Province-wide total fire ban starts at midnight

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has announced that it will impose a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) in all areas of the province, to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2020. The map below shows all 37 areas. The Township of Madawaska Valley is in Zone …

April 1 local pandemic news round-up

The Current brings Valley readers the following recent news items.   Metro, Pharmasave, Valu-Mart adopt 9-step guide to prevent the spread of COVID-19       Shop alone. Limit the number of shopping trips. Respect rules of social distancing (2 metres) Limit handling of products. Pay with a card. At …

MV Food Bank adopts drive-through model

Madawaska Valley Food Bank has provided an update on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their commitment to our community moving forward. Patricia Whitfield, MV Food Bank President, said “The health and safety of our volunteers and visitors is of the utmost importance and we are following the lead …

Valley take-out and shopping update

Local businesses are adjusting their services for Valley residents to help inhibit the spread of COVID-19. The Current offers this update about the services they are providing while subject to the provincial closure order. Please note that restaurants may provide ONLY take-out food, and all bars and seating areas are …

COVID-19 news updates for Thursday Mar.19

The Current receives updates from government agencies and ministries almost hourly. Here are highlights from announcements during the past 24 hours that may affect Valley residents. Scroll down for a link to the full text of each update.   Ontario Parks closed If you planned to take the kids on …

Shopping help for seniors during pandemic

Valley supermarkets and volunteers are rallying to help seniors (65+) with special hours and shopping assistance, according to statements posted on social media on March 17. If you, or someone you know, can benefit from these measures, please pass on the information — especially for those who do not have …

Local precautions for COVID-19 as of Mar.15

Editor’s note: As of Mar.17 please refer to the dedicated section of our website containing latest official notices regarding COVID-19 measures.    Updates from The Current The Current is maintaining an up-to-date posting of local measures and changes as we receive them during this stage of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. Watch …

Cabin Fever Trivia Quiz brings on the blues

Originally scheduled for the depths of winter but postponed due to weather, the Madawaska Valley Public Library’s first Cabin Fever Trivia Quiz was held on March 12 at the Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406. Twelve teams of six competitors vied for the coveted trophy, which was eventually won after “four …

Changes to Valley events because of COVID-19

Note: Updated as of Sunday March 15 at 3:30 p.m. Please scroll down for event cancellations. While there are no confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in Renfrew County at this time, healthcare teams are working to ensure you get the information you need to protect yourself and your family …

Mar.8

Catch The Ace The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation reports that Donna Brum, who bought her ticket at Round Lake Centre Food Market, won the Week 22 prize of $2,929 last Thursday. Brum plans to use her prize money toward a trip. Since Brum’s ticket uncovered the Jack of Hearts …

County school board responds to sexual abuse claim

On March 1 The Current reported that Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) has been named as a defendant in a civil court proceeding started last month by three former students. The law suit claims damages of $10 million for childhood sexual abuse they allege they suffered at the hands …

Mar.2

Catching up with Catch The Ace You don’t have to stop buying tickets just because Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation’s Ace of Spades has been found. The St. Francis Valley Healthcare (SFVH) Foundation’s Ace remains hidden. Tickets are on sale now for Week #22, to be drawn next Thursday at 4:30 …