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HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE STITTSVILLE MAIN STREET COMMUNITY DESIGN PLAN (CDP) Your input is essential in creating a framework for future development along Stittsville Main Street. Please contribute and send your ideas to StittsvilleCDP@ ottawa.ca. To stay up to date on this exciting project, please visit http://ottawa.ca/en/ stittsville-main-street-community-design-plan .

OCTRANSPO LAUNCHES NEXT-ON WITH PRESTO CARD DISTRIBUTION Starting January 18 to February 1, OC Transpo will distribute up to 10,000 free PRESTO cards to frequent customers as part of the NEXT-ON with PRESTO program. NEXT-ON is an important phase which will test and improve the customer experience before the full rollout of the PRESTO smartcard payment system. PRESTO card readers are now installed and running on all buses in the OC Transpo fleet. Anyone using a PRESTO card can load either a monthly pass or cash on their card. All PRESTO card holders are expected to tap on the card reader when boarding a bus or before boarding the O-Train. OC Transpo customers can get a free PRESTO card in person at one of OC Transpo’s four Sales and Information Centres located at the Rideau Centre, Place d’Orleans, Lincoln Fields and St. Laurent. Customers can also visit the PRESTO website at prestocard.ca or contact the PRESTO Call Centre toll free at 1-877-378-6123 to order a card. Customers ordering a card online or by phone should allow for one week for mail delivery. Additional focused outreach to seniors and community pass holders is also planned. OC Transpo is committed to working with its PRESTO partners to ensure that all customers receive excellent customer support. Customers are encouraged to contact the PRESTO Customer Service Call Centre toll free at1-877-378-6123 or visit prestocard.ca for information and assistance with their PRESTO card. Customers are also encouraged to regularly visit octranspo.com for further updates on NEXT-ON with PRESTO. RIDEAU CANAL NOW OPEN FOR SKATING SEASON! Take a skate along the world’s largest skating rink! Each winter the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is transformed into a 7.8-kilometre skating rink. The world-famous skateway winds its way through the heart of Ottawa, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake. The Rideau Canal skate season typically runs from January to late February. Check the ice conditions, or call (613-239-5234) for up to date information. Grab your skates and experience the Capital tradition of skating on the Rideau Canal! DID YOU KNOW? ABBOTT STREET Adam Abbott bought one and a half acres on the east half of Lot 23, fronting on Concession 11 in 1896, and sold it to William Abbott the next year in 1897. William then retired to Stittsville to live, after selling his farm implement business in Ottawa at the turn of the century. He lived at 6223 Abbott Street with his wife until his death at the age of 96 in 1929. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary while living in Stittsville and attracted 600 guests to a party in their honour. *Information regarding the “Did you know…” story was taken from the book Stittsville a Sense of Place by Barbara Bottriell, 1998 ALWAYS LISTENING AND ACTING ON YOUR CONCERNS As your Councillor, I always welcome your keen input and ideas on how we can sustain and improve Stittsville. Please contact our office anytime by phone at 613580-2476 or by e-mail at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca. I also encourage you to follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. Please share this column with your family and friends. R0011874554 30 Stittsville News EMC - Thursday, January 24, 2013

RVA annual meeting coming up John Curry john.curry@metroland.com

EMC news - Here comes the annual meeting of the Richmond Village Association (RVA). It could be a watershed meeting for the RVA that could very well determine if it continues to exist or if it goes down the road to disband. The annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church on McBean Street in Richmond. The RVA has indicated that this upcoming meeting is critical – positions as directors must be filled and more volunteers must come forward from the community to indicate a willingness to help

out with the various community activities that the RVA organizes. Community events and activities which the RVA organizes but which depend on volunteer help to carry out include the annual Richmond Village Garage Sale, the Christmas parade, the “Lighting of the Park” ceremony, the winter street banner contest, maintenance of the Richmond village website, spring cleanup day in Richmond with its associated poster contest for students, beautification of Richmond through the hanging of flower baskets in the summer and a garden contest (already cancelled for 2013 due to lack of volunteers). The RVA, as per its mandate to represent the views of Richmond residents on issues of concern, also plays a role in

commenting on development proposals in Richmond and in monitoring initiatives such as the source water protection plan. The RVA also tries to be a community information source for the community through its website and facebook page and also through the distribution of flyers outlining upcoming community events and activities. But all of this community involvement and work needs volunteers and those willing to lead the initiatives. The RVA was established in 1997 as an organization to represent the interests of Richmond residents on issues of concern. It also organizes events and activities of a community nature. Current RVA president Don Flanders can be contacted at donflan@magma.ca

