(Above: Boyd House on a December night in the early 2000’s. Archival photo.)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This series on Boyd House, an old stone farmhouse on Huntmar Drive, originally appeared a year ago on OttawaStart.com. We’re updating and republishing the original research over the next few weeks on StittsvilleCentral.ca. Photos and research by Glen Gower.
This year’s Stittsville Village Association Parade of Lights featured over 50 entries, including a live donkey and Santa himself. Parade marshalls were Gertrude Brown (Stittsville Senior Citizen of the Year), Tyson Lefebvre (Stittsvillle Youth Citizen of the Year).
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Kathleen Edwards, the owner of Quitters on Stittsville Main, is featured in the Toronto Star today.
It’s a chilly mid-November afternoon, and the floor-to-ceiling windows facing out onto the downtrodden historic main street of this small-town-turned-exurb are frosted over with condensation. Inside, though, warmth all around: Small groups cluster under the glow of Edison bulbs, seated on vintage-shop furniture. Edwards is cheery and upbeat, serving top-notch espresso and home-made cookies and muffins, which she’s taken to baking herself.
…Quitters, which opened in September, isn’t so much an ending as a beginning. Edwards needed to push reset, and out here, just a short stretch from where she grew up, she’s done that much. After years of living gig to gig in tour buses and vans, Edwards walks five blocks to the café every morning to bake muffins and get ready for the day.
…One day, she happened on an old, unremarkable box of a building on Stittsville’s main street, with ratty blinds pulled down and moldy insulation tumbling out of the ceiling. “And I could see it. I knew it would be great,” she says. Signing a lease, she gamely hoisted a sledgehammer herself and started ripping apart the old to make way for the new.
… Edwards knew she had to do something different. She circled back home and looked around. Subdivisions and strip malls, commuters and anonymity. For the first time in ages, she had time to think. And what her mind settled on was building something solid, in a community of which she could be part.
… “I’m an excellent barista,” she laughs. “I had to realize: Fame is not acceptance, it doesn’t validate you as a person. It means nothing. You know what means something? Having people from the neighbourhood come in, getting to know them, seeing their families, and hearing them say ‘thank you for giving us a place to go.’ That’s . . . awesome.”
Read the article here…
Stittsville’s Hien Hoang (pictured above) is one of the organizers behind a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new microbrewery in Pakenham. We asked Hoang to tell us about the project.
Cartwright Springs Brewery is a micro brewery opening in Pakenham ON early 2015. The business was the brain child of Andre Rieux who has been home brewing for over 15 years. Rieux had recently bought a 77 acre property in Pakenham, where he discovered a natural spring. He decided to make beer with it and believes his beer has never tasted better.
Rieux had worked in the high tech industry for almost twenty years before being laid off just last year. Armed with a severance package and newly found spring water, he decided to partner up long time friends Eduardo Guerra and myself. We all share a passion for craft beer, and want to start a brewery.
We have laboured with our friends and family and construction of our brewery building is complete; our permits are filed and the brewery equipment is due to arrive soon. Getting to this stage has required a lot of capital expense, and we’ve poured our life savings into this passion and dream.
>But due to unforeseen permit and licensing costs, we are short on funds required to make our retail space and tasting room into the comfortable and inviting space we envision for hosting our customers. So we decided to turn towards crowd funding via Kickstarter with the hopes of raising $12,000 to be able to create a space that will reflect our beer, our craft and our community.
Cartwright Springs Brewery will be the first every brewery to open in Mississippi Mills. Our dream is to launch a community-minded micro brewery, using 100% natural spring water collected from our property, to brew the most amazing beer. And we want to share our fantastic product with everyone!
You can learn more about the project here…
The Stittsville Village Association held their annual general meeting on Thursday night and elected new executive members and directors.
Over 30 community members attended the meeting. Past president Phil Sweetnam said this was the first time in several years where there were enough people interested in become directors that a vote was required.
Here’s the membership of the new board.
- Tanya Hein – President (new)
- Ayah Stretch – Vice President (new)
- Claude Keon – Treasurer
- Roxanne Bronsard – Secretary
- Phil Sweetnam – Past President
- Jeff Gallant
- Trudy Smith
- Doug Sutherland
- Tim Laplante
- Robin Derrick (new)
- David Fairbrother (re-elected)
- Glen Gower (new)
- Marion Gullock (re-elected)
- Robert Lafleur (new)
- Tim Larocque (new)
- Luc Therrien (re-elected)
- Nancy Therrien (re-elected)
For more information about the Stittsville Village Association check out stittsvilleva.com
Here’s an idea that we hope sticks: Kanata South councillor Allan Hubley is working to launch a community sugar bush near Bridlewood, according to the OttawaCommunityNews.
There’s a protected parkland area in Monahan Landing (off Hope Side Road) with 150 sugar maples that could be tapped for fresh maple syrup. The project would be funded through a combination of residential development charges and fundraising. It could open in 2016 or sooner, depending on how much money is raised.
The sugar bush would be the second urban maple syrup facility in Ottawa. The other one is in Vanier at Richelieu Park.
