If you haven’t shoveled your driveway after the recent snow that hit the Valley then you may not have to worry. Mother Nature may take care of it for you. According to Environment Canada … the mercury is supposed to climb later today and things will warm up through Tuesday evening. Tomorrow’s high is expected to reach 8 degrees and there’s a chance of showers so the white stuff should disappear. But more flurries are expected at the end of the week so don’t put that shovel too far away.
Ontario’s college strike has now come to an end after back-to-work legislation was passed by the provincial government on the weekend. Almost half a million students will be back in class on Tuesday following the five-week strike by the province’s college teachers … counsellors … instructors … and librarians. The legislation was passed at Queen’s Park Sunday afternoon by a 38-to-19 vote. In a news statement released Sunday, the government says all outstanding issues are to be negotiated in binding mediation-arbitration. Of note, some students will potentially receive a refund by the colleges but it’s not known how much that will be when that will happen or who will be eligible.
Police are looking for helping in finding whoever is responsible for a pair of thefts in Pembroke recently. Sometime overnight between November 1st and 2nd someone broke into the hydro sub-station in the 900 block of McKay Street and the person stole a quantity of copper wire. The second incident occurred sometime between November 13th and 15th … when a gas-powered tamper was taken from a construction site on International Drive. It is a Mikasa MTX-60 Jumping Jack tamer that is white in colour and has “CRS” decals affixed to it. If you have any information on either of these crimes you are asked to call the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP or Crime Stoppers.
With cold and flu season upon us the Renfrew County & District Health Unit has been offering their annual flu shot clinics across the region. That will continue this week with a clinic today at the health unit office in Pembroke from 2 until 6 and another Tuesday at the Killaloe Lions Club from 3 until 6 p.m. On Wednesday you can get inoculated at Real Hope Christian Assembly in Deep River from 3 to 6 and on Friday the clinics wrap up with one final one at the health unit office in Pembroke. That one runs from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information … visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666.
Yesterday was a sad day for country music fans as Mel Tillis died in a Florida hospital. Tillis recorded more than 60 albums during his career and wrote more than 1,000 songs many of which he recorded … and were made famous by artists such as Ricky Skaggs … Kenny Rogers … and George Strait. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Mel Tillis was 85.
AND IN SPORTS …
In CCHL action on the weekend the first-place Carleton Place Canadians won both of their weekend games giving them 17 victories in their last 18 games. The Canadians beat Kanata 6-2 on Saturday night then dumped Rockland 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. Sam Knoblauch (nob-lock) had a goal and four points in the two games while Zach Tupker and Peyton Francis each had a pair of goals. Jeremie Forget and Michael Leach each had a win in goal for Carleton Place.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings split their weekend games downing Nepean 3-2 Saturday but losing 4-0 to Cornwall at the PMC on Sunday. James Buckley had the game winner on Saturday for the Lumber Kings … scoring with just 27 seconds left in regulation. Brendan Browne and Zachary Cross also scored for Pembroke while Jake Smith turned aside 34 shots for the win.
In the CCHL-2 the Arnprior Packers had a pair of wins on the weekend and have climbed to fourth spot in the Richardson Division. Arnprior beat Perth 3-2 in overtime on Friday then hammered Char-Lan 7-2 on Saturday. Ty Power had the OT-winner against Perth and another goal and an assist against Char-Lan. Colin Baggio led all scorers with five assists on the weekend.
The Renfrew Timberwolves split their weekend games picking up a 4-3 win over the Whitewater Kings on Friday and falling 4-3 to Perth on Sunday. Curtis Foster had a goal in each game to lead Renfrew.