Talk Show Launches : “PATIO TALKS and pineapples” Episode 1 : Mayor Shawn Pankow on Boom-Town
Entertainment / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Tourism

Talk Show Launches : “PATIO TALKS and pineapples” Episode 1 : Mayor Shawn Pankow on Boom-Town

By theWedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE click on icon’s at story’s end Today we launched our live summer talk show, “PATIO TALKS and pineapples.” The idea is to be authentic, off-the-cuff, and our locations, favorite patios where life bristles–and some occasional noise and wind gusts for the ride. We’ll feature diverse people–it’s not political. We don’t … Continue reading

Falling For Kemptville : 7-Visits Marathon
Kemptville / Shops / Tourism / Where to eat / Where to stay

Falling For Kemptville : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end Kemptville is a wonder to many outsiders like myself, but it is a great, booming story begging to be told. This town is the heart of North Grenville, a fast-growing municipality thanks to migration from urban centres across Ontario. The views … Continue reading

Rideau Ferry is Rocking the Docks
Rideau Canal / Rideau Ferry / The Wedge / Tourism

Rideau Ferry is Rocking the Docks

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ⛱ TO SHARE just click icons at story’s end The docks in Rideau Ferry rocked with music today, but also with the wakes of boats arriving for this eve of Canada Day celebration. Mid-afternoon, Rock The Dock visitors had swelled in numbers–on the water, on CC’s grounds, on the … Continue reading

The King’s Highway Catwalk For Strutting Beauties
Attractions / Kemptville / The Wedge / Tourism / What To Do

The King’s Highway Catwalk For Strutting Beauties

By thewedge.LIVE “A New Voice For East Ontario” Chances are when you travel through the centre of the wedge on one of its oldest highways, “The King’s Highway 43,” your eyes will catch an extraordinary vehicle likely on its way to a Highway 43 Car Club event. Since 2007, Rod Rafter, Founder and President, has … Continue reading

“O Rodeo, Rodeo, Wherefore Art Thou Rodeo?”
Attractions / Entertainment / Perth / Sports / The Wedge

“O Rodeo, Rodeo, Wherefore Art Thou Rodeo?”

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE “Howdy Ma’am,” one lanky cowboy after another said while tipping their hats. This was a new experience for this writer and despite the daunting event at hand, it was charming. Meandering among cowboys and cowgirls backstage transported me to another time and place–not Perth. Yet, here they were. The Bulls … Continue reading

Thunderous ! VIPs join Smiths Falls in le boat celebration
Kingston / Ottawa / Perth / Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Tourism

Thunderous ! VIPs join Smiths Falls in le boat celebration

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, thewedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click buttons at story’s end It was December 2016 when we first wrote about the imminent arrival of le boat. Leases were not yet signed; but, all was on-track. On June 13, 2018, le boat gathered VIPs from the region to celebrate a partnership with business … Continue reading

BEST VIEWING TIME IN BED WITH Anthony Bourdain
Food / Perth / Tourism

BEST VIEWING TIME IN BED WITH Anthony Bourdain

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, thewedge.LIVE There’s nothing better for healing (except the hand of God!) while bedridden–better than ibuprofen and antibiotics–than spending time with Anthony Bourdain, Host, The Layover, on Netflix. Dopamine and endorphins course through your veins. We lost him a few days ago, so his productions are precious to all foodies today. … Continue reading

BIG NIGHT: Quebec City UNDER G7 SIEGE, Ontario GETS NEW LEADER AND MARIJUANA BILL UP FOR ROYAL ASSENT
Business / Opinion

BIG NIGHT: Quebec City UNDER G7 SIEGE, Ontario GETS NEW LEADER AND MARIJUANA BILL UP FOR ROYAL ASSENT

By MAGGIE M, Editor, Wedgee-In-Chief, thewedge.LIVE Lest we forget, it is also the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France. Heavy day, heavy night with so much at stake. Global elites gather at the sumptuous Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie, Quebec, while shops are shuttered in nearby Quebec City fearing violent protests against G7 and U.S. … Continue reading

YEEEHAW! HEART-STOPPING FUN IN Perth THIS June
Entertainment / Perth / Sports / What To Do

