It seems like a daily occurrence across the region early in 2018 as Environment Canada has issued another Special Weather Statement for the Ottawa Valley. But this one isn’t for frigid weather. Or freezing rain. It’s for rain … as officials want people to be aware that the temperature will climb to 7 degrees above zero today with rain all day. And if you’re on the roads you need to be aware that rain along with melting snow pack may result in water pooling on roads and in low-lying areas. And with a cold front moving in tomorrow the mild spell will come to an abrupt end and rain will change to snow with a risk of freezing rain on Friday. Then the mercury will drop and drop fairly quickly meaning that roads and sidewalks will freeze. So be careful out there as the crazy Canadian weather continues to hit the Valley.
The public meeting set for the end of the month to focus on the proposed Official Plan amendment in Mississippi Mills has been rescheduled to allow for more time in the public consultation process. No new date and time have been set but residents will be notified well in advance of the meeting. Now … on January 30th … the municipality will be conducting drop-in sessions for one-on-one discussions regarding the proposed changes to the Official Plan. These sessions will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Almonte Old Town Hall. A planner will be on site to answer any questions. If you’d like to see a copy of the current proposed Official Plan amendment you can do so at the Mississippi Town Hall municipal building or check it out online at www.mississippimills.ca … under Town Hall … Department … Planning Page.
Police are warning the public of an old phone scam has resurfaced where callers identify themselves as the Canada Revenue Agency. The caller states that the victim owes the government money and that “action” will be taken unless a payment is made immediately. The OPP can confirm that government agencies do not deal with any “owed monies” by phone call or e-mail contact and do not request payment either by prepaid credit cards or gift cards. Officials say the CRA will never threaten arrest or send police. Police say never provide personal, banking, or Social Insurance Number information to any unsolicited calls and never agree to meet any caller. And you need to be aware that scammers can be extremely assertive and aggressive attempting to get this information. Police say the best advice is, “Hang up the phone, hang on to your money.”
There is a clinic set for tomorrow at St James Anglican Church in Carleton Place. If you want to roll up your sleeve … you can do so from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
It was a roller coaster of a night last night for the Pembroke Lumber Kings and it ended with a heartbreaking overtime loss in Kemptville. The Lumber Kings fell behind 4-0 but rallied to tie the game at 4 on a Matthew Barnaby goal with two minutes to play in regulation only to lose it 5-4 in the extra frame. Barnaby scored twice for the Lumber Kings and also added an assist … to lead all scorers with three points. Michael Douglas and Chris Grose also found the net for Pembroke while Darian MacTavish turned aside 27 shots but took the loss.
Pembroke now sits fourth in the Robinson Division with 38 points and 8th overall in the CCHL. The trail Rockland by three points while being chased by Smiths Falls who have 34 points. The other Valley team … the Carleton Place Canadians lead the league with 77 points … 6 clear of the rest of the field.