Smiths Falls Christmas Miracle Confirmed
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Smiths Falls Christmas Miracle Confirmed

By MAGGIE M, Editor, Wedgee-in-Chief, theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ SHARE THIS MIRACLE click icons at story’s end or copy the URL above and paste. It was December 12, 2016, when the wedge wrote this story (re-posted below.) The story was the most viral on-line ever experienced by the Smiths Falls. The townspeople where inspired. I watched the … Continue reading

Maggie’s Picks: Constellation Necklaces, Little Black Dress, Space Age Pipe
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Maggie’s Picks: Constellation Necklaces, Little Black Dress, Space Age Pipe

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐ŸŽ„ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end The wedge launches “Maggie’s Picks” today–just in time for Christmas 2018. I visited three shops in Merrickville and Smiths Falls and found some catnip. Meow Meow! Do you like our mascot? Her name is Mya (after Maggie’s cat.) WHERE AM I … Continue reading

Wanita and Dan Andress in Christmas “Cookie Operation or Die”
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Wanita and Dan Andress in Christmas “Cookie Operation or Die”

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’š TO SHARE click icons at at story’s end, TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go yo upper-right of story It was Friday afternoon at Andress’ Your Independent Grocer. Always a fun place to be. The jokes and stories poured out of customers around the Tasting Hut. … Continue reading

Maggie M Up Close with Bruce Linton
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Maggie M Up Close with Bruce Linton

By Maggie M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’š TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click upper-right of story. One man is on an amazing journey that brings him to the doorstep of most nations. He is Bruce Linton, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Canopy Growth and Tweed … Continue reading

Taunting Googlebot’s Limited Intelligence : LIVE AUDIO
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Taunting Googlebot’s Limited Intelligence : LIVE AUDIO

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’š TO SHARE click icons at at story’s end, TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go yo upper-right of story A few weeks ago I had a “conversation” with a cylindrical object in a room three thousand miles away, held by speaker phone. Generically speaking, it is … Continue reading

le boat invitation to all : Christmas starts on the Rideau
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le boat invitation to all : Christmas starts on the Rideau

This Monday everyone is invited to kick-off the season with le boat. Season 9 of โ€˜Great Canal Journeys,’ a popular television show that airs on Channel 4 across the UK, was filmed here last summer.ย  It stars Timothy West and Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers fame) cruising with le boat and exploring the highlights of our … Continue reading

“Super Creepy” Christmas Gifts
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“Super Creepy” Christmas Gifts

Technoob, theWedge.LIVE ๐ŸŽ„ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right of story. Gotta love Mozilla, that wonderful corporation that owns and maintains the world’s best browser–the one that respects privacy–Firefox. If you don’t use it, we suggest you add it, or make it your … Continue reading

Smart Christmas Gifts : Not What You Expect
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Smart Christmas Gifts : Not What You Expect

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐ŸŒŽ MUST SHARE by clicking icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click upper-right of story You probably thought this Christmas story would feature digital devices. They are usually associated with the word “smart.” Nope. This is about your own noggin–real, organic smarts. Smart … Continue reading

Supercharge Your Health : Bloody Truth About Food
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Supercharge Your Health : Bloody Truth About Food

By theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click upper-right of story We’ve struggled with this topic of acidity vs alkalinity for six months–now we are confident of its reliability. There are too many people peddling advice and products without giving you the fundamentals–or knowing … Continue reading

More Bragging Rights For Smiths Falls : le boat First Year Report
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More Bragging Rights For Smiths Falls : le boat First Year Report

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’™ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right of story There was a calm and congenial atmosphere in Smiths Falls’ sparkling Welcome Centre last night. The town has been reveling in its good fortune of late. This evening … Continue reading

It’s Holiday Food Time : “Bang Bang Shrimp” at the Tasting Hut
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It’s Holiday Food Time : “Bang Bang Shrimp” at the Tasting Hut

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐ŸŽ„TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper right column. “What are you serving today Steve?,” almost all visitors asked. I was clearly in the presence of a local celebrity. There was no blue-haired lady serving at this tasting event. Steve Akeson is Andress’ Your … Continue reading

