Catch The Ace lottery

Ticket sales began on Mar.25 for St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s new round of the Catch the Ace Progressive Lottery with proceeds supporting Hospital Medical Equipment. Tickets 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

COVID-19 updates from Renfrew County & District Health Unit:

Do you need a COVID-19 test? The weekly Public Testing Schedule is available on our Classified/Notices page as usual. 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.

Are you eligible for COVID-19 vaccination? RCDHU announced today, Mar.29, that additional eligible groups (including people born 1951 or earlier) may register for vaccination. Please register (only once) online at the vaccination link HERE. You will be contacted to book an appointment as soon as possible depending on vaccine availability. Latest details about eligibility to register and to book appointment can be found in our COVID-19 section.

What should you bring to your vaccination appointment? The RCDHU Appointment Checklist is now available on our Classified/Notices page.

New safe eating out rules take effect this Friday, Apr.2: RCDHU will require that patrons dine out with household members only to help limit the spread of COVID-19 across Renfrew County and District (RCD). This is especially important as the number of presumed variants of concern (VOC) cases rise across the province. These requirements are being implemented to minimize the risk of transmission and to align with the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020. To help ensure the safety of RCD residents and limit the spread of COVID-19, patrons who are wishing to be seated at the same table with others in a public dining area can:

  • only dine with people from the same household;
  • dine with a caregiver or;
  • dine with someone who lives alone and is joining one other household.

RCDHU will work with food premise operators and provide resources, including a formal Letter of Instruction and the Collection of Information for Food Premises Attestation Form, to assist them in carrying out this important campaign. More details available in our COVID-19 section.

Honouring Seniors photography project

Ottawa Valley Community Arts (OV-CAOS) reports that the Honouring Seniors photography project is in full swing. There are still spaces available for portrait sessions. If you, or a senior you know, would be interested in participating please reach out to Anya Gansterer at 613-633-1236 or email Photos by Gal Capone Photography.

Barry’s Bay & Area Skating Club (2020-21)

The Club’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7th @ 6:30pm. Please email if you would like to join the AGM Video facebook group for this meeting.

Order your Easter craft kit now

Easter is right around the corner and Madawaska Valley Public Library has created three different kits to suit all ages. To reserve your kit(s), email no later than March 31st. Kits will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 3rd.

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