Today marks the official first day of fall but it certainly doesn’t feel like autumn out there yet. In fact our normal daytime highs are around 17 degrees this time of year but get a load of what we have coming for the next few days. A high on Saturday of 30 and it will hit 33 on Sunday and Monday. Then 31 on Tuesday and 29 on Wednesday. So enjoy the summer-feel for the first week of fall after all summer seemed to pass us right by this year.
There will be a Santa Claus Parade in Renfrew again this year but there will be some changes. One of the biggest changes will be the parade shifting to evening … moving from early afternoon to 5 p.m. so people can enjoy the beauty of a parade full of Christmas lights. And the route will also be shortened and kept in the downtown area. But the biggest change will be who is organizing the event. A sub-committee of the Renfrew Business Improvement Area has taken the reins after the Renfrew Lions Club said they were stepping aside this year. After a period of uncertainty as to whether there would be a parade this year the BIA stepped in and are putting their stamp on the parade already. And Santa will be town of course and will meet kids after the parade at Low Square.
In a recorded vote of 10-5 the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Board of Directors officially approved a change in policy that would see all wetlands in the Mississippi Valley watershed regulated not just Provincially Significant Wetlands. The group is now in line with the vast majority of conservation authorities across the province that implemented the regulation as intended when it was mandated by the Province of Ontario in 2006. The local Authority had applied the regulation to PSWs only due to cost, mapping issues and limited staff resources. The new policy will come into effect October 1st. M-V-C-A staff is dedicated to working with the public and landowners in the event their property is impacted. To view the policy and for more info visit www.mvc.on.ca/wetlandspolicy.
AND IN SPORTS …
The Greater Ottawa Fastball League semifinal is set for Tuesday evening as West Carleton Electric will host the Ottawa Valley A’s in a one-game showdown. The winner moves on to face the defending league champion Micksburg Twins for the title while the season will end for the losing team. First pitch will be next week in Fitzroy Harbour.
In CCHL action this weekend the Pembroke Lumber Kings have a pair of games on the road tonight in Rockland and then back home Sunday night to host the Kanata Lasers. Game time in that one will be 7 o’clock at the PMC. And the Carleton Place Canadians are on the road in Brockville tonight and are home for a Sunday afternoon tilt with the Braves as the second half of a home-and-home series. Game time in Carleton Place is 3 o’clock.
The in the CCHL-2 the Renfrew Timberwolves are on the road tonight in Embrun but return home to Ma-te-way Saturday night when Perth comes to town. That game goes at 7:30. Also on Saturday the Whitewater Kings host Char-Lan at 7 the Carleton Place Junior Canadians are at home to play Alexandria and the Arnprior Packers are in Athens to face the Aeros. On Sunday the Packers host Westport at the Nick Smith Centre at 7:30 Whitewater is in Embrun and Carleton Place is on the road in Ottawa.