A Laurentian Valley Township woman has died following a fire late last week. Darlene Hartwick … age 73 … was pronounced dead after her body was found in a garage that burned on Round Lake Road. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP say that a joint investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal and police concluded that the death was accidental and foul play is not suspected. Officials say the work of the Laurentian Valley Fire Department with assistance from the Petawawa Fire Department kept the blaze from reaching neighbouring homes.
Renfrew OPP are looking for whoever is responsible for six separate break and enters in town last week. Police say all were daytime break-ins where with a door was forced open … a window broken … or a spare key found and used to enter the homes. Among the property stolen was cash … jewelry … a laptop computer … a PlayStation 4 and several PlayStation games … a Samsung tablet … a Netherlands 10-guilder coin … and a bottle of St. Remy brandy. If you have any information on any of these B&Es or see someone suspicious in your neighbourhood, you are asked to contact police.
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority hit a milestone recently in their ongoing efforts to protect the environment. On June 26th the organization celebrated the planting of their six millionth tree as it was among the more than 275,000 seedlings planted this spring across the watershed. To celebrate the achievement, a ceremonial tree dedication was held at the Authority’s Perth Wildlife Reserve. The group wants to thank the many community-minded partners who have helped raise more than $5.7-million to support tree planting initiatives since 1983 … including Carleton Refrigeration … the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority … and the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation. This money has helped reforest almost 27 square kilometres of land in the region.
AND … If you live in the Petawawa area … and are a blood donor … there is a clinic set for today at the Civic Centre. If you want to roll up your sleeve … you can do so from 1 to 4 p.m. … and again from 5:30 to 7:30. AND … there is another clinic in the Valley this week … set for Carleton Place on Thursday. That one runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St James Anglican Church. AND … next week … Renfrew residents will have a chance to donate … with a clinic set for Thursday, July 19th from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Bonnechere Manor. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or calling 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
A number of local hockey players have been invited to attend NHL summer development camps … and on that list are former Carleton Place Canadians … and Pembroke Lumber Kings. Those with Carleton Place ties include Tim Theocharidis who will be at the Columbus Blue Jackets camp … Colton Point with the Dallas Stars … Andrew Sturtz with the Senators … Brett Murray with the Buffalo Sabres … and Stephen Baylis with the Boston Bruins. Former Lumber Kings Matthew Barnaby and Gabe Mollot-Hill will be at Toronto and Montreal camps respectively.
AND … There are six games on the Greater Ottawa Fastball League schedule this week … including a pair of double headers. Everything kicks off tomorrow night … when West Carleton Electric is in Manotick to face Carp in a double header … with the opener set for 7 o’clock. Also tomorrow … Stittsville hosts Kars. On Thursday … the Micksburg Twins are in Carp to play two … as they face the Ottawa Valley A’s in the opener at 7 … and then take on Kemptville at 9. The night’s other game has Kars in Quyon to face the Flyers. That one goes at 8 o’clock.