (1 Drummond St. W.) will $50 non-members. Soapstone is host a Maplefest Lunch from 11:30 available for purchase. Preregister a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for at or adults, and children under 10 are by calling 613-278-0388. $5. • St. John Elementary School • First Baptist Church will host is holding its sixth annual a community dinner from 4:30 to Funner to be a Runner event. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. • A roast beef supper is being There is a 10- kilometre run held at St. John’s Anglican beginning at 9:15 a.m., a fiveChurch on Ferguson Falls Rd., at kilometre run beginning at the corner of Hwy. 7 and Ferguson 9:30 a.m., and a three-kilometre Falls Rd., between Carleton Place family walk/run beginning at and Perth, east of Innisville. The 10:30 a.m. It is a fundraiser for supper will take place from 4:30 to our school’s nutrition and fitness 6:30 p.m. programs. Registration is $15 for • The Rideau Trail Association each runner, or a family flat rate will host a trail maintenance day of $35 for any and all races. All at Conlon Farm, at 9 a.m. Let races are chip timed by Sportstat. Bruce know if you are available People can register online at to help. We need the trail in good (click on Funner shape for the 40th Anniversary to be a Runner), by picking up a Relay. Contact Bruce at 613-283- registration form at the school 5967. office, or can come 45 minutes • St. Paul’s U.C.W. Spring Rum- before their run on race day and mage Sale is taking place at St. register. Race day registration is Paul’s United Church (25 Gore St. W.), from 9 a.m. to noon. • A Faery Fest will take place at Lotus Wings (30 North St.) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Community calendar of events

Today, in keeping with best practices in other international and provincial cancer programs, patients will be referred back to their family doctors, when appropriate. We’ll provide patients and their family doctor with recommendations for their

ongoing monitoring and care. If at any time patients have questions or concerns about symptoms or their plan of care, they’ll be rapidly assessed by their oncologist at our cancer centre. Family physicians, too, will have the chance to consult oncologists when necessary. Some patients don’t have family doctors. We’ll now flag patients who are admitted to our program without a family doctor, and work to link them to a family doctor. What does this mean for patients or their families? The new strategy ensures that follow-up is provided through the family doctor who knows them best, while newly diagnosed patients benefit from faster access to oncologists, at the time of diagnosis and during active treatment. Our oncologists will still be front and centre in the follow-up care patients receive. We are developing tools to actively support patients and family doctors. This includes providing survivorship care plans that summarize the cancer care received and document the plan for follow-up care. It means strengthening partnerships and links with the community resources best positioned to meet the diverse needs of cancer survivors. Finally, it means improved access to quality cancer care across our region. Not only will we continue providing world class care in our cancer centres and clinics. We will also expand the use of telemedicine. No matter where they reside, patients will have access to the same high standard of care thanks to easy remote access to The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program. We’re listening to our patients, and working towards better care, closer to home, when they need it. 464439

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LOOKING BACK 25 years ago


Perthites to face hefty tax increase

own council was expected to pass its 1986 budget on Tuesday night which calls for an overall 12.1 per cent hike in taxes and a 17.85 per cent increase in the municipal budget. The increase means a person with a home valued at $60,000 will pay $1,277.68 in taxes this year. That’s an increase of $137.97. Last year there was no increase in the municipal budget, but the hefty 17.85 per cent hike this year is blamed on wages, insurance, capital work expenditures and a drop in revenues. This year, for every $100 in taxes collected in Perth, the town keeps $38.58, the county gets $11.01 and the Lanark County Board of Education takes $50.41. “It was a very difficult budget because we realized we had to increase taxes and still maintain the standard expected by the people of the Town of Perth,” commented deputy-reeve Chuck Montgomery, chairman of the finance committee. “It’s the fairest possible budget we could come up with,” added Montgomery. Part of the reason for the increase is the small increase in assessment. Taxable assessment has only increased $49,133 this year, compared to an assessment

increase of $317,477 last year. Last year the town received $115,810 from land sales; this year the town has no land for sale. Municipal expenditures this year are $237,176 higher than 1985. Salaries are expected to be $100,000 more than last year with three new municipal employees. Insurance has increased $11,287 and workers’ compensation premiums are up $11,700. Other increases in expenditure include $4,450 more for the library, $2,890 more for the museum and $10,000 more for planning. With regard to capital works, the town hall will receive $10,000 more this year, the works department receives $18,000 more, the day-care centre gets $9,400 more, recreation receives $13,000 more, Last Duel Park receives $3,000 more and the Ontario Neighbourhood Improvement Program gets $10,300 more. The town is also taking $117,000 out of reserve funds to offset capital expenditures on the sewer separation program which will begin this year.

