May 19

MV gets FireSmart on Bay Day At Bay Day on May 18 the Madawaska Valley Fire Department handed out Community Wildfire Preparedness education materials for all ages. Chief Fire Officer Corwin Quade said MV was successful in a recent grant application to FireSmart Canada. The national program received applications from …

May 12 2019

MV Council discusses 2019 budget providing for 1.9 percent tax increase At its May 6 Special Council meeting to deal with the 2019 budget, MV Council reviewed a “very preliminary” draft that projected a 1.9 percent increase in taxes. Readers may recall that Council gave direction to staff about budget …

Opinion poll

Public question period At its last meeting Hastings Highlands Township Council passed a motion adding a second public question period to its Council meetings. It already provided for one question period at the end of each meeting, but has now added one at the beginning. This will allow attendees, according …

Madawaska Valley monitoring water levels

May 8  Madawaska Valley advises residents that updates from the Ministry and Ontario Power Generation regarding the spring thaw/flood continue to be monitored by the Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) and CEMC alternate and updates will be relayed as provided.  Continue to monitor your property.  Please secure boats, docks, rafts on …

May 5 2019

Buried budget item will make provincial government less accountable A proposed new law buried within the Ontario government’s recent budget would increase the legal threshold necessary to bring claims against the government. According to a CBC report, it would considerably limit the instances in which the government would be required …

Renfrew County concerned about second flood peak

At an emergency meeting held on Friday involving emergency officials, and municipal and provincial politicians, a bleak assessment of the threat flood waters still pose to some one thousand properties in the region was voiced. “We can easily anticipate that we have at least another month’s worth of heavy lifting …

Ace of Spades escapes again

For the third time the Ace of Spades proved elusive at the weekly Catch The Ace (CTA) lottery draw on May 2 at 4 p.m. at the Ash Grove Inn, and that means the CTA jackpot is growing. If ticket sales during Week Four are similar to previous weeks, and …

April 28 2019

National Day of Mourning April 28 is the National Day of Mourning. A statement from Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Laurie Scott, said, “This day was chosen to coincide with the day in 1914 when Ontario’s first Worker’s Compensation Act came to be. Here in Ontario, thousands of people will pause …

Flood watch April 28 Warden declares emergency in Renfrew County

3:00 p.m.  Madawaska Valley advises that Kamaniskeg Lake may have reduced slightly overnight but is anticipated to increase over the next 12 hours due to releases from Bark Lake. Staff is monitoring and will continue to update when information is available. Sand bags and sand are available. (See below for Madawaska Valley …

Flood watch as of April 26

April 26  9:00 a.m.  The Township of Madawaska Valley advises that Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued a Flood Warning for Renfrew County due to significant rainfall forecasted in the next 48 hours. The Kamaniskeg Lake water system is expected to rise and flood levels are currently forecasted …

Ace of Spades escapes again

The Ace of Spades escaped capture again in the second weekly Catch The Ace (CTA) lottery draw held by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH Foundation) at the Ash Grove Inn on April 25, 2019. Erin Gienow, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator for SFVH Foundation, thanked all the supporters, volunteers …

April 21 2019

Pitch-In Canada Week is April 22-29 Madawaska Valley offers free garbage bags and collection to the many volunteer residents who every year participate in Pitch-In Canada Week by clearing litter along roads in the municipality. Garbage bags and details available from the Township Office. The annual event helps to promote …

Flood watch update

April 21 8:30 a.m. MV reports that Wilno Road North below Heritage Park is closed due to a washout. Please avoid the area and use Municipal 511 for road closures and alternate routes. April 20  2:30 p.m. Municipal511.ca lists additional problems below due to flooding. Click HERE to check latest updates …

April 14 2019

Eganville Leader wins awards Congratulations are due to The Leader which reported last week that it had won First Place in Best Editorial Circulation Under 9,999 as well as Second Place in four other categories from the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. The First Place award was for editorial writing relating …