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Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Renfrew County District School Board finished the 2017-18 school year with board chairwoman Wendy Hewitt and director of education Pino Buffone (right) saying farewell to student trustee Nic Edge, who attends Arnprior District High School. Edge will be studying outdoor recreation parks and tourism along with concurrent education at Lakehead University.

RCDSB closes out another successful school year

The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) closed out another successful school year restating their mission to create a dynamic, inclusive and respectful learning environment.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Ultimate Family Church Picnic was held on July 8 at Hugli's Blueberry Ranch. The day featured face-painting, games, wagon rides and live entertainment by Gate 47. Here the band of (left to right) Rob Mackenzie, Mike Gulliver, Kevin Rabishaw, Jamie-Lynne Hunt and James Waito perform a number for the picnic crowds under the Ranch's big tent.

An old-fashioned community church picnic

LAURENTIAN VALLEY – The nostalgia of old-fashion church picnics were recreated at Hugli's Blueberry Ranch on July 8 with the first-ever Ultimate Family Church Picnic.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Women Walking for Hope will be hosting the Amazing Community Challenge at the Petawawa Heritage Village on Saturday, Aug. 25. In the photo are (left to right) Grace Gendron, event co-ordinator Lesley Buckingham, event co-ordinator Jeris Chalmers-Wein, Morgan Finley, Connor Bennett, Petawawa Heritage Society president Ann McIntyre, and Sydney Robinson.

Amazing Community Challenge coming on Aug. 25

PETAWAWA – The Women Walking for Hope are returning this summer with a new event that will give friends, family and co-workers the chance to take the fight to cancer.

Kinsmen Pool

Kinsmen Pool needs roof replacement, consultants

The city recently received a report on the condition of the aging Kinsmen Pool with consultants advising council that the structure's walls and roof should be removed and replaced.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Nolan Cuddy, from Beachburg Public School (left), gets ready to step off during the Grade 6 boys 100-metre dash during the RCEIAA West Division's Track and Field Championships held in Petawawa.

Sorrows, Valour top Grade 6 track competition

PETAWAWA – Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School and Valour K-12 topped the Grade 6 division during the county elementary track and field competition here on June 6.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Silhouetted against a wall of flames, Laurentian Valley firefighters are challenged to battle a fire engulfing two homes and a garage on Round Lake Road late Friday night. Witnesses said a car in the garage exploded during the tragic conflagration which claimed one life.

Catastrophic blaze claims one life

LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Good Samaritans broke down a door to rescue an elderly couple from a catastrophic fire that destroyed two homes and claimed one life Friday night.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer A.J. Williams (right) is pursued by Jordyn Scantland-Proulx as they draw closer to finishing the Kids of Steel age 8-9 race at Garrison Petawawa.

Kids of Steel test their mettle in triathlon

GARRISON PETAWAWA – We may be two years away from the Tokyo Summer Games but the Olympians of the future were testing their endurance during the ninth annual Kids of Steel Triathlon Sunday.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The second annual Tour de Whitewater attracted 375 riders Saturday, including a bike club from Gatineau, Quebec. Here riders depart the Westmeath Recreation Centre Arena on the 50-kilometre course.

Tour de Whitewater attracts 375 cyclists

WESTMEATH – Blessed with blue skies and milder summer temperatures, cyclists took to the roads of Whitewater Region for the second annual Tour de Whitewater.

STEPHEN UHLER/DAILY OBSERVER An accident on Lake Street near the Pembroke Memorial Centre on Jan. 11 sent three people to hospital. Ernie Hall, of Petawawa, died of his injuries the following day. A Pembroke man will stand trial in connection with the case in December, 2016.

Driver's conviction overturned, new trial ordered

An appellate court has overturned the conviction of a driver who allegedly struck a retired regimental sergeant-major outside the Pembroke Memorial Centre following a Lumber Kings game.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Dressed in their traditional scarlets, a guard of Royal Canadian Dragoons escorts the regiment's colours, the famous Guidon, during change of command ceremonies on June 28 at Garrison Petawawa.

"A fine day to be a Dragoon”

GARRISON PETAWAWA - Canada's senior cavalry regiment witnessed another significant milestone in its storied history on June 28 with Lt.-Col. Fraser Auld handing over command to Lt.-Col. Rob Marois.

Feds will not restart NRU, County learns

The federal government has turned down a request from the County of Renfrew to extend the life of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River until 2021.

SEAN CHASE/DAILY OBSERVER Ministry of Natural Resources technicians assisted Town of Petawawa firefighters during a massive forest fire on Doran Road in 2012. During the current heat wave, Petawawa has imposed a fire ban.

Petawawa imposes immediate fire ban

The Town of Petawawa has become the latest Upper Ottawa Valley municipality to impose a fire ban during the current heat wave that has gripped Eastern and central Canada and parts of the U.S.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2CMBG) commander Col. Michael Wright (centre) presides over the change of command for 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) as Lt.-Col. Jim Smith hands the unit over to Lt.-Col. Chantal Tetreault. Looking on is 2CMBG brigade sergeant-major Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Mercer and 2CER regimental sergeant-major Chief Warrant Officer Stacey Merriam.

A historical milestone for 2CER

GARRISON PETAWAWA – The sappers of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) witnessed a truly historical milestone last week.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Blistering heat drove the initial attendance at Petawawa's Canada Day celebrations at the Catwalk down on Sunday. However, some folks still enjoyed a large paddle board trip to the Petawawa 150th Foundation.

Heat drives Petawawa's Canada Day numbers down

PETAWAWA – The astronomically high temperatures that have been baking cental Canada this past weekend kept the numbers down at the town's Canada Day celebrations Sunday.