One young man is dead following a crash on Highway 17 in the Upper Ottawa Valley Wednesday afternoon. Around 2 p.m. yesterday, police were called to the highway and B Line Road in Laurentian Valley after a two-vehicle collision between a passenger vehicle and a commercial vehicle. The OPP confirm the driver of the passenger vehicle to be 21-year-old Quinton Donahue of Laurentian Valley who was killed in the crash. The 45-year-old driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries. The investigation into the cause of the collision continues with the assistance of OPP Technical Collision Investigation members.
The Ottawa Valley is once again looking at a Special Weather Statement as Environment Canada says most of our listening area should be prepared for freezing rain on Friday. The weather specialists predict that freezing drizzle will begin in the region early tomorrow afternoon and be gone by late afternoon or early evening as the mercury climbs above the freezing mark. If you’re on the roads at that time of day you need to be aware of potential slippery conditions on not only the highways and rural roads but also on sidewalks, parking lots, driveways and walkways. It’s not a full Freezing Rain Warning at this point – but we’ll keep you posted if the forecast changes.
Work is underway to upgrade a new recreation building in McNab-Braeside and the township is looking for the public’s input on a name for the new centrally located space. Mayor Tom Peckett says the naming process gives residents the opportunity to recognize someone who has done some amazing things for the community. Members of the public are encouraged to submit their ideas for a new name but there are some guidelines that need to be followed that can be found on the township website. And while there you can also find the application for your submissions at www.mcnabbraeside.com. Submission deadline is March 16th … and council will announce the building’s new name in the spring.
The OPP report that an Arnprior resident was contacted last week with someone claiming to be from Microsoft and the person was looking for banking information so the company could send a refund. The person did share some information before realizing it was probably a scam. And in this case, they were lucky there was no loss of money. Police say you need to be aware and always protect yourself if someone is looking for your personal information over the phone. The OPP say always asking yourself this question “If I give out that information, am I putting myself at risk?” If the answer is yes … or you’re not sure … police say … don’t answer their questions.
AND IN SPORTS …
With the CCHL-2 regular season winding down this weekend, the league has announced its first and second-team all-stars and some local players have been recognized for their outstanding performances. Two members of the Carleton Place Jr Canadians … 17-year-old forwards Reece Bolton and Ryland Mosley have made the first team. Bolton is third in goal scoring with 38 and fifth in points with 72 while Mosley an Arnprior native is second in goals with 39 and second in league scoring with 83 points and one Renfrew player, forward Luka Marinic is a second-team all-star. The 19-year-old was injured early but was having a big year and was the league’s leading goal scorer when he was hurt. He finished with 35 goals and 64 points.