Tragic death creates hope The tragic and untimely death of seven-month-old Jenna-Marie Bowers on Jan. 26, 1985 has left an indelible mark on the lives of her

50 years ago

A nostalgic look at yesteryear

parents, Bryan and Donna-Marie ... in more ways than one. The infant died at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, following complications arising from an accident that took place on Gore Street. Both the infant and her father were struck by falling ice that slid from the roof of a building at 89 Gore St. E. While attending the hospital, the Bowers decided that although they were about to lose their daughter, other children could benefit from her death, by being recipients of her vital organs. The decision has changed their lives immeasurably. They now take consolation in the fact that a young boy in Texas is now living

Blitz surpasses expections


erthites may, in all justice, stick out their chests as far as they please after Tuesday night’s cancer blitz, for their selfless generosity put the fund well over the top within four short hours. With a target of $2,800 to attain, the Perth canvassers met with kindness and courtesy on all sides as they knocked on town doors for a period of just 240 minutes and came up with more than $3,000. By comparison, our neighbouring towns of Smiths Falls and Carleton Place underwent a similar blitz with no such handsome results — though we hasten to add that this need not be taken as an indication of miserliness on that account. Both towns fell considerably short of their objectives: Smiths Falls gathering in, we hear unofficially, only some $1,200 of its $5,000 objective, and Carleton Place falling sufficiently short that it feels obliged to continue its drive through the balance of the week. Whatever the reason for these neighbourly shortcomings, we certainly hope that a more prolonged campaign will yield the desired results, for certainly the cancer cause is a most deserving one.

Perth men complete course Charles E. Grainger, George Rathwell and Bill North have just returned from Toronto after completing a 10-week course in advanced motor vehicle repairs.

Rotarians lend a hand When Lightford’s Specialty Shop, 38 Gore St. E., pulls up stakes in the next few days — after almost a quarter-century in this location at the corner of Herriott Street — members of the Perth Rotary Club will roll up their sleeves and assist Rotarian Norman in moving his entire stock and fixtures to a new loca-

tion at 48 Gore St. E. “Thank goodness this only happens every 25 years!” we can hear the Rotarians-turned-movers say as they totter along Gore under a stack of the fine-quality imported Scottish woollens, Hudson Bay blankets and superior linens which have made Lightford’s so famous over the years. Kidding aside, the Perth Rotary Club deserves a mighty big bouquet for lending a helping hand in this way to an outstanding citizen.

Gas drops to 40.9 cents per gallon Perth and district motorists were given a pleasant surprise last weekend when they approached gas stations and garages to see that the price of gas had dropped to 40.9 cents from the usual 44 cents. The smile broadened on Monday when the nine-tenths of a cent was removed to make an even 40 cents. It is believed the order came from the oil companies to reduce the price, and not a measure by the local gas outlets. Brockville and Kingston motorists have enjoyed filling up on 36.9-cent gas for several weeks.

Pickerel run to reach peak The pickerel are in the spawning mood again, and all indications are that the peak of the run will take place Saturday and Sunday. James P. Rae of The Perth Courier was invited by Eric Johnson, Lanark County’s temporary conservation officer, to go along on a tour of inspection. They counted 20 or 30 fish in the particular spot where they were looking. But doubtless there were hundreds of others which the foam and shimmer of the swiftmoving water prevented them from actually seeing. They stayed there at Innisville for about half an hour and then headed west on Hwy.. 7 to visit

