Kathleen Edwards, the owner of Quitters on Stittsville Main, is featured in the Toronto Star today.
It’s a chilly mid-November afternoon, and the floor-to-ceiling windows facing out onto the downtrodden historic main street of this small-town-turned-exurb are frosted over with condensation. Inside, though, warmth all around: Small groups cluster under the glow of Edison bulbs, seated on vintage-shop furniture. Edwards is cheery and upbeat, serving top-notch espresso and home-made cookies and muffins, which she’s taken to baking herself.
…Quitters, which opened in September, isn’t so much an ending as a beginning. Edwards needed to push reset, and out here, just a short stretch from where she grew up, she’s done that much. After years of living gig to gig in tour buses and vans, Edwards walks five blocks to the café every morning to bake muffins and get ready for the day.
…One day, she happened on an old, unremarkable box of a building on Stittsville’s main street, with ratty blinds pulled down and moldy insulation tumbling out of the ceiling. “And I could see it. I knew it would be great,” she says. Signing a lease, she gamely hoisted a sledgehammer herself and started ripping apart the old to make way for the new.
… Edwards knew she had to do something different. She circled back home and looked around. Subdivisions and strip malls, commuters and anonymity. For the first time in ages, she had time to think. And what her mind settled on was building something solid, in a community of which she could be part.
… “I’m an excellent barista,” she laughs. “I had to realize: Fame is not acceptance, it doesn’t validate you as a person. It means nothing. You know what means something? Having people from the neighbourhood come in, getting to know them, seeing their families, and hearing them say ‘thank you for giving us a place to go.’ That’s . . . awesome.”
Stittsville’s Hien Hoang (pictured above) is one of the organizers behind a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new microbrewery in Pakenham. We asked Hoang to tell us about the project.
Cartwright Springs Brewery is a micro brewery opening in Pakenham ON early 2015. The business was the brain child of Andre Rieux who has been home brewing for over 15 years. Rieux had recently bought a 77 acre property in Pakenham, where he discovered a natural spring. He decided to make beer with it and believes his beer has never tasted better.
Rieux had worked in the high tech industry for almost twenty years before being laid off just last year. Armed with a severance package and newly found spring water, he decided to partner up long time friends Eduardo Guerra and myself. We all share a passion for craft beer, and want to start a brewery.
We have laboured with our friends and family and construction of our brewery building is complete; our permits are filed and the brewery equipment is due to arrive soon. Getting to this stage has required a lot of capital expense, and we’ve poured our life savings into this passion and dream.
>But due to unforeseen permit and licensing costs, we are short on funds required to make our retail space and tasting room into the comfortable and inviting space we envision for hosting our customers. So we decided to turn towards crowd funding via Kickstarter with the hopes of raising $12,000 to be able to create a space that will reflect our beer, our craft and our community.
Cartwright Springs Brewery will be the first every brewery to open in Mississippi Mills. Our dream is to launch a community-minded micro brewery, using 100% natural spring water collected from our property, to brew the most amazing beer. And we want to share our fantastic product with everyone!
The Stittsville Village Association held their annual general meeting on Thursday night and elected new executive members and directors.
Over 30 community members attended the meeting. Past president Phil Sweetnam said this was the first time in several years where there were enough people interested in become directors that a vote was required.
Here’s the membership of the new board.
Tanya Hein – President (new)
Ayah Stretch – Vice President (new)
Claude Keon – Treasurer
Roxanne Bronsard – Secretary
Phil Sweetnam – Past President
Robin Derrick (new)
David Fairbrother (re-elected)
Glen Gower (new)
Marion Gullock (re-elected)
Robert Lafleur (new)
Tim Larocque (new)
Luc Therrien (re-elected)
Nancy Therrien (re-elected)
For more information about the Stittsville Village Association check out stittsvilleva.com
Here’s an idea that we hope sticks: Kanata South councillor Allan Hubley is working to launch a community sugar bush near Bridlewood, according to the OttawaCommunityNews.
There’s a protected parkland area in Monahan Landing (off Hope Side Road) with 150 sugar maples that could be tapped for fresh maple syrup. The project would be funded through a combination of residential development charges and fundraising. It could open in 2016 or sooner, depending on how much money is raised.
