CITIZEN: Sacred Heart students get rinkside pre-access to NHL100 Classic

From Jennifer Liu in the Ottawa Citizen:

More than 30 Grade 7/8 math students from Sacred Heart High School were at Lansdowne Park on Wednesday as guests of the NHL. As crews worked on the almost-finished rink being built for Saturday’s NHL100 Classic at TD Place, the students toured the facilities, learning not about hockey, but the science behind the game.

Temperatures dipped to -15 C, but the group braved the cold as their tour guide explained how the ice rink was made. During the talk, construction crews transported wooden beams and laid down reflective material on the ice. Workers donned ski goggles, wool toques and thick mittens to guard against the bone-chilling cold…

Sacred Heart was chosen to attend the event through their participation in the NHL/NHLPA Future Goals Hockey Scholar Program. Students play interactive games online to consolidate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects learned in the classroom.

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REEVELY: Theresa Qadri hopes to win new Carleton riding for Ontario Liberals

As we tweeted earlier today, Theresa Qadri is seeking the Liberal nomination in Carleton riding for next year’s provincial election.

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Registration now open for 2018 9RunRun

Registration is officially open for next year’s edition of 9RunRun on October 13, 2018. Anyone who registers before December 30 will be entered to win 1 of 2 Garmin Forerunners or 1 of 3 pairs of tickets to a Sens home game.

You can register here…

9RunRun provides runners with a second-to-none fall running experience combined with an amazing opportunity to support Ottawa’s fire, police and paramedics services.

  • Run with Ottawa’s Firefighters, Police and Paramedics
  • Beautiful fall running on courses including parts of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • High-quality race organization with timing from Sportstats
  • Fun, event features like the annual Chief’s Chili Cookoff
  • Awesome t-shirts and medals you won’t find anywhere else!


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NOTEBOOK: Buyer for Butler House; council approves Kavanagh Green

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After nearly 18 months on the market, the historic Butler House / Green’s Hotel on Stittsville Main Street has been sold. The new owners are from the Kanata area and they plan to keep the building as an office for at least the next couple of years. Built in 1894, the three-story brick building is the only officially designated heritage building on Stittsville Main Street.  The real estate agent tells me the building is in excellent condition — he said the foundation looks like it was poured yesterday. Read more about the history of the building here…

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KAVANAGH GREEN

City Council approved commemorative naming proposals for a future park at the corner of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street, to be known as Kavanagh Green. From the official report on the proposal:

“In recognition of the Kavanagh family’s historical significance to the community of Stittsville, a proposal to name a future park at the southwest corner intersection of Hazeldean road and Stittsville Main Street has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. For nearly a century, Kavanagh family members have made important contributions to the community of Stittsville and surrounding areas which include owning and operating the popular Stittsville Flea Market for 25 years and volunteering with the Food Bank, Holy Spirit Church and the Ruddy Shenkman Hospice.”

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NEW PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT CITY HALL

Kitchissippi Ward councillor Jeff Leiper shared this nugget of information in his weekly newsletter: “At Council, we’ll also consider a new Planning Advisory Committee that will consist of Council, resident, Federation of Citizen Association, builder, building owner, planning, architect and landscape architect communities. That committee is proposed to meet twice a year to comment on and then review the planning department’s workplan. It would work like other advisory committees at the City, with public notice of its meetings, agendas, and following the advisory committees’ rules of procedure.”


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BOUGHNER: Today is the most important shovelling day of the year

Fun piece in the Citizen today from our Stittsville neighbour Joe Boughner.

It’s your old pal Joe the Suburban Dad here with the first “Driveway Shovelling Tips from a Suburban Dad” offering of the season.

So tie on your scarves, lace up your boots and dig out your YakTrax. We’ve got work to do.

Now sure, friends, we’ve had a few false alarms already. The more keen of us have even been out for a few practice runs with our trusty shovels.

But aside from the few, the proud and the obsessive, nature’s thrown nothing at us that a bit of patience and an unseasonably high temperature upswing couldn’t handle.

But this? This one’s different. This is the official start of driveway shovelling season.

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CBC: Cost of Kanata road widening grows secretly, councillor says

From Laura Osman at CBC Ottawa:

City councillors are being asked to increase the budget for a controversial road-widening project in Kanata South by $4 million, according to one city councillor for the area — but they don’t know it.

