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The family of Emily Picard will host a charity barbecue Friday, July 22 (tomorrow) at Barnabe’s Your Independent Grocer at 80 Dufferin St. from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The next is to be held at M&M’s Meat Shops in Perth at 11 Wilson St. W. on Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. See story page 2.

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New Perth CAO will take reins Aug. 22



HELPING HANDS Volunteers from Canada World Youth are making Perth their home for three months.


Perth has hired a new chief administrative officer. Town staff announced July 13 that they hired John deRosenroll for the position, effective Aug. 22. Since 1999, he has served as the CAO for the Municipality of Kincardine, a community of about 12,000 people in Bruce County, Ont., on the shore of Lake Huron. DeRosenroll brings with him 24 years of municipal government experience, according to the release from the Town of Perth. This includes positions in administration, economic development and public works. “I am originally from eastern Ontario and welcome the opportunity to return to my family’s roots and to have the chance to serve the citizens of one of the

most beautiful towns in Ontario,” deRosenroll said in the release. Originally from Kanata, deRosenroll has worked for the Municipality of Kincardine for almost 15 years, first as public works manager then as CAO. Before that he worked for the towns of Renfrew and Mattawa, for about five years each. He beat out 38 other candidates for the Perth job, after an extensive interview process that included a giving presentation on how the Town’s services and how it could deliver them in a more efficient, sustainable manner. As the new CAO, deRosenroll will have more “service delivery reviews” such as these in his future, says Perth Mayor John Fenik. Going forward, council wants to explore ways to get more bang for the ratepayer’s buck,

and Fenik said he’ll look to deRosenroll, once he’s settled in, to help improve efficiency. Fenik said deRosenroll stood apart from the crowd thanks to “his manner, his years of experience, and his designations. All-around he was the candidate with the most experience, the most municipal credentials and academic background.” For deRosenroll, the good news brings a mix of emotions. “Truly, to be the last man standing is humbling,” he said over the phone from Kincardine. From saying goodbye to town council and other friends, to packing and finding a high school for his 14-year-old daughter, deRosenroll has had lots to keep him busy since the news broke. “It’s just been a lightning rod for the last two days.” The whole family – which includes deRosenroll’s wife and daughter, their dog, Indigo, and

John deRosenroll is Perth’s new CAO. He will officially join the town staff on Aug. 22. Spooky the guinea pig – is excited for the move and for exploring Perth. See ‘New CAO’, page 4

Surging expenses contribute to parking hike BY GEOFF DAVIES


A group of men have helped restore an old ore wagon which has been donated to Murphys Point.


DIVING IN Mike Brown from Perth is in China for another shot at an Olympic bid.


IN BRIEF Lanark family charged with resisting officer Three members of a Lanark family were charged with obstructing and resisting a police officer on June 18. An OPP officer was responding to allegations of an assault committed by a 22-year-old male. When the officer attempted to arrest the man, an 18-year-old female and a 45-year-old man tried to prevent the officer from doing so, according to a press release. The young male also struck the officer. Those charged were all members of the same family. All three were charged with obstructing/resisting a peace officer, while the 22-year-old male was also charged with assault, assaulting a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of driving while disqualified.

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SHINING STAR Amanda Jordan of Rideau Ferry will be offering vocal lessons to youth after being awarded a grant of $1,500 from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade’s Summer Company to help with her start-up fees. See story on page 8.

The Town of Perth is hoping its recently raised parking raised will help offset an estimated $41,000 loss it’s facing, thanks to skyrocketing costs for operating its parking lots. On July 1, the Town doubled its parking rates to $1 per hour, up from 50 cents. During budget deliberations in March, councillors heard the hike could bring in almost $50,000, enough to make up the projected five-figure loss. There are several reasons why the cost of operating parking lots is draining the Town’s pocketbook, says Jim Connell, director of protective services. While parking rates haven’t been boosted since 2003 – up from 40 cents an hour, or 25 cents behind the Perth Museum – operating costs have surged. The Town has seen an approximate 137 per cent increase in the rental fees it pays for the Code’s Mill parking lot, which it leases from the building’s owner. Connell said the 2010 lease agreement saw the annual fee jump from $2,500 to $5,913. See ‘Parking’, page 4

Madeline says goodbye BY ROSANNE LAKE

Walking down the street in Perth with Madeline Bouvier is like walking with a celebrity. People stop to chat, some hug her, many just share a smile or comment on how beautiful the town looks. It doesn’t matter who it is they all have one thing in common: everyone knows her. Bouvier is the co-manager of the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce. During the past 11 years, she has made getting to know business owners, chamber members and people in the

community one of her top priorities. But this August, Bouvier will be leaving her post at the chamber and moving with her family to Kingston, leaving her footprints on the local chamber in numerous respects. The relocation comes on the heels of her husband accepting a promotion with the OPP. See ‘Chamber’, page 4 Madeline Bouvier has been with the local Chamber of Commerce for 11 years. She leaves Perth for Kingston in August.

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Celebrating live music

At top, Stewart Park Festival goers rock out during Jimmy Rankin’s performance on Saturday night on the main stage. At far right, Tip Romain gets into the Stewart Park Festival spirit on Sunday. In the middle, Alexia Findlay and Charlotte Killeen find a nice spot in the shade to enjoy the Stewart Park Festival July 16. Middle bottom, Mill Street, a 10-piece brass band, performs on the main stage on July 17. Above, Jimmy Rankin hits all the right notes during his performance Saturday night.

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Fundraising events planned for family of ill Perth girl BY ROSANNE LAKE

When Kara Clarke went to check on her flu-stricken daughter, Emily, she never expected to find her in the midst of a grand mal seizure. That moment on May 26 has changed the lives of her entire family, as the eight-year-old has been in the intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) ever since. Clarke said Emily was home from school that week due to having flu symptoms, including a fever that was spiking around 40 C. That temperature was worrisome to Clarke, who took her to the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital’s Great War Memorial site the Sunday prior. They were sent home to monitor her condition, which seemed like it was getting better as the week progressed. “She had been really tired that day and just seemed different,” Clarke said. Clarke went to investigate a banging sound coming from Emily’s room that Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and found her frothing at the mouth – in the throws of a major seizure. Emily travelled by ambulance to the Perth hospital, and then was rushed to the intensive care unit at CHEO, as her seizures were not subsiding. In fact, Emily was seizing constantly for the first two weeks, while doctors tried numerous medications to get her condition under control. Emily’s father, Paul Picard, said the family was at a loss to explain her condition as Emily was a healthy girl with no history of seizures. Family members were not the only ones who didn’t have a diagnosis. Medical professionals are still uncertain as to what has caused Emily’s illness. “They have tested for everything,” said Clarke, noting that Emily has had CT scans, a spinal tap, MRIs and more. They even tested for West Nile virus and diseases associated with ticks, she said. Emily even had a brain biopsy and doctors sent off tissue samples to other countries for examination. “We were told there are very few people like Emily,” Picard said. “They just don’t know exactly what is causing this.” The first week was the worst, said Clarke. Emily was intubated, then her lungs collapsed. In addition to everything else, she has already battled through pancreatitis, pneumonia and other infections. Then the doctors administered medication which the family was told is rarely used: lidocaine. “They told us

cerning for Clarke and Picard because of the possibility of Emily’s current progress regressing. “The big question is what she is going to be like if we start to wean the lidocaine,” said Clarke. “The way she is now is 100 times better than before – I mean, we had doctors taking us aside in week two telling us that she might not make it. Then a few weeks ago they took me aside again preparing me for the possibility that she may be severely disabled. But it’s so dependent on the individual and she has improved so much since then.” In fact, the doctors recently took some of her tubes out. Now, she just has a medication line, tracheotomy, new feeding tube in her nose and a PICC line for medications. When the plethora of other tubes was removed, Emily immediately started to verbalize, saying two words: “Mama” and “no”. “We were really happy that she has any verbal communication right now,” said Clarke. Submitted photos Picard agrees, saying that sometimes when people Emily Picard is shown several weeks ago in the intensive seize constantly or are unconscious for long periods of care unit at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Emtime, their ability to speak rapidly degrades. ily is pictured during a ball game prior to the onset of her The family is hopeful that Emily will be out of the inillness (inset). tensive care unit at CHEO by the end of July. Because of the duration and severity of Emily’s illthey had never used it at CHEO before,” said Clarke, ness, Clarke and Picard felt it critical to be by her side adding that Emily received it intravenously. Emily was still experiencing sub-clinical seizures, as much as possible. That is taking a financial toll on which are not visible from the outside, but can be seen the family. To that end, a series of charity events is being orgaon brain-activity readings. However, once on the new medication, she started to experience fewer seizures all nized to help ease the burden on the family. Clarke is self-employed, operating a home-based dayaround. But with the good news, came another blow. Kara said care business, Kara’s Care, and Picard works at the lothat Emily’s first two MRIs showed the constant seizing cal LCBO store. She is back operating her daycare now, but says that has had no lasting effect on Emily’s brain. Then a third MRI came back showing some brain damage on the sur- her client load is at about 25 per cent of where it used to be. face. “My clients have been great and as supportive as can “There has been a toll on every part of her body,” said be,” she said. Clarke. She said while she was staying near the hospital to be Even so, Emily, who had been unconscious for about six weeks, regained consciousness several weeks ago. with Emily, she understands that her clients had to find Though the doctors said she should still be in a coma other means of child care. Even so, financial stresses because of all the medication, she was able to open her are now weighing on the family. eyes and she squeezed her mother’s hand. The first is a charity barbecue Friday, July 22 (tomor“The last two weeks have been the best in terms of row) at Barnabe’s Your Independent Grocer at 80 Dufoverall progression,” said Picard, noting that all of her ferin St. from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The next is to be held seizures are now below 30 seconds in duration and seem at M&M’s Meat Shops in Perth at 11 Wilson St. W. on to subside on their own. Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Now, the doctors will slowly start to wean her off of For more information on the fundraising initiative, the lidocaine, which is both a hopeful measure and con- contact Crystal at 613-285-9989.



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A Lob ball tournament will be held all day @ the MacLean Ball Diamonds 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Vendors set up 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. O’Brien Theatre film festival film Movies from the 20’s to present $2.00 chg. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 OPP Golden Helmets: Precision riding, John St. N 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 Junk Yard Symphony, John St. N. 12:00 a.m. – Midnight: Beer garden, sponsored by Arnprior Optimist. $5.00 cover charge. 12:00 a.m. –1:30 p.m. Karaoke, by All 4 One Entertainment. Giant Tiger Stage. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Jake Differ will present music for children entertainment. Jake was nominated for a Juno award and has a Canadian Children’s Award. Giant Tiger Stage 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Missed them the first time? Junk Yard Symphony, John Street North 8:00 p.m. – Midnight: Country Music Show & Dance featuring The Countrymen who are celebrating 50th Anniversary of the band. They will have 4 special guests with them. Make sure you bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes. On stage at Giant Tiger parking lot. Once again the Giant Tiger Train will be touring downtown all day Saturday. All the rides you want. Donations appreciated, for this and all other events.

Sunday, August 28 (Robert Simpson Park) 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Arnprior Lions Club Pancake Breakfast @ The Masonic Lodge on James St. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm Classis Car & ½ Ton Truck Show. Up to and including 1969. There will be awards, Dash plaques, etc Registration fee $5:00 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. O’Brien Theatre Film Festival continues up-town $2:00 entry fee. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Arnprior River of Life Christian Fellowship Band will be playing on the Gazebo & yes “ELVIS” will be In The Park!!!! 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. as per Sat Jake Differ will be on the Gazebo. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm Arnprior Line Dancer’s will be dancing up a storm on the Gazebo. 2:15 p.m. - ??? The Funk Blues Band, “To Be Determined” will be on the Gazebo. A can’t miss for all you Blue’s Fans. Again Lawn chairs should be brought along. DRAGON BOATS will be racing on the Ottawa River at various times. These are the same style, that are at the big races each year in Ottawa. As well as per Sat there will be numerous food vendors on site. There will be numerous food vendors for both days at the festival. Should be able to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.


