The numbers from the OPP’s Festive RIDE program show that some drivers still don’t understand the dangers of getting behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs. OPP officers across eastern Ontario conducted more than 2,700 RIDE checks from November 23rd to January 2ndand 97 drivers were charged with impaired by alcohol and eight were charged with drug impairment. Locally, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP conducted 245 RIDE checks and charged six people with alcohol impaired driving and one with drug impaired. The Renfrew OPP held 288 RIDE checks and 12 drivers were charged with alcohol impairment and no on was caught driving on drugs. And the Killaloe OPP held 146 RIDE stops nabbing two drunk drivers. Police want to remind people of the dangers of driving while drinking or while on drugs and even though the RIDE campaign is over, officers will remain on the watch for anyone driving under the influence.
The Ottawa Valley’s two New Year’s babies have come into the world! The first baby of 2019 at Pembroke Regional Hospital was born at 4 minutes after 4 o’clock the morning of January 1st. The baby boy was born to Victoria and Stuart McMahon of Petawawa and he weighed 7 lbs, 12 oz. And the first baby born at Almonte General Hospital is little Eleanor the daughter of Melissa Hartwick and Mack Richard of Arnprior. She said hello to the world at 10:48 a.m. on January 1st just 28 minutes after mom arrived at the hospital. Elanor is a little sister for three-year-old Anthony.
In early December we reported on the theft of a guitar from Bob’s Music in downtown Pembroke and police were looking for the man who stole the instrument. Well, the police have found their man and arrested a 22-year-old male from Pembroke. On December 8th around 4 in the afternoon … Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers were called to the music store … after someone stole an acoustic guitar and fled on foot. When followed by customers the man brandished a weapon and got away. On December 30th police arrested Benjamin Dalton Leclaire and charged him with theft under $5,000 and assault with a weapon. The OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance in the investigation.
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 …
Action resumes this weekend in the CCHL following the Christmas break and the Pembroke Lumber Kings have two games. On Saturday night Pembroke hosts Brockville at 7 o’clock and Kemptville rolls into the PMC on Sunday afternoon for a 3 o’clock start. And the Carleton Place Canadians have one game on the schedule, a Sunday afternoon game against Smiths Falls at the Neelin Street Arena. Game time in that one is 3 o’clock.
AND … things get back into full swing in the CCHL-2 tonight as the Arnprior Packers host the Athens Aeros at the Nick Smith Centre at 7:30. Also tonight Renfrew is on the road in Perth at 7:30. On Saturday the Whitewater Kings have an afternoon game hosting Athens at 1:30 at the Cobden Arena. Also Saturday Renfrew travels to Alexandria. And on Sunday Whitewater is in Athens at 8:30.