SATURDAY: Peek inside the renovated home of Jennifer McGahan Interiors

(PHOTO: From December 2016, Jennifer McGahan stands in front of her building on Main Street. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Since January, we’ve been watching the transformation of Lytle House from the outside, as Jennifer McGahan renovates and restores the century-old brick home on Stittsville Main Street. On Saturday, the public gets a chance to peek inside.  JMI is hosting an open house from 2pm-5pm at 1495 Stittsville Main Street and the whole neighbourhood is welcome.

(This weekend is also Doors Open Ottawa, with several local buildings participating: Goulbourn Museum, Fire Station 81 on Stittsville Main, and the Hazeldean Masonic Lodge nearby on Young Road in Kanata.)


UPDATE: I dropped in for McGahan’s grand opening party on Friday night & snapped some photos. She’s done an incredible transformation on the old home. Congrats Jen! -GG.

Jennifer McGahan Interiors - front door
Jennifer McGahan Interiors - Chandelier Jennifer McGahan Interiors - facade Jennifer McGahan Interiors - staircase Jennifer McGahan Interiors - ribbon cutting


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LETTER: Bless this bike!

(ABOVE: Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, Pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, rides Murilo Torres’ Fatboy Harley Davidson.)

Since I was a kid my dream was this exact bike, a black Fatboy Harley Davidson.  I’m still new here, just three years in Stittsville, and since we moved from Brazil we have attended the Holy Spirit Parish Sunday Mass.

We fell in love with Stittsville, and it all started because of Luke Therrien from Stittsville Glass and Signs. He was the first “Canadian” I spoke to after we landed here in Canada and unpacked our belongings. We brought an old window frame from Brazil, a souvenir to make me and my family feel we are at home, but during the trip one of the panes of glass broke.  Luke fixed it.

Was a sunny Saturday day and he actually didn’t say welcome to Canada but he said “Welcome to Stittsville”. Since then our lives changed and we decided to move to Stittsville and be part of this amazing community. He helped us find a good house, helped us with our renovations, and all the help we needed about being new home owners in Canada, much different than in Brazil.

The Harley picture happened after my visit to Stittsville Glass and Sings to show Luke my new achievement. He told me he is a big Harley fan and he had his Harley stolen many years ago, and that I should take care and babysit mine.

So my best bet was to ask Father Joe his blessing and for “extra help” to protect me and my dream. I was not sure how he would react, but his reaction was the best ever.  He gave me a BIG smile and asked me to go for a ride him.  He is also a big Harley fan, and asked me for a picture with the Harley and to share this great moment with our community.

More people in our community need to know how much fun Father Joe is. He is an important character in Stittsville. This is just one small example!

Murilo Torres
Stittsville 

Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, Pastor at Holy Spirit Parish, rides a Harley.
Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, aka Father Joe.

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Fernbank farm owner asks for public’s help to find possible arsonists

Joni Sabourin and her family own 200 acres farmland on Fernbank Road, immediately west of Deer Run and West Ridge.  On Sunday, firefighters responded to a brush fire on her property that she believes was deliberately set.

The fire on Sunday was quickly contained, damaging some hay and a large Manitoba maple tree.  Sabourin tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that trespassing and vandalism on the property is a frequent concern. 

She posted the following note to the Stittsville Neighbours Facebook group today:

Hi Neighbours, yesterday we had a large fire in our hay field/forest area directly behind Birchland Street (Westridge Area). When the firefighters arrived on site they came across a number of kids running away from the scene.

This is the third incident we have had on the property, which could have been extremely dangerous for the homeowners on Birchland, as well as our farm property. There is NO access to fire hydrants and water had to be trucked in using special equipment.

If you have any information or have seen any of these kids entering the private property yesterday, please contact the Ottawa Police referencing Case # 17-122879.

We have a huge amount of clean-up to do along with approximately 1 km of ruts to fix, due to all the fire trucks accessing from Fernbank. I would like the kids responsible to help with the clean up. Maybe a bit of hard work will ensure they learn their lesson. Please talk to your kids. This could have been extremely serious if the fields had been dry. Thank you.

Brush fire behind Birchland Drive on Sunday, May 28 Brush fire behind Birchland Drive on Sunday, May 28 Brush fire behind Birchland Drive on Sunday, May 28


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Grass fire behind Birchland Crescent

(via Ottawa Fire Service)

Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call from a resident reporting smoke showing in a farm field behind his home on Birchland Crescent on May 28 2017 at 13:18 hours. Upon arrival fire fighters confirmed smoke showing in the field and declared a working grass fire.

The grass fire involved approximately 2 acres of grass and some piles of heavy timber but no structures were threatened.  Fire fighters were still on location early this afternoon putting out hot spots.  There are no civilian or fire fighter injuries.


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LINKED: MPP Jack MacLaren kicked out of PC caucus

UPDATE, May 29: MPP Jack MacLaren was quitting before PC Leader Patrick Brown fired him

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Several news outlets today reporting that Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren has been kicked out of the PC caucus for remarks made about Franco-Ontarians during the 2012 election campaign. MacLaren’s riding includes Stittsville.

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Blair Dunbar joins Syner-G Massage and Wellness Centre on Stittsville Main

Blair Dunbar, Osteopathy (thesis writer) & Registered Massage Therapist has moved his practice to join Holly Milliner at Syner-G Massage Therapy and Wellness Centre at 1535 Stittsville Main Street.