The following is a partial listing of events planned for Friday, August 26 There will be a fishing derby starting Friday evening & continues this year’s Arnprior White Pine Festival. until Saturday evening, sponsored by Ottawa Valley Muskie Club. Changes may be made in regards to events (Ottawa River & Madawaska River) such as times & locations. Saturday, August 27 (Downtown) Please check our web site for all events and updates. 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 Breakfast @ Arnprior Legion

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MPP Hillier talks hydro with constituents Liberal candidate slams “weird math” in Tory campaign pledges BY GEOFF DAVIES

The Oct. 6 provincial election is months away, but Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier is hoping his party’s home energy promises will generate some buzz. Hillier, the incumbent for the riding of Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, held a media event in front of Perth’s Hydro One station on July 13 to promote the energy pledges in Changebook, his party’s muchtouted platform. His party claims a typical Ontario household will save an average of $275 thanks to its promises to remove the provincial portion of the HST and the debt retirement charge from energy bills. Hillier also said his party would give Ontarians the option of “unplugging” their mandatory time-of-use meters, machines which charge different rates depending on the time of day. He also pledged his party would close the Ontario Power Authority, the body charged with overseeing the province’s energy supply, and to install a “powerful consumer advocate” on the Ontario Energy Board, the utilities regulator. “The issue my office deals

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Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, held a media event July 13 to promote the Progressive Conservative party’s promises on home energy. Ontarians head to the polls Oct. 6. with consistently, every day, is hydro,” Hillier said. “When people are having difficulty paying these hydro bills, what message do they get when they call up Ontario Hydro? Ontario Hydro recommends people go to the county social services if they’re having difficulty pay-

ing their bills,” he said. “(It’s) totally atrocious and horrendous that we’ve made hydro this costly experimental social policy instead of having it as a low-cost engine for our industry and economy.” But Hillier needs to get his facts straight, says Bill MacDon-

McGuinty government extended the charge to 2018, Hillier asked. The Tories are petitioning the government for an audit, to get a “full accounting” of the money it brought in, Hillier said. “We know the money has been collected. Where it’s gone we’re not absolutely sure. But the Ontario taxpayers have already paid that debt once. They don’t need to pay it twice.” MacDonald’s take: “That’s like saying you’re not going to pay the interest on your credit card bills anymore.” Last year alone, the province paid $1.6 billion in interest on that debt-load, which is down to $14.8 billion since 1999. “To me, it’s a silly statement to say the debt has been collected, as if there hasn’t been interest,” MacDonald said. “If you remove the debt retirement charge, it’s going to show up somewhere else, because it still has to be paid.” The Toronto Star reported on June 13 that scrapping the debt retirement could cost as much as $500 million, according citing confidential cabinet document. The Ontario New Democratic Party was contacted for comment, but had not yet responded by press time. With files from The Toronto Star.

ald, the local candidate for the Liberal party. When contacted for comment by The Perth Courier, MacDonald first took issue with the Tory pledge to scrap the HST from energy bills. “The Liberal government has already removed 10 per cent off the top,” MacDonald said, whereas Ontarians would only see an eight per cent savings if the HST’s provincial portion is removed. Next, he addressed the “weird math” behind the promise to scrap the debt retirement charge. For the average household, it’s a $5.60 charge that’s added onto the hydro bill. It dates back to 1999, when Mike Harris’ Progressive Conservative government was trying to privatize Ontario Hydro, but first had to deal with the corporation’s old debt, worth about $21 billion. “We, being the people of Ontario, have brought the principal of that down to $14 billion, but that $14 billion is still there,” MacDonald said. No, it’s not, said Hillier at his news conference. As of last year, the debt retirement charge had recovered about $7.8 billion, enough to match the 1999 debt level. So then why has the Dalton

Youth volunteers come from afar to experience Perth LAURIE WEIR

From July 5 to September 24, the Perth area will play host to a group of Canada World Youth from Honduras who have been paired with young men and women across Canada to learn tools of the trade for a sustainable community. Grethel Mejia, 22 of Honduras, and Carol-Anne Riendeau from the Montreal area have been paired for this year’s youth exchange program. They will be familiar faces around the Town of Perth before they leave in September. “We want to learn as much about as many things here as we can to take back to Honduras and teach the people of my community,” said Mejia. “We are volunteers and will be at Town Hall, working with the Business Improvement Area and doing some gardening at Crystal Palace.” This year’s program focuses on linking health and environmental issues, including community gardening, food security, eco-projects and agriculture.

Weekly, the group of 18 – who are strategically billeted with host families from Smiths Falls to Frankville and throughout Perth – will meet to discuss their findings and share with others. “It’s a learning experience for us,” said Riendeau. “Perth is very beautiful… it is not like my home of a busy city. There is a lot of culture and beauty… it’s peaceful.” Lisa Jaster is the group’s supervisor. “We design projects that will enable youth to help find solutions and responses to important environmental sustainability challenges in local communities,” she said. Youth volunteers might work on municipal campaigns to inform the population of new sustainability projects, contribute to local reforestation efforts or work to help initiate a community compost program. These are just a few examples of how our volunteers actively participate in promoting a sustainable future. Canada World Youth’s mission is to increase the ability of people, and especially

youth, to participate actively in the development of just, harmonious and sustainable societies. “The recruits come from all over the world,” Jaster said. “They have to be willing to learn and experience what we have to offer. They can apply online to become part of the educational program.” This is not the first time CWY has visited Perth. They were here three times before, the most recent just last year. “We have had exchanges with youth from Bolivia, Vietnam and Taiwan,” she said. The program has been ongoing for 40 years. “Our goal is to expose the participants to something new,” Jaster said. “A lot of people experience different cultures and they are learning new hard skills. Then they take those skills back to their countries and teach others.” Carol-Anne Riendeau of Montreal and Crethel Mejia of Honduras have been paired together through the Canada World Youth program.

Beware of wasps in playgrounds BY GEOFF DAVIES

Stay away from the playgrounds at Conlon Farm, Town of Perth staff warn. If you don’t, the consequences might sting. Sand wasps have infested the sand around the playgrounds, and the municipality has closed the area until they figure out how to get rid of them. “It’s not safe for children, pets or anybody right now, and we’ll open them as soon as we possibly can,” said Town staffer Karen Fox. The closure came into effect July 18. Signs have been posted to warn people of the danger. A

staff member was stung several times putting them up, Fox said. “The wasps are difficult to manage. They nest in the sand, and they nest very deep,” Fox said. “We have a problem with (Sand wasps) every year about this time. It’s the heat and humidity that brings them on,” she said. This year, the wasp problem crept up in the week prior to the closure, leading to many complaints from the community, Fox said. Now, town staff are faced with the challenge of figuring out how to get rid of them. They don’t want to use pesticides, as that would go against municipal bylaws, Fox said.



In past years, the fire department has been called to flood the wasps out of the sand. But that’s only ever worked as a temporary solution, she said. The regular duties of maintenance workers include dragging the sand with a large rake, but that doesn’t go deep enough to get at the nests, Fox said. The infestation this year seems worse than in the past, possibly because of the hot weather Perth has been having. Fox said anyone walking around the playgrounds, or along the path in between them, should be mindful of the wasps. Other parks in Perth aren’t experiencing the same problem, as they don’t have sand, she said.

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Two gas leaks in a week BY KASSINA RYDER

For the second time in a week, a Perth building was evacuated due to a natural gas leak — this time on July 12. Workers with Frecon Construction Ltd. were working on a fire route as part of the expansion project at the Perth Campus of Algonquin College when they hit a gas line, project manager Frank Sabourin said.

Sabourin said the company locates gas, hydro and water lines prior to doing work, but the gas line was not properly marked. “This one was in an unmarked location,” he said. Students and staff were evacuated from the building at approximately 3 p.m. All doors and windows were shut and the gas line entering the building was shut off. Enbridge Gas Distribution was on scene by about 3:20 to crimp the line.


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We want to hear from you! Community Health Survey for North Lanark What would make you and your family healthier? What would make our community healthier? Please tell us what you think! Every 5 years, the North Lanark Community Health Centre - a part of Lanark Health and Community Services, conducts a Community Health Survey to help guide the development of our primary health care and health promotion programs and services. Starting next week, over 3000 copies of a survey will be circulated to every residence and business in the north Lanark area to identify community health needs and priorities. Special emphasis in this survey is given to developing a greater understanding about needs in our community related to poverty, mental health, addictions and overall health services. The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. It is available both in paper format and as an on-line survey, and all responses are anonymous. The paper newsletter copy will be sent to area homes and businesses through Canada Post, and can be dropped off at the Health Centre in Lanark Village or returned free-of-charge in the postage paid business reply envelope provided. The on-line survey can be completed by going to the Health Centre’s website at, and clicking on “Community Health Survey”. Responses will be collected until Friday August 5, 2011. For more information about the survey, or about the programs and services offered at the North Lanark Community Health Centre, contact Kara at 613-259-2182 or email:

Council Meeting Schedule: There are no meetings scheduled in July

NOTICE – 2011 Final Tax Bills The final tax bills for 2011 are now being mailed to property owners. The first installment date will be August 31, 2011 and the second installment date will be October 31, 2011. If you have not received your final bill by the end of July, or there has been a change to your billing information, such as an address change, please contact the Tax Department at 613-259-2398 or 1800-239-4695.

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Chamber co-manager bids fond farewell as she heads to Kingston Continued from front page “This is bittersweet, because I’ll miss the job and the community. I absolutely love my job and the fulfillment I get from it,” she said last week. She originally started out at the chamber just a few hours a week, happy to take on work again after having left a career with the OPP to care for her two young daughters. Bouvier’s hours soon increased when her youngest daughter was in school fulltime. She stayed on with the chamber, taking on more duties. In 2003, Bouvier wanted more hours, so she went up to 20 hours a week. It was during this time that she started organizing events at the chamber. Three years ago, Bouvier became a co-manager of the chamber with Carol Quattrochi.

But for Bouvier, the biggest way she’s contributed has been through membership recruitment and retainment. “I try to be a liaison between the chamber and the membership,” she said. As a whole in 2000, the chamber had 197 members. Since then, membership has almost doubled, having grown to the current 350 members. “I feel that the chamber has come a long way to being more in touch with the community,” Bouvier said. “The relationship with the membership has strengthened.” Quattrocchi said Bouvier has had a lot to do with the successful increase in chamber members. “Membership is her baby,” Quattrocchi said. “Madeline truly cares about people and

that sincerity helps when looking after membership. “We both take pride in helping people but she goes above and beyond, to make sure everything is right with our members.” Bouvier said during her time at the Perth and District organization, she has witnessed the overall expectations of chambers of commerce in rural communities begin to shift. She said in the past, chambers were all about being the voice of commerce in a community. Now, she said chambers are taking more of a tourism role in addition to other commercial duties. She said she is most proud of the cycling initiative. “One of the things the area really needed was something tangible to give people who are inquiring about cycling routes in the area,” she said.

So the Chamber of Commerce Cycling Committee was formed consisting of avid cyclists, chamber members, recreational cyclists and community members. The initiative was successful in putting together about 10 routes through Lanark Highlands, Perth, Tay Valley, Drummond North Elmsley and now even to Westport. Bouvier is quick to turn conversation away from herself, her humility shining through as she cites other people’s successes and accomplishments within the chamber. “We have such a strong set of directors, we all work well as a team – it’s not just me,” she says, repeatedly, also noting staff and volunteers, such as Kirsten Coughler, who help make the chamber stand out.

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Parking fees double in Perth Continued from front page John Stewart owns the Code’s Mill on the Park property. Connell said the property owner requested the increased rental fees to reflect current market conditions. “The original deal was a 10-year deal. Ten years ago, things were different,” Connell said. Similarly, market pressures are also a driver behind the Town’s recent fee hike, he said. “It’s pretty hard to add two per cent – or whatever the annual inflation rate is – to a parking fee. So parking fees are held at a certain rate, and all of a sudden comes another rate. It shouldn’t catch people off-guard, but apparently it does for a few,” he said. The cost of plowing a parking lot is another expense that has increased. As of last fall, the municipality now pays about 22 per cent more for snow-

plowing services. With every snowfall event, the Town now pays $140 per parking lot, up from $115. Adding to the expenses, the Town recently replaced roughly 70 street meters, said Connell. The new meters allow drivers to pay for two hours of parking at a time, instead of having to feed the meter every hour. Taking into account six months of increased fees, the total projected revenue for this year is $258,000, Connell said. Last year, he said, the Town had expected to make $240,000 from parking, but fell short by at least $40,000, he estimated. As for spending this money, there are many ways the Town could reinvest it in parking, Connell said. The municipality has been looking at fixing up the Wilson Street parking lot, and during budget discussions councillors said it was a project that could ben-

But Quattrocchi said that from the first day Bouvier was on the job, she knew that Bouvier would be a success in whatever she undertook at the organization. “She is just phenomenal,” Quattrocchi said. “Madeline is very passionate in the work she does – she came into the chamber and just ran with it.” Both Quattrocchi and Bouvier said their co-management has worked well as a partnership because they bring different strengths to the table. “She’s an overall asset to the chamber and will be thoroughly missed because of those close, personal relationships she held with our members,” Quattrocchi said. “She’s done more than she knows,” said Quattrocchi. “She not just leaving a job here; she’s leaving a legacy.”

efit from these new funds. Down the road, the money could also help create new parking spaces. “We’re always looking at the need for additional parking,” Connell said. “We haven’t reached that point yet, but we may in the near future. If it’s possible to build up bit of reserve to allow acquire new parking, that would be a good thing.” While the issue of parking spaces and rates can be a lightning rod for strong reactions, people in Perth have good reason to count their blessings, he said. “I think our system provides the resources that people need, and, for the most part, I think people are pretty happy with it,” he said, adding that even the Town’s new rates are competitive with neighbouring municipalities, and far better than any urban centre. “If there was a perfect parking system, everybody would have it.”

