The tragic car crash on Calabogie Road near Burnstown early Friday morning has claimed the life of a second young man. Eighteen-year-old Alex Paquette passed away in hospital on Saturday. Brandon Thomas Hanniman also 18 died at the scene of the crash near Burnstown. Two other young men from Renfrew were also seriously injured. All four were members of the Renfrew Jr B Timberwolves hockey team and were from the Renfrew area. Police continue to investigate.
There is a rainfall warning in effect for today across the region as heavy rains from last night continued through this morning but will taper off as the day wears on. Areas from Barry’s Bay through to Arnprior were expected to get anywhere between 50-to-75mm of total rainfall by early afternoon. The showers are then expected to slowly taper off changing to scattered rainfall for the region. And you need to be aware that winds will be gusting up to 70 km/h and mixed with the driving rain will make driving difficult at times. There are also power outages in our listening area as close to 1,000 people in the Arnprior area and more than 5,000 people across the West Carleton area have no hydro at this point. There’s no timeline for when the power will be back on in Arnprior and those in the Fitzroy area through to Carp and Dunrobin and from Constance Bay in the north to Dwyer Hill Road in the south may be waiting until 8 o’clock tonight before the lights come back on.
After almost a month of singing competitions a champion in Valley Heritage Radio’s Valley Search for a Star contest has been crowned. Renfrew’s Bailey Rogers was the judges’ choice last night during the finals in front of a full house at the Horton Community Centre after performing Desperado and At Last. Bailey was also chosen as Fan Favourite by those who attended all four nights of the competition and a donation to a charity of her choice will be made by the station. For her efforts, Bailey takes home the grand prize of $3,500. The runner-up in the extremely tight competition was Lori MacKenzie from Renfrew … who sang We’re All Alone and a superb rendition of Me & Bobby McGee. Congratulations also go out to all of our finalists … including Jeanika Benoit … Jamie Anne Bentz … Vicki Brittle … Gracie Cavanagh … Beverley Cutmore … Levi Hart … Ainsley Phillips … and Tiffany Schilkie.
If you are a blood donor and want to give the Gift of Life you can do so this today at a blood donor clinic in Renfrew. If you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation you can do so from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. And later this week, there is a blood donor clinic in Carleton Place at the arena from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is a critical need for donations. Drop-ins are accepted at all clinics but you are encouraged to book an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or calling 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
In CCHL action on the weekend, the Pembroke Lumber Kings and the Carleton Place Canadians each won both of their games. Pembroke beat Nepean 4-2 on Friday … and then downed Hawkesbury 5-3 on Sunday. Brendan Browne led the way with three goals and five points in the two games … while Jake Smith was in net for both games … picking up a pair of wins. And league-leading Carleton Place beat Navan 6-2 … and then downed Nepean 4-1. Samuel Knoblauch led the Canadians with two goals and five points on the weekend … and Michael Leach … and Jeremie Forget each picked up a win between the pipes.
The Arnprior Packers picked up two wins on the weekend beating Winchester 4-2 Saturday then posting a 6-2 win over Char-Lan on Sunday. Alex Caparelli had a hat-trick to lead the Packers against Char-Lan and Bailey Hein had a goal and two points on Saturday. AND the Whitewater Kings had a tough weekend losing both of their games 4-1 to Westport and 7-3 to Casselman. Gage Tremblay led the way with two goals for the Kings.