Bite-sized news June 1 2024

Killaloe Farmers’ Market this morning

Starting at 9am today, Saturday June 1st, you’ll find vendors, crafters and food folks at Station Park in downtown Killaloe. Farmers Markets are among the joys of rural life in the summer – you don’t have to buy anything. It’s a chance to come out and meet your neighbours – say hi to old friends and maybe make some new ones too!

Last weekend for four Valley artists at Madawaska Coffee

We are blessed to have many artists and artisans right on our doorstep. This weekend is your last chance to see the work of four Ottawa Valley artists on display at Madawaska Coffee in downtown Barry’s Bay. Enjoy art with your coffee until Monday, June 3rd: Mosaics by Kathryn Bossy, artwork from Sylvia Tennisco, pottery by Tanya Reid, and ceramics from Julie Marie of Hollow Clayworks.

Memoir with a message at free author talk

MV Public Library hosts another author talk next Saturday, June 8 at 1:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay, 250 John Street. Author Charlotte Gibson will talk about her book “Running with Unicorns” which she describes as, “What I learned from a lifetime of helping my sister with her mental illness.” The author is looking forward to meeting people face-to-face to discuss the challenges of supporting someone who needs assistance navigating mental health, long-term care, or medical systems. The mentally ill, physically handicapped, aging population and homeless are highlighted everywhere in today’s population. These groups are aging. Is society prepared to accommodate them?

Everyone is welcome, free admission, and light refreshments will be provided.

MV residents bag books from the Library

Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay thanks members of the public for their support as it reports recent fundraising successes – the proceeds from last month’s Trivia Night were approximately $1,100 and last weekend’s Bay Day “Buy a Bag of Used Books” sale garnered $720. Library CEO Natalie Barrington told The Current that the Bag of Books Sale was so popular, the Library plans to hold one every long weekend this summer. She thanked local businesses Metro, Valumart and Kristen Graves Kuiack for providing the empty bags. Shoppers can fill the empty bags – $10 for a smaller bag, and $20 for a larger bag – with as many books as you can fit from the Library’s used book sale.

Anglers pitch out lead to save loons

Carson Trout Lepine & Greenan Lakes Association (CTLG Lakes) is pleased to report that on Bay Day they collected 14 pounds of lead fishing tackle in their “Get the Lead Out!” campaign. Did you know that lost lead fishing gear is the predominant cause of loon mortality? Up to 40 percent of loon deaths are related to ingestion of lead. CTLG Lakes offers anglers who swap from lead to other types of gear a chance to win big prizes in its draw on August 24th. Swap out your lead sinkers and jigs now – email:

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