Continued from front page “We really want to see how the community ticks, to find out where should be living, where are the churches, and the high school, and all those things that really balance out your life,” deRosenroll said. Knowledge of the challenges facing small urban centres is one thing, says Fenik, but deRosenroll brings even more to the table. “He presents as a gentleman who works through consensus, who brings people together. That’s what we need,” Fenik said. DeRosenroll is designated as a Certified Municipal Officer through the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, and has completed its municipal law, employment law, and human resources certificate programs. He holds a diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario, and a certificate in economic development from the University of Waterloo. DeRosenroll replaces Tim Simpson, who left in June after three years as the town’s CAO. He resigned to take on the same position for the United Counties Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, near his hometown of Cornwall, Ont. 480897

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Rebuilding history Neighbours partner to rebuild wagon for Murphys Point Provincial Park BY KASSINA RYDER

The old ore wagon had been displayed at Murphys Point Provincial Park for years, but it was in desperate need of repair. That’s why a group of retired neighbours got together to rebuilt it. John Bufton, Wayne Smith, Dan Woods, Tom Spence, Rudy Lepp, Gordon Munro, Larry Paquette and Gordon Barrie all spent about a month and a half working on the project. Bufton, who is a member of the Friends of Murphys Point, spearheaded the group’s involvement in the project while Lepp, who acted as chief consultant and supervisor, volunteered his driveway, garage and woodworking shop to do the work. The wagon was originally part of the McLaren mining operation, which was located on property that is now home to the BurgessWood subdivision on the north shore of Otty Lake. The property was purchased by Grover Lightford. Lightford discovered a variety of treasures on the property including log buildings, small tools and even porcelain-covered license plates dating from the dawn of the motor vehicle age. He donated much of what he found in the 1970s, including one of the mine’s ore wagons. “I tried to give stuff away rather than have it lie around and be junked,” Lightford said. “I tried to think of people that might be able to do something with these artifacts and antiques that had been left around.” He gave the wagon to Murphys Point and while park staff was happy to have it, the gift is even more special now that it’s been restored to its former glory. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams,” said Tobi Kiesewalter, park naturalist at Murphys Point, when he saw the finished wag-

on on on July 13. Kiesewalter said having the wagon as part of the Silver Queen Mine display at the park will demonstrate to visitors how materials were moved during Canada’s early mining operations. “It’s one really important part of the interpretation of the mine,” he said. “This really brings home the point that these mines were transporting all over the world.” The McLaren mine produced materials such as feldspar, apatite and mica, which was evident when the men began working on the wagon and started to find old mica shards in the crevices of the wood, Woods said. “This was used for decades,” he said. Through his own research, Woods says he believes the wagon was what was known as an Adams Wagon, which was first built in 1863 by a company called Adams & Son in Paris, Ont. By comparing the dates of when Adams Wagons were being produced and when the McLaren mine was operating, Woods said he estimates the wagon was being used by the 1880s. “It’s a good guess, but it’s only a guess,” Woods said. Using old photographs and blueprints created by Lepp, the men were able to replace parts of the wagon that had been rotting away. By looking at the original wood and doing a little more research, they even painted the wagon its authentic green and red colours. While staying true to the original style, much of the wagon had to be completely replaced, Spence said. “We had two choices,” he said. “You either replace what was needed or you put it in the dump.” The group used ash to make many of the repairs because it was the wood of choice for wagons built during that time period due to its straight grain and re-

Photo by Kassina Ryder

BurgessWood neighbours partnered to rebuild the wagon pictured above. From left, Dan Woods, Gordon Munroe, John Bufton, Grover Lightford, Gordon Barrie, Rudy Lepp, Tom Spence and Wayne Smith. Not pictured is Larry Paquette. sistance to warping. They even sent two of the wheels to a Mennonite community in western Ontario to ensure they were properly crafted. The group hopes to have the other two wheels repaired in the fall.

The men put the finishing touches on it at Woods’ home on July 13 and now that the project is done, Kiesewalter said Murphys Point will benefit from their hard work for years to come. “We’re thrilled,” he said.

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Boosting tourism closer to home


chool is out and vacations and weekend trips are being planned. This year, why not try something different than the expensive overnight, hotel trips to the big cities? Make the most of your summer at a local campground and create a fun and exciting atmosphere for your children that has the potential to continue for generations to come. Camping is great anytime of the year whether you’re in a cabin or sleeping on the ground under the stars. There is something to be said about building traditions, enjoying family time, a summer romance and old friends. It’s one of the least expensive ways to boost tourism in our area and Ontario has some of the best provincial and municipal parks in which to do that. Tourism is an important part of the economy and according to the Ministry of Tourism, it supports 300,000 jobs. Three years ago, the industry saw spending reach $22 billion. Last year, close to 10 million visits were made by people from around the world to Ontario’s provincial parks. With recent expansions at Charleston Lake, families and visitors can enjoy even more opportunities to get outside and have a little fun soaking up the sun and natural beauty in the province. Camping gives families and friends a reason to explore the great outdoors and stay active. It’s an affordable vacation and a great way to relax and experience country living and a change of pace from a hectic week. But it’s important to be wary of camper etiquette. Often times, many campers drive for hours to get to their destinations. Like being a good neighbour at home, it’s important to be one at the campground. Respect each other’s properties, boundaries and lifestyle choices. Pick up after your dogs; fully extinguish your fire at night; observe quite hours and limit your garbage and follow safety rules for swimming. Be aware of your surroundings — from poisonous and noxious plants to the creatures that lurk in the woods — and take precautions to limit the adverse effects. Look into seasonal camping. It offers a perfect and affordable alternative to creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Local Landmark

In this space each week, we will feature a photo of local interest. Be the first to correctly identify the location or item in the picture by emailing with the subject line, “Local Landmark,” and your name will be printed in next week’s paper! David Smith was the winner of last week’s local landmark, which was the sign at the entrance to Lanark Lodge. This week’s local landmark is where a fish-eating bird of prey has made its home.

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The elusive green heron


ne of the benefits of having a pond, creek, or marshy area in proximity to your house is the cross-section of wetland wildlife that you see every day. This is especially true if you don’t manicure the landscape to conform to urban specifications. Such undisturbed waterway edges provide the natural habitat so necessary for the future of our resident water and wildlife populations. Along with the sightings of the familiar birds and animals that frequent such places are some that are not so well known. Shy, retiring creatures that arrive unannounced or sometimes appear out of the morning mist like an animated statuette. One solitary bird that we have been getting glimpses of these past weeks is the green-backed heron. Formerly called the green heron, this small crow-sized water bird frequents the snags, hummocks, mud flats, and shallower areas of the waterways. Unlike the great blue heron that is at once conspicuous by its large size and loud alarming “awks”, the green-backed heron is secretive to the point of often remaining unnoticed. One clue to the presence of this small hunched up heron in your area, besides the occasional rapid fly past, is the sharp distinctive call note. It was just such a cutting, welldefined sound that first alerted us to the fact that we had something different lurking in the tag alders near our pond. Hav-


BRIGGS-JUDE Outdoors ing a metallic likeness in tone, these descending notes can best be described as a piercing “skeeow.” In some ways it may resemble the sound a heavy lawn dart makes when it penetrates a sheet of light metal. Since that evening a half-dozen years ago, this elusive bird has been seen intermittently each summer since. Of course the proof of the pudding is in producing a picture of this reserved, but interesting, wader. And if locating the bird itself was a challenge in the shrubs and tangles of this particular pond area, finding the nest somewhere in the valley wetlands would require an even greater effort. So how do you get a picture of a wary bird without setting up your camera beside an active nest?

First you locate a place where a pair of otters feed regularly and set up a well-camouflaged blind. And unless you plan on sitting in this hide for many hours, there must be a hidden trail that allows your approach and entrance without the otters knowing it. Then you need a couple of cows to come down to drink to divert the bird’s attention. Having everything in place, you’re in the blind with the camera ready to shoot. The otters that you came to photograph have not co-operated at all and are by now blissfully swimming away behind the cover of a convenient grassy hummock. While you’re agonizing over the missed otter pictures, you also wonder what else can go wrong. Almost immediately a little guttural squawk is heard. Your eyes blink in disbelief when a chunky green-backed heron strides right in front of the blind, picking up a crayfish as it goes by. There’s time for only a fleeting focus as the bird disappears into the greenery again. To make matters worse, two cows come down to drink nearby, sloshing in the water noisily. The little heron is spooked by the cattle, but for some reason it flies up and perches momentarily on a dead branch close to your blind. It stretches its neck and raises its crest in alarm. Click, click, and the bird is gone, only this time you’ve got your picture. Some will say it was easy, but I myself believe it was just pure luck.

How about a backyard pool? Not!


have a love-hate relationship with the beach. I love the beach for the swimming. Floating and pretending to be a fish (but not pretending to be a floating fish because that is rarely good) is one of my most favourite things to do in the world. I feel comfortable and free in the water. It’s good exercise and I wish I could fit it into my life more. Say! A great way to make daily swimming more convenient would be to have a pool in the backyard. Man, would I ever like a pool. I’m telling you, in the summer I would move my home office to the deck. Part of that rationale is also because in my current teeny, tiny Les-Nessman-style office I have to sit a mere two feet from a window air conditioner. My left side is frozen within 10 minutes, which makes typing difficult, to say the least. If I had a pool, not only would it bring new meaning to the term “office pool” but I would create my own personal union of one that would negotiate a contract with myself (as management) that stipulates the employee must have multiple swim breaks during the day. That’s right. I would sit beside the pool and talk to myself about how many swimming breaks I should take. (This is what can happen sometimes when you are self-employed.) Also, I would probably have to hire staff (in addition to Mr. George BlackBerry, Executive Assistant). I’m thinking I would need a margarita-serving pool boy, yes? No? Okay, well let’s talk about the beach some more, then. I also


GRAY Past Deadline love the beach because my kids love it. We enjoy exploring the shorelines for critters and they are fish like I am. Their dad claims he used to be a fish. He also was, I’m told, a lifeguard while he was a student, but I am sceptical because the whole time I have known him he has rarely even gotten his toes wet. Perhaps he is still waterlogged from those days. So much for Dad teaching the little fish to swim. You know, I think those little fish would also love a pool. I also think it would save a certain Mama’s sanity in the summer while she is trying to work with kids home, and it could form part of the negotiations in terms of health benefits. The pool boy could be tasked with lifeguarding during the times when I am not on deck. It’s obviously a win-win. No? OK, OK. Back to talking about the beach. Here’s what I don’t love about the beach: the Wearing of the

Bathing Suit in Public. I have had bathing suit issues for a good chunk of my life. At first it was because I was so tall and lean that bathing suits never fit right. They literally hung off of me in order to accommodate my length, and I looked like a dork. Oh, those days are so over now it makes me want to cry a little. Eventually I filled out my frame decently, but this was short lived. I got a desk job and my derriere felt compelled to become a king-size pillow to keep me comfortable whilst I sat. Thanks, but no thanks. Then I had babies. Then my metabolism slowed down and my willpower left town. ’Nuff said. Now I am twice the woman I used to be, which would be fine if I were referring to self-esteem or philanthropic tendencies or some other spiritual or humanitarian effort, but all it means is that at the beach I displace twice as much water as before. That’s just one more reason why a pool would be so awesome. I could displace water in the privacy of my backyard. More importantly, I could do laps and get toned. My pool boy, in addition to his lifeguarding duties, could also be a personal trainer. Soon I would be fit and fine and confident for beach appearances if necessary. It is a perfect plan. What? No? Oh, right. The backyard is too small for a pool. Could I still get the margarita-serving pool boy? No? Sigh. Fine. See y’all at the beach. Just don’t look at me, OK?

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Tradition of Chappy Open started by accident



JAMES Private “I” the Rideau Regional Centre their place of employment. When the province officially shut the doors two years ago, employees and residents said goodbye to a place they knew so well. After hearing the recent news of Gallipeau’s RRC property purchase, one former RRC employee told me former co-workers are buzzing about the news and are interested to see how they will use the buildings and property. The ironic twist? For years, employees knew they would be leaving the facility. Now that it will function as a retirement-living facility, they joke about their potential return back to the property in the coming years. WILSON STREET PROJECTS

For decades, many Perth and area residents called

For a few weeks I’ve

been driving along Wilson Street curiously watching two projects take shape. The first is the work being done outside the indoor pool, while the second one lies outside Giant Tiger. I’ve been patiently waiting to see how the projects turn out so I understand their purpose, but now I’m just plain curious. And slightly impatient. According to Town Hall, the indoor pool area will act as a parkette, providing more green space in town. The stone wall erected on this property will replace the old white sign which once directed traffic to businesses and attractions located along Christie Lake Road. The columns outside of Giant Tiger will act as a gateway to the downtown core, and lights will run above the street between the two columns. FESTIVAL STAFF ACCOMMODATE MY MISTAKE I had a big date lined up with my mom two weeks ago, as we were invited to the Classic Theatre Festival’s Bell, Book and Candle Opening Night. You’d think I’d actually properly read the invitation, realizing my tickets were for the Saturday evening performance. The play’s first performance occurred on the Friday night, so I assumed my tickets were for that evening. Apparently I have a lot to learn in the theatre

business. When we showed up for the show, we learned of my mistake. The staff on hand were courteous and accommodating, giving us tickets instead for the Friday night. I didn’t know what to expect with the play taking place in the Mason Theatre, as it seems big at times. But the festival organizers did a great job to make it an intimate and cozy setting for a great play. Thanks to them, I had a great date night with my mom! WALKS WITH TUX I was told my last column was too positive, handing out kudos remarks like candy on Halloween night. Apparently I need to incorporate more criticisms in my word count. Challenge accepted. I was excited to bring Tux to the Stewart Park Festival, but learned dogs are not allowed in the park during the weekend, which ticked me off. But then I realized it was probably for the best, especially if he spotted a little white dog, as he despises little white dogs for no particular reason. So then I understood. Then I attended the festival. Then it was a perfect weekend. Then I was happy. Then I want to say kudos to the Stewart Park Festival organizers for hosting yet another great weekend. Then I did it again.