a normal life after receiving Jenna-Marie’s liver. In order to make people more aware of the need for organ donors, Bryan and Donna-Marie have formed a chapter of Transplant International, to service eastern Ontario. Transplant International is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to making people more aware of the urgent need for organ donors. “We are talking to doctors and nurses in area hospitals, explaining why they should approach potential donor families,” stated Donna-Marie. “Surprisingly enough, medical practitioners are asking us what to do and how to go about it.” Transplant International is currently in the process of lobbying the provincial government to have the organ donor card removed from the driver’s licence and have it issued with OHIP cards instead. “The reason for this action stems from the fact that there are a number of Ontario residents who don’t drive and may wish to become organ donors,” noted Bryan. He also commented that hospitals at present are not equipped to handle a number of organ transplants because of the lack of facilities. “The quality of life for potential organ recipients is enhanced so much by a transplant, much more than by using drugs or artificial means of support,” said Bryan. Although many doctors are hesitant to approach a grieving family with regard to organ donations, Donna-Marie noted that at the time it may not seem like the right thing to do. “But take my word on it, the family will thank you 10 times over in the future, when they realize that others have lived as a result of their decision,” she said.

other spawning grounds. On the Tay River, they estimated some 50 or so more pickerel. The run was just nicely getting underway there, too, Eric figured. Then they went up to the Fall River and saw literally hundreds of golden eyes weaving and bobbing in the shallow rapids. Just how easy a prey these spawning pickerel would be to the poachers was demonstrated when Eric, spying a female close to the water’s edge, bent down and lifted the fish high and dry as simply as if he had been pulling the plug out of a bathtub! He held the fish up in the lamplight, patted its belly and showed how it was loaded with spawn: at the slightest pressure, the stuff spurted out like water from a sponge. When the fish were set back in the water, they simply gave a flip of their fins and resumed their former position in the strong current. They saw no Fun for everyone at festival There will be fun for all at this sign of lawbreakers, although three had been caught red-hand- year’s Festival of the Maples, and organizers of the event are confied only the night before. dent attendance will rival or betBORN ter that of last year. Mahon - At Lombardy, on April The festivities get underway on 13, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ma- Saturday at 7:30 a.m. with a panhon of RR 1, Lombardy, a daugh- cake breakfast at the Perth Comter. munity Centre, hosted by the Strong - At Grace Hospital, Ot- Perth Jaycees. This very popular tawa, on April 18, 1961, to David attraction features homemadeand Phyllis Strong, a son. style pancakes topped with locally produced maple syrup, all at a DIED reasonable price. Moodie - At the “Four Winds” “This year we have about 90 Hospital, Perth, on Tuesday, April booths and displays,” stated festi11, 1961, Alfred A. Moodie, in his val organizer Fred Bannon. “We 85th year, beloved husband of Lu- expect that participants will be ella May Davis. setting up their displays about O’Toole - In hospital, Ottawa, 7:30 a.m.” on Friday, April 14, 1961, Mary The annual Great Sap Run will (Mayme) O’Toole, in her 67th also take place on Saturday, and year, daughter of the late Mr. and this year features a three-kilomeMrs. Michael O’Toole. tre fun run as well as the 10k The preceding was originally race. published in The Perth Courier Starting time for the fun run is of April 23, 1986 as the “25 years 9 a.m. and the 10k race 10 a.m., ago” news. with the start and finish at the

Perth Community Centre. The race is being sponsored by the Perth Runners, and medals/ ribbons will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in various categories. The Molson Caravan, another popular event at the festival, will hold tug-of-war competitions in the basin. Throughout the day the CKBY hot-air balloon will be offering tethered rides to the public (weather permitting). One of the new features incorporated into the yearly event is a trade show held in the basin area. Last year a number of businesses in the area, along with Parks Canada, set up displays, and their participation is expected to continue.

Perth’s burger gobblers will be munching by June If the good weather holds out and there are no construction delays, Perth and area residents could be munching on Burger King hamburgers and Tim Horton doughnuts by early June. Work on the $1.3 million project got underway in March and if everything goes as scheduled, the two establishments should be open for business in late May or early June. The location of Burger King and Tim Horton Donuts, on Hwy. 7, was chosen because traffic surveys indicate about 23,000 motorists use the roadway each day throughout the year. The site was chosen primarily for its availability to the public travelling from west to east along the highway.


