Bite-sized news at Mar.29 2022

Enjoy the trails? Get involved!

Renfrew County ATV Club President Teresa Hebb asks, “Are you cooped up? Do you feel ready to invest your time and get to know the trails?” She suggests you join the RCATV Club leadership, event or trails teams and help the volunteers keep local trails open, safe and offer great ride. There are leadership vacancies on the Board as Executives, Directors and Alternate-Directors in many locations throughout the County. You can join the Trails or Event Teams.  Nomination deadline April 4.

Coming up on Saturday, April 9 is the Club’s Annual General Meeting (morning) and Trails Team event (afternoon). It’s all happening from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Petawawa Civic Centre.

For more details please see or email

Update – further threats made against The Current for investigating massive legal costs

On Jan.17 The Current reported having received threats of legal action from MV Township’s lawyers because we were seeking explanations for the massive legal fees paid to them in their unsuccessful attempt to strike out the lawsuit referred to in that article. Click HERE to read. We have also asked why members of Council are not paying for their own defences given that the claims against them are based on personal attacks motivated by malice and a wish for reprisal against The Current and its owners. Conflicting statements by CAO Klatt about the relevance of the Township’s insurance policy have only served to muddy the waters and our attempts to clarify the matter have been ignored by the Wishart Law firm. Despite the threats, The Current has continued with its investigations of these troubling issues, but our attempts to do so have been met with more threats from Wisharts who also continue to refuse to answer The Current’s letters on the subject and also to justify their threats to sue us. This conduct has only served to fuel concerns that those involved appear to have something to hide, and therefore our investigation will continue. When it is complete, we will provide a fuller report which we hope will contain information to reassure ratepayers that their interests have not after all been adversely affected.

SFMH seeks Directors for its Board

St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay wants to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors and seeks applications from interested persons. The Current’s publisher served as a Director for five years and found the experience extremely rewarding. Not only does it fulfill a valuable contribution to local healthcare governance, but serves to provide insight into the many challenges faced by those who we rely on to ensure quality of healthcare in our community. See our Classified/Notices page for details. Alternatively for more information please email or call (613)756-3044 to speak to Chief Operating Officer Greg McLeod by April 3.

Catching up with Catch The Ace


Here are details of a few of the recent weekly prizes won in the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Catch The Ace progressive lottery. You might be the next winner. The Weekly Prize for Week #22 is estimated at $1,200.00 and if the Ace of Spades is found, the Total Winnings will be around $28,150.50! All proceeds support the purchase of essential medical equipment for St. Francis Memorial Hospital.

  • $1,151 went to Week #21 Catch the Ace Lottery winner Kim Sullivan of Eganville, who won the weekly prize after purchasing her ticket at Conway’s Pharmacy in Eganville. 
  • Week #19 winner Fran Hickey won the weekly prize of $990.00 with a ticket purchased at the CO Country Market.
  • Bill Drohan of Eganville won the Week #18 weekly prize of $907.00 and his ticket was purchased at Barry’s Bay Shell.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Round Lake Centre Food Market, Round Lake Country Store, 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.

Honouring Seniors in the Ottawa Valley

Photographic artist, Maureen MacMillan of Gal Capone Photography, spent time with 62 seniors in the western Ottawa Valley during 2020 and 2021, creating portraits that offer a glimpse into their diverse lives and experiences. Those portraits are featured in a new exhibition, Honouring Seniors, which is open now in the Pop Up Gallery at Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville.

The Honouring Seniors exhibition features 50 portraits of individuals and couples ranging in age from 66-103, and is accompanied by a sound art compilation by Kathy Blomquist and Tristan Whitton. It is presented by Ottawa Valley Community Arts (OV-CAOS) along with project partners Barry’s Bay and Area Senior Citizen’s Home Support and the Community Resource Centre Seniors Active Living Centre. The exhibit will remain in Eganville until June 5th before moving on to other Pop Up Galleries in the Ottawa Valley. For more information please visit or contact Anya Gansterer at

Photographic exhibition continues to June 5 at Fifth Chute Coffee, Eganville

The Current temporarily operating on a reduced basis

Regular readers may have noticed fewer articles on The Current’s website recently — this is because the owners are “snowbirding” until late April. In this digital age, though, we are still able to keep abreast of most major developments and provide our usual rapid response to important Valley news. We regret that this will mean a short term reduction in our reporting activities and also advise that the next print issue will be available in May.

One comment

  1. Patricia Scott

    My immediate reaction is “are you kidding me?” Of course you are not. This is very concerning that anyone who seeks answers is threatened by lawsuits. I am feeling pretty disgusted…follow the money as they say. With this being an election year, if in fact there is something big to hide, which I am sure there is, those who have something to hide are at huge risk of exposure. I say bring it on! I am ashamed of our municipaly’s behaviour and appreciate all you do in investigating
    and being undeterred by threats which could end you up in court over nothing. There are a lot of bad actors here and hopefully before the election the truth will come out.
    Honesty, transparency and integrity seem to be missing
    Thank you for keeping us all informed

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