Visitor has high praise for Perth’s annual kilt run Dear Editor, I just wanted to give you some feedback from my race experience. It was sure worth the drive to Perth to take part in the World Record Kilt Run. The whole experience was beyond my expectations. There was a real welcoming feeling upon arrival and registration and a lovely setting at the Crystal Palace that had a carnival atmosphere to it – live music, juggler, highland cow, huge Scotsman on stilts, competitions, town crier and a wide variety of runners with various kilts and face paint. I especially enjoyed the parade of runners led by the Sons of Scotland pipe band from the Crystal Palace to the main street starting line. The throngs of cheering people lining the streets really got the blood pumping. It was an excellent running route through the town streets and around the golf courts. The water stations were well placed and attended too by enthusiastic volunteers. It was great seeing and hearing a second pipe band from Smiths Falls on a bridge and also some individual pipers along the way. There were never any boring spots on the route. At the finish there was water, fruit and cookies to enjoy while cooling off and resting. Then it was off to the pavilion for a well-earned beer that was offered to the runners courtesy of Beau Brewery. I enjoyed seeing all the race winners getting presented with their awards by the Lord Provost from Perth, Scotland. Then the music and dancing were just getting started, but I had to hit the road for home. So congratulations to all the organizers and volunteers for a wonderful day and event. I look forward to doing it again and perhaps sticking around to spend more time in Perth and seeing what else your town has to offer. If you would like to see some photos I took during the event, please go to: com/hamilwi/PerthKiltRun2011?authkey=Gv1sRgC PvavKPn2aarGw# Bill Hamilton Barrie

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Municipal Connection New this Summer at the Matheson House - Home of the Perth Museum

Evening Hours for the Summer: The Perth Museum is offering evening hours on Thursdays throughout July and August. Open until 7pm, staff will be on hand to offer tours or help answer research questions. Call the Museum for more information.

Seasoned CAO To Take Helm In Perth In August Perth Mayor John Fenik is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Chief Administrative Officer effective August 22nd. John deRosenroll brings a wealth of skills to Town Hall, with 24 years of municipal government experience. He has held the CAO position in Kincardine since 1999 and was employed by the town in administration, economic development and public works capacities for three years prior to that. As CAO he supervised a senior management team that oversaw full- and part-time employees serving a community of 12,000. Similar to Perth, tourism and economic development are major sectors for the Bruce Peninsula community. Originally from Eastern Ontario he is looking forward to returning to his family’s roots and to have the chance to serve the citizens of one of the most beautiful Towns in Ontario. Mayor John Fenik stated, “I am extremely pleased with the appointment of John deRosenroll as the

Town’s next CAO. He will bring a new level of energy, new ideas and new direction to our community and corporation. John comes highly qualified and with skill sets that are unmatched anywhere”.

Sunset Ceremony at Fort Henry in Kingston: The are only ten seats left for the Sunset Ceremony Bus Trip to Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario!!!!! The Perth Museum is hosting a bus trip to Fort Henry on August 24th for the spectacular Sunset Ceremony. Join us as we gather in the parade area as the Fort Regiment performs split-second bayonet drills and field manoeuvres, recreating the exciting battle tactics of over a century ago. The Ceremonies are more than a visual display of movement and colour - sound is also very much part of the experience! Listen to period military music and prepare yourself for thundering gun salutes, complete with a fireworks finale. The cost is $67.50 per person (tax included) and includes coach transportation, ceremony ticket and BBQ . Departure from the Perth Museum at 11 Gore Street will take place late afternoon and return by 10pm. Spaces are limited so call the Museum at 613267-1947 today to guarantee your spot.

Request for Proposals:

Upgrades to the Boat Docks at Last Duel Park The Town of Perth is seeking proposals from qualified respondents to Upgrade the Boat Docks at Last Duel Park. Interested respondents must submit their proposals in sealed envelopes marked “Upgrades

to Boat Docks at Last Duel Park” to Jim Niblock, Sr. Superintendent of Parks & Facilities, no later than July 22nd, 2011 at Perth Town Hall, 80 Gore St. East, Perth, Ontario K7H 1H9, until 4pm local time. Please contact Colleen Keeley at 613-267-3311 for a copy of the RFP or visit the Town’s website at www. for more details.

After Hours Dispatch The Perth Water Treatment Plant acts as the afterhour dispatch centre for municipal operations. The facility is staffed 24 hours per day and seven days per week. The operators have the skills to troubleshoot issues that Perth residents face and to dispatch field staff, if deemed necessary, to assist with emergency response. One field staff member is on-call at all times to respond to emergency situations that take place within the municipality. To place an emergency call related to Environmental or Community Services dial 613-267-1072.

Home Fire Safety Tips With the summer season well under way, the Perth Fire Department offers these reminders for residents: • Maintain your air conditioners and vacuum the inside of the unit occasionally. Dust and dirt build-up can cause these units to overheat and may cause a fire. Extension cords are not recommended but if they must be used, purchase the heavy duty type specially designed for AC units and don’t install overrated fuses to accommodate an AC unit. The wiring may not be designed for the heavier loads and could also result in a fire. • Keep gasoline and propane tanks in well ventilated areas out of reach of children. Never store gasoline or propane in living areas or rooms with furnaces or


Traditions sometimes happen by accident. Such can be said for the annual Chappy Open Golf Tournament. Its tradition started on the fairway 35 years ago when four friends got together for a casual round of golf, including Al ‘Chappy’ Chaplin. When asked by a passerby if there were at the course for a tournament, one of the (smart aleck) players responded, “We’re here to play the Chappy Open.” From there, tradition was born. Over the years the Chappy Open tournament has donated proceeds to a range of charities including the CNIB, Perth Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society, and has even helped out local families in need. It’s a fun event and the golfers always wrap up the day with the celebratory throwing of the trophy. Yes, you read that correctly. Get in on the tradition this Friday, July 22 for the 35th annual Chappy Open. It takes place at the Perth Golf Course with a shotgun start at noon. How do you register? Simply show up at 11 a.m. Proceeds to this year’s golf tournament go to the Easter Seals Camp Merrywood.

hot water tanks. • BBQ with care. Check cylinder connections and hoses on your BBQ with a 50/50 mix of liquid soap and water onto all connections. Rising bubbles when you turn on the valve indicate a leak. Tighten connections or repair the hose until there are no bubbles. • Have you reviewed your home escape plan lately? All residents should have a home escape plan and practice it often. Know at least two ways out of your home and select a meeting place. Never go back into a building or home which is on fire. • Test your smoke alarms weekly and change the batteries at least once a year. Only working smoke alarms can save your life or the life of a loved one. Let’s keep Perth Fire-Safe. If you have any questions relating to fire safety don’t hesitate to contact The Perth Fire Department at 613-267-5574.

Babysitting Courses at the Perth Indoor Pool On Monday, July 25th and Wednesday, July 27th the Perth Indoor Pool will run a Babysitting Course (for ages 11+), from 12pm to 4pm each day. Registration fee for contributing members is $54.00 (which includes all manuals and materials). To register or for further information please call the Pool at 613-267-5302.

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Local songbird teaches vocal lessons to youth BY LAURIE WEIR

Amanda Jordan knows what she wants to do in life – make music and help others who share the same passion. That’s a pretty lofty, and highly attainable, goal for the 15-year-old. Amanda is just one of six local students who earned a $1,500 grant from the Summer Company to help with set-up costs for her new business – Valley Heart Vocal. She is now offering summer singing lessons to children, ages four to 13. “It’s pretty exciting,” said the articulate teen from the living room of her home where she has carved out a makeshift studio that overlooks Big Rideau Lake at Rideau Ferry. “I want to be able to help kids who love to sing… help them to enjoy the experience. It’s nice to watch them grow in what they like to do. It’s good for kids to get into it at a young age,” she said. She will teach her students about good posture, projection, stage presence, warm-ups, lip rolls, solfege (sight singing), and will sing harmony. She will also help her students if they wish to make a CD – maybe even one that

shows the student’s improvement over the course of a period of weeks of taking lessons. Amanda has been singing since she was six years old and has competed in a variety of musical competitions, including last year’s Rideau Idol which she won. She has made appearances at coffeehouses, and on television, singing for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario during fundraising events. Relay for Life this year was another coup for the talented teen, as she was the opening act. She attends Canterbury High School in Ottawa – a school that specializes in the arts where prospective students are required to audition for acceptance. She will be entering Grade 10 in the fall. “It’s a great school… we are taught so much. It’s tough to balance academics and music,” she said. “But I have met a lot of people who like the same things that I do.” Amanda also takes private music lessons; studies the guitar with Mike McPherson; vocal and piano from Val Levett of Perth and has been mentored by Morna Douglas in vocals and piano as well. She teams up with her twin brother

Thomas who plays bass guitar for some performances. When asked how she battles stage fright, she said she is getting used to it. “The more I do it, the easier it is. I don’t think about the audience much anymore… I focus on the back wall or something,” she said with a grin. “It’s getting easier.” With the help of Tim Greencorn and Little Chicago Studios in Montague Township, she has recently cut a track called Don’t Turn Me Away. “I hope to get some air play with that,” she said. Her style is a little like that of Colbie Caillat, the pop star whose hits include Bubbly and Realize. “I really like her,” Amanda says, who also has a striking resemblance to the blond-haired, blue-eyed, California singer/songwriter. Amanda says she is also inspired by the sounds of the Beatles and is tuned into Hot 89.9. For information or to book a lesson, Amanda is available any time – call her at 613-283-0693. Lessons are $15 for 45 minutes. She will also offer reduced rates for multiple bookings. Amanda also has a Facebook page.

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Bruce brings love of eccentricity to theatre


Anyone who appreciates a doctor’s good bedside manner can probably thank a professional actor currently playing the role of the eccentric Aunt Queenie in the Classic Theatre Festival’s production of Bell, Book and Candle, running until July 31 at the wheelchair accessible, air conditioned Mason Theatre in Perth. Catherine Bruce, originally from Ottawa but now a resident of Toronto, has played professional stages across Canada, and is also a familiar face from countless TV series, as well as commercials for everything from Celebrex and Lotto 649 to a spot as a hockey mom in a Don Cherry ad. But among the most interesting and challenging of her many diverse roles is that of “patient” in what’s known as the Standardized Patient Program. It’s there that she joins other actors in role playing for the benefit of young doctors, physiotherapists and pharmacists-in-training, as well as foreign-trained doctors upgrading their Canadian credentials. Bruce often has to imagine what it’s like to have a specific physical or mental ailment and, with the aid of preparation sheets, acts out her role over the course of a very exhausting day. Among the eccentric roles Bruce has brought to life over the years – her turn as the eccentric aunt whose powers of witchcraft are just above sub-par has been a particular hit with audiences this summer – was her role last year as Mrs. Bradman in the Classic Theatre Festival production of Blithe Spirit. Bruce, in her second season with the festival, loves working with director Laurel Smith. “She’s very collaborative while being a strong leader, and her endless energy and love of the work really inspire the people she’s working with.” Like her fellow performers in Bell, Book and Candle, many of whom use theatre in non-traditional venues, she points out that “theatre needs to move people. It’s an intimate shared experience with the audience, and as experiential creatures, theatre is a way we acquire knowledge. Film offers that too, but theatre is of the moment. It’s like music, you often hear people say ‘you had to be there – you can hear the recording, but it’s not quite the same.’ Theatre is like literature, it opens your eyes to how others see the world.” Bell, Book and Candle tickets are available by calling 1-877-283-1283, or by visiting The Festival’s second show of the season, The Fourposter, runs Aug. 5 to 28.

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PDCI teacher to perform at Studio Theatre BY GEOFF DAVIES

Perth and area residents will get a chance to hear Jack Hurd take his tunes from the classroom to the concert hall July 28 at the Studio Theatre. Hurd, who has taught music at Perth and District Collegiate Institute for 12 years, will be performing at 8 p.m. alongside five of his

former Grade 12 students: Fred Cloutier, Colin Francey, Alex Murphy, Abe Sont and Nick Thompson. The tickets cost $15, and come with a copy of his new album. Complimentary Meal is the name of Hurd’s third release, a 16-track follow-up to You Don’t Know Jack and Obvious. The new album is entirely acoustic, taking Hurd’s sound in

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a new direction. On it, he plays every instrument himself, a feat which forced him to collect and learn upwards of 15 different instruments, Hurd said. The result is a collection of “quirky pop tunes,� he said. “I try not to pick the obvious routes towards the ending (of the song),� he said. And while the term “pop� might conjure up images of Brit-

ney or Bieber, for Hurd it refers to “a wide range of interesting music from the past 40 years,� he said. The cream of that crop, and Hurd’s top inspiration, remains the Beatles. Appropriately enough, several of the songs on his latest album were written on the Fab Four’s island home. Not in Liverpool or London, mind you, but a little ways north in Glasgow, Scot-

land. Hurd spent a year there as part of a teacher exchange. He wrote some of his latest batch of songs in his Glasgow flat, climbing mountains in England’s Lake District, and in hostels in between, but his main inspirations lie closer to home. “All the incredible music that my students bring in all the time, that keeps me on my toes.�



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Engagement Announcement Haley DeLisle and Martin Roux are pleased to announce the birth of their third child, Matthew David Roux, born on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa, weighing in at 7lbs 6oz. Matthew is a little brother for Jacob and Chloe. Very proud Nanny and Poppa are Elaine and Bob DeLisle of Elphin.

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Kim Graham & Don Darou wish to congratulate their daughter, Kristin, who got engaged in Aruba to John Campbell, son of Ian & Karen Campbell. The wedding is to take place Jan. 16, 2012 in Punta Cana, reception to follow on Jan. 28 in Perth.

Metroland Media currently has an opening for a Regional Human Resources Manager supporting the Ottawa region. Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the incumbent will be responsible for providing expert Human Resources consultation to the Region ensuring all Human Resources needs are successfully met. Consulting with the regional businesses, the primary responsibility of this role is to provide guidance and consulting to ensure that business practices are promoted and supported by HR practices.


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Metroland -Ottawa Region a division of Metroland Media Group is looking for an experienced 2nd Press Person. The candidate must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience on Goss or Goss related equipment.

Employee Relations – Coach Managers & employees through effective listening, counseling, being supportive & making appropriate recommendations in accordance with company policies, government legislation & the requirements of the business unit.

