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HIGH FIVE: The Keg raises more than $9,000 for Sens Foundation

(Press release & photo via Sens Foundation / The Keg)

The Keg’s new location at the corner of Huntmar Dr. and Hazeldean Rd. opened late last month, and they’re already having an impact in our community.

Supporting local charities has always been an important characteristic of Keg culture. Thus, following a longstanding Keg tradition, new staff prepared for opening day by fundraising for a local charity through The Keg Spirit Foundation. Guests were invited to enjoy a special menu the weekend prior to the official opening in exchange for a $10 donation to benefit the Ottawa Senators Foundation. The event raised a total of $9,242.

“Our impact in the community is a result of our strong partnerships with local business. We’re proud and fortunate to be selected as the charity of choice for the opening of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar in Stittsville,” said Danielle Robinson, President and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “Thanks to The Keg, their staff and customers, thousands of deserving children and youth in our community will have an opportunity to play and get involved in social activity, education, teamwork and leadership. The impact of The Keg’s contribution will allow the next generation of children in our community to become leaders and to reach their full potential.”

Kyle Braden, General Manager of The Kanata/Stittsville Keg echoed this sentiment stating, “We are a restaurant team that prides ourselves on mentoring youth, both personally and professionally. As a company, through The Keg Spirit Foundation, we recognize charities that do great work in our communities. We are particularly excited that the funds raised at our opening will support the Sens Sports & Leadership League; Ottawa’s only no-fee, year-round competitive athletic league. With the program’s focus on the mentoring of youth, it fits perfectly with our mandate”.

The Keg Spirit Foundation was established in 2001 to commemorate The Keg’s 30th anniversary and the charitable giving led by David Aisenstat, President and CEO of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar. To date, it has raised and donated over $9 million to over 300 charities across North America. The recipients of these funds range from large, national charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and WE, to neighborhood organizations, which mentor young people in equally important ways.

Visit www.kegsteakhouse.com/keg-spirit-foundation to learn more about The Keg Spirit Foundation or visit www.sensfoundation.com to learn more about the Ottawa
Senators Foundation.

(Our “High Five” feature showcases people doing great things in our community. Send your stories & photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.)


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Where the wild things are…

(Photo via of Kathleen Edwards.)

StittsvilleCentral.ca reader Kathleen Edwards Tweeted us this photo from a recent walk along the Trans Canada Trail, west of West Ridge Drive:

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VIDEO: Aerial footage of the Carp River

(PHOTO: Dr. Steven Cooke and students beside the habitat pond at the Carp River Restoration area. Photo by Janet Mason.)

Here’s an interesting perspective of the Carp River, south north of the Queensway:

Here’s some background about the video, via the Ottawa Stewardship Council: 

In fall 2017 a student team from the Group Research in Environmental Science Project at Carleton University are undertaking a study that will form the basis for monitoring programs and future research projects.

The Carp River Restoration Project commenced in 2016 and  incorporates approximately 6000 metres of stream restoration, habitat improvements (ponds and wet meadows), and recreational pathways in a large, rapidly urbanizing area running parallel to Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.

The student’s project will assemble available information about the Carp River before and after the restoration to establish a baseline description of the restored section. The baseline information and the restoration’s objectives will serve as the foundation on which to base an educational and interpretive program, begin monitoring programs, and conduct research projects related to the efficacy of the restoration.

We are partnered with the Friends of the Carp River for this project.  Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is providing subject matter expertise.

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And more background from Friends of the Carp River:

…The third year Carleton University Environmental Science students completed their project about the Carp River Restoration area along Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.  The students outlined four recommendations related to the restoration:

  1. adding interpretive signs to educate and engage the community;
  2. monitoring water quality, particularly conductivity, which is a result of metal ions and toxins from road salting that can adversely affect some species causing infertility or death;
  3. monitoring by “citizen scientists” of the changing ecosystem of plants, animals, invasive species, and water quality as the site matures; and
  4. engaging schools in nature education programs on the site including building bird and bat boxes, and recording species.

