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DEC 1 & 2: West Ottawa Ladies Chorus Christmas concert

West Ottawa Ladies Chorus

(press release)

Winter, the season of shorter days, grey skies and bone chilling temperatures is embraced by Canadians as their right of passage. Not only do we celebrate the season but the tradition of Christmas as well. One can pass those cold days by undertaking invigorating sports, cuddling up with a book before a roaring fire or like the members of the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus, sing. The joy of music enlightens any dreary day and the power of choral music well performed can lift spirits to new levels and warm weary hearts. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) not only love to sing in four-part harmony, but love to share their music with others. This year, the chorus has worked diligently to perfect a program of traditional and not so traditional selections that will have the audience singing along or listening intently at the ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ concert. Under the direction of Robert Dueck and accompanied by Peter Brown the chorus will bring joy to audiences on two occasions. Continue reading


DEC 2: Fill the Bus for the food bank at Brown’s

(press release)

The City of Ottawa, with Loblaw Companies Limited, will be collecting food and cash donations for the annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank on Saturday, December 2.

OC Transpo buses will be parked outside participating Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer and No Frills stores across Ottawa. (In Stittsville, the location is at Brown’s Independent on Stittsville Main Street from 9am-4:45pm.) Volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations. If you can’t make it out on December 2, you can donate online at For every dollar you give, the Ottawa Food Bank can purchase about $5 worth of food because of their wholesale purchasing power. Continue reading


RECIPE: Wiches Cauldron’s Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Like many people in Stittsville, I’ve been craving the Wiches Cauldron’s soup ever since the food truck shut down for the season last fall. Owners Monique Haugen and Craig Beaudry are taking a break from the food truck business for now – Craig is in the kitchen at Central Bierhaus in Kanata and Monique is at Quitters – but they were kind enough to share one of their favourite recipes. We cooked this up on Saturday and it’s delicious. If only we had some cardboard take-out bowls to make it just like the food truck! You can find more recipes on their Instagram: @wichescauldron. -GG.)
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OTTAWASTART: Postmedia to close community newspaper, including Stittsville News

(PHOTO: The Stittsville News is one of eight local community papers that will be closed after a swap between Postmedia and Torstar. File photo.)

From our sister site,

Nine Ottawa-area newspapers will be shuttered after a trade between Canada’s two largest newspaper chains.

The swap, announced Monday, saw Postmedia Network Canada Corp. acquire the local newspapers from Torstar Corp. In the deal, Postmedia acquired from Torstar 22 community papers and two commuter dailies and Torstar received from Postmedia 15 community papers and two commuter dailies. Continue reading


PHOTO: Stittsville’s all-weather bike trails

What a great selfie from Bob Herres, taken earlier this week along the Trans Canada Trail. That’s his good friend Diesel, a part Husky, in the background.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at


Sabrina Kemp receives SVA Volunteer of the Year award

(PHOTO: Sabrina Kemp, Joanne Tibbles, and Tanya Hein.)

Sabrina Kemp was named as the Stittsville Village Association’s Volunteer of the Year for outstanding work in the community at the SVA Annual General Meeting November 23. Joined by her family, Kemp was presented with an award, flowers, and a donation to the organization of her choice — Stittsville Public School’s outdoor classroom.

“The SVA is very pleased to recognize Sabrina’s contribution to the community,” SVA President Tanya Hein said. “Her efforts in saving a portion of the Shea Road Woods and in creating an outdoor classroom will have a lasting impact in Stittsville.”

Kemp was nominated by her neighbour, local realtor Joanne Tibbles.

“Sabrina is a mom to 3 children – Benjamin 11, Braeden 9, and Madeline 7 years old,” Tibbles wrote in her nomination submission. “She has been an integral part in the organization to conserve the Shea Woods with Shad Qadri as well as bringing the first outdoor classroom to Stittsville Public School.”

“Recently she organized a ball hockey tournament to help raise money for the Stittsville Rams hockey team and she is always ready and willing to help a friend or neighbour in their time of need Sabrina is passionate about family, community and the environment and I am humbled to call her a friend. I cannot think of anyone more fitting for this award and I thank you for your consideration of her.”

This is the second time the SVA has given the award, which recognizes Ward 6 residents of any age, who, through volunteering, have had a positive impact in our community. Last year’s winner was Hélène Rivest.

(Story via Stittsville Village Association)


DEC 2-3: Goulbourn Jubilee Singers Christmas concert

(Story via Goulboun Jubilee Singers, photo by Ryan Lindsey)

Start your December with a shot of Christmas spirit! The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers invite you to a Christmas concert full of lovely music and cheer on Saturday December 2 at 6:30 pm with a repeat performance on Sunday December 3 at 2:30 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church 1817 Richardson Side Road. Continue reading


Stocking Project launches 2017 season with new workshop on Hazeldean

The Stocking Project has a new home this year in big red Deschenes-Poitras barn on Hazeldean Road. They’re now accepting donations and volunteers to make this season another success.

