The special weather statement for our listening area hasn’t changed and it’s going to be a super hot Canada Day long weekend in the Ottawa Valley. And it starts today, as we’re looking at a high of 31 … with the humidex making it feel more like 35. Saturday and Sunday looks to be 35 degrees … but the humidity will make it feel more like 44 or 45. And don’t expect any relief at night either as the lows for the long weekend will be in the mid-20s. The local health units ask you be prepared for this hot weather … by taking advantage of air conditioning to stay cool. And if you must be outside, drink plenty of fluids and stay out of direct sunlight for extended periods.
Speaking of the heat … the Renfrew County S-P-C-A is warning pet owners not to leave their furry friends inside their vehicles. Officials are offering some advice if you see an animal suffering inside a hot car. They’re telling you to contact the S-P-C-A immediately because if you go and smash out the window you’ll be held responsible for the damage caused. The number to call if you see an animal in distress is 310-SPCA or just contact your local police force. Officials recommend you stay with the vehicle and send someone into the store to page the owner.
Still with Canada Day … police will be out in full force this weekend on area roads and waterways making sure people are obeying the law. The OPP launch the Canada Day Long Weekend Aggressive Driving Campaign today … and they’ll be looking for not only those who are impaired … but also speeders … distracted drivers and those not wearing seatbelts. Police say 75 people died in speed-related collisions on Ontario roads last year, a five-year high. And if you’re out in the boat, you also need to be obeying the law as police will be patrolling the waterways all weekend long and will also have an eye in the sky as they’ll be using OPP helicopters to also catch criminals.
There is a new CEO/Chief Librarian in Mississippi Mills as the Public Library Board has announced that Christine Row will take over that role on August 20th. She has been with the Rideau Lakes Public Library since 2005 and had been CEO since 2015. Row says she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work in such a vibrant and creative community. Monica Blackburn will assume the duties of acting CEO until Row begins her new role.
AND … if you are looking for something to do to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday … there are a ton of events going on across our listening area. Visit our website at valleyheritageradio.ca to see what’s happening for Canada Day in your community.
AND IN SPORTS …
Last night was a full slate of games in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League highlighted by a doubleheader between the Kars Aces and the Twins in Micksburg. In the opener, it was a pitchers’ duel with Cory Alkerton getting a 1-0 win over Corey Costello. In the nightcap it was more offense, as they tied 8-8. Costello and Matt McIntyre pitched for the Twins while Luke Severson and Brad Porter went on the hill for the Aces.
In the night’s other games the Ottawa Valley A’s beat Carp 8-7, for their third straight win. Lindsay Medynski had the walkoff single in the bottom of seven … while Ben Broek picked up the win for the A’s in relief of Adam Rueckwald (rick-walled). Matt McNish took the loss for Carp. AND the Quyon Flyers had a big 5-2 win over Stittsville. Dave Hobbs homered for Quyon and Al Read went deep for the 56ers. Matt Greer had the pitching win.
AND … still with fastball … the Ontario Amateur Softball Association bantam boys provincial playdowns are set for this weekend in McNab-Braeside. This tournament will determine the teams that will represent the province at the Nationals in Innerkip, ON in August. Games will be held at McNab Centre Park on Calabogie Road starting this afternoon with opening ceremonies going tonight at 6:30. The final game scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Canada Day. There are 14 teams taking part including the Osgoode Chiefs. Osgoode is made up of players from the Osgoode, Fitzroy and Micksburg areas. Parking is only $5 for the entire weekend. For more information … visit the OASA U16 Bantam Eliminations website