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Federal election set for May 2 THIS WEEK STAFF Canadians will head to the polls on May 2 for the fourth time in seven years, after Governor General David Johnston dissolved the 40th parliament on March 26. The opposition parties came together on March 25 and passed a motion of non-confidence, finding Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minority government in contempt of parliament – a first in Canadian history. But all parties were ready when the writ finally dropped, and they hit the campaign trail immediately. Canadians will head to the polls on May 2. Here is a list of candidates in our area:

GOLD MEDAL Andrew Giff, a student at SFDCI, proves he’s tops, bringing home the gold from an Eastern Ontario Skills Competition in Kingston. 9

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MOM’S THE WORD Skylar Darby, who just turned one, takes in the ‘Mom to Mom Sale’ at Trinity United Church in Smiths Falls on Saturday with Daina Sullivan (left) and her mom, Jennifer Darby.

LANARK-FRONTENAC-LENNOX AND ADDINGTON Scott Reid – Conservative Scott Reid is the Conservative Party candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington. He is the incumbent, having represented the area since he was first elected as a Canadian Alliance MP for Lanark-Carleton (now Carleton-Mississippi Mills) in 2000. See page 22

CREATIVITY Zoe Ashby will be a welcome addition to the future Smiths Falls District Arts and Culture Council. Find out about what she brings to the role. 15

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Get ready to enjoy a familyfriendly film under the clear night sky Smiths Falls, because Movies Under the Stars has been given the green light, and will begin on June 30. The free event will take place

every Thursday night, from June 30 to Sept. 1, under the town’s water tower. Tracey Pankow, one of the event’s organizers, said the venue should be suitable for approximately 500 people. She said the movie nights will offer people in the town an added bonus to free flicks.

Every week, the proceeds from the concessions sold at the event will go to a different local charity. Movies Under the Stars is the first project created by the newly formed group, Together Smiths Falls. See page 5

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Smiths Falls’ manager of economic development has returned. Bob Cheetham, recently returned from Cannes, France, gave a presentation to council on Monday, March 21, on his recent trip. Cheetham represented the Town of Smiths Falls at Marche International des Professionels d’Immobilier (MIPIM), the largest real estate investment show

in the world. The town was one of six municipalities from Ontario that participated at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture booth, from March 8 to 11. MIPIM was attended by 17,300 people from 81 different countries, including 1,158 investors. Cheetham was interviewed by members of the media in Cannes, and the town was part of a MIPIM news article titled, “Ten Reasons for Going to Ontario.” The town shared exposure

with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. “One of the most important things about being there was letting the Province of Ontario know that we are there with them,” Cheetham said. “We had global recognition of the community; we were recognized on video, and talked about the UNESCO site.” Cheetham told council that more than 125 direct leads were generated from the trip. He said he circulated 275 development brochures, and had 23 one-onone meetings with potential investors. Cheetham said his principal

($246.09). Cheetham’s said his next step was to follow up with the investment leads he generated. He also added that another important factor for attending the trip to France, was to meet city and town staff from around the world, and learn about their approaches to similar scenarios. Wayne Brown, chief administrative officer for the town, said he was very pleased with the outcome of Cheetham’s trip. “The contact made there and the ideas he picked up from others, should serve the town well in the future,” he said.”

investor he ended up meeting is currently doing $300 million in residential development in Canada. “It’s ironic that I would have to go to France and my principal investor is from Canada,” he said. PRICE TAG The cost for Cheetham’s trip came slightly under the $10,000 set aside in the budget, at $9,158.56. This includes the town’s participation fee ($5,000), Cheetham’s air fare ($1,078.54), accommodations ($2,199.55), land travel ($634.38) and meals

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Private company interested in CPR’s Ottawa Valley line CATHY JAMES

“Apparently this kind of research hadn’t ever been done under the former leasers of the line and they think there could be real potential out there,” she said. As part of its research, the firm asked for contact information for any companies located along the rail line, which may have a need for rail services. She told fellow councillors the consulting firm will touch base with each municipality to verify if there would be any local businesses needing rail line services. Earlier this year, Lanark and Renfrew counties asked CP Rail for first rights of refusal for purchasing the property should the line be derailed. The private company’s interests could put any potential county plans to a halt. But Mousseau said she simply wants to see the rail line property put to good use. “I can’t speak for my colleagues in Renfrew or even my colleagues around the table here, but certainly I don’t believe we would be prepared to stop potential purchasers coming forward to save the rails,” she said. Mousseau said the consulting firm has asked CP Rail to delay removing the rails until they have an opportunity to complete its market research.

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These are council briefs from the Lanark County Council’s Community and Corporate Service meetings, which took place at the Lanark County Building on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. All council members were present, except for Coun. Pat Dolan. New interest has generated in the CP Rail’s Ottawa Valley rail line, but this time, it’s from a private company. Lanark County Warden Sharon Mousseau, along with chief administrative officer Peter Wagland and former councillor Al Lunney, met with a consulting firm last week. The firm represented an anonymous private sector company interested in the CP Rail line currently for sale. Last year CP Rail announced its plans to sell the Ottawa Valley rail line, which runs from Smiths Falls to Mattawa. Stakeholders had the opportunity to express interest to purchase the rail line. If no offers are put on the table, CP Rail plans to dismantle the rail and sell the steel. The federal, provincial and municipal governments had the opportunity to express interest to purchase the rail line, but no bids were made by these parties. Mousseau told council at its corporate services meeting they met with the consulting firm staff on March 17, who outlined their plans to complete a market research study to determine if the rail line purchase is a practical financial move.

