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 to ensure all patients continue to have access to the blood and blood products they need. So if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life … you can do so this week … at the Carleton Place Civitan Club. This one will be held Thursday … March 8th … from 2 to 8 p.m. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
Legitimate salespeople still go door-to-door … but so do scam artists. There has recently been door-to-door sales activity in Pembroke with salespeople selling water filtration systems. The salespeople are falsely advising residents that the City of Pembroke water is not safe to drink. The Mayor of Pembroke says that residents can rest assured that there are no problems and the water is safe to consume. The City of Pembroke wishes to remind people that they are not required to allow access to their homes to anyone. There are no problems with the water treatment or distribution system. There is no Provincial Regulation requiring residents to install a water filtration system. If a resident has a concern with their drinking water, they are urged to call Doug Burton, Supervisor Drinking Water Treatment/ Compliance, Quality Management System Representative at 613-735-6821, ext. 1487. AND … if you ask a salesperson to leave, they must do so right away. If you feel unsafe … call police. To reach the Police in a non-emergency, residents are advised to call 1-888-310-1122.
Another set back with the rehabilitation of the Central Bridge in Carleton Place – now The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund has denied the town’s funding application for the project. Councillors in Carleton Place are surprised by the decision to deny funding for such a vital project. What does this mean, well In its current state, the bridge will need load restrictions that would prevent school buses, fire trucks and snowplows from using it. Earlier this year, it was determined that the bridge needed to be replaced at a cost of four point five million dollars but, based on recent speculation from consultants, the cost could be even higher. Carleton Place mayor Louis Antonakos said – even though they are disappointed with the OCIF’s decision – The project is still a go and the total proposed cost will likely be in the vicinity of what he says they collect from businesses and residents – which is around eight to nine million dollars. He added that the town plans to approach the provincial infrastructure minister, to see if guidance can be provided in terms of funding and finding a way through the impasse.
And congratulation to Rod Cameron on his I year presidency for the association of Ontario Road Supervisors…..Cameron, who calls White Lake home has worked with the Municipality of Mississippi Mills since amalgamation in 1998 as the Operations Manager in the Roads and Public Works Department. Prior to amalgamation he worked for Pakenham Township, first as an Operator then as a Roads Supervisor. The President of the AORS is responsible for ensuring that the Board of Directors and its members are aware of and fulfill their governance responsibilities, comply with applicable laws and bylaws. Since AORS’ formation in 1961 this is the first time a president has been appointed from Lanark County. He is currently in his 30th year of employment between Pakenham Township and Mississippi Mills. AND Celebrated this milestone on Sunday, February 25th. Congratulations Rod!
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL-2 playoffs … the Carleton Place Junior Canadians have evened their Richardson Division quarter-final series with the Renfrew Timberwolves following a 5-1 win at Mat-te-way last night. Renfrew led 1-0 early in this one but the Canadians scored five unanswered goals and Vincent Bujold-Roux stopped 20 shots and earned the win. Reece Bolton and Arnprior’s Ryland Mosley each scored once and combined for 8 points. Connor Noonan scored the lone Renfrew goal. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series goes Friday night in Carleton Place
in the CCHL tonight … the Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road in Brockville to take on the Braves. Game time in that one is 8 o’clock.