We hope that you haven’t put away your snow shovel or boots or put your summer tires back on your vehicle just quite yet because the Ottawa Valley is under a Special Weather Statement heading into the weekend. Environment Canada expects the region to be hit with a messy mix of snow … ice pellets … and freezing rain in the next few days with things beginning Friday night … through Sunday. Some accumulation is expected throughout our listening area with as much as 10 cm expected Friday night and that much again on Saturday. On Sunday we should see several hours of freezing rain as the temperature creeps back up just above the freezing mark. We’ll keep you updated on what’s in store for us weather-wise over the next few days as new forecasts roll in.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP laid a number of charges during a two-week campaign where they put the focus on drivers who don’t obey the law at crosswalks. From March 23rd to April 8th … officers charged 10 motorists for failing to yield to pedestrians and police say that even though the safety initiative has wrapped up officers will continue to watch for those who don’t follow the rules of the road when it comes to pedestrians. Police want to remind drivers that laws changed in 2016 and now vehicles must yield the right of way to pedestrians as they cross the entire roadway.
A Petawawa man is now facing stunt driving charges and had his licence suspended and vehicle impounded after police caught him going more than 140 km/h on Highway 17 near Bruce Street in Horton Township. On March 31st … just after 5 p.m. … officers nailed the 41-year-old after his black pickup truck was picked up on radar going more than 50 km/h above the posted speed limit of 90. The man was issued a summons for traffic court in Renfrew.
Property owners in Carleton Place will soon need to pay closer attention to fire hydrants located on privately owned plots of land. Of the 450 fire hydrants in Carleton Place … 38 are privately owned and are not the responsibility of the municipality when it comes to their maintenance. According to the Ontario Fire Code, property owners are required to maintain all fire protection tools and equipment on their property as well as keep a record of maintenance which can be requested by the Fire Department during routine inspections. To make sure property owners are aware of their responsibilities town staff will be sending an informational letter to all owners of private fire hydrants
Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations and every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. So if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life … your next opportunity is next Tuesday in Pembroke. On April 17 there is a clinic at the Germania Club from 1 to 4 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Drop-ins are always accepted but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Carleton Place Junior Canadians are now in a must-win situation to keep their CCHL-2 season alive as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Casselman Vikings last night and now trail their best-of-seven championship series 3-1. Cassleman scored twice in the final five minutes including an empty netter to grab Game 4 after Carleton Place’s Brad Richardson tied the game midway through the third period. Jacob Lavergne stopped 26 shots for the Junior Canadians but took the loss. Game 5 of the series goes tonight in Casselman at 8 o’clock.
AND … The top two teams in the CCHL’s regular season will meet in the finals as the Carleton Place Canadians will meet the Ottawa Junior Senators for the league championship. Carleton Place swept Hawkesbury in their semi-final series but it took the Jr Sens seven games to bounce the Brockville Braves … and earn a berth in the finals. They capped off that series with a 5-1 win last night. We’ll bring you the schedule as soon as it’s available.