There may be some relief on the way for residents in the Calabogie area who had their homes … businesses … and properties hit by the recent tornadoes that ripped through the region. The Province of Ontario has notified the Township of Greater Madawaska that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in storm affected areas. The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents … or to a small business … farm … or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster … that are not covered by insurance. To find out if you’re in the activation area and qualify, you should review the maps and guidelines at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance. Residents have until January 25th to apply for assistance through the program.
A Tay Valley Township woman has died as the result of an ATV crash on Lavant Mill Road and a 41-year-old Tay Valley man is now facing charges in connection to her death. Forty-two-year-old Jennifer Ann Stanzel was pronounced dead at the scene just after 6 p.m. on the evening of September 29th. Keith H. Wheeler, age 41 of Tay Valley has been charged with Impaired Driving Causing Death and Failing to Provide a Breath Sample. He will be in Perth Court on November 12th. The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone who may have information to contact the OPP.
Two people were taken to hospital and a child was unharmed following a single-vehicle crash in North-Algona Wilberforce on September 27th. Around 2:30 that afternoon, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were called to Snodrifters Road after a passenger vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The 66-year-old female passenger from Laurentian Valley had to be extricated from the vehicle by Bonnechere Valley firefighters and flown to hospital by ORANGE Ambulance with serious injuries. The 72-year-old male driver was taken to hospital by paramedics with minor injuries while a three-year-old girl was uninjured. The collision remains under investigation.
AND … a congratulations to those inducted in the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame last night at Centrepointe Theatre. Last night’s honourees included Harry Adrain … Doug Champagne … Bob Taillefer … and the late Tom T. Hill. The evening was dedicated to the memory of Jim Long … the longtime president of the Hall of Fame and Valley Heritage Radio events and volunteer coordinator, who passed away in early August.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Quyon Flyers have won their first ever Greater Ottawa Fastball League playoff title with a 4-2 win over the Kars Aces on Sunday afternooon in Manotick. Matt Greer got the pitching win, while Brad Porter took the loss. Quyon got on the board in the top of the first when Dennis McCleary doubled and scored later on the inning on Nick Armitage single. Kars scored two in the bottom of the first but Armitage hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. The Flyers scored the winning runs in the sixth as Armitage’s second home run of the day made it 4-2 giving the Flyers the title. Quyon also won the regular season title.
In the CCHL on the weekend … the Carleton Place Canadians picked up a pair of wins including a 4-1 victory over the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Friday night … and a 5-4 overtime win on Sunday against Kemptville. David Gagnon had the winning goal in both games for the Canadians, but on Friday night, the game’s first star went to Pembroke goalie Jake Smith who stopped 52 Carleton Place shots in the loss. Pembroke looked to bounce back from the win on Sunday at home to Kanata but the Lasers came away with a 3-1 win at the PMC. Brady Egan scored the only Pembroke goal while Smith was again solid in goal, turning aside 40 shots.
AND … in the CCHL-2 … the Arnprior Packers picked up two wins downing Athens 7-0 and doubling up Renfrew 6-3. Ty Power had four goals and three assists in the two games for Arnprior while Scott Cameron earned the win in goal for both games. Renfrew lost their only other weekend game falling 4-2 to Embrun. Andrew McIntyre led the way for the Timberwolves with two goals and three points in the two games. The Whitewater Kings also came up empty in two games, losing 5-3 to Perth and 3-2 to Carleton Place. Alec Lindecker had a goal in each game for Cobden.