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Sean Chase/Daily Observer Pembroke firefighters survey the damage left after an explosion blew out the sides of this two-storey house on D'Arcy Street early Thursday afternoon. A man suffered burns to his face and hands, while an infant sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Petawawa man back in court

A Petawawa charged after the explosion of a butane marijuana extraction laboratory inside a west-end home made a brief court appearance Tuesday.

City eliminating vacancy rebate program

A provincial program that forced municipalities to give property tax rebates to owners of vacant properties is one step closer to being eliminated with Pembroke city council agreeing to phase out the scheme by 2021.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Employees of the Pembroke Regional Hospital demonstrate at the corner of Deacon and Mackay streets as part of a province-wide rally Wednesday. The rally was the second in a series of escalating actions that 75,000 hospital workers, who are without a contract, are taking part in this month.

PRH employees join province-wide rally

Employees of the Pembroke Regional Hospital joined a province-wide rally Wednesday that is pushing Ontario hospitals to treat their workers they represent with respect at the bargaining table.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The 2018 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards honoured these recipients for devoting 30 or more years to their community during a ceremony Saturday night at the Petawawa Civic Centre. In the photo are (left to right) Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski, Nancy Arkles (30 years), John Ralph (35 years), Jean Henderson (55 years), Elaine Metzger (30 years), and Patrick Sullivan (45 years).

Volunteers honoured for service to community

PETAWAWA - Volunteers from across Renfrew County were honoured for years of selfless dedication to their communities during a special ceremony at the Petawawa Civic Centre Saturday night.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Calvin United Church is considering converting their hall into a seniors residence. The church led another discussion focusing on the needs of the region's aging population last week.

Discussing Renfrew County's aging population

Although the Calvin Infrastructure Task Force is still developing options for a seniors affordable housing project, the church remains committed to leading the discussion about how to support Renfrew County's aging population.

Submitted photo A photo of 2 Airborne Signals with many of the paratroopers who made that ill-fated May 1968 drop on the Ottawa River. Four of the victims of the disaster are in this photo: Cpl. Bob Knight (third from left middle row), Cpl. Bob Fields (sixth from right middle row), Cpl. Jim Misner (far right middle row), and Cpl. Dennis Clements (third from right back row). Three other jumpers from 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment perished in Petawawa's worst training accident.

Petawawa's darkest hour 50 years later

It's been 50 years since the worst military training accident in Canadian history claimed seven paratroopers in the cold waters of the Ottawa River.

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Health care, judges top 2017 Sunshine List

According to Ontario's Ministry of Finance, health care administration and judges within Renfrew County topped this year's Sunshine List, the annual accounting of those public sector employees who earned $100,000 or more.

Town revising open air burning bylaw

PETAWAWA – The town will soon be updating its open air bylaw hopefully clearing up any confusion over where and when bonfires and brush burning can take place.