The dates have now been set for three nomination meetings in the Ottawa Valley as Conservative Party faithful in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke will pick their candidate for the next federal election. For the first time in almost 20 years the nomination will be contested as sitting MP Cheryl Gallant is being challenged by candidate Michael Coates. The three meetings are in two days … with the first being February 24th beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wing in Renfrew. Later that afternoon there will be a meeting at the Opeongo Seniors Centre in Barry’s Bay and that one gets underway at 3:30. Then on February 25th … the final meeting is at the Legion in Pembroke. That one starts at 12 noon.
Over the past week officers from the Killaloe OPP detachment responded to six calls of animal-related collisions on Upper Ottawa Valley roads. Police know first-hand that collisions with wildlife … in particular deer can result in not only serious damage to vehicles but also cause personal injury or death. That’s why they’re asking motorists to be vigilant during the morning and evening commutes as that’s when wildlife are more active. Police also remind people to slow down and be aware of deer crossing signs while always scanning the road … ditch … and shoulder. And one of the biggest things to be aware of deer seldom run along … so if you see one … there may be others close by.
If you are a blood donor … and want to give the Gift of Life you can do so next tomorrow at a blood donor clinic in Pembroke. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation … you can do so February 13th … from 1 to 4 p.m. … and again from 5:30 to 7:30 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
AND IN SPORTS …
In CCHL action on the weekend … the Carleton Place Canadians continue to be the hottest team in the league … as they won both of their games … downing Navan 5-3 … and beating Kemptville 6-2. Samuel Knoblauch (nob-lock) and Travis Broughman (bro-man) each scored twice for the Canadians against Navan … while Brett Thorne had a pair against Kemptville. Jeremie Forget and Michael Leach each had a win in goal for Carleton Place.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings split their weekend games falling 6-4 to Brockville and bouncing back with a 5-4 come-from-behind last-minute win against Navan last night. Matthew Barnaby scored for the Pembroke with 1:31 left in the game to tie things up, then 44 seconds late,r Noah Rowland scored the winner for the Lumber Kings. Peter Falivena had three assists and Darian MacTavish picked up the win in goal for Pembroke. Against Brockville … Malcolm Arseneau scored twice for the Lumber Kings.
in the CCHL-2 … the weekend wasn’t kind to the local teams as the Arnprior Packers and Renfrew Timberwolves were both shutout on Friday. The Packers lost 6-0 to Perth and Renfrew fell 7-0 to Westport. Renfrew didn’t fare much better on Sunday night dropping an 8-3 decision to Carleton Place. Jacob Steege (stay) … Bailey Hein … and Zach Moran found the net for the ‘Wolves.
The only bright spot for the local teams was a big 4-1 win by the Whitewater Kings on Saturday night as they downed Winchester. Jacob McIntyre led the way with a goal and two assists while Kevin Proulx stopped 31 shots and earned the win.