ted funding. Two weeks ago the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced a onetime funding of $18 million to long-term care homes in order to reduce the amount of serious falls that residents take within the homes. Deborah Pidgeon, director of Longterm Care for Lanark Lodge, presented to council at its community services meeting on Wednesday, outlining how the facility received $37,000. Pidgeon said the province provided this funding after conducting research to verify how many serious falls occur within long-term care facilities across the province. “The Ontario Health Quality Council has taken a look at the data for falls that have occurred over the past month, and they have perceived that 13 per cent of falls have resulted in hospitalization or transfer to hospital within the long-

term care environment,” she explains. “So they’re looking at how we can reduce the falls that are happening, and in turn the amount of serious falls that result in emergency care.” Sitting at one per cent, Pidgeon said Lanark Lodge is well below the provincial average. “We have actually done very well in reducing our falls, and in turn we have a very low rate of hospitalization or transfer to hospital for assessment,” she said. “It’s quite significantly different from what we’re seeing across the province.” While the new funding is welcomed by staff, they have only until March 31 to spend the money or it’s gone. The Lodge staff has worked quickly to plans its purchase for new beds, fall protection equipment as well as door alarms. Pidgeon asked council to approve her purchase plans, which they did following her presentation.

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Hitting the ice could be hitting the pocketbooks of both adult and youth hockey players a little harder next season. Members of Smiths Falls council proposed increased costs for ice time during the regularly scheduled committee-of-thewhole meeting on Monday, March 28. Wayne Brown, the town’s chief administrative officer, handed out a report to council that showed ice rental rates for the Town of Smiths Falls to be under the average for the surrounding area. According to the report, the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre’s 2010-11 rates are $12 per hour below the average for adults, and $8 per hour below

the average for youth. The town currently charges $144 per hour of ice rental for adults and $103 for youth. Brown’s report stated differences in cost represented $29,000 in lost revenue. The majority of council agreed they would like to see increased user fees for both adults in youth. Coun. Chris Cummings told council that he did not want the town to “price itself out of hockey,” but that it stood to reason that building a $15 million arena would mean an increase in user fees. He added that it seemed reasonable to charge an average rate for an above-average facility. Coun. Ken Graham said he was a firm believer in user pay, but would like to see a lower rate for the youth rentals.

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Lanark County councillors remain divided on its long-term financial plan after treasurer Kurt Greaves recommended the county plug more money into its reserves tank. At its corporate services meeting March 23, Greaves proposed they put nearly $2.8 million into its reserve funds. His recommendation comes after the county used $4 million of reserve money for the 2010 budget and another $900,000 allotted in this year’s budget. Drawing this money will put the reserve tank lower than the county’s current $17 million debt load. Greaves said this proposal provides financial cushioning for long-term county projects. “Our plan is to reduce our dependency on reserves,” he said. Graeves proposed transferring money into both existing and new reserves, which include reserves for a new public works garage, the Lanark Lodge rehabilitation, a non-ministry funded ambulance reserve and any current work in progress. Coun. Ed Sonnenburg supported the idea. “If we don’t put money in reserves’s just going to get that much worse down the road,” he said. Coun. John Fenik agreed. “I really support the reserve lines and I’m not comfortable with the current reserve lines,” said Fenik. “We are building a cushion by doing this.” But some councillors would rather use some of that money to reduce the debt load. Coun. Bill Dobson suggested they take 10 per cent of the proposed reserve money and put it toward debt, but council voted against this amendment to the motion. Following Dobson’s proposal, Coun. Val Wilkinson wanted to take some of the reserve money to help reduce the projected 2.6 per cent 2011 tax levy increase. Her idea was also turned down. Lanark County Warden Sharon Mousseau expressed her gratitude for Greaves’ efforts to increase the reserve funds while also reducing the debt. But Coun. Richard Kidd said when it comes down to it, it’s council’s decision on how to financially move forward. Chief administrative officer Peter Wagland spoke up, warning councillors if they don’t put money aside now, they’re digging themselves deeper for the future.

Mayor Dennis Staples was the only person who stated opposition to increasing the user rates to the average cost. Staples suggested an increase comparable to cost-of-living impacts, or 1.4 per cent for next season. The majority of council was in favour

of increasing the youth rate to the average of $111 per hour, and increasing the adult rate to $160 per hour. Brown’s report averaged the costs of hourly ice rentals for adults and youth in Smiths Falls, Perth and Carleton Place, among others.

Enjoy Movies Under the Stars Richards said the organization, currently in the process of becoming a nonprofit, is also interested in various beautification projects, including improvement of town fountains and the beautification of benches.

