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 …

Ford government to sell cannabis online

Photo: David Horemans The Ontario government has said that there will not after all be government-run pot stores. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli today released details of his government’s plan to privatize the sector thereby reversing the Liberal government’s plan. With effect from April 1, 2019 all sales will be made …

Olympic gold comes to Barry’s Bay

Team Jacobs members E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden Team Jacobs, 2014 Sochi Olympic Gold Medallists, visited Barry’s Bay on August 1 during a Digital Days tour of Northern Credit Union branches in the Ottawa Valley. Branch manager Lynn Beauchamp explained the Digital Days event is designed to give members hands-on …

Experiences for all ages at Killaloe Fair

Photo: Doug De La Matter The 42nd annual Killaloe Craft & Community Fair the weekend of August 10 to 12 promises fairgoers of all ages the opportunity to enjoy great music in a natural outdoor amphitheatre setting, with delicious food, local crafts and family-friendly activities. The Fair site is located …

Long weekend update: Total fire ban remains in effect

The Township of Madawaska Valley has today posted this update and thanks everyone for complying with the Fire Ban. The Total Fire Ban is still in effect. The Township of Madawaska Valley is included in the Province’s Restricted Fire zone. There are currently 139 active wildland fires in the province …

Breaking news: Official list of certified candidates

It’s official – Madawaska Valley CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt informed The Current on July 30 that the candidates on the Unofficial List released July 27 have now been certified to stand for office in the municipal election on October 22. Klatt also declared the following School Board Trustees elected by acclamation for …

David Shulist runs for MV Council

David Shulist shown above on Bay Day Former Mayor David Shulist has this afternoon submitted his name for election to Council. Shulist was mayor from 2010 to 2014. He sought re-election as mayor in 2014, but lost to Kim Love. This now brings the number of candidates for Council to …

Howe & Bradley Law Office

Robert Howe and Matt Bradley Contrary to rumours which have been circulating in the community, local lawyer Robert B. Howe of Barry’s Bay is not retiring – not just yet anyway. He said today, I am pleased to announce that, in planning for retirement, I have entered into an association …

Ernie Peplinski runs for re-election

Ernie Peplinski at Operations Committee meeting with CAO Sue Klatt Madawaska Valley Councillor Ernie Peplinski has announced that he hopes to be re-elected for a second consecutive term on October 22. Since his election to Council in 2014, Peplinski has chaired the Operations Committee and acted as Vice-Chairperson of the …

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 …