Do you need a COVID-19 test?

The weekly Public Testing Schedule is available on our Classified/Notices page as usual. Madawaska Valley Township also advises that due to high demand, there will be an additional swab clinic today, Monday Mar.22, in Barry’s Bay, as well as extended hours on Friday Mar.26. Call Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre (RC VTAC) to see if you require a test and to book your appointment on 1-844-727-6404.

A new podcast “IDD – Get to know me”

Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living recently shared information about a new podcast. In this inaugural episode of “IDD – Get to know me”, you’ll meet the self-advocate hosts: peer support worker, social worker, writer, and motivational speaker Daniel Share-Strom and actor and Azrieli advisor Victor Pereira. You’ll find answers to biting questions such as ‘What’s the work experience like for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and autism? Search for it on your favourite podcast app or Click HERE to listen.

Catch The Ace lottery returns to the Valley

Since lucky winner Lorna Leach of Micksburg took home a cheque for $224,183.50 just before Christmas, Valley residents have been waiting for the next round of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare (SFVH) Foundation’s Catch The Ace lottery. Finally the following “official” announcement arrived on Mar.19:

Staff at St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation and St Francis Memorial Hospital are thrilled to be kicking off a new round of the popular Catch the Ace Progressive Lottery with proceeds supporting Hospital Medical Equipment. Ticket sales start March 25th and can be purchased at the following vendor locations: Round Lake Centre Food Market, AJ’s Convenience, Killaloe Hardware, Wilno Building Supply, Charlie D’s, Barry’s Bay MacEwen, Lorraine’s Pharmasave, Barry’s Bay Shell, CO Country Market, The Cottage Cup, Eganville Shell, Conway’s Pharmacy, Village Discount and Variety, Ramona’s Hairstyling, and Whitney Pharmacy. Draws will be held live every Thursday at 4:30 pm on the Foundation Facebook page and posted online at

Dragons’ Den with Arlene Dickinson

Calling all entrepreneurs, business owners, community leaders and more – take advantage of this FREE virtual Question & Answer event with Dragons’ Den Arlene Dickinson on March 24, 2021 at 6 p.m.

For the registration link send a Facebook private message to OV Boss Babes Podcast or email Holly Molenaar at

Ottawa Valley Virtual Market

The first ever Ottawa Valley Virtual Market (OVVM) is taking place on Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. OVVM is an initiative planned and executed by small business owners, Holly Molenaar, Ottawa Valley Boss Babes Podcast; Jacklyn Stott, Natural Glow,and Lisa Grison, Ottawa Valley Coffee / Valley Child Clothing and will feature some of Ottawa Valley’s most beloved small businesses.

The OVVM will take place on a virtual conference platform, World Event Center, that closely replicates the look and feel of an in-person market. Vendors will be given access to their own personal customizable booth where they can sell products, book clients and/or promote their business. Vendors are also given free access to 3 different workshops that will help prepare the growing list of small businesses prepare for the market, while also offering opportunities with social media, marketing and business awareness. 

The OVVM will continue to accept vendor applications up to one week before the event and being a virtual event, spaces are unlimited so the platform can accommodate as many businesses that want to be part of this virtual market dedicated to businesses throughout the Ottawa Valley. For more information about becoming a vendor or for more information about the market, email or find the Ottawa Valley Virtual Vendor Market on Facebook and Instagram.

The market is made possible by event partners, Petawawa Business Advisory Network, Renfrew County Community Development Corporation, Ottawa Valley Eats, Township of Bonnechere Valley, County of Renfrew Economic Development Services and Hyundai Pembroke.

One comment

  1. Kristin Marchand

    Love the Catch the Ace fundraiser that will be used to support St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Does anyone have any information about the funds that were raised to support the redevelopment of Valley Manor? Does anyone know if/when shovels will be in the ground to start a new building? I’m pretty sure time is ticking down to when the 90 beds at Valley Manor will be redistributed.

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