Dr. Jack Kitts Order of Canada Barry’s Bay native, Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH), was named a Member of the Order of Canada last July. Click HERE to read full story.  Dr. Kitts’ investiture took place at TOH on March 14. The TOH announcement said …

Bringing dentistry to rural residents

Newly-arrived dentist, Dr. Zulfar Moledina, credits the staff at Barry’s Bay Family Dental Centre with making a seamless transition. In addition to the Barry’s Bay practice, Dr. Moledina owns several other rural eastern Ontario practices. Despite this, once the decision was made he just took over the next day and …

Heartwood wins $4000 grant

The Current reported the launch of Heartwood Restaurant in Combermere last fall, the product of two sisters sharing a dream to create a gathering place where family and friends can enjoy good food and music. We followed-up with co-owners Becky McPhee and Shanti Nordholt-McPhee about their progress, spurred by what …

Father Mac – a big man in strength and spirit

Of priests we can offer a charmin’ variety, Far renowned for learnin’ and piety. Still I’d advance ye without impropriety, Father O’Flynn is the flow’r of them all. Recently, the first line of that song which my mother used to play and sing around this time of year popped into …

Leaseholders respond to Chippawa Shores changes

On March 7 The Current reported on the delegation made to Madawaska Valley Council in Committee concerning changes to the subdivision/condo application to develop Chippawa Shores. In response to this, The Current has received the following communication from Lindsay Fleming on behalf of himself and other leaseholders who have raised …

OPP Killaloe weekly news Mar. 4-10

During the week of March 4, 2019 to March 10, 2019 there were 79 calls for service for the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), including the Whitney Detachment. There were twelve motor vehicle collisions, seven were animal related. The remaining collisions were deemed minor in nature. There …

Mar.10

Animal protection under threat in Ontario The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) announced early last week that it will no longer, with effect from April 1, be investigating cases of animal cruelty. The OSPCA has performed this role for almost a century. The Ottawa Sun …

Council Clips: MV Council in Committee Mar.5

On March 5 MV Council in Committee (CiC) met to deal with a 315-page Agenda. Open session lasted from 10 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. with a short lunch break. There were two delegations, one from Neptune Technology Group about water meter replacements and one from Neil Enright on behalf of …

Heritage Photo: Grade 5 St. Joseph’s Elementary School

Here’s the Grade 5 school picture that was taken in 1952-53 at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Barry’s Bay.  If you see a mistake and you can make a correction, please let us know. FRONT ROW: Dietmar Selemeyer, Vernon Cousineau, Leo Lepinskie, Sydney Coulas, Anthony Bleskie, Edward Zilney, Kenny Lorbetskie, …

St. Lawrence O’Toole offers a Taste of Italy

St. Lawrence O’Toole provided parishioners with a Taste of Italy spaghetti dinner on March 2. Organizers said the social event was designed to provide an informal, fun meet-and-greet for Rev. Patrick Dobec and community members. Attendees enjoyed a simple, hearty meal of pasta followed by a light dessert. They also …

Amendment for Chippawa Shores development announced

Acting as agent for Combermere Lodge Limited (CLL), Neil Enright (shown above) appeared as a delegation to MV Council in Committee (CiC) on March 5 to give notice that CLL is amending its subdivision/condo application to develop Chippawa Shores. The revised proposal includes a re-zoning application as well as an amended …

OPP warns of money transfer scams

The Current has received the following advice from the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch on how to protect yourself from cheque fraud and money transfer scams Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) and Ontario’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) say money transfer scams extort money …

Thank a snowplow driver

To the Editor: In my Grade 1/2 classroom in Palmer Rapids, we have been learning about citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen. My students have decided that people who help other people are good citizens. While there are many obvious people and occupations that come to …

SWC Pirates performance pleases

The London Times opened its review of the first performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance on April 5 1880 with the following observation: “Mr. Gilbert has a vein of quaint and spontaneous humour as peculiarly his own as any gift ever possessed by the most individual of …