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NOTEBOOK: Food truck news; Dogs of Quitters; Snowmobile parking

THE EVOLUTION OF WICHES CAULDRON

Posted today on the Wiches Cauldron Facebook page:

“We had no idea when we opened our service window November 11th 2016, that it would be our last service at 1195 Carp Road. We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all of the love and support we have received over the last 4 seasons. Opening the food truck was such a leap of faith, and we couldn’t have imagined it being as rewarding and successful as it has been. We lost our current spot, but thanks to you we are moving on from the food truck world and looking at locations for a year-round store front shoppe in Stittsville…. onward and up! SO, if we don’t see you in the spring, don’t fret….. there are exciting things coming up!
All our love,
YOUR local ‘Wiches”

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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!

All photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Opportunity, momentum and passion for a revitalized Stittsville Main

About 45 people packed into Quitters on Monday night to take part in a panel discussion called Re-Inventing Stittsville Main.
I organized the event along with the Stittsville Village Association, the West Ottawa Board of Trade and Rick Tremblay from Quitters, with a goal of starting a conversation about the future of Stittsville Main. Continue reading


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PARADE OF LIGHTS: Cut-off for entries, call for volunteers

The countdown is on for Santa’s arrival in Stittsville!  This year’s Stittsville Village Association Parade of Lights takes place on November 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm on Stittsville Main Street.

  • FLOATS & PARTICIPANTS: Cut-off for entries is at noon this Wednesday, November 23. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com
  • VOLUNTEERS: Organizers are still are looking for volunteers to stand at barricades along the route.This is a great volunteer opportunity for students, and it’s perfect for families too.  Volunteers stand at barricades along the parade route at each roadway, ready to move them in the unlikely event that emergency vehicles need to pass through. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com if you can help out!

The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate and cookies.

The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street.


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Hélène Rivest receives inaugural SVA Volunteer Award

(PHOTO: Hélène Rivest with the SVA award committee, Jennifer de Sa, Murilo Torres and Glen Gower. Photo courtesy of Councillor Shad Qadri’s office.)

(via Stittsville Village Association)

On Thursday night at the Stittsville Village Association’s AGM, the group said “thank you” to an incredibly deserving Stittsville volunteer, Hélène Rivest.

This year, the SVA launched a new volunteer award to recognize individuals who’ve made a positive impact in our community. Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community and they are often the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

Rivest is the inaugural recipient. Some of the organizations she has volunteered for include: The Goulbourn Museum, the Stittsville Food Bank, the Stittsville Village Association, the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Rotary Club, the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society, the Royal Canadian Legion, Ottawa Race Weekend and Big Sisters, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

One cause that may be the closest to her heart is the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She was able to donate her kidney to a complete stranger two years ago, and has continued raising money for the cause through local fundraising activities like the annual Kidney Walk here in Stittsville.

As part of her award, the SVA will be making a donation in her name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Congratulations and thank you Hélène!


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NOV 21: Re-Inventing Stittsville Main

“An event to bring together entrepreneurs, landowners, investors, and interested stakeholders from the community, to begin a conversation about the future of Stittsville Main.”
 
Presented by Stittsville Village Association (SVA), West Ottawa Board of Trade, Quitters Coffee, StittsvilleCentral.ca
Free admission, registration requiredClick here to register
U
PDATE: Pre-registration is full! We will be webcasting this event, watch for the link coming soon.
 
Panelists:
– Rick Tremblay (Quitters)
– Alan Whitten (Huntington Properties)
– Sherry Beadle (City of Ottawa economic development office)
– David Nash (Mayor of Merrickville/Wolford)
 
 
Agenda:
7pm – registration + meet & greet
7.30pm – panel discussion
9:00pm – wrap
 
For more information please email stittsvillevillage@gmail.com
 

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Nominations open for Stittsville Village Association’s new volunteer award

(Photo: Stittsville’s volunteer firefighters in front of Station 81. Photo by Barry Gray. )

Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community. They are the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

We are now accepting nominations for the inaugural Stittsville Village Association Volunteer of the Year Award, which will recognize a local volunteer for their dedicated service to Stittsville.

Nominees must be residents living in Stittsville Ward, and can be of any age. We are looking for individuals who, through volunteering, have had a positive impact in our community in 2016.

Nominations can be sent to stittsvillevillage@gmail.com. Please include the name of the individual, and a short description of why they would be deserving of this award. If possible, please include contact info for the nominee such as email address and phone number. Deadline is September 30, 2016.

The award will be presented at the SVA’s annual general meeting in November.

