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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chocolate trinity brings happiness to Perth
Business / Lanark County / Perth / Shops

Chocolate trinity brings happiness to Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE Friday evening, June 2nd, was a lovely temperate evening for the opening of Belgian Chocolate purveyor, Perth Chocolate Works, in Perth. I arrived in the last hour to capture the excitement which showed no sign of abating. The guests were positively ebullient. This is the power of a chocolaterie, especially … Continue reading

Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Business / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Elgin / Entertainment / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Portland / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Westport

Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE A village, town or city that gives its residents a sense of place is in good stead. It will stave off migration of talent and stimulate growth. This sense of belonging to something special is not achieved by spaghetti nights at the local hall. It requires far more. Where we … Continue reading

Historic shift hits Nepean, Kanata North, Kingston and Smiths Falls
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Historic shift hits Nepean, Kanata North, Kingston and Smiths Falls

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE A global shift has now arrived here in the wedge, East Ontario, and it’s all good. Global data confirming this shift has been rolling in for several years. It is now evident, the world is leaving the trading of their labour for diminishing wages and benefits at such velocity that … Continue reading

“You have a second brain,” Dr. Bernicky
Better Health / Lanark County / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

“You have a second brain,” Dr. Bernicky

By Dr. Natalie Bernicky, Health Columnist, http://thewedge.LIVE Within the past few years we have seen the grocery market explode with products adding beneficial bacteria, commonly known as probiotics to our food. Yogurt, cereal, kefir, kombucha drinks, and baby food are being marketed at an increased cost, promising increased health benefits compared to their probiotic-free alternatives. … Continue reading

Downton Abbey percolating in Perth
Entertainment / history / Lanark County / Perth / Restaurants / Where to eat

Downton Abbey percolating in Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE “I watch Downton Abbey,” this writer’s brother unreservedly admits. This is no delicate man; he is married, owns much property and is a busy, Senior Engineer in aerospace. It seems, the audience is far wider than I was aware. The British television series has captured the hearts of millions, not … Continue reading

Restaurant FULL REVIEW : Bistro 54, Perth
Lanark County / Perth / Restaurants / The Wedge / Where to eat

Restaurant FULL REVIEW : Bistro 54, Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE The kitchen at Bistro 54 is perhaps the most quiet I have ever witnessed. A team of three, Restauranteur, Dave Andoff, Mike Wall and Yannick Lang, have worked together so long, they create dishes together exchanging few words between them. Every dish on the menu is complex, comprising numerous ingredients; … Continue reading

New! Cafe Whim Caters to Sudden Epicure Impulses
Lanark County / Restaurants / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Where to eat

New! Cafe Whim Caters to Sudden Epicure Impulses

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE I was the first to arrive at a “top-secret”, invitation-only, pre-opening celebration of Smiths Falls’ newest, “Cafe Whim,” on trendy Russell Street. As I settled in, Amber Hall, Co-Founder, Equator Coffee, walked in delivering coffee in person to Cafe Whim owner, Brian Paquette. I trust she drove all the way … Continue reading

Secret Solaces : Escapes minutes from the noise
Almonte / Carleton Place / Elgin / Kingston / Lanark County / Mississipi Mills / Portland / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Westport / What To Do

Secret Solaces : Escapes minutes from the noise

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE At times everyone feels the tug of tranquility, an escape from mobile ringtones, tedious routines and gnawing responsibility. We forget to breathe deeply, to commune with the earth from whence we came. Our region is covered in secret places that heal, places of solace. This writer frequents a few spots … Continue reading

Restaurant MINI REVIEW : The Stone Cellar
Lanark County / Perth / Restaurants / The Wedge

Restaurant MINI REVIEW : The Stone Cellar

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE This restaurant review at The Stone Cellar, Perth, is focused on Appetizers. Frankly, I could make a meal of continuous appetizers. The selection below is simply, mastery. The first appetizer, I witnessed in-the-making. (SEE LIVE VIDEO BELOW). A great deal of thought and effort went into preparing two, large and … Continue reading

Biblical portions and Moses at Perth Dinner Party
Entertainment / Lanark County / Perth / Restaurants / Rideau Valley / The Wedge / What To Do

Biblical portions and Moses at Perth Dinner Party

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE This writer sat with six friends at Michael’s Table last Saturday night. I was the stranger in their midst; so, I brought a new perspective. Reportedly, Princess Di sat to my left; this disclosure came from Charlton Heston’s doppelganger on my right. The couple, Bev and Dale, had long ago … Continue reading

ENDORPHIN HIGH : Our comedic videos begin !
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Comedy / Cornwall / Entertainment / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Montague / Napanee / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Portland / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Westport

ENDORPHIN HIGH : Our comedic videos begin !

