IA warning has been issued by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit in response to an increase in opioid overdoses in the region. The health unit has reported that they have received five overdose reports since July 26th, and a total of eight reports in the last two weeks, including one suspected fatal overdose. The health unit also says they’ve been averaging three to four overdose reports a month in 2018 – saying that most of the overdose reports received in the past two weeks from Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark have been linked to the use of purple heroin. The health unit advises people to be aware of the increase of drug overdoses in the area. And for more information to call 1-800-660-5853.
Two area drivers have been charged by police in separate incidents. 37 year old Braden Robinson of Laurentian Valley township was arrested for driving with more than 80mgs of alcohol in his bloodstream…after police pulled him over on July 31st. Robinson was arrested during a traffic stop on Church Street in Pembroke, just before midnight. Then on August 1st just after midnight…20 year old Raegan Goldberg of Pembroke was found to be under the influence of alcohol while he was driving. Police conducted a traffic stop on Russham Road, after getting reports of their being a possible impaired driver in the area. Goldberg was charged with failing or refusing to provide a sample. Both drivers will be in court on Sept 11th – had their licenses suspended for 90 days and their vehicles were towed and impounded for seven days.
And…… If you are a blood donor … and want to give the Gift of Life … you can do so on Tuesday August 14th at a blood donor clinic at the Germania Club in Pembroke. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation … you can do so… from 1 to 4pm … and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is always a need for donations in the summer months. Drop-ins are accepted at the Pembroke clinic … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting triple w dot blood dot ca.
And in sports…
In Greater Ottawa Fastball League action…there was a doubleheader in Manotick on Wednesday night, the Quyon Flyers won the first game 13-4. Trevor Lahey got the win and Matt McNish took the loss. Shawn Laframboise hit a homer for Quyon. In the second game – they tied it up at 5 each. Trevor Lahey threw again for Quyon while Neil Cooke had the ball for I4C.
And…..in the Kars vs Kemptville game – it was postponed due to field conditions and rain in Kemptville.
In preseason hockey news, there are new owners for two local junior hockey teams. The CCHL Tier 1 Smiths Falls Bears and Tier 2 Westport Rideau’s have been sold to Nicholas and Joshua Filoso of Ottawa.
As the new owners, the Filoso brothers say they look forward to developing new players and creating an exciting and enjoyable experience for fans in the area.