YEEEHAW! HEART-STOPPING FUN IN Perth THIS June

Story by thewedge.LIVE – A New Voice For East Ontario One of the most dangerous sports on earth can now be experienced from the bleachers at Perth Fairgrounds this June 23rd, 2:00 p.m. The Bulls And Broncs Show features professional bull riding, junior bull riding, bareback bronc riding and ladies barrel back racing. And plenty … Continue reading

U.S. ISOLATIONISM EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO CANADA
Opinion / The Wedge

U.S. ISOLATIONISM EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO CANADA

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE The Trump-Trudeau-Trade-Tit-For-Tat war ensues with July 1st as the kick-off date to our tariffs imposed on U.S. imports into Canada on everything from steel and aluminium through the oddest categories, gherkin pickles and ball point pens. President Trump’s 25% tariff on Canadian steel and 10% on our aluminium … Continue reading

BEST IN-TOWN PHOTO OPS : Picture Perfect Perth
BEST OF / Lanark County / Perth / Tourism

BEST IN-TOWN PHOTO OPS : Picture Perfect Perth

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 💕 YOU CAN share by clicking the icons at story’s end It’s more challenging to get a bad photo in Perth, Ontario, than a good one. Wherever you point your lens, the land, the streets, the sidewalks–all deliver something special. The Town is commonly referred to as “Heritage … Continue reading

Tick-Talk : Washington Legislates Lyme, Predators, Permethrin, Protocols
Better Health / Tick-Talk

Tick-Talk : Washington Legislates Lyme, Predators, Permethrin, Protocols

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor,the wedge.LIVE Well, this is going to be a regular column now that Lyme Disease is global, trending and finally receiving attention in Washington, D.C. It’s been a long wait–25 years, many say. It is estimated by the CDC there are 20 tick borne diseases including a new Asian tick in … Continue reading

Loyalists Agog with “two-for” : Wedding and Birthday
history / Tourism

Loyalists Agog with “two-for” : Wedding and Birthday

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end People of the wedge are compounding two big celebrations this long weekend. The royal wedding of Prince Harry to American, Meghan Markle, and the birth of Queen Victoria–Saturday and Monday respectively. The Guinness and ale will pour for three days–no … Continue reading

Rooftop Beekeeping Trending in Smiths Falls and Kanata
Better Health / Kanata / Smiths Falls

Rooftop Beekeeping Trending in Smiths Falls and Kanata

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end Something remarkable is evolving quietly in our region thanks to “out-of-the-hive” thinkers. Urban farming is not new. Initiatives have been showing up in the oddest places in urban centres, Toronto, Paris, London and New York. A recent development, mostly in … Continue reading

Kemptville To Rock The Region This July
Entertainment / Kemptville / Leeds Grenville / Music / What To Do

Kemptville To Rock The Region This July

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end It was September 2014 when Bob Besharah, owner of Class Axe Guitars, Kemptville, made a phone call to his friend, Karen Bedard, while she visited New Brunswick. This moment, a discussion about the creation of a music festival in Kemptville, … Continue reading

Gord Brown’s Gananoque Ice Pad Dream
Gananoque / Leeds Grenville / Sports / Thousand Islands

Gord Brown’s Gananoque Ice Pad Dream

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE Every once-in-awhile you hear about someone special. I did not know Gord Brown, but I wish I had met him. It seems everyone he encountered counted him as a friend. Brown represented the Ontario riding of Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes in the House of Commons of Canada … Continue reading

Tick Protection Clothing : Enjoy Outdoors Without Fear
Better Health / Tick-Talk

Tick Protection Clothing : Enjoy Outdoors Without Fear

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end This writer contemplated inserting “High Alert,” in the headline to this story. We just don’t do “fear.” This is a preventative health feature and could be the most important story–with life-saving guidelines–you read this 2018 to avert Lyme disease … Continue reading

Heavenly Hamlet Thaws : Rideau Ferry is Heating Up
Lanark County / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Ferry / Tourism / What To Do

