Some advice for people who are celebrating that spring has arrived … don’t drink and mow. Arnprior OPP officers were contacted by a concerned citizen last week after a man was seen driving a lawn tractor in near the intersection of Daniel and Charles streets. He was believed to be impaired and when officers arrived they confirmed the suspicion. The man had been drinking had an open can of beer in a cup holder and failed a roadside alcohol screening test. Following breath tests at the detachment a 66-year-old Arnprior man was charged with impaired driving … driving over 80 mgs and two counts of breach of probation. He was held in custody for a bail hearing.
As water levels and flows begin to drop across the Mississippi Valley watershed and with warm, dry weather expected for the next few days the local Conservation Authority is terminating the FLOOD WARNING message. But a FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for many areas along the main branch of the Mississippi River as water levels remain higher than normal. There is some significant rain forecasted for the weekend so residents are asked to maintain a close watch on levels and flows in their areas. Residents are also advised not to put in removable docks for at least another week as water levels will continue to fluctuate as dams are operated to get the system ready for the summer recreation period. Residents are strongly urged to remind children of the dangers of hypothermia from cold water and the perils of playing near fast flowing rivers and creeks. Find out more by visiting mvc.on.ca
If you’re a Mississippi Mills resident … you should know the fire ban has been lifted. But that doesn’t mean you can just light a fire on your property. In fact … all residents wishing to burn must have a permit. If you live in an eligible area … you can get a free permit online at mm.burnpermits.com … or at the Almonte Fire Station … or the Municipal Office during business hours. Officials say the area is currently in Fire Season … which is from April 1st to October 31st. During this season, no burning is permitted during the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, you are asked to call the Mississippi Mills Fire Department at 613-256-1589.
The Renfrew OPP continues to investigate the theft of boat motors from the White Lake Marina. Sometime between 5 p.m. on May 4th … and noon on May 6th … someone stole three motors … a 120-horsepower and two 9.9 horsepower. Police say a suspect vehicle was spotted on the property on May 5th around 11 p.m. It’s described as an early 2000 Chevy pick-up … blue in colour … with a scratch down the driver’s side of the truck. The truck was a four-door. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Renfrew OPP.
Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations. So if you’re in the Upper Ottawa Valley and interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life … you can do so at a blood donor clinic today at the Petawawa Civic Centre … from 1 to 4 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7:30.
AND IN SPORTS …
With seven teams plus an affiliated team this season it promises to be another great season of men’s fastpitch softball in the area as the first week of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League season gets underway tonight. The opener will be a rematch of last year’s finals … with the Micksburg Twins playing West Carleton Electric in Fitzroy Harbour. First pitch in that one is 8:30. On Wednesday … Stittsville hosts Carp at 9 o’clock … and on Thursday … the Ottawa Valley A’s host the Quyon Flyers. That one is set for the Carp Fairgrounds at 8:30. The Kars Aces have the first week off. The affiliated Kemptville team has their first game on May 23.
AND … there are no sure things in the NHL come playoff time but one thing is certain, there will be a new Stanley Cup champion this year. Last night … the Washington Capitals bounced the two-time defending champs from the playoffs with a 2-1 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps clinched that series in six games. And the Winnipeg-Nashville series is heading to Game 7 after the Preds posted a 4-0 win last night in Winnipeg. That one is set for Thursday night in Nashville.