Eva von Jagow named a “2017 L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth”

(press release)

Stittsville’s Eva von Jagow has been selected as one of the 10 inaugural members of the L’Oréal Women of Worth family in Canada.

Chosen from over 300 nominations, von Jagow is being recognized by L’Oréal for her work with DueNORTH and the extraordinary difference she is making in Canada. DueNORTH’s mission is to provide and promote access to nutritional and affordable food to children and youth in Canada’s North. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Pickleball, putting green part of proposed park plan

Shuffleboard, pickleball, a covered picnic table, a bocce court and a putting green are all part of a “age-friendly” park being proposed for the corner of Stittsville Main Street between Hazeldean Road and Neil Avenue.

Think of it as a playground for seniors.  The park would be adjacent to the new Hazeldean Gardens retirement home, surrounding the existing “Welcome to Stittsville” sign. Continue reading


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Former Louisiannie’s land up for sale at $925,000

(ABOVE: Bradley’s General Store at 1518 Stittsville Main Street. Undated photo.)

A significant piece of land at 1520 Stittsville Main Street just south of the Trans Canada Trail is up for sale at $925,000.

The 0.69-acre parcel of land, across the street from Quitters, is mostly vacant except for a small 3-bedroom home at the back of the lot and a large storage shed.

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Here’s what you should do if you meet a coyote in Stittsville

One of my favourite things about summertime is Stittsville is sleeping with the windows open and hearing howling coyotes in the distance.

Up until a few weeks ago, I’d never seen one.  Then one day while driving down Huntmar, I saw a pair of small coyotes hanging out in the field north of the Arcadia subdivision.

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Nominations open for Stittsville volunteer appreciation awards

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

I am pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards is now open!

You don’t have to look far to recognize excellence in our community. It could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member. This is your opportunity to bring their special contributions forward. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Development notes, O’Leary in Kanata, music in Stittsville

UPDATE ON HAZELDEAN CAR DEALERSHIP
There’s a revised site plan online for the proposed car dealership at 5835 Hazeldean Road. The property is currently a gravel lot for the Canadian Auto Mall, with a temporary sales trailer on site. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Olympia Gymnastics hosts provincial acro competition

Dozens of athletes competed at the first-ever Winterlude Acro Cup gymnastics competition at Olympia Gymnastics on the weekend.

The provincial qualifier event featured young men and women from Olympia Gymnastics, as well as Performance Quebec, East York Gymnastics, Georgian Bay Phoenix Gymnastics Academy, Gymnastics Mississauga, and Oakville Gymnastics.

This was the first-ever major competition hosted by the club.  They’re hoping to host even more provincial competitions in their newly-expanded gym.

All photos are by volunteer Dan Pak, who’s a parent at the gym.

Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak. Olympia Gymnastics acro competition. Photo by Dan Pak.


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LINKED: A Kanata dad’s brutally honest letter about his daughter and drug abuse

(PHOTO: Sean O’Leary with his son, Ronan, inside the family store MYHome Furniture in Kanata. O’Leary says he is trying to give his children as normal a life as possible as his daughter struggles with drug addiction. Photo by Devyn Barrie/OttawaStart.com.)

UPDATE: O’Leary has launched a web site to connect parents of teens with drug addictions: www.wetheparents.ca

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From our sister site, OttawaStart.com:

“My first thought every morning is to check that Paige is alive,” writes Kanata dad Sean O’Leary in a letter that’s been circulating in recent days on Facebook and through e-mail.

“I want people to start talking,” he said. “We’re just the tip of the iceberg.”O’Leary, whose daughter Paige is addicted to drugs, told OttawaStart.com he sent the letter to a group of parents in similar situations after Kanata teen Chloe Kotval, 14, died of a drug overdose on Valentine’s Day. Continue reading


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Ottawa Sharks compete at Big East Blast 2017

Photo: Small Level 6 Co-ed Finback Sharks team with their first place banner and Level 6 Grand Champs banner. Front left to right: Amanda Mullen, Victoria Klassen, Emma Caldwell, Nicola Christie, Lauryn Postma, Rebecca Richardson, Holly Walpole 2nd left to right: Rebecca Snider, Rachel Schneider, Kaitlyn (Pinky)
McCaughan, Kaitlyn Morgan, Jordyn Postma. Back left to right: Brooke Mclennan, Taylor Sinclair, Paul Smith, Angelo Chen, Dianna Mcallister, Maurice Semaan, Kaylea Donovan, Kevin Feng, Kelly McCarney, Trevor Schlarb. Photo by Claire McCaughan.

