An Upper Ottawa Valley man has been killed in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 60. On Saturday night, just after 11:30, Killaloe OPP were called to the scene after a westbound pickup truck lost control and rolled over on the highway west of Harrington Road. The driver 55-year-old Steve Reid of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards Township was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle. Highway 60 between Round Lake Road and Mask Road was closed for a number of hours. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is strongly urging residents to stay off all ice-covered water bodies at this time even though the mercury has been well below zero the past few days and nights. The warning is because of the recent mild weather that brought with it rain and a great deal of snow melt, meaning that area lakes … rivers … and creeks could be unstable. The organization does not monitor ice thickness but says it will take more very cold weather before they would be comfortable that water bodies could safely support any type of recreational activity. The MVCA also asks parents to remind kids about the dangers of playing on or near ice-covered surfaces.
Renfrew County Warden Jennifer Murphy now has some more responsibility in addition to her role as head of County Council as she has been elected to the position of vice-chair for the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus. She accepted the role at the organization’s general meeting in Kingston last week at the same time Westport Mayor Robin Jones was elected as the Chair. The E-O-W-C works to support and advocate on behalf of the property taxpayers across rural Eastern Ontario from Cobourg to the Quebec border. In all … it covers 45,000 square kilometres and serves 750,000 residents.
Following the closure of a number of community newspapers across the Ottawa area … including papers in West Carleton … Kanata … and Stittsville … the Metroland Media printing plant in Smiths Falls has also taken a hit. It was announced on the weekend the media group has cut 79 printing and distribution jobs at their production facility as the number of newspapers produced and assembled at the plant was drastically reduced after the closures. Those papers that are now out of print as of January 5th accounted for more than half of the production at the Lorne Street plant. Most of the positions eliminated were shiftwork minimum wage positions.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL … the Pembroke Lumber Kings came up with a pair of big wins on the weekend … beating Kanata 4-2 … and trouncing Kemptville 8-2 on Sunday night. Peter Falivena led the way last night with a hat-trick … and also scored once Saturday … for four goals in two games. Matthew Barnaby was the top scorer against Kanata … potting a pair. Jake Smith was between the pipes in both games … turning aside 34 shots against Kanata … and stopping 29 to pick up the win over Kemptville.
Still with the CCHL … the first-place Carleton Place Canadians had a pair of overtime games this weekend … losing 2-1 to Hawkesbury in the extra frame … then got an overtime goal from Keenan Reynolds on Sunday afternoon in a 4-3 win over Kanata. Reynolds had two goals against the Lasers … while Nick Pryce scored the lone Canadians goal against Hawkesbury.
In the CCHL-2 … two of the local teams picked up weekend wins. Arnprior got a pair of goals from Ryan Rivard last night in a 4-1 win against Embrun while Dylan Kuehl scored the winner on Saturday night as the Whitewater Kings beat Casselman 3-1. In their lone game this weekend, the Renfrew Timberwolves fell 4-1 to Westport. Brad Benvenuti scored the lone Renfrew goal in that one.