May, 2016

May 26, 2016

Grn volleyball teams win gold at Nationals
Garrison Petawawa men’s and the women’s volleyball teams both took home gold at the 2016 Canadian Armed Forces National Volleyball Championships in Borden. Click to read more
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2 Field Ambulance Défi STARLIGHT CHALLENGE 2016 Champions
One hundred competitors, including soldiers belonging to the 4th Health Services Group (4 H Svcs Gp) from Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, joined by members of the U.S. Army and British Army, participated in Ex Défi Starlight Challenge, which was held at CFB Valcartier from 13 to 15 May 2016. Click to read more.

Awards for top United Way contributors
Units at Garrison Petawawa fundraise for the National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign (NDCWCC) in support of the United Way every year. Click to read more.

Commemorating the Battle of Hill 187
Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) and the American-based 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment (2-325 AIR) came together on May 17 to mark one of the bloodiest battles in the Korean War. Click to read more.

New commander for 42nd Field Artillery Regiment
On Saturday afternoon, the 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish), Royal Canadian Artillery welcomed their new commander. Click to read more.

The Country Cupboard marks 20 years
The Country Cupboard in Petawawa celebrated its 20th year in business by supporting the Angel Whispers Campaign. Click to read more.

MPs ready for June 3 Relay for Life
The Petawawa Military Police Detachment has entered a team in the upcoming Relay for Life. This team of military police members will be up all night on June 3, passing the baton back and forth and raising funds for lifesaving research and programs. Click to read more.

2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps awards
On May 3, the 2642 3 RCR Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corps gave out special awards to its members, as well as a gift to one of their generous business sponsors. Click to read more.

HGS donates $3,000 to CPAN
The Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN) received $3,000 from HGS (Hinduja Global Solutions), funds collected on April 9 during HGS’s Fundraising Trivia night. Click to read more.

Municipal Signage Program
Many of the signs within the Town of Petawawa may soon be getting a fresh new makeover. Click to read more.

Ashley Homestore Select Grand Opening on May 28
Furniture King has relocated to the Township of Laurentian Valley, officially changing its name to Ashley Homestore Select. Click to read more.

1,500 students attend Options skilled trades fair
Over 1,500 students from schools across Renfrew County and the Pontiac flooded the Pembroke Memorial Centre to attend Options 2016, Eastern Ontario’s largest skilled trades fair. Click to read more
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RAWC win Eastern Canadian Championships
The RAWC has once again captured the Eastern Canadian Championship. Click to read more.

Rotary sends two kids to summer camp
Two more area kids are going to summer camp this year thanks to the Petawawa Rotary Club. Click to read more.

Garrison Petawawa Community Recreation first to get accreditation
The PSP Recreation Department at Garrison Petawawa isn’t just the first to receive HIGH FIVE® accreditation; it is currently also the only one. Click to read more.

Gym Attendant training hard for provincial show
I have been dedicated to making myself a healthier and happier person not only in the gym but with my daily eating for four years now, and started faithfully working out in Grade 10. Click to read more.

Town considers new direction for recreation
The way municipal recreation operates in rural areas is shifting radically, confirmed the Town of Petawawa’s Program Coordinator. Click to read more.

Paddlers descend on Petawawa for annual Hell or High Water
Hundreds upon hundreds of white-water enthusiasts mounted their rafts, canoes and kayaks, descending in droves upon the Petawawa River’s many rapids during Hell or High Water (HOHW). Click to read more.

Spring Bulky Item Collection
LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Just in time for Spring cleaning, collection of bulky household goods will be happening at the end of May. Residents of the Town of Petawawa, City of Pembroke and Township of Laurentian Valley can place acceptable items out on Sunday, May 29. Click to read more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
The Greater Petawawa Civitan Club is happy to welcome three new members to their Club, Civitan Savanna Young, Civitan Brian Black and Civitan Sarah Bird. It is so good to see younger people taking an interest in what the Greater Petawawa Civitan members are doing. Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
This week sees the wrapping up of two events for the summer. Thursday is the last soup and sandwich from 11:30-1 p.m. Open to all. As well, the last Fish and Chips will be Friday, May 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. Join us for your last fill before we switch over to BBQs on June 3. Click to read more.


May 19, 2016

President of Poland visits Garrison Petawawa
The President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda was at Garrison Petawawa last week to personally thank soldiers who participated in Operation REASSURANCE. Click to read more.

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Sergeant Major Change of Appointment
The change of appointment took place at the beginning of Ex Rucking Bear on April 15 at Garrison Petawawa. Click to read more.

SISIP Money Management Workshop
SISIP will be delivering a general financial workshop to military members and their spouses in order to assist them in managing their personal finances and prevent financial difficulty. This course is designed to assist in learning new money management skills and/or enhancing existing skills. Click to read more.

Fundraiser for Chaplain's Benevolent Fund
4 CDSB held a Quad and Side by Side (SxS) fundraiser on May 6 at the Petawawa Research Forest (PRF). Click to read more.

