Fire officials and the police continue to investigate a house fire that started just before noon yesterday in Renfrew. OPP officers, Renfrew County Paramedics and fire fighters from Renfrew and Horton were called to the home on Mary Avenue near Tupper Street at 11:50 Tuesday morning. Two residents were taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries. Other home owners in the area were evacuated for the afternoon as Enbridge Gas was called in to deal with a gas leak. The residents were able to return home just before 6:30 p.m. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is on scene today determining a cause of the blaze … and looking for more details.
If you’re looking to mail a letter at a post office in certain parts of the Ottawa Valley today … you may be out of luck. As part of Canada Post’s rotating strikes across the country … postal workers in Arnprior and Renfrew walked off the job early this morning. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the strikes are to be for 24 hours … but walk-offs in some areas of the country have run longer. This is the case with postal workers in Deep River … Petawawa … and Smiths Falls … who went on strike yesterday morning. They are expected to remain off the job today as well. The union wants job security … an end to forced overtime … and better health and safety measures. The job actions were launched after negotiators couldn’t come up with a new contract agreement before a deadline set by the union.
Reports indicate a long-time Arnprior business will be closing its doors. Sandvik Materials Technology in Arnprior, which employs 160 people from around the region will be moving its production to the U.S. It manufactures steel pipes and tubes. The employees were told of this decision Tuesday in a closed-door meeting. Plant officials say the closure will not be immediate … but a downsize of about 30 people will take place first … and then production will move to Scranton, Pennsylvania. The factory has been in Arnprior since 1975.
The OPP have issued some Halloween Tips to make sure everyone stays safe and sound tonight. They say to wear light colored costumes use makeup instead of a mask, walk wherever you go … carry a flashlight … and don’t criss-cross the street. Some other Halloween safety tips include … never go out “trick or treating” alone … tell your parents where you’re going and never go inside someone’s house … make sure the house is well lit … and make sure you get an adult to check your treats before you eat them. Tonight is about having fun … and a big part of that is ensuring everyone gets home safely.
AND … if you live in the Renfrew area and are looking to get a flu shot today is your day. Hosted by the Renfrew County & District Health Unit, there’s a free shot clinic at the Royal Canadian Legion … today from 3 to 6 o’clock. Clinics will continue around the Valley throughout the month. For information, or to find out the flu clinic closest to you … visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666. Some clinics are by appointment only … so don’t miss out on your spot … and book today.
AND IN SPORTS …
Make it nine Ottawa Valley titles in a row for the Arnprior Rapids varsity girls’ rugby team. ADHS claimed the championship Tuesday afternoon downing Pembroke’s Bishop Smith Catholic High School 41-14. The win in the title game avenges the Rapids’ 19-17 regular season defeat to Bishop Smith which was Arnprior’s first loss on the rugby pitch for the girls’ squad since 2009.
There’s one game on the CCHL schedule tonight as the Carleton Place Canadians head to Nepean to take on the Raiders on this All Hallows’ Eve. Puck drop at the Nepean Sportsplex is 9 o’clock.
Arnprior Packers forward Joel Driscoll has been named the CCHL-2’s First Star of the Week … after helping his team to three wins … and first place in the division. The 19-year-old’s highlights included a hat-trick against Renfrew … and an overtime winner against Winchester.
Stay tuned to Valley Heritage Radio this afternoon for Rink Wrap, our hockey talk show. It’s a milestone show for hosts Geoff Patterson and Adam Noack, as tonight marks episode #100. As always … they’ll bring you up to speed on everything happening on rinks around the Valley and beyond. The show begins right after the 5 o’clock news and runs until 6 p.m. Tonight the guests will be Sheldon Keefe, head coach of the Toronto Marlies and Andrew McIntyre of the Renfrew Timberwolves, the leading scorer in the CCHL-2.