Students and teachers are back in the classroom today at Valour School in Petawawa after the school was in a hold-and-secure mode yesterday following an alleged threat made on social media. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP say the concern of the potential threat yesterday which was communicated through Facebook to a student has been deemed unsubstantiated at this point in time … and police say there is no known threat to public safety. The OPP first heard of the threat Wednesday morning just before 7:30 and they responded to Valour and began investigating with buses and students diverted to a safe alternate location. It’s business as usual today but the investigation continues.
We hear about frauds and scams every day where people are looking to steal your hard-earned money. If you’re looking for more information on what scams are out there and what you can do to protect yourself from fraudsters then you should consider a trip to Pembroke tomorrow for a session with a member of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. It’ll be held at the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre at 42 Renfrew Street with the doors opening at 11:30 a free lunch at noon and the presentation kicking off at 12:45. Everyone is welcome … and there is no charge.
It feels like spring out there with the mild temperatures and the melting snow but there’s also another sign that spring isn’t that far away potholes. The City of Pembroke has issued a release … asking residents to be patient as crews work to fix the problems created by the change in weather. The recent freezing and thaws along with heavy rain at times means potholes have been popping up across the city. And a real problem happens when water fills up a pothole making it simply look like a puddle on the road. Officials are asking people to slow down when approaching standing water on the road in case a deep hole waits underneath. If you visit the City of Pembroke website there’s a link in the top right corner where you can report any dangerous potholes that need work.
If you know a business leader whether it be an individual or a company that should be recognized for their great work in the community then you should consider nominating them for an Ottawa Valley Tourism Award. Introduced in 2014 and presented annually by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association to participating members they are awarded to people organizations and events that stress the importance of working together for the growth of the region’s tourism industry as well as offering exceptional visitor experiences. To find information and nomination forms you can visit www.ottawavalley.travel. You can put someone’s name forward until March 16th … and the winners will be announced at the OVTA’s Annual General Meeting in Renfrew on Monday, April 30th.
AND IN SPORTS …
Alexandre Ferraton was the hero last night as he scored a goal with seven seconds left to play in the second overtime period as the Renfrew Timberwolves beat the Athens Aeros 4-3 to clinch their CCHL-2 wildcard playoff series. Brandon English also had a big night for Renfrew as he scored twice and assisted on the game-winner while Jack Rouleau found the net for the second straight game. Bailey Hein and Andrew McIntyre each chipped in two assists. Dane Brummmstopped 39 shots for the Timberwolves and picked up the win. Renfrew will now face the Carleton Place Junior Canadians. No dates or times have been scheduled yet but we’ll bring that to you when available.
In the CCHL last night the Pembroke Lumber Kings did what few teams have done this season as they beat the Ottawa Junior Senators the fifth-ranked Junior A team in the country. Pembroke goalie Jake Smith had a huge night turning aside 33 shots for the win while Brendan Browne scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes to play and Connor Warnholtz iced the win with an empty-netter in the final minute to make the final score 4-2. Peter White and Peter Falivena also scored for the Lumber Kings.