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Repairs to the public works building’s roof will be deferred, and updates to the town’s website and renovations to the town hall clock tower were added to the 2016 budget, which will come in with a one per cent tax increase. Lang Britchford, the town’s treasurer, informed a special meeting of town council’s committee of the whole on Friday, Jan. 29, that the clock tower renovations will cost

$50,000 and the website overhaul will be $49,000, with $15,000 being drawn from capital reserves. Mayor John Fenik decried the town’s web site as looking “tired and out of date and it needs to be brought up to date…it can’t wait another year,” he said. Staff had recommended that the clock tower and the web site be deferred until 2017 at least, but council voted to move them up to this year. “Our (web site) looks second rate,” continued Fenik, who pointed to the See BUDGET page P12

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It’s been years in the making, but Lanark County’s forest conservation bylaw is one step closer to ensuring protection of the natural environment. Facilities co-ordinator Jonathan Allen presented a report by the county’s director of public works, Terry McCann, on the latest revised draft of the bylaw at the Jan. 27 economic development committee meeting in Perth. He also asked for input on scheduling a Public Information Centre (PIC) and using the county website for public review. This new bylaw will replace an

older one and was a task given to staff by county council back on Jan. 25, 2012. Since that time, the Ministry of Natural Resources’ (MNR) Tree Conservation Template was taken into account and a basic bylaw was created. In order to make it easier to understand, on March 25, 2015 the county’s economic development committee asked the Community Forest Working Group to take a crack at it. Using a template of good forestry practices from MNR’s Provincial Forest Conservation Bylaw Committee, the latest draft was formed. “The template has been used by several municipalities to develop good forestry practices bylaws that are

tailored to suit local conditions,” McCann stated in his report. Allen went through the major changes in the latest draft, noting the “big thing is, the intent is to clearly state what this bylaw is for. It’s to promote good forestry practices, but not tie the hands of the property owner and to avoid clear cutting.” “To avoid clear cutting where it isn’t best forestry management practices?” questioned Coun. Richard Kidd. “Because in some situations, we’ve heard that it can be.” Allen said that in a few instances, clear cutting can be a good method, but that this bylaw is to prevent peo-

New Alzheimer support programs on offer in Portland You don’t have to go it alone. The Alzheimer Society Lanark Leeds Grenville is now offering support group sessions at The Country Roads Community Health Centre, 4319 Cove Road in Portland. “It is your chance to meet people with similar experiences,” according to Alzheimer Society education and support co-ordinator Sean McFadden. “A Caregiver Support Group is offered the third Friday of each month, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Country Roads. The program is designed to give caregivers the tools, support and knowledge to care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The program is of benefit to spouses, children and loved ones. “The sessions also allow participants to share best practices and gain emotional support. Looking af-

ter someone with dementia can be a 24-hour-a-day job. “Our support groups are designed to help participants cope better and feel less isolated as they make connections with others facing similar challenges.” Our participants usually gain a sense of empowerment and control, McFadden said. Country Roads Community Health Centre is also host to the “Just For You” program. McFadden notes that the Alzheimer Society has designed this program as a social/supportive group for persons who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The programs run simultaneously; the “Just For You” program also takes place the third Friday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. We run both sessions at the same time to allow Caregiver’s some respite time to get confidential

support and to allow persons with dementia to get some quality social time with others. The two meeting rooms are right beside each other so this provides less anxiety for all involved. “We are so excited to be bringing these programs to the Portland area,” according to Louise Noble, executive director of The Alzheimer Society Lanark Leeds Grenville. Noble notes that The Society is committed to providing outreach to all of our communities. She says there is no charge for these programs. If you know someone who could benefit from support, or you would like more information on our support programs please contact us toll free at 1-866-576-8556. “We are here to help you navigate the Alzheimer journey.” Submitted by The Alzheimer Society Lanark Leeds Grenville

Last year’s Toy & Collectible Show & Sale saw hundreds of visitors from Lanark County and beyond. Co-ordinated by United Way Lanark County, be sure to attend this year’s show on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Almonte Civitan Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door, $10 for early entrance at 8 a.m., and children under 12 are free. Submitted photo

ple from coming into an area and clear cutting the entire forest. “There will be no permit system, but a reporting system where people can report on those who are clear cutting,” he explained. Coun. Louis Antonakos asked how the document defines clear cutting. “Is it a percentage of land? How do you determine that?” he said. “Anything over two hectares is considered clear cutting but anything under, the owner is allowed,” Allen answered. “You’ll find that in a lot of the bylaws across the province.” Allen said that most Lanark County residents understand good forest management practices and that “a lot of the time, people from out of province come in, get what they want and leave.” “Developers don’t really understand clear cutting,” Coun. Jerry Flynn stated. Enforcement of the current bylaw is handled by the county’s forester and Allen as the facilities co-

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Lanark County supports Maple Weekend with $4,000 boost Ashley Kulp

Lanark County council has made the decision to provide $4,000 in funding to the upcoming Maple Weekend event. Held for the first time last year, the initiative brings together maple syrup producers across the county, who open their doors for tours and entertainment. It is held on the first weekend of April. File photo

and manufacturers.” White indicated that multiple sectors benefit, noting that maple syrup producers were able to bring in $200,000 in revenue to the region with Maple Weekend last year. “It’s the only weekend that takes place in multiple locations, countywide,” she continued. Approximately 15 sites across Lanark County participate in the weekend and outside vendors and other entertainment is also featured. Each producer puts in $100 to be a

part of it. The funding request received mixed reviews around the council table. “I’m not opposed to this, but why is this different from the Perth Garlic Festival or some other food festival in Lanark County?” questioned Coun. Bill Dobson. “Bill’s question is the same question I had last year,” added Coun. Richard Kidd. “Why are we supporting this and not other sectors? I thought last year was a one-time grant and now you’re back again.”

Coun. Jane Torrance pointed out that Lanark County provided no funding to Maple Weekend last year. “Well, that was a good decision,” Kidd remarked. “…I’ll support it this year, but not next year.” Torrance stressed that the initiative is an important one in “building on the brand.” “Our brand is maple syrup and thinking about that branding as tourism,” she said. Another supporter was Coun. Louis Antonakos, who said the branding


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Hailed as the maple syrup capital of Ontario, Lanark County is known for the sweet elixir, but county council’s decision to support the second annual Maple Weekend celebration didn’t flow as smoothly as sap from the tree. The county’s economic development committee endorsed providing $4,000 in funding to the event after Lanark County tourism manager Marie White made the recommendation during its Jan. 27 meeting. The initiative held during the first weekend of April (April 2-3), which brings together many of the close to 75 maple syrup producers in the county, celebrates the spring tradition with a variety of events in locations across the area. Visitors can sample pancakes and maple confections, tour the sugar bushes and see how the products are made. “The reasons why staff is putting this recommendation forward is because the event builds on the Lanark County brand as the maple syrup capital of Ontario and it further establishes Lanark County as a food or culinary destination,” she explained. “The event has happened (last year) and it fostered positive partnerships between the tourism organizations, food producers, restaurants, retailers

has made an impression with him. “When we travel to all of these various conferences and see other municipalities and counties with their displays, over the past few years I’ve seen a shift in Lanark County, whether it’s maple or the garlic festival, all of these things are starting to take hold…it looks good,” Antonakos commented. Dobson said he understood the validity of the event, but “how is it different from the Harvest Festival or say, Race the Runway, which is a big tourism thing, what if they came here and said they would like $4,000? That’s where I’m coming from.” Warden Gail Code was also in favour of providing the funding but wanted to know where it would be directed. “Advertising and promotion,” White answered. “…In my previous experience, it’s important to advertise when maple season is.” Last year, the event went forward with funding from Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation, the Lanark and District Maple Syrup Producers Association and the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association. The county was first approached for funding in the amount of $7,500 in November 2013. The issue will now head to the Feb. 10 county council meeting for formal approval.

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The Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association (OGRA/ROMA) conference is always an opportunity for municipalities to hobnob with provincial leaders and the 2016 edition will be no different. Ottawa city councillor Eli El-Chantiry, who is the zone 8 representative on the ROMA board of directors (which includes Lanark County), appeared as a delegation during Lanark County’s economic development committee meeting Jan. 27 in Perth. El-Chantiry also serves as vice-chair of the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards. He anticipated two major issues which will be making waves at the annual conference, which is set to take place Feb. 21-24 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. The first is the issue of a new ombudsman for the province to replace former ombudsman André Marin, whose term ended in September 2015. “The terms of reference have not been set yet,” El-Chantiry said, indicating there’s an opportunity for municipalities to have input. “The previous ombudsman was almost on a crash course all the time. He was very controversial. The province will introduce someone who will hopefully work with us beforehand.” The other topic he feels will be a hot one is the issue of misunderstandings between closed (in-camera) and open meeting sessions. “My advice for you is to stay away from closed sessions as much as possible, but I know you have to do it sometimes…” he stated. El-Chantiry advised

county councillors to attend as many meetings as they could and if they were unable, to send questions to him and he would try to get answers. One area he hopes to get some is in the expansion of natural gas to rural areas. He has a particular interest with much of his West Carleton-March ward being rural. Enbridge representatives are expected at OGRA/ROMA. “This is a problem for us…some of you, I’m sure would like to have natural gas,” he said. Other items expected to come up at the conference include the issue of grant funding from the province (“If you aren’t shovel ready, they aren’t going to invest with you,” El-Chantiry said), and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) costs. This is an issue affecting most municipalities across the province and he said it’s time they did something about it. The billing system is the root of the problem, he said. “Eighty-three to 85 per cent of our total budget goes to salary and benefits (for police),” he said. “That leaves only 16 per cent to find savings from.” There are 324 municipalities in Ontario policed by the OPP “and 208 don’t have a board. They don’t have a voice,” El-Chantiry stated. In reference to the costing model, he said the only way to make a change is to present a united front. “(The OAPSB) told them to back and review the billing system and maybe phase it in. But this is a problem and we need to talk about it. Yes, we can talk about it amongst ourselves, but we need to be united,” he commented. County council was pleased to see El-Chantiry

at the meeting and thanked him for his efforts on their behalf. “I thank you for being our representative, Eli…you understand the culture here (Lanark County) very well,” Coun. Richard Kidd noted. “… We’re very lucky to have someone like you who comes from a rural part of Ottawa and represents your understanding of Lanark County issues.” “I’m actually closer to the border of Carleton Place and Almonte than I am to downtown Ottawa. Let’s just put that on the record,” El-Chantiry joked.

“On behalf of county council, I think you’re doing a fabulous job as our ROMA representative. You definitely have a passion there,” added warden Gail Code. He urged the municipal leaders to make their presence known at ROMA/ OGRA. “It’s good for your municipalities to be there, to be present. As you know, most of the administrators of municipalities are going to be there and the (provincial) government, so it’s a great opportunity to talk to somebody,” ElChantiry concluded.

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Participants from last year’s Listen Up! youth theatre project (including, left to right, Tara Kreissler, Kaley McQuillan, and Kai Archer) challenged audiences to listen to the serious challenges they face in their daily lives. This year’s project, scheduled to tour Lanark County as well as Ottawa, is looking for participants aged 13-20 to take part in crafting a new play.

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New youth theatre project seeks young performers from across Lanark County In an exciting theatre project that will employ the talents of young people in Lanark County, Burning Passions Theatre (the parent company of the Classic Theatre Festival), will soon be holding auditions for Listen Up, Lanark County!, a play that will be devised and written by and about the challenges faced by young people in a rural setting. Working with the festival’s artistic producer, Laurel Smith, youth aged 14-25 will have a chance to discuss issues ranging from age discrimination, self-harm, and abuse, to poverty and addictions in a safe setting, developing themes and stories that will then become a play that will be performed county-wide and at a national gathering of youth centres in Ottawa later this spring. Listen Up, Lanark County! builds upon the success of a pilot project launched in 2015, Listen Up, Perth!, which played locally and also in Ottawa to great acclaim, both for the honesty of its presentation and the provocative discussion that followed each performance. This year’s project will tour all Lanark County municipalities this spring and also head to Ottawa once more. “In a climate of social silence regarding challenges and obstacles facing young people, providing a platform for honest and open discussion of critical issues that otherwise are easily ignored is a major first step in putting the issue onto the public agenda, with the chance for further discussion about solutions,” says Smith, who has plenty of experience working

with young people in an artistic setting, from a series of youth troupes that toured the Greater Toronto Area as No City Limits, to the festival’s annual Perth through the Ages historic theatrical walking tour, in which young Perth performers train and perform in a summer-long production that draws hundreds of visitors who learned about town history through an entertaining, accessible play. “Too often, the problems faced by young people are viewed as individual issues as opposed to broader social concerns affecting the majority of the age group: recognition of this broader issue will assist all of us as adults in the community to become more empathetic towards and dedicated to youth-positive policies and programs,” explains Smith, who believes post-play discussions with adult audience members will again provide an important wake-up call and an opportunity for cross-generational dialogue. “It’s no secret that youth across this country and here in Lanark County face high rates of anxiety, depression, loneliness, despair, and long waiting lists for services that are underfunded and not prioritized,” Smith says. “We see the voices of teenagers as a challenge, a call for us to use our skills as theatre artists to create a safe space for those who are marginalized and vulnerable to come forward, to shine, and to inspire the kind of community change that will help them as well as the next generation of young

people growing up in this area. Ultimately, young people are looking for ways to connect and relate, and we know that theatre is a powerful tool to allow them to do that.” Social statistics in Perth and Lanark County do not present the shiniest of pictures for young people. Indeed, a report from 2013 found that in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties, young people aged 15-19 reporting “quite a lot of stress” in their lives numbered 10 per cent higher than the provincial average. Depression, youth unemployment, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, pressure from school and family life, coupled with a relative lack of resources and programming for young people, combine to present social health indicators that are a wake-up call. Listen Up, Lanark County! is an effort to, in one modest way, address the issues in a manner that is non-judgmental and likely to inspire change. Youth wishing to participate in Listen Up, Lanark County! should send an email to or call 613-2648088 no later than Feb. 8. No previous theatre experience is necessary, but rather a desire to be involved, share stories, and help craft the scenes to be presented. Anyone wishing to contribute to the costs of the project will receive a charitable tax receipt, and can obtain further information by contacting the company at the above email and phone number. Submitted by Burning Passions Theatre Connected to Your Community A/CP/K/P/SF - 6 - Thursday, February 4, 2016


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frew to work.” Now the tears started to run down her cheeks like little rivers. “But you can’t. You are still in school!” I said. It was Father who brought the whole issue to a head. And as I listened I knew it wasn’t only for my benefit. He was trying to make sense of what was happening. There just was no money. It was as simple as that. It was the dead of winter, and there were no vegetables to sell, the egg-laying had slowed down; just enough for our own table. Mother’s blue jug was empty. It had been a bad few months, Father said. There were bills to pay: Briscoe’s General Store, Scott’s Hardware, and a small bill owing at Ritza’s Drug Store. Father went on. I knew it wasn’t for my benefit, but just

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Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association uncertainty prompts county to re-consider funding With the fate of the Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association (RHRTA) currently up in the air, Lanark County is unsure if they will continue to support the organization in the future. The matter was discussed during the Jan. 27 county economic development committee meeting in Perth after tourism manager Marie White put forth a request from the RHRTA that the county maintain its current 2016 funding of $10,000. The uncertainty surrounding the organization is due in part to the recent resignation of longtime executive director Anne Marie Forcier. While the RHRTA was previously close to dissolving, White, who sits on the board, said that a new organizational structure has now been adopted since Forcier’s departure. “There will be no staff, but a smaller board of key funders taking

the lead on projects with opportunities for municipalities to buy in,” she explained. “When they lost Anne Marie Forcier, they lost their right arm and decisions have to be made,” Coun. Aubrey Churchill pointed out. White estimates she currently spends three hours a week on RHRTA business since September, which she expects will continue until its Annual General Meeting in March. At first, Coun. Richard Kidd moved the monies be left in the budget, but that none be spent until a budget is received from the RHRTA. However, county CAO Kurt Greaves said the funds had already been forwarded to the RHRTA and were no longer in the county’s hands. “Why are we even having this discussion, then?” asked Coun. Keith Kerr. “I make a motion we no longer support it (RHRTA), Kidd added. “…and no more staff time be given. R0013647863_0114

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ing with the money,” he stressed. “I’m not voting in favour of the motion.” Kidd opted to withdraw the motion, but said he was concerned with the county receiving a letter asking for the funds to be kept for the RHRTA, “but they didn’t even know that they already had them. That’s a problem.” “I would ask that Kurt and the fi-

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tain Scott and his men were on in 1912 is the same journey we all are on ultimately. And the legacy each of us leaves behind is just as significant in the end as well. “A life lived is a life to be celebrated no matter what,” though it may be hard for us to accept this at certain times along the way. But it must be so if there is a “true religion” to be found anywhere. Anything less is just plain prejudice no matter how it appears to be justified. In the end, we all travel along on the same course even if our roads are not the same, nor our modes of trans-

portation. But we make the trip nonetheless and where we end up is far more important than how we get there. Its worth and value are immeasurable and its meaning is truly not known. But it can be felt if we choose to feel just as we can live if we choose to live. “Had we lived we might have known” is what many may find themselves saying at the end because they were too busy with “stuff ” to actually take the time to live their lives. Captain Scott was well aware that he and his companion’s time had run out. He knew too, that in the time that they did have, they had seized the moment and lived life to the maximum. He could have also wrote, “Indeed we lived and we lived it well,” just as it is with all of us. If only we would.

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960002 ......30 CHURCHILL CRES .................104,900 980495 ......30 RIDEAU AVE ..........................105,900 978705 ......3 WINNIFRED ST........................139,900 974991 ......40 THOMAS ST ..........................147,500 983417 ......132 Brockville St. ......................147,900 975609 ......22 GLEN AV................................159,000 980735 ......93 QUEEN ST .............................174,500 982015 ......8 GLADSTONE............................179,000 982268 ......24 MCEWEN ..............................195,000 980114 ......264 PERCY ST ...........................249,000

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126 Code Rd $299,000 – MLS®980812 Regan Lee

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983773 ......133 Lake Lane(water access) .....69,900 969188 ......364 BLAID POOLE FARM LAN....399,000 945523 ......5 O7A RD ...................................564,900 969818 ......21 RIDEAU FERRY RD ................569,900 974092 ......360 SUNSET DR ........................699,900 964382 ......36 R14 RD .................................999,900

975979 ................ 0 BRITON-HOUGHTON BAY RD 976938 ................ 106 CASSELLVILLE LANE 975980 ................ 00 BRITON-HOUGHTON BAY RD 965812 ................ 0 BAKERS RD 975014 ................ 0 BAY RD RD 974545 ................ 10651 Brooks Rd 974615 ................ 2248 BUSH RD



19,900 ..........LOT 25,000 ..........LOT 29,000 ..........LOT 29,900 ..........LOT 34,000 ..........LOT 49,900 ..........LOT 199,000 ........ACREAGE


963073 ........30 MCCANN ST ..............................119,900 980757 ........175 CHAMBERS .............................109,000 967857 ........130 ELMSLEY N ST ........................179,900 980654 ........12-14 QUEEN ST ............................224,900 961690 ........65 CHAMBERS ST ..........................549,900



36 R 14 $999,000 – MLS®964382 Evelyn Lee

554 Weedmark Rd $139,000 – MLS®948405 Evelyn Lee


977259 ...................62 COUNTY RD .............................120,900 948405 ...................554 WEEDMARK RD .....................139,000 977281 ...................841 HIGHWAY 511 HY ..................149,900 966884 ...................3843 43 HIGHWAY HY ..................159,900 981180 ...................1104 COUNTY RD 16 ....................159,900 959684 ...................275 BAY RD ..................................194,900 963376 ...................4188 43 HY...................................219,900 980044 ...................45 Lake Eloida Rd ........................249,900 966954 ...................8 DRUMMOND ST.........................273,800 980812 ...................126 CODE DR ...............................299,000 979673 ...................124 Meadow Lane .......................299,900 980031 ...................2777 Rosedale Rd........................319,000 899885 ...................35 WILLS RD.................................359,000


980615 ................ 80 Little Bridge St #B 980623 ................ 83 Little Bridge St. #12 980370 ................ 80 Little Bridge St. 980620 ................ 83 Little Bridge St. #104 980617 ................ 83 Little Bridge St. #102 979135 ................ 180 Lombard St. 980622 ................ 83 Little Bridge St. #$10 976398 ................ 21-23 Beckwith St. North


12/SF .............OFFICE 13/SF .............OFFICE 12/SF .............OFFICE 205,000 .........RETAIL 210,000 .........RETAIL 329,000 .........LAND 375,000 .........RETAIL 424,900 .........RETAIL

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Carleton Place’s Sister Cities among those bearing brunt of winter Reflections BY JEFF MAGUIRE

monoxide fumes. Their home lost power and a relative set up a gas generator inside their garage. A door left open to vent fumes somehow closed and the house filled with deadly CO. Coastal communities from southern New England to North Carolina

experienced flooding due to high tides and waves caused by the blizzard. The storm wasn’t finished yet! The powerful system moved across the Atlantic and remnants of the blizzard delivered a blow to Ireland and areas of the United Kingdom on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Islands battered In the Republic of Ireland wind gusts as high as 110 kilometres per hour (kph) struck nine counties affecting the island nation’s two largest centres Dublin and Cork. Galway, See MAGUIRE page 21

said simply, “Historical snow storm. Please be patient, it will take a while for clean-up, especially small streets.” Huge accumulation The heaviest amount recorded was in Glengary, West Virginia which received a staggering 106.7 cm. I can’t recall that much snow in one storm in my life. Not even during the infamous winter of 1970-71 when Ottawa daily newspapers published certificates for their readers celebrating the fact they had survived that record-setting season. An incredible 444.1 cm of the white stuff buried our nation’s capital and surrounding region during that unforgettable winter. Jan. 22 and 23 some US communities received a quarter of that amount in less than 48 hours! Perhaps most amazing of all is that places south of the Mason-Dixon Line received a foot or more. Nashville, Tennessee was paralyzed by nine inches (22.9 cm), the biggest snowfall in “Music City” in 13 years. Carleton Place, where we live, is twinned with Franklin, Tennessee a growing suburb of Nashville. I am the current chairman of the Carleton Place Sister City Committee and I’m in regular touch with board members and friends in Franklin. They tell me that before the bulk of the snow fell on Jan. 22 schools and other public buildings in Franklin had been closed for two days due to light snow and freezing rain which turned highways, streets and sidewalks into skating rinks. Then the heavy snow arrived, paralyzing the region. Like all southern US centres Franklin simply doesn’t have the equipment to handle such severe winter weather. I watched and read a lot of news coverage on “the great storm of 2016.” The photograph that really captured it for me was of residents in a neighbourhood in Winchester, Virginia. Armed with shovels they were working together to try and shovel, not their driveways, but their street. With no snow removal equipment available that mammoth task offered their only means of escape. Winchester, population 26,000, received 30 inches (76 cm) with high winds whipping the snow into towering drifts. At one point more than 60 million Americans were under warnings of a blizzard, winter storm or freezing rain as the massive weather system swept from Georgia to Massachusetts. On Jan. 24 the Associated Press reported 28 deaths were attributed to the storm. Among the victims were an elderly couple in Greenville, South Carolina who succumbed to carbon

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There’s still a long way to go but to date the winter of 2015-2016 has been one of the mildest, easiest seasons in recent memory in eastern Ontario. Sure we’ve had snow, freezing rain, high winds and cold temperatures as well at times. But with the exception of a big snowstorm just before the new year, major weather events have been largely absent as of this writing. I may just have jinxed us in the paragraphs above. I realize that! However, even if Mother Nature does decide to unleash her fury and delivers some of what we’re used to in this region of Canada, it’s unlikely to last long. Winter is already half over. This sure beats last winter which began in mid-November and didn’t loosen its icy grip until April. That was a very long and depressing season, except of course for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as skiing, skating and snowshoeing. I used to be among them. But the older I get the less I like winter. That’s mainly because I detest driving in snow and ice. Winter road and sidewalk maintenance isn’t what it once was. Therefore getting behind the wheel or taking a walk outdoors at this time of year can be daunting. I wrote a column in early November about the importance of preparing for winter. In that article I noted that I had just seen people walking downtown wearing flip-flops. Evidently that was a harbinger of what was to come. We had a green Christmas, highlighted by a temperature high of 17C on Christmas Eve. It was almost scary to stand outside Dec. 24 in shirtsleeves. It felt unnatural somehow! We took our granddaughter to the neighbourhood park Christmas Day. Lily thoroughly enjoyed the swings, slides and climbing equipment while I took photos and shot video. It was an experience that had to be recorded to be believed. Normally we are focused on winter weather and the problems that can arise when major storms arrive. So far this winter that hasn’t been the case. Two weeks ago the worst winter storm in recent memory swept across the south-central and southeastern United States before slamming into areas of the northeast US. The nation’s capital – no, not Ottawa where you would expect it, Washington DC in this case – along with New York City (NYC) both set single day snowfall records. Central Park in NYC accumulated the second highest amount of snow ever recorded in that vast urban oasis. In the end NYC received 26.8 inches of snow (68.1 centimetres), missing its all-time record by just one-tenth of an inch. Three cities Baltimore (29.2 inches), Allentown, Pennsylvania (31.9) and Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital with an incredible 34 inches (86.4 cm) set all-time snowfall records. A tweet from the Baltimore Transportation Department to residents

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In an effort to continue with its emergency response vehicle replacement program, Lanark County council has approved the purchase of three new Fleetmax ambulances for the Lanark County Paramedic Service. County council endorsed the matter at its Jan. 27 meeting. The vehicles, to be bought from Crestline Canada, carry a price tag of $372,449. The county’s corporate services committee recommended the purchase, as part of the replacement program, which was established in 2014. “The program sees vehicles

replaced based on a combination of mileage and repair costs, which is a Ministry of Health standard currently followed by most paramedic services in Ontario. Three current ambulances have reached the end of their life cycle,” stated a report from the county’s senior financial analyst, Kevin Wills. “The purchase from Crestline allows the service to continue with the standardization of the ambulance fleet, which is important for paramedics and mechanics and to provide staff with the best vehicle available for use in the county.” “With these three ambulances, what will be our oldest ambulance now?” questioned Coun. Klaas Van Der Meer

during the Jan. 27 meeting. “We have them for five years, so our oldest one will be fiveyears-old,” explained Lanark County CAO Kurt Greaves. Coun. Richard Kidd wondered if purchasing three ambulances a year would become a normal practice for the county. “We bought three last year as well. It was the second year we bought three,” Greaves answered, noting that an increase in call volume puts added stress on the vehicles. “Traditionally, we only bought two (a year), but because of the kilometres and level of maintenance costs, we’ve been buying three. We’re hitting those clicks higher now.”

