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SEEKING HEALTHY SNACKS FOR KIDS Approaching school year creates special need at food bank
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COLOUR ME FUN Colours and shapes and drawings, oh my! Children put their artistic skills to the test at the Heritage House Museum on Saturday. 15
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Mayor Dennis Staples, who has served as mayor of the town for 25 years, wants to continue to work to make Smiths Falls the best place to live, work and play. Staples, who will be making his way to 4,000 Smiths Falls residents’ doors beginning Wednes-
The new Memorial Community Centre is now slated to open in mid-October, just past the Bears’ homeopener. 5
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Councillor Rob Peters intends to run again for Smiths Falls council. Peters made the announcement at a joint community forum that he held with mayoral candidate Jeff Keays on August 23 at Angelo’s Dining Lounge. “This evening, and I’m going to put it to you this way because it has not been formalized at the municipal level and I don’t want to cause any issues with it, but my intent is to run for council once again October 25,” said Peters. “And, I’m looking for all of the support that I can get for that.” Peters filed the required pa-
perwork on the morning of Aug. 24 to make his re-election bid official. Saying the last four years have been difficult for Smiths Falls, Peters said it is time to start moving forward. He also said that his intent to run for council is largely because he believes in mayoral candidate Jeff Keays. “It is very important for me to let people know that my intent to run for council is simply because I think we have an opportunity now to start moving the municipality in the direction that I feel comfortable we can do,” said Peters, with reference to Keays. See ‘PETERS’, page 3
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SCRUB A DUB DUB! Skills Link participants Shawna Stevens and Aaron Masters polish up a car during the Skills Link car wash, which was held in support of the Smiths Falls Community Food Bank. The group collected roughly 60 cans. For more photos, please turn to page 20.
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day, Sept. 1, filed his papers for the mayor’s seat once again at the beginning of the year. He says the town’s current council has faced a lot of challenges and made a lot of accomplishments in its four-year term. “The high school, the hospital, the arena … that’s about $105 million in terms of basic infrastructure,” he says.
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Summer is almost over and back to school season is upon us. But the cost of school supplies can quickly add up, leaving some families strapped for cash. That’s why the Smiths Falls Community Food Bank is looking for help. “We really need school snacks,” says Sylvia Davis, manager of the Smiths Falls Community Food Bank. Items such as pudding cups, drink boxes and nut-free snack bars are in high demand right now at the local food bank. “It’s good for kids to go to school with their tummies full,” says Davis. Generally, Davis says the summer has been quiet, because people are out of routine, and not a lot of food raising events have taken place. “Summer is the hardest time … the number of donations is down but the number of clients is also down,” she says. “People don’t have to pay for high heating and hydro bills. It’s the quietest time for clients and donations.” But that number quickly shoots up at the end of August because of back to school expenses. “We need a kick to get going again,” says Davis. “The usage is heavy in August because kids are going back to school and less and less is provided by schools.” Currently, 175 families are using the food bank, which equals roughly 350 to 400 people. “It’s a lot,” says Davis. “But it’s lower than August and winter.” The food bank is also in need of items such as pasta, sauce and tuna. The Smiths Falls Community Food Bank is located at 93 Russell St. E. Call 613-283-6695 for more information. Food or cash donations can be dropped off at the food bank on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. In September, the hours will change to 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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Peters seeks re-election to town council Peters also said that based on his past conversations with Keays, he believes Keays has an understanding of business accruement and a very good sense of community. In response to why he is not running for the top job, Peters said the time commitment would be far too great for him, considering the businesses he is already involved with and that Smiths Falls has the most worthy candidate in Jeff Keays. If re-elected, Peters says his future councillor role is to continue to bring his business presence to council, to push Smiths Falls forward with a new direction and to play a key role in making the tough decisions required to move the town forward, something he says is sorely lacking right now. “It disappoints me at times that we spend so much time trying to make decisions rather than actually making them,” said Peters. “That’s one of the things I’ve been frustrated by and that needs to change.” Peters said the town’s lack of planning, its increasing debt load and its declining population are some of his other concerns. “My feeling is that we’ve been far too reactive to situations. We need to be proactive in the planning process. And, that is something that I will be pushing forward to see changed,” said Peters. As an example, Peters cited the new arena project. He believes that the project’s finances were mismanaged because there was not a proper plan in place. According to Peters, the taxpayers of Smiths Falls have been left carrying the weight of a $4 million debt and the town is now trying to figure out how to afford the new arena. “Even as late as this evening, I once again put on our council agenda that we need to have our cost sharing arrangements with our neighbouring municipalities put in place,” said Peters. “It should have been done two years ago. We’re now six weeks away from commissioning the new facility and we do not have a cost sharing
