If you’re going to speed down the highway … you probably shouldn’t do it as you race past the police station. That’s exactly what happened recently as Killaloe OPP officers watched a vehicle fly down Highway 60 past the detachment just after 12 noon. When they pulled over the car, officers charged the 19-year-old driver from China with Stunt Driving, as he was clocked doing 156 km/h in an 80 zone. He had his licence immediately suspended for seven days and his vehicle was impounded for a week. He was also given a summons for a court date.
With Christmas now less than six weeks away, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP want you to know that they are once again taking part in the Christmas Angel Program. Through the program, citizens are asked to attend an OPP detachment or another designated location and choose an “angel” then buy a gift and return it, unwrapped, along with the angel. Each “angel” represents a less fortunate child in our community. From there, the gift is handed out to the child helping them to celebrate the Christmas season with a gift and a smile. Angels can be picked up at both Upper Ottawa Valley OPP detachments the one in Petawawa or the Pembroke location. And they are also available at the library or the municipal office in Petawawa or Pembroke City Hall. You have until December 3rd to take part in the program. For more information regarding the Christmas Angel Program please contact Sara Lapointe at the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-735-0188.
With cold and flu season upon us, the Renfrew County & District Health Unit is offering free flu shot clinics around the region. This week there will be two clinics in the Upper Ottawa Valley with one set for the Deep River Library on Wednesday, from 3 to 6 p.m. Then, on Thursday, there’s another at the Legion in Pembroke from 2 to 6 p.m. Both of those clinics are by appointment only, so you’ll have to call ahead and book your spot. Clinics will continue around the Valley throughout the month. For more information or to find out when the flu clinic closest to you is happening, visitor call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666. You can also use that number to book your appointment.
The weather can change a lot in a matter of hours, let alone days. But taking a quick look at the forecast for later this week … The Weather Network is saying we could see 5 to 10 cm of snow here in the Valley, on Friday. We’ll keep a look on the radar but keep that shovel handy, just in case.
AND … if you missed picking up a ticket for last Friday night’s Lotto Max draw with the jackpot of $50-million … you should be happy to know … the grand prize will be even bigger this week. No one won the jackpot last week, so this Friday, it’s expected to climb to around $55-millioin with 12 other draws worth a million bucks each. So if you want in on a shot at the big bucks, don’t forget to buy a ticket.
AND IN SPORTS …
On the high school football field, the Arnprior Rapids are the Ottawa and Valley junior champions after beating St Matt’s from Orleans 22-16 Friday in a snowy game at Oattes Field. This capped off an unbeaten season for the Rapids.
And the Lanark-Renfrew Football League senior champs are the Almonte Thunderbolts as they beat Arnprior 32-14.
In the CCHL, the Pembroke Lumber Kings made a major move behind the bench and in the front office on Friday as team owner Dale McTavish stepped back from his role as head coach and GM and handed the reins over to Pat Malloy, a name and face familiar to the team. Malloy was an assistant coach with the team from 2013 to 2016. McTavish will continue to coach Pembroke’s U-18 triple-A team.
Malloy was behind the bench on Friday night as Pembroke was in Kemptville to face the 73’s but the Lumber Kings came out on the short end of a 4-2 decision … stretching their losing streak to 16 games. But on Sunday night at the PMC, Pembroke snapped that skid with a 4-3 overtime win against Navan. Michael Douglas scored the OT winner just 57 seconds into the extra period. Navan had tied the game with less than a minute to play in regulation.
Still with the CCHL, the Carleton Place Canadians split their games, beating Smiths Falls 2-1 in overtime and falling 4-1 to Kanata.
In the CCHL-2, the Renfrew Timberwolves were the only local team to come up with a win on the weekend as they beat Westport 9-4 on Saturday. Luka Marinic led the way with a hat-trick while Ethan Lapenskie stopped 40 shots in the win. The Whitewater Kings lost both of their games, falling 6-5 to Winchester … and 5-3 to Ottawa West. Dylan Kuehl (keel) led the way with three goals and five points in the two games. The Arnprior Packers lost their only game … a 4-1 defeat in Perth on Friday night. Miles Chaput scored the only goal for the Packers.