April, 2016

April 28, 2016

Demanding year of training for 24 Field Squadron
24 Field Squadron (24 Fd Sqn) is a light engineer squadron within 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER). Click to read more.

48th annual Fallen Paratrooper Memorial to be held May 8
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, nearly a half-century after the Ottawa River claimed the lives of the seven paratroopers. Click to read more.

National Defence Fire Service Garrison Petawawa - FIRE SAFETY BULLETIN
There is a Garrison Policy for “No outdoor fires” within the Garrison Petawawa Residential Housing areas of the North and South town sites. Click to read more.

Exercise RUCKING BEAR took place 15 April and saw the soldiers of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group complete the 20+ km ruck march through the Petawawa training area. Click to read more.

Mayor shares fond memories of former councillor
Flags were lowered to half mast across the Town of Petawawa on April 18 in honour of former councillor Frank Cirella, who passed away after a long illness. Click to read more.

Creative Mother's Day fundraiser May 7
Blooms for Babies is a fundraising Mother’s Day event which will allow children to create a special gift for their mothers while raising money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Click to read more.

Petawawa Spring Showcase coming April 29, 30 and May 1
The annual Petawawa Home, Leisure and Consumer Showcase is back in business for its 18th year. Click to read more.

Town will not fund airport business plan
The Town of Petawawa will not be providing the Pembroke and Area Airport Commission with funds to create an official business plan. Rather the town has requested that it digs into its reserves to provide paperwork. Click to read more.

$800 million investment announced for CNL
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has received $800 million to upgrade and build on its infrastructure
in Chalk River to ultimately better match its vision of the future. Click to read more.

Strengthening The Forces (STF) - CAF Health and Wellness Challenge 1-31 May 2016
It must be spring - because the CAF Health and Wellness Challenge is back in town and we are hoping you will participate, have some fun and take some positive steps towards a healthier lifestyle, one choice at a time. Click to read more.

Petawawa Bike Rodeo May 7
In preparation for summer cycling, a Bicycle Safety Rodeo will be held on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. inside the Petawawa Civic Centre Arena. Click to read more.

Grannies group brings Africa to Petawawa with annual GranAfrican dinner
You don’t need to book an expensive trip to Africa to explore its exotic marvels when you can attend the Petawawa Grannies GranAfrican Dinner. Click to read more.

Valour holds 16th Annual Thomas Sterling Memorial Student Teacher Hockey Game
Every year for the past sixteen years, on the last day before March Break, staff and students of Valour JK-12 School (formerly General Panet High School) have been gathering at the Silver Dart Arena (now the Petawawa Civic Centre) for a hockey game that features the graduating class versus the teachers. Click to read more.

Ride United: Imam Mohamed Jebara cycling 360 km for kids
PEMBROKE - On Tuesday, April 26, Renfrew County welcomed Imam Mohamad Jebara as he cycled through our region for Ride United — a seven-day, 360-kilometre journey to raise funds for vulnerable kids. The funds raised will support United Ways in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties and their work to help kids be all that they can be. Click to read more.

Bubble soccer added to PSP Recreation roster
It’s the PSP Recreation Department versus Dundonald Hall staff in an invigorating game of bubble soccer, which follows the original sport’s rules, but the players wear enormous plastic bubbles. Click to read more.

April 21, 2016

Dragoons commemorate Liberation of Leeuwarden
It may have occurred 71 years ago, but the Liberation of Leeuwarden is still fresh in Veteran Trooper Don White’s mind. Click to read more.

CANEX sponsors Volunteer Celebrations
“Volunteers are the Roots of Strong Communities!” Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to bloom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Click to read more.

Canadian Armed Forces Dive Team Medical Kits: Mission Accomplished!
On February 2016, CMED has completed the production and distribution of 72 CAF Dive Team Medical Kits (CAFDTMK) to fleet diving units across Canada. This marks the culmination of a national project intended to support the Navy’s initiative to standardize the medical kits to be utilized by CAF dive teams in response to life threatening diving related medical emergencies on remote locations far-removed from any military or civilian EMS. Click to read more.