The students prepared a short video about the site… The view shown in the link is from a point halfway along the restored river, looking north from over the Queensway.  Terry Fox Drive is to the right.


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NOTEBOOK: A SkyTrain to Stittsville

About 100 residents were at last night’s LRT open house to hear about the latest plans for the light rail extension from Moodie Drive to Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.

Paul Croft, a project planner from the engineering firm Parsons walked us through various options that they’ve considered for the light rail route, station locations, and storage and maintenance facilities.  Here’s a map of the new preferred route. Continue reading


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New signs celebrate Goulbourn’s sesquicentennial family farms

(PHOTO: “We keep things going one way or another,” said Lillian Hobbs, 91, the owner of the Hobbs farm. When she was called up to receive her sign, she cracked: “I’m the oldest!”. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Keith Hobbs still has the commemorative sign his farm received in 1967 to mark it as a century farm after 107 years of operation.

It’s faded and rusty, but now he has a new sign to take its place – this time to mark his as one of Stittsville’s sesquicentennial family farms. Continue reading


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HIGH FIVE: Over 14,000 items collected for the food bank

A big community high five goes out to everyone who was involved in this year’s Fill the Bus event for the food bank

Here’s a note from Stittsville Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri:

“What an amazing team we have! Caring, charitable and always looking after one another. You all came together to get one of our largest food drives, OC Transpo Fill the Bus, to the food bank. Well over 14,000 items of food collected and over $2400.00 collected. You make me so proud and honoured to know you all. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart to donors, volunteers, Brown’s Your Independent Grocers, OC Transpo (Carlos & Family and Harry), and our Board.”

Organizers also send out a thank you to all the volunteers, including the Pathfinders and their organizer Leila, for help at the event.

City-wide, the 33rd Annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive was a success. A record-breaking total of 139,322 food and non-perishable items and $38,176 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to local food banks. These donations will be used to restock the shelves for the upcoming holiday season.

The Fill the Bus event at Brown's, in support of the Stittsville Food Bank


(Our “High Five” feature showcases volunteers doing great things in our community. Send your stories & photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.)


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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights sets Stittsville aglow

A donkey, a water tank, a hot air balloon, marching bands, back flips, firefighters, disco balls, dogs, angels, snowmen, a beaver, politicians, bicyclists, candy canes, toothbrushes, and of course, Santa Claus himself.  Nearly sixty local businesses and community groups had entries in this year’s parade, organized by the Stittsville Village Association. All photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading PHOTOS: Parade of Lights sets Stittsville aglow

HIGH FIVE: Neighbourhood kids raise over $900 for Peever family

Congrats to Priscilla, Ellie, Ashlynn, Rosalyn, and Leah who spent the day outside today in Fringewood. They were selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their neighbours, the Peever family, who lost their house to a fire in November. The group raised $900.50 thanks to the generous support of the community. Photo by Lee-Anne Hagget

Five kids in Fringewood - Priscilla, Ellie, Ashlynn, Rosalyn, and Leah - spent the day outside today selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their neighbours, the Peever family, who lost their house to a fire in November. The group raised $900.50 thanks to the generous support of the community. Photo by Lee-Anne Haggett.


(Our “High Five” feature showcases volunteers doing great things in our community. Send your stories & photos to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.)


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RECIPE: Wiches Cauldron’s Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Like many people in Stittsville, I’ve been craving the Wiches Cauldron’s soup ever since the food truck shut down for the season last fall. Owners Monique Haugen and Craig Beaudry are taking a break from the food truck business for now – Craig is in the kitchen at Central Bierhaus in Kanata and Monique is at Quitters – but they were kind enough to share one of their favourite recipes. We cooked this up on Saturday and it’s delicious. If only we had some cardboard take-out bowls to make it just like the food truck! You can find more recipes on their Instagram: @wichescauldron. -GG.)
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COMMENT: Turning the page on the Stittsville News

“That daily experience of seeing your local places, names and events creates a kind of resonance and connection and investment with where you live. Canadians pay a lot of lip service to the importance of telling Canadian stories. We are so used to seeing American references that just watching a movie, for example, set in a Canadian place will “charge us up” with local feeling. A sense of seeing “ourselves” portrayed.

