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Westwind Public School student Grant Pifer holds the dragon head which has a 35 foot long serpent-like body attached to it that will be used by students as they perform a Chinese Dragon dance this Friday, Feb. 8 in recognition of the upcoming Chinese New Year.
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EMC news - It’s Chinese New Year time at Westwind Public School in Stittsville. The school will be enjoying a Chinese Dragon dance and a Chinese Lion dance at an assembly this Friday, Feb. 8, two days before the actual Feb. 10 date of the Chinese New Year. A group of grade ﬁve students have been learning about these traditional Chinese dances and rehearsing them for the past couple of weeks, preparing for this Friday’s performance. It is being presented to demonstrate this signiﬁcant cultural event, the Chinese New Year, to the Westwind Public School community. They have been coached by
Margarita Chen, marketing manager of the Kungfu Bistro restaurant at the Stittsville Corners shopping area in Stittsville, who has also provided the costumes for both the Lions dance and the Dragon dance. While the Chinese Lion dance costumes are for only two persons, the Chinese Dragon dance costume is 35 feet long and involves up to nine people. It has a large head, weighing three pounds itself but the rest of the long, serpent-like body is light weight nylon with a bamboo frame. The dancers hoist the dragon custom up and animate it using attached wooden poles. It requires coordination of actions which is why a period of rehearsal is needed to prepare for this Friday’s performance.
Both the Chinese Lion dance and the Chinese Dragon dance ward off evil spirits and welcome good fortune. The dragon has long been revered in Chinese culture as a benevolent creature despite its ﬁerce appearance. In feudal times, the dragon was thought to be the god of rain, thunder, stars and rainbows. Today, in Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes power, dignity, wealth and respect. The colours of the dragon have their own signiﬁcance: green is symbolic of a rich harvest; yellow represents the empire; gold and silver stand for prosperity; and red reﬂects good fortune and joyfulness. See CHINESE, page 2
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EMC news - History will be coming alive in Stittsville on Saturday, Feb. 16. Those visiting the Goulbourn Township Historical Society’s open house at the Stittsville branch of the Ottawa Public Library between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. will be bumping into a host of historic characters, all come to life in 2013 right here in Stittsville. You will have the chance to meet and ask questions of these historic characters – people like the Duke of Richmond, after whom Richmond is named and who in a freak of history died just outside the community in 1819. Or what about a chat with Mrs. Jonathan Pack – yes, the Jonathan Pack after whom a street in Stittsville is named. Or, given that this is another year when War of 1812 celebrations will be happening, you can expect to meet a gentleman and lady from the War of 1812 at this Feb. 16 open house. Children are also being urged to attend and ask their own questions of these historic characters. But there is going to be even more at this Historical Society open house celebrating the launching of Ontario’s Heritage Week which runs from Feb. 16 through to Feb. 23. In the library meeting room, there will be not only refreshments but also two who have an intimate knowledge of history dealing with Richmond. One will be Marion Scott who has developed a Richmond Heritage blog and who is probably the pre-eminent authority today about Richmond’s history. Another will be Bob Moore of Richmond who has an extensive knowledge of railway history, including the railway heritage of Richmond. In addition, the meeting room will feature a number of interesting historic maps supplied by the Goulbourn Museum. This open house, though, does not stop there. It is also providing the opportunity for anyone to explore the Historical Society’s archives at the library. Volunteers will be available to show you the resources available and how to use them including both the Society’s family and history ﬁles and its photo archives. There are both genealogical and general research resources and you can become familiar with all of them at this open house. In addition, both the library itself and the Historical Society offer a wide range of books for historical reading and/or research. The library also provides access to the website Ancestry.com. Everyone is invited to attend this free celebration of local history and Ontario’s Heritage Week on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stittsville library branch. And while you are there, take a look at the library’s Art Space Wall which this month is featuring a display of photographs of stained glass windows in Goulbourn churches. These are some of the photographs that are featured in the Historical Society’s recently published book “Goulbourn Stained Glass.” Entitled “The Art of Stained Glass,” this exhibit has been prepared by the Historical Society.
