August, 2016

August 25, 2016

Petawawa soldiers prepare to test their mettle for United Way
PETAWAWA - Several hundred soldiers from Garrison Petawawa, as well as other bases and formations across Canada, are logging long kilometres of marching, portaging and canoeing in preparation for the 33rd annual Ironman Competition taking place in Petawawa on September 8 and 9. Click here for more.

Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN at Garrison Petawawa, a large-scale Army exercise running from August 13 to 26. Approximately 1,500 soldiers are participating in this exercise specifically tailored to reservist Army members and designed to develop and maintain the skills of soldiers of the 4th Canadian Division. Click here for more.

CANEX, OK Tire Customer Appreciation event
CANEX and OK Tire Pembroke once again partnered to offer a Customer Appreciation Day at Garrison Petawawa featuring a free barbecue sponsored by CANEX, live entertainment, a car show, local vendors and lots of prizes and give-a-ways. Click here for more.

Artillery officer on standby with Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team
Currently on standby to deploy on just 48 hours’ notice with Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), Lieutenant Josh Adamczyk has a lot more than just Artillery training to work on. Click here for more.

New name, new look: Red Apple celebrates grand opening in Petawawa
Within moments of the Red Apple store’s Grand Opening in Petawawa, it was already full of excited customers checking out the new layout and wares. Click here for more.

Upcoming workshop to focus on developing natural play area in Petawawa
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is taking its next steps in the Town of Petawawa by hosting a community workshop, confirmed Kelly Williams, Parks and Recreation Manager. Click here for more.

Garrison VBS explores Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace
Seventy children followed Joseph’s journey through slavery and prison to the Pharaoh’s palace in this year’s Vacation Bible School at Garrison Petawawa. This seven days of fun, beginning on Aug. 8, took participants through religious lessons while demonstrating the splendours of Egypt. Click here for more.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
The Silver Threads Seniors Club will be holding an Open House on Thursday, September 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and everyone 50 years and older are welcome to come in and see all of the activities that we offer at the club! Click here for more.

25th Anniversary Celebration of Music Director at St. George’s Chapel
The choir, chaplains, worship band, and congregation of St. George’s Protestant Chapel, Garrison Petawawa, held a surprise 25th Anniversary Celebration for their Music Director, Darlene TerMarsch, on the evening of May 26th. Click here for more.

CISM Women’s Basketball team represents Canada at World Championships
Up until this past spring, the CAF had never had a CISM Women’s Basketball Program, but things have finally changed as our ladies came out to play and showed the strength and teamwork of women in the CAF at the 2nd CISM Women’s Basketball World Championship at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California. Click here for more.

Province to install cycle lane on portion of 17
PETAWAWA - Ontario’s Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca has responded to concerns from local cyclists by announcing the Province will provide a partial cycling lane on a portion of Highway 17 west of town that is being resurfaced. Click here for more.

Stepping back in time: Heritage Village holds 7th annual Settler Festival
The Petawawa Heritage Village once more took people back in time during its 7th Settler Festival. On Aug. 13 and 14, this living museum put on several interactive displays demonstrating what life would have been like 200 years ago. Click here for more.

So much fun…so little cost!
Since I last reported on the activities of the Swinging Swallows square dancers, we hosted the Boys and Girls Club for our second annual Dinner/Dance followed by our “celebration of membership.” Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
I hope everyone had a wonderful week. August 20th saw our second annual Street Dance. Those who attended seemed to enjoy themselves watching the President get dunked with a somewhat faulty dunking machine. Some family members also managed to get dunked and have their pictures taken with lots of laughs, so all was not lost. Click here for more.

August 18, 2016

Memorial service honours legacy of First Special Service Force
Alongside their modern-day American and Canadian Special Operations Forces peers, veterans of the First Special Service Force (FSSF) celebrated their 70th anniversary. Click here for more.

Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN underway at Garrison Petawawa
PETAWAWA - Approximately 1,500 soldiers are participating in a large-scale Army exercise at Garrison Petawawa as part of Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN 2016. Click here for more.

