Lanark County

Lanark County: A ‘Men's Shed’ Hotbed

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:48  |  Published in Lanark County
If upon hearing the phrase, “Men's Shed”, your mind calls up images of shirtless, longhaired men, sitting in a circle, not so rhythmically banging on drums, while others dance ecstatically within it, you aren't seeing the right picture. Different men’s movement. If those men in the forest got up, put their shirts back on and went to a workshop, and built some African drums only to donate them to a local school music program, then you'd be getting closer to the reality of a men’s shed.  Add in some coffee, a few breakfasts and some tool talk and you are getting even closer still. Born in Australia in 2007, where there are over 930 Men's Sheds and government funding allocated for support and growth, the…

Hillier maintains he has a right to ‘moderate’ what goes on his Facebook page

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:26  |  Published in Lanark County
John A. Macdonald didn’t have to deal with it. Neither did William Lyon Mackenzie King, Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau or even Stephen Harper. But, in this, the 21st Century, everyone is having to deal with social media, and politicians are no exception. Recently, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was sued by three people he blocked on Twitter. They claimed he violated their charter rights. And Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP, Randy Hillier, isn’t immune either. Hillier recently blocked Perth resident Jeff Collver on Facebook over a disagreement over the PC Provincial government’s decision to repeal Ontario’s cap and trade system. Collver decided to go public with Hillier’s ban after the Watson incident. “He blocked me too,” Hillier said in an interview this week. Hillier said he sees his Facebook…

The Riverthieves – Soldiers at the Circle Theatre in Perth

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:26  |  Published in Lanark County
At the turn of the millennium, if you stumbled into a pub in Ottawa on St. Patrick’s Day or most any Friday night, you may have seen and heard the Riverthieves. At that time they were an “Ottawa Valley and East Coast style party band, sort of a Great Big Sea Sound” said Finley Mullally, one of the band’s founding members. The band has always been a part time enterprise for the members, who have had other careers, and after a few years, they began writing together, and slipping original songs into their performances. One of the band, Devon Matsalla, is a full time member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and Mullally is in the reserves. They both went to Afghanistan in 2009 for a…

Maberly Fair 2018 Yearly Report

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:54  |  Published in Lanark County
Paul Pospisil, Susan Munro, Gordon Patterson & Walter Downs allturned 80 this year and are still extremely active on the Maberly Fair Board. Maberly Fair has had a banner year all things considered. Maberly Agricultural Board/Fair is strictly a volunteer organization. Our Board members started 2018 off with discovery of some very disheartening news. It was revealed that our main bank account had been wiped out and the Maberly Agricultural Board/Fair was in financial ruin. This was devastating and rocked our faith to the core. To live in a small tight knit community where everyone helps their neighbour and then to have one decimate that trust is overwhelming. After investigation the immediate past treasurer was charged by Lanark County OPP with fraud over $5000 and…

Tay Valley election brings new faces

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:25  |  Published in Lanark County
The new Reeve of Tay Valley will be former Deputy Reeve Brian Campbell. He received 1581 votes. Former Deputy Reeve Susan Freeman was second with 1234 votes and incumbent Reeve Keteh Kerr finished a distant third with 597 votes. In the race for Deputy Reeve, newcomer Barrie Crampton was elected with 2021 votes, and incumbent Councillor Judy Farrell received 1344. In Sherbrooke ward, Roxanne Darling was re-elected with 483 votes, as was newcomer Rob Rainer with 455. Mark Burnham, another incumbent, is out with 327 votes. In Bathurst ward, Fred Dobbie and Gene Richardson were elected with 828 votes and 769 votes respectively. Wayne Jordan had 735 votes. The Burgess ward councillors are both new, Beverley Phillips with 616 votes and Mick Wicklum with 609.…

Judy Farrell on her controversial role on Tay Valley Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:20  |  Published in Lanark County
A number of letters to the editor have been published in the Frontenac News in recent weeks about Judy Farrell, a member of Tay Valley Council who was the subject of an investigation by a third-party investigation into allegations that she harassed Tay Valley Township staff. In a report to the township, the investigator concluded that Farrell had indeed harassed the staff members. Farrell, and her lawyer, asked for a copy of the report and were told that for privacy reasons they could not be supplied one. The report prescribed that Farrell undertake sensitivity training and apologise to the staff members involved. Farrell refused, and in response council stripped her of many of her duties, including sitting on township committees and attending conferences. About all…

Packed house for relatively calm Tay Valley candidates’ debate

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:19  |  Published in Lanark County
The Tay Valley, Meet the Candidates event last week at Glen Tay Public School could have provided some fireworks given the controversy surrounding Councilor Judy Farrell being sanctioned for what Council decided was inappropriate harassment of staff members (which resulted in a formal harassment complaint). As well, incumbent Dep. Reeve Brian Campbell is running for Reeve against incumbent Keith Kerr and former Dep. Reeve Susan Freeman. And it would appear there is significant public interest in this election as the gym at Glen Tay Public School was standing room only that spilled into the hallways as about 400 turned up to hear what the candidates had to say. But those expecting fireworks had to be disappointed as the candidates barely acknowledged the controversies with pleas…

