Sibling success in Catch The Ace weekly win

Week #15 Catch The Ace winner Doug Skuce must have wondered if his luck rubbed off on big sister Holly when she became the weekly winner of the February 6th draw. Holly took home $2,033 in the Week #18 draw and her lucky number (32) revealed the Five of Spades. That means the Ace of Spades is still out there to be won and if the winning ticket finds it at next Thursday’s draw, the total prize could be an estimated $40,615 … a jackpot not to be sneezed at! Tickets are available now through the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation and the following vendors: AJ’s Convenience, Algonquin Bound Outfitters, Barry’s Bay Esso, Barry’s Bay Shell, Charlie D’s, CO Country Market, Killaloe Hardware, Kokomish Café, Lorraine’s Pharmasave, Round Lake Centre Food Market, The Cottage Cup, Valley Manor, Wilno Building Supply.


Family Day Weekend

Next weekend promises lots of activities for all members of the family. Below we list just a few, so be sure to check our Events in the Valley for more.

  • all-Saturday-long snow fun at the Barry’s Bay outdoor rink behind the arena plus evening torch-light high-jinks
  • LEGO club at the Madawaska Valley Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday
  • Girls’ Night Out featuring a host of Valley vendors in support of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation starting at 5 p.m. Saturday evening at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre
  • Pancake Breakfast at the Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406 Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The Local podcast recorded before a live audience at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station at 2 p.m. on Sunday when host Sean Conway interviews Joshua Blank about the history of St. Hedwig’s Picnic


Ontarians asked to provide input about reducing poverty

At the Feb. 4 Council in Committee meeting, Madawaska Valley Council reviewed correspondence from the Ministry of Community & Social Services regarding the process to update  the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Residents are invited to provide feedback to the Ministry on how we can work together to reduce poverty. There are two ways to do so:

  • Click HERE to take the online survey
  • send a written submission, either by email to prso@ontario.ca or mail your feedback to Poverty Reduction Strategy. 315 Front Street West, 3rd Floor. Toronto, Ontario M7A 0B8

Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2020.


Make a one-of-kind Valentine for your sweetie

Access Work Services hosts another card-making workshop on Tuesday, February 11 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Activities Plus, 19491 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay. Each card made costs $2 (all materials supplied). Lunch is also available for just $5 – homemade chilli, buns, dessert. Call 613.756.0723 to register.


Scientific press reports human textile success

According to media reports last week, researchers at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux have grown yarn from human skin cells that they call a “human textile.” Their paper published in the journal Acta Biomateriala states, “These human textiles offer a unique level of biocompatibility and represent a new generation of completely biological tissue-engineered products.” The material could be used by surgeons to surgeons to close wounds or assemble implantable skin grafts. New Scientist reports that unlike conventional synthetic surgical materials, the material doesn’t trigger an immune response that can complicate the healing process.” The report says the researchers cut sheets of human skin cells into long strips — and then “wove” them into a yarn-like material that can be fabricated into a variety of shapes. The work builds on prior research by the same team in which they produced sheets of biomaterial and rolled them into artificial blood vessels. Click HERE to read the New Scientist report.



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