Lanark County

The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:37  |  Published in Lanark County
You’re in for a real treat on Sunday Jan 7, 2018 “The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra” directed by Cindy McCall is an all ages group of 40+ fiddlers, with guitar, percussion, piano & penny Whistle, viola, bass, cello, and flute accompaniment. They will perform some of their recently perfected delightful repertoire. This enthusiastic bunch hails from the rural areas close by and rehearses on Saturday and Wednesday at the Maberly Hall. Their fiddle music is sure to get your toes tapping and the fun they are having is contagious. The Lanark Fiddlers Guild directed by Cindy McCall will perform a selection of Celtic and Christmas tunes. Their arrangements will make the old Wooden hall ring with splendor. “The Unspoken Rests” a youth segment of…

MERA Hosts The Tritones

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:07  |  Published in Lanark County
OnSunday, December 3rd at 2:00 PM, the fine local band, The Tritones, will be presenting a concert at the MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners. The Tritones is an original Jazz, Funk Jam Band. Playing the compositions of guitarist Franc van Oort, as well as standards from many different genres, their sound takes a refreshing new direction, celebrating the roots of American music while venturing into uncharted territory. It is sensitive, yet with an edge — adding elements of Latin, Blues and Rock. The Tritones are made up of three very talented local musicians, who got together a number of years ago, and play at a range of local venues. Frank van Oort plays lead guitar and contributes his own compositions. He moved to the Perth…

Annual Guatemala Stove Project Fundraising Dance

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:08  |  Published in Lanark County
Come on out and dance for a great cause! On Friday, November 17, the Guatemala Stove Project is hosting a fundraising dance featuring the talented local band, Under the Covers. This band will have you up on your feet and dancing all night. This annual fundraiser will feature a silent auction of unique items crafted by local artisans or donated by local businesses. The Guatemala Stove Project, a volunteer-based organization is continuing its efforts to raise funds for the construction of masonry cook stoves for impoverished, rural Mayan families. Over 6,400 stoves have been built so far, creating a lasting legacy for rural families in the western highlands of Guatemala. Consider that a single stove extends the lives of each family member in a household…

MERA’s Annual Christmas Fair November 18th

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:06  |  Published in Lanark County
The 15th Annual MERA Christmas Fair is the perfect place to shop locally, support local artists and artisans and to support Community Arts at MERA (McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation and Arts) which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. This event is a major fundraiser for MERA. Vendors give MERA 20% of their gross sales, which for some of the larger vendors means they pay more to be in the MERA Christmas Fair than they do in larger fairs in Perth or Almonte. Come and support the vendors who support MERA! This popular juried show features original one-of-a-kind creations: Hand Weaving (MERA Heritage Weavers & Heather Sherratt Handwoven clothing), woodcraft items, organic Chocolate by Ludwig, Strawberry Cottage beeswax candles & natural soaps, Beth Girdler’s natural honey, paintings,…

Fatal collision on Highway. 7

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:33  |  Published in Lanark County
Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted by Technical Traffic Collision continue to investigate a fatal collision on Highway 7, in Tay Valley Township.Officers were called to the scene just west of Silver Lake Provincial Park at 04:26pm on Monday August 7, 2017. Investigation revealed that an eastbound Dodgepassenger vehicle collided with a westbound Subaru passenger vehicle. The driver of the Subaru, Samantha STREMMELAAR (35 years) of the City of Kitchener, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was conveyed to hospital in Kingston with serious injuries. The highway was closed and a diversion in place for approximately eight hours. The investigation is active and ongoing.

Butter tarts fly off the shelves at new Maberly bake shop

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:55  |  Published in Lanark County
The small straw bale building in the parking lot of the Fall River Pub and Grill at Hwy. 7 and the Elphin-Maberly Road is back in business. In past summers a coffee shop has been open at that location, and now it is the home of  the new Maberly Bakery. Bonnie and Ross Palmer recently purchased the former Maberly United Church and were planning to build  bake shop on their property over the next year or two. “But when the opportunity to lease the coffee shop came up we changed our plans,” Bonnie said early this week when interviewed at the shop. While the shop is small Bonnie is baking bread, cinnamon buns, lemon squares, and hundreds of butter tarts each day on site. They…

The tradition of black ash basketry.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:03  |  Published in Lanark County
Making a useful basket from a tree trunk could be a mystery for any one other than an indigenous person. For many years our First Nations people have traditionally used the trunk of a black ash tree to provide the fine splints for basketmaking. This is done by pounding the trunk with a wooden mallet until the growth rings separate. This summer the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum, in the village of McDonald's Corners,is celebrating black ash basketry. During the month of July there  will be a demonstration of pounding the black ash to release these fine splints. On August 26, Richard Nolan, a basket teacher from Kahnawaake, QC,  will be coming to the MERA School house in McDonald's Corners. He will teach a workshop on…

OPP Report

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:04  |  Published in Lanark County
On Friday, May 26th, 2017, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Lanark County detachment and Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant on a rural property and residence in the Township of Tay Valley. Upon execution of the warrant to search, police arrested 6 individuals, 1 individual is still being sought at this time. A search of the residence and outbuildings revealed an extensive indoor cannabis marihuana grow operation. Following the completion of the search police seized: 6,139 cannabis marihuana plants at various stages of growth;182 pounds of dried cannabis marihuana;630 grams of cannabis resin - oil;548 grams of cannabis resin - hard;Sophisticated / industrial size cannabis resin extraction device;Indoor marihuana growing equipment;An insecure sawed off semi-automatic…

