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ORLEANS FARMERS MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Centre on Tenth Line Road. Shop the freshest seasonal produce, meat and dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and more while getting to know the folks who grew and made it.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR OPENING DAY 4-10 PM – Mojo Magic Show 5:30 pm; Craft Beer Night 5-10 pm; Soul Motion on stage 7-10 pm. Visit blackburnfunfair.ca for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR – Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair parade 10 am to 10:30 am. Inflatable rides 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair games outside the arena from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. BBQ 11 am to 3 pm. Ray's Reptiles, 11 am to 12 pm and 1-2 pm. Bouncy Castle inside the arena 11 am to 4 pm. Main stage entertainment 11 am to 5 pm. Beer Garden 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Cake cutting at 1 p.m. 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm: Musical act Fake McCoys followed by Mothership 7-11:45 pm. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. Visit blackburnfunfair.ca for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

ST. HELEN’S FINE ART FAIR from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Helen’s Anglican Church, 1234 Prestone Dr., Orléans. This year’s art fair is supporting the Young Artists Initiative. You can view the artists’ galleries at sthelensartfair.ca and follow on Facebook at facebook.com/sthelensartfair.

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 9 am to 1 pm at the Cumberland Arena, 1115 Dunning Rd. in Cumberland Village. Farmers, bakers, artists, crafters, gardeners, chefs and friends. For more information facebook.com/cumberland.f.market.

GARAGE SALE – 1062 and 1049 Deauville Cres and others 8 am to 4 pm. Rain date Sun. June 2, same hours.. 100s of artist’s tools, canvases, easels, brushes, portfolios etc Household items, children’s books, puzzles, toys and treasures!

 

 

Councillor's Corner

St-Joseph roundabout to become pedestrian friendly

As many of us know, crossing the round-about at St. Joseph Blvd. and Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. as a pedestrian can be a harrowing experience. This roundabout is one of the oldest in Ottawa and was built with a design that required pedestrians to stop and give the right-of-way to vehicles.

This older design is absolutely no longer the standard, and as a result, we are finally seeing the much-needed modernization of the roundabout; installing proper pedestrian crossings (PXOs), which legally give all pedestrians the right-of-way over vehicle.

Those traveling along St. Joseph may have noticed construction cones and signs in place this week in preparation for the work. Construction activities are expected to start as of May 21 and continue until the work is completed, likely mid-summer.

The project manager has advised that, while work is permitted to take place from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days, and that lane reductions will be required within the roundabout with the exception that no lane reductions will be allowed on week-days between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 3:30-6 pm. All lanes are expected to be available during hours that the construction team is not actively working onsite. Work will involve removal and replacement of sections of sidewalk adjacent to the intersection, asphalt and landscaping reinstatement, signs and pavement markings.

Once completed, this location will be upgraded with improved markings on all four legs of the roundabout, with “type B” PXOs that have flashing light beacons, activated by pedestrians with a push-button.

For those looking for a visual example, these are the same style as what is down the road at St. Joseph Blvd. and Trim Road. This change with the added flashing beacons will especially help with increasing visibility of those crossing after dark. This update is truly welcome, and will bring consistency to all of our local roundabouts.

For more info visit: Ottawa.ca/en/parking-roads-and-travel/road-safety/pedestrians.

 

Celebrate Summer event to be held May 31 to June 1

Orléans, I would like to welcome you to the heart of summer in Beacon Hill-Cyrville! As the sun begins to shine brighter and the days grow longer, it’s time to gather for the 12th Annual Celebrate Summer Fair. This two-day event promises a delightful array of activities and entertainment for the whole family. So, dust off those flip-flops, grab your shades and join from May 31 to June 1, behind the Earl Armstrong Arena on Ogilvie Road.

Friday night is karaoke night as always. Take the stage and showcase your vocal talents to kick off the festivities and compete for glory and prizes in our exciting karaoke competition. Saturday is full of free activities! Free pancake breakfast, bouncy castles, face painting, hot dogs and more. Meet and mingle with local leaders, watch a magic show, and groove to the rhythm of local bands by the beer garden.

