A head-on collision on Combermere Road Saturday afternoon has resulted in the death of a 52-year-old Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards Township woman. Susan Weare was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash which happened just after 3 p.m. on January 6th … just north of Rubyville Road. Police say a 67-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man were also in the collision and were taken to hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. Combermere Road was closed for several hours as OPP investigators were on scene. Police say the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
First it was the frigid weather. Now the snow. And later this week above seasonal temperatures and maybe some rain. Yes, 2018 has certainly brought a mixed bag of weather for the Ottawa Valley and a number of Special Weather Statements … including today … as Environment Canada says snow and blowing snow will continue until after midnight. And that means upwards of 10 centimeters will be on the ground when the skies clear tonight. So be careful on the roads … as crews clean up the first snowfall of the new year. But good news in the forecast as over the next two weeks our daytime highs will be average or way above average with some snow. But the cold snaps seems to be behind us.
Gas prices across the region remain high but that’s no reason to steal your gas. But the Renfrew OPP are reporting two incidents of people pumping and leaving without paying. On December 28th just before 1 a.m. a man pumped almost $30 worth of fuel into a gas can and then ran off. This happened at the Shell gas station on Daniel Street South in Arnprior. And then in Renfrew the driver of a black Hyundai SUV put gas in the tank and drove away, making no attempt to pay. But they did attempt to obscure their licence plates. Both investigations are ongoing.
There are three blood donor clinics across the Ottawa Valley this week … and you can give the Gift of Life. The first is Tuesday at Garrison Petawawa … from 1 to 4 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Then on Wednesday … there is a clinic at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior … where you have a chance to donate from 1:30 to 4 o’clock … and from 5 to 7:30. And on Friday … there is a blood donor clinic at St James Anglican Church in Carleton Place from 4:30 to 8:30 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 CCHL action on the weekend the Ottawa Junior Senators picked up a big 2-1 win over the Carleton Place Canadians in a battle of the league’s top two teams. The Canadians bounced back the next day though … with a big 5-3 win over Brockville. And the Pembroke Lumber Kings won their lone weekend game downing Smiths Falls 4-2 on Sunday night at the PMC. Brendan Browne had a pair of third-period goals to break the tie and assisted on Noah Rowland’s game winner. Jake Smith stopped 29 shots and earned the win.
Carleton Place Canadians alum Colton Point has earned another major award as he was a member of Team Canada’s winning squad at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York. The North Bay native had one start in goal in the tournament posting a 6-0 shutout against Slovakia in the round robin. Point backstopped Carleton Place to the Bogart and Fred Page cups in 2016. He’s currently playing at Colgate University and is a fifth-round pick of the NHL’s Dallas Stars.
In the CCHL-2 on the weekend the Renfrew Timberwolves split their two games losing 4-3 to Embrun and bouncing back with a 4-2 win over Carleton Place. And in a battle of two Valley teams … Whitewater picked up a 4-3 win over Arnprior on Saturday night in Cobden.