The Town of Carleton Place will welcome a new CAO in the next few months and it’s someone quite familiar to the area. Diane Smithson is currently the CAO in Mississippi Mills but will take over the top public service job in Carleton Place in March of 2018. She has held her current position since amalgamation in 1998 and has almost 30 years of leadership experience in the municipal sector. Mississippi Mills mayor Shaun McLaughlin says Smithson has been instrumental in the growth of the municipality bringing stability … vision … and leadership. She will be replacing current Carleton Place CAO Paul Knowles who is retiring after 24 years in the position. Her last day will be March 2nd.
The Renfrew OPP have another fraud to report this time a case of identity theft where the victim reported someone had obtained a credit card in their name. The scammer then spent close to $15,000 with the credit card which was obtained through a bank. The bank’s security department is leading the investigation. Police say people need to be aware and protect themselves from identity theft. This includes shredding personal and financial documents before throwing them out. You should also be very wary of unsolicited emails … phone calls … or mail attempting to grab your personal or financial information. And be extra careful sharing too much personal information on social media police advise that you keep that stuff to yourself.
Police are looking for any information related to a pair of recent incidents where two seasonal residences were vandalized in the Township of Greater Madawaska. On December 14th officers responded to a mischief call at a cottage on Barryvale Road where the phone line and other services had been cut and the hydro smart meter was stolen. The phone and other service lines were also cut at a cottage on Macnabb Road. That damage happened between December 5th and 12th. Currently there are no suspects but if you have information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.
AND … If you’re travelling for the holidays or are planning on sunny vacations south this winter the OPP want to remind you about how to protect your home and valuables while you’re away. First and foremost, police ask that you don’t announce your trip or vacation on social media as this could be an invitation to would-be thieves. You should also arrange for someone to look after your home so it appears occupied this could include shoveling the driveway picking up your mail grabbing the newspaper off your front step and putting out your garbage and recycling bins for normal pickup. Also … asking a neighbour to keep an eye on your place is always a good idea as is using timers for your lights TV or radios. The OPP say you should enjoy your trip and be able to relax and by making sure all is OK back home that cuts down on your chances of becoming a victim.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL-2 last night it was one of those games the Whitewater Kings would like to forget. They trailed 5-0 after 10 minutes and eventually fell 9-2 to the Athens Aeros in a scrappy, fight-filled game. Peter White and Andre Simard scored for Whitewater who have now slipped one game below 500 on the season. They’ll look to rebound on Saturday night in a big rivalry game as the Renfrew Timberwolves roll into Cobden for the last game before the Christmas break. Puck drop Saturday night at the Astrolabe Arena is 7 o’clock.
Still with the CCHL-2 … Renfrew hosts Perth tonight at 8 o’clock and Arnprior is on the road in Winchester to face the Hawks.
AND … in the CCHL … tonight marks the final games before the Christmas break and both local teams are in action. The Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road in Rockland while the Carleton Place Canadians are home tonight hosting Kemptville. Game time in that one is 7:45.