Grn Petawawa Madameek location now open
Hungry soldiers won’t have to go far to find original Lebanese cuisine now that Madameek has opened a third location on Garrison Petawawa. Click to read more.

Canadian Forces Housing Agency Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This year, the Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA) celebrates its 20th anniversary. Click to read more.

Member arrested for possession of controlled substance
While conducting routine security checks under the Defence Controlled Access Area Regulations and Inspection & Search Defence Regulations, Military Police identified a service member who had recently consumed, and was in possession of marijuana, a Schedule II narcotic. Click to read more.

4 CDSG Senior Padre retiring after nearly four decades of service
Maj Mario Gaulin, 4 CDSG’s Senior Padre, will be retiring from the military after almost 38 years of service on 8 May 2016. Click to read more.

Colby’s Crusade goes digital with GoFundMe page
Colby Audette just wants to be like every other 13-year-old boy, running after a soccer ball under the summer sun, playing Xbox and hanging out with friends.Click to read more.

8th Annual Colonel Karen Ritchie Memorial Bonspiel celebrates RCEME spirit
At the opening ceremonies of the eighth Annual Colonel Karen Ritchie Memorial Bonspiel (52nd annual Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (RCEME) Curling Bonspiel), Chief of Staff for Military Personnel Command Brigadier General (BGen) Nicolas Eldaoud described the technicians and soldiers affiliated with the RCEME Branch as “the most dedicated, talented, hard working and proud technicians and soldiers in the Armed Forces.” Click to read more.

3 RCR soldier places 5th at 2016 Canadian Powerlifting Nationals
Corporal Kris Fisher can deadlift over 600 pounds, and more amazing still, he placed fifth at the Canadian Powerlifting Nationals in March in Saskatchewan while suffering a high fever and strep throat. Click to read more.

Valley Line-X hosts open house to mark official grand opening
Offering the community a sneak peak into its inner workings, Valley Line-X in Petawawa held its grand opening April 9. Click to read more.

638 Algonquin Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron fundraising with Value Village
Take a MSVS military truck, a dozen or so Air Cadets, a few cadet staff on a cold sunny day in April and what do you get? 3,125 pounds of gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and linens. Click to read more.

Sign up for the CAF Health and Wellness Challenge
Strengthening the Forces and SISIP Financial invite you to take the CAF Health and Wellness Challenge “Make your choices count” from May 1-31. Click to read more.

News from the Petawawa Catholic Women’s League
The Petawawa Catholic Women’s League met for their April General Meeting. Members discussed the preparation and  arrangements for the Spring activities including our annual June dinner. Click to read more.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
Its beginning to look like we are actually going to have spring/summer.  I saw people wearing their shorts on the weekend and no heavy coats.  Yeah! Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
This Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. we are holding our Downhomers Dance. You can dance the night away to the music of James Dent and enjoy some drink specials paired with homemade seafood chowder. This event is open to everyone so gather your friends and come on out. Click to read more.

April 14, 2016

Circuit for the Cause raises $4,028 for military families
Civilians and military members alike came together for the annual Circuit for the Cause on April 8. The four-hour group workout, hosted by Garrison Petawawa Personnel Support Programs, helped raise a total of $4,028 for the Military Families Fund. Click to read more.

2 RCHA Gunners deploy to Ontario’s North on Op TRILLIUM RESPONSE
Gunners from E Battery, 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery recently returned home from a 12-day deployment. Click to read more.

Your Independent Grocer donates to St. Joseph’s Food Bank
The St. Joseph’s Food Bank should have no trouble restocking their shelves after Your Independent Grocer in Petawawa donated food, toiletries and money. Click to read more.

Petawawa Council Briefs
$81,828 SCOREBOARD TO BE INSTALLED IN FALL - The Town of Petawawa will put $40,914 towards the installation of a multi-sport outdoor electronic scoreboard. Click to read more.

Predators host Vimy Ridge Swim meet
By adding a second day of competition, the Vimy Ridge Invitational Swim Meet became bigger and better this year. Click to read more.

Petawawa Snipers “A” Division Playoff Champions!
The Petawawa Snipers recently finished their hockey season at the top. The Atom hockey team ended their regular season in 4th place, which had them going head to head against Renfrew for the first round of the playoffs. Click to read more.

