If you live in the Arnprior area and are looking for a family doctor or are expecting to need one soon if your doctor is nearing retirement then you’ll be happy to know that three new family physicians are coming to town in the very near future. Dr. Diego Garcia will be setting up his family practice in Arnprior next month and will start building up his patient list through the Family Health Team wait list. Dr. Janice Yau … and Dr. Christopher Zadow will be joining the Arnprior and District Family Health Team in August of 2018 to take over the family practices of Dr. Donna Vilis and Dr. John Kiskis as both are set to retire in July. More information on specific start dates will follow in the spring but if you’re a patient of either Dr. Vilis or Kiskis you should contact their office with any questions. And if you are in need of a family doctor … you can find more information at www.arnpriorfht.ca
It’s an oldie but not a goodie. The OPP would like to warn people that a telephone scam that’s been going on for a long time … has resurfaced in the Ottawa Valley. If you get a call from someone claiming they are with the Canada Revenue Agency telling you that you owe thousands of dollars in back taxes … and you may be arrested and jailed if you don’t pay up immediately don’t believe it. It’s simply not true and some fraudster is trying to get your money. They try to create a sense of urgency hoping you’ll react by transferring money to them without verifying the story. Don’t fall for it and don’t offer them any personal information. Simply hang up and either contact CRA yourself or follow up with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You can find them online at www.antifraudcentre.ca
The CP Holiday Train is set to close out Canada 150 with its 19th annual tour … and that includes live performances in Perth. It rolls into town on Monday, November 27th at the old CP Rail Yard at the end of Herriott Street and will feature musical guests Colin James and Emma-Lee. The train is expected to arrive in Perth on the 27th at 7:40 p.m. and spectators are encouraged to bring a food or cash donation for the food bank. A pre-show will kick off at 6:30 with a children’s choir and performances by the Lanark Fiddlers Guild … and Matt Dickson. The train will also be making a stop in Smiths Falls from 6:30 to 7 … and in Merrickville from 5 to 5:30. Since its launch in 1999 the CP Holiday Train program has raised more than $13 million for communities across the country and brought in more than four million pounds of food to help those in need.
Don’t forget … if you live in Beckwith, Ramsay or Carleton Place … you need to know that there’s a planned power outage on Sunday as Hydro One will be installing new equipment. This will affect more than 1,000 customers. The outage will happen on November 26th beginning at 7 a.m. It should last until 11 o’clock. All those affected should have been notified by phone.
AND … if you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet … you’ll have one last chance today … at the final free clinic offered by the Renfrew County & District Health Unit. You can get your shot today in Pembroke … at the health unit office on International Drive. It runs from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information on the flu shot … visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666.
AND IN SPORTS …
There were two local teams in action last night in the CCHL-2 but both came up short on the scoreboard. The Renfrew Timberwolves got two goals and an assist from Luck Marinic … and 38 stops from Ethan Lapenskie but they fell 4-3 to Athens in overtime. And the Arnprior Packers were flat as they lost a 7-1 decision to Casselman. Colin Baggio scored the lone Packers goal.
The Timberwolves are back in action tonight …as they host Char-Lan at Mat-te-way at 8 o’clock. Arnprior is back on the ice Saturday night … as they head up the Valley to face the Whitewater Kings in Cobden. That one goes at 7 o’clock. Whitewater is then on the road Sunday as they head to Athens to take on the Aeros.
Tonight in the CCHL the Carleton Place Canadians are in Smiths Falls to face the Bears at 7:30. On Saturday the Pembroke Lumber Kings are in Ottawa up against the Jr Senators. And Pembroke returns home Sunday as they host Cornwall. Puck drop Sunday at the PMC is 7 o’clock.
If you are a hearty soul … and want to help a great cause … then the annual Tartan Tuff Trek in McNab-Braeside may be for you. The 5-km walk or run is set for tomorrow with registration at 9 a.m. at the Dochart soccer fields and the run starting at 10. It only costs $20 for an individual … or $40 for the family … and there will be hot chocolate and chili provided after the run. All proceeds go to the NeighbourLink Fountain in Arnprior.