Familiar faces at MV Artisan Festival

The 2019 Madawaska Valley Artisan Festival celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event began as an initiative of the Madawaska Valley Arts Council in 1984. It was a two-day event held at the ski hill south of Barry’s Bay and …

Wilno celebrates 125th anniversary of first train

Wilno Heritage Society (WHS) held a heritage celebration on Sunday June 30 to mark the 125th Anniversary of the arrival of the first train at Wilno in 1894 along J.R. Booth’s Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway. The event was held at Wilno Heritage Park with special displays and entertainment …

Barry’s Bay Triathlon 2019

Adding excitement to the Canada Day weekend, sixty athletes competed in the 26th Barry’s Bay Triathlon on Sunday, June 30. As always, the race drew competitors from well beyond the Valley. Race Director Elser Lee (Faith) Archer acknowledged the great support the organizers received from the OPP and Paramedics saying, …

Valley gardeners honoured

The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society honoured well-known local gardener, Ritsuko Honda, at the Strawberry Social held on June 19. The gardening club directors decided to give the Ontario Horticultural Society President’s Award to honour an active member whose volunteering and expertise has encouraged countless Valley gardeners over the years. The …

Council Clips from June 18 meeting

AORS Roadeo in Renfrew County this September Madawaska Valley Council began its June 18 meeting with a delegation from Steve Boland of the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS). Boland said that the 26th annual AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo would be held for the first time in Renfrew County …

Congratulations as Metro celebrates 25 years

This month Barry’s Bay Metro has been open for twenty-five years. Partners Gerard O’Malley (left above) and Connie and Neil O’Reilly built the 8000 square foot store in 1994. They and store staff invite Valley residents to help them celebrate their twenty-fifth year in business with memories, food, fun and …

Valley welcomes new Physician Recruiter

On June 12 the Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee met in the Township of Madawaska Valley Council Chambers. The Committee had announced in mid-April that Taflyn Janzen, a resident of Barry’s Bay, was appointed to the position of Physician Recruiter.  Due to the spring flooding issues, this was …

Manor residents cheer Catch The Ace winner at cheque presentation

Valley Manor residents and staff gathered in the Fireplace Lounge on June 14 to witness the good fortune of Rachel Stamplicoski, winner of the Catch The Ace lottery. St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH Foundation) Executive Director, Toni Lavigne-Conway, and Erin Gienow, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator, presented Stamplicoski with …

Valley residents salute Bill Green

Bill Green (above centre) died suddenly at his home on June 9 at the age of 55. The funeral Mass is at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Barry’s Bay on Thursday June 13 at 10 a.m. following visitations at Heubner Funeral Home. Green grew up in Barry’s Bay and members …

Ministry clearcutting along Babinski Road annoys MV Council

At its Council in Committee meeting on June 4 Council discussed correspondence forwarded by John Yakabuski Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. Yakabuski had sent Mayor Kim Love a letter from Steve Clark Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing citing a Municipal Act 2001 requirement that all municipalities adopt a …

Seat of Wisdom professor gives keynote address in UK

Note: The Current’s editor was in London at the time of the lecture, so seized the opportunity to attend. Dr. Richard Shaw, Barry’s Bay resident and Chairman of History at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC), gave the inaugural St. Augustine of Canterbury Feast Day lecture in collaboration with …