Bite-sized news Thanksgiving Day Oct.11 2021

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Catch The Ace lottery

Congratulations to Week #17 Winner Fred Mostrovich who won $1,080 in last Thursday’s draw in the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation Catch The Ace Lottery. Tickets for Week #18 are now on sale throughout the Valley, and if your envelope reveals the Ace of Spades you could win the progressive jackpot estimated at $26,503. Combined with the estimated Weekly Prize of $1,075, that means your TOTAL Winnings could be $27,578. Proceeds from lottery sales benefit local healthcare.

Free walk-in vaccination clinic

St. Francis Memorial Hospital will hold another FREE walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, Oct.14 from 2 pm to 6 pm. Free parking, no appointment necessary. For details of this and other upcoming clinics, click HERE to check out our Classified, Notices page.

Nominations accepted for Renfrew County Warden’s Community Service Awards

The annual County of Renfrew Warden’s Community Service Awards are a meaningful way to recognize and thank an Individual, a Not-for-profit business, and For-profit Business. Each year, a Selection Review Committee comprised of the County of Renfrew Warden, Chief Administrative Officer, and one member of County Council select the award recipients. Nominees are considered in each of the three categories: Individual Person, Not-for-profit Business, and For-profit Business.  All nominees are considered on the basis of criteria as to how they contribute to the County of Renfrew’s Quality of life.

For more information on nominating a For-profit Business, Not-for-profit Business, or an Individual for a Community Service Award visit the County of Renfrew Website or Call 613-735-7288 to receive nominations documents by fax or mail. Deadline for submission is Friday, Nov.5, 2021.  Awards will be presented at County Council on Wednesday, Nov.24, 2021.

Ontario announces measures to reduce period poverty

On Oct.6 the Ontario Government announced it will take action on the issue of period poverty within schools and will distribute six million free menstrual products per year to school boards under a new and innovative partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart designed to improve access to menstrual products. The agreement is the first of its kind for Ontario. A survey conducted by Plan International Canada showed 63 per cent of women and girls have regularly or occasionally missed an activity because of their period and concerns about not being able to access menstrual hygiene products or proper facilities. The agreement runs for three years and beginning in the 2021-22 school year, this supply of free menstrual products will be provided to all school boards, which will make decisions about the distribution of products based on local needs.

Hallowe’en celebrations around the Valley

Madawaska Valley Public Library Hallowe’en Hunt: Pick up a Hallowe’en Hunt List & Map from one of the event tents (Madawaska Valley Public Library OR Northern Credit Union) on Saturday, Oct.30 between 10 am and 3 pm. You will need to walk or drive around Barry’s Bay to solve questions at local businesses. After your Hallowe’en Hunt, return to an event tent to claim a prize. Courtesy MV Public Library, and MV Township, in co-operation with the Barry’s Bay BIA.

Live History at Bonnechere Union Public Library offers two options:

  • ‘Behind Glass: A History of Horror!’ is a live theatre show bringing a historically-twisted murder mystery and escape room event to the Library. Two one-hour shows take place at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Reserve at BUPL: Tickets $10 (maximum 20 participants at each show).
  • Kids and families can go behind the scenes and learn how to create mystery theatre-type showcases at one of two FREE workshops at BUPL on Saturday, Oct.30. Register for either 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
  • Tel: 613-628-2400 or

Seniors Scary Yard: All those who dare to enter the Scary Yard will be directed by a crossing guard to the decorated area behind the Opeongo Seniors Centre, 19 Stafford Street in Barry’s Bay on Sunday, Oct.31 from 5 pm. To reserve a table to give out your candy treats, contact Leah at 613-756-4087.

MV Gardeners request members’ help

Thanks to the pandemic gathering restrictions, the Madawaska Valley Gardening Club could not hold its AGM last year, but is required to do so before the end of November 2021. Without a crystal ball to guarantee that all members can gather by then, the Club executive and Ontario Horticultural Association came up with a solution: Hold a drive-through members’ vote to amend the Club constitution to allow for virtual meetings, and schedule a Zoom AGM a few days later. Here are your diary dates:

  1. Drive-Through Special Meeting on Saturday, Nov.27, 10am to 11am @Opeongo Seniors’ Centre front door to vote on Constitutional Amendment re: option of holding virtual membership meetings when needed.
  2. 2020 AGM on Monday, Nov.29, 7:30pm by Zoom Opeongo Seniors’ Centre may be also set up for those who prefer to participate in-person if the covid situation allows us. The Club will ask members to pre-register to see the total number for the capacity limit when it gets close to the time. 

Details will follow but for now, please mark your calendar for these two dates. We need your help to keep our club. If you have a question, please contact Eden 613-756-2993 or email her at

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