Renfrew County home sales continue breaking records

Record-breaking year end home sales figures are just in from the Renfrew County Real Estate Board (RCREB). The average price of homes sold last month was $325,528 which represents a 38.5 percent increase from December 2019. Another new record for December was the dollar value of all home sales — …

Recent police bulletins

Bancroft OPP investigate snowmobile fatality Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on January 22, 2021 members of the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Hastings County Paramedics responded to a snowmobile collision on a trail near Weslemkoon Lake Road, east of Silva Lake in Tudor-Cashel Township. The driver of the …

Reader responds to Strack opinion

OPINION The Current has received the following comments from a Madawaska Valley reader who disagrees with Brenda Strack’s article entitled “Falling prey to deception.” Additional comments from other readers can be found below the original article. Image above: World Health Organization/Advice for Public/Myth-Busters Falling prey to deception indeed. This is …

Falling prey to deception

OPINION One of the most controversial topics of discussion that has surfaced among our communities and news broadcasts for the past several months surrounds vaccination. While some are celebrating the fact that a COVID-19 vaccine has been created and made available in such a timely manner, in an anticipatory attempt …

Jan.24

Are you over 65 and need a little help around the house? Access Work Services and Opeongo Seniors have partnered to offer low income seniors in the Barry’s Bay area FREE access during February to services including snow shovelling, light house keeping, firewood. Limited spaces available; please call early. Access …

Baby it’s cold outside says Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

As the thermometer continues to dip, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society reminds pet guardians to take extra precautions to keep animals safe during cold weather. When the temperature drops below freezing, pets should not be left outside for extended periods. Cats, short-coated dogs and puppies are particularly vulnerable in …

Hardwood Lake fire under investigation

On January 22, 2021 at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan Fire Department along with the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to the area of Little Ireland Road in the Hardwood Lake district for the reports of a house fire. When crews arrived on scene, …

Drugs seized in simultaneous raids in Pembroke

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) has seized illegal drugs in Pembroke. On January 20, 2021, as part of an ongoing investigation, CSCU members, assisted by members of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Canine Unit, executed search warrants simultaneously at apartments …

Dental hygiene an essential service

Now that we are in a stricter provincial lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19, some of us wonder what businesses are open and what services we can access. Dental hygiene appointments are among those services that many people are so unsure about. Yes, dental hygiene appointments are allowed The …

Legion hard at work despite closure

During Ontario’s stay-at-home orders, the Barry’s Bay Legion building is closed to the public; but rest assured Legion members are continuing to serve local veterans and the community. Branch 406 President Heather Poliquin provides both an update on plans for 2021 and a summary of the last year. Coming in …

Yakabuski gives update on Digital Main Street program

The following information was received on Jan.21 from John Yakabuski, MPP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke: Ontario’s Digital Main Street Program and Student Digital Service Squads were launched as a $57 million partnership between the Ontario and federal governments. This partnership is helping to connect tech-savvy students, providing $2,500 in government grants and online …

RCDHU reports another COVID death

A media release received at 11:45 a.m. on Jan.21 from Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) reads as follows: Today, RCDHU is reporting that of the 297 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Renfrew County and District (RCD), 290 people have recovered. Sadly, RCDHU is also confirming …

The inside story of Combermere’s new Fire Rescue Truck

In a wide-ranging interview with The Current, Madawaska Valley Fire Chief Corwin Quade discussed Fire Department news and proudly displayed the many features of the South Hall’s new Fire Rescue Truck. Quade said the new Rescue Truck was worth waiting for, especially as it represents extremely good value to the …

Tree of Lights surpasses goal

Submitted by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation Thanks to the incredible support of the community, the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is pleased to report that it has surpassed its Tree of Lights goal to raise $70,000 for local healthcare. The 2020 campaign theme was Give the Gift of Healing, …