If you’re already tired of winter … then you probably want to cover your ears at this point because the groundhog has emerged from his hole and it looks like we’re in for six more weeks of winter. Wiarton Willie popped up this morning just after 8 o’clock and saw his shadow meaning Ontario residents shouldn’t put their snow shovels and winter clothes away quite yet.
Two Renfrew schools will be getting major overhauls … following a funding announcement from the province this week. St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School building will be totally replaced as a new 21st Century learning space will be built. The School Board will also continue its partnership with Arnprior and District Childcare Services and the new St. Thomas the Apostle site will incorporate space for its existing daycare. And St. Joseph’s High School will see additional classroom spaces built and work in other areas including the cafeteria. This will alleviate overcrowding that has necessitated the use of seven portable classrooms and conversion of the library into extra cafeteria space. No timeline has been set for the construction or renovations.
A recent house fire in Petawawa was directly related to hot ashes being placed inside a green cart so officials want to remind people to be careful with their disposal of wood stove ashes. Even though the ashes may look like they’ve cooled off there is a good chance there are still some burning embers. If this is the case and their thrown away, they could melt green carts … set garbage trucks on fire … and cause significant property damage. Sue McCrae, general manager at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre says to safely dispose of wood ashes you should store them in a metal container until cool. Then they can be placed out with regular garbage and not in your green cart.
Renfrew County Council has named McNab-Braeside Mayor Tom Peckett as deputy warden for 2018. He’ll hold the post until December when the new County Council is sworn-in after this fall’s municipal elections. The main role of the deputy warden will be to represent the County at events, should Warden Jennifer Murphy be unable to attend. It’s quite common that the Warden receives invitations to multiple events across the region as a representative of the County. Peckett said it’s an honour to be selected to serve.
It’s winter carnival season … and as a way to beat the winter blues … the 2018 Braeside carnival is set for this Saturday … February 3rd. The all-day event kicks off with an all-you-can-eat shanty breakfast at 7 a.m. … and is followed by kids’ games and prizes … a show from Little Ray’s Reptiles … public skating … music and many other fun events. The highlight is once again expected to be the men’s cake-baking and silent auction. Admission is free to all the events. For the schedule visit mcnabbraeside.com or valleyheritageradio website
AND IN SPORTS …
Two old rivals meet in CCHL action tonight … as the Pembroke Lumber Kings travel to Carleton Place to face the nation’s #1 ranked team in the Canadians. Puck drop in this one goes at 7:45. Both are back in action again Sunday afternoon … as Carleton Place hosts Cornwall … and the Lumber Kings welcome the Cornwall Colts to town. Both games get underway at 3 p.m.
In the CCHL-2 this weekend … the Arnprior Packers are home tonight … hosting Richmond at 8 o’clock … while Renfrew is on the road tonight … in Alexandria to face the Glens. On Saturday night … the Whitewater Kings host Westport. Game time at the Cobden arena is 7 o’clock. And the Kings are back in action Sunday night … heading to Winchester to face the Hawks.