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OPP charge Bonnechere Valley man with sexual assault

KILLALOE – A man from Bonnechere Valley Township is facing sexual assault charges following a police investigation into an incident that occurred in January.The Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Renfrew County Crime Unit began an investigation after a sexual assault involving a male under the age of 16 was reported

City of Pembroke temporarily closes two roads effective immediately

Dickson Street in Pembroke between Cecelia Street and Fraser Street, and also William Street between Dickson Street and Herbert Street have both been temporarily closed effective immediately. This is due to the spring melt and soft road conditions. The travelling public is asked to use alternate routes.City officials expect the roads to remain clos

Pembroke Horticultural Society launching Youth Garden Program

Welcome spring! Do not focus on the snow. See the chipmunks and the robins and the crocuses and tulip leaves. Spring has arrived!It's time to start thinking of gardening. Really! And not just for the adults. Gardening is fascinating for children. It is an amazing experience for them to see the transformation from a seed to a vegetable or flower. Fo


Talent performing at Jason Blaine charity concert and golf tournament in Pembroke announced

Two of Canada’s top rising country music stars will perform at the Jason Blaine charity concert and golf tournament this June in Pembroke. Blaine has announced that JoJo Mason and Petric will perform at his fundraising concert on Tuesday, June 12 and will also participate in his golf tournament the following day.Joining them will be two bands that

NOW – Pembroke 2018 - The Pembroke Community Choir’s “Celtic Christmas” concert sold out in December 2017. For their spring 2018 concert, their Diamond Jubilee performance will be “A Wedding Invitation”, wedding-themed songs from pop, to Broadway, to royal anthems. Their spring concert is on Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Calvin United Church in Pembroke. THEN – Pembroke 1958 - A special choir was organized to help celebrate Pembroke’s Centennial year—100 years since its 1858 incorporation. A major concert was held on April 1958 at Pembroke Collegiate that saw 600 people in the audience. Its success spawned the Pembroke Community Choir which celebrates 60 years since its formation in 1958—a Diamond Jubilee year in 2018!

Pembroke Community Choir - celebrating 60 years of success

Who could have predicted, 60 years ago, that a one-time special project would lead to a group that celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this year? In 1958, Pembroke was marking its Centennial -- 100 years since its incorporation as the seat of Renfrew County. The town was organizing many special events including a concert spectacle organized by “Tug” Wil

Roseburg Forest Products has completed the purchase from Pembroke MDF Inc.of the medium density fiberboard (MDF) and molding production facilities located in Laurentian Valley.

Roseburg completes purchase of Pembroke MDF plant in Laurentian Valley

Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products announced on Monday, April 9 that it had completed the purchase from Pembroke MDF, Inc. of Pembroke's medium density fiberboard (MDF) plant and molding production facilities located in northeastern Ontario, Canada.The two companies reached an agreement in principle in March 2018, dependent upon final due dilige

The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police released this photo Friday afternoon, April 13 of the recovered property that had been stolen from Cassidy's Transfer and Storage in Pembroke.

Pembroke man charged in connection with break in at Cassidy's Transfer and Storage

A Pembroke man has been charged in connection with the break in and theft at Cassidy’s Transfer and Storage that occurred at the beginning of the week.Joseph McLeod, 35, of Pembroke with break, enter and committing an indictable offence and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.On Thursday, April 12 members of the Upper Ottawa Valley

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski in the Ontario Legislature

Renfrew - Nipissing - Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski reintroduces PMB to help make victims of violence safer

TORONTO – Wednesday in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski reintroduced his private member’s bill that seeks to keep victims of violent crimes safer.The bill would compel inmates to sign their certificate of parole before they are released back into the community.As with the first two versions of this

A GO Train exits a station. CNL has completed a feasibility study for Metrolinx on the viability and economic impacts of adopting hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) trains on the GO rail network.

