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Célina Ip / Daily Observer: Township of Laurentian Valley's newest member to join the council, George Hodgkinson, poses with Mayor Steve Bennett following his inauguration during a sepcial council meeting held on Dec. 6. The veteran councillor who served three terms with the Township from 2003 until 2014 will be rejoining his council mates to fill the seat left vacant by (former councillor) Jim Sheedy for the remainder of the 2014 to 2018 term of office. Pictured here (left to right) Hodgkinson shakes hands with Mayor Steve Bennett.

Hodgkinson back on LV council

LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Former Township of Laurentian Valley Coun. George Hodgkinson rejoined his former council during his official inauguration ceremony on Dec. 6.

The damaged tractor portion of the tractor trailer involved in Thursday's fatal crash on Highway 60 is taken away by a wrecker on Friday. The driver of the truck, 63-year-old John Culp of North Algona Wilberforce Township was pronounced dead at the scene.

Driver involved in fatal crash identified

KILLALOE - On December 1, 2016 at approximately 11:03 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police responded to a serious single vehicle collision on Highway # 60, North Algona Wilberforce Twp.

The Best Entry from a Business in the 2016 Santa Claus Parade of Lights went to Rhino Werx Renovation and Property Management. In front, Brooke Storing holds the trophy, while standing behind her are, from left to right, Samantha Matteau, Tiffany Henrie, Bailey Matteau and Jacob Matteau.

Pembroke parade winners

Pembroke’s recreation department took the time Thursday to recognize those who continue to make Pembroke's Santa Claus Parade of Lights a bigger, better and brighter event each and every year.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer Darren Waters, senior project engineer with the Ministry of Transportation, briefs members of Renfrew County council Wednesday on the progress of Highway 17 expansion and other critical transportation infrastructure projects in the region.

Designs for Highway 17 expansion 40 years old

Even if the province was to suddenly approve funding to four lane Highway 17 from Renfrew to Petawawa and beyond, construction couldn’t begin until the 40-year old designs for the project are updated.

Planning for the ninth annual Community Christmas Dinner in Pembroke is well underway, which will be held Dec. 25 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Miller and Munro Streets. Here, members of the dinner organizing committee stand with major sponsor Scotiabank, which presented $2,000 to the cause. Starting from left to right is volunteer Fred Blackstein, John Becvar, Scotiabank community manager; James Waito, owner of Dreams Catering; Gayle Seegmiller, representing Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church; Heather Sutherland, manager of the Pembroke Business Improvement Area, and Lou Hammill, owner of Giant Tiger.

Getting ready for Christmas Dinner

It is less than a month before Christmas, and organizers are hard at work making sure everything is ready for the ninth annual Community Christmas Dinner in Pembroke.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The late Len Hopkins was recognized for his service as a parliamentarian and volunteer with the 2016 Warden's Community Service Award for outstanding individual. Here Renfrew County Warden Peter Emon (second from right) presents the award to Lois Hopkins. Looking on is (left to right) nominator Ray Bonenberg, Len's son, Doug Hopkins and Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet.

Warden honours late MP Len Hopkins

His tireless efforts finally leading to the designation of the Ottawa River as a national historic site, Len Hopkins was honoured Wednesday for a life of service as an educator, parliamentarian and volunteer.