County confirms second wave of COVID-19 and issues warnings

Against the background of yet another day with Ontario reporting more than 400 new cases of COVID-19, this morning County of Renfrew broadcast a livestream COVID-19 briefing on the County’s YouTube channel. The panel of public health officials and local politicians all delivered a clear message to residents of the …

Virtual event exceeds Friends of St. Francis goal

St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH Foundation) held its Virtual Charity Event at the Homestead at Wolf Ridge golf course in Killaloe on Friday September 4. Although teams did not golf this year, many generous sponsors and supporters participated in the online auction and contributed to offer a new Friends …

Smile Cookie Week for local healthcare

Jason Armstrong, Barry’s Bay Tim Hortons franchisee, (above) was all smiles on Monday at the launch of Smile Cookie Week. Representatives of local healthcare partners including St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Valley Manor Long Term Care, Madawaska Valley Hospice, and the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, met with Armstrong and store …

Countdown to BayBud opening

Folks at a new business in Madawaska Valley are counting down the hours until they can sell cannabis products. BayBud Cannabis, located at 48 Bay Street in Barry’s Bay, will have its final inspection by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) on Friday, September 11. The Current met …

SFMH announces $11 million expansion

In a presentation held both online and in person at an outdoor marquee at St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) on September 8, 2020 details were unveiled of a major transformation of SFMH’s Emergency Department. The province’s approval and authorization to proceed with the project was announced by MPP John Yakabuski …

BLR community gardeners believe in tomorrow

It all happened very quickly, explained Alecia O’Brien of Palmer Rapids. Although the County of Renfrew announced its Community Gardens grant scheme this spring, she only heard about it on Valley Heritage Radio in June. She immediately approached the Township of Brudenell Lyndoch and Raglan (BLR) who quickly agreed to …

Hercules flyovers thrill residents

For more than 70 years, the Canadian International Air Show has been held over Lake Ontario on Labour Day Weekend during the final three days of “The Ex” (Toronto’s CNE). As a child I would beg my parents to return to Toronto by Labour Day so I could go with …

Story Walk wraps up busy summer for Library

When Madawaska Valley Public Library CEO Karen Filipkowski suggested to summer program coordinator Julia Beggs that it might be fun to try a Story Walk, she wasn’t sure how Beggs would approach the project but Filipkowski told The Current she was delighted with the successful result. Filipkowski said, “Julia just …

Telegrapher turned artist recalls Barry’s Bay

A reader from North Bay, Peter Hamel, contacted The Current to say he had many fond memories of Barry’s Bay. Upon hearing his name, this reporter immediately asked if he was “related to Joe Raymond Hamel who (I believe) was telegraph operator at the Barry’s Bay station in 1952.” That …

Breakfast is back at Barry’s Bay Legion

As the province reopens, community events gradually return. One of the first to do so was the Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406 monthly all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Under the guidance of the Renfrew County and District Health Unit, the Legion held its first breakfast since last winter on Sunday August 16, …

BLR Council meeting hijacked by irate taxpayer

Council for the Township of Brudenell Lyndoch and Raglan (BLR) met by teleconference on Wednesday August 5. Council amended the Procedural By-Law so that BLR Council could continue to meet via electronic means now that Ontario has cancelled the Emergency Orders. During the subsequent Council meeting, Clerk Michelle Mantifel asked …