Speedster spins out of control, crushes Mamma Teresa lawn

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by Anastasia Philopoulos on July 2, 2015

The vehicle was a total loss. Photo courtesy MRC police

The vehicle was a total loss.
Photo courtesy MRC police

Police say an Ottawa speedster hit Chelsea’s infamous speed bump with such force that the man’s sports car flew off the road and onto the front lawn of Mamma Teresa’s restaurant.

According to MRC des Collines police, it was at approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 that the 20 year-old driver lost control of his car at the intersection of Meech Lake and Kingsmere roads in Chelsea after hitting the speed bump.

The car finally came to a halt in the parking lot between Mamma Teresa’s and L’Épicerie générale du Parc, destroying the restaurant’s landscaping and taking out a few signs, and the better part of a fence. According to police, no one was injured, including the driver and his passenger, but the vehicle is a total loss.

Mamma Teresa manager Logan Lepine says the damages came as a shock when he arrived to open up the restaurant on Saturday morning.

“My chef told me ‘hey, what happened to the gate?’ I’m like what gate?”…I saw [the mess] and I’m like never mind the gate, the whole land is [destroyed].”

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Cascades sends first athlete to world stage

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by Anastasia Philopoulos on July 2, 2015

Madison MacKenzie competing at the annual Cascades Club Lucy Slade Regatta. Photo courtesy Frédéric Loyer

Madison MacKenzie competing at the annual Cascades Club Lucy Slade Regatta.
Photo courtesy Frédéric Loyer

Chelsea’s Cascades Club hit a major milestone this week when it announced star kayaker Madison Mackenzie made the U23 Nationals team, making her the club’s first ever athlete to compete on the international stage.

“I’m really excited to be the first one,” Mackenzie told the Low Down. “It’s a huge stepping stone, [and] I’m really happy I get to be a part of it.”

Mackenzie found out she made the team in late June, and was one of six selected from 40 women who competed for a top spot in Montreal last month. The Chelsea athlete will travel to Portugal for the World Championships this July to compete in the K4 500 metre event. Mackenzie, 19, will be the youngest athlete on her team, and says she’s looking forward to the challenge.

“I think it’s going to be a really good learning experience,” she said. “My goal is not to stay in U23, I eventually want to move up to senior because a lot of the faster girls, even if they’re not 23, they’re in that category.”

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Turtle trouble: watch out for mama reptiles on the road

July 2, 2015

  Lisa Hopkins said she’s seen people drive over turtles, and she isn’t the only one. A couple of years ago, Hopkins was driving down Edelweiss Road near Burnt Hill, when she noticed a large turtle on the road. She pulled over, but before she could move it, a car drove over it. It was […]

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Fire claims Chelsea home

June 23, 2015

Six people escaped a fire that completely destroyed a Chelsea house on June 23. Fire fighters were called at 4:20 a.m., according to Chelsea Fire Department Captain Jim Connolly. Only the foundation remains of the two-storey home at 31 Mullen Road. André Lacasse and Jennifer German were in the house with their children and two […]

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Pinched pipe leaves enviro mess in Cantley

June 23, 2015

St. Andrew’s United Church is now dealing with “serious” environmental contamination after a break-in caused diesel fuel to leak into its grounds. Individuals broke into the cellar of the church and stole a copper pipe connected to the furnace, according to church trustee Hubert McClelland. A couple of hundred of litres of diesel leaked into […]

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Chelsea man wants water, gets stone-walled instead

June 23, 2015

David Jost took promises at face value that he’d get a hook-up to water in Chelsea, and yet he now has to choose between a $48,000 price tag or drinking water with uranium in it. To make matters worse, the decision is now or never as Scott Road is set to be paved by July […]

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W’field PPU finally tabled

June 17, 2015

After over a decade of delays, on June 15 La Pêche council tabled the document that will influence all future development in Wakefield village. Council and residents have worked on the Programme Particulier d’Urbanisme (PPU) since it published a preliminary document in 1999. It’s the reference manual for any future development in and around the […]

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Spider-spun story spreads on web

June 17, 2015

What started off as an innocent round of spider-related postings between friends on Facebook quickly turned into an all out tarantula trending topic for some media. On June 12, Le Droit, along with a few Francophone radio stations, published stories about excessively large spiders showing up around town. And while it sounds like the start […]

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New bus service off and running

June 17, 2015

Natasha Sabolotny said she was so excited to see a bus pull into Wakefield that she gave the driver a hug. “His name is Michel. He’s awesome,” the Lascelles resident said. “I was just so excited to get on the bus.” The Transcollines bus service launched on June 15. Public transit is now available to […]

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Purrrfect lattés fur Chelsea

June 10, 2015

If you’re looking for the purr-fect latte or you just need to take paws after a long day at work, Chelsea’s newest café might just have what you need. Cats: seven of them. And they’re all hypoallergenic. The Siberian Cat Café, located in what was once the savonerie on Old Chelsea Road, is set to […]

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