SUBMITTED PHOTO Earl Andrews (seen here second from left) started his first ambulance service in 1963 and eventually set up an air ambulance service with Del O'Brien at the Pembroke and Area Airport.

Petawawa loses upstanding gentleman, citizen

Earl Andrews, the innovative businessman behind the private ambulance service that was the prototype for today's Renfrew County paramedics and who later worked to secure the region's first 'Jaws of Life,' has died. He was 82.

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke's Election 2015 candidates (clockwise, from top-left): Libertarian Party of Canada - Steve Fortin; Conservative Party of Canada - Cheryl Gallant; Liberal Party of Canada - Jeff Lehoux; New Democratic Party - Dan McCarthy

Weekly election Q&A feature

It's election season again, and the 42nd federal election is the longest since 1872, so that leaves lots of time to really get to know the people who hope to represent the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke in Ottawa when the new session of parliament opens.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Matisse Duran-Woods, 4, left, Harrison Ryan, 4, Harlowe Shortt, 2, Willow Daly-Stewart, 5, Briar Daly-Stewart, 4, and Isaac Knight, 5, work up a sweat at a Participaction event hosted at Pembroke's Waterfront Park by Renfrew County health promoter Brian Brohart. The event was a partnership between the county and the Pembroke Public Library in an effort to encourage more free play exercise for children.

Getting kids out and moving

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, local kids got the chance to work up a sweat at Pembroke's Riverside Park, under the supervision and tutelage of Renfrew County and District Health Unit health promoter Brian Brohart.

Name of deceased in crash released

RENFREW – The Ontario Provincial Police have released the name of the deceased in Wednesday, Aug. 26's tragic collision involving a car and a tractor trailer on Highway 17 east of Cobden.

Staff members of the Pembroke Regional Hospital and their supporters, plus health care workers from across Eastern Ontario, gather outside 84 Isabella Street Wednesday to protest the contracting out of services and bed closures at the facility. They were gathered to pressure MPP John Yakabuski to do more to lobby for their cause.

Protesting PRH cuts

Pembroke Regional Hospital's health care workers have taken their fight against service cuts to John Yakabuski's doorstep.

Mugging on Pembroke Street

The Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the OPP and Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for the public's assistance in the investigation into a robbery that happened on Saturday night, Aug. 22.

OECTA reaches tentative deal with province

Renfrew County Catholic District School Board students and parents who had been looking at starting the school year under a heightened level of strike action by teachers can breathe a little easier after the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) announced Tuesday morning that a tentative agreement had been reached with the province,

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Debbie Coughlan, chairperson for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72, Pembroke's upcoming Summerfest fundraiser, stands next to a painting by Morris Vandenbaar, donated by the artist to be raffled off at the day-long event.

Pembroke Legion prepares for musical fundraiser

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 72 in Pembroke needs your help, but they're not just looking for a handout. To help the branch raise some much-needed funding, they will be hosting a day-long extravaganza on Friday, Aug. 28, featuring, among other things, more than 30 local musicians and bands.

This March 12, 2014 file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Bruce Davis. After 43 years in prison, parole officials on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, again decided it is safe to free Davis, a Charles Manson follower. They recommended that Davis be paroled in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. The previous three such recommendations by the Board of Parole Hearings were blocked, once by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and twice by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

Manson Family killer granted parole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Bruce Davis, an associate of 1960s mass murderer Charles Manson, was granted parole on Thursday for the fourth time, although previous such decisions have all been reversed.

Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes stands with defence attorney Daniel King, left, at a court hearing, before beginning his life sentence with no chance of parole, in Centennial, Colorado August 26, 2015. Holmes was sentenced to 12 lifetimes and the maximum 3,318 years in prison. REUTERS/RJ Sangosti/Pool

Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes

Condemning the movie massacre gunman to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for his rampage in a midnight screening of a Batman film, a Colorado judge on Wednesday said evil and mental illness were not mutually exclusive.

A Sunset Police officer (R), and another law enforcement officer embrace in front of the Sunset Mini Mart where a man drove his vehicle into the store in Sunset, Louisiana, August 26, 2015. A police officer was shot and two people stabbed in a southwest Louisiana town on Wednesday, with a suspect barricading himself in a convenience store, police said. REUTERS/Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate

Police officer shot, 3 stabbed in Louisiana

Police stormed a grocery market in a southwestern Louisiana town on Wednesday to arrest a man accused of stabbing two people and shooting an officer before barricading himself inside the store, the St. Landry Parish sheriff said.

Protesters pray at the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis August 10, 2015 almost one year after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, 2014. A new municipal judge ordered sweeping changes to court practices in response to a scathing Justice Department report of the shooting. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Ferguson judge overhauls troubled court

A new municipal judge in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday ordered sweeping changes to court practices in response to a scathing Justice Department report following the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown a year ago.

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