July 14

Hwy 17 widening announced Ontario is to widen 22.5 kilometres of Hwy 17 to four lanes between Arnprior and Renfrew. The announcement on July 11 said the project from Scheel Drive to three kilometres west of Bruce Street in Renfrew County would include four new interchanges, and will reduce congestion …

Girl Guides plant flower garden for seniors residence

On June 27 members of the 1st Barry’s Bay Sparks, Brownies Guides, Pathfinder, Ranger Unit helped to plant a community garden at the Barry’s Bay Supportive Housing senior residence on Stafford Street. Communities in Bloom co-chairs Debbie Marshall and Elser Lee Archer were on hand to assist the Unit’s leaders …

Pop Up Art comes to Barry’s Bay

Pop Up Art is travelling around Renfrew County this season and the Madawaska Valley is its next stop. The exhibition, which features eleven local artists inspired by everyday objects from their surroundings, begins with a reception at Madawaska Coffee, 19578 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay from 7 to 9 p.m. on …

Young Valley talent in show

Young Valley musicians Serena and Dexter Sernoskie (above) have a very busy summer job – they are in this year’s Stone Fence Theatre cast of Up at Fred’s Allons-y which starts its season run this week in Rankin. The pair are well known in the Madawaska Valley from their performances …

July 7

Going away on vacation? Be careful with free hotel wifi Using free hotel wifi when you’re on vacation may expose your confidential data to hackers. Hotel networks have become a favourite target for hackers because in an effort to provide convenience for guests some hotels offer password-free internet access. This …

July 1

Do you have everything you need to put your boat in the water? OPP Marine Unit advises that they patrol waterways in the Valley to ensure everyone has a safe, fun time on the water this summer. Be sure your boat has all necessary safety equipment as required by Transport …

Happy Canada Day from The Current

To help celebrate Canada Day, The Current provides this link to a blast from a Canada Day past — 1993 to be precise. It is a performance of Stompin’ Tom Connors accompanied by fiddle icon Graham Townsend and others as they play “Canada Day Up Canada way.” Enjoy!     Photo …

Crossing guard Rhys Geddes receives award

School’s out for summer, not just for students but also for the many workers who ensure Valley children stay safe during the academic year. On June 25 Access Work Services (AWS) gathered some of its client workers to honour worker Rhys Geddes with a Certificate of Achievement and share a …

Today is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day in Ontario

In announcing the Province’s first Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant, stated: Police officers, fire fighters, correctional officers, dispatchers, probation and parole officers, crown attorneys, nurses and other justice sector workers have incredibly difficult jobs and come face to face with difficult situations. That’s …

Canada Day events in the Valley

Want to know what’s on in the Valley this long weekend? The Current is pleased to announce that our longtime partnership with AlgonquinEast.com means it’s easy for you to get all the answers. Just click on Events in the Valley listed on our Home Page Menu. Events in the Valley gives …

June 24

Well Woman Clinic launches in Barry’s Bay Madawaska Valley Family Health Team is providing Well Woman care for unattached patients. Women who are not registered with a primary healthcare provider can call to make an appointment with a nurse practitioner. The Well Woman Clinic offers the following services: Medical history …

June 16

Cannabis edibles to become legal in December Health Canada released new regulations on cannabis edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts on June 14. These products will be on the legal market as early as mid-December, although Canadians should expect there to be a shortage of supply, at least initially. The regulations, …