Heavenly Hamlet Thaws : Rideau Ferry is Heating Up

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click buttons at story’s end “Prickly,” is how the Township of Drummond /North Elmsley refer to a business duo, the impetus behind today’s Rideau Ferry back in 1815. I almost spit my tea on this word. The lore about John Oliver and his son is … Continue reading

BEST BEACHES : Three Hot Summer Destinations
Arnprior / BEST OF / Gananoque / Tourism / Westport

BEST BEACHES : Three Hot Summer Destinations

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE scroll to article’s end “Life’s a beach,” is a timeless idiom used often for good reason. Call out someone near you and engage them in a word association game. Say, “Summer.” You will likely hear, “Beach,” in response. It’s universal. Every village, town and city … Continue reading

No Fire-Breathing Investors at 2018 Otter’s Den
Brockville / Business / Leeds Grenville

No Fire-Breathing Investors at 2018 Otter’s Den

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE A kinder, gentler breed of investors sat up-front at Otter’s Den, Brockville, listening to 15-minute pitches from five start-ups and entrepreneurs.  A Q & A session ensued, questions exclusively from the Otters. Occasionally, tough questions and critique kept the audience of 90 guests on edge. It was a … Continue reading

Brockville Aquatarium Amazes – World Class
Attractions / Brockville / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence / Thousand Islands / What To Do

Brockville Aquatarium Amazes – World Class

By MAGGIE M, Editor, Wedgee-in-Chief, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end This writer was taken on a grand tour of Brockville’s, Aquatarium™, by its affable Host, Executive Director, Bill Rogerson. He was plucked from Gananoque over seven years ago, its former Asset and Infrastructure Manager, to bring Aquatarium’s 27,000 sq. ft. … Continue reading

BEST OF BOATING : Three Families and One Woman Buoy Our Waterways
BEST OF / Brockville / Gananoque / Portland / Rideau Valley / Sports / Thousand Islands / Tourism / What To Do

BEST OF BOATING : Three Families and One Woman Buoy Our Waterways

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE scroll to story’s end and click icons. “I discovered boating when I was five years-old.” “I’ll never forget the first fish my son speared.” “We’ve never had a bad day on a boat.” Such are emotional quotes from people living life more fully on our waterways. … Continue reading

Lyme epidemic Takes Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, George W. Bush, Daryl Hall, Peter Seeger, Debbie Gibson,  Ben Stiller, Christie Brinkley
Better Health / Lanark County / Leeds Grenville / Tick-Talk

Lyme epidemic Takes Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, George W. Bush, Daryl Hall, Peter Seeger, Debbie Gibson, Ben Stiller, Christie Brinkley

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE It is estimated by Dr. Jay Nielsen, M.D., there are 20 to 30 million people in U.S. misdiagnosed or undiagnosed with Lyme Disease. The CDC revised its estimate of 30,000 to 300,000 cases over three years ago; however, the toll is likely far greater. Often, MS, ALS, Parkinson, arthritis, … Continue reading

Slalom into Spring : Calabogie, Pakenham
Ottawa Valley / Sports / What To Do

Slalom into Spring : Calabogie, Pakenham

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE “As you climb on the chairlift in Sunshine (Banff, Alberta) a sign in the snow reads, ‘Welcome to British Columbia’,” I shared with a wide-eyed, young downhill skier while running errands today. I love to see the puzzled expression. “You cross the provincial border on the chair,” I explained. … Continue reading

Downton Abbey Angst : Local Fans Hanker For More
Entertainment / Ottawa / Perth / The Wedge

Downton Abbey Angst : Local Fans Hanker For More

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE Viewers around the world waited for Season 7; but, it was not to be. Downton Abbey, the highly celebrated television series called it quits at its feverish height. In our own region fans pine–or rather, ache–to re-connect with this extraordinary production. Julian Fellowes is the visionary Creator and Writer … Continue reading

Could this be our tiniest hamlet?
history / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence / Tourism

Could this be our tiniest hamlet?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE Not much equals a drive along County Road 2. It trims the St.Lawrence River, a corridor from Cornwall to Kingston. It is ostensibly the most traveled scenic road with many picnic stops and major destination locations along the way. Gananoque, Mallory Town, Rockport, Thousands Islands, Brockville, Prescott, Morrisburg, Long Sault … Continue reading

