March, 2016

March 31, 2016

Exercise OLYMPIAN BEAR 2016
The 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) proved itself the best sporting unit at Garrison Petawawa at the conclusion of Exercise OLYMPIAN BEAR March 23. Click to read more.

Operation TRILLIUM RESPONSE 2016 – A 2 Service Battalion perspective
Elements of 2 Service Battalion were deployed as a part of a Forward Support Group (FSG) to sustain Operation TRILLIUM RESPONSE from 5 to 24 February 2016. Click to read more.

Snowstorms and Stethoscopes: 1 Canadian Field Hospital trials new surgical capabilities
Spirits were high as the men and women from 1 Canadian Field Hospital (1 Cdn Fd Hosp) got a chilly start to the launch of their newest hospital concept last month. Click to read more.

The Easter Bunny pays a special visit to the Petawawa MFRC
The Easter bunny paid a special visit to the South Side Community Centre, hiding colourful eggs and special treats in different spots. Click to read more.

Petawawa family still needs support after liver transplant
Receiving a new liver should have been a celebratory moment for Joyce Felhaber, but a devastating stroke robbed her of mobility. Click to read more.

Grant will improve schoolyard
The Rockwood Public School has received $5,000 from the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Program to help upgrade its schoolyard. Click to read more.

March Break Madness at Library
March Break is a bustling time for the Petawawa Public Library. Click to read more.

RCAF heritage marks 75-year milestones
A lot has changed, but a lot has stayed the same. The 75-year heritage – and future - of four Royal Canadian Air Force Squadrons will be showcased at a June gathering at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia; along with 50 years’ worth of VP International history. Click to read more.

Spelling Bee held at Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School held a Spelling Bee on March 8. Click to read more.

Whitewater rafting race to benefit local community causes
The whitewater rapids of the Petawawa are calling your name! Grab a few close friends and enter a team in the guided raft races of Hell or High Water 8 (HOHW8). Click to read more.

Civitan Marie Arnold is still looking for Donna Higson, can anyone please help Marie to find her? Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
If you are looking for some place to have lunch on Thursdays you can stop into the branch from 11:30-1 p.m. and enjoy a quick or leisurely lunch of soup and a sandwich. Click to read more.

March 24, 2016

Ex COLD RESPONSE 2016: training in Norway with international partners
It’s pre-dawn just north of Namsos, Norway. Although the early march temperature of -1 degrees Celsius seems balmy by Ontario standards, the brisk morning wind coming off the Norwegian Sea has a chilling effect this morning in Ramsvika Bay. Click here to read more.

One Corporal’s backstage efforts to help out a major Canadian Operation
On 9 November 2015, the Government of Canada officially announced Op PROVISION which represented a commitment to welcome approximately 25,000 Syrian refugees from Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan to Canada by the end of February 2016, with an initial group of 10,000 arriving by 31 December, 2015. Click here to read more.

MND: More info needed before CAF commits to training mission in Libya
Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has confirmed that more information needs to be gathered to determine if the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will join an Italian-led training mission in Libya. Click here to read more.

New local entrepreneur group
An idea is not enough to get a small business off the ground, but the newly-formed Entrepreneurs’ Collective (Ottawa Valley) can help shape that idea into something great. Click here to read more.

Bernadette McCann House celebrates Women’s Day with fantasy desserts
The International Women’s Day (IWD) Fantasy Dessert event not only tantalized people’s sweet tooth, but also helped raise awareness and support for the Bernadette McCann House. Click here to read more.

Our Lady of Sorrows choirs sing to win at Kiwanis Music Festival
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Fall/Winter Inter Unit Sports wrap up for another year
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Help 638 Squadron Stuff a Truck - Donate used clothing on April 2
Community members are invited to donate gently-used clothing at 638 Algonguin Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron’s first annual Donation Drive April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pembroke Mall parking lot. Help the Squadron ‘Stuff a Truck’ and keep your items out of the landfill while raising funds. Click here to read more.

Town of Petawawa willing to assist with extrication services
The Town of Petawawa is willing to help the Townships of Head, Clara and Maria with vehicle extrication services – once they are officially asked, confirmed Deputy Mayor Tom Mohns. Click here to read more.

Dog sledding for PMFRC volunteers
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Centennial Park upgrades coming
After a long wait, Centennial Park improvements may finally be on their way. Click here to read more.

Letter to the Editor - April is Daffodil Month, volunteers needed
When loved ones are diagnosed with or pass away from cancer, we often want to do something to help or honour them.  Click here to read more.

Join the 2016 Circuit for the Cause
Make your workout more charitable by joining the 2016 Circuit for the Cause on April 8. Click here to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
Happy Easter to all. We will be open Good Friday and holding our fish and chips from 5-6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Click here to read more.

