Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer


Bob McLaughlin makes his way to shore as he completes the Kiwanis Double Cross Swim Saturday morning. The swim, in which he crossed the Ottawa River from Pembroke to Desjardinsville and back, has been an annual event since 1984.

Kiwanis swim raises $7,000

The weather couldn’t have been better, and the water was smooth as silk at the Pembroke Marina Saturday morning for the running of the 32nd annual double cross swim.

Friends, family and supporters of the Pembroke Public Library gathered Friday at Grey Gables Manor to bid library CEO Margaret Mau a happy retirement after working there for 30 years.

Pembroke Library CEO retires

Family, friends and supporters of the Pembroke Public Library gathered at Grey Gables to wish a happy retirement to Margaret Mau.

Traditional dancers mix with visitors during the welcome dance, held this weekend as part of the 29th annual Pikwakanagan pow wow. The regalia they wear holds deep meaning to the individual wearing it.

29th Pikwakanagan Pow Wow

PIKWAKANAGAN – Hundreds have been gathering at Pikwakanagan this weekend to celebrate Algonquin culture and heritage at the 29th annual powwow.

The eighth annual Niigan Mosewak Aboriginal Youth Camp was held this week at Camp Lutherlyn on Golden Lake. It is a summer camp hosted by the OPP East Region Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) for Aboriginal youth. Here the whole camp poses for a picture, including campers, counsellors and volunteers. In the lower centre with the white shirt is Staff Sgt. Paul Dowdall, Killaloe Detachment.

Aboriginal youth, OPP meet at camp

BONNECHERE VALLEY - Camp Lutherlyn, located on the shores of Golden Lake, was the scene of a special gathering this week between aboriginal youth and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Ben Huckabone, left, and Michael Plazek practice during one of the sessions held by the Ottawa Valley Basketball Academy at Fellowes High School Friday afternoon. The annual clinic helps players sharpen their skills before the upcoming season.

Brushing up on the skills

At Fellowes High School, classes were again in session for local basketball players.

Lynn Cooper placed first in Grand Masters Bikini in the 2016 GNC Live Well Ontario Allmax Natural Championships, the provincial championships of bodybuilding, held in London Aug. 6. The other trophies are from the regional championships she won to qualify for the provincials.

Local bodybuilder achieves dream

With grit and determination, Lynn Cooper has fulfilled her dream by winning the Ontario championship in bodybuilding.

Emma Lyttle, 11, shows her technique as she throws knives at a target, one of the many demonstrations at the Petawawa Heritage Village, held as part of this weekend's Settlers Festival.

Petawawa's Settler's Festival is on

PETAWAWA – In life a little rain must fall, and those taking part in Petawawa’s Settler’s Festival refused to let it dampen their spirits.

Spouses and relatives of veterans of the First Special Service Force lay wreaths in their memory in front of a cross hidden beside the Colour Party during a memorial service held Saturday at the Petawawa Legion. The event, overseen by the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, wrapped up the 70th reunion of the FSSF.

First Special Service Force honoured

PETAWAWA – Two generations of warriors came together this weekend to commemorate and celebrate their shared heritage.