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.

Remembering fallen officers

The History of Constable Hiram O'Callaghan

I have always felt that history is a large part of our lives and our communities and I’ve also always had a keen interest in history, hence my degree in History from Carleton University.  There are certain parts of our ward that have history we don’t even realize sometimes, such as Watterson’s Corners, known to most people as the corner of First Line Road and Century Road.  I had a conversation about this corner once with Aubrey Moodie about the proposal to locate South Carleton High School at this very site, but today I’d like to let you know about Constable Hiram O’Callaghan.

There is a good chance that everyone has driven over Hiram O’Callaghan Bridge at some point.  This bridge is the final bridge on Highway 416 before you enter North Grenville and leave the City limits, just south of Dilworth Road.  It was named in 2009, along with four other local bridges after fallen officers.  Constable O’Callaghan was a World War I veteran having served with the 156th Battalion in France.  Having only been appointed to the Department of Highways as a Provincial Traffic Officer eight months earlier, Constable O’Callaghan passed away on January 12, 1928, 85 years ago this past Saturday.  At the time of his death, O’Callaghan was patrolling the highway between Kemptville and Ottawa when he got into a head on collision near Watterson’s Corners.  At that time, of course, Century Road was the Highway as Old Highway 16 (Prince of Wales) and Highway 416 were still years away from being built.

85 years later, we remember Constable Hiram O’Callaghan, as well the 13 Ottawa area officers who fell after him, also in the line of duty.  Constable O’Callaghan was 43 years old and left behind a wife and six children.

Richmond Village Association AGM

The Richmond Village Association is hosting their Annual General Meeting on February 5th at St. Paul’s United Church, beginning at 7:30pm.  It is a unique situation that I am speaking about the RVA today but the reality is that they need your help, they need volunteers.  Coming in to the 2013 AGM, the Richmond Village Association is seeking to fill the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  I hope that you will consider volunteering for this important community organization so that it can continue to organize events that make Richmond a better place to live.

The RVA and its volunteers are actively involved in the Christmas Parade and Lighting of the Park, the Christmas Banner program, beautification of the village and the Richmond Clean-up each spring.  At the 2013 AGM, the Association will elect a new Board of Directors and begin planning for events to be held throughout the year.  Without volunteers, it is very difficult for these events to proceed.  I hope to see some new volunteers and board members at the Annual General Meeting on February 5, 2013.

Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Applications are now being accepted for the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 18, 2013. The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation program has attracted more than 1,000 applications highlighting on-farm innovations since its inception in 2007. 

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program encourages the development of our rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.

The program recognizes up to 45 Regional Award recipients across the province who receive a plaque, wordmark and a gate sign, as well as $5,000; a Premier’s Award ($75,000); a Minister’s Award ($50,000); and, three Leaders in Innovation Awards ($25,000).

A farmer, primary producer, processor, or agri-food related organization are all eligible for recognition under this initiative. Applicants must be in compliance with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal legislation that apply to the operation of the innovation.

Examples of innovation areas include, but are not limited to:

  • improved business practices
  • response to consumer demands (eg., new product development, value added, marketing, strategic alliances, local food)
  • environmental stewardship
  • health and safety
  • energy and bio-economy
  • food safety and traceability
  • education and marketing of the agriculture and food industry to society

This year’s applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013. Eligible applications will be reviewed by two independent panels comprised of a cross-section of Ontario’s agri-food industry. Additional information, guidelines and application forms are available on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website or by calling the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.

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.