26 July 2021

Fireworks in Madawaska Valley

If you’re planning a celebration at the cottage, please be considerate of your neighbours, pets and wildlife. The recently amended Noise By-law in Madawaska Valley permits fireworks only between dusk and 11 p.m. No later! By-law violations may incur a $250 fine.

Catholic churches closed this week

Fr. Michael Smith, Vicar General of the Diocese of Pembroke, has notified the Catholic parishes in Madawaska Valley that St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Saint Hedwig Church, and Holy Canadian Martyrs Church are to be closed from after the last Mass on Sunday, July 25, until Friday, July 30, inclusive. (No liturgies except funerals. Funeral will take place according to the Health Unit’s sanitary regulations.)

The situation will be monitored and re-evaluated at the end of the week. The tentative plan is to re-open the churches on Saturday afternoon, July 30, but that may change.

Stone Fence Theate special no-meal show on Tuesday

To accommodate folks who had tickets for the last two Thursday shows, which were both cancelled, Stone Fence Theatre is holding a special no-meal performance of How Are Ya NOW? on Tuesday, July 27, at 6 p.m. in Station Park in Killaloe. Some tickets are also available to the public. They have added enough sheltered space to allow performance in a light rain while audiences stay dry and safely-distanced.

Tickets for this special no-meal performance cost $30 and can only be purchased by calling the box office: 613-401-1497 or, toll-free, 1-866-310-1004.

Wild Women paint Algonquin Park

Valley painters Joyce Burkholder, Kathy Haycock and Linda Sorensen display Algonquin Park through their eyes in a new exhibition ‘Wild About Algonquin’ at the park’s Visitors’ Centre, Hwy 60 (Km 43). The exhibition runs from July 30 to September 1. Lake Clear artist Haycock will be on hand to greet visitors next Saturday.

Public Library goes Diamond

Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay celebrates its 60th Anniversary in August. To mark the occasion, Library staff and volunteers are putting together a special project and need your help! They want to know your favourite Library memory and see photos you have taken at Library programs/events over the years. Please email to mvpl.programs@gmail.com or comment/attach via the library’s Facebook page.

Live music at Combermere Gazebo

Plan your picnic now so you’re ready to enjoy live music at the Gazebo beside the wharf in Combermere on Sunday August 1 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The line-up features many local performers from Combermere and beyond.

Giant Outdoor Killaloe Library Book and DVD Sale

Killaloe Public Library has been collecting books and DVDs for two years and there are hundreds to choose from. The sale will be held outdoors, under a tent, at the Killaloe library on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6 – 7.

As a bonus, on Sat. Aug.7 you can also choose from a huge variety of colours of Day Lilies.


  1. Marnie MacKay

    I agree with all the points Chad Beckwith Smith makes in his letter.
    It is alarming that fireworks are specifically permitted in the new bylaw.
    A noise bylaw that actually endorses private fireworks in a
    neighbourhood setting makes no sense. A sudden loud explosion on an
    otherwise peaceful evening is distressing for all living beings, human
    and otherwise. It is impossible for me to calm my generally well-adjusted
    dog, and there is nothing to reassure terrified wildlife after the sky
    blows up. On the edge of a lake the noise is amplified. When it booms
    unannounced from next door it is deafening and makes my own heart pound.
    Nesting loons? They haven’t read the noise regulations. Limiting the
    explosions to evenings will not appease birds and animals.

    What kind of a noise bylaw allows this kind of disturbance every
    evening? Life in the country is losing is rapidly losing its charm.

  2. Chad Beckwith Smith

    Fireworks may be nice to look at for a few seconds however the downside is.
    They frighten some birds to death.
    Terrify wildlife
    Terrify domestic animals
    Result in injuries to humans sometimes
    Cause pollution on the land, sea and the air.
    Use child labour in its production
    Are filled with toxins, many of which are carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
    Please don’t set them off.

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