An Arnprior man was given a slap on the wrist after being found guilty of torturing and killing a snapping turtle. Brandon Ekholm was given one-year probation was ordered to pay $1,000 to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre near Peterborough and will have to perform 60 hours of community service. In June of 2017… a passerby spotted the turtle near Calabogie Lake and called a conservation officer to say a piece of metal had be driven through the shell of the helpless animal. It later died as a result of its injuries. Concerned citizens voiced their outrage on social media saying the punishment was too lenient. Ekholm pleaded guilty to hunting a snapping turtle. Officials say the case was solved largely thanks to the help of the Calabogie community.
As Mississippi Mills looks to make changes to its Community Official Plan the consultation process with area residents continues this week with a series of Open Houses touching on a number of topics. The first will be in Clayton on Tuesday at the Community Centre and the focus will be on rural areas and hamlets and the natural heritage systems and environmental polices. On Wednesday the open house looking at agricultural policies will be in Pakenham at the Stewart Community Centre. And on Thursday a general Q&A session will take place at the Almonte Community Centre. All of the sessions run from 6 to 9 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. You can find more information online at mississippimills.ca
The four newest members of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame have been announced … and they are Harry Adrain … Doug Champagne … the late Tom T. Hill … and Bob Taillefer. The annual Awards Show and Induction Ceremonies will take place on Sunday, September 30th at at Centrepointe Theatre. This’ll be your chance to be entertained by more than 20 of the best artists and musicians the Ottawa Valley has to offer and your chance to meet and mingle with the inductees after the show ..along with former inductees and other country artists. Tickets will be available as of May 1st and we’ll bring you more information on that and the show in the weeks ahead.
If you live in the Renfrew area and are a blood donor there is a clinic set for tomorrow at the Legion. If you want to roll up your sleeve you can do so Tuesday from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is a critical need for donations And every 60 seconds someone in Canada needs blood. 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 …
In the CCHL … the season has ended for the Pembroke Lumber Kings as they fell 6-1 to the Ottawa Junior Senators last night in Game 6 of their opening round playoff series. Jarrad Vroman scored the lone Lumber Kings goal last night while Jake Smith stopped 28 shots but took the loss in the Pembroke net.
Still with the CCHL … the top-ranked Carleton Place Canadians are moving on to the second round … after beating Rockland in 5 games. The Canadians clinched the series on Saturday night … blowing out the Nationals 7-2 in the clincher. Tim Theocaridis led the way with a pair of goals for the Canadians while Samuel Knoblauch and Travis Brougham each chipped in two assists. Michael Leach turned aside 25 shots and picked up the win.
We’ll have the schedule for Round 2 once it’s finalized.
AND … in the CCHL-2 semifinals the Perth Blue Wings now trail the Casselman Vikings 3-2 in that series after jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Game 6 is set for Wednesday night in Perth. And in the other semifinal the Ottawa Canadians lead Carleton Place 2 games to 1. Game 4 in that one goes Tuesday night in Ottawa.