The Ontario Ministry of Environment provided this response to the Don’t Let Ottawa Go to Waste group’s press release from earlier this week regarding Waste Management’s current and past compliance with environmental regulations. (You can read the press release here.)
The Bell Warriors Football Club is looking for support. The Warriors offer competitive football programs for boys and girls ages 8-19 in the communities of Stittsville, Munster, Richmond, Bells Corners, Bayshore and Britannia. Continue reading →
The Richmond Village Association is proud to announce a partnership with Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) which will bring a grocery van service to Richmond residents.
This new program called the Gateway to Groceries is a free home pickup/return service for seniors and adults with physical disabilities who require transportation to the grocery store and other essential services in Richmond. The RVA is subsidizing the cost of the program which will run twice a month on the second and fourth Friday of the month – from 9am – 12pm.
Residents in need of this service and volunteers wanting to assist can register at 613-692-4697. Please note all riders MUST register no later than the Tuesday prior to the pick-up date.
Residents will see the big white Gateway to Groceries bus wearing the ROSSS logo, RVA’s logo, pictures of black and white grocery carts on the side doors and a sign in the front window that says, “Gateway to Groceries”. The service will begin September 26, 2014 (Fourth Friday), October 10th (Second Friday), October 24th (Fourth Friday) and so on.
Please note that there is a short road closure associated with the Parade of Lights November 29th. Please expect and plan around not being able to drive down or across Stittsville Main Street from as early as 5:30 pm to as late as 8:30 pm, although most likely, the road will be open again around 7:30-8pm. We appreciate your understanding, and please take the opportunity to enjoy the parade!
Stittsville Legion mourns the loss of one of our long time members. Here is the announcement from CTV News:
“A 62-year-old man reported missing by the OPP has now been found dead. The body of Randy Clouthier was discovered with his vehicle off Hunt Camp Lane in North Frontenac Township. Clouthier was last seen in Pembroke on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow”.
The Legion sends its thoughts and prayers to Randy’s family and friends. Here he is,.. having fun at Karaoke
We are thrilled to advise that, at the OCDSB meeting last night, the Board voted in favour of “grand-fathering” the Stittsville Public High School project onto the list of Board-approved capital priority projects that will be submitted to the Ministry of Education for funding when requested in early 2015. We still need to secure the actual funding from the Province, so that is the next battle, but we will not have to “start from scratch”. We will keep everyone posted on the next steps. Thank you all for your ongoing support!
Annual Environmental Monitoring Reports on groundwater, submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) by Waste Management of Canada (WM), clearly show the site has exceeded Ontario environmental guidelines for the protection of groundwater. Presently, the site is still not in compliance with Ontario’s environmental regulations (see figure 1). Continue reading →
The Eagleson northbound on-ramp to Highway 417 westbound will be closing from Monday, December 1, to December 5 for necessary culvert replacement work.
Our Contractor will be working 24 hours a day to ensure the ramp will be reopened by the end of the day on Friday, December 5. We will be placing signs indicating the ramp closure dates in advance of the closure to inform the travelling public. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate ramps to access Highway 417.
There’s an urgent need for volunteers at the Parade of Lights November 29 from 5:30pm until end of parade.
There are lots of tasks that you can help with, including standing by traffic barricades along the parade route. It’s a great way for students 16+ (younger may be accompanied by an adult) to gain community service hours while taking in the parade.
The City of Ottawa has started delivery of its new 18-month waste collection calendar. Most residents should receive the new calendar in the mail by Tuesday, November 25. Residents are encouraged to watch for the calendar, which contains important information regarding waste collection. The new calendar runs until the end of June 2016.
For more information or to sign up for weekly collection reminders (email, phone or Twitter), please visitottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY 613-580-2401).
Strong winds, forecasted at 80-90km/h, knocked down trees, power lines and signage all over Ottawa tonight, knocking at power in some areas surrounding Stittsville. If you have any photos or information about storm damage, please send us an email at email@example.comContinue reading →
(ABOVE: Energy East pipeline route, looking south from Jinkinson Road. Via Google Maps.)
City councillor Shad Qadri says that Stittsville should receive some form of compensation if TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project is approved.
“There should be some local benefits for the community, whether there’s an accident or whether something happens to the environment when they’re installing the pipeline itself,” says Qadri. Continue reading →