Thanks to Doug Lyon (aka Doug The Cabinet Guy) for sending along this pic of some imaginative garbage can stacking at the end of his laneway near Karters’ Korner. “Who knew we had such a creative garbage guy!”
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reminding residents to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites when going outdoors. Mosquito trapping and testing—components of OPH’s West Nile virus (WNV) program—have confirmed the presence of WNV in Ottawa mosquitoes again this year. These first positive test results for WNV in mosquitoes in Ottawa for 2017 have come relatively early in the WNV season and indicate that 2017 may have higher than usual WNV activity. In addition to protecting themselves against mosquito bites, all Ottawa residents need to help reduce mosquito populations around their homes by getting rid of all outdoor objects that can hold water in which mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Continue reading →
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles from volunteer contributor Janice Blain. Born and raised in England, Janice is a retired early childhood educator who now calls Stittsville home. She’ll be sharing her photos of local people and places in our community.)
The Stittsville Market at The Barn in Village Square Park is a new addition to the Stittsville scene, and with the postponement of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, this is a timely and hopefully viable community project.
Last week I was so taken with the produce being offered that I didn’t even notice the barn itself. I took the time to look around after speaking to Sue Bird, the owner and dynamo behind the market that is being held there each Friday from 4-7pm.
Sue’s plan is to continue the market throughout the summer and hopefully into the fall, adding vendors or rotating vendors as time passes. (The latest news is that Bower Farm (organic vegetables) will be there this Friday, and a local honey producer will be at The Barn on August 4.) Currently there are three regular vendors, Chris, Haico and Katie.
Parents of Atom level players with the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association received a note this week from Robert Smith, Director of House:
We have recently sent out an email regarding our house program at the Atom level. Unfortunately, Atom still does not have a Convenor. It cannot be run without one in place as members of the management council cannot run this level as well as do their other roles.
Without a Convener in place the complete level is going to have to fold. Folding the Atom program is certainly not what SMHA wants to do but it will become a reality if volunteers are not in place soon. As Director of House I will be providing training and full support for the individual(s) that take on this critical role.
In some Stittsville neighbourhoods (especially the newer subdivisions), parking is a massive bone of contention. There were 268 parking bylaw compliants in Stittsville during the first half of the year, the most of any bylaw category.
City of Ottawa traffic services staff are in the process of updating the parking bylaw, and are looking for feedback on a specific part of the rulebook on parking time limits. Continue reading →
Saturday night’s Cinema Under the Stars event, hosted by the Stittsville Village Association, brought out over a hundred families to Village Square Park. The event raised over $500 for the Stittsville Food Bank. Photos by Barry Gray.
(Photo: Snowed in, February 2017. Photo by Barry Gray.)
It’s the middle of July, so of course the top thing on your mind right now must be snowplow driveway markers.
The City of Ottawa is running a consultation on “formalizing guidelines for snowplow driveway markers”. Most people have probably never given much thought to this issue and it’s kind of amazing how specific the rules get. Take a look at all the rules being proposed:
UPDATE: About 50 people attended the meeting on Tuesday night to hear about the BIA proposal, ask questions and share concerns. The steering committee plans to keep educating the local business community on what the proposal is all about, and there’s a survey on the City’s web site for local business owners to complete.
Local businesses are being encouraged to attend an information meeting on Tuesday, July 18 to hear about plans to create a Business Improvement Area (BIA) for Stittsville. The meeting happens at 7pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, Hall A.
A group of around half a dozen local business owners have formed a steering committee to drum up interest and support in the plan. (The group includes a variety of owners and management from Walkerworks Framing, Jo-Jo’s Pizza, Huntington Properties, Stittsville IDA, Covered Bridge Brewing, and Warmstone Dentistry.)
From the group’s Facebook page: “Stittsville is such a dynamic community with incredible opportunity. The growth we’ve experienced and will continue to experience at an increasingly rapid pace needs direction. The Stittsville BIA proposal is here to exhibit the power of BIAs and how we can help unlock untapped potential for all Stittsville business owners. We need to support each other and our businesses through an organized effort. Shop the Stittsville is movement. Come enjoy some pizza courtesy of Jo-Jo’s and voice your opinion – it matters!”
Bear & Co. performed Romeo and Juliet at Par La Ville Park in Fairwinds on Monday night. It rained for the first couple of acts but then the skies cleared and it ended up being a charming evening in the neighbourhood. The production tours Ottawa parks from July 5-30. More info…
THE JACK KETCH RESTAURANT PLANS AUGUST OPENING
John Curry wrote a great overview of some of the historical buildings on Stittsville Main Street recently in the Stittsville News. The piece starts with a brief history of the yellow house at 1536 Stittsville Main Street: “The two-storey building… was built in the 1890s as the home of Miss Rebecca Stitt, a dressmaker who worked at the Mann General Store in the village. It was passed on to her sister Elizabeth, who was a nurse. It was the home of Sterling and Grace Howie for 27 years until they sold it in 1992 for use as the hair salon for Precision Cut Hair Styling. It later served as a day care centre and is now being renovated to be a restaurant.”
The new restaurant will be known as The Jack Ketch, a 30-seat restaurant run by Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce. Conway says they plan to open the restaurant sometime in August. For some hints as to what’s in store, check out their a teaser web site,Facebook page and Instagram.
Here’s how minutes from a public liaison committee meeting describe the proposal: “application is to construct a soil treatment pad to treat hydro carbon impacted soils, these materials once they meet strict soil analysis would also be used on site for the same purposes as above and including cover material for the landfill/waste operation, none of this material would leave the site.”
Hydro carbon impacted soils include soil contaminated by petroleum products like oil and gas. Waste Management’s application seeks permission to process and store up to 120,000 tonnes of contaminated soil per year, above and beyond any previously approved landfill capacity.
RADAR GUN & DEER RUN I jotted down a couple of quick notes at last night’s Stittsville Village Association meeting: 1) Councillor Shad Qadri says that part of this year’s $40,000 traffic calming budget for Stittsville Ward will go towards a radar gun. The gun will be available for community associations to borrow to measure traffic speed on neighbourhood streets. (I wonder if baseball teams can borrow it to measure pitches too?) 2) Qadri also mentioned that construction of the new splash pad at Deer Run Park is progressing well and could be finished by mid-August.
We appear to be in peak Wild Parsnip season. The yellow weed is growing along pathways, fields and ditches all over our community. This is the third year that the City of Ottawa has been spraying herbicide in public areas. If you’re wondering about what to look for, or how to safely get rid of the plant on your property, check out this article from our archives in 2015…
CELEBRITY NEWS If you were at NeXT restaurant on June 27, you might have spotted Michael J. Fox having dinner there with his family. He was in Ottawa to receive a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award at Rideau Hall the next day.
The 2017 Bytown Storm Stittsville Kids of Steel Race takes place on Sunday July 16th 2017 at 7:30am at the Goulbourn Recreation Centre on Shea Road. There will be some road closures in the area on Sunday morning. Continue reading →
StoryArt Creative Centre & Boutique is pleased to announce a new seminar series for creative professionals. Ottawa-based entertainment lawyer and Stittsville resident Byron Pascoe from Edwards PC, Creative Law, will lead the series of creative law sessions.
Music Law Session: Thursday, July 20th from 11am-12:30pm
Film Law Session: Thursday, Sept 28th from 11am-1230pm
Fireworks capped off a great day of family fun at the Stittsville Village Association’s annual Canada Day event yesterday. Hundreds of families turned out for a full day of activities, local music and fun. Photos by Barry Gray.