July 14

Hwy 17 widening announced Ontario is to widen 22.5 kilometres of Hwy 17 to four lanes between Arnprior and Renfrew. The announcement on July 11 said the project from Scheel Drive to three kilometres west of Bruce Street in Renfrew County would include four new interchanges, and will reduce congestion …

Girl Guides plant flower garden for seniors residence

On June 27 members of the 1st Barry’s Bay Sparks, Brownies Guides, Pathfinder, Ranger Unit helped to plant a community garden at the Barry’s Bay Supportive Housing senior residence on Stafford Street. Communities in Bloom co-chairs Debbie Marshall and Elser Lee Archer were on hand to assist the Unit’s leaders …

Familiar faces at MV Artisan Festival

The 2019 Madawaska Valley Artisan Festival celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event began as an initiative of the Madawaska Valley Arts Council in 1984. It was a two-day event held at the ski hill south of Barry’s Bay and …

Pop Up Art comes to Barry’s Bay

Pop Up Art is travelling around Renfrew County this season and the Madawaska Valley is its next stop. The exhibition, which features eleven local artists inspired by everyday objects from their surroundings, begins with a reception at Madawaska Coffee, 19578 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay from 7 to 9 p.m. on …

Young Valley talent in show

Young Valley musicians Serena and Dexter Sernoskie (above) have a very busy summer job – they are in this year’s Stone Fence Theatre cast of Up at Fred’s Allons-y which starts its season run this week in Rankin. The pair are well known in the Madawaska Valley from their performances …

Karate kids help local non-profits

The Combermere Karate Club (CKC) is dedicated to helping youth learn and appreciate the sport of martial arts. We are equally dedicated to supporting our township and its various clubs and services. We set aside some money and asked groups to send us a short paragraph explaining how they could …

OPP Killaloe news as of July 8

Changes to Highway Traffic Act, Personal Use Trucks and Trailers The Killaloe OPP would like to share information surrounding changes to the Highway Traffic Act related to personal use trucks and trailers. Effective July 1, 2019 pickup trucks and trailers for personal use are exempt from the requirements of an …

July 7

Going away on vacation? Be careful with free hotel wifi Using free hotel wifi when you’re on vacation may expose your confidential data to hackers. Hotel networks have become a favourite target for hackers because in an effort to provide convenience for guests some hotels offer password-free internet access. This …

MV Public Library holds second Community Forum

In 2014 Madawaska Valley Public Library held its first Community Forum when individuals and community groups were asked to assist in composing the Library’s Five Year Strategic Plan. It was great to get to know users better and to understand more completely the needs of the community. We put the …

Extreme heat warning from Renfrew County District Health Unit

A media release received today from the County’s Communications and Emergency Preparedness Co-ordinator, Melissa Botz, says an extreme heat event has been issued for Renfrew County and District. It is important to take steps to prevent heat-related illness during this heat event. Extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat related …