Valley residents can exercise indoors as Walk The Halls program returns (Note new times)

At last Tuesday’s Madawaska Valley Council in Committee meeting, Stephanie Plebon, Recreation and Community Development Coordinator, informed informed Council that in partnership with Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living, a Walk The Halls program would begin Thursday, January 23 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday between 6 p.m. until 8  p.m. until May 28 at Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS). The program is free and open to all ages. Walkers must sign in and bring indoor footwear. MVDHS is accessible for all abilities. NOTE: This item was updated on January 21 following advice from Stephanie Plebon that the originally posted time of 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. was incorrect.


Nomination deadline for the Ontario Volunteer Service Award is January 27

This provincial government program helps local community organizations recognize the contributions of their volunteers. If your organization has been in existence for more than five years, get more information about the program and download a nomination form at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards web page. Every day thousands of Ontarians of all ages give their time and talent to thousands of community organizations.  By submitting a nomination, you can help ensure that volunteers receive the recognition they deserve.

Click HERE for more details about the program.  Email: OntarioVolunteerServiceAwards@ontario.ca   Phone: 416 314-7526   Toll Free: 1 877 832-8622


Happy Hearts Day from Access Work Services

Access Work Services is hosting a card-making workshop and home-cooked lunch just in time for Valentines Day. The workshop will be held at Activities Plus, 19491 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay on Tuesday, February 11 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. While there, you can also enjoy a home-made lunch (chilli, buns and dessert) for $5. All card-making materials are provided and each card made costs just $2.


Trail conditions online

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Thanks to the work of many volunteers from local clubs, more snowmobile trails have opened over the weekend. To plan your next trip, check out the online interactive trail guide provided by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC). The guide offers real-time trail conditions across the province. The Valley is in District 6, and this morning’s map shows most trails in our region are Green for Go! Check it out yourself at https://ofsc.evtrails.com/#



New signage at Valley outdoor rinks

On January 17 new signage went up at the Barry’s Bay outdoor rink showing the status of ice on the municipality’s outdoor rinks. Lights will be left on 6 to 9 p.m. nightly at Barry’s Bay and Combermere outdoor rinks. Residents should check status as the ice is dependent on weather conditions.


Get outdoors with the Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club

The Club will hold a Classic TechniqueSession on Sunday January 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Join Paul Jorgensen for a two-hour classic technique tune-up session at Opeongo Nordic. Meet at the yurt, ready to ski at 10 a.m. sharp! Fee is by donation. To register, email paulrossjorgensen@gmail.com

Loppet Volunteers are still welcome for the Club’s annual Opeongo Classic Loppet on Sunday February 2. If you can help please contact Peter Cruchet, loppet coordinator, email pdcruchet@gmail.com

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