Following this summer’s Valley Bluegrass Festival, organizers announced the end of the popular event which had been held at the Johnston Farm in Horton Township since 1994. But the banjos will play again as there is a new organizer for the festival. The Renfrew Mercury is reporting the Town of Renfrew will be taking over the event and moving it to Ma-te-Way Park this summer. They’ll also be giving it a new name. The former organizing group will help with the transition and work with a Festival group that will report to council through the Town’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. Town Council approved the idea at the October 10th meeting and will begin planning and booking bands for next summer’s festival in the very near future.
The OPP are asking people to be aware that the Canada Revenue Agency telephone scam has once again surfaced in the area. This time in Lanark County. The latest version of the scam has the victim receiving a phone call telling them they owe tax money to the CRA and they are facing charges. So, if they don’t pay, they may be arrested. They’re then told they must make payment by using iTunes gift cards by forwarding the activation codes on the back of the card to the fraudster. In most cases reported to Lanark County OPP the victim had second thoughts and did not disclose the gift card number. Unfortunately, the cards are non-refundable so the victim is out of pocket for the purchase of the gift cards. Sums involved have ranged from $200 to $1,000. Police want to remind people that the Canada Revenue Agency does not phone people who owe back taxes. If you have been caught in this scam, you are asked to call police. If you didn’t fall for it but have received a call, you should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Still with scams – October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and the OPP want to remind the public to always be vigilant when it comes to possible online frauds and thefts. According to police scammer using technology as a tool defraud Canadian victims of billions of dollars each year. During October, police and experts from across the country want to safeguard all Canadians from becoming victims of online and digital crimes. The OPP want people to be extra aware of areas where criminals set their sights password protection phishing and ransomware scams dangerous email attachments and children using the Internet. The police will offer more tips on the OPP Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds throughout the month. The OPP is encouraging its members to share online safety tips and best practices with their children, family members and friends.
There’s only one more sleep until the semi-finals of the Valley Search for a Star contest. On Wednesday evening 20 of the top singers in the Ottawa Valley will take to the stage at the Horton Community Centre with their sights set on a top-10 finish and a spot in the finals at the end of the month and a shot at the grand prize of $3,500. Wednesday’s show gets underway at 7 o’clock sharp and the public is encouraged to attend to watch it live. Seating is limited though so get there early and make sure you get a seat. Doors open at 5:30. If you can’t make it you can listen live on 98.7 or stream it at valleyheritageradio.ca.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Carleton Place Canadians continue to rack up the wins this CCHL season and are once again atop the league standings. And they also continue to climb up the top-20 National Jr A rankings. The Canadians who boast an 15-2-and-1 record after 18 games jump three spots in this week’s rankings to sit at #6 in Canada. The only other CCHL team in the Top-20 is the Ottawa Jr Senators even though they slid a bit this week. They are now sitting in 20th spot down 8 placings from last week … after losing to Brockville on the weekend.
AND … Carleton Place is in action tonight as the Canadians host Navan in a battle of First vs. Worst in the CCHL. Puck drop at the Neelin Street Arena is 7:30.