The Ottawa Valley is under a Special Weather Statement and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch as a storm is expected to roll in later this afternoon and into the evening and bring with it damaging winds … large hail … and heavy rain. Environment Canada says thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of a cold front beginning this afternoon and will roll through the area by early evening. With the storms, wind gusts up to 100 km/h will be possible. Officials say that very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees, and blow large vehicles off the road. Remember, severe thunderstorms can also produce tornadoes, so be prepared for severe weather, and possible power outages.
Road work continues in Renfrew and town officials want to advise people that Munroe Avenue East will be closed in both directions between Lorne Street and Harry Street starting September 24th and continuing through October 12th. A detour will be in effect via Lorne Street South … William Avenue … and Harry Street. Pedestrian traffic will be kept open during the construction. The road closure is due to a culvert replacement on Munroe Avenue East. If you have questions, you are asked to call the Town of Renfrew Department of Development & Works at 613-432-8166.
A Madawaska Valley Township woman is facing theft charges after she was seen taking the purse of another shopper at a grocery story. On September 10th, just after 4 in the afternoon the Killaloe OPP were called to the Valu-Mart grocery store on the Opeongo Line in Madawaska Valley. Charges were then laid against the 33-year-old woman and she will be in Killaloe court to face the theft charge on October 17th.
Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations and every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. So, if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life you can do so next Thursday at a blood donor clinic in Renfrew. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation … you can do so September 27th from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Bonnechere Manor. 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 …
The Quyon Flyers are off to the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship final after a 2-1 win over West Carleton Electric last night. Dennis McCleary’s walk-off single in the home half of the last inning drove in Todd Hearty and Lane McMurty with the tying and winning runs. Matt Greer went the distance on the mound for Quyon … allowing only three hits. Andy Barber pitched all seven for the Electric but was pinched with the loss. Mike Cavanagh drove in the lone run for the Electric. Up next for Quyon will be the Kars Aces in the final. Game date, time and location have yet to be announced.
On the rink this weekend both CCHL teams are in action with one game each. Tonight, Carleton Place is in Smiths Falls to face the Bears at 7:30 and on Sunday … the Pembroke Lumber Kings host Nepean. Game time at the PMC Sunday is 7 o’clock.
AND in the CCHL-2 this weekend the Arnprior Packers host Ottawa tonight at 7:30 and the Renfrew Timberwolves host Athens at 8. Tomorrow night Arnprior is in Cobden to face the Whitewater Kings at 7:30 and on Sunday Whitewater is in Embrun and Renfrew hits the road for Richmond. Both of those Sunday games go at 1:30.