Bednar - At the GWM Hospital, on April 3, 1986, to John and Ruth Bednar of RR 3, Perth, a son, Jeffrey Richard. Beute - At the GWM Hospital, on April 11, 1986, to Bill and Debbie Beute of Perth, a daughter, Jennifer Alice Patricia. Brown - On March 22, 1986, to Andy and Joanna (nee McHardy) Brown, a son, Aaron Ronald John. Duverge - At the Kingston General Hospital, on Sept. 27, 1985, to Gilberto and Jamie-Frances Duverge, a son, Michael James Gilberto. Hambleton-Storer - On April 8, 1986, to Bruce and Laurie, a son, Shawn Leslie. Howard - At the GWM Hospital, on April 10, 1986, to Greg and Donna Howard, a son, Daniel William. North - At the GWM Hospital, on April 16, 1986, to Kevin and Robyn North of Perth, a daughter, Brandi Marie. Richmond - On March 23, 1986, to Jim and Sylvia (nee Myskohlid) Richmond, a son, James Mark Wasyl. Tennant - On April 20, 1986, to Steve and Sue Tennant, twin sons.

DIED McHenry - In hospital, Toronto, on Wednesday, April 16, 1986, Irene McHenry, beloved wife by first marriage of Dr. Charles Macartney and, by second marriage, the late John McHenry. Moore - In hospital, Perth, on Saturday, April 19, 1986, Jemima Myers, wife of the late James A. Moore. The preceding was excerpted from the front page of the April 23, 1986 issue of The Perth Courier.

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A pat on the back for the leaders of the pack

Top left: The Perth/Lanark Major Atom team recognized Jacob Monaghan as its most sportsmanlike player. Top centre: The Perth/Lanark Minor Hockey Association honour Paul Thomas with its Coach of the Year award. Top right: The Major Atom team’s most improved player was Dylan Adrain. Bottom centre: From left, Mike Kravacek of the Midget B team won the Referee’s Award, a special award recognizing ability and sportsmanship, while Kaleb Bingley of the Major Bantam team won The Bantam B1 team recognized Connor Sergeant (Most Dedicated The Midget Rep team recognized, from left, Nick Lepage and Jarrid the Dave Hitchcock Award, for dis- Player), Darren Walker (Most Improved Player), and Mitch Whalen playing ‘heart and soul’ on teams Farr as its most dedicated players, Hunter Rombough as its most im(Most Sportsmanlike Player). bantam level and above. proved player, and Cody King as its most sportsmanlike player. Photos by Geoff Davies and Ryan Holland

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Tuesday nights have a new meaning for Perth area women, as they snap on their helmets and clip their pedals. On April 12, for the first time, a group of women gathered at the Perth and District Indoor Pool parking lot for the inaugural Tuesday night women’s ride. The concept was first crafted by two local mothers, who wanted to find a way to get back into shape. Sasha Warner is one of those two moms, and with a twoyear-old son and a nine-week-old daughter, she says she, like many new moms, is eager to introduce regular exercise back into her schedule. Cycling is one way to do that. “A friend and I were at playgroup one day and she brought it up,” she says of the women’s cycling idea. “After having two kids in two years, we are in the worst shape of our lives, and we want to do something about it. My friend and I know each other because our husbands ride together on the Wednesday night rides. We decided to start meeting weekly to ride.” Currently, there is already a co-ed ride on Wednesday nights, catering to a variety of levels, but Warner says some women are intimidated by the speed and experience of some of the people in that particular group. This ride gives women an opportunity to come out and meet other women who want to maintain or improve their fitness level. “We couldn’t go out the same night as our husbands, because of the kids, so we made our own night,” she says. “I find it really hard to motivate myself to go out on my own all the time, so it’s re-


