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Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Evan Bourgoin, Ottawa Valley High Hookers coach and captain, left, offers some tips and first-hand experience to Clay Burden at the Petawawa Legion recently during a parking lot fundraiser for the branch.

Hundreds help support the Petawawa Legion

On a hot, sweaty, sunny August afternoon, a parking lot may not be the place you'd expect to find hundreds of people gathering, but that's exactly what happened when the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 517 in Petawawa asked for support from their community.

Observe our new look

Today marks a new beginning for The Pembroke Daily Observer as we introduce a new design to the Upper Ottawa Valley's premier news voice.

SARAH HYATT/DAILY OBSERVER Pembroke's Emma Marsh competes in the 18 and under fiddle during the 2014 Pembroke Old Time Fiddling and Stepdancing Championships.

40 years of fiddling

The Pembroke Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Championships are only a week away, and this year marks a very special anniversary for one of the largest annual events in the Ottawa Valley: 40 years of bringing the best musicians and dancers from around the region and across the country to the Pembroke shores of the Ottawa River.

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; New Democratic Party - Dan McCarthy; Liberal Party of Canada - Jeff Lehoux

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.