Yakabuski pays tribute to Renfrew County Fiddlers

John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, said it is the “end of an era.” He referred to the announcement by The Renfrew County Fiddlers that their performance on Sunday, Sept. 23 was the swan song for the popular musicians, who have entertained thousands of people across the Valley for 42 years. …

Thank heavens for the Blue Jays!

For pandemic prisoners who are sports fans and who have been hoping for extended distractions from not just COVID but the horror show that is happening south of our border, there has been very little to cheer about. The Leafs exited the Stanley Cup playoffs at the first opportunity, as …

Sept.27

For those planning a night out, please take note of Ontario’s latest COVID-19 restrictions: Catch the Ace lottery news St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation reports that Week #35 Catch the Ace Lottery winners Stacie Wojick and Mike Lynch of Barry’s Bay won the weekly prize of $3,882.00 with a ticket …

Renfrew County food banks launch website

Renfrew County’s eleven food banks have set up a website to encourage  those who need help to seek it out and to tell those who want to  support their community’s food banks how to do it. The site www.RenfrewCountyFoodBanks.ca was set up and designed by three volunteers from Stone Fence Theatre, which …

Insurer donates to local healthcare partners

Peel Mutual Insurance Company and its local broker, Greg Kelly Insurance Brokerage, visited with the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation on September 22 to make two generous gifts. The donations were a result of Peel Mutual’s wish to give back to local healthcare providers, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. John …

Crowded schools are unsafe says reader

Dear editor: If people at private parties did what students and teachers are being forced to do by Premier Ford, they could be fined $10,000. Forcing students, teachers and workers into crowded classrooms and schools is unsafe, wrong and asking for trouble. Most people wouldn’t go to a store or …

OPP step up enforcement of COVID-19 capacity limits

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants to ensure everyone is aware of how it is supporting efforts to limit transmission of COVID-19. Frontline OPP members will be enforcing provisions of the Reopening Ontario Act (A Flexible Response to COVID-19; ROA), 2020 and will encourage the public to follow the direction of …

Gunshot wound leaves Pembroke man in critical condition

The Crime Unit of the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating after a man with a gunshot wound attended the emergency department at the Pembroke Regional Hospital on September 25, 2020 at approximately 1:45 a.m. The 34-year-old was transferred to an Ottawa-area hospital …

RCDHU okays Pembroke high school to reopen next week

A media release from Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) received September 25 provides an update on the COVID-19 Outbreak at Fellowes High School in Pembroke, as follows: Effective September 26, 2020, RCDHU is declaring the Outbreak at Fellowes High School over. RCDHU is confirming that no additional positive …

Renfrew County paramedics update COVID-19 testing schedule

In a media release received September 24, the Renfrew County Paramedics provided an update on COVID-19 testing as follows: Renfrew County Paramedics have updated the COVID-19 public testing schedule for the period September 28 to October 9, 2020. They are now offering simultaneous clinics during the weekdays.  It is important to note that …

Ontario updates guidelines for COVID-19 testing

In a media release from the Ontario Ministry of Health received September 24, the province updated its COVID-19 testing guidelines as follows: Effective immediately, Ontarians should only seek testing at assessment centres if you are: Showing COVID-19 symptoms; Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your …

Five years later: remembering Carol, Anastasia and Nathalie

On September 22, 2015, Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam were murdered. In November 2017 local man Basil Borutski was found guilty of murdering them in a shocking one-day killing rampage in Renfrew County that has been called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. On the …

Fall colours in the Valley

Editor’s Note: This is for all you leaf-peepers who are cottagers, seasonal residents or otherwise unable to get out and enjoy our magnificent fall colours this year. Wilno photographer Sharon Gardiner has agreed to share some of her photos of Valley back roads and views so you can watch — from wherever you are — as the colours progress through the coming weeks. The Current will update this regularly so you’ll see Sharon’s latest picture at the top, and her older ones below. Enjoy …

Above: Homestead at Wolf Ridge, Killaloe, Sept.26

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Deacon Bridge, Sept.26

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Crooked Slide Park, Sept.22

Siberia Road, Sept.22

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Wilno Heritage Park, Sept.22

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Colours just beginning – Long Lake, Sept.20

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Nothing says “Fall” like asters beside the road – Rozek Road, Sept.20

All photos Sharon Gardiner