Arena grant refused – MV seeks other source of funds

The government’s refusal to approve a grant application to renew the ice slab and renovate the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre in Barry’s Bay was reviewed by Madawaska Valley Council in Committee on September 1. A letter from the Investment in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) Community, Culture and Recreation funding stream dated August 7 appeared in the agenda package. Under ICIP the federal and provincial governments’ contributions to the $1.3 million project would have been 40 percent and 33.33 percent respectively. Acknowledging Council’s disappointment, Mayor Kim Love said she would speak to MPP John Yakabuski in an effort to find another possible source of funding.


An Ace, but not a Spade – Catch The Ace jackpot tops $100k

Week #33 Catch the Ace Lottery winner Deb Holly of Killaloe won the weekly prize of $3,381 on Sept. 11.  Her Envelope number 35 revealed an Ace, but not the one she was looking for; it contained the Ace of Diamonds. The Weekly Prize for Week #34 is estimated at $3,282 and if the Ace of Spades is found, the Total Winnings will be around $102,940.  All proceeds support Valley Manor Redevelopment.

The $5 tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Round Lake Centre, AJ’s Convenience, Killaloe Hardware, Wilno Building Supply, Charlie D’s, Barry’s Bay Esso, Lorraine’s Pharmasave, Barry’s Bay Shell, CO Country Market, and The Cottage Cup, Conway’s Pharmacy and Eganville Shell.


Show your support for RC VTAC

If you’ve been assisted by the community paramedics from the Renfrew County Virtual Triage Assessment Centre (RC VTAC), it’s time for you to speak up. RC VTAC came into existence very quickly in March to help cope with the approximately 24,000 unattached patients in Renfrew County. Despite the program’s many successes, the fact remains that it was set up as a COVID-19 response so County of Renfrew officials are now lobbying the Province hard to provide funding to continue the work done by RC VTAC.

At the September 1st Council in Committee meeting, Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love reviewed correspondence about the County’s efforts to keep RC VTAC going. Explaining that MV will support the County with this, Love said, “If you know of someone who has been helped by this service, please ask them if they would provide a letter of support that we can include in our submission to the Province.”

Anyone unfamiliar with RC VTAC can click HERE for a recent CBC report.  


Notes for next weekend

  • Madawaska Valley Gardening Club hosts a Plant Sale and Seed Exchange at Zurakowski Park on Saturday Sept.19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Masks and distancing required. Time to dig up, divide and label your perennials. Drop-offs can be made from 9 a.m. or call Jeneene Brunton 613.756.5685 to arrange for pick-up.
  • As of Sept.19 MV Public Library will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Sunday, Sept.20 is the day for the annual Barry’s Bay Terry Fox Run. This year it’s a virtual run – anywhere and anytime you like in Madawaska Valley. You can register and have your sponsors pay at or to arrange for safe pick-up of any donations you collect, email local organizer Colette Mantifel at


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