Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin, Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) for 4 Canadian Division Support Group Op Services, left, Chief Warrant Officer Bill Fudge, RSM for 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, and Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant wait their turn as 3 RCR commanding officer Lt.-Col. Will Gradyon welcomes Pvt. Casie Helie home on Tuesday afternoon after months in Eastern Europe with Operation Reassurance.

Welcome home, 3 RCR!

Roughly 100 members of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), along with a handful of soldiers from a variety of other units stationed at Garrison Petawawa, returned to home soil on Tuesday afternoon after months spent in Eastern Europe as part of the massive Operation Reassurance.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer Students from St. Anthony's Catholic School in Chalk River gather to celebrate the upcoming Pan-Am Games and wish Grade 5 teacher Jody McDonald and her son, Matthew Schroeder, good luck carrying the torch through Smiths Falls on July 2.

Pan-Am fever strikes Chalk River

As anyone who has had children in hockey, sports are a family affair. Whether it's shuttling to and from practice, carving out a chunk of the family budget for equipment, or travelling to tournaments, it takes a team to be on a team.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer Staff, youth and community partners of the Love My Life (LML) ... Tobacco Free initiative gather at the Salvation Army Youth Centre for a night of awards, recognition and food on Monday, June 29. From left, Salvation Army Maj. Ralph Young, Mackenzie Harris-Langridge, Victoria Pezzutto, Ryanne Morris, Kyle Rice, Renfrew County District Health Unit health promote Candace Rose-Smith, Pembroke Mayor Mike LeMay, Cody Briscoe, Pembroke Mall manager Jayne Brophy, Pembroke Business Improvement Area manager Heather Sutherland, Salvation Army program coordinator Amanda Wilson and Tori Rice.

FML? No - LML!

A group of local youth from the Salvation Army Youth Centre, with the help of the Pembroke Business Improvement Area and the Renfrew County and District Health Unit, has been working to butt out smoking in public spaces, all part of the Love My Life… Tobacco Free program (LML).

Photo courtesy the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Stephane Levesque, president and co-owner of SRB Technologies Canada, right, responds to questions posed by members of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at a public hearing on Thursday, May 14 at the Pembroke Best Western. SRB is applying for a renewed licence, this time for a term of 10 years.

SRB gets seven-year license

SRB Technologies will be a fixture in the Pembroke and area industrial landscape for another seven years, after the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission granted the company a seven-year license to operate this week.

Stroke survivor Terry Stevens of Ottawa speaks to staff, patients and families of the Pembroke Regional Hospital's District Stroke Centre Monday, talking about his experiences as both a patient and his road to recovery.

Surviving a stroke

It was a cup of coffee which first indicated Terry Steve's life was about to change in a dramatic way.


Cancer patient with amnesia searches for family

SAN DIEGO - A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have.

Cuba's Capitol, or El Capitolio as it is called by Cubans, is seen in Havana, July 1, 2015. The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro exchanged letters agreeing to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, with the Cubans saying that could happen as soon as July 20. The Capitolio, which resembles the U.S. Capitol in Washington, was built in 1929 and was the seat of the government until after the 1959 revolution. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties

HAVANA/WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years.

Smoke rises in Egypt's North Sinai as seen from the border of southern Gaza Strip with Egypt July 1, 2015. Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Islamic State attack in Egypt kills 100

ISMAILIA, Egypt/CAIRO - Egypt's army said on Wednesday more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed in simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai, in the most sustained fighting of its kind in years in the restive province.

A man waves a rainbow flag while observing a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

U.S. store owner posts 'No Gays Allowed' sign

A Tennessee hardware store owner who objects to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling permitting same-sex marriage across the country posted a "No Gays Allowed" sign at his store on Monday, according to a local media report.

A still image taken from an amateur video shot by a motorist shows a TransAsia Airways plane cartwheeling over a motorway soon after the turboprop ATR 72-600 aircraft took off in New Taipei City February 4, 2015. The TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers and crew on board cartwheeled into a river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport. REUTERS/AMVID via Reuters TV

Crew of crashed Taiwan plane shut off engine

TAIPEI - The crew of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people on board, had shut off the working engine after the other lost power, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

Tourists pay their respects in front of a makeshift memorial at the beach near the Imperial Marhaba resort, which was attacked by a gunman in Sousse, Tunisia, June 29, 2015. The gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire at the Tunisian hotel last Friday with a rifle he had hidden in an umbrella, killing 39 people including Britons, Germans and Belgians as they lounged at the beach in an attack claimed by Islamic State. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Tunisia identifies all 38 hotel attack victims

TUNIS - Thirty Britons and eight other foreigners were killed last Friday when a gunman opened fire on holiday-makers at a Tunisian hotel, Tunisia's health ministry said on Wednesday, completing the last formal identification.

Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, June 30, 2015. At least 30 people were killed when the military transport plane crashed into a residential area two minutes after take-off in northern Indonesia on Tuesday, putting a fresh spotlight on the country's woeful air safety record. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

Indonesia to review aging fleet after crash

MEDAN, Indonesia - Indonesia's president promised a review of the country's ageing air force fleet and a defence modernisation drive on Wednesday, as the death toll from the crash of a military transport plane in the north of the country climbed to around 140.

Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to supporters during a back-yard reception in Bedford, New Hampshire, June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Macy's becomes latest to cut ties with Trump

Department store Macy's Inc said on Wednesday that it would end its business relationship with Donald Trump, becoming the latest company to sever ties with the real estate developer and TV personality after his comments insulting Mexicans.

Firefighters from the Plumas Hotshots watch for flying embers as a Saddle Fire backfire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Hyampom, California June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Lost woman gives birth, starts wildfire for rescue

A woman who gave birth alone and was stranded for days in a remote area of Northern California survived the ordeal by starting a fire that roared out of control and drew firefighters to her rescue, local media reported.

Participants in the "Ride for Pride" event stand on the back of their pickup truck as they speak to an assembled crowd during the impromptu event to show their support the Confederate flag in Brandon, Hillsborough County, June 26, 2015. Several hundred people took part in the event. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

KKK gets OK for pro-Confederate flag rally

The white supremacist Ku Klux Klan has received approval from South Carolina officials to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at the state capitol, a newspaper reported on Monday, less than two weeks after a white man shot dead nine people in a black church.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Miami, Florida June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax records

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday showing that his net worth of between US$19 million and $22 million has been amassed largely through investments and speaking fees.

Broadview neighbourhood residents Mandy Stirling and her son Carson Stirling, 5, walk through the remains of their neighbours' homes that were consumed by the Sleepy Hollow fire in Wenatchee, Washington June 30, 2015. A wildfire burning unchecked in Washington state has destroyed at least 23 homes and three commercial buildings near the eastern foothills of the Cascades, state police and emergency management officials said on Monday. REUTERS/David Ryder

Residents return to homes destroyed by wildfire

Families whose homes were destroyed in a massive grassland wildfire in Washington state were allowed to return to their residences on Tuesday, as firefighters fought to contain the virtually unchecked blaze, officials said.