Monthly Archives: February, 2010

Promise of Spring

-28 February, 2010, Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.

Looking East across the Madawaska River

New development, east of the Madawaska, Sunday, February 28, 2010, 10 am

The above photo doesn’t quite capture the feeling, but there is just the faintest trace of Spring in the air this morning.


Gas Prices Again

-Sunday, 28 February, 2010:


Full Service:

  • McEwen (+Ethanol) Madawaska Blvd 96.9 per litre.
  • (Stinson (+Car Wash) Madawaska Blvd. No change. 97.5)

All Self Service Stations except Petro Canada are at 96.7. Petro Canada is at 96.9.

Remember: Planets manufacture oil through a process we do not understand, but this process does not rely on decaying dinosaurs or other organic matter. Spectral analysis of distant planets and moons reveal that they contain oil.

There are more oil reserves Now than there was 20 years ago and consumption of oil and oil products has doubled in that time.


8.8 Earthquake in Chile

-Saturday, 27 February, 2010:

A Major Earthquake has been reported as occurring in Chile. Overnight reports have been coming in that the epicentre was near Concepcion, Chile, possibly off shore, and that a possible Tsunami might be expected to effect Peru and Chile. One forecast suggested that a Tsunami as high as three meters might reach Hawaii.

First reports indicate that 6 persons are known to have died as a result of the earthquake.


Gasoline Prices Update

-Saturday, early morning, 27 February. 2010:

Gas prices at Self-Serve stations all over town are up around 96.7 with Petro Canada being at 96.9 (cents per liter).

The Full service stations are at 97.2 (McEwen) and 97.5 (Stinson)


Heavy Wet Snow

Friday, 26 February, 2010:

I believe we got about 15-20 cm of heavy wet snow yesterday, the bulk of it falling in the evening.

After the snow plows

McLachlin Street, looking toward Elgin St. About 10:00 am.

It wasn’t pretty, it still isn’t.

Elgin Street was a little better than the side roads.

I might have gotten a more spectacular photo earlier, when the heavy trucks were doing their thing.

It’s about +2˚C at 11:00 am, and is a lot more sloppy and wet than anything else.


Gasoline Prices in Arnprior

-Thursday, 25 February, 2010:


2:oo pm:

  • Canadian Tire:  96.7
  • Mr Gas : 96.9

(remember: There is no oil shortage. Planets produce oil all the time. it is not a limited resource dependent on rotting dinosaur carcasses. Jupiter’s moons have oil (scientists can tell with spectral analysis.) (sp?)


As of Midnight:

Full Service:

  • Stinson (Car Wash, Madawaska Blvd) 97.5
  • McEwen (Ethanol) 97.2

Self Service:

  • Ultramar (Madawaska Blvd) 94.5
  • Canadian tire (Daniel Street) 94.5
  • Mr Gas (Daniel Street) 94.5
  • Petro Canada (Daniel Street) 94.7
  • Ultramar (Truck Stop, South of the 417) 94.5
  • Stinson (White Lake Rd, south of 417) 94.5

(Prices have adjusted themselves into line with other stations since yesterday.)


Snowy Thursday

– 11:33 am, Thursday, February 25, 2010.

Looking East On Madawaska Street. 11:20 am February 25, 2010

The temperature dropped 3 degrees from 0˚C to -3˚C between 8:30 and 9:00 am. The weather network has changed their forecast a couple times. They’re still forecasting a high of +1˚C with rain mixing with the snow. But their Storm Centre is calling for 5-10 cm of snow in Ottawa and 15-25 cm of snow in Pembroke, and we’re about halfway between the two.

Time might tell?


Gas Prices on the Rise for the Weekend?

-Thursday, 18 February, 2010; Around Noon:

A couple changes after a fairly stable couple of weeks:

Gas Prices in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada:

Full Service:

  • Stinson (+ Car Wash, Madawaska Blvd, near PJ’s) 93.5 / litre
  • McEwen (+ ethanol, Madawaska Blvd)  92.9

Self Serve:

  • Ultramar (Madawaska Blvd) 91.7
  • Canadian Tire (Daniel Street) 95.9
  • Petro Canada (Beckers/Macs, Daniel St) 91.9
  • Mr Gas (Daniel Street) 91.7

(Didn’t get south of the highway  to check there.

If Canadian Tire price went up, others will most likely follow before tomorrow.)


Changing the Face of Arnprior

Sunday, February 7, 2010.

With the work going on to bring Highway 17 through Arnprior as a Multi-Lane Limited acces highway (two lanes in each direction) some new hills are growing around the highway’s changing configuration. Hills, where the landscape was pretty much flat last year. Here are a couple.

-Took these before I heard about Ottawa’s CTV affiliate’s Newsroom being gutted by fire over night . This morning at about 11:30 A.M. (maybe an hour after I took these photos) a power plant in Middletown, Connecticut blew up. Middletown, Connecticut looks an awful lot like Pembroke, Ontario.


Ottawa Television Studio “Gutted” by Fire

Sunday, February 7, 2010.

At about 10:30 A.M. I turned on the television to check something and saw headlines on the CTV News channel: CJOH (Ottawa’s CTV Station)  Newsroom gutted by fire.

Long time News anchor Max Keeping was being interviewed live, spoke of 50 years of priceless archived video footage being lost.

— Probably be more later,