Jaw-Dropping Find : Laura’s, The Art of Living and Giving in Cornwall
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Jaw-Dropping Find : Laura’s, The Art of Living and Giving in Cornwall

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’› TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right of story “PEOPLE tell me frequently ‘there is an energy in this place’, and, ‘they feel so good’,” Kim Sabourin shares modulating her tone. Visitors seem to have convinced her … Continue reading

Visionary Retailers in Smiths Falls and Perth Who Will Survive
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Visionary Retailers in Smiths Falls and Perth Who Will Survive

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ‘— TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right text link I am thrilled by the success of this 31 year-old retail store in Smiths Falls, Marianne Style! I asked owner, John Wakim today, “Can you handle any more … Continue reading

Giroux’s Rooms and Mi Sun’s Dreams : Soulful Art Thrives in Cornwall
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Giroux’s Rooms and Mi Sun’s Dreams : Soulful Art Thrives in Cornwall

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐ŸŽ TO SHARE click on icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to top-right column. TO COMMENT click text upper-right of story. Pierre Giroux grabbed me by my eyes and pulled me into his rooms. There were no beds, no televisions, no appliances–just the odd ornate empty chair, sometimes … Continue reading

Two Downsize For Growth : Dawn Quinn and Lindsey McFadden
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Two Downsize For Growth : Dawn Quinn and Lindsey McFadden

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿงก TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click text upper-right of story I know my headline sounds like a “jumbo shrimp” oxymoron. Humor this writer. Two established women are unwittingly making the same moves. Uncannily, they are neighbors at Davidson … Continue reading

KACHING! First Main Street Sales Receipt for Cannabis in Canada
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KACHING! First Main Street Sales Receipt for Cannabis in Canada

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE โ˜€๏ธ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right of story. The Tweed shop swung its doors open at one minute past midnight, October 17th, 2018–in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This moment ushered in the first main street sale of … Continue reading

Carleton Place Cuts A Milestone Ribbon
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Carleton Place Cuts A Milestone Ribbon

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’š TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right of story. When fall is in full regalia catching the sun is a special event. We caught up with our warm friend as it kissed Carleton Place in all the … Continue reading

This Day a Queen’s Head Rolled: Technocrat Warns of Revolution
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This Day a Queen’s Head Rolled: Technocrat Warns of Revolution

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right of story. On this day, October 16, 1793, Marie Antoinette left her prison, her head shaved for the event ahead. She climbed onto the commoner’s tumbril, walked the scaffold and … Continue reading

Wedding in a ghostly village : The Lost Villages
Attractions / History / St. Lawrence / Stormont Dundas & Glengarry / The Wedge

Wedding in a ghostly village : The Lost Villages

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’› TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to top-right column. I drove slowly into this ghostly, beautiful place. The gravel crackled under my wheels. It was eerily quiet. The sky was overcast. It was atmospheric to say the least. I had heard the stories, the … Continue reading

A Man Smitten, a Forager and a Fisherman : Cornwall’s Trail of Wonders
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A Man Smitten, a Forager and a Fisherman : Cornwall’s Trail of Wonders

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’™ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click upper-right of story. The first day of September, I traveled alongside Cornwall’s Waterfront Trail—employing unorthodox means. The city is ostensibly, eastern Ontario’s “land’s end.” It uniquely features a whopping 18 km of … Continue reading

The Glories Of Gananoque : 7-Visits Marathon
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The Glories Of Gananoque : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’™ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click upper-right of story. THIS will be a September to remember. Among my travels, the marine town of Gananoque delivers a visceral experience that taunts all my senses. This time ’round, I completed … Continue reading

Cornwall Woman Cleans Up With Lifelong Dream
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Cornwall Woman Cleans Up With Lifelong Dream

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click upper right of story I drove up to the rear of a pale metal-clad industrial building on a clammy, humid–perhaps the last–hot afternoon of the summer. As I crossed the threshold my … Continue reading

Bold and Exciting : Doors Open Smiths Falls
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Bold and Exciting : Doors Open Smiths Falls

By theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to top right column. TO COMMENT click top right of story. Most Ontarians are familiar with Doors Open Ontario events across our province. It’s that day of the year when venues’ doors are flung open in full regalia. You could sayย  they, … Continue reading

