If the recent colder temperatures haven’t made it feel like winter has arrived looking out your window this morning would confirm that fall is behind us. Most of the Ottawa Valley woke up to as much as 10 centimetres of the white stuff this morning and we could see up to 5 more centimetres by the time it tapers off this evening. With the snow, the OPP want to remind motorists to stay alert slow down and stay in control. This means giving yourself more travel time so you aren’t rushing to your destination and keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Police also ask that you make sure you clean all the snow off your car before pulling onto the road, this way you can see and other drivers won’t have to deal with snow flying off your car. Most of all, use common sense.
Flags at town facilities in Arnprior are being flown at half-mast in tribute to former mayor G. Taylor Fitzpatrick who has passed away at the age of 90. Fitzpatrick served as Arnprior Mayor in 1969 and served as councillor in 1967-68 and again in 1972. In addition to his political positions, Fitzpatrick was also plant manager at Playtex for many years as well as a member of the management team at Huyck (hike). He had also served as a volunteer on the Town’s planning board on the executive of the Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home board and the museum board. Visitation will take place at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel in Arnprior on Saturday, November 17th from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Following visitation, a tribute will take place in the Pilon Family Chapel.
If you’re in the Chalk River area on Monday, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP want you to be aware there is the potential for traffic delays because of a planned information picket at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. It’s being held by the Chalk River Professional Employees Group and is set to take place on Plant Road from 6 a.m. until 12 noon. The potential exists for traffic backups from Plant Road to Highway 17 and drivers are reminded to exercise caution and patience should delays occur.
the Renfrew County & District Health Unit free flu shot clinics around the region continue next week with three more set for the Valley. On Monday, November 19th … you can get your shot at Grace Lutheran Church in Eganville from 3 to 6 p.m. … then on Tuesday the 20th there’s a clinic at the Legion in Petawawa. You can get your shot there anytime between 3:30 and 6:30. And the final one for the week will be Thursday, November 22nd from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Legion in Arnprior. 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 … visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666. You can also use that number to book your appointment.
AND IN SPORTS …
Two local teams were in action last night in the CCHL-2 … but neither game went the way they planned. The Renfrew Timberwolves lost 5-1 in Casselman … with Brad Benvenuti scoring the lone ‘Wolves goal. And the Arnprior Packers came up empty in Ottawa West, losing 9-0 to the Golden Knights.
Still with the CCHL-2, other games this weekend include Whitewater hosting Brockville on Saturday night in Cobden. Game time is 7:30. Also on Saturday … Renfrew hosts Winchester at 8 o’clock. And on Sunday, Arnprior is in Richmond at 1:30.
In the CCHL this weekend, the Pembroke Lumber Kings are looking to make it two wins in a row … after snapping their 16-game losing skid last weekend. Tonight … Pembroke is in Rockland and they’re back home Sunday night when they host Smiths Falls at the PMC. Game time in that one is 7 o’clock. And the Carleton Place Canadians have two games, one tonight in Brockville as two of the league’s top teams meet. Then on Sunday … they host Brockville … who are ranked third in the country. Game time at the Neelin Street arena in Carleton Place is 3 o’clock.
Don’t forget the CFL East and West finals go this weekend, as the Ottawa RedBlacks host Hamilton at TD Place on Sunday afternoon for the East final. Kickoff in that one is 1 o’clock. Then, the West final features Winnipeg in Calgary. That one goes at 4:30. The winners will meet in the 106th Grey Cup game set for November 25th in Edmonton.