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SEAN CHASE/DAILY OBSERVER The Pembroke Regional Hospital was recognized Friday for providing leadership in the area of cardiovascular care. In the photo are (left to right) Dr. Thierry Mesana, president and CEO of the Ottawa Heart Institute, Pembroke Regional president and CEO Pierre Noel, Heather Sherrard, vice-president of Ottawa Heart Institute clinical services, Sabine Mersmann, vice-president patient services/senior community care, hospital chief of staff Dr. Michael Ferri, and Francois Lemaire, vice-president patient services accute care.

PRH recognized for leadership

The Pembroke Regional Hospital is being recognized for implementing best practices when it comes to the treatment of heart failure and acute coronary syndrome.

County could be liable for no 'Jaws of Life'

With the loss of heavy extrication services to Highway 17 in the townships of Head, Clara, Maria, Bob Sweet feels Renfrew County could be found liable should first responders be unable to free a trapped motorist involved in a serious crash.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Dr. Christy Natsis, leaving the Pembroke courthouse following the conclusion of her two-day sentencing hearing. Natsis addressed the court for the first time in the four-year trial today, telling the court that she is "so deeply sorry."

UPDATED: Natsis to be released from jail

Dr. Christy Natsis will be home in time for Christmas after Ontario’s Court of Appeal agreed to release her on bail pending a legal challenge to her convictions for impaired and dangerous driving causing death.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Renfrew County Crime Stoppers teamed up with the Bishop Smith Catholic High School Grade 11 construction technology class to construct part of their float for this weekend's Pembroke Santa Claus Parade. Tesing the cell from the inside are: (back row, from left) Jacob Kranz, Ethan LaRose, Liam Ogilvie, Dylan Wescome, (front row, from left) Daraugh Thompson and Letitia Orr. Enjoying their freedom are, from left: Crime Stoppers chairman Ken Bertrand, OPP Const. Beth Ethier, Devinn Caughley, construction teacher Dave Beaupre, Braydon Turcotte and Andrea Vandergragt.

Bishop Smith students lend Crime Stoppers a hand

Renfrew County Crime Stoppers hopes to replicate the success they enjoyed last year with their award winning float when they take part in this weekend's Pembroke Santa Claus Parade, and they've enlisted the help of the Grade 11 construction technology class at Bishop Smith Catholic High School to do it.

Goose-clubber fined $1,000

An act of violence toward a Canada Goose at the Petawawa Golf Course in the summer has wound up costing Petawawa resident Claude Lachance $1,000.

SEAN CHASE/DAILY OBSERVER The Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation presented cheque donations totalling $5,000 from their annual "100 Women" Campaign to three recipients who have made outstanding contributions to the community. In the photo (left to right) are Laurie Johnson, with Elevate - Krista Johnson Foundation, Raina Flexhaug, representing Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, 100 Women Campaign chairwoman Dr. Elizabeth Radley-Walters, and Bev Ritza, representing Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County.

100 Women campaign gives back

The Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation has presented grants to three worthy organizations that have gone a long way to making a difference in people's lives.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Lt.-Col. Will Graydon, commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, inspects the cadets of 2642 3 RCR Royal Canadian Army Cadets during a change of command parade at Garrison Petawawa on Tuesday night.

Petawawa Army Cadets welcome new CO

The cadets in 2642 – 3 RCR Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps have a new commanding officer after Tuesday night's change of command ceremony held at Korea Hall at Garrison Petawawa.

RYAN PAULSEN/DAILY OBSERVER Dr. Christy Natsis waits outside the Pembroke courthouse in this October, 2015 photo.

Natsis to appeal conviction

Pembroke dentist Christy Natsis is seeking to be let out of prison on bail after asking the Ontario Court of Appeal to toss out her conviction for impaired and dangerous driving causing death and to find her not guilty or order a new trial.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Ceiran Bishop of the Ontario Energy Board makes a presentation at Monday night's public meeting regarding the Ottawa River Power Company's recent rate increase request at the Murray L Moore Hydro Museum in Pembroke.

Meeting held to discuss ORPC rate increase

On Monday night, Nov. 23, a small group of interested Pembroke residents gathered with members of the Ottawa River Power Corporation (ORPC) board and representatives from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for a public meeting regarding the ORPC's requested rate increase, currently under review by the OEB.

Submitted photo <br> Ninety-seven students from Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke attended this year's We Day celebration at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Nov. 10.

Bishop brings 97 students to We Day in Ottawa

For the third year in a row, Bishop Smith Catholic High School students got to make the trek down Highway 17 to join a crowd of regional youth 16,000-strong at the Canadian Tire Centre for We Day, the annual youth empowerment event hosted by Free The Children.

Christmas Angel Program continues

The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is once again organizing a Christmas Tree Angel Program. Christmas trees in both the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP detachments at 1913 Petawawa Blvd., Petawawa, and 169 William St. Pembroke will have a number of "Angels" on them, representing children in the Upper Ottawa Valley detachmen

Submitted photo <br> Bishop Smith Catholic High School student Nick Beres, third from left, was one of the recipients of this year's Governor General's Caring Canadian Award ahead of this year's We Day celebrations in Ottawa. Joining Nick here following a reception at the US Ambassador's residence are, from left, Bishop Smith student Olivia Kenny, Free The Children's Mark Kielburger, US Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki Heyman, Bishop Smith teacher Tara Crossman and Bishop student Nicole Shaw.

Local teen Nick Beres wins Caring Canadian Award

Local Bishop Smith Catholic High School student Nick Beres has been working for years to make the lives of others better, and he has now (a bit reluctantly) received some high-profile recognition for his efforts in the form of the annual Governor General's Caring Canadian Award, presented to him earlier this month at a ceremony at the residence of