Christina Van Starkenburg


Becky Conroy returns to Canada

After spending a year playing hockey abroad, Pembroke native Becky Conroy received a warm welcome back to the country. On Aug. 26 she was drafted to the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) where she will play for the Brampton Thunder.

David Wybou, Charlene Chaput, Jerry Plante and MP Cheryl Gallant gather to celebrate the donation of $20, 250 that the Phoenix Centre will be using for its marketing program. A large portion of the money will be used for the Welcome to Parenting program. For more community photos please visit our website photo gallery at

Phoenix Centre to use grant money for marketing

The Phoenix Centre received a cheque for $20,250 from the Community Futures Development Corporation recently. The money will be used to hire a marketer to help the Phoenix Centre market its programs on a national and international level.

Alice Grenon demonstrates the wheelchair lift on one of Carefor’s new transportation vehicles.

CCTC helping those with mobility issues

Getting to doctors’ appointments and grocery stores will be easier for people with transportation issues in Renfrew County.

Emma March shows off some of her fiddling skills. Having recently won second place at the Canadian open fiddle championship in the 18 and under category, she will be one of the contestants in this year's Pembroke Old Time Fiddle and Step Dancing Championships. For more community photos please visit our website photo gallery at

Pembroke youth one of the best in Canada

Emma March, one of the area's many young, talented fiddlers and stepdancers, was getting her practice in leading up to this year's Fiddle Park. Earlier this month the 15-year-old entered into the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship in Shelburne where she placed second in the 18 and under category.

CHRISTINA VAN STARKENBURG The garage of 608 McGee St, which is on the corner of McGee St. and Ramsey St., burst into flames late afternoon Tuesday. No one was injured, but the fire melted the back of the house. The Pembroke Fire Department responded from both their station and Fiddle Park to put out the flames. They are currently investigating the cause of the fire. For more community photos please visit our website photo gallery at

McGee Street garage in Pembroke destroyed by fire

The detached garage at 608 McGee St. burned down late Tuesday afternoon. The fire was so hot that it melted the back of the house at the address, but fire fighters were still able to get the flames under control quickly.

Lloyd Hill directs the traffic as trailers line up to enter into Fiddle Park Monday morning.

People from all over have come to Fiddle Park

A familiar line of campers took over the parking lot at Riverside Park on Monday with people coming in from all over the place to partake in Fiddle Park.

45 reptiles rescued from a house in Cobden

On Aug. 19 the Ontario SPCA executed a search warrant at a residence in Cobden where they rescued over 45 reptiles, including bearded dragons, snakes, lizards and an American Alligator.

MRC Pontiac Warden Michael McCrank presents a list of requests that the county has for the federal and provincial governments and for CN Rail to help prevent the removal of the rail.

MRC Pontiac goes on the offensive to save their railway

Monday at the entrance to the industrial park in Litchfield, the Municipal Regional County (MRC) Pontiac held a press conference to address the concerns that communities within the county have about the removal of the CN railway.

The McBrides, Shawna, Vera, Stuart, Paul and Jessica, stand in front of their family farm. The McBride family farm was one of the farms in Ontario that will receive an award at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo for their dedication to farming and to the community. For more community photos please visit our website photo gallery at

Family farm to win award

COBDEN – The McBride family farm will receive an award at the BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards Ceremony on Sept. 17. The ceremony is a part of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Mitchell, Ontario.

Residents of Pontiac County blocked the tracks to prevent CN Rail from removing the railway, but after a meeting with regional officials, CN still asserts that it will, and is legally entitled to, remove the rails anyway.

CN claims legal right to remove rails in Pontiac region

After Tuesday's rail blockade CN agreed to meet with MRC Pontiac. However, after meeting for over 90 minutes, CN maintains that it is allowed to remove the rails despite the interim control bylaw forbidding that.

Gareth Martin, of Suns Out Guns Out, goes for a hit in a game of mixed beach volleyball this weekend. Also in the photo is Jenna Yaraskavich (left) and Erica Lapierre (centre).

PMBVL enters into it's playoffs

It was win or go home time as the Pembroke Mixed Beach Volleyball League (PMBVL) playoffs began Sunday. This single elimination week matched up teams to see who moves on to the final four next weekend.

Ward Wright (left) shoots the balloons his son Morgan Wright is holding as part of the Petawawa Setter's Festival.

Petawawa steps back in time with annual Settlers Festival

This weekend Petawawa took a step back in time for the fourth Petawawa Settlers Festival, which ran from Aug. 9 to 11. The theme this year was “Wheels in Motion,” to showcase the different types of vehicles that the settlers used.