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Horticultural Society is accepting photo contest entries

(ABOVE: “Through The Garden Gate” by Brian Carson, Best in Show winner for 2017.)

The Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society is accepting entries in their annual photo competition.

Class 1: We See Thee Rise – a spring garden
Class 2: Glorious and Free – a summer garden at sunrise
Class 3: With Glowing Hearts – autumn’s full colour
Class 4: The True North – a winter scene – your interpretation
Class 5: Stand on Guard – the Maple – showing a tree, a branch or a leaf
Class 6: Garden Pollinators– close-up of a pollinator(s) on a bloom
Class 7: Fun with Foliage – capture texture on garden foliage
Class 8: Rushing Water – stream, water fall or fountain; must include vegetation
Class 9: Rocks and Roots – a rock garden
Class 10: Trans Canada Trail – Leaves, trees, wildflowers and bushes
Class 11: Richmond Fair – Outstanding fall arrangements, vegetables, flowers and houseplants
Class 12: Local Beauty – barns, silos, buildings in Richmond, Stittsville, Munster landscape.

You must be a member to enter. Memberships cost $15.00 for individuals and $25.00 per family. Five dollar 1st prize for each class. Stittsville Goulbourn Members can also enter the District 2 2018 Competition in March.

Rules:

  • Entries and membership information must be submitted by Sunday February 4/2018.
  • One entry per image.
  • One entry per class.
  • Photos will be accepted in digital format only. Digital photos can be e-mailed to SGHortcultural@gmail.com.
  • Entries will be judged by an independent judge.  Entries will be judged with 40% to horticultural value, 40 % to photographic value and 20% to appearance.
  • Colour and balance can be enhanced. Removal or addition of images into a photo results in disqualification.
  • The judges decision is final.
  • Prizes will be awarded Tuesday February 20, 2018 meeting.
  • We reserve the right to show images at our meetings, in our newsletters or on display at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex display case or at other events for the society.

For more information visit https://sites.google.com/site/sghortsoc/

Class 2 Winner Jim Gillick 2017 Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society Annual Photo Competition
(Photo by Jim Gillick. Class 2 Winner from 2017.

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LINKED: Ottawa tech companies recruiting to fill thousands of jobs (CBC)

Interesting article from CBC about job growth in the Ottawa area. Invest Ottawa says 10,000 positions will be filled by 2019, with around 3,000 in the Kanata North area. That will impact the Stittsville area, where many of those Kanata North employees may end up calling home:

The Kanata North BIA said the tech sector in the region has to fill 3,000 positions in the coming months as BlackBerry QNX and Ford hire for the autonomous vehicle hub and existing companies expand.

Invest Ottawa predicts nearly 10,000 new jobs in the city by 2019 and said those jobs will come in a range of technology fields.

James Baker, CEO of recruiting company the Keynote Group, said he’s receiving calls from four to five new clients a week who are looking to hire new talent.

One challenge has been finding people with certain skill sets outside Ottawa’s traditional strengths from a decade ago.

“We’ve moved to development. We were a hardware city, we’re moving into a software city,” he said. “Now the self-driving car is coming as well, which is a whole other spin on what we can do in Ottawa.”

Larger companies like Shopify, Amazon and BlackBerry QNX are forcing companies to compete for people with specializations in software as a service, automatic vehicles and artificial intelligence.

Read the full article…


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GRC pool closed for maintenance August 21-September 8

(PHOTO: Goulbourn Rec Centre, May 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

(via Councillor Shad Qadri / City of Ottawa)

The Goulbourn Rec Complex (GRC)’s annual maintenance will take place later this month.

As such, the swimming pool will be closed from August 21-September 8. Additionally, the gymnasium / weight cardio room will be closed from August 28-September 4th.

This annual maintenance is important for ensuring the facility remains in good shape for all users throughout the year.

As a reminder, office hours at the GRC front desk remain Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The GRC will be closed Labour Day – Monday, September 4th. The rink will remain open during this time.

The GRC staff would like to thank residents for their patience at this time. For any questions, please call (613) 580-2532.


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Fairwinds Community hosts outdoor movie night (August 25)

(via Fairwinds Community Association)

The Fairwinds Community Association presents our annual outdoor movie night on Friday, August 25.  This free family event takes place at Rosehill Park (Rosehill Ave @ Helm Circle) starting at approx. 8:30pm. Popcorn and bottled water will be available by donation, with funds going to Lamitta’s Wish.

(If the weather isn’t co-operating, we’ll move the event indoors to the gymnasium at Kanata Academy at 180 Huntmar.)

Special thanks to our event sponsors Geoff & Bobbie McGowan. And thanks to Councillor Shad Qadri and the Kanata Academy for their support.

Volunteers needed!  Email info@fairwindscommunity.com if you’d like to help!

Fairwinds Movie Night poster


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PHOTOS: Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament winners

The Stittsville Legion’s golf tournament fundraiser was held on August 12 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Funds raised will go toward’s the group’s building fund.

iane Doran (Closest to the Pin).  Tracy Boss (Ladies Longest Drive). Mike Enos ( Men's Longest Drive).  Chris Carnochan (Organizer of the Tournament and Sports Officer)  Missing is Bob Trudel (Men's Closest to the Pin). Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament / August 2017.
iane Doran (Closest to the Pin). Tracy Boss (Ladies Longest Drive). Mike Enos ( Men’s Longest Drive). Chris Carnochan (Organizer of the Tournament and Sports Officer) Missing is Bob Trudel (Men’s Closest to the Pin). Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament / August 2017.
Mike Enid presenting trophy to Diane Doran, Sue Doran, Rick Doran and Brian Doran  - Tournament winners with 9 under par. Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament / August 2017.
Mike Enid presenting trophy to Diane Doran, Sue Doran, Rick Doran and Brian Doran – Tournament winners with 9 under par. Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament / August 2017.