OPP offers tips on dealing with aggressive driving Officers within the Ontario Provincial Police on occasion receive calls from members of the public with concerns over an experience with another driver. Have you ever had a bad day, not feeling like yourself, and then someone makes you angry on your drive home? These conditions are perfect for road


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Ireland’s third city was among centres which experienced power outages when wind gusts knocked branches onto distribution lines. The wind-whipped Atlantic Ocean poured into areas of western Ireland already seriously affected by severe flooding in December. Íarnród Éireann, the national rail service, was forced to close a 40 km stretch of the main west coast line between Ennis and Limerick due to flooding. In the UK gale force winds and heavy rain slammed into western areas of the country including Cumbria in northwest England where severe flooding had forced thousands from their homes in December. Ferries to the Scottish Islands and the Isle of Wight in southern England were disrupted. In Edinburgh a man was injured when strong wind toppled a chimney and bricks crashed through a window of the bus he was traveling in. Following the wettest December in history, areas of England and Scotland received between 20 and 60 millimetres of rain resulting in more flooding in nine regions. Among the communities on

rage, and almost everyone has experienced them. Useful tips: • Slow down and relax. • Be polite and courteous, even when others are not. • Don’t make eye contact with an angry driver. • Don’t retaliate. • Before you react to anything that is done to you, ask

yourself, “Is getting back at this person worth my life?” • Reduce your stress by allowing yourself enough time to get to where you are going. Listen to weather reports that may cause traffic delays. Practice patience and keep your cool. Be calm and drive safely. Submitted by the Ontario Provincial Police

flood watch was the village of Comrie in central Scotland. Comrie is the original twinning partner of Carleton Place. My wife and I have been there many times in recent years and have good friends there. Comrie experienced two devastating floods in 2012 leading the local authority to invest more than £1 million ($2 million CDN) in flood remediation work. Comrie is located in the Scottish Highlands at the confluence of three rivers and has always been highly prone to flooding. The record rains in December threatened to overcome the remediation work. Last week the River Earn rose even higher. Fortunately the dikes held and within 24 hours the river levels had decreased substantially I was told. Our friends in West Yorkshire, England say they can never recall a winter with so much rain. It’s been relentless! Meanwhile the Welsh village of Eglwyswrw (pronounced “Egg-al-sa-rue”) in Pembrokeshire came close to breaking the all-time record for consecutive rain days in the UK. Beginning Oct. 26 the tiny centre experienced rain for 85 consecutive days. It failed to rain Jan. 19, falling four days short of the record set in Scotland in the 1920s. In Wales

December’s rainfall total was surpassed only once before in 1929. The farmers of Eglwyswrw were forced to put their sheep under cover because the ground was totally saturated and they were covered in mud and thoroughly miserable. Not unlike the human population I’m sure! The UK record of 89 straight rain days was set on the island of Islay (pronounced “I-La”) one of the western islands of Scotland in 1923. Islay is home to several distilleries that produce single malt Scotch whiskey with a distinctive peat flavour. Pity the poor folks in Eglwyswrw! At least the people of Islay had lots of whiskey available to drown their sorrows back in 1923. In Eglwyswrw the last pub closed its doors in 2014. So, as we wonder what the final weeks of this season hold in store for us here, consider that places where winter is normally cool but moderate have had it far worse than we have. For the moment at least the boot (or “Wellie”) is definitely on the other foot. If you have a comment or question for Jeff Maguire he can be reached by email at:

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Regional Round-Up Euchre- 4 hand, February 11 & 25, 7:30pm. Sponsored by the Town & Country Tenants Assoc., 375 Country St. Light lunch. Contact Norma 613-256-4179. Gospel Meetings: Almonte Curling Club, Feb. 7, 14 at 6:30 Clayton Community Centre Feb.3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:30. All welcome. Hub Hospice Palliative Care, Introduces Good Grief, Led by: Barbara Carroll, PHD, 3rd Monday each month, February 22, 10:30-noon, Parish House, 70 Clyde St. 613-883-6646 Mills’ Home Support, Almonte. Bus trip and lunch out. Monday, February 8. Call Home Support 613-256-4700 to reserve your seat on the bus. Mills’ Home Support, Almonte. General Diners Lunch, Tuesday, February 9, at the Mills Office, 67 Industrial Dr. Transportation. Please call Home Support 613-256-4700 to reserve. Mills’ Home Support, Almonte. Lunch Bunch, Thursday, February 18, 12 p.m at the Mills Community Support Building, 67 Industrial Dr. Entertainment “Ukelele Ladies”. Call Home Support 613-256-4700. Mills’ Home Support, Almonte. Music & Memories, Tuesday, February 16, Lunch, Music & Memories. Mills Community Room, 67 Industrial Dr. Transportation provided. Entertainment: Larry Lunney. Contact 613-256-4700 or Jean Perry 613-257-3296 for program. Mills’ Home Support, Almonte. Transportation to Carleton Place Pool. Every Monday to the Aqua Arthritis session. Session starts at 11:15. Call Home Support to reserve your seat on the bus 613-256-4700. Mills’ Home Support, Almonte. Wednesday Night Cafe, Wednesday, February 10, at the Mills Office. Transportation. Entertainment “The Dynamic Duo”. Please call Home Support 613-256-4700 to reserve. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Monday, February 1, 8, 22. Holy Name of Mary School, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Thursday, February 4, 11, 18, 25. Holy Name of Mary School, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Info: 613283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, 23. Naismith School, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, 23. Holy Name of Mary School, 6-7:30 p.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17, 24. Holy Name of Mary School, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Info: 613283-0095.

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3130. Bridging the Generation Gap, A book club meant to bring together readers of all ages. Feb. 16, 6-7:30pm. Sign up at the library. 613-2572702. Carleton Place Lions Club Monthly Euchre Tournament. Saturday, February 6. Army Navy Club (across from McEwan’s gas station). Light lunch 12, tournament starts 1 p.m. Prizes. 2 person teams, 8 games played. Carleton Place Sunset Club meets every Wednesday, 1 p.m. Legion. Euchre, bid euchre, games, socializing. Third Wed. each monthshort general meeting, noon. Potluck lunch/ games follows. 613-257-7483. Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony, Wednesday Feb 10: Understanding Memory Loss, 3pm & Thursday Mar 10, 7pm: Why We Get Upset, RSVP Liz Taylor 613-668-0545 Carleton Place Terrace, Wed. Feb. 10, 3pm, presented by: Alzheimer Society Lanark Leeds Grenville. 6 Arthur St., RSVP Liz 613-668-0545. Community Home Support Friday Lunch Bunch, every Friday (February 5, 12, 19, 26) at Beckwith Township Hall, at 12 noon. Transportation available. Info/reservation: 613-2530733. Debtors Anonymous. If you are having problems with money or debt then we can help. 6:30 Tuesdays, St. James Hall, Bell and Edmund Street. 613-216-9008. Euchre, every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of the month. 7:30 p.m. Legion. Sponsor: Ladies Auxiliary. Bring your friends. Lunch/prizes. 613253-6375. French Playgroup “Plaisirs D’Enfants”. Every Tuesday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Beckwith Community Hall (Black’s Corners). 613-253-0008. Ladies Darts, every Tuesday starting 7:30 p.m. Legion. Sponsor: Ladies Auxiliary. Making your Money Last, Saturday Feb. 13, 10am, help people successfully transition into & live their life in retirement. Sign up at the library. 613-257-2702. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Monday, February 1, 8, 22. Carambeck Community Centre, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Info: 613-2830095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Thursday, February 4, 11, 18, 25. Arena, 9:3011:30 a.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, 23. Arena, 9:3011:30 a.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17, 24. Carambeck Community Centre, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Info: 613283-0095. Seniors 50 & over, join the Sunset Club for fun and games, trips, etc. Meeting at Legion, 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Info: 257-8102.

KEMPTVILLE 50+ Fitness Classes, held every Tuesday & Thursday @10am, Canoe Club. Call for Info: 613-256-8339. Army Navy & Air Force, Saturday February 13. Bring your Valentine and celebrate with an evening of music by Gord Barnes and Laredo 7pm- 11pm. 315 Townline Road East where we welcome both members and non-members alike. Phone 613-253-5097. Bid Euchre & Regular Euchre on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 pm at the Legion. Light Refreshments. A fundraiser for the Lanark North (District7A) Senior Games. Info: Marilyn 613-256-

Baby Rhyme Time - Ontario Early Years, parents & their babies 0-12mnths, Fridays, April 1- May 20, 10:00-11:30am, 33 Clothier St. (Sanders T. entrance). To register: 1-866433-8933 ext. 2374 Baby Talk - Ontario Early Years, A drop-in group for parents & babies 0-12mnths. Wednesdays 1:30-3:00pm, 33 Clothier St. (Sanders St. entrance) Info:1-866-433-8933 ext 2374. Baby Talk, Wednesday, February 10, 1:30-3 p.m. Ontario Early Years Centre. BNI of Kemptville, meeting. Every Tuesday

6:45-8:30 a.m. Alumni Hall, Kemptville College (613)863-4853. Churches of Lombardy, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday February 9, 4-7pm, Lombardy Argricultural Hall. Kemptville Horticultural Society, February 17, 7:30 pm. Kemptville Pentecostal Church - 1964 County Road #43, Guest speaker: Tom Bryant from Floral Design Landscaping. Twice The Fun Games, 2nd and 4th Friday Every Month, 6:00 - 10:00pm, 206 Prescott Street, is your host for Game Night. Bring your favourite game or borrow one from their library. All ages welcome. Twice The Fun Games, every Sunday 1:00 - 4:00pm, 206 Prescott Street. Do you have a game you’d like to learn? Send us an email ( and we’ll schedule it for a future “Learn to Play” event. Valentines Day Pot Roast Supper, St James Anglican Church, Leslie Hall, Friday, February 12. Social hour from 5 p.m., supper at 6. Tickets call 613-258-7049.

LANARK Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Thursday, February 4, 11, 18, 25. Maple Grove School, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17, 24. Maple Grove School, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Info: 613-2830095. Valentine’s Party, Lanark Legion Branch 395, February 13, 2-6 pm, Classic Rock & Roll and Country, Music by “RUKKUZZ”, Paul Milotte’s Band.

MERRICKVILLE Family Day & Valentine Luncheon, hosted by Saint Ann Parish, Sunday Feb 14, 11am-1pm, enjoy homemade soup, sandwiches, dessert & beverages. Info: 613-2835033 or 613-269-4220. Legion Open, Merrickville Legion, February 6, noon-4 p.m. Merrickville Legion, February 18, Senior’s Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Merrickville Legion, General Meeting, February 9, 7 p.m. Merrickville Legion, Music by Hallman & Hoffman, February 12, 7-11 p.m., pork roast dinner served at 6 p.m. “Valentines Dance”. Merrickville Legion Open, February 10. Merrickville Legion Open, February 13, 12-4 pm. Merrickville Legion Open, February 17. Music by Ray Adams & Watermelon Wine, Merrickville Legion, February 5, 7-11 p.m. chicken dinner served at 6 p.m.

PAKENHAM Musical Evening, Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m. Country View Lodge, 4676 Dark’s Side Road, everyone welcome. 613-256-1414. Pakenham Garden Club meeting, Wednesday, Feb 17, 7:30 pm, St. Andrews United Church. Topic Art and Science of Pruning. Seed exchange, Floral design demo. Info Sherryl 613-624-5307. Pakenham Garden Club meeting, Wednes-

day Feb 17, 7:30 pm, St. Andrews United Church. Topic: Art and Science of Pruning with Joanne Kowalczyk of Singing Nettle Farm. Seed exchange, Floral design demo. Info Sherryl 613-624-5307. Pancake Supper, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Tuesday, February 9, 5-7 p.m. Pancakes, sausages, baked beans, maple syrup & beverage. Sponsor: St Mark’s A.C.W. Info: 613624-5311 or 613-256-4126.

PERTH Asbury Free Methodist Church, learn how to get the most out of your iPad or iPhone. Saturday Feb. 27, 1-3pm. 144 Gore St East. To register 613-267-2345 Bridge, Perth Duplicate Bridge Club meets 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11 at Perth Civitan Club. For partnership contact Bert Picard 613-267-5305. Bridge, Social- McMartin House, 125 Gore St., East, every Friday afternoon. 613-267-3952. Community Dinners, St. James Anglican Church, 12 Harvey St (corner of Harvey & Drummond St.) Saturday, February 6, 4:306pm, chili, tossed salad, roll, cake & icecream, tea/coffee. Sponsored by St. John’s Catholic Church. Community Dinners, St. James Anglican Church, 12 Harvey St (corner of Harvey & Drummond St.) Saturday, February 13, 4:306pm, beef stew, biscuits, salads, desserts, tea/ coffee. Community Home Support - Julie McIntyre, Workshop: Drawing on Unconscious Wisdom in Bereavement to Build Resilience, February 9, Community Home Support Office, 40 Sunset Blvd, Suite 100. email 613-267-6400 Euchre, Perth Legion, Beckwith St., every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. Parking. No stairs. Everyone welcome. Info: 613-264-5568. Ladies Auxiliary, Perth Branch 244, Thursday, Feb 11, Spaghetti Dinner, 4:30-6 pm, tickets available at the Legion Lounge or at the door. Ontario Early Years Centre infant playgroup, Thursday, February 4, 11, 18, 25. The Dance Studio, 1-2 p.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Monday, February 1, 8, 22. Dance Studio, 9:3011 a.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Thursday, February 4, 11, 18, 25. Perth Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17, 24. Perth Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Perth Old Tyme Fiddler’s Dance, Classic Country Music, Perth Lions Hall, 7:30 p.m. February 12. Info: 613-259-2569 or 613-2838703. Perth Stamp Club: Meeting at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday February 10, McMartin House, 125 Gore St. E. For info. call Phil Warrington 613264-0724. RTA Central Club, Saturday, February 13. Snowshoe Outing Level 2, 5-8 km, moderate pace. Meet at Conlon Farm, for 9:30 a.m. departure. Leader: Dave Allcock 613-706-3562. Saturday Jamboree, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 244, 26 Beckwith Street East, Saturday December 12, live music and an open mic session from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Members’ Lounge. Everyone welcome. St. John Elementary School is hosting an outdoor skating event on Sunday, Feb. 7 from

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12 noon-2 p.m. on their outdoor rink. This is a family skate for all to enjoy. Sweetheart Shopping Extravaganza, The Ladies of the Tay, Saturday February 6, 9am4pm, The Best Western Parkside Inn & Spa, 82 Peter St. The Royal Canadian Legion, Annual Superbowl Sunday party, 26 Beckwith Street East, Member’s Lounge, snacks & beverages available. February 7, 2 p.m. Everyone available. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 244, 26 Beckwith Street East, Open mic jamboree, all musicians & wannabe musicians bring an instrument. February 13, 2-5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The Royal Canadian Legion, Ladies Auxiliary Branch 244, 26 Beckwith Street East, spaghetti dinner February 11, 4:30-6 p.m. Tickets are available at the Legion lounge or at the door. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Meets Thursday evenings at Lanark Lodge. Info. Janet 613-264-9139. Valentine Book Sale by the Friends of the Perth Library, Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the library lobby. Donate or Info: Martina 613-267-4494.

RURAL 4 hand euchre, every Friday 7 p.m. (Potluck first Friday of the month at 5:30). Montague Forget-Me-Not Seniors. Info: 613-283-8482. Annual Dinner and Dance- Lanark County Cattlemen’s Assoc. Carleton Place Arena. Sat. Feb. 6. Dinner by Waterfall Catering. Music: Glen Silverson Band. 6-7 p.m. social hour. Dinner 7 p.m. Tickets: 613-267-3680 or from any director. Artisans & Crafters Show, Sharbot Lake United (Church Hall), Sat Feb 13 (10-4pm) & Sun Feb 14 (11-2pm). 1040 Elizabeth St, Sharbot Lake. Info: 613-279-2245. Bid Euchre, Every second Monday night, Feb 8 & Feb 22, 7:00 p.m. Tatlock Community Hall. Calling all musicians! A Musician’s circle (musicians only) is held weekly, Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m., ABC Hall in Bolingbroke (3166 Bolingbroke Rd.). Come out to network with fellow entertainers. Contact Matthew Churchill (613-273-9005). Canadian Tai Chi Academy, every Mon, Fri., 9 a.m.-noon, Gallipeau Centre (small ballroom), All welcome. 613-269-3944, C.A.R.E. Program for frail adults. (Mondays, Lanark, North Lanark Community Health Center) and (Fridays, CPHC Building, 15 Bates Dr.). (613)264-0307. Christ Church in Ashton Pancake Supper- Shrove Tuesday, February 9, 5-7 pm. Have a hot, homey dinner, before your family’s busy evening begins. Clayton Hall, Olde Tyme Music & Dinner, February 7, 2-6 pm supper at 5. All musicians welcome. Proceeds to Clayton Hall. Community & Primary Health Care Diners Club, for seniors and adults with disabilities. 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Elgin Community Hall at 12 p.m. Reservations: Barb or Jean 613-272-8014. Community Clothing Co-operative, Portland Community Hall. Open every Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday 1-3 p.m. CPHC formally VON foot care clinic, every 1st Thursday of the month. Westport See RURAL page 23

February will be another busy month at Perth’s Full Circle Theatre, as the area’s busiest theatre space gets back into action after a slow January. One of the most important events will happen on Feb. 8, when BarnDoor Productions hold an open audition for the first of their special productions celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement. The show, slated for production in June, is The Last Deadman, a drama with music about Canada’s Last Fatal Duel, which took place in Perth in 1833. It’s a show for young people: all of the participants in the actual duel were in their late teens, so it’s a chance for the area’s students to get involved in a challenging and exciting production. The play’s premiere production happened in a tent at Last Duel Park in 1983, just a few hundred feet from the grave of the duel’s victim. This production will take place at Full Circle Theatre, just a few hundred feet on the other side of that grave. Auditions take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8. There are exciting roles for males and females from mid-teens to early 20s. Film Night International continues their winter/spring series on Feb. 17 with the acclaimed movie, Trumbo. The movie tells the story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbon, blacklisted and jailed in the 1940s by the American House UnAmerican Activities Committee and his triumph over repression and censorship. Screenings are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Information is at Full Circle Theatre will be filled with rehearsals this month, too, as the second half of BarnDoor Productions’ 21st season is fully underway. The 15-member cast of their April production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood is already into rehearsal, while the two-person cast of David Mamet’s A Life In The Theatre have been hard at work since the beginning of the year for their Feb. 19 opening. A Life In The Theatre, running Feb. 19 through 28, is a peek through the stage door at two actors as they work their way through a season of theatre at an unnamed regional playhouse. The cast consists of two veteran BarnDoor performers. David Bird is Robert and Chris Angel is John. The two have

with music, high school drama, movies and more auditions for the Perth 200 shows. A Life In The Theatre runs Feb. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. at Full Circle Theatre, 26 Craig Street, Perth, near Last Duel Park. Tickets are $20 reserved, $22 at the door; students $10. To reserve, call 613 267 1884. No credit cards required; cash at the performance is requested. More information on A Life In The Theatre, auditions for the 200th anniversary productions and all of the others events at Full Circle Theatre is online at





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Music and drama for Perth’s 200th. BarnDoor Productions will hold open auditions on Monday, Feb. 8 for The Last Deadman, the first of their special Perth 200 productions. Seen here in a photo from the play’s 25th anniversary production in 2008, it’s a play about Perth’s famous duel and it features exclusively roles for teens and young adults. worked so well together in past BarnDoor productions, such as 2012’s Deathtrap and last summer’s The Merchant of Venice. The show is directed by David Jacklin, whose personal “life in the theatre” began in 1974, at theatres large and small, across most of Canada and into the United States. After 42 years in the theatre, he feels ready to direct a play about it that was written while he was still at school. The show is seriously funny, alternating scenes backstage and onstage, with the play’s actual audience finding themselves looking from behind the scenes toward an imaginary audience for the “plays within the play”. From a suspiciously “Chekhov” Russian play to an English parlour drama to a play about two castaways to a hospital melodrama, Mamet finds a lot of fun in the stereotypes of work-a-day theatre productions. He also looks carefully and closely at the vanities and eccentricities of that peculiar type of human known as an “actor” – and finds things both comic and admirable in them. It’s a play full of both fun and thought and it is one of the earliest masterpieces from David Mamet, a writer who is one of the most important American playwrights of the last 50 years. And, finally, BarnDoor Productions rounds off the month

on Feb. 29 with open auditions for the second of their Perth 200 musicals. This time it’s possibly the silliest musical ever written. Cheddar, subtitled “A musical comedy with gouda intentions”, is all about Perth’s 22,000 pound mammoth cheese and its many adventures around the world. Back in 1984, Perth Summer Theatre (BarnDoor Productions’ predecessor) looked for a fun way to tell the story of the cheese and decided to turn it into a Marx Brothers musical. That’s right: Groucho, Harpo and Chico chase the mammoth cheese from Perth to Chicago to London, England and sing and crack jokes along the way. It’s a lot of fun for a big cast and a darn good band. All of the music and the script, too, can be found on the audition page at BarnDoor’s website. The audition starts at 7 p.m. at Full Circle Theatre on Monday, Feb. 29. Take a leap and get involved in it! To help those interested, BarnDoor Productions’ website has an auditions page, with scripts, scores and much more – including a special page of videos of all of the musical numbers from the planned fall show, Death & Taxes, The Musical – up on their website, so that potential performers can see and hear how much fun the shows are. That’s the month of February, and March gets even busier

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supporting Perth’s community theatre,” says Penny. “We’re going to create an Oscar night to remember!” Peter Blier, owner of Perth’s well-known Stone Cellar restaurant, which adjoins the Studio Theatre, was on board with the idea right from the start. “The Stone Cellar is pulling out all the stops to create a fabulous dinner, complete with bubbly and wine pairings” he explains. “Guests will be able to watch the Oscars pre-show on flat-screen TVs during dinner, before taking a red-carpet walk across our patio and right into the Studio Theatre!” The fun continues in the theatre lobby with a variety of games, including demonstration games of Blackjack by a professional dealer, and a photo booth where guests can have their own glamour shots taken.


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Chiropractic Centre, 39 Bedford St., Westport. Appointments required. 613-342-3693, 1-800-465-7646 ext. 243. C.P.H.C. formerly V.O.N. mobile clinic at the Town Hall, Westport. Open to anyone needing medical assistance. First Friday of every month, 9:30-2. Appointment (613)803-1710 or walk-in. Dance, February 13, 8 pm-midnight, lunch 10:30 pm, Band: Shylo, Lyndhurst Legion. Dance- Toledo Legion featuring Harry Adrain, Sunday, February 7. Doors open at 1 and dancing is from 2-5 followed by a hot supper. Dinner & Movie Night, Clayton Community Hall, Linn Bower Lane, Clayton. Friday, February 5. Lasagna Dinner 5:00-6:30 p.m. Movie (Hotel Transylvania 2) starts at 6:30 p.m. Elgin Lions Club hosting a “Country Music Open Mic”, Feb 6, 1-5 followed by Hot Meal, Elgin Lions Community Hall. Bar Available. Join us for fun, song and dance. Euchre- every Monday afternoon. 1:00 p.m. South Elmsley Municipal Complex. Sponsor: Club 55. Light refreshments. Exercise lead by a Registered Kinesiologist every Thursday, Country Roads Community Health Centre. Intermediate 9:30-10:30; Beginner 10:45-11:45. Please call 613-284-2558 to arrange for your personal assessment. Feb. 10, 2:00 pm, The New Horizon Club, Valentine’s Party and Karaoke. Burritt’s Rapids Community Centre. Members are encouraged to dress as their favourite artist (Elvis? Dolly?) New members are welcome. Feb 14, Royal Canadian Legion Upper Rideau Branch 542 Westport Presents Jeff Code and his band Silver Wings. 2-6 pm. Light lunch, proceeds to the way & means committee. Fun and Fitness Fridays 9-10, Ferguson Falls Hall. Info: Wendy (613)259-2182. Fun and Fitness Mondays 9:30-10:30, Middleville & Watson’s Corners Community Hall. 9:00-10:00 Snow Road Community Hall. Info: Wendy 613-259-2182. Fun and Fitness Thursdays 9:30-10:30, Middleville Community Hall, 9 - 10 Snow Road Community Hall. Info: Wendy (613)259-2182. Fun and Fitness Wednesdays Lower Mobility Class, Chair based, 2-3pm at North Lanark Community Health Centre, 9:30 - 10:30 St. Andrews United Church, 115 Clarence St. Lanark Info: Wendy (613)259-2182. Fundraising Meeting and General Meeting, February 11 at 7 p.m. Montague Forget-Me-Not Seniors. Info: 613-283-8482. Hilltop Jamboree, Sunday, February 14 McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall. Doors open noon. Supper 5 p.m. Music starts at 1 p.m. Job Search Resource Centre, job postings, computer and internet access, resume writing assistance, job search seminars and employment counselling. Guthrie House, 10 Perth St., Elgin. Mon.-Fri. 9-4. 613-359-1140. Join us for lunch, St. Andrew’s United Church, Toledo, Sunday February 14, noon. Homemade soups, sandwiches, dessert and beverage. Proceeds going to Mission and Service. Everyone is Welcome Kitley Elders potluck lunch, February 18, 12 noon.

St Andrew’s United Church Hall, Toledo. Info: Alice 613-284-0307. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, 23. Rosedale Hall, Montague, 9:30-11 a.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Oxford Mills Community Association (OMCA), Pancake Supper, Shrove Tuesday, February 9, 5:30pm. Maplewood Hall. Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, February 13, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. St. Andrew’s United Church Hall, Toledo. Pancakes, Maple Syrup, Sausages. Proceeds to The Breathe Dance Company’s Competitive Dance Team. Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. St. Bede’s Anglican Church, Nolans Corners, 1641 Rosedale Rd N. Quilting- every Wednesday. 1 and 7 p.m. McDonalds Corners Rd. Hall. 613-278-2943. Ruby Tuesdays- information and support group for women. North Lanark Community Health Centre, every other Tuesday, 1:00-3:00. Info: Sherry (613)259-2182. Shopping bus trip. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month (February 9). Leaving Portland Community Hall, 9 a.m. Info./location 613-272-2676. Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, February 9, 4:306:30, St George’s Anglican Church, Clayton. Info: 613264-1077 or Snow Road Snowmobile Club Breakfast, February 6, 8-11 a.m. at Clubhouse, 1106 Gemmills Road. Everyone welcome. You could win a Breakfast. Spaghetti Night- First Friday every month, Feb 5, 5-7 p.m. Legion, Br. 231, Portland. St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Newboro, Annual Shrove Tuesday Ham Supper with Pancake Dessert. Tuesday, February 9, Newboro Community Hall. 2 sittings: 5 p.m. and 6:15. Tickets/Info Joan Wright 613-272-5335. The Catholic Women’s League of St. Bridget’s, Divine Mercy Retreat, Saturday, Feb. 6, BVM Hall, Stanleyville. Beginning 10 am, include Mass, quiet adoration and ending with benediction 3 pm. Bring bagged lunch. Info: 613-267-1261. The Rideau and District Old Tyme Fiddlers Assoc traditional old tyme fiddle and country music, starting Friday, 12 February, 7:30-11:30 pm, Alfred Taylor Centre, 2300 Community Way, North Gower. Information Irwin White 613-258-2258. Toledo Legion, Sunday, February 7, Harry Adrain & Friends, 2-5. Everyone Welcome. Valentine dance and silent auction, Clayton Community Hall, Saturday, February 13, hosted by St George’s Anglican Church. Doors open 7 p.m., music 8-12 Kyle Felhaver and friends. Round and square dancing. Tickets 613-256-9010. Valentines Monday Night Bingo, Monday February 8. Doors open @ 6:00 pm play starts @ 7:00 pm - Progressive Toonie Pot. Win ‘Dinner Out’ gift certificates & prizes and surprises. Royal Canadian Legion Upper Rideau Br #542, Westport/

Bariatric Support Group, first Thursday of month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at ‘The Link’, at 88 Cornelia St. W., #4A. Support and information regarding gastric by-pass surgery before and after. Info: (613)284-4608 or 1(877)3832070. Bingo, every Thursday evening, 7 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion Br 95. Info: 283-3292. Contract Bridge, Hanley Hall, downstairs, Wednesday, February 10, 1 p.m. Info: 613-283-6116. Duplicate bridge, every Monday night, Legion, 7 p.m. Partnership Janet Sparks 613-283-1957. EA- Emotions Anonymous- 12-step organization working toward recovery from emotional difficulties (marriage, children, grief, etc). Meetings (every Tuesday)- February 9, 7 p.m. Salvation Army Church (side door). 613-283-0960. Exercise lead by a Registered Kinesiologist every Monday and Thursday, 2 Gould St., Rideau Valley Diabetes Service/Telemedicine. Intermediate 9:30-10:30, beginner 10:45-11:45. Please call 613-284-2558 to arrange for your personal assessment. Expand your family tree, Online resources. Wednesdays 1-4 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 7283 Rogers Stevens Road. Info: 613-283-0711 Family Fun Bingo, Sunday February 7, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the RCAFA Hall, on Abbott St., Contact: Carol 613-284-0305. Gambling Problem? There is help. Gamblers Anonymous, Tuesdays 7:30-9 p.m. 88 Cornelia St. 613-5673271. Gentle Exercise at Rideau Valley Diabetes Services from 9:30-10:30 every Wednesday. Info: 613-284-2558. Jewels Gently Used Clothing, 18 William St. E. February 5, Bag Sale, all day. Specific Tags. Lunch and Card Party, sponsored by Eastern Star, Wednesday, February 17, Masonic Hall, 46 Russell St W. Lunch at 12 noon, cards 1-4 pm. Dessert and refreshments to follow. Lushes with Brushes, paint night with local artist Jenine McCann. Heritage House Museum, Feb 18, 7-9pm. Register 613-283-6311 Ontario Early Years Centre infant playgroup, Monday, February 1, 8, 22. CROW office, 91 Cornelia Street W., 1-2 p.m. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup Parent-run, Friday, February 5, 12, 19, 26. OEYC, 9-11 a.m. Info: 613283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Thursday, February 4, 11, 18, 25. Trinity United Church, 9:30 a.m.noon. Info: 613-283-0095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, 23. OEYC, 9 a.m.-noon. Info: 613-2830095. Ontario Early Years Centre playgroup, Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17, 24. Trinity Unite Church, 9:30-noon. Info: 613-283-0095. Pancake Breakfast, Smiths Falls Lions, held at the Smiths Falls Legion, 7 Main St. East. Saturday, SMITHS FALLS Feb.13, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Special Appearance “Gert” 4 hand euchre, Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. the Clown. Reviving a Centuries Old Craft. Learn the craft of downstairs at the Legion, Main St. Good prizes, good Tatting Lace at a 2-part workshop, February 13th and food. 613-284-1074.