arrangement with partners that use the facility 65 per cent of the time.” Peters also said that although current Mayor Dennis Staples indicated last spring that the town needs to reduce residential taxes, he is not in favour of doing so. In the last four years, Peters says that $14 million in new debt was added to the Town of Smiths Falls. Making reference to what he called “the Aquablue debacle,” Peters also cited the unreasonable expectations that were raised in touting the 300 jobs the deal was to bring to Smiths Falls. He also noted the unnecessary expensing of $3,800 back to the municipality to court these potential business investors. “The community doesn’t need that,” said Peters. “The community needs a good, logical base. If we’re going to spend money to take people out, we better make sure they’re the right people. It was clear from the beginning that we had some issues there.” Peters said that moving forward, the proper leadership needs to be put in place, along with a supporting cast that he hopes to be a part of. One resident asked Peters what the current council has done with regards to recruiting physicians to Smiths Falls, something the resident noted was talked about during the last election campaign. “I have a sense nothing has happened in the last four years,” said the resident. Peters replied that council started by getting some recommendations from physicians, health units and other people within the first six months of their new term. “Where it’s gone from there?” said Peters. “I’ll be honest with you. It’s gone nowhere.” Peters cited both Belleville and Kemptville as municipalities that have succeeded in recruiting physicians, primarily because they have implemented what the doctors were looking for. Peters made it clear that while he was not in favour of buying doctors, he does believe an investment into the community is necessary in order to attract physicians to Smiths Falls.
“I would agree with you,” said Peters. “It’s an issue that has not been focussed on enough.” FINDING A COMMON GROUND For his part, Keays indicated that the community needs to believe and work towards recruiting doctors to Smiths Falls. However, he also thinks that the town needs to look towards implementing community health centres, which provide better access to doctors and services such as the Aging in Place program, which allows people to stay in their homes. “This program provides support workers to go into a seniors’ residence to provide services such as physiotherapy, programming, recreation and social interaction in their home,” said Keays. “But, we can’t do that until we have a say at the county where our social service dollars are being spent. We don’t have a vote at the county level. And, that is an arrangement that I would like to explore with the county and with the province.” Another resident asked Keays to give an example of his experience in bringing together people of differing opinions in order to achieve a common goal. Keays cited downtown Ottawa’s crack cocaine epidemic and the controversial needle and pipe exchange programs that were implemented to combat the problem. He indicated that there was a huge polarization between those who were in favour of the exchange program and those who were against it. By bringing together the community, police services, fire services and other stakeholders, Keays said that he worked hard to find common ground. Keays said through his leadership, he not only found that common ground but he successfully implemented a program whereby the needles and crack pipes are no longer being picked up en masse throughout downtown Ottawa’s streets. Both Keays and Peters are planning to hold future community forums, though no dates have yet been set. Stay tuned to Smiths Falls This Week for any future announcements.
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Staples, Peters and Hawe discuss sister city union, YMCA at AMO MELISSA DI COSTANZO firstname.lastname@example.org
Following two delegating meetings at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, three town representatives say they’ve returned with encouraging discussions. AMO attendees Mayor Dennis Staples, councillors Robin Hawe and Rob Peters were granted two delegation meetings at the 2010 annual conference: one with Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture, and Health Promotion Minister, Margarett Best. During the meeting with Chan, the trio updated him on the sister city agreement Smiths Falls signed with Xiangfan City. “He was most impressed and interested in the sister city agreement,” said Staples. “He saw the benefits for the tourism component.” At the Aug. 23 committee-of-thewhole meeting, Staples referenced the marking of 40 years of diplomatic relations Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President of China Hu Jintao celebrated in June, reflecting on its proximity to Smiths Falls’ signing. Canada has now been granted Ap-
proved Destination Status by China, which is good news for tourism, Staples added, as the number of tourists is expected to climb nine per cent per year. Staples said Chan was also interested in the education memorandum of understanding recently signed between Smiths Falls and Xiangfan City, which will see 500 students come to the Smiths Falls and Ottawa areas over the next three years. Peters echoed Staples, saying the minister was interested in how quickly the town was able to piece together a relationship with Xiangfan City. “It was nice to hear at the provincial level, of how important that would be for the education field,” said Peters, of Chan’s interest in the education memorandum of understanding. “He was very enthusiastic about that, as a whole.” Hawe agreed. “(Chan said) a friendship agreement isn’t as significant as a sister city agreement,” said Hawe. “I was happy to (hear) that. He will be a good contact for the municipality.” YMCA DISCUSSIONS Hawe, Peters and Staples updated
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Best on the YMCA situation (MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde was also present), telling her the feasibility study has been completed and that the town’s intention is to complete the final report by January 2011. This report will flesh out capital costs, a business plan and locations for a YMCA facility in town. “Each of us spoke about our needs for this,” said Staples. Staples said staff will be contacting Bob Chiarelli, recently appointed Minister of Infrastructure, as per Best’s suggestion. “We’ll let him know there are needs and a plan underway,” said Staples. Hawe said Best was shocked the town had no public pool. “She knows we need that for our citizens,” says Hawe. “I’m still optimistic about us getting funds down the road for a YMCA.” Peters said he attended AMO to provide strength in numbers regarding the YMCA issue. “(Best) knows how important the future health of this community (is important),” said Peters. “We’re going to continue to fight to move this process forward.”
