Information is still coming in … but Valour School in Petawawa is currently in a hold-and-secure mode while police investigate on online threat made to a student. Just after 8 o’clock this morning … the OPP were notified and a number of buses with elementary school students were rerouted to a secure site were staff members were there to receive the students. The Renfrew County School Board issued an online statement this morning saying that students and staff are safe. Those students at school are not allowed to leave during a hold-and-secure but the school board has said that parents or guardians of students may pick their child up at the school if they attend in person at the main office. We’ll have more details on this story as they become available.
Police are investigating a serious two-vehicle collision that happened in Petawawa on February 23rd. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were called to the crash around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Murphy Road and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Trail A. It involved a motorized snow vehicle and a passenger vehicle with the 24-year-old male driver of the snowmobile being taken to hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the car was no injured. The investigation is ongoing.
The Arnprior Fire Department Water Rescue Team saved a man trapped on an island near Calabogie on Sunday evening. Just after 7 o’clock on February 25th Arnprior Fire Services got the call after a kayaker was stranded on the island and a specialized water rescue was needed. Using a water craft known as a ‘Fortuna’ rescuers brought the man to safety. Firefighters want to take this time to remind everyone that at this time of year and in warmer conditions ice covered water cannot be trusted. Officials say that you should use extreme caution on ice … or near open water.
If you’re an Arnprior resident and want to have some input on where a new rink may be built in town you have until the end of day today to get your comments in. Arnprior 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.
AND IN SPORTS …
The CCHL-2 wildcard playoffs opened last night … and the Renfrew Timberwolves drew first blood in their best-of-three series with the Athens Aeros … with a 5-3 win. Bailey Hein led the way with a pair of goals for Renfrew while Andrew McIntyre, Jack Rouleau and Brayden Zvonarich each added one. Evan Gillan and Connor Noonan each chipped in two assists while Dane Brumm stopped 38 shots and picked up the win. Tonight … Game 2 is in Renfrew with puck drop set for 8 o’clock at Mat-te-way.
In the CCHL tonight … the Pembroke Lumber Kings are in action and it’s going to be a tough one on the road as they’re in Ottawa to face one of the top ranked Junior A teams in the country. The Junior Senators are #5 in Canada and trail only Carleton Place for top spot in the CCHL but the Lumber Kings are riding a high after two wins on the weekend and clinching a playoff spot. Tonight’s game is set for 7:20 at the Jim Durrell Sports Complex.
AND … still with the Lumber Kings, Pembroke forward Connor Warnholtz has been named the league’s Player of the Week as he scored four goals and added an assist in two games. Even more impressive is that he scored a natural hat-trick in a minute and 22 seconds against Brockville on Sunday night.