Melting Pot of Forward-Thinking Farmers Gather in Cornwall
Better Health / Cornwall / Farming / Food / The Wedge

Melting Pot of Forward-Thinking Farmers Gather in Cornwall

By Sara Nicholson, Food and Health Contributor, the wedge.LIVE This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Eco Farm Day, a two-day event organized by Canadian Organic Growers (COG). It was a day filled with speakers, presentations and trade shows on everything from soil through plants to livestock. Many guests had booked rooms … Continue reading

Coutts dynasty leads in farming practices and healing foods
Better Health / Farming / Food / Lanark County / Perth / Shops

Coutts dynasty leads in farming practices and healing foods

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE (SHARING buttons are at story’s end) “Did you get the cow?” Diana Coutts, Co-Owner, Coutts Country Flavours, asked her husband on the phone as we concluded our first meeting. I inquired about one of their cows being on the loose. She bellowed with laughter at my question. Turns out, … Continue reading

Pho The Love of The Far East : 3 Top Spots
Brockville / Ottawa / Restaurants / St. Lawrence / Tourism / Where to eat

Pho The Love of The Far East : 3 Top Spots

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE Visiting the ByWard is akin to crossing the rubicon, from “urban” to “hipster” in only a few steps. It’s a village bursting with experiences especially of the food kind. You pass by the majestic Chateau Laurier and–Boom!–a world of fun opens up. In the ByWard, sounds shift every twenty … Continue reading

“One small step for people, one giant leap for peoplekind”
Comedy / Opinion

“One small step for people, one giant leap for peoplekind”

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE Canada now exerts its participation in its Southern neighbor’s exploration of space. Our PM corrects the first words by Neil Armstrong as he stepped off the module onto the lunar surface. Amstrong pronounced a string of words known around the world–a meme which united everyone. This 1969 historical moment … Continue reading

Miracle Mineral Found in Perth, Carleton Place, Brockville
Better Health / Brockville / Carleton Place / Food / Perth / Shops

Miracle Mineral Found in Perth, Carleton Place, Brockville

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer opens this story appealing to your vanity. Yes, there is a fountain of youth here in the region. It does not require exercise, positive affirmatives, plastic surgery, or sitting in caverns in the heart of Italy. Once you learn about this youthful mineral in which I guarantee … Continue reading

Treasure hunt ends in Kemptville and Iroquois
Better Health / Food / Kemptville / St. Lawrence / Stormont Dundas & Glengarry / The Wedge

Treasure hunt ends in Kemptville and Iroquois

by MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer looked around, inquiring from those in-the-know and searching the web for hard-to-find foods produced the way our forefathers did–only three generations ago. Finally, my unrelenting search ended in results. I stumbled upon Biemond, AKA Upper Canada Creamery, Iroquois (an East Ontario town along the St. Lawrence), and, … Continue reading

Perth has the L-Factor : Love is in the air
Lanark County / Love Month / Perth / Restaurants / Shops / Tourism / Where to eat / Where to stay

Perth has the L-Factor : Love is in the air

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE I remember strolling up Gore Street in late summer 2016, exchanging effusive words with visitors. “This is the wedding town of Ontario,” one young couple intimated. As I traveled, loaded down with my camera and tripod, I witnessed many couples holding hands, cuddling as they swayed, absorbing Downtown Perth’s, … Continue reading

Communities being redesigned by Google–right now.
Business / Opinion / Technology / The Wedge

Communities being redesigned by Google–right now.

