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Garrison Petawawa commander, Col. Marc Gagne (lef) and Garrison Petawawa Sgt.-Major Bill Richards (right) present a cheque to Renfrew County United Way executive director Gail Logan-McMeekin during a festive gathering at the Garrison Petawawa Museum on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014.

Garrison Petawawa donates over $130,000

PETAWAWA – Garrison Petawawa officially wrapped up its 2014 Government of Canada Charitable Workplace outreach and fundraising campaign Dec. 17, 2014 during a festive gathering at the Garrison Petawawa Museum by presenting a check to the Renfrew County United Way campaign for $60,406.26, surpassing the Garrison’s forecasted goal to raise $50,00

SARAH HYATT/DAILY OBSERVER Left to right: Erica Murphy, owner of Phaze 1 Fitness, Old St. Nick and Ashley Luloff, SMID program co-ordinator for Phaze 1, rally to fight cancer Wednesday at Phaze 1 Fitness for the first-time Cycle with Santa fundraiser.

Santa makes trip to Phaze 1

The man in red and white himself made a special visit to Phaze 1 Fitness in Pembroke Wednesday to try and make a difference for those with cancer.

SARAH HYATT/DAILY OBSERVER Sgt. Patrick Smith of the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police was one of three officers in Ontario to recently be awarded the province's highest honour for bravery, with the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery at Queen's Park in Toronto in November.

Local hero recognized by province

Every day, hundreds of men and women put on the uniform and make the choice to protect and serve, not knowing whether they’ll return home safely. Policing, by its very nature, is a high-risk occupation. And one certainly doesn’t ever expect to be rewarded for their choices – it’s their duty.

Santa stops in Eganville

EGANVILLE – Old man winter didn’t have his way this year with Santa or the community, with the sun shining and warmer than normal temperatures hundreds lined the streets to take in the annual Eganville Santa Claus Parade Sunday.

Susan Ellis, economic development, recreation and tourism manager for the city of Pembroke

Field house will be open

The Rotary Park Field House will be open this winter, after the city of Pembroke agreed to pick up the maintenance costs.

SARAH HYATT/DAILY OBSERVER The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Stephen Seller (left) presents Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet (right) with a 25-year-long service award on behalf of the province of Ontario, Thursday evening.

Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet recognized for 25 years

PETAWAWA – For 25 years, Mayor Bob Sweet has served his neighbours, community and the residents of the Town of Petawawa and now, he’s been honoured and recognized by the province of Ontario for his hard work and dedication.