Sean Gallup/Getty Images: Polish President Andrzej Duda kneels at the grave of Pawel Frankiel, a Polish Jewish commander of a Jewish military group during the Second World War called the Jewish Military Union during commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at the Okopowa Jewish Cemetery on April 19, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland. The Warsaw Ghetto was a prison created by the German military during its occupation of Warsaw during the Second World War.

The crucial importance of remembrance

Following the German invasion of Poland in 1939, the antisemitic policy of Adolf Hitler and his high command herded almost 400,000 Jews, 30 per cent of Warsaw’s population, into a ghetto.

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People lessons from the best

We all search for ways to be better versions of ourselves – a never-ending pursuit of self-improvement and opportunities for growth

NHL player Connor McDavid visits the on ice memorial at the Elgar Peterson Arena to pay his respects to the Humboldt Broncos hockey players who lost their lives in a bus crash in Humboldt, Sask., on April 17, 2018. (Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Don't crowd, or cloud, grief

Years ago, in high school when I was 18, a friend of mine died.We were a close group of friends - Friday afternoon hockey games (we skipped school), late nights and early mornings.The death was sudden and jolting. We were only in our late teens. We had our whole lives in front of us.At the time there was no such thing as grief counsellors or any re

A Barred Owl perched on a tree root in the wild.


This year’s Pembroke Area Field Naturalists’ Owl Prowl was held on Saturday, March 24. Despite somewhat cool temperatures, more than 50 people attended the event, forming a car convoy of 11 vehicles. As in previous years, the event was broken up into two segments. The first part consisted of a visit to the Eganville area to observe a resident Great

Letters: Steve's two great loves

Steve’s two great loves I had the sad duty and terrible privilege of eulogizing my friend Steve (Uhler) March 24 and I’m still reeling. I believe that Steve had two great loves in life – print journalism and Pembroke. More than a reporter, he was a feature writer, an editor, a local historian. His short-lived column, Steve’s World, he wrote in the

Column: Understanding crypto-currency

I want to look at crypto-currencies through the eyes of a Leprechaun. While crypto-currencies have been described as ‘digital gold,’ would a Leprechaun be likely to put them in his pot at the end of the rainbow? What are crypto-currencies, what gives them value and what does the current fascination with them suggest about the state of our existing

Letters: More reader letters about Steve

Garrison Petawawa extends sympathyWe here at Garrison Petawawa were truly sorry to hear of the loss of Stephen Uhler. Allow me, on behalf of all of us at Garrison Petawawa, to extend my deepest sympathies to the staff at the Pembroke Observer as you struggle through this period of shock and grief.Stephen was a valuable asset to this community and i

Chatham This Week letters to the editor

Readers write in about Steve

Kind, patient – a sense for what was importantWe often miss the ultimate significance of a "new" person in our lives when we meet them. Steve Uhler was like that for me.I lived in Pembroke for just five years, but it is amazing how many times Steve was part of my being there. As a member of the board of Bereaved Families of Ontario - Pembroke, I al

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski

Ready to take on the Liberals

On March 10 the membership of the PC Party chose Doug Ford as our new leader. I look forward to working closely with Mr. Ford as we take our message of accountability and change to the people of Ontario. It is great to have the issue of the leadership race behind us now so that we can concentrate our efforts on the real challenge: defeating Kathlee

Like a rare photo of the elusive Sasquatch, Stephen Uhler is photographed here actually wearing a tie. (I am sure Stephen would have appreciated this cutline and felt it reflective of his sense of humour.)

Stephen Uhler - a personal retrospective

At the end of last week, the cover closed on a long and significant chapter in the history of community journalism here in the Upper Ottawa Valley. The story ended sooner than we expected and left us all wanting for more. And our hearts were heavy. Our colleague and more importantly our friend, respected journalist Stephen Uhler passed away suddenl

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