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ally just a group of people that are there to motivate each other to get moving.” So far, it’s a concept well received by female cyclists. “I mentioned to a couple other girls, and there was a lot of interest from our friends, so it just went from there,” Warner explains. “Now I know there will always be someone waiting for me on Tuesday nights.” Warner says there is no definitive outline, as it’s simply an outlet for women who want to get together and cycle. Each week, the group will meet at the pool parking lot, warm up together and decide on the route, depending on the weather, who is there, and how they feel that day. They will then split into two groups. The first group will be for anyone who wants to push the pace and the second group is for women who want to just get moving. “If someone wants to challenge herself and push it with the fast group, she’ll know that if it’s too much, there is a slower group that she can drop to farther back,” she says. “No one will get dropped from the slower group.” Warner encourages women of all cycling abilities to attend, but adds it’s an uninsured ride. This means for anyone who decides to take part in the cycling night, they are assuming all risk, with no one responsible for the organization of the ride. “It’d be great to get more people out, but ultimately it’s not a club, it’s just people meeting for a ride at the same time and place every week,” she says. For women interested in joining in one the Tuesday night rides, they can meet up together at the Perth Indoor Pool parking lot each Tuesday at 6 p.m.




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The staff of Scotiabank in Perth stands with local potter Jackie Seaton, co-ordinator of Empty Bowls (second from right) and Tamara Woods (far right) of the Sunflower Bake Shop. Scotiabank has pledged to match donations up to $5,000 during this year’s Festival of the Maples on April 30. The Empty Bowls booth will be set up in front of Riverguild Fine Crafts at 51 Gore St. E. Submitted photo

TUESDAY MAY 3, 2011 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at THE STEWART SCHOOL




My Fair Lady Highlights St. John CHS Talent BY JENNA SWEENEY Perth’s St. John Catholic High School is buzzing with excitement as the school prepares for the upcoming musical production of the 1956 Broadway hit, My Fair Lady. With four performances scheduled to hit the school stage in mid-May, cast and crew have been working tirelessly to bring the witty, extraordinary play to life. Grade 11 student Alex Hodgins, who plays the role of Henry Higgins, says, “Rehearsals are going well, and we are making great progress. It is going to be a very inclusive show highlighting the talent of a lot of our high school students, teachers, even Grade 7 and 8 students here at St. John’s. There is a job for everyone!” The other lead roles will be played by students Emma Houlahan as the naive Eliza Doolittle, Vincent Scattolon as Colonel Pickering and Daniel Brown playing Alfred P.

Doolittle. The musical not only brings together actors, but many other members of the St. John’s community such as musicians, technical crew and the many students who are helping with the busy scene changes. My Fair Lady is adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story follows the event-filled transformation of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so she can pass as a proper lady. St. John’s production, directed by teacher Caitlin Doyle, will feature all the signature songs from the musical including, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, With A Little Bit Of Luck, I Could Have Danced All Night and On The Street Where You Live. These wellloved melodies will be brought to life by band members under the guidance

of musical director Murray McNeely. “It is a good, multi-generation show, one that everyone can enjoy”, says teacher Sharon Scattolon, who, along with vice-principal Deanne Strong and teacher Laura Mackler, will act as co-producers of the show. Performances run in the cafetorium of St. John Catholic High School in Perth on Thursday, May 12, Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on May 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased weekdays at the school and at Shadowfax in Perth for $12 per adult and $10 for seniors and students under 12 years of age. St. John CHS is excited to be bringing this memorable play to the stage, and the students are anxious to share their outstanding talent with the surrounding communities. For more information, contact Sharon Scattolon at St. John CHS: 613-2674724.

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Glen Tay Public School students awarded $1,000 for sustainable project in Guatemala In January, The Perth Courier reported on two Glen Tay Public School Grade 8 students, Emily Richardson and Sarah Noonan, who had entered the Upper Canada District School Board Venture Education “Change the World” Competition, with a plan to create food security for the 35 students of Escuela Los Ninos de Sam, a two-room elementary school in the tiny village of Panimaquim, in the highlands of northwestern Guatemala. The plan was a response to the need for a sustainable follow-up to the twoyear commitment of the “Students Helping Students” nutrition program initiated by two Guatemala Stove Project volunteers, Phill Brackenbury and Keith Walker. In 2009, they encountered the chronic malnutrition among Mayan children in Guatemala, which also affected the students of Escuela de Sam that was being built that year in memory of Sam Clarke.