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Chinese New Year dancing Continued from page 1
Holding up the dragon head and part of its long serpent-like body as they rehearse a dragon dance for a performance at Westwind Public School in Stittsville this Friday, Feb. 8 in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year are students, from the right, front to back, Carson McClelland, Sarah Fraser and Madison Barnard.
Like the Lion dance, the Dragon dance is performed in time with drums, cymbals and gongs. Precise timing and teamwork are required to bring the dragon to life in a Dragon dance. Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains signiďŹ cance because of several myths and traditions. In the Gregorian calendar of the Western World, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year â€“ a date between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. This year, falling on Feb. 10, Chinese New Yearâ€™s presiding animal is the snake.
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EMC news - Ten tables were played at the euchre party at the Lions Hall in Stittsville on Thursday evening, Jan. 31. The party was hosted by the Stittsville District Lions Club which is sponsoring this current series of Thursday night euchres at the Lions Hall. Viviane Lester emerged from the evening with the top score, with Bill Watson placing second. Leila Graham and Heather Boyd tied for third place. Leila Graham also won the door prize for the evening.
Linda McLure won the booby prize while Rosalie Brideau had the hidden score. Albert Zoschke won the ﬁrst 50/50 draw while John Story won the second 50/50 draw. The Stittsville District Lions Club is holding a euchre party every Thursday at the Lions Hall on Stittsville Main Street in Stittsville, with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and the euchre action getting underway at 7:30 p.m. There are also snacks and refreshments to round out the evening. Everyone is most welcome to attend and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship playing euchre.
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EMC news - Music will be on the agenda at the upcoming monthly session at the “Wise Guys and Gals Drop-In” at the Community Bible Church in Stittsville. The duo of Kathy and Ross from Kanata will be delivering a musical presentation that will be sure to have those in attendance singing along. Besides this music, this “Wise Guys and Gals DropIn” session on Monday, Feb. 11 will feature the usual coffee and home baked sweets. This “Wise Guys and Gals Drop-In” session will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with all seniors in the area welcome to attend. The Community Bible Church is located at 1600 Stittsville Main Street in Stittsville. It can be found on the web at www.cbcstittsville. com and can be contacted by phone at 613-836-2606.
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GREEN INITIATIVES IN OTTAWA By Jim Watson
As City Council enters its third year we can look back on years one and two and be proud of what we have accomplished. One ďŹ le where I am particularly proud is the work we have done to make Ottawa a greener city. Some highlights include: JOHN BRUMMELL/METROLAND
s !FTER YEARS OF lTS AND STARTS WE SIGNED THE AGREEMENT THAT WILL BRING Light Rail Transit (LRT) to Ottawa and reduce the number of cars and buses on the road. s 4HIS BILLION PROJECT WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO GET AROUND OUR GROWING city and when completed the redesigned transit system will save the #ITY UP TO MILLION IN ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS WHILE EVENTUALLY REDUCING OUR CARBON EMISSIONS BY SOME TONNES s 7E HAVE IMPLEMENTED WEEKLY GREEN BIN COLLECTION AND BIWEEKLY GARBAGE COLLECTION WHICH MEANS FEWER COLLECTION VEHICLES ON THE ROAD AND SAVINGS OF MILLION PER YEAR s 7HILE IT IS STILL EARLY IN THE PROGRAM INITIAL RESULTS FOR .OVEMBER AND $ECEMBER OF SHOW A SIGNIlCANT INCREASE IN DIVERSION RATES since the start of bi-weekly collection.
Congratulating Maria Harrington, centre, manager of the TD Canada Trust branch at the corner of Stittsville Main Street and Carp Road in Stittsville, for being one of TDâ€™s 2012 Vision in Action Award of Distinction recipients are, on the left, District Vice-President John Power, far left, and District Vice-President Alfonso Movilla, second from left; and, on the right, Senior Vice-President for the Ontario North & East Region Jane Duchscher, second from right, and District Vice-President Ken Alger, far right.
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EMC news - Sheâ€™s one in a thousand â€“ literally. And while this may not be as spectacular sounding as the
more familiar â€œsheâ€™s one in a million,â€? it truly is spectacular, especially since it involves receipt of TD Canada Trustâ€™s most prestigious staff award â€“
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