CNL expertise helps Metrolinx evaluate hydrogen-based rail network

CHALK RIVER -- Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, announced March 28 that it had completed a Hydrail Feasibility Study for Metrolinx that examines the viability and economic impacts of adopting hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) trains on the GO rail network. The study, which was carried out in

Letters: Steve's two great loves

Steve’s two great loves I had the sad duty and terrible privilege of eulogizing my friend Steve (Uhler) March 24 and I’m still reeling. I believe that Steve had two great loves in life – print journalism and Pembroke. More than a reporter, he was a feature writer, an editor, a local historian. His short-lived column, Steve’s World, he wrote in the

Break-in at Cassidy's Transfer and Storage in Pembroke

Cassidy’s Transfer and Storage on MacKay Street in Pembroke suffered a break-in sometime overnight Sunday into Monday morning.Officers with the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were called to the business property on the morning of Monday, April 9 after it was discovered that a maintenance garage had been broken into

Food service staff at the Pembroke Regional Hospital show off the hospital’s new salad bar. In the photo, front to back, Amanda Schneider, Vicky Rabishaw and Gaetane Bucholtz.

Pembroke, Deep River, Renfrew hospitals achieve Silver with the Healthy Foods in Champlain Hospitals Program

Veggie breakfast omelettes. An oatmeal topping bar. Fruit parfaits. Pembroke Regional Hospital (PRH) is making healthy eating the easy choice in the cafeteria, Mural Café and Sunshine Gift Shop – and they are getting creative too! They’ve introduced a fresh salad bar, new beverages, and an enticing breakfast buffet – all part of achieving Silver st

The Renfrew County Junior Famers were recently named Ontario’s 2017 Club of the Year by the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario. Local club members in the photo, in the front row from left, Grady Dwyer, Emma Duncan, Johanna Dwyer, Meredith Mulligan and Tanner Bromley. In the back row from left, Zach Lance, Miranda Mulligan, Jamie Schultz and Marissa Mulligan.

Renfrew County Junior Farmers named 2017 Club of the Year for all of Ontario

At the annual Junior Farmers Association of Ontario’s March Conference event held recently in Belleville, the Renfrew Country Junior Farmers were surprised and ecstatic to be named the 2017 Club of the Year for all of Ontario.This marked the first time this title has ever been awarded to Renfrew County.Some of the outstanding highlights from the pa

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce names finalists for Business Achievement Awards

The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce (UOVCC) has announced the finalists for its annual Business Achievement Awards. During the month of February the chamber accepted nominations from chamber members and the general public. The top three in each category were named as finalists.The award recipients will be announced at the Chamber Awards Gal

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Petawawa Grannies announce Ida Mukuka Nambeya coming to share her story of her grassroots work in Africa

The Petawawa Grannies are thrilled to announce that Ida Mukuka Nambeya will be visiting our region and will be spending an afternoon in Petawawa on Sunday, April 15. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend some personal time with Ida and learn more about the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), the Grandmothers’ Campaign and the important work

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in Chalk River, near Petawawa

CNL to host Emmy-winning director for screening of ‘The New Fire’

CHALK RIVER -- Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced March 27 that it will present two screenings of Emmy award-winning director David Schumacher’s new documentary ‘The New Fire’ in the national capital region in April.Filmed across four continents over the course of 22 months, The New Fire follows a group of young engineers and entrepreneu

Coun. Christine Reavie, City of Pembroke Youth and Civic Awards committee chairwoman, is calling for nominations for the two awards programs for 2018. The Civic and Youth Awards recognize positive contributions of City residents to the community. Reavie is pictured with the beautiful Portage Sundial-replica that is given out to Civic Awards recipients.

Nominations for the City of Pembroke's Civic and Youth Awards are now open

City residents can publicly acknowledge the benevolent contributions of their friends and neighbours to the community as the City of Pembroke Civic and Youth Awards nominations are now open.The two awards programs are designed to celebrate Pembroke residents who are contributing positively to the city in a variety of ways.“We have all these champio

Letters to the editor: More reader letters on the passing of Stephen Uhler

Garrison Petawawa extends sympathyWe here at Garrison Petawawa were truly sorry to hear of the loss of Stephen Uhler. Allow me, on behalf of all of us at Garrison Petawawa, to extend my deepest sympathies to the staff at the Pembroke Observer as you struggle through this period of shock and grief.Stephen was a valuable asset to this community and i