If you’re a hunter, then some good news for you when it comes to buying your next licence. It has been announced by the Ontario Government that there will be no increase in the cost of a licence next year and the $2 service fee is being waived. Local MPP and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski said the decision was made to make it easier for Ontarians to enjoy the great outdoors by keeping the fees affordable and he added the freeze will put approximately $1.6 million back into the pockets of the hard-working people of Ontario. In addition to freezing fees, the government has updated hunting regulations to make things better for hunters across the province. These changes include a new Licence Summary that can be stored on a mobile device or printed at home paper tags that replace the old game seals and enhanced hunter reporting. For more information, you can visit ontario.ca
The Lanark County OPP is looking for the public’s help to find whoever is responsible for a recent break, enter and theft in Carleton Place. Sometime between 6 p.m. on January 8th and 8 a.m. the next morning, someone entered an Emily Street property and stole a 2016 Triumph touring motorcycle. Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to either call the OPP or Crime Stoppers.
Police continue to stress the idea of NOT giving out personal or banking information by phone unless you completely trust the person on the other end. This reminder comes on the heels of two fraud complaints received by the Killaloe OPP last week where personal information was shared when it shouldn’t have been handed out. One of the calls involved allowing access to a home computer and old scam that can ultimately cost the victim thousands of dollars. And officers want the community to become ‘Fraud Savvy’ and that also means not replying to spam or banking requests online and making sure you carry only the ID that you need. You should always put important identification documents in a safe place and shred any unneeded documents containing personal information. This is vital because fraudsters don’t need much information to steal your identity and ultimately your hard-earned money. For more information, visit opp.ca or antifraudcentre.ca
If you are a non-profit group or charity serving Lanark County … you may be eligible for funding from the United Way Lanark County. The organization has announced the application process is now open for 2019-2020 and noted that applications must meet the Focus Areas’ priority goals. They include work with children a focus on ending poverty successful aging and building strong neighbourhoods and aspects of mental health in an approach to solving community issues. Community organizations interested in applying should visit unitedwaylanarkcounty.ca and look for the 2019 CFP Information link. The online application portal is now open and applications are due before January 22nd, 2019.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL this weekend two of the league’s top teams meet tonight in Rockland as the Nationals host the Carleton Place Canadians at 7:30. Also tonight the Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road in Kemptville to face the 73’s and they’re back home on Sunday as Smiths Falls rolls into town. Puck drop at the PMC on Sunday is 7 o’clock. And also on Sunday … Carleton Place hosts Kemptville at 3 o’clock.
In the CCHL-2, we have a trade to tell you about as the Renfrew Timberwolves have added some offensive punch to their lineup picking up Artyom Shiman from the Whitewater Kings for Arian Oki and a Player Development Fee. Shiman is the Kings leading scorer this year with 40 points good enough for 10th in league scoring. Renfrew also signed Gabriel Davis a 17-year-old forward who most recently played for Winchester.
Last night the Arnprior Packers were in Casselman and fell 6-2 to the Vikings. Alex Caparelli and Chad Cherry scored for the Packers. The Packers will be back in action tonight in a rivalry game as the Renfrew Timberwolves head down Highway 17 to Arnprior. Game time tonight at the Nick Smith Centre is 7:30. On Saturday the Whitewater Kings are in Athens and Renfrew is in Carleton Place. And on Sunday Whitewater is in Arnprior for a 1:30 start.