If you receive a phone call from Stats Canada next week … it’s legitimate … and not a scam. Telephone surveys will be carried out by Statistics Canada from February 19th to the 23rd. Roughly 2,000 households will be contacted on behalf of the County of Renfrew Economic Development Division as they look for feedback on how to improve services in the areas of tourism, outdoor recreation, shopping and employment. The survey is totally voluntary and interviewers from Stats Can will identify themselves to you once they call. For further information on the survey or to verify that it’s legitimate you call 1-855-634-2360.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP have arrested a 44-year-old Pembroke man in connection to the theft of money from another person’s account at an ATM. On January 22nd just before 11 a.m. … a customer was using an ATM in Pembroke and left their card in the machine. The next man in line stepped up continued the transaction and withdrew a significant amount of money from the account. After an investigation … Ronald Earl Biscope was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000. He’ll be in Pembroke Court on March 20th to face the charges.
In the ongoing battle against drugs the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit can now offer Naloxone to police and fire services in the area. The drug reverses overdoses of opioids including Fentanyl. The Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health … Dr. Paula Stewart … shared details of the program with Lanark County councillors saying there’s been a steady increase in opioid emergency hospital visits over the last decade in this area. The overdoses hospitals are seeing mostly involve those aged 25 to 65 plus. Dr. Stewart says overdoses in seniors are increasing because their bodies aren’t able to process opioid medication as well. The kits offered to police and fire services will be of the nasal spray type which are relatively easy to use. Police and fire services will have to arrange for training their employees. Municipal councils must agree to allow their service providers to carry Naloxone with them.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is marking 50 years of conservation this year and they’ll be marking the milestone in many ways. This includes free admission to the Mill of Kintail and the Morris Island Conservation Area this Family Day long weekend. There will also be tours, an open house and Children’s Water Festival throughout the year. There will also be the 50th Annual General Meeting on February 21st at the MVCA office in Carleton Place and the public is welcome to attend. For more information on other celebrations and what the MVCA is all about … you can visit mvc.on.ca.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Renfrew County boys’ high school basketball champions have been crowned and both the junior and senior champs are from Pembroke. In the junior title game played yesterday Bishop Smith came up with a big 48-44 win over Fellowes to win the title two games to none. They won the first game on Tuesday 53-40. Adam Letourneau led the way for Bishop Smith yesterday … hitting for 15 points while Ben Huckabone scored 14 in a losing cause for Fellowes. In the senior championship game Fellowes ran away with a big win over Opeongo for the second straight game clinching the title by a score of 70-38. Logan Mahoney had a hot hand for Fellowes hitting for 23 points to lead all scorers while Sam Christinck had 12 for the Wildcats.
In the CCHL-2 … the Renfrew Timberwolves came up with big win last night beating the Ottawa West Golden Knights 6-5 in a shootout. Renfrew led 5-2 in this one when Bailey Hein scored his second of the night just 16 seconds into the third period but Ottawa West stormed back with three unanswered goals including the game-tying tally in the final two minutes and the game headed into extra time. Overtime settled nothing but Hein and Connor Noonan scored for Renfrew in the shootout while goaltender Dane Brumm stopped both shooters he faced to seal the win. Jack Rouleau also had a big night for Renfrew scoring once and setting up two others.
Still with the CCHL-2 … it’s a busy weekend for the local teams. Tonight, the Whitewater Kings are on the road in Perth while the Arnprior Packers host Brockville at 7:30 and Carleton Place visits Renfrew. Puck drop in that one is 8 o’clock. On Saturday night, Whitewater hosts Carleton Place at 7 o’clock in Cobden and on Sunday Casselman is in Arnprior to take on the Packers. Game time at the Nick Smith Centre Sunday night is 7:30.
The first-place Carleton Place Canadians are on the road tonight in Brockville while the Pembroke Lumber Kings have the night off but will be in action Saturday night taking on Kanata in a neutral-site game at Ma-te-way in Renfrew. That one starts at 7:30. And on Sunday Carleton Place hosts Brockville at 3 o’clock while Pembroke is home to face Smiths Falls. Puck drop Sunday night at the PMC is 7 o’clock.