(via Stittsville Village Association)


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PHOTOS: Arts in the Park 2016

It was worth the wait! This year’s Arts in the Park had to be rescheduled after being totally washed out in June.  Dozens of artists and vendors packed Village Square Park for the annual event on Sunday, presented by the Stittsville Village Association.  Barry Gray was there with his camera to capture some of the fun. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Farmers’ market in the works; Fireworks on August 27

Lots of news out of tonight’s Stittsville Village Association (SVA) monthly meeting, including plans to bring a farmers’ market to Village Square Park next spring.

Sue Bird owns the old log building next to the park, and has been spearheading the efforts to start up a market along with help from a number of volunteers. Last weekend  she launched a petition to demonstrate community support that now has over 300 signatures. Continue reading


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Arts in the Park rescheduled for August 14

(via Stittsville Village Association)

This year’s Arts in the Park has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 14 from noon to 5pm.  

The Stittsville Village Association (SVA) presents the annual Arts in the Park exhibition. More than 60 professional and amateur artists, writers, culinary specialists, musicians, and other creators will bring their work to Village Square Park (Stittsville Main at Abbott Street) for an afternoon of cultural appreciation and enjoyment.

In addition to the showcase of art, high end crafts, and literary works, the SVA endeavours to provide a variety of other activities, including performances, special activities for children and youth, and fundraising snack sales.

Click here for more information…


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PHOTOS: Canada Day 2016 in Stittsville

(ABOVE: Mayor Jim Watson and Shad Qardi cuttting cakes.)

Violent thunderstorms forced the cancellation of the Stittsville Village Association’s annual Canada Day fireworks, but there was still plenty of fun all afternoon. Photos by Barry Gray.

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Some Canada Day participants didn’t mind the rain. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Some Canada Day participants didn’t mind the rain.

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Some Canada Day participants didn’t mind the rain. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Music getting underway. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Music getting underway.

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Some of the fun games at Stittsville Village Association Canada Day. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Canada Day cupcakes. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Canada Day cupcakes.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Feats of strength. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Feats of strength.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Lots of effort at the games at the Canada Day Activities. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Collossal effort.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Bouncy castles and slides. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Bouncy castles and slides.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Lost of music before the rain cut short the activities. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Lots of music before the rain cut short the activities.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Shad Qadri at the opening ceremonies. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Councillor Shad Qadri at the opening ceremonies.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Too much fun in velcro suits. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Too much fun in velcro suits.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Shad and Theresa Qadri with Johnny Leroux in the middle. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Shad and Theresa Qadri with Johnny Leroux in the middle.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. And then the rains came. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
And then the rains came.

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Stittsville fireworks cancelled

The Stittsville Village Association Canada Day fireworks have been cancelled due to the nasty weather:

“Thank you to everyone who came out to our Canada Day celebration in spite of the rain and wind. Extra kudos to our tireless (and soggy!) volunteers and to our sponsors. Our site was hit by a very strong storm cell with incredible lightening and wind that split and felled trees, toppled our portapotties, and destroyed tents. As a result, and with safety in mind, we made the decision to halt activities early, and later, to cancel the fireworks. We will reschedule the fireworks later this summer. Please watch for details and thanks for your understanding.”

The fireworks could be rescheduled for August. For more information about rescheduling visit the group’s Facebook page.


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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/


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Call for Canada Day volunteers!

The Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is in urgent need of volunteers to assist with the running of this year’s Canada Day celebrations for the residents of Stittsville.

The day’s festivities will take place again this year on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School and assistance is needed for morning set-up, helping to run the afternoon programs, and take down in the evening and after the fireworks display. Hands are also required to help clean up the area on the following morning, Saturday July 2.

Anyone who feels they can spare a few hours to help make this happy annual event a success for our community should please contact Marilyn Jenkins, Volunteer co-ordinator,  jenkinsdm1@rogers.com  or 613-836- 5075.

You can also signup for a volunteer shift using VolunteerSpot. There are more than a hundred volunteers slots available July 1st, and more on July 2nd — perfect for teens and adults! Visit http://vols.pt/pEX4qg to sign up with your email address; review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

Additionally, anyone who may wish to become a Canada Day sponsor should contact Tanya Hein at tanya.hein76@gmail.com or 613-686-1842


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Arts in the Park returns on June 5

(via Stittsville Village Association)

(UPDATE: Arts in the Park has been cancelled due to rain, and will be rescheduled for August.)

The Stittsville Village Association (SVA) kicks off spring with the annual Arts in the Park exhibition. More than 60 professional and amateur artists, writers, culinary specialists, musicians, and other creators will bring their work to Village Square Park (Stittsville Main at Abbott Street) for an afternoon of cultural appreciation and enjoyment.

In addition to the showcase of art, high end crafts, and literary works, the SVA endeavours to provide a variety of other activities, including performances, special activities for children and youth, and fundraising snack sales.

Arts in the Park 2016 is set for Sunday, June 5th from noon until 5 pm. RAIN OR SHINE!

Click here for more information…


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