June, 2016

June 30, 2016

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group unveils Task Force Tomahawk
The unveiling of the newly formed Task Force Tomahawk (TFTH) was announced on National Aboriginal Day, chosen to honour the rich warrior culture of Canada’s First Nations people. Click here to read more
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New Tim Hortons kiosk at CANEX Expressmart
Although it’s only been open a few weeks, a new self-serve Tim Hortons kiosk located at the CANEX Expressmart is already selling an average 100 cups of coffee and tea a day. Click here to read more.

New RSM for 4 CDSB Petawawa Personnel Services
4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services (4 CDSB Pers Svs) has a new Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) in Master Warrant Officer Kim Pyke. Click here to read more.

23 Field Squadron as part of the RCD OPFOR Battle Group supports Ex MAPLE RESOLVE
With over 6,000 soldiers from three different countries, hundreds of vehicles and full access to one of Canada’s largest training areas, Exercise Maple Resolve is the largest annual military exercise held in Canada. The aim of the exercise was to provide a challenging training venue for 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group’s (1 CMBG) on their road to high readiness. Click here to read more.

Outstanding students receive Citizenship Awards
Once more, the Town of Petawawa showcased its well-rounded, inspirational young people by presenting six of them with Outstanding Student Citizenship Awards. Click here to read more.

Fond farewell for retiring DCO
After more than 26 years dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces, 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services (4 CDSB Pers Svs) Deputy Commanding Officer Major Krista Pelechaty-Earl has retired. Click here to read more.

Partnership highlights career option for soldiers transitioning to civilian workforce
Soldiers leaving the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have another recommended career to choose from through a partnership between Willis College, Veteran’s Affairs Canada, Garrison Petawawa and Fortinet Group. Click here to read more.

2 Service Battalion promotions
Two members of 2 Service Battalion were recently promoted to their current rank. Click here to read more.

Garrison Petawawa hosts 3rd annual Triathlon
About 70 Triathletes gathered at Dundonald Hall on June 18 to take part in the Third Annual Garrison Petawawa Triathlon. Click here to read more.

Chicks For Charity Night a Success - Petawawa Golf Course Ladies' Division
Thursday, June 23 was a beautiful night to be golfing and a great venue to show the generosity and support of women helping women. Click here to read more.

Celebrating summer at Civic Centre Days and Ribfest
Spread over two weekends, the 2016 Civic Centre Days and Ribfest brought droves of people to the heart of Petawawa from June 10 to June 19. Click here to read more
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Kids of Steel Triathlon returning July 10
The Kids of Steel Triathlon is coming back to Garrison Petawawa for its seventh year. Click here to read more.

"Get Wild" at library's TD Summer Reading Club
With summer officially here, the Petawawa Public Library is enticing kids to get in touch with their untamed side during the new TD Summer Reading Get Wild! Camps. Click here to read more.


June 23, 2016

4 CDSG welcomes new commander Colonel Mark Misener
Personnel of 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) welcomed a new commander Friday, and bid farewell to Brigadier General Marc Gagne. Click here to read more.

Murphy’s Heroes on the Water
PEMBROKE - On June 25, 2016, Murphy’s Heroes on the Water will be hosting a military family appreciation day at the Pembroke Marina. Click here to read more.

Bears Are back...and your garbage attracts!
GARRISON PETAWAWA - Black bears are actively searching for food during this time of year, and although they normally feed on berries in June, garbage makes for an easy and convenient meal whenever available. Military and civilian employees, residents, and users of Garrison Petawawa are reminded to take the necessary steps to avoid attracting bears both at home and at work. Click here to read more.

CAF Health and Wellness “Make Your Choices Count” Challenge winners
Strengthening the Forces Health Promotion and SISIP Financial joined together and invited people to take part in the CAF Health and Wellness “Make Your Choices Count” Challenge. Click here to read more
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Military Police looking to the military community for assistance in solving a series of vehicle break-ins
GARRISON PETAWAWA, ON – Garrison Petawawa Military Police are investigating a series of recent vehicle break-ins in the Southside Residential Housing Unit area in the Town of Petawawa. Click here to read more.

