Just when the temperatures have begun to climb and the snow is disappearing Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement that a winter storm is on its way. And with it we can expect up to 20 centimetres of snow across the Ottawa Valley, starting today, and continuing through tomorrow. It’ll start off as a mix of rain and wet snow though most of the day today but up to 10 cm is expected to fall tonight with any where from another 5 to 10 cm when it tapers off on Tuesday. Depending on where you live in the Valley, the total may range between 10 and 20. So for those travelling tonight and commuting tomorrow morning, give yourself lots of extra travel time and slow down on the roads.
Police and the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Whitewater Region business and two apartments late last week. Renfrew OPP officers and Renfrew County Paramedics were called to Magnesium Road on Friday afternoon and it has been reported that no one was hurt in the fire. The building and apartments sustained major damage. The investigation is ongoing.
On Friday we reported that the Lanark OPP were looking for whoever was responsible to two break and enters at pharmacies in Carleton Place. Well, the police have landed their man following an extensive investigation. Charles Smith a 34-year-old Val des Monts man has been arrested and charged with five counts of break and enter three counts of theft under $5,000 theft of mail and trespassing at night. He will soon make an appearance in Perth court.
The Renfrew County & District Health Unit free flu shot clinics around the region wrap up this week with three more set for the upper Valley. Today … you can get your shot at the Barry’s Bay Legion from 3 to 6 p.m. then on Tuesday, there’s a clinic at the Killaloe Lions Club. You can get your shot there anytime between 3 and 6. And the final one will be Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Legion in Pembroke. This one is by appointment only, so you’ll need to call ahead. 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 … In the CCHL on the weekend, the Pembroke Lumber Kings came up empty in their two games falling 6-2 to Kemptville and 5-4 to Rockland. Tyson Tomasini and Alex DiCarlo each scored a pair for Pembroke against Rockland while Brendan Dempsey and Connor Warnholtz each had a goal on Friday against Kemptville. Still with the CCHL … the Carleton Place Canadians split their games … losing 5-4 to Navan … and downing Smiths Falls 3-2. Both games went into overtime. The Canadians let the game with Navan slip away giving up two goals in the game’s final minute to send it into overtime and losing just over a minute into the extra period. Reece Bolton had a goal and assist in that game while Brett Thorne led the way against Smiths Falls scoring twice, including the tying goal with 27 seconds to play … and the game winner in OT.
In the CCHL-2 … the Arnprior Packers picked up a big 3-2 win over Carleton Place on Friday night as Neil Duncan led the way with a pair of goals and an assist … and Ryan Rivard added one goal. Arnprior goalie Cameron Scott stopped 37 shots and picked up the win. And, the Renfrew Timberwolves won their lone game on the weekend downing Perth 4-2. Luka Marinic led the way with a goal and two assists … while Andrew McIntyre and Nick Cuddy each had a goal and a helper. Ethan Lapenskie stopped 30 shots and earned the win for the ‘Wolves. The Saturday night games for Renfrew and Whitewater were each postponed because of bad weather.