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE An unprecedented shift to “life as we know it” is already in play. It’s not coming. It’s here. And it is being installed incrementally under our noses. The dominoes are falling one after the other. A MICROCOSM IN THE MACROCOSM Imagine your refrigerator is on the cloud (that’s internet … Continue reading

Countdown to Love : Pembroke Sister Act
Love Month / Ottawa Valley / Pembroke / People / The Wedge

Countdown to Love : Pembroke Sister Act

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE We continue our countdown to the month of love with testaments of love in our midst. Love is not the exclusive turf of romance. I witnessed two sisters who run a long-established business in Pembroke show their affection and respect for each other. I speak of Noella Stevens and Eileen … Continue reading

Countdown to Love : Julie and Peter, Perth
Love Month / People / Perth / Tourism

Countdown to Love : Julie and Peter, Perth

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE The wedge is declaring all of February, “the month of love.” One day is just not enough. Sure, February 14th is the crescendo–it’s a double whammy. In “Countdown To Love,” we will feature people living in the wedge region (Pembroke to Kingston to Hawkesbury and every place within), lifting … Continue reading

Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty
Almonte / Brockville / Business / Opinion / Perth / Restaurants / Shops / The Wedge

Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE — NOTE: This is a new category, “Opinion.” The wedge is super positive–no deaths, no crime, no politics; but, a little edginess once-in-awhile is valued by our readers. So, here it is. This writer has seen Amazon’s packages–that unmistakable smirk in its logo–stacked high at our Canada Post locations through … Continue reading

Three Collaborate in Celebrating Van Gogh in Smiths Falls
Entertainment / Restaurants / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Where to eat

Three Collaborate in Celebrating Van Gogh in Smiths Falls

By MAGGIE W, Editor, the wedge.LIVE NOAL Pantry, Smiths Falls Library and The Station Theatre collaborate in creating an exceptional daytime event, celebrating the life and works of Artist, Vincent Van Gogh. This is a first of its kind in the greater region. Chef Laurie Anne Brennan, Founder of NOAL Pantry, is creating a “Van … Continue reading

The Wedge’s 10 Best of 2017 – Part 4 “NINE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE”
10 Best of 2017 / Arnprior / BEST OF / Cobden / Kanata / Merrickville / People / Renfrew / Smiths Falls / Westport

The Wedge’s 10 Best of 2017 – Part 4 “NINE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE”

By MAGGIE M, Editor, Wedgee-in-Chief, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ Share by clicking icons at story’s end. NINE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN THE WEDGE This is our final “10 Best of 2017.” We held this segment back until everyone returned from extended Christmas holidays. Below you will find individuals the wedge and this writer have met personally … Continue reading

The Wedge’s 10 Best of 2017 – Part 3
BEST OF / Gananoque / Ottawa Valley / Pembroke / Perth / The Wedge

The Wedge’s 10 Best of 2017 – Part 3

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE THE WEDGE’S 10 BEST OF 2017 Continued 7- BEST EVENT : Perth’s Progressive Dinner Great conversation, laughter and great food are a perfect mix for an indelible memory. It’s not always size and sound that delivers the most pleasure. Kari Clarke, renown leader of Perth BIA, planned and led … Continue reading

The Wedge’s 10 Best 2017 – Part 2
10 Best of 2017 / BEST OF / Perth / Prescott / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

The Wedge’s 10 Best 2017 – Part 2

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE you can click the buttons at story’s end THE WEDGE’s 10 BEST OF 2017 Continued 4- Favorite Photos Our first, most favorited photo by our readers is of a young couple showing the hallmarks of early-stage courting, smitten with each other. Surprisingly, they are a long-established, … Continue reading

Amazing Ottawa 2017 : They did it!
Attractions / Entertainment / Ottawa

Amazing Ottawa 2017 : They did it!

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE They pulled it off! Can there be a grander exit to 2017 than this “Time Capsule,” received by the wedge today. I interviewed Guy Laflamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2107 and Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, October 2016, months before Laflamme’s “crazy-wild” ideas came to life. He shared his dreams, … Continue reading

Local Shops Overtake Amazon Last Week of Christmas
Business / Shops / Technology

Local Shops Overtake Amazon Last Week of Christmas

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE story, click buttons at story’s end Our readers are forewarned,  local shopping is a cause we support. Community stability is increasingly challenged by those who concentrate power thousands of miles away inside a circuit box with superficial intelligence. Amazon has been the darling of this process … Continue reading

The Gift of Health: The Great Grass Revelation
Better Health / Christmas / The Wedge / Where to eat

The Gift of Health: The Great Grass Revelation

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE this story, social buttons like FB are at the end. No, this story is not about medicinal marijuana; but, I am glad you are here. This writer cannot bear to hear of one more acquaintance suffering from chronic or “deadly” diseases. Startlingly, most are young. I … Continue reading

