When voters in the Ottawa Valley head to the polls for the next federal election a familiar name will be on the ballot representing the area’s Conservative Party. Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant will once again carry the Conservative colours in the riding after the membership held their vote on the weekend. Gallant who was being challenged for the nomination for the first time in nearly two decades defeated challenger Mike Coates. Votes were held in Renfrew … Barry’s Bay … and Pembroke. Party officials say they won’t be releasing any numbers but said Gallant will once again be on the ballot when voters head to the polls.
There is a new chair of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority as Mississippi Mills’ Duncan Abbott was chosen to fill the position at the group’s recent 50th Annual General Meeting. Abbott a Pakenham Ward councillor was first appointed to the MVCA Board of Directors in 2011 and most recently served as Vice-Chair. He will be replacing outgoing Chair John Karau (cow-roo) from Ottawa. Also at the AGM, Janet Mason from Ottawa was elected vice-chair. The MVCA Board is comprised of 17 representatives from its 11 member municipalities and is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Its mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with neighboring municipalities and the Province of Ontario.
If you’re an Arnprior resident and want to have some input on where a new rink will be built in town you have until the end of day on Wednesday to get your comments into the Town. Arnprior Town Council has supported … in principle … a proposal to build a Community Sens Rink in town limits and two potential sites have been identified on the Algonquin Trail fronting Meehan Street or on the Nick Smith Centre property fronting James Street. The Town says there are pros and cons to each location along with different costs associated with running the facility based on where it’s built. For full details all the numbers and to have your say, you can visit www.arnprior.ca/sens-rink … or pop by Town Hall. If you’re an Arnprior resident, you can take the survey … but you’ll need a PIN number that was sent out in your February tax bill. If you didn’t … please contact Town Hall at 613-623-4231.
It seems weekly there are reports from the OPP about frauds and scams circulating around the Ottawa Valley. Well in an attempt to inform and protect you there will be a presentation and Q&A period with a member of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre coming up in Pembroke. It’s set for this Friday March 2nd at the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre at 42 Renfrew Street. The doors will open at 11:30 with a free lunch at noon and the presentation starting at 12:45. The discussion will hit on mass marketing fraud …identity theft … the romance scam … and other scams … and give you information on how to avoid them. Everyone is welcome and those attending are requested to register with the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre … by calling 613-735-1226.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL the Pembroke Lumber Kings offence was clicking this weekend as Pembroke beat the Kanata Lasers 6-3 at the PMC. Jake Smith stopped 30 shots for Pembroke and picked up the win in goal. Then on Sunday night the Lumber Kings beat the Brockville Braves 6-2 led by a natural hat-trick from Connor Warnholtz who scored three times in one minute and 22 seconds … early in the first period. Barnaby also had a big night with a goal and two assists while Smith turned aside 30 shots for the win.
Still with the CCHL it was a showdown of the league’s top two teams on Sunday and two of the best Jr A teams in the country as the Carleton Place Canadians hosted the Ottawa Jr Senators. And it took overtime to settle this one as Tim Theocardis scored three minutes into the extra period to give the Canadians a 2-1 overtime win. Samuel Knoblauch (nob-lock) also scored for Carleton Place while Jeremie Forget stopped 14 shots and earned the win. Carleton Place won their other weekend game beating Kemptville 4-0 as Forget was unbeatable turning aside 28 shots for the shutout win. Travis Broughman led the way with a pair of goals for the Canadians.
It was the final weekend of the regular season in the CCHL-2 and even though they missed the playoffs the Renfrew Timberwolves finished with a big win over their oldest rivals. On Friday, Renfrew hosted the Arnprior Packers and posted a big 5-3 win. Connor Noonan led the way with a pair of goals while Dane Brumm (broom) picked up the win in the Renfrew net. Then, Renfrew lost an 8-6 decision to Casselman to wrap up the regular season. Russell Denney led the ‘Wolves with two goals.
The season didn’t end well for Arnprior as they not only lost to Renfrew but forfeited a game in Perth then got blown out 10-1 by Alexandria.
The Whitewater Kings wrapped up their first year in the CCHL-2 with a 5-3 loss to Alexandria. Peter White led the Kings with a goal and an assist while Kevin Proulx took the loss in goal.