The Ottawa Valley remains under a Special Weather Statement … as the snow continues to fall across the region. By the time it wraps up later tonight as much as 15 centimetres should be on the ground. Gusting winds are also expected late this afternoon and into this evening making driving conditions difficult as plows will be out in full force trying to clean highways, roads parking lots and driveways. And it’s not only the blowing snow the mercury will continue to dip as tonight we’ll hit a low of minus-17 and the windchill will make it feel more like minus-29. Winter has arrived, folks!
The Killaloe OPP are looking into the theft of two hunting dogs in the Upper Valley. On December 5th police were called to the Hyland Creek area in the Township of Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan. A man had posted an ad on social media … saying his two beagles were missing. Then he received word that the dog collars had been found in the Renfrew area. That’s when he called the OPP to report they’d been stolen. The dogs have not been located but if you have information you are asked to call police. As well, the notice about the missing beagles has been shared more than 750 times on Facebook … and you can find it on the Valley Heritage Radio Facebook page.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP are looking for the public’s help in solving a theft in Petawawa. Sometime between November 11th and 22nd … someone stole a 14-foot Legend aluminum fishing boat and a 1977 Suzuki 90-cc trail bike from a property on Doran Road. The boat is silver in colour and has a green stripe. The dirt bike is yellow in colour. If you have any information … you are asked to contact the OPP or Crime Stoppers.
‘Tis the season for giving. So … if you’re a blood donor and want to give the Gift of Life … you can do so next Tuesday at a clinic in Pembroke. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation … you can do so December 19th from 1 to 4 and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Germania Club. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is always a need for donations in the winter months. Drop-ins are accepted at the Pembroke clinic but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca. It’s the last clinic in the Valley before Christmas.
AND IN SPORTS …
For the fourth week in a row … the Carleton Place Canadians … are the number one ranked Junior A hockey team in the country. The Canadians have been on top of the CCHL all season with only two regulation losses in 37 games and they are riding an impressive streak. Carleton Place hasn’t lost a game in regulation since September 29th reeling off 23 wins and two shootout losses. They now hold an eight-point lead in the league standings over the Ottawa Jr Senators the only other CCHL team ranked in the national top-20. The Jr Sens are down two spots this week … checking in at #7 in Canada.
In high school sports yesterday … Jeanne-Lajoie topped RCI 50-46 in overtime in senior boys’ basketball. Arnprior beat Valour 68-42 with Justin Smith leading the ADHS attack with 15 points and Zeljion Eyre throwing down 33 for Valour. And still with senior hoops Gavin Lauderdale’s 16 points led Fellowes to a 79-48 win over Bishop Smith.
In junior basketball Carter Sammon and Jack Stewart each hit for 20 points in leading RCI to a 69-26 win over Jeanne-Lajoie. And Bishop Smith beat Fellowes 44-31. Andrew Plazek led Bishop Smith with 22 points … while Quaid Nicholson had 10 for Fellowes.
In junior girls volleyball … RCI beat St. Joe’s 3-0 … and in senior action … RCI beat St Joe’s 3-1 … and then St. Joe’s bounced back to beat L’Equinox 3-0. And Mackenzie topped Madawaska Valley 3-0.