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NOTEBOOK: Business closures, Wiebe in India, Slide fee waived

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

Blumenstudio, the florist/cafe that opened in August, has moved out of their space at the front of Capital Cabinetry on Stittsville Main. Owner Kat Kosk says it was a “business decision” to close. There weren’t enough customers at the store and she didn’t want to keep putting a strain on her existing Parkdale Avenue shop. Blumenstudio opened in August of 2016, and was supposed to share the space with a custom bike shop, but that never happened. Paul Idone, who owns Capital Cabinetry, says he plans to turn the space vacated by Blumenstudio into a showroom for his woodworking business, scheduled to open by the end of this month.

Cactus at blumenstudio
Cacti at blumenstudio

Fresco Bistro has shut down their Hazeldean Road restaurant. They first opened in Stittsville back in the fall of 2012. Their original Elgin Street location closes for good at 10pm tonight. “For us, [closing] was just about a stimulus for some change, and maybe get ourselves into a more profitable situation, in a different location, and under different circumstances,” owner Jim Bickford told CBC about their Elgin Street closure. “Rent’s gone up considerably, utilities are through the roof. I mean Hydro Ottawa is obscene at this time, I think, personally. But … those aren’t necessarily the determining factors in our decision, they’re just part of the decision.”

Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville
Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville


After a pre-Christmas tour that that took her to three Canadian Army bases in Greece, Kuwait, and Ukraine, Stittsville Olympian Erica Wiebe is spending the month in Mumbia, India wrestling in the Indian Professional Wrestling League. She’s been posting some great photos from her travels to Instagram and Twitter.


I don’t remember this as part of the city budget deliberations, but earlier this week Councillor Shad Qadri announced that the Goulbourn Rec Centre would be waiving (ha ha) the extra $1.25 fee to use the water slide.



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Goulbourn Seahawks set records, win medals at Belleville swim meet

(PHOTO: The Goulbourn Seahawks at a meet last December in Gatineau. “I love the picture because it¬†shows how swimming builds strength and confidence in our kids,” says parent Andrea Gregoire.)

The Goulbourn Seahawks returned home from the Eastern Ontario Regional Championships in Belleville last weekend after setting records and winning medals in the pool.

The 33 Goulbourn swimmers who competed brought home 22 medals, 2 festival qualifiers and set 13 club records.  (See below for a full list.)

The club is finally back in their home pool at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex after being forced out due to pool repairs. .

“For the first year, we borrowed pool time from other clubs. We drove to¬†Perth on Saturday morning for 6:00am which usually meant leaving before¬†5:00am! We also went to Brewer Pool and to Carleton Place,” says club president Andrea Gregoire,¬†who has a 15-year-old daughter¬†on the team.

“The swim¬†program suffered and we ended up losing kids and cancelling some of our¬†programs. The kids who kept swimming were competing against kids who had a¬†lot more pool time. ¬†Swimming is all about volume, which is why the¬†kids often train twice a day,” she said.

Training became a bit easier with the opening of the Richcraft pool in Kanata North, and the team also found some time at the new Minto Recreation Centre in Barrhaven.

“For most families it (the GRC closure)¬†meant much earlier mornings. For our family, we had a car pool but the¬†kids were up around 4:30am to get to practice. We still do some of our¬†training out of Richcraft as some of our families live in Kanata,” says Gregoire.

The Seahawks have over 120 swimmers between the ages of 9 and 17.  The senior swimmers train for about 18 hours a week.

“There are not too many other sports that require this much dedication and hard training,” says Gregoire.

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Goulbourn Seahawks results from the Eastern Ontario Regional Championships.

Medalists: 22 Medals

  • Nic Ferland – ¬†6 Medals; 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • Aidan Gunning ‚Äď 4 Medals; 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • Melissa Delfino ‚Äď 2 Medals; 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
  • Julien Vivas-Moncada ‚Äď 2 Medals, Bronze
  • Mens 15&O Relay ‚Äď 1 Medal, Silver
  • Kendrick Cooke ‚Äď 1 Medal, Bronze
  • Morgan Green ‚Äď 1 Medal, Bronze
  • Aaron Blais ‚Äď 1 Medal, Silver
  • Alex Millar ‚Äď 1 Medal, Silver
  • Logan Moffitt ‚Äď 1 Medal, Silver
  • Allen Zheng ‚Äď 1 Medal, Silver

Qualifiers: 2 Festival Qualifiers

  • ¬†Congratulations to Emily Parsons (50 fr) and Aidan Gunning (200 br) for qualifying for Festivals!

