Breaking news: Mark Willmer runs for council spot

Mark Willmer, Barry’s Bay resident, has filed nomination papers to run for Madawaska Valley Township Council in the October 22 election. Willmer, who also ran in the 2014 campaign in Madawaska Valley, has experience as both a municipal councillor and a municipal employee. According to online sources, for 21 years …

A little bit of Caribana in the Valley this Sunday

Pan Fantasy Steelband  (Photo: Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival) Pan Fantasy – known as the “Best Steelband in Canada” – will perform live at Zurakowski Park on Opeongo Line (Hwy 60) in Barry’s Bay this Sunday July 22 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pan Fantasy were the Pan Alive Steelband …

Artisan Festival held at Railway Station Park

The volunteer organizers of the 2018 Madawaska Artisan Festival held at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station were pleased to see a mix of veteran and new artisans on July 14. Vendors said they heard about the show in different ways – email, telephone or just plain grapevine – and thanks …

Barry’s Bay Triathlon

Melissa Botz hugs competitor Grace Tansley  Over 50 competitors in all age categories turned out in fine weather to compete in the 2018 Barry’s Bay Triathlon on July 8. The annual event is now 25 years strong thanks to stellar work every year by more than 45 community volunteers. The …

Dr. Jack Kitts speaks about his Order of Canada appointment

Photo courtesy The Ottawa Hospital Following Mark Woermke’s report of Dr. Kitts’ recent appointment as Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General (Click HERE to read that article), he shared his personal reaction with The Current, saying, My initial reaction was a sense of disbelief because I didn’t …

Pembroke Daily Observer axed

Its parent company, Postmedia, announced today that the Pembroke Daily Observer will cease to exist as of July 28, 2018, thus bringing to an end a local institution after 163 years. This closure follows the similar fate of 41 Postmedia newspapers in Ontario at the end of last year. Unifor, …

Combermere Craft Cabin prepares for season

Above: Combermere Craft Cabin work party  The Combermere Craft Cabin reopens on May Long Weekend. Craft Cabin Committee members donned rubber gloves and arrived with brooms on May 13 to clear away the winter cobwebs. Shown above from left are:  Standing: Carol Burnett, Jane Corbett, Kristin Marchand, Barb Schaeffer  Seated: …

Wilno welcomes all to Kashub Day

Downtown Wilno on Kashub Day 2018    Photo: Sharon Gardiner The Wilno Heritage Society celebrated its 20-year anniversary last Saturday with the annual Kashub Day Festival at Wilno Heritage Park. Guests enjoyed non-stop entertainment from 11 a.m. until after sundown. The annual celebration commemorates pioneer ancestors and helps keep the …

MV Horticultural Society thanks Opeongo Seniors Art Group

At the April meeting of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society, Eden Guidroz displayed the Society’s sandwich boards and posters which had been produced from paintings by members of the Opeongo Senior Centre Art Group. The posters helped to publicize the Society’s annual Flower and Vegetable Show held each summer. Guidroz …

Pitch-in to celebrate Earth Day

Recently local residents’ group Carson, Trout, Lepine & Greenan Lakes Association reminded its members that they can celebrate Earth Day 2018 on April 22 by participating in Pitch-In Canada Week. Madawaska Valley Township has provided garbage bags free of charge for residents to pick up garbage along township roads. A …

Reunion Cup mens 55+ Irish v. Kashub

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Reunion Cup action from this afternoon’s Irish v. Kashub Men’s 55+ game. Shown above, a friendly Irish/Kashub board meeting. FINAL SCORE Kashub 3 Irish 0 Paul Hudder    Photo: Sharon Gardiner Kashub Goalie Paul Hudder had a lot of action in his end, but played an awesome …

Kids match kicks off Reunion Cup

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Last night the youngsters from Barry’s Bay & Area Minor Hockey launched the Reunion Cup Tournament with great enthusiasm at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre. Irish team                    Photo: Sharon Gardiner The Irish team scored a decisive victory …