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Labour relations – provide guidance and support to the management team on collective agreement interpretation & administration. Lead the grievance & arbitration process & assist in collective bargaining. Maintain a strong labour relations climate. Ensure legal compliance is met with respect to all relevant employment and contractual legislation.

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Promote excellence within the HR function with respect to performance management, compensation planning, benefits administration, health & safety and WSIB, STD/LTD claims management.

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COMPETENCIES/SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: • Must have a thorough working knowledge of press setup and layout • Must have a minimum 5 years Global or Goss community web press related experience • Able to work shifts • Must be a motivated self starter • Assist in maintaining and improving quality standards and production performance • Good record of punctuality and attendance. • To perform “due diligence” as prescribed by the Ministry of Labour in the Ontario Health & Safety Act and understanding all Company policies and procedures as outlined in the employee handbook. FORWARD RESUME BY JULY 28, 2011 TO : Dennis Girard Plant Manager, Ottawa Region Media Group 35 Opeongo Rd., Renfrew, ON K7V 2T2 Fax: 613-432-6689 email:

Participate in Corporate HR Initiatives and projects as assigned.

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Metroland is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please. All resumes will be kept on file for future consideration. CL25410



Interested candidates should forward their resumes on or before July 29th, 2011 to Nancy Gour: Job Category: Human Resources



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Happy 50th Anniversary Family would like you to come celebrate with us July 24, 2011 ~ 1-4 p.m. at Timber Run Golf Club, Lanark, ON. Your presence this day is gi enough. Best wishes only.


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To our wonderful parents, John and Helen Levi. Your love and commitment to family has been a blessing to us all. We wish you many more happy and healthy years together. With love from Tanice, Tracy, Terri-Lynn, Tommy and our families.



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The family of the late Doug Gibson would like to thank everyone for your support, phone calls, cards and visits. We would like to thank Rev. Peter Dahlin for his service and Stoneridge Manor for the wonderful care Doug received while there. Also, thank you to Alan R. Barker Funeral Home for their kindness. Iona Gibson and family



Congratulations to our parents and grandparents on their Diamond Anniversary. Love and best wishes on this very special occasion!


Happy 60th wedding anniversary Don and Dorothy Muir, married July 21, 1951

The family of the late Glenn Barr wish to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for the kindness and support received from so many. Our heartfelt thanks to Verna and George for their visits, all the cream pies, butter tarts and pizzas and their continuing loving support. To all who offered support with their presence, prayers, phone calls, cards, flowers, food and charitable donations, your thoughtfulness and generosity will forever be remembered. We are grateful and blessed to have the love of so many around us. To Dr. Bob VanOppen, the emergency staff and second-floor nursing staff at the Great War Memorial Hospital, the Red Cross Community Support Workers and Barb Courtney of St. Elizabeth Health Care, thank you for the continuous support and compassion shown during Glenn’s illness. Your professionalism and guidance gave us all strength during those difficult days. To Blair & Son Funeral Home, we thank you for your patience in dealing with such a large family and being so helpful and considerate to our many requests. Sincere thanks to Rev. Vaters for all the hugs, home visits and amazing Grace at the service. To Perth Civitan Club, we thank you for the wonderful lunch and also for opening the hall on a holiday, so we could spend time with family and friends. Remember him with a smile today He was not one for tears Reflect instead on memories Of all the happy years Recall to mind the way he spoke And all the things he said His strength, his stance, the way he walked Remember these instead The good advice he’d give us His eyes that shone with laughter So much of him will never die But live on ever after. Peg and family

The family of the late Donna Somerville would like to thank all family, friends and relatives for their kindness, flowers, donations and cards of sympathy. A special thank you to Rev. Sam Draffin for his thoughtful service. A heartfelt thank you to May Tolson for sharing her treasured memories of Donna. Many thanks to John and Janey O’Dacre of the O’Dacre Family Funeral Home for their help and guidance at this difficult time. Thank you to Linda McKay and her helpers for the wonderful lunch enjoyed by everyone. We would also like to thank Alice Borrowman, Faye Moulton and Sylvia Roger for all their help. Your support has meant so much to us. The Somerville family

BOWES: In memory of our parents, Frank, July 1, 1972, and Muriel, July 18, 2009. Every day, in some small way Memories of you come our way Though absent, you two are ever near Still missed, still loved and ever dear. Love, Jack, Arnold, Wayne, Glenn, Linda and families


Oakes, Betty: 19302000. In loving memory of a dear wife and mother. Greatly missed, forever loved. Donnie and families


Marcia Joan Kirk (nee Powers) Peacefully, in hospital, after a valiant fight with cancer, on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at the age of 73. Beloved wife of the late Donald Kirk. Youngest daughter of the late Harold and Jessie Powers. Dear sister of Mary (Mrs. Russell Grant) and Sheila (Mrs. Philip Reucroft). Predeceased by her sister Aileen (Mrs. Earl Clarke). Dear stepmother of Anne (Gary Lake) of Stoughton, Saskatchewan. Treasured aunt and great aunt of countless nieces and nephews. Friend to furry and feathered creatures everywhere. Arrangements for the funeral Mass are in the care of Blair and Sons Funeral Directors, Perth. 613267-3765.) Following the funeral, there will be tributes to Marcia and her late husband, Don. In remembrance, donations made to the Alzheimer Society of Lanark County or Dignity House Hospice would be appreciated. CL25438

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Shakespeare going Full Circle channels of sound, a 5.1 surround sound audio system and digital projection capability, the space is ready for most any theatre production, for cinema events, musical concerts and more. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is filled with laughter and poetry, music and magic, it digs deep into Shakespeare’s text to find some new thoughts on a familiar theme. Sitting just under the surface of The Dream is a dark aspect that director David Jacklin is tapping to bring some new twists and turns to the play. Set against a backdrop of the rise of Fascism in Europe in the 1920s and ’30s, this

and performers’ washrooms, box office facilities and a spacious lobby, while the outside has seen the closing off of the four bay doors, the creation of new exit doors and parking spaces and re-landscaping to provide no-ramp wheelchair accessibility. From the bright and spacious main lobby to the remarkably roomy auditorium, the theatre has been facetiously dubbed “The Tardis”, after the police-box spaceship on the television science fiction series Doctor Who, because it is larger on the inside than the outside. Possibly most remarkable of all, is the “flexible-proscenium” stage, which features a swingable proscenium arch (the “picture frame” of the stage). Fully opened, the Full Circle Theatre will boast the largest stage in Lanark County. With 24 channels of lighting, 16

Dream has an edge that will keep the audience watching carefully, while still being full of the laughter and love that has made it the most popular romantic comedy of all time. The official opening of the theatre will happen in September when the fully completed space will be premiered with the musical revue A Gal-A Night Is Enough, an evening of music and fun, centred around a (very loose) theme of turning a car-wash into a theatre. October will see the world premiere of Free Spirits, an unauthorized sequel to Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit; the Christmas sea-

son will be marked with the full stage debut of BarnDoor’s original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Chimes; February will feature Not Now, Darling, one of the funniest and most frantic farces from the pen of master farceur Ray Cooney; and April offers no Fooling with Edward Albee’s extraordinary play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? For more information or for tickets, contact Tickets Please, 39 Foster St. (Jo’s Clothes), Perth, or online at www. or call 613-4856434. Submitted by BarnDoor Productions

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BarnDoor Productions, Perth’s original community theatre, is working toward the opening of its new home, the Full Circle Theatre, on Aug. 5. The company will open its dream theatre in the middle of the summer with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream slated to run Aug. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. The new theatre is an old landmark in town, beginning life in the 1940s as Woolham’s Garage and going through several incarnations, most recently, for more than 25 years, as Charlie’s Car Wash. BarnDoor Productions began renovating in 2010. Stripped to its bare walls and reconfigured, it now features raked seating (102 seats with the possibility for future expansion to 146 in the future), technical support area, dressing room, public

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We would like to say thank you to our great family and friends for the surprise 25th anniversary party thrown in our honour at McCreary’s Beach. Thanks for all the cards, gifts, cake, food and the great memories. It is hard to believe that we partied in the same room at McCreary’s Beach in 1986 for our rehearsal dinner! Time sure flies when you’re having fun. A special thank you to Brooke, Courtney, Sean, Gary & Nash – we love you so much. Thanks to Sharon & Ciara for helping the kids out and coming up with a plan to get us there without a clue in the world! And thanks to my bridesmaid Lorry for showing up in her peach bridesmaid dress and hat!

BOOSTER SHOT Vic Tysick (right) from the Lanark and District Civitan Club presented a $4,500 cheque to Dr. Robert Chaplin, chair of the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation. The money will be designated for an IV pump for Chronic/Rehab at the hospital’s Perth site. To date, Lanark and District Civitan Club has donated more than $31,000 to the foundation.

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Blair businesses blow out the candles

A big birthday is here for one of Perth’s oldest businesses. It’s been 175 years since the birth of the business that became the Blair and Son funeral services and furniture companies. The Blair and Son companies, self-styled as the town’s oldest family-owned business, are descended from a cabinet maker’s shop that began on Gore Street around 1836, says co-owner Stan Blair. Four generations of Blair family members have manned the corporate helm since Stan’s grandfather, Alex Lee, moved here from Westport, buying a share of the cabinet maker’s shop around 1916 from “a Mr.

specialize in both. Now, though, Blair and Son is one of just a handful of businesses in Ontario that maintains that tradition, he said. Today, there’s little tying the two industries together. So, rather than trying to survive with a foot in each field, the Blair family relies on the skills of people specially-trained in each industry. “The talents required by each field are very different,” Stan said. At the funeral home, which claims the title of Ontario’s third oldest in continuous operation, the licensed directors include the four Blairs, Jack Anderson, Richard Peskett and Dawn Rodger. On the furniture side, store manager Tom Vickers and a

Hogg.” Now, Blair and Son Home Furnishings and Funeral Directors are owned and operated by Stan, his brother Stewart, his sons Stephen and Scott, and a team of specialized professionals. “We feel very thankful that the company evolved to where it is today. We’re very proud of both establishments,” he said. Back in the 19th century, the cabinet maker’s shop on Gore Street – located where the funeral parlour is today – made and sold hand-crafted furniture. To offer funeral services was a natural extension of the business, since, after all, a casket is a piece of furniture, Blair said. In fact, until more recently, it was common practice across the province for a business to


team of interior decorators operate the showroom on Highway 7, a new location opened in 2002. “I’m very, very proud of the

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‘Bob Spelled Backwards’ to play house concert by some of the band’s favourite songwriters. Their arrangements feature lead and harmony vocals and a variety of instruments including guitars, upright bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, keyboards, autoharp, accordion…

and whatever other instruments the young Sullivans can get their hands on! Whether they are performing moving spiritual ballads, bluegrass style stories with an underlying social commentary or danceable tunes just

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Tay Valley Township’s Dorner-Sullivan family band, better known as Bob Spelled Backwards, will perform early next month at a house concert in Fallbrook, at the home of Ted Miller and Marcia Saipe. The band recently played a short set at the Elphin Roots festival at the Agricultural Hall in McDonald’s Corners and say they are looking forward to performing a full-length concert so near to home. “Ted and Marcia have a lovely house,” says Danny Sullivan. “It will be a wonderful place for a concert. We’re hoping many of our friends and fans will be able to attend.” Hailing from the outback of Lanark County, and comprised of two generations of the Dorner Sullivan family, Bob Spelled Backwards is a band that draws its influences from many musical styles. Danny Sullivan and Kathy Dorner have been performing together as a folk-based duo and in country/folk/rock bands for many years. Recently they have been joined by Margaret, Noah and Japhy Sullivan, three of their five children, to perform as Bob Spelled Backwards. The band’s repertoire includes many original songs, composed and contributed by all five band members, as well as specially selected material

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A special Golf and Barbecue Day is scheduled for Sunday, July 24 at the Dalhousie Glen Golf Course, Sylvania Lodge. Tee off is at 11:30 a.m., followed by a chicken dinner at the Legion at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is $8, while the golf and dinner combo is $40. Tickets are available at the lounge. Legion barbecues for accessibility fundraising are scheduled for July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19 and

Sept. 2. The support for these events has been good, and organizers will also appreciate your attendance at any of the ones coming up. Keep up-to-date on upcoming events by checking the online calendar at our website listed below. Although touring the Hall of Remembrance at the Legion may not be an uplifting experience in many ways, it does instill a sense of pride in the fighting

niscing of war memories, not all of which are bad. Legion Magazine is a national publication that is free to members, but non-Legion members are welcome to subscribe. It is published six times a year, with articles on Canada’s military heritage and history, and much more of general interest. You can get more information on their web site:

men and women from Perth and area. In the collection, there are artifacts and memorabilia from both World Wars, the Korean War, and various peacekeeping missions. Many a veteran has shed a tear while walking the hallowed halls of the museum, but left standing tall, and feeling better for the visit. Veterans’ families appreciate the opportunity to accompany their loved ones and take part in the remi-


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COMMUNITY Tim Wynne-Jones at Perth and District Union Public Library on Saturday novel, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award this year. Blink & Caution is the story of two homeless teens in Toronto who have lost their way. After many adventures and misadventures related to the accidental witnessing of a crime, they find in each other a way back from the streets and into a better

life. Booklist called Blink & Caution, “expansive and frequently beautiful.” Along with Toronto, parts of the story take place in this region. The free program will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, at the library. It is part of the library’s first-ever teen summer reading program. Teens are also invited to let the library

know what they are reading - each book read earns them a ballot slip for the grand prize of an iPod Nano. More information about events and the summer reading program are on the site. Visit and search for Perth teens. Submitted by the Perth and District Union Public Library.


