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As I regularly do each year during the summer, both my Downtown and Ward offices will be closed for a couple of weeks from the period of July 16th to July 27th. The Client Service Centres will continue to have their regular hours. Please call 311 for any inquiries or to report an issue. My office will re-open Monday, July 30th.
Live & Learn Summer Fun Day
I was in a Committee Meeting that ran longer than expected, but I had Team Darouze attend Live and Learn’s Summer Fun Day Event! I heard the Magician was very entertaining for all the families who came by with their children. It was good to see Ottawa Public Health, Constable Arburthnot showing kids her vehicle, and the Metcalfe Volunteer Firefighters at the grill. Glad to hear it was another successful Summer Fun Day!
Osgoode Township High School Grad
The graduating class of students from Osgoode Township High School (OTHS) had their grad ceremony this week, and I am very proud of everyone. I have seen many of you grow over the last couple of years, and can’t believe the ‘Class of 2018’ is here and gone. It was an honour to be a part of the evening and to also present the Osgoode Ward 20 award to a deserving student. Thank you for the very warm and touching recognition when I was called up to the stage, you gave me a very special moment to remember indeed. Congratulations to everyone and all the best in your future endeavours.
St. Mark Catholic High School Grad
Another wonderful Grade 12 Grad ceremony was held this week at St. Mark Catholic High School. There were so many success stories and proud recipients of various community organization awards, including the Osgoode Ward 20 award from my office. I was honored to be among staff & guests invited to hand out the awards and give them applause for a job well done throughout high school. Many of you are moving onto post-secondary schools and shaping your future for many more years to come. I wish all the graduates the best wishes for their next steps in life, and a big congrats for all you’ve accomplished!
Greely Library Announcement
Councillor Tim Tierney, myself, and the CEO of Ottawa Public Library Danielle McDonald announced the new extended hours for the Greely Library this week! Beginning July 6th, the Greely Library is extending its hours to be open from 3pm to 6pm on Fridays. The Greely community has had issues with not having access on Fridays to either pick up or drop off books and being able to use the computers. It is huge to have these extended hours and I’m happy to see this initiative come to fruition.
Strawberry Social for Knox Edwards Church
A great stop on my way home this week was at the Knox Church Strawberry Social fundraiser held at Emerald Links Golf Course. It was wonderful to see so many residents not only out to support this fundraiser, but also have time to sit and enjoy a delicious strawberry shortcake dessert! A delicious way to end a work week indeed! Thanks to local Rochon gardens for supplying the strawberries fresh from the garden.
Stanley’s Old Maple Lane Farm 25th Anniversary
The anniversary party held in honour of Earl Stanley & his family celebrated their hard work and how they all helped Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm to become what it is today. Twenty-five years ago today, Earl & Ron Stanley purchased the farm and saw a dream for affordable family fun that could be enjoyed by everyone all in one place. There were great speeches; many with good puns that had the crowd laughing and applauding. Earl was also presented with a proclamation from Mayor Watson and a plaque from my office. A special gift came towards the end when his daughters unveiled a hand crafted wood table filled with pennies & quarters marking their 25 years in business. It was a great evening filled with so many people from the community who came out to congratulate him and the family. All the best for the next 25 years and beyond!
Mayors Annual Canada Day Breakfast
An awesome way to start Canada Day last weekend was the Mayor’s Annual Breakfast for Seniors held at Landsdowne Park. My council colleagues and I served some scrumptious food to some very proud seniors in their Canada Day attire! Opening remarks by Mayor Watson followed the Ottawa Police choir singing our national anthem was just the beginning of the breakfast. Over 3,000 people came out to join us and bared the heat that Mother Nature had brought. I am proud to be a Canadian Citizen!
Greely Canada Day BBQ
Oh Canada...oh Ward 20! What a magnificent day around the Ward on Canada Day! There were so many activities taking place. I made a few quick stops around the villages and ended up back at Greely! No matter how hot it was (and it was a scorcher for sure), so many families came out to enjoy my 3rd Annual BBQ in Greely for Canada Day, generously provided by Moncions YIG, grilled by Greely Volunteer Firefighters and served by the amazing Parkway Church Team members. There were numerous kids activities including wagon rides, miniature horses, Fries for Charity, Fire trucks, wading pools, a water mister; adult activities such as the beer garden with live musical entertainment all day; and a fantastic fireworks show for the whole family in the evening. It was truly an incredible day, and no matter how hot it got, it was not enough to break the Canada Day spirit! I have so many Volunteers to thank for making my Greely BBQ such a success, and I hope I do not miss anyone! Please accept my heartfelt thanks & appreciation to Marcel Moncion, The Parkway Church Team, Elie Semaan, Greely Volunteer Firefighters, my ward staff, the Greely Lions, Greely Scouts, Community Centre Staff, and the Greely Community Association Executive who put countless hours into the planning and execution of this fantastic event with their team of Volunteers as well! This is what rural community spirit is all about!
Vernon Canada Day
Vernon had a great set up for Canada Day. Lots to do and see including the wonderful Vernon Ukulele Band, a delicious BBQ, fire trucks with their hoses on to cool off visitors, kids games, and fireworks at dusk. Thanks to all the volunteers and Vernon Community Association Executive who put Canada Day on the Vernon map for residents once again. Well done!
