Township sued by former Integrity Commissioner

Madawaska Valley Township’s first Integrity Commissioner, Jack Rosien, has commenced legal proceedings against the Township for breach of contract, The Current has learned. According to documents filed recently in the Superior Court of Justice at Pembroke, Rosien is claiming his contract with the Township was wrongfully terminated because the Township …

Wild Women out west

Red Rock Wash by Kathy Haycock Wild Women, Painters of the Wilderness are a well-established trio of professional award-winning artists living and painting in the Madawaska Valley. Joyce Burkholder, Kathy Haycock and Linda Sorensen (pictured below L-R) each operate a studio/gallery in the area and participate yearly in the Madawaska …

Eat Your Art Out – a sensory extravaganza

Just imagine receiving dried seedhead gifts from woodland creatures, a nod or nuzzle from a unicorn, or a gracious greeting from a Snow Queen and you might awaken to why winter never tasted so good as on February 24 at Eat Your Art Out Mid-Winter Feast at the Lions Hall …

MV Township without CAO

Doug Robertson (pictured above right with Mayor Love) is no longer CAO for the Township of Madawaska Valley with effect from Wednesday Feb. 21. When questioned about this by The Current earlier today, a councillor refused to provide any further information and referred us to Mayor Kim Love. Both Love and …

Neighbours seek economic and tourism development

Local businesses and residents gathered at M&L Hall in Madawaska on Feb. 9 for a meeting entitled Economic & Tourism Development. It was the second of two sessions for South Algonquin Township facilitated by Chris Fullerton, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography & Tourism Studies at Brock …

Madawaska Valley youth speak at Legion

Intermediate Level winners  Photo: Mark Woermke Twelve young people, supported by parents, grandparents and siblings, gathered at the Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay on the morning of Saturday Feb. 17 to participate in Stage One of the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Ontario Command Public Speaking Contest. Of the twelve, …

Update on the Current

Source: Google analytics Feb. 19 2018 Happy Family Day! In its brief existence The Madawaska Valley Current has reached readers far beyond the Valley. Audience numbers have surpassed our expectations. Our website statistics show people accessing the Current from around the world during our first six weeks. Those online readers …

Is the Station back on track?

Railway Station Park, August 2017    Photo: Cathie Corrigan Part 2 in a series on the Railway Station ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RETURNS FOR THE MADAWASKA VALLEY Face of the Valley The Railway Station in Barry’s Bay has been called the “face” of the Madawaska Valley because, for visitors, it is …

Reader’s Theatre: update

Residents who love to read aloud met with Opeongo Podcast Players (OPP) organizer Barry Conway at the Madawaska Valley Public Library on Feb. 17 to plan the first Reader’s Theatre podcast. Conway is the driving force behind a new spoken-word project currently being developed under the guidance of Karen Filipkowski, …

Opeongo Snowbirds bring old snowmobile show to the Valley

Event poster: submitted Cheryl Reid, President of the Opeongo Snowbirds Snowmobile Club, attended the recent Recreation Heritage and Culture Committee meeting seeking use of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station for a vintage snowmobile show. Madawaska Valley agreed the Club could host the event there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. …

Monarch Magic

Carol Peterson, a Madawaska resident, gave an informative and entertaining presentation about Monarch butterflies to members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society on Feb. 15 2018. Peterson’s interest in butterflies began during childhood but metamorphosed into a full-fledged passion during her teaching career when she joined the Monarch Teacher Network. …

Recycling: What are we going to do with it?

Photo: Sharon Gardiner When talking to Stanley (Sam) Dombroskie recently at the Bark Lake landfill about eventually having more recycling depot bins for different products, he asked, “What are we going to do with it?” It’s a really good point. Even though our approach and efforts to recycling are good, …

Reader’s Theatre coming to MV Public Library

Karen Filipkowski (L), CEO Madawaska Valley Public Library with Penny Shulist (R), Library Assistant Photo: Barry Conway Some say it’s about the great story-telling talents of the Madawaska and Bonnechere River Valleys but Barry Conway, a former broadcast journalist and retired university professor who grew up in Barry’s Bay and …