If your home or property was damaged in the recent tornadoes that hit the area and it’s located in the Dunrobin or Kinburn area, you should check with the Province to see if you are eligible for disaster relief. The Ontario government recently expanded the area that will be covered under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program. So, if you weren’t listed in the original activation areas that were damaged, you may find your home or property among the additional properties that were just added. The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents or to a small business, farm, or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property … that aren’t covered by insurance. To find out if they are in the expanded activation area and for next steps … visit ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance. The deadline to submit claims is January 21st, 2019.
The Lanark County portion of the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail is now officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon. The 61-kilometre stretch of the multi-use corridor has seen intensive work from the County and this includes granular surfacing along with gates and signage. Extra signage will soon be installed outlining the trail rules. The final work on three bridges in Almonte is expected to be completed in November. About 80 people attended Friday’s ceremony and Warden John Fenik said the revamped trail brings new life and enjoyment to the abandoned rail corridor. For more information … you can visit www.ottawavalleytrail.com.
If you’re travelling in Renfrew. Only local traffic will be allowed on a section of Barnett Boulevard in Renfrew starting today. The town will be closing off the boulevard between 6th Street and 1st Street but detours will be in place. Motorists can take Raglan Street South … aka County Road 52 … to Veterans Memorial Boulevard otherwise known as Highway 60 then to 6th Street. The good news is that the lights at what’s known as Confusion Corner will be re-opened to allow for this detour to happen and it appears as though Raglan Street has been re-opened as well. Also worth noting, the Millennium Trail at Barnet Boulevard will be closed during this time.
If you live in the Pembroke area and are a blood donor there is a clinic set for today at the Germania Club. If you want to roll up your sleeve, you can do so from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations. Drop-ins are always accepted but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL on the weekend … the struggles continued for the Pembroke Lumber Kings as they lost their fifth straight game dropping a 5-3 decision to Hawkesbury. Taylor Egan had a goal and an assist for Pembroke and Jake Smith stopped 43 shots but took the loss. The Lumber Kings have now slipped to 6-and-6 … and are tied for fourth in the division. The first-place Carleton Place Canadians continued to roll hammering Nepean 10-0 … and beating Cornwall 4-3 in overtime. Zachary Tupker had the OT winner for the Canadians while Cade Townend had two goals and six points in the two games.
in the CCHL-2 … the Arnprior Packers won both of their games on the weekend beating Westport 3-2 and downing Alexandria 7-5. Ty Power led the way with two goals and eight points in the two games. Renfrew split their weekend games falling 6-1 to Casselman and bouncing back with a big 4-3 win over the Whitewater Kings in Cobden on Saturday night. Cameron Mulholland scored the game winner for Renfrew in that one while Chad Moore led the Kings with a goal and an assist.