As the last week of February opens we have another weather advisory to tell you about. The Ottawa Valley was under a Blowing Snow Advisory this morning and residents are asked to be careful on the roads throughout the day as the mercury continues to take a nose dive with winds gusting up to 80 km/h. With some light flurries mixed in road conditions could be nasty at times. While the winds are expected to diminish tonight, it’ll be cold REALLY cold, hitting minus-20 with a risk of frostbite. And it’ll stay cold on Tuesday with a daytime high of minus-13 and a low of minus-26. On the upside mild temperatures are expected to return later in the week but until then stay bundled up.
The OPP want local residents to know they’re received several calls recently regarding a door-to-door collection scam taking place in the last few days in the Perth area. Residents are reporting a man is knocking on doors saying he’s collecting donations for the Red Cross. The man wears a lanyard with an official looking identification badge and says he can only accept donations via credit card and will not accept cash. He is described as white male with a stocky build in his early 20s. The Canadian Red Cross Central Headquarters in Ottawa was contacted and confirm they are NOT actively collecting donations in the Perth area and also advised they will NEVER request credit card information in person and also NEVER SOLICIT via email which is currently another type of scam being reported. Police are warning people not to provide any type of personal and or credit card information to anyone soliciting via phone … email … or in person.
Still with scams with income tax season right around the corner, the OPP would like to remind the public that the long-standing Canada Revenue Agency scam continues to surface around the region. Police want you to know that the CRA will not call you and demand payment and they will not ask for personal information over the phone that they already have. Never give out personal information such as account numbers … or your SIN number over the phone or through email and always confirm the source of the call. If you have any questions … the OPP advise you to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit the website at www.antifraudcentre.ca for more information.
The method to fill the vacant Deputy Mayor’s position in Mississippi Mills has officially been determined. Last week council approved the option to fill the spot through the appointment process using the Municipal Council Vacancy Appointment Policy. A timeline and more detailed information regarding the appointment process will soon be provided to the public but it’s expected the vacancy will be filled by the end of March. For any updates you are encouraged to check out the Mississippi Mills website. In the interim long-time Councillor Denzil Ferguson has been appointed by his fellow councillors to serve as Deputy Mayor and represent the Town at the County Council level until a replacement is found.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Renfrew Timberwolves made a statement Friday night as they needed a win over Arnprior to make the CCHL-2 playoffs and they did just that. In a big way posting an 8-1 win over the Packers to punch their ticket to the post-season and leave Arnprior on the outside looking in. Brad Richardson led the ‘Wolves with a hat-trick while Andrew McIntyre had a goal and four assists. Ryan Rivard had the lone goal for the Packers. McIntyre had Renfrew’s only goal in their other weekend game a 4-1 loss to Carleton Place.
Still with the CCHL-2 the Whitewater Kings also wrapped up their regular season but missed the playoffs. The Kings beat Embrun 5-4 in overtime … and ended the season with two losses 4-3 to Brockville and 7-4 to Arnprior. Tommy Cahill had four goals against Embrun including the overtime winner. He chipped in a goal and an assist in the Brockville game and had four helpers against the Packers for 10 points in the final three games.
AND … in the CCHL the league’s top two teams met on Sunday afternoon and the Carleton Place Canadians came up with a 2-0 win over Brockville. Alexander Bourhas and Ben Tupker scored for the Canadians while Connor Murphy stopped all 19 shots he faced earning First Star honours. In their other weekend game Carleton Place fell 4-1 to Rockland.
And the Pembroke Lumber Kings came up empty in their two weekend games losing 7-3 to Brockville and getting blown out 9-2 by Smiths Falls last night. William Neault (nolt) had a goal and an assist against the Bears while reigning Player of the Week Jacob Collins had one goal against the Braves.