Today and tonight … the Town of Arnprior will pay tribute to its long-time recreation director by deeming December 1st “Glenn Arthur Day” in recognition of his 35 years of service to the community. And it will be a bittersweet day for Arthur as one of the ice pads at the Nick Smith Centre will be named the Glenn Arthur Arena. But it’s also the day he will officially retire from the position he’s held since 1982. The 65-year-old has been instrumental in bringing numerous prestigious championships and events to Arnprior through the years and overseeing dedicated staff and volunteers who have helped forge a reputation as being a first-class town with regards to hosting successful events. After the arena naming tonight there will be a party at 6 o’clock in the community hall at the Centre and the public is invited to bring their best wishes.
Two Pembroke men are facing a slew of charges after a homeowner discovered that property had been stolen from a detached garage. According the report, Police were called to the home on the Morning of November 26th after a report that the garage had been broken into sometime during the overnight hours. Several items were stolen including power tools, toys and video equipment. The investigation led police to a residence on an adjacent street, where police located several of the stolen items. Subsequently, two men at the home were arrested and charged. 23-year-old Brandon Aaron LAMOUREUX and 21-year-old Benjamin Dalton LECLAIRE, both of Pembroke, are each charged with Break, Enter and Committing an Indictable Offence, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 and Failure to Comply with Recognizance. LAMOUREUX was held for a bail hearing and remains in custody , LECLAIRE was held for a bail hearing and also remains in custody – his next scheduled court appearance in Pembroke is on December 6th.
And back on November 1st, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Crime Unit, Tactics and Rescue Unit and Community Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a residence on Reynolds Avenue in Pembroke, and as a result, police located and seized several firearms that had been reported stolen from a residence in North Algona-Wilberforce Township in October. Police also seized several types of drugs, ammunition, a chainsaw and several televisions as part of the search.
28-year-old Kyle Robert Lee BELAIRE of Pembroke was charged with three counts of Unauthorized possession of a firearm, Four counts of Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order, three counts of Possession of a firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon obtained by crime, seven counts of Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, three counts of failure to comply with probation order and one count of Possession of a schedule I substance – fentanyl. He was held for a bail hearing and remains in custody until his next court appearance on December 4th.
And some good news….The Valley Manor Long Term Care Home in Barry’s Bay achieved exemplary results from their onsite accreditation Survey and have just earned another 4 year Accreditation as a result of their onsite survey on October 23rd, 24th and 25th. The accreditation of a health care facility is a prestigious achievement , showing commitment to providing safe, high quality healthcare services. In addition, Valley Manor received their Ministry of Health & Long Term Care Resident Quality Inspection, which resulted in zero findings or deficiencies. CEO Trisha Sammon of Valley Manor – said she is proud but not surprised, due to the fact that the Valley Manor team is a dedicated group of professionals, who are knowledgeable in everything that they do, along with having an excellent reputation in the community. You can find out more about the results on the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care public website.
Don’t forget that tomorrow is our annual Holly Jolly Radiothon & Open House here at Valley Heritage Radio as we are partnering with Hospice Renfrew to raise funds for this wonderful organization. The fun starts at 10 o’clock when Art Jamieson takes the mic and works his magic until 2 p.m. and he’ll be looking for you to make donations throughout the day. As well, there will be live music on the Thomas Cavanagh Stage for the four hours and there will be a silent auction going on as well. We hope you can find the time to call in your pledge … or stop by to enjoy the day.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL this weekend … the Pembroke Lumber Kings have a home-and-home series with the Hawkesbury Hawks. Pembroke is in Hawkesbury tonight and are back at the PMC Sunday night for a 7 o’clock puck drop. And the Carleton Place Canadians are also on the road tonight in Brockville to face the Braves then they’re back home Sunday afternoon when Smiths Falls comes to town. That one goes at 3 o’clock.
AND … in the CCHL-2 … there was a flurry of trade activity in the past few days especially in Arnprior … where the Packers have sent some of their top offensive players out of town for cash. Arnprior sent leading scorer Collin Baggio long with Matthew O’Brien and Alex Caparelli to Perth for a Player Development Fee. Then they sent captain Bailey Hein, Brandon English, and Jacob Steege to Renfrew also for a Player Development Fee. Hein and English were 2-3 in team scoring and are back in Renfrew … where both had played previously.
Still with the CCHL-2 … tonight … Casselman is in Renfrew for an 8 o’clock start. Renfrew is home again Saturday night when Alexandria comes to Mat-te-way for a 7:30 puck drop. Also on Saturday, the Whitewater Kings host Perth in Cobden. That one goes at 7. And the new-look Arnprior Packers are home Sunday night as they host Athens at the Nick Smith Centre. Game time is 7:30.