LEGION: New Year’s Eve Party, January 1 Open House, more

Here’s what’s coming up at the Stittsville Legion in the coming weeks…

EUCHRE: On Tuesday, November 28th, Euchre was played at the Stittsville Legion. John Pentol had the most Lone Hands. Theresa Giolway had the Ladies High Score with Doris O’Conner placing second.The Men’s High Score was won by Gary Doe with Davis Faubert as the runner-up. Charlotte Jermyn won the Low Score with Doris O’Conner winning the Hidden Score. Continue reading


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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


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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 ottawafoodbank.ca/octranspo. For every dollar you give, the Ottawa Food Bank can purchase about $5 worth of food because of their wholesale purchasing power. Continue reading


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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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COMMENT: Turning the page on the Stittsville News

“That daily experience of seeing your local places, names and events creates a kind of resonance and connection and investment with where you live. Canadians pay a lot of lip service to the importance of telling Canadian stories. We are so used to seeing American references that just watching a movie, for example, set in a Canadian place will “charge us up” with local feeling. A sense of seeing “ourselves” portrayed.

That’s the daily charge of a local paper. Investing you with news and culture of YOUR PLACE. Take that away and you genuinely diminish that feeling in a community. That is a real loss. Especially in a world where people are increasingly living in a central abstract space. A ‘no place.'”

–Seth, on the role of local newspapers. From the Globe & Mail, January 2016.


After decades being one of the only constants in our community, the Stittsville News wound up being just another line item on a big corporation’s balance sheet.

The Stittsville News is one of dozens of community papers being closed by corporate conglomerates Postmedia and Torstar. About 250 people will lose their jobs in January when the last papers roll off the presses.

Stittsville will lose an institution that has been publishing for 60 years. The first edition was published on December 12, 1957 by founder Howard Maguire, who was also Goulbourn’s first full-time fire chief.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve run into current reporters John Curry and Brian Dryden and the now-retired John Brummell at local events. They are everywhere in our community. They are the reporters who sit through hours of community association meetings and cover local hockey games. They are the photographers who chronicle school graduations and neighbourhood picnics and music recitals.

I feel for Curry the most.  He bought the paper as a young newspaperman in 1975 for $6,000, and stuck with it as a reporter and editor for more than four decades, some of it under various corporate overlords after he sold the paper in 2001.

“It was a tough gig,” reported Devyn Barrie in a profile of Curry published in the Algonquin Times. “The hours were long and the pay was low. The newspaper served a small community and barely broke even. But Curry wasn’t in it for the money. He wanted to do good journalism, report for the community and have fun doing it.”

I feel for the dozens of community groups like the Legion, the Lions, the Rotary Club who rely on the Stittsville News to get their info out into the community.  And I feel for the army of kids (and few adults) who earn a bit of pocket money delivering the paper to our doorstep each week.

New companies will step up to try to provide some semblance of the coverage that the Stittsville News and others like it provided.  And to be sure, there are still a few independent papers left in the Ottawa area.

But in Stittsville we’ve lost an institution that has reflected us, has connected us, has shaped us for six decades.

 

"The Two Johns". Longtime Stittsville News reporters John Curry (left) and John Brummell at City Hall in January 2017. Brummell received a Mayor's City Builder Award after his retirement from the newspaper.
“The Two Johns”. Longtime Stittsville News reporters John Curry (left) and John Brummell at City Hall in January 2017. Brummell received a Mayor’s City Builder Award after his retirement from the newspaper. Photo via Deborah Brummell / Stittsville Neighbours.


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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, OttawaStart.com:

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


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COMMENT: A tale of two traffic lights

#1 Carp at Hazeldean. Residents have been calling for safety fixes at this intersection for years.  City staff says that traffic isn’t heavy enough to justify any configuration changes. Of course, the city’s data doesn’t capture the frustration and near misses that happen all the time at the intersection. A real fix probably won’t come until sometime between 2020-2025, when Carp Road is tentatively scheduled to be widened to four lanes – if there’s money available. Continue reading


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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 feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


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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)


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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


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Stittsville Public students create massive art display with Artist Kate

Since September, Stittsville Public School has had a special treat. Artist Kate Ryckman (aka Artist Kate) has been teaching art for kindergarten classes all the way up to grade six.

Each grade had a different theme. All classes had a different project. When I did my project, there was one rule: no erasing! Continue reading


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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


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NOTEBOOK: The Legion’s new building, connecting Eagleson to the 416, more

LEGION REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
I gotta admit, I would have never predicted that the first significant development to fall under the auspices of the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan would come from the Stittsville Legion.

The Stittsville News reports this week on an ambitious $1.5-million redevelopment plan for the Stittsville Legion’s headquarters.  They want to demolish the existing 1932 building and replace it with a two-storey building that will include a pub and meeting hall.

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