Yesterday we told you about a Renfrew couple that were big winners on Lotto Max … well there seems to be a streak of good luck in the Valley. Now, a Deep River man has cashed in on a $100,000 windfall from the Lotto Max Encore as Jonathon Kiteley matched all seven numbers in the exact order to win a hundred grand. This was through the July 7th draw. He bought his winning ticket at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar on Highway 17 in Deep River.
Almonte continues to be a destination of choice for movie makers as there will be filming this weekend and next. Getaway Films will be shooting a scene in downtown Almonte tomorrow evening through the wee hours of the morning and this will mean street closures to the public. Starting at 7 o’clock on Saturday night … through until 4 o’clock Sunday morning, Mill Street from Bridge Street to Brae Street AND Little Bridge Street from Bridge Street to Mill Street … will be shut down. Then, next Sunday, September 16th … there will be more road closures. We’ll keep you posted.
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 there are two opportunities around the Ottawa Valley next week. The first blood donor clinic is Monday, September 10th … at the Royal Canadian Legion in Eganville from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Then on Wednesday, September 12th there is a clinic at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior where you have a chance to donate from 1:30 to 4 o’clock and from 5 to 7:30. Drop-ins are always accepted but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
Another Hollywood legend has passed away. Burt Reynolds star of movies such as Deliverance, The Longest Yard, and Smokey and the Bandit died Thursday in Jupiter, Florida. Known as much for his acting as his sex appeal in the 1970s, the Oscar-nominated Reynolds also won an Emmy for his role on the TV series Evening Shade. Burt Reynolds was 82.
AND IN SPORTS …
There will be a new champ this year in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League as the Micksburg Twins were swept out of the playoff in two straight games at the hands of West Carleton Electric. After winning the opener in Fitzroy, the Electric made it two in a row last night downing the Twins 8-2 on their home turf. Andy Barber was again in top form on the mound for West Carleton, going the distance and only allowing six hits. He also had three hits, including a homer, to help his own cause. Neil Murphy also went deep for Fitzroy, with a two-run shot. Matt McIntyre pitched all seven innings for Micksburg and was tagged with the loss. Quinton Rook and Brenden Hennessy each had two hits for the Twins.
Still with the fastball playoffs, the Ottawa Valley A’s will join West Carleton as part of the Final Four after the A’s beat Carp 5-4 last night to win their series two straight. The A’s scored all their runs in the fourth inning. Adam Rueckwald (rick-walled) had the win with Ben Broek (brook) picking up the save. Neil Cooke took the loss for Carp. Ben Wade and Ryley Burns had key runs batted in for the Valley.
The A’s and West Carleton will now join Quyon in the Final Four. The fourth team will be decided next week as Kars and Stittsville look to wrap up their series. Kars leads that series 1-0.
The second weekend of the CCHL season gets underway tonight with both local teams in action. The Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road in Smith Falls to face the Bears and Carleton Place makes the trip to Brockville to play the Braves. Both of those games go at 7:30. Then, on Sunday, Hawkesbury is in Carleton Place at 3 o’clock and Pembroke hosts the Ottawa Junior Senators for the first game of the season at the PMC. Puck drop is set for 7:20.
It’s another weekend of preseason hockey in the CCHL-2 with all four of the local teams hitting the ice. Carleton Place will be busy with three games tonight in Westport home to Westport on Saturday at 8 o’clock then back on the road Sunday afternoon in Perth. Two old rivals meet tonight in Renfrew as the Timberwolves host the Arnprior Packers at 8 and Renfrew then travels to Cobden Saturday night to meet the Whitewater Kings. Puck drop in that one is set for 8 o’clock.