Olympian Bear 2016
OLYMPIAN BEAR 2016 was a rousing success for 2 RCHA. We dominated the event on the court, on the ice, with pugil, and in the pool, to win the trophy for first place overall. This trophy was proudly displayed at a Bde mess dinner celebrating the conclusion of the fun but challenging and competitive week. Click to read more.

Summer Smiles to send 250 kids to camp
The Summer Smiles Campaign is trying to raise $75,000 to send 250 local children to summer camp. Click to read more.

Local SPCA seeking public input
The Renfrew County Branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is looking to the community for input on how to better its services. Click to read more.

Greater Petawawa Civitan Club News
Hi everyone - here I am once again with just a bit of news from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club. I hope everyone had a good Easter. Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
Do you enjoy pasta? If you say yes then we invite you to join us at the branch for a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, April 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. Meal includes salad, meat or vegetarian sauce with your pasta with garlic bread and dessert. Meal price reduced for kids so bring the family. Open to all. Click to read more.

The Swallows are always busy
We had a party and invited all the little green leprechauns to join us! St. Patrick’s Day celebrations do not go unnoticed in square dance venues. There are Irish tunes that lend themselves to great square dancing. The refreshments after were delicious. Square dancers love to dance…and eat! Click to read more.

April 7, 2016

Suggestions wanted for NDHQ campus naming initiative
All formations, divisions and units at Garrison Petawawa are invited to help make history by naming buildings and roads at the Department of National Defence’s (DND) Carling Campus in Ottawa. Click to read more.

CMED CO’s Challenge: EX MUKLUK 2016
On the word of command from the CO, everyone fastened their snowshoes on and strapped their rucksacks, started pulling their toboggan and proceeded to the obstacle course. Click to read more.

Cadet Corner
PETAWAWA – Members of 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps experienced a month full of activity despite a March Break interruption. Click to read more.

SISIP Financial draw winners
As a way of promoting CAF Saving Plans, SISIP Financial held a draw for a total of $750 in prizes. Click to read more.

OPP to increase efforts to combat online fraud
The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police will increase its efforts to prevent on-line fraud, confirmed Acting Inspector Mark Wolfe. Click to read more.

LCBO donates to OSPCA
The Petawawa LCBO marked a significant milestone and made a contribution to the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Branch on March 31. Click to read more.

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities
Each year, Volunteer Canada launches a campaign for National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week takes place April 10 to 16, 2016. Click to read more.

Petawawa council briefs
PORTABLE STAGE NOW AVAILABLE - The Town of Petawawa will rent its mobile stage for events in nearby communities. Renting will pay for the stage’s maintenance, and the cost to replace it once it becomes necessary. Click to read more.

Town considers changes to Parks and Rec user fees
Petawawa residents may see user fees climb as a result of an official municipal price policy for Parks and Recreation services. Click to read more.

PMFRC hosts forum to better tailor services for special needs children
Adding the multiple challenges of being a member of a military family can make raising a child with special needs even more daunting. Click to read more.

CAF Health and Wellness Challenge
Strengthening the Forces and SISIP Financial invite you to take the CAF Health and Wellness Challenge “Make your choices count” from May 1-31. Click to read more.

Petawawa Grannies prepare for annual GranAfrican Dinner
The Petawawa Grannies are eagerly preparing for their annual spring event: the African evening at the Petawawa Legion on Sunday, April 10. Click to read more.

Valour supports Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Branch’s Cupcake Day
On Monday, February 29, Valour JK-12 School held their annual Ontario SPCA Cupcake Fundraiser. Click to read more.

Bullying Needs To End. Here is How You Can Help.
PETAWAWA - The Inclusion Project is a community wide initiative that focuses on bullying prevention and community inclusion. Click to read more.

April is Cancer Daffodil month and many of us survivors and supporters have been out and about selling daffodil pins in the community.  Click to read more.

News from the Petawawa Legion
This weekend on Saturday, April 9 we lower the Canadian flag to half mast in Honour of Vimy Ridge Day. Click to read more.

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