Valley residents keep cool on Canada Day

Levi Summers approves of his face as painted by Justina Sadecki at the Legion

Canada Day celebrations in the Valley included cooling stations as volunteers offered residents the chance to beat the heat on our nation’s 151st birthday.  Red and white-clad visitors seeking shelter appreciated the awnings, sun shades and air conditioning available throughout the Madawaska Valley. Organizers moved activities under cover in temperatures up to 33.4 degrees.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay provided plenty of fun family activities.

From left: Brayden and Myles Biernaskie show off their Fire Dept. loot, along with parents Allison Forbes and Luke Biernaskie. Avery and Adeline Foss display their Canada Day outfits. Heather Poliquin on desk duty at the Legion.

Merita Etmanskie keeps the Canada Day cakes cool indoors while outside Theresa Prince (left) and Heather Tessier (seated) watch as Mazzy Beasley, Sophia Beasley, Ellie Kuiack try to guess the value of Gary Van Lare’s customized Harley Davidson motorcycle.

From left: Paul Bloskie and son A.J. enjoy a friendly slotcar race. Pearl Smith, Liz Beasley, Sophia Beasley guess the number of candies in the jars at Gwynne Foster’s table.

Over at the Railway Station, Madawaska Valley CEO Sue Klatt (not pictured) and staff, Mushana Schroeder and Rhea Sabatine (below from left), offered a cooling station along with lemonade, popcorn and cupcakes.

Flags were proudly displayed at the Wilno Heritage Park and Polish Kashub Heritage Museum.


The Polish Kashub Heritage Museum attracted visitors into the shady heritage log buildings. Special exhibits for 2018 include  the 160th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Kashubs in Canada and a commemoration of community members who fought in the Polish Forces from 1918-1921. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Wilno Heritage Society.


From left: Kalianna Coulas went back to school to colour this blue flower. Museum curator, Shirley Mask Connolly took advantage of the sunshine to bring the hats and Photo Booth outdoors.

Despite the heat, many visitors and residents attended events throughout the Madawaska Valley. The Current caught up with A.J. and Paul Bloskie again as they visited the family stone at the Heritage Park.


At the Combermere Recreation Centre, volunteers provided Canada Day treats for all along with games and craft activities for the kids. Upstairs, an open mic session meant live entertainment throughout the afternoon.


Danielle Looby gets her face painted by Jasna Boyd


Showing their Canada Day attire, Ally (holding Finley) and Craig Hudder, with Cassidy and Sawyer (front)

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