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Overnight fire at auto shop may have been arson, police investigate

Firefighters responded to a multi-vehicle fire at Stittsville Automotive on Neil Avenue (near Carp Road) overnight. Police are investigating the fire for possible arson.

Via CBC Ottawa: “At about 3 a.m., firefighters were called to a fire at a commercial garage on Neil Avenue in Stittsville. Crews managed to put the fire out quickly. Damage is estimated at about $50,000. Investigators believe the fire was deliberately set, and the investigation is now in the hands of the arson unit.”


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Continue to protect yourself against West Nile virus in Ottawa

(via City of Ottawa)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has received reports of 13 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) illness in Ottawa residents as of September 18. The previous highest number of WNV cases in Ottawa was 8 in 2012. With temperatures well above average for this time of year, mosquitoes carrying WNV continue to bite humans. OPH is advising residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites. Mosquitoes most likely to transmit WNV (Culex pipiens, the northern house mosquito) are found in urban areas in and around homes. Testing has shown mosquitoes carrying WNV in all the urban areas of Ottawa. These mosquitoes will pose a risk on warm days until there have been several hard frosts.

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LINKED: New witches’ haunt added to Saunders Farm this year

John Curry reports in the Stittsville News:

Witches are being added to the haunting brew at Saunders Farm this fall.

“The Coven,” a Salem witch-themed indoor and outdoor haunt, is the largest new haunt added at Saunders Farm at Munster in the past five years.

Open during the daytime as a Witches Village and at night as a full-blown haunt, the Coven features a swamp, a forest and an old witch’s house that features a maze of rooms. And since a coven traditionally refers to a gathering of witches, you can bet just from the name of this haunt that you are going to run into numerous witches as you make your way through the house.

Mark Saunders explains that the Coven marks a return by Saunders Farm to a classic traditional Halloween haunt, this one related to the famous Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts in the 1690s when 20 people were actually executed for witchcraft.

The idea of the Coven came from Mark’s conversations with a friend of his in the United Kingdom who developed a witch-themed haunt with a swamp concept. Saunders Farm has been able to add a forest setting to such a haunt idea. The Coven at Saunders Farm has been totally constructed on the site by Saunders Farm’s own carpenters and staff.

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Library to name a room in honour of Grace Thompson

(press release)

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be honouring Grace Thompson with a commemorative naming of the meeting room in the Stittsville branch in recognition of her historical significance to the community.

What: Commemorative naming of a room in honour of Grace Thompson
When: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Stittsville branch of OPL, 1637 Stittsville Main

Committed to her community, Grace was a local historian, author, philanthropist, and an impassioned individual who embraced the beauty of both history and the written word. She was a significantly involved resident in the Stittsville community. She was the first secretary-treasurer of the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society, founding member of the Stittsville Women’s Institute, Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, and member of the original steering committee for the formation of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society.

Grace was a chief researcher and writer of the Tweedsmuir History of Stittsville and published several books, which account for much of Stittsville’s history. Grace was one of the first volunteers of the Stittsville Public Library when it opened in 1973.


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A. Lorne Cassidy community plans musical fundraiser to support teacher

(PHOTO: A scene from A. Lorne Cassidy’s recent production of the musical Annie.)>

This time, the production will be for Mrs. Cooney.

Students, staff, and families from A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School will be honouring and raising funds for Kathleen ‘Kate’ Kelly-Cooney with a Kids on Broadway evening October 5th.

Over the summer, the Registered Early Childhood Educator at ALC was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and inoperable brain tumour that has left her gravely ill in hospital and unable to return to school. Continue reading


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10-year-old Rowan Hendrick rocks Richmond, wins vocal competition

(PHOTO: Rowan Hendrick. Photo by Tom Linden.)

A 5th grader from Guardian Angels Public School in Stittsville blew away all the teenage competition today and won 1st prize for his incredible vocal performance.

Rowan Hendrick, 10, just started his third year of lessons at U-Rock Music School. He has studied vocals, guitar and has also been a member of the school’s junior band, The Shooting Stars, but his real passion is performing and he wowed all the judges and many of his competitors on Sunday, at Richmond Fair’s Rise2Fame vocal contest.

