March Break is upon us and that not only means students and teachers are getting a break from their classrooms but it also means the OPP are launching their Distracted Driving campaign. Beginning today and running through Sunday police will be clamping down on those who are behind the wheel but aren’t focused on the road. This includes texting or talking on the phone … eating or drinking, personal grooming and those tending to kids in the vehicle. The main focus continues to be on those using electronic devices. It’s against the law to operate these hand-held devices or view screens unrelated to your driving. These include cell phones iPods, GPS, laptops and DVD players. You are permitted to use a device you don’t touch … or hold … while driving … if you have a hands-free function. But you can’t dial … scroll … or type. Basically … if the device causes you to focus on it when driving, then you are driving distracted. Watch the road because the police are watching you.
Still with March Break … the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority wants to remind parents and kids about the dangers of spring water. The milder temperatures have meant there are dangerous situations arising around deteriorating ice conditions and faster flowing water. Children should never be left unsupervised while they’re playing near a body of water and this includes not only shorelines but also culverts, ditches, and dams. Ice and snow remain on the ground … and footing may not be the best … so authorities say it’s better to be safe than sorry. For more … visit www.mvc.on.ca
On March the 6th…a search warrant was carried out by police at a residence in Pembroke. Cops made several arrests and seized 6 pounds of pot, some methamphetamine, a cell phone and cash. Forty-five-year old Jason Bergeron of Pembroke has been charged with possession of a schedule 1 and 2 substance. Brett Christink, age 22 of Pembroke is looking at the same charges as is 19-year-old Dylan Poole of Pembroke and 26-year-old Jordan Cecil Wood of Whitewater Region. Forty-five-year-old Michael Christink of Pembroke has been charged with Possession of a Schedule I Substance … and Possession of a Schedule II substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. Paul Christink … age 42 … also of Pembroke … faces the same charges. All will be appearing in Pembroke court May 8th.
Canadian Blood Services has issued an urgent call for Canadians to give blood. They need 2,700 donors in eastern Ontario to book an appointment and give blood by March 31st. So … if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life … there are two opportunities around the Ottawa Valley this week. The first blood donor clinic is tomorrow March 13th at Garrison Petawawa … from 1 to 4 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Then on Wednesday … March 14th … there is a clinic at the St. John Chrysostom (krizz-awe-stum) Parish Hall in Arnprior … where you have a chance to donate from 1:30 to 4 o’clock … and from 5 to 7:30. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
Arnprior’s John Leslie has finished in 7th place at the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Koreain the snowboard cross event. The Arnprior District High School graduate who lives and trains in Whistler, BC … also finished 7th during the Sochi Games four years ago. Today he posted a time of almost one minute flat just under three seconds off a podium finish. Leslie will also compete in the banked slalom event which goes on Friday.
In the CCHL this weekend … the regular season wrapped upand the Pembroke Lumber Kings split their final two games on the schedule beating Kemptville 2-1 in overtime on Friday and falling 3-2 to Rockland also in overtime. On Friday Kemptville led 1-0 for most of the game but with only 17 seconds left in regulation Zachary Cross scored to tie the game and then Jarrad Vroman found the net just over a minute into the extra period … to give the Lumber Kings the win. Jake Smith stopped 27 shots for the win. On Sunday Casey Rhodes scored midway through the third period to tie things at two but Pembroke wound up losing 3-2 in extra time. Brendan Browne also scored for the Lumber Kings while Jake Smith stopped 31 shots but took the loss.
Pembroke will now face the Ottawa Junior Senators in the open round. We’ll bring you dates and times of that series when they’re available.
Still with the CCHL … the first-place Carleton Place Canadians wrapped things up with a 12-2 win over Navan. Samuel Knoblauch led the way with two goals and seven points while Tim Theocardis who was also recently named the league’s Top Defenseman, had five assists.
Carleton Place will now face Rockland in the first round of the playoffs. That one starts Friday in Carleton Place.
AND … in the CCHL-2 … the Carleton Place Junior Canadians came up with two big wins on the weekend and now lead the Renfrew Timberwolves three games to one in their best-of-seven quarter-final series. Arnprior native Ryland Mosley scored four goals on Friday as the Junior Canadians ran away with a 10-3 decision. Andrew McIntyre Isaac Perreault and Luka Marinic replied for Renfrew.
On Sunday, Carleton Place posted a 6-2 win. Cameron Patton led the way with a hat-trick for the Junior Canadians while Marinic and Bailey Hein replied for Renfrew.
Game 5 in the series goes Tuesday night in Carleton Place. Puck drop is set for 7:15.