Glen Tay Public School has been a part of the nutrition program for two years and had also raised money to build stoves with the stove project. Richardson and Noonan decided to build on their school’s relationship with the G.S.P. and their contacts in Guatemala to create a project which would be both viable and 100 per cent accountable. Last November, through the G.S.P., they contacted the Director of A.M.I. (Asociacion de las Mujeres Ixel) and asked her to consult with the villagers of Panimaquim. The result was a proposal for an egg farm which would cost $4,372. This would include assistance with financial management and the services of an agricultural advisor. The project is designed to be self-sustaining, thus creating a secure source of regular protein for the children and their parents. The sale of eggs and meat will keep the farm viable from year to year. In February, the girls brought two Grade 6 students, Emelia Bowie-

Buffam and Kara Cameron on board to help with the workload. On April 9, the team presented their plan, “The Panimaquim Nutrition Sustainability Project” before a panel of judges at Kemptville’s Civic Centre. They were one of two teams to win the $1,000 grand prize! When this is added to the $3,000.00 in donations which the team has already raised – including a $1,000 donation from Jackie Seaton and Empty Bowls – they have almost reached their goal. Once it is reached, the money will be transferred through the G.S.P. account to A.M.I. and construction will begin on the chicken coop in Panimaquim. This will take place next month. The girls feel that they have learned to see their world differently, more as a global community or village in which we all have a responsibility to care for our neighbours. All four hope to visit Panimaquim next February as volunteers with the Guatemala Stove Project.

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“This is a major improvement in safety, both for the public and our firefighters. We have a better system today because of the fire chiefs’ specifications and enhancements being implemented. Congratulations to all involved!”

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The County’s role, in partnership with the local municipalities, is to provide the communciations technology. The Town of Smiths Falls is under contract to perform the actual communications service. Installation and maintenance of the new technology is the responsibility of Christie & Walther Communications, an Ottawa-based company.

With the new system, fire departments can communicate with each other simultaneously as needed. It also includes upgraded software at the dispatch console, GPS-synced microwave towers to send and receive transmissions simultaneously throughout the County, and mirrored dispatch consoles in Smiths Falls and Perth to provide back-up systems.

The new system replaces 20-year-old technology with current technology that will last for the next 15 years. This upgrade improves safety not only for the public in terms of providing a more effective tool for dispatching firefighters to the scene, but also in terms of improving operations for the firefighters while they are on the scene.

A comprehensive consultation and communications process led by Lanark County Council that included all local fire chiefs has resulted in the development of the new system, which provides total coverage throughout the County.

Lanark County has made a major investment to improve community safety with the replacement of its emergency fire communications infrastructure.

Lanark County improves public safety thanks to replacement of emergency fire communications infrastructure

Mayor Dennis Staples Chief Joel Gorman

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Mayor Wendy LeBlanc Chief Les Reynolds

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Mayor John Fenik Chief Steve Fournier


Drummond North Elmsley Tay Valley Chief Greg Saunders

Reeve Keith Kerr

Tay Valley

Mayor Peter McLaren Acting Chief Jeff Rothwell

Lanark Highlands

Mayor John Levi Chief Art Brown

Mississippi Mills

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A major emergency – like a blackout or severe storm – can happen anytime, anywhere. This year’s 16th annual Emergency Preparedness Week is an important reminder of the need to take action by knowing the risks, making a plan and getting an emergency kit. This will help make sure you and your family can take care of yourselves for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, while first responders help those in urgent need.

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COMMITTED TO CLEANLINESS Lanark County Warden Sharon Mousseau (left) and Coun. John Gemmell present Scott Puckett from the Perth Scotiabank Branch with a gold star of appreciation for the bank’s commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway Program. Cathy James photo

Prescription painkiller meeting The Lanark County and Town of Smiths Falls Municipal Drug Strategy Committee invite you to our Seventh Network Day meeting on Prescription Pain Killers: Use and Abuse in Lanark County. The program will take place on Friday, May 6 at the Perth Civitan Hall. Registration and refreshments begin at 8 a.m. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a light lunch. This education day is open

to new and existing members – municipal leaders, educators, service providers, enforcement officers, media, businesses and all youth and adults concerned about substance abuse issues in our communities. Please pass this invitation to anyone who may be concerned and interested. There is no charge to attend, but to assist with planning, please RSVP to Paula Davio by April 29 at or 613-283-2740.

