The Renfrew OPP are looking for any witnesses who may have seen an incident of road rage last week … when one driver pulled a knife on another driver on O’Brien Road in Renfrew. Just after 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 8th police were called to the intersection near Tim Hortons … and eventually followed the two vehicles involved down the road to the Canadian Tire parking lot … where they arrested 32-year-old Dion Cruise. He’s since been charged with dangerous driving possession of a dangerous weapon … uttering threats … possession of cocaine … marijuana … OxyContin … and amphetamines. He also has a charge of possession with intent to traffic as well as a separate charge for having illegal cigarettes. He’ll be back in court on May 2nd. Police ask that if you witnessed this incident or have any information on this case to please call the Renfrew OPP.
If you’ve ever attended McNab Public School you are invited to an Open House this weekend in celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary. There’s an open invitation to all former students and staff to visit the school and share memories with people you may not have seen in years. The special event will run on Saturday … from 1 to 4 p.m. … and if you’re a McNab alum … you are invited and you’re also asked to share the information with anyone else connected to the school.
Looking at the forecast with daytime highs expected to hit the mid-teens this week it certainly looks like spring has sprung in the region. And with that comes melting snow and higher water levels across the Valley. The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority says that peak flows on the main branch of the Mississippi River should occur within the next two weeks while smaller creeks and tributaries such as the Clyde … Fall … and Indian rivers are likely to stabilize this weekend and early next week. Flows along the Carp River are expected to peak this weekend and drop steadily through the early part of next week. Officials say average or slightly below average spring flooding is predicted at this time and if you live in an area traditionally prone to flooding should keep an eye on waters in their area. The Authority also wants to remind people to be careful around all bodies of water as banks along rivers and creeks are very slippery. Please keep your kids and pets away from all bodies of water.
AND … another sure sign of spring is Valley Heritage Radio’s annual Radiothon … which kicks off this Sunday with a pancake breakfast at the Eganville Legion. The week-long fundraising campaign will include live music at the station on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and our volunteers and staff will be Out & About at a number of locations across the Valley and the Pontiac all week. The week wraps up on Sunday the 29th with our annual RoundUp Dance at the Armouries in Renfrew. For more details on how you can take part, check out our website or Facebook page and keep listening to 98-7. From all of us here at the station we thank you for your continued support.
AND IN SPORTS …
The CCHL finals continue this weekend as two of the nation’s top-ranked Jr A teams battle to see who’ll hoist the league’s championship banner. The Ottawa Junior Senators lead the best-of-seven series 3 games to 1 with Game 5 set for Saturday night in Carleton Place. Ottawa won the first three games but Carleton Place came up big with a 2-1 win in Game 4 to keep their hopes for a fifth straight title alive. Saturday’s game gets underway at 7:45 and if Game 6 is needed it will be in Ottawa on Sunday night at 7:30.
AND … in the NHL playoffs tonight … there are three games as Pittsburgh and Philly meet at 7 o’clock … with the Penguins hoping to lock up that series. Winnipeg can bounce Minnesota from the playoffs with a win tonight and Nashville can eliminate Colorado with a victory. The Winnipeg game goes at 7:30 while the Preds and Avalanche get going at 9:30.