I Had Mud Ubique
Don’t let the fact that the sun was shining fool you. The water obstacles in this year’s 3rd annual Chimo Mudder military challenge race were sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (brain freeze) inducingly cold. Fortunately, high morale proved more than enough to keep participants warm and motivated as they ran, climbed, crawled, scaled and swam through the six kilometres and 25 obstacles of this year’s course. Click here to read more.

Canadians, Americans join forces for Ex VIKING TALON
An American delegation of two Chinooks and four Black Hawk helicopters landed at Garrison Petawawa for Exercise Viking Talon. Click to read more.

Walkers raise $8,846 for Cancer Society's Wheels of Hope program
The Fifth Annual Women Walking for Hope team has outdone themselves this year by surpassing their goal, raising $8,846.10 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Click to read more.

The 65th Commemorative Service for Battle of Kapyong
Canada in the Korean War: The Canadian Forces were involved in the 1950–1953 Korean War conflict and its aftermath. Canada participated on the side of the United Nations in the Korean War, with 26,000 Canadians participating and Canada sending eight destroyers. Canadian aircraft provided transport, supply and logistics. Five hundred and sixteen Canadians died in the conflict; 312 of the deaths were from combat. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_in_the_Korean_War). Click to read more.

Library holds annual Marigolds for Mom fundraiser
The Marigolds for Moms Campaign was back for its second year, celebrating mothers while raising money for the Petawawa Public Library. Click to read more.

Annual Bicycle Rodeo draws 92 participants
A Bicycle Safety Rodeo was held on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. inside the Petawawa Civic Centre Arena. The event, which drew 92 participants ages six to 13, featured a road test to refresh bicycle safety, bicycle and helmet inspections, a watermelon drop to show participants how important it is to wear a helmet while cycling, as well as a variety of prizes including bicycles courtesy of GearHeads and helmets sponsored by EGM Insurance. Click to read more.

Leaf & Yard Waste Spring Collection: Weeks of May 16 and May 23
LAURENTIAN VALLEY– Residents of the Town of Petawawa, City of Pembroke and Township of Laurentian Valley will be able to place extra leaf and yard waste out for pick-up during the upcoming Spring Leaf & Yard Waste Collections. Click to read more.

New member appointed to Police Services Board
The Petawawa Police Services Board (PPSB) has found a new member in Sharon Dainty. Click to read more.


May 12, 2016

Great cloth diaper change returns
All around the world on April 23, parents participated in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. Click to read more.

Historic moment for the CH-147F Chinook helicopter in responding to Alberta's wildfires
OTTAWA - A CH-147F Chinook helicopter delivered 8,200 pounds of food, water, and other sundries to Fort McKay First Nation May 8 as part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) ongoing support to the Province of Alberta in responding to the wildfires in Fort McMurray. Click to read more.

Service held on 48th anniversary of Wegner Point tragedy
It was a cold, dark and windy night 48 years ago when 22 paratroopers were blown off course during a night drop, missing their anticipated drop-zone and plunging into the cold waters off Wegner Point. Click to read more.

The Royals take steps to resilience
According to the working definition of the Canadian Army, personal resilience is the capacity of an individual to recover quickly, resist, and possibly even thrive in the face of direct/indirect traumatic events and adverse situations in garrison, training and operational environments. The week of March 29 to April 1, the soldiers of the Third Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) were asked to consider what their next steps were to becoming resilient Royals during the four day Exercise RESILIENT ROYAL 2016 (ExRR 2016). Click to read more.

Budget passed with 2.04 per cent tax increase
Town of Petawawa ratepayers will see a 2.04 per cent residential tax rate increase, or an average taxation of $317.87 for every $100,000 of residential assessment. Click to read more.

Draw raises $995 for CPAN, winner donates prize to Valour
A dinosaur, donated by Custom Draperies and displayed at Ashley Homestore Select, has done its part to help make child poverty extinct. Ballots for a chance to win the prehistoric reptile were available at Ashley Homestore Select, Metro and Custom Draperies to customers who made a donation to the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN). Click to read more.

Strengthening your Mental Fitness
Enjoying mental fitness means having a good sense of wellbeing, being able to function during everyday life, and feeling confident to rise to a challenge when the opportunity arises. Someone who is mentally fit springs back after struggling through difficult and stressful times and moves forward, grows and develops with each experience (Mills and Dombeck, 2010). Click to read more.

Mock "critical incident" at Algonquin College
Texting and driving was the root of a devastating, multi-casualty nuclear spill at the Algonquin College in Pembroke. Click to read more.

SPIKES Volleyball program launched in Petawawa
Response to the newly created SPIKES volleyball program has been overwhelming. Click to read more.

New target for Archery Club thanks to Petawawa Physiotherapy Clinic
The Petawawa Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic donated $200 to the Petawawa Archery Club to purchase a new target. Click to read more.

OVM football season has begun
The Ottawa Valley Minor Football has returned for another year; this time with even more players. Click to read more.

Something for everyone at Spring SHOWCASE 2016
For its 18th year, the annual Petawawa Home, Leisure and Consumer Showcase wowed locals and visitors alike with over 190 vendors. Click to read more.


