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 Work Services 613-756-0723 or email info@accessworkservice.ca

This week’s COVID-19 test schedule

Remember to check our Classified/Notices page for the latest Test Schedule and other useful community information. LINK: https://madvalleycurrent.com/classified-notices-winter-2021/

Announcing celebrity judges for Outdoor Rink Contest

Barry’s Bay Recreation Committee has lined up three celebrity judges to choose the winners of the Outdoor Rink Contest. Judging the local competition (open to residents of Madawaska Valley, Brudenell Lyndoch & Raglan, Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards, South Algonquin and North Algona Wilberforce) will be three Valley hockey heroes who definitely know what makes a winning rink:

Above from left: Larry Trader, NHL alumnus; Alex Armstrong, owner/coach Pembroke Lumber Kings; Rodney Schutt, NHL alumnus

Prizes will be awarded in each of four categories: NHL, Most Unusual, Most Ottawa Valley, most “Over The Top” theme. To enter, send a photo or video (max. 2 min.) of your rink to bbrcmail@gmail.com by February 15.

School news for parents/guardians

  • Schools reopen as of Monday, Jan.25 for K-12 students (including Adult and Continuing Education)
  • Masks are now mandatory for students in Grades 1 to 3 also (including when outdoors if two metres physical distance is not possible)
  • Remember to return any borrowed digital devices with children on Monday, Jan.25 as they are required for in-class learning activities
  • Parents/guardians and students are discouraged from gathering before and after during drop off and pick-up periods
  • Busing will resume as per the usual schedule on Monday morning
  • Remote learning instruction will carry on as normal for those students who previously selected this instruction method
  • Renfrew County Catholic District School Board: online registration is now open for Kindergarten and up

New Opeongo Line podcast

This week sees a new Opeongo Line podcast:  “1847-1852 Dr. Codd’s Letters Home: Part Two.” Dr. Codd was a young British doctor who first settled in 1847 along the Ottawa River in what would become Pembroke, but by 1849 he shifted his practice down river to Renfrew. He wrote home to his parents back in England about his fledgling years in Renfrew County. Last year at this time, The Opeongo Readers’ Theatre presented his letters written from Pembroke. This year as of Sunday, January 24th, the letters written from Renfrew will be presented on the Opeongo Line podcast. You can access it for free at https://btconway.podbean.com

How to support a friend

The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County offers “How to support a friend” — a three hour online workshop to help folks support someone in your life who may have survived sexual assault and trauma. The FREE session on Feb.3 includes discussion of what is sexual violence, consent, effects of sexual violence, common responses, local resources, how to be present when a survivor is sharing. You can sign up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wsacrc/events/

Have you noticed? Clicking on a notice or ad in The Current often opens up a webpage about that event, organization or company. The Madawaska Valley District High School notice even opens a video about the school.

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