Blair Dunbar
Blair Dunbar

Blair brings along an impressive background and a focus on the human body. He has completed the five years of osteopathic study at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, with the Certificate in Osteopathy (theory, practical, clinical and methodology), and is currently working on his thesis to complete his osteopathic training (Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practitioner). Continue reading


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MAY 27: Giant Tiger Charity BBQ

This Saturday, May 27, from 11am-2pm, Giant Tiger on Hazeldean Road (Jackson Trails Plaza) will host a charity BBQ, raising money for Tysen’s Mission to A Million, supporting Make a Wish of Eastern Ontario. The event includes face painting for kids.


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NOTEBOOK: Infill on Jonathan Pack, Haliburton Park plans, noise bylaw changes

INFILL ON JONATHAN PACK
On June 7, Ottawa’s Committee of Adjustment will consider a request to subdivide a piece of residential property at 28 Jonathan Pack Street. Currently it’s a large lot with a single home, and the proposal seeks to divide the property in half, keeping the house on one lot and using the other for a new house. (You can find more info here…)

The property in question is typical of many on Jonathan Pack, with large lots about 30m wide at the front stretching back about 60m. The lots on Forest Heights and Stitt Street, which run parallel to Jonathan Pack, are quite a bit narrower and considerably denser.

I don’t know enough about this application to say if it’s good or bad for the street, but I do know that we’re seeing more and more large, older properties in Stittsville been subdivided for infill development. If you’re not a fan of endless suburban sprawl, infills like this one can be a way that sprawl can slowed. What’s important is getting the design right, and ensuring that the scale of the infill is compatible with the existing neighbourhood.

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La Cucina moves from Kanata to Stittsville next month

La Cucina moving from Kanata to Stittsville in June

La Cucina restaurant is moving from Kanata to Stittsville in June.  They’re currently located at Castlefrank and Hazeldean, and they’ll be moving to the former Fresco Bistro location in front of the Lowe’s.

The restaurant was established in 2008 and serves a mix of modern and traditional Italian dishes.  Did you know: “la Cucina” is Italian for “the Kitchen”.

 


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Sad ending to search for missing Jackson Trails senior

(PHOTO: Police search for missing person Nelliya Karbisheva in the Jackson Trails area on Tuesday. Photo by Connor Boudreau.)

UPDATE, May 27: Karbisheva’s family have thanked the community for their help in this week’s search. They’ve asked that rather then flowers or meals, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society, be made instead, in Nelliya’s memory.

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UPDATE, May 25: Sad news to share today. Nelliya Karbisheva’s body was found in a wooded area near Stittsville Main Street and Maple Grove Road. Our condolences to her family and friends. Ms. Karbisheva’s dog was found safe by her side.

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15-year-old cyclist hit by vehicle at Hazeldean & Terry Fox

(via Ottawa Paramedic Service)

Paramedics responded to a call for bicycle versus vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Hazeldean Rd and Terry Fox Rd. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at 8:43 on Sunday May 21.

Paramedics treated a 15-year-old male patient for a head injury as a result of the collision.

Patient was transported to hospital in serious but stable condition.

Ottawa Police are investigating


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NOTEBOOK: Three reasons why OMB reforms are good for our community

Great to see that the Ontario Government is pushing ahead to reform the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), with a proposal to replace it with a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Three quick thoughts on why this will be good for our community – both Stittsville, and more broadly, all of Ottawa. Continue reading


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Barbara Bottriell recognized with Roger Griffiths Memorial award

Great to see Barbara Bottriell recognized as the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year last night at the annual Stittsville Volunteer Appreciation Awards.  Other recipients included the Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera for Business of the Year, Caitlin Bauer for Youth Citizen of the Year, and Patricia Warford for Senior Citizen of the Year. A full list of nominees is included below.  We’re lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers who give back to their community in a big way. -GG. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Magical mystery walk through Bell Park

“I have been walking in Bell Park admiring the trilliums and ferns but this weekend I discovered an added attraction,” writes Janice Blain, who sent along the photos you see on this page.

“Someone has, or some people have, turned the woodland walk into a magical mystery tour with pretty painted stones placed along the paths.  I imagine they are the work of at least two children and would like to thank them for sharing their artwork and adding such a lovely surprise to my walks.” Continue reading


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Tree cutting allowed east of Echowoods, as long as they’re skinny trees

Here’s a update from Councillor Shad Qadri after recent resident inquiries about why trees are being cut down on land east of Lloydalex/Echowoods and north of Jackson Trails and the new Potter’s Key subdivision. (The land doesn’t have a municipal address, and is not subject to any active development applications.) Qadri says the owners of the property are not in violation of the Urban Tree Conservation By-law as long as trees being removed do not have a diameter of 10cm or more.

Residents have inquired about tree cutting on this piece of land east of Lloydalex Crescent. Map via Councillor Shad Qadri.
via Google Maps

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I have recently been contacted by residents in the area regarding some activity they have noticed on the lands within the Ward 21 Urban Expansion Area that is located north of Jackson Trails and Potter’s Key.  I am still waiting for additional information with respect to any plans for the property in the future but did want to share the following information with residents. Continue reading


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