The song Rowan chose to perform was as ambitious as it gets for any aspiring vocalist, Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, from the Oscar winning film Titanic. Too young to have actually watched the movie, Rowan confessed that his interest in the song came from the expressive delivery of Canadian superstar, Dion, who he says he truly admires as a vocalist.

We are so very proud of Rowan, not just for winning first place at his very first vocal competition, but for bravely stepping up and sharing his musical gift at such a public venue. Two other U-Rock vocalists, Samantha Clarke and Sarah Culbert both also performed at the Richmond Fair this year. Sarah won 3rd place at this event last year, and also impressively won 1st prize at the Ottawa Capital Fair this summer.

You can enjoy the talents of many of our U-Rock stars at our school’s first open mic event on Sunday, October 29, at 3pm at Hurley’s Grill in Stittsville. There will be many first-timers and many of our prize winning stars performing at this free concert.

(via U-Rock Music School)


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Sens announce additional details for Fan Fest on Sept 17

(press release)

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, presented by Canadian Tire, in support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 17 at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr).

Held in conjunction with Scotiabank, CTV and TSN 1200, Senators Fan Fest will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, a Locker Room Sale featuring new and used hockey equipment along with interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena. Continue reading


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Fundraising event for Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice (Oct 12)

Six west-end Ottawa United churches are coordinating efforts to raise money for Hospice Care Ottawa, specifically to support the construction of the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice – Kanata.  The participating churches are Bells Corner United, Glen Cairn United, Kanata United, Stittsville United, St. Paul’s United (Carp), and St. Paul’s United (Richmond).

The goal of this campaign is to jointly raise at least $50,000 for Hospice Care Ottawa with fundraising events wrapping up by the end of March 2018.  All money raised will be directed to fund a room in Hein House which will help to highlight the importance of community involvement in hospice programs and operations.

Stittsville United will be hosting a Bridge / Euchre / Lunch Fundraising Event on Thursday, October 12.  The event will start at 11:00 a.m. with coffee and muffins.  Cost for the day is $20 per person.  If you would like more information, or would like to play cards please phone the church office at 613-836-4962 to reserve a space.  All are welcome to enjoy a day of lunch, cards, and fellowship.

There will also be another event later in October.  Mark your calendar for a Fashion Show/Sale by Swirlicious on Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. – $10.00 person.  More information will be provided as the date comes closer.

 


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LINKED: British military officer wounded in Kanata drive-by

UPDATE, September 15: CBC reports that more than a dozen rounds were fired out of a white Jeep Cherokee in a drive-by shooting early Thursday morning, and Ottawa police are asking for the public’s help to find the vehicle. Read more…

From CBC Ottawa:

A British military officer visiting Ottawa to participate in a military shooting competition was injured in a drive-by shooting at the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre early Thursday morning, Military Police say.

Ottawa police were called to a parking lot off Roland Michener Drive, near the Crazy Horse bar, just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

A 28-year-old man suffered a serious gunshot wound in the leg, Ottawa police said. Paramedics took him to hospital, where he was listed in stable condition later Thursday morning.

A 22-year-old man also suffered a minor gunshot injury, Ottawa police said.

Both shooting victims were not the intended targets, Ottawa police said in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

Read the full story…

 


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Suspects sought in Kanata North home invasion

(via Ottawa police)

The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating a recent home invasion and is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the two suspects responsible.

On September 11, 2017, at approximately 10:50 am, two male suspects attended an address situated along the 100 block of Westover Crescent in the Arcadia neighbourhood near Tanger Outlets. The suspects were dressed in construction-style clothing and rang the doorbell at the address. When the lone female occupant opened the door, the duo forced their way into the residence. The suspects were armed with handguns. While one suspect controlled the victim, the second suspect searched the premises. The suspects left after obtaining only a couple of women’s handbags. The occupant was uninjured. It is unclear at this time if the residence was specifically targeted. The suspects walked away in a northbound direction and may have had a vehicle parked nearby. Continue reading


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Princess Auto opens September 19 in Kanata

(press release)

Princess Auto will open its 45th Canadian location in Kanata North on September 19.