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Perth native ready to rule the Worlds Brown set to swim in “stepping stone” to Olympics BY ROSANNE LAKE

Mike Brown is staring down his biggest competition since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Perth-native swimmer will be diving into intense waters at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships next week in Shanghai, China. The meet is more than just another chance to make a splash for the 27-year-old. Its significance could seem overwhelming for someone who isn’t focused, but Brown is taking it in stride and keeping his eyes on the prize. It’s the first international meet since he returned to the pool after putting swimming on dry land for more than a year. But more than that, it marks the one-year countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “Looking ahead to worlds feels awesome,” he said, from Swimming Canada’s national team hotel room in Singapore. “It’s been three years since I’ve competed on the international stage, but I know what I’m capable of. “I’ve got my eye on London and going to Shanghai next week is a stepping stone to that.” The team was brought together in Singapore for an 11-day staging camp before heading to Shanghai to compete at the world championships. Getting to this point has been a long road, admitted Brown. “Getting ready for competition again has been challenging, but I knew it wouldn’t be easy coming back,” he said. Brown, who competes in the 100- and 200-metre breaststroke, left the pool after the 2008 Olympics, where he swam to a heartbreaking fourth-place finish in the 200-metre breaststroke and missed the bronze medal by 9/100th of a second. “That missed medal loomed over my shoulders,” he told The Perth Courier. “But I was watching my friends compete at the Vancouver Olympics (last year) and it reignited the spark in me,” he said. Brown said he let that feeling simmer for a bit, then sat down with his coaches and made a plan to get back into the pool. “I thought: it’s such an honour to have the opportunity to represent my country. I can’t just walk away from it,” he said. Since hitting the water last summer, Brown has been pushing himself constantly. He’s in

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Perth native Mike Brown is set to dive into international competition this week as he is competing at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in China. He’s working towards a medal, as that secures him a spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. hard training about 40 hours a week, 20 of which is in-water training. He said he also trains in the weight room, spends about four hours a week on a road bike and three hours in yoga to stretch and strengthen muscles. Massage and physiotherapy time is on top of that. All that work has been in preparation for securing spot in the upcoming world championships, bringing him one step closer in his chase for a coveted post on the 2012 Canadian Olympic team. Brown earned gold at the World Championship Team Trials in Victoria, BC at the beginning of April to earn the right to be representing Canada at the worlds again. Brown said the world championships are a big competition as it serves as a prelude to the Olympics. “It’s great to race here to see where the competition is at and where you’re at comparatively,” he said.

“The top five or six guys here (at worlds) will also be at the Olympics next year. So it’s a good chance to get ready by knowing your competition.” He said the Olympics are the pinnacle of competition for every athlete and it’s certainly

where he is aiming to be next summer. The world the national team will be going to London to see the city after competition at the worlds is over. “We did that before Beijing, too, and it was really helpful,”

said Brown. “We see the pool, the Olympic village and basically get a good idea of the area and how things work so we can go into the Olympics with tunnel vision on competition.” See ‘Brown’, page 20

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Running Over the Rainbow BY ROSANNE LAKE

Andrew Machan pulled on his bright orange socks before the Over the Rainbow race on Saturday and hoped they would prove lucky. The socks, bought recently in Italy, have already been through the Kilt Run and were helping the eight-year-old cross the finish line again in the five-kilometre annual race. Runners gathered at the top of Mill Street for the The Running Goat event. Don Mackenzie crossed the finish line as the overall winner. The first woman across the line was Kris Plant. Terry Stewart, one of the race organizers, said the race started as a handicap based on the runners best 5K time. Competition also included a children’s 100 metres and 1K race, as well as the “wife carry”.

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At top, four generations of women participated in the Running Goat’s Over the Rainbow race events on July 16. From left, Katya Semeniuk, Rosaleen Fedak, Ella Semeniuk, Stephanie Semeniuk and Anna Semeniuk. At top right, Elvis made an appearance at the event, while above is the scene from the start line.

Brown set to make a splash said. “I grew up in Perth. I went to The Stewart School, then PDCI, so I wouldn’t be where I am today without those experiences. Everything I did growing up has helped shape me into who I am today, so I think about Perth often while I’m travelling.” Stay tuned to The Courier for results from the world championships, while we follow Brown’s Olympic bid.

JAMES CANUEL TOURNEY The 28th annual James D. Canuel Memorial Tournament will kick off on July 23 and 24 at Conlon Farm. The recreational tourney is hosted by Perth United Soccer Club. Founded in remembrance of Canuel, it is always played on the

ASK SUMMER FUN DAY The third annual summer fun day, presented by the Active Seniors Koalition is set for Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Activities will include Bocce, croquet and Nordic Pole walking. Word has it that there will also be a pot luck so, bring a favourite dish to share with everyone! The cost is $3. The event will take place at Robertson Lake on Highway 16 (16 kilometres west of Lanark Hwy. 511). Busing may be available if numbers warrant. If interested in taking the bus, please contact Kate at 613-4920291. Food bank donations will be kindly accepted.



Get ready golf fans, because the annual Chappy Open Golf Tournament is right around the corner! The annual tourney hits the links Friday, July 22 (tomorrow) with a noon shotgun start at the Perth Golf Club. Al Chaplin said it’s the 35th year for the event which raises money annually for a charity in town. This year, the money raised is going towards Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. In past, monies have been donated to the Perth hospital, CNIB, Canadian Cancer Society and more. “We usually have about 100 golfers show up, so it makes for a fun day,” he said. No pre-registration required, just show up at 11 a.m. on tournament day ready to play.

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The Men’s Tuesday Twilight League at the Perth Golf Course feted the sponsors on July 12. Each of the sponsors were invited out to enjoy the evening with us and treated to a game of golf and a meal. The sponsor for the evening was Valley Moving and Storage and Wills Transfer. Jack McTavish was there to golf with the other 92 men who were there to enjoy the night. We played a four-person best ball and the low score on the front was a 35 by two teams. Ray Kilpatrick, Barry Murphy, Brad Hasler and Skip Patterson were one team and the other was

comprised of Howard Fournier, Jack Stewart, Gord Buchan and Graham Brown. Wayne McNamee, Jeff Peters, Dave Peters and Chris Goveia scored a 34 on the back. Long drives were by Barry Murphy, Howard Fournier, Larry Cotton, Jim Peden and Toby James. Bob Strachan won the Blue Wings tickets and Steve Kemper took home the A&B Ford service voucher. Greg Howard won the entry into a draw for a Burns Jewellers watch to be held at our closing tournament. The hole-in-one prizes offered by Canadian Tire, Burns Jewellers and A&B Ford went unclaimed again this week.



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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

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

Sunday, July 24 10:00 a.m. - Worship service. Nursery available. 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!

$250,000. 24 B6A Bass Lake. Year round home. 3 bdrms, 1 bth. 10 minutes S of Smiths Falls. Open concept living, dining, kitchen, breakfast bar. Double Garage. Screened front porch. Well, septic. Water pump 2011. Softwood floor 2005, roof 2004, WETT Wood stove 2003. Steps down to waterfront. Call Grant Scharf today! 613-323-4862.

Call Grant Scharf today! 613-323-4862.

Thank You

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

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

Over 200 jurored vendors Free parking Wheelchair accessible Home-style lunches, dinners, snacks Adults $3, Under 12 free Proceeds to Womens Institute community work

Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church


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The years following inception were also years of growth. In 1988, the ladies division of the association was started, and 1989 saw the 4-H plowing club start with about six members on board. That grew to about 17 members at its peak, than dropped off for several years so the association gave up the youth club. Dowdall said last year, the club started again and about 14 young people came on board. “Membership is a funny thing; it really seems to go in cycles,” she said. One claim to fame for the local association is Perth’s Trina Code being crowed the Ontario Queen of the Furrow in 1990. Dowdall said there was quite a process for Code to go through before the provincial honour was bestowed on her, but she came through with shining colours. In subsequent years, other Lanark queens earned provincial podium finishes as well, including Nichole Munroe and Lowry’s daughter, Bonnie. The association was also commended for hosting the International Plowing Match in 2003 on the farm of Mel Hammond. County plowing matches are more common, and are held annually on a different farm each time. This year, the Lanark Plowmen’s Association is gearing up to hold the 2011 Lanark County Plowing Match at the farm of Bill Dobson and family on Matheson Road near Smiths Falls. That event is set for Aug. 19 and 20. Hitting the quarter-century mark will be celebrating this Saturday evening, as the association is hosting a Lanark

$65,000. Sharbot Lake waterfront privileges without the lakefront price. Private lot, tall trees, some rock outcroppings. Deeded access a 5 minute walk away. Gravel drive, 20’ x 32’ concrete and steel carport. Hydro to the lot line, can be taken into the carport. Vicki Behn-Belland 613-257-8856.

$42,500 Reduced from $45,000. A beautiful view of Calabogie Lake and Calabogie Ski Hill atop of this lovely lot, what better place for a year round home or cottage! Deeded access to Calabogie Lake. Vicki Behn-Belland 613-257-8856.


MEETING CONCERNING PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT Best, Part Lot 3 Con. 5 (Adam Lake) Geographic Township of North Burgess Ennis, 144 Sproule Rd. Part Lot 27 Con. 3 Geographic Township of Bathurst Ennis, Sproule Rd. Part Lot 27 Con. 3 Georgraphic Township of Bathurst TAKE NOTICE that Tay Valley Township has received zoning by-law amendment applications which were deemed to be complete applications on July 15, 2011. TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of Tay Valley Township will hold a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in the Council Chambers located at 217 Harper Rd to consider the following items, proposed site specific amendments to Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 02-121 on: • approximately 0.57 ha of land situated in Part Lot 3, Concession 5 in the geographic Township of North Burgess and located at 515 Old Creek Lane. The purpose of this amendment is to change the zoning of the property from Seasonal Residential (RS) to Limited Services Residential (RLS-103). The effect of the amendment would be to allow for the construction of an addition to a dwelling 26 m from the lake located on a lot with access by private road. • approximately 1.37 ha of land, situated in Part Lot 27, Concession 3 in the geographic Township of Bathurst and located at 144 Sproule Rd. The purpose of this amendment is to recognize the frontage of approximately 20.03 m of a property zoned Industrial (M1). The effect of the amendment would be to correct the previous frontage measurement to allow for an undersized frontage for an industrial lot. • approximately 0.5 ha of land, situated in Part Lot 27, Concession 3 in the geographic Township of Bathurst and located at Sproule Rd. The purpose of this amendment is to change the zoning of the property from Residential (R-10) to Residential Special Exception (R -10). The effect of the amendment would be to allow for a semi-detached residential building on the subject land which is currently vacant. ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the above item. In the event that you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments, please ensure that your comments are delivered to the Clerk’s office prior to the day of the meeting. IF A PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to Tay Valley Township before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council for Tay Valley Township to the Ontario Municipal Board. IF A PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to Tay Valley Township before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so. THE SUBJECT LANDS are not the subject of any other applications under the Planning Act. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION including a copy of this notice is available through the Clerk’s office during regular business hours from Monday to Friday tel: (800) 810-0161 or (613) 267-5353. DATED AT TAY VALLEY TOWNSHIP THIS 18th Day of July, 2011. ROBERT TREMBLAY, CLERK, TAY VALLEY TOWNSHIP


Thursday, July 28, 2011 9 am to 8 pm Picton Fairgrounds

Find out more about the dinner or the plowing match by visiting the association’s website at



28th Annual

County Plowmen’s 25th anniversary dinner at the Lanark Civitan Hall. For more information, contact Dowdall at 613-257-1637.


Photos scatter the coffee table at Barb Dowdall’s house, depicting plowing matches, furrow queens and former directors of the Lanark County Plowmen’s Association. The association is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, as the organization has been positively promoting agriculture through plowing for 25 years. The memories over the past quarter century are too many to list, said Dowdall, who has been secretary/treasurer for its entire existence. However, she remembers well the night that the association was brought into being. “It came about from (the late) John Moffatt, who plowed since about 1939, saying that we should have a more local organization,” Dowdall said. From there, Dowdall and her husband Leonard, Moffatt and Jim Lowry took the reins and got one started. The first meeting was at the Beckwith Township Hall on Dec. 9, 1986, Dowdall said. Elizabeth Moffatt, the wife of the late founding member John, was in attendance at the County Queen of the Furrow dinner held last year at the Lanark Civitan Hall, which hosted 130 people. At the time, Elizabeth said she remembered the night the association was created. “It was a cold and stormy night on Dec. 9 when John Moffatt, my husband, called a meeting at the Beckwith Hall to see if any of the farmers around were interested in starting a plowmen’s association. Only 10 people showed up, but they were enthused right from the start,” Elizabeth was quoted as saying in the Carleton Place/Almonte Canadian Gazette. Jim Lowry said prior to that,

to plow a straight furrow, which will always be relevant to people involved in agriculture.


people interested in joining a plowing organization had to become members in the Ottawa and Carleton Association. “Most counties in Ontario had their own associations,” Lowry said. “John Moffatt felt it was a good thing for this county, so he suggested we start a local one.” Old newspaper articles thought to be clipped from The Perth Courier allude to the Lanark County Plowmen’s association dating back to at least 1923. One such article from that year notes a match was held “on the farm of James Acheson on the Scotch Line.” Another reference to an area association pops up in an undated and unattributed article in 1926, being called the South Lanark branch of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association. However, any such association must have long before disbanded by the time the current incarnation was formed, as Dowdall said that the Ontario Plowmen’s Association had no record of an existing Lanark county association when they formed in 1986. As word got around that the association had formed, its membership numbers grew rapidly. In 1987 it held its first match, with 350 members celebrated at that time. Now, Dowdall said the association has about 45 members. “Many of the older people who were interested in plowing and joining plowing associations have passed away by now,” Dowdall said. Dowdall said even though membership seems to be waning, plowing associations are still integral parts of rural communities. “Plowmen’s associations are organizations that help to promote agriculture along with good plowing practices,” she said. “I still think the basic principles are current.” Lowry agreed, saying that such associations teach people 482163


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LOOKING BACK 25 years ago

Conlon Farm plan nearly ready the work.” “When it’s finished it will be something we’re all going to be proud of,” added White. “Like everything in Perth, it will be the best in eastern Ontario.” Phase one of the project, added White, will likely be completed within the term of the current council. If the plan is approved, the first work on the 40-acre site will be clearing the property and constructing soccer fields and two ball diamonds initially. That work could take place in 1986/87. At last week’s regular meeting of town council, the recreation co-ordinator, Bob Sauer, was given the go-ahead to apply for a

$189,000 Wintario grant for the project. White added the town could end up spending between $350,000 and $400,000 on the project in the first two-year period.

