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The Ottawa Valley is going to see all kinds of winter weather starting late afternoon and continuing overnight as snow, ice pellets and freezing rain are expected to hit the region and make things an absolute mess. Environment Canada has placed the region under a Freezing Rain Warning as light snow this afternoon will become heavier before changing to ice pellets then what’s expected to be several hours of freezing rain overnight. Roads are expected to become very slick fairly quickly as the forecast is calling for between 5 and 10 cm of snow today and this evening then the freezing rain will hit. It may continue well into Tuesday afternoon, so be extra cautious on icy roads sidewalks and driveways. And travel only if necessary. We’ll keep you up to date on any weather changes.
Mississippi Mills council is giving local property owners who may be affected by proposed changes to the town’s Community Official Plan a chance to ask questions and gather more information at a drop-in session later this month. It’s set for January 30th … from 1 to 8 p.m. … at the Almonte Old Town Hall. And in order to make efficient use of the time the municipality will be scheduling 15-minute appointments for property owners to meet with the planner. They can either be one-on-one or in small groups. If you’d like to book an appointment you need to do so by phone or by dropping into town hall no later than 4 p.m. on January 26th. 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. Updates will also be posted on the Mississippi Mills Facebook page.
The OPP want to remind people to lock it or lose it following the theft of a gym bag from an unlocked vehicle in a driveway on Calabogie Road last week. The Nike bag contained Adidas running shoes and iPod Shuffle a set of Sony headphones and a Pandora bracelet with about 10 charms on it. Police currently have no suspects but want people to lock any parked vehicles … and remove any valuables from sight in order to deter would-be thieves.
Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations and every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. So if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life there is an opportunity to do just that next week in Renfrew. A blood donor clinic is set up for the Renfrew Legion on Tuesday, January 23rd and it will run from 1 to 7 p.m. 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 …
In the CCHL … the league-leading Carleton Place Canadians keep rolling along as they picked up two wins on the weekend beating Smiths Falls 3-1 and downing Navan 5-2. Travis Broughman led the Canadians with two goals and four points in the two games while Michael Leach and Jeremie Forget each picked up a win in net. Carleton Place now leads the CCHL with 84 points six ahead of the Ottawa Jr Senators who also won both of their weekend games including a one-sided 7-2 win over the Pembroke Lumber Kings last night. Jake Brien and Jacob Kamps scored for Pembroke while Noah Maika (mike-ah) and Zachary Cross each added two assists.
In the CCHL-2 … the Whitewater Kings split their weekend games falling 6-4 at home to Westport on Saturday and bouncing back with a big 5-3 in Richmond on Sunday. Peter White led the way with three goals in the two games for Whitewater while Chad Moore had five assists including four against Richmond.
The Renfrew Timberwolves lost both of their games falling 4-3 in overtime to Ottawa West and and 6-2 to Perth. Bailey Hein had three goals and four points in the two games while Andrew McIntyre scored once and chipped in four points.
The Arnprior Packers lost their lone game a 5-4 decision in overtime to Athens. Ty Power scored twice for Arnprior and JP Donnelly stopped 46 shots in the Packers net but took the loss.