Bite-sized news at Jan.17

To help the Visutskie family of Wilno after house fire A Community account has been opened at the Northern Credit Union in Barry’s Bay at 19630 Opeongo Line. Donations can be sent by e-transfer or dropping into the Northern Credit Union in Barry’s Bay and asking to make a deposit …

Commencing Jan.14 all MV supermarket shoppers must wear masks

In light of the provincial and local COVID-19 case count and for the safety of their staff, customers and community, both supermarkets in Barry’s Bay will require mandatory masks or face coverings when the second provincial emergency comes into effect tomorrow, January 14, 2021. Management at Barry’s Bay Metro and …

Puppies delight Valley seniors

In Barry’s Bay for a vet appointment on January 4, Andrea Budarick decided to call both the Manor and Champlain Gardens (formerly Water Tower Lodge) to see if she could bring some puppy joy to their residents. Above: Valley Manor resident Freeda Higginson enjoys the antics of some of the …

Jan.10

January is Stalking Awareness Month The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County (WSACRC) advises:  According to statistics published by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 76 percent of women murdered by an intimate partner were stalked first, while 85 percent of women who survived murder attempts were stalked. Additionally, …

New owners at Barry’s Bay Cottages resort

Meet Ferdinand and Luiz Kaci, the new owners of Barry’s Bay Cottages Resort on Carson Lake. (Shown above at the resort entrance on Hwy 60.) Going from commuting on the Toronto subway every day to buying a snow-plow-ready ATV, it would be an understatement to say their life has changed …

Predictions for 2021

Whatever the means — prophecy, crystal ball, tarot cards, tea leaves, the Farmers’ Almanac, horoscopes, the i-Ching or just plain gut feeling — people can usually come up with some kind of prediction for the coming twelve months. Whether you set much store by this, of course, is a very …

Jan-3

Local resources during shutdown The province may have ordered a lockdown until Jan.22 but that doesn’t mean you don’t have access to local businesses and organizations. The Current has compiled the following alphabetical list of Madawaska Valley retailers and organizations, grouped by community. Customers can contact each business that they …

MV Township: today is the deadline for Arena submissions

Further to recent articles in The Current regarding the proposed $1.5 million project to upgrade the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre, the Township of Madawaska Valley published the following notice on social media on January 2, 2021: REMINDER… Your letters must be in before Monday, January 3, 2021 to be …

Moose causes traffic jam for Opeongo Snowbirds

Editor’s note: Snowmobile trails are currently closed. The photos above show Club volunteers doing trail maintenance. Please consult the Interactive Trail Guide for trail availability at: https://www.ofsc.on.ca/trail-maps/ The province is currently under lockdown orders prohibiting team sports with close contact, but plenty of other outdoor activities are very much available …

A lot to be thankful for

In its last New Year message, The Current reviewed some of the highs and lows of the previous year. Because of the pandemic, unfortunately 2020 brought more of the latter than the former, so this time we will avoid depressing our readers with such a review. Instead, we would like …

Parades bring sparkle to the holidays

The Valley stood still for kids in the lead-up to the holiday season … with fun events and activities ranging from crafts and virtual zoom zoo tours from Madawaska Valley Public Library to safe visits with Santa Claus at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station and the new MV Holiday Lights …

Dec.20

Vote now for MV Holiday Lights Tour You have until 9 a.m. tomorrow, Monday Dec.21, to vote for your favourite MV business and residential Holiday Lights decorations. Register your vote on Facebook/Madawaska Valley by clicking “Like” on its photo. The top three displays in both categories will win Local Business …

Ace drops – winner gets $224,183.50

The Ace of Spades was caught by lucky ticket holder Lorna Leach of Micksburg at this afternoon’s Catch The Ace lottery draw held by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH) at the Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406. Viewers watching on Facebook Live were able to share in the excitement as …

Renfrew County to host 2022 Ontario Winter Games

During the inaugural meeting of Renfrew County Council held today, Dec.15 2020, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, announced that Renfrew County has been selected to host the Ontario Winter Games in March 2022. Minister MacLeod was introduced by her colleague the Honourable John …