Tourists say exchange rate here is fair Contrary to some local opinion, most U.S. tourists feel that local and area businesses are giving a fair premium exchange on American money. A Courier article last week quoted chamber of commerce president Fred Bannon as saying three or four tourists complained about unfair exchange rates during the first week of the tourist

50 years ago

Twenty-three-pound pike caught


record pike for our area, weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces, was caught on July 2 in Fortune Lake, north of Plevna, by John L. Haley, Jr., of Marietta, N.Y. The monster measured 45 inches in length and 20 inches in girth. This is the largest pike ever entered in the 16 years of the Perth contest, the previous record-holder being a 21-pound, six-ounce fish caught in Bobs Lake in 1947 by F. Kunkel of New Cumberland, Pa.

A nostalgic look at yesteryear

Worker electrocuted Many windows and screens were Earl Salisbury, 28, of Verona, damaged. Ont., was electrocuted on Monday Vandals uproot gardens when the boom of his well-drilling Residents who have gardens rig struck overhead hydro wires near the Perth Swimming Pool at Perth Road, near Westport. were surprised to see that their Community centre gardens had been damaged by vandals last week when residents plans going ahead reported that vegetables in their The Perth and District Commu- gardens had been pulled out and nity Centre Organizational Com- scattered over the area. Perth pomittee decided last Monday night lice are investigating the matter. to get specific plans and prices for various designs for a suitable Jaycees to clean up community centre building. cemetery The decision was reached after The Junior Chamber of Comthe return of 40 questionnaires asking industry, fraternal organi- merce commenced its Commuzations, service clubs and church- nity Betterment Project last es for their opinions regarding a Wednesday, with the intention of community centre. Over 97 per cleaning up the old cemetery on cent of the questionnaires were Craig Street. The Jaycees are hopof the opinion that there was a ing that the site will be turned definite need for a community into a memorial park by the town because of its excellent location centre. beside the Tay River. New dairy princess crowned

Marie Sheridan, 18, of RR 7, Perth, was awarded the title Dairy Princess of Lanark County when she “outstripped” three other girls in a cow-milking competition. The occasion was a “Twilight Meeting” of Lanark County Holstein Breeders’ Association held on the farm of Don Lowry, two miles north of Carleton Place.

Vacant house vandalized

Charges laid in collision As a result of a two-boat collision on the Mississippi River near Innisville on Sunday morning, George Gibson, 55, of Ottawa has been charged with “careless operation of a boat.” He will appear in Magistrate’s Court here on Aug. 8. The mishap occurred about 1:45 p.m. at the Willows, near the entrance to the lake, when two occupants of one boat narrowly escaped injury and possibly drowning. Police said Cecil Richard Hurdman, 59, and his 12-year-old son David, of Ottawa, had their boat anchored while fishing when it was rammed by a runabout boat driven by Mr. Gibson.

Mr. Harold Blair of RR 4, Perth reported to the Ontario Provincial Police last Sunday that his property, a farmhouse on the old No. 7 Highway, had been broken into. Mr. Blair told police that the vacant house had been broken into before, but this time the chimney and flues had been broken. Girl drowns in Eagle Lake Const. Smith of the OPP is inAn 11-year-old Murvale girl vestigating. drowned in Eagle Lake, near Sharbot Lake, on Sunday afterShots damage residences noon. Cottages and summer homes Beverly Van Luven, the daughon Otty Lake were damaged last ter of Mr. and Mrs. George Evan week by shots from an air rifle. Luven of RR 3, Harrowsmith,

was wading in the water when she went over her depth and disappeared. It is believed she was playing with other children at the time.

BORN Besseau - In St. Francis Hospital, Smiths Falls, on July 8, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Besseau (nee Margaret Traynor), a son. Burnham - At the GWM Hospital, on July 8, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Burnham of Maberly, a son. Donaldson - At the GWM Hospital, on July 4, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. William Donaldson of Lanark, a daughter. Duby - At the GWM Hospital, on July 5, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Duby of RR 1, Balderson, a daughter. Larmon - At the GWM Hospital, on July 5, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. William Larmon of RR 1, Perth, a son. Mordy - At the GWM Hospital, on July 6, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Arnott Mordy of RR 4, Lanark, a son. Murphy - At the GWM Hospital, on July 8, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Murphy of RR 2, Smiths Falls, a daughter. Trevor - At Port Hope General Hospital, on July 9, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Trevor, a son, Christopher Darryl.


Bolton - At. St. Catharines, Ont., on July 2, 1960, Foss Morton Bolton. Gamble - At the GWM Hospital, on Tuesday, July 4, 1961, Rebecca Nicholas, beloved wife of Robert H. Gamble. Murray - At the GWM Hospital, on Friday, July 7, 1961, Agnes W. Murray, wife of the late George D. Smith. The preceding was originally published in The Perth Courier of July 16, 1986 as the “25 years ago” news.

season. Bannon noted that most local merchants give a fair rate of exchange which ranges from 30 to 35 cents on the dollar, and an unscientific survey of American tourists conducted by the Courier earlier this week confirms that fact. However, several tourists did voice their displeasure with one chartered bank in town that is charging a $2 fee for exchanging American money or cashing outof-town personal cheques. A total of seven American visitors were polled and showed satisfaction with the current rate of exchange, but pointed out they utilized bank services whenever possible. “I’ve been coming to this area for 32 years and make a point of exchanging my money at the bank,” stated Beth Tornabene of Long Island, N.Y. “The exchange rate this year has fluctuated between 35 and 37 cents,” she said. Frank Rufe, of Doylestown, Pa., is another longtime visitor to the Perth area and stated he had been coming to Christie Lake for 38 years. “I’ve found through experience that it is best to exchange your money at the bank, which I have been doing for the past 15 years,” he noted. Rufe went on to say that he has a number of American friends and associates who have felt the sting of unscrupulous merchants over the years, but as far as he is concerned, most businesses give a fair exchange rate. “I have been coming here for so long I consider this area my second home,” stated Rufe.

Summer theatre attendance on rise After the successful conclusion of the musical Eight To The Bar, Perth Summer Theatre administrator Normalyn McLellan reports an increase in theatre attendance of up to 20 per cent over last year. The theatre is in its fourth year and operates under the concept of original live theatre. They have strayed from the concept this year with Eight To The Bar, which has been performed before. All other plays presented by the company are original productions. Tourists make up 65 per cent of the viewing audience, and 50 per cent of the local people in attendance are Ottawa people with cottages in the area, she says. Perth Summer Theatre relies heavily on donations from local business and industry, not only in monetary terms, but in the form of props as well. A large group of volunteers working behind the scenes is responsible for helping the production run smoothly. Three career-oriented students are working with the theatre this summer on the Challenge 86 government program. Marie Shaw is a student in the administrative assistant program at Trent University, Brian Mount is in stage management at York University and Colleen Mott recently graduated from Perth and District Collegiate Institute and hopes to pursue a career in drama.

No dump in Ramsay — residents Few local residents took the opportunity to view the first phase of a major waste management plan which was unveiled at Perth town council last week.

Only a handful of Perth residents turned out at the council meeting last Tuesday, but between 30 and 40 people showed up at a similar meeting on Wednesday in Bathurst Township. A large piece of land in Bathurst Township near Balderson has been identified as a potential landfill site. There were some concerns expressed at the Bathurst Township meeting by people living in the indicated area, but the meeting was generally for information purposes. In the Perth area, there are two major potential sites, one in the Balderson area and one in North Burgess Township near the site of the current North Burgess dump.


Boles - At the Smiths Falls Community Hospital, on July 1, 1986, to David Boles and Deborah Moon, a daughter, Cailyn Brianna. Hannah - At the GWM Hospital, on June 28, 1986, to Rick and Barb Hannah, a daughter, Jessica Lynn. Kerr - At the GWM Hospital, on July 11, 1986, to Earl and Janie Kerr, a daughter, Katie Elizabeth. MacDonald - On June 25, 1986, to Keith and Cathy (nee Crawford) MacDonald, a daughter, Katie Elizabeth. Omar - At Centenary Hospital, Scarborough, on July 13, 1986, to Anwar and Parveen Omar, twin girls, Tahmina and Samina. Ronald - On July 9, 1986, to Brad and Karen Ronald, a son, Matthew William. Runge - On June 20, 1986, to Peter and Linda (nee Wright) Runge, a son, Jeffrey Kurt.


Alp - At Sunnybrook Medical Centre, on July 10, 1986, Rev. W.R. Alp, beloved husband of Edna F. Harper. Anderson - At Perth, on Friday, July 11, 1986, Myrtle Strong, wife of the late R. Neil Anderson. Cross - In hospital, Perth, on Saturday, July 12, 1986, Walter H. Cross, beloved husband of Mary Schreider. Dixon - Peacefully, at Ongwanada Hospital, on Monday, July 7, 1986, Wesley Dixon, beloved husband of the late Ethel Anderson. The preceding was excerpted from the front page of the July 16, 1986 issue of The Perth Courier.

Notice to Creditors and Others All persons having claims against the Estate of Kenneth William Walker, late of the Town of Perth, in the County of Lanark, who died at the Town of Perth on or about the 30th day of June, 2011, are required to file proof of same with the undersigned on or before the 22nd day of August, 2011. After that date, the Estate Trustee will proceed to distribute the estate, having regard only to the claims of which he shall have notice. DATED at Perth, this 14th day of June, 2011. S. CRAIG HALPENNY BARKER WILLSON PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Barristers & Solicitors 31 Foster St., Perth, ON K7H 1R8 (613-267-2800) Solicitors for the Estate Trustee



he entire plan for the Conlon Farm recreational development will be unveiled at the regular meeting of Perth town council on Tuesday. The plan, complete with costs, will be presented to council by the recreation committee for approval, and some members of council who have been actively involved in the development process are excited about the Conlon Farm plan. “It’s going to be exciting ... in the end we’re going to have a great product,” says recreation committee chairman Coun. Bill White. “I’m excited about the concept,” said Deputy-Reeve Chuck Montgomery, “it’s been a lot of years in

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Malorie Andrews

Alexander Ansell

Lindsay Bangs

Blair Barr

William Batoff

David Beach

Lucas Beckett

Lindsay Beckwith

Karyn Bell

Devan Benedict

Jennifer Boivin

Amber Bowes

Anna Brady

Layne Brandon

Erik Bridle

Lauren Brierley

Matthew Brooke

Amy Brown

Joel Brown

Matthew Brown

Molly Brown

Christian Buffam Morgan

Conner Bulley

Graham Cameron

Logan Cameron

Reilly Canie

Tim Carroll

Patricia Covell

Clayton Cox

Eli Crapper

Kelly Crosbie

Austin Crowe

Kenna Davidson

Caleb Dickson

Colin Doyle

Brittany Duncan

Alanna Dyer

Travis Fair

Jessica Ferguson

Emily Fergusson

Christopher Fielding

Erin Foisy

Kerry Ford

Dana Foster

Brady Fournier

Connor Fournier

Colin Francey

Taevan Gangnier

Jaime Gardiner

Kent Geroux

Dylan Gordon

Bethany Gould

Connor Graveline

Emily Harry

Nickolas Hartnett

Selena Henderson

Shaun Heney

Morgan Hennessey

Thomas Hutchinson

Sydney Jacklin

Heaven-Lee Jarvis

Darrell Kehoe

Susan Kelso

Graydon Kilpatrick

Caitlin Kimball

Connor Knapton

Rick Knoop

Lukas Kozak

Cassandra Laming

Christopher Lariviere

Wayne Larmon

Alex Lee

Brian Malloy

Jessicah McCann

Adam McInnes

Perth & District Collegiate Institute is proud to salute

The 2011 Graduating Class

Elliott Leeang

Bryce MacKenzie

Shelby Mahon

Joshua McPhee

Stephen Morgenstern

Jordan Munro

Wyatt Munroe

Alexander Murphy

Baili Nagle

Braeden Oakes

Brock Ogilvie

Ryan Ohman

Nikita Patel

Anna Paul

Benjamin Paul

James Paul

Seth Peebles

Deider Peskett

Gabby Peterka

Austin Peters

Vanessa Pinder-Moss

Adam Poole

Megan Powell

Nicole Purdy

Andrew Reeve

Alexis Reith

Dale Robertson

Benjamin Rogers

Jarred Salisbury

Evelyn Scott

Krystal Shannon

Bryan Sheil

Melissa Sheil

John Smith

Samantha Snyder

Abraham Sont

Meagan Southward

Sasha Spanchak

Grady Stafford

Isaias Starkman

Matthew Stienberg

Katelyn Theberge

Christine Thomas

Dale Thompson

Nicholas Thompson

Shane Tryon

Cody Tucker

Melanie Van Alstine

Tamara Walker

Blake Warwick

Shannon Webster

Dustin White

Megan White

Rebecca Whitney

Alex Willows

Brooke Willows

Jason Willows

Connor Worthington

Not pictured: Adam Baker, Darrian Bittle, Dustin Crothers, Dakota Dodd, Garrett Kean, Braedon Klock, Michael Kravcek, Jeffrey Leblanc, Meghan Leroux, Derek Lundy, Jacob McLaren, Konner McLean, Brandon McParland, Dylan Porteous, Robyn Sieja, Mitchell Sturmey, Kara-Anne Thomson, Ryan Verhoek and Dustin Yuill

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• THURSDAY, JULY 21 The Butterfly Fan Club, Perth and District Breast Cancer support group at the Perth Family Health Centre, 33 Lewis St. Perth; 7 to 9 p.m.; information, call Carleen at 613-8124474. Meetings are every third Thursday of the month. Perth Citizens’ Band Summer Concert on Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 in the band shell behind the Perth Town Hall.