The premise behind The Stocking Project is simple: Ask friends, neighbours, colleagues and family for referrals to people who may need a little helping hand. The target for this project are people who would normally not ask for help, those who would not attempt to solicit help from an agency of any kind, and those who likely tell very few people they need help. The Stocking Project depends on community members to refer their friends, neighbours and colleagues as project recipients. All referrals remain confidential. Continue reading


Family displaced after fire on Woodwind Crescent in Fringewood South

UPDATE (November 19): A Facebook group has been started to co-ordinate efforts to help the family. You can access it via

(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call reporting smoke showing at 27 Woodwind Crescent shortly after 2:30pm. Upon arrival firefighters confirmed flames showing on the exterior back side of the single family bungalow and declared a working fire at 2:40pm. The family had evacuated safely from the home. Continue reading


Goulbourn Township Historical Society hosts stories about Nicholas Sparks (Nov 18)

(via Goulbourn Township Historical Society)

Come and be entertained by Brian Hull our guest speaker as he regales us with stories about his great-great-great-grandfather Nicholas Sparks.

Sparks was born in 1794 and arrived in Wrightville (Hull-Gatineau) 201 years ago from Wexford, Ireland. He began working for Philemon Wright at £50 per year. He very quickly became a property owner and landlord in Bytown and owned most of the lands in the present day commercial core of Ottawa. He died here in 1862 and was buried in St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Hull.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:30pm at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch, 1637 Stittsville Main Street Ottawa, ON, K2S Canada (map)

The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”. See you there.


DIRT OFF YOUR SHOULDER: Carp Road shoulder paving starts Friday

(via Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri)

I am pleased to share that the City will be paving the shoulders on Carp Road from Kittiwake Drive to Westbrook as of tomorrow, November 17th. This is a project that has been greatly anticipated by residents for some time. Originally, the shoulder-paving project was only planned from Rothbourne to Westbrook but working with the City, I was able to extend the project to start at Kittiwake as the shoulder was needed to be done in this section as well.   Continue reading


LIBRARY: Programs on nutrition and art, and a Grinch puppet show

(via Stittsville Library)

Here’s what’s coming up at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1637 Stittsville Main Street.

Notes on Nutrition: Olivia Wolter, Registered Dietitian.
Monday, November 27, 2017. 2-3 p.m
We all understand the importance of nutrition in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are times in which changes in our lifestyle impact the choices we make about how and what we eat. Olivia can help you to identify some simple ways in which you can improve the nutrition in your diet. She can also provide tips on lessening the task of meal preparation and planning. A question and answer session is part of this important program.
Available spaces are limited. To register, please visit or stop in at the bench. Our staff are happy to help you to register.

Art In A Box: Winter Solstice sun catcher.
Take a break from your holiday planning to create a colourful sun catcher to hang in your favourite window. Everything you need comes in a box.
We offer three different workshop dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Monday, December 4, 2017. 4-5 p.m.; Monday, December 11, 2017. 2-3 p.m. and Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 2-3 p.m.
A limited number of spaces are available. To register, please visit or stop in at the branch. We are happy to help you to register.

Grinch Puppet Show.
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, that old Grinch is back at the Stittsville branch. The show beings at 10:30 a.m. for children, ages 3-7 years.
Online registration is required at



Habitat for Humanity “ReStore” coming to Iber Road

Habitat for Humanity is opening a “ReStore” location on Iber Road in 2018, and they’re giving a sneak peek with a pop-up furniture sale this weekend.

The ReStore will be inside a warehouse at 3 Iber Road near Hazeldean. The store accepts donation of new and gently used items and salvageable building materials, then resells them to the public at a reduced cost.

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Local real estate web site wins marketing award

(press release)

Real estate professional Nancy Ceresia and Communicarium are pleased to announce the website has won a Gold MarCom Award, which honors excellence in marketing and branding while recognizing the creativity, hard work, and generosity of industry professionals.

“The website is fulfilling my goal of creating a first step in my introduction to potential clients. They receive a clear message about what they can expect and what sets me apart: professional, personal service for the transaction and throughout home ownership,” states client Nancy Ceresia. “I am finding new clients are coming to me for advice and guidance and I am building a reputation as a reliable and insightful resource to homebuyers. Communicarium created a perfect platform that really allows me to grow my business and brand.” Continue reading


Firefighters quickly extinguish fire originating in kitchen of Arcadia home

(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a 911 call at 2:18 p.m. reporting a fire in a kitchen at 200 Clonrush Way in the Huntmar Drive and Campeau Drive area of Kanata.

The caller indicated that everyone had safely evacuated the home. The first OFS crew on scene did confirm heavy black smoke coming from the side of the building. A working fire was declared at that time. Firefighters engaged in a rapid fire attack while other crews began a search of the residence. The fire was confirmed under control at 2:35 p.m. A loss stopped was confirmed at 2:51 p.m. Continue reading


Main & Abbott Dance Band fundraser at the Legion (Dec 2)

The Stittsville Legion is in the process of raising funds for a new building.  The Main & Abbott Dance Band is having a fundraiser on Saturday, December 2 at the Legion in Stittsville.  Admission is $10.00 which includes a light snack.   This is the same evening as the Parade of Lights – so start with the parade and finish with an exciting swing dance.  The music starts at 8:00 – don’t be late! Tickets are available at The Legion.

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