New Squadron Chief Warrant Officer for 427 SOAS
427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (427 SOAS) warmly welcomed a new Squadron Chief Warrant Officer as CWO David Fredette handed over his position to CWO Ronald MacGillivary during Thursday’s Change of Appointment Ceremony. Click here for more.

4th Annual Support Our Troops golf tournament raises $6,000
The 4th Annual Support Our Troops Golf Tournament raised $6,000. The charitable event was held on Aug. 11 at the Petawawa Golf Club and All Ranks Service Club with proceeds going to help members of the Canadian Armed Forces; Support Our Troops Fund donations are dispersed through the Military Families Fund, Soldier On, Hospital Comforts Fund and the Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund. Click here for more.

Library slated for roof repairs
Council has agreed that the Petawawa Public Library is in dire need of roof repairs. Click here for more.

Town applies for grant to upgrade elevator
The Town of Petawawa has several planned projects eligible for Ontario 150 Program funding, but renovating the elevator in the Petawawa Civic Centre has been named a top priority. Click here for more.

Council divided over purchase of scoreboard
A vote on the decision to purchase and install an $80,000 multi-sport electronic scoreboard for the newly constructed Petawawa track and field facility was tied during the Aug. 8 council-in-committee meeting. It was broken by Mayor Bob Sweet, who voted in favour. Click here for more.

Pre-schoolers visited by Garrison fire department
Firefighter Andrew Hubert stopped in for a visit on July 19th with a Crash truck from the Garrison Petawawa Fire Hall for the kids from the Je d’école program. Click here for more

Town of Petawawa Fire Department Headquarters Notice: Smoke Alarm Canvassing
This is to confirm the Town of Petawawa Fire Department is not currently conducting smoke alarm inspections in residences owned by senior citizens or any citizens in the Petawawa area. Click here for more.

More than 200 take part in Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival
More than 200 people hit the water for the 2nd Annual Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival, far exceeding organizers’ expectations. Click here for more.

Petawawa hosts Ontario Region Men's and Women's Soccer
The Ontario Region Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships came to an end on Friday with teams from Toronto and Petawawa taking home gold. Click here for more

SUP enthusiasts Stand Up for CHEO
Stand Up for CHEO has raised about $30,488 in 2016, courtesy of its events in Ottawa, Kingston and Petawawa. Click here for more.

CISM recognizes stellar athletes, coaches during Ontario Region Soccer Championships
A CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) representative took pictures and videos throughout last week’s Ontario Region Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships at Garrison Petawawa, evaluating who were the best coaches and players. Click here for more

Salsa classes add spice to summer
Salsa isn’t just a dance, it is a way of life; an adage that Step by Step Creations truly believes in. Click here for more.

Reptile Rainforest show at the library
The Reptile Rainforest show was part of the Petawawa Public Library’s summer activity line-up. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
I hope everyone had a wonderful week. The Petawawa Legion hosted the First Special Services Forces, FSSF, (Black Devils or Devil’s Brigade) 70th Anniversary memorial on August 13. Click here for more

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
OK all you horseshoe players, the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club invites you to join us at our Horseshoe Tournament that will be held August 27th starting with registration at 9 a.m. at the Petawawa Civic Centre Kin Hut. Click here for more.

August 11, 2016

70th Reunion of First Special Service Force August 10-14
The 70th Reunion of the infamous First Special Service Force, a joint USA and Canadian WW2 commando unit will be held in Pembroke/Petawawa from August 10 to 14, 2016. Click here for more.

2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride for the Legion August 13
The 2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride for the Legion will be held on Aug. 13. Click here for more.

Lock it or Lose it
PEMBROKE – With the warm weather, or any time of year for that matter, there have been thieves walking the streets looking for crimes of opportunity. Click here for more.

Searching for SAR Techs
If you’re looking for a change and a challenge in your military career, consider the opportunity to become a Search and Rescue technician (SAR Tech). It’s hard to imagine a more rewarding occupation anywhere in the CAF – or anywhere in the world. for that matter. This proud and prestigious trade accepts Regular and Reserve Force members who undergo an occupational transfer from within the CAF. Click here for more

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
Are you laying by the pool or beach listening to music, or glued to the large screen television watching the Canadian athletes and the other world athletes competing in every kind of sport?  It is very exciting to see our global young people working so hard to get on the podium.  There is always something fun to do during these sunny, lazy summer days.  Enjoy! Click here for more.