Deadline for submissions is Friday at 5 p.m. Call 613-267-1100 or email

Rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. support your local herbal and health entrepreneurs, at the 16th Annual Midsummer Herbfest. Over 99 vendors, this year with dance performances, live music, demonstrations and workshops as well as the famous Chef Cook-off. Many children’s activities and a beer garden. Come at 9 am and stay the day. Visit http://www.herbfest. ca The Midsummer HerbFest is held annually at “the Herb Garden” just outside the town of Almonte, Ontario at 3840 Old Almonte Road.

Hamburger, sausage, hotdog barbecue at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 244, 26 Beckwith Street East, Perth, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Other barbecues will be held Aug. 5, Aug.19 and Sept. 2. Proceeds to Branch 244 Accessibility Fundraising Committee.



Zumba, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tatlock Hall. Call 613-2564915 for information.

St. James Major Church in Sharbot Lake welcomes all to their annual ham and turkey dinner, topped off with home baked pies, in the air conditioned church hall from 4 to 6:30 pm. Cost: Adults $12; children five to 12, $5 and kids four and under are free. Tickets available at the door. Join re-enactor Nancy MacLeod at Inge-Va, 66 Craig St. Perth, at 1 p.m. for a demonstration of antique and replica medical equipment and treatments from the Victorian era. A retired nurse, MacLeod has collected over 200 pieces of 19th century medical memorabilia. Dressed in period costume, she will re-enact the role of a medical practitioner of the era, using audience volunteers as her patients. Limited seating; call 416-899-6436 or visit, or call 416-325-5000. Zone G2 Picnic at Upper Rideau Branch #542,Westport welcoming all Zone G2 executive, spouses or partners, and members of branches. $5, 1 p.m. start.

A special golf and barbecue day is scheduled at

1702 9th Line Beckwith RR#2, Carleton Place, ON • K7C 3P2 General Inquiries: 613-257-1539 or 1-800-535-4532 (613 area code) Public Works: 613-257-1810 or 1-800-535-4534 (613 area code)

SCHEDULED MEETING DATES 2011 Tuesday August 2nd Tuesday August 16th

The Meeting Dates are as follows: 7:00 PM Council Reeve Richard Kidd 6:00 PM All Committees Reeve Richard Kidd

Detailed agendas for meetings are available for review on the Township website at or at the Township Office 24 hours prior to the meeting

• THURSDAY, JULY 28 The Active Seniors Koalition (ASK) hosts shuffleboard at Watson’s Corners Hall at 10:30 a.m. Potluck social at noon. Call 613-492-0291 for information.


• FRIDAY, JULY 29 The Lanark & District Civitan is hosting their Old Tyme Talent Night with a hot meal 6 p.m. and dancing 7 to 11 p.m. $12 per person. Entertainers are free. Everyone Welcome.

• ONGOING TO JULY 31 Bell, Book and Candle; John van Druten’s romantic comedy inspired the television series Bewitched. It’s presented by the Classic Theatre Festival, Ottawa Valley’s professional summer company, in a new, wheelchair accessible venue with free parking and air conditioning, The Mason Theatre, 13 Victoria Street, Perth. Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: or 1-877-283-1283.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DEPOT Where? At the Town of Carleton Place Waste Compost Facility On Patterson Crescent When? Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Mid June - September What? Household Hazardous Wastes such as; paints, car batteries, oil, drycell batteries, cleaners, aerosol cans, antifreeze. OBSTACLES ON PUBLIC ROADS Public Works requests that ratepayers please do not place basketball equipment or any other obstacles on public roads. The Township will not be responsible for any damage occurring because of obstruction.


• AUGUST 5 TO 28 Please come and join the fun at the Lions Hall, at the intersection of Arthur and Halton streets in Perth. Local volunteer musicians provide great music starting at 2 p.m. and a buffet supper is available around 5 p.m. for $12 each. Call Nelda Wark at 613-264-9030 for more information. For hall rental call Edna Coutts at 613-2672744. Lions Club membership information is available through Bill Dixon 613-283-7753.

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the Dalhousie Glen Golf Course, Sylvania Lodge. Tee off at 11:30 a.m., followed by a chicken dinner at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is $8, while the golf and dinner combo is $40. Tickets available at the lounge.

The Fourposter; Jan de Hartog’s Tony Award winner for Best Play on Broadway is a comedic chronicle of marriage. It’s presented by the Classic Theatre Festival, Ottawa Valley’s professional summer company, in a new, wheelchair accessible venue with free parking and air conditioning, The Mason Theatre, 13 Victoria Street, Perth. Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: or 1-877-283-1283.

Beckwith Township forwards all mail to the last known address provided by the owner. It is the responsibility of the property owner to provide the Township with any change to their mailing address. Owners can call in their change of address, but must follow-up with written confirmation either by fax, mail or in person. The Township will not be held responsible for mail not delivered in a timely manner due to changes in addresses not provided by the property owner.


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613-264-0123 1-800-552-7242 e-mail: Saturday, July 23 11 - 12:30 p.m. $259,000 - 3185 DRUMMOND CONC. 7 (1 KM OFF HWY. 511) - lots of living space-every rm in this 4+ bedrm 4 level split. Sunfilled & spacious. Super location just minutes from Pperth on paved road. Perfect family home or take the bright lower level & utilize it for an in-law suite with its own entrance. 2 Sided firepl between kitchen & living rm, formal din rm, updated flooring, country sized eat-in kitchen with cherry cabinets & access to rear deck & backyard. 3 Upper bedrms are big & have lge closets, main bath was totally renovated, houses laundry facilities, stone firepl in lower level l-shaped fam rm, office, bedrm, 3 pce bath & extra room as well, lowest level has high ceilings & built-in shelves for great storage plus access in from dble insulated & heated garage. Fenced backyard, paved driveway, + separate single garage. MLS# 091991903001001. Sheri, 613-812-1215 NEW LISTING - WATERFRONT - CHRISTIE LAKE

CHRISTIE LAKE SOUTH SHORE – 192 FEET OF PRIVATE WATERFRONT – sandy beach area, contemporary wood and stone structure blends with nature. 3 bedrooms, 2 .5 baths, lower level walkout family room, decks, open concept kitchen/dining/great room – soaring ceilings. Wow! $488,000. Call Barbara Shepherd Cell – 613 326-1361

OPEN HOUSE - REDUCED Sunday, July 24 12 - 1:30 p.m. 234 BERNICE CRESC., CHALOA ACRES $289,000 - desirable residential neighbourhood of Chaloa Acres just a couple of minutes to downtown Perth-beauty, warmth & value in this custom built 3 bedroom 1400 sq ft bung-features include new oak flooring in liv, din, hallway & master bedrm, ceramic completed in kitchen, 2 bathrms & foyer, laminate flring in other 2 bedrms-both levels are bright & airy-lower level with spacious fam rm with patio door walkout to backyard-main bath with 1 pce molded tub unit & oak vanity, 3 pce ensuite bath with shower-laundry/2 pce bath on lower level-storage area is insulated & drywalled & positioning of window & additional door would be conducive to an extra bedroom-paved double drive, central air, central vac, iron removal water treatment system, nicely landscaped. Directions: south on Rideau Ferry Rd. approx. 2.5 km, left on Bernice. MLS# 091990802040400 Sheri Mahon-Fournier, 613-812-1215 EDGE OF TOWN - PERTH

BUNGALOW ON DUFFERIN RD. EDGE OF TOWN - $196,500 - Just a great 3 Bedroom bungalow on a country sized lot. Super sunporch for summer relaxing off the dining area, 1.5 baths, lots of light. Oversize single garage. Enjoy lower taxes in a lovely neighbourhood almost in town. MLS # 792485 Call Barbara Shepherd cell – 613 326-1361



$225,000 - 100 Ft. of good shoreline,15 minutes from Perth on beautiful island-filled Pike Lake. Rustic three bedroom “Viceroy” cottage has pine floors to go with the pine interior. Screened porch looks out over the lakeside deck with staircase into the water. Good swimming depth and some of the best fishing to be had locally. Full septic system. Bob Ferguson • 613-812-8871 •

$264,500 - 12 Victoria St. - This beautiful 3 bedroom home has been upgraded & renovated throughout while maintaining its original character. Main level features large living room with stone fireplace, gorgeious kitchen, new rear entrance to back yard with a convenient 2-pc bathroom, 2nd level features 3 bedrooms and an office/nursery. No carpet! Hardwood and ceramic throughout. Partial list of upgrades within the past 4 years include custom kitchen, all new windows, new vinyl siding – central air, hot water heater, furnace and oil tank 10 years old. Fenced child-safe rear yard with garden shed. MLS # 797946 Andrew Rivington 613-812-3280



Renovated bungalow on quiet Sherbrooke St. $169,000 - 100 Sherbrooke St. Renovated 2 bedroom bungalow with carport and detached garage! Private yard, new kitchen, new bath, etc! MLS# 796184 Call Barbara Shepherd • cell - 613 326-1361.

968 Harper Rd. $177,000 - 2+ acres. A lovely & well maintained home and property to start out in or finish up in - newer hardwood floors in living room - lots of space for a table in the eat-in kitchen - dining room opens up from kitchen area - 2 good sized bedrooms with double closets & 4 piece bath with mirrored shower doors and linen storage - convenient nook with built-in desk, shelving & drawers could be a sewing or office area - outside access to basement is handy for added storage - tremendous amount of storage & work space in the 24x50 foot concrete block garage with concrete floor, 11 foot ceiling & 10 foot door - backyard is like your own private park complete with tool shed, vegetable & perennial gardens and fruit trees - newer vinyl thermopane windows. MLS# 091191602505600 Sheri Mahon-Fournier, 613-812-1215





BURGESSWOOD ESTATES – LIGHT AND BRIGHT open and spacious 5 bedroom home - 2 on upper level, 3 on lower walkout level along with full bath and family room - on a pretty 2.81 acre lot in this wonderful community only 1015 minutes to Perth. Separate dining room or another bedroom on upper level. Many updates. 200 acres of recreational land and 4000 feet of gorgeous waterfront for residents. $328,900. MLS# 786557 Call Barbara Shepherd, cell: 613-326-1361

$494,500 - Lakeside living on Beautiful South Shore Otty Lake - enjoy the gorgeous sunsets from your choice of multi-level decks - 5 year old walkout bungalow within steps of the lake - excellent shoreline, rock pebble/sandy base, good depth at dock - great boating, swimming & fishing - features of the home include cathedral ceiling in living room, open maple kitchen with direct access to large deck, 3+2 bedrooms, 3 full baths, beautiful clawfoot tub & stained glass window in main bath, main level laundry, covered porch at front entrance - developed lower level with separate entry, ideal for family gatherins or potential granny suite - plenty of storage space - cute bunkie with power and view of the lake - township maintained year round road access, within 10 minutes of Perth & one hour to Ottawa. MLS# 799663. Andrew Rivington 613-812-3280 •

$279,000 - 190 Feet of southern exposure on Black Lake, 20 minutes west of Perth - typical Canadian Shield, cottage is built on top of a rocky point providing a fantastic view of the west end of the lake - rustic 1970’s cottage has screened porch overlooking the lake & access to combination living/dining area with brick fireplace. New back deck with access to water and cottage. Bob Ferguson • 613-812-8871

691 Christie Lake North Shore Rd. - Privacy, 140 feet of wonderful waterfront, low maintenance year-round, plus approx. 18x30 boathouse with rooms for bedroom and bed/sitting for guests or the kids. So many extras - efficiency plus - heat pump and masonry fireplace; garage and workshop; boat ramp; automatic generator, etc. Glorious waterside glassed and screened room for relaxing and entertaining. MLS# 091191601012500. $309,000. Call Barbara Shepherd Cell – 613 326-1361


$274,500 - SCHOOL’S OUT ... Time to make your move to the south shore of beautiful Pike Lake. 86 feet of pristine shoreline at your doorstep with great swimming, fishing and boating. Level along shore, pretty lot with mature trees and quite private. Curl up on cool nights by the woodstove while enjoying the beautiful view. Cottage living made convenient with full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 3-piece and main level 2-pc bath with laundry, septic system, large bedrooms, lakeside decking and patio and good sized shed. Andrew Rivington 613-812-3280

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$549,000 - 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 must-see 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 •

10.54 ACRES VACANT LAND SOUTH OF OMPAH ON 509 – Great recreational land, lakes nearby, K&P Trail, hydro at road. $29,900. Call Barbara Shepherd cell – 613 326-1361

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Perth Courier  

July 21, 2011

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