Ontario is pledging support to upgrade and modernize a sawmill in Killaloe helping to create and maintain 106 jobs and boost economic growth. Ben Hokum and Son Ltd. is one of eastern Ontario’s largest lumber producers and the largest producer of red and white pine in Ontario. Its lumber is used in flooring … framing … paneling … pallets … and crafting material. Through funding from Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund the company will be able to grow its business and increase efficiency by modernizing its infrastructure and purchasing new equipment. This will increase production capacity and competitiveness while ensuring resources are managed sustainably. The project will maintain 101 existing jobs and create five new positions at the mill in Killaloe. Dean Felhaber owner of the mill says that working with the province sets his company up to be a world-class sawmill with the most innovative equipment available. The Province is investing $5.5 million over five years into the sawmill.
Renfrew crop farmer Maynard van der Galien was the only Renfrew County farmer to win in the prestige Hay and Forage Show held in Ottawa this week as part of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show. He placed first in Legume … second in Grass … third in second-cut Alfalfa … and 3rd in mixed legume & grass. Van der Galien has been showing hay in Ottawa for 40 years. The best hay of eastern Ontario is judged in Ottawa and exhibited at the Farm Show and includes entries from 40 counties.
When you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle … be paying attention to the road because the police will be paying attention to you. This week the OPP are looking for distracted drivers for their March Break campaign. They’ll be clamping down on those who are texting or talking, eating or drinking or anything else that takes their focus off the road. So put down the cell phones … or iPods … and don’t be playing with your GPS … laptop … or DVD players. Watch the road … and know the cops are watching you.
AND IN SPORTS …
Arnprior’s John Leslie who is competing at the at the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea is back on the hill later today for the Banked Slalom snowboard event. Leslie finished 7th earlier this week in the snowboard cross event. He goes tonight at 9:30 Eastern Standard Time and you can catch it live online at paralympic.org … or on CBC.
On the ice last night the Pembroke Lumber Kings lost the opener of their CCHL quarter-final series with the Ottawa Junior Senators falling 5-0. Ottawa dominated the second and third periods and outshot Pembroke 46-27. Pembroke goalie Jake Smith who was just named the league’s Player of the Week, stopped 41 shots and was kept busy all night. Game two of the best-of-seven series goes Friday night in Pembroke … at 7:30.
In the CCHL-2 … the Perth Blue Wings got a goal and an assist from Colin Baggio last night as they beat Westport 4-1 to clinch their series. They’ll now play the winner of Carleton Place and Renfrew … with the Junior Canadians leading that series 3-2. Game 6 in that one goes in Renfrew Friday night at 8 o’clock.