Back to school – a parent’s perspective

Editor’s note: In the second of our series on schools reopening, James di Fiore explains why his family will be home schooling this fall.   We didn’t think we had much of a choice. That was the main thought my wife and I had when we finally decided to keep …

Aug.30

Catch The Ace updates from St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation Week #31 Catch the Ace Lottery winner Brad Parisien of Barry’s Bay took home the weekly prize of $3,088! The ticket was purchased at the Barry’s Bay Shell. Mr. Parisien choose envelope number 39 which revealed the Nine of Diamonds. …

Story Walk wraps up busy summer for Library

When Madawaska Valley Public Library CEO Karen Filipkowski suggested to summer program coordinator Julia Beggs that it might be fun to try a Story Walk, she wasn’t sure how Beggs would approach the project but Filipkowski told The Current she was delighted with the successful result. Filipkowski said, “Julia just …

Online Auction for local healthcare features incredible finds

The global pandemic has forced most events to go virtual. Thankfully, the popular online auction for local healthcare didn’t require any change – and it’s back and bigger than ever. Running in conjunction with the Friends of St. Francis Virtual Charity Event, the online auction features items from around 50 local …

Telegrapher turned artist recalls Barry’s Bay

A reader from North Bay, Peter Hamel, contacted The Current to say he had many fond memories of Barry’s Bay. Upon hearing his name, this reporter immediately asked if he was “related to Joe Raymond Hamel who (I believe) was telegraph operator at the Barry’s Bay station in 1952.” That …

Breakfast is back at Barry’s Bay Legion

As the province reopens, community events gradually return. One of the first to do so was the Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406 monthly all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Under the guidance of the Renfrew County and District Health Unit, the Legion held its first breakfast since last winter on Sunday August 16, …

Back to school (or not)

Editor’s Note: The Current looks at plans for returning to school this fall from different points of view; the first of the series is the student’s view. I am a grade 9 student at Madawaska Valley District High School. I will be going to school physically in September and I’m …

Friends of St. Francis Virtual Charity Event coming Sept.4

Although the traditional Friends of St. Francis Charity Golf Tournament has been cancelled due to Covid-19, something new and exciting is coming to the community. The new Friends of St. Francis Virtual Charity Event will be taking place live from the Homestead at Wolf Ridge, on Friday, September 4 starting at …

MV is not immune to microplastics

As a follow-up to an article, Researchers Shocked by Microplastics in the Madawaska Watershed, published by The Current last November 2019, I was intrigued to investigate further if microplastics existed in our four lakes situated just west of Barry’s Bay. Microplastics are fragments of plastic that can come in the …

House, vehicles destroyed in Combermere blaze

Twenty-eight fire fighters from both Madawaska Valley fire halls responded to a structure, vehicle and tractor fire on Perrier Road, Combermere on Saturday August 22 at 12:24 p.m. MV Fire Department’s response involved two pumper trucks, two tankers and one rescue truck. Large black plumes of smoke billowing into the …

West Nile virus found in Renfrew County mosquitoes

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNv) have been found in the Town of Renfrew around the intersection of Bonnechere Street South and Opeongo Road. This is only the third time that mosquitoes have tested positive for WNv in Renfrew County and District since the health unit began monitoring mosquitoes for …

Single vehicle collision leads to impaired driving charge

A single vehicle collision in Madawaska Valley Township has resulted in charges against the driver. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on August 22, 2020, officers with the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a vehicle which had rolled over in the ditch along Cybulski …