Positive Community Partnerships spells win for Madawaska Valley

Communities in Bloom award certificate (detail) The Township of Madawaska Valley received a 5 Blooms rating and a special mention for Positive Community Partnerships on September 29 during the 2018 National/International Communities in Bloom Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Strathcona County, Alberta. Madawaska Valley participated in the 1,501 – 5,000 …

Valley resident loses $45,000 in phone scam

Image: kobi5.com OPP Killaloe Detachment warns Madawaska Valley residents to be alert about potential telephone scams. The advice follows attendance at a Combermere Road residence last weekend by OPP Constable Ian Morin. Investigation revealed that the complainant had been defrauded of $45,000 through a phone scam called Mega Millions. The …

Announcement – pot shop poll

One of the first decisions the new council will have to make is whether to allow cannabis retailers to set up shop in the township. Some municipalities, for example Markham, Richmond Hill, Perth and Oakville, have already announced that they do not intend to allow this. Readers of The Current’s …

Municipal election “Town Hall” forum

NEW: updated with direct links to each candidate’s responses The Current invites readers to use the question form below to ask questions of one or more candidates in the Madawaska Valley municipal election. If you prefer, submit your question by email to madvalleycurrent@gmail.com (with the subject line Forum Question) and we will …

Lock it or lose it campaign and other OPP news

Photo: Phuoc Le on unsplash Lock it OR Lose it campaign The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds motorists and passengers to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to their vehicles and valuables as part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) Lock It …

New MV Recreation and Community Development Coordinator

CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt announced the appointment of Stephanie Plebon as Madawaska Valley’s new Recreation & Community Development Coordinator at the Council meeting on September 4 2018. The Current spoke to Plebon a few days later. She talked about growing up in the Valley and attending Madawaska Valley District High School in …

Neighbours’ river access dispute considered by Council

Allegations of bullying and conflict of interest were levelled during a minor variance application heard by Council on September 4 2018. The application related to the request by Carol-Noele Herriott and Russell Brian Herriott of 560 Ohio Road, Combermere to purchase the Shoreline Road Allowance (SRA) on the Madawaska River …

Killaloe OPP news as of Sept. 4 2018

Photo: Eudoxio During the week of August 27, 2018, to September 3, 2018 there were 152 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were twelve motor vehicle collisions, two were animal related. There were four domestic dispute calls for service, and no domestic disputes resulting in criminal code charges. …

Pet business owners to the rescue

Pet business owners in the Madawaska Valley come to the rescue this weekend with initiatives to help pets. The commitment to animal welfare is a common theme among owners of pet businesses. Here we focus on two such pet retailers in the Valley who are both hosting events in Barry’s …

BIA brings buskers to Barry’s Bay

Tempest busking in Barry’s Bay Madawaska Valley shoppers were treated to an impromptu performance between showers on August 18 in downtown Barry’s Bay. Local group Tempest, composed of Madawaska Valley District High School students Ravyn Kellar (guitar) and Andrew Sernoskie (drums), set up in the pocket park between Talk O’ …

Madawaska Valley horticulturalists excel

 Photos: Nola Leroux The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society hosted its annual Flower and Vegetable Show at the Royal Canadian Legion Barry’s Bay 406 on August 18. Volunteers worked hard behind the scenes setting up not just for the floral and produce exhibits but also to prepare for the annual Ines …

Pot shops will be hot topic in election

Photo: Infotech Management The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) held its annual conference in Ottawa Aug. 19 – 22. The final session was devoted to a panel discussion on issues arising from the government’s recent announcement that it was privatizing the retail distribution of cannabis. The Current reported on …

Killaloe Fair delights all ages

The 42nd annual Killaloe Craft & Community Fair was held on the sunny weekend of Aug. 10-12. Because of the welcome rain during recent days, Killaloe Hagarty Richards at last relaxed the Total Fire Ban. This meant campers at the fair could light cooking fires in the sheltered valley fairground …

Open mic at the Station

Mushana Schroeder and Jamie Manion Local musicians performed at an Open Mic session at the Railway Station in Barry’s Bay on Friday August 10. Players of different ages and genres brought their own instruments or took advantage of the sound equipment, guitar and piano that were provided to entertain a …