There were lots of fun activities and a great Canada Day parade on Osgoode Main Street. Lots of people dressed in red and white came out to catch a glimpse of the great parade line-up, despite the extremely high temperatures. It was a wonderful time to chat with people as we walked the parade and handed out candies. It was incredible to see the spirit of Canada Day in so many proud Canadians! Thanks to all my volunteers that came along to help out, especially Ellen Everson; Joe Nesrallah; the Osgoode Legion members Gail Burgess & Bob Taylor; and Phil & Rachel Charbonneau with their family.
With the extreme heat this week, Open Door this week was fairly calm! Just a reminder that next Tuesday is the LAST week for Open Door for the month of July, as it will be shutting down for a few weeks as I do every year during the summer. There will be no Open Door July 17th, July 24th, July 31st. Open Door will resume August 7th!
Stanley’s Old Maple Lane Farm
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm is a family run business located in Edwards, Ont., only minutes away from the centre of Ottawa. It sits on 200 acres of treed landscape that is ideal for family weddings, gatherings, retreats and corporate events. They combine old-fashioned ideas, values, and traditions with modern locations and amenities, with room for thousands of guests for events.
Earl Stanley and his brother Ron bought the farm on a whim 25 years ago this June and never looked back. Earl Stanley, his siblings, daughters & parents all help out to make sure your visit to their farm is one to remember! Stanley’s has allowed Earl to combine his love of agriculture with his passion for working with people. Earl spent many spring days as a child helping to collect sap with the previous owners, the Loney family, on this very property.
While Earl is the face of Stanley’s, his sister Kathy and other family members also also working behind the scenes running the Stonehouse gift shop, feeding the animals, taking care of the grounds, organizing and running events, and much more. Kathy will tell you that Earl is the heart and soul of Stanley’s. Without his foresight and hard work, it would not be as great as it is today. Earl had visions of making this farm a place where families could come and enjoy family fun at affordable prices, and his vision has come life in many ways. With annual events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the Christmas Village, the Sugarbush and Pancake brunch, everyone is kept very busy throughout the year. Many have had the opportunity to have their wedding on the grounds, capturing the beautiful rural life complete with horse drawn wagons. New this year is the weekly “Farm to Table” take-out service. Menus are posted each week, allowing you to order on Monday by 5pm and pick up on Thursdays in the gift shop. The varied menu allows you the break from cooking to enjoy a a healthy, freshly prepared meal once a week.
The family preserves the past but is always looking to the future. Stanleys recently held their 25th Anniversary celebrations with hundreds of visitors (pictured below); some reminiscing of their own personal connection to the farm, and some being new first-time visitors. With three generations in the business, everyone at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm understand the importance of family! Whether you are a first time visitor to their heritage-style Sugarbush, or you’re a regular for their famous annual events, you’ll be treated like a member of the family. If you have not been there yet, you should give yourself the rural experience. If you see the smiley guy in overalls walking around the farm always laughing, it’s likely Earl himself!
THIS WEEKEND: OTFGCC Annual Kids Fishing Day
It’s Ontario Family Fishing Week! OTFGCC is hosting their Annual Kids Fishing Derby Day this Saturday, July 7th. This is always an exciting event for our rural kids, which is why South Nation Conservation and my office have contributed to ensure there will be some free fishing rods for the children!
The first 100 kids ages 4 to 12 will receive a free fishing rod & reel and bait, tackle box or fish net. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free hotdogs and drinks for the kids as well! No fishing license needed!
NEXT WEEKEND: Osgoode Medieval Festival
You are cordially invited to enter into the Kingdom of Osgoode and attend the 11th annual kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival which runs 14-15 July 2018, with education day on 13 July. This will be the Osgoode medieval festival’s last event. Thank you to all the performers, vendors, volunteers and fans who have helped through ten wonderful years, and a big thank you to the village of Osgoode for all of your support.
Construction and Road Closure Notices
Beginning July 7th 2018: Castor Road from Gregoire Road to Yorks Corners Road will be closed (entirely) for a bridge renewal. Please check out the complete list of 2018 improvements including road closures on my website here.
15th Annual Plowing Fore A Cure
The Annual Plowing Fore A Cure is held in Memory of Lloyd Cowan. At Emerald Links Golf & Country Club. Early Bird On-Line registration ends Tuesday August 7th. Registration deadline is August 9th. Get your tickets to enjoy 9 Holes, Cart, Dinner, Awards Presentation and Silent & Live Auctions. Tickets available for Dinner & Auction only also. All proceeds to be shared between the Kemptville District and Winchester District hospitals. Contact Emerald Links to donate or be a sponsor.
9th Annual Cruise Don’t Bruise Ride Event
The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre (EORC) offers a wide range of social and community services to end domestic abuse, elder abuse and to help children who witness violence. The Cruise Don't Bruise Motorcycle Ride (the Ride) is an important initiative that supports the EORC and its efforts. It raises awareness of these issues and 100% of the funds raised are used to support the EORC's relevant programs. By participating in the Cruise Don't Bruise Ride you are helping to end domestic abuse by raising awareness of these issues, as well as money in support of important community programs. Be against violence and Cruise Don't Bruise! Register here.
Help the Ottawa Police Service Develop the Next Strategic Plan for 2019-2021
The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB), and the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), are conducting public opinion research to help the OPSB in developing the next Strategic Plan for 2019-2021. There are a number of methods that are being used to gather input from the public, including surveys, in-person consultation sessions, and more. The input received will assist the OPSB and OPS to improve the quality of police services to all residents across the City.