Column: Village Plan Follow-Up and Events around the Ward

I was born in 1981, but flip the numbers around and you get 1891, the year the North Gower Library was founded. What else happened in 1891? Britain was connected to the continent by telephone, James Naismith invented basketball, and (less excitingly) George Hormel invented Spam. More specifically, Frederick Banting was born on November 14, 1891 which just so happens to be the exact date that the North Gower Library opened. This Saturday, November 19th come celebrate the North Gower Library’s 120th birthday during the library’s extended Saturday hours of 10-5pm. There will be a special ceremony at 10:30am featuring Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor and Library Board Chair Jan Harder, as well as Chief Librarian Barbara Clubb. I hope residents of North Gower and the surrounding area can find some time to stop by and celebrate with us. Happy Birthday North Gower Library!

Village Plan Review
In the spring, the City’s planning department, in conjunction with the Rural Affairs Office, conducted workshops throughout 24 of the City’s 26 rural villages. The purpose was to review the village plans and land use schedules to provide updated version in time for the next Official Plan review. The meetings were well attended and as promised, follow-up meetings have now been scheduled. On Monday, December 5th a meeting for Kars & Burritts Rapids is scheduled for 7-9pm at the North Gower Client Service Centre and the meeting for Manotick is set for Tuesday, December 6th from 7-9pm at the Manotick Arena. The “As We Heard It” document that was generated from the earlier meetings went into preparing draft plans for each of these villages. This will be your opportunity to view the draft plan and provide input. Final plans will be released in February. I look forward to seeing a good crowd on the 1st. For more details, visit Ottawa.ca/ruralreview.

Rideau-Goulbourn Night at the Races
Come on out to the Rideau-Carleton Entertainment Centre for Rideau-Goulbourn Night at the Races on Thursday, November 24. There is an All-you-can-eat buffet from 5-10pm with live racing from 6:30-11pm. Local businesses are provided with free advertising in the race brochure by contacting Chantal at 613-822-2211 (x-255). If you’ve never been there, it’s a great night out with fantastic food and an enjoyable race experience. I hope to see you there!

Support the Manotick Nursery School
Get your holiday shopping done early! The Manotick and Riverside South Cooperative Nursery Schools are holding their annual online auction November 24-27. Many items, gift certificates and services have been donated by local businesses and nursery school parents and are being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Some of the items being auctioned are museum passes, spa gift certificates, restaurant gift certificates, theatre and sports tickets, a set of husband and wife wills, gift baskets, and much more! To see a complete list of items and how to bid, please visit the schools’ websites www.manoticknurseryschool.ca or www.riversidesouthnurseryschool.ca. All proceeds go to support the schools.

Goulbourn Jubilee Singers
Goulbourn Jubilee Singers and JJ’s will present “Changing Seasons, Changing Light”, Saturday, November 26, 2011, Stittsville United Church, 6255 Fernbank Road, 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Directed by Linda Crawford and accompanied by Doll Creelman, this musical performance will reflect on the Winter Solstice, as well as the Christmas season. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 Seniors/Students. For tickets or further information call Charlotte at 613-825-3357, or log unto www.gjsingers.com.

Christmas in Richmond
Christmas is fast approaching and nothing gets you in the spirit more than when Santa Claus comes to town. Well, Santa Claus is coming to Richmond on December 3rd in the annual Christmas parade through the village. The parade begins at 11am and due to a family commitment that kept from last year’s parade, this will be my first Christmas parade in Richmond and I’m looking forward to it.

Once again, the Richmond Village Association Inc. will be organizing “Lighting of the Park” on Saturday December 3rd, 2011 at 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy a Christmas carol sing-along, hot chocolate, cookies, friends and the unveiling of the new winter banner designs. You also don’t want to miss the winning parade entries for the Bright Bulb Award for the entry that is most innovative, interesting, fun and/or inspirational and the “AHH” Award for the entry whose lights, colour, glitz and sound come together for the ooh and ahh factor.

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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact me at 613-580-2491 or by email at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca.