The Current wishes Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers, whether here in the Valley or elsewhere.

Catch The Ace weekly prize tops $4,600

Congratulations to Ursula Jeffrey of Barry’s Bay on her Week #37 Weekly Prize in the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s Catch The Ace lottery. Ursula’s chosen number, 16, revealed the Three of Hearts and she took home a cheque for $4,608. That means the Ace of Spades lives on for another week and the Weekly Prize for next Thursday’s Week #38 Draw is estimated at $4,254. If the Ace of Spades is found, the total winnings will be around $130,000. Tickets for next week’s draw are on sale now throughout the Valley.


Learn to make Dot Mandalas in a Virtual Paint Class

The Madawaska Valley Public Library will host a fun and creative virtual paint class to create your own one-of-a-kind art on a mug or glass. Cost $30 per person, all materials supplied and a link to the online course. Kits available for pick-up from the library on Saturday Oct.24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the virtual course runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct.24. This is an adult class, but open to children who are interested and can focus on the instructions. Pre-register before 3 p.m. on Friday Oct.23 with MV Public Library at 613.756.2000 or email mvpl.programs@gmail.com


Renfrew County Paramedics Swab Schedule

Renfrew County and District Health Unit advises that the Renfrew County Paramedics will visit Barry’s Bay twice this week to conduct COVID-19 testing:

  • Wednesday Oct.13 at 18 Billings Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday Oct.16 at 7 St. Francis Memorial Drive from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

As always, please phone Renfrew County Virtual Triage Assessment Centre (RCVTAC) on 1-844-727-6404 in advance to make an appointment. Other testing locations this week are shown below.  Editor’s Note: This is a revised schedule (updated Oct.14)

swab-sched-oct-12-16 REVISED


Opeongo Seniors Centre open times

The Opeongo Seniors Centre will be open this week so you can renew your membership and collect your membership card. COVID protocols will be in place.

  • Thursday, Oct.15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct.16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Halloween Jack-O’-Lanterns get a new lease of life

Madawaska Valley is giving your carved Halloween pumpkin an extra opportunity to shine this year. On Sunday, Nov.1 drop off your Jack-O’-Lantern (no candles) at one of three locations: Barry’s Bay Railway Station, Combermere Boat Launch, Wilno Station Park.   Leave the artist’s name and phone number in the drop box at each location. MV staff will light the Jack-O’-Lanterns with glow sticks and residents are invited to drive by to admire them on Sunday, Nov. 1st between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three Jack-O’-Lanterns at each location.

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