Flags are flying at half-mast at municipal buildings around Mississippi Mills following the death of Deputy Mayor John Levi a man the Town is calling a ‘pillar of the community.’ Levi passed away Sunday morning following a brief illness while in Florida. He was a former councillor and Mayor of the Town and the current Deputy Mayor. Prior to his time at the council table Levi was longtime owner of Levi Home Hardware in Almonte a philanthropist, volunteer , and champion for the community. As of today, a book of condolences for the public to sign will be available at the Mississippi Mills Municipal Office and will be shared with the family. We will bring you information about arrangements once they have been finalized. Levi is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Helen four children and many grandchildren.
The Office of the Fire Marshal has concluded its investigation into the massive fire at the Lavern Heideman and Sons sawmill early in the New Year and has ruled the blaze was not suspicious. The cause is that it was most likely caused by mechanical failure possibly sparks from a motor or auger. The January 2nd fire at the Pembroke lumber yard was contained to the Heideman property by firefighters but it did cause extensive damage to the buildings and mill located on Boundary Road. No one was injured in the fire but damage from the blaze destroyed a major hydro transformer and lines leaving thousands of homes and businesses in Pembroke without power for several hours.
Police are asking the public to beware of a popular scam that seems to be popping up in the area once again. In this one, people are being offered false employment opportunities … on job sites … internet ads … through emails … texts … or in newspapers. In some cases, if you’ve posted your resume online you may be getting job offers. If you respond to these ads, you’re told you’ve gotten the job and are sent payment by cheque … e-transfer or other means. You’re then told to deposit it into your bank account and send a large portion of the money somewhere else either through pre-paid gift cards or depositing the money into a bank account … provided to you by the fraudsters. Once you move that money the bank calls to tell you the cheque or e-transfer was fraudulent and your account is overdrawn or frozen. And your money is gone. Police want to remind the public never to send money to anyone you don’t know or trust.
If you see soldiers in the Calabogie area this week, there is no need to be alarmed. According to Garrison Petawawa soldiers will be conducting basic winter warfare training until January 18th and the public can expect to see a collection of military vehiclesand Canadian Armed Forces personnel on and around the ski hill. Throughout the training soldiers will be carrying personal weapons and a small group of snipers will be firing live long-range ammunition in the Dickson and Dillon Mountain Ranges. Access routes into these areaswhich include Snake Lake, Oriole Lake and Little Black Lake will be controlled all week.
AND IN SPORTS …
The CCHL’s annual Winter Showcase is set for today in Kemptville with all the teams in action. The day opened with the Major Midget All Star Game and then the two local teams hit the ice. Pembroke and Navan squared off at 3 o’clock … while the league’s top two teams Carleton Place and Hawkesbury meet at 6 o’clock. We’ll have all the results for you tomorrow.
The national Jr A rankings are in for this week and there’s been a big shake-up with the CCHL teams in the national top-20. After falling to an Honourable Mention and missing the list for first time this season last week the Carleton Place Canadians rebounded with two big wins to jump to #14. That’s one spot higher than the Brockville Braves who hold steady at #15. The only other CCHL team in the rankings is the Hawkesbury Hawks who are now holding onto #10 up three places from last week. The Rockland Nationals who held an Honourable Mention last week have slipped out of the rankings altogether.