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Paul Reeves Photography/Getty images: Male Red-bellied Woodpecker perched on a rotting fence post. Ken Hooles has recently received reports of Red-bellied Woodpeckers in the area.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers spotted in the area

Back on Jan. 21, Gerald Rollins of the Cobden area informed me that he has had two Red-bellied Woodpeckers at his bird feeder since April 2017. A few days later, Rob Cunningham and I were very pleased to observe both of the woodpeckers, thanks to Gerald’s kind invitation.

Letters: Stop plowing in my driveway

I relocated from Toronto after picking Pembroke as a place to live. That was 10 years ago.Pembroke is a wonderful place but there’s something Toronto did years ago that I think should be done here.Mel Lastman, who led North York for 25 years and Toronto for another six instructed the city snowplows to not plow your driveway full of snow. (Editor: L

Workers clear the wreckage of the Almonte train wreck, December 1942.

Valley history highlighted

Mac Beattie sang of the heavy load that the “Pembroke Local” was carrying on December 27, 1942 just minutes before the packed passenger train was struck by a troop train loaded with soldiers. The well-known Ottawa Valley musician of the 1940s and 50s knew of the significance of the Almonte train wreck, the worst disaster to occur in the Ottawa Vall

Conflict – It’s time for another look

Conflict – an eight-letter word that for most of us, is more than twice as bad most four-letter words that we try never to use. It screams at us from almost every news item, whether newspaper, radio, television or social media.

Getty images: Even when you escape the cold and head south on vacation this winter, it is important to keep up with a fitness routine, maybe by enjoying the surroundings by taking a run on the beach.

Escape the cold, but not the workout

The crazy cold temperatures have had everyone thinking….let’s escape to warmer climates. Sounds great, but that doesn’t mean your workouts just go by the wayside. I’m not here to rain on your parade, I am here to encourage you to continue on with the good work you have been doing.

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images: This file photo taken on Jan. 10 shows United States President Donald Trump during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Outrage mounted Friday over Trump's reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, with the United Nations slamming his comments as "racist". During a Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, Trump demanded to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries, according to comments first reported by the Washington Post.

Donald Trump’s number one liability

My Scottish mother was a fountain of wisdom. With only a public school education she would never ever have considered herself highly intellectual nor the most articulate person in the whole world, but from her mouth there flowed an unusual river of wisdom that came wrapped up in neat little one- liners spoken in her thick Scottish brogue.

One of the pro-Trump signs seen around (west) Jerusalem.

Postcard from the Holy Land

Last summer, I made plans to achieve a lifelong dream of visiting the Holy Land over the Christmas holidays with my family. Predictably, a month before we were to depart, Donald Trump inflamed tempers in the region by pledging to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv. However, knowing that trou

Sharing our story

I would like to express my sincere gratitude, that of my old chums at Chalk River, to you, Daily Observer reporter Stephen Uhler, to Martin Habraken for the excellent article AECL retirees still waiting, that appeared in the Pembroke Daily Observer on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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