We have had one busy week at the club and we are ready for a rest. Click here to read more.

March 17, 2016

Garrison hosts first Cultural and Diversity Festival
Members from the Garrison Petawawa Diversity and Employment Equity Advisory Group (PDEEAG) worked tirelessly to bring together exhibits, information booths and activities that demonstrate the Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment to unity through diversity. The event was open to military members and their families as well as the general public. Click to read more.

Soldiers return from Ex Cold Response
About 253 Garrison Petawawa soldiers returned home from Exercise Cold Response in Norway on March 11. The journey back was a long one, and the troops, composed mostly of the Third Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) were relieved to be back on Canadian soil. Click to read more.

Changes to Garrison Petawawa
4 CDSB Engineer Services Squadron (ESS) is a squadron of military and civilian employees who are responsible for the flurry of construction you may see at various points around the Garrison. Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
Coming up this Sunday, March 20 we are holding a ham, scalloped potato and baked bean supper with salad and dessert .Click to read more.

Army’s Sentinels Program at 4 CDSB Petawawa
Sentinel Definition: “A soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch”; from Latin, sentire, “to perceive”. Click to read more.

Our Lady of Sorrows students graduate new OPP KIDS program
Students at Our Lady of Sorrows were the first to graduate from the new “OPP KIDS” Program which replaces the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program formerly offered at schools in the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) OPP catchment area. Click to read more.

Petawawa Employment Service can help you find a job locally
The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre understands that being posted to a new town is difficult enough without having to worry about finding work. Click to read more.

UOV OPP designates Tuesdays and Thursdays as criminal record check days starting Apr. 1
PEMBROKE – The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to make local residents aware of an important upcoming change in when the public can drop off and pick up criminal record checks. Click to read more.

Oh my, here we are in the third week of March. Well March came in with a lot of snow and if the old saying is true, it should go out with some lovely weather. But the way the weather has been for awhile, we should be getting a lot more snow before the end of March. Click to read more.

March 10, 2016

NOM Hockey Tournament benefits St. Joseph’s Food Bank
The St. Joseph’s Food Bank received more than a half-tonne of donated food, collected during the annual Normandy Officers’ Mess Hockey Tournament. Click to read more.

From the 11th to 28th of January 2016, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) conducted several squadron level winter warfare training events collectively named Exercise Hardy Sapper 16. Click to read more.

Members of US Army, Marine Corps take part in Ex MARINE BEAR
Photo spread. Click to read more.

Exercise Frozen Dragoon 16
It was a cold and snowy morning on Tuesday, February 16th when A Squadron mounted up on their bus for the two hour drive to Mont Ste-Marie (MSM) for the start of our week-long Basic Winter Warfare exercise. Click to read more.

FVAT at CANEX to help stop domestic violence
The Garrison Petawawa Family Violence Advisory Team (FVAT) was at the CANEX Grocery Store on Friday to raise awareness about domestic abuse. Click to read more.

Appreciation for work at Garrison
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Petawawa Public Library wants to re-establish fundraising group
The Petawawa Public Library is looking for new friends to help raise funds by organizing different events throughout the year. Click to read more.

St. Patrick’s dance to raise funds for Wheels of Hope
Women Walking for Hope are continuing in their quest to help cancer patients get to their appointments in Ottawa by hosting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed fundraising dance. Click to read more.

Petawawa Heritage Village looks to expand
The Petawawa Heritage Village will expand by adding a new Pioneer Church Community Centre.Click to read more.

Petawawa Grannies plan African Dinner
Let’s take a trip to Africa. We won’t see elephants and zebras and giraffes, but we will visit some wonderful African women. We won’t be exposed to the insects and the heat, but we will enjoy drumming like you would hear in an African village. We won’t be sitting on the floor or around a cooking fire in the yard, but we will be consuming some delicious African food. Click to read more.

Petawawa, Pembroke, Laurentian Valley receiving Waste Collection Schedule from OVWRC
The 2016/2017 Collection Schedules have been mailed out the first week of March to residents in Petawawa, Pembroke and Laurentian Valley.Click to read more. Click to read more.

March 17 is the day we have chosen for a bus trip to North Bay. It will be a day for shopping and lunching with friends. Click to read more.

Cadet Corner
The 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps Marksmanship team placed fifth overall at the one-day Northern Ontario Marksmanship Competition in North Bay, Ontario on February, 20, 2016. Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
Your chance to be in on the luck of the Irish is fast approaching. St Paddy’s Day on Thursday, March 17 allows you to let your hair down and enjoy a fun time with friends in all things green. Click to read more.

Canada’s #1 Trumpeter Karen Donnelly solos in Sizzling Latino at Festival Hall
The Pembroke Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present Sizzling Latino on Saturday, March 12th, 2016, featuring Karen Donnelly, principal trumpet with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and dancers from Salsa Chameleon Dance Productions in Ottawa. Click to read more.

