Lanark County

Maberly Ag Society gets syrup festival in before the skies opened up

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:29  |  Published in Lanark County
Paul Pospisil, president of the Maberly Agricultural Society, was optimistic last Saturday morning as the 26th annual Maberly Maple Syrup Festival was getting underway. “We’re blessed with the weather holding,” he said. Outside, one of the worst April storms on record was building steam. Nevertheless, the pancakes and syrup were being served up, and baked goods were being sold. “This is our 26th year for this,” Pospisil said. “The brunch is one of three fundraisers each year for the Maberly Fair (the other two being the Ham & Bean Dinner in February and the other the Pie in the Sky pie sale).” The fundraisers are necessary, Pospisil said, because of how much it actually costs to put on a fair. “The Maberly Fair costs about…

Addiction rehabilitation residence opening in Maberly

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:29  |  Published in Lanark County
Anthony Fritz knows all too well what what addiction is like. “Five years ago, I was breaking up with the mother of my two children (ages 6 and 3),” he said. “I didn’t have the coping skills. “It started with wine, then beers, then shots and escalated into business problems.” He said he bottomed out Jan. 31, 2017 when friends got him into rehab in Port Hope. “I couldn’t even get off the couch,” he said. “Luckily, I had really good friends that got me counselling and got me back up.” And so, now Fritz wants to give back and to that end, he bought the Hindu retreat on Maberly-Elphin Road and is turning it, and its eight bedrooms, into the Ottawa Maberly Addiction Rehabilitation…

World-renowned Harp and Guitar Duo to Perform at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:28  |  Published in Lanark County
MERA is proud to announce a concert featuring Máire Ní Chathasaigh on the harp and Chris Newman, guitar, on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM. The Irish Times proclaimed them “the finest Celtic duo in the world.” The virtuoso partnership of England’s premier flat-picking guitarist and “the greatest Celtic harper of our age” (LIVE IRELAND) has by now brought its unique musical vision to twenty-two countries on five continents. Chris and Máire have performed at over 175 folk, Celtic, arts, harp and guitar festivals in Europe, the USA and Australasia and have given almost two thousand concerts in venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney’s Town Hall…

Celebratory meeting as Hart nominated NDP candidate

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:31  |  Published in Lanark County
Ramsey Hart will be the candidate of the New Democratic Party for Lanark Frontenac Kingston (LFK) in the provincial election on June 7th. The nomination meeting took place at the Maberly Community Hall on Saturday, April 7. Hart is the Executive Director of The Table Community Food Centre in Perth. Prior to moving to Lanark County he was the coordinator of the Canada Program at Mining Watch Canada, where, among other causes, he supported the resistance to uranium mine exploration in North Frontenac and contributed to the revision of the Ontario Mining Act that stopped unwanted claim staking on private land in southern Ontario. His education and early career focused on environmental science and ecology, water treatment in rural communities, park management, and farming. Among…

Weaving, a somewhat complicated process with rich rewards

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in Lanark County
Blankets, rugs, towels, scarves and bags of various patterns and colour combinations adorn the walls of the big room at MERA (McDonalds Corners-Elphin Recreation and Arts) on this particular Saturday. Master Weaver Ellen Good and her cohort, Wendy Phillips are engaged in a search for a small ‘S’ hook that has escaped them as they hang the final piece of the display. “Most of the designs we use are public domain,” Good says. “But it’s how the weaver sets up the loom — tight or loose — and the colours they use that make the difference. “Weaving is technical and it takes time. “There’s a lot of measuring and cutting.” Good should know. She’s been weaving for some 40 years and was the weaver at…

Lyme Disease and the Blacklegged Tick

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in Lanark County
Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Since the 1990’s, Ontario has seen an increase and expansion of blacklegged tick populations and in the incidence of Lyme Disease, particularly in eastern Ontario. In the rural environment of Perth and District, Lyme disease has become a concern. In order to help us become better prepared, CFUW has invited three speakers to share their expertise regarding ticks and Lyme disease in relation to human health and that of our pets. “Ticks and Lyme Disease: Know the bug, know the bite, know what to do” Dr Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health at the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit will describe the tick that may carry the bacteria which…

A Showcase of Show Tunes!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in Lanark County
If you like show tunes, then the Tay Valley Community Choir has the concert for you called “On With The Show”. Under the inspired direction of Rebecca Worden and piano accompaniment of Mary Lou Carroll, the choir will present a showcase of songs from a variety of musicals. Shows such as My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, The Wizard of Oz will be represented. The audience, as usual, will be invited to sing-a-long (words provided) throughout the concert. This showcase of show tunes will feature special guests the St. James Four jazz quartet and solos by several choir members. The Maberly Hall has a warm, cozy atmosphere and audiences at Tay Valley Choir concerts often feel that they are an integral part of the show.…

Still Weaving After 20 Years

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in Lanark County
The MERA School House weavers will be exhibiting their work at MERA in McDonalds Corners April 7 – April 28. On display will be a range of woven items that demonstrate weaving techniques in practical items and visual delights. Amongst the many weavers displaying are three professional weavers Ellen Good, Lise Loader and Ankaret Dean. You are invited to come by any Saturday in April, between 10 and 3 when weavers will be on hand to talk about the exhibit and demonstrate weaving. Or come by on a Thursday when the weavers regularly meet at the schoolhouse. We would be happy to talk to you about weaving and show you what we are working on. While at the show enjoy freshly baked goods, fair-trade/organic coffee,…

