With burning bans popping up in townships across the Valley, the Arnprior Fire Department wants to remind everyone to be extra careful when disposing of cigarette butts. Officials say the recent wave of extreme heat and lack of rain has caused very dry conditions and this has increased the potential for fires to start … and for them to grow rapidly. Fire officials say that getting rid of your cigarette butts in planter boxes on or off the side of your deck could lead to a blaze on not only your property but on your neighbours’ properties also. There is no burn ban in effect in the Town of Arnprior but an open air burning permit is mandatory. For more information … visit Arnprior.ca
Everyone wants to be out on the water during the summer months even thieves in the Upper Valley. The Killaloe OPP report that on July 9th just before noon, they received a call about the theft of an outboard motor from a residence on Boyle Lane in the Township of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards. It was a Johnston 15-horsepower. Then … on July 15th … just after 11 a.m. … officers responded to a theft call on Highway 60 in North Algona Wilberforce. This time an aluminum boat and trailer were stolen from the property. Police are reviewing video footage in that incident. Both thefts remain under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Killaloe OPP.
The OPP report that a local resident was recently contacted with someone claiming to be from Microsoft and the person was looking for banking information so the company could send a refund. The person did share some information before realizing it was probably a scam. And in this case they were lucky there was no loss of money. Police say you need to be aware and always protect yourself if someone is looking for your personal information over the phone. The OPP say always asking yourself this question … “If I give out that information, am I putting myself at risk?” If the answer is yes … or you’re not sure … police say … don’t answer their questions.
AND … Blood donors are needed throughout the year but officials say there is a critical need for donations this summer. So … if you’re a regular blood donor … or are considering rolling up your sleeve for the first time there’s a clinic in Renfrew tomorrow afternoon at Bonnechere Manor. You can give the Gift of Life anytime from 1 to 7 p.m. and even though you are free to just drop in Canadian Blood Services recommends you book an appointment … either online at www.blood.ca … or by calling 1-888-2-DONATE. Remember … your donation could save a life.
AND IN SPORTS …
It’s a busy week in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League as there are seven games on the schedule. Tonight, Carp hosts two games in Manotick as Kars is in for a 7 o’clock start and they take on the Ottawa Valley A’s at 9. On Thursday the Quyon Flyers host the West Carleton Electric for a pair and Stittsville is in Micksburg for a double-header with the Twins. The openers in both get underway at 7 o’clock. And the week’s other game sees the Ottawa Valley A’s hosting the affiliate team from Kemptville in Carp. First pitch in that one is at 8:30.
AND … still with fastball … West Carleton Electric will be competing at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association 40+ Masters provincial tournament in Cambridge this coming weekend. There are five teams taking part … and the local team will have seven roster regulars from the West Carleton Greater Ottawa Fastball League squad … with some additions from other league teams.