Lanark County

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…

Seed Swap at MERA

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:29  |  Published in Lanark County
Free garden seeds! Free garden advice! What a great way to spend a winter Saturday morning! For the sixth year in a row, the McDonald’s Corners Farmers’ Market invites you to bring seeds and friends to our annual Seed Swap – and take home different seeds and new friendships. Come join us on Saturday, February 27th, 10 am to 1 pm, at the MERA Schoolhouse. Here’s what we’ll be doing: Sharing seeds. Bring seeds - the ones you saved from last year's garden or the left-overs (commercial or saved) that you didn't plant. Bring containers (small bottles or envelopes, plus labels and markers) for the new-to-you seeds that you’ll take home. Our focus is vegetable seeds, but we share herb and flower seeds as well.…

Lanark Master Gardeners – Planning for Spring

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:21  |  Published in Lanark County
Although gardening season seems to be far into the future, it is not too early to make plans for ‘the best garden ever” Seed catalogues have arrived, with photos of sumptuous vegetables, gorgeous blooms and delicious fruit. Seed catalogues are a wealth of information. Browsing through these can take hours. You may have your favourite varieties that you have grown for years or you may be new to choosing seeds. Stick with kinds of veg that you know your family will eat. Most catalogues will recommend ‘tried and true’ varieties and they will be a safe bet. “Award of merit’ varieties are also reliable. Catalogues offer you dozens of options as to size, shape and colour. For many years, I have also added at least…

Have you misplaced your pig?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:51  |  Published in Lanark County
(Township of Lanark Highlands, ON) – On the afternoon of Friday 25th November 2016, officers from the Lanark County Detachment of The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were despatched to the 2nd Concession of Dalhousie. Township of Lanark Highlands, after a resident reported a large sow wandering and feeding around his property for three days. The pig appeared friendly and co-operative and voluntarily surrendered into OPP custody. Temporary, safe accommodation was established at a local farm. The officers were immediately sensible to the likelihood of the story “going viral” and initiated checks of all straw, stick and brick houses in the area. No next of kin was established. Investigators are withholding further descriptors of the animal so that ownership claims can be tested and assessed. People…

“An 1816 Christmas” – Tay Valley Choir’s Christmas Concert!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 November 2016 15:19  |  Published in Lanark County
The Tay Valley Community Choir is pleased to once again stage a Christmas concert, this year titled An 1816 Christmas to help celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Tay Valley Township. The Choir has selected a series of songs for everyone to enjoy, ranging from some that the settlers of long ago might have sung to help them through “the bleak mid-winter,” to modern-day arrangements that spread joy around the hearth.  “For this concert our choir will be even larger than last year’s,” says conductor Rebecca Worden. “Get ready for a big holiday sound that will reach out and embrace you! Also come ready to sing along with favourites for this time of year. We're really looking forward to a beautiful evening in…

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