Ben Hokum expansion a big boost for local economy

The mill expansion at Ben Hokum & Son Limited (Hokums) was officially opened on April 25 2019. John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Foresty, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new state-of-the-art 3D sawmill line at Hokums in Killaloe. Fourth-generation mill owner Dean Felhaber said the technology “bodes …

April 28 2019

National Day of Mourning April 28 is the National Day of Mourning. A statement from Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Laurie Scott, said, “This day was chosen to coincide with the day in 1914 when Ontario’s first Worker’s Compensation Act came to be. Here in Ontario, thousands of people will pause …

The life and times of Mrs. Shalla

If you don’t know why local people love to celebrate Polish and Kashub Day on May 3 every year, The Opeongo Readers’ Theatre may be able to help explain it. At 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Opeongo Senior Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay, this troupe of local podcast performers …

Flood watch April 28 Warden declares emergency in Renfrew County

3:00 p.m.  Madawaska Valley advises that Kamaniskeg Lake may have reduced slightly overnight but is anticipated to increase over the next 12 hours due to releases from Bark Lake. Staff is monitoring and will continue to update when information is available. Sand bags and sand are available. (See below for Madawaska Valley …

Access Work Service expands

Access Work Service (AWS) will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Opeongo Senior Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay. At the event AWS will celebrate three-year Trillium funding to enable it to grow its expanding business. Jane Smith, Program …

Restructuring ambulance services shakes MV

Mayor Kim Love asked Council at the April 16 meeting to support an imminent County move to question the province’s surprise decision to merge Ontario’s 59 ambulance services into 10. She said the sudden announcement came on the heels of similar centralization of local public health units from 35 to …

Flood water safety advice for residents

The Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) advised on April 26 that rising water levels pose a threat to the health and safety of residents. RCDHU recommends that residents with wells that are being affected by flood conditions should: boil your water for one minute at a rolling boil before drinking, …

Residents should remain vigilant and be prepared

April 27 update: MV advises that due to the rain we received yesterday and the flow from Bark Lake the water will continue to rise on the Kamaniskeg water system. If you require sand and sandbags contact staff at the numbers listed below.  Staff is monitoring the area and participates in daily …

Flood watch as of April 26

April 26  9:00 a.m.  The Township of Madawaska Valley advises that Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued a Flood Warning for Renfrew County due to significant rainfall forecasted in the next 48 hours. The Kamaniskeg Lake water system is expected to rise and flood levels are currently forecasted …

Ace of Spades escapes again

The Ace of Spades escaped capture again in the second weekly Catch The Ace (CTA) lottery draw held by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH Foundation) at the Ash Grove Inn on April 25, 2019. Erin Gienow, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator for SFVH Foundation, thanked all the supporters, volunteers …

MVDHS students pitch-in to prepare for flooding

Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) students have stepped in to aid community members with flood preparations. Principal Dean Zadow emailed the parents of all high school students the evening of April 24 asking for their permission for students volunteering to help fill sandbags in preparation for yet more rainfall …

Bancroft OPP warns of high water risk

As the water system rises in and around the Bancroft area, the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to remind the public of the dangers of the fast moving water in many areas. Solid banks and ground can give away without notice due to the eroding earth …