Sean Chase, The Daily Observer


Submitted photo The Opeongo High School Band recently won silver at the National MusicFest Competition. In the photo are (front left to right) Andrew Schwan, who took home an honourary award, David Bell, Ryan Hodson, (back left to right) April Priebe, Dayna Musclow and Mara Peever. Opeongo is hosting a variety show and bake sale benefit for flood victims on Thursday, June 1.

Opeongo hosting Variety Show benefit June 1

ADMASTON/BROMLEY – Fresh from their silver finish at the MusicFest nationals, Opeongo High School students are ready to entertain for a good cause.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Members of OPSEU, (left to right) Laura Latimer, Theresa Graham, Jeff Scobie, Dianne Perry, Paula Sossi and Mat Royer, stage an information picket outside the Pembroke LCBO Wednesday. The union is arguing against the privatization of liquor sales in the province.

Union protests Liberal privatization of LCBO

Employees of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) continued to wage their battle against privatization and the excess of casual work positions within the organization during an information picket Wednesday in Pembroke.

Town of Petawawa Municipal Building

Councillors criticize town scent policy

PETAWAWA – Some councillors are criticizing the town's new scent sensitive environment policy as an example of government overreach.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Upper Ottawa River Kayak Fishing Derby received a huge financial boost with a $2,000 sponsorship from Johnston and Mackie. In the photo are (left to right) Town of Petawawa economic development officer Cyndy Phillips, Johnston and Mackie office manager Donna Roggie, Petawawa parks and recreation manager Kelly Williams, Johnston and Mackie accounts manager Kelly Simon, Johnston and Mackie accounts executive Derek Deruiter and City of Pembroke economic development officer Heather McConnell.

Kayak Fishing Derby receives big supporter

As it gears up for its sophmore year, the Upper Ottawa River Kayak Fishing Derby has gained a major supporter with Johnston and Mackie Limited coming on board as title sponsor.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Valour's Austin Ingram (second from left) won the boys visually impaired 100-metre and 200-metre runs during the Renfrew County Track and Field championships.

Junior athletes compete in County track & field

OTTAWA - The Renfrew County Track and Field Championships, hosted by the Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association, were held at the Terry Fox Facility in Ottawa on May 12.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Colby Audette (centre) is joined by some of his friends and his mother, Gloria Audette, as the fifth annual Colby's Crusade gets underway at Pembroke's Riverside Park on Saturday.

Superheroes fighting for Colby's Crusade

Superheroes of all shapes and sizes descended on the community over the long weekend to help an inspiring Pembroke youth as he wages the battle of his life.

Photo courtesy of Rick Schroeder This year's Renfrew County Track and Field championships were held at the Terry Fox Facility in Ottawa on May 12.

Midget athletes shine at County track & field

OTTAWA - The Renfrew County Track and Field Championships, hosted by the Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association, were held at the Terry Fox Facility in Ottawa on May 12.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Ralph McVean (left) is joined by a squad of young volunteers keen to pick up trash during the annual Community Clean Up Day on Saturday. Colin Smith and Rosalie Leclerc are members of the 2677 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. Rosalie was also joined by her younger sister, Leah (right).

The big Pembroke Spring Clean up

Now that the snow is finally gone, Pembroke residents turned to the business of cleaning up the city over the long weekend.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Jennifer Francis' Grade 3 class at Herman Street Public School have been learning all about fostering a green thumb in a new education program developed by the Petawawa Horticultural Society. In the photo are (front to right) Chelsea Mclean, Ridge Day, Grace Ikerenge, Ella Fitzpatrick, Connor Mcguigan, Ashlyn Craig, Jaiden Galton, Nick Slade, (back left to right) Lachlan Koziel, Jayden Maclean, Ben Alexander, Titus Newman, Maaike O'Connell, Sammy Waito, Charlotte Penney, Lois O'Brien, Liam Stutzinger and Jack Van Gemeren.

Herman Street students growing green thumbs

With spring finally arriving, the students of Herman Street Public School are taking time from reading, writing and arithmatic to develop their inner green thumb.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Jaguar Brianna Mulvihill (right) fights Crusader Mackenzie Godin (centre) for possession of the ball during the junior girls soccer final. St. Joseph's scored a 1-0 win over Bishop Smith to take the county championship.

Jaguars claim three titles in soccer championships

DEEP RIVER – St. Joseph's Catholic High School were crowned the definitive kings and queens of the pitch Thursday capturing three out of four Renfrew County high school soccer championships.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Riverview administrator Jill Buckwald (right) conducts a tour for members of Renfrew County's social services committee which included (left to right) Laurentian Hills Mayor John Reinwald, County Warden Jennifer Murphy and Laurentian Valley Reeve Debbie Robinson, the committee's chairwoman. The 14-unit addition in Petawawa will be open for occupancy in February 2018.

Social services gets first look at new housing

Renfrew County councillors say the new expansion at the Riverview Seniors Apartment will address the growing need for seniors affordable housing in the region.

Submitted photo Incorporated in 1861, the County of Renfrew is made up of 17 lower tier municipalities.

County paramedics seeing change in Ottawa calls

With Ottawa paramedics be directed to change their dispatch practices, County of Renfrew paramedics are beginning to see less reliance on them to respond to emergency calls in the nation's capital.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer These Opeongo High School students created a futuristic Mother Nature for the fantasy hair and makeup competition. In the photo are (left to right) Karly Campbell, Payton Rochon and Summer Wagner.

Here are the winners of Options 2017

This week high school students from across Renfrew County competed in the 15th edition of the Options Skilled Trades Fair held at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.