February 20th, from 1-3 p.m. Information/to register, 613-283-8560, 11 Old Sly’s Road. Smiths Falls Toastmasters Club, meet Wednesday evenings 7-8:30pm, Healey’s Glass Ltd., 1 Abel Street. Penny Croghan 613285-1551 email: lookatyoupenny@ or Steve O’Connor 613-485-3173 email: nevetso258@ Or just drop by for a visit and see what we are all about ! Susan Shirley Program, Parent Training courses- Mondays 6:30 p.m. Calvary Bible Church, 15 Beech St. 613-205-1643. Swim Fundraiser, Hub Community Pool, Saturday, February

13, 3-5 p.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), A non-profit weight loss support group. Meetings every Thursday night. 46 Bell Ave. Smiths Falls. Info. 613-284-0183. Valentine’s Supper, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sunday, February 14. Mandarin chicken, potatoes, vegetables, dessert. Social time 4:30, dinner 5:30. Advance tickets only. Call 613-283-2318, 613-283-6987 or 613-283-7527. Vine Rhymes, Smiths Falls songwriters, poets and story tellers, meet monthly for encouragement and support. Come share your gift. Info: Helen (613)284-2243.


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Three workshops this March at food hub The Two Rivers Food Hub in Smiths Falls will be hosting three workshops in March to help people with food growing practices. March 2 On March 2, the workshop will be called “Selling Food in Ontario”. Participants will have a chance to create new opportunities for their farm or food processing business by learning how to expand into new markets such as grocery stores, restaurants, food hubs, schools, universities and other public institutions. Workshops will feature presentations by local health units, OMAFRA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, as well as a resource forum to connect you with local organizations that can help your business. Register at

and vegetables, regardless of the size of your operation, the long-term viability of your business depends upon your ability to provide consumers with safe, high quality product. Presented by OMAFRA’s Foods of Plant Origin Program and facilitated by Paul Bailey (risk identification and management coordinator), this full day, interactive workshop will provide essential risk management information tools. Topics include: • Introduction to Food Safety; and, • Good Agricultural Practices for Land Use, Worker Health and Hygiene, Soil Amendments, Wildlife and Domestic Animals, Production Agricultural Water, Post Harvest Water, Postharvest Handling and Sanitation. This event is organized by the Two Rivers Food Hub and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Lunch and reference binder provided. Seating is limited. Cost is $30 (includes fees and HST), register at https://www.

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Smiths Falls Pet Valu staff and volunteers were kept busy Jan. 30 during their dog wash and nail trim fundraiser for the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS). More than $1,000 was raised through the event, which was so successful a second one is being planned for March 12.

Global Pet Food Stores are running their Show Us Your Heart campaign in February. The Stittsville location is supporting LAWS and LAWS’ representatives will be at the store Feb. 13 with an animal (or two) that are available for adoption. It was a fantastic day on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Pet Valu in Smiths Falls during their doggie bath and nail trim event. Non-stop dog washing and pawdicures, plus baked goods (for humans) raised more than $1,000 for LAWS. Thank you Pet Valu and the washers, nail trimmers, bakers and all of you clean and classy dogs who participated. If you missed out on this one we will be doing it all again on March 12. Got travel points that you aren’t using? Many points from bank cards and stores can be converted to cash or gift cards. Check with your bank or store and see if you can use those points to donate to LAWS. Many providers are limiting the period that you can accumulate the points. After a certain time (three to five years) you must use them or lose them. Why not donate them? This week’s featured pets Elsa Elsa is a friendly girl who loves any kind of affection. She is a pretty, affectionate, warm-hearted, wise cat; a typical Calico. This charismatic girl is very popular among staff and volunteers as she charms you with her own special personality. She will let you know with her loud

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meow when it’s feeding time. In folklore and the history of many cultures, Calico cats are seen as peaceful, hopeful and lucky kitties. Elsa’s lucky day would be the day she gets to go to her forever home.

LAWS and the pound Even with all of the belt tightening and cuts, LAWS continues to be in a very dismal financial situation. The LAWS board has decided that we cannot afford to continue taking in stray dogs from the municipalities. It was not a decision that was reached easily. Options were considered and reviewed over many weeks. Finally it came down to the numbers. If we don’t do this we may not be around in six months to care for any animals. Hopefully this move can help LAWS to get back on our feet financially and look forward to a bright future where we can once again care for all of those with paws.

Buddy Buddy is a very playful, affectionate guy who loves to cuddle. The humans at the shelter absolutely adore him. He is very tidy and likes to keep himself looking gorgeous. Buddy

Wish list LAWS is in need postage stamps. We also need bleach, HE laundry detergent, and Martingales (dog collars). We have once again been successful in contracting with Hills for dry food for all of the animals but still need canned kitten food of any brand. We would also welcome winter salt for ice, gift cards from hardware stores, yellow highlighters and white paint and primer. Thank you for your continued support. Follow us if you like on Facebook at or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the shelter at or by calling 613-283-9308.


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Sometimes there’s no easy answer to automotive-related issues “Hi Brian, I have a Buick Allure 2008 with the 308 motor. Last summer there was noise around the motor, I thought it could be belt-tensioner pulley. I took it to the garage and they replaced the starter. A few days later and a new starter it started making the same noise. I went back to the garage and they disconnected the alternator and it quit making the noise. They plugged it back in and it started again so they replaced the alternator. The next day I had the same noise, so they took the new alternator off. The next day we had the same noise for a few hours. That was three weeks ago and we have not had the noise again. Thanks, L” It would be really easy to say, no noise, no problem, glad I could help, but that’s not why I’m here.

I checked a GM bulletin database I have access to and couldn’t come up with anything specific to this Buick’s noise. Realize I’m only going from a written description which means it’s pretty much impossible for me to accurately suggest what might be causing this. I’m assuming from what the repair shop has done that the noise is a pulley or belt type and from the fact that it went away when the alternator was unplugged leads me to believe that either the serpentine belt or tensioner pulley or some other pulley is the cause. When an alternator is loaded with electrical demand it becomes harder to turn. It’s the job of the belt’s tensioner to keep the correct tension on the belt when this happens. Of course it can only do its job correctly if the belt is in good condition to begin with. GM did

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issue a bulletin back in 2013 regarding power steering pump/ pulley noise in cold weather operation due to the thickness of the fluid. If this is the cause, their recommendation was to flush and replace the fluid with a cold temperature certified fluid (GM part #10953484). If there is no safety or function problem associated with this noise, it’s really up to the owner to consider what to do. After all, it is an eight-year-old vehicle

operating in less than ideal climate conditions. In light of this I would recommend the following if the noise ever returns (with no guarantee that it will solve it). If the serpentine belt is older than four years; replace it. Have all pulleys checked for condition and alignment; replace as required. (GM recommends a laser alignment tool to check their alignment and few private shops I know have such a device). The tensioner pulley’s spring arm should be checked; if it’s original or weak; replace it. But the best way to avoid trial and error such as this is to have a qualified tech confirm that he or she can duplicate the noise. If it only does it on cold start up for example, leave it at the shop parked outside overnight and

have it checked the next morning. This may seem like a lot of work, but remember, we can all hear a noise but it’s impossible to see one and no two people will ever hear the same noise in exactly the same way. FCA Canada (Fiat Chrysler Auto) recently announced a warranty extension to the fuel tanks on their very popular minivans. It seems that some of the Dodge Caravans, Dodge Grand Caravans, and Chrysler Town and County vans from the 2004 and 2005 model years may experience problems with the fuel shut-off valve located in the tank. If this valve malfunctions it can cause engine stalling after a driver refills the tank. The original warranty was 3 years or 60,000 km from original new purchase and

the extended warranty is for 15 years from the new in-service date, regardless of distance travelled. Affected owners will be receiving a letter soon detailing this updated warranty. If you have any questions, opinions, or stories on anything automotive please drop me a line, [By email to or directly to bjoeturner@hotmail. com listing ‘Question for the Car Counsellor’ in the subject line or by post to Record News Communications, 65 Lorne St., P.O. Box 158, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4T1]. When using regular mail, please supply a phone number if you seek direct contact (due to volume, I can’t always promise replies). Yours in service Brian Turner

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Frosty jumper Nicolaas Bosman is shown just seconds before he lifts his snow racer into the air before successfully landing back on the snow hill at the Civitan Club Jan. 31. There was a sizeable crowd who gathered for an afternoon of fun last Sunday as part of the 2016 Lanark Highlands Frosty Fling.

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The deposit is paid – now who’s the headliner? Perth town council last week voted to, essentially, pay out a down payment of $32,500 on what is promised to be a major headliner act for the 200th Anniversary Blast From The Past homecoming celebration this July. The announcement of just who the band – or performer – is, will be made Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Fire and Ice celebration. According to Mayor John Fenik, this past November, community services director Shannon Baillon, himself, and 200th anniversary


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a deposit down. It’s very complicated signing this type of act.” The overall cost of this performance will actually be between $95,000 and $100,000, and while the fairgrounds venue would likely hold as many as 2,500 concertgoers, tickets may be limited to 2,000, since “we are confident that tickets will be sold out,” said Fenik. “This will be a revenue neutral situation… We will not sign a contract that will put us on the downside. We are confident that ticket sales will cover it.” In an email to The Perth Courier, Baillon wrote that “we have not yet set the price of the tickets for the headliner. We will keep them as low as possible, ensuring that we cover our costs.” Looking at the numbers, Coun. Jim Boldt told council, “I didn’t realize that headliner bands would be so expensive.” But when dealing with a big league band like this, Fenik told Boldt that “$100,000 is nothing. We are looking at the pennies very closely.” Baillon told council that the $100,000 “was a total cost. The band and then all the stuff… the stage, the technical stuff,” she said of the licensed Saturday, July 23 concert, with a likely 8 p.m. start time.

Area songstress cracks top five in provincial talent search Stacey Roy

The original work of singer/songwriter, Amanda Jordan of Lombardy has found a provincial audience and is in the running to be one of five live show competitors in the Ontario Back Roads Country Talent Search competition March 3. As of Monday afternoon, Feb. 1 Jordan was in second place with 6,694 votes. “The support has been incredible. It’s really been amazing,” Jordan said during a phone interview with the Record News Feb. 1. The Hugh’s Room showcase in Toronto will be a wonderful opportunity to highlight the local singer/songwriter’s abilities to industry professionals and a broader audience, but her timeslot on the finalist show isn’t secure until the end of Feb. 17. That’s when online voting wraps up. Until then supporters can log on to and cast up to five ballots on each device (lap top, phone and tablet) a day. She urges all her supporters to continue to cast their votes each day to help her reach the next opportunity by remaining in the top five since over the next two weeks “anything can change,” she said. Voters can see Jordan’s video shot at her home by Sunflake Film and with the support of The Score store on Beckwith Street who lent props. There, they will see and hear Jordan’s confidence and stage presence coming through. “I’ve really grown into my voice,” she said. Jordan’s original submission is a pop/country song entitled Silverado Run and tells the story of the many times one lover has left, but that’s not

Amanda Jordan where the tune found its origins. For the past year or so Jordan has been able to look out the window of her parents house in Lombardy to see her grandfather’s Silverado truck he bequeathed to her brother sitting on the property. “That’s where the idea came from,” she said. The local singer has honed her sound over the last few years and continues to do so through singer/songwriter courses at Carleton University where she is in her second year. Jordan lists artists like Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert as musi-

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cal inspirations for her. “I’ve kind of learned from them,” she said. The competitions connection to Lambert is another thing that makes this experience so exciting. The competition has been created by Catherine Faint Entertainment who has represented clients like Lambert and Blake Sheldon. Her musical journey has been one of building on all experiences. She credits her 2015 experience in the Miss Teen Canada competition for boosting her confidence. During this competition she was among the top three talents and earned the chance to sing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto to a crowd of 2,000. “It’s something I’ll never forget,” Jordan said. She said she hopes the Ontario Back Roads Country Talent Search will present her with more opportunities like this to grow as an artist. The winner of the Ontario Back Roads Country Talent Search will win $15,000 worth of recording time and a professional music video, which Jordan would use to break into the networks like CMT. “That’s going to open so many doors for me,” Jordan added. “It’s so important to never turn any opportunity down.” The university student is living this philosophy by accepting a Feb. 27 gig at the Waring House Restaurant in Picton, Ontario where Instant Rivalry (the competition’s number one rated group) has invited her to sing with them. “I’m really happy for them,” Jordan said of fellow competitor and family friends. The Ottawa Valley artist is hoping to secure more Ottawa-based gigs in the coming months. Please go to Jordan’s website: for up-to-date information on where you can see her perform next.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: 2016 Stewart Park Festival Manager Responsibilities: Under the direction of the BIA Personnel Committee and the Stewart Park Festival Organizing Committee, the Festival Manager is responsible for and accountable for duties related to the day-to-day administration of the 2016 Stewart Park Festival. This involves providing administrative support to Festival Coordinators who are responsible for the music, workshops, market, children’s activities etc. Some evening and weekend work is required, particularly in July. Education and Training: College training in the Festival and Event Management program preferred. Term: May 2nd to July 29th, 2016 Salary: 21 hours per week @ $20 per hour A full job description is available upon request. Please submit resumes by February 24th, 2016 to: Kari Clarke, Coordinator Downtown Heritage Perth BIA 80 Gore Street East, Perth, Ontario, K7H 1H9 We thank all applicants who apply for the position, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection and Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act 2001 and will be used only for the purposes of candidate selection. The Town of Perth will provide accommodation for individuals with accessibility needs.

INTERIM TAX BILLS DUE END OF FEBRUARY: The Interim Tax Bills were mailed out during the latter part of January. The instalment dates are February 29th and April 29th, 2016. If you have not received your interim bill by now, or if there have been changes to your billing information, such as an address change, please contact the Tax Department at Town Hall by calling 613-267-3311.

JOIN US FOR FIRE & ICE! The Town of Perth will launch its 200th anniversary celebrations at Fire & Ice on Saturday, February 13th. The two-tiered day will include family-friendly, outdoor activities at Conlon Farm from 1-4 p.m. Activities will include an ice hockey shootout, a capture-the-flag event with custom-built snow walls, an outdoor ice art canvas wall for painting, an outdoor bonfire, obstacle courses, Frolf (Frozen, frisbee golf, of course!), and face painting inside the chalet. The chalet will be open for washroom and canteen access. All activities are free! Later that evening, we’ll be hosting a Winter Celebration dance at the Crystal Palace. From 7 p.m. to midnight, guests will have the chance to dance to the Riq Turner Band, toast to the year at the 10-foot, custom-made ice bar, warm their hands around the outdoor bonfire and watch the fireworks go off at 9 p.m. at the Tay Basin, thanks to the coordination of the Perth Fire Department. The fireworks are for everyone and open to the public! Tickets for the Crystal Palace event are $5 and it’s 19+. Tickets can be purchased at Town Hall or the Perth Museum. For more info, visit

The Town of Perth is seeking the services of a Chief Summer Student. Hours of work for this position are up to 40 per week (including evenings and weekends), from May 1st to October 31st, 2016. Pay Panel: STU-03 ($14 to $18 per hour). Reporting to the Community Services Lead Hands, the Chief Summer Student will be responsible for ensuring that part-time, evening and weekend students work in accordance with the Town of Perth Health & Safety Policies and the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act, and will maintain appropriate work records. In addition, the Chief Summer Student will be responsible for ensuring that all tasks are performed as assigned. This position is evening and weekend work. Experience is an asset, however, training will be provided. Interested applicants are invited to submit a confidential resume outlining their experience and qualifications to the undersigned. Applicants must have the ability to work a variety of shifts. This position will require the applicant to submit to a criminal records check. Applicants are to submit covering letters and resumes by Thursday, February 25TH, 2016 at 12:00 Noon to the attention of: Jan McFadden, Payroll Clerk Corporation of the Town of Perth 80 Gore St. East Perth, ON K7H 1H9 Or via email: We thank all candidates who apply for the position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act 2001, and will be used only for the purposes of candidate selection. The Town of Perth will provide accommodation for individuals with accessibility needs.

SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL FROM SIDEWALKS AND ROOFS: During this time of year, it is important to note that the Town of Perth has regulations regarding snow and ice removal from sidewalks and roofs. These by-laws are in place to ensure the safety of all pedestrians in our community. Pursuant to Town of Perth By-law #2060 owners of any occupied, unoccupied or vacant lot are responsible for the removal of any snow or ice accumulation that may be left behind after sidewalk plow operations. Residents are required to clear any public sidewalk, adjoining their property, of snow and ice for the full paved width of the sidewalk. Where the snow or ice is so frozen that it cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalk, anti-slip materials are to be strewn over the area (i.e. sand or ashes). Town of Perth Property Maintenance and Occupancy By-law #3322 requires building owners and/or occupants to safely remove any ice and snow buildup from roofs. When this hazard cannot be immediately removed, there are barricades available to alert pedestrians of the potential overhead danger. In addition, the Ontario Fire Code requires that fire escapes and fire access routes must be kept clear of ice and snow to allow for safe passage for building occupants and emergency personnel. A limited number of barricades are available adjacent the Crystal Palace in the Tay Basin. These are to be used as a temporary solution until such time as the ice and snow is safely brought down. Once this has been done, these barricades are to be returned to the Crystal Palace. For more information contact Peter Echlin, By-law Enforcement Officer at 613267-3311 Ext. 2267.

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Doctor, parent-led seminar series for parents of kids with ADHD starts Feb. 8 Desmond Devoy

Imagine having a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Now imagine having two children with ADHD? Amanda Neadow does not have to imagine. She lives it. About 18 months ago, her youngest son Dawson, 6, was diagnosed with ADHD, followed, a year ago, with the same diagnosis for her eldest son Jason, 9. Dawson’s diagnosis, she said, was “a bit of a shock… because we didn’t understand what ADHD is.” By the time of the second diagnosis, it was not as big of a shock. “You think you know what it is,” she said, during a telephone interview on Wednesday, Jan. 27. But you cannot, “until you live through it.” She has certainly lived through it. “As a parent with two children (with ADHD), life, it is interesting,” she said. She acknowledged that she is lucky in so far as there are “no identifiable learning disabilities” with either son. They are “very high functioning academically.” For Neadow, “there is definitely a need for awareness in the community” about ADHD. That is why she has teamed up with Dr. Beth-Anne Van Noppen – the doctor who diagnosed Jason – in launching an educational series to help parents trying to navigate the waters of ADHD with their children. “My desire is to help other families that are going through this… (to) help them understand what they are going through, so that they are not starting from scratch,” Neadow said. The “Paying Attention to ADHD” seminar/discussion group will be held over a six-week period, on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elliot Street Clinic, 12 Elliot St. in Perth. The topics are: • February 8: What is ADHD • February 22: A Look at Treatment • February 29: Help with Organization • March 7: Social Skills and Meltdowns • March 21: A Word from Parents • April 4: Working with the School The cost is $50 per person, or $75 per couple. Call 613267-1660, to register. Space is limited. Neadow came to Van Noppen this past fall with the idea for the series. “I want your thoughts on it,” she said. Van Noppen agreed to come aboard, and this series, Neadow hopes, will be the springboard to a larger initiative she is working on. “You can’t be too educated,” she said. “There are things that can be done. ADHD has many different symptoms. It affects children differently.” While there is the common perception of ADHD as being hyper, lacking focus, and running around out of control, Neadow said that these children can also swing from being either angry or passive, aggressive or even shy. For her, one of the largest stigmas of having a child with ADHD is how other people – especially other parents – view her. “Oh, they are just spoiled,” they will say of her children, and others like them. Or, they will blame “bad parenting.” “You have no idea what is happening within a child, or their parents, until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” she said. “They (the children) are wired differently.” With Jason, there were moments, “before I understood the condition,” where she would simply say, “Oh, it’s not that big a deal.” It was not until Grade 3 and “the demand increases at school… then you really start to notice.” One of the first medications that jumps to mind at the mention of ADHD is Ritalin, but medication is not necessarily the first thing that parents and doctors reach for. “It is very much a personal preference,” Neadow said. “We were very, very reluctant to medicate,” she said, in conversations with her husband. But, “in our case, medication has helped. That doesn’t mean that I just pop the pills and away we go.” There is monitoring that goes along with the medication too, as well as therapy. The family has been using ABA (applied behaviour analysis) therapy,

which is more commonly used on children with autism, but, for her sons, “it works wonders,” helping her older son with his social skills. “As a parent, you have to inform yourself,” she said. “There is no harder job than parenting. It’s our job to make sure that our kids are as supported as can be.” Doctor’s diagnosis Speaking later the same day, Van Noppen said that she believes that this series “is needed everywhere,” and not just in Perth. While she has spoken on ADHD, as a medical professional “who has focussed my practice on ADHD…it’s the first time I’ve done something like this.” While none of her own four children has ADHD, she did put her medical practice on hold for many years to home school her

children. One son had a pretty significant learning disability in written expression and reading, so “I was pretty interested in how kids learn.” She hopes that the talk will let parents know that they are not alone – in fact, “they’re some of the hardest working parents around.” Some people believe diet plays a part in ADHD. While children may get a sugar rush from, say, a candy bar, Van Noppen said she believes that while “diet may contribute a bit…the studies I’ve read are not very conclusive.” She does extol the virtues of exercise, but cautions that it is not a silver bullet. Exercise can be like giving a child with ADHD “a little bit of medication,” but for it to have a full effect, “You’d have to run a marathon,” she said with a laugh.

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Perth mother Amanda Neadow poses for a Mother’s Day 2015 photo with her two sons, Dawson, 6, in the foreground, and Jason, 9, in the background.

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Silver screen lights out for Perth Spiritual Cinema Circle Desmond Devoy

“Someone turned out the spiritual light.” -George Harrison, from his song “Brainwashed,” released in 2002 Just one event shy of their 200th showing, the Spiritual Cinema Circle has flickered out – but there is hope for a resurrection. The circle held its 199th, and likely final, showing on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at its longtime home, the McMartin House in Perth. “I’m taking a sabbatical for a year,” said founder and organizer Jim Deacove, during a telephone interview on Wednesday, Jan. 27. “The showing of the films for a few hours, it’s the least amount of work.” Finding the films, maintaining the newsletter, and printing and distributing posters all over town was starting to get onerous for the 77-yearold. At the last circle gathering, “I asked if there were any folks willing to come forward, at least until my sabbatical is over. No one came forward. I’m a bit regretful that it is gone… All good things must come to an end.” He has already received several emails about the cinema circle’s demise, and “they are really going to miss it,” he said, a connection strengthened over “a couple of hours of these very intense films.” The monthly gatherings attracted an average of about 35 people, but there was an intermittent core of about 60 people who could swell the ranks. The films began about 10 years ago at the old Myriad Theatre at 1 Sherbrooke St. After that venue was no longer available, “we were looking around everywhere,” even considering Algonquin College’s Perth campus, before settling on McMartin House at 125 Gore St. E. “I went out and purchased a projector,” he said, with the house providing the screen. “We lucked out with McMartin House,” said Deacove. Their one prohibition for the final Sunday of the month? “Please don’t bring cranberry juice.” He got the idea for showing films that were different from those shown at the big cineplexes in Ottawa, Kingston and Brockville, after he heard a review for an independent film on CBC

Radio. He found an American website that had the film he was looking for – and more like it. “I was so overjoyed at the many, many kinds of cinema,” on display, he recalls. “It stirred, it nourished the soul.” It got him thinking: “Maybe I should see if there is an interest in the wider community?” He joined the online service which saw several DVDs arrive in Perth from the U.S., with a feature and several short films and documentaries. And just as the DVDs arrived, so too did the moviegoers, coming from as far away as Ottawa. “If people keep showing up, I’ll keep showing it,” he said. On nights when the number of attendees was quite low, the show went on regardless, though he admitted that, over the years, “freezing rain has been a real bug-a-boo.” One of the more popular movies that he has shown was the 2011 film The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom. Two girls, aged 11 and 12, came to see the Canadian feature with their father – and by the end, “they kept asking if they were adopted!” he said with a chuckle. The most popular movie – which he has shown three times – was the 2003 movie A Relative Thing, in which “five brothers and sisters are reunited for the first time in 16 years when they are called home to visit their dying grandmother,” according to the Internet Movie Database. “That film, it moved people,” he said. It was “profoundly moving.” One woman even told him that, “if you ever play that again, you’d better bring tissues.” Not all of the films were tear-jerkers, and “I always tried to pick a theme that speaks to what people were talking about, were worrying about,” he said. He was finding that he was having a “negative reaction (to) new Hollywood films,” where he found there was “so much anger, and violence and lots of gratuitous stuff that goes on.” Trying not so sound too grand, Deacove said that the cinema came about because he was trying to inspire his own life. “I’m trying to be a better human being.” In trying to find that elusive title, and being led to that website, he realized that “I don’t think there are any accidents in life… Sometimes the opportunities come looking for you.”

The cinema has exposed him to “so many, many wonderful films… many, many rich years.” But he found that he was not alone, that there was “obviously a fair-sized need for this type of film.” While the term “spiritual” may lead some to believe that the circle would focus on films like Mel Gibson’s controversial The Passion of the Christ (2004), or the Christian-themed independent movies of former 1980s sitcom star Kirk Cameron, Deacove admits that “we puzzled about that term, spiritual, trying to distinguish it

from films that had a particular religious view.” When he would be posting flyers, he would get some intrigued looks from passers-by, who would then tell him that they were not into religious movies. He would explain that, no, they were not necessarily religious in nature, if they were still uninterested, he would end with: “Well, you don’t know what you’re missing.” He hastened to add that “these aren’t attacks on organized religion. We (as humans) are actually spiritual beings who are living human experiences,” not vice versa.

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Author shows how Canada’s history ‘turned on a dime,’ with 1759 battle Desmond Devoy

Long before the War of 1812 ended, which saw British veterans settle in what is now Perth and environs, great European powers fought a proxy war in North America – which changed the face of Canada forever. Standing before the Probus Club’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6, author Kevin Gray – who co-owns the Gallery on Gore with his wife, Johanne Lacroix – did not look out of place at the Legion, as he was dressed up as a veteran. However, it’s unlikely any real British veteran from The French and Indian War has ever darkened the doorway of the Perth Legion. Back in 2003, the former police officer wrote a novel, Where The River Narrows, which was set during the French and Indian Wars. Though originally a native of Mississauga, Ont., his Quebec City-born wife made him more interested in the history of the Quebec capital – more interested than any school history class had been able to make him. “I really didn’t know much about this,” he said of that somewhat overlooked war in our history. “You get a little bit about this in Grade 7, Wolfe and Montcalm.” Thereafter, the lesson is soon forgotten. BEST BUY - CORRECTION NOTICE NEWSPAPER RETRACTION FOR THE BEST BUY JAN 29 CORPORATE FLYER In the January 29 flyer, page 4, the Sony 48” 1080p HD 60Hz LED Smart TV (KDL48W700C) (WebCode: 10368738) was incorrectly advertised with the LG LAS454B 300-Watt 2.1-Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (WebCode: 10394199) as a package. TheSony 48” Smart TV does not come with the LG Sound Bar with Subwoofer. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers.

