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Rink Status Update

Looks like the rink will be closed on Tuesdays (not Mondays), and weekdays run earlier, from 5pm to 8pm. There’s a hope for it to be ready by January 13th. Current schedule and other information at Here’s the message from our rink coordinator…

Subject: Re: Champlain Rink Opening – ODR
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2020 19:38:40 +0000
From: Jason I <>

Hello. I have the supervision schedule all set for next week. I have 4 high school volunteers.

The city pushed back the opening of rinks to Monday January 13. It’s supposed to rain Friday and Saturday.

The plan is to go to the rink Thursday with a snow plow to pack down the snow that’s there. Then let the rain cover the rink for 2 days. Then it should be up and running next week with the cold weather.

It might not be ready Monday but it will be ready shortly after.

I have two or three people that have offered to help with maintenance. I will definitely need help next week.

Jason Ilacqua.

Bike Minds (story telling) – January 29

Bike Minds – tales of the bicycle

[Bike Minds logo of Head silhouette thinking about a Bicycle]

Picture a cyclist, and what do you see – a well-to-do downtowner riding a “fixie”, or a sporty suburbanite clad in Lycra? Look a little deeper though, and you may be surprised by what you find.

BIKE MINDS is a storytelling event where positive and inspiring bike-related stories are shared in front of a live audience from a diverse range of storytellers. Our mission is to change the way you think about people who ride bikes.
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Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2020-01-06

This week’s topics:

  • STEP in January – Tailgating and stop signs.
  • Beware of thin ice – Rivers and lakes.
  • New records check fee – Volunteers too.
  • Taking a winter vacation? – Break-ins, tips.
  • Safety for seniors – Tips about things from scams to abuse.

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Winter Session Activities Starting in January

All of our local activities are continuing on in January. See the full calendar for a date oriented view. Here’s a list of the classes and clubs in alphabetical order:

Marcella Winship Obituary

Kelly passes on this obituary:

Marcella Winship, a longtime resident of Clearview Avenue (near the corner of Patricia), has died in Magog, Que., at the age of 84. She is remembered fondly by neighbours as a kind, thoughtful person who was very engaged in community life, just as she was proudly enthusiastic to be Canadian. Condolences to her husband David and three children and good friend Amy (Steele) Kempster. Please see the attached notice on The service is Saturday, with visitation on Friday.

Winter Carnival – January 25

The Champlain Park Winter Carnival is coming soon! Saturday January 25th, 12-3 pm at the Field House. Details to follow for fun filled activities, but currently we’re looking for volunteers for:

  • Making a Chili for the chili contest (great prizes for the winners)
  • Providing some baked goods (make or fake, we won’t tell)
  • Help with outdoor games and fun
  • Helping in the kitchen
  • Set up/clean up
  • Ticket sales

Volunteers can contact or 613-799-1770 to help out.

Thanks, Erin

[Horse Drawn Sleigh from 2016 Carnival]

Christmas Tree Recycling

Once Christmas is done, you can bring your natural Christmas tree to the baseball diamond backstop fence for the winter carnival (wind break – stop that north wind, so prop them up against the north side fence) and February’s community bonfire (combustion!). But please make sure all decorations have been removed.

Of course, there’s also the usual City of Ottawa green bin / yard waste recycling program that takes them too (again, no decorations or plastic tree wrappers).