Maggie M Survives Franktown Apocalyptic Rain and Twister
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Maggie M Survives Franktown Apocalyptic Rain and Twister

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE Of all the places I could be at 12:55pm yesterday, August 29th, I was at the epicentre of weather darkness on Highway 15 making my way to Carleton Place for a 1:00 pm appointment. I was in Franktown when the rain torrent hit and where the twister passed–and destroyed … Continue reading

Canada’s Oldest Fair Stunning at 207
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Canada’s Oldest Fair Stunning at 207

By theWedge.LIVE and Correspondent, Annie G. ๐Ÿ’š TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper right column. TO COMMENT click text upper right of story. A lot of people crave good old fashioned fun and geniality. There is palpable technology or social media fatigue these days–we hear it and read about … Continue reading

These 25 Photos Lured Our Readers to Lust For More
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These 25 Photos Lured Our Readers to Lust For More

By theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. To comment click text at story’s upper right. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper right column–it’s free and confidential. We continue to celebrate our two years completed and the start of our third with this “photorial,” images that elicited oohs and aahs from our readers. Maggie’s … Continue reading

Our Big Culinary Makeover : Where To Eat
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Our Big Culinary Makeover : Where To Eat

By theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿฉโ˜•๏ธ๐ŸทTO SHARE click icon’s at story’s end. To subscribe enter email at upper right column. It’s free and confidential. To comment click text at upper right of story. This week we have been focused on our Where To Eat page. It is now perfect in spelling, choices and links. All we have to … Continue reading

2016 Smiths Falls Boom Prophecy Comes True
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2016 Smiths Falls Boom Prophecy Comes True

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. Comment on upper right. Subscribe at upper right column. It was December 2016 when we wrote a story on Smiths Falls and it went viral–by all analytics conventions. The story was a ray of hope much needed in Smiths Falls. The … Continue reading

Gananoque story revisited : it broke the top % of results
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Gananoque story revisited : it broke the top % of results

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’› TO SHARE click icons at story’s end AND comment on upper right of story We’re doing something a little unconventional. We’re republishing a story we wrote over a year ago–because it was so overwhelmingly received and loved–click-throughs were off the charts. (There is some method to our madness–a … Continue reading

Best Waterfront Experiences : Editor’s Picks for Summer’s End
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Best Waterfront Experiences : Editor’s Picks for Summer’s End

By theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’™ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end This review presented this writer with tough choices. There are so many wonderful waterfronts in East Ontario–no two are identical. All present unique experiences. The wedge Editor, Maggie M, picked three locations based on three factors : size, variety of activities and water access. The … Continue reading

Necklace of Pearls : Long Sault Astonishes
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Necklace of Pearls : Long Sault Astonishes

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’š TO SHARE click icons at story’s end It was around 9:00 am when this writer crossed over the first causeway onto Mille Roches Island, Long Sault Parkway, last July 26th. A few ‘early-birds’ were jogging and bicycling, but I basically had the park to myself. What followed was … Continue reading

Smiths Falls Hits Another Milestone With Welcome Venue
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Smiths Falls Hits Another Milestone With Welcome Venue

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ’™ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end Smiths Falls is open for business as never before. At 5:00pm yesterday, Mayor Shawn Pankow cut ribbon, opening the town’s doors to a brand new, expanded and bright Visitor Centre. This was not a moment too soon for the booming town. … Continue reading

Splendour & Sweat : Stewart Park Festival, Perth
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Splendour & Sweat : Stewart Park Festival, Perth

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end Emotion sets in when you cover an event of this scale–including regret that you could not experience it all. Three days with over countless segments–26 performances, 22 artisan vendors and exhibitors, 12 food vendors, 8 unique workshops, 4 wellness exhibitors, a … Continue reading

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

By theWedge.LIVE โค๏ธ 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

Rideau Ferry is Rocking the Docks
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Rideau Ferry is Rocking the Docks

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE โ›ฑ 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
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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?”
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“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
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Thunderous ! VIPs join Smiths Falls in le boat celebration

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, thewedge.LIVE ๐Ÿ–ค 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

U.S. ISOLATIONISM EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO CANADA
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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