“Country or Coffin” – A Story of Courage and Tenacity

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:17  |  Published in Lanark County
Life can be so unfair. We’ve all felt that at times, whether reacting to global news, local tragedy or personal setbacks. What keeps us going is our collective humanity – knowing that whatever happens we are not alone, there will always be some neighbor, friend or agency to lend support. But there’s no denying that adversity also puts one’s courage and tenacity on the line. How many of us would have the ‘true grit’ to be a survivor, if put to the test? Take inspiration from Roya Shams, one of the remarkable Afghan girls we hear about who defy the Taliban and risk their lives to further their education. Imagine the fortitude it must have taken to flee her homeland at 16 years of age…

Talented Duo to Perform at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:17  |  Published in Lanark County
The Blue Jeans Classical music series is proud to announce the concert of the talented duo of Gertrude Létourneau, flutist and Catherine Donkin, pianist, on Sunday, October 14th at 2pm at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonald’s Corners. Ms. Donkin is an active teacher and performer in Ottawa, whose performance career has seen her perform at Carnegie Hall and at the Grieg International Piano Competition. Along with her busy career in her private piano teaching studio, she teaches Performance at Carleton University and performs regularly with chamber music groups. Gertrude Létourneau is both a flutist and a singer and has performed right across Canada. She performs regularly in Ottawa and area, including concerts at the National Arts Centre and the Canadian War Museum. She has received training in…

Festival of Small Halls: Cassie and Maggie at Maberly Hall

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:35  |  Published in Lanark County
It was a beautiful and warm, sunny day, as people filed into the Maberly Hall this past Sunday, to attend one of the Festival of Small Halls concerts. On the bill was our own Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra (who use this very hall as a rehearsal space), opening for Nova Scotia's sibling duo, Cassie and Maggie. The anticipation was in the air, especially for the orchestra itself, who are all members of the community at large, and who were thrilled to be a part of this festival. Conductor Cindy McCall led the orchestra through a set of carefully chosen and arranged tunes, which began with a waltz written by the late Canadian fiddling composer and mentor, Oliver Schroer, and culminated with a rollicking version…

Cows a hit at Maberly Fair but they could still use more volunteers

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:03  |  Published in Lanark County
The theme for the Maberly Fair this year (its 136th edition) was All About Cows — Everything But the Moo. And one of the more popular events featured what else — cows. “Cattle are more than just food,” said Maberly Agricultural Society board member Paul Pospisil. “Nothing goes to waste.” For the second straight year, the 4H club partnered with the MAS to bring a livestock competition to the Fair and to the young farmers, an opportunity to show off the animals they’ve been working with was welcomed. Sixteen-year-old Brandon Quinn brought his Charolais Ghost to the Fair and picked ribbons for first, third and fourth. About the only downside was that his sister, Alyssa, took home a first and two thirds for family bragging…
Perth – Saturday, September 8 is the date for the 2nd-Annual Lanark North Leeds Parkinson SuperWalk, which again will be held at Conlon Farm, 109 Smith Drive in Perth, starting at 10am. The event will be held rain or shine with music, food, demos and information about Parkinson’s. Patricia Boal, CTV Ottawa News Anchor, will emcee. Mayors John Fenik and Sean Pankow will be there to lend their support. However, the relaxed 2km-or-so walk around the park and adjacent neighbourhood is not the most important goal of the walk. “The day,” says co-chair of the walk, Gayle Truman, “marks an opportunity for people with Parkinson’s Disease to come together for a common purpose: To raise funds and awareness while having fun at the same time.”…

“Labour” of Love - Sundance Show in Maberly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:30  |  Published in Lanark County
This Labour Day Weekend, get ready for 40 artists to converge behind Fall River Restaurant on HWY 7 in Maberly and create the annual Sundance Artisan Show. Celebrating their 12th year on the Fall River Restaurant festival grounds, Sundance Artisan Show artists are preparing to show off their latest creations. For those of you new to the show, the outdoor setting is a picturesque backdrop of open field lined by a forest and a lush riverbank with the stone ruins of an old water mill. Under a string of white-canopied tents, 40 artists display their wares for people to enjoy over the three-day Labour Day weekend. “It’s a beautiful time of year, and having it on the long weekend means that locals, visitors, and cottagers…

Rumour Mill in Tay Valley Township

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:38  |  Published in Lanark County
We are three months away from municipal elections and stories abound about Tay Valley Township, many of which can be found in Kelly Egan’s article in the July 13 Ottawa Citizen. To wit, Councilor Judy Farrell is “the one who’s been harassed and bullied” and “no one wants to build in our township.”   First, the harassment case: An independent third-party investigator, trained in investigating allegations of harassment, found Councillor Farrell guilty of harassing two employees over a period of 18 months. The investigator interviewed the two employees, Councillor Farrell, and witnesses, both councillors and Township staff. He also reviewed written documents as well as audio and video recordings. His conclusion was clear and unequivocal. The process followed was consistent with that required under the…

Maberly kicks off Canada Day weekend with annual Pie in the Sky event

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:36  |  Published in Lanark County
One of the more “celestial” fundraisers in the area for the past several years has been the Maberly Fair’s Pie in the Sky event. It’s a rather simple concept, really. First, you go and buy a pie to support the Fair, and then you get your reward — a look at the Sun, courtesy of local astronomers Fred Barrett (also Frontenac News columnist) and Bob Hillier. (There’s also a farmer’s market for plants, seedlings and produce.) Once you’ve decided on apple, strawberry or rhubarb, it’s time to see what Sol is up to for the day. This is actually more difficult than it sounds, because looking at the sun through a regular telescope is simply not a good idea. For that, you need a specialized…
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