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“It’s sort of disappeared into the murky past,” said Gray, before posing an interesting question to the audience: How far do you have to walk from Quebec City to New Orleans? According to Google Maps, the distance is 1,788 miles or 2,858 kilometres. But Gray’s answer, of 25 to 30 miles, may be surprising, when you consider that Gray places the emphasis on the word “walk.” You can sail most of the way by boat, only having to portage, say, the 15 km from modern-day Erie, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the French River, which just goes to show how much naval might played a part in military prowess in the 18th century – even this far inland from the Atlantic Ocean. There were competing claims to the Ohio River Valley at the time, between the French and British, and the Iroquois First Nation (the “Indians” in the Indian War.) The French wanted to maintain their control in the area for the sake of the fur trade. The British wanted to “populate and commercialize the Ohio Valley,” said Gray. “These competing interests keep bashing into each other.” Starting in the 1750s, the French went on a fort-building binge, along the south shore of Lake Erie, and in other locations, such as what is now modern-day Pittsburgh. At this point, the British to the

south sent a rather junior officer from Virginia, whose name would soon become world-known. However, at this point, George Washington’s time was yet to come. “I don’t send a boy to do a man’s job,” said Gray. But that’s what the British did anyway, sending Col. Washington of the Virginia militia to settle things with the French. “He’s being asked to compel an empire,” said Gray. “He’s politely ignored and sent on his way.” In 1754, at what is now Pittsburgh, Washington tries again, backed up by more troops. Washington’s troops surrounded the French party that had been sent out to meet them, and tried to capture them. At that point, “somebody starts shooting. To this day, nobody is quite sure who.” In the ensuing melee, some French are killed and some escape. Washington and his troops retreat to Fort Necessity – and the French sent a party after the retreating British. Washington’s bungling, essentially, begins the war between the two powers. In 1755, another British military official, Edward Braddock, marches to within 10 miles of a French fort – most of which were simple structures Desmond Devoy/METROLAND that one could throw a rock over, from Kevin Gray, dressed in the style of a British soldier at the time of the one side to the other. “What ensues is a complete rout,” French and Indian War, appears delighted with his hat before his preby the French, said Gray. The French sentation on the Battle of the Plains of Abraham at the Probus Club on See WAR page P7

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The hand of Kevin Gray, with the help of volunteers from the Probus Club audience, tries to demonstrate just how packed in French soldiers were on the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 as they tried to defend Quebec City. gave the British some respite as a “rain storm came along and shut everything down.” In those days, battles did not take place during rainy weather, as guns were lit by fuses. From then on “things sort of stagnate.” While the waiting was agonizing enough, Wolfe was undergoing an agony of another sort – spinal tuberculosis, meaning he was “flat on his back,” for much of July. He and his officers begin tossing ideas around, including the possibility of attacking the town from behind. Wolfe agrees, in essence, out of a lack of any other ideas at hand. At midnight on Sept. 13, British troops begin filing into boats, and placing mufflers on their oars. “It was quite a bit of seamanship to pull it off,” said Gray. As it would turn out, Wolfe was to be “the luckiest man” in the world that day. The French were already expecting to see ships and boats in the river that night as they were expecting resupply ships from further up river. To add to the dumb luck of the British, a French sentry spotted the boats and called out, “Who goes there?” A quick thinking Brit replied, in French, the name of one of the French regiments stationed in the area. Remarkably, without any follow-up questions, that boat was allowed to pass. At 4 a.m., the landing west of Quebec City began, with hundreds of British troops scaling the cliffs in the dark. The first group of soldiers attacked a guard post and battery. “There should have been a lot more troops at that guard post,” said Gray. “But they’d been sent home to tend to their crops.” As for the overwhelmed French troops that remained, “they can’t stop it… they don’t have sufficient troops to stop it.” By 7 a.m. all of the British forces are up on the Plains of Abraham and begin their march east towards the city, arrayed in a mile-long line. Montcalm scrambles the troops on the shore, to the east of the city, to come and help them out.

Those French troops arrive at around 10 a.m., and take up a line of defence between the British and the city. “The French poured on in a much more dense formation, at least three deep,” said Gray, as they had less room to manoeuvre. “Why did he (Montcalm) attack? He really didn’t have to… He has it within his power to trap the British,” as reinforcements are on their way from the west, which would sandwich the British in between two French lines. But, the French forces attacked anyway. “Every experience told him that he could beat them.” The French had more artillery and guns, and so, with a greater arsenal, they started their attack on the British line at 10 a.m. Their first volley was launched when they were 200 yards away from the British lines, which proved ineffective, with many shots missing their mark. At this point, the French lines “start to come apart.” The British, literally, keep their powder dry, and do not fire on the French until they are 40 yards away. The French panic and begin to retreat. In all, this battle, from the first French volley, to their retreat, took about 10 minutes, an example, said Gray, of “history turning on a dime.” In the ensuing battle however, “Wolfe died almost immediately.” In the town, Montcalm dies the next day at a doctor’s house. The city was evacuated the night of the British attack, as there was little to no hope of withstanding a sustained siege. The French soon capitulate and the Union Jack is soon raised over Quebec City. In 1763, the wars in Europe come to an end, and “at the treaty table, the French had the opportunity to get it all back,” all of New France. It came down to a choice of either “sugar islands (in the Caribbean) or Canada. They chose the sugar islands.” As one advisor to the French king was heard to tell his ruler: “What have we lost, your majesty, but a few acres of snow?”

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were fighting in the “guerrilla” style, hiding behind the ample trees and rocks in the forest, while the British continued to fight in the old-fashioned style, in orderly lines. By this time, the “French are pretty firmly entrenched in the Ohio Valley.” From 1756 to 1758, “it doesn’t go very well for the British.” Then, the luck of the British begins to change for the better. In 1758, the British took the French port of Fort Louisbourg, in what is now Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton island, which was a major game changer as it gave the British a toe-hold onto the St. Lawrence Seaway. At around this time, James Wolfe comes to the attention of Pitt the Elder, Britain’s prime minister at the time. Wolfe became somewhat of a celebrity as he spent the winter back in Britain, before returning to North America to begin an attack on Quebec City. In the spring of 1759, there is a mustering of British troops in Four Louisbourg and Halifax, and about 200 vessels are readied for an armada. “This is huge,” said Gray. “That’s the biggest naval armada that’s ever been assembled in North America.” While Wolfe has about 10,000 welltrained regulars, on the French side, the Marquis de Montcalm has 12,000 troops, but, “he’s got a mixed bag,” so they are “more or less armies of equal size.” In June of 1759, the British began sailing up the St. Lawrence River. The rapids on the waters were tricky to navigate but, somehow, the British persevered, thanks in part to one James Cook, the famed explorer and navigator, who was aboard one of the ships. Amazingly, all of the ships got past the shoals with no loss of vessels. On June 26, 1759, British forces arrived in the Quebec City area, occupying a field on Isle de Orleans. Montcalm’s troops are arrayed on the north shore of the river. “He (Wolfe) has got a tough nut to crack,” said Gray. But, “Montcalm is very savvy.” The next day, the British fan out over the island, and onto the south shore across the river from the city on the north shore. The battle begins on July 12, with a barrage from British batteries. “They pound the city into rubble,” said Gray. On June 28, the French try to dislodge the British from the south shore with “fire ships,” piled high with “combustible materials.” The ships, however, fail to achieve their goal. Wolfe still tries to “draw Montcalm,” into an engagement. But “Montcalm doesn’t want to play. He’s content to let Wolfe do all of the work. Montcalm is in a very strong position. There is nothing much Wolfe can do to draw Montcalm out.” On July 31, the British launch an attack on the north shore, over mud flats during low tide, but “Wolfe lost control of his troops.” Holding the higher ground, “the French rained fire down on them… It was a bloodbath.” But, Mother Nature inadvertently

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n one of my offices (I have’s hard to keep track sometimes), there are a couple of plants. Actually, I have plants in two of my offices. The home office (Office No. 1) was a bit of a jungle, which is why I took some plants to Office No. 3. Office No. 2 is shared with a bunch of people...but seldom with any plants. It’s a bit risky taking plants to Office No. 3, particularly one of the plants I have chosen: a violet. A few months ago I finally got around to dividing a violet that was practically falling out of its tiny pot. It morphed into six violets. I do a decent job nurturing plants. Plants and I have an understanding. For my part, I will water them and occasionally fertilize them. I will repot them when it is super obvious that they need it. But I don’t tend to dote. I’m not super good at picking off dead leaves and flowers. In return, they are expected to stay alive, grow new leaves and occasionally bloom (if they are the flowering kind). This arrangement works. The expectations are reasonable. We seem to get along fine and there have been few casualties. I am, however, a wee bit leery of violets. My track record with them hasn’t been fantastic. I think, for the most part, the trouble stemmed (ha! Plant pun!) from the fact the first time I had violets I kept them in a northfacing window. I think they needed better light. So when Girlchild brought home a lovely violet from the Junior Gardeners’ program at her school a couple of years ago, I promptly placed it in the windowsill of the only south-facing window in our house along with the 7,452 other plants that like a lot of light. You see where I’m heading with this? It’s one thing to find a space for a single violet, but when it divides into six, that’s kind of a lot. Now there are two violets in the popular sill, and three violets were gifted to people who I know have windows. The last one is in Office No. 3... with...egad...a north-facing window! Gulp. I have to be super careful with this violet. It was a Girlchild project. It must live. I may actually have to dote on it. I turn it fractionally almost ev-

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ery time I’m there in order to maximize its light exposure. The other plant seems less needy. It is a sprawling thing with pretty deep green waxy leaves and a name I forget. It occasionally offers up little yellow flowers and is quite lovely. It’s telling me it needs a new pot. I wish it had mentioned this before I moved it to my new office. When that plant lived in the home office, it was also in a north-facing window and did quite fine. In Office No. 3, however, it seems to be reaching a bit for the light. It’s too big to sit right on the sill with its violet companion, but occupies a table right beside the window. I swear it is groping a bit...stretching and reaching with its waxy greenness to get as much sun as possible. Good luck, plant. I feel the same way. I haven’t researched this, but it sure seems as if this January has been cloudier and gloomier than usual. I certainly don’t want to complain much about the fact it is not minus one-hundred-and-stupid this winter like it was last year, but a cold, bright January is rather traditional and expected. (It’s the frigid Novembers, Marchs and Aprils that were not fun last year.) I’m convinced there has been less sun because I notice it when it does show up. “OMIGOD it’s the SUN!” (Drops everything. Presses face to a plant.) Whether the sun is out or not, I know for sure I’m not playing outside enough. There hasn’t been much to shovel. My peeps aren’t big on winter sports. The kids are past the era of hauling them along sidewalks by sled with some groceries piled on top of them. You would think that after all the preaching and kids programs I have done about playing outside and how good it is for your body and your mind, it would be a no brainer. Just go outside. And if the sun happens to be shining while you’re out there, reach for it. Like a plant.

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Empty Bowls is kicking into high gear and will be promoting the project with the sale of hand-made pottery bowls in Perth during Maple Fest The bowls will be for sale at the Maple Fest on April 30 and at Foodsmiths, starting in early March. Empty Bowls helps provide food for children in the community through various programs like the breakfast club, youth clubs and at The Table Community Food Centre. Pictured are potters Linda Harvey, Mike Doxey, Anne Chambers, Joni Seligman, Molly Forsythe, Rita Redner, Chandler Swain. Missing from the photo are Susie Osler, Jean Dunning, Ali Ross and Rosemary Kotze.


The art of being neighbourly

hen I was a child I was a devoted fan of Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood who every episode would sing “won’t you be my neighbour?” In our current climate of more needs and less money, municipalities like Perth and Smiths Falls are realizing just how precious being neighbourly really is. Our rural reality has meant that area municipalities have long pulled together when it comes to really big needs like emergency services (through mutual aid agreements and economic development efforts), but the increasing strain of the infrastructure deficit and policing costs has turned up the heat on this foundational relationship making partnerships with your neighbours even more crucial. The challenge facing municipal councils today is, exactly how do they break the mould of past partnership thinking and forge a new vision that includes innovative collaborative opportunities? Perth Mayor John Fenik recently

STACEY ROY For the Record spoke to this type of innovation during a recent town council session where he mused about the benefits and cost savings to be had should surrounding municipalities coordinate their staff training. This could either be in the form of a group travel or in bringing trainers down to Lanark County. Smiths Falls has been giving this topic considerable time and have come up with multiple options, including the recently presented concept of a regional fire department. Most of our fire services operate primarily on volunteer power and frequently call in reinforcements from the region when a persistent burn presents itself, so the regional service makes sense to me. Other staff level discussions at

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council have tossed out the savings to be had in sharing public works equipment among communities and creating a regional police force. These are all good ideas and ones that will require significant negotiations and planning before they become a reality. My concern is will our rural neighbours be able to withstand the rising costs in services long enough for this long term solution to come to pass? Is there not a short term solution that could bridge the time between now and then and provide much needed relief on municipal budgets? I don’t know the answer to this question, but I sure would like to. Moving into these discussions on a regional level will take patience on the part of all participants. It will be crucial for local politicians to be able to leave their community-centric views behind and come into the room with an openness to find the best regional solution for all. The alternative of remaining as we are is simply not sustainable.

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Fenik has change of heart on attaching strings to food bank funding


In the Jan 28 issue of The Perth Courier, two sisters were incorrectly identified on page P8. They were Charlotte Stewart, 10, and Jaclyn Stewart, 12. The Courier apologizes for the error.

Food bank reply Down the road, at 190 Gore St. E., Hart revealed that this was not the first time he had heard of Boldt’s concerns. “I’ve had a few conversations with Coun. Boldt about this,” said Hart during a telephone interview later that same day. He confirmed that he had made his comments on the radio that Boldt referred to in council, but assured the public that “we certainly are not abandoning the food bank,” but confirmed that they are working “to strengthen our advocacy efforts.” While a food bank may feed a hungry per-

son, “it isn’t addressing the reasons why” that person is poor in the first place. A food bank offers “short term relief,” he said, which, while vital, only treats a symptom. “We need to address some of the root causes (as to) why people turn to food banks in increasing numbers,” he said. He noted that, under Canada Revenue Agency rules, charities can spend as much as 10 per cent of their budgets on political activity. “We have ample room in our budget,” he said, having spent $107,000 on food alone in 2015. He conceded that, while he did not have the exact numbers in front of him at that moment, The Table did “definitely (spend) more than half,” of its budget on wages and benefits. While he said his staff was “fairly compensated,” he noted that “we are way below provincial averages for charitable workers,” though he conceded that The Table “could run a conventional food bank with less staff.” The Table does tap into many revenue streams beyond the town. In fact, The Table “brings more money into Perth than we raise locally,” said Hart, through donations and grants from sources like Community Food Centres Canada, based in Toronto, an organization of which The Table is a member. However, Hart said that “I’m very appreciative and grateful for the town’s continued support” of The Table.


goes to food. It’s a good compromise.” Fenik added that programs like the Community Improvement Plan dictate that the money given to local businesses can only be used for façade improvements like awnings. “We do dole out money in specific ways,” said Fenik. The matter was then put to a vote, with Boldt, Fenik and Graff voting together to put strings on the money given to The Table, and McPherson, Brown, Turner, and Gemmell voting against. Just before the preliminary budget was passed, town treasurer Lang Britchford said that “as someone who makes a living looking at numbers, I’m pleased to see the passion on the floor here.”


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Perth Mayor John Fenik and Coun. Jim Boldt had a heated exchange over funding for The Table Community Food Centre – only to have Fenik ultimately agree with Boldt’s point of view, and vote with him. At one point during the special committee of the whole meeting on Friday, Jan. 29, Coun. Ed McPherson, the meeting’s chair, had to call the meeting to order. The fireworks were lit when Boldt questioned just how much of the $15,000 the town was going to be donating to The Table was actually going to stock food on shelves for the needy. “This is where I always have an issue,” said Boldt. “They are not just a food bank. There are a lot of advocacy groups that go in there.” Boldt referred to The Table’s 2014 budget of $651,000 – about 63 per cent of which went towards wages and benefits. “If I am a John Q. Public, and giving $1 to The Table…63 cents are, in effect, going to salaries and benefits,” said Boldt. “This money we are giving to The Table should be going exclusively to the food bank section.” Boldt suggested setting up a line of credit at a local supermarket with the town’s money that The Table could then use to pay for food, so that “I can assure my constituents that the money we pay to them goes into food.” He added that “a lot of them (constituents) are shocked to find that two-thirds of their money is going into salaries and benefits.” Fenik however defended The Table’s expansion into the realm of advocacy and politics. During his recent run as the New Democratic Party’s candidate in the Oct. 19 federal election in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, Fenik said that he had met a lot of poor people. “The highest users of food bank are two people who are together making minimum wage jobs, with multiple kids,” Fenik said, referencing the working poor. He called Boldt’s line of credit idea “interesting” but using such a method would mean that food was purchased at “retail prices.” “I get where you are coming from,” said Fenik to Boldt. Coun. Judy Brown said that the non-food bank funding at The Table did not just go to political advocacy, but also to practical things like cooking lessons, personal budget planning, and even gardening, to make families somewhat self-sufficient. “I trust them to administer their budget,” said Brown. Boldt pointed to an interview The Table’s executive director, Ramsay Hart – himself a former activist with Mining Watch – gave to a local radio station on Monday, Jan. 25, in which he said that The Table was moving away – but not abandoning – being a place where poor people get food, to being a place to “empower people,” and to work towards “political advocacy.” “We should direct where that $15,000 should go,” said Boldt. “Those most immobilized… are poor people, who do not know how to pick up the phone to me or Coun. Boldt or (MPP) Randy Hillier or (MP) Scott Reid,” replied Fenik. “Those who are poorest don’t know where to go… It’s about teaching poor people to get a better deal.” At this point, the conversation became heated, with Fenik interrupting Boldt, to ask, twice, “Do you know what the minimum wage is?” “That’s disrespectful,” said Boldt of the mayor’s interjection, before McPherson ended the clash between the men. Shortly afterwards, Fenik returned to the debate, saying: “I don’t think we can start dictating terms once the money is given. It’s not up to the Town of Perth to micro-

manage.” Coun. Jim Graff said he supported Boldt’s perspective, as he too is “concerned in the direction they (The Table) are going… we have to have a vested interest in how they are spending our money,” said Graff, though he hastened to add that when it came to looking after and feeding the poor, “they are doing a whale of a job.” “I’m a little concerned,” said Deputy Mayor John Gemmell about Boldt’s line of credit idea, since multiple supermarkets – from Brownlee’s Metro to Barnabe’s Independent to Foodsmiths’ and Giant Tiger – would want to land that account. “This is a very small percentage of their budget,” said Coun. Riq Turner. “It’s a moot point.” Brown returned to the debate to say that she was puzzled as to “why we are thinking that spending money on food is any better than anything else,” said Brown. Boldt returned to his original point that “I have a hard time giving money to any organization that is top heavy…that is not to put down The Table. That is in general.” At this point, Fenik appeared to have a change of heart from his earlier comments on the matter. “In that organization (The Table), they have different budget lines,” said Fenik. “It is within our rights to say that that money

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Legion stresses importance of supporting branch Terry O’Hearn

It has again become national news that the Royal Canadian Legion is suffering from declining membership across the country. While this is a known fact at our local branch, the rush to just fill the numbers is not on. A very small percentage of the current membership is active, and as the Legion Dominion Command website stresses: “When you join the Legion, you support the many services we offer to Veterans, serving military, RCMP Members, and their families.” We invite anyone who is interested in helping us with that mission to apply for membership, and you will find a welcoming atmosphere in a wellmaintained building. Many activities are coming up soon, including the Ladies Auxiliary spaghetti dinner on February 11, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are available at a cost of $10 each, and are available in the Members’ Lounge or at the door. Superbowl Sunday will take place in the Members’ Lounge on Feb. 7, starting at 2 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 13, is the next Saturday Jamboree date, featuring an open mic session with from 2 to 5 p.m. All musicians welcome. Also, the Saturday meat draw is coming up on Feb. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to these events. Gary Fournier reports that the Legion “Funday Curling” is coming up on Feb. 28 at the Perth Curling Club. The entry fee is $15 per person, including a potluck meal. A signup sheet is in the Members’ Lounge. Days of Yore … From The Perth Courier dated Nov. 7, 1946: “At a meeting of the PerthUpon-Tay Branch of the Canadian Legion held on Tuesday night with Vice-President A.E. Fleming presiding it was decided to purchase a building lot, 65 x 105 feet on Herriott street in the centre of the town from Mr.

Branch 244 News Vincent Haughian at a cost of $1,625 as the site for the construction of a memorial hall. It is purposed to also use the building as a community centre for the holding of various social events. The proposed building will be of two stories to cost approximately $30,000 according to temporary estimates submitted by the Dodge Construction Co.” Did you know? From the website Canada at War: “In 1914 Canada entered the war as a colony, a mere extension of Britain overseas; in 1918 she was forging visibly ahead to nationhood. Canada began the war with one division of citizen soldiers under the command of a British general, and ended with a superb fighting force under the command of one of her own sons. For a nation of eight million people Canada’s war effort was remarkable. A total of 619,636 men and women served in the Canadian forces in the First World War, and of these 66,655 gave their lives and another 172,950 were wounded. Nearly one of every ten Canadians who fought in the war did not return. It was this Canadian war record that won for Canada a separate signature on the Peace Treaty signifying that national status had been achieved. Nationhood was purchased for Canada by the gallant men who stood fast at Ypres, stormed Regina Trench, climbed the heights of Vimy Ridge, captured Passchendaele, and entered Mons on November 11, 1918.” Don’t forget our websites: www., and Facebook: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244.

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Today millions of North Americans suffer hypertension and 99 percent are being treated by prescription drugs. Studies show that nearly 50 percent discontinue their medication due to unpleasant sideeffects. But tossing away drugs is a hazardous move which can result in earlier death. This week, a double-barrelled natural remedy that helps to prevent high blood pressure. It can also be helpful to those with hypertension who wish to try managing it first without the Dr. Gifford-Jones use of prescription medication. It’s been said that “societies get the blood pressure they deserve.” It appears we deserve a lot. It’s estimated that 75 million adult North Americans have hypertension. What is more frightening is that doctors are now seeing this disease in young children who are obese and diabetic. What causes hypertension? In some cases doctors cannot pin-point the reason. Sir William Osler, one of the world’s great physicians, said it was good to be born with “genetically good rubber”. He was referring to soft, springy arteries less likely to cause hypertension. But since we cannot choose our parents many people, as they age, develop atherosclerosis (clogged, hardened arteries), the big killer. Good sense tells us that if water pipes in our homes are clogged, the pressure affects the entire house. Similarly, the constant pounding from increased blood pressure on all our arteries and organs results in a host of problems, coronary attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation of legs. So what can a double-barrelled approach do to prevent this major killer? Dr. Nathan S Bryan, at the University of Texas, says that for 100 years researchers have known that nitroglycerine eased angina heart pain by increasing the blood supply to the heart’s muscle. But it was a mystery how this happened. Then researchers discovered the miracle molecule of nitric oxide (NO). They were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1998. Early in life we all produce large amounts of NO in the endothelial lining (the innermost lining of blood vessels). This keeps arteries expanded. But after age 40 the production of NO decreases, arteries constrict causing hypertension. This constant pressure injures the endothelium and triggers a chemical and inflammatory reaction that kills one North American every 37 seconds. A natural remedy, Neo40, is now available. It sends a message in nanoseconds to endothelial cells to start producing nitric oxide. Dr. Bryan reports some people take L-arginine to produce NO. But Neo40 is more effective since it contains L–citrulline, vitamin C, beet root and hawthorne. The prescribed dose is to slowly dissolve one tablet in the mouth twice a day for two weeks, then one daily. This provides a quick start to lowering blood pressure. But it’s a lifetime treatment as once a deficiency occurs the body will never again produce sufficient NO. The next part of the double-barrelled attack involves high doses of vitamin C and lysine. It’s also a lifetime treatment because, unlike animals, humans, due to a genetic mishap, lost the ability to produce this vitamin eons ago. Vitamin C is needed to produce collagen, the glue that holds cells together and its lack sets the stage for atherosclerosis. The addition of lysine, an amino acid, strengthens arteries, decreasing the risk of rupture and stroke. However, unlike Neo40 that dilates arteries, high doses of C can prevent atherosclerosis, and if already present, begins to unclog all arteries. The dose is 4,000 – 6,000 mg daily of C and 3,000 – 4,000 mg of lysine daily either in capsule or powder form. Dr. Sydney Bush, the English researcher who made this revolutionary discovery, reports it takes six months before the first signs of arterial reversal can be seen. See the dramatic before and after photos at my web site It’s unfortunate that most doctors do not know about these natural ways to treat hypertension. Of course there is a place for prescription drugs to treat hypertension. But it’s tragic that these natural, safe and often effective remedies are not tried first. And they are as close as your Health Food Store. And remember prevention of hypertension is as important as treatment.

Great cast but latest Kung Fu Panda film still Jack Black’s show universe provides Po with some insight. Po’s biological father, Li (Bryan Cranston), has found his son. While Po is reunited with his father, Oogway (Randal Duk Kim) is doing battle with an old enemy in the spirit realm. Kai (J.K. Simmons) has taken the chi of every master in the spirit realm. With it he defeats Oogway, steals his chi, and uses it to return to the mortal realm. Kai is soon cutting a swath of destruction stealing the chi of any who stand in his way as he comes for the Dragon Warrior. To defeat this new enemy Po will have to fulfill the prophecy that Oogway set in motion all those years ago. Po will have to learn to master his chi, and what it truly means to be the Dragon Warrior. I want to start with just how gorgeous Kung Fu Panda 3 is. It goes from achingly beautiful set pieces of this mythical

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China to incredibly fluid action sequences creating a rich and vibrant world. The story is everything you’d expect. It is funny, heart warming, and clever. It’s the kind of tightly written story where everything fits together like pieces of a puzzle. Of course the kung fu is awesome. Sure it’s animated, and completely divorced from the laws of physics, but it is so well done you don’t care. In these characters they’ve created such interesting individuals, and given them such good lines it’s hard to pick a favourite. Combine that with such talent as Dustin Hoffman,

CFUW to learn about value of Victim Services at Feb. 8 meeting You arrive home late at night, alone, and discover a door has been damaged and your home has has been broken into. The police arrive and suggest contacting Victim Services, an invaluable program in Lanark County to assist victims of crime and tragic circumstances. Please join the Canadian Federation of University Women as we explore and learn about Lanark County and Leeds and Grenville Victim Services. Please join the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Perth and District on Monday, Feb. 8 at the Canadian Legion Building at 26 Beckwith Street East in Perth at 7 p.m. to learn more about Lanark County and Leeds and Grenville Victim Services. Sonja Jodoin, executive direc-

tor of Leeds Grenville and acting director of Lanark County Victim Services will join us and share this fabulous program with us. Volunteer opportunities will also be discussed. Victim Services in both Lanark County and Leeds and Grenville is a community and volunteer based response program that provides immediate, short-term crisis intervention services to persons affected by crime, tragic circumstances and disaster. Victim Services works in conjunction with local police services and the county fire services. As well, Victim Services may offer some assistance towards expenses through the Victim Quick Response program. The Victim Services program operates seven days a week, 365 days a year with the

mandate to offer victims immediate support and to assist with referrals to other community agencies. Mark Monday, Feb. 8 on your calendar as this is a very informative presentation and one you certainly do not want to miss. CFUW is an organization of women, linked locally, nationally and internationally, to promote quality education, encourage participation in public affairs and improve the status of girls and women, all in an atmosphere of cooperation, fun and friendship. More information about CFUW Perth and District is available on our website: Submitted by CFUW Perth and District

UCDSB trustees release results of Ipsos Reid culture survey The Upper Canada District School Board’s (UCDSB) board of trustees has released results of a detailed survey into how parents, students and the public feel about the board and how it is meeting its strategic goals. The UCDSB Culture Survey of Students and Staff was presented Jan. 27 by the board of trustees. The Ipsos Reid survey, conducted and compiled over the past year, was comprised of three interconnected surveys

which sought responses from staff, students, and parents. Results will help trustees better understand the current learning environment, and gain clarity on how well students and staff are aligned with the core district objectives and critical success factors outlined in our strategic plan, said chair Jeff McMillan. “This survey asked some serious questions and we received honest responses,” said McMillan. “There are many areas of

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A look into dangers of using herbicide to control wild parsnip outbreak in Lanark County harmful and ineffective. Listed below are several procedures that the county needs to follow, in keeping with the guidelines set out by the manufacturer and as specified in the Best Management Practices issued by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. During the trial spraying that took place last May and June, the only public notification given by the county was announcements in the paper, which are easily overlooked. Notification of individual affected landowners is required – what is the cost for that? A detailed survey of wild parsnip infestations and the location of water bodies and water in ditches (often concealed by vegetation), as well as nontarget plants, including trees, will need to be performed. When you consider the hundreds of kilometres of county roads – what is the cost for that? Any spraying will need to be timed to avoid windy weather (to prevent drift of the herbicide to agricultural crops and beehives) and wet or rainy weather. Any contractor hired to spray may factor in lost time into the spraying quote – what is the cost for that? Areas that are sprayed will leave lots of bare patches (remember, nearly all the broad-leafed plants will be killed), perfect for the wild parsnip seeds lying dormant in the soil to sprout and replace the dead plants. These areas will need to be over-seeded with native plants – what is the cost for that? It won’t be long before the sprayed weeds develop a resistance to ClearView, classified as a Group 4 herbicide, putting it in the same category as 2,4D,

which is commonly used on farms. These weeds will then start proliferating among all the crops now sprayed with 2,4D, and take chemical warfare to a whole new level. What is the cost for that? Given all these concerns, isn’t using ClearView, and possibly more lethal herbicides such as TruVist (once ClearView loses its effectiveness), like playing with fire? The real (environmentally sustainable) heroes Because wild parsnip is a nuisance and has been added to Ontario’s list of noxious weeds, any infestations that create problems for farmers and other residents must be dealt with. Really, there are far better alternatives to a blanket spraying program – more environmentally friendly and cost-effective ones. In lieu of chemicals, why not call on two tried-and-true heroes – human ingenuity and the trusty Bush Hog? We need to conduct a detailed survey of infestations, using non-chemical strategies such as hand-pulling (wearing gloves, of course!), cutting, or tarping for small patches, The resulting bare patches then need to be overseeded with desirable plants. For larger infestations, we need to mow the wild parsnip once only, but time the mowing just before the plant flowers or sets seed. In the case of roadside mowing, which needs to be done anyway to preserve sightlines for traffic, no additional cost is incurred to remove the wild parsnip. Should there be underlying rocks or especially wide expanses of wild parsnip (although Bush Hogs are available

that can cut swaths of up to two metres), special attention may be needed to resolve the problem, but the additional cost is unlikely to come close to the cost for proper implementation of spraying, and the total environmental and health benefits of not spraying are self-evident. We also need to make sure that residents are well informed about wild parsnip. They should be able to identify it, know how to safely remove it without injury to themselves, and, if skin contact followed by sun exposure does occur, how to treat the lesions – just as is done with other noxious weeds, such as poison ivy. A happy ending? With proper management, using environmentally sustainable solutions, we can control the spread of this plant. Also, it could very well be that all this concern about wild parsnip is a tempest in a teapot. Perhaps, if we just allow nature to take its course, while continuing to mow wild parsnip before it goes to seed, this invasion will subside, just as the purple loosestrife invasion did, not that long ago. In fact, Lanark County also happens to be home to a potential nemesis for wild parsnip, the parsnip webworm. So – could the actual real hero be the parsnip webworm? At this time, Lanark County council has voted to proceed with spraying county roadsides, but individual municipalities have the choice to opt out of spraying. Won’t you help to create a happy ending to this story by contacting your municipal councillors in the next short while, to request that they vote against spraying?