Fantastic Friday : Festival of Lights in Perth
Attractions / Christmas / Lanark County / Music / Perth / What To Do

Fantastic Friday : Festival of Lights in Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE ❤️ To Share This Story Scroll to the End and Click Your Buttons This writer attended a fantastic Friday evening in Perth–one filled with immersive sights and sounds beyond my expectations. This event, The Festival of Lights, ushered in the Christmas holidays with a “bang”–literally. On arrival, I struggled with … Continue reading

Shop Local Revolution : Beating Big Box
Arnprior / Brockville / The Wedge / Westport

Shop Local Revolution : Beating Big Box

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ Share buttons like Facebook at story’s end ! Independent, local retailers have united and gone to battle today–and will continue this week in the wedge (East Ontario). Their Black Friday deals are impressive, rivaling big box by price and quality–and fun. They are well armed with service, stock, … Continue reading

End of piggy banks, tooth fairies, gumball machines?
Business / The Wedge

End of piggy banks, tooth fairies, gumball machines?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE I read moments ago how Toronto and Ottawa are leading the charge toward a cashless society. As these technocrats careen toward launching these apps, one wonders if they have considered the carnage. I have no objection to technology; but, I am vehemently against eliminating choices. The elimination of cash … Continue reading

Food Hub potentiates vibrant health in the region : Two Rivers
Better Health / Business / Food / Smiths Falls

Food Hub potentiates vibrant health in the region : Two Rivers

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE I just signed up as a customer at the Two Rivers Food Hub . Until today, it was just getting too hard to find foods that have necessary nutrients and to maintain what health I have left. I seek foods that are “unfooled around with”–foods that are not genetically altered … Continue reading

BLACK FRIDAY Downtown Arnprior : The Big Six
Arnprior / Christmas / Ottawa Valley / Shops / The Wedge

BLACK FRIDAY Downtown Arnprior : The Big Six

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ Share buttons like Facebook at story’s end ! Towns and small city retailers in the wedge are responding aggressively to shoppers’ demands for deals this Christmas season. Shopping local has acquired “cachet” over the last few years, thanks to the tireless efforts of town associations and a spirit … Continue reading

Politicians’ Worst Nightmare, Mary Walsh, Makes Splash in Arnprior
Arnprior / Attractions / Comedy / Entertainment / What To Do

Politicians’ Worst Nightmare, Mary Walsh, Makes Splash in Arnprior

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE “It was a combination of persuasion and magic,”states acclaimed, Public Librarian of 2017, Karen DeLuca, in signing Mary Walsh to appear at the Arnprior Library. DeLuca received this highest award from the Ontario Library Association. Carolyn Swayze, also employed in the same library, received the Youth Librarian of 2016 … Continue reading

Our Surprising Local Megastars – Case for a Walk-of-Fame?
Almonte / Brockville / Entertainment / Kingston / Music / Ottawa / Pembroke / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Our Surprising Local Megastars – Case for a Walk-of-Fame?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE We had a cursory look into the wedge (Pembroke to Hawkesbury to Kingston and all cities, towns, places within) and found the riches of fame. Some of the world’s most renown were born here and many remain–and return. This is a glimpse–we barely scrape the topic here. We’ve not … Continue reading

Pembroke & Cobden : 7-Visits Marathon
Ottawa Valley / Pembroke / Seven Visits Marathons

Pembroke & Cobden : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE  FYI: Sharing Buttons incl. Facebook at end of story This writer’s trek through the Ottawa Valley continues with the wedge‘s farthest destination in its northwest boundary–a second trip into the city of Pembroke and its close friend, the village of Cobden. Now, we feature some of its leading personalities … Continue reading

Smiths Falls On Economic Fast-Track
Business / Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls On Economic Fast-Track

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE (video below) The Town’s engagement in economic development is at full-throttle in Smiths Falls. The Town has just re-launched its brand and website. Its council and executives are putting revitalization on a fast-track, accelerating business growth. Local magnates are investing in rebuilding. The Hotel Rideau is returning to its former … Continue reading

