30 great Stittsville stories from 2015

Bryan Adams and Kathleen Edwards

(Above: That time when Bryan Adams dropped in at Quitters on Stittsville Main Street…)

After reading through this list of stories I don’t think anyone can say that we live in a dull community. Here are some of the most interesting, significant, controversial and fun stories from the past year. (More “Best of 2015” stories here…)

Bryan Adams and Kathleen Edwards1. Bryan Adams stopped in at Quitters on Saturday afternoon

George Escher, son of artist M.C. Escher, holding a print of one of his father's drawings. This was the room that George grew up in in Rome.
2. George Escher donates famous father’s art to National Gallery

Staff at Kungfu Bistro cook soup by flashlight.3. POWER OUTAGE: Kungfu Bistro cooks up soup by flashlight for charity event

Kelsey Boggis-da Silva4. Algonquin student plants the seeds for a community garden

The last train through Stittsville on its way to the west coast, January 14, 1990. Photo by John Bottriell.
5. Local engineer’s historic ride on the last train through Stittsville

Cheshire Cat security camera footage6. UPDATE: Stolen toboggan from Cheshire Cat has been located

Pretty Pots owner Shannon Gorman, in front of the flower cooler that was once a bank vault. Photo by Barry Gray.7. Pretty Pots is a vault of local history

Richcraft billboard advertising Fernbank Crossing8. Companies and people linked to Richcraft donated nearly $50k to campaigns

Stittsville Main Street sign. Photo by Glen Gower.9. Latest plan for Main Street ‘a vast improvement’

Stittsville volunteer firefighters. Photo by Barry Gray.10. Volunteer firefighters continue a 50-year tradition

Map of Stittsville showing Poole Creek Village. Via GeoOttawa.11. Geographically-challenged homebuilders agree to change direction

Peter Kondruss, a business owner on Carp Road.12. Carp Road business on edge about roundabouts

Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park, May 2004.
13. How Lansdowne Park’s Aberdeen Pavilion nearly ended up in Stittsville

John Hughes, 47, wants to see an upgrade or an entirely new skatepark in Stittsville. And sooner rather than later. (photo by Jordan Mady)
14. Stittsville skateboard park doesn’t do the trick, says local dad (with video)

Entrance to Cavanagh Quarry. Photo by Jordan Mady.15. Quarry parties a balancing act for owners and police

Image from the Finding Holly Trail Cam
16. “Finding Holly” trail cam damaged… and the culprits are caught on camera

WOSC players train with the Ottawa Fury on August 18, 2015.17. West Ottawa Soccer players practice with Ottawa Fury

Vandalism at 173 Huntmar18. Developer exasperated by vandalism to heritage home

Collage of James family photos and documents.19. Site of demolished home was once “Glen Eden”, home to champion Clydesdales

Heron and ducks on the Carp River, looking north towards Maple Grove from the Hazeldean Road Bridge20. Something fishy with Carp River pathway plan, say observers

The report notes: "A large sunken feature surrounding an old crab apple tree was the first indication that an historic archaeological site was present between Feedmill Creek and Highway 417 in the southeastern quadrant of the property." Photo via the archaeological report prepared by Adams Heritage.
21. Crab apple tree leads archeologists to a lost farm near Tanger

Hazeldean Road gas station22. RUNNING ON EMPTY: Owner silent on plans for old gas station

The old Temperance Hotel on Stittsville Main Street, at the corner of Orville. Photo by Glen Gower / September 2015
23. HIGH & DRY: Stittsville’s prohibition-era Temperance Hotel

Bradley Craig barn on Hazeldean Road, October 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.24. Owner of Bradley-Craig barn wants to move it to Munster

STITTSVILLE, ON, November 1, 2015. Stittsville Food Bank volunteers Front Row L-R: Kayla Robinson, Connor Meek, Caroline Frost, Shaheen Aziz, Gillian Smith, Back Row, L-R: Theresa Qadri (Chair), Adam McCaw, Quentin Pickett. (Barry Gray/StittsvilleCentral)
25. How dedicated youth are making a big difference at Stittsville Food Bank

The Los Hacheros baseball team from Stittsville/Kanata recently travelled to the Dominican Republic for a week of friendly games with Dominican and Haitian teams.26. Los Hacheros baseball team travels from Stittsville to Dominican Republic

Musician Jerry Granelli (centre) with the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, along with Artistic Director Linda Crawford in red in the back row. Photo by Barry Gray.
27. CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE: Goulbourn singers perform with Jerry Granelli jazz trio

The covered bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.
28. The true story of how Covered Bridge Brewing got its name

STITTSVILLE, ON. December 16. 2015. Sue McCormick 1st Vice President and Bingo Chair at the Legion calls the numbers for the last eveing of bingo at the Legion. Barry Gray (For StittsvilleCentral).
29. Last night of bingo at the Stittsville Legion

Vintage Richmond Bakery sign. Photo via Deb Mallet.
30. Vintage Richmond Bakery sign uncovered during renovations


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1 thought on “30 great Stittsville stories from 2015”

  1. I had read most of them when I was in college, but I never knew the origin of these stories. I think it is really good that they are finally coming forward to claim all of them now.

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