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Ever since the news first surfaced last May that Lanark County was planning to conduct a trial roadside spraying a few weeks after they announced it, to assess the effectiveness of the herbicide ClearView in killing wild parsnip, there have been a lot of questions, facts and myths circulating wildly in the media and the community. The (supposed) villain Wild Parsnip! the news headlines blared. It maims, blinds and kills people! It kills livestock too! Hogwash! Apart from burns and blisters in some people, there is no verifiable evidence of anything worse. The facts, unfortunately, don’t sell newspapers, but here they are. Wild parsnip is a biennial plant. That means its full life cycle lasts two years. That’s all. After that, the plant dies. It starts out as a rosette in the first year, only sending up the tall flowering spike (that strikes fear in all and sundry) in the second year. This plant seeds profusely, but those seeds don’t spread far, and they only sprout in disturbed soil. For this reason, wild parsnip is rarely found in well-established fields. And that’s why it’s commonly found on roadsides and along abandoned railbeds. It also thrives in rich, alkaline soil, which is predominant in Lanark County. The drawback with wild parsnip – which by the way, was imported to North America from Europe by the early settlers, and the seeds of which can be bought at a certain local hardware store by those who enjoy homegrown parsnips – is that its sap, if people come into contact with it, can cause a blistering rash – in some, not all, people – only if the skin is exposed to sunlight. It’s one of many plants with this characteristic – such as limes, grapefruits, lemons and celery. Does this mean you should toss your celery out? Of course not! You eat the celery, and remember to wash your face and hands afterwards, before going out in the sun. The chemical compounds in wild parsnip are known to reduce weight gain and fertility in livestock

that eat it (and livestock know enough to avoid eating it in the first place), but there is no documented evidence of anything worse. The (supposed) hero But fear not! We have ClearView to kill the evil wild parsnip and once its mission is accomplished, everyone will live happily ever after. Well, that’s wrong. In fact, the (supposed) cure is worse than the disease. This herbicide does not kill grasses, and that’s about all that can be said in its favour. It kills nearly all broadleaf plants, including native plants, bushes, and any farm crops it comes into contact with. This includes all the flowering plants that provide a source of nectar for our pollinators, including parasitic insects that function as bio-controls for agricultural pests such as aphids, slugs, whiteflies and weevils. ClearView has a predilection for killing leguminous plants, such as soybeans, alfalfa and clover. Although this herbicide does not have an immediate effect on most humans and animals because it is not metabolized in the body, some individuals with multiple chemical sensitivity can become extremely ill when in the vicinity of sprayed sites, and there is no clear data on long-term effects to humans or animals. In addition, because ClearView is not metabolized, the manure from animals that ingest ClearView, when spread on fields as fertilizer, will kill any crops planted there. ClearView must, on no account, be used near water or during rainy weather because it takes many months to break down and, once it enters a wetland, pond, lake, stream or river, it destroys all the aquatic plants that grow there. Since roadsides are, for the most part, ditches to catch the rain and snow which end up in our waterways, spraying them with this herbicide is a recipe for disaster.

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ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 A burst of optimism has you moving toward a new goal, Aries. This positive frame of mind can propel you to the finish line quickly, but make each decision carefully. TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, new revelations may inspire you to make some long-desired changes. Write down all of your plans so you can see them on paper and weigh all of your priorities. GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 An old friend you haven’t seen in a while may suddenly reappear in your life, Gemini. This person may take you on a fun trip down memory lane. Enjoy the laughs. CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Expect a change of circumstances at work, Cancer. This change may come by way of a transfer or a promotion, or it might be something less significant. Embrace it in any case. LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 A close friend of yours may suggest a last-minute trip, and you just may Here’s How It Works: be game for an adventure, Leo. Pack all of your essentials and do not think too much, or you might back out. Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric Virgo, a financial windfall may seem like a great thing on the surface, clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! but it doesn’t come without a price. Resolve to be responsible with your newfound largesse. Connected to Your Community A/CP/K/P/SF - 37 - Thursday, February 4, 2016

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you might feel nervous at the prospect of a big change at your job, but you are totally ready for the change and some new responsibilities. SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, some recent nerves and stress may come to an end this week. You feel focused right now and have your eye on the prize, and relief is on the way. SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, expect some welcome developments in your romantic life. This may be the week you meet someone new. If you’re involved, expect your romantic energy to grow. CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you’re ready to spread your ideas and plans to others, but the public just may not be open to what you have to share at this time. Don’t force the issue at present; give it a few days. AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Sacrifices will be well worth the effort this week, Aquarius. Keep in mind that these sacrifices are temporary and not that disruptive. The reward awaits. PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, success at work paints you in a new light with your colleagues. You may finally receive the recognition you deserve. 0204












Hilary Lynne Drummond

Come celebrate Jack and Bev Hanna’s 60th ANNIVERSARY Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Bethel Pentecostal Church Smiths Falls 2-4 pm Best wishes only BIRTHDAY


Friends and Family of Elspeth Nixon are invited to her 90TH BIRTHDAY TEA at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, Carleton Place Sunday, February 7, 2016 2–4 p.m. Best Wishes and Donations to the Lanark County Food Bank Only

WEDDING Homestyle Ceremonies. Choose your location and have a meaningful relationship-based ceremony designed just for you. Judie Diamond, 613-375-6772.

90 YEARS YOUNG ON FEBRUARY 4th!!! Barbara Purdy You are a wonderful mother A special gran, aunt and great-aunt. We are so fortunate to have you in our lives. We wish you a Happy Birthday, filled with love. All Your Family

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY Frances Smith Family and friends invite you to stop in and wish Fran Happy Birthday! Place: Carleton Place Legion Date: Saturday, February 13 Time: 2:30-5:00 pm Best Wishes Only It’s a Surprise! CARD OF THANKS

HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY Jaimee Armstrong A wish for every happiness With love, Grandma Linda, Jack & Uncle Phil xxx


Mary McCleery is going to be “100" All welcome at the Smiths Falls Legion 7 Main St. E. 613-283-2690 Homemade Hot & Cold Food will be served Wed., Feb. 17, 2016 - 2 to 4 pm Best wishes only And bring a nice card

BEST WISHES ON THE OCCASION OF YOUR 80TH BIRTHDAY February 3, 2016 Gordon Haskins Love Cecil, Doreen, Allan, Dale and Families CARD OF THANKS

McDOUGALL, Charles (Chuck) - In loving memory of a dear Dad and Poppie who passed away February 5, 1998. Fond memories Dad, through the mists of time. It seems so long since we last met, But happy times are remembered yet. Sadly missed, lovingly remembered. Randy, Debbie, Rob and Lindz

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Kenneth Foster Burns

February 8, 1929January 26, 2016 “Second generation owner of Burns Jewellers” Ken passed away in hospital in Perth on Tuesday January 26th, 2016 at the age of 86 years. Dearly loved husband and partner for 59 years to Betty (Russell) Burns. He was the loved father of Rob (JoAnn) and Tom (Lidia) Burns, Marnie (Barney) Webster and Connie (Glen) Willows. Loved by his grandchildren Fletcher and Coral Webster, Ben, Alex, Hanna and Owen Willows, Johánna Alcantara, Katrina Hodge and Alexander Campbell. Ken is remembered by his sisters-in-law Myrna Dinwoodie and Jean Johnson and their families. Much loved uncle to Dave Robinson and Janet (late Pete) Thompson and their families. He was predeceased by his parents H.E. and Marg Burns, brother Bob, sister Gwen (Manse) Robinson and brothers and sisters-in-law Dave (Audrey) Dinwoodie, Ian Dinwoodie, Jessie (Richard) Dubreuil and Ellen (Ray) Barber. Ken will be fondly remembered by the golfing and curling communities of Perth, his loyal customers and friends. He was a member of the Toastmaster’s Club and lifetime member of the Perth Citizen’s Band. Family and friends gathered at St. James Anglican Church, Perth for a funeral service held on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. followed by a reception in the church hall. Private interment will be held later. In remembrance of Ken, contributions to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Tire “Jump Start” program would be greatly appreciated. The family wish to offer a special thank you to the nurses at the Perth hospital for their care. Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth (613) 267-3765 to send your condolences or for further information visit




IN MEMORIAM To my dear family and friends for coming from near and far to celebrate my 100th birthday with me. Thank you for the cards, gifts and best wishes. Sincerely Mary Scott

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our sweet and beloved angel. Hilary died on the morning of Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at the age of 28, comfortably surrounded by all who most deeply loved her. She died following a six year battle with breast cancer which she faced with tremendous courage, optimism, humour and grace. Hilary was a dedicated teacher, gifted athlete, loved life and was always up for a good time. She was the cherished daughter of Donna and Dr. Alan Drummond, sister of Jennifer (Kyle Pearlman) and Graham (Julie Baumann) and granddaughter of her “Bamma” Lil and “Bampa” Harold Higham. Hilary will be sadly missed by her aunts and uncles Dr. Scott (Nancy) Higham, James Drummond, Julie-ann Barna, Dr. Robert (Leann) Drummond and Kenneth (Lina) Drummond and cousins Katie (Jason) Jackson, Stephen (Melissa) Higham, Bradley (Meaghan) Higham, Kristin (Rob) Drummond, Christopher, Matthew (Kyla Butchko), Kenny, Katherine and Lauren Drummond. Friends were received at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St W., Perth Sunday January 31, 2016 from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 P.M. The funeral service was held in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Perth, Monday at 11:00 A.M. Hilary loved “Red the Best” and you are encouraged to wear something red. In tribute to Hilary, those wishing are asked to consider donations in her memory to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation, Perth or the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre, 3045 Baseline Road, Ottawa K2H 8P4.


I would like to thank all my family, friends, co-workers past and present who came out to join me at Rob Roy’s on Saturday, January 16, 2016 to help me celebrate my retirement/birthday. Thank you also to those who sent cards and best wishes. It was very much appreciated. Special thanks to my husband Roy for organizing and planning the party and for the beautiful Schnauzer birthday/retirement cake. I love you. It was a tremendous, rewarding experience for 35 years working for the Town of Smiths Falls at the Smiths Falls Child Development. Thank You Cheers! Beverly Leach

The family of the late Barry Thomas would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt condolences, cards, visits and prayers. Your thoughts and actions meant more than words could ever say. A special thank you to: Dr. Van Noppen for the many house visits and compassionate care; all the staff at CCAC, 2nd floor staff Perth site, Walmart Pharmacy and St. Elizabeth’s (especially Nurse Sherry) for all their help; my siblings for making it possible to keep Barry at home and for staying at the hospital, especially Jean and Barb (I cannot thank you enough); David for the homemade soup; Ron Sosnick and Wes Joynt for the ramp; his sister Betty for staying with us as often as you did (it made Barry very happy); Lisa for the errands; and Keith and Brenda for the daily visits, And to anyone I may have missed, thank you. Sincerely Karen Thomas

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Emily Marie McNamee We will never forget all the kind gestures sent our way since we lost our beautiful precious Emily on December 17, 2015. Thank you to each and every one of our family, friends and all the loving people in our community. Although we are devastated and completely heart broken we strive to live and grieve. If you see us crying, cry with us, if you see us laughing, laugh with us but please stay with us on this journey. Your support means so very much to each and every one of us. Love to all Debbie and Dave, Shane and Lindsay, Cory and all the McNamee and Moore family



SANDS Garnet

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Garnet Sands on January 18, 2016 in his 78th year after an incredible fight against cancer. Garnet leaves behind his most cherished wife and life partner Ruby (nee Beaupre) of 36 years. Survived by three sons he cherished, Terry (Patti), Daryl (Karen), Rick (Sherri). Garnet leaves four adoring daughters who cherished him beyond words as their Paw and who are grateful to Garnet’s sons for sharing him for 36 years… Karen (Meryl Lowe) Brenda (Jim Jarvis), Cathy (Kevin Molloy), Diana (Ted Mallory). He cherished his 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a special great grandson to be born May 2016. Garnet was also cherished and will be missed by special nephew Ernie Beaupre (Adele), whom he loved and thought of like a son. Garnet was the son of the late Charles and IdaBelle (Covey) Sands. Survived and will be missed by siblings Audrey Healey, Betty Bouchard, Clara Woods, Wayne Sands and Sandra Cleveland. Pre-deceased by brothers Gerald, Earl and Charles Sands and survived by sister-in-laws, Dorothy (late Gerald) and Marjorie (late Earl) Sands. Also survived by Ruby’s siblings and their families as well as numerous nieces and nephews that he enjoyed so much and many great friends. Garnet and his family wanted to express a tremendous thank-you to so many. Dr. Hilary Lawson… he often said you were his hero… you went above an beyond in ways we will never forget… you walked every step of this difficult journey with us. To Dr. Nimish Parikh for your guidance and compassion. Hospital palliative care nurses Janet and Dawn for your wonderful support. Beverley McFarlane, CEO, SFCH for your friendship and support, nurses, 2nd. Floor Med Surg., SFCH, he became fond of so many and was always so grateful for your care. MaryPat Bingley for your wonderful friendship and support and Lucy Bingley for your incredibly sweet gifts to Paw, your music, the game of checkers and your gift of feeding all of us dinner at the hospital, Dr. Melanie Paquin-Gobeil, Queensway Carleton Hospital who Garnet felt was also one of his heroes, as did we. You were instrumental in giving us the gift of precious time when Garnet needed emergency surgery in November… Dr. Scott Laurie and Dr. Gad Perry, Oncologists @ Queensway Carleton Hospital who both from the beginning of Garnet’s cancer journey supported both Paw and Mom with an incredible positive step by step approach to living with cancer. Garnet truly thought the world of all of his Drs. and nurses and they all so fondly claimed him to be such a wonderful patient. Also a special thank-you to D3 nurses at Queensway Carleton Hospital for the awesome care after emergency surgery in November. Garnet handled cancer the way he handled life itself… head on, step by step, with a positive attitude and his greatest concern always being his family. He amazed us all this past few months, his Drs., family, many nurses and friends. During visits he was the one always trying to make things easier on everyone with his sense of humour and compassion for others including hospital roommates whom he would always look out for often saying, “check to see if he needs a warm blanket”! As you can tell this man was special beyond measure… Our hearts are broken about losing his physical presence but grateful he no longer will battle this horrible disease. We will go forward proudly, as he would want, with all the lessons learned and memories of the love he so freely gave. Paw you always thought of Mom and family first and our lives are all richer because of you. Your incredible love for each of us left us with hearts full of memories that neither cancer or death can steal from us. If there is a reward in heaven for being, “The Best Husband, Dad, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa Garnie”, then we have no doubt that you were welcomed with open arms and are enjoying your reunion with family and friends gone before you. We will miss you forever and carry your love in our hearts to guide us through the difficult days ahead. As Garnet requested cremation has taken place… there will be no visitation or funeral. A private family memorial will take place at a later date. In memory to honour Garnet donations can be made in Garnet’s name to Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation for Diagnostic Imaging Equipment. Donations can be made by credit card, by phone or in person by calling Lise or Danika at the hospital foundation at 613-283-9743, or by cash or cheque but must specify for Diagnostic Imaging Equipment at SFCH. Receipts will be issued by the foundation. Or in lieu of donations, follow Garnet’s legacy and extend a random act of kindness to someone today.








Tavane Symington

August 7, 1960 – January 27, 2016 It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Tavane Symington of Almonte, daughter of Donald Fraser Symington and Sheila Eleanor Wallbridge Symington. Tavane is survived by brothers Tracy and Angus Fraser and sister Sara, and by nieces and nephews Abigail, Becky, Lorin and Chris. Tavane began her early dance training under Nesta Toumine and Joanne Ashe at Ottawa’s Classical Ballet Studio. She pursued her advanced studies in dance at the University of Waterloo and the Royal Academy of Dance. Tavane had an artist’s soul who realized her dream of sharing the beauty of classical ballet with a generation of Lanark County girls. Tavane was the founder of The Dance Studio in Perth, 1987. For a decade, she taught the core principles of dance to her many students with a strong sense of aesthetics and an uplifting and encouraging outlook that inspired hearts and minds. A highlight of Tavane’s dance career was to bring the Ottawa Ballet, founded by the legendary Frank Augustyn, to Perth for a gala performance. Professionally and personally, she was honoured to attend an historic performance of the prestigious Cuban National Ballet in Havana. Tavane took great pride in the accomplishments of her students, and watched with pleasure as they grew in grace and creative expression over the years. Some of her students went on to dance professionally, playing prominent roles in leading dance companies such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, a fact she delighted in. After retiring from dance, Tavane took her love of teaching to Istanbul, Turkey, where she taught English as a second language. In her time at the university, she drew inspiration from her Canadian roots: her class’s crowning project one semester was to put on an English musical inspired by one of her dance classes in Perth. After returning to Canada, Tavane settled into a new home in Carleton Place with her beloved Turkish Van cat Yarissa. With its lofty ceilings and eclectic collection of antiques and objects from her travels, Tavane’s heritage apartment reflected her unique sense of theatre and style. Never without a sense of occasion, Tavane loved to entertain there, and her home became a favourite gathering place for family and friends. Tavane had a profound capacity for friendship. The strength of her many deep relationships speaks to a steadfastness and fidelity possessed by few. Her loss is felt keenly by her dear friends at The Mills; by her friends in the theatre community; and by the many students whose lives she touched. She was a brilliant light whose warmth of spirit will be forever felt by all those who loved her. It was Tavane’s wish to have one last gathering of her students, family and friends at her home in Carleton Place. On Sunday, February 7, please join us for an open house to share remembrances and celebrate her life. It will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 79 Bridge Street, Apt. 3, Carleton Place, Ontario.

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Kean, David Jacques (Jake)

September 5, 1945 – January 28, 2016

BEDFORD Joseph Reginald

October 13, 1926–January 26, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that after a short struggle our wonderful Joe, Dad and Grampa Joe has died peacefully with two of his girls by his side. He was surrounded by the love of his beloved Audrey and his children and other loved ones during his final days up to his final “worty”. Dad was born and lived in London England where he and Audrey met. He was predeceased by his loving parents Joseph Edward and Marie (Bourne) Bedford and his sister Bertha all from England and his much loved daughter Josie in 1965. He is survived by Audrey, they would have been married 67 years in April, his children Susan (John) Irvine, Eileen (Keith) McNeely, Christine (Earl) Atkins, Mark (Jean), Scott (Laurie), Mike (Cathy) and Tracey (Bedford-Cameron). He was much loved and respected by all of his in-laws, his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces and nephews in England, being recently delighted by visits from his niece Sandy (Dave) Bainbridge from Manchester way. Joe was a proud World War II veteran of the British Royal Marines. He met Audrey 2 years after the war, they married 2 years later. In 1957 they immigrated to Canada with their 4 girls, struggled a bit in the early years but never regretted the move, then added 4 more to the family he loved so much. Dad was respected by the many friends he made through his work and his life, in the country Mum and Dad loved. Everyone loved Dad, his kids’ friends thought the world of him, the ladies at Broadview Nursing Home where Mum resides saw a lot of him and loved his sense of humour and his dedication to our Mum. The wonderful staff where Dad lived on the Lodge side also appreciated him for his easy way to bring a chuckle to each day. The family saw these ladies do their job in a loving way and went above and beyond what was expected of them during the final difficult stretch and it will never be forgotten by us all. Thanks to all of the amazing people at Broadview Retirement Lodge. We also want his attending nurse Sherry and Dr. Joannou to know how much their care and concern were appreciated by the family. At Joe’s request there will not be a funeral. Cremation has taken place and the Lodge side of Broadview Retirement Centre has offered a place to allow us to have Mum with the family for people to drop by on Sunday February 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 at the back lodge entrance.

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Canadian Hydrographic Service, DFO (Retired) Queen’s Silver Jubilee and 125 Anniversary of Confederation Medal 1992 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2002 It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Dad, Jake Kean on January 28, 2016, at the Smiths Falls Hospital, after an incredible battle against cancer. Anyone who has ever met our Dad knows his sense of humor and charisma, whereas he wanted to share his last journal entry: I am the son of the late Audrey and Jack Kean. I checked out of Hotel Life after a gratifying existence of 70 years. In my untimely haste, I leave behind my loving daughter Chantelle (or Stella as she likes to be called and her fiancé Pete) and my cherished grandsons Diesel and Hunter, my loving son Chadwick (Angie) and my special granddaughters Penelope and Phoebe, and my spouse Shirley of 43 years. Also surviving me are my supportive brother Mike (late Linda), loving sisters Janine (Frank) and Shelley (Larry), several nieces and nephews, as well as multiple friends and colleagues from the past 70 years. In discussions, all have expressed their best wishes for a successful search for Jack, Audrey, and my twin brother of 70 years, John Anthony (I think I know where he is hiding). Many “thank you” to all the excellent Doctors and Nursing Staff who tried to keep me from departing during my courageous battle. At my request, there will be no funeral services, as I have been cremated. For those wishing to do so, I ask that any donation be directed to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) or a charity or your choice. Please enjoy a wonderful stay in Hotel Life. Cheers, Jake.



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MITCHEM, Edmund “Mitch”


Calvin Armand

Peacefully at the Smiths Falls Hospital on Saturday, January 30, 2016 in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Perma. Loving father of Jeff (Sue) Morrison. Dear Grandfather of Lucas and Dustin. Predeceased by his parents Lorne and Anna Pryce. Friends were invited to visit with the family at Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 6-8PM. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11 o’clock. Interment to follow in the spring at Easton’s Corners United Church Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Easton’s Corners United Church or Cemetery would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences available at

June 29, 1929 – January 26, 2016 Suddenly but very peacefully at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, January 26th, 2016; Edmund Mitchem of Kinburn passed away at the age of 86. Beloved husband of the late Heidi (nee Buchheit). Dearly loved father of Kristine Stanke (Kelvin) of Rockland and Ronald Mitchem of Hamilton. Predeceased by 2 sons: Patrick and Brian. Proud grandfather of Anja, Emily, Brenna, Abigail, Lisa and Cherise and great-grandfather of Hengest and Rowan. Friends are invited to a celebration of life to be conducted in Britannia United Church, 985 Pinecrest Road, Ottawa on Saturday afternoon, February 6th, 2016 at 1 o’clock. A reception will follow. In memory of Mitch, please consider a donation to the Arnprior Humane Society. Condolences/Donations

Helen J. Smith

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Edith A. Harris (nee Crawford)

Smith Peacefully, in hospital, Smiths Falls on Wednesday, January 27 , 2016 Helen (Lockwood) Smith in her 68th year. Beloved wife for almost 48 years of Edward Smith. Loved mother of Kevin (Caroline) Smith, Kimberly (Kevin) Reid, Karen (Adan) Ramirez. Cherished grandmother of Ashley, Connor, Owen, Kristen, Cameron, Marisa and Ethan. Loved daughter of Shirley and the late Ross Lockwood. Sadly missed by brother Alan (Melanie) Lockwood, and sisters Beverly (Joe) Fry and Gail (Ron) Lotton. Helen was born in Melbourne, Quebec on August 18, 1948 to loving parents Ross and Shirley (Beattie) Lockwood. Growing up in Richmond, Quebec following high school, Helen decided to enter the nursing field and joined the Douglas Hospital Training Program for Nursing and then took a position at the hospital where she met Ed who was training in the same field and after a time got married on September 7, 1968. Following long and dedicated careers, Ed and Helen retired in 2003 and looking for small town living, settled in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Helen will be sadly missed but forever remembered by family and friends in Quebec and friends in the Smiths Falls area. Family and friends were invited to pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 112 Beckwith St. N., Smiths Falls on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 11 to 1 p.m. until service in the Chapel at 1 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.




Roger C.

Suddenly at his residence, Smiths Falls on Thursday January 21, 2016. Roger Ruest, in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Marilyn Dykeman and the late Carole Lariviere. Dear father of Michel (Ann) of Kanata, Deanne (James) Bradley of Pickle Lake and Patrick (Lois) Ruest of Smiths Falls. Dear brother of Helen Vaillancourt of Florida, Eugene (AnnMarie) Ruest of Paisley, Bert (Reina) Ruest of Cornwall and Andre (Pauline) Ruest of Ottawa. Predeceased by brother, John. Fondly remembered by grandchildren, Christopher, Shawn, Sheldon, Andrew, Jesse, Krystal and Nicholas as well as great-grandchildren, Helena and Archer. Predeceased by grandson, Josiah and great-granddaughter, Lucy. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Roger adored his step-children as well. A Funeral Service was held at Bethel Tabernacle, Elgin on Monday morning January 25, 2016 at 11 o’clock. Spring Inurnment Halladay Cemetery, Elgin. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to Bethel Tabernacle or Athens Free Methodist Church would be appreciated by the family. (Memorial donations by cheque only) Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Scotland Funeral Home, Elgin 613-359-5555 or at Burial, Cremation and Pre-Arrangement Centre


Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the Perth Hospital following a lengthy illness at the age of 73. Beloved wife and best friend of Gerald Harris. Loving and devoted mother of Chuck (Marilyn Scott Harris), Wendy (late Doug) Jones and Ruthie (Ron) Bullock. Cherished grandmother of Matthew, Jeremy and Jessie. She is survived and sadly missed by her brother Rod (Gertie) Crawford, her sisters-in-law Marlene Crawford and Evelyn Boles as well as Gerry’s sisters Reta (late Mel) Dixon and Helen (late Orville) Jackson. She is predeceased by her parents William and Viola (nee White) Crawford as well as her siblings Tom Boles, and Lucinda, Gerald, and Kilburn Crawford. Edith will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Friends were received at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Smiths Falls on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. The service to celebrate her life took place at the First Baptist Church, Smiths Falls on Friday at 1 o’clock. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or to the Kidney Foundation.

