The second of four sets of photos of Stittsville Main, by photographer Joe Newton. See the previous set here…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Back in November I walked the length of Stittsville Main from Brown’s Independent to the library, and back. Usually I drive down this strip of road, but when I walked it I had plenty of time to take in all the details, good and bad. I thought that the old buildings would make for a great collection of photos, so I got in touch with Joe Newton.
Newton’s photos have been featured on our site before, including his photos of the old Bradley-Craig barn on Hazeldean Road. He tends to photograph a lot of old, decaying rural buildings just beyond the suburbs of Ottawa. You can see more of his photos on Instagram.
In this post, the first of four sets of photos of Stittsville Main, Newton has captured something beautiful among the tired, aging buildings along Stittsville’s main drag.
With the weather warming up, take some time to walk down the road yourself and see what you can discover.
A contractor works on cellular equipment on top of the Stittsville water tower on Thursday morning. The City of Ottawa has contracts with several communications providers to host cell equipment at the top of towers like this one. They assure us that the equipment and work being done has no impact on drinking water.
Photos by Barry Gray.
Barry Gray took this photo earlier this week. It’s just off Beverly Street where Poole Creek forms a pond.
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Having fun in the freshly fallen snow at Village Square Park, corner of Abbott and Stittsville Main. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.
Photographer Barry Gray writes: “Stopped in at Almonte on the way back from Pakenham and went to the Mill there. I didn’t get the photo I was looking for…there was too much ice. But I did get this photo from the back of the Heirloom Cafe and Bistro looking up the Mississippi River, then played around quite a bit in Photoshop to make it look a bit like a painting.”
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The Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society is running their annual photo contest again this year.
EDITOR’S NOTE, JANUARY 30: The women in this photo were identified, but we’ve taken down the photo at the request of the family. Here’s the background.
Earlier this month, Carol Wittebol’s husband Ron was doing home repairs on Pullman Avenue found an old photo of four women under a cold air return cover. They turned to Facebook to see if they could find out who was in the photo.
“Before we knew it, we had 51 shares,” says Wittebol.
One of those shares ended up reaching a Stittsville woman, whose husband recognized the people in the photo as members of his family. They got in touch with Wittebol and arranged to meet up.
They met this past Sunday and traded some stories about the women in the photo as well as the house in which they used to live.
“I must admit that this event has brought a lot of joy and fun to all of us involved and because of it, we have made some lovely new acquaintances,” Wittebol wrote to StittsvillCentral.ca in an email.
We were all set to share some of those stories with our readers, when we were contacted today by the family of the people in the photo who asked us to remove it due to privacy concerns.
We’re happy to comply with their request. We can’t reveal the whole story, except to say that the family who lost the photo was happy to have it back after all these years.
Some good reminders here about the power of social media to connect people together, but also the perils of social media when it comes to privacy.
UPDATE: The women in this photo have been identified. We’ll share more details soon.
From Carol Wittebol on Facebook:
“Yesterday my husband was doing some work in our bedroom which required him to remove the cold air return cover. He found a treasure in there! Well, it’s someone else’s treasure, not ours. For us, it’s more of a mystery. Do any of my friends living in our area recognize anyone in this photo? My guess its that it’s from the 70’s…..our home was formerly Fourth Avenue in Stittsville, now known as Pullman Avenue. We do know that this photo was not taken in our home. I’d love to locate someone in this photo and return it to them. Thank you friends for any light you can shed.”
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Chris Griffin took this photo of tonight’s sunset over the outdoor skating rink at Bandmaster Park in Fairwinds. The rink officially opened for the season yesterday. People of all ages were outside skating on it today. Here’s a map of outdoor rinks in Stittsville.
Thanks to Joe Newton for sharing this photo. This building fronts onto Fernbank Road, and Newton took the photo from along the new Founder Avenue that runs across the Fernbank lands.
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The Pakenham Five Span bridge was built in 1903 by Scottish Stone Masons over the Mississippi river and rapids at Pakenham in Lanark County, northwest of Stittsville.
The five-arch stone bridge is the only one in North America. It was original built to carry horses and carriages accross the Mississippi River to the mills in Pakenham.
It’s 268 feet long, 22 feet high and 25 feet wide. The largest stone
used in the construction weighs five tonnes.
Public pressure to preserve the bridge, rather than replacing it with a modern bridge, lead to the restoration of it in 1984 to make it suitable for truck and car traffic. During the resoration, each stone was removed and labelled, and then placed back in its original location over reinforced concrete.
If you’re driving out to Pakenham and it’s a warm day, check out Scoop’s Ice Cream on Waba Road, right in the middle of town.
(Adapted from LanarkCounty.ca)
Stittsville resident B. R. Ravishankar took these photos early on Tuesday evening. He’s wondering if anyone knows what the planes were doing:
This evening as I was walking in my neighbourhood in Stittsville, I noticed several long contrails from airplanes. This is nothing unusual, but beautiful to see in clear blue skies. But what intrigued me today was that out of several planes with contrails, only one had another plane traveling right above it, at the same speed, with a much smaller contrail. It looked like a much smaller jet.
This is quite unusual, at least to me, since I believe no two planes are allowed to cross paths at the same time even at different elevations. I was curious about whether the media is aware of plane(s) being escorted by NORAD or Canadian airforce jets.
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Storm clouds over Stittsville, by B. R. Ravishankar
Stittsville resident B. R. Ravishankar snapped this dramatic photo of clouds over Stittsville on Friday, September 5. The violent storm brought heavy winds and rain and caused several power outages in the area.
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A furious and beautiful sky over the Fairwinds neighbourhood in Stittsville.
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