Two long-time Pakenham area doctors are set to retire this summer but two more physicians have joined the Arnprior and District Family Health Team to replace them. Dr. Janice Yau and Dr. Christopher Zadow began their family practices on August 1st and will be the primary care physicians for the patients of the retiring Dr Villis and Dr Kiskis. The two newest doctors will also have hospital privileges at Arnprior Regional Health. But it should be noted, neither will be taking on new patients at this time as their focus during the first year will be on familiarizing themselves with existing patients and continuing to provide primary care. Arnprior will now have 15 family physicians serving the health care needs of the town and the surrounding communities.
A recent act of fraud in Renfrew County has Renfrew OPP seeking an arrest warrant against a male from Renfrew. Police say that On July 31st Police Constable Dave Peace began to investigate the fraud after two victims reported that they had given a deposit to a male – to paint a barn roof – but he never showed up to do the work. The victims made many calls, left messages to no avail. Police say that when they tried to contact the suspect the phone number provided to the victims was disconnected, and the work address didn’t belong to the suspect. Police are warning residents of Renfrew County to educate yourself, your family members and friends about frauds and scams. You can visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca for more information.
And there have been quite a few bear sightings during the past week. Killaloe OPP say that they have responded to eleven reported bear sightings. Nine, were reported in Algonquin Provincial Park, one in North Algona Wilberforce Twp. and one in Madawaska Valley Twp. If you encounter a bear as they are roaming around and checking garbage cans or moving through your back yard or in a tree, then you might want to contact the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 – these are usually non-emergency situations. However, any encounter can be alarming – but if you feel that your situation may involve an immediate threat to personal safety – then call 911.
AND … If you live in the Pembroke area … and are a blood donor … there is a clinic set for today at the Germania Club. If you want to roll up your sleeve … you can do so from 1 to 4 p.m. … and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting triple W dot blood dot ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
Some hockey news to tell you about … as the CCHL-2’s Renfrew Timberwolves have a new head coach and assistant. Tony Lopez will be the bench boss this coming season … and will be joined by assistant Jeff Fitch. Both bring 30 years of experience with the Ottawa Valley Titans … the Ottawa West Golden Knights … and the Smiths Falls U18 program. Valley hockey fans may also recognize the names as Lopez and Fitch were both standout Jr B players for Ottawa West in the late 1980s.
AND … there’s one lone Greater Ottawa Fastball League game on the schedule tonight as the Micksburg Twins head to Fitzroy Harbour to face West Carleton Electric. First pitch at the Community Centre is set for 8 o’clock.