NEWS – January 3, 2019

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January 3, 2019 at 11:59 am  •  Posted in News by  •  0 Comments

It was a dark and cold night for thousands of Pembroke residents as power to the city was cut last night following a lumber mill fire on Boundary Road. More than 3,000 houses and businesses were without fire from Wednesday evening until early this morning when power was restored just before 6:30 a.m. to the remaining homes. The massive fire at the Lavern Heideman and Sons lumber yard began just after 8 o’clock Wednesday night and fire fighters began battling the blaze only to have heavy winds push the flames deeper into the building. They did manage to keep the fire from spreading to the adjacent lumber yard and buildings. The power outage to the rest of the city occurred when a portion of the building fell on a major hydro transformer and hydro lines. Fire crews were on the scene throughout the night and remained there this morning and are expected most of the day today. No one was injured and investigators are working to find the cause of the blaze.

It seems at least one snowmobiler was super excited about the upcoming season as the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP are reporting the theft of a snow machine from a Pembroke home just before Christmas. Sometime between December 21st and 24th, a red and black 2000 Polaris XC-700 snowmobile was stolen from the yard of a residence on Darcy Street. The sled has Ontario licence ON875050 affixed to the hood. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call the OPP … or Crime Stoppers.

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.

The world of show business lost three members recently with the deaths of two famous singers and an actor. Ray Sawyer, known best as the lead singer of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show died on December 28th at the age of 81 … and on Wednesday, Daryl Dragon, better known as the “Captain” from Captain and Tennille died in Arizona at the age of 76. And Robert Einstein, a writer and comedic actor, best known as bumbling stuntman Super Dave Osborne passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. For many Canadians his role as Super Dave was a highlight of the comedy sketch show Bizarre hosted by John Byner that aired on CTV in the early 1980s. Einstein was 76.

AND IN SPORTS …

Team Canada’s quest for a World Junior championship ended last night with a 2-1 overtime loss to Finland in the quarter-finals of the tournament. The upset sent Canada one of the tournament favourites out of action. But it wasn’t the only upset as Switzerland beat the heavily favoured Swedes 2-0. Now, the semifinals will feature the Swiss, the Finns, the Russians and Team USA.

Though no local teams are in action tonight, both the CCHL and CCHL-2 seasons resume after the Christmas break. All the local squads have a full schedule of games this weekend starting tomorrow night. We’ll have that full rundown of who is playing where as part of tomorrow’s sportscast.

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