Staples to go door-to-door next week This isn’t including a new Via Rail station, the OPP Eastern Ontario Regional Administrative Centre, the new location of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, the redevelopment of the old Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute building, the Station Theatre and the renovation of the Child Development Centre. “These projects will position the town very well for the balance of this century,” says Staples. Looking to the future, Staples says four initiatives (the downtown master plan, the waterfront master plan, the tourism master plan and the cultural mapping report) are very important pieces of work that will be vital for the next council to continue to map out the outlook of the town. “The quality of life, housing values, infrastructure is in excellent shape, the arena … all of that contributes to attracting people,” says Staples. With regards to a higher salary for the mayor’s seat, Staples says money is not his concern. “I want to offer my services if the people are still interested in reelecting me,” he says. “I’m not in it for the money.” Staples says he’s mindful of issues ongoing in the town, and maintains job attraction and economic development are still very important issues. He says establishing contacts and serving as a responsible communicator between council and the community is key to the mayoral position. “Experience and time on council and through treating people with
trust and respect,” he says, of developing relationships between, for example, ministers. “How you do your job is vitally important to the community.” Staples addressed the issue of secrecy, saying when a developer approaches the town with regards to a vacant property, this interaction is kept confidential. “We have to abide by that request, or the developer will walk away,” he explains. “Anything else we share around the council table.” During the launch of his campaign mid-June, mayoral candidate Jeff Keays indicated the town experienced “only secrecy and inaction by an administration that stumbles to introduce the kind of strategic thinking that can deliver hope to our residents and business community.” GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR Staples will be stopping at the doors of Smiths Falls’ residents beginning on Sept. 1. He says he will take note if residents have questions, comments or concerns. Residents can also reach Staples via email. This is the fifth year Staples will be going doorto-door, and it takes more than 100 hours to complete.
“A lot of the times, the questions are operational, but it provides a level of discussions,” he says. “Hopefully, people will be more engaged.” Staples won’t be coming to your doors on Sunday or during the evenings, but will leave a flyer at all doors.
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Despite initial plans to be open in time for the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears’ regular season, the new Memorial Community Centre is now slated to open in mid-October. “Right now, the contingency plan is to open in October,” says the vice-president of Guy Saumure and Sons Construction Ltd., Chris Saumure, who is also the cost estimator and project manager. “We had to change our plans.” Two weeks ago, the plan was to be open in time for Sept. 24, when the Bears will host the Pembroke Lumber Kings in their home opener game. Saumure says the plans changed when crews realized the washroom and lobby wouldn’t be ready in time. “It might be (open) the first week of October,” he says. “Right now, we’re aiming for October 15. One contingency plan is to fire up the old rink. The lobby and washrooms aren’t ready. I can’t see us being ready for the home opener. I can’t see that possibility.” Saumure says crews lost roughly a month of construction time when the federal government kicked in $2 million from a Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) grant. “The grant allowed us to retrofit the youth arena and the second floor of the new facility,” he explains. “We lost a month to a month and a half in redesign drawings and we weren’t able to pick up that time again.” He says proximity to the completion date of the facility allowed crews to come to this realization. “We’re so close, we realized we’re two to three weeks late,” he says. “I only have one chance to
make a lasting impression.” Saumure says a meeting with building officials was scheduled to take place early this week in order to iron out three contingency plans, which are to use the old rink, use the youth arena or plan to be open by the first week of October. Rick St. Dennis, director of community services, says he’s prepared to deal with an October occupancy date. “We always have a back-up plan in place,” he says. “At the present time, we’re prepared to fire up the old community centre just in case, and we’ll be ready to go.” Meanwhile, construction is continuing: the boards have been installed a week early, and Saumure estimates construction on the lobby and washrooms will take seven to eight weeks to complete because of details, such as ceramics. “We might miss two weeks of the start of the season, but it will make people appreciate the new building even more,” he says. DONATION INFORMATION Those wishing to donate can purchase a seat in the new arena for $200, and a plaque bearing the donor’s name will be placed on the seat. There’s also the Square Footers’ Club, in which, for $100, a purchaser can buy one square foot of the new rink. Pledge forms to donate to the arena are available at the town hall (77 Beckwith St. N.), on the town’s website (http://www.smithsfalls.ca/communitycentre-project.cfm) or by contacting fundraising chair Rob Dopson via the community services department at 613-283-4124, ext.122.
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Truck traffic through town needs rethinking Dear editor, In recent media reports in and around Smiths Falls, Mayor Dennis Staples has suggested that public consultation has been a tenet of his administration. True, there has been consultation under his watch, however as is often the case, the “consultation” is often an upload of technical documents to the town’s website or a very long, very dry presentation that does little to fully explain the issues in question. A case in point is the recent consultation regarding the Beckwith Street reconstruction project. The town did ask for feedback on the detailed design - what type of streetlighting should be used? Should there be more trees? Should we increase the sidewalk width? Should we build for future uses such as patios etc.? See ‘GIVING’, page 13
ummer is beginning to slowly wind down, but that doesn’t mean we should become less cautious around pools and bodies of water. As we flock to local beaches and friends’ pools, water safety is often the last thing on anyone’s mind – that is, until something goes wrong. According to the Canadian Red Cross, the most drownings occur in the months of July and August, when temperatures are typically at their highest. Cooling off usually becomes our objective, while safety sometimes takes a backseat. Now is the time to think about water safety – before your toes touch the water. The City of Ottawa website states that the leading cause of drowning with children is a backyard pool. Make sure your pool is properly fenced with a padlocked gate to prevent children from wandering into the area and accidentally falling in. Take care when boating, and always ensure to follow the rules of the water. When it comes to swimming in open water, women are more likely to observe safe water practices. Every year, more men drown than their female counterparts. Canadian Red Cross statistics show that 81 per cent of all drownings are men, particularly in the 35 to 44 age range. Over 90 per cent of drowning fatalities related to boating were male, as well as 83 per cent of recreational swimming fatalities. Often swimmers over-estimate their abilities and get a cramp, then can’t make it back to shore. Instead of diving straight in, take a moment to think about swimming distances, and always contact a friend or family member if you’re going far. So how can swimmers stay safe? The most important thing is to never swim alone. Make sure that if something goes wrong, there is still someone around to call for help. Children should swim within arms reach at all times. Having supervision close by can prevent a tragedy before it has a chance to start. Exercise common sense and safety practices, because in the long run, it could save a life.
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Vote Smiths Falls as the Ultimate Fishing Town JoAnne Keays is working hard to make Smiths Falls the Ultimate Fishing Town. Keays, co-owner of Smile Sensations, has entered the town in the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town contest. Now, it’s up to her to get friends, family and co-workers to support the nomination. Here’s an update of the situation now. As of Aug. 17, all nominated towns will be open to public vote. Each person is allowed to vote once every 24 hours until Sept. 1. Starting Sept. 7, the final round begins with the top two most-voted towns from each region. WFN will then select an additional six “wild card” nominations to make up the top 10 towns. The town that gets the most votes will be the winner, a position she hopes Smiths Falls will be in. “It’s up to our friends, family and coworkers to support our nomination,” says Keays. The grand prize is $25,000 and a halfhour show produced by WFN featuring the winning town and a trophy commemorating the winning town as
MELISSA DI COSTANZO Melissa’s musings WFN’S Ultimate Fishing Town. In this case, Keays says if the town wins, the money will be spent towards youth recreation and leisure programming. “We have something unique to offer, and should be taking great pride in our Rideau Canal waterway,” says Keays. We couldn’t have said it better, JoAnne! For more information, check out the site: http://www.wfn.tv/ultimatefishing-town/vote and help support JoAnne’s great idea! VACATION TIME FOR ME After a short and hot summer, I’m bidding Smiths Falls goodbye for one week, and will be taking a holiday. Finally! I can’t believe summer is almost over and that school is about to start again. It seems like yesterday when I covered
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the high school grad. At that time, summer holidays were just a dream. I just can’t wait to enjoy some time to relax, finish reading a fantastic book I just started (it’s called Zeitoun, in case you’re interested in a good read) and soak up some rays (and hopefully, not get burnt). And where am I going, you may ask? Well, let’s just say that what happens in the city I’m going to, stays in this city …