Ferrill, Donald Franklin Retired Deputy Chief OWFC

Peacefully at the Grove Nursing Home, Arnprior, on Wednesday January 27, 2016 at the age of 86. Loving husband of Therese. Loving father of Brenda MacDonald-deceased, Doug (Donna) and Mia Warwick. Proud grandfather of Patrick, Jeremy, Mark, Charlotte, David and Kevin. Great-grandfather of Vanessa and Ellianna. Predeceased by his brothers Doug, Bill, Tom and Roger. Survived by his brothers Ray and Ted. Friends visited the family at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place on Monday February 1, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m. Interment later in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery. For those who wish, a donation to St. Mary’s Church, would be appreciated by the family.

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Agnes Boyd

Doyle, Anna Rosamond “Rossie”

(July 28, 1915 - January 31, 2016) Peacefully in hospital, Carleton Place with family by her side, on Sunday, January 31, 2016, in her 101st year. Predeceased by her husband Elmer. Loved mother of Sandra Mailey (late Michael), Barbara McFarlane (Ivan Thompson), William (Janet) and Michael (Patricia). Cherished by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Ernest and Mary Moore, brother Rev. Canon Reg Moore (late Shirley) and infant daughter Rosamond. Rossie will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Ave, Carleton Place on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. only. Funeral service was held in St. James Anglican Church, Edmund Street, Carleton Place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Spring interment at St. James Anglican Cemetery. For those desiring, donations to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation or St. James Anglican Church would be appreciated.

Agnes passed away in Perth on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at the age of 95 years. She was predeceased by her husband Clifford Boyd and her parents Herb and Nettie (Sommerville) Paul. Agnes was the loved mother of Barry (Carol) Boyd, grandmother of Chris (Kim), Jeff and Jayjay and great grandmother of Ryder, Dawson and Dustin. She was the sister to Bill (late Nora), late Wilmer (late Eileen), late Dave (late Betty), late Joe (late Ora), late Helen (Emerald) Murphy. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, relatives and friends. Agnes was an active member in the United Church for many years and received a special award for 20 years service with “Meals on Wheels” in Cornwall. Friends were received at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St., West, Perth on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 from 10:00 to 10:45 A.M. Funeral service was held in the Chapel at 11:00 A.M. followed by a reception in the Blair & Son Family Centre. Interment White Cemetery, Poland, Ontario. In remembrance of Agnes, those wishing are asked to make a contribution to White Cemetery or Lanark Lodge. The family wish to thank all the caring people at the Perth Hospital, Perth Community Care Centre and Lanark Lodge with a special thanks to Dr. Popiel. Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth (613) 267-3765 to send your condolences or for further information visit

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Suddenly but peacefully at the QueenswayCarleton Hospital, Ottawa while surrounded by loved ones on Saturday morning, January 30th, 2016; Mary Elizabeth Stewart of Arnprior passed away following a brief illness. She was 65. Dear daughter of Violet Lavigne (nee Normandeau) and the late Roger Lavigne. Beloved wife for almost 42 years of the late John Stewart (September 2, 2011). Dearly loved mother of Paul (Heather Patrois), Bradley and Steven Stewart and special godmother of Laurie Beaudoin (Jean). Cherished and proud “Mimi” of Samantha, Bobby, Emma, Jayla and Alexis. Loved sister of John Lavigne (Joanne); Clayton Lavigne (Brenda); Daniel Lavigne (Sylvia); Shirley Petruk; Paula Ferrier (Scott); Theresa Lavigne; Helen Burgess (Murray); Diane Cybulski (Kevin) and Beatrice Blenkarn (Brian). Predeceased by her brother, Robert Lavigne. Fondly remembered by her wonderful friends, Todd and Laurie Jack and their family. Also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and the many whose lives she touched. Family and friends are invited to an informal gathering which will take place at the family home, 13 Gardner Street, Arnprior on Saturday afternoon, February 6th from 2:00 to 5:00. In memory of Mary, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences/Donations




McNicoll-Simpson Marie Claire Peacefully, at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the age of 76. Predeceased by her husband Lloyd Simpson and her parents Paul McNicoll and Rita Rosa. She leaves behind her loving children Gilles Sauvé, Jean Sauvé, and Julie Sauvé. Proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren. Friends joined the family for a memorial service on Friday January 29, 2016 in the Chapel of the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, at 11:00 A.M. For those who wish, a donation to the Queensway Carleton Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Thank you to the ICU staff at the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

(Member of the Perth Lioness Club and The Red Maple Toppers of Perth) Peacefully at home and in the arms of her daughter at Almonte on Friday, January 29, 2016. Helen Wills of Ottawa & Rideau Ferry, age 84 years. Dearly loved wife and best friend of the late Douglas A. Lloyd. Cherished mother of Stephen (Sharon) & Katherine “Kathy” Finner (Tom). Predeceased by her son, Randy as well as one sister, Irene Evoy and two brothers, George and Edward Wills. Loved gramma girl of Matthew (Korrie) and Kaitlyn (Alex). Friends are Welcome to share memories at BLAIR & SON FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL 15 Gore Street, West, Perth, Ontario on Thursday, February 4 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. Funeral Friday in Bethel United Church, Rideau Ferry at 11 AM. Rev. Elizabeth Tucker officiating. Reception to follow. For those who may choose to honour Helen with a memorial donation, please consider Bethel United Church, Rideau Ferry. Condolences & Tributes: or www.crgamble. com


Peacefully at Rosebridge Manor on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in his 97th year. Beloved husband of 65 years of Mildred Bell (nee Cardiff). Loving father of Sandra Doyle (Len), Larry Bell (Linda) and Bill Bell. Cherished grandfather of Nikki Duchesne (Jamie), Christine Doyle, Matt Doyle (Skylar), Tim Doyle (Nicole), Rob Doyle (Katie) and Mike Doyle (Brittney). Treasured great-grandfather of Colt and Hailie Duchesne and Landon, Cohen and Onalee Doyle. Predeceased by his parents William and Cassie (nee Kinch) Bell and his sister Dorothy Gray (the late Lennox). Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Friends were invited to visit with the family at Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls, on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Funeral Service was held at the Anglican Parish of Kitley at Newbliss on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 2 PM. Interment followed at St. Andrew’s United Cemetery, Toledo. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Anglican Parish of Kitley, Rosebridge Manor or any Charity of Your Choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences available at

Thomas, Neil A. Unexpectedly in hospital January 26, 2016. Predeceased by his loving wife Cathy Thomas. Loving father of Leah Truscott (Dave), Janine McLeod (Kevin) and Brent Thomas. “Grampie”of Austin, Jordan, Sarah, Erin and Emily. Dear brother of Helen (Larry) Herbert, Bob (Gaile) Thomas and Carol (Richard) Driver. Cherished brother in law of Marjorie Campbell. Dearest uncle of Shawn, Duncan and Alex; David; Mark and Hazel; Shirley, Patsy and John. Neil will be missed by many good friends. At the request of the family no visitation or service is being held at this time. Spring interment at Dewar Cemetery. Donations to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Neil would be appreciated by the family.



Suddenly at Kingston General Hospital on Monday January 25, 2016. Glenn McMachen of Lyndhurst in his 56th year. Dear son of Viola and the late Robert McMachen. Beloved husband of Kerry Seabrooke. Cherished father of Seth and Morgan both at home. Dear brother of Darlene (Ernie) Curtis of Delta, Milton (Kelly) of Lansdowne and Karen (Dave) Pitura of Merrickville. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Sadly missed by his four legged buddy, Theo. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lyndhurst Legion on Saturday afternoon, February 6, 2016 from 1-4. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. (Memorial donations by cheque only.) Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Scotland Funeral Home, 27 Main Street, Elgin K0G 1E0, 613-359-5555 or at Burial, Cremation and Pre-Arrangement Centre

Paul Berthiaume passed away peacefully on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the age of 83, after a courageous battle with cancer. Paul is survived by his loving wife Della, his beloved daughters Nancy Berthiaume (Bill), Dianne Jardine (Bob) and Lynne Fancy (Kevin). Paul will be missed by his grandchildren Cindy and Diana Jardine, and Amanda and Thomas Fancy, and great-granddaughters Gabriella Allison and Mackenzie Bernier. Paul grew up in Gatineau, raised his family in Deep River, retired in Smiths Falls and wintered in Avon Park, Florida. Paul was well respected in his career of 30 years at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Chalk River. Paul will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Our sincere thanks to the doctors and health care team for making his final months more comfortable. A private, family gathering will be held later in the Spring.


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Patrick passed away peacefully, in hospital, Smiths Falls, surrounded by the love of his family, on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the age of 55. Beloved son of Cora Collison. Dear brother of Addie Soikie, Vangie Moulton and Eddie Moulton. Fondly remembered by his extended family and friends. Family and friends were received at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 112 Beckwith St. N., Smiths Falls on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 10:00 to 12:00 pm followed by a funeral service at the Calvary Bible Church, 15 Beech St. Smiths Falls at 12:30 pm. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS).



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LACKEY, John (Jack) Cecil – In loving memory of our dear Father who joined our Mother in Heaven January 30, 1993. A little tribute small and tender, just to say we still remember Not a day passes by, dear Dad that you do not cross our mind. Not all of you departed when you left this earth behind. In our hearts there is a place that only you can hold. Filled with loving memories more priceless than gold. We know you still hear us Dad so please know this is true That everything we are today is all because of you. And though we can’t have the old days back when we are all together. We have beautiful memories and loving thoughts that will be with us forever. – Forever loved, missed and remembered by your children Gloria, Patsy, Jacqueline, David, Anthony, Karen, Kim and Families.

JAMES, Glenn There is a special kind of feeling, That is meant for you alone, A huge place in our hearts that only you can own. There will always be a heartache and many a silent tear, But always precious memories of the days when you were here. We will love and miss you always. Helen and family

In Memory of

Lindsay Findlay 1963-2015

What would I give to clasp his hand, His happy face to see, To hear his voice and see his smile, That meant so much to me.



Love Sandy

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IN MEMORIAM FIELDING, Donald (Dick) - In loving memory of my husband who passed away Feb. 4, 2002. Though your smile is gone forever, And your hand we can not touch. We have so many memories, Of the one we loved so much. His memory is our keepsake, With which we’ll never part. God has him in his keeping, We have him in our hearts. Loved always, Gladys

McNAMEE, Peter – In loving memory of Pete my soulmate who passed away February 4, 2013. You’ve just walked on ahead of me And I’ve got to understand You must release the ones you love And let go of their hand. I try and cope the best I can But I’m missing you so much If only I would see you And once more feel your touch. Yes, you just walked on ahead of me Don’t worry I’ll be fine But now and then I swear I feel your hand slip into mine. Love and miss you Mary

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In Memory of

Lindsay Findlay The Blow was great, the shock severe, We little thought the end was near, And only those who have lost can tell The pain of parting without farewell. More each day we miss you, father, Friends may think the wound is healed, But they little know the sorrow That lies within our hearts concealed. Love Brittany and Mitch

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WHALEN, Tom – In loving memory of our wonderful father, father-in-law, and grandpa who left us so suddenly 25 years ago on February 4, 1991. Special thoughts of you today Hold memories none can take away. Though from our lives you may have gone, Inside our hearts you still live on. To hear your voice, to see your smile, To sit and talk with you a while. Together in the same old way, Would be our only wish today. Forever missed Daughter Arlene Son-in-law Willie and grandchildren Lisa and Scott








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2006 Chev Aveo, auto, air, certified, E-tested, 93,000 km, no rust, original car. $3,000. 613-283-2670.

Piano Technician, Certified, with Piano Technician’s Guild, extensive experience with tuning, repairing and rebuilding. Contact Grant Pattingale at 613-284-8333, 1-877-742-6648 or

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RAYMIE DONALDSON (February 5, 2013) You left us with beautiful memories that still make us smile Your love for Mom, your children, grandchildren and their children will always guide us Your love of music lives on in each of us And though we cannot see you You are always right beside us Thank you for all you gave us dear Dad Keep sending us signs – they make us smile too And up there in your band of angels, keep on pickin’. Love you forever, love you for always Feryn, Cathy, Patti, Larry and families

Peter Joseph Wilson Carty September 7, 1981–January 31, 2005 To my son It has been 11 years since cancer took you away from us, but it still feels like yesterday. A lot has happened since that day. Your friends are having children and moving on with their own lives. We still miss you every day and would have loved to see what your life would have had in store for you. No one can predict what life holds for them but we were blessed to have you in ours for every second that we were given, only to wish that we were allowed to have so much more. – Love you always and forever Mom, Dad and Kurt

FOR SALE A DEAL ON STEEL ROOFING IN STOCK - 29ga, Various colours,soffit & fascia Windows: REBAR, skylight sheets, custom trim. barn/door track & trolleys. Nails & Screws. Storage Sheds. Come see us for a price. Levi Weber, 2126 Stone Rd., RR#2 Renfrew

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Hay for sale, approx 125 4x5 round bales, $30/bale; and approx 350 small square bales, $3/bale. All first cut hay, no rain. Stored inside. Hunter Safety/Canadian 613-223-8368. Fire-arms Courses and ex- Massey Ferguson 255 dieams held once a month at sel. Quick attach loader, Carp. Call Wenda Cochran quick attach bucket, heat613-256-2409. ed cab with lights and wipers, tire chains. Asking $8,500. 613-267-4041. WANTED

New tractor parts for most makes, specializing in engine rebuild kits, 1000s of other parts, service manuals. Our 43rd year. 613-475-1771 or 1-800-481-1353, www. FIREWOOD Wanted - furnace oil, will Dry mixed hardwood, cut, remove tank if possible. split and delivered locally. Call 613-479-2870. TOM’S CUSTOM $350/cord. 613-267-5772. Firewood- Cut, split and delivered or picked up. Dry seasoned hardwood or softwood from $60/face cord. Phone Greg Knops (613)658-3358, cell (613)340-1045.

Buying Comic Books. Old comic books in the house? Turn them into cash today. My hobby, your gain. 613-539-9617.

VEHICLES 2005 Dodge Caravan, 7 passengers, 160,000km, good body & tires, needs brakes. surplus to LAWS needs. $1500 obo. Sold as is.613-264-2032

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A set of sloop sleighs, 2-1./2” runner, good steel Outdoor furnace wood, on runners, a long tongue poplar in log length, 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe, (613)283-8475 all wheel drive, with leathfor horses. $2,000 o.b.o. $750/load. 613-267-5772. er, full load, V6, auto, 613-923-5975. 223,000 km (as is). VEHICLES Cedar rails, pickets & TD Logging. Cut and split 613-283-2368. $350/cubic, posts for sale, as well as hardwood, rough sawn cedar & pine softwood $150/cubic. Will lumber. Call or text deliver. Tandem loads firewood logs, $1,250. Visa 613-913-7958. accepted. Tyler Cedar (white), quality 6 1 3 - 2 6 4 - 5 4 5 4 , * New Location 95 Dufferin Hwy 7 * lumber, most sizes, deck- 613-812-5454. Across from Tim Hortons, Perth ing, T&G, channel rustic. Also huge bundles of ce- Very dry mixed hardwood, dar slabs ($45) and large cut 1-1/2 years, stored in bags of shavings ($35). shed. Phone Erwin Cava613-267-7484, cell 613-349-9418 nagh 613-267-5111. (613)283-3629.

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John A. Cameron – February 2, 2014 Dear dad, Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. Your memory is as dear today as in the hour you passed away. We love and miss you dearly. Rest in peace, until we meet again. – With all our love, Marsha, Julie, Brent (Heather) and James xoxo


DULMAGE, Ryta E. April 23, 1944February 6, 2014 May the winds of heaven blow softly And whisper in your ear, How much we love and miss you, And wish you were here. Lovingly remembered Norma and Bill

McDOUGALL – In loving memory of a dear husband and father, Harold McDougall, who passed away February 3, 2013. Nothing can ever take away The love a heart holds dear Fond memories linger every day Remembrance keeps him near. Forever love wife Lois and family

4 Michelin tires, 225/60R16 XL, X-Ice, tread depth new 10.5, now 8.0. $600; 2004 Intrepid for parts, $500. Lori 613-267-7734.

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FAIR, Michael John May 31, 1942 – February 10, 2015 In remembrance of Mike – Life is not measured by time… It’s measured by memories. Forever remembered by Jeannie Fair


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Loveseat for sale $10.00. Some wear on seat cushions, but otherwise in great condition, solid frame. Must go and must be picked up in Ashton. Phone 613-253-0332. Loveseat for sale $10.00. Some wear on seat cushions, but otherwise in great condition, solid frame. Must go and must be picked up in Ashton. Phone 613-253-0332.

FIREWOOD 5 Generations of firewood sales, all hardwood, cut and split. Volume discount. Outdoor furnace wood also available. 613-253-8006. 8ft and 16ft tandem loads firewood logs, hard-maple, & beech. Delivery to Almonte, Carleton Place, Carp & Pakenham areas. 613-256-0341.

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Cattle Wanted- Steers & Heifers (all weights), CowCalf Pairs, Springers Cull Cows & Bulls. Call Chris Hagan 613-273-5557, Mobile 613-484-3085.

2 bedroom apartment Smiths Falls. Main floor. Hydro, heat, water, parking and laundry facilities included. $1,075/month. Call Perry 613-284-4191 Weagle Realty Ltd. Brokerage.

Horses wanted to buy. Riding, Driving and Draft. 2 bedroom apartment 613-484-3085. well maintained adult building, Smiths Falls, Horseshoeing & trimming. parking, fridge, stove, Certified Farrier, call John heat, hydro, laundry fa613-267-7478. cilities included. $900/month. Call Perry Wanted to buy, horses, 613-284-4191 Weagle Recolts and ponies, all types. alty Ltd. Brokerage. Contact Bob Perkins at 2 bedroom apartment, 613-342-6030. Available Immediately, 41 Sunset Towers, Perth, Ontario. Contact Bud PETS @ 613-267-0567 Dog obedience classes. Puppy kindergarten, beginners and advanced classes located at the Perth Indoor Pool and the Training Hall (just off the Carp Rd.). Specializing in training your dog to be a better behaved family member. Professional instructors Jim and Judy Stewart of True Companion Dog Obedience School, serving the Perth and area communities for over 23 years. (613)264-0203, or 1(888)299-7185.

COMMERCIAL RENT Carleton Place, 900-3000 ft. commercial space, also 1050 ft warehouse, shop, office, overhead door, great location, easy Ottawa access. 613-257-5711. Carleton Place, commercial lot, buildings for rent, high visibility, corner highway 7 and 15. Lot 100x140, main building 1000 ft plus shed and garage. Heat, light, no water, formerly antiques, thrift shop, storage, car sales. 613-257-5711. Professional Office Space Perth - 160 sq. ft. and up. Ready for occupancy. Unlimited free parking. The Factory on Sunset Blvd. 613-326-0190

2 bedroom self-contained apartment with garage, in the country near Ashton. Available immediately. 613-838-0087. 3 bedroom townhouse, Perth, available February 1, $1,200 plus hydro and water, fenced in back yard. References required. No Pets. 613-264-9270. Almonte, 2 bedroom, available immediately, $1075/mnth. 2 Rooms with shared kitchen, livingroom & bathroom; $550 each. In Carleton Place available 2, 2 bedroom, $990 & $1075 includes utilities. 1, 1 bedroom available, $685 pay your own utilities, available immediately. Appleton, indoor storage $85/mnth, outdoor storage $50/mnth. Call Craig 613-253-7777 or email Almonte, Central, Large 1 Bedroom, Easy access. Gas fireplace, plug-in parking, fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, tub enclosure, washer & dryer on site. Security entry system, approx. 750 square feet. Available April 1. Non-smoker, prefer no pets, impeccable references required, $740.00 + utilities, 613-880-6937. Available immediately, 2 bedroom apartment with balcony. Heat, water and parking included. Seniors welcome. No dogs. 5 Rogers Rd., Perth. 613-267-4189.

Carleton Place, 188 William St., Apt 2. 2 Bedroom. Available 1 bedroom apartment 3 immediately. Good location. Rent negotiable. km from Perth, available immediately. No pets. No Please text 613-314-8798. smoking. $550 plus Carleton Place, lower levutilities. 613-264-2993. el, 2 bedroom plus den, quiet, clean, adult only 1 bedroom apartment in building, overlooking river, 4-plex, 12 minutes from gas heat, in-unit laundry, Perth. Includes heat, hy- $995/month plus utilities. dro, water, appliances, No pets. 613-913-4133. laundry facilities, storage locker, large deck and Carleton Place, Seniors yard. $775/month. 50’s Plus Building. No Available March 1. smoking, no pets. First & 613-267-7464. last months rent $750.00 & up. 1 & 2 bedroom 1 bedroom walk-up, apartments. Senior’s 1 Kemptville, appliances in- Month Free Discount. Call cluded. $775/month plus 613-863-6487 or hydro. 613-258-4760. 613-720-9860


1 Room for rent, 42 Church St West, Smiths Falls, working quiet person, all inclusive, $110/wk. 613-812-2400. 2 Bed Apt in CP, $975 March 1st, heat/hydro incl. Clean and Bright! ground level, wood and ceramic floors. Dishwasher, Parking, Laundry avail. 613-838-2277

Chambers St., Smiths Falls, roomy 2 bedroom apartment, all inclusive, well maintained, laundry, yard, parking. Adult building only. No pets, no smoking. Available immediately. $890/month. 613-283-1697. Gorgeous 1 bdrm in adults bldg in Lanark. Utilities & appl Incl. 900 & up, 613-812-9344.




Kemptville House for Rent -- 2 Story, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bathroom, patio. Fridge, stove, and washer incl. $850/mo. plus all utilities, free parking for 2 cars, no pets. Call 613-838-4203 for a viewing.

Large bright 2 bedroom upper duplex apartment for rent in Smiths Falls. New kitchen & bathroom, recently painted/upgraded. 1 Parking spot. Unfurnished. Heat included, References required. $1,200 a month. call John 613-325-7781 to book a viewing.

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Pakenham- 2 bedroom, ground floor, includes heat & hot water, fridge, stove, laundry, parking, storage, common yard. Many recent upgrades. $900 + hydro. 613-884-0166.

Smiths Falls. Toulon Place Apartments. Second Floor 2 bedroom $915/month. Heat and hydro included. First/last required. Available immediately. Please call 613-283-9650.

Perth. Newly renovated bachelor, available immediately, $600/month, no pets, no smoking. 613-267-2687. Are you concerned about someone’s drinking? Seeking mature tenant. 1 There is help available for bedroom apartment, you in AL-ANON/Alateen. downtown Kemptville, Call 613-284-6100, separate entrance, fridge 257-3138, 272-3105, & stove. $775 plus hydro. 203-3713, 826-2566, 613-258-4760. 283-5038. Shamrock Apartments, Perth, 2 bedroom apartment $850/mnth includes heat and hydro. No smoking, no pets. 613-264-8380. Smiths Falls room for rent, $450 heat, hydro & cable included. Mature person. Call 7 am-5 pm. 343-688-0022 (local number). Smiths Falls, 2 bed, 2 bath, bright and spacious corner unit. New reno, 6 appliances, A/C, 40 Pearl St. Quiet, secure, adult building, elevator, exercise and common/party room, parking. Non-smoking. Available now. $1,410/month plus utilities. More info call 613-275-1218. Smiths Falls, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo, bright and spacious corner unit on ground floor. Patio. Newly renovated. 40 Pearl St. Parking. Non-smoking. common/party room, exercise room. In-floor heat in kitchen and bathrooms. 613-229-1942.


Smiths Falls


Notice to Creditors


Dated at Deep River, Ontario this 19th day of January, 2016. Melinda Boor, Estate Trustee With a Will P.O. Box 2074 Deep River, Ontario K0J 1P0




All persons having claims against the Estate of Michael D. Burke, late of Lombardy and formerly Rosetta, Ontario, who died on the 23rd day of October, 2014, are required to file proof of the same with the undersigned on or before the 7th day of March, 2016. After that date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims of which the undersigned shall have had notice.

Indoor storage of all sizes Outdoor storage also available 613-285-5507 Smiths Falls 613-264-0213 Perth

Lost- Man’s wallet, possibly Smiths Falls or Lombardy area. Lost first part of January. Reward. 613-272-6757. Lost- Remote control helicopter about twenty inches long. Lost near County Fair Mall in Smiths Falls. A reward is being offered. Contact 613-285-4039.


Kitchen and bath renovations, painting, dump runs, housecleaning, eavestroughs, siding. Serving Lanark County for 20 years. 613-257-8143 or 613-264-8143. Professional & Reliable Movers- 2 Men & 17’ Cube $95/hr, 2 Men & 16’ Refrigerated Cube Van $95 hr + Fuel Surcharge. Call to Book your Move 613-284-8281.

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“A Rental Store To Handle All Your Tool & Equipment Needs!”

If you enjoy driving a 3 ton truck with a trailer, training people on how to use heavy equipment and enjoy the luxury of normal working hours then you should continue reading. First Stop Rentals, a locally owned and operated company in Kemptville, is looking for a truck driver over the age of 25 with a clean driving record and some mechanical knowledge to become part of their great team. With 22 years of solid growth in Leeds & Grenville, First Stop Rentals provides a fun, challenging and family-like working environment. To begin moving your career forward, go to



ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING Northern Cables Inc. is currently recruiting for engineering resources to support our manufacturing operations. Candidates will preferably be a Professional Engineer or Technologist with 5 -10 years experience in a manufacturing environment. Critical Skills:* Electrical/Electronic systems installations (new equipment installs/equipment upgrades) * Maintenance support for Electrical/Electronic systems * Documentation creation and maintenance for Electrical/Electronic systems * Regulatory support for Electrical/Electronic systems * Technical staff development * New product / process development assistance * Assistance with Safety, Quality and Productivity initiatives. INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS Northern Cables Inc. is currently recruiting for a licensed or registered apprentice electrician as well as a licensed millwright/mechanic to support its growing business. Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to train and coach employees are necessary. Base wage to $61,900/yr. This position requires flexible working hours and rotating shifts.. MANUFACTURING WORKERS Northern Cables Inc. is currently recruiting for factory production workers for our Brockville and Prescott facilities with medium/heavy manufacturing experience. Applicants must have general math and English skills. Training provided to suitable candidates. Full time hours, base salary $45200 - $47600 per year. Interested candidates are invited to submit resumes to: Northern Cables Inc. P.O. Box 1564 - 50 California Avenue Brockville, Ontario - K6V 6E6 Fax (613) 345-3147 Email: Website: No phone calls please COUNTY CABS

Carleton Place/ Almonte

Taxi Driver/ Dispatcher wanted

approx 24 hours/week, must have good driving record & insurable.

Light Maintenance person required, part-time. $12/hr.


Call Craig at 613-253-7777.


HOME IMPROVEMENTS No job too small! Free estimates • Home Renovations • Plumbing Repairs • Painting/cleanup • Concrete work Doug Morley 257-7177


Our continued growth has created new opportunities in our Brockville and Prescott facilities. We are locally owned and operated, offer a history of a stable work environment with regular working hours, flexible vacation schedules and opportunities for advancement.


Growing Mature Company with Opportunity for a Truck Driver



Perth. Available March 1. 3 bedroom house. Parking, fenced yard. Laundry available. $1,500/month plus heat and hydro. 613-264-8143.


WORK WANTED Semi-retired, all home renovations, interior & exterior, years of experience. Call Brent 613-283-6088.


