May Long Weekend in the Valley

Smiling faces were a feature at this year’s Bay Day, as can be seen from the photos below. The annual event was arranged by Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA) Co-chairs Marcia Rutledge and Ted Williamson. Kids enjoyed family-friendly activities such as a bouncy castle, balloon creations by Terry Newcombe …

Young entrepreneurs compete for Kids Biz title

This year’s Bay Day saw the return of Kids Biz. Sponsored by Northern Credit Union (NCU), the contest was open to students from all grades (ages 7 to 17) to compete for prizes awarded for attributes including originality, presentation and skill. The competition was organized by social media consultant Travis …

May 19

MV gets FireSmart on Bay Day At Bay Day on May 18 the Madawaska Valley Fire Department handed out Community Wildfire Preparedness education materials for all ages. Chief Fire Officer Corwin Quade said MV was successful in a recent grant application to FireSmart Canada. The national program received applications from …

Madawaska Coffee Co. opens café in Barry’s Bay

Sarah and Neil Wright of Madawaska Coffee Co. announced their café expansion plans with a characteristically witty social media post entitled, “We’re spilling the beans.” On Saturday May 18 (Bay Day) their café opens at 19578 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay with Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love doing the official ribbon-cutting. …

Stone Fence Theatre plans exciting 2019 season

2019 season features Up at Fred’s – Allons-y!, a Cuban concert and the new Stone Fence Theatre Showband Up at Fred’s – Allons-y! For fifty years or so, “Fred’s” – the Hotel Chapeau in Chapeau, Quebec – was the destination of choice for diners, drinkers, and dancers, lumbermen, hunters and soldiers, tourists and locals, celebrities …

Motorcyclists, off-roaders and boaters at risk say OPP

With motorcyclists, off-roaders and boaters expected in large numbers this long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is raising awareness of behaviours and contributing factors that are common in deaths across all three of these seasonal recreational driver/user classes. (All data applies to 2018 in OPP-jurisdictions): Driving too fast for …

Innovative art show attracts large gathering

Pop Up Art Renfrew County launched at Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville on May 2. The travelling art exhibition features eleven Renfrew County artists whose creative practices are very different but whose works in this exhibition have a common theme: each work was inspired by an ordinary object and tells …

Council Clips from MV Council in Committee meeting May 7

On May 7 Council in Committee dealt with a 289-page Agenda. Councillor Ernie Peplinski declared a Pecuniary Interest relating to the request from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 for partial exemption of municipal taxes. The meeting lasted most of the day.   Three delegations The meeting began with three …

May 12 2019

MV Council discusses 2019 budget providing for 1.9 percent tax increase At its May 6 Special Council meeting to deal with the 2019 budget, MV Council reviewed a “very preliminary” draft that projected a 1.9 percent increase in taxes. Readers may recall that Council gave direction to staff about budget …

Opinion poll

Public question period At its last meeting Hastings Highlands Township Council passed a motion adding a second public question period to its Council meetings. It already provided for one question period at the end of each meeting, but has now added one at the beginning. This will allow attendees, according …