Sarah Hyatt, The Daily Observer


Laurentian Valley council is hopeful some improvements to the Bruham Avenue and Boundary Road intersection may be possible in the near future.

Talk resurfaces about Bruham and Boundary

LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Changes and possible improvements to the Bruham Avenue and Boundary Road intersection were back up for discussion at the Laurentian Valley council table recently.

Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre education director Lyndsey Mask shares with the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board on Feb. 23, recent successes and also talks future projects at the Pembroke board office.

SWOEC continues to make a difference for kids

The Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre (SWOEC) continues to make a difference in the lives of youth and is looking forward to a number of new projects and programs in coming months and years.

Second year practical nursing student Yanwen Zhao tends to Robert Ferguson, a police foundations student and victim during a mock critical incident training exercise at Algonquin College's Waterfront Campus on March 20.

Algonquin College students tackle mock disaster

Radiological hazards, a hit-and-run, injuries, death, shock and grief were just a few of the issues students at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus tackled during Friday’s mock critical incident training exercise.

Free The Children leaders visit Pembroke's BSCHS

Bishop Smith Catholic High School students are becoming leaders in social justice and learning from the pros recently on how to make the difference in their community.

Laurentian Valley Councillor Brian Hugli suggests the best two youth from each school regardless of gender be recognized by council with the township's new Laurentian Valley Outstanding Youth Award program.

Laurentian Valley to honour youth leaders

LAURENTIAN VALLEY – The township has officially finalized the details of its Laurentian Valley Outstanding Youth Award program with the hopes of recognizing young community leaders.

City of Pembroke Mayor Mike LeMay and PBIA manager Heather Sutherland talk positive changes and improvements for downtown Pembroke at the PBIA's annual general meeting recently. The pair are looking forward to working together in years to come to make downtown Pembroke the best it can be.

PBIA roll out five-year plan

While many small towns and cities continue to face physical, economic and social decline in their downtown areas, the PBIA and City of Pembroke insist positive changes are taking place here and the plan is to continue to build and enhance downtown Pembroke this year and in coming years.

Sam Graham, 2015 Canada Winter Games wheelchair basketball athlete and Grade 7 student Colby Audette share some one-on-time during Graham's visit to Highview Public School in Pembroke, Wednesday, March 11. Graham stopped by to help expose students to wheelchair sports.

Local basketball legend visits Highview

With hopes of exposing as many kids as possible to wheelchair sports, a tremendous trio including local basketball hero Sam Graham made a special stop at Highview Public School Wednesday.

Eganville native and Olympian Melissa Bishop speaks to student athletes at Fellowes High School in Pembroke on Monday, March 9. Bishop was the guest of honour at a welcoming banquet for the OFSAA boys hockey A/AA provincial championship hosted by Fellowes this week.

Olympian Melissa Bishop helps kick off OFSAA

Olympian and Eganville native Melissa Bishop officially helped kick off the 2015 OFSAA boys hockey championship Monday, as the guest of honour at a welcoming banquet at Fellowes High School.

Graham hitting the court for charity

This Friday, Beachburg native and 2015 Canada Winter Games athlete Sam Graham is bringing his love for the game to the court at Algonquin College one more time.

On Saturday, March 7, in Pembroke, the Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke wrapped up its Access Hockey program at the Pembroke Memorial Centre. Here, a group thanks the Alice and Fraser Minor Sports Association, one of this year's supporter's. The association donated $500 to help the program out this year. Pictured here, left to right in front are: participants, Terrence Schultz, 10, Owen Ellis, 11 and Faith Landry, 10. Back, left to right are: Rick Klatt, volunteer coach, Melanie Pratt, volunteer coach and program leader, Rhodina Turner, the Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke's new executive director, Ken Brown, treasurer for the minor sports association, and Jamie Benn, another volunteer coach.

Fourth year of Access Hockey wraps up

About 27 kids who’ve either never skated before or had access to organized hockey have benefited from the fourth year of Access Hockey with the Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke.

Kali Robinson wows the crowd while she slides across the ice during the Theatre on Ice "Rocking in the 80s" portion of the Pembroke Skating Club's season finale held Saturday, March 7.

A grand skating finale

The Pembroke Skating Club held its season finale at the Pembroke and Area Community Centre (PACC) this Saturday and the year-end show featured an all-star lineup of local talent.

The 2015 Whitewater Relay for Life campaign officially got underway Saturday, March 7, at the Beachburg Arena. Pictured here, event crew chiefs (left) Angie McCutcheon and (right) Charlotte Robinson pose for a photo with this year's honorary survivor Sharon Neff (middle).

Whitewater Relay for Life gaining momentum

BEACHBURG – In 2014, it was estimated that about 524 Canadians would be diagnosed with cancer each day, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

(Left) Garrison Petawawa 2 Field Ambulance Capt. Alaina Mundy welcomes members from 2 Field Ambulance and 1 Canadian Field Hospital home from Sierra Leone on March 6. Here, she shakes 2 Field Ambulance Lieut. (N) Anne Bolduc's hand during a warm exchange. Sarah Hyatt/Pembroke Daily Observer/QMI Agency

Soldiers from Sierra Leone return home

GARRISON PETAWAWA – The first Canadian Armed Forces medical contingent to go to West Africa to combat the Ebola epidemic, including 19 local soldiers from the Garrison’s 2 Field Ambulance and 1 Canadian Field Hospital, returned home Friday and are said to be healthy and safe.