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CBC: Anonymous donor gives family $60K for Ottawa girl’s U.S. surgery

From CBC Ottawa:

Lamitta El-Roz’s parents went to sleep last Friday night with a huge worry — how to pay for the $140,000 surgery that could help their six-year-old daughter take her first steps.

When Canadian doctors didn’t consider Lamitta a good candidate for surgery, the family turned to the United States.

The Stittsville girl was born with spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that prevents her from walking, crawling or rolling over on her own due to damaged nerves in her lower spine. She is travelling to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri at the end of this month for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery.

Now, that worry that kept them up at night is gone. A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, gave the family $60,000 to help pay the bills.

Lamitta’s mother, Maya Taleb, won’t reveal any details about the donor but said she’s overwhelmed.

“We went crazy and we said there are angels on earth and we are so grateful to them forever. It’s amazing news,” she said.

“The good news is now her surgery is covered and the five or six months of physiotherapy after the surgery.”

Read the full story here…


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No injuries in small fire on Cardevco Road

(This information is via Ottawa Paramedics Service.  Cardevco Road is near the intersection of Carp Road and Richardson Side Road, and most of the businesses are industrial.)

At 16:42, Ottawa Fire Services received a call from the alarm company reporting alarms at 132 Cardevco Road. Upon arrival, crews reported a haze of smoke in the building and declared a working fire. The fire was brought under control by 17:14.

No injuries have been reported at this time. An Ottawa Fire Investigator has been dispatched to the scene. No dollar loss has been reported at this time.


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CBC: Family upset government won’t cover out-of-country surgery

CBC Ottawa did a story about a Stittsville family raising money to pay for surgery in the United States. Lamitta El-Roz is six years old and has been denied funding for dorsal rhizotomy surgery that’s only available in the United States.

The family has launched a fundraising campaign called Lamitta’s Wish to Walk to cover the surgery and follow-up treatment.

Lamitta El-Roz, 6, and her family hope surgery in the U.S. will allow her to walk and help ease her chronic pain. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)
Lamitta El-Roz, 6, and her family hope surgery in the U.S. will allow her to walk and help ease her chronic pain. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)

Lamitta El-Roz loves comic book super heroes — especially Spiderman.

When asked what super powers she’d like to possess, she doesn’t hesitate. Continue reading


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Part of Fernbank Road closed from August 14-28

(via Councillor Shad Qadri’s office)

Please note that Fernbank Road will be closed from Shea to Robert Grant between August 14th and August 28th.

The contractor, Taggart Construction, will be installing a box culvert across the roadway for future storm water management.

Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure with additional signs posted during the affected period. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. A detour will be signed from Shea>Abbott>Robert Grant.


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Jabulani supports Richmond’s 200th anniversary

The Richmond 2018 Organizing Committee thanks Jabulani Winery for their generous support.

Tom and Janet Moul, proprietors of Jabulani Winery presented a cheque to the Richmond Village Association for $717.00 at their recent South African dinner event. They were thrilled to have sold all 717 bottles of the 1818 wine they produced in such a short time. In Janet’s words “they flew off the shelf” A generous donation was made to the 200th Anniversary of $1.00 from each bottle. Now that is community spirit! Continue reading


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LETTER: Why I moved from Stittsville to El Salvador

I’m 25 years old, and originally from Stittsville. Last year, I left my secure job as an officer in the Canadian Army to move to El Salvador as a missionary with Youth For Christ.

My entire family is military, and I joined part-time when I was only 16. I finished high school and transferred to full-time military, attending Royal Military College in Kingston. I thought that I would be in the military for my whole career, but in 2012 I had an opportunity to travel to El Salvador on a short-term missions trip with Youth For Christ Canada. Continue reading


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First human case of West Nile virus reported in Ottawa

(via City of Ottawa)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has received lab confirmation of the first human case of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ottawa for the 2017 WNV season. OPH reminds all Ottawa residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to remove standing water where WNV-carrying mosquitoes can breed. Continue reading


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LINKED: Residents question Hydro One easement plans in Kanata

Jessica Cunha reports in the Kanata Kourier-Standard:

Many Beaverbrook residents are concerned after discovering Hydro One has marked trees on their properties. A number of homeowners discovered orange spraypaint on their trees last month. Neighbours, concerned about what the markings could mean, sent a flurry of emails back and forth. Continue reading


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Carp Road Park & Ride upgrades include 35 new spaces

(press release from the City of Ottawa, photo via Google Maps)

Sections of Carp Road Park and Ride will be will be closed intermittently from August 2 to early September 2017, due to upgrade work being done at the facility. The work will take place in stages during the daytime, and the facility will remain operational at reduced capacity throughout. The upgrades include surface paving, additional lighting, concrete repairs, a new bus pad and bike racks. Directional signage will guide pedestrians during sidewalk repairs. Continue reading


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LETTER: Thanks to Brown’s and the community from Lifeskills

What a rewarding experience for Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills participants! A big thank you to Todd and Sandra Brown from Brown’s Your Independent Grocer for allowing Impact Cards to set up a table on Saturday, July 29  to sell custom button art greeting cards. Thank you to the Stittsville community for all your support and encouragement! We are truly grateful. Continue reading


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