Bite-sized news at Oct.17, 2023

Small Business Week Oct.15-21

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce says small businesses are at the heart of the Innovation Economy. Small businesses have always been the backbone of Ontario’s economy, a driving force behind innovation and economic growth in the province. These resilient enterprises generate new ideas, create jobs and foster community resilience. In partnership with Desjardins, the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) are delighted to unveil the annual Small Business Week Campaign, Small Business, Big IdeasThis year’s campaign will underscore the impact and potential of small business innovation and the importance of supporting these businesses beyond recovery and toward growth.

Attention Valley green thumbs

The Madawaska Valley Gardening Club meets this Thursday with guest speaker Christina Anderman talking about Permaculture. Event details:

  • Thurs. Oct. 19, 7:30 pm (7 pm for a social time & Seed Exchange)
  • Opeongo Seniors’ Centre, Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay
  • Topic: Permaculture by Christina Anderman

Bring your extra seeds in small packets. 

First autumn event for W.I.N.

W.I.N. has set their first autumn event for October the 19th in Pembroke with guest speaker Amy Scholten, Executive Director, Renfrew Legal Clinic. This is an opportunity to hear more about the work this free legal clinic does for the most vulnerable in our county.

  • Where: Pembroke and Area Airport Lounge, 176 Len Hopkins Dr., Pembroke, ON 
  • When: Thursday, Oct.19 at 7 pm
  • Menu: dessert and beverages
  • Cost: $10      

To register please contact Colette Taylor at

Pembroke Symphony Orchestra starts new season

This Saturday evening,  October 21 at 7 pm under the direction of guest conductor Thomas Annand the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra will perform a Saxophone Extravaganza, with guest soloist Victor Herbiet. They will be preforming works by Glazunov, Schubert, Horvat and D’Indy. Don’t miss this musical event at Festival Hall in Pembroke. Tickets: $25 adult, $15 student, children under 12 Free. Box Office tel: 613.735.2182

Senior Active Living Centre CRC

SALC (Senior Active Living Centre CRC) has a full calendar of activities ranging from fitness activities both indoors and out, to arts and crafts, to cooking with friends. You can even ask about pickleball. For more information get in touch with CRC at 613.757.3108 ext.222# or email

Turtle season not over yet

Now that we are into October turtle season is most certainly winding down but not over yet, says Kelly Wallace at Think Turtles Conservation Initiative. Autumn is a busy time for Ontario’s turtles and the other wildlife we share the roads with. Please be alert to possible encounters and remind other motorists in your household and visitors to do the same. Wallace thanks the amazing network of Volunteers, Partners, Friends, Supporters and Colleagues who make the mission to help turtles not just possible, but worthwhile.

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