Recent rains have improved the water- level situation in some areas of the South Nation River watershed. The South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) reported that the low water condition for three areas of the watershed has chan- ged from Level 2 to Level 1. Those areas include the Lower South Nation, Bear Brook, and Castor River subwatersheds, which cover Russell Township, The Nation Municipality, Casselman, Clarence-Rockland, and Alfred- Plantagenet Township. Level 1 status means minor low-water conditions in the affected areas. Residents are asked to reduce their water use by 10 per cent to help maintain sufficient water in local hydrant and water storage systems to support emergency fire control efforts when needed. Level 2 status continues for the Upper South Nation subwatershed area. That means residents should avoid nonessential water use like washing vehicles, and also limit their lawn watering. All homeowners should observe local water conservation measures. The SNC has an online survey at www. at its website to collect infor- mation from local farmers on how this year’s dry weather conditions have affected their operations and help the SNC with develop- ment funding for drought support programs.

Hawkesbury police and paramedics had two fatal accidents to deal with in the Champlain Township area over the August 15 weekend. —archives


at the scene. The second accident occurred August 16, at about 3:30 a.m., on Ritchance Road in Champlain Township, just east of Blue Corner Road. The OPP incident report states that a car had gone off the road and into the ditch. The driver, Joanne Gowan, 54, of Alfred- Plantagenet Township, was the sole occu- pant of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Anyone who may have witnessed either accident is asked to call the Hawkesbury OPP at 613-632-2729.

Police and paramedics had two fatal accident calls in the Champlain Township area over the August 15 weekend. The first accident occurred August 15 around 1 a.m. on County Road 17 just east of the County Road 4 intersection in Champlain Township. A car had gone off the road and rolled over into the ditch. Fanny Dallaire, 21, of Vankleek Hill, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead

Water levels in parts of the South Nation River watershed have improved with the recent rains. The Lower South Nation River, Castor River, and Bearbrook subwatershed regions are now back to Level 1 low water status, which means residents are asked to try to reduce their water consumption but can still water their lawns and gardens without fear of creating shortages for emergency use. Above, view of the Castor River in Embrun. —photo François Legault


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The Prescott and Russell Entrepre- neurship Centre (PREC) was created to help and support small and medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of Ontario's economy and create jobs, innovation and prosperity. We help entrepreneurs succeed in Prescott and Russell by providing information, tools and support their needs during their start-up and growth phases. In fact, we o€er seminars, workshops and network- ing opportunities that are designed with the entrepreneur in mind. The PREC o€ers, among other things: • Free consultations; • Business plan review services;

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected impacts on all municipal budgets. The federal and provincial governments are providing extra funding aid to local governments through the Safe Restart assistance program. —photo EAP NEWSROOM

region itself, Alfred-Plantagenet Township will receive $265,200, the Municipality of Casselman $93,500, Champlain Township $247,700, the City of Clarence-Rockland $607,400, East Hawkesbury Township $91,900, the Town of Hawkesbury $319,800, Russell Township $458,984, and The Nation Municipality $308,400. The Ontario government is providing $212 million in social service relief funding to aid with local social programs for vulnerable people who need shelter. All of the Safe Restart funds are allocated according to municipal population figures. The first phase of Safe Restart funds will go out to municipalities in the fall and the second phase of the funding will be sent out after each local government has filed their updated COVID-19 expense reports to the province.

Local municipalities are getting funding help from the provincial government to cover some of their expenses in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The Safe Restart deal between the federal and provincial governments means $695 million in federal funds to help Ontario municipalities cover their own operating expenses related to the pandemic, along with more than $600 million in federal money for supporting local public transit services in those municipalities that have them. Under the first phase of the Safe Restart aid program, the United Counties of Prescott- Russell will get $2,337,600 while the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry will get $1,762,300. Within the Prescott-Russell

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