The family of missing Lanark County man … Norman Benn … is looking for volunteer pilots to search for him from above. With such an immense search area, police helicopter efforts cannot commence until solid leads are verified. In the interim, the family says it is desperate. They are asking that pilots out enjoying the rest of the summer to keep an eye out for an old 1992 red Chevrolet pickup truck, anywhere off the beaten path where ground search efforts may prove difficult. The family says they would be eternally grateful to anyone who helps out. The primary search area is outside of Perth … in Maberly … and westward from there. However, Benn has been missing for a week and the family admits he could be anywhere. If you do see the truck or Benn himself, please contact Lanark OPP at 613-267-2626.
The long weekend is upon us and for many that means travelling area roads and highways. But be warned … police will be out in full force … looking for law-breakers behind the wheel. The OPP along with the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais will be watching for impaired drivers … speeders … distracted drivers … as well as those not wearing seatbelts. Police will be setting up traffic stops and officers with radar guns will be dotted along the side of the road all in an effort to make sure safety comes first for all travellers. And officers will also be patrolling area waterways because rules still apply when you’re in a boat on local lakes and rivers. The idea is that everyone arrives alive.
Still with road travels, don’t forget when you head back to work after this long weekend that kids will also be heading back to school. Police want to remind parents to talk to their children about the rules of the road and they also want motorists to remember that when school buses hit the roads on Tuesday, there’ll be an increase in traffic. There will be not only buses, but cyclists, pedestrians and more vehicles as summer holidays come to a close. The OPP want everyone to be safe … and that means slowing down and being aware of what’s going on around you. Safety should be your number one priority at all times when you’re behind the wheel.
If you’re a fiddle fan … then Pembroke is the place to be this weekend as the 43rd edition of the Pembroke Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Championships opens today. Competitors took to the stage at the Pembroke Memorial Centre this morning and the tunes will continue this afternoon at the PMC … as well as tomorrow … in the lead-up to Saturday night’s finals. If you can’t make it there in person … Valley Heritage Radio will be broadcasting the event live … beginning tomorrow night at 6:45. And the party is already rolling at Fiddle Park, as we’re also broadcasting live from there this afternoon … from 2 right through until 6 o’clock. We hope to see you in Pembroke this weekend!
AND IN SPORTS …
The local junior hockey regular season kicks off this weekend as the CCHL Labour Day Showcase starts things off in Kanata. On Saturday afternoon Pembroke faces Cornwall at 1:45 and Carleton Place locks horns with the Ottawa Junior Senators. That one goes at 4:30. On Sunday, Pembroke and Hawkesbury hook up at 1:45 … while Carleton Place and Nepean battle at 4:30. Then on the holiday Monday, Carleton Place meets Cornwall at 1:45 and Pembroke meets Rockland at 4:30.
if you’re a CFL fan, don’t forget the Ottawa RedBlacks host the Montreal Alouettes at TD Place tonight … with kickoff set for 7:30.