PHOTOS: Early winter morning (Part 2)

Winter is a beautiful time to get outside and take some photos (as long as your camera’s batteries don’t die.) Here’s a series of shots from the past week from Stittsville photographer Barry Gary.

“The morning light is always so wonderful on cold crisp days so I shot everything back light just as the sun was coming up,” he says.

(Part 1 is here.)

Photo by Barry Gray
Photo by Barry Gray
Photo by Barry Gray
Photo by Barry Gray
Photo by Barry Gray
Photo by Barry Gray
Photo by Barry Gray
Photo by Barry Gray

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SWEET! New bakery set to open this week on Stittsville Main

UPDATE, JANUARY 16: A note from Renee: “We’re training in the kitchen and on the tills today (Saturday) from 10am onward, so come on by and put us to the test! We won’t have our full range of products, but we will have some of the sweetest treats imaginable for you to enjoy. Hope to see you here!”


 

“I have always wanted a little bake shop and Stittsville’s perfect… Everyone we’ve met in the last three years here are so friendly, and so nice. It’s a nice place to start building down the main street…”

In just a few days, the sweet smells of freshly baked bread, cookies and cakes will waft out of The Sweet Room Bakery Boutique on Stittsville Main Street. Wyldwood resident Renee Saunders is nearly finished setting up the shop, located in thesame plaza as the Main Street Pub, and hopes to have it open by the end of the week, pending some last minute setup and approvals. We talked with her just before Christmas about what she’s cooking up. All photos by Barry Gray.

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PHOTOS: Early winter morning (Part 1)

Winter is a beautiful time to get outside and take some photos (as long as your camera’s batteries don’t die.) Here’s a series of shots from the past week from Stittsville photographer Barry Gary.

“The morning light is always so wonderful on cold crisp days so I shot everything back light just as the sun was coming up,” he says.

(Part 2 is here.) Continue reading


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Snowmobilers warned to use extra caution due to warm weather

(Photo: Snowmobile on Jonathan Pack Street in Stittsville.)

Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service and Ottawa Paramedic Service are warning residents to use caution when using snowmobiles this weekend.

Warmer than usual weather this season means that ice has not had the chance to fully solidify. Continue reading


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Residents asked to help clear on-street catch basins

(via City of Ottawa)

Environment Canada is predicting a mix of weather this weekend that may pose challenges for residents.

The City of Ottawa is encouraging residents to visit the Winter Weather webpage on ottawa.ca for information on the weather, including updates on City operations and tips on what residents can do in preparation for, and during, weather incidents. Continue reading


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The rules of the road for safe snowmobiling

(Photo: Snowmobile on Jonathan Pack Street in Stittsville.)

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) remind snowmobilers that being compliant with the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act (MSVA) and being properly trained are key contributors to their safety, peace of mind and enjoyment while sledding this winter. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Campeau Drive extension, Flewellyn-Jones House, coffee talk, more

CAMPEAU DRIVE: Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson says that the full Campeau extension from Terry Fox to Huntmar isn’t expected to open until 2018.   That’s on schedule according to the City’s Transportation Master Plan, which calls for completion sometime between 2014 and 2019. Continue reading


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Holy Spirit Parish welcomes Syrian family to Kanata-Stittsville

(ABOVE:Holy Spirit Catholic Church / File Photo by Barry Gray)

“They were tired on arrival but very grateful to be safe in Canada.”

A quick update from Monsignor Joseph Muldoon from Holy Spirit Parish, about their efforts to support Syrian refugees in Canada. A family of four settled in Kanata just after Christmas: Continue reading


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“Urban Destinations” photo exhibit opens at Stittsville library

(Above: “South Beach Deco Diner” / Photo by John Edkins)

There is a new photo exhibition at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. It is called “Urban Destinations – City Sights Seen and Imagined at Home and Abroad” and is a selection of images by local photographer, John Edkins.

As implied by the exhibition title, the collection includes both photographs and “photo art,” which is the re-imagining of an original photograph to make it more interesting. “Painters shouldn’t get to have all the fun,” says Edkins. “Photographers now have the tools that allow us to add a layer of creativity on top of the original photo.” Continue reading


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Thunderbird takes over management of Amberwood Village Golf Club

(Press release)

Thunderbird Management Services Inc. (TMSI) is pleased to announce, effective immediately, it has partnered with the Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club (AVGCC) to manage the entire golf operations for the 2016 season.

TMSI will be working with the Amberwood Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic business plan to rejuvenate the golf, pool and tennis programs by bringing TMSI’s experience, expertise and proven formula for success to the beautiful nine-hole golf course, situated in the heart of Stittsville.

“We feel Amberwood has so much potential and we’re committed to putting the course back on the map,” explained Rob Knights, Vice President of Operations and Business Development at TMSI. “Amberwood is a scenic and challenging course, open to the public and provides golfers of all skill levels a great place to get in a quick nine holes of golf.”

While the perception of the golf industry is that it is struggling, TMSI has increased its presence in golf in the Ottawa area by 100% over the past 18 months and has seen steady growth at each of its facilities. Amberwood is a perfect addition to TMSI’s portfolio of courses.

“Amberwood has something to offer to everyone from golf, tennis and the pool to a great dining experience,” said Knights. “We will be changing the story at Amberwood as we have done at all the golf facilities we are involved with and are excited about the opportunity.”

TMSI is presently involved with the management of eQuinelle Golf Club, Perth Golf Course, Thunderbird Sports Centre, the Superdome at Ben Franklin Park, the Superdome Sports Centre, as well as the Tennis Centre West Ottawa.

