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Photo by Angie Wren Jacob Wren, 6, and his little brother Jason, 15 months, don’t mind getting their hands dirty as they check out the garden of their neighbour, Ellen Vandersleen, a member of the Pembroke Horticultural Society. Both boys enjoy helping out in the garden. Jacob has just completed his first flower garden all on his own this year and he is very proud of it. The boys will be attending the Horticultural Society’s Giant Plant Sale at the PACC Saturday to purchase some new flowers. The boys are the children of Angie and Jonathan Wren and the great-grandchildren of master gardener Sylvia Giroux.

Youth Garden Program registration Saturday

Gardening time is fast approaching. Really!! And it's not just for adults. Gardening is fascinating for children. It is an amazing experience for them to see the transformation from a seed to a vegetable or flower.

The city of Pembroke recognized the best and brightest of its youth with the 2016 Youth Awards, which were presented Wednesday, May 25. Seated in front are, starting from left, Scott Campbell, Kaity Hayashi, Madeline Gosk, Emily Tancredi and Mia Harle. Standing behind them are, starting from left, Erik Fleurant, Olivia Kenny, Nicole Shaw, Alicia Lavigne, Danielle Hall and Harish Rao.

Pembroke honours its youth

The City of Pembroke took time Wednesday to honour its best and brightest youth by presenting the 2016 Pembroke Youth Awards.

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The County of Renfrew and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan signed an historic memorandum of understanding Wednesday which will see both organizations take a united positions on several critical issues. In the photo are (left to right) County chief administrative officer Jim Hutton, County Warden Peter Emon, Chief Kirby Whiteduck and Pikwakanagan executive director of operations Vicki Two-Axe.

County, Pikwakanagan sign historic memorandum

The County of Renfrew and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation signed an historical memorandum of understanding Wednesday that will foster collaboration on pushing for the expansion of Highway 17 and the enhancement of economic development.

County hears paramedic update

At a recent meeting of the Renfrew County health committee, paramedics Chief Mike Nolan presented members with a new draft of the paramedic service's deployment plan for 2016.

Maj. Ralph Young, left, of the Salvation Army with some of the members of the organization's youth group in Pembroke.

Salvation Army breakfast this Friday

This year's Salvation Army Annual Pancake Breakfast on May 27 supports The Salvation Army's local programs. Everyone is invited to join the festive fundraisers at the Kiwanis Field House in Pembroke where you will meet your neighbours and enjoy a hearty breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

A dramatic fire Friday night, May 20, heavily damaged the main building of Esprit Rafting Adventures near Davidson, Que., east of Pembroke.

Fire destroys Esprit building, but not spirit

Esprit Whitewater rafts and clients were back on the water Saturday morning, but it will some time before customers will be able to have a meal or visit the bar following a dramatic blaze at the company's headquarters near Ft. Coulonge, about 90 minutes upriver from Ottawa.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Liam Roche of Ottawa dangles like Spider-Man from the Jeanne-Lajoie gym ceiling during final circus arts rehearsals during the weekend's Franco-Ontarian Games. Circus arts, which included other forms of acrobatic gymnastics along with jugging, unicycling and other skills, was one of four artistic pursuits that had their finals at the Pembroke Memorial Centre on Sunday evening.

Franco-Ontarian Games come to Pembroke

The eyes of Francophone Ontario were on Pembroke high schools Jeanne-Lajoie and L'École L'Équinoxe this weekend as the city played host to the 23rd annual Franco-Ontarian Games.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Carefor director of operations Steve Perry, right, accepts a $1,000 donation raised at this year's third annual Pete Doran Memorial Ride, hosted by the Renfrew County Harley Owners Group (HOG) chapter. Presenting the donation on Saturday afternoon were, from left, Courtney and Todd Doran from Pete's Sales and Service, HOG treasurer Charlene Jackson, public relations officer Mary Ethier and director Ron Ethier.

Third annual Pete Doran Ride raises $1,000

It's something of a poorly kept secret that bikers have some of the biggest hearts around, and this year the members of the Renfrew County Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter proved it once more.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer <br> Colby Audette is flanked by scores of family members, friends and supporters as the fourth annual Colby's Crusade leave the Pembroke Kiwanis Fieldhouse for its annual walk along the Ottawa River on Saturday morning. The event is aimed at raising funds and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative condition that Colby was diagnosed with five years ago.

Colby's Crusade carries on

For the fourth year in a row, the Ottawa Valley community rallied together in support of a 13-year-old facing a daunting diagnosis and his family.

Briefs: Playground equipment vandalized

The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating an act of mischief at Hillcrest Park on Almira Street in the City of Pembroke. Sometime between April 30 and May 3, someone jammed a steel pipe through two plastic slides at the park. One slide was damaged beyond repair and the preliminary damage estimate is $2,500.