As of Jan.26 at 10:30 a.m. Ontario reports 5,909 deaths due to COVID-19 (+63)         
    Positive COVID-19 cases in Ontario now total of 258,700 (+1,740)          
    There are 229,755 resolved cases (+2,261) in the province          
      As of Jan.26 at 12:04 p.m. Renfrew County & District reports no change with 2 deaths and a total of 297 positive COVID-19 cases                
    There are now 294 resolved cases (+1) in the district          



Renfrew County home sales continue breaking records

Record-breaking year end home sales figures are just in from the Renfrew County Real Estate Board (RCREB). The average price of homes sold last month was $325,528 which represents a ...
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Recent police bulletins

Bancroft OPP investigate snowmobile fatality Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on January 22, 2021 members of the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Hastings County Paramedics responded to ...
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Reader responds to Strack opinion

OPINION The Current has received the following comments from a Madawaska Valley reader who disagrees with Brenda Strack's article entitled "Falling prey to deception." Additional comments from other readers can ...
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Falling prey to deception

OPINION One of the most controversial topics of discussion that has surfaced among our communities and news broadcasts for the past several months surrounds vaccination. While some are celebrating the ...
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Are you over 65 and need a little help around the house? Access Work Services and Opeongo Seniors have partnered to offer low income seniors in the Barry's Bay area ...
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Baby it’s cold outside says Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

As the thermometer continues to dip, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society reminds pet guardians to take extra precautions to keep animals safe during cold weather. When the temperature drops ...
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Hardwood Lake fire under investigation

On January 22, 2021 at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan Fire Department along with the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to the area of ...
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Drugs seized in simultaneous raids in Pembroke

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) has seized illegal drugs in Pembroke. On January 20, 2021, as part of an ongoing investigation, CSCU members, ...
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Dental hygiene an essential service

Now that we are in a stricter provincial lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19, some of us wonder what businesses are open and what services we can access. Dental ...
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Legion hard at work despite closure

During Ontario’s stay-at-home orders, the Barry’s Bay Legion building is closed to the public; but rest assured Legion members are continuing to serve local veterans and the community. Branch 406 ...
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Yakabuski gives update on Digital Main Street program

The following information was received on Jan.21 from John Yakabuski, MPP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke: Ontario’s Digital Main Street Program and Student Digital Service Squads were launched as a $57 million partnership between ...
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RCDHU reports another COVID death

A media release received at 11:45 a.m. on Jan.21 from Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) reads as follows: Today, RCDHU is reporting that of the 297 people who ...
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The inside story of Combermere’s new Fire Rescue Truck

In a wide-ranging interview with The Current, Madawaska Valley Fire Chief Corwin Quade discussed Fire Department news and proudly displayed the many features of the South Hall’s new Fire Rescue ...
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Tree of Lights surpasses goal

Submitted by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation Thanks to the incredible support of the community, the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is pleased to report that it has surpassed its ...
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New social connections for people living with dementia

The Dementia Society's new Make a Connection Take a Break Program—serving Ottawa, Renfrew, Prescott-Russell and Lanark Counties—creates new virtual and in-person social connections for people living with dementia in the ...
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County and Province offer emergency child care for essential service providers

The following media release received Jan.22 from the County of Renfrew provides links so essential service providers can apply for Emergency Child Care. The Province of Ontario and the County ...
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“No ice is safe ice” say OPP as Snowmobile Safety Week begins with fatalities

Two fatal snowmobile incidents over the weekend have the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warning snowmobilers to stay off frozen waterways, while the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) urges them ...
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Recent and upcoming Canadian fiction to read in your comfy chair

Winter is a great time for reading; there’s nothing like curling up in a comfy chair with a good book and a hot beverage on a cold day. And in a ...
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Official update: no patient cases, no outbreak at SFMH

The following is a joint media release received Jan.18 from St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) and Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU). It provides an update to our article ...
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Bite-sized news at Jan.17

To help the Visutskie family of Wilno after house fire A Community account has been opened at the Northern Credit Union in Barry's Bay at 19630 Opeongo Line. Donations can ...
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OPP explain COVID enforcement

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is requesting that Ontarians voluntarily comply with the new Stay-at-Home Order to limit mobility outside their homes, except for essential reasons, to limit the spread ...
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New funding for tourism operators, small businesses

The following information was received Jan.15, 2021 from Melissa Marquardt, Tourism Development Officer, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association. See below for details of a new Capital Projects funding stream (TRIP-Capital Projects Stream) being delivered ...
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Commencing Jan.14 all MV supermarket shoppers must wear masks

In light of the provincial and local COVID-19 case count and for the safety of their staff, customers and community, both supermarkets in Barry's Bay will require mandatory masks or ...
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Update on Valley COVID-19 vaccine roll out

Renfrew County & District Health Unit has provided the following media release: “RCDHU has been advised that we can expect to receive Pfizer and/or Moderna vaccines in early February, but ...
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Puppies delight Valley seniors

In Barry’s Bay for a vet appointment on January 4, Andrea Budarick decided to call both the Manor and Champlain Gardens (formerly Water Tower Lodge) to see if she could ...
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