The focal point of Amberwood Village, the Amberwood Golf and Country Club features a challenging layout for all skill levels, with water hazards on every hole, three tennis courts and a full-sized, outdoor, recreational pool.

“The AVGCC Board of Directors is pleased to be partnering with TMSI Sports Management to administer and manage the affairs of Amberwood Golf and Country Club in 2016,” said Ralph Milligan, President of the Amberwood Village Recreation Association, the group that owns the golf club. “We feel TMSI’s experience and expertise is exactly what the club needs to continue to improve our operations.”

Katharine Usher-Vollett, a 25-year employee of TMSI, will take on the position of full time, on-site General Manager for the club. Mrs. Usher-Vollett was the leader for TMSI at eQuinelle Golf Club in Kemptville since the club’s opening in 2009 and will bring her experience and expertise to Amberwood starting immediately.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge that Amberwood brings and I’m excited to be part of a great facility,” explained Mrs. Usher-Vollett.

Meanwhile, PGA of Canada professional Phil Rankin will take over as Director of Golf at eQuinelle, bringing his 23 years of experience in the golf industry to Ottawa’s premier golf facility. Rankin is familiar to the members and public players at eQuinelle, having been the teaching professional and involved in supporting member events and leagues since 2013.

Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club will be open for play once again in the spring, and will be featured at the Ottawa/Gatineau Golf Expo as part of the TMSI family (including Perth Golf Course)


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5-storey retirement home proposed for old Flea Market land

Retirement home view from Hazeldean Road.
Retirement home view from Hazeldean Road.

Another retirement home could soon be coming to Stittsville.  The latest proposal was posted to the City’s web site this week:

“The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan application to build a five-storey retirement residence in two phases. Phase 1 (2,474.5 m2) will consist of 173 units and Phase 2 (771.5 m2) of 57 units. 110 parking spaces are being proposed. Roadway Modifications may be required.”

The land is at 6176 Hazeldean Road, part of a vacant piece of land that used to be home to the Stittsville Flea Market.   So far none of the usual planning documents and studies that support the site plan  have been posted.

It comes on the heels of another retirement home proposal last month, for a four-storey residence on Wildpine Court off Stittsville Main. We’ve also heard that the existing Rivera retirement residents is considering an expansion southwards from their current location on Stittsville Main.

More information here…

Proposed site map.
Proposed site map. Click for larger size.
Location of the proposed retirement home on the former flea market lands on Hazeldean Road.
Location of the proposed retirement home on the former flea market lands on Hazeldean Road.

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Public meeting for proposed Metric Homes development on January 11

(Via Councillor Shad Qadri)

A Zoning By-Law Amendment and Plan of Subdivision Application has been submitted for the property municipally known as 950 Terry Fox Drive is located south of Hazeldean Road and west of Terry Fox Drive in the Fernbank community.

A public meeting will be held on this proposed development on Monday, January 11th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sobeys Grocery Store (Upstairs Community Room) located at 700 Terry Fox Drive.

The property is an irregular shaped vacant 14.3 ha parcel of land within the Fernbank community.  Lands north-east of the property include the Glen Cairn Storm Water Management facility and part of the Carp River corridor.  Low density residential housing as well as a Sobey’s grocery store is at the corner of Hazeldean Road and Terry Fox Drive.  East of Terry Fox Drive is the existing Glen Cairn neighbourhood.  South of the property is a hydro corridor, the Trans Canada Trail and further south is the future Monarch Blackstone subdivision.  To the west are future residential lands within the Fernbank community.

The owner, SPB Developments Inc. (Metric Homes) is proposing the development of 245 residential units comprised of single detached, townhouses and low rise apartment dwellings, with an accessory commercial/storage facility, as well as a park and adjacent open space.

Comments can be made to City Planner, Mary Ellen Wood at Maryellen.wood@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ×16482.


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Stay clear of ice covered surfaces, says Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

With the recent cold weather and snowfall, lakes, rivers and creeks are beginning to freeze over. Although Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) does not monitor ice thickness, it is likely that ice cover on the majority of the waterbodies within the watershed is not sufficient to support any type of recreational activity at this time. With temperatures returning to above freezing in the long range forecast, ice conditions are not expected to improve. Continue reading


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Local girls win gold at Bell Capital Cup

(PHOTO: Nepean Wildcats Peewee AA Champions. Front row: Cameron Thomas and Hillary Sterling. Second Row: Aislyn Blakely, Emma Eryou, Ellie Brown, Gabi Curkovic, Ashley Monds, Caroline Alexander, Elle Spencer, Jamie Aspropotamitis, Dawn Carle (trainer) Back Row: Jamie Monds (asst coach), Eliot Spencer (head coach), Meg Redmond, Delaney Johnston, Amy Hradecky, Mackenzie Audet, Jackie Kuhn, Peyton Carle, Justin Thomas (asst coach) and Ian Sterling (asst coach).)

The Nepean Wildcats Peewee AA Hockey team started the New Year off with a bang, winning a gold medal in their division at the Bell Capital Cup.

Jamie Aspropotamitis, Elle Spencer, Hillary Sterling and Cameron Thomas were four Stittsville-area girls that played on the winning team.

The girls faced tough competition over the three-day tourney with scores of 4-0, 0-0, 1-0, 2-1. This brought them to the tournament finals played at the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the Ottawa Senators. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Stories we’re watching in 2016

I often jokingly refer to Stittsville as “one of Ottawa’s most exciting suburbs”, but there’s actually a lot of truth to that. (Just look at what happened here in 2015 alone.)

We live in one of the fastest-growing wards in the City of Ottawa, and the constant development is a constant source of conflict as well as new people and businesses arriving in our community.

Here are a few stories we’re watching in 2016… Continue reading


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