Biggest weekly prize yet in SFMH Catch The Ace

Last Thursday’s Weekly Prize topped Three Thousand Dollars for the first time as lucky Glenda Markland of Cherry Valley won $3,045 in Week #30 Catch The Ace lottery. Markland was cottaging in the area when she bought her winning ticket at Round Lake Centre Food Market. Her lucky number 3 revealed the Eight of Spades. Next Thursday’s winnings are estimated at $2,678.00 for the Week #31 prize and if the Ace of Spades is found, the Total Winnings will be around $86,663.00 with all proceeds going towards Valley Manor Redevelopment. 


Kamaniskeg Lake group helps return family pet 

Twee-twee the lovebird at home last month

It’s not uncommon to see posts on social media about lost and found animals, and the kind-hearted members of this community frequently go out of their way to ensure that people and pets are reunited. But every now and then there’s an eye-catching post — like last week when a member of the Kamaniskeg Lake Facebook group asked, “Anyone missing their budgy bird? He is here kept safe in cottage.” Not only are posts about birds unusual but the photo accompanying the post did not look like a budgie. Within minutes, the Kamaniskeg Lake community had identified not just the type of bird, but also his home — and his family were on their way to pick him up. 

Twee-twee (who was mentioned in The Current’s report last month of an emergency at the public beach in Barry’s Bay) is now safe and sound with the Graham family on Old Barry’s Bay Road, having travelled 8.5 km across Kamaniskeg to Bleskie Road. 


Free COVID-safe kids’ programs start this week

Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County (FCSRC) is offering the Experience and Engagement Program (EEP) 2020. EEP 2020 is open to all school-aged kids across Renfrew County and provides them with a fun and safe learning experience with their peers this August and into the fall. The program, funded by a $26,000 grant from Employment & Social Development Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund and distributed by United Way Ontario East, will allow FCSRC to host the free workshops and activities at its Winning Kids Centre at 464 Isabella St. in Pembroke and other community based locations. It will also allow FCSRC to continue to support families with food & activity bundles.

Workshops will begin August 24 and families interested in registering their children for a workshop can visit the Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County Facebook page for more information. You can also contact Family and Children’s Services at 613-735-6866.


Road sign: Think Turtle Conservation Initiative

Look out for turtle hatchlings crossing roads Aug-Oct

Kathleen Wallace Kelly of Think Turtle Initiative in Bancroft says mid-August to early October is typically when hatchlings hatch and there is the possibility of hatchling road crossings. Kelly says, Please be especially mindful while driving on the roads and ATV trails through the community. If you have passengers with you enlist their assistance to help keep an eye out for hatchlings and adult/juvenile turtles as well that may be on or near the roads and/or trails especially where bodies of water are adjacent to the roads/trails. For more details about how to help turtles, check out the Think Turtle Conservation Initiative page on Facebook. 




Ontario expands indoor capacity for meetings and facilities

Ontario has eased restrictions for facilities that rent out professional meeting and event spaces. As of August 21, 2020, facilities can have up to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room or event space within the facility. The current indoor gathering limit will now apply on a per meeting room or event space basis at professional meeting and event facilities, including convention centres, hotels, motels, resorts, banquet halls and conference centres. Outdoor meeting and event facilities remain subject to the 100-person gathering limit for the entire outdoor area. Capacity limits exclude employees or event personnel. 

Also now in force from August 21 are amendments requiring contact information for only one person in a party entering indoor or outdoor dining areas, with exceptions. This will reduce the administrative burden on businesses such as restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments. For more details see Ontario’s guidelines: Guidance for professional meeting and event facilities during COVID-19



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