Brockville’s Underworld Revealed
Brockville / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence / Thousand Islands / What To Do

Brockville’s Underworld Revealed

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE I was struck with a revelation about Brockville mid-summer. Sure, it’s a beautiful marine city as I have previously written and photographed; but, there is a lot going on beyond the sight line, below waters and below the ground. I attended Centeen Park, Brockville’s renown dive site, to gain … Continue reading

Visitors Smitten at Smiths Falls Trainfest
Attractions / history / Lanark County / Smiths Falls / What To Do

Visitors Smitten at Smiths Falls Trainfest

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer was an accidental tourist at Trainfest, August 26th. I immediately realized this event offered far more than met my eyes from the road. I stood on the platform as a black 1912 steam locomotive barreled toward me, whistling, coming to a full stop. The engine weighs 77 … Continue reading

Big Names Play Nooks and Crannies in East Ontario
Almonte / Elgin / Entertainment / Lanark County / Leeds Grenville / Music / Stormont Dundas & Glengarry / What To Do

Big Names Play Nooks and Crannies in East Ontario

By Maggie M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE “It started in PEI first, then opened in Australia. Ottawa Bluesfest brought it to East Ontario,” recounts Kelly Symes, General Manager, The Festival of Small Halls. Every once-in-a-while an idea strikes this writer as exceedingly special. This idea stems from the creative mind of the man who founded renown, Ottawa … Continue reading

The Duck That Divides and Multiplies
Brockville / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence

The Duck That Divides and Multiplies

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer sat down with Co-Owners, Mama Duck, at The Crow’s Nest Bistro on Block House Island during Brockville’s, Rails and Trails Festival, Craig Samborski from Duluth, Minnesota, and Ryan Whaley, Sandusky, Ohio. It was a gorgeous late afternoon, the wind was swirling pleasantly and the St. Lawrence feet … Continue reading

Prescott’s Epic Summer Closing Acts
Entertainment / Leeds Grenville / Prescott / St. Lawrence / What To Do

Prescott’s Epic Summer Closing Acts

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE “How fast can you recite Hamlet’s soliloquy?,” I asked Ian Farthing, Actor. He is one of a cast of three joining Susie Burnett and Helen Juvonen in the final St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival stage performance of 2017, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” Do not miss the humour … Continue reading

Drop-dead Gorgeous Gananoque
Gananoque / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence / Thousand Islands / What To Do

Drop-dead Gorgeous Gananoque

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer is running out of English superlatives to depict the precious gems that are the villages, towns and cities in the wedge. Gananoque (“Gana-knock-way”) is vivid, sculpted, bucolic, enchanting… If ‘Gan’ were a woman, everyone would declare she is, “drop-dead gorgeous.” Her expansive gateway heralds beauty beyond our … Continue reading

Brockville : Beauty and a Bit of Brouhaha
Attractions / Brockville / Thousand Islands / What To Do

Brockville : Beauty and a Bit of Brouhaha

By MAGGIE M, Editor, The Wedge.LIVE When I visited Brockville, a mother and her two young sons, sat quietly taking in the sound of roaring waves, the grand view, their feet inches from the St. Lawrence River. The two boys became very animated as an enormous cargo ship entered into our view. “Woooaaa!,” they exclaimed. … Continue reading

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon
Business / Music / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew / Renfrew County / Restaurants / Seven Visits Marathons / Shops / Where to eat

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE I visited the Town of Renfrew a second time, from a different angle. This day began dry and overcast with my first visit to their famed dairy, and ended in my being soaked to my underthings in a den of musicians. It didn’t just rain cats and dogs at 4:45 … Continue reading

Glorious Day in Arnprior : 7-Visits Marathon
Arnprior / Business / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew County / Restaurants / Seven Visits Marathons / Shops / What To Do / Where to eat

Glorious Day in Arnprior : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE This writer went on another tourist marathon last week, this time in the Town of Arnprior, Ontario. First, I explored its natural hot spots; then, I discovered some of its excellent businesses, through a downpour which did not cease. It’s only rain, not fire and brimstone; so, I visited each, … Continue reading