MERA Award of Excellence

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 May 2017 13:57  |  Published in Lanark County
A three-person jury has chosen a winner for this year’s Award Of Excellence in Fine Arts and Fine Crafts supporting the work of Fibre Artist and Quilt Maker, Bridget O’Flaherty. Jurors Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery at Queens University in Kingston, Victoria Henry, curator and art critic, and the former Director of the Canada Council Art Bank, and Ankaret Dean, Artistic Director MERA (McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation and Arts), unanimously selected Bridget O’Flaherty for the 2017 award. Victoria Henry said of O’Flaherty’s entry, “Her unique and technically brilliant quilts recognized both the old tradition of quilt making in Canada and the merits of a sensitive aesthetic.”  Bridget O’Flaherty describes her process, “I learned traditional quilting from my mother over…

Celtic Duo, Rankin/Robertson, Come to MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:29  |  Published in Lanark County
MERA is proud to announce that the internationally claimed Celtic duo of Mairi Rankin and Allie Robertson will be presenting a concert at MERA in McDonald’s Corners on Sunday, June 4th at 2:00 PM. Mairi Rankin brings all the talent and vibrancy of the esteemed Rankin family, with its deep Cape Breton Celtic roots.  She plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm. Ailie Robertson is from Edinburgh, Scotland and brings to the duo a wealth of musical experience as a composer, arranger, improviser and clarsach or Celtic harp player.  She is recognized as one of the world’s leading clarsach harpers, as they like to be called. Together, Rankin and Robertson have won the “Best Group” award at the Live Ireland awards, where they…

Perth Festival of the Maples Celebrates 41st Year: April 29th

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:32  |  Published in Lanark County
The annual Perth Festival of the Maples has been a welcome rite of spring since 1976. As the festival celebrates its 41st anniversary, maple syrup producers, business vendors, entertainers, visitors and local residents alike recognize the yearly Maple Festival as a giant ‘coming out’ party. Winter is over, and it’s time to head outdoors to meet long-shuttered neighbours and friends at last. What better way to celebrate, than with our region’s most famous agricultural commodity – sweet, savoury maple syrup. What better place to hold the festivities, but in Lanark County – the ‘Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario’.   Mr. Vic Lemieux of Perth spearheaded the original Festival of the Maples back in the early 70’s in an attempt to get people out of their…

Pollinators, People And Pesticides

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:10  |  Published in Lanark County
The Friends of Lanark County and the National Farmers Union Local Chapter present "Pollinators, People And Pesticides", a speaking event that will interest members of the community who care about the pollinator crisis and human environmental health in general. Speakers will explore the effects and consequences of pesticide use (including roadside spraying) on human and pollinator health. With Margaret (Meg) Sears Ph. D., Chair and lead scientist for Prevent Cancer Now, will speak about the environmental and health impacts of toxins including pesticides in our environment. Vicki Wojcik Ph.D., from the Pollinator Partnership - the largest organization in the world exclusively dedicated to saving pollinators, will speak about new and emerging pollinator issues including the plight of our bees and the monarch butterfly. Thursday April…

Whiteley up for Juno #3 with The Original Jenny Whiteley

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:34  |  Published in Lanark County
Every couple of years, Elphin’s Jenny Whiteley seemed to put out a record. They were all different, all expressions of the things she was thinking about, the music she was making at the time. Then, after her fifth solo record, she stopped releasing records. She did not stop making music or even recording some music, but did not release a record for several years. “I never planned to stop putting out records just as I never really planned any part of my musical carreer,” she said this week over the phone as she was preparing to enter a clothing store in an outlet mall in Kanata in search of suitable clothes to wear to the Juno Gala this weekend. After shopping she was headed to…

Bird Auction Cancelled Due to Infectious Disease

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:19  |  Published in Lanark County
The McDonalds Cornere Agricultural Society has cancelled its spring poultry auction, which was set for this Saturday, due to an advisory issued through OMAFRA and the Feather Board Command Centre concerning poultry Infectious Laryngotraceitism ILT. ILT is an acute herpes viral respiratory tract infection of chickens and pheasants that may result in severe production losses. Losses occur due to excessive mortality, decreased growth rates and decreased egg production. The Ag Society says it will hold the auction after the advisory is lifted.

"Out of the Woods" February Art Exhibition at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:29  |  Published in Lanark County
Three well-known and beloved local artists have come together and created an exhibition in Dean Hall at MERA for the month of February. Come at meet these delighted people on Sunday. February 5th at 2 PM Here is what these talented artists have to say about themselves and the chosen medium they use for their work (in alphabetical order): Ankaret Dean:"Living in beautiful Lanark Highlands surrounded by trees, I was drawn to their individual shapes and characteristics. Using materials found in the woods and various basketry techniques, these wall pieces represent both realistic and abstract images of trees. This is a new venture for me."  Rosemary Kotze:"I love working with wool, I love the feel of the fleece, and I love seeing it and feeling…
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