Petawawa teen takes part in groundbreaking ME to WE trip to Tanzania
A ME to WE humanitarian trip to Tanzania has changed the course of 17-year-old Jeris Chalmers-Wein’s life forever, cementing her on the long and often difficult path towards changing the world. Click here for more.

Debate continues over paving of Pitzner Road
Though residents on Pitzner Road hope to see it paved sooner rather than later, there are many more puzzle pieces that must be assembled before a decision by the Town of Petawawa is made. Click here for more.

Troyes Cinema, Ontario SPCA team up to promote pet adoption
Petawawa Troyes Cinema went to the dogs (and cats and rabbits), at least for a few days. Click here for more.

Predators defeat Highlanders
With a score of 28 - 13, the Petawawa-Pembroke and Valley Rugby Football Club Predators triumphed against the Lanark Highlanders Rugby Football Club 28-13 on July 28. Click here for more.

CAF Ontario Region Soccer Championships underway
CAF soccer teams from Toronto, Borden, Kingston, Trenton and North Bay visited their Petawawa counterparts in a bid to see who would be crowned winner of the 2016 Ontario Region Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships. Click here for more.

Team Evolution Petawawa youth teams compete at Martial Artist Open
The 8th Annual Martial Artist Open was held at Carleton University, Ottawa on 14-15 May. The first day of the event fielded teams from across Ontario and Quebec competing in a wide range of grappling divisions ranging from youth under six years of age to adults. Day two played host to the stand-up sparring and kata/forms championships. Click here for more.

FCS Summer Smiles Campaign
Though there are a limited number of days left of summer break, the Renfrew County Family and Children’s Services (FCS) Summer Smiles Campaign is raising funds to ensure that deserving area children have a summer camp experience. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
On behalf of the Branch Executive and the general membership, I’d like to thank the Congregation from the St George’s Chapel and Tim Horton’s Petawawa for their kind monetary donations, it is indeed very much appreciated. Click here for more.

August 4, 2016

Garrison Petawawa athletes shine at National competitions
Several Garrison Petawawa athletes have returned home from both the national running and triathlon competitions. Click to read more.

PMFRC workshop with a 'twist'
Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) volunteers entered the world of balloon twisting during a special class on July 26. Click to read more

New Canadian Army flag unveiled
OTTAWA - The Canadian Army (CA) will advance into the future under a new flag that nods to its proud past. Click to read more.

Library seeking input for new Savvy Seniors programs
The Petawawa Public Library has further expanded its services with the addition of the Savvy Seniors series of programs. Click to read more.

$1,000 for Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddlefest
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) recently made a donation of $1,000 to the Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddlefest. Click to read more.

Commander's Challenge sold out, spaces still left in Half Marathon and 5K
OTTAWA - The Canada Army Run, taking place on Sunday, September 18, is quickly selling out. The Half-Marathon is 90 per cent sold out, while the 5K is already at 75 per cent sold out. The Commander’s Challenge, which is a new addition this year, is already sold out. Click to read more.

Pembroke Pirates Advance to Little League Provincials
Congratulations to the Pembroke Pirates, Minor team, who won the Little League District 8 Play-downs with a clean 3-0 sweep against teams from Perth and Renfrew. The Pirates earned their spot to compete at the 2016 Minor Provincials, held this past August long weekend in Renfrew, at Me-te-way Park. Click to read more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Come one and all! The Greater Petawawa Civitan Club invites anyone who would like to play horseshoes to join us at the Petawawa Civic Centre at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday night. We are located right behind the canteen. If you would like more information you can call John VandenBarr at 613-717-5674 or see him at our Sunday night Bingo. Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
Thank you very much to Clouthier Construction and H&H Construction for donating all the nice rock and sand around the tank. We need more people like you stepping up in our community. Click to read more.

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