One person has died and three others have been treated for critical injuries following an overnight single-vehicle crash on Calabogie Road near Burnstown Road. Renfrew County paramedics and emergency crews were on site throughout the early morning hours and the road remained closed this morning. We’ll have more on this story as details become available.
A break, enter and theft earlier this week has resulted in six stolen firearms. It was reported on Sunday that someone broke into a home on Letts Cemetery Road in North Algona-Wilberforce Township between October 15th and 22nd. Two flat-screen TVs were taken along with six firearms including a 12-gauge pump action Mossberg shotgun with a brown stock a Mossberg 12-gauge pump action shotgun with a camouflage stock, a 22-calibre Browning rifle with a brown stock, a 22-calibre Savage 64-F rifle with a brown stock, a 3-oh-8 calibre rifle with a brown Stock and an SKS rifle with a green stock. An OPP Scenes of Crime Officer is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Upper Ottawa Valley OPP or Crime Stoppers.
Lanark County councillors have voted to continue with a plan to eradicate invasive weeds such as wild parsnip. The Integrated Vegetation Management Plan uses several different approaches to control wild parsnip along county road allowances including spraying and reseeding with plants that can compete with the invasive weed. Councillors heard from eight individuals on Wednesday night as some urged the county to stop spraying because of health concerns. Others asked Lanark to continue spraying because wild parsnip seed is contaminating farm crops so they can’t be sold. Public works business manager Janet Tysick told council 79% of county road allowances in Lanark County weren’t sprayed in 2016. Also, through an enhanced adopt-road-program this past summer, 11 groups participated covering 45 km of road allowances. They combated wild parsnip by cutting it or digging plants out.
If you are a blood donor and want to give the Gift of Life you can do so this coming Monday at a blood donor clinic in Renfrew. If you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation … you can do so October 30th from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is a critical need for donations. Drop-ins are accepted at the Renfrew clinic but you are encouraged to book an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or calling 1-888-2-DONATE.
The finals of our Valley Search for a Star contest are set for Sunday afternoon at the Horton Community Centre. Your 10 finalists are Jeanika Benoit … Jamie Anne Bentz … Vicki Brittle … Grace Cavanagh … Beverley Cutmore … Levi Hart … Lori MacKenzie … Ainsley Phillips … Bailey Rogers … and Tiffiany Schilkie. And they’ll each be performing two songs with our Hall of Fame band. There will also be performances from our judges … Gord Barnes … Kelli Trottier … and Neville Wells. The cost is only $10 … and the show starts at 3 o’clock … on October 29th. Doors open at 2 … and there are no advanced ticket sales, so make sure to get to the Horton Community Centre early as we look to crown the next Valley singing sensation!
AND IN SPORTS …
RCI students Leif Buxton, Jonathan Roach, and Hannah Hubert (hugh-burt) have qualified for the OFSAA cross-country championships based on their terrific result at the Eastern Ontario meet held in Kemptville yesterday. And they won’t have far to go for Provincials as the OFSAA meet will be hosted by Valour School in Petawawa on Saturday, November 4th. This is the first time OFSAA cross-country has returned to Renfrew County since 2003 when RCI hosted the championships. Also connected to Renfrew RCI alum Sam Agnew will be running in the Ontario University championships on Saturday in Windsor representing York University.
Still with high school sports, it will be Arnprior against Bishop Smith in the girls’ county rugby finals next week as ADHS ran over Fellowes 84-0 yesterday and Bishop Smith beat Opeongo 48-17. Arnprior will host the championship game while Opeongo will host Fellowes in the bronze-medal match. Both games go at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31st.
In the CCHL this weekend Pembroke has a pair home games as Nepean is in town tonight for a 7:30 puck drop and Hawkesbury is at the PMC Sunday afternoon. That game goes at 3 o’clock. And the first-place Carleton Place Canadians also play two as they’re home to Navan tonight at 7:45 then hit the road Sunday for an afternoon tilt in Nepean.
The Whitewater Kings are on the road in Westport tonight and are back home Saturday when Casselman comes to town. Game time in that one is 7 o’clock. The Arnprior Packers head to Winchester tonight to face the Hawks and are back home at the Nick Smith Centre Sunday night at 7:30 to host Char-Lan.
The Renfrew Timberwolves games have been postponed for the weekend.