2 Service Battalion Administration Company Promotions
2 Service Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Corinna Heilman (left in both photos), with 2 Svc Bn Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer M.S.I. Galbrand. Click here to read more.

Victor Jackson awarded 2016 Ontario Senior Achievement Award
The impact Victor Jackson has made on the community through his volunteer efforts is beyond measure. Click here to read more.

Progressing towards a barrier-free town
The Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee (PAAC) presented its barrier-free report and work plan to council, highlighting what can be done to make the town a more inclusive place. Click here to read more.

Firefighters earn Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal
For their combined 40 years of active service with the Town of Petawawa Fire Department, Captain Peter Moss and Captain Bill Tabram received the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal on June 13. Click here to read more.

Petawawa Girl Guides of Canada recognize significant accomplishments
The Girl Guides of Canada Community 27, which includes the 4th Petawawa Sparks, the 6th Petawawa Brownies, the 6th Petawawa Guides and the 2nd Petawawa Pathfinders and Rangers, celebrated the achievements of several of its members at a ceremony on June 6. Click here to read more.

Lions Club still serving the community
The Pembroke/Petawawa Lions Club has had to give up its headquarters building, but will continue to operate as usual. Click here to read more.

Letter to the Editor - Legion seeking new members
I have been talking to military personnel from the base and they inform me they have not joined the Legion because they know nothing about the Legion. This article will explain what the Legion is all about. I am also available to talk to all units at any time to arrange this please contact me at johnwmacqueen@ outlook.com or call the branch at 613- 687-2504. Click here to read more.

Fundraising for Valour - brick by brick
Bricks from the old General Panet High School are on sale for $20. Proceeds from the sales will be put towards Valour’s JK-12 School’s track and field facility and to purchase more equipment. Click here to read more.

PMFRC Summer Kick Off
Despite the rain, Petawawa residents still turned out in droves to attend the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) Summer Kick Off. On June 10, the South Side Community Centre opened its doors, offering countless activities for all ages. Click here to read more.

Great North Wrestling coming to Pembroke June 25
PEMBROKE - Great North Wrestling will return to the Pembroke Memorial Centre for an action-packed card on Saturday, June 25. Click here to read more.

St Francis students Jump Rope for Heart
On May 20, all 325 students from JK-7 at St Francis of Assisi Catholic School participated in a jump rope challenge to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Click here to read more.

Petawawa Golf Club Ladies Night June 16, 2016
Thank you to our sponsor for the evening – Country Home Gardens on Forest Lea Road. We had a great crowd of 32 women taking part. Click here to read more.

Petawawa Predators celebrate top athletes
The Petawawa Predators handed out trophies and medals to their top swimmers of the 2015-2016 season at a year-end celebration on June 15 at the Jubilee Lodge.. Click here to read more.

Act of kindness at memorial run goes viral
When 61-year-old Patsy Turner and Reservist Corporal Cameron Russell crossed the finish line at the annual Krista Johnson Memorial “Run For Change”, they did so holding hands. Click here to read more

Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club sailing school
DEEP RIVER - Ratty had some sage advice for Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale The Wind in the Willows: “There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” If the idea of a summer on the river in boats appeals to you as it did to Ratty 100 years ago, check out the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club web site, www.drytc.ca for details of our sailing school programs this year. Click here to read more.

Rotary contributes to Cancer Society
The Renfrew County Canadian Cancer Society Unit recently received a $1,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Petawawa. Click here to read more.

Local promotion and education programs recognized provincially
LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Once again, the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre’s (OVWRC) promotion and education programs were recognized for excellence by the Municipal Waste Association (MWA). The annual MWA Promotion & Education Awards were presented in May at the MWA Spring Workshop held in Huntsville. Click here to read more.

New executive installed for St. George’s Chapel Guild
On Sunday, June 5, St. George’s Chapel Guild installed their new Executive for 2016-2017. Click here to read more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Well now for just a bit of news from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club. We are happy to once again see some new faces at our Bingo on Sunday night. Click here to read more.


June 16, 2016

Garrison marks National Public Service Week, June 12-18
More than 900 civilians work at Garrison Petawawa in various capacities, and their crucial work was recognized during National Public Service Week. Click here to read more.

