Richmond for Hockeyville 2014!

Since 2006, Kraft and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have presented a nationwide contest that, each year, names one community as Hockeyville.  This year, a group in Richmond has launched their bid to become Hockeyville 2014 and they need your help.  To support Richmond, please visit hockeyville.cbc.ca and join the Richmond Memorial Community Centre group.  Nominations close on February 9th at midnight.

This year’s competition will result in 16 hockey communities across Canada receiving prize money that will go toward arena upgrades.  The grand prize winner will not only win $100,000 in arena upgrades but will also win the right to host a 2014-15 NHL Preseason game and a visit from CBC.

Richmond has a rich hockey tradition that includes being the birthplace of the International Silver Stick Hockey Association.  Silver Stick Hockey was founded in 1958 and found its home in Richmond as the village had one of the very few indoor rinks at that time.  The philosophy of the Silver Stick tournament was to help develop “Citizenship and International Goodwill through Hockey.”  The first ever Silver Stick games took place on February 6, 1958 and featured the Richmond Peewees and the Woodroffe Bantams playing teams from Potsdam, New York.

Richmond also features a strong high school hockey history with South Carleton High School having won the Provincial Championships in 1977.  No other Ottawa area team has won that championship since.  In closing, help Richmond become Hockeyville 2014 and support the historic hockey tradition in this great community.

Seniors Valentine’s Luncheon

The annual Seniors Valentine’s Luncheon at the Kars R.A. Hall is on Thursday, February 13th.  Always well attended, this event features a delicious home cooked meal for only $10 per person.  Live music and entertainment will be provided by the Mellowtones.  Lunch starts at noon so get there early!  The Kars R.A. Hall is located at 1604 Old Wellington Street, just off of Rideau Valley Drive South.

Richmond Village Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting for the Richmond Village Association is slated for Tuesday, February 4th.  The AGM will take place at the St. Paul’s United Church in their meeting hall and begin at 7:30pm.  Doors open at 7:00pm for a meet and greet.

All Richmond residents/business owners qualify to vote and stand for election for the new 2014 RVA Board of Directors. There are eight positions to be filled. Please join your friends and neighbours for a cup of coffee, to see what your RVA is up to and help elect the new Board.  The Richmond Village Association has a very strong focus on community and stays actively involved by organizing the Spring Clean-Up, Great Garage Sale, Family Fun Day, Santa Claus Parade and the Lighting of the Park.

Seniors Valentine’s Luncheon

The annual Seniors Valentine’s Luncheon at the Kars R.A. Hall is on Thursday, February 13th.  Always well attended, this event features a delicious home cooked meal for only $10 per person.  Live music and entertainment will be provided by the Mellowtones.  Lunch starts at noon so get there early!  The Kars R.A. Hall is located at 1604 Old Wellington Street, just off of Rideau Valley Drive South.

Snowmobile Safety

Snowmobiling is a fun outdoor winter activity, but remember there's always a danger.  A number of accidents are reported every year. Snowmobiling fatalities often involve alcohol, unsafe ice, excessive speed, and riding outside trails and rider abilities.  Accidents are preventable if proper safety precautions are followed.

Stay on approved trails and do not trespass. Riders are reminded that the maximum speed on trails is 50 km/h, and 20km/h where posted. Snowmobilers should plan their route, and advise someone of the plan and arrival times. Carry a cell phone, and GPS if possible. Riders travelling across ice should also wear a floatation device or a floater suit in case they go through the ice. Riders should also practice defensive snowmobiling techniques. Keep an eye out for obstacles on trails such as trees and tree branches, trail washouts, and snow banks.

The Ottawa Police Service Marine, Dive and Trails Team will be hitting the trails this winter to do prevention, education as well as enforcement. For more information, visit ottawapolice.ca.

Kars Family Fun Day

Bring the family and join the Kars Recreation Association for some indoor & outdoor activities on Saturday, Feb 15th starting at 10:00am.  For the outdoor enthusiasts there will be skating and snowman making (weather permitting).  If you are looking to remain indoors, have fun soap carving, speed stacking, in addition to other arts & crafts.  Junkyard Symphony & Little Ray’s Zoo will also be in attendance to provide fun for the whole family. The event takes place at the Kars R.A. Hall at 1604 Old Wellington, Kars. There is a charge of $5.00 per adult which includes shows and lunch, children are free. www.kars.ca

Chapman Mills Sound Connection

The Chapman Mills Sound Connection is a women’s barbershop chorus in its third season.  Based in Barrhaven, the twenty five member chorus sings with Music Director Karen Taylor. The chorus is a charter member of the international organization, Harmony Inc. and competes regularly with other barbershop choruses from New England and Eastern Canada.  Last year Sound Connection came 1.5 points from being able to compete in the Internationals in Orlando, Florida.  This is quite a feat for such a new chorus.  Barbershoppers sing “a cappella”, with no instrumental accompaniment, in four part harmony. The Sound Connection repertoire covers a wide range of music from gospel to jazz standards to rock ‘n roll. They enjoy performing at community and private events.

Women who love to sing are invited to join The Sound Connection for our upcoming Prospective Members’ Nights. Come for an evening and hear our sound, sing along and meet new friends.  The next prospective members’ night is on Tuesday, January 28th at 7.30pm at Jockvale Heritage School, 3131 Jockvale Road, Barrhaven.

For further information check our website http://soundconnection.yolasite.com/ or contact Maxine Mercer, maxinemercer@nl.rogers.com, 613-435-7441

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