From front page The group is a community enhancement association. Pankow said the group was formed after several like-minded individuals began sending messages back and forth on Facebook social groups in January. The board of directors is made up of Pankow, Susan Richards, Amy Rensby and Heather Currie-Whiting. The organizers of TSF created their own Facebook page for residents interested in helping improve the town titled, “Smiths Falls ‘Together we CAN make a difference.’” Pankow said TSF has received a positive response so far from residents and town staff. “The town has been very helpful,” she said. “We’re hoping to get the downtown businesses involved.” 452039

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wanted. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is thirsting for a majority. Of course, it took pushing the Speaker of the House to rule the Conservative Party in contempt of parliament for failing to provide vital information to pull out the straw that broke the camel’s back. So on Monday, May 2 we head to the polls. For openers, let’s call a spade a spade. Do we want a spring federal election – no. Do we need a spring federal election – yes. This minority parliament has proven that it’s dysfunctional, and it has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that it cannot work in its current form. Now the spin doctors are trying to place blame for the election squarely in the laps of the federal Opposition parties. But anyone who watches television knows better. Big Conservative bucks have already been spent on a flurry of attack ads against Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, and big taxpayers’ dollars used to sell the Conservative’s Economic Action Plan to Canadians. During the campaign, the truth will be aired. And it will, hopefully, be made clear exactly who has been wooing who all these years, and in the years leading up to the Conservative-Reform-Alliance merger. The petty ploy of making the definition of coalition the focus of this campaign is a pretty shrew attempt to deflect attention away from the real issues. But will Canadians bite? Elections matter because they are a forum to deal in reality - a temporary pause in the incessant nastiness that we call the House of Commons these days. And in the end, most voters are sharper than most politicians give them credit for. To rephrase an old saying goes, we were all born – but it wasn’t yesterday. A key debate will be on the economy – a good time to discuss how Canada was able to enter the recession in such good financial standing and how the “cushion” past Tory parties chided as unnecessary surplus eventually came in pretty darn handy. Whatever happened to giving credit where credit is due? In politics, it doesn’t exist.

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THIS WEEK STAFF Smiths Falls and area residents looking to rev up their engines on the go-cart track this spring can make their way to the Lombardy Agricultural Society Hall on April 16. Louise Blair, president of the LAS, said there will be an open house held at LAS Hall for anyone interested in learning more about this year’s gocart events. The schedule for this year’s gocart races has been set, with the first race taking place on May 1 at 9 a.m. Lombardy Karting will host its league nights every Wednesday at 6 p.m. The free information session will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information about Lombardy Karting, visit

Bonjour Bob, welcome back to Smiths Falls Bob Cheetham, the town’s manager of economic development, is back from his trip to France, and told council he has encouraging results. It’s good to hear he met with potential investors for the town. Hopefully, one of the residential developers he spoke with will set up shop in Smiths Falls. New residential development is a must to grow this town’s population and tax base. With the manufacturing sector in Canada constantly shrinking, focusing on residential growth will be a vital factor for revitalizing the town. We’re only an hour away from Ottawa, and sit on the Rideau, so it seems like the right move. If the town can stimulate new residential growth, commercial growth will soon follow, and increase the town’s employment, in addition to new taxes. Companies will go where there is money to be made; however, attract-

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Two months later the Elmcroft B&B at 89 Chambers St. was open for business. The house was built in 1895 by Francis Lea & Perrins steak sauce when renoT. Frost, first mayor of Smiths Falls and vating an old home? Ken and Cathy Thom president of Frost & Wood, manufacturer will laugh and tell you that steak sauce of agricultural equipment. In 1903 he was accounts for one of their most satisfyappointed a senator by then prime minister Wilfrid Laurier. The magnificent house had a basement, three floors and an attic. In 1945 the owner decided to remove the top two storeys and the attic. “There’s lots of rumours why,” says Ken. “Too expensive, maybe taxes were too high, the effect of the war… In his mind it was obvious that it was something he had to do, and he did it.” The house we see today has a basement, main floor and a new attic with 12-foot ceilings. In an epic oversimplification, Ken sums up that long-ago project. “So you clean that off (referring to the top floors), then you just take the roof and plunk it back down. Now we live in the bungalow, the lowest section, which is where all the money was spent in the original house. It’s obviously the most opulent,” he says. Lost from some of the original grandeur of the home after 1945 was the sweeping circular staircase in the front entrance – the Photo by Tonia Kelly rotunda which led to the ballCathy and Ken Thom at the fireplace in the historic dining room where then prime room on the top floor. The first minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier once stopped for tea on a visit to Smiths Falls. floor of the old three-storey roing achievements when renovating the Smiths Falls heritage home they purchased in 2008. In April 2010, after nearly two years and hundreds of labour hours, they decided to proceed with their retirement project.

tunda has become one of today’s stately B&B bedrooms, with beautiful, rounded windows as its proud feature. Ken contemplates the lifestyle in the home during the first decades of the last century. “Imagine the days when people mounted those stairs to the ballroom,” he says. “Carriages pulling up to the front door…” “The old staircase that would have gone up there, the ladies’ dresses, it would have been just awesome,” adds Cathy. In those early days the property ran down to Elmsley Street, before three lots on Elmsley Street were severed and new homes were built on them. The main entrance is now on Chambers Street. See page 8 452028

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Passion, elbow grease and steak sauce: a recipe for a beautiful B&B From page 7 Although the home has spent some years unoccupied, Ken notes that successive owners have taken good care of it. It was well built in the first place with a firm foundation and nothing has shifted or cracked. As Cathy says, “the doors still open and close perfectly. The bones are good.� For Ken and Cathy there weren’t any major changes required. The whole

house had been updated, the electrical and plumbing work had been modernized over the years by previous owners. “You could live in this house for the next 100 years the way it exactly is today without any problems,� says Ken. “The thing now is that all the projects we’re getting into are hugely expensive.� He mentions insulating the basement, moving the garage from one side of the

house to another, or relocating a porch to its original site. “We’ve taken out the big, huge furnace that was here when we got here – thousand dollars a month – and put in a highly efficient boiler. Heating bills have dropped right down,� he says. Was it fun choosing paint colours when redecorating the walls? “Very fun,� says Cathy. “They’re all from a historic colour pal-


ette.� She explains that most building supply companies have historic paint palettes with colours appropriate to historic houses of different eras. “It’s fine to take a house like this and paint the walls pink, because that’s what you like, but it’s not a historical colour,� says Ken. Ken and Cathy have had many highs during their renovations. “We never get tired of looking at anything in the house. There’s no lack of things in every room that please us,� says Ken. LEA & PERRINS

