Police and the local health unit are warning the public about another potent drug that is being used to lace other illicit drugs. The Renfrew Country & District Health Unit along with the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP, the County of Renfrew Paramedic Services and Addictions Treatment Services are warning the public that there is a risk of carfentanil being mixed with other drugs. There is a real risk of a fatal overdose as people may not even realize a drug this powerful is involved. The Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit has confirmed the presence of fentanyl and carfentanil in drugs seized in the city this past summer. We are aware of the extreme risk of fentanyl but carfentanil adds another layer of risk as the drug is potent enough to be used by veterinarians to sedate or anesthetize large animals such as elephants. In fact, it’s so dangerous that individuals who must handle the drug protect themselves by wearing gloves, long sleeves and eye protection. For more information, please visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Renfrew County and District Health Unit Health Info Line at 1-800-267-1097.
Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations and every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. So, if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life there is a clinic at the Germania Club in Pembroke today from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Drop-ins are always accepted if space is available.
The second preliminary in Valley Heritage Radio’s Valley Search for a Star contest continues this week,on Wednesday at 7 o’clock, right here at the station. Twenty singers will be looking for a berth in the semi-finals and a shot at our grand prize of $3,500. And you’re invited to come and watch in person. Seating is limited so get here early. The doors open at 6. And if you can’t make it we’ll be broadcasting the evening live starting at 7 p.m. sharp!
AND IN SPORTS …
The Micksburg Twins have picked up their second straight Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship and third in five years, thanks to a perfect game from pitcher Corey Costello. The Twins rode Costello’s arm and the offence was clicking as Micksburg downed West Carleton Electric 7-0 in front of a big hometown crowd. Costello struck out 11 in his five innings of action as the mercy rule kicked in. Kyle Jackson drove in captain Jamey Mick in the home half of the first inning for what would prove to be the winning run. The Twins made it 2-0 in the second when Andrew McIntyre drove in Matt McIntyre but the big inning came in the third when Jackson launched a bomb to right-centre for a three-run homer. Matt McIntyre and Quinton Rook later scored for the Twins to make the final 7-0. Andy Barber took the loss for Fitzroy with Steve Cavanagh also seeing action on the mound.
In CCHL action on the weekend the first-place Carleton Place Canadians were perfect in three games posting two shutouts along the way. They downed Smiths Falls 3-0 on Friday then beat Pembroke 6-0 on Saturday before topping Ottawa 3-1 on the holiday Monday. Jason Cmunt (smunt) led the Canadians attack with three goals and five points in the three games while goalie Jeremie Forget was superb picking up two shutouts and allowing only a single goal in his three games of action turning aside 62 of 63 shots.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings picked up one win in their three games falling to Carleton Place and losing 4-1 to Kemptville before bouncing back with a big 5-1 win over Cornwall on Monday afternoon. Mason Emoff had a goal and three assists to lead Pembroke while Jake Smith stopped 35 shots to pick up the win against Cornwall.
In the CCHL-2, the Arnprior Packers split their two weekend games while the Renfrew Timberwolves came up on the losing end of both of their games. The Packers fell 4-1 to the Carleton Place Junior Canadians on Friday night but bounced back to beat Richmond 7-3 on Sunday. Ty Power scored once and added two helpers while Bailey Hein assisted on four goals for the Packers. Patrick Kealey picked up the win. Renfrew fell 7-2 to Brockville then lost a 4-1 decision to Westport. Alex Paquette, Colby Cochrane, and Zach Moran provided the scoring for Renfrew.