Two Ottawa Valley residents have done what every one of us has dreamed about. They’ve won the lottery. Renfrew’s Tracey Stroud is $250,000 richer after scratching a $20 ticket and winning the top prize in the Instant Mega 7’s. And it was the first time she’d bought one of the Mega 7’s tickets having picked one up at Mac’s Convenience Store on Raglan Street in Renfrew. She said she’ll pay off her mortgage and is looking forward to living debt-free while putting some into savings after … of course … taking a trip to England, Ireland and Scotland.
And still with winning tickets … Almonte’s Robert Graham won $186,464 in the October 21st Lotto 6/49 draw. He picked up his ticket at Your Independent Grocer on McNeely Avenue in Carleton Place.
Three Upper Ottawa Valley residents are now facing charges after being arrested this past week in three unrelated incidents of domestic assault. On the morning of January 14th … the OPP began investigating after a man reported historical assaults while in a romantic relationship with a woman. As a result, a 20-year-old Laurentian Valley Township woman has been charged with three counts of domestic assault. Later that evening, police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a home in Petawawa. A 59-year-old man was arrested and charged with domestic assault and uttering threats. Then, on January 16th, OPP were called to a Pembroke residence after a report of a domestic dispute the night before. A 33-year-old Pembroke man was arrested and charged with domestic assault uttering threats, forcible confinement and breach of probation. In all three incidents … the name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim. Police say that if you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship, help is available. You are urged to contact the Bernadette McCann House 24/7 for support … advice … or the safety of a shelter. The number is 1-800-267-4930. In emergencies for police response call 9-1-1.
If you want to be part of the budget process for Renfrew County … then you are welcome to attend a County Council Budget Workshop Thursday … that’s January 25th … at the Council Chambers in Pembroke. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day. If budget discussions aren’t wrapped up on Thursday … a second meeting will be held Friday beginning at 9. The public is invited to both sessions.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL-2 last night … the Whitewater Kings were in Ottawa to face the Canadians but came up on the losing end of a 5-3 score. Dylan Kuehl and Quinn Vanhoof scored for the Kings who trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes but early in the third, Ottawa took a 4-2 lead. Whitewater’s Brady Egan connected on the powerplay with 6 minutes to go, cutting the lead to just one but Ottawa added an empty netter in the last minute to put the game out of reach. Kuehl and Vanhoof each chipped in three points while Kevin Proulx turned aside 23 shots but took the loss.
Tonight … the Carleton Place Jr Canadians roll into Arnprior to take on the Packers. Game time at the Nick Smith Centre is 8 o’clock and the Renfrew Timberwolves are on the road tonight heading to Brockville to take on the Tikis. Puck drop in that one is also at 8 o’clock.
For more on the CCHL and CCHL-2 … and all things hockey … stay tuned to Valley Heritage Radio this afternoon for Rink Wrap … our hockey talk show. Hosts Geoff Patterson and Adam Noack will bring you up to speed on everything happening on rinks around the Valley and beyond. The show begins right after the 5 o’clock news and runs until 6 p.m. It’s a milestone show tonight … as it’s episode #80. Tonight’s guests will be former Montreal Canadiens forward Sergio Momesso … and Pembroke Lumber Kings assistant coach Ben Reinhardt.