Ribbons of Steel at Railway Station

“It’s strange to think of this peaceful old Station here in town,” said Joanne Olsen, who heads The Station Keepers MV, a non-profit corporation attempting to revitalize the old Barry’s Bay Railway Station, “and then think of that horrible night after three men had just been killed in an explosion, …

Sunshine warms butterflies at Release

Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care held its fifth annual Memorial Butterfly Release at Water Tower Park in Barry’s Bay on Sunday July 28. MV Hospice Clinical Director Karen Wagner welcomed the crowd, many of whom had attended the Release in previous years. She said butterflies are symbolic of hope and …

Fire Chief salutes fire-fighting members of public

Madawaska Valley Fire Chief Corwin Quade wants to thank quick-thinking members of the public who helped prevent the spread of a ditch fire on July 26. Six trucks and sixteen fire fighters attended the wild fire at the intersection of Byers Road and Combermere Road, after the alarm was raised …

Library prepares for new strategic plan

Madawaska Valley Public Library wants community feedback this summer to develop its strategic plan for the next five years. Community input received in 2014 has guided the Library’s activities and it now wants to hear from you again. The Library Board asks that residents complete a survey by the end …

July 28

Blasting at Pecarskie Pit on Monday July 29 Madawaska Valley Township has circulated a notice from Rock Breakers 2007 Inc. that there will be blasting at Pecarskie Pit and Quarry, 417 Paugh Lake Road, Barry’s Bay on Monday July 29 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The required safety procedures …

Help sought to reduce illegal dumping

A Valley ratepayer has asked Madawaska Valley Township to consider different methods of waste and recycling collection. The proposal by Wendy Wolak, a Director of the Carson, Trout, Lepine and Greenan Lakes Association (CTLG Lakes), was recently referred to the Public Liaison Committee. They asked that Wolak arrange for CTLG …

Paugh Lake Road rehabilitation one step closer

Minister John Yakabuski MPP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke visited Barry’s Bay on July 26 to announce that Ontario has nominated the Paugh Lake Road rehabilitation project for review in the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Members of Madawaska Valley Council and municipal staff were on site to greet Yakabuski.  Above photo …

Total fire ban in effect for Madawaska Valley

The Township of Madawaska Valley is now under a TOTAL FIRE BAN. Notice from the municipality was received on July 27. Under a Total Fire Ban NO open air burning is permitted. This means: NO campfires NO outdoor cooking fires (charcoal barbecues) NO fireworks NO burn permits will be issued …

Valley kids learn about medieval warfare

Some lucky knaves and damsels were transported back to medieval times at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre on July 23 when they participated in a Madawaska Valley Public Library summer program. Siege Weapons and Shield Formations sessions were presented by Matt and Andrea Lawrence of Knights in the Classroom. …

JP Cormier returns to Stone Fence Theatre

Juno Award-winning JP Cormier, a virtuoso guitarist, fiddler, banjo and mandolin player, singer-songwriter with deep East Coast roots is coming to Stone Fence Theatre at the Rankin Culture and Community Centre on Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Opening the show for JP will be a taste of Ottawa Valley …

Beach volleyball tournament nets $8,500 for HD research

Forty teams arrived before 8 a.m. at Lakeshore Park in Barry’s Bay on July 20 to participate in the 17th annual Beach Volleyball Tournament. They brought with them kids, dogs, hats, sunscreen, lots of water, and everything needed for an  fun-filled day beside Kamaniskeg Lake. The event organizers laid on …

MV acknowledged as “A Community of Gardeners”

Valley Manor’s courtyard garden was the perfect venue for gardening enthusiasts and community boosters to celebrate beauty and community at Madawaska Valley’s Communities in Bloom 2019 awards ceremony. After a warm welcome, thanks to the Board and staff of Valley Manor, and an introduction of the judges, co-chairs Debbie Marshall …

St. Lawrence O’Toole parish picnic

Parishioners of St. Lawrence O’Toole enjoyed a 1930s style picnic to celebrate the parish’s 85th anniversary on July 14. There was no shortage of entertainment as the organizing committee arranged for a bouncy castle and games for children, a barbecue, live music, prize draws, raffles, a photo booth, some vintage …

July 21

Yakabuski announces appointment of Special Advisor on Flooding Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski announced on July 18 that Doug McNeil has been appointed as Ontario’s Special Advisor on Flooding. He will advise the province on ways to reduce the impacts of flooding and ensure communities can recover …

Summer reading suggestions

Summer is not summer without taking time to relax with a good book. Here are some suggestions for novels to read at the cottage by the lake or in the backyard under a shady tree. Meet me at the Museum by Anne Youngson is the debut novel of a 70-year-old. …