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$599,000 - Three Wishes! A phenomenal view, pristine shoreline and privacy. This is lakeside living at its best on the beautiful North shore of Otty Lake. Excellent year round access, within 10 minutes of Heritage Perth and an easy 1 hour commute to Ottawa makes this 3 + 1 bedroom 2 storey home with fully developed walkout lower level, a mustsee for those in the know. Hardwood flooring, stone fireplace, beautifully updated kitchen with ceramic backsplash, lakeside deck via kitchen patio doors, gorgeous terraced stone work and walkway leading to stone patio at water’s edge. Plenty of room for family and friends with finished lower level featuring kitchenette, large family room and full bath. Double detached log garage with full 2nd level perfect for storage or workshop. Lovely shoreline with rocky pebble/sandy base and good depth just off shore. Great boating and swimming. Live the dream on Otty Lake. MLS # 091191101024800 Andrew Rivington 613-812-3280 •



SUNDAY, MAY 1 • 1 - 3 P.M. 1158 Fallbrook Rd. Directions: Hwy. 511 from Perth to Balderson. Left onto Fallbrook Rd. 2.5 km to stop. Turn right and proceed 3 km to property on the right. 6 year old chalet style three bedroom, 2 bath home privately set on 30 acres, large wooded areas with trails. Access to Little Mud Lake feeding into the Mississippi River. Custom kitchen, living room with a wall of natural light, dining room with patio door to side deck plus two bedrooms & a bath are on the main level. Master bedroom, ensuite & walk-in closet are on the upper level. Family room, wood burning fireplace, storage, utility, laundry & two other rooms are on the walk-out lower level. $319,000. MLS# 780411. Bob Ferguson (c) 613-812-8871

Sunday, May 1 • 2-3:30 p.m. 330 Georgina St., Sheridan Estates - $379,000. Gorgeous yearold custom built 4 br, 3 bath home in Sheridan Estates, hardwood floors, ceramic tile, vaulted ceiling, master ensuite and walk-in closet, stone fireplace, custom kitchen with island and walk-in pantry, sun room off kitchen, oversized 2 vehicle garage. MLS# 781976. Host: Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123


ONE OF A KIND! Spacious 4 bedroom Penthouse Condominium - enjoy beautiful sunsets from your own private rooftop patio. Flooded with sunshine and spectacular views on 3 sides. $279,000. MLS # 770335. Call Andrew Rivington, Cell: 613-812-3280

Sand Lake - $289,000 - 21C Walnut Point Road. Don’t miss out on this lovely 3 bdrm, 2 bath furnished cottage on the Rideau system - Sand Lake near Davis Lock with easy 4 season access. Enjoy privacy with 250 ft of beautiful rocky shore graced with tall pines and an amazing view up the lake, large master with updated ensuite bath, open concept kitchen, dining and living space, laundry room and a screened porch to while away the bug-free evenings. Priced to sell! CALL or EMAIL Julia Scotland 613-390-0401

Well maintained 1+1 bedroom condo in Perthshire - screenedin sun room, two baths, full finished basement - newer gas furnace and gas hot water tank, new central a/c- newer upstairs bath- single car garage and paved drive, 7 Lally Lane – $219,000, Call Joanne 613-812-0505




$179,000 – PARENTS OF ALGONQUIN STUDENTS TAKE NOTE: 5 br, 3 bath home plus basement rec room, laundry and 2nd kitchen area, large living rm and dining rm with built-in cabinetry, updated kitchen, natural gas furnace plus f/p, attached garage, house is bigger than it looks but needs some updating, quick closing available. MLS# 780346. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123

HUNTINGDON GREEN CONDO – Glorious views of the Tay River – light filled and spacious 2 bedroom 2 bath condo – 1600 sq. ft. – the very best location in this elegant and prestigious building. Unique twosided fireplace plus many other upgrades. Heated indoor parking and one outdoor spot as well. Just in time to enjoy relaxing in your “summer room” – glass and screen enclosed porch. $388,900. Call Barbara Shepherd cell: 613 326-1361

