The body of a Petawawa man who jumped into the waters of the Barron River on the weekend and never resurfaced has been recovered by members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. He has been identified as 37-year-old David Ryan O’Neil Jenner from Petawawa. He had been reported missing on the afternoon of September 16th after jumping into the water from a boat. Two other men in the boat attempted to find Jenner after he failed to resurface before calling 911. This happened on the river just west of Black Bay. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. The investigation is continuing.
Even though the snow is still a couple of months away there was good news for snowmobilers from the Ontario government. In an effort to increase access to safety training and licensing for snowmobilers Minister of Transportation John Yakabuski has announced that safety training will be made available online. This is a partnership with the government and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs. Yakabuski said safety is critical and starts with proper rider training and licensing. He added the online service is an effective way to reach and teach new generations of snowmobile riders. The OFSC welcomed the announcement … saying it will ultimately contribute to a safer environment on the trails.
AND … if you’re in Petawawa today and want to make a difference in someone’s life you should pop by the blood donor clinic at the Civic Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. … and again from 5:30 to 7:30. By rolling up your sleeve … you could save a life. And if you live closer to Almonte … you can do the same on Thursday … from 2 to 4 and from 5 to 8 … at the Almonte Civitan Club. You can book your spot at www.blood.ca
AND IN SPORTS …
West Carleton Electric won in dramatic fashion on Monday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play in Fitzroy Harbour eliminating the Ottawa Valley A’s from the Final Four playdowns with a 4-3 win. Winning pitcher Andy Barber’s two-out walk-off single in the seventh inning brought home Kevin Shonfield with the winning run. Shonfield had earlier driven home Mike Cavanagh to tie the game … after the Electric went into their final at-bat, trailing 3-2. The A’s took the lead in the fifth with Lindsay Medynski … Dave Sullivan … and pitcher Ben Broek each driving in runs. Broek was solid on the mound in the loss allowing only six hits. Barber pitched all seven innings for Fitzroy, picking up the win. West Carleton now plays whoever loses the battle of unbeaten teams tonight as Kars is in Quyon to face the Flyers. First pitch goes at 7:30.
AND … the high school football season opened yesterday with the local senior teams in action. It was a high scoring opening day as the Arnprior Rapids hammered the Smiths Falls RedHawks 55-0 and the Almonte Thunderbolts beat the Renfrew Raiders by that same score of 55-0. In the day’s other game … Fellowes fell to Perth by a score of 28-21.