Sneak peek at Pirates of Penzance

This weekend’s production of the Gilbert & Sullivan much-loved comic opera Pirates of Penzance by Seat of Wisdom College’s (SWC) Don Bosco Drama Club looks set to delight audiences. The Current got a sneak preview at last night’s dress rehearsal at the Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) in Barry’s Bay. Shown …

Council has second thoughts about development charges

At the Council in Committee Finance & Admin meeting (CiC) held on February 7 both the Acting Treasurer and the CAO/Clerk recommended that Council revisit the issue of raising revenue by bringing back development charges. At the time Council did not agree to accept the CAO’s recommendation. Click HERE for The …

Mayor’s Appreciation Award goes to Wilno Heritage Society

At the Madawaska Valley Council meeting of February 19, Mayor Kim Love awarded the 2018 Mayor’s Appreciation Award to the Wilno Heritage Society. In her address, Mayor Love gave a brief history of the Wilno Heritage Society since its inception in 1998 to commemorate and celebrate Canada’s unique Polish Kashub cultural …

Art workshops focus on mental health

Planting Seeds, a new art project funded by the Ontario Arts Council, will encourage conversations about mental health in the community. The Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS), Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre (Rainbow Valley CHC) and the Community Resource Centre (Killaloe) (CRC) will host three community art workshops …

Syrian family experiences Valley winter

Ayman Alshhadat (above) had to don some unfamiliar items of clothing on his arrival in the Valley – a toque and scarf – as he experiences his first winter here. These are accessories he had little use for in his native Syria. The Current previously reported how Alshhadat, his wife and …

Sale of ski hill completed

Updated Feb. 17 2019: After publication of the article below, we received the following information from the new owner’s representative in Toronto: Unfortunately it will not be a commercial ski operation. I am sorry to let you know that. But the owner is very respectful about the local sentiment and will keep …

Valley business profile: TRO Social Media Agency

Valley business owner Travis Richards grew up in Barry’s Bay and graduated from Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS). His business, Travis Richards Office (TRO), is a social media agency that provides marketing support to small business owners. He said established businesses sometimes get “stuck” and fail to consider new …

Syrian refugee family now in Canada

Some members of Madawaska Valley Friends of New Canadians (MVFONC) travelled to Ottawa airport to meet the Alshhadat family arriving on Valentine’s Day from Jordan. Ayman Alshhadat, his wife Marah and their children (Imad 5 years, Sedrat 3 years, Mays 1 year) were at last reunited with members of Ayman’s …

Young speakers at Barry’s Bay Legion

Ten young people from the Valley, supported by family members and friends, participated in Stage One of the annual Royal Canadian Legion public speaking competition at Barry’s Bay on February 9. One speaker is home schooled and the other nine attend local schools: George Vanier, St. John Bosco, Killaloe PS …

Death of Barry’s Bay man investigated by OPP

The Current has received information that the OPP are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of local man, Sylvester Glysinskie, who passed away on January 19 at the age of 79.  Sgt. Cynthia Savard of OPP Smith Falls confirmed on February 11 that the death is being investigated by the OPP but …

Students plan movie night for hospital

The Student Activity Council (SAC) at Madawaska Valley District High School and Sherwood School will hold a movie night on Friday, February 22 to raise funds for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The students plan to show the animated adventure film “The Incredibles 2.” Entry is free but the students hope …

Northern Credit Union holds annual meeting

Northern Credit Union (NCU) held its Branch Annual Meeting for delegates and members of the Barry’s Bay Branch on February 6. Branch Manager Lynn Beauchamp and Delegate Chairman Mark Willmer told The Current about the successes of the past year. Willmer thanked Florence Dombroskie and David Afelskie for their many …