“A GREAT PLACE TO BE”: ALC anniversary a trip down memory lane

Mike Mackay opened the door and turned on the lights. As his eyes scanned the room, his only thought was to say “interesting.”

It was the first time Mackay, the original principal of A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, had seen his office since his retirement 21 years ago. A lot has changed in both his office and the school over the years. The changes, and similarities, were front and centre Friday at the school’s 25th anniversary celebration.

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Stittsville Public School receives grants for outdoor classroom project

Stittsville Public School is even closer to moving forward with an outdoor classroom project thanks to two major grants announced in recent weeks.

The project has received a $9,000 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment program, and $2,800 from the City of Ottawa’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program. That’s in addition to $10,000 already raised by the school’s parent council. Continue reading


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Registration continues for the Goulbourn Skating Club

Fall and winter registration is now available for the Goulbourn Skating Club.

For more details on the various sessions and programs offered by the Goulbourn Skating Club, please click here to go to our Program Overview section, or review the registration forms below. Please make note of the required skating qualifications for our Advanced Canskate (formerly Primary) and STARSkate sessions, click here for more details. Continue reading


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A big list of Stittsville community groups on Facebook

When it comes to lively neighbourhood conversations, Facebook is where it’s at. We’ve compiled a list of Stittsville community discussion groups, and this is the tip of the iceberg.  There are dozens more for schools, buy-and-sell, special interests and even specific streets.  If you have another to add to this list, please post a comment below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca with your suggestions. Continue reading


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Bryanston Gate Community Association (BGCA) meets on October 4

BGCA Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 7:00 PM
Carolark Dog Training Centre, 5933 Hazeldean Road (Please use back entrance)
 
This important meeting will give us the opportunity to provide an overview of the community association structure & constitution by-laws, as well as learn more about what you want this organization to focus on over the next year. A large turnout will help us better represent you.
If you haven’t already, there will be plenty of opportunity to register your household as members of the association before the meeting is called to order.
As a reminder, we’re also planning a Pumpkin Social event for October 15th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, at Bryanston Gate Park. We’ve planned a free BBQ, activities for kids, and a raffle with many great prizes.
If at anytime you have any questions or comments for us, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

Looking forward to seeing you!

(From the BGCA Interim Executive Committee)


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NOTEBOOK: Live music at Quitters, Huntmar’s truck problem

MORE MUSIC AT QUITTERS

I was at Quitters on Saturday night for trivia and two notable things happened.

For one, my team won. That’s a first. Congrats to J, Lorrie and Greg, aka the smart people on my team.

Second, Quizmaster Rick announced that Quitters will be launching some new programming this fall, including a live music series featuring Kathleen Edwards and other musicians.  Watch for details soon.

Photo by Katie Shapiro
Photo by Katie Shapiro

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How would you like to live on Velociraptor Avenue?

Is this the Stittsville version of Boaty McBoatface?  In our informal survey on new Stittsville street names, so far our readers have picked Velociraptor Street as their favourite name for Bell Street.

Our readers voted "Velociraptor" as their favourite name for Bell Street. This chart show the top five picks after 200 votes.
Our readers voted “Velociraptor” as their favourite name for Bell Street. This chart show the top five picks after 200 votes.

 

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Additional details for Sunday’s Sens Fan Fest released

(via Ottawa Senators)

More than 50 players, prospects and alumni to participate in fan press conferences, autograph sessions, intra-squad game and more.

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 25, at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr). The event will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena.

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Jim Bryson nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award

(Photo: Jim Bryson in February 2016. Photo by Barry Gray for StittsvilleCentral.ca)

Big congrats to Stittsville’s Jim Bryson for his well-deserved nomination for a Canadian Folk Music Award.

Bryson’s album Somewhere We Will Find Our Place is nominated in the “Pushing the Boundaries” category. The record was released in February and coincided with three pretty damn incredible sold-out shows at Quitters.

Tracks from the album including Depression Dance and Ontario (a duet with Kathleen Edwards) have been getting a lot of play on CBC Radio 2, and if you haven’t heard the music yet you should head over iTunes or whatever your favourite music source is and check it out.

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BATTLE BUDDIES: How Stittsville fundraising is helping veterans with PTSD

(PHOTO: Shawna Church Roy with her second service dog, Loki.)

SHAWNA CHURCH ROY WAS WALKING BACK FROM SOME ERRANDS WHEN SHE SAW IT: flames shooting out the roof of her family’s house.

She dropped her bags and ran up to the driveway. That’s when her biggest fear was confirmed – her kids were still inside, screaming for help. The doors were locked and the windows too hot to touch. As the tower of smoke rose into the air and the screams became louder, Roy realized she was completely powerless to save them. Continue reading


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UPDATE: Here’s the final list of new Stittsville street names

If you live on Bell Street, Goulbourn Street, Elm Crescent, Long Meadow Way, or Meadowland Drive, watch your mailbox this week for your opportunity to vote on a new name for your street.

The shortlist of names is actually quite a long list. The choices for each street include 105 names that were submitted by residents and passed the city’s street naming criteria.

The eclectic list includes Beluga, Bonfire, Boxty, Canada Goose, Foamberry, Fun, Knowledge, Little Village, Muskie, Puddle, Seagull, Shiraz, Star Cloud, Whiskey, Velociraptor and Yokoso. Continue reading


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Carleton U. engineering back from building schools in Nicaragua

While many students were busy with Frosh Week festivities, Parker Armstrong was working to empower children to go to school in Nicaragua, where only 56% of children graduate from primary school.

Armstrong, an engineering student at Carleton University, traded classes for concrete this summer as he travelled to Nicaragua to complete an internship with the non-governmental organization (NGO) SchoolBOX. Parker worked alongside SchoolBOX’s construction crew to build three classrooms in impoverished Nicaraguan communities, and to evaluate the sustainability of the organization’s programs. Continue reading


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Sunday morning outage cuts power to 5,000 customers

UPDATE: Back on as of 11.07am. Outage lasted about 40 minutes.

Power is out for homes and businesses in and around Stittsville including Fairwinds, Jackson Trails, Granite Ridge, Amberwood, Wyldewood, Forest Creek. Also parts of Arcadia and Glen Cairn in Kanata.

One resident on Amberway (near the Hazeldean and Johnwoods intersection) told us she heard a loud bang just before the power went out.

Here’s an update from Hydro Ottawa around 10.45am:

Hydro Ottawa is experiencing a power outage in the Maple Grove, Hazeldean, Iber, Abbott area.
The cause of the outage is: Equipment related.
Hydro Ottawa crews are: Determining options available to restore service to affected customers.
The estimated time of restoration is: Undetermined at this time.
5000 customers are affected.


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