The police search for a missing Petawawa man has been called off as officers located the body of male in the Ottawa River Wednesday afternoon. Samuel Christiansen … age 20 … was swimming on June 22nd when he went missing after being caught in a section of the rapids adjacent to Grants Settlement Road in Whitewater Region. He was located in the same vicinity. The search was conducted throughout the weekend with the OPP, members of the military, a police helicopter and eventually the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
The Ottawa Valley remains under a Special Weather Statement … as a massive heatwave will be passing through our listening area this Canada Day long weekend. And officials are asking people to be prepared. Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-30s on Saturday… Sunday … and Monday. But with the humidex factored in … we’re looking 44 to 45 degrees. The nights won’t offer much relief either as the lows are expected to in the mid-20s. Experts aren’t really sure when the heat will break as initial reports say these high temps could be with us until the middle of next week.
The Town of Arnprior will begin a search for a new CAO as Michael Wildman has advised council that he will be retiring in the spring of 2019. Wildman has been Arnprior CAO since 2010 and has overseen significant changes in the town during his tenure. Mayor David Reid said the CAO has been instrumental in Arnprior’s progress and successes and his accomplishments have been significant. Wildman will continue with his duties into 2019 … allowing time for the new council to adjust, following this fall’s upcoming elections. After his retirement from the Town, Wildman will be starting a consultancy specializing in Municipal Government.
Valley Heritage Radio held its 14th Annual General Meeting last night at the station and a crowd of almost 50 members attended to hear the financial statements … ask questions and share comments and elect a new Board of Directors. The 11-member Board was acclaimed and Denzil Ferguson will return for another term as president. Fay Kolpin remains vice-president … Mackie McLaren is back as treasurer … and Anita Schubrink-Delarge returns as secretary. The other members of the Board of Directors are Don Alguire … Mary Fraser … Brian Hebert … Jim Hodgins … Guy Jamieson … Bob Johnston … and Carole Mooney. A special thank you to all those who attended last night’s AGM.
AND IN SPORTS …
West Carleton Electric and the Stittsville 56ers tied at 6 in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in a drizzly game on Wednesday night. Luc D’Entremont went the distance for 56ers while Steve Cavanagh and Andy Barber split pitching duties for West Carleton. Kyle Gourgon homered for Stittsville … while Jeff Cavanagh had two hits, and Alex Boucaud drove in a pair for the Electric.
Tonight, Micksburg hosts Kars for a double header with games at 7 and 9 … while Stittsville is in Quyon to take on the Flyers at 7:30. Also tonight … Carp and the Ottawa Valley A’s square off in Carp at 8.