MV to hear from public about retail cannabis

On Monday, January 21 at 6 p.m. Madawaska Valley Township will hold a Special Council meeting to discuss and decide whether to opt in or out of allowing private retail cannabis shops in the municipality. CAO/Clerk Sue Klatt has now confirmed to The Current that the meeting will include “a …

Report of MV Council in Committee meeting Jan.8

Madawaska Valley considered the following items during its first day-long meeting as a Committee of the Whole held on January 8, 2019. Declarations The meeting began with the familiar call for Declarations of Pecuniary Interest and on this occasion there were responses. Councillors Willmer and Peplinski each declared an interest …

1st Barry’s Bay Girl Guides engage with community

The 1st Barry’s Bay Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinder, Ranger Unit is in its third year of operation in the Madawaska Valley. The Barry’s Bay Legion recently donated $1,200 to the Unit. (Above: The Legion presentation to the 1st Barry’s Bay Guides Unit. Photo submitted.) Brown Owl Stacie Pecarski recently told The …

Opeongo Hills Nordic Club to host fifth annual loppet

The fifth annual Opeongo Classic Loppet is scheduled for Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Event host Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club calls on all members, friends, family and any other person willing to volunteer their time and help make this happen. Loppet coordinator Peter Cruchet says …

Decision imminent on MV pot shop

At the December 17 Council meeting, MV Council will consider a Resolution whether to permