Ryan Paulsen, The Daily Observer


Submitted photo <br> A Greyhound bus containing 40 passengers careened off Highway 17 in Head, Clara and Maria Township shortly after 4 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. The driver suffered serious facial injuries and one passenger was complaining of back pain afterwards, but the remaining 39 people escaped without injury.

Greyhound bus carrying 40 drifts off Highway 17

In the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 12, the 40 passengers on an eastbound Greyhound bus got the worst kind of awakening when their bus slid off Highway 17 and careened more than 100 metres into the roadside bush before finally coming to a stop.

Warden still optimistic on Highway 17

Renfrew County Warden Peter Emon had reassuring words for his fellow operations committee members on Monday, Aug. 8, when the committee learned that the continued expansion of Highway 17 beyond Scheel Drive is noticeably absent from the Ministry of Transportation's newest update for the 2016-2020 Southern Highways Program.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Renfrew County Family and Children's Services grillmaster Paul Elliott keeps the tasty treats coming as FCS hosts its Summer Smiles Campaign community fundraising barbecue on Thursday, July 28.

Family and Children's Services hosts fundraising barbecue

Renfrew County Family and Children's Services hosted a fundraising barbecue on Thursday to raise money for their Summer Smiles campaign, and they're hoping local businesses and organizations will follow their example.

Town of Petawawa Municipal Building

Petawawa outpacing last year's growth

If the latest building permit numbers submitted to the Town of Petawawa are anything to go on, the town's growth over the past few years is far from over.

Town of Petawawa Municipal Building

Petawawa roads in decline: report

Despite the town's best efforts to keep up, Petawawa's roads are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired, councillors heard at the latest committee meeting on Monday night, July 25.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Local band Dr. Hoon, composed of Andrew Swan, left, John Christink, Richie Burns, Stacey Graveline, Baylee Gallagher and Stew Adam, took to the Beachburg Fair Farmer's Stage to get the Saturday evening crowd warmed up for the headlining band, The Ghost Town Cryers.

Beachburg Fair still going strong at 159

A tradition that's been going strong since 10 years before confederation was continued over the weekend with the 159th annual Beachburg Fair drawing strong numbers despite smatterings of rain and thunder throughout.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Lauryn Gutzeit-McMillan, left, and Madi Granter collide during a bounce sumo match at the Petawawa Civic Centre on Saturday, July 24.

Trying to bounce up some funds for Colby

Considering the glorious summer weather and the YouTube virality of the sport, this weekend's 'bubble ball sumo tournament' was slightly underwhelming, but organizers who were hoping to capitalize on the unique allure of the event are already looking forward to a make-up day with optimism.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Morgan Bos speeds to the finish during barrel racing at the RAM Rodeo Tour's Beachburg Fair rodeo on Saturday afternoon, July 23.

RAM Rodeo Tour a hit at the Beachburg Fair

After more than a century and a half, the Beachburg Fair could be forgiven for keeping things more or less the same, but this year's fair featured a brand new addition that got a lot of fans cheering for more.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Pembroke's Waterfront Park is home to several "PokeStops", power-up places where Pokemon Go players can collect in-game items, making it a popular destination for fans of the new augmented reality game that has captivated players around the world.

Ottawa Valley Pokémon Go fans unite to catch 'em all

With the game making headlines in virtually all corners of international media -- economic, video game, cultural, 'wierd news', and more -- and scores of millions worldwide logging on every day, it's hardly surprising that the Pokémon Go phenomenon has found an enthusiastic fan base here in the Ottawa Valley.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Cole Hoffman was one of the local skaters who lined up to break in the brand new downtown skate park on Friday, June 24.

City skate park opens

After a long road, complete with some twists, turns, and a few bumps, Pembroke is officially home to a brand new permanent skate park.

Photo courtesy Ottawa Bluesfest Facebook page <br> The Wicked Mercy guitarist Dave Nado rocking the stage at Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest on Saturday, July 16. One week later, on July 23, the band featuring Pembroke's own Cory Zadorozny will hit Lasso Live for their first show in the area since Sabstock four years ago.

The Wicked Mercy set for first Pembroke show in four years at Lasso Live

At 39 years old, Cory Zadorozny has already had a musical career to envy, including Juno awards, touring with major bands, and gracing major stages across the country. Now he's bringing his current band, The Wicked Mercy, back to his home town for a Saturday night show at Lasso Live in downtown Pembroke on July 23.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Bonnechere Park employees Nathan Mask, backgroun, and Tyler Lawson play a game of beach volleyball despite a sudden downpour on Friday afternoon, July 15. Programs held earlier in the day were well attended,but the storm drove away crowds gathered at the park for the second annual Healthy Parks, Health People day, which offers free park admission to the general public to encourage more outdoor activity.

Bonnechere hosts soggy Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day

Despite the day taking a decidedly soggy turn with an afternoon downpour, the second annual Health Parks, Healthy People Day hosted by Ontario Parks on Friday, July 15 at Bonnechere Provincial Park is being considered a success.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Local artists Kerry Fortin, left, and Jordan Smith with a work in progress by Smith, painted live during a Ramblin' Valley Band concert at Kerry's Place on Pembroke Street West. The painting, along with another by Smith and two by Fortin, will be auctioned off online with proceeds going to the Kidney Foundation and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Local artists work together on multiple projects

The artistic world has produced more than its fair share of famous and fruitful collaborations, from the Group of Seven to Lennon and McCartney. With the breadth and depth of talent in the Ottawa Valley, it should come as no surprise that creative collaborations are flourishing here, too.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Our Lady of Sorrows hosted their first Vacation Bible School from July 4-8. Here, helpers Allie Weichenthal, left, and Ruby Pilatzke, right, join McKinna Godin and other day campers under the big parachute on Wednesday morning, July 6.

Our Lady of Sorrows hosts Vacation Bible School

Petawawa's Our Lady of Sorrows parish hosted a Vacation Bible School day camp week from July 4-8, bringing in 18 kids to take part in games, stories, snacks and spiritual instruction.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Eight-year-old Brooke Mackay prepares to have her hair cut by Amanda Yakabuskie, left, and her mom Crystal Alport at the Canadian Cancer Society office on Pembroke Street East.

Beachburg's Brooke Mackay donates hair to Cancer Society

Eight-year-old Brooke Mackay of Beachburg has spent half her life growing her hair for a cause, and at the end of June, she brought this quest to an end.With little fanfare, in the Canadian Cancer Society offices on Pembroke Street East, Brooke had her hair lopped off, destined for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which makes real-hair wigs f