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Ken tells the story of the Lea & Perrins steak sauce. “I think our best discovery was cleaning all the door fixtures and hinges,� he says. When they bought the house all the brass fittings, including the intricate brass decorations around the door handles, were black, and try as he might to remove the black, nothing worked. Even a professional refinisher could offer no solution. So he Googled “clean old brass� and received three suggestions: boil in tomato juice; boil in lemon juice, lime juice and vinegar; and soak in Lea & Perrins steak sauce. Success came with the third suggestion – Ken’s Martha Stewart moment. The permanently black brass fixtures turned shiny and Ken was mighty pleased with himself. “Buy the sauce a gallon at a time, dump it in [the brass object], take it out the next morning and you’ll see all the beautiful brass,� he says. Ken and Cathy wonder what the future holds for fine old heritage homes like theirs, and the possible uses which a future owner might have in mind – a private home, a professional building, or remaining as a B&B, with limitless opportunities to expand the B&B throughout the 2,300 square feet of the house. “This is the best house we’re ever going to own,� says Ken. They have developed a very protective relationship with Elmcroft B&B. “What we’d really hate to see is that someone would, say, put siding on top of the stone, just take it and make it worse rather than take it make it better is our fear, like turn it into apartments, that’s our fear,� says Cathy. Although Ken and Cathy have learned a great deal about earlier times in the old house, they would be pleased to hear from anyone with photos and memories that will help add to their knowledge about what life was like there through the years. They cherish their historic home, the timeless beauty of its old-fashioned craftsmanship – their fine old house with the good bones.


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Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute Grade 12 student Andrew Giff shows off his medal with SFDCI auto teacher Ken Bertran. tran. “The challenges will be a little more complicated. The competition (in Kingston) was four hours. In Waterloo it will be eight hours.� When the 17-year-old isn’t working at his co-op placement, he’s detailing cars at Town and Country Chrysler, or spending his free time as a volunteer firefighter for Rideau Lakes Fire and Rescue. Andrew’s long-term goal is to go to teacher’s college, and become a high school auto teacher.

The award was accepted by Hawthorne, the school’s current principal, and by members of student council. Former principal Kelly was also on hand for the event. “It goes without saying that we are thrilled by the recognition,� Hawthorne added. “We are quick to point out that this kind of success is a testament to the possibilities that can be achieved when a community works together towards a common goal. All of our stakeholders, parents, community partners, staff and students contribute on a daily basis to make this school a high performance school.� The school received the award for proving that its School Success Plan aligned with the UCDSB’s goal of a 90 per cent graduation rate, the school’s staff were included in the planning and implementation phases, and the school “embraced the need to be accountable, collaborative and innovative.�

A Smiths Falls elementary school recently received top grades for excellence and planning. The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) awarded Chimo Elementary School its High Performance School Award on Monday, March 14, for excellence in planning and implementation of the School Success Plan. The award was presented by David Thomas, director of education for the UCDSB, along with a flag recognizing the school’s achievements. “This is one of our first schools to get it right,� said Thomas. “Every time I’ve been here, I’ve never been let down. Since Laurie McCabe was here, followed by Daryl Kelly and then by Chris Hawthorne, you have been very fortunate to have three consecutive principals who work hard to make sure that the adults in this school are focused on the students.� $
































For Andrew Giff, the third time was definitely the charm. The Grade 12 Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute student won gold at the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition, held on March 3 at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Giff won first place in the Auto Service Technician category, beating out 28 other students from 10 different school boards. This was his third time taking part in the competition. Giff credited his win from the experience he has gained at his co-op placement at Canadian Tire in Perth. He hopes to be hired as an apprentice once his placement is completed. Giff said his favourite thing about working on cars is that the job is never repetitive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something different, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the same thing everyday,â&#x20AC;? he said. Giff said he often helped his dad work on his four-wheeler and his truck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very proud of him,â&#x20AC;? said Anne Giff, Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been into cars.â&#x20AC;? His Grade 12 auto teacher, Ken Bertran, credited Giff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willingness to learn as a major factor in his success at the competition, in addition to his experience. Giff will move on to the provincial competition, held May 2 and 3, in Waterloo. It will have more in-depth theory,â&#x20AC;? said Ber-

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Heading north is paying dividends for Sam Hopewell. The former Central Junior Hockey League forward has found success both on and off the ice since enrolling at Nipissing University. The 23-year-old just finished his second season with the Nipissing Lakers, the school’s varsity hockey team. Hopewell helped his team finish the season with a record of 17-8-3, good for fourth place overall in the Ontario University Athletics East Division standings. The Almonte native finished the year with five goals and five assists in 24 regular season games. He also scored one goal and two assists in four playoff games. The Lakers eliminated Queen’s University before being knocked out of the playoffs by the CIS No. 2 ranked McGill Redmen. McGill lost in the finals to the No. 1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds on Sunday, March 28. Hopewell noticed the increased level of competition at the university level instantly, but said he was able to adapt to the style of play relatively quickly. “It’s definitely bigger, stronger and faster, everything you expect it to be,”

