Galetta Tribune - August 2023

Galetta Tribune - August 2023

The Last Word

The people are all gone….the tents are down…the yard has been swept clean of all the litter…and now is the time to start getting ready for next year's event. When we have our August meeting on the 28th of this month, part of it will be dedicated to reviewing what we did right and what we could do better.  As long as the conversation is progressive and respectful, this portion of the meeting will continue so as many people as possible can contribute their opinion.

Once again we wish to express our thanks to: Power Generation, Home Hardware, Sanders Farm, McGowans Christmas Trees, M&R Feeds and Farm Supply, Hearts, The Bearded Bowler, Lynn  Howard, Rona's Arnprior and Thirty-One for all their prize donations and to the Needham Family for their kind donation of all the corn.

A special thank you to all the volunteers that showed up and made this all so possible. Special kudos go out to Emily and Rachel, whose imagination and drive pulled this all together and made it all look so easy. Also, to Raymond who kept everyone on track and looked after all the finer details and all the other tasks he took upon himself just to make sure it all came together in an orderly fashion, we give you a most sincere thank you.

I know I have missed some people who we owe our gratitude and I am sorry where I am missing anyone.

Rummage Sale

The next big event in the horizon is The Great Galetta Garage Sale. Anyone looking for treasures and bargains? Then this is the place to come. This world-renowned event is sorely lacking in items for us to flog this year so, for any donations you can make, just drop them off at the garden shed behind the garage at the community centre.  Remember, one man's trash is another man's treasure. But please, no computers or TVs because we do not have the facilities to test or display them properly.

Dog Run

Our Dog Run is a facility that has been popular in the past. The ice rink sits empty looking, lost and forlorn by itself in the summer but it makes a great place to take the pups and let the wee beasts run amuck.  They get the opportunity to burn off some energy and make new friends and, once they are rid of the ya yas, then they are ready for doggie school.

Newest Additions
Our village has grown this summer by two.  Earlier this summer Kate and Dave presented us a new addition Branden. So now Gabriel has a brother that he can teach all the ways and means around  Mum and Dad. Also, we have Holly and Andrew showing off their latest pride and joy Finley, a great addition for Liam.


......There you have it. Pretty soon the air will be alive with the sounds of bells and whistles pretend cannon fire, and the noise of great battles against all evil doers. So now is the time to practise slowing down when driving through the village keeping an eye open for future pirates and space cadets that would be looking for plunder and adventure.

Thank you all and see you at the next meeting on August 28th at 7PM



Galetta Tribune – July 2023

Galetta Tribune – July 2023

150th Birthday Bash.
Of course the lead story is the upcoming birthday party. Time is getting close and details and plans are being finalized. It is incredible the number of items and things that need to be arranged and the hours and sweat and tears that have gone into this project so far. And it is only going to get busier so, if anyone can spare a few hours before during or after the event, it would be gladly appreciated. (Contact Rachel Brace at 613 864 3725 to volunteer).

Cannot say thank you enough to Emily, Rachel, and Raymond for all your hard work and sacrifice.
And the events just keep adding up. We not only have good old-time country music... we have Irish dancers… we have vendors (if you are a vendor and would like to participate please contact Rachel Brace at 613 864 3725)… we have games …we have snow cones and pop corn… we have prizes and we have me MC’ing at least part of the event.  

We only have a limited number of tickets available for Willowmarsh BBQ and limited seating so people are allowed to bring their own picnic lunch and lawn chairs. Call Emily at: 343 777 3113 for tickets. 


Rummage Sale
In all the whirl and hubbub of birthday celebrations we have been ignoring our most famous of all Rummage Sale. As a result, donations are lagging this year but anyone coming out to our birthday bash will have the perfect opportunity to drop off any gently used items. Please remember no electronics as we do not have the room or facilities to test them. So clean out your closets empty out your garage and bring all your treasures with you when you come to the celebrations. Items can also be dropped off anytime in the garden shed behind the garage at the community center.

Kudos to Us - Neighbourhood Watch
So glad to report that this past week we scared off someone who was casing the village. Numerous reports kept coming in of a small grey silver car in the village and the occupants would be seen checking out people’s backyards. When the would be hoods were confronted they would scramble back into their car and speed away - one time actually speeding down Darwin street driving the wrong way down a one way street. After posting warnings on Facebook and What’s up Galetta the reports of stranger's activity ceased. So congratulations to all of us for a job well done or for being really good at spying on our neighbours.


Playcare for the Tots
With the humidex hitting plus 35 this past week we have been opening the community center has a cooling station.
It was Grandma Laura who struck upon the idea of having a play date with all the neighbouring kids in the community center basement. This is a great idea because, even though we all want to see our children out in the sunshine playing, they to are prone to heat or sun stroke. So yes… let’s bring them all together in a comfortable environment where they can make new fiends learn social skills and just be kids while the parents can have some adult conversation. If anyone is interested keep on eye on Facebook and all those interested can make arrangements there.