That’s the daily charge of a local paper. Investing you with news and culture of YOUR PLACE. Take that away and you genuinely diminish that feeling in a community. That is a real loss. Especially in a world where people are increasingly living in a central abstract space. A ‘no place.'”

–Seth, on the role of local newspapers. From the Globe & Mail, January 2016.


After decades being one of the only constants in our community, the Stittsville News wound up being just another line item on a big corporation’s balance sheet.

The Stittsville News is one of dozens of community papers being closed by corporate conglomerates Postmedia and Torstar. About 250 people will lose their jobs in January when the last papers roll off the presses.

Stittsville will lose an institution that has been publishing for 60 years. The first edition was published on December 12, 1957 by founder Howard Maguire, who was also Goulbourn’s first full-time fire chief.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve run into current reporters John Curry and Brian Dryden and the now-retired John Brummell at local events. They are everywhere in our community. They are the reporters who sit through hours of community association meetings and cover local hockey games. They are the photographers who chronicle school graduations and neighbourhood picnics and music recitals.

I feel for Curry the most.  He bought the paper as a young newspaperman in 1975 for $6,000, and stuck with it as a reporter and editor for more than four decades, some of it under various corporate overlords after he sold the paper in 2001.

“It was a tough gig,” reported Devyn Barrie in a profile of Curry published in the Algonquin Times. “The hours were long and the pay was low. The newspaper served a small community and barely broke even. But Curry wasn’t in it for the money. He wanted to do good journalism, report for the community and have fun doing it.”

I feel for the dozens of community groups like the Legion, the Lions, the Rotary Club who rely on the Stittsville News to get their info out into the community.  And I feel for the army of kids (and few adults) who earn a bit of pocket money delivering the paper to our doorstep each week.

New companies will step up to try to provide some semblance of the coverage that the Stittsville News and others like it provided.  And to be sure, there are still a few independent papers left in the Ottawa area.

But in Stittsville we’ve lost an institution that has reflected us, has connected us, has shaped us for six decades.

 

"The Two Johns". Longtime Stittsville News reporters John Curry (left) and John Brummell at City Hall in January 2017. Brummell received a Mayor's City Builder Award after his retirement from the newspaper.
“The Two Johns”. Longtime Stittsville News reporters John Curry (left) and John Brummell at City Hall in January 2017. Brummell received a Mayor’s City Builder Award after his retirement from the newspaper. Photo via Deborah Brummell / Stittsville Neighbours.


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PHOTO: Stittsville’s all-weather bike trails

What a great selfie from Bob Herres, taken earlier this week along the Trans Canada Trail. That’s his good friend Diesel, a part Husky, in the background.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


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Sabrina Kemp receives SVA Volunteer of the Year award

(PHOTO: Sabrina Kemp, Joanne Tibbles, and Tanya Hein.)

Sabrina Kemp was named as the Stittsville Village Association’s Volunteer of the Year for outstanding work in the community at the SVA Annual General Meeting November 23. Joined by her family, Kemp was presented with an award, flowers, and a donation to the organization of her choice — Stittsville Public School’s outdoor classroom.

“The SVA is very pleased to recognize Sabrina’s contribution to the community,” SVA President Tanya Hein said. “Her efforts in saving a portion of the Shea Road Woods and in creating an outdoor classroom will have a lasting impact in Stittsville.”

Kemp was nominated by her neighbour, local realtor Joanne Tibbles.

“Sabrina is a mom to 3 children – Benjamin 11, Braeden 9, and Madeline 7 years old,” Tibbles wrote in her nomination submission. “She has been an integral part in the organization to conserve the Shea Woods with Shad Qadri as well as bringing the first outdoor classroom to Stittsville Public School.”

