Lanark County

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…

Music at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:53  |  Published in Lanark County
On Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 pm the Clan Hannigan is performing at MERA. This is an intergenerational family band based out of Baltimore Ontario that takes traditional Irish music and blends it with elements of Jazz, Pop, and other folk traditions, to create a unique high energy sonic soundscape. Steafan Hannigan and Saskia Tomkins have been mainstays on the traditional Irish and world music scenes for the last thirty plus years working with acts like. Uriah Heep, Loreena McKennitt, Olivier Schroer, Julian Lloyd Weber, Bjork, Depeche Mode, Martin Carthy, Sin É, LinnTilla, The Afro Celt Sound System, The Chieftains and countless others. Since they moved to Canada in 2007 they have started collaborating with their three children Oisin, Eile & Ayisha and thus Clan…

Snowmobile club raises funds for prostrate cancer fight

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:09  |  Published in Lanark County
The 4th annual Telus Ride For Dad raised about $8,000 for the fight against prostrate cancer Saturday at the Snow Road Snowmobile. Awhile back, organizer Brandon Crain heard about a motorcycle Ride For Dad on the radio. “I don’t have any personal connection to the fight against prostrate cancer, I just thought it would be a good thing to do,” he said. “It’s just a good reason to get out and ride.” “He sucked me into it,” said co-organizer Shelby Knight. The ride itself ran from the clubhouse, up to Wilbur, across to Dalhousie Lake, around through McDonalds Corners and back to the clubhouse for lunch. “We were going to go to Lanark but there just isn’t enough snow on that part of the trail…

Through Our Eyes – An Art Show at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:09  |  Published in Lanark County
Highland artists Greta Mcdonald, Deb Shea and Molly Forsythe join together to reflect the world as they see it in this exhibit running at the Dean Hall in MERA during the month of March. Vernissage to take place March 10th from 1-4 p.m at MERA, 974 Concession 9A in McDonald’s Corners. The show will be on display until the end of the month. Greta Mcdonald is known for her paintings which depict birds and animals in colourful surroundings injected with elements of fantasy and bright patterns. Deb Shea paints from a place of serenity in landscapes from around Lanark Highlands and other environments while reflecting her emotional connection to the piece executed. Molly Forsythe follows the true folk artist heart in her reflections of life…

Hillier accused of harassment as PC party upheaval roils on

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:20  |  Published in Lanark County
Allegations of sexual harassment against former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, and of sexual assault against Brown’s friend, former party President Rick Dykstra exposed a wide rift in the party over the last few days. That rift separates the old guard in the party, including most of its sitting MPP’s, and the younger, more urban membership, many of whom were recruited by and allied with Brown and the team he assembled in a bid to win power over the Liberal Party under Kathleen Wynne. One of the starkest representations of that rift came from allegations of physical intimidation against Lanark Frontenac Lennox and Addington MPP Randy Hillier that stems from an incident that took place in Ottawa back in March of 2016. Under new electoral…

Nature Quiz Night to support Byrne Big Creek Campaign

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:54  |  Published in Lanark County
On January 30, Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust is hosting a fun Nature Quiz Night at the Golden Arrow Pub, 71 Foster Street in Perth.   This fun evening is a part of the current campaign to raise the funds needed for the stewardship of the 100-acre Byrne Big Creek Nature Preserve located near McDonald’s Corners. This ecologically significant property was bequeathed to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust by Joel Byrne, a true nature lover who, through this act of giving, fulfils his dream of protecting forever this special place.   Come to socialize with friends, tell stories about Joel and test your general knowledge of nature trivia. The Quiz Night starts at 7:00pm and there will be a cover charge of $10 that will go…

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