A group of five friends from the Ottawa area, including a man from Carleton Place were the winners of the $60-million Lotto Max jackpot last week. Christopher Beazley … along with two men from Gatineau one from Ottawa and one from Embrun all held a share in the winning ticket from the July 13th draw. The group of IT professionals have been playing the lottery as a group for more than 10 years since they formed the close-knit group when they all worked together. Beazley, who calls Carleton Place home says the win is life-changing as his family now has financial freedom along with the time and opportunity to do anything they want. The winning ticket was purchased at Mr. Gas on Innes Road in Orleans.
Dry weather with virtually no rain for the month of July has caused water flows and levels to drop in the Mississippi River watershed and officials say the area is at the threshold for Level 1 Minor Drought status. Although there is some rain in the forecast, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority says the predicted amounts should have minimal impact on the current conditions. Officials are also requesting residents throughout the watershed to reduce their water consumption by 10% in order to help mitigate the impacts of low-water conditions. This includes everyone in the Mississippi and Carp River watersheds … those on municipal water systems, as well as those on private wells. For more on water levels and conservation tips you can visit www.mvc.on.ca
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP along with Renfrew County Crime Stoppers continue to look for witnesses or anyone with information connected to a break and enter and assault from late-March in Laurentian Valley Township. On March 27th police got a call to a home on Round Lake Road after the homeowner came home around 9:30 p.m. and interrupted a B&E in progress. He was assaulted by the suspect and sustained serious injuries. The criminal then stole the victim’s vehicle and fled the scene. The vehicle was recovered a short time later on Round Lake Road. It had been burned. Crime Stoppers says this break, enter and assault remains unsolved and ask for anyone who may have information to come forward. If you have any info … please call 1-800-222-TIPS … that’s 1-800-222-8477.
AND … did you feel the earth move yesterday? Well, if you live in the Pontiac, you many have felt a rumble and a shake yesterday morning around 11:45. Earthquakes Canada is reporting that an earthquake with a 2.8 magnitude hit about 11 kilometres west of Shawville. Reports indicate it was lightly felt in Campbell’s Bay. Did you feel anything? If so, let us know we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call at 613-432-9873 … or 1-888-532-9870.
AND IN SPORTS …
There were two doubleheaders in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League action last night and both ended up being split. In Micksburg, Stittsville beat the Twins 10-6 in the opener while the home team downed the 56ers 8-4 in the second game. Luc D’Entremont got the win in the first game for Stittsville, while Matt McIntyre took the loss. Dan Jessiman belted a grand slam for Stittsville while Jared Steege (stay) homered for the Twins. In the closer, Brendan Hennessy got the win for Micksburg … with Corey Costello coming on in relief. Kyle Olson took the loss. Steege (stay) homered again for the Twins, while Quinton Rook also went deep for Micksburg.
The night’s other double header was in Quyon where the Flyers posted an 11-8 win over West Carleton Electric in the opener. Trevor Lahey got the win on the mound over Steve Cavanagh. Todd Hearty led Quyon with a homer and 5 RBIs … while Chris Costello, Steve Cavanagh and veteran Adam Brown homered for Fitzroy. Reports indicate Brown’s home run has yet to re-enter the atmosphere. In the second game, West Carleton posted a 12-5 win after building a 6-0 lead. Andy Barber went the distance and got the win for the Electric … while Todd Hearty took the loss … but homered to help his own cause. Jeff Cavanagh and Shawn Rebertz homered for Fitzroy, while Trevor Barton scored four runs.