Hopewell said. “A lot of OHL and major junior guys here, I adjusted pretty well. Skating is one my assets I’ve used throughout my career.” Hopewell said he really enjoys playing in front of the Nipissing crowds. “North Bay is pretty hockey crazy town,” he said. “We have the second or third highest attendance in Canada. Our biggest crowd was close to 4,000. To have that crowd to play in front of leaves you with a good feeling every night.” DEVELOPMENT KEY TO SUCCESS Hopewell said his time in the former CJHL, now CCHL Tier 1, and EOJHL really helped him develop as a player. He was drafted by the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears at 15 years old, but said he struggled in the CJHL, and spent most of the next two seasons playing for the Perth Jr. B Blue Wings in the EOJHL. At age 18, he played his first full season of CJHL hockey with Smiths Falls in 2006-07. Hopewell scored 12 goals and 14 assists over 46 regular season games. He played his next two seasons with the Kemptville 73’s, and was the team’s inaugural captain. Hopewell scored 34 goals and 35 assists over 114 games with Kemptville. Hopewell said he was fortunate to

have great coaches over his time in the two leagues. “When I started playing in Smiths Falls I met Paul Lawson, he does skating for the Montreal Canadiens farm team. He took me under his wing and helped me out with a lot of different aspects of the game, he was a good guide. I had a lot of good coaching. I had Jeff Snow in Perth, Bill Bowker in Smiths Falls and Chris Droeske in Kemptville. Having people like that is a big help.” Hopewell said one of the biggest challenges he faced throughout the season was finding the back of the net on a regular basis. Off the ice, he said he found it difficult to stay focused on his books during his first year in North Bay. “There’s definitely an adjustment period involved,” he said. “The first year was tough, trying to get a scholarship. I was out of school for three years. The second year has been a lot better. It’s been routine, get up go to class, go to practice. I got an 80 per cent average this year.” Hopewell is currently studying criminal justice and hopes to become eventually go to law school and become a lawyer. Smiths Falls Bear alum Sam Hopewell is settling in nicely in North Bay. Hopewell helped the Nippising Lakers finish the season with a record of 17-8-3.


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the Ontario farming community that has resonated throughout Canada for years. This play is a collection of stories that are full of humour and sorrow, marriage and death, and everlasting optimism. This will be a wonderful show for all members of the family young and old. The Farm Show will be presented on March 31 to April 2 at 8 p.m., and on April 3, at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call Kym at 613-269-3424.

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Pitch In Smiths Falls organizers are anxious to hear from residents willing to participate in the annual cleanup event. It is set to run from April 18 to May 1, but lead time is needed to match individuals, groups, schools and businesses to as many public locations as possible. Pitch In Smiths Falls is organized annually by the Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL). Volunteers are asked to collect litter from their designated site at a time convenient to them during the two week period, and report back how much garbage they collected. “We especially appreciate hearing from community members new to Pitch In. Participants find this to be a real ‘feel good’ activity and the impact of the cleanup is clearly visible throughout town,” commented organizer, Brenda King. You can tell an organizer the location you would like to clean up, or ask to be assigned a spot that needs your help. Registered volunteers will be asked to pick up their Pitch In supplies at the REAL Deal Store at 85 William St. W. sometime between April 7 to 9, or April 14 to 16, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Details are also available on the group’s website: Pitch In Smiths Falls is supported locally by Tim Hortons and Rideau Home Hardware. Last year, 1,397 Smiths Falls residents participated, and collected 230 bags of trash and recyclables. Over 3.5 million Canadian participate in communities across the country. Anyone interested in volunteering for the community cleanup, can contact King at 283-4416, or, or call Cathryn Davidson at 283-9819 or Responses are needed by April 3.

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Salvation Army who are currently providing immediate aid and relief. Long term reconstruction is also going to be an expensive process that will require international assistance. Rotary International through the Rotary Foundation has set up a fund called the Japan and Pacific Islands Disaster Recovery Fund. This fund will be used to support long-term recovery projects which will be organized by Rotarians around the world and in Japan. The Rotary Club of Smiths Falls has approved a donation of $1,000 to this fund. Without the support we receive from our community on various fundraising projects, we would not have been in a position to help. For that we thank each and everyone who has supported the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls. For those that would like to help Rotary in assisting Japan’s future recovery, donations can be made online at or you can contact any member of the Smiths Falls Rotary Club. Cheques can be made payable to Rotary International Japan Disaster Relief and mailed to: 45 Main St. W., Smiths Falls, K7A1M7 c/o Roger Cooke, or toll free at 1-866-976-8279 for credit card donations.

