Despite the heavy rains over the past few days the Mississippi Valley Low Water Response Team says the local watershed remains at Level 1 Minor Drought status. The rain has brought significant relief to the system but the group believes it will only be a temporary reprieve and residents are advised to continue conserving water whenever possible. It’s recommended that anyone within the Mississippi and Carp River watersheds and anyone on private wells within the City of Ottawa boundary should be cognizant of their water usage. Different towns and townships may have invoked water restrictions so check your municipality’s website for water restriction bylaws. For more water conservation tips visit www.mvc.on.ca.
Police in Arnprior and Renfrew are investigating several recent theft complaints including a number of vehicles that were hit in the overnight hours. Renfrew OPP are encouraging people to remove valuables from their car or truck and reminding everyone to lock their vehicle when it’s not in use. If your vehicle is locked and thieves can’t see anything of value they’ll usually move on. But, police say the recent theft complaints in the two towns didn’t just involve parked vehicles. Liquor bottles were stolen from the LCBO locations in Arnprior and Renfrew and the Dairy Queen sign was also stolen from the Arnprior DQ store sometime overnight on July 15th and 16th. If you have information on any of these crimes you’re asked to call police.
A number of youths in Arnprior were spotted damaging property at the fairgrounds on July 22nd and police were called. OPP officers were told there were six young people who were doing the damage and when they arrived they found and detained two youths who admitted responsibility. The other four youths were identified … and all will be dealt with through the Extra Judicial Measures program. Police encourage anyone who sees anyone committing a crime … to contact the OPP.
AND … it appears that the overwhelming majority of people across the province feel very safe in the communities … thanks to the OPP. Throughout the month of January … the Ontario Provincial Police asked citizens to take part in a Community Satisfaction Survey … to find out what they thought about police services. Overall, the survey revealed that 97.5 per cent of respondents felt ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’ in their communities … and 95.5 per cent felt ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the overall quality of services provided by the OPP. When it comes to highway safety … 62.9% of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the OPP’s enforcement of distracted driving laws.
AND IN SPORTS …
It’s shaping up to be a great weekend for fastball fans in the Ottawa Valley … as the 11th Annual Gil Read Memorial tournament will take place in Carp. Ten teams will be taking part looking for the title in what has become a prestigious event. The local squads include West Carleton Electric … the Ottawa Valley A’s … Goodfellows Fastpich from Kemptville … the Ashton Sluggers … Kanata Pirates … and the Micksburg Twins. Other teams are from Durham … Fenelon Falls … Kingston … and Elkland, Pennsylvania. For full schedule and game times … visit the Gil Read page on Facebook … or better yet … pop by the Carp Fairgrounds to catch all the action.