Seamstress Required Carleton Uniforms Inc. has an immediate opening for a full-time seamstress. The successful applicant should have basic sewing skills and/or the ability to perform alterations to garments, more specifically, the application of crests onto shirts and outerwear, applying braid/tape to shirts and pants and/or hemming and serging of pants. The position requirements are for forty hours a week Monday to Friday and the successful applicant will be eligible for a generous benefit plan. Carleton Uniforms sells work and dress wear to the Emergency Services Sector across Canada including Paramedics, Fire Fighters and Police/Security. The company has been in operation since 1992 and is located in a new facility in Carleton Place. Please forward resumes to”” or drop them off personally at our head office at 5 Costello Drive in Carleton Place.

Contract position - 6 months with possible extension based on performance. 30 hours per week (combination of evenings/days/weekends) Lanark Community Programs is seeking a full time Custodian to clean and perform minor repairs and maintenance for their approximately 18,000 sq ft building in Carleton Place. Qualifications: Experience in commercial cleaning and general building upkeep such as, maintaining furnace filters, painting, snowblowing walkways, assembling/moving furniture, etc. Must have a current WHMIS certificate and Vulnerable Sector police check, and knowledge of MSDS. Hourly rate: $18.00/hour Deadline for applications: February 12, 2016 4pm

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Please forward resume to: Property Manager Lanark Community Programs 30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place, ON K7C 4J9



Lanark Community Programs

A part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services


Perth, 2 bedroom apartment & Bachelor apartment, fridge & stove included, $815/$550 + utilities. First & LMR required. Smoke/pet free. 613-229-5959.

Book your Snow Removal Handyman Services, renovations, painting, drywall, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms, fencing & decks, lawn maintenance, REAL ESTATE roofing, eavestroughing & housecleaning. Firewood. www.whytesmaintenance. Building lot for sale, 1 ca 613-257-8143 or acre, Ferguson/Tetlock 613-264-8143. Rd., Numogate (2 minutes off Hwy 15 N). Asking E x p e r i e n c e d $51,000. Info: Electrician, Licensed 613-812-0911. & Insured available for residential/commercial work. Best Rates, Call REAL ESTATE Jim 613-799-2378 or SERVICES 613-284-0895 (Texas USA Best Buy) We have a prime 20 acre de- House cleaning available veloped ranchette available from windows to ovens, with Panaramic View. Now also will work for Veteonly $395 per acre, $99 ran’s Affairs, I do it all. per month. In Canadian Once a week, bi-weekly or Funds. Call 800-875-6568. only when needed. I am available for emergency cleanings. I promise honPERSONAL est work and satisfaction. Call Bonny at Alcoholics Anonymous 613-284-2440 or cell: 613-284-7929. 613-284-2696.

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Perth, 10 Craig St. 2 bedroom apartment in quiet, clean, adult building. Fridge, stove, parking and laundry included. $820/month + utilities. Available immediately. 613-283-5996.

A Small Job or More. Renovations/Repairs. Kitchen & Bath, Tub-toshower conversions, grab bars, painting, plumbing, flooring, tile, countertops, decks. 613-858-1390, 613-257-7082.


The # 1 “Award-Winning” McLean Insurance Protection Team seeks a full-time Client Account Manager (CSR) for our Perth office. You must be highly coachable, forward-thinking, have ADVANCED computer skills, be able to work independently under pressure and professional in appearance to qualify. NO selling. NO cold-calling. In office salaried position with base salary, benefits and commission bonus program. Client Account Manager will be responsible for SERVICING McLean Insurance clients in-person, by phone, fax and email on a daily basis. Please NO whiners or complainers. People unable to work effectively “under extreme pressure”, require “babysitting” need not apply. Only those seriously committed to being a loyal member of our “award-winning” fast-paced, TEAM oriented, forward-thinking culture should apply. (Application Deadline: Friday, February 12th, 2016) So, still interested??? Please visit our website at: for additional information and a short VIDEO presentation about the job. Please MAIL your resume to the address that is found on the website. Please do NOT call, email, fax or visit us at the office to apply or inquire about this job. Just MAIL your resume as instructed at: using Canada Post, UPS or FedEx. * All applications will remain strictly confidential. McLean Insurance, 58 Foster Street, Perth, Ontario K7H 1S1

Do you like helping people?


Are you Empathetic?








BROCKVILLE NISSAN OPENING SPRING 2016 Dixon Automotive Group is growing and requires ambitious and dedicated staff to join their newest store, Brockville Nissan.


Here to Help! Please call Bruce or Kendra to be a Phone Line Volunteer at Distress Centre of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville 613-345-1290

Six Volunteer Locations – Brockville – Perth – Carleton Place – Kemptville – Prescott – Gananoque


We have a wide variety of daytime and evening positions available from management, technical and support staff


Executive Director Required Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville is the amalgamated child protection agency for the counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and the surrounding area. It was created in 2011 when the Children’s Aid Society of the County of Lanark and the Town of Smiths Falls, and the Family and Children’s Service of Leeds and Grenville united under a common umbrella. Serving a large geographic area of eastern Ontario, FCSLLG is a not-for-profit agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). Following two years of organizational challenge and change, FCSLLG is searching for a strategic leader, capable of leading this 20 million dollar, 150+ staff agency through the coming years of change implementation. Leading a dynamic organization As our incoming Executive Director, you will work with the agency, the Board of Directors, community partners and our clients to advance the Strategic Plan, through an evolving agency and provincial environment, forward. Doing so, you will support our Mission, Vision and Values:

Applicants are invited to submit their resume no later than February 15, 2016 To Steven Vaughan, Board President Family & Children Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, 438 Laurier Blvd Brockville, ON, K6V 6C5 Or Email: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted in early March, 2016

We look forward to meeting you! Interested candidates, please email resume to

Cruickshank Construction Ltd., a leading roadbuilder and aggregate supplier located in Ontario and Alberta, has an immediate opening for the following seasonal position:

Quality Control Technician Qualifications  Civil Engineering Technologist designation and/or related experience in civil construction/engineering  Experience in construction quality control would be an asset  Must possess excellent communication and computer skills  Able to review contract documents, contract specifications and project plans  Highly motivated, self-directed and the ability to multitask  Strong work ethic and a positive team attitude  Strong knowledge of OHSA  Willing to travel and spend time away from home Responsibilities Monitor our Quality Management System policies and document daily work related operations  Direct and oversee employees to ensure work is accurate  Work in conjunction with the Plan Administer to identify and correct issues as they arise  Ensure all QA sampling is completed per contract requirements  Monitor supplied material as per QMS manual  Document daily quantities for payment reconciling 


See Statement of Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment at www.

• Sales Representitives • Controller • Service Adivisors • Licensed Technicians • Office Administraion

Cruickshank is committed to fair and accessible employment practices and will accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment process. To apply please send your resume and cover letter to: no later than February 12, 2016

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Key Qualifications and Leadership Competencies ➢ A Master’s Degree in Social Work, Public Administration or work experience equivalency, including at least 10 years of progressively responsible management service and administration experience within the child welfare field. ➢ A genuine commitment to the Child Welfare sector along with solid experience and understanding of related government policy, programming, service models and associated acts and legislation in the field ➢ Strong leadership skills, including the ability to motivate, evaluate, and recognize employees; proven ability to share skills and knowledge with others; experience in all components of human resource management. ➢ Experience building consensus and delivering results with diverse stakeholder groups and partners for common solutions. ➢ Proven ability to work effectively in a unionized environment ➢ Respect for issues of public accountability ➢ Demonstrated ability to create positive public awareness and maintain community/partner relationships ➢ Competencies in people, resource, financial, change, and risk management and in taking action. ➢ Excellent written, oral and technological communication and presentations skills with a solid track record of speaking in public forums.

• Sales Manager • Business Manager • Service Manager • Parts Manager • Detailer




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Here to Listen!







Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario Box 2222, 2755 Highway 43 Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0

REQUIRES CASUAL CUSTODIANS Almonte/Carleton Place/Smiths Falls/Perth Gananoque/Kemptville/Brockville (and surrounding areas) $19.81/hour Effective Immediately

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is seeking Custodians to work on a casual and as needed basis, to cover for vacancies in schools in the above-noted areas. Qualified applicants should have experience in industrial cleaning and/or maintenance and be able to meet the physical requirements for material and furniture handling. Interested applicants are requested to forward a cover letter and resume in confidence by February 12, 2016 to the attention of: Barb Renaud Coordinator of Employee Services Fax: (613) 258-3610 E-mail: Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their interest. Learning and Growing Together in Christ CDSBEO IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING AN INCLUSIVE, ACCESSIBLE AND BARRIER-FREE WORKPLACE. IF YOU WILL REQUIRE AN ACCOMMODATION DURING THE JOB SELECTION PROCESS, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL WORK TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.

Brent Laton Chair of the Board

Wm. J. Gartland Director of Education


Job Posting Where do you find your local community news? How do you stay connected to new and old businesses in your community? Metroland Media is a communication company built on a strong history of providing the news to Ontario’s door steps for over 100 years. In this ever growing industry we have continued to evolve, allowing us to become the industry leaders. Flyers, magazines, trade shows, digital advertising and distribution is a snapshot of our companies breadth. If you are looking for a dynamic company built on a strong history within your community, look no further. THE OPPORTUNITY: We are looking for an individual interested in a Sales Representative position for our Brockville location. Applicants must be self-starters and exceptionally goal oriented as the focus of this position is on developing new revenue opportunities for both the print and digital media products.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES • Prospect for new accounts, source leads, cold call, and research to generate sales in multi-media platforms • Responsible for ongoing sales with both new and existing clients • Consistently attain and/or surpass sales targets and hitting revenue targets • Develop and maintain strong business relationships with clients to build business opportunities • Provide professional customer service in ensuring superior client satisfaction at all times • Create proposals and advertising solutions through compelling business cases • Provide customers with creative and effective advertising solutions and play a key role in the overall success of our organization • As part of this role, you will be required to handle credit card information. Metroland Media is PCI compliant company, and requires people in this role to take PCI training to handle cards in a safe and compliant manner WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR • College Diploma in Business, Marketing, related field or 3+ years in Sales • Prospect for new accounts, source leads, cold call, and research to generate sales in multi-media platforms • Responsible for ongoing sales with both new and existing clients • Consistently attain and/or surpass sales targets and hitting revenue targets • Develop and maintain strong business relationships with clients to build business opportunities • Provide professional customer service in ensuring superior client satisfaction at all times • Create proposals and advertising solutions through compelling business cases • Provide customers with creative and effective advertising solutions and play a key role in the overall success of our organization • A valid Driver’s Licence and reliable vehicle OUR AODA COMMITMENT Metroland is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, Metroland will endeavour to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the hiring manager upon scheduling your interview. PLEASE APPLY AT WWW.METROLAND/CAREERS


60 Bed Long-Term Care Home Merrickville, ON Requires A


Gibson Timber Frames Sales Assistant-Estimator

Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario Box 2222, 2755 Highway 43 Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0

Rai Co-ordinator Permanent Part-Time Position 3 shifts per week Successful candidates are motivated with excellent organizational, problem solving and leadership skills. Candidates must hold a current RN/RPN registration. Please fax or e-mail resume and cover letter to:

Carolyn Tonge Fax: 613-269-3534 E-mail:


Executive Chef of the Perth Golf Course Anticipated Term: April 18th, 2016 - October 15th, 2016 Seasonal full-time contract - Salary based on experience (Experience required). Production bonus offered as well as golfing privileges. Summary of Work: The Executive Chef will be responsible for all food production and management of the kitchen facilities for all major tournaments, special events and league nights, as well as day-to-day food preparation for daytime golf. Description of Work: - Work within budget to order food and schedule staff; - Maintain records of food costs, consumption, sales and inventory; - Assist F&B Manager to hire, train and supervise kitchen staff; - Demonstrate cooking techniques and use of equipment; - Plan menus and create new recipes; - Consult with clients regarding menus for special functions; - Estimate food requirements, prepare and cook food on a regular basis, for special functions, and for tournaments; - Ensure food meets quality standards; Working Conditions: Fast-paced environment; Work under pressure; Standing for extended periods; Tight deadlines. Personal Suitability: Dependability; Team player; Flexible; Must be available to work a combination of days, nights and weekends as required. To Apply: Email resume (with references) and cover letter, specifically outlining past experience to; or mail to P.O. Box 325 Perth, ON K7H 3E4. Looking to hire successful candidate as soon as possible. CLS463812/0204

REQUIRES A LIBRARY TECHNICIAN ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL KEMPTVILLE (Permanent) $21.37/hour Effective: Immediately The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is seeking a Library Technician at St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville. Qualified applicants should have a diploma in Library Technology, a minimum of six months experience and basic knowledge of various data processing techniques. Please refer to our website for further information. Applicants are requested to forward a cover letter and resume in confidence by February 8, 2016 to the attention of: Barb Renaud Coordinator of Employee Services Fax: (613) 258-3610 E-mail: Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their interest. Learning and Growing Together in Christ

with basic Google Sketchup skills required to produce timber work sketches and deliver quotes to clients from our Perth Shop. Flexible hours are casual parttime. Job description is available. Please contact us at:


DRIVERS REQUIRED Access Taxi requires Full and Part-Time drivers for Perth and Smiths Falls

Should be familiar with streets and surrounding roads. Top of the industry remuneration paid. Excellent supplemental income for semi-retired and retired persons. Please call Brett




at 613-283-5555.


Brent Laton Chair of the Board

Wm. J. Gartland Director of Education

FAX YOUR AD 283-5909

OPERATIONS SUPPORT MANAGER Permanent Position based in Perth Minimum 5 years experience managing construction operations, site staff, sub-contractors, shop drawings and resolving site related issues. Vacancy for SITE OPERATORS and LABOURERS Apply with resume to:





Busy Handyman Service looking for Snow-plow OpCaregiver for Seniors and erators and shovelers. Part- Looking for an online time or could lead to full- business? I can help! You People with disabilities. will receive free training Gentle, caring support in time. Call 613-267-5460. and after support. Go to your home: personal care, housekeeping, meal prep- Farm worker for vegetable aration. Call Joanne farm, 2016 season, May 1 and check it out. Requires 613-278-0467 to October 30, North Gow- a computer and telephone er area. Experience an as- and 5-15 hours weekly. set. Email:






Building Upon a Tradition INTRODUCTION: Renfrew Golf Club is a semi private golf course with full amenities and is located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. POSITION: General Manager, Renfrew Golf Club LOCATION: Renfrew Ontario PURPOSE OF JOB: As the general manager, you are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the golf club. This includes meeting financial objectives related to the annual budget, achieving objectives related to customer service, human resource management and operational effectiveness. He/she provides direction to the golf club team members in a manner consistent with the overall business line strategy of developing a customer-focused sales culture. This includes a primary responsibility for embedding and sustaining sales and operational management activities at the club using a planning approach to meet customer needs and financial objectives. SKILL SET REQUIRED 1. Strong financial skill set necessary 2. Background in the hospitality industry and a willingness to develop existing assets 3. Background in Golf Course management an asset but not required. 4. Must be able to work with a board of directors to develop a strategy and implement with a high degree of autonomy. SALARY: Commensurate with level of experience. APPLICATIONS: by Email before 12 Feb 2016

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Established local company in the Almonte area looking to hire a full time lead hand in a permanent position. We offer a wide variety of services for both residential and commercial properties in the areas from excavation and site preparation, through to finish landscape. We are looking for someone with min. 5 years experience in the following: - civil site works; grading and layout -heavy equipment operating experience - septic installation, sewer and water - hardscape; interlock, concrete, asphalt - winter maintenance experience Salary: $20-$30/hr based on experience Submit resume to











Language Learning North Grenville classes starting the week of February 15th. F r e n c h (junior/intermediate), Spanish (beginner level 1 and 2) and Inuktitut (language and culture). Two hours per week for 8 weeks $195 www.alkeventmanagement. c a anne@alkeventmanagement. ca 613-853-8308


3D DESIGN SPECIALIST(S) James Ross Limited serves the North American market with the custom design and fabrication of paper machine cleaning equipment. Their recent growth has created the above openings at their Brockville location.


Qualifications: 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree or Mechanical Technologist Diploma 4 Minimum 1 - 5 years 3D design experience (manufacturing) 4 Knowledge of Pulp & Paper equipment an asset 4 Strong Problem Solving/Trouble Shooting/ Organizational Skills 4 Willing to travel occasionally within North America

Attention: Perth Area Men & Women Barbers & Stylists Looking For A FRESH Start Making $20-$25 Per Hour GUARANTEED…

WANTED! Barbers & Hairstylists

You will be employed in a pleasant and supportive environment in Brockville, ON and enjoy a competitive salary and fringe benefits. In the first instance mail or e-mail your résumé to:

C.W. ARMSTRONG 201 – 84 KING STREET WEST, P.O. BOX 773, BROCKVILLE, ON K6V 5W1 e-mail: 1-877-779-2362 or (613) 498-2290


The 'COOLEST Family Barber Shop' in Ontario is hiring additional Barbers and Stylists. $13 Per Hour PLUS Commission and Tips (our Barbers & Stylists average $21-$25 Per Hour). GOOD Hours. NO Commuting. Excellent chance to make some REAL Money (PLUS tips) if you are a HARD worker and enjoy working with other people. Full-Time and Part-Time work available. You MUST be highly coachable, forward thinking and professional in appearance to qualify. You will be responsible for providing haircuts and straight blade shaves (we will train you) on a daily basis in our friendly downtown shop. Barbering is a PERSONALITY business - so you need one to apply (a PASSION for meeting NEW people is a deal-breaker).

Lanark County’s – Lanark Lodge, “People Caring for People”, is a 163 bed Long Term Care Home accredited with Accreditation Canada that strives to provide progressive resident centred care for our residents in an atmosphere of respect that fosters independence and fulfillment. We are seeking a self-motivated professional change agent for the following position.

RESIDENT CARE CLERK MANDATE: To provide clerical support to Lanark Lodge Nursing department. Provides back up for Receptionist/Clerical Assistant and Staffing/ Payroll Clerk as required. For further details including qualifications and application deadline, visit our website at





Infection Prevention and Control Nurse


The Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital requires a Temporary Part-Time Infection Prevention and Control Nurse starting in February, 2016 for approximately six months. Reporting to the Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) the incumbent will assist and direct hospital personnel in the prevention and reduction of the incidence and morbidity of healthcare acquired infections in patients. Through consultation, surveillance and education, the incumbent will contribute to ensuring a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. The successful candidate must be available to work 2 days per week. Temporary assignments can be terminated with two weeks’ notice.

10-12 Maple Avenue, Smiths Falls ON K7A 1Z5 For course information please call 1-866-529-1113 or 613-742-7499

Qualifications: A BScN and current Certificate of Competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario; current or is eligible to obtain certification in Infection Control from the CBIC (Certified Board of Infection Control) or completion of an approved IPAC course from an accredited university or college; minimum five years clinical nursing experience; two years of IPAC experience in a hospital setting; demonstrated ability to perform the duties of an IPAC nurse, working knowledge of the Standards and principles regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Accreditation Canada as they apply to IPAC and demonstrated experience in providing IPAC in construction and redevelopment phases of work. For a complete list of qualifications, please visit careers on our website at www. Qualified applicants should apply in writing no later than Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. to the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital, Human Resources Department, 211 Lake Ave. E. Carleton Place, K7C 1J4, Fax: (613)257-3026, E-mail:



Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital

GARAGE SALE/ FLEA MARKET Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill St. in historic downtown Almonte. 613-256-1511. 50 vendors. Open daily 10-5.

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* All applications will remain strictly confidential.

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NO whiners or Complainers. ONLY those seriously committed to being a POSITIVE member of our Award-Winning Team need apply. Application Deadline: Friday, February 12th, 2016. To CONFIDENTIALLY apply, please EMAIL your resume with REFERENCES to: You can also mail your resume and references to: 58 Foster Street, Perth, Ontario K7H 1S1 - Attention Michael


60 Bed Long-Term Care Home Merrickville, ON


One Permanent Part-Time Position 5 shifts per 2 weeks One Casual Position

Successful candidates are motivated with excellent organizational, problem solving and leadership skills. Excellence in Geriatric Nursing preferred but not essential. Please fax or e-mail resume and cover letter to: Kate Carkner-Hutchings, A.D.O.C. Fax: 613-269-3534 E-mail:

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CDSBEO’s EQAO assessment results demonstrate student success The following are highlights from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario’s (CDSBEO) regular board meeting held on Jan. 19 at the board office in Kemptville. Each year, students from across Ontario in grades 3, 6, and 9, participate in the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments. The data collected through the testing helps school teams identify areas of student strength, target areas requiring support, and plan for improvement. The data also provides additional evidence that helps teachers and parents engage in meaningful conversation about individual TENDERS

student’s achievement. The assessment of reading, writing and mathematics – primary and junior divisions, measures the skills students are expected to have learned by the end of grade 3, and the end of grade 6. The assessments also track progress in mathematics for students in grade 9. Principal of curriculum, Brent Bovaird, and superintendent of school effectiveness, Natalie Cameron, presented an overview of the results for this year’s EQAO assessments to the board. Provincial numbers for the primary and junior assessments were not available for comparison due to prov-




REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Rideau Community Health Services is seeking proposals for Audit Services for a 3 year term from qualified Accounting firms with demonstrated ability and experience in auditing health care sector not-for-profit organizations of a similar size and complexity to produce annual audited financial statements and supplementary financial information. Interested parties may view detailed specifications at Enquiries and expressions of interest must be received no later than 5:00 pm Friday March 4th, 2016. Funding for Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS) has been provided by the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). RCHS is also supported by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and by the communities and people we serve. CAREER DEVELOPMENT


ince-wide job action. Cameron presented the assessment results. “In primary reading, 78 per cent of students scored a level 3 or 4, with only two per cent scoring below level 2. In primary writing, 80 per cent of students scored a level 3 or 4, and we are proud to report that less than 1 per cent scored below level 2,” she said. “In primary mathematics, 66 per cent of students scored a level 3 or 4, therefore 29 per cent of our students are currently sitting very close to the provincial standard at a level 2. Only 3 per cent scored below level 2.” Junior level results demonstrated similar success. “In junior reading, 81 per cent of students scored a level 3 or 4. Only 1 per cent scored below level 2. In junior writing, 83 per cent of students scored a level 3 or 4, with less than 1 per cent below level 2. In junior mathematics, 51 per cent of students scored a level 3 or 4 and 35 per cent of students are currently just below the provincial standard at a level 2, with 12 per cent below level 2,” noted Bovaird. For the grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test results, first-time eligible students, 85 per cent were successful. This achievement is 3 per cent higher than the provincial average of 82 per cent. For the previously eligible cohort writing the OSSLT for the second time, 57 per cent of students were successful, which is 8 per cent higher than the provincial average.

Grade 9 applied math students continued with the trend of scoring above provincial results (based on the 2013-2014 provincial results), with 59 per cent of applied, and 86 per cent of academic students achieving a level 3 or 4. “As we continue to celebrate the success of our students we are also purposefully planning to improve student achievement, which is a continuous process,” noted Cameron. “The board Numeracy Action Plan has been updated to reflect our continued focus on Catholic Professional Learning Communities to support collaboration and sharing of best practices to improve instruction, and identify areas for improvement in school cohorts.” “EQAO Divisional Numeracy Action Teams have been created in our schools,” explained Bovaird. “Teachers in junior and intermediate panels will have the opportunity to gather and make meaningful connections between EQAO scores and curriculum expectations. This will also provide an opportunity for divisional math teachers, with the guidance and support of numeracy consultants, to engage in meaningful discourse around teaching practices in their math classrooms, and how they can set goals as a team to better prepare students for assessment opportunities.” The CDSBEO will continue to develop focused planning, achievement targets, and school action plans to improve AUCTIONS





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has also be reflected in the development of the ‘activation steps,’ the ESP and the development of the REACH teams within their schools. Teachers felt excited to be receiving tools to assist crown ward and CAS involved students to achieve not only their academic but social and community goals as well.” The initiative will assist with making progress in closing the gap in the graduation rates for crown ward and CAS involved students. In addition, as a result of a collaborative JPSA protocol school boards have established REACH teams, along with educational success plans. A REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement for Children/Youth) team is a student focused support system that consists of a school member, CAS worker, guardian/ parent, and a significant adult as identified by the student. Each crown ward or CAS involved student will have access to his/her REACH team, who will support the student in developing their individual success plan. The student and REACH team will meet a minimum of twice per year. Partnerships with community agencies is critical to the success of students, and the CDSBEO is a recognized leader in the development of these partnerships. In 2012-2013, 46 per cent of crown wards ages 19-20, in the province, had graduated from high school. Submitted by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario AUCTIONS


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Montague reeve supports regional Police Services Board model

Montague Reeve Bill Dobson supports the concept of a Lanark County Police Services Board (PSB) if it helps member municipalities grapple with the cost of the service. “That is our biggest issue,” Dobson said of the cost of policing. In 2014, the rural municipality was forced to raise taxes 4.7 per cent to cover the rising price of police service under their existing OPP contract. Dobson estimates between 83 to 85 per cent of this bill comes from staffing costs, which is why Montague and other Lanark County communities are looking at how they can make officers’ time as productive as possible. The seasoned politician sees removing unnecessary work such as police officers presenting statistics to all seven Lanark County PSBs may be one approach to tackling the cost of police. “That’s one of the directions that we’re looking at,” Dobson said. Further information into the prospect of a countywide PSB will likely be gathered when the regional police service boards meet again this April. At this time Dobson said he is keen to hear from the OPP delegates if the rules around representation on a PSB can be flexed to allow seven seats at the table instead of the mandated five. “Nobody had any answers as to whether it

would or not,” remarked Inspector Derek Needham of the OPP during the township’s regular PSB meeting held Jan. 26. The Montague board deferred further discussion on the matter until such details are known. Dobson said he isn’t concerned about a county PSB’s ability to represent all municipalities equally having seen the successful efforts of the regional information meetings Lanark County PSBs have hosted for his last 10 years in politics. “It would be inclusive and representative enough to satisfy the needs of Montague,” Dobson said. Regardless of what is done, municipalities realize the increasing cost of policing is something they have to get a handle on before it rises beyond their reach. Another means of reigning in police costs is through preventative policing. In Lanark County, this approach to saving funds has taken the form of a joint initiative known as the Situation Table. The Situation Table gathers a variety of community stakeholders who will work collaboratively to resolve specific cases in a more formalized referral system. Dobson said he was first introduced to this concept about three years ago at a national conference when it was known as Police Hubs, but said he is optimistic about the potential savings collaboration can provide. “That’s what we should be doing with everything,” Dobson said. The ultimate goal of the Situation Table is to address problems before they grow.

Family fun at Tay Bells Heritage Winter Celebrations Get ready to dress the kids for a fun filled afternoon at the Tay Bells Heritage Winter Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the historic Maberly Community Hall, 180 Maberly-Elphin Road. Those bells you will hear are from Lenny McFadden’s horse drawn sleigh rides throughout the afternoon. The South Sherbrooke Fire Fighters will be competing against the Bathurst, Burgess and Drummond Firefighters in a tug-of-war. Not to be left out, community members of all ages will be invited to participate. The biggest challenge might be the three-person plank races where all members of a team put their best foot forward at the same time while trying to cross the finish line. There will also be a hockey shootout for children 12 and under which will follow tradition and use horse apples or cow patties instead of hockey pucks. Those who feel up to the challenge can try out for the cross-cut log sawing competition where team-work can determine how you well you do. Come inside Maberly Community Hall to warm your hands on a cup of hot chocolate and play some old time games including eye spy, hopscotch and tic-tac-toe on the floor. Craft tables will be set up to help you make your own sleigh bells, bookmark, or heritage hat. It is impossible to celebrate our heritage in Tay Valley Township without someone playing the fiddle. Get ready to tap your toes to the music of

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It was a happy day during Sunday morning service at St. Paul’s United Church on Jan. 31, when the Sunday School children presented a cheque for $1,200 to Rev. Shirley Abrahamse to support her work at “His House” the Perth Hub Drop-In Centre at 40 North St. Those making the presentation during Sharing Time in worship to Rev. Shirley, who is seen here on the left, are, from left to right, back row: Grace Loten, Samantha Buchanan, Rev. Gerry Kerr; front row Matthew McKenzie, Caitlyn Dean, Rowan McKenzie, Alana Dean, Alice Loten, Jack and Willem Van Wingerden and Elena Irvine.