NDP to hold nomination meeting on Saturday

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in Lanark County
The Lanark Frontenac Kingston (LFK) Ontario New Democratic Party is holding their nomination meeting this Saturday, from 1-4pm at the Maberly Community Hall at 180 Maberly Road, just north of Hwy. 7. The party has approved the candidacy of Ramsey Hart, the Executive Director of The Table, a Perth based food and social advocacy program. The nomination deadline was March 28, so there will be no nominations from the floor. Dennis Riggs, the Chief Executive Officer of the LFK NDP Association said that three other candidates came forward earlier on in the nomination process, and “we were looking forward to having a contest at the nomination meeting, but the other candidates all dropped off and have thrown their support to Ramsey”. The meeting will feature…

Green Party leader visits LFK riding

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:52  |  Published in Lanark County
Green Party Provincial Leader Mike Schreiner helped launch the campaign of Lanark Frontenac Kingston candidate Anita Payne at a meet and greet stopover in Perth on Monday morning. Shreiner, who has been the party leader since 2009, is the Green Party candidate in his hometown of Guelph, where he works in the food business. He also spends some time at Queen’s Park, bringing Green perspective to policy decisions even though the party has yet to elect its first MPP. The Greens received 4.84% of the popular vote in the most recent election (2014) an increase over their 2.92% vote share in 2011. According to the party website, since Schreiner took on the leadership, the party “has experienced substantial growth in its voters, fundraising, staff, volunteers…

NAEC Students Shine at LDSB Skills Competition

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:50  |  Published in Lanark County
On Friday, fifteen North Addington students travelled to St Lawrence College to compete at the Limestone District Skills Competition. This competition is based on the students’ proficiencies in various skilled trades and the following students showed their prowess. Jared Mieske competed in the Small Engines event, winning a silver medal for his knowledge of engine repair. Diana Weichenthal won a gold medal in the Prepared Speech competition for her speech on the Trades and Communication in a changing world. In the Graphic Design Presentation competition, Sarah Lax earned a silver medal and Mackenzie Johnson won a bronze for their design work and presentation of their media campaign for Skills Ontario. Alexi Gray, Kara Rosein, Willow Lawrence and Rachel Cumming competed in the Photography Competition, completing…

Musical shenanigans start up MERA spring series

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:47  |  Published in Lanark County
The sun poured in through the windows of the schoolhouse on March 11 for the first in a series of a Sunday afternoon spring concert series taking place at MERA in McDonalds Corners. The hall was full as Clan Hannigan took to the stage to play mostly Irish tunes and other British Isles tunes. The family group, who live in Baltimore, near Cobourg, consists of husband and wife duo Saskia Tompkins and Steafan Hannigan, joined by all three of their children. The two youngest, sisters Eile 17, and Ayisha 14, began many of the tunes, with controlled vocals and lovely harmonies. Whether they were singing a tune from Northern Ireland, ‘Loving Hannah,’ or ‘The Water is Wide’ these two had the audience in their grasp.…

Hillier sits out leadership convention, is cleared by investigation

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:32  |  Published in Lanark County
MPP Randy Hillier might owe his 4 year old grandson a day at an amusement park. When asked if he had attended his party’s leadership convention on Saturday, Hillier said he had a previous commitment, his grandson’s 4th birthday party. By staying home he missed what turned out to be a fruitless 8 hour wait in a soul less Mississauga Convention Centre, only to hear that the result would not be announced and the room had to be cleared. A couple of hours later, in a small backroom, Doug Ford was presented as the new party leader. Christine Elliott, the candidate that Hillier had backed, was not in the room. In fact she did not concede the contest until the following day. The day before…

Full house for Maberly Quarterly square and contra dance

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:32  |  Published in Lanark County
They had their dancin’ boots on at the Hall in Maberly Saturday night as a packed house do-se-doed and balanced their way around the room to some rousin’ fiddle tunes. This is a semi-regular event but a lack of regular schedule doesn’t seem to bother anybody. “It’s more of a Sort-erly Quarterly,” said Maike Polano, one of the organizers (at least she seemed in charge of the coconut crème). “It doesn’t always happen and there’s nothing official. “But when we can pull it together, we do. I’m away for awhile but we’ll probably have another one in the summer. “We usually have one in the fall . . . around Halloween, . . . and one in winter.” The band is usually a one-off collection…

Hillier knee deep in PC party muck at Queen’s Park

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:54  |  Published in Lanark County
The ever shifting fortunes of Ontario Conservative Party are making the news again, and local MPP Randy Hillier has taken on the role of attacker in chief against former party leader Patrick Brown. Hillier was one of the first MPP’s to insist that Brown step down back in January when allegations about his sex life were about to be revealed on a CTV news report. Then, over the last few days, after Brown submitted his nomination papers to run for his old job, Hillier has been the most vocal sitting Conservative MPP seeking to discredit and even invalidate Brown’s candidacy. On Sunday, Hillier released a statement condemning Brown, and asserting that he is not fit to run for party leader. It reads, in part, “Patrick…
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