• Pembroke man killed in Highway 17 crash

  • The race is over!

  • Several activities organized by The 0 5 years Committee.

  • Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Business awards results

  • The First Fort-Coulonge Country Festival was a success

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Pembroke man killed in Highway 17 crash

The name of the person who died in Monday’s collision just west of Highway 41 along Highway 17 has been released. 51 year old Andrew Gribbon of Pembroke was pronounced dead at the scene after his passenger vehicle collided with a log truck. The collison closed the highway for more than 12 hours. Police say they are still investigating.

The race is over!

The race has been won and according to three new mayors Don Eady of renfrew Joan Longhead of Deep River and Mike Lemay of Pembroke the first order of business is to meet with their new councilors.

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The new mayors are all looking forward to starting their terms. In Pembroke the first week of December is expected to be the week Mike Lemay is sworn in as mayor while in deep river it is December the 3rd that Joan Longheed is sworn in and in Renfrew it’s December 10th that Don Eady will become the mayor of Renfrew. 

Several activities organized by The 0 5 years Committee.

The 0 to 5 years Committee, which is a partnership in serving families with young children of the MRC and the municipality of Pontiac, has organized several activities, acoording to Myriam Pipon of the 0 to 5 years Committee:


The Facebook page of the 0 to 5 years Committee has all the details related to the activities of the organization. 

Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Business awards results

The Pontiac Chamber of Commerce handed out its awards for 2014, Friday evening at Auberge Mont-Blanc in Portage-du-Fort. About 170 people attended and each of the 12 municipalities in the MRC handed out awards to their local businesses.

In addition, the Chamber presented its overall awards for the whole region. Young Entrepreneur went to Isabelle Gagnon of the Pontiac Chiropractic Clinic.

Self-emplyed business person was Ginger Finan of GELAM Riding Stable, while the Small Business Award was presented to Northfork Country Kitchen.

The Medium-sized business award was handed to Magnalum 1998 Incorporated, while Large Business of the Year was awarded to Esprit Rafting Adventures.

The New Business Award went to Smiley Brothers Agri-Services and the Farm Enterprise award went to Elmside View Farms.

Taking top prize in Tourism is Timberland Tours, while in Customer Service it is Hayes Manufacturing. The coveted Lifetime Achivement Award was presented to W.J. Hayes and Sons Ltd.

The choices were difficult according to organizers, with many deserving people and businesses nominated in all catagories. 

The First Fort-Coulonge Country Festival was a success

The first annual Fort – Coulonge Country Festival was a great success. The organizer Garry Bélair already has in mind the next year’s event.

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Garry Bélair said that he is pleased with the success of the festival which has been able to attract dozens of spectators. Mario Prévost, Daniel Boileau, Rosary Réginald and the band Xception are among the artists who performed on Saturday. Les Frères Prud'hommes of Quyon and Vanessa Lavoie of Gatineau, also performed at the CHIP 101.7 2014 radiothon.

Several merchants in the region have profited from the country festival to sell their products. 

Ontario municipal elections local results

Yesterday Ontario voted and their where a lot of new mayors in the contested municipalities of the Renfrew County.

First time candidate Michael LeMay is now Pembroke’s mayor, having downed three term veteran Ed Jacyno by 2,144 votes to 1,380. Dan Callaghan, a two term councillor who ran for council's top spot, came in third with 961 votes.

It was a land slide win in the mayoral race in Deep River. Joan Lougheed defeated incumbent Mayor Dave Thompson by receiving 84.1% of the vote.

Don Eady was named Renfrew's next mayor after receiving 38% of the vote. By comparison, Tom Anderson finished 2nd with 28%.

Hal Johnson is the new mayor of Whitewater Region. Johnson took the biggest share of the vote, with 964 votes. Closest to him in the race was Joey Trimm with 927 votes.

In an upset, Peter Emon was elected to become Renfrew’s new Reeve, defeating Audrey Green who was looking to hold onto that post for another term.

Jennifer Murphy was reelected Mayor of Bonnechere Valley.

Gary Serviss is the only new face on Petawawa town council. The Mayor of Petawawa Bob Sweet was acclaimed as no one contested the position of mayor in Petawawa. 

(photo; Michael LeMay is now Pembroke’s mayor)

Will Amos Liberal Candidate for the Pontiac

It’s official Will Amos has won the nominations for the riding of Pontiac to represent the Liberal party of the Canada in the next Federal elections.

On Saturday, Mr Amos was formally announced at the Crown Plaza in Hull. Will Amos is a lawyer that specializes in environmental issues.

A total of 1155 Liberal supporters who expressed their preference at the voting stations in Bristol, Kazabazua and in Gatineau. It was in the late afternoon, about an hour after the closing of the ballot boxes, that the victory of Mr. Amos was announced. Together on stage with his opponents, Josey Bouchard, Rory Nisan and Eddie McCann, Will Amos stated he was confident to bring the Pontiac County back into the Liberal fold.

Mr. Amos said during his speech that his party knows the concerns of the people, he knows that the Pontiac voters want jobs and that the the liberals are ready to win the next election.

It should be noted that the Liberals had been represented by Cindy Duncan McMillan during the two most recent federal elections.


Highway 17 between Highway 41 and B-Line Road remains closed at this hour after a fatal collision between a car and a logging truck occured. The lone occupant in the west bound car was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also involved two other vehicles indirectly but no other injuries have been reported. The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation team is at the scene and detours have been posted.



A 50 year old man from Bryson is facing charges under the tobacco tax act after the Sureté du Québec seized more than 106,000 contraband cigarettes yesterday (Oct.23). The Sureté du Québec in partnership with the MRC Pontiac conducted a search on the main street in Bryson after receiving a tip from the public. Anyone in the area that has information about tobacco smuggling can call the Sureté du Québec.

Pembroke's pumpkin growing gurus win big

The largest pumpkin in Canada this year, weighing in at 1,675 pounds was grown right here in Pembroke by father-son duo Brant and Brandon Timm.

The Timm’s first stormed pumpkin growing competitions this year in their hometown this September at the annual 2014 Great Pumpkin and Vegetable Weight off at Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch, winning five out of seven categories.

More recently however, the duo were crowned the pumpkin growing champs again, in Wellington, Ont. at the 18th annual Prince Edward County (P.E.C) Pumpkinfest.

They placed first in the heaviest pumpkin grown category with their 1,675-pound Atlantic Giant Pumpkin at the whacky yet wonderful festival, as Prince Edward County describes it.

Brant and Brandon out-weighed their competition in Wellington by almost 300 pounds this October. Eganville’s Ryan Hoelke placed second with a giant weighing in at 1,379 pounds. And in third was Todd Kline from Shawville, Que. with another immense beauty weighing in at 1,231 pounds.


(Image: SARAH HYATT/DAILY OBSERVER The Timm family, left to right, Brant, Ethan, Avery, and Brandon (missing from the photo is Bradyn Timm) celebrate their recent victory at the 18th annual P.E.C. Pumpkinfest, in Wellington, Ont. Brant and Brandon, father and son, placed first in the heaviest pumpkin category with their 1,675-pound Atlantic Giant Pumpkin, grown right here in Pembroke. It's the largest pumpkin grown in Canada this year.)