The $38.7-million Kanata South Link project involves widening Old Richmond Road and West Hunt Club Road to Highway 416 in order to alleviate major traffic congestion caused by new housing developments.

The roads are currently two lanes wide, and they act as a major commuter route through the greenbelt in a quickly developing part of the suburbs.

They also run into Coun. Rick Chiarelli’s ward. He told CBC News it took him nearly a week of digging to discover the cost of the project had ballooned by $4 million because it’s not apparent in the budget documents.

Chiarelli said he was never alerted to the increase, which is set to be approved in the 2018 budget on Wednesday.

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RICHMOND: Kid-designed winter banners proudly fly

A damp and rainy December day could not deter the GT Signs crew, (Andrew and Blair) from their annual assignment of hanging the Kids Winter Banners.

As 2018 marks Richmond’s bicentennial this edition of banners feature the 200th logo with the sponsor name on one side and the young artists creation and name on the opposite side.

A total of 27 banners were installed along McBean and Perth Streets. When added to the existing 17 anniversary banners the Village is now graced with a total of 44 bicentennial themed banners, the most ever displayed for any event. These banners represent just one of the many 200th Anniversary activities held to date with more events scheduled as we count down to the big 2018 weekend party on June 15-17.

The Richmond Village Association and the 200th Organizing Committee wish to thank all the participating children and families for their great artistic creations. We also thank all of the local businesses who make this event possible with their generous sponsorship.

For more information on Richmond’s 200th Anniversary please visit richmond200.ca.

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Knights of Columbus Christmas tree sales support local charities

(PHOTO: Knights of Columbus volunteer David Hatch, with one of the 8-foot balsam firs for sale.)

The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas trees in the parish parking lot of Holy Spirit Parish at 1489 Shea Road (across from the Goulbourn Rec Centre) this weekend through to December 23.

The trees are freshly cut Balsam Firs and they range in height from 6 feet to 8 feet. The cost of the trees is $45 each, and all proceeds go to support local charities in the Stittsville community, such as the Stittsville Food Bank and burseries for Sacred Heart High School students.

Everyone who purchases a tree will also receive an entry for a pizza dinner night compliments of JoJos Pizza. The draw for the pizza night will be done after the trees have been sold.

Please come out and support your community by purchasing a fresh tree for Christmas! Hours are weekdays 5pm-9pm and weekends noon-9pm.


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GLOBE & MAIL: Kanata newspaper founded by 14-year-old is casualty of Postmedia-Torstar deal

Susan Krashinsky Robertson reports in the Globe and Mail:

It felt like a death in the family, of an elderly relative he’d spent time with in childhood.

That’s how Alex Munter describes hearing that the newspaper he founded in his parents’ basement 35 years ago will print its final pages next month.

Last week’s deal between Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. to swap 41 papers, and their decision to close most of them, means that many communities are saying goodbye to their own publications – some more than a century old. The Kanata Kourier-Standard is one of them, and while not as aged, the paper serving the Ottawa suburb has a unique history.

Far from the whisky-soaked stereotype of the newspaperman, Mr. Munter started the Kanata Kourier before he could legally drink.

In 1982, 14-year-old Alex Munter secured startup money from his parents and printed his first, eight-page issue of the Kanata Kourier.

It was 1982, he was 14 years old and he commandeered the family Ping-Pong table to lay out the pages.

Marianne Wilkinson, now an Ottawa city councillor representing Kanata North – and the first mayor of the former City of Kanata – says she has fielded calls from citizens in tears over the paper’s closure. Ms. Wilkinson wrote for the Standard, the paper that later merged with the Kourier, beginning in 1969, just before her political career started.

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CFRA: Clothing donation bin stolen from Legion on Wednesday night

As reported by CFRA:

Half a dozen very heavy clothing donation bins were stolen from spots around town overnight on Wednesday. All six, belonged to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ottawa.

The steel bins weigh in at about one thousand pounds apiece and would require more than one person and a truck to move them…

Reports have been filed and anyone who may have spotted something suspicious on Wednesday night or Thursday morning should contact police.

