One hundred years after Armistice Day 1918

Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406 celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day with a series of moving ceremonies, all well attended by members of the local community who came together to remember those who served. While the morning’s Remembrance Day proceedings were conducted inside the Legion Hall, a Colour Guard …

MV Council Clips from Nov. 5 meeting

Madawaska Valley Council dealt with a 215-page meeting agenda on Nov. 5. The heavy agenda was partly due to fewer committee meetings during the election period, a backlog of correspondence and the need to brief Council on numerous items. Update from Mayor Love re County Official Plan Amendments No. 25 …

The Gardener inspires viewers

Members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society who went to the Opeongo Seniors Centre for a second consecutive Thursday were richly rewarded. Not only were the equipment failures of the previous week corrected, but the film they had hoped to see, The Gardener, turned out to be enchanting. The audience burst …

Ben Hokum & Son: to the 21st century and beyond

The closure of a mill traditionally makes Valley people very nervous. But the temporary closing of Ben Hokum & Son Limited’s small log mill in Killaloe this fall is something to get excited about … very excited, because its reopening brings a technological advance that places Hokums squarely at the …

The Current answers Margaret Maika’s question

In our report on last week’s All Candidates Meeting, we referred to a question asked by Margaret Maika about the legal claim by the previous Integrity Commissioner. During the question itself and the response by Mayor Love, comments were made about possible breaches of confidentiality, and questioning both Rosien’s and …

Council’s asset management investigated by The Current

Opinion               … completing the file on Ohio Road is a priority for this Council. Message sent to Township’s lawyer – March 2017 Arguably the most important duty of a council is its responsibility for ensuring effective management of its municipality’s assets. Of all assets, those that can give rise to …

Heartwood Restaurant — full of heart

Becky McPhee and Shanti Nordholt-McPhee  Photo: Hailey Voorand Two Valley sisters see their dreams come true as they launch a family restaurant in Combermere on October 6, 2018. Becky McPhee and Shanti Nordholt-McPhee will realize their shared vision of a place to do all of the things they love — …

Madawaska Valley Fall Studio Tour this weekend

Linda Sorensen studio Since 1991 a special kind of autumn leaf appears each fall in the Madawaska Valley. A sign in the shape of a maple leaf  is the symbol of the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour. This year you’ll see them along roads in the Valley September 29 – 30 …

Mayor urges CAO to strike cannabis task force

The room was silent. We were in shock and awe at this stuff. This is what Mayor Love said at the September 4 Council meeting. She was describing the reaction of delegates to what they heard at the recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference about cannabis legalisation and …

Dr. Malinowski honoured by College of Physicians

Dr. Jason Malinowski at St. Francis Memorial Hospital The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) presented the Council Award to Dr. Jason Malinowski on September 7 at the Council meeting in Toronto. CPSO said that Malinowski, a passionate advocate for rural medicine, has distinguished himself as a clinical …

MV Council Clips from Sept. 4 meeting

MV staff at meeting: Gwen Dombroski (L) and Amanda Hudder Madawaska Valley Council’s meeting on September 4 covered a wide range of topics from car washing to cannabis, tax arrears and more. The Current reports on selected items. Cannabis conundrum Mayor Kim Love gave a verbal report of a panel …

Madonna House annual Heritage Fest

Families enjoy the puppet show Madonna House hosted its annual Heritage Fest on Labour Day weekend. Visitors of all ages enjoyed live music, puppetry and demonstrations of traditional crafts practised by members of the Madonna House community. The Gift Shop. Art Gallery and Book Shop were open and proceeds from …

Madawaska Kanu Centre builds on success

Claudia and Stefani van Wijk It’s no surprise that the van Wijk family of the Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) and OWL Rafting are “reading the river” ahead. The Current recently met with Claudia and Stefani van Wijk to learn their plans for the family business as it moves into the care …

Taste of the Valley in the Bay

Taste of the Valley was held at The Railway Station in Barry’s Bay on August 17. Now in its tenth year here, the county-wide initiative has evolved into a celebration of local food, products, art and culture throughout the Ottawa Valley. This year’s event began with a rainy morning but …

Crowd celebrates the little church on the hill

Glenn Allen, chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Church, welcomed a full church to the eighteenth anniversary celebration of the Restoration of the Rockingham Church on Sunday Aug. 12. The peaceful woodland setting rang with a rousing congregational rendition of The Church in the Wildwood by Dr. William S. Pitts …