Communities losing their souls says Eganville Leader owner

The front page of the Jan. 3 issue of the Eganville Leader contained an editorial by its owner, Gerald Tracey, entitled “Newspapers facing an uncertain future in the face of changes.” The uncertainty referred to reflects pressure created by increasing competition for advertising dollars. This theme was also a focus …

Wilno Rink opens with community party

The Wilno Rink celebrated its Grand Opening with a community party on January 26. Wilno Recreation Committee members and volunteers were on hand to ensure the new building was in perfect condition to be admired, the ice was ready, the canteen well-stocked and the party balloons blown up. Many of …

Killaloe OPP news as of Jan. 28

During the week of January 21, 2019 to January 27, 2019 there were 85 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were fifteen motor vehicle collisions, six were animal related. There were three domestic disputes, and two domestic disputes resulting in criminal code charges.   Domestic Breach of Probation …

MV Mayor elected to ROMA Board

Madawaska Valley Township Mayor Kim Love was today appointed to the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) Board of Directors. In a press release CAO/Clerk Sue Klatt said, On behalf of Mayor Love, she would like to thank her fellow council members and the Rural Mayors’ Forum of Eastern Ontario for …

Opeongo loppet is a winter classic

Opeongo Hill Nordic Ski Club near Brudenell held its fifth annual Opeongo Classic Loppet on January 26, a cross-country ski event suitable for participants at all levels. Thirty-nine adults took to the trails in 10 km and 20 km events – some for the challenge of racing and others to …

BIA holds AGM and welcomes volunteers

The Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA) held its AGM on January 16. After four years of service, Ted Williamson and Gerard O’Malley resigned their posts as Chair and Co-Chair respectively although they continue as members. Williamson will remain on the Board as Past President. Derek Yuill was elected as …

Old trees in the Madawaska Valley

The Ancient Forest Exploration and Research group’s discovery of the existence of a stand of old-growth forest situated within a logging zone near Cayuga Lake in western Algonquin Park received publicity earlier in January. This Hemlock stand holds several veteran trees which are over 400 years old, trees which took …

Renfrew County Catholic School Board tops provincial rankings

On January 20, 2019 the Fraser Institute released its annual report card on Ontario’s elementary schools. The report card, which the Institute says is the “go-to source for measuring academic performance,” ranks more than 3,000 schools based on nine academic indicators from results of annual province-wide reading, writing and math …

SFMH to receive $524,758 for upgrades

It was announced on January 25 that St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) is one of 128 hospitals throughout the province to receive funding through the province’s Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). In a media release John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, said: The health and safety of patients and families is …

Former Seat of Wisdom teacher charged with sexual assault

Multiple news sources including the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun and Global News have reported that acclaimed choral director, Maestro Uwe Lieflander, has been charged with sexual assault. The charges relate to incidents alleged to have occurred in Ottawa in 2016 and 2017. Lieflander is now believed to be in his native …

Valley Manor redevelopment urgently needed

The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation was the first delegation of 2019 to a Regular Council meeting on January 22. They requested Council’s commitment to support the Valley Manor redevelopment project. This involves building a new Manor on the site of the former Sherwood School building, which will be demolished. …

OPP: Charges laid in Combermere Road fraud

The OPP Killaloe Detachment Weekly Media Release for the week of January 14 to 20, 2019 reports that charges have resulted from a fraud investigation on Combermere Road begun in March of last year (Details below). Killaloe OPP also said there were 86 calls for service during last week, including …

Council votes to opt in for retail cannabis

Editor’s Note Jan.23 2019:  For readers who wish to see the breakdown of all municipalities: Click HERE to see all 77 municipalities who have OPTED-OUT Click HERE to see all 337 municipalities who have OPTED-IN At tonight’s Special Council Meeting, the Township of Madawaska Valley voted to allow private retail …

Moose monument measurement merits much media musing

Over the past week the global media focused its attention on an international dispute involving Canada. We are not referring to the falling-out with China but rather a “Mine is bigger than yours” spat with Norway. Believe it or not, it concerns the 30 cm difference in height of two …

Artists announced for Pop Up Art in Renfrew County

Valley residents missing visual arts exhibitions since the closure of the gallery at The Railway Station can now look forward to a travelling art exhibition that will come to six communities in Renfrew County between April and September 2019. Pop Up Art Renfrew County exhibition is a multi-artist and multimedia exhibit …