Cheryl Gallant interviews Current’s editor

It may be politically expedient for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant to do so, but she knows a thing or two about shining a light on new local businesses. While shopping at Afelskie’s in Barry’s Bay recently she picked up a print copy of The Current and this prompted her to …

Renfrew and District Labour Council protests against Ford cuts

The cowbells rang out loudly in Pembroke on Friday the 13th as about a hundred union members and concerned citizens attended a rally to protest against provincial government cutbacks. Michael Wright, President of the Renfrew and District Labour Council, welcomed the group as they gathered at the Marina Amphitheatre before …

Sept.15

Open Public Forum for federal election candidates in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke An All Candidates Forum will take place at the Killaloe Lions Hall on Saturday, October 5 at 7-9 p.m. All seven candidates in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke riding have been invited: David Ainsworth – People’s Party of Canada Dan Criger – Independent Cheryl Gallant …

Terry Fox Run this Sunday

You’re still in time to sign up for the annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research on September 14 at Lakeshore Park in Barry’s Bay. Race organizer Colette Mantifel said the weather forecast is good and she hopes people will come out to walk or run instead of sitting inside …

Trends welcomes stylist in salon expansion

Clients of Trends salon have learned that during the summer season they need to book appointments well in advance. Salon owner Traci Cybulski and stylist Wendy Shular were glad to bring on board Emma Phanenhour (pictured above) to help them during the hectic warm months. While the intention was always …

How do you like your coffee?

How do you like your coffee? With art, please, is the answer at the Madawaska Coffee café in Barry’s Bay. The latest local artists to be featured at the main street coffee shop are Jody McKone and Amy Doole. Work by both women is displayed until the end of September. …

2019 Heritage Fest at Madonna House

The Madonna House community celebrated the 50th Anniversary of St. Raphael’s Craft Centre at this year’s Heritage Fest on Labour Day weekend. Visitors were treated to demonstrations and displays of arts and crafts, and children had the opportunity to try new things under expert guidance of community members. Elsewhere on …

Sept. 8

Ontario drivers can now show proof of insurance on smartphones As of Sept. 5, Ontario drivers may carry electronic proof of auto insurance on their mobile device, including their smartphones. Drivers should note the following: Drivers must have proof of insurance at all times and must show it to police …

TIFF sold-out premiere for movie shot in Valley

The Manhattan Project, a film shot in and around the Madawaska Valley in March 2018, premieres to a sold-out Carlton Theatre at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11. Matthew Campanile, director/producer/writer of the film, has a longtime connection with the Valley having spent every summer (and some winter …

Ace of Spades found in Catch The Ace lottery

Congratulations to Katie Baumhour who was the big winner of the progressive jackpot in today’s draw of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s Catch The Ace lottery. The Ace of Spades appeared when Envelope 16 was opened.  This means Baumhour wins both the Week 9 prize and the progressive jackpot, …

Sept. 1

OPP warn against distracted driving With back-to-school pedestrians and school buses making roads, sidewalks and crosswalks busier next week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is conducting a Labour Day Long Weekend Distracted Driving Campaign to underscore the importance of paying full attention to driving. Acting Deputy Commissioner Alison Jevons, Provincial …

Total fire ban in MV again

Madawaska Valley Fire Department has imposed a Total Fire Ban as of August 26. This means no open flames of any sort: no fireworks,  no  outdoor cooking fires (charcoal barbecues), no campfires. The extremely dry conditions pose a high fire risk. This is the second Total Fire Ban this season. …

Aug. 25

Newlyweds are Week 7 winners of Catch the Ace lottery San Eleser from Purdy is the winner of Week #7 Catch the Ace lottery. St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation said she won $1,244 following her last-minute decision to purchase a ticket just before the draw at the Ash Grove Inn …

Fun at Art Attack summer camp

Nineteen youngsters aged 5-11 enjoyed a week of creative activities at the Art Attack summer camp in Barry’s Bay. Facilitated by Chelsea Clarke and Makaila Ronholm of Madawaska Valley Dance, they spent five full days playing at the arts at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre. The group learned new …