If you’ve been hoping for a white Christmas, you are going to get your wish. According to Environment Canada we’ll get up to 5 centimetres of the white stuff tonight and probably that much again on Tuesday. And along with the snow … the mercury will continue to drop … with daytime highs for the week between -10 … and -14 … and at night … at least on Wednesday and Thursday … it will hit minus-22 degrees. It looks like winter has arrived.
With some snow on the ground … and more on the way … police want to remind drivers the most important thing is to arrive at your destination safe and sound. After the snow late last week,m the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP responded to calls for 19 motor vehicle collisions during the bad weather. With that in mind police say you need to remember three things when travelling through winter weather … you need to stay alert … slow down … and make sure you stay in control. Officers say you always need to keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you … so you can safely stop when needed. Police are also reminding drivers to brush the snow and ice off your car before leaving your driveway … it’s the safe and responsible thing to do … and it’s the law! And … always check the forecast before you head out on the road.
Still with the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP – police across the region continue their Festive RIDE campaign. During the second week of the blitz officers conducted 45 RIDE checks and no impaired driving charges were laid. But one driver was given a three-day licence suspension based on a roadside test. Officers around the area will continue to stop vehicles at RIDE checks looking for drunk or drugged drivers along with any other violations including seatbelts and distracted drivers. The Festive RIDE campaign continues until January 2nd, 2018.
The chair and vice-chair of the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board have been re-elected for another term. Dave Howard will be back for his second term as chair and Andy Brain will return as vice-chair. Both are looking forward to busy and fruitful 2017-18 school year with the chair highlighting the Board’s new religious program which will be expanded into Grade 4 this year. He also pointed out that technology and other innovative teaching and learning methods will be put to use adding that the latest E-Q-A-O results show students are scoring above the provincial average in all categories. Math will also receive a strong focus, said Howard.
If you are a regular user of the Quyon Ferry … it will remain open until at least Wednesday. With winter quickly setting in … the exact day and time of the final run isn’t official yet. But it will continue to run until at least mid-week. For the latest information … visit www.quyonferry.com
AND IN SPORTS …
In CCHL action on the weekend … the league-leading Carleton Place Canadians continued their roll showing why they are the #1 ranked Junior A team in the country. The Canadians beat the Pembroke Lumber Kings 3-1 on Friday and then downed Rockland 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday. Ben Tupker scored the only shootout goal while Jeremie Forget stopped all three shooters he faced as the Canadians hung on for the win. Forget was the game’s first star. James Lister and Sam Allison also scored for Carleton Place on Sunday. Against Pembroke, Forget was once again the game star stopping 24 shots in the 3-1 win. Things didn’t get any better for Pembroke on Sunday as they fell 6-3 to the Ottawa Junior Senators. Connor Warnholtz led the way for Pembroke with a goal and two assists.
The Renfrew Timberwolves split their weekend games … losing 6-5 to Athens in overtime … then downing Winchester 7-5. Luka Marinic had four goals in the two games … while Andrew McIntyre led all Renfrew scorers with two goals and six points.
The Whitewater Kings lost both of their weekend games, falling 5-1 to Char-Lan and 5-3 to Richmond. And the Arnprior Packers did not fare much better losing 4-0 to Alexandria and 6-1 to Westport.