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Consultation on “Early Years & Family Centres” on Saturday

(via City of Ottawa)

The Ontario Ministry of Education is transforming the way services for children 0 to 6 years are delivered in the province. In 2018, all child and family programs funded by the Province will become part of one unified system of services and supports for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. These will be called Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs). Continue reading


FIREWORKS & MORE! Here’s what’s in store for Canada Day in Stittsville

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

The Stittsville Village Association is proud to host Stittsville’s free, family-friendly Canada Day celebration July 1st on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School! It’s an amazing collaboration of volunteer effort, federal and municipal government grants, and local business support.

There will be lots of activities throughout the day, including:

– Live music (3:30 – 9:45)
– Inflatable rides & games (3:00 – 8:00)
– Face painting (3:00 – 6:30)
– Birthday ckae (3:25)
– Magic show (3:30)
– Photo booth (3:00 – 7:00)
– Mad science (4:00 – 6:00)
– Petting zoo (4:00 – 7:00)
– Horse-drawn wagon rides (4:00 – 7:00)
– Strolling magician (5:00 – 7:00)
– Glow sticks (9:30)

And of course, the FIREWORKS at 9:45 p.m.!

For more information on the event, and to find out how you can be a member of our great team of volunteers, visit: http://www.stittsvilleva.com/canadaday/


Brothers reunite after lifetime apart, thanks to social media

(Above: Long-lost brothers Ted Cornell (left) and Larry Batchelar met in Stittsville recently for the first time.)

It took over 65 years and some help from social media for Larry Batchelar to discover he had siblings.

He met one of them – his brother Ted Cornell – for the first time in Stittsville on November 27.

Four years ago Batchelar received a Facebook message that made him question his family history. A woman from Atlanta, Georgia named Mary Lee Smith was claiming to be his sister.  She also said he had two brothers. One named Keith died in 1969 in Toronto. But the other – Ted – was still alive and residing in Victoria, B.C.

“I didn’t believe her at first,” said Batchelar. “So I confronted my mother.”

He didn’t want to go into personal details, but said his mother told him it was true, and nothing more.

“All of my aunts and uncles on both sides of the family knew all about it,” he added.

When Batchelar’s father was called to fight in the Korean War in the 1950s, the family had to give up three of their four children.

“My mother just couldn’t look after four of us,” he said.

The family kept Batchelar (b. 1947), but gave up Cornell, (b. 1950) and the other two siblings.  Cornell said he has known about the situation for over 50 years.

“But I didn’t know where he was,” he said. “It was just one of those things the family didn’t discuss.”

Batchelar, on the other hand, spent his whole life under the false impression he was an only child. So when his long lost brother travelled to Stittsville to meet him last weekend, he was ecstatic.

“It was a little bit emotional when we first met,” Batchelor says. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Cornell credits social media for finally bringing them together.

“Now with media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, contact can be made so much easier,” he said. “Years ago this (reunion) could never have happened.”


Making scarecrows at the Goulbourn Museum September 13

Every September children come to the Goulbourn Museum for a day of festive fall crafts and to make scarecrows for the Museum’s booth at the Richmond Fair. Over the years, little hands have designed everything from classic scarecrows to pirates and fairies, and everything in between. And each year Museum staff carefully transport the finished masterpieces to the Fair where they proudly take center stage on their table in the Agriculture Building.

This year’s scarecrow assembly session will take place during Pumpkin Spice, the Museum’s next Family Craft Day on Sunday, September 13 from 1-4 p.m. The activities are geared to ages 4 -11, cost is $4 per child, and parental accompaniment is required. To register please call 613-831-2393 or email: register@goulbournmuseum.ca

Children are encouraged to come dressed in plaid or bright autumn colours. And if their name is selected, one lucky participant will go home with a $25 gift card for Toys R Us, courtesy of Minto Potter’s Key.

Goulbourn Museum is a registered charity located at 2064 Huntley Road in Stittsville. It tells the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and offers interactive and hands-on exhibits. The grounds offer picnic tables with shade umbrellas, and a large checker board. Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are always appreciated.


Outdoor family yoga classes start July 21 at Alexander Grove Park

Stittsville parent Kim Davis couldn’t find a family yoga class in the area at a convenient time, so she created her own.

Starting Tuesday, July 21 and continuing until August 18, yoga instructor Stefania Moffatt will be leading a family yoga session at Alexander Grove Park from 11am-noon.

Davis says she’s participated in family yoga classes before, where parents and their kids (usually moms and their toddlers) take part in exercises together. She wanted to find a daytime class that wouldn’t conflict with when her little ones were taking naps.

She approached several yoga studios in the area, but none of them could offer what she was looking for.  That’s when she turned to the Stittsville Moms Facebook group and found a lot of enthusiastic support.

Moffatt is a certified hatha yoga teacher who does group classes at a variety of locations in Ottawa, including at offices. She’s also a writer and nutritionist.  The family yoga class costs $20 per family, and advance registration is required by emailing stefaniamoffatt@gmail.com.



LETTER: Clarification on Mini Muffins closure

Re:  Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure, October 20

I am writing to you with concern for the article you published with regards to the sudden closing of the Mini Muffins Pre-school.  I only became aware of the public notice on December 23, 2014.  It’s unfortunate that not all family members were made aware of  the closure and with the passing of both my father and mother, this is the first time I have been able to address this publication; specifically this particular quote published by my sister, Susan Martello. Continue reading


Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure

Dozens of parents were scrambling to find alternate daycare arrangements after the sudden closing of Mini Muffins Preschool (MMP) in Kanata over the weekend.

One parent who did not want to be identified told StittsvilleCentral.ca that she’s lost about $1,000 she had already paid for daycare services until the end of October.

As many as 100-120 children could be affected by the closure. Continue reading


LETTER: “Mini Muffins Preschool was a big part of the community”

Mini Muffins Precshool has closed its doors.  Located in Katimavik, the facility served many Stittsville families.  The closure was sudden. Staff only found out on Friday (some via email) and several parents told us that they found out on the weekend and will be searching for new daycare arrangements on Monday morning.  We received this letter from a former employee of Mini Muffins. Continue reading