Club Records: 13 New Club Records

  • Melissa Delfino: 13-14 100 Free, 800 free, 1500 Free
  • Katie MacAskill: 17& Over 200 Breast, 800 Free, 1500 Free
  • Aidan Gunning: 11-12 200 Breast
  • Logan Moffitt: 13-14 800 Free
  • Harrison Clooney: 15-16 400IM
  • Abby Moffitt: 13-14 50 Back
  • Nic Ferland: 17& Over 50, 100, 200 Breast (Perth)


Three great outdoor swimming pools around Stittsville


Amberwood Village Pool (via amberwood.ca)
Amberwood Village Pool (via amberwood.ca)

AMBERWOOD VILLAGE POOL: A heated, saltwater pool, open from mid-May until mid-September. ¬†You’ll either need a pool membership or attend as a guest of a member — so this might be a good time to make friends with someone in Amberwood. Pool memberships are $160 for adults, $65 for youth, or $350 for a family membership (up to 2 adults and 3 kids). ¬†¬†¬†There’s a popular adult aquafit class every weekday morning at 9:00am, and family swim from 12-3pm and 5:30pm-8:00pm daily.

GLEN CAIRN POOL¬†(50 Castlefrank): A City of Ottawa¬†facility, open from mid-June til late August each year. ¬†Besides a very large main pool, there’s also a smaller shallow pool for younger kids. This pool¬†was renovated in the past few years and is one of our family’s favourite spots to cool off on a hot summer day. $1.90 per person when you go as a family.

KATIMAVIK POOL (64 Chimo): Like the Glen Cairn Pool, this is a City¬†of Ottawa¬†facility, located next to Katimavik Elementary School. ¬†A little bit smaller than Glen Cairn, it also features two pools. ¬†It’s surrounded by mature trees so there’s lots of shade. ¬†$1.90 per person when you go as a family.


Summer swim registration begins for Goulbourn Recreation Complex pool

UPDATE (June 11): In an updated provided to the Stittsville Vallage Association, Shad Qadri said the swimming pool at Goulbourn Rec Centre will open for public swimming June 29, and for swimming lessons on July 4. They’ll be an official re-opening event on July 4 as well.


The City of Ottawa is advertising summer swimming classes on their web site at the Goulbourn Recreation Pool, starting July 4.  That puts the pool roughly on track for the late June completion of construction that was promised last fall.

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Goulbourn Seahawks invite young swimmers to try out

(via the Goulbourn Seahawks)

Does your child swim like a fish and love the water? Is your child interested in competitive swimming?

The Goulbourn Seahawks Swim Club is inviting all aspiring competitive swimmers ages 7-11 to schedule an assessment to join our summer swim program.

The program runs from¬†June 29¬†‚Äď July 17, 2015. Sessions are either¬†4-5 p.m.¬†or¬†5-6 p.m.¬†on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Richcraft Recreation Complex.

Our coaches will assess the kids and the spots will be filled on a first come basis. Join us for fun and fitness and your chance to try out competitive swimming.

For details, email swimgsh@gmail.com. We would love to see you on deck!


Update from Shad Qadri on GRC pool repairs

Shad Qadri provided this update about repairs to the pool at the Goulbourn Recreation Centre:

As part of the ongoing GRC Pool construction, painting of the steel beams will be beginning in the days to come and lasting throughout the month of March. Ruiter Construction has scheduled the work to begin the week of March 9th. We thank the residents for their patience with the ongoing pool construction; this stage of the work can generate dust and painting odours. Steps are being taken to minimize the paint smell from spreading including but not limited to; the sealing of the construction zone from the occupied adjacent areas, maintaining an atmosphere negative pressure inside the painting area preventing the air to bleed into the remainder of the building. Continue reading


Stittsville couple opens pool supply shop on Stittsville Main

Scott and Angie Jessiman, owners of 4 Season Pool & Spa
Scott and Angie Jessiman, owners of 4 Season Pool & Spa


Bucket of cholorine with your double-double?

Scott and Angie Jessiman opened a¬†pool supply and services company at the end of swimming¬†season in a retail plaza on Stittsville Main Street. ¬†They’re confident the business will take off, thanks to a large concentration of backyard pools and hot tubs in the area — and a prime location next to some high-traffic stores. Continue reading


Stittsville sisters’ swimming school celebrates success

Two Stittsville students are wrapping up a second succesful season for their swimming lesson business.

Caitlin (above left) and Kylie Negus taught about 150 students this summer at Stittsville Swim, a business they run in the backyard of their parents’ home¬†in Granite Ridge. ¬†Caitlin, 19 and Kylie, 17, started the business in 2013 after hearing about a similar program¬†in Oshawa.

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