March 3, 2016

Grn Petawawa teams win volleyball championships on weekend
Garrison Petawawa earned double gold at the Ontario Region Men and Women’s Volleyball Championships. Players came from Borden, Trenton, North Bay and Kingston to prove their mettle at the four-day regional tournament. International Military Sports Council (CISM) players as well as international officials also took part, upping the stakes for all. Click to read more.

Total polar bears seen: 0 - Operation TRILLIUM RESPONSE PAO
Operation TRILLIUM RESPONSE 16 (Op TR 16) was supposed to be cold. Considering that one of the main objectives of this year’s field training was to conduct operations in remote areas and austere conditions, it is unlikely that any of the participating soldiers could expect anything less. The Polar Vortex that descended from the Arctic Circle to chill soldiers living in arctic tents set a new standard for what many soldiers would consider chilly. Click to read more.

United against bullying - spreading kindness on Pink Shirt Day
Pink Shirt Day, held this year on February 24, encourages everyone to openly express that “Kindness is one size fits all.” Click to read more.

2 CER Winterlude Family Day
Winterlude is no longer confined to the Ottawa region now that 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) has held its own mini version. Click to read more.

Wraps come off new No Frills grocery in Pembroke
TWith a promise of quality products at value prices, the new No Frills opened Feb. 19 in Pembroke’s West End Mall. Click to read more.

Phoenix Centre named local lead agency for new mental health system
“Moving on Mental Health” is a new provincial system linking mental health agencies to provide children and youth with more efficient services. Click to read more.

Women’s Hockey Championships held in Petawawa
It was a weekend of intense ice time, athleticism and dedication at the 2016 Ontario Region Women’s Ice Hockey Championships, held at Garrison Petawawa. Click to read more

Sleigh rides for War Horse Project attracts several hundred
Both sides of B-Line Road were lined with cars as far as the eye could see as people flocked to Forbes Stable for a sleigh ride in support of the War Horse Project. Click to read more.

Grn Petawawa marks 25th anniversary of Liberation of Kuwait
It was only for a few months, but the role Canadian  Armed Forces (CAF)members played in the Liberation of Kuwait still resonates 25 years later. In seven short months, the multi-faceted mission designed to free Kuwait from Iraqi aggression proved to be a success due in no small part to their efforts. Click to read more.

Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversity Festival will welcome DND/CAF Eagle Staff
The Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Eagle Staff will be among the many highlights of the first Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversity Festival (GPCDF) hosted by the Garrison Petawawa Diversity and Employment Equity Advisory Group (PDEEAG) on Wednesday, Mar. 9. Click to read more.

Meridian supports CPAN’s Tools for School program
Six more children will receive assistance from the Child Poverty Action Network’s (CPAN) Tools for School program through a financial contribution from Meridian Credit Union. Click to read more.

Relay for Life launches with challenge for the military
With the Renfrew County’s Canadian Cancer Society 17th Annual Relay for Life officially launched, the event’s chairman issued a challenge to all local military members: join the Relay on June 3. Click to read more.

2 Service Battalion celebrates 48th anniversary of the Logistics Branch
On 3 Feb. 16, 2 Service Battalion hosted an event to mark the 48th anniversary of the Logistics Branch. Click to read more.

Study determines Petawawa would need seniors’ council
Forming an independent seniors’ council should be the next step the Town of Petawawa has to undertake to achieve its goals of becoming an age-friendly community. Click to read more.

Alterna presents $1,127 cheque
Alterna Savings and Credit Union has donated $1,127 to the Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke. Click to read more.

Town employee completes AMCTO training
With about 40 per cent of municipal staff in Ontario ready to retire in the next five years, retention of trained staff has become a growing concern. Click to read more.

Oh my where did February go? It just seems that we starting the first week of the month of February and by the time you read this newsletter we will be getting ready for the events that will be taking place in March. With St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th; then Good Friday March 25th; and Easter Sunday March 27th; and Easter Monday March 28th. Click to read more.

Petawawa Legion News
Things are in the planning stages for some upcoming events that you will see in this article over the next few weeks. St Patrick’s Day, Sunday Dinners, Lobsterfest and Mother’s Day to name a few so keep checking as they will appear as dates are firmed up. Remember all our activities are open to the public unless otherwise stated. Click to read more.

What a Busy 2015 the Swallows Had!
Changes in the Club Executive were announced at our annual Christmas Pot-Luck Dinner and Dance. Last spring, in an effort to fill the VP position, we asked for volunteers and we are thankful to Doug and Liz Kranz for stepping up! We shuffled, in a voluntary way, folks around and now we have our new Executive as follows, from the left in the picture. Click to read more.

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