Sale of ski hill completed

Updated Feb. 17 2019: After publication of the article below, we received the following information from the new owner’s representative in Toronto: Unfortunately it will not be a commercial ski operation. I am sorry to let you know that. But the owner is very respectful about the local sentiment and will keep …

Valley business profile: TRO Social Media Agency

Valley business owner Travis Richards grew up in Barry’s Bay and graduated from Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS). His business, Travis Richards Office (TRO), is a social media agency that provides marketing support to small business owners. He said established businesses sometimes get “stuck” and fail to consider new …

Syrian refugee family now in Canada

Some members of Madawaska Valley Friends of New Canadians (MVFONC) travelled to Ottawa airport to meet the Alshhadat family arriving on Valentine’s Day from Jordan. Ayman Alshhadat, his wife Marah and their children (Imad 5 years, Sedrat 3 years, Mays 1 year) were at last reunited with members of Ayman’s …

SWC students to present Pirates of Penzance

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC)’s Don Bosco Drama Club presents its seventeenth production, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. The SWC students will perform at Madawaska Valley District High School at 7 p.m. on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday March …

Young speakers at Barry’s Bay Legion

Ten young people from the Valley, supported by family members and friends, participated in Stage One of the annual Royal Canadian Legion public speaking competition at Barry’s Bay on February 9. One speaker is home schooled and the other nine attend local schools: George Vanier, St. John Bosco, Killaloe PS …

Death of Barry’s Bay man investigated by OPP

The Current has received information that the OPP are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of local man, Sylvester Glysinskie, who passed away on January 19 at the age of 79.  Sgt. Cynthia Savard of OPP Smith Falls confirmed on February 11 that the death is being investigated by the OPP but …

Students plan movie night for hospital

The Student Activity Council (SAC) at Madawaska Valley District High School and Sherwood School will hold a movie night on Friday, February 22 to raise funds for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The students plan to show the animated adventure film “The Incredibles 2.” Entry is free but the students hope …

Northern Credit Union holds annual meeting

Northern Credit Union (NCU) held its Branch Annual Meeting for delegates and members of the Barry’s Bay Branch on February 6. Branch Manager Lynn Beauchamp and Delegate Chairman Mark Willmer told The Current about the successes of the past year. Willmer thanked Florence Dombroskie and David Afelskie for their many …

Podcasts for Valley listeners

Podcasts provide an easy and inexpensive way to connect with fascinating people and topics – and increasingly with Valley events. Some readers may not be aware that local groups such as Opeongo Readers’ Theatre and St. John Bosco School students have produced podcasts. The concept of podcasts has been building …

Council projects tax increase of up to 2.5 percent

MV Council in Committee (CiC) held an all-day Finance and Administration meeting on February 7 to discuss priorities and goals, and guide staff for budget purposes. Municipal staff provided Council with the capital requests, departmental considerations, and overall budget changes or impacts from provincial agencies. Acting Treasurer Amanda Hudder presented …

Review: Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page

This novel, a study of a 70-year marriage, is about ordinary people but is extraordinary in quality. Harry Miles, a sensitive man with a love of poetry, meets Evelyn Hill and falls in love immediately. He describes her personality when he first meets her:  “She had an appetite for the better …

MV realtor comments on provincial review

Editor’s Note: The Current has received the following opinion about the proposed review of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act discussed in an article dated Feb. 4. Click HERE to read it.   I offer kudos to the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) and the government for looking …

OPP schools broomball tournament at Wilno and Killaloe

The 44th annual OPP/Schools Broomball Tournament took place on February 6 at Wilno and Killaloe Rinks. Five local schools participated: Killaloe PS, Palmer Rapids PS, St. Andrews, St. John Bosco, St. Michaels. George Vanier originally planned to participate but was unavailable when the tournament had to be re-scheduled because of …