“Recently she organized a ball hockey tournament to help raise money for the Stittsville Rams hockey team and she is always ready and willing to help a friend or neighbour in their time of need Sabrina is passionate about family, community and the environment and I am humbled to call her a friend. I cannot think of anyone more fitting for this award and I thank you for your consideration of her.”

This is the second time the SVA has given the award, which recognizes Ward 6 residents of any age, who, through volunteering, have had a positive impact in our community. Last year’s winner was Hélène Rivest.

(Story via Stittsville Village Association)


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Stittsville Public students create massive art display with Artist Kate

Since September, Stittsville Public School has had a special treat. Artist Kate Ryckman (aka Artist Kate) has been teaching art for kindergarten classes all the way up to grade six.

Each grade had a different theme. All classes had a different project. When I did my project, there was one rule: no erasing! Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: The Legion’s new building, connecting Eagleson to the 416, more

LEGION REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
I gotta admit, I would have never predicted that the first significant development to fall under the auspices of the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan would come from the Stittsville Legion.

The Stittsville News reports this week on an ambitious $1.5-million redevelopment plan for the Stittsville Legion’s headquarters.  They want to demolish the existing 1932 building and replace it with a two-storey building that will include a pub and meeting hall.

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NOTEBOOK: Preferred route for light rail extends to Hazeldean

The City of Ottawa is holding an open house on Thursday, December 7 as part of the Environmental Assessment for the light rail extension to Kanata-Stittsville.

There’s a significant change in plans from the last open house held in June: An updated map of the potential LRT extension to Stittsville shows the end of the line at Hazeldean Road, instead of Canadian Tire Centre. Continue reading


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Volunteers needed for this year’s Stittsville Parade of Lights

(ABOVE: Faces all aglow at last year’s Parade of Lights. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Yes, Santa Claus is definitely coming to town and the Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is hoping to make his welcome the biggest and best ever. Stittsville’s Parade of Lights in the evening of Saturday, December 2 will start at 6:00 pm from the OCDSB property at Stittsville Main Street and Neil Avenue and will follow the traditional route down Stittsville Main Street to Carleton-Cathcart Street. Continue reading


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COMMENT: The “creative activism” behind the Rosehill Expressway launch

(PHOTO: Unveiling the Rosehill Expressway sign. Photo by C.W.)

A huge thank you to my neighbours in Bryanston Gate, Fairwinds and Poole Creek Village for helping to open the Rosehill Expressway on Sunday afternoon.

The event was a tongue-in-cheek “celebration” to bring attention to traffic safety issues in our community.  You could call it a piece of “creative activism”.   Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Remembrance Day 2017 in Stittsville

(ABOVE: Wreaths at the cenotaph. Photo by Glen Gower.)

Johnny Leroux, a Korean War veteran, places a wreath at the cenotaph. The Remembrance Day ceremony is held in front of the hockey arena named after Leroux. Photo by G. Gower.
Johnny Leroux, a Korean War veteran, places a wreath at the cenotaph. The Remembrance Day ceremony is held in front of the hockey arena named after Leroux. Photo by G. Gower.
The Stittsville Legion colour party. Photo by Dan Pak.
The Stittsville Legion colour party. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
The Last Post. Photo by G. Gower.
The Last Post. Photo by G. Gower.

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Remembrance Day display pays tribute to veterans with PTSD

(PHOTO: A bagpiper plays in front of a backlt Remembrance Day display in front of Dennis Burton’s home on Flewellyn Road.)

Dennis Burton is a Navy veteran who served Canada for 21 years. For him, Remembrance Day is as much about fallen soldiers as it is about the veterans who came back, and continue to struggle with injuries and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) long after their career has ended.

“I want to remember the ones that actually stood up to the plate and did something.  Not that they were forced to, but they wanted to and volunteered to do better for their country, for their community,” he says. “It’s to remember them, and remember the ones who struggle with PTSD and don’t know how to deal with the situation.” Continue reading


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