CGYHA Street Party Success! by Lisa Geraghty

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Photos: Courtesy of Mike Curtin


After the disappointing postponement due to rain, our community was treated to an evening of glorious weather and an outstanding turnout at the Annual CGYHA Street Party. Our volunteer chefs, Adam MacArthur and Gareth Mercer, served up hamburgers and hotdogs to over 150 neighbours, along with fresh corn, watermelon, drinks and chips. This year’s hosts, Jimmy, Sunny and Ben Kim, created a safe area on their driveway for the our youngest neighbours. Kids enjoyed a tattoo station, ring toss, bean bag toss and a water balloon race while neighbours welcomed those new to our community, met some new friends and caught up with old ones.

Thank you to Robinson’s Your Independent Grocer and Miller’s Farm and Market who donated the food and refreshments. Special thanks goes to all of our neighbours who volunteered their time and resources and to our Events Director, Darlene Mercer, who coordinated everything to make it happen!!!!

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CGYHA Street Party Postponed by Lisa Geraghty

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In hopes of better weather, the CGYHA Street Party is postponed until tomorrrow.

Sunday, September 7th from 4 pm – 8 pm.

1227 Upton Road 

CGYHA Artists to Participate in Studio Tour September 13-14 by Lara Charlebois

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Three Artist Studio stops within the CGYC Neighborhood are participating in the 2014 North Gower Kars Discovery Tour. Variety is the hallmark of the Discovery Tour, and this year’s Tour, September 13th & 14th, from 10-5, promises to be the most interesting yet.
This year’s Tour is the biggest ever with 16 stops and 34 participants, including visual artists in all media; potters with very different styles, materials and techniques; a weaver; a metal jewellery maker and a custom woodworker. To ensure the Tour’s high quality, all participants and stop venues are juried into the Tour. All stops are within a 16km by 14km area, making it an easy day outing.
A number of Tour participants will be demonstrating their work throughout the Tour. This year you can win a door prize, another of the Tour’s special features. Another plus: admission is free to all stops. (Donations are welcomed to the food bank.)
Be sure to visit your neighbours at stops #13, #14 and #15, and support their involvement in our local arts community:

At Stop #13 (6550 Rideau Valley Dr North), chat with photographer Susan Preston and see her beautiful prints, and find functional and artistic turned wood bowls and pepper grinders by David Harper.

Meet five artists at Stop #14 (6648 Marina Dr). Admire the diverse work of potters Lara Charlebois, Suzanne Snook, and Jean Jaffe watch demos and try your hand at throwing pots at the wheel. View lovely Oil & acrylic paintings by Sheila M. King, and sumptuous watercolours by artist B. Jane Magee. 

At Stop #15 (6431 Clingin Lane), meet watercolour media artist Rosalie Daly Todd whose art features the human form, Heather Linttell painter of florals and landscapes, and watercolour/acrylic painter Ann McDonald and admire their gorgeous paintings. 

Enjoy the scenery of farms, forests and the Rideau, sample award winning restaurants, and learn about the diverse art and farm products that come from the area. And there’s much more to view and buy: wood and stone sculptures and carvings; birdfeeders, birdhouses and feeders, felt jewellery and scarves; hemp clothing, ethnic and recycled vintage jewellery. There is even a provider of quality alpacas and alpaca products. And visitors can buy fall plants and décor, pumpkins and produce at Miller’s Farm, Market and Garden Center in Manotick, another returning participant in the tour.

For information and a brochure:

Test Your Household Water by Lisa Geraghty

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As residents of a rural community, household water comes from private wells. The safety of that water is the responsibility of individual homeowners. To protect the members of your household, ensure that  “well water is tested for bacteria three times a year and after major plumbing work.”*City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa offers free well water testing with rural drop-off locations close to our community. For more information on maintaining healthy well water and the rural drop-off schedule, use the following link:


Family Fun Day in the Park by Lisa Geraghty

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Last Saturday, our neighbourhood “Family Fun Day in the Park” was a great success! Over 30 kids on bikes, trikes and in strollers were escorted to Echo Park by Ottawa Fire Services.  “Bri The Cowguy” thrilled the audience with his daring magic tricks and zany antics. Kids young and old participated in sack races, a tug of war, face painting and tattoo station. Hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings were served up along with snacks and refreshments, sponsored by Councillor Moffatt.

Thanks to all who donated their time, services and resources: Michael, Gareth, Lisa, Darlene, Tammy, Cassandra, Sean, Angelo, Karen, Marv, Jimmy, Bruce, M.J, Andrew and more! The event would not have been possible without the help of our neighbours and the efforts of our Events Coordinator, Darlene Mercer.



Ladies’ Nine & Dine by Nancy Mandigo

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The Carleton Golf and Yacht Club invited ladies in the neighbourhood to a “Nine & Dine”on Tuesday, June 3. There was no golf experience necessary and Club Members volunteered to play in each foursome. Chef Peter produced an amazing Italian Meal and, judging by the volume of chatter in the Dining Room, the neighbourhood was having a great time.

Lost & Found at Community Garage Sale

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Thank you to everyone who made the Annual Carleton Golf & Yacht Community Garage Sale a great success this year! Please be sure to thank Darlene for organizing another successful event!

A set of keys was found at 6442 Rideau Valley Dr. They include a Chevy key and a mailbox key. If you are the owner please contact us and we will get them back to you asap!