MV gets FireSmart on Bay Day
At Bay Day on May 18 the Madawaska Valley Fire Department handed out Community Wildfire Preparedness education materials for all ages. Chief Fire Officer Corwin Quade said MV was successful in a recent grant application to FireSmart Canada. The national program received applications from 250 rural communities. Despite learning of the program only two days before the deadline, Quade applied and MV was awarded a $500 grant along with literature, T-shirts and other merchandise. Quade said he has ordered signage and will implement a public education program about wildfires, to introduce a two-level fire ban system to keep people safe in the Valley. He said, “Right now if I put a fire ban on that’s it: there’s no campfires, there’s nothing. At least level one you can have a campfire, if you’re cold at night … Right now there’s no grey area, we put either everything or nothing… I’d sooner educate everybody and keep everybody safe so they can have their fun, especially the tourists coming in.” Look out for more education displays from the MV Fire Department or click HERE to learn more about FireSmart.
Catch the Ace
The CTA Week 5 Winner was Susan Yarascavitch who netted $1884. The estimated weekly prize for Week 6 (to be drawn at 4 p.m. on Thursday May 23 at the Ash Grove Inn) is $1,697. The progressive jackpot is estimated at $14,541. That means if your ticket is drawn and you find the Ace of Spades, you could win more than $16,000 … a great return on your $5 ticket price.
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Barry’s Bay & Area Home Support, Valley Manor, St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, St Francis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary/Hospital and MV Hospice Palliative Care will host a luncheon to recognize the hard work of many community volunteers on Wednesday, May 29 at the Barry’s Bay Legion from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cottagers warned about carbon monoxide poisoning
With the May long weekend here, the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation wants to remind those opening their cottages for the summer to check and make sure they have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Ontario government made carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in every home or business in the province that has fuel-burning appliances and devices, fireplaces or attached garages in April 2015. “Carbon monoxide does not take a vacation,” said John Gignac. “It’s such an easy thing to do. Buy a CO alarm, put it in your home or cottage, and away you go — especially now. We have ten-year, sealed battery CO alarms and smoke alarms.” Gignac’s niece and her family were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. Gignac also said cottagers and homeowners should have all their appliances checked annually.
McDonald,C. (2019,May17) Uncle of OPP officer killed by carbon monoxide poisoning has warning for cottagers Retrieved from https://globalnews.ca/news/5290457/carbon-monoxide-warning-ontario-cottagers/warning-ontario-cottagers/
Planting Seeds for Mental Health
Art Unveiling and Walk-About of the Planting Seeds for Mental Health project will take place in Killaloe on Thursday, May 30. The Rain or shine event is the culmination of a series of free workshops during the past winter when community members gathered to have conversations and create art about how to support mental health in Killaloe. Everyone is invited to gather for a welcome at 4:00 p.m. at the Killaloe Public Library, 1 John Street. From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. you can enjoy a self-guided Walk-About to experience the art installations and other surprises at:
- Community Resource Centre – 15 Lake Street
- Garth’s Kitchen – 14 Lake Street
- Killaloe Post Office – 172 Queen Street (closes at 5:00 p.m.)
Participants are invited for a gathering and conclusion from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 5:30 to 6:30pm at Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre – 49 Mill St.