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Upcoming events

TAPROOM 260 presents Keener and their eclectic mix of high energy classic and alternative rock favourites live and in concert at 260 Centrum Blvd. in the Centrum Plaza starting at 8 p.m. For more information visit

FREE FAMILY SKATE – The Orléans PC Riding Association will be hosting its 2nd Annual Free Family Day Skate on from 2-4pm at the Ron Racette Arena at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road, Free hot beverages served and prize giveaways too!

THE ORLÉANS BREWING CO. presents Oyster Wednesdays every Wednesday from 6-9 pm. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the Innes Road McDonalds.

STRAY DOG BREWING CO. presents The Whiskey Ghost live in their taproom located at 501 Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park. For more information visit

THE QUEENSWOOD HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION presents its annual Winter Festival from 1-4pm in Queenswood Ridge Park on Kennedy Lane East. Enjoy sliding, snow-based games, face-painting and a variety of activities on the outdoor rink.

THE STRAY DOG BREWING COMPANY AND PANDAMONIUM PRODUCTIONS present Nature Pleads Revenge, The Cosmic Crypt, Don’t Tell Sarah and Under The Influence live in their taproom located at 501 Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park. Tickets $20 in advance through Eventbrite. For more information visit



East end park named after Parade of Lights co-organizer
Fred Sherwin
Aug. 17, 2023

Ottawa firefighter Bob Rainboth has been volunteering for various projects and organi-zations for nearly 40 years.

He was just 16 when he volunteered to play for the Ottawa Firefighter Band at the suggestion of his father, Bob Rainboth Sr. who was also a firefighter.

“They needed an extra trumpet in the horn section and my dad told them I played trumpet so I guess you could say he volunteered me for the job,” recalls Rainboth.

In 1992, Rainboth followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Gloucester Fire Department and continued to volunteer as a hockey official and coach.

1992 was also the year that he co-chaired the very first Santa Claus Parade with the late Jim Anderson.

“Back then the parade used to start at the Gloucester Arena and end at Place d’Orléans. It was 12.5 kilometres,” says Rainboth.

In 1996, after learning out night time Christmas parades in other cities, Rainboth suggested that the parade be shortened to its present route from Youville Drive and turned into its current format, Santa’s Parade of Lights.

“(Jim) thought it was a great idea. Unfortunately, he passed away a couple of months later and never got to see it,” explains Rainboth.

Some of the other projects and organi-zations he has been involved with include the Ottawa and National Fallen Firefighters Memorials, the Gloucester Minor Hockey Association and the Rideau Canoe Club.

For all the work his done, Rainboth was recently honoured by having a park named after him.

Bob Rainboth Park is located in Beacon Hill, immediately behind his house.

When he first found out about the honour he though it might be an April Fool’s joke, only it wasn’t April.

“It’s a pretty cool experience,” says Rain-both. “Humbling beyond belief. I’ve played with my kids in that park almost every day. I was even the ice rink attendant there before the pandemic.”

During the dedication ceremony, Rain-both was joined by his wife and their two kids along with members of the Ottawa Fire Service Band who performed for the occasion.Beacon Hill, Innes city councillor Tim Tierney made the suggestion to name the park in Rainboth’s honour in recognition of his lifelong commitment to serving the community. For his part Rainboth is extremely hon-oured at having been given the distinction while he’s still alive.

“This is the type of honour they usually give you after your dead,” jokes Rainboth, who was relieved to find out that having a park named after you doesn’t mean you’re responsible for it’s upkeep. “I don’t have to cut the grass,” laughs Rainboth.



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