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From page 6 This year, the goal is to fill 1,200 boxes. Participants may fill a shoebox or drop off essential hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand and body cream, deodorant, combs, brushes, hand soap, shampoo, razors, etc.) at a number of locations. Individuals are encouraged to fill just one box. Shoeboxes will be shipped to Chernobyl for distribution to seniors who do not have access to these very basic items. The local drop off location is Community Home Support Lanark County (there’s a location in Smiths Falls and Perth). Tax receipts will be issued for those who include their name, address and the original receipt(s). The campaign completion date is Sept. 1; however, donations of filled boxes, miscellaneous items and cash donations are also accepted throughout the year. Let’s help out and get those numbers up! GET READY TO RAMBLE! In rain or shine, come join the Montague volunteer firefighters for a day of fun, food and music on Saturday, Aug. 28! Festivities begin at noon with a carnival and games for kids, a barbecue and raffles, and then continue with a demolition derby (which begins at 2 p.m.) and more. The day will wrap up with concerts by Eddy and the Stingrays and the Bowes Brothers. The ramble is an annual event which raises money for Muscular Dystrophy, and takes place at 6547 Roger Stevens Dr. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the event and children until 14 are free. For more information, contact Craig Barr at 613-283-8266 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FRANKTOWN YARD SALE
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Smiths Falls to host first volunteer fair on Sept. 8
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If you’re new in town, have a little extra time on your hands, or if you’re a student looking to fulfill community service hours, then the Smiths Falls Volunteer Fair is the place for you. “I think it’s a good thing for community,” says Pat Foulkes, a volunteer with the fair. “It will give us a whole new group of volunteers to feed into, because there are some organizations really crying for help.” The fair, which is the first of its kind in town and is taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 8, will feature a number of tables chock full of information for interested volunteers. Foulkes is expecting roughly 30 local organizations to be signed up for the fair. Interested organizations are asked to state their interest in participating by Thursday, Aug. 26 (today). So far, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lanark County, the Smiths Falls Lions Club, the Rideau Environmental Action League, the Smiths Falls Community Theatre, the Canal Railway and Chocolate Festival and the Smiths Falls Public Library have all signed on to have tables and information at the fair. There is no cost for this event to any organization. Each organization will have their own table to advertise their organization and their need for volunteers. “The purpose of the fair is to make it easy for people in town wishing to volunteer to do so,” explains Lynn Preston, the volunteer coordinator with the Rideau Volunteers. “The intent is to have all organizations in town that use or could use volunteers to be there
and sign people up who express an interest reational sign up will also be occurring at the same location from 5 to 8 p.m. in volunteering with that organization.” If you have any questions or need more Foulkes says organizers will blitz the BAKER’S FARM town with posters and flyers in order to at- information, please contact one of the folPicked Fresh Daily! tract new people. Organizers will also be lowing: Lynn Preston at 613-283-9500, Pat Hwy. 43 at Rosedale Rd. Foulkes at 613-283-2706 or Margo Loughren reaching out to students, heading to the 613-283-5033 409521 at 613-283-4124. classrooms during the first week back. “Any kind of a volunteer base makes a community stronger,” she says. “Most of the town’s volunteers are getting tired and older. We really need to increase (the number of) volunteers in many organizations.” This will hopefully lead to an increase in local volunteers. “We’re hoping that we’ll get a good turn out and each organization will gain new, fresh blood to help it reach its goals,” explains Preston. “We Over 30 years’ experience! are hoping this event will get lots of new volunteers out of the woodwork and into the organizations of Smiths Falls. The final goal is to make Smiths Falls a more vibrant and healthy community.” Serving this area since 2001 – Foulkes agrees. Thank you for your patronage! “I hope it’s going to make Smiths Falls better than ever and a great place to live,” she says. “It’s a great way to find out about the community, get to know people and to get to Wall-to-Wall Cleaning know what’s going on in your comCall for a FREE munity.” Upholstery Cleaning IN-HOME ESTIMATE And, if it’s successful, the fair will Area Rugs return annually. Vertical Blinds The Smiths Falls Volunteer Fair is taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at Emergency Flood Clean-Up (Tel) the old Memorial Community Centre, and is running from 2 to 4 p.m. (Cell) and then again from 5 to 8 p.m. Rec-
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