The bins were taken from:

  • Stittsville Legion
  • All Saints Catholic High School x2
  • George Vanier Catholic School
  • St. Francis Xavier School
  • St. Jerome School

 


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LETTERS: Lamenting the loss of the Stittsville News

We’ve been deluged with comments and letters from our readers about the demise of the Stittsville News.  Here is a sample of what you’ve been saying.  The last edition will be published January 12, 2018.


I have fond memories of the paper as a young resident and personally. My first memories of the paper was having my picture taken by John Curry performing in baton, figure skating and tap dance, starting in pre-K era. Also, I can remember being in Kindergarten and Grade 1, seeing John C. come onto Stittsville Public grounds, wearing his typical, dress pants, dress shirt, tie and Mr. Dressup cardigan. I’d run up … “Hello Mr. Curry!” Continue reading


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Kanata councillor wants to set up alternative to soon-to-be closed paper

Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson is looking to set up a community news site to replace the Kanata Kourier-Standard, which is to be closed in January, writes Paul Adams, an iPolitics columnist.

The Kourier-Standard is closing along with Metro Ottawa and seven other Ottawa community newspapers previously owned by Torstar Corp., but swapped with Postmedia Network Canada Corp. in a deal that will see dozens of papers shuttered across Ontario. Continue reading


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HIGH FIVE: Over 14,000 items collected for the food bank

A big community high five goes out to everyone who was involved in this year’s Fill the Bus event for the food bank

Here’s a note from Stittsville Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri:

“What an amazing team we have! Caring, charitable and always looking after one another. You all came together to get one of our largest food drives, OC Transpo Fill the Bus, to the food bank. Well over 14,000 items of food collected and over $2400.00 collected. You make me so proud and honoured to know you all. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart to donors, volunteers, Brown’s Your Independent Grocers, OC Transpo (Carlos & Family and Harry), and our Board.”

Organizers also send out a thank you to all the volunteers, including the Pathfinders and their organizer Leila, for help at the event.

City-wide, the 33rd Annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive was a success. A record-breaking total of 139,322 food and non-perishable items and $38,176 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to local food banks. These donations will be used to restock the shelves for the upcoming holiday season.

The Fill the Bus event at Brown's, in support of the Stittsville Food Bank


(Our “High Five” feature showcases volunteers doing great things in our community. Send your stories & photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.)


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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights sets Stittsville aglow

A donkey, a water tank, a hot air balloon, marching bands, back flips, firefighters, disco balls, dogs, angels, snowmen, a beaver, politicians, bicyclists, candy canes, toothbrushes, and of course, Santa Claus himself.  Nearly sixty local businesses and community groups had entries in this year’s parade, organized by the Stittsville Village Association. All photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading PHOTOS: Parade of Lights sets Stittsville aglow

HIGH FIVE: Neighbourhood kids raise over $900 for Peever family

Congrats to Priscilla, Ellie, Ashlynn, Rosalyn, and Leah who spent the day outside today in Fringewood. They were selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their neighbours, the Peever family, who lost their house to a fire in November. The group raised $900.50 thanks to the generous support of the community. Photo by Lee-Anne Hagget

Five kids in Fringewood - Priscilla, Ellie, Ashlynn, Rosalyn, and Leah - spent the day outside today selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their neighbours, the Peever family, who lost their house to a fire in November. The group raised $900.50 thanks to the generous support of the community. Photo by Lee-Anne Haggett.


(Our “High Five” feature showcases volunteers doing great things in our community. Send your stories & photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.)


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This weekend’s Parade of Lights shaping up to be a festive spectacle

(PHOTO: Getting set for last year’s parade. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Nearly sixty businesses, clubs, and other organizations have registered to enter a float in this year’s Parade of Lights, hosted by the Stittsville Village Association. The event takes place on Saturday, December 2, starting at 6:00pm along Stittsville Main Street. Continue reading


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Richmond Curling Club is Richmond’s 200th Anniversary newest community sponsor

(via Richmond Village Association)

The 2018 Organizing Committee wishes to thank the Richmond Curling Club for their generous in-kind use of their facilities for the June 15-17, 2018 weekend festivities of Richmond’s 2018 celebration. All other local clubs and businesses are encouraged to show their support. Pictured is Club President Brenda Lawton. Continue reading


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