For thrill-seekers of all ages, the paid ride zone offers an exhilarating array of attractions. From a towering ferris wheel to adrenaline-pumping pirate ship, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Please note that access to the paid ride zone requires a $25 bracelet, available for purchase on-site (cash only).

Celebrate Summer would not be possible without the generous support of our com-munity partners. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Kiwanis Eastern Ottawa, the Beacon Hill Community Association, the Pineview Community Associa-tion, and all the dedicated volunteers who lend their time and talents to make this event a success year after year.

This year, we’re proud to partner with the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard to make a positive impact in the lives of local families facing food insecurity.

Your generosity and donations will help provide essential support to those in need, ensuring that everyone in our community can thrive. Together, let’s spread joy, create lasting memories, and make a difference at Celebrate Summer 2024.

Construction season is here and so is the need for patience

As we head into Ottawa’s fifth unofficial season – construction season – I want to thank you for your patience as we move for-ward on important road infrastructure projects. Road renewal has always been a top priority of mine and the community is set to see major work.

With a significant in-vestment of more than $17 million earmarked for road resurfacing projects this year alone in Orléans South-Navan, many are already under way.

TAmong the larger projects, is the final section of Frank Kenny Road and sections of Innes Road. While the west section of Navan Road continues to be a source of frustration due to ongoing development, I’m working with contractors in that area to improve the condition of the road.

My focus also extends to enhancing active transportation, safety, and accessibility. A front-ending agreement is approved for a signalized intersection at Innes and Lamarche, slated to commence construction later this fall. Meanwhile, Renaud Road’s permanent traffic calming measures project will be completed this summer.

Detailed design on reconfiguring the inter-section of Brian Coburn/Tenth Line is also underway. I am also in discussion with staff about other problematic intersections like Mer Bleue/Décoeur/Copperhead.

The transition includes traffic calming reinstatements and new measures. Rein-statement of flex stakes has already begun and will continue into July. New measures, including new speed boards, will be installed between mid-June to mid-September.

My team diligently tracks all complaints and works with traffic experts to introduce new measures where they have the most impact. I also regularly meet with residents to discuss speeding issues. For regular updates, please sign up for my e-newsletter at catherinekitts.com.

 

Productive discussions lead to progress for east end residents

I spent a few hours two weeks ago with almost one hundred members of our Cumberland Village community discussing issues of road safety in the area. I brought with me a panel of experts, staff and first responders to hear directly from residents about the issues we are facing on Hwy. 174, Old Montréal Road and the surrounding area.

The conversation was respectful and productive, and we are already seeing quick action stemming from the meeting, including changes to speed limits on Old Montreal Road to better reflect volumes, residences and transitions as well as road conditions.

The announcement that the provincial government is going to begin the process to takeover responsibility for the 174 was a welcome one. The additional funding they will be providing throughout the transition will free up city money to make the improvements we need to address pedestrian and road safety throughout the corridor.

During a recent council discussion on the landmark agreement, I was assured that the province is 100 per cent committed to this process, that funds can be used to improve our infrastructure with a view to improving road safety, and that we can and will continue to action the suggestions made at our town hall. This is an example of what can be accomplished when we work together. It takes patience, a willingness to listen, and a clear focus to achieve results.

I want to thank everyone who came out to discuss concerns for both the clarity of expression on the issues we are trying to tackle, and the work done to propose solutions to these issues.

This is how we need to approach almost everything moving forward. Productive conversations start with a genuine willingness to listen and a commitment to set
aside anything that will not help a discussion move in a positive direction. This collaborative attitude is what is making progress easier in the east end – and it is the approach I have taken since 2018. Let’s see more of it.

 

 

 
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Ottawa School of Theatre all ages production of Treasure Island was wonderfully entertaining

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East end hurdlers lead the way at NCSSAA track and field championships

Navan Grads capture the Bogart Cup for the first time in franchise history

13-year-old gymnast wins first international medal

 

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