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Phoenix Centre named a 'Lead Agency'

The board and management of the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families are delighted to have been identified as 'Lead Agency' for child and youth mental health services in Renfrew County by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The announcement was made in Dec., 2015.

The Trans-Canada Highway, heading in to Head, Clara and Maria Township. For the next 30 kilometers past the border, the highway is outside of any official jurisdiction to provide emergency extrication services.

Yakabuski urges mayors to make a deal

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski is asking the municipalities of Head, Clara and Maria; Deep River; and Laurentian Hills to get together and sort out the situation, which he says "definitely is complicated" that has led to a 30-kilometer stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway being without an official provider of emergency extrication in

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Jordan Robinson attempts to corral the ball during a street hockey game on Saturday morning in downtown Pembroke for the PBIA's Downtown HockeySpree event.

Hockey lovers hit the streets of Pembroke

Scores of hockey fans flooded onto Pembroke Street West through the city's downtown core on Saturday morning to take part or watch the Pembroke Business Improvement Area's (PBIA) Downtown HockeySpree street hockey tournament.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Pat Hammel, left, Amanda Smithers and Kyle McKey of The Ghost Town Cryers perform on the Lasso Live stage in downtown Pembroke on Saturday afternoon, the first of a host of local musical acts that donated their time and talents to help the Friends of the Kinsmen Rink raise much-needed funds to keep one of the city's few outdoor rinks up and running each winter.

Over $4,000 raised for outdoor rink

The immediate future of the outdoor rink next to the Kinsmen Pool in Pembroke remains bright, thanks to another successful Friends of the Kinsmen Rink fundraising concert, held on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Lasso Live in downtown Pembroke.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Chef Garth Watterson, left, Ryan Gaudin and Savannah Thai work on preparing an Asian fusion Feast of the Farms for the Ottawa Valley Food Co-Operative's annual fundraising dinner, this year held at Pembroke's Calvin United Church on Saturday evening, Feb. 6.

OVFC hosts Feast of the Farms

For four years, the Ottawa Valley Food Co-Operative has been inviting the public to see just how much wonderful stuff is produced by local farmers, processors and vendors in an annual event called Feast of the Farms.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> The Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo, consisting of Guido Guzzo, left, Grant Tomkinson, Steve Lund, James States and Brian Magner, brought their raucous and cajun-tinged sound and energy to the Pembroke Legion on Saturday night as the live entertainment for Renfrew County Family and Children's Services' first ever Mardi Gras Night fundraiser.

Let the good times roll!

Renfrew County Family and Children's Services (FCS) transformed Pembroke St into Bourbon St on Saturday night, throwing their first ever Mardi Gras Night fundraiser, complete with themed cocktails, extravagant costumes, Mardi Gras decor and a raucous Cajun band to help revellers dance the night away, all for a great cause.

Submitted photo <br> Kelly Draves's 2008 GMC pickup truck after being righted following a rollover accident on Highway 17 on Friday, Jan. 15. Draves and her two passengers were trapped in the truck for more than an hour waiting for extrication to arrive after Laurentian Hills Fire Department was called back and firefighters from Mattawa had to make the nearly 70km trek down the highway.

'They've literally created a death trap'

Kelly Draves has made the trek along Highway 17 from North Bay to Pembroke countless times over the years. The 23-year- old Nipissing Student, who finished a Bachelor of Science degree before starting her current Bachelor of Education program, comes back home to the Ottawa Valley most Thursdays, and returns to North Bay on Sundays.

On Thursday, St. John's Lutheran Church in Pembroke hosted the sixth annual Soup Sensation Competition and Fundraiser, with funds going to support First Step Options. Here, Pastor Stephen Alles of St. John's Lutheran, accepts a cup of Thai Gardens soup served by Beatrice Schroeder, who is leaving soon for Thailand to do missionary work at the Hope Alive Mission.

Pembroke SnoSpree underway

Pembroke has the way to chase away the winter blahs this weekend, with the running of its annual SnoSpree winter carnival.

Starting at the border between Head, Clara and Maria Township and Laurentian Hills, a 30-kilometer stretch of Highway 17 is getting increasing attention for its lack of emergency extrication services.

MTO says 'not our problem' to HCM extrication

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has officially weighed in on the lack of extrication services covering the Trans-Canada Highway across the Eastern half of Head, Clara and Maria Township, and their response essentially boils down to "it's not our problem."

Screenshot from the Township of Whitewater Region's promotional "Get to Know Us" video, released earlier this month.

Whitewater Region says "Get to Know Us"

The Township of Whitewater Region has taken to the Internet to spread the word about life in the Ottawa Valley, releasing a video entitled "Get to Know Us" on YouTube and posting it on their municipal website.