Our Webpage
In April 2022 our former web page ( was updated to a new one. Since then, everyone has been automatically forwarded to the new page at: when ever they logged on. Effective August 1st, the old web page will be taken down. So this means we have to change your bookmark to: if you are still using the former address.

There you have it folks ...another edition of The Tribune put to bed and, before I forget yet again, thanks to Sue H for putting up the Face book page at:


Galetta Tribune June 2023

Community Gardens
Unfortunately this project has to be delayed until next year so we can follow proper protocols to get approval. Responsibility for this falls squarely at my feet and no one else and for this I do apologize. Even though we technically do not need city approval to do this as it is not a permanent structure it isn’t prudent to get the reputation of being a renegade.

150th Galetta Anniversary Birthday Bash
The date is closing fast and anyone who wishes to volunteer please contact Emily at (343) 777-3113

Rummage Sale
In all the whirlwind of activity we have neglected to mention or remind people that we are still holding our annual rummage sale so any gently used items or clothes would be greatly appreciated. Please remember no electronics as we do not have the facilities to test these items nor to display them properly. All items can be dropped off in the garden shed behind the garage at the community center.

This is our biggest fundraiser if the year so any donations will be appreciated.

A quick phone call by Sue H. to city officials and it was confirmed that our community center is a licensed banquet facility with a capacity of 80 people and has always been. This means anyone who wishes to rent our hall can come in prepare and cook and serve their meal using our kitchen.

Another slight but hugely significant change one might notice is the removal of all signage stating our water had a high sodium content and should be avoided by people on a low sodium diet. Health officials confirmed that there was more salt in one french fry than there was in a glass of water. Where these signs stating people on a restricted diet couldn’t drink our water was a mystery to them and were not issued by the city of Ottawa.

So there you have it great news.

If you're planning a birthday party, a celebration, a family reunion or even a wedding reception come on down to Galetta for your one stop shopping  (cost $25/hr for hall rental $25 charge to use the kitchen)

Thank you one and all.


Galetta Tribune May 2023

Emergency Preparedness Committee. At long last our EPC met with city officials to go over plans drawn up by their chairperson Ken and his committee and frankly the city officials were impressed. Turns out the city and the province are now only just starting to get their own plans drawn up which means Galetta is miles ahead of everyone else. It looks like it’s going to be a tough slog to go forward with anything our committee has put forward but we shall persevere and keep you posted.

Community Gardens.  We have submitted our plans for a community garden to the city officials and now we wait …..and we wait…….and we wait some more. It would be a shame to see this idea fall by the wayside because Grandma Laura has some great ideas like getting the tiny tots involved and the guides and embers and maybe spark an interest in the young ones to start their own garden if not now maybe in later years. Also ,come later in the summer offer canning and preserving lessons with the harvest from our own gardens to anyone who maybe interested. I have been tinkering with the idea of listing the Galetta Community Ass as a subsidiary of Volkswagen and see if we could tap into some of that $13 billion the governments are offering VW so we could finance our gardens.

Next meeting is May 29th at 7 PM because of the Victoria Day holiday.

Thank you Norm

Galetta Tribune March 2023

It’s hard to believe that your new executive is already four months into its term and has hit the ground running with several projects in the works.
The biggest and most complex project is making our community center available in case of disaster and working in conjunction with the West Carleton Disaster Relief Ass. I strongly urge anyone with any ideas, opinions or expertise to please come to our next meeting on March 27th at 7PM. and voice your opinion.


Kitchen Upgrade
One of the things that is hindering us the most is our kitchen and its need to be upgraded. Our secretary Emily has taken on this project and has found it not to be such a daunting task as one would think but still requires a lot of sweat equity. Huge thank you sent her way for all her hard work.
150th Celebration


Galetta is 150 years old. This little hamlet has an amazing and busy history and to celebrate we are going to have a birthday bash so stay tuned for an  interesting fun event.

Community Gardens
This project has been brought up before and stalled out but this time we have a force behind it. Our friendly neighbour Laura has taken this on and is willing to organize and spearhead this venture. Imagine in these days if high food prices being able to wander over to the gardens and pick fresh vegetables that you help grow under  Laura’s expertise. If this is successful there is the possibility of expanding to harvesting wild and domestic fruit and planting herbs and spices.

We receive a lot of our funding from the city of Ottawa but to receive these funds we have to prove to the city we are making an effort to raise money on our own.  Presently we do euchre tournaments during Feb and November and we also do the world-famous Great Galetta Garage Sale in October but we could and should change our fundraising model so it isn’t so labour-intensive.

There you have it folks busy days ahead lots to do and get involved with so each and everyone is invited to come to our next meeting MARCH 27TH at 7 PM and bring your ideas and opinions.

Thank you all
Norm R