May 5, 2016

Mock disaster tests Garrison’s emergency responders
First responders at Garrison Petawawa rushed to the aid of casualties from a downed helicopter during an emergency training exercise on April 26. Click to read more.

Six new scholarships for military spouses
Over the next six years, six military spouses will have the opportunity to share in $150,000 worth of scholarships for Willis College. Click to read more.

Support Our Troops Scholarship Program accepting applications until June 30
The Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) Support Our Troops (SOT) Scholarship Program now has 23 scholarship grants available for the families of Canadian Armed Forces members. Click to read more.

New signs for Garrison Post Office
Two new signs now decorate the Garrison Petawawa Post Office at S-111. Click to read more.

CMHA’s Mental Health Week May 2-8, 2016: now GET LOUD for mental health!
TORONTO – It’s the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 65th annual Mental Health Week! And it will be the loudest one yet. Canadians are hearing CMHA’s call to GET LOUD for mental health and they are raising their voices to end discrimination, stigma and shame. They’re getting loud for someone at work, for someone at home, and for themselves. Click to read more

Bullying hurts at any age
This week is Mental Health Week in Canada. Bullying is an issue that is often down played as something that all kids do and is just a right of passage. The sad truth is, bullying is something that hurts us all. Children, youth and adults can be involved as the one being bullied, the bully or the bystander. It can occur anywhere: in the home, on the sports field, in school and at the workplace. The effects of bullying on mental health and wellness can be long term. Click to read more.

Army’s Sentinels roll out across 2 CMBG and 4 CDSB
Sentinel Definition: “A soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch”; from Latin, sentire, “to perceive.” Hence the title of a program which originated in 2nd Canadian Division in 2007. Click to read more.

SISIP Money Management Workshop
SISIP will be delivering a general financial workshop to military members and their spouses in order to assist them in managing their personal finances and prevent financial difficulty. This course is designed to assist in learning new money management skills and/or enhancing existing skills. Click to read more.

Protect yourself from fraud, scams
In partnership with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the Ottawa Valley has been hosting workshops in Pembroke and Petawawa for seniors in an effort to reduce their chances of falling victim to online fraud or scams. Click to read more.

Greater Petawawa Civitan Club donates $7,200 to local organizations
The Greater Petawawa Civitan Club disbursed $7,200 in donations to five worthy recipients on April 24. The service club has been collecting the funds since January through their regular Bingo games. Click to read more.

What time is it? PSO Season Finale at Festival Hall
The Pembroke Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to present What Time Is It? on Saturday, May 14th, 2016, featuring Angus Armstrong on euphonium and Risa Renée Tonita on piano. Click to read more.

Fallen Paratrooper Memorial this Sunday
GARRISON PETAWAWA - Master Warrant Officer Reginald Riddell, Warrant Officer Michael McDonnell, Cpl Hugh Fields, Cpl Bob Knight, Cpl Dennis Clements, Cpl Jim Misener and Cpl Bruce Chiswell will once again be remembered at a special service at Garrison Petawawa on Sunday, May 8 . Click to read more.

Health and Wellness Challenge begins
Early on May 2, the CAF (Canadian Armed Forces) Health and Wellness Challenge – Make Your Choices Count launched with a group yoga session at the Dundonald Hall Field House. Click to read more.

Leave the phone alone while driving
Eliminating texting while driving is the end goal of the Town of Petawawa’s newly launched Distracted Driving Campaign. Click to read more.

Ball hockey gets Senators treatment
Ottawa Senators mascot Spartacat was in Petawawa April 22 to invite local youth to play ball hockey as part of Street Senturions Enjeu. Click to read more.

Through the looking glass at SPCA’s Mad Hatter Tea Party
The Renfrew County Branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) fell down the rabbit hole, hosting its first Mad Hatter Tea Party. Click to read more.

Ontario Provincial Wrestling Championships
Thanks to Kawartha Wrestling Club, Saturday April 23rd more than 300 youth wrestlers gathered in Baltimore ON, at the local Community Center to compete in the 2016 Provincial Championships. Click to read more.

Forbes ranks Commissionaires one of Canada’s Best Employers of 2016
Ottawa, ON, April 5, 2016 – The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires has ranked among the top employers in Canada, according to Forbes’ list of Canada’s Best Employers of 2016. Click to read more.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
The Silver Threads Seniors Club will be having a Spring Tea on Thursday, May 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The cost of the tea is $7 for adults.  We will be serving sandwiches that are made by the members of the club, along with delicious squares.  We will serve plenty of tea and coffee, water and juice.  Come out and enjoy a nice lunch and bring a friend or family member. Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
This Sunday, May 8 join us for a Mother’s Day dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. of your choice of Roast beef or chicken swiss with mashed potatoes, veggies, salad and dessert. It is an easy way to treat mom and not break the bank. Perfect for the whole family or just come out if you want a great meal. No mom? No problem, everyone is welcome to attend. Click to read more



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