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newly improved Tay Valley Township web site. Community services director Shannon Baillon said that the company that conducted the revamp of Tay Valley’s web site was providing the estimate for the Town of Perth’s site. “There are different ranges you can get,” said Fenik. “But you want ease of navigation,” and that requires a bit more coin. “Nowadays, web sites are everything,” said Coun. Riq Turner. The town is looking to update its booking and registration system online, and Turner said that it is about time. “I wanted to look up the hours for the landfill on the web site. I couldn’t find it….It’s not working the way it should.” Coun. Jim Boldt wondered if patching the public works building’s roof in the interim would help provide a temporary, Band-Aid solution, but Britchford replied that that would be “truly throwing good money after bad,” that the building itself is in such rough shape. The report on the condition of the building’s roof was only delivered to the town late on Friday, Jan. 22. Boldt said that it was good that a new roof was not being put on a building “that may need to be replaced,” and that doing so would be “tantamount to putting a new engine in a car that is rusted.” Boldt also wondered why the renovations to the clock tower – including exterior painting, roofing, and repairs to the clock itself – were not done sooner, before the town’s 200th anniversary celebrations. “That clock is part of the major branding of this town,” said Boldt. Britchford explained that “we don’t want our town hall clad in scaffolding,” during the summer months. Further to this, a hoped-for grant to do the repair work fell through, and the departure of Jim Connell also meant that the project fell between the cracks for a time. Fenik asked that an RFP (request for proposals) be put forward, with the stipulation that the work be done before June, when the celebrations kick into high gear. “We have the right (to ask that the work) be done on our schedule, not on some contractor’s schedule,” said Fenik. “If they can’t do it, they don’t get our money.” Another engineering project within site of town hall is the Crystal Palace, for which $5,000 was put aside for an engineering study, since the facility has “a consistent problem with the roof leaking,” said Coun. Judy Brown, who added that “I don’t think $5,000 is enough,” urging that the number be raised to $10,000. “In my heart of hearts, we can do it for $5,000,” said Britchford. Boldt however wondered why an engineering firm needed to be contracted at all, when a local tradesperson could be brought in to provide a free estimate of the work that needed

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Coun. Riq Turner turns to listen to Perth Mayor John Fenik, centre, address council, as Coun. Jim Graff, right, follows along with the mayor’s words. to be done. To this, Britchford replied that the town needed an “independent, objective pricing,” for the project. “We are using it (the Crystal Palace) for this it was never intended for,” said Baillon. “Can this building do what we want it to do? Right now, it has structural issues.” Amongst other contentious budget items were $120,000 put aside for the Doctor’s soccer field at Conlon Farm. Baillon said that the town was still awaiting the environmental assessment on the soil conditions there, to see just how contaminated the site is, but that $120,000 “number is not including any remediation,” to clean up the site, if needed. The town will also see a 1.75 per cent increase in water and sewer rates, though Britchford pointed out that this will be the first time the rates have gone up since 2011. Fenik noted that, overall, over the last several years, staff and council has been able to keep tax rises to between 1.3 and 2 per cent, “at or below the consumer price index.” He also crowed that there has been a 76 per cent reduction in the town’s debt since 2010, which should be eliminated by 2018. He called debt “a noose around any municipalities neck.” Coun. Ed McPherson, who was chairing the meeting, pointed out that, back in 2008, the town had to borrow $1 million to keep operations going. McPherson said that he still hears from constituents that “It’s expensive to live in the town of Perth,” he said, but his rejoinder is always: “Well, yeah, it is, but we also offer the

Cadillac services.” The town currently has a hiring freeze in place, with two vacant positions caused by retirements not being filled as a result. “Our staff would like to do more… but it is the economic reality in which we live,” said McPherson. The town spends about $4.7 million on salaries and wages in this budget, but, in order to accommodate planning and implementation of the town’s 200th anniversary celebrations, $15,500 has been set aside to hire two part-time staffers. A second staffer has also been brought on, part-time, for clearing ice at the arena, to the tune of $11,000. Even at this, there is a 0.3 per cent, or, $15,228 reduction in labour costs. The Perth and District Union Public Library is also seeing a 0.6 per cent increase in funding, from $196,846, to $198,022 – an increase of $1,176. The Perth police services board has also seen a reduction in spending, by 3.3 per cent, from $27,900 to $26,980. This drop comes in part from board members attending fewer conferences. In other policing funding, The Lanark County Situation Table, headquartered in Perth, will receive $2,750 in emergency funding, while the Zone 2 meeting for police services boards from across eastern Ontario, which will be held at the Crystal Palace in April, will receive $3,050. Overall, policing costs continue to decline in Perth. The contract for service in 2015 was $2,244,130, but will fall to $1,885957 in 2016, a savings of $358,173. The town is also spending $201,610 on an environmental assessment into

the landfill site. Without it, council was told, the province could pull the landfill’s operation certificate, and it would be a significant cost to the town to transfer waste to another site. The landfill would then also have to be decommissioned – adding another budget burden. “The fact that we have our own landfill site…it is such an asset,” said Coun. Brown. Health funding was also on the docket, with three defibrillators due for replacing, at a cost of $1,500 each, out of the town’s seven, since they are beyond their life expectancy. Moving on to a far more regal and historic project, the cannons that used to sit in front of the Drummond Street courthouse will be refurbished, at a cost of $20,000. Down the road, $25,000 has been earmarked to replace the town’s old pay-and-display parking machines, so that they now accept debit and credit cards. On other parking matters, council heard that $60,000 was owing to the town by a core group of between 100 and 120 errant drivers, who either could not, or would not, pay, their parking fines. “We are losing a lot of revenue,” said planning director Eric Cosens, before proposing a “booting” system which would, in essence, clamp the car, rendering it immovable, until the parking fine is paid. “With the booting system, you get 100 per cent of the money owed,” said Cosens. Fenik wondered if impounding cars was possible as an alternative, but Cosens replied that “we don’t have a good towing procedure at this stage,” and that some of the money re-

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couped from fines paid, would go to the tow truck operators. “I’m really concerned we will go off and start booting cars without council approval,” said Fenik. “We need to have that discussion.” Boldt also had concerns about how the proposal would affect tourism in town. “This would send a bad message to people visiting Perth,” said Boldt. “I’m looking forward to this discussion,” said Deputy Mayor John Gemmell. Staff was directed to write up a report on the matter, and the initiative suspended until it is dealt with by council. “I don’t want downtown heritage Perth to become a wasteland of abandoned cars,” said Fenik. Another transit matter, of a different sort, will be made in Conlon Farm, with the addition of a new tractor there at a cost of $45,425. This summer, dozens of builders will be busy scurrying around the old swimming hole on Mill Street as part of a festival celebrating dry stone bridges. The craftsmen will be building a bridge of their own, with the town kicking in $78,000, of which $47,000 comes from a grant for the stone, and $31,000 comes from town reserves. But Baillon pointed out that the builders are donating the equivalent of $60,000 in labour to the project. “We are getting a lot of in-kind for that,” said Baillon. The budget will again be before council on Tuesday, Feb. 23, during the regular town council for final consideration.

Campbell and Moodie-Cameron family properties recognized as Legacy Farms

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The first Legacy Farm signs for this area’s 200th Anniversary are presented by, from left to right: Keith Kerr, Reeve, Tay Valley Township; Gail Code, Lanark County Warden and Deputy Reeve, Drummond/North Elmsley Township to Brad Cameron and Lois Cameron, Bonnieview Farms, and to Janet and Robert Campbell, Rosecamp Farms. announced that “the Moodie-Cameron property will be the site of the 2016 County Plowing Match. The Lanark County Plowmen’s Association and Tay Valley Township are adding a major component in 2016, ‘Settlers Heritage Days’, a 200th Anniversary celebration event recognising the agriculture community.” This will be an educational and exciting weekend event with activities for all ages. The 2016 Lanark County Plowing Match and Settlers Heritage Day will take place on Aug. 19 and

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The Perth Horticultural Society presents, “Flowers of the Camino” with Penny Stewart at its next meeting on Feb. 9. Plan to experience a special excursion to the Iberian Peninsula, as Stewart will present “Flowers of the Camino” to the Perth Horticultural Society meeting. This is a presentation about her 125km walk along the Portuguese route to Santiago Spain, relating the history, geography, and culture of this historic pilgrimage route with a floral touch. Horticulturist and photographer, Penny Stewart combined her twin passions during her pilgrimage of the Camino Portuguese. She has been an active gardener for over 50 years and has continued to expand her knowledge by doing Royal Botanical Gardens Accreditation in Horticulture and Ontario Horticulture Association (OHA) certification in Design and Horticulture. She has been an active member of the Gananoque Horticultural Society for many years and is the current OHA District 3 Director. This meeting will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, 25 Gore St. W. in Perth, beginning at 7 p.m. Please use the D’Arcy St. entrance. Everyone is welcome — membership in the society is only $10 per year, visitors pay $3 for admission. We look forward to seeing you there. Submitted by Perth and District Horticultural Society

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The first properties to be designated ‘Legacy Farms’ were recognized recently with official presentations at two local farm properties in neighbouring municipalities. The events recognized the Campbell family property at 3069 Drummond Concession 7, in Drummond/ North Elmsley, and the Moodie-Cameron property at 2677 Scotch Line in Tay Valley Township. At the presentations, Gail Code, Lanark County warden and deputy reeve of the Township of Drummond/North Elmsley noted: “The Legacy Farm Program was instituted by the two townships to recognize the area’s 200th anniversary and the significant contribution of the farm community to our development since its founding in 1816.” She thanked the designated farms for their participation in the program through the acquisition and posting of the anniversary signs. Farm properties that have been in the same family for 100, 150 or 200 years are eligible for designation as Legacy Farms. A total of 85 properties will receive a Legacy Farm designation and official certificates under this program. For Drummond/North Elmsley, the certificates will be presented at the Township’s Heritage Day, a celebration event for the whole family, to be held on May 28, at the Municipal Offices at 310 Port Elmsley Road. For Tay Valley Township, the presentation will be at the Lanark County Plowing Match on Aug. 20. Keith Kerr, reeve of Tay Valley Township,

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NOTICE OF OPEN HOUSE for GENERAL AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING BY-LAW 02-121 PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE, TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST, 2016, 4-7 p.m. Tay Valley Township Municipal Office, 217 Harper Road Tay Valley Township residents and businesses are invited to see three proposed mapping changes to the Township Zoning By-Law. These reflect the changes the Province identified for Tay Valley Township’s Official Plan: • new Provincially Significant Wetlands (PSW) largely located in North Burgess which will become EP (Environmental Protection) Zones • Floodplain along the Tay River which will become FP (Floodplain) Zone • Aggregate Reserves throughout all three wards which will become a new AR (Aggregate Reserves) Zone, as identified by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests Tay Valley Township property owners are also invited to propose corrections to the Zoning By-law to fix site-specific mapping errors affecting their properties. If you are unable to attend the Open House, you are welcome to review the proposed changes online at resident-services/zoning.asp and contact the Planning Department before March 8th with your concerns. A statutory Public Meeting will be held later in March to review the proposed changes, followed by the adoption of the General Amendments to the Zoning By-law. Later in the year, public consultation will be held to discuss proposed policy changes to the Zoning By-law following up on suggestions made during the Official Plan review. 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(s). 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; and, 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. For more information, please contact Noelle Reeve, Planner, at 613267-5353 ext 128 or email:

Are you interested in knowing what’s going on in your Community? Do you want to share your event with the Community? Tay Valley Township’s website offers these features and more! • Festivals and Events Calendar – catch all the events, including the 200th Anniversary Celebrations! Submit your community event to our Calendar. • Interactive Map – showcasing cultural assets, historic sites, and more. • Photo Gallery – view pictures from local events, including Tay Valley Township’s recreational sport teams. Go Tornadoes! • Don’t forget to subscribe to News and Public Notices to get all the important news releases from the Municipality. Visit our website and subscribe today at Just click on the web link, then click “News and Public Notices”, then the “Subscribe” button. Enter your name and e-mail then choose the topics you are interested in. It’s that easy! Questions and comments can be directed to Julie Whyte, Tay Valley Township Corporate Assistant by calling 613-267-5353 x110, or by e-mailing

LICENSE FREE FISHING WEEKEND The Ontario Government designates two periods during the year as license-free. February 13-15 is one of those times when you can experience the excitement of winter fishing free of charge! This is a great opportunity to introduce your kids or friends to this relaxing sport. For more information including a complete list of scheduled events, visit

NATIONAL FIDDLE DAY In conjunction with Tay Valley’s 200th Anniversary, the ABC Hall in Bolingbroke will be holding an event to celebrate National Fiddle Day and commemorate the cultural significance of fiddle music in the area. The ABC Hall Committee is inviting all interested parties to attend the meeting at the ABC Hall on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the shape this event might take. Please contact Jerrard Smith

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Perth Blue Wings on a 12-game win streak, closing in on new team record Laurie Weir

The Perth Blue Wings have strung together 12 straight wins in CCHL Tier 2 action including two road victories against Renfrew and Alexandria and are looking to set a new team record. “We are closing in on the all-time record season for points/wins, I am told,” Michael McLean, head coach said. “The best Blue Wings regular season record had six losses. So we have something very significant to work towards achieving. We need to still improve over the next three weeks.” Right now, the Blue Wings have four games remaining in regular season and have just four losses. Mathematically, this record is doable. On Saturday, Jan. 30, Perth claimed a 4-2 win over the Glens in Alexandria and added another win Friday night when they defeated the Renfrew Timberwolves 5-2. “The guys did their jobs and secured four points,” said McLean. “Renfrew and Alexandria are tough rinks to play in, but we worked hard both nights and stayed disciplined.” McLean said the team’s GM, Bill White, did a great job with the scheduling. “… White did a fantastic job with the schedule last summer - we are challenged every night now - playing strong teams right up until the playoffs,” McLean said. The wins give the Richardson Divisions leaders the overall league-leading total of 70 points in 40 games with 34 wins and just four losses. They have two games in hand over the Martin Division leaders, the Casselman Vikings who sit at 69 points on 34 wins and three losses in 38 games played. The next closest competitors to these two powerhouses are the Stittsville Royals with 53 points. McLean said staying disciplined and focused is not an issue for the Blue Wings. “Motivation is not an issue,” he said. “We recruited quality kids who are self motivated and are taking responsibility for their own work ethic and discipline. Like I tell them all the time, winning just doesn’t happen. There is a process and outstanding teams make it happen.” McLean said he does have some issues though, with players he brought into the camp after the Jan. 10 trade deadline. “I am not happy with the performances of some of the players we acquired since the trade deadline,” he said. “We brought these players in for a reason – to add depth, grit, toughness – and help in the playoffs when the games are 10 times more difficult.” Goalie Johnathan Peacock has also been outstanding in nets, “and without outstanding goaltending, we have no chance to win in the post season.”

outshot their opponents 49-28. Perth took a 3-0 jump on things after the first period with goals from Brandon Mendham, Karson McCartney and Mark Vanerzyde. Assists were credited to Dylan McNamara, Nicholas Brazeau (2) and McCartney. After a scoreless second period the Glens turned up the heat and scored twice with goals from Chris Wert (shorthanded) and Christian Bueti – a former Perth Blue Wings player. They put the pressure on the Blue Wings and pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker, but it got away on them and McCartney was able to put home the insurance marker on the empty net. Perth 5 Renfrew 2 The Blue Wings were on the road last night and visited the Renfrew Timberwolves where they posted a 5-2 victory. Staying true to their winning formula of getTiffany Lepack/METROLAND ting at least 50 shots on nets and accumulating less than five penalties helped the league-leading The Perth Blue Wings handed the Renfrew Timberwolves a 5-2 loss on Friday night in Renfrew. Pictured, Gabriel Laurin (11) of the Blue Wings grabs the puck and heads in to score. Blue Wings in their win. Perth held a 1-0 lead after the first period with a short-handed goal from Lucas DriscollMcKinnon, assisted by Danick Genest and Vanderzyde at 10:23. Three more goals by the Blue Wings in the second gave them a 3-1 lead at the period break. McNamara, Owen Phillips and McCartney did the scoring, while assists were tallied by Driscoll-McKinnon, Mendham, Nicholas Vala, Maxime St-Georges and Marc-Andre LeBlanc. Renfrew replied with Corey Chaplin’s goal, assisted by Nolan Rook. In the third, the teams traded goals for the 5-3 final. Chaplin had the Renfrew marker to open the period, while Genest scored from McNamara and Driscoll-McKinnon. Johnathan Peacock was the winning goalie with 29 saves, while Aiden Ethier had the loss with 45 saves.


Coming up Perth has just four games left in regular season, including three home and one away game. The Blue Wings host the Ottawa Canadians on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in their only game of the week. They are on the ice again on Feb. 12 when they host the Athens Aeros at 7:30 p.m. Perth will then travel to Arnprior on Feb. 14 for a 2:30 p.m. start and on Friday, Feb. 19 they will host the Athens Aeros at 7:30 p.m. in their final regular season game. McLean said once the playoffs arrive, “you can throw out the entire regular season and start fresh,” he said. “Teams like Ottawa West, Arnprior, Westport and Athens can beat anyone in a seven-game series. We will have 10 days off before the second round - that is a long time to be off but will help with some of our injuries.” Perth 4 Alexandria 2 This Friday is a big game for the Blue Wings Johnathan Peacock picked up the 4-2 win Saturday night in Alexandria as the Blue Wings with only the one contest on Friday.

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Smiths Falls Cubtown hockey tournament hosts largest event in history Stacey Roy

The 26th annual Cubtown Tournament is expected to be the Girls Hockey League’s biggest and best yet with 155 players planning to hit the ice from Feb. 11 to 14. “We have teams coming in as far away as Hamilton and Cornwall,” said Vince Carroll, tournament director. The upcoming event is scheduled to run from Thursday to Sunday this year and will encompass teams from all eight divisions from Novice to Midget B. Due to the tournament’s popularity, Carroll estimates about 104 hours of hockey action will be presented at this year’s Cubtown Tournament, but they won’t all be in Smiths Falls. The participation level has required organizers to spread out the games to include times on both ice surfaces in Carleton Place, as well as some time slots in Beckwith. “We were fortunate with Carleton Place being able to accommodate us on Friday with both slabs,” Carroll said. Saturday’s games are being billed as a Smiths Falls Showcase where many participating local teams will take to the ice to demonstrate to their community just how the girls can get it done. The first game in the Smiths Falls Showcase will begin bright and early at 7:50 a.m. inside the Youth Arena where the Atom Smiths Falls Cubs take on the Gananoque Royals. The final Smiths Falls match up of the day involves our Intermediate HL Cubs who will hit the ice at 9

p.m. inside the Memorial Community Centre against the Huntsville Sting. Carroll said five teams from Huntsville will be taking part in the tournament. “They want to have a different challenge,” Carroll said. The only challenge remaining is accommodation. The Cubtown Tournament has filled up both popular hotels in Smiths Falls and the Best Western in Perth. Carroll said he feels the tournament’s successful draw this year comes from its years of continued operation, the promise of meeting new teams, the promotion from Gina Gibson of Oshawa and the success of last year’s 25th anniversary event. “Certainly it brought more attention to girls hockey in Smiths Falls,” Carroll said. The Smiths Falls league is imposing with 175 girls representing teams across the league. Those who are taking in the entire tournament can look forward to starting their day with a complete pancake and sausage breakfast, which will be available in the upper hall of the community centre both Saturday and Sunday morning beginning at 8 a.m. The complete breakfast is available for just $5 with proceeds supporting the Girls Hockey Association. As well, a silent auction and prize table will be set up in the community centre hall, as will Ponytail Creations who will be offering to create personalized screen printed clothing (for a price) while you wait. The annual Cubtown Tournament is the minor hockey league’s premier fundraising

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The Atom House Cubs are pictured here during a recent Cubtown hockey tournament in Smiths Falls. drive for the year. Funds raised through the tournament helps to keep registration prices low while subsidizing training opportunities for the girls. “It gives the girls the opportunity to have goaltending camps and offensive and defensive training,” Carroll said.

Last year’s event brought in $9,000 for this purpose with the most successful tournament garnering $14,000 in 2014. For more information on the tournament, including a complete schedule for the games, please go to htt:// and click on the 26th Annual Cubtown Tournament link.


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The Peewee Cubs are pictured here during aCubtown hockey tournament in Smiths Falls. This year’s rendition will be using arenas througout the county as 155 players descend on the area.

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Bonspiel’s winning skip The 33rd annual Interservice Bonspiel was held at the Perth Curling Club Jan. 22 and 23. The event featured 24 teams with the winning team from 3M. Pictured, Mike Gemmill, skip, receives the trophy from Karen Wilson. The bonspiel was sponsored by Carolina Luxury Retirement Suites, Perth.

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David and Cassandra Prince own and operate the Cat’s Meow near Perth and are celebrating 20 years in the business this year.

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We all go on vacation, or we have priorities or appointments that take us away from home for sometimes extended periods of time. So what do we do with our furry friends, many of whom are as close to family (in many cases closer) than the people we invite to share our Christmas dinner or fireworks on Canada Day? The answer for The Cat’s Meow owners, Cassandra Prince and husband David is simple: take them to a luxury inn! Quite possibly one of the most interesting and inspired businesses around, The Cat’s Meow turns 20 this year. It was the Ottawa-Kingston area’s first cats-only hotel. Nestled in the Perth countryside, The Cat’s Meow began as Lanark County’s best kept secret – a single-purpose cottage catering to just a few local felines. But over the years, the news spread that The Cat’s Meow was indeed the cat’s meow and the place to send your special fourlegged family members. In fact, the operation now features two luxury cat “hotels,” exclusive 100 square-foot private cage-free accommodations and huge cedar decks. And if you think all this spacious accommodation is surrounded by plywood and concrete, think again. The entire cat habitat has been carefully finished with tile imported from Italy, French doors, and mahogany, oak and cherry wood detailing. “Clients bring their cats from as far away as Montreal and Toronto to our luxury inn because we offer something you can’t find anywhere else – a loving home away from home,” Cassandra says. “My husband and I are like extended family to our guests and, in fact, some clients describe us as their kitties’ Auntie and Uncle – this is especially gratifying for us.” The Cat’s Meow offers “peace of mind” and that is something David says is invaluable to clients. “When you leave your furry family members behind, you want to know they’re being taken care of, loved and pampered… we do that,” he said. In addition to all the perks, Cassandra and David have veterinarians on speed dial should a problem occur and the two are trained to administer special medications… even insulin. And they have a number of specials and events coming up in 2016 to mark their 20th year. According to Cassandra, one of the specials is a Facebook contest. “We want to have fun with our clients and so we’re encouraging clients past and present to like photos of their feline friends on Facebook. Each month, the kitty with the most “likes” wins a prize and a chance to win the Grand Prize at the end of the year – a $200 gift certificate to specialty services at The Cat’s Meow!” Visit Submitted by Cat’s Meow


Freddy Dixon releases new CD

Ottawa Valley Opry Show and Dance to be held in Perth Feb. 21 Laurie Weir

Freddy Dixon and company will be on the road again entertaining the public at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, Feb. 21 for an Ottawa Valley Opry Show and Dance. The country crooner, now in his early 70s, has been performing in local bars and more recently, on Ottawa Valley Opry stages, for years. He says he’ll go until “I can’t go any more. I’m having way too much fun to stop.” The show is a special one for Dixon, who will be launching his new CD, “Them Good Old Boys” which is currently available for purchase at Shadowfax in Perth. “It took about a year and a half to record,” Dixon said. The album has evolved from songs he wrote about his heroes in country – and rock – music. He enjoys the flavours of Stompin’ Tom Connors, a Canadian musician who purchased one of Dixon’s songs and recorded it, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom Connors. It’s a funny story about the sale of that gem, Dixon recalls, “and not a word of it’s a lie.” He laughs and launches into the tale of sending a vinyl record to Connors’ agent wrapped in a paper bag and fishing line. “I didn’t have a piece of tape to my name,” he said. “They thought it was the best marketing tool around… it wasn’t about marketing, it was about poverty.” Most of the songs on this CD are

written by Dixon. He also performs a few covers with some Easter eggs – hidden gems – like the saxophone solo on Bob Seger’s Against the Wind track. In a song that stands out, One Night in the Perth County Jail, Dixon tells the story about landing the night in a cell with drunks he didn’t know. He confesses, “I knew them all!” The CD also features lyrics recognizing Stompin’ Tom, Sam Kelford, and Ronnie Hawkins. They’re all “good old boys,” he says. “I met them all and there can never be enough of them.” Dixon said he appreciates the helping hand he’s received from Chris Must along the way. Must, no stranger to the music industry himself, has helped Dixon with his book launch a couple years ago (“Country & Real People I Have Met”), as well as marking and public relations. With someone who has broad musical tastes, Must said, “I appreciate the diversity of this CD.” Dixon adds, “It’s the best one I ever did.” The CD features Ottawa Valley’s best pickers, including Steve Piticco, Brad Scott, Keith Grass, Kirk Armstrong, Dean Batstone. Bass and slide, and piano players include Jeff Cole, drummer Terry “Kit” Kittmer. Background vocalists are Kathleen Stroud, Armstrong, Tracy Prescott Brown and sax player Wayne Mills. You’ll also hear the pedal steel

guitar sounds by Al Brisco, and Must on the harp. “We put this together with Captain Kirk,” Dixon said of Armstrong’s studio in Carleton Place. “And Ted Daigle’s committed interest in country music makes him a good old boy, too.” Dixon is a member of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame and was inducted as the Entertainer of the Year in 2000. He has shared the stage with Lynn Anderson, Hawkins, Connors, Bobby Bare, Ronnie Prophet, Stone Wall Jackson and Johnny Duncan. “It’s dedicated to my father, Howard,” Dixon said. “People knew him as Moose.” Ottawa Valley Opry The Ottawa Valley Opry Show and Dance will start at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. The house band will feature Mills on saxophone, Kittmer on drums, Jack Denovan on keys, Fred Ducharme on bass with emcee Charlie Kitts, another Ottawa Valley Hall of Famer. The event will feature signers Jamie McMunn, Peter Dawson, Arlene Quinn and Steve Piticco. As for how long they will perform, is anyone’s guess, according to Dixon. “We’ll play until the last man (or woman) standing is not standing anymore.” Tickets are $20 and are now available at Shadowfax, 67 Foster St., Perth. Call 613-267-6817 or visit www. or pick up your ticket at the door.

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Freddy Dixon is pictured with Arlene Quinn during a recent Ottawa Valley Opry Show and Dance at the Gallipeau Centre last year. The pair, and many others, will be on stage at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion on Feb. 21.

Calabogie’s alpine athletes have been carving up the slopes for the month of January, and achieving some super results. Each age group has several races under their belts so far this season. Highlights for the team include gold medals in GS at home in Calabogie Peaks Jan. 30 for Sam Duff (Pembroke) and Alexa Loudiadis (Ottawa). Several of the racers have had top 10 finishes as well – notably Lauren Campbell-Brunke (Renfrew) and Jack Alexander (Carp) with consistent results. Connor Allen (Manotick) and Sean Swayze (Braeside) are also closing in, with Connor attaining a ninth place performance in Slalom and Sean speeding to 11th in GS. Eve Yantha (Combermere) and Emma Schreider (Kingston) posted top 15s in Slalom, while Alyssa Steggall (Stittsville) did the same in GS. Tyler Lefebvre (Calabogie) rounded out the top part of the field with a 20th in Slalom, and Aiden Keuninckx (Perth) snagged 22nd in GS. Liam Maclean (Manotick) has been leaving it all out there, posting some personal best finishes on his first runs, but crashing on his second runs. Owen Barr (Carp), Jack Hamilton (Ottawa), and Eric Davidson (Burnstown) have had solid finishes in each of their races. Next up is Mont Ste. Marie Speed Camp for the U16s and FIS racers Feb. 3 to 5, followed by a Super Combined (Slalom and Super G) doubleheader Feb. 6 and 7. The U14s don’t race again until their Speed Camp and Bill Hodgins Classic races at Calabogie Peaks Feb. 17 to 21. The U10s and U12s will hit the slopes again Feb. 6 (U10 at Vorlage) and Feb. 7 (U12 at Calabogie Peaks).


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