The expansion of Highway 417 is again being brought to the attention of the Minister of Transportation….On Friday October 12th , a delegation including Warden Jennifer Murphy, Councillor Peter Emon, Chief Administrative Officer Paul Moreau, and Director of Public Works & Engineering Steven Boland met with the Minister – John Yakabuski to discuss the expansion project. The discussion centered on the importance and safety of the highway extension west of Scheel drive, as well as its role as a key transportation link to large employers in the county. Warden Murphy noted it was a productive meeting and looks forward to ongoing discussions regarding the next phases of the project. Minister Yakabuski did mention that the province continues to move forward on the project and he is committed to continuing the dialogue with the County of Renfrew.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP is reminding motorists and passengers to again Lock it OR Lose – after Auxiliary officers checked several parked vehicles on Saturday October 27th at the Pembroke Mall and Moncion’s Metro in Pembroke. According the officers, 354 vehicles were checked and 18 vehicles were found to be unlocked and insecure. Several unlocked vehicles had valuables in plain sight including keys, alcohol and electronic devices. Police say never to personal information in your vehicle. During the Lock It OR Lose It campaign, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel will confirm that vehicles are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. Officers will leave a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices will also congratulate those drivers who have locked and secured their vehicles. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP will use Lock It OR Lose It notices throughout the year as part of our on-going crime prevention efforts.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is looking for the public’s help in finding whoever is responsible for shooting an abandoning a bull moose in Algonquin Park. On October 19th conservation officers were told a dead moose had been found by a member of the public. When officers found the location along Bronson Road in the Park … they determined the moose had been shot and abandoned. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the ministry TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS. And you can visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.
If you live in the Renfrew area and are looking to get a flu shot, today is your day. Hosted by the Renfrew County & District Health Unit … there’s a free shot clinic at the Royal Canadian Legion today from 3 to 6 o’clock. Clinics will continue around the Valley throughout the month. For information, or to find out the flu clinic closest to you visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666. Some clinics are by appointment only, so don’t miss out on your spot and book today.
AND IN SPORTS …
There was one game on the CCHL schedule last night and the Nepean Raiders pulled off an upset downing the division-leading Carleton Place Canadians 6-4. Zach Tupker led the Canadians with a goal and two assists while Arnprior native Ryland Mosley had a goal and a helper for Carleton Place. It was only the fourth loss of the year for the Canadians while Nepean picked up only their seventh win in 20 games this year.
AND … still with the CCHL … the Pembroke Lumber Kings have made a trade with the Smiths Falls Bears in an effort to shake things up … after their losing streak hit 12 games this week. Coming to Pembroke is 20-year-old forward Alex DiCarlo … and Jack Ryan, a 19-year-old goalie. On their way to Smiths Falls are defenceman Noah Rowland and goalie Jake Smith who asked for a trade prior to Sunday night’s game at the PMC. In DiCarlo the Lumber Kings get a point-per-game player and Ryan has posted decent numbers between the pipes this year with 3-3-and-1 record and a 3.90 goals against average. And all are expected to be in the lineup on Friday night as Pembroke and Smiths Falls play one another. Pembroke leading scorer Malcolm Arseneau has left the team and is back home in New Brunswick for personal reasons.
AND … there’s one game on the CCHL-2 schedule tonight as the Whitewater Kings are on the road in Ottawa West … to take on the Golden Knights. Game time at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena is 7:15.