The year’s first blast of frigid temperatures will hit the region today and tonight so make sure to turn up the heat and bundle up if you’re going to be outside. And this trend will continue for the next few days. The mercury will begin to slide this afternoon dipping from our high of minus-11 … down to minus-23 tonight. And with the wind chill it will feel more like minus-31 and Environment Canada says there is a risk of frostbite overnight and into tomorrow morning. The next two nights will be similar with lows hitting minus-22 before things get back to more seasonal temperatures on Sunday and into early next week. In the meantime cover up if you’re outside and make sure you don’t leave your pets outside overnight.
The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating a house fire in Petawawa which is being treated as suspicious. Yesterday around 11 a.m. Petawawa fire fighters were called to battle the blaze at a home on Herman Street … managing to contain the fire and extinguish it. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were called in and along with the Crime Unit … and Forensic Identification Services will be investigating the suspicious fire. An adult female was in the house at the time of the fire but did not sustain any injuries. Police and the Fire Marshal will provide updates when they’re available.
The head of council in Lanark Highlands will now have the title Reeve … instead of Mayor. New Reeve Peter McLaren had hoped to make the change following the fall election and council has agreed giving a thumbs up to the move. All other area townships refer to the head of council as Reeve … and McLaren wanted Lanark Highlands to do the same since mayors and reeves do the same job. The head of council in Lanark Highlands has been called Mayor since amalgamation in 2000. The new change is now in place … and the Deputy Mayor will also have a title change now being called Deputy Reeve.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL last night the Pembroke Lumber Kings fell behind early and couldn’t get back in the game as the Ottawa Junior Senators posted a 6-1 win. Pembroke’s only goal came off the stick of Brendan Browne in the third period. Bennett Oxborough was in goal for the Lumber Kings … and stopped 37 shots but took the loss.
AND … one local team is in action tonight in the CCHL-2 as the Arnprior Packers are on the road to face the Casselman Vikings. The Packers sit one game above 500 on the season while Casselman has only lost six times in 29 games. Puck drop tonight at the JR Brisson Complex is 8 o’clock.