Theatre Night in Merrickville will present The Farm Show, a collective creation by Theatre Passe Muraille, from Thursday, March 31, to Sunday, April 3, at the Merrickville Community Centre. The Farm Show had its inception when a group of Toronto actors travelled to the town of Clinton, Ont. They lived and worked with the farmers and learned their stories. From this experience, they wove together a poignant, moving and funny narrative about


Rotary Clubs all over the world are structured into various zones. Zone 1 just happens to be in the northern part of Japan and covers the area hardest hit by the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant catastrophe. And you can make a difference through the Smiths Falls club. There are 855 clubs with over 29,000 members in this zone. Total Rotary membership in all of Japan is over 100,000 and each and every one of these Rotarians have been, and will continue to be, impacted as the disaster continues to unfold. There are literally dozens of clubs in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture. Many of the pictures and videos we have all seen are coming from these hard hit areas. It is possible that a club’s entire membership may find themselves homeless, or, and we say this with great sadness, many of their members may be missing or perhaps confirmed dead as a result of the tsunami. Who knows what the long-term impact of the radiation leaking from the nuclear power plant will be. Rotary International President-nominee Sakuji Tanaka is a member of the Rotary Club of Kashio Saitama, which is situated slightly north-west of Tokyo. Two current members of the RI board of directors are also members of Japanese clubs. Part of the Rotary family has been dealt a severe blow and as a result every other Rotarian in the world is looking at ways to help the people of Japan. Our club would encourage all Canadians to donate to organizations such as the Red Cross or the

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ORGANIZATION Perth Rotary Club Smiths Falls Civitan Club Lanark & District Civitan Club Perth Civitan Club Barker Willson Barrister & Solicitors Loyal Orange Lodge 512 Montague Queensway West Community Association 1st Glen Tay Pathfinders Carleton Place & District Civitan Montague Ratepayer’s Association Pakenham District Civitan Almonte Civitan Eaton Electrical The Reusers Almonte Bicycle Club Rotary Club of Carleton Place & Mississippi Mills St. Paul’s Anglican Church Scotiabank (Perth) Leatherworks Catering Asbury Free Methodist Church

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Are you concerned about litter and keeping the local road system clean and attractive? If so we invite you to Adopt-A-Roadway. Any interested groups, organizations, and service clubs who volunteer to pick up litter at least twice per year along an adopted section of a county road will be recognized by a road sign acknowledging their efforts. This public service program is for volunteers who want to enhance the local litter collection along with the Lanark County Public Works Department. An adult representative of each participating group must attend a short safety training session to ensure the program is carried out safely and properly. • The minimum age of participants is twelve years old and parental consent will be required for all volunteers under age 18. • The County will supply participating groups with safety vests, garbage bags, road signage, and written instructions for each participant. Adopt-A-Roadway application packages are available at the County Engineering Building at 99 Christie Lake Road, in Perth. Please contact Sharon Roberts, Customer Service Representative at the Public Works Department at 267-1353 or Toll Free 1-888-9-LANARK, extension 3113 or email:, if you have any questions or require more information regarding this program.


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The Smiths Falls and District Arts and Culture Council recently bolstered its future membership, with the addition of Zoe Ashby. Ashby brings with her a wealth of experience, from her position as creative director for the Council for the Arts in Ottawa (CAO), a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and developing an appreciation for the arts in the Ottawa region. Ashby moved to Smiths Falls last summer, and is excited to help promote the arts, and artists, in the area. Ashby has been working for the CAO for more than 10 years. She said she was fascinated by the buildings in the town when she came for a visit. Ashby said Smiths Falls offers artists the opportunity to have a place to live and have available studio space, and because it has the train, it is possible to commute into Ottawa. “I’m talking the town up all the time when I’m in Ottawa,” she said. “Lots of artists would love to have the space offered.”

She said the arts could play a major role in helping revitalize the town. “Looking at arts and culture as a way to revitalize a town is very interesting,” she said. “The trick is to encourage artists to settle and help contribute to a neighbourhood or community.” Ashby said her primary goals include finding support for local artists and getting a wide range of people out in the community volunteering. “Initially, it’s like putting together pieces of a puzzle,” she said. “I think that being able to build any organization, be it a business or not-for-profit, comes from support, membership, that’s what makes it easier. There are a lot of people that are bursting with ideas, and if those ideas are doable, how can the arts council move those things forward? You want to see things happen. You want to see re-vitalization.” The SFDACC is currently accepting applications for future council members. Anyone living in Smiths Falls and the surrounding district with an interest in the arts is encouraged to apply. Applications can be dropped off at the Economic Development Department at Town Hall at 77 Beckwith St. N.





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Peacefully at the Broadview Nursing Home on Sunday March 20, 2011. Verna Phillis Ring, age 81 years. Beloved wife of the late Alfred Martin Jr. Loving mother of Faye, Julie (Stephen) Bowles, Helen, James, Marie (Steve) Melvin, Ken (Barb), Ruth (Ray) Ringer, Tony (Rose), Shirley (Tony) Guertin and predeceased by son Joseph. Cherished grandmother of Michelle (Stehanie), Timothy, Sam, Adam, Christy, Tiffany, Justin, Nicholas and Heidi. Great grandmother of Zoie, Ceana, Isabel, Xavier and Izaiah. Dear sister of Art Ring, Lawrence Ring, Danny Ring and Marlene Carrier. Predeceased by Brothers Allen, Gary, and sister Carmel.