You can read the full article here…
The Ontario Ministry of Environment provided this response to the Don’t Let Ottawa Go to Waste group’s press release from earlier this week regarding Waste Management’s current and past compliance with environmental regulations. (You can read the press release here.)
(Press release from the Bell Warriors.)
The Bell Warriors Football Club is looking for support. The Warriors offer competitive football programs for boys and girls ages 8-19 in the communities of Stittsville, Munster, Richmond, Bells Corners, Bayshore and Britannia. Continue reading
Jim and Amy Walker own Walkerworks Framing on Beverly Street at Stittsville Main. Walkerworks started as a home-based business on Fernbank Road, then a retail shop in Perth, before winding up in Stittsville.
Their current spot is actually their second location since moving to Stittsville. They used to be next to the Legion across the street. Not only do the Walkers own the shop, they also live right next door with their young family.
Walkerworks is one of the local businesses taking part in Support Local Stittsville on December 6, a day to encourage residents to discover our local shops and restaurants. You can see the full list of participating businesses here.
I visited their shop recently to ask them about their business and why they’ve chosen to live and work in Stittsville.
(Press release from the Richmond Village Association.)
The Richmond Village Association is proud to announce a partnership with Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) which will bring a grocery van service to Richmond residents.
This new program called the Gateway to Groceries is a free home pickup/return service for seniors and adults with physical disabilities who require transportation to the grocery store and other essential services in Richmond. The RVA is subsidizing the cost of the program which will run twice a month on the second and fourth Friday of the month – from 9am – 12pm.
Residents in need of this service and volunteers wanting to assist can register at 613-692-4697. Please note all riders MUST register no later than the Tuesday prior to the pick-up date.
Residents will see the big white Gateway to Groceries bus wearing the ROSSS logo, RVA’s logo, pictures of black and white grocery carts on the side doors and a sign in the front window that says, “Gateway to Groceries”. The service will begin September 26, 2014 (Fourth Friday), October 10th (Second Friday), October 24th (Fourth Friday) and so on.
The complete schedule is available for online viewing at – richmondvillage.ca/events/
From the Stittsville Village Association:
Please note that there is a short road closure associated with the Parade of Lights November 29th. Please expect and plan around not being able to drive down or across Stittsville Main Street from as early as 5:30 pm to as late as 8:30 pm, although most likely, the road will be open again around 7:30-8pm. We appreciate your understanding, and please take the opportunity to enjoy the parade!
(More info about the parade.)
(Via the Stittsville Legion’s Facebook page.)
Stittsville Legion mourns the loss of one of our long time members. Here is the announcement from CTV News:
“A 62-year-old man reported missing by the OPP has now been found dead. The body of Randy Clouthier was discovered with his vehicle off Hunt Camp Lane in North Frontenac Township. Clouthier was last seen in Pembroke on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow”.
The Legion sends its thoughts and prayers to Randy’s family and friends. Here he is,.. having fun at Karaoke
Via the Stittsville OCDSB High School page on Facebook:
We are thrilled to advise that, at the OCDSB meeting last night, the Board voted in favour of “grand-fathering” the Stittsville Public High School project onto the list of Board-approved capital priority projects that will be submitted to the Ministry of Education for funding when requested in early 2015. We still need to secure the actual funding from the Province, so that is the next battle, but we will not have to “start from scratch”. We will keep everyone posted on the next steps. Thank you all for your ongoing support!
(More background on the grandfathering process and what it means is here.)
(This post is a press release from the Don’t Let Ottawa Go to Waste coalition. You can read the MOE’s response here.)
Annual Environmental Monitoring Reports on groundwater, submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) by Waste Management of Canada (WM), clearly show the site has exceeded Ontario environmental guidelines for the protection of groundwater. Presently, the site is still not in compliance with Ontario’s environmental regulations (see figure 1). Continue reading
Public skating sessions at City of Ottawa facilities on Saturdays and Sundays are free from Saturday, November 29, 2014 to Sunday, March 29, 2015.
For a big list of skating facilities in Ottawa and Gatineau, check out OttawaStart’s Skating Guide.
Seen on UsedOttawa.com:
Men’s 14K Gold Band
Found at the ServiceOntario Office on Stittsville Main St
Has engraving on the inside of the band
Must confirm engraving before ring will be handed over.
If you know who this belongs to you can contact the finder here…
(Thanks Coreen for the tip!)
From the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
The Eagleson northbound on-ramp to Highway 417 westbound will be closing from Monday, December 1, to December 5 for necessary culvert replacement work.
Our Contractor will be working 24 hours a day to ensure the ramp will be reopened by the end of the day on Friday, December 5. We will be placing signs indicating the ramp closure dates in advance of the closure to inform the travelling public. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate ramps to access Highway 417.
There’s an urgent need for volunteers at the Parade of Lights November 29 from 5:30pm until end of parade.
There are lots of tasks that you can help with, including standing by traffic barricades along the parade route. It’s a great way for students 16+ (younger may be accompanied by an adult) to gain community service hours while taking in the parade.
If you can help please contact the Stittsville Village Association.
Fore more info about the parade, click here.
The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) announced today that Bjorn Osieck will be exploring new career opportunities in the New Year. He will continue to serve the Club until January 31, 2015.