Robbie Burns Dinner at Richmond Legion Hall Wendy Ryan Special to the News

EMC news - About 75 persons attended the annual Robbie Burns Dinner at the Richmond Legion Hall last Saturday evening, Jan. 19. Bill Cook carried the haggis into the hall, accompanied by bagpiper Peter Cook. Bill McCloy recited the “address to the haggis.” Dancers from the Manotick School of Dance provided highland dancing, just like they have for the past several years. Peter Cook played a selection of songs on his bagpipes following the dinner. The next dinner event at the Richmond Legion Hall will be a Valentines Day event on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. There will be dancing to the music of the Rivermen. Tickets will be $20 each. Please call Mavis Lewis at 613-838-2749 by Monday, Feb. 4 if you plan to attend. The “P-Pot” challenge is back again for another year. Richmond Legion members will be defending this fur lined tin cup on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Stittsville Legion Hall, taking on the Stittsville Legion members in darts, euchre and cribbage. The overall winner of the competition will receive the “P-Pot”

to display for the ensuing year while the losing branch will receive the dreaded “skunk.” Refreshments will be available. Those participating should be at the Stittsville Legion Hall no later than 12:30 p.m. to register. Please contact Mavis Lewis at 613-838-2749 if you wish to play and represent the Richmond Legion in this fun competition between the Stittsville and Richmond Legion branches. Royal Canadian Legion Zone Youth Chair Shawn Taillon will be at the Richmond Legion Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. to make presentations to the winners of the Remembrance Contest sponsored by the Richmond Legion. Legion members are urged to attend to show support for these prize-winning students. The Richmond Legion’s website can be found at www.richmondlegion.ca. Coffee is served at the Richmond Legion Hall every weekday at 10 a.m. Exercise classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The card game “500” is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. while euchre is played every Friday at 1 p.m. (new time). Everyone in the community is welcome to participate in any or all of these activities at the Legion Hall.

Super Bowl Party at Stittsville Legion Hall Barb Vant’Slot Special to the News

Every year the Stittsville Legion awards bursaries for postsecondary school studies. The application forms to apply for one of these bursaries are now available at the Legion Hall on Stittsville Main Street. Completed application forms must be submitted no later than Tuesday, April 30. The “Diplomats,” a fun singing trio, will be back performing at the Stittsville Legion Hall this Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. British singer Simon Clarke will be performing at the Legion Hall in Stittsville on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Again, everyone is welcome to attend. There is no cover charge for either of these entertainment events but a donation would be appreciated if you stay to enjoy the food afterwards. The next meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Stittsville Legion will be held this coming Monday, Jan. 28 in the downstairs lounge at the Legion Hall. Bingo is played at the Legion Hall on Stittsville Main Street every Wednesday starting at 6:45 p.m. Euchre is played at the

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Legion Hall every Tuesday starting at 1:15 p.m. Both of these events are open to everyone in the community. Pool is played at the Legion Hall on Sundays at 1 p.m. You do not have to be a Legion member to take part. For more information, please email Fred Appel at appelpit@rogers.com. The Legion Hall is a bustling place on Friday evenings. There’s darts, music and sometimes a movie. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy a visit. The Stittsville Legion is hosting its first-ever Canadian Forces “All Ranks Meet and Greet” in the lounge at the Legion Hall on Stittsville Main Street this Friday, Jan. 25 starting at 2 p.m. All Canadian Forces personnel in Stittsville and area and their spouses are invited to attend. Dress is uniform or civilian attire. Free first beverage to every Canadian Forces member attending. Pizza will be ordered during the afternoon. The Stittsville Legion will host the Richmond Legion for a fun day of darts, cribbage and euchre on Sunday, Feb. 3. A challenge trophy will be up for grabs, going to the Legion branch which wins the most games during the day. A “Super Bowl Party” will be held at the Stittsville Legion Hall on Sunday, Feb. 3 beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and watch the game. Food will be available for a small fee.

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STITTSVILLE TRAGEDY Dear residents, As most of you may already be aware, earlier this week a terrible incident occurred in our community of Stittsville. I am deeply saddened by the tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this mournful time. As I have previously mentioned, Stittsville Public School has a crisis management team on hand to support the staff and students going forward. From the perspective of the community as a whole, there are additional services available by contacting the Distress Center of Ottawa at 613-722-6914, dialling 211 or online at http://www.211ontario.ca/. The Ottawa Police Services offer a Victim Crisis Unit as well and can be reached at 613-236-1222, extension 2223. Furthermore, the Stittsville Western Ottawa Community Resource Center (WOCRC) would like to remind community members that the Centre offers free crisis and short term counselling. If you are struggling to cope or would like support on how to talk to your child, you may reach them at 613-591-3686 and ask to speak with an Intake Counsellor. Services are confidential, free of charge and financial support for transportation and childcare is available upon request. The Centre is open from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. If after hours support is required, please contact the distress centre at 613-238-3311. Throughout the community, I sense a need to help organize a vigil or other such memorial service. I have been speaking both with the family and Stittsville Public School management, who both recommend that we hold off on the organizing of any such event for at least three weeks to a month. I ask you to respect those wishes, as I intend to do. Once a service or a vigil has been organized, I will communicate the details to the community. I ask you to share this information with your families and friends. Please keep the family in your prayers.

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