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Family and Friends called at Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls on Tuesday March 22, 2011 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Funeral Service was held in the chapel on Wednesday March 23, 2011 at 2 PM.Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. Donations in memory of Verna to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Online condolences available at

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- The Smiths Falls Soccer Clubs organizing committee is looking for coaches for various youth teams, ages seven to 13. Early applicants will qualify for expert coaching instruction. To apply, email:, or by mail, or drop by the club’s office located at 94 Beckwith St., second floor, Box 117, Smiths Falls, K7A4T1. FRIDAY, APRIL 1 - Mardi Tindal, the head of the United Church, will be visiting Smiths Falls in a town hall meeting at Trinity United Church at 7 p.m. The visit is focused on environmental concerns and the care of creation.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5 - The Smiths Falls Knitting and Crochet Club, Knitting for Charities, will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Smiths Falls Seniors Activity Building. For information, contact Bonita at 613-283-1174. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 - St. Thomas Anglican Church will host a fundraising pancake breakfast, from 8 a.m. to noon, at St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall There will be pancakes with pure maple syrup, sausages, orange juice, and coffee served to your table. Cost is $7 for adults, and $3

- The Smiths Falls Toastmasters Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Café (7 Russell St. W.) for its regularly scheduled meeting. All welcome to attend. THURSDAY, APRIL 7 - The Montague and District

Seniors’ Forget-Me-Not Club (658 Rosedale Rd S.) will host Crokinole starting at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $2 and there will be a light lunch. For more information, contact 613-283-8482 or 613283-6965. SATURDAY, APRIL 9 - St. Thomas Anglican Church will host a fundraising pancake breakfast, from 8 a.m. to noon, at St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall There will be pancakes with pure maple syrup, sausages, orange juice, and coffee served to your table. Cost is $7 for adults, and $3 for children aged 12 and under. - A multi-family indoor garage sale will take place at Calvary Christian Academy (Highway 15, Franktown) from 7:30 a.m. to noon. There will also be baking, snacks and and a barbecue. Proceeds go towards raising funds for the academy. - The Home Consultants Fair and Silent Auction will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., at Centennial Hall, in Franktown. There will be desserts, coffee and tea. For more information, contact 613-283-3789.

p.m. at the Smiths Falls Seniors Activity Building. For more information, contact Bonita at 613283-1174. - The Merrickville Soccer Club will be holding its 2011 registrations for players, aged three to 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. To print the registration form, or for more information, visit www.mer- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 - The Smiths Falls Toastmasters Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Café (7 Russell St. W.) for its regularly scheduled meeting. All are welcome to attend. 457963


for children aged 12 and under. - St. John’s Anglican Church (110 Ferguson Falls Rd.) will host a fundraising pancake breakfast, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The menu includes juice, coffee, tea, baked beans, pancakes with real maple syrup, bacon and sausages. The cost is $6 for adults, or $20 per family. Kids aged four and under eat free. - The Newboro United Church will host its third annual Silver Spring Tea, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Newboro Community Hall, located at County Road 42 and Carleton Street. A free will offering will be collected to help the church upgrade its washrooms to make them handicap accessible.

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Workplace response to abuse SARAH BINGHAM Lanark County Interval House

Just whose responsibility is it to address the complex issue of woman abuse? It certainly is not, as some people mistakenly believe, a private family matter to stay hidden behind closed doors. It is internationally acknowledged to be a societal problem that needs a societal response. But what does that mean in the real world of everyday living? In Ontario, it means that we have legislation to govern how employers shoulder their share of the responsibility to end violence against women and children. The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to prevent and respond to domestic violence in the workplace. In particular, Bill 168 states that all employers in Ontario have to create, post, and review a written policy on workplace violence every year. Additionally, the March 2010 Ministry of Labour Heath and Safety Guidelines Workplace Violence and Harassment: Understanding the Law states, “Domestic violence is considered workplace violence” in situations where there is a threat to or attempt to harm the person at work. Abusers often make numerous threatening phone calls, emails, texts

or visits to their victim at work. They also often threaten to show up at the woman’s work and cause her to lose her job and with it any financial independence she may have had. For all employers developing and reviewing their policies on domestic violence, there are some key guidelines to follow. Workplace policies should cover; recognizing and assessing signs of risk, reporting requirements, consulting the worker at risk, and measures and procedures to develop precautions. Ultimately the employer, co-workers, management, HR personnel and others need to work from a perspective of offering safety and support to any employee who may be the target of abuse. As noted professor, psychologist and expert on preventing violence against women, Dr. Peter Jaffe says, “We want employers to be caring and asking questions. Not to be prying into an individual’s personal life, but to be able to reach out and be part of a safety plan.” With the combined efforts of friends, family, advocates, community groups and the workplace, woman abuse can be recognized, responded to and referrals to the right resources can be made. Women, children, and the community as a whole will be safer and

healthier when all parts of our society respond to the crisis. The archaic attitude that abuse in the home is not the concern of the workplace is not only irresponsible and immoral, now it is also illegal. For all employers and concerned employees, extensive information on how to create and implement a workplace policy on preventing and responding to domestic violence can be found at This comprehensive site also identifies the signs of abuse and getting to know the appropriate resources in the area. Employers are also encouraged to contact Lanark County Interval House for free training on how to respond to abuse. LCIH Lanark County Interval House provides extensive support for children, youth and women who experience abuse and can refer men to the appropriate resources. All the services are free and confidential and you do not need to be a resident of the shelter to access the services. LCIH also provides shelter and support for women and their children who have experienced physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse. Call 613-257-5960 or 1-800-267-7946 24 hours a day for any of our services.

Federal election From front page He has served as Opposition Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs and Official Languages. He also played a pivotal role in the creation of the new Conservative Party of Canada. Following the 2006 election, he was named Conservative Party Deputy House Leader. He currently lives in Carleton Place. Jennifer Wheeler – Green Jennifer Wheeler is the Green Party candidate for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Wheeler grew up in Lanark Highlands and studied naturopathic medicine through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston. Wheeler is a licensed naturopathic doctor and has practices in both Perth and Kingston. David Remington – Liberal The Liberal Party of Canada has to put their faith into David Remington for another shot at the Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington riding. In the 2008 federal election, Remington received 21.8 per cent of the vote, taking second place to Conservative MP Scott Reid, who had about 55.8 per cent. Remington began working in municipal politics at the age of 25, when he was elected to town council. Since then he has also served as deputy mayor and mayor for the Town of Napanee. New Democratic Party Doug Smyth is up for the candidacy the New Democratic Party for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. A nomination meeting is scheduled to take place in Sharbot Lake on April 3.

