Ontario marks official end of wildland fire season

The Current received the following news release on October 31 2018 from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  Today marks the end of this year’s wildland fire season — a season unlike anything this province experienced in over a decade. With more than 1,000 wildland fires in central …

Celebrating hand-made in Madawaska Valley

Madawaska Valley Dance is giving local arts and crafts businesses a boost on Sunday November 4 with their first Made in the Madawaska Valley indoor crafts market. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17581 Hwy 60 in Wilno. Studio owner Chelsea Clarke and administrator Makaila Ronholm …

The Gardener inspires viewers

Members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society who went to the Opeongo Seniors Centre for a second consecutive Thursday were richly rewarded. Not only were the equipment failures of the previous week corrected, but the film they had hoped to see, The Gardener, turned out to be enchanting. The audience burst …

Hallowe’en activities session at MV Public Library

Valley trick-or-treaters had a chance to try out their costumes in advance at a Hallowe’en Activities session at the Madawaska Valley Public Library on Saturday October 27. Kids aged 6 through 12 were welcomed by Program Coordinators Julia Beggs and Emily Mintha. While everyone enjoyed dressing up, listening to stories …

To the richest go the spoils

SPORTS First, a confession. I am a baseball nut. This is because it most resembles cricket, which I played for many years when I lived in the UK. Both involve the hurling of a hard projectile at a player holding a wooden stick at speeds of up to 100 mph, …

Ben Hokum & Son: to the 21st century and beyond

The closure of a mill traditionally makes Valley people very nervous. But the temporary closing of Ben Hokum & Son Limited’s small log mill in Killaloe this fall is something to get excited about … very excited, because its reopening brings a technological advance that places Hokums squarely at the …

Talk to teens: Don’t drive high

The Current has received the following press release about National Teen Driver Safety week.  Drug-impaired driving among teens is a major concern. Following the recent legalization of cannabis, priority should be placed on talking to teens about the seriousness of impaired driving. Janice Sawbridge Community Safety Officer, Renfrew OPP reports The …

Flu clinics in the Valley

Photo: H. Souza unsplash.com Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) advises that getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and the people around you from getting the flu. The flu shot also lowers your risk of serious complications, such as pneumonia.  Free flu shots are available …

Hallowe’en safety tips from the OPP

Photo pexels.com The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remind parents/guardians and children that Hallowe’en can be a time of both excitement and potential danger. Help keep everyone safe by following these safety tips: Carry a flashlight and select a costume with bright colours and reflective …

It’s official: the new MV council

The Township of Madawaska Valley has now released the official results of the municipal election. Incumbent Mayor Kim Love has been re-elected, along with incumbent Councillors Carl Bromwich and Ernie Peplinski. MV voters also returned former mayor Dave Shulist to council, giving him the most votes of any of the councillor …

Province will launch consultations for a new tourism strategy

Crooked Slide Park  photo: Sharon Gardiner Ontario will consult with tourism operators and tourists to build a new tourism strategy to maximize the economic impact of Ontario’s $34 billion tourism industry, and unlock its limitless potential. Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, made the announcement today in Windsor, …

Dark Times Choir welcomes all

Photo: Linda Barlett Last year during the dark months of winter, a group of people gathered in the back room of the CRC’s North Street Community Centre in Killaloe to sing. Choirmaster and local musician Schroeder Nordholt directed the choir, which included seasoned singers as well as novices. As Nordholt …

Peplinski asked to explain “truth twisters” ad

In the October 17 2018 edition of the Valley Gazette, Councillor Ernie Peplinski published an advertisement headed “Beware of the truth twisters.” It reproduced and endorsed several of the comments published in previous Valley Gazette editorials concerning “fake news” and “blogs.” As was the case with the Gazette articles, his …