The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were busy yesterday investigating a threat at Fellowes High School in Pembroke. Officers got the call just before 7 a.m. after police were made away of a threat against some of the students. School officials were busy working with the crime unit yesterday … however the school remained open … and there were no disruptions to regular classes. The investigation is ongoing.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers from the Pembroke and Kemptville areas laid a dozen charges and issued 30 warnings during a recent three-day fishing blitz in the area. From March 2nd to 4th … officers, along with the Ministry’s canine unit checked 246 anglers from Renfrew … Frontenac … and Lanark counties … as well as the City of Ottawa. They were looking to make sure anglers were obeying the law and wound up laying charges and warnings for fishing without a licence fishing with too many lines failing to produce a fishing licence … and being more than 60 metres from the fishing line in use. Officers also seized fish and fishing gear during the blitz. Warnings were also issued for open liquor and operating an off-road vehicle without the proper safety equipment and for driving where motor vehicles are not permitted.
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.
If you live in the Carleton Place area and are a blood donor, there is a clinic set for today at the Civitan Club. If you want to roll up your sleeve you can do so from 2 to 8 p.m. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations in eastern Ontario. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
The March 6th meeting of Mississippi Mills council started off with a special presentation that recognizes the generosity of Town council and staff. Salvation Army Christmas Kettle coordinator Gary Strike presented Mayor Shaun McLaughlin and council with the Christmas Kettle Bell Ringer Trophy giving annually to the council in Lanark County that raises the most in donations for the annual campaign. Mississippi Mills raised $12,807 winning the challenge for the first time.
AND IN SPORTS …
The all-Ontario boys’ double-A basketball championships wrapped up yesterday in the Upper Valley with Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School from London winning the title … beating St. Francis from St. Catherines 54-52. Top-seeded Lasalle from Kingston took the bronze with a 66-44 win over St Theresa’s from Belleville. As for the two local teams … Fellowes lost the Consolation Final 90-55 to Woodroffe High School from Ottawa. Logan Mahoney led the way for Fellowes in that game with 27 points. To get to the Consolation Final … Fellowes beat St Joe’s from Renfrew 60-54. Gavin Lauderdale led Fellowes with 18 points while Brett Castellini led the Jaguars with 21.
In the CCHL last night … the Pembroke Lumber Kings continued to play good hockey down the stretch beating the Brockville Braves 3-2. Brockville led 2-0 in this one but Brendan Browne and Michael Douglas each scored power-play goals to tie the game and then midway through the third period, Malcolm Arseneau scored the game winner for Pembroke. Brown finished with three points … while goalie Jake Smith stopped 43 shots for the win.