Our first real taste of winter this season is coming tonight as the entire region is under a special Winter Weather Travel Advisory as freezing rain followed by snow and gusting winds is expected. Environment Canada says that as the cold front moves into the area the temperature will drop throughout the day and then plummet once the sun goes down. We should see plus-1 late this afternoon and by tonight it’s expected to be minus-14 with a windchill that will make it feel more like minus-25. Rain will change to flurries this evening but it’s the wind gusts of up to 70 km/h that will make driving conditions less than ideal as the two centimetres of the white stuff that is expected to fall will be blowing around. And the chilly temperatures will continue tomorrow with a high of minus-8 and a low of minus-14, with a windchill of minus-25. Please be careful if you need to be on the roads.
Police continue to investigate after an Arnprior person fell victim to a long-running computer scam. The fraud was reported to the OPP after a man claiming to be from Microsoft called the person asking them to check their computer. They did that and filled in some online forms then saw money being removed from their bank account. The computer was then shut down and the police were called. The OPP continue to look into the incident as does the victim’s bank. Police want to remind people to be aware of this scam as many around the region receive similar calls on a regular basis.
The Town of Carleton Place will be applying to the government of Ontario’s Green House Gas Challenge Fund as part of its plan to replace street lights in town. This is the first step in the town adopting a Green House Gas reduction plan which targets a 37% reduction by 2030. The new lights would reduce energy consumption costs and have long-term budget benefits. The replacement cost comes in around $850,000 and if the application is successful that number would be cut in half.
If you live in the Almonte area and are a blood donor there is a clinic set for today at the Legion. If you want to roll up your sleeve you can do so from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Almonte Civitan Club. And next week there’s a clinic at Garrison Petawawa on Tuesday from 1 to 4 and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or calling 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
There was one game on the CCHL-2 schedule last night as the Carleton Place Jr Canadians travelled to Brockville and beat the Tikis 6-2. Spencer Marshall and Ryland Mosley each scored a pair for Carleton Place while Josh Mills added three assists. Jacob Lavergne was solid in the Jr Canadians net turning aside 27 shots for the win.
Taking a look at the CCHL-2 standings – with the win, Carleton Place takes over the lead in the Richardson Division one point up on Westport. The Whitewater Kings sit in fourth … seven points back. Arnprior, Perth and Renfrew hold down spots 5 through 7.
The Eastern Ontario high school senior football title game is set for a week from today in Arnprior as the Rapids host La Citadelle from Cornwall. Kickoff on Thursday, November 16th will be 1 o’clock … at Oattes Field.