High wind gusts and torrential downpours hit Stittsville around 6:00pm on Sunday evening, cutting power to over 10,000 people in Stittsville. About 20 minutes later, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for gusts up to 100km/h, and a gust of 97km/h was reported at the Ottawa Airport – the highest recorded wind speed in 20 years. Here are some of your photos from during and after the event.
About 115 kids took part in a massive ball hockey fundraiser on Saturday in Stittsville. Hosted by the Stittsville RAMS Minor Atom team, the teams competed in Novice, Atom and Peewee divisions. Photos via Sabrina Kemp.
Thanks to Jacinta Cillis-Asquith for sharing these photos, taken last week in our area.
“Stittsville…home to Herons everywhere,” she writes. “I could not fit enough trees into my picture. This must have been the general meeting of these birds. There were over 30 herons and egrets! A pretty amazing day.”
(We’ve had a few readers ask where these photos were taken. Cillis-Asquith says that wildlife photographers will typically not share exact locations in order to preserve the natural habitat of the wildlife.)
(ABOVE: “Through The Garden Gate” by Brian Carson, Best in Show winner for 2017.)
The Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society is accepting entries in their annual photo competition.
Class 1: We See Thee Rise – a spring garden Class 2: Glorious and Free – a summer garden at sunrise Class 3: With Glowing Hearts – autumn’s full colour Class 4: The True North – a winter scene – your interpretation Class 5: Stand on Guard – the Maple – showing a tree, a branch or a leaf Class 6: Garden Pollinators– close-up of a pollinator(s) on a bloom Class 7: Fun with Foliage – capture texture on garden foliage Class 8: Rushing Water – stream, water fall or fountain; must include vegetation Class 9: Rocks and Roots – a rock garden Class 10: Trans Canada Trail – Leaves, trees, wildflowers and bushes Class 11: Richmond Fair – Outstanding fall arrangements, vegetables, flowers and houseplants Class 12: Local Beauty – barns, silos, buildings in Richmond, Stittsville, Munster landscape.
You must be a member to enter. Memberships cost $15.00 for individuals and $25.00 per family. Five dollar 1st prize for each class. Stittsville Goulbourn Members can also enter the District 2 2018 Competition in March.
Entries and membership information must be submitted by Sunday February 4/2018.
Thanks to Doug Lyon (aka Doug The Cabinet Guy) for sending along this pic of some imaginative garbage can stacking at the end of his laneway near Karters’ Korner. “Who knew we had such a creative garbage guy!”
Saturday night’s Cinema Under the Stars event, hosted by the Stittsville Village Association, brought out over a hundred families to Village Square Park. The event raised over $500 for the Stittsville Food Bank. Photos by Barry Gray.
Bear & Co. performed Romeo and Juliet at Par La Ville Park in Fairwinds on Monday night. It rained for the first couple of acts but then the skies cleared and it ended up being a charming evening in the neighbourhood. The production tours Ottawa parks from July 5-30. More info…
Fireworks capped off a great day of family fun at the Stittsville Village Association’s annual Canada Day event yesterday. Hundreds of families turned out for a full day of activities, local music and fun. Photos by Barry Gray.
Friday evening was opening day for Market at the Barn, a mini farmers’ market at the old barn next to Village Square Park. Barn owner Suzanne Bird plans to hold the event every Friday this summer from 4pm to 7pm. All photos by Barry Gray.
(We may get an update this week on the Ottawa Farmers’ Market plans for a weekly market at Village Square Park. Stay tuned.)
The sky was overcast but spirits were bright on Sunday for the annual Arts in the Park event, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. Over 90 vendors participated this year in a vibrant display of art, music, food, books, gardening, theatre, history and lots more!
(ABOVE: Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, Pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, rides Murilo Torres’ Fatboy Harley Davidson.)
Since I was a kid my dream was this exact bike, a black Fatboy Harley Davidson. I’m still new here, just three years in Stittsville, and since we moved from Brazil we have attended the Holy Spirit Parish Sunday Mass.
We fell in love with Stittsville, and it all started because of Luke Therrien from Stittsville Glass and Signs. He was the first “Canadian” I spoke to after we landed here in Canada and unpacked our belongings. We brought an old window frame from Brazil, a souvenir to make me and my family feel we are at home, but during the trip one of the panes of glass broke. Luke fixed it.
Was a sunny Saturday day and he actually didn’t say welcome to Canada but he said “Welcome to Stittsville”. Since then our lives changed and we decided to move to Stittsville and be part of this amazing community. He helped us find a good house, helped us with our renovations, and all the help we needed about being new home owners in Canada, much different than in Brazil.
The Harley picture happened after my visit to Stittsville Glass and Sings to show Luke my new achievement. He told me he is a big Harley fan and he had his Harley stolen many years ago, and that I should take care and babysit mine.
So my best bet was to ask Father Joe his blessing and for “extra help” to protect me and my dream. I was not sure how he would react, but his reaction was the best ever. He gave me a BIG smile and asked me to go for a ride him. He is also a big Harley fan, and asked me for a picture with the Harley and to share this great moment with our community.
More people in our community need to know how much fun Father Joe is. He is an important character in Stittsville. This is just one small example!