County-wide ride share one step closer

Last week the County of Renfrew Property and Development Committee was advised that the long awaited launch of its ride-sharing tool, which will be called “ShareTheRide,” will happen in the next month or so. As The Current reported on October 24th 2019, the County’s Economic Development Department has been investigating …

Fabric of Life by Patricia Thurston at Pembroke gallery

Last weekend the Fabric of Life, an exhibition of work by Killaloe artist Patricia Thurston,  opened at Studio Dreamshare in Pembroke. The  exhibition was hatched when the textile artist met Dreamshare owner Cameron Montgomery last summer. Montgomery is not only a gallerist but also a video artist, filmmaker, teacher and …

MV property tax arrears more than $1 million

The Madawaska Valley Council in Committee meeting on February 4 included the usual wide range of topics, and members of Council discussed the following items at length: Tax arrears report Deputy Treasurer Janice Brisson Zelney provided an update on collection of tax arrears. Her report, which now includes the 2019 …

Song of Bernadette drama this weekend

This weekend the Don Bosco Drama Club from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC) presents its annual stage production at Madawaska Valley District High School in Barry’s Bay. The Current offers this sneak preview from The Song of Bernadette, a play that tells the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous …

Biggest field yet at Opeongo Hills Classic Loppet

This year’s Opeongo Hills Classic Loppet saw the biggest field of competitors yet in its five year history with 85 participants registered and 82 skiers racing on February 2. The Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club were excited to add two new prizes to a range of traditional cross-country ski events: …

Kids kick off BLR Winter Carnival in Palmer Rapids

A cheery giant snowman across the street greeted Valley residents who gathered at the Brudenell Lyndoch & Raglan Community Centre and Arena to kick off the BLR Winter Carnival on January 30 by crowning their 2020 Snow King and Snow Queen. BLR Facilities Manager Jordan Genrick reminded the audience that …

Glory days of the Balmoral Hotel

The Station Keepers MV launched their Month of Sundays (31 events during 2020) on January 19 with The Local, a series that will focus on local historic buildings and the families associated with them. “The first show deals with the glory days of the old Balmoral Hotel, something I know …

Teachers and school staff hold protest in Barry’s Bay

Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) from the Madawaska Valley family of schools demonstrated their support at an action today in Barry’s Bay. Staff representing Whitney Public School, Sherwood Public School, Killaloe Public School and Palmer Rapids Public School gathered at Zurakowski Park to show solidarity together. …

MV hosts area Community Safety and Well-Being planning launch

Two dozen representatives from community organizations and four local municipalities met on January 16 at the Madawaska Valley Township offices to launch their collaboration planning for Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) in the area. Dr. Meara Sullivan, consultant, is facilitating the process on behalf of the municipalities. Above from left: …