Downton Abbey Angst : Local Fans Hanker For More
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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

Melting Pot of Forward-Thinking Farmers Gather in Cornwall
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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

Treasure hunt ends in Kemptville and Iroquois
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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

Communities being redesigned by Google–right now.
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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

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
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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 3
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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
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The Wedge’s 10 Best 2017 – Part 2

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE โค๏ธ 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

Admired Retailer Sets Smiths Falls Ablaze
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Admired Retailer Sets Smiths Falls Ablaze

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE โค๏ธ SHARE this story by clicking the buttons at the end. Out of the blue I opted to visit Michele Baitley, Owner, Micheleโ€™s Doorway To Splendour, Smiths Fallsโ€“a purveyor of high quality consignment fashion for women. It seemed I arrived on the heels of a crushing revelation. For those … Continue reading

The Gift of Health: The Great Grass Revelation
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The Gift of Health: The Great Grass Revelation

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE โค๏ธ 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

Shop Local Revolution : Beating Big Box
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Shop Local Revolution : Beating Big Box

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE โค๏ธ 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

BLACK FRIDAY Downtown Arnprior : The Big Six
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BLACK FRIDAY Downtown Arnprior : The Big Six

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE โค๏ธ 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

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

A day circling Westport : 7- Visits Marathon
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A day circling Westport : 7- Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE Visiting Westport always leaves this writer smiling inwardly. Its locals are unpretentious, kind, relaxed and bubbling with creativity. I continue to say, “Westport is one spirit with different faces.” On this beautiful day, the first after so much rain, I began my journey on Westport’s edge and circled around town … Continue reading

Smiths Falls’ NIKNAKs Paddle Shack launched !
Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / Sports / The Wedge

Smiths Falls’ NIKNAKs Paddle Shack launched !

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE An exciting, new feature was added to beautiful Murphy Park & Centennial Park, Smiths Falls, this weekend. Nicola Thomson, the town’s former DBA Coordinator, got the idea early in 2017. The 29-year-old outdoor enthusiast recently left her desk job to launch her first business with husband, Chris, on water’s edge.ย  … Continue reading

“ACTION!” Westport scouted as ideal film site
Entertainment / Leeds Grenville / Rideau Canal / The Wedge / Westport

“ACTION!” Westport scouted as ideal film site

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE Rain has been testing the mettle of men and their many projects from lawnmowing to filmmaking. It is after all only water, not fire and brimstone. Umbrellas and rubber boots are making good business these days. It rained all morning on May 30th; so, I thought plans to cover a … 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

Smiths Falls Lures World to Rideau Canal with Key Partner
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Smiths Falls Lures World to Rideau Canal with Key Partner

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE There are a few Lockmasters’ Houses in Smiths Falls; however, one has been unoccupied for years–until now. This historic building visible from the bridge connecting Beckwith with Brockville Street, Smiths Falls, will soon house the offices of European corporation, le Boat. In fact, it is to be its North American … 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

Tiniest Beach in North America
Portland / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / The Wedge / What To Do / Where to eat

Tiniest Beach in North America

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE The tiniest beach in North America is in our neck of the woods, in the Village of Portland. Last year, I held a conversation with a traveler across the beach without raising my voice. You could cross it in three or four leaps. This miniature treasure with a grand view … 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

Resurrection of the Rideau Moving Quickly
History / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Resurrection of the Rideau Moving Quickly

Hotel Rideau, the former jewel and focal point of Beckwith Street, Smiths Falls, is coming to life again. There was a previous thwarted attempt to restore her; however, that effort failed. Now, under the ownership and watchful eyes of the Cinnamon brothers, Andrew and Tim, also Founders of Parkview Homes, the Rideau is buzzing with … Continue reading

INSIDER VIDEO : East Meets West, Perth
Perth / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Where to eat

INSIDER VIDEO : East Meets West, Perth

Everyone raves about Chef Ram in these parts. He is the consummate friend to all and a great business leader. Mogandas owns East Meets West, a restaurant which serves a fusion of Eastern and Western fare, in beautiful Perth. He also co-owns and operates, Chuckles Jack, in booming Smiths Falls. As many business owners in … 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