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$226,000 - 175 Old Kingston Rd., Rideau Ferry Area - Are you looking for a lovely treed setting on a paved road, not too far off the beaten track & yet close to lakes & the shopping conveniences in either Perth or Smiths Falls, here’s your home! - Gorgeous home dotted with mature trees, great gentle slope to the rear of the one acre lot provides for the bright lower level walkout family room area - open concept main living area featuring ceramic flooring in the eat-in kitchen/dining & laminate flooring & large picture window in the living room - 3 good sized bedrooms & great bathroom on the main level - lower level is totally finished complete with l-shaped walkout family room area, warming woodstove to take chill off on cool evenings, big windows & high ceilings - fourth bedroom will be the envy of your teenager! MLS# 0831828336160400. Sheri 613-812-1215

$315,000 - 1207 Chantry Rd., Midway Lombardy & Portland. Horse or hobby farm! Picturesque location in the heart of lake country & close to the hamlet of chantry-70 acres of mostly good pasture & hay fields, fenced, 8-10 acres of mixed bush, year round stream runs through property-very nice, well kept 3 bedroom farmhouse with spacious bright rooms & gleaming wood floors on both levels-exposed beams in living room, laundry located on main level, modernized kitchen-2 full baths, both updated- 3 season porch & patio door in dining room lead to covered front deck-attached single garage plus storage area with interior entrance into mudroom leading to kitchen-oil furnace & outside wood furnace heat the house & workshop-main barn has 5 horse stalls & upper hay mow, hay storage building, driveshed, chicken coop. MLS# 083183104602200. Sheri 613-812-1215




$292,000 - 2498 Drummond Conc. 10A, Balderson. Great 65 acre hobby farm with mostly tillable land in super location-older 3 bedroom home in good condition-maple & pine floors, spacious foyer & curving staircase, bright living & dining rooms, newer woodstove on ceramic tile hearth, efficient kitchen with back door entrance in from summer kitchen-3 good sized bedrooms & 4 piece bath on 2nd level-3 season sunporch on both levels off front door & upper level from bathroom-original wide trim & baseboards still intact-upgrades in past few years include plumbing, wiring (100 amp breaker panel), gravel & laundry hookups in basement, new oil tank, pressure tank & hot water tank, shingles approx. 7 years old - 5 acre maple bush, 9 good fields, beautiful grounds, gardens & property! Barn 40x56 + 20x20 + 28x40 + milk house 17x17, det. dble garage. MLS# 091991902014600. Sheri 613-812-1215

$258,900 - 394 KENYON RD. - What a lovely setting, sits up on a little knoll with beautiful 6.84 acre grounds & wooded area surrounding it - excellent access on paved road only 10 minutes to downtown Perth - this 1536 square foot log bungalow has seen many updates & renovations completed in the past few years - very bright & cheery interior with the log walls exposed - new flooring throughout most of both levels - beautiful fieldstone fireplace with pine mantle highlights the spacious living room - country sized eat-in kitchen has loads of counter & cupboard space & has a new counter top & built-in dishwasher - main level laundry, 2 bedrooms & 4 piece bath finish off the main level - lower level is almost finished including family room with exterior access, bedroom & recreation room (could be 4th bedroom) - 24x24 detached garage MLS# 091191101021304. Sheri 613-812-1215

$198,000 - 668 Brooke Valley Rd. Enjoy the peaceful countryside of this lovely wooded, atrisan/craftsperson oriented community located only minutes west of perth known as brooke valley - the tree lined driveway allows for maximum privacy for this gem of a country home - approximately 8 years ago, this cedar board & batten, 2 bedroom home was designed & constructed by local craftspeople emphasising use of natural light & materials and the open space giving it a feel of warmth & comfort - the efficient woodstove on tiled hearth, tongue & groove pine ceilings & pine floors accentuate the open living/dining & kitchen area of the main level - access the 3 season screened room to enjoy maximum outside time - a spacious 4 piece bath with washer & dryer hookups is conveniently located next to the mud room/rear foyer - the upper level has 2 beautifully sized bedroooms each with large closet space - full basement gas exterior access & is perfect for hobbies or finished for additional living space - taxes to be assessed. MLS# 091191602000604. Sheri 613-812-1215



WATERFRONT $295,000 - 825 Black Lake North Shore Rd. Very private location on north shore of black lake-modern 3 bedroom cottage features spacious open concept kitchen, dining & living room area with durable flooring, finishing, vaulted ceiling & woodstove to take off the early morning or late night chill-windowed front room faces the lake providing a lovely south facing view-gorgeous half acre lot dotted with towering pines & hardwoods, 125 feet of weed-free rocky shoreline, nice gradual entry to good depth off either of 2 docks-enjoy the scenery on the attached deck, the water`s edge deck or swim out to the swim raft-driveway is paved & there is lots of room for guest parking-most furnishings & appliances included-3 good storage sheds-septic system installed 1991-excellent year round road access-15 minutes to Perth or Westport. MLS# 091191102059400. Sheri 613-812-1215

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

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

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

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


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