There will be visitation today for Alex Paquette, the 18-year-old man who was one of two people killed in last Friday’s car crash just south of Burnstown. Friends may pay their respects at Anderson Funeral Home in Renfrew from 1 to 5 this afternoon and again from 7 to 9 this evening. A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at 11 o’clock on Friday morning. Donations in loving remembrance of Alex can be made to the Trillium Gift of Life Network online at www.zohrfuneralhome.com
There’s some potentially good news for college students as the talks to end the strike by teachers will begin again today. The mediator in the talks has called the parties back together to meet today for the first time since the strike by 12,000 faculty members began October 16th. This includes those at Algonquin College’s Pembroke and Perth campuses. If talks are successful, the hope is that students could be back in classrooms by next week. This is the third week of the strike and previous strikes in the college system have all been resolved right around the three week mark.
A Renfrew man is facing drug charges after police obtained a warrant and searched a house on Argyle Street South on Halloween day. Officers seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The 44-year-old man was taken into custody and is looking at charges of cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
The OPP are reminding people to lock their vehicles when they are not in use and to remove any valuables as a way of deterring would-be thieves. It’s all part of the Lock It or Lose It campaign. According to the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP so far this year there have been 84 reported thefts from vehicles in the detachment area. In order to drive the message home officers will examine parked vehicles to see if they’ve been locked and if valuables are left in plain sight. Police will place a small notice on vehicles to let people know what they should do to help prevent theft from their vehicles. As an example, between October 19th and 27th police checked 330 vehicles parked at several locations in Pembroke and 35 were unlocked and three had their windows rolled down. Valuables, including several purses, were left in plain view in 21 of the vehicles checked. Police also want people to remove any personal documents such as ownership or credit card invoices … from vehicles as this could lead to identity theft and a number of headaches and financial woes. Again police say Lock It or Lose It.
AND IN SPORTS …
It was only fitting that the top two teams in the CCHL would have a tight game when they met on the ice and that’s exactly what happened last night when the top-ranked Carleton Place Canadians beat second-place Ottawa 3-2 in a shootout last night. And even the shootout was a nail-biter as it took seven rounds before anyone scored with Justin Cmunt finally ending the game for the Canadians. Carleton Place goalie Jeremie Forget stopped all seven Ottawa shootout attempts and 39 of 41 shots in regulation and was named the game’s first star. Travis Broughman and Samuel Knoblauch also scored for the Canadians who now lead the Jr Senators by 7 points.