“It’s a no-brainer to open a store in Kanata, really” comments Ken Larson, Princess Auto’s Senior Vice President of Customer Experiences. “Our Ottawa location is already super busy serving the area, which includes our Quebec customers across the river. But people living further southwest of Ottawa had to make one heck of a road trip to access our products – the next closest store is in Kingston – so it made sense to set up a Kanata location.” Continue reading


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LINKED: TransCanada may abandon Energy East pipe facing tougher review

Here’s an article from Reuters about the possible cancellation of the Energy East pipeline project. Plans include a portion of pipeline that travels just west of Stittsvill, as shown in the map above. .About 70km of existing natural gas pipeline near Ottawa would be converted to carry crude oil.

TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) seeks to suspend the application for its Energy East pipeline for 30 days and may abandon the project, the company said on Thursday, weeks after Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) announced a tougher review process.

TransCanada will do a “careful review” of the new assessment process to gauge its effect on the costs, schedules and viability of the pipeline to the Atlantic coast, the company said in a statement.

The NEB in August expanded the scope of Energy East’s review, saying it will consider the project’s indirect greenhouse gas contributions and will provide “more visibility” to the evaluation of risks associated with accidents such as oil spills.

The regulator said on Thursday it will consider TransCanada’s request to pause its Energy East application and will make a decision “in a timely fashion.”

Energy East, which would take crude from Canada’s oil heartland of Alberta, would attain higher prices for Canadian producers, whose landlocked product trades at a discount to the West Texas Intermediate benchmark.

Assessing indirect emissions had been opposed by TransCanada, which had called it “completely redundant and unnecessary.”

In a filing to the regulator on Thursday, TransCanada also requested an extension to the deadline for filing Energy East updates to Oct. 27.

Should TransCanada abandon the project, “the carrying value of its investment … as well as its ability to recover development costs incurred to date would be negatively impacted,” the company said.

TransCanada said it will continue to advance its other projects despite pausing Energy East.

Read the full article…


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Goulbourn Jubilee Singers offer free try-out sessions in September

(Photo by Kelly Terkuc)

(article via the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers)

Do you like to sing? Would you like to become a better singer? Would you like to learn to read music? Would you like to do all of this, AND make new friends in the community at the same time? Then the GJS invites you to try out the GJS choir, risk-free during the month of September!

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers (GJS) is a non-auditioned community choir organization, offering a wide variety of musical and social experiences.  There are ensembles for Adults (SATB), Teens (SATB), and Children (SSA). All three groups rehearse on Wednesday evenings, in Stittsville. Each choir performs on its own in the community, and we also perform together. This inter-generational focus is unique in the community! Continue reading


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ON THE FLY: Herons and egrets (photos)

Thanks to Jacinta Cillis-Asquith for sharing these photos, taken last week in our area.

“Stittsville…home to Herons everywhere,” she writes. “I could not fit enough trees into my picture. This must have been the general meeting of these birds. There were over 30 herons and egrets! A pretty amazing day.”

(We’ve had a few readers ask where these photos were taken. Cillis-Asquith says that wildlife photographers will typically not share exact locations in order to preserve the natural habitat of the wildlife.)

All photos ©Copyright Jacinta Cillis-Asquith/JacintaPICs 2017. (See more of her photos here…)

©copyright Jacinta Cillis-Asquith/JacintaPICs 2017 Continue reading


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Odyssey Theatre spreads its roots with Stittsville project on September 16

Odyssey Theatre is renowned for bringing the magical experience of Theatre Under the Stars to Strathcona Park, but the 32-year-old company is going beyond its borders with two new community projects that will foster Ottawans’ creativity and leave a green legacy. The company believes that art is possibility, a vehicle for contributing to the community, and for everyone. Continue reading


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LINKED: How the dream of the Trans Canada Trail soars — and falls short

Here’s an article from Maclean’s about the “completion” of the Trans Canada Trail.  The milestone was celebrated at Village Square Park in Stittsville with a flag raising last weekend.  Our portion of the trail is a former rail line, converted to a gravel trail in the late 1990s/early 2000s, running from Bells Corners to Carleton Place. It remains designated as a municipal transportation corridor and could someday be repurposed for light rail.

To help celebrate what Trans Canada Trail organizers hailed as a big milestone, there was a scavenger hunt in Olds, Alta. A ribbon- and cake-cutting in Kenora, Ont. Family supper in Saint-Barnabé, Que. And a big concert in downtown Ottawa, with Governor General David Johnston hosting and former Barenaked Lady Steven Page singing about his old apartment. Continue reading


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