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Around and About Theatre company put on a wonderful play called “If the Walls Could Talk,” with some notable actors from the ITR theatre company as well. They transformed the basement of St. James United Church in Osgoode into a 1950s romantic comedy set where two couples, one living and one dead, try to coexist in the same house. The acting and props were great! I was honoured to have a cameo role on stage as well. They will be working on their next production for 2018 very soon. Be sure to mark your calendars when it comes out!
Youth Action Showcase 2017
This annual event hosted at City Hall involves many high schools throughout Ottawa who send a small delegation of students to showcase some solutions for issues in their communities. The groups have a chance to directly connect with their Municipal leader as they explain and discuss their ideas. This year both Osgoode Township High School (OTHS) and St. Mark Catholic High School (SMCHS) participated from our Osgoode Ward. OTHS showcased Gun Violence; Youth Homelessness and Homelessness, while SMCHS addressed the Manotick Skate Park and Racial Profiling. Each school was well represented with intelligent students who put forth great solutions to community problems. It also gave me the chance to connect to help them with their endeavours. Well done!
Annual Craft Fair at St.Mark CHS
This year’s annual St.Mark CHS craft fair was one of the busiest in years! Cars were lined up the road waiting for a chance to get into the Fair. Admission at the door were canned food item donations going to a local food cupboard as well as monetary admission. There were so many great gift ideas from local and regional crafters, baking and church groups - it was hard not to buy from all of them! I spotted many familiar faces from the Metcalfe Farmers Market. Many of them will be in the upcoming Christmas Craft Fair in Greely on Saturday, November 18th also. Looking forward to seeing you then too!
Osgoode Legion Wins Writer’s Award
Gail Burgess, a member of the Osgoode Legion won another award for writing the Legion’s Newsletter in Ontario for a branch under 150 members. This is Gail’s third award for her writing skills for wonderful, informative stories that she provides to the members. Her first award was with the Greely Legion while her recent two were with Osgoode Legion. Congratulations Gail for a job well done and keeping the members informed!
St. Mark CHS Remembrance Day
St. Mark Catholic High School put on a beautiful tribute to soldiers showing the sacrifices wars from the past and present. In a presentation, film footage showed the similarities between eras, commemorating selfless acts of bravery and camaraderie. The collaborative group of cadets also laid a wreath beneath a lit candle and a cross in memory of those gone, but never forgotten.
Metcalfe Remembrance Day
Metcalfe held a touching Remembrance Day ceremony with a capacity crowd outside the Town Hall. The beautiful weather brought so many people together to pay their respects to the those who passed. The laying of the wreaths is always a special moment to take in, as each individual takes a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of those that have served our country. Children, Veteran’s, members of our Emergency Services, churchgoers, and everyone in between came for the same purpose, to remember. Refreshments were served in the Town Hall following the ceremony.
The Ottawa Professional Firefighters Breakfast
This annual breakfast is held in memory of Ron Phillips Sr. by the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA), with a guest list of dignitaries from all levels of government. Ron Phillips Sr. was a member of the OPFFA before his passing and now his son is also a member. John Sobey welcomed all the guests with a short introduction and background on why they hold the breakfast, followed by a thank you for each guest. This breakfast gives an opportunity for civic leaders and the Professional Firefighters to speak with each other, make connections and bring up issues of concern.
Metcalfe Pizza (8202 Victoria Street, Metcalfe)
The iconic family who run Metcalfe Pizza on Victoria Street in Metcalfe have celebrated their 40th anniversary!
George and Laila Aboud, along with their four children, ran the pizzeria throughout the last 40 years, providing great service and great pizza to the community. George immigrated from Lebanon to Ottawa in 1970 and worked for family members in their food businesses. In 1977, George came to Metcalfe to view a small lunch counter and grocery store for sale and was intrigued by what he saw. His uncle lent him money to buy the dwelling and encouraged him to expand it into a pizzeria. At the time, the store only had electric ovens to work with and it wasn’t until later that he converted and upgraded to gas ovens. Years later in 1979 George met and married the love of his life, Laila, and together they had 4 children; Sarah, John, Elias and Cassandra. Their children grew up in the business and still help out when needed, but it is George and Laila you will always find in the back making pizzas for their dedicated customers. Although the shop has grown and has an extensive menu, the pizzas are still the #1 choice!
When looking back on the beginning, George credits much of his success to his family for helping out both financially and in support as the business has grown. Many have said that Metcalfe Pizza is an institution and the only place to buy great pizza! Congratulations George and Laila for the past 40 years of genuine, friendly service and we wish you many more years to come as!