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Where to see some great Christmas light displays in Stittsville

Grab some hot chocolate, pack the kids in the car, turn the Christmas tunes up loud and take a tour around Stittsville to check out the lights. Here are some suggestions for great displays in our area.

Do you have a neighbour with an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!

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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights electrifies Stittsville Main

Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries.  The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.

After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club.  The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!

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NOTEBOOK: 9RunRun attendance boost, Jinkinson re-zoning, Kungfu lunches

The final fundraising tally for last week’s 9RunRun won’t be available until November but the attendance numbers are encouraging. Organizer Brenda Tirrell says that combined, the three races had about 1700 registrants, up by about 400 from last year’s race. Continue reading


Musician Jim Bryson finds his place back home in Stittsville

“There were no houses behind here, and we had dirt bikes and we used to drive through the bushes, we used to snowmobile around.  There were all these bike trails that went through the bush and we built forts in the woods.”


Jim Bryson is releasing his fifth album on Friday, called Somewhere We Will Find Our Place, and will play three sold out shows at Quitters this week from Thursday to Saturday. Bryson grew up in Stittsville, moved away, and then found his way back when he bought his parents’ house and settled here with his young family.  When he’s not performing with other musicians (he’s toured with Kathleen Edwards and the Tragically Hip in the past), you might find him producing or recording inside a small studio that he built in his back yard. Glen Gower spoke to him earlier this week about his new album and his life in Stittsville. Here’s an edited version of that conversation. Photos by Barry Gray.

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Where to see great Christmas lights in Stittsville

(Above: Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue, 2014. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Have you noticed the Christmas stars along Stittsville Main Street?  They’re looking a lot brighter this year thanks to the Stittsville Lions Club and a donation from Minto.

Minto kicked in about $1,300 that helped pay for new garland and new lights for the 17 stars that adorn the lamp posts along Main.  It’s been at least 15 years since they first were put up and this is the first time they’ve been refurbished. Continue reading


Still time to register a float in the annual Parade of Lights

Yes, Santa Claus is definitely coming to town and the Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is hoping to make his welcome the biggest and best ever.

Santa’s parade, in the evening of Saturday, November 28, will start at 6:00 pm from the OCDSB property at Stittsville Main Street and Neil Avenue and will follow the traditional route down Stittsville Main Street to Carleton-Cathcart Street. Along the route, there will be a special guest announcer welcoming this year’s participants.

After the parade, Santa will be at Village Square Park where the trees will be lit to welcome in the holiday season. To help the celebration, there will be Christmas music, hot chocolate, and cookies supplied by Farm Boy.

As in past years, the Stittsville District Lions Club will be collecting donations along the route of the parade for the Stittsville Food Bank. Spectators may make donations of cash or items of non-perishable food. The Lions will also be preparing the lighting on the trees in the park.

Those organizations who wish to join in with a float and haven’t yet registered should contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or at jenkinsdm1@rogers.com.



City of Ottawa declares October “Lions of Ottawa Month”

(Press release from the Stittsville District Lions Club)

The Stittsville District Lions Club has worked with the City of Ottawa to declare the month of October ” Lions of Ottawa Month“.

We would like to extend a special welcome to our partners and friends in community service and charitable endeavors to attend this special ceremony to lend support to the city wide contribution of Lions members. The Lions motto is “We Serve” and a good representation of Lion members and their supporters at this event should ensure positive media communication of our long standing presence and commitment to service in the Ottawa community.

A flag raising ceremony and the reading of the proclamation will take place at Ottawa City Hall on Friday October 3, 2014 at 11:30AM. It is planned to have the mayor, our Charter year Lion President and other invited dignitaries participate in the ceremony.

The purpose of the Proclamation and Flag Raising is to promote the rich heritage of community service delivered by 16 separate Lions Clubs within the City of Ottawa since the initial club was founded in 1922. A number of Clubs are enjoying milestone anniversaries in 2014 or the current 2014/15 period of office.

Ottawa-area Lions Clubs and their charter years (first year in operation)
Ottawa-area Lions Clubs and their charter years (first year in operation)


Of special note are the 50th Anniversary of Charter membership being enjoyed this year by the Stittsville District Lions Club and the Richmond and District Lions Club. All 16 Clubs have been encouraged to participate in this special flag raising ceremony with a view to giving recognition to the significant achievements of Ottawa Lions in the areas of community projects, charitable causes and humanitarian efforts.

Until November 16, The Goulbourn Museum launched a new exhibit this week commemorating the Richmond and Stittsville Lions’ 50th anniversary.  More info here.



New exhibit celebrates 50 years of Lions in Stittsville and Richmond

(Photo courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum)

The Goulbourn Museum launched a new exhibit this week commemorating the Richmond and Stittsville Lions’ 50th anniversary. Both clubs received their charters in 1964 beginning their years of service and involvement in the community. Continue reading