Lanark County

Local maple syrup producers honoured at Lanark & District annual event

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:13  |  Published in Lanark County
Maple syrup producers in the Lanark & District area gathered at the Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in Perth on Saturday, January 26, for the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association’s (LDMSPA) Information Day and Annual General Meeting. This annual event celebrates the accomplishments of member producers in the industry. This year’s event attracted more than 80 participants interested in obtaining additional resources and education for new and existing maple syrup producers. Honoured at the event was Dwight James of Jameswood Maple, who received the Sugar Maker of the Year Award, a prestigious award presented to long term maple producers, or those that encourage and support start-ups in maple production. Recipients of the award demonstrate a willingness to share with a hands-on, innovative approach, and…

Maberly Fair Board members left waiting, again, for Palmer fraud case to resolve

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:54  |  Published in Lanark County
It’s become routine now. A dozen or so members and supporters of the Maberly Fair Board trooped into courtroom 2 at the town of Perth Courthouse on Monday morning at 9:30, just like they have on five previous occasions since last September. The case that interests them is a charge of Fraud over $5,000 against Bonnie Palmer, a Maberly-based business owner who, at one time, served as the Fair’s treasurer. Palmer has not appeared in court as of yet, but her lawyer, Mark MacDonald, has been working with the Crown on a proposed resolution of the case. Two weeks ago, on January 21, MacDonald arrived in court well after the 9:30 start time, much to the consternation of the assembled fair supporters. At that time,…

New album for Frost and another Dardanelles offering for Power

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:36  |  Published in Lanark County
After 12 years of touring with the critically acclaimed Sheesham, Lotus and ’Son, including last year’s trek around the British Isles and Holland, Teilhard Frost is taking some time to explore life as a solo artist. He was in Maberly Saturday night with frequent collaborator Tom Power for the Maberly Quarterly, with caller Sarah VanNorstrand. He has a new solo album, As The Crow Flies (to be reviewed in next week’s paper), which is a nod to his Sheesham Crow persona. “The music is similar to Sheesham and Lotus but a little higher up the mountain,” he said. “There’s some a cappella, some banjo tunes, some rare and endangered tunes but mostly it’s just me off the floor.” Frost said that before Sheesham and Lotus…

Resolution delayed in Maberly Fair fraud case

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:19  |  Published in Lanark County
Members of the Maberly Fair Board were in the Town of Perth Court on Monday morning (January 21st) for the fifth appearance by Bonnie Palmer, the former Treasurer of the Fair, on charges of fraud over $5,000.   They had been told that Palmer, who was represented by legal counsel on the four previous court dates but had not appeared in person, would be in attendance and would plead guilty on a plea arranged between her lawyers and the Crown.   Fair Board members had been told that they would have an opportunity to deliver an impact statement before sentencing in the case.   The court convened at 9:30 but Palmer’s lawyer, who had several cases on the docket, was not in attendance. He arrived…

Richard Hutton & Barb Sohn on Display at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:18  |  Published in Lanark County
McDonalds Corners Elphin Recreation & Arts (MERA) is proud to have Richard Hutton & Barb Sohn for our February Art Exhibition in Dean Hall.   The vernissage will be held on Sunday February 3rd from 2-4 pm.  Everyone is welcome. Please visit MERAs website at www.meraschoolhouse.org for more information and for open hours.   You can also e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Richard’s art is as multi-faceted as the man’s mind. In fact, the depth and breadth of the mind itself, and everything it conjures up in this world, is the constant underlying theme in all his works. The subject matter can be still and reflective, at other times turbulent or playful, but is always enquiring and often provocative.   Richard is accomplished in acrylics, watercolour, drawing, and oils, but the latter remains a…

Peoples Party established in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 January 2019 12:31  |  Published in Lanark County
The Peoples Party of Canada, which was formed a few months ago by Maxime Bernier has established a riding association in Lanark Frontenac Kingston. They are looking for a candidate to run in the Federal election which is slated for October of this year. David Motton, of Sharbot Lake, is the riding association President and he said that there are executive members from the Perth area and north Kingston as well. Motton, who describes himself as a life long conservative, joined the new party because, he said, it is the only party that stands up for “real conservative values” which include free speech and small government. Before starting up the new party, Bernier announced, in August of 2018, that he was leaving the Conservatives. The…

Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra packs Maberly Hall

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:16  |  Published in Lanark County
For 19 years, the Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra has been playing a ‘Little Christmas’ concert in January and last Sunday it once again filled the Maberly Hall with people and music. Joined by the Lanark Fiddlers Guild, the group played a three-hour concert with a variety of tunes ranging from Logging Camp Christmas to Silent Night under the direction of conductor Cindy McCall, who’s now in her ninth year at the helm of the group. McCall needed some time to collect herself after the concert but offered: “This happens every concert — I put my heart and soul into it.” The orchestra itself consists of some 60 players, including 36 or so in the main group along with about 15 beginners and 10 intermediates. “The…

GREC’s Great Canoe Journey

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:16  |  Published in Lanark County
On Friday, December 14, GREC’s Indigenous Studies class welcomed Christine Craig to their classroom to present a workshop as part of their participation in the Great Canoe Journey. Ms. Craig took the students through a presentation in which she shared the knowledge she was given by Elders and knowledge keepers during a visit to British Columbia. The teachings centred around the Indigenous World View, particularly with respect to water. It stressed the importance of water conservation and preservation, and the challenges to these brought about by agriculture and industry. Part of the Great Canoe Journey’s program, as well as education, is a challenge to students to do something to promote water conservation and preservation. GREC’s Indigenous Studies class chose to connect the Voyageur culture and…

Snowmobile fatality

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:16  |  Published in Lanark County
Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in conjunction with Traffic Collision Investigators are assisting the Office of the Coroner in investigating a fatal, single Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV) collision in the bush area near Little Silver Lake in Tay Valley Township. On December 27th, 2018, at approximately 11:23 pm, Lanark County OPP officers attended the collision location along with Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Life-saving measures were taken but the male, a 36-year-old resident of Tay Valley Township succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Although the male had been riding with a friend on separate MSV's at the time of the collision, no other vehicle was involved and no one else was injured. The investigation is still active and…

GREC’s Great Canoe Journey

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:46  |  Published in Lanark County
On Friday, December 14, GREC’s Indigenous Studies class welcomed Christine Craig to their classroom to present a workshop as part of their participation in the Great Canoe Journey. Ms. Craig took the students through a presentation in which she shared the knowledge she was given by Elders and knowledge keepers during a visit to British Columbia. The teachings centred around the Indigenous World View, particularly with respect to water. It stressed the importance of water conservation and preservation, and the challenges to these brought about by agriculture and industry. Part of the Great Canoe Journey’s program, as well as education, is a challenge to students to do something to promote water conservation and preservation. GREC’s Indigenous Studies class chose to connect the Voyageur culture and…

You’re in for a real treat on Sunday Jan 6th 2019

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:45  |  Published in Lanark County
“The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra” directed by Cindy McCall is an all ages group of 50+ fiddlers, with guitar, percussion, whistle, viola, cello, bass 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 every other Sat 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. Then the Fiddlers Guild will join together with the Blue Skies Fiddlers for a dynamic selection of seasonal favourites from…

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…
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