$329,900 – Terrific 5-year-old home shows like new, 3 br, 2 bath, main-floor laundry, hardwood floors throughout, propane fireplace, large master br with ensuite and walk-in closet, double attached garage, central air, high speed, 2 acre lot, move-in condition. MLS# 778246. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123




$234,900 – Great solid 3+1 br bungalow on 2.23 private acres, spotless kitchen with plenty of counter space overlooking large sunken family room, large front deck and patio area, numberous recent upgrades, gorgeous lot on a quiet country side road. MLS# 789659. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123

BURGESSWOOD – Light and bright, elevated ceilings, lovely, warm and welcoming, spacious 5 bedroom home with 2 full baths on a beautiful private almost 3 acre lot in this wonderful community only 10-15 minutes to Perth. Many updates. 200 acres of recreational land and 4000 feet of gorgeous waterfront for residents. $328,900. Call Barbara Shepherd, cell: 613 326-1361

Renovated Red Brick Farmhouse – 13+ acres, 10 min. to Perth - traditional, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, red brick farmhouse built in 1895 - many renovations and updates and wonderful convenient extras added. The current owners love the privacy, sights and sounds of nature, ski and walking trails, and the relaxing warmth and character - you will, too! Come see it - $354,900. MLS # 777616. Call Joanne Bennell, 613 812-0505 or Barbara Shepherd, 613 326-1361


WATERFRONT GREAT SWIMMING! COTTAGE NEAR PERTH AND WESTPORT - CLEAN CROSBY LAKE – Sandy wade-in, or dive-in at the end of the dock! Charming 2 bedroom cedar cottage plus sleeping cabin. MLS #769020 $269,000. Call Barbara Shepherd, cell: 613-326-1361


Christie Lake – Privacy, 140 feet of wonderful waterfront, low maintenenance bedroom summer or year-round home. So many extras – efficiency plus – heat pump and masonry fireplace; boathouse with sleeping accommodations, storage, hot tub; garage and workshop; boat ramp; automatic generator, etc. Glorious glassed and screened summer room for relaxing and entertaining. Call now for showing. $349,900. Call Barbara Shepherd, cell: 613-326-1361

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OUT OF TOWN $359,000 $339,000 - 620 Anglican Church Rd. 50 Acres of peaceful living on this hobby farm with picturesque laneway crossing creek, leading to large 4 bedroom home, uniquely mixing old and new. Evidence of stacked log adds rustic charm combined with the large bright addtition that lets the sunshine in! A separate cottage/studio offers a perfect place to set up a home business, craft area or In-law suite. Become self sufficient with chicken coop, 3 greenhouses. Propane and wood fireplace, auxiliary outdoor wood furnace with radiant hot water baseboards. Screened side porch overlooks pool and neighbouring hillside. Cathie McCabe, 613-284-6263 • Julia Scotland, 613-390-0401




$379,900 - 11 B3 Bass Lake - Close to Rideau Ferry this 2 + 1 bedroom home or cottage has a beautiful waterfront with natural rocky shore, sunny solarium/porch with a fantastic lakeview, one level living, fireplace, new detached double car garage and bunkie for extra guests. CALL or EMAIL Julia Scotland 613-390-0401

$219,000 - 121 Flat Rock Lane, Otty Lake. Under 10 minutes to Perth with great road access & spectacular sunsets. Well maintained 2 bedroom cottage with 4-pc. Bath and maple flooring in living and dining area. Large glassed-in sunporch overlooks the lake. Windowed attic could convert to third bedroom / sleeping loft. Septic system & lake water. Building raised and re-supported (solid & level)! Call to view. MLS# 742574 Bob Ferguson (C) 613-812-8871

Big Rideau Lake lot – 228 ft of gorgeous shoreline, very private with beautiful view of the large part of the Big Rideau, ideal for swimming and boating, build your dream home on this 1.38 acre lot and capture the breathtaking vistas of the Big Rideau. $495,000. MLS# 782748. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123

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