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SIGNS OF SPRING: Kevin Haime driving range opens for the season

It’s March 8 and there’s still snow on the ground, but the Kevin Haime driving range on Hazeldean Road officially opened today.

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PHOTOS: Today’s incredible sunset

What a gorgeous weekend!  The warm weather on Saturday and Sunday had plenty of Stittsville residents out for a run or jog along the Trans Canada Trail, a walk with the dog, or even putting up the Christmas lights they’ve been procrastinating on.

The weekend was capped off with an incredible sunset. Thanks to @andrethegeek and @the_nessmonster for sharing their photos.

Sunset on December 6, 2015. Photo via @andrethegeek
Sunset on December 6, 2015. Photo via @andrethegeek
Sunset on December 6, 2015. Photo via @the_nessmonster
Sunset on December 6, 2015. Photo via @the_nessmonster

 

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PHOTO: Ring the doorbell if you dare!

Cathy Hallessey sent along these photos of her front porch on Tempest Drive in Fairwinds.

“On Halloween night this creepy display comes to life with ghoulish vapors, eerie sounds, floating zombies and much more…by day it’s creepy but by Halloween night it’s absolutely HORRIFYING!”

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Five places to find a pumpkin near Stittsville

(Pumpkins near Richmond. Photo by Barry Gray.)

A lot of Stittsville families will be heading out to find a pumpkin this weekend. It’s a lot of fun to head out to a farm or one of the big roadside stands, plus you usually get a better selection than what you can find at grocery stores. S

Some of them have special activities for kids, like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of a few of the pumpkin places near Stittsville.

  • Abby Hill Farms (Richmond)
    Headquartered in Richmond with smaller satellite locations around the region. There’s one on Bankfield and Prince of Whales, just east of the 416, with  lots of pumpkins and some fun scarecrows too.
  • Creekside Gardens (Richmond)
    Creekside Gardens is a greenhouse, gift shop, and nursery centre located in Ottawa. With fifteen acres of land, they grow a lot of their own plants, including pumpkins.
  • Fallowfield Farm (just south of Stittsville)
    Lots of pumpkins, gourds, straw & hay bales, corn-stalks and more. You can also book a hay wagon ride for your family or group and head out into the fields to find a pumpkin.
  • Pazab Family Farm (Dwyer Hill Road)
    A very small roadside market, and no haunted hayrides here, but they do have fresh produce, eggs, meat and baked products.  This would make for a nice family drive.  Open Saturdays.
  • Saunders Farm (Munster, south of Fallowfield Road)
    Well-known for their annual Halloween attractions, but you can also find some good pumpkins — and there’s no admission to pay if you’re just browsing the pumpkin patch.

For more local pumpkin patches, check out OttawaStart’s Pumpkin Guide.


What are your favourite places to get a pumpkin?  Does your family have any notable Halloween traditions?  Tell us about it in the comments below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

PHOTOS: Family Day at Carp Airport

Thanks to Jiyun Shin for sending along these photos from Saturday’s  Family Day at the Carp Airport.  Shin is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for Korean Newsweek, and the young man featured in some of the photos is Steve Shin, a Grade 8 student at Goulbourn Middle School. (And yes, he landed safe and sound!)

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Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

Family Day at the Carp Airport. Photo by Jiyun Shin.

 

PHOTO: You never know what you’ll run into along the trail…

Deer on the Trans Canada Trail.  Photo by Lara Winnemore
Deer on the Trans Canada Trail. Photo by Lara Winnemore

Thanks to Lara Winnemore for sending along this photo she took along the Trans Canada Trail on Wednesday afternoon., between Beverly and Abbott.  This doe was accompanied by its mother, but mom ran away before Winnemore could snap the photo.

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