All 12 of the Ottawa Cheer Sport Sharks hit the mat on Saturday,
February 4th at the Big East Blast 2017 cheerleading competition that was held at the EY Centre.

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Goulbourn Jubilee Singers celebrates 40th anniversary

(PHOTO: The Jubilee Juniors performing on stage at a December 2016 Christmas performance.)

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers are celebrating  a big anniversary this year.  This community choir has been active in Stittsville for 40 years and is a true gem of a program offering non audition, low cost and inter-generational programs. Continue reading


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SECRETS OF GOULBOURN: Ghosts, murder, cemeteries and other unknowns

(ABOVE: A sign installed on a post at the scene of the murder of Robert McCaffrey.)

This sounds interesting: “Have you heard stories about ghosts, murder, cemeteries and other unknowns in your community? Attend this event on February 18 to discover in full detail all of the grisly or odd activities that have taken place right here in your own backyard. There will be displays with court records, photos and written accounts of these unknowns.”

Local researcher Lesley McKay is helping to organize the event and she sent along a preview of some of the “secrets” that will be on display.  They’re all rooted in what was known as Goulbourn Township, a large area that included Richmond, Munster and Stittsville prior to being amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2000.

Some of the stories are rather dark:

  • A love triangle that led to a murder in 1882. (Commemorated by a sign installed on a post at the scene of the murder, pictured above.)
  • The KKK’s presence in the area starting in the 1920s. (“‘It’s a forgotten part of Canada’s past, and conveniently forgotten. Everybody knows about the Klan in the United States, but if you tell Canadians what happened here, they say – ‘What, us?'”)
  • A few ghost stories, including an abandoned pioneer cemetery in Marlborough Forest. It was discovered by municipal surveyors in the 1990s.

….while some of the stories are a little more light-hearted:

  • Stittsville native Ken Doraty, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins in the 1920s and 1930s.  He was the smallest man to ever play in the NHL, at 133 lbs and a height of 5’7”.
  • How a Montreal millionaire financed a school garden in Richmond – part of a radical idea to change Ontario education.
  • Goulbourn’s booming cheese industry.  (“After the 1938 Richmond bank robbery, it was concluded that the three robbers knew that the bank was holding more than the usual amount of cash. This was surmised because three of our local cheese factories had issued cheques for milk supplied, hence making for a profitable robbery.”)
  • Lost quarries and watering holes, where kids used to cool off in the summer long before air conditioning and water parks.

The event is on Saturday from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Stittsville Library, as part of Heritage Day activities. More info here…

Hazeldean Cheese Factory
Hazeldean Cheese Factory

Stittsville's Ken Doraty played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL.


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Dandelion Consignment announces closure

(Dandelions owner Sandra Edwards, December 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

(Sorry to hear about the closure of Dandelion Consignment on Stittsville Main Street.  Owner Sandra Edwards posted a note on the store’s Facebook page today – see below. We wrote about her back in December 2015, and her efforts to have a positive impact on people in need locally and around the world.  Good luck Sandy with whatever comes next. -GG.)

We regret to inform you of our closure

Over the past 6 years I have done everything to try to keep this business running for all of us. Unfortunately with all the increases in expenses and rent I am not able to continue Dandelions Consignment. Over past 6 years, I have not taken a salary for myself in order to continue to give you the best service possible. My family and I are deeply grieved at this closure.

First Priority to you our Consignor

It is in my best effort to be the fairest to you my faithful clients. I am unable to do any payouts due to lack of revenue. However we do not want you our consignors to be at a total loss, so we are offering you store credit in lue of money. Consignors will have the opportunity to use store credit on items in the store. I will be opening the store on Tuesday and Wednesday to consignors only. We hope to see you on these days so we can convey our deepest apology to you in person.
We will be closed on Monday

We are closed this Monday in order to put aside all of the consignment that is belonging to you the consignor. This will be placed in bins and labeled for you to pick up. The only items that will be sold are the items that are the property of Dandelions.

If you have further concerns please contact me via email ms.sandy.edwards@gmail.com

Inside Dandelion Kids store on Stittsville Main Street Photo by Barry Gray.
Inside Dandelion Kids. December 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.

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Consultation on “Early Years & Family Centres” on Saturday

(via City of Ottawa)

The Ontario Ministry of Education is transforming the way services for children 0 to 6 years are delivered in the province. In 2018, all child and family programs funded by the Province will become part of one unified system of services and supports for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. These will be called Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs). Continue reading


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