We are jacking up our promise to be positive at thewedge.LIVE ! Now we are getting positively silly. We want you to giggle, cackle and howl with laughter. Let’s get endorphins coarsing through your body! (No, it’s not an aquatic mammal, it’s a happy brain hormone.) I, MAGGIE M, will be holding the mic and … Continue reading

Smiths Falls gives key to citizens for Canada 150
Attractions / Entertainment / Lanark County / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Sports / The Wedge / What To Do

Smiths Falls gives key to citizens for Canada 150

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE and Host of “WHERE IN the wedge is MAGGIE M?” On February 1st, all ‘SmithFallians’ where invited to participate in a long list of events, 150 to be exact, for the duration of 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday. At the core, it is volunteering; but, truly it is an opportunity to … Continue reading

Our Hunger Heroes : it’s no game!
Almonte / Carleton Place / Lanark County / Merrickville / Perth / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Westport

Our Hunger Heroes : it’s no game!

By Maggie M This writer was one of the last guests to arrive on-time at a unique event organized by Hugh Colton of Host, Town and Country Chrysler. The Perth venue was packed–even my chair was snuffed from me when I sneaked to the buffet. You see, I arrived hungry, and how fitting that was. … Continue reading

Pop-up Christmas Fun Yields Mountain of Food
Almonte / Carleton Place / Lanark County / Merrickville / Perth / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Westport

Pop-up Christmas Fun Yields Mountain of Food

By Maggie M I kick myself when I run into special moments without my digital film camera, sound boom and spotlight; but, one does not expect a grocery trip to become an impromptu party. As I exited the car at Andress’ Your Independent Grocer, I almost forgot my purpose. Elvis Presley singing Christmas songs blasted … Continue reading

Smiths Falls Boom story gets 10,200 views in 3 days!
Lanark County / Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Smiths Falls Boom story gets 10,200 views in 3 days!

We wrote a happy story about growth in Smiths Falls, December 2016. It was a story of hope. We at the wedge know that the established media ostensibly repeats Police reports, writes stories of health struggles and health failures. They know as we do this drives traffic; but, the wedge won’t touch these subjects with … Continue reading

the wedge 150 : a rural conquest, takes-off!
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Westport / What To Do

the wedge 150 : a rural conquest, takes-off!

Canada kicks-off its 150th birthday celebrations on January 1, 2017! And the wedge is getting knee-deep into the fun of it. thewedge.LIVE is launching the wedge 150 : a rural conquest for every town and city in the wedge (East Ontario). Everyone in the wedge can participate: individuals (18+), businesses, schools, groups. Ottawa is doing … Continue reading

Former Chocolate Capital of Canada is sweet again
Lanark County / Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Where to stay

Former Chocolate Capital of Canada is sweet again

by Maggie M, Host of “Where in the wedge is Maggie M?” The departure of Hershey’s, Smiths Falls, is still raw in many hearts. “It was a great place to work,” a former employee shares. “People arrived in droves by bus daily,” another opines. ‘Tis true, Hershey’s put Smiths Falls on the map as a … Continue reading

Our Pick for Christmas Music – Enjoy these Classics
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Our Pick for Christmas Music – Enjoy these Classics

In this non-stop playlist, Maggie M’s perennial favorite, The Christmas Song, by Nat King Cole, comes up quickly. This is the song with the lyrics, “chestnuts roasting by the fire.” ENJOY 3 hours of non-stop classic songs from the best performers–and images that change with them. Plug the speakers in and pipe the music through … Continue reading

The Socialist Pig and Balaclava: What’s in a name?
Gananoque / Lanark County / Rideau Valley

The Socialist Pig and Balaclava: What’s in a name?

Business names are critical to success; they can make or break them. Some names are so dull or common customers simply cannot remember them. A cafe in Gananoque bears the name, The Socialist Pig, a name so counter-intuitive, it elicits guffaws. You are compelled to see what’s going on inside. Now, towns’s and hamlet’s names … Continue reading

WHERE IN the wedge IS MAGGIE M?
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / Thousand Islands / Westport

WHERE IN the wedge IS MAGGIE M?

And now…we started this! Action! Unchartered, fresh, real. “It’s a bird! It’s plane!” No, it’s Maggie M with a film camera. Shooting everything and anything in The Wedge! Foodies and treasure hunters (everybody) will love it. Continue reading

Who will host to a Film Festival?
Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Montague / Napanee / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / Thousand Islands / Westport

Who will host to a Film Festival?

Early, informal presentations were made by a private organization to Smiths Falls powers about the launch of a Smiths Falls Film Festival (SFFF). It is believed that a project of this scale would draw creatives to the city throughout the year until the red carpet event in 2017. The large Gallipeau Centre for example, now … Continue reading