Farewell Garrison Petawawa
Having served in the Canadian Armed forces for three decades you would think one gets used to saying goodbye. I have to admit that when I first came to Petawawa two years ago I would never have believed that this would be one of those postings that I would find difficult to move on from. Click here to read more.

Strengthening ties with the community
The Garrison Petawawa command team invited community stakeholders to partake in a friendly golf tournament on June 7. Click here to read more.

Petawawa cenotaph now home to M109 Howitzer
A decommissioned M109 155mm self-propelled Howitzer made the journey from Montreal to Petawawa, where it is now on display at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517. Click here to read more.

Keep kids in the safety zone this summer
Unfortunately no neighbourhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps you can take to help keep your family and your neighbourhood safe. Click here to read more.

Update on CP railway acquisition
The Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway will be purchased by the County of Renfrew and its partners for $500,000 over three years, with the hopes of turning it into a regional trail network. Click here to read more.

Cadets celebrate accomplishments at 57th Annual Ceremonial Review
Once again, the 2642 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) Army Cadet Corps was given the opportunity to shine. Click here to read more.

Petawawa Catholic Women's League News
The Petawawa Catholic Women’s League enjoyed/celebrated the annual June Dinner at Our Lady of Sorrows church. Click here to read more.

2016 Volunteer Awards recognize nearly 200 local recipients
Nearly 200 people gathered at the Petawawa Civic Centre to receive their 2016 Volunteer Services Awards, sharing a combined 2,621 years of volunteer time. Click here to read more.

HGS, Splash partner to raise $410 for CPAN
Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN) received a $410 donation through a four-month long fundraiser at Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) in Pembroke. Click here to read more.

Fit Kids program returns to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
In a world of growing childhood obesity and related diseases, one elementary school is fighting back. Click here to read more.

Bike Safety
In Canada, an increasing number of people are biking to school or work, or simply riding for fun or exercise. With so much traffic on the road, it’s important that cyclists understand their roles and responsibilities. Click here to read more.

National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Pembroke June 21
National Aboriginal Day will once again be bringing the sounds, flavours and traditions of the First Nations people to Pembroke. Click here to read more.


June 9, 2016

Annual Renfrew County Relay for Life raises more than $100K
As a doctor and a familiar face at the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life in Petawawa, 2016 Honourary Cancer Survivor Lomie Coleman never expected to find herself on the “cold end of the stethoscope.” Click to read more.

Celebrating ‘June is Recreation Month’
Personnel Support Programs (PSP) knows how to throw a party, particularly when they want to kick off June is Recreation Month. Click to read more.

Supporting Tim Hortons Camp Day 2016
Wednesday, June 1 was Tim Hortons Camp Day, the one day each year when every penny from coffee sales at Tim Hortons Restaurants is donated to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. On Camp Day, when guests buy a coffee and participate in various fundraising activities, they help send thousands of kids to Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camps. Click to read more.

Petawawa Quality Inn and Suites earns fifth Platinum Hospitality Award
Petawawa Quality Inn and Suites owners Hans and Gabriele Feldtanzer have been in the hospitality business for years, and have received many accolades and awards. Click to read more.

Next steps for Highway 17 expansion
The fight to expand Highway 17 continues after a lobbyist was hired to facilitate communication between the federal, provincial and local governments. Click to read more.

RBC Fdn gives $500 to CPAN
Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN) received $500 from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Foundation. Click to read more.

Grade 2 students plant trees with Petawawa Horticultural Society
The Petawawa Horticultural Society teamed up with Grade 2 students from St Francis of Assisi School and Valour JK-12 School to plant trees. Click to read more.

RAWC members shine at Youth Wrestling Festival
Members of the Renfrew Amateur Wrestling Club (RAWC) – Pembroke Branch returned from the Ontario Youth Wrestling Festival with gold. Click to read more.

Provincial recognition for Felicia Arsenault
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) has bestowed the honour of HIGH FIVE® Champion upon Community Recreation Coordinator, Felicia Arsenault. Click to read more.

Garrison Petawawa Triathlon scheduled for June 18
The Third Annual Garrison Petawawa Triathlon will kick off the running season for athletes in the Ottawa Valley. Click to read more.

Champion swimmer making waves as gifted triathlete
Many personnel serving at Garrison Petawawa are incredible athletes as well as dedicated soldiers, and Sergeant Marc Prud’homme is no exception. Click to read more.

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics came to Petawawa on May 31 with a launch at the Petawawa Legion. Click to read more.

OFSAA cross-country championships coming to Petawawa
The 2017 Ontario Federation of School’s Athletic Association (OFSAA) Cross-Country Running Championships will be held at the Petawawa Golf Club (All Ranks Service Club). Click to read more.

Petawawa Golf Club Ladies Night - June 2, 2016
The weather forecast did not look good – but for whatever reason the nasty clouds blew over and the night was a huge success. Click to read more.

Unwavering support for Relay for Life
Rexall Pharma Plus once again supported the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Over the past 13 years, they have contributed over $130,000 through sponsorship and fundraising, and as well as providing their financial support, staff members have continuously volunteered at the Survivors tent by serving coffee, cake and tea to all cancer survivors on site. Click to read more.

Add some flavour to your summer with the Petawawa Public Library
Residents will soon be able to partake in a bounty of free fresh herbs, courtesy of the Petawawa Public Library Community Garden. Click to read more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Did someone say it was hot out for two days? Well now the cold is back and once again you need a warm sweater when outside. Now for some news from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club. Click to read more
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June 2, 2016

Garrison Petawawa supports Salvation Army breakfast
The early bird may get the worm, but the early riser was able to partake in the Salvation Army Pembroke Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. Click to read more.

New RSM for 4th Canadian Division Support Base Operations Services
Outgoing Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Chief Warrant Officer Marty Walhin wrote a speech for the occasion of his departure from 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Operations Services (4 CDSB Ops Svcs). Click to read more.

Three 1 Dental Detachment members receive CD
1 Dental Detachment Petawawa was proud to present Canadian Forces Decorations (CD) to three of its members on May 25. Click to read more.

2 Military Police Regiment Change of Command
Major (Maj) Todd Somerville, outgoing Commanding Officer (CO) of 2 Military Police Regiment (2 MP Reg’t), Lieutenant Colonel Martin Laflamme, Reviewing Officer, and Maj C.G. Power, incoming CO of 2 MP Reg’t sign the Command Scrolls during the Change of Command Ceremony and Parade on May 14, 2016 at Garrison Petawawa. Click to read more.

PMFRC, PSP Petawawa volunteers recognized at annual awards night
Typically working hard behind the scenes, the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) and the Personnel Support Programs (PSP) volunteers were given centre-stage during the CANEX Volunteer Appreciation Night. Click to read more.

Sexual Misconduct Response Centre helping victims anonymously
The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre has been established to fill gaps in the system by providing victim support services. Click to read more.

Ashley Homestore Select Grand Opening Celebrations
Ashley Homestore Select celebrated its official Grand Opening at 10 Matthews Avenue on Saturday, May 28 with a variety of family-friendly activities, in-store specials and a barbecue. Click to read more.

Cadet Corner
Every Thursday evening, the 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps Drill team practiced drill movements in preparation for the Northern Ontario Area Cadet Band and Drill Competition on Mother’s Day Weekend in North Bay. Click to read more.

Cops for Cancer raises $6,592
For the eighth year in a row, police officers from all over the area demonstrated their support in the quest for a world without cancer by shaving their heads at First Choice Haircutters and personally serving meals at East Side Mario’s in Pembroke. Click to read more.

Valour top 'A' school at UOVHSAA Track and Field Championships
The UOVHSAA Track and Field Championships began ominously as all the Renfrew County secondary schools travelled by bus in the pouring rain to the Terry Fox Athletic Facility in Ottawa. Click to read more.

Combatives Grappling Championships coming to Garrison Petawawa on June 25
Soldiers across Canada are invited to register for the upcoming Garrison Petawawa Combatives Grappling Championships. Click to read more.

Physiotherapists for a day
Petawawa Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic opened its doors to students from Bishop Smith Catholic High School, inviting them to learn more about what life is like as a physiotherapist. Click to read more.



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