Renfrew County has been asked by the Ontario Plowmen’s Association to consider hosting a future International Plowing Match and Rural Expo and the County is looking towards area farmers to see if anyone would be interested in hosting this major event. What’s needed is 800+ acres of fields to host a tented city of displays, vendors and entertainment, along with an RV park and parking areas. And, of course fields that could be used for the plowing competitions. These fields must be available from late July until the close of the show and cleanup in late September. Property owners would be compensated. If you are interested in hosting or putting together a plan with your neighbours to come up with the suitable acreage, you should contact the County of Renfrew no later than July 6th. The event is being planed for 2020. The last time the County hosted the IPM was 1994 and close to 100,000 visitors attended.
If you live around Calabogie, you may have seen soldiers in your neighbourhood this week. Personnel from Garrison Petawawa have been conducting training in the area, all week, and exercises were expected to wrap up tomorrow. However officials say that training will be extended into Monday morning. Residents may notice military aircraft and vehicles, uniformed military personnel with weapons and hear noises associated with explosives and personal weapons. The military advises that all efforts will be made to ensure that disruption to the community will be at a minimum.
With construction season in full swing, police want you to slow down and proceed with caution when passing through construction zones. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP say that when you are nearing a construction zone, pay attention to the signage and workers. Speeds are normally reduced around, and in, those areas as it is against the Highway Traffic Act not adhere to the stop or caution signs that are held by the workers. Don’t forget speed fines are doubled in construction zones when workers are present. If you are planning a trip and want to know where all the construction is happening you can call 5-1-1…or visit www.ontario.ca/511
AND … scam season is once again in full swing. The OPP report that people are again being contacted … with someone claiming to be from Microsoft … and the person was looking for banking information so the company could send a refund. 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 IN SPORTS …
The Micksburg Twins and Carp split their Greater Ottawa Fastball League doubleheader on Thursday night up in the ‘Burg. In the first game, it was all Carp … as they defeated the Twins 14-1 in five innings. Neil Cooke had the win. Veteran lefty Lenny Burger took the loss with relief from rookie John Enright and Corey Costello. Chris MacFarlane and Matt McNish had homeruns for Carp. The second match saw the Twins walk it off with a 6-5 win in the bottom of the seventh courtesy of a clutch hit from Scott Conroy. Burger picked up the win in this one, in relief of Costello. McNish took the loss. MacFarlane had another homer in this game for Carp.