Aug. 25

Newlyweds are Week 7 winners of Catch the Ace lottery

San Eleser from Purdy is the winner of Week #7 Catch the Ace lottery. St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation said she won $1,244 following her last-minute decision to purchase a ticket just before the draw at the Ash Grove Inn while having dinner with family. She and husband Jason explained that it has been a special week for them since they just got married the previous Saturday. Double congratulations to the lucky couple.


Madonna House hosts annual Heritage Fest

Madonna House Pioneer Museum in Combermere will hold its annual family-friendly weekend of heritage craft, music, puppet show and more, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1.


MV to update its Strategic Plan next month

Madawaska Valley Council has scheduled a Special Council Meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday September 9 to review the Township’s Strategic Plan The Path Forward: 2014-2019 which is due to be updated this year.


Seniors fall prevention program starts soon

If you have ever fallen or would like to improve your balance, this FREE Stand Up Fall Prevention program may be for you. Starting September 9 the Stand Up program will run twice weekly at the Lions Hall in Killaloe every Monday from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. until November 27. Organizers say no equipment is required, but participants should wear comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear. Certified senior fitness instructors will lead group exercise classes and focus on activities to reduce the risk of falls. Education sessions are offered to help participants develop confidence in preventing falls and assist participants to identify risks for falls (in the environment and related to their own behaviour).

Space is limited so please call Fran Pinkerton at 613-312-7485 to register for the free course. Program is  offered by Barry’s Bay and Area Senior Citizens Home Support Services with support from the Killaloe Lions Club and is funded by the Champlain LHIN through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.


Old cell phones and more

A recent BBC news report estimated 40 million old devices stockpiled in drawers in UK homes. They reported there are many elements used in smart phones that could run out within the next one hundred years: Gallium, Arsenic, Silver, Indium, Yttrium, Tantalum. So The Current looked into how Canadians can recycle our old mobile devices. While providers often offer a recycling option, many consumers worry about protecting their personal data and don’t give up their old devices.

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) says recycling unused wireless devices makes environmental sense because it decreases the amount of raw materials that would otherwise be needed for manufacturing new products. CWTA’s Recycle My Cell program is now ten years old and has recycled nearly 7 million recovered devices. Their website explains how to ensure your data is protected when you recycle your phone. For information about this free recycling program, click HERE to check out


Greenland not for sale – a followup

For those readers who enjoyed The Current’s fake news piece earlier this week about Trump’s Greenland ambitions, click HERE to read The Guardian’s suggestion: Sorry, Mr Trump – Greenland’s no go. But can I interest you in this other little island?


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