A story with a happy ending to tell you about. Two local OPP officers came to the rescue of a therapy dog that had fallen through ice on the Tay River near Perth while on a walk Thursday. The dog’s owner called 911 just after 11 a.m. saying she and her dog, Teddy, had fallen through the ice and the pooch was holding himself up with his front legs. The rest of him was in the cold water. OPP Constable McNames and Provincial Constable Lefaive found the pair a short time later. Teddy was about 25 feet from the shore line. McNames acted as a safety officer while Lefaive, crawled out on the ice with a line attached to him and made his way to Teddy. When he lifted Teddy out of the water, the ice broke and they were completely submerged. Because of their safety plan, McNames was able to haul him to the surface and Lefaive and Teddy made it back to shore. Neither required medical attention. Once again, you’re asked to stay off the ice, whether you have two legs or four.
Arnprior and Renfrew officers investigated five domestic disputes during the past week. One female was charged with failing to comply with an undertaking. No other criminal offences were alleged. If you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship … police want you to know that help is available. You can contact Bernadette McCann House 24/7 for support, advice or the safety of a shelter … at 1-800-267-4930. The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County is also available 24/7 for information and support … at 1-800-663-3060. You could also attend the emergency department of any Renfrew County hospital and ask to speak to a member of the Assault Response Team. In emergencies you should call 9-1-1.
Auxiliary officers from the Renfrew OPP … as well as the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment will be holding their annual “Cram a Cruiser” event tomorrow to collect food and cash for those in need this holiday season. Members of the Renfrew OPP Auxiliary Unit will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with police cruisers in Renfrew at No Frills and Metro. Upper Valley officers will be at Wal-Mart in Laurentian Valley Township … Giant Tiger, No Frills and Moncion’s Metro in Pembroke … and Independent Grocers in Petawawa. Please help your neighbours who may be struggling this holiday season. All food and cash donations will go directly to the Renfrew & District Food Bank to assist anyone who may need food as well as the St. Joseph’s Food Bank, the Petawawa Pantry Food Bank and the Pembroke Branch of the Salvation Army for distribution in our community.
Tomorrow is our annual Holly Jolly Radiothon & Open House here at Valley Heritage Radio as we are partnering with Hospice Renfrew to raise funds for this wonderful organization. The fun starts at 10 o’clock when Art Jamieson takes the mic and works his magic until 2 p.m. and he’ll be looking for you to make donations throughout the day. As well, there will be live music on the Thomas Cavanagh Stage for the four hours. We hope you can find the time to call in your pledge or stop by to enjoy the day.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL last night … the first-place Carleton Place Canadians were in Kanata and downed the Lasers 6-3. Six different goal scorers found the net for the Canadians … with Eastan Eckert earning First Star honours with a goal and an assist. Arnprior native Ryland Mosley had two assists in the win … and Connor Murphy stopped 26 shots in the Carleton Place net. Tonight, the Canadians are in Hawkesbury to take on the Hawks in a battle of two of the league’s top teams. On Sunday … Kemptville visits Carleton Place at 3 and Pembroke hosts Hawkesbury. Puck drop at the PMC Sunday is 7 o’clock.
In the CCHL-2 this weekend, Renfrew hosts Ottawa tonight at Mat-te-way. Game time in that one is 8 o’clock. On Saturday … the Arnprior Packers are in Carleton Place at 8:30 and on Sunday, the Whitewater Kings host the Char-Lan Rebels at the Cobden Arena. Puck drop is set for 1:30.