June 2

Township of Madawaska Valley now has two Integrity Commissioners

According to the Committee in Council Agenda for the meeting on Tuesday June 4, MV now has two Integrity Commissioners. In addition to Guy Giorno who has been in the role since May 2017, MV has engaged the services of Sudbury based firm Expertise for Municipalities (E4M.Solutions) to act as Integrity Commissioner. Their charging rate is $125 per hour. Residents will no doubt be informed how this will affect the handling of complaints going forward. Also on the Agenda is adoption of a new Code of Conduct for Council.

MV Family Health Team offers Walk-In Wednesdays

The Madawaska Valley Family Health Team (MV FHT) has expanded its services since launching over six months ago. The Social Worker and Dietician now offer free Walk-In Wednesday appointments for patients with dietary, mental health or social needs. These are available to patients without a family doctor. Call MV FHT on Wednesday morning for an afternoon appointment time on a first come, first serve basis. Tel: 613.756.9888 ext. 5

Cold War air raid siren marks 50 years for McDougall Mill Museum

mcdougall-mill-museum-50-years-commemorative-coinThis year McDougall Mill Museum in Renfrew celebrates its fiftieth anniversary year. On Sunday June 23 at a free public event between 2 and 4 p.m., they will unveil their largest artifact, a Cold War air raid siren that used to sit at the Town Hall. It was sold in 2002 and the buyer gave it back to Renfrew in 2017. The siren has been restored and has been erected in O’Brien Park close to the museum. The former grist mill in O’Brien Park, now full of artifacts, was built in the mid-1850s by John McDougall and donated by the O’Brien and Murray families in 1969. Renfrew and District Historical and Museum president Sue McSheffrey said the museum has struck a unique McDougall Mill Museum 50th anniversary commemorative coin. The coins are on sale with proceeds going to the museum.

MV Studio Tour expands

As you make plans for visiting in the Valley during the warmer weather, it’s worth marking your calendar now because this year the ever-popular Madawaska Valley Studio Tour will expand to three-day weekends. You can visit artists’ studios Friday, Saturday and Sunday during both tours:

  • Summer July 19-21
  • Fall October 4-6

Catch The Ace

The Ace of Spades remained elusive as Week 7 winner Charles Packer received $1881 in the draw last Thursday. The progressive jackpot now stands at more than $20,000. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards Valley Manor Reconstruction. The $5 tickets can be purchased up to noon on Thursdays (draw day) from surrounding area vendors and the Barry’s Bay vendors will be selling tickets until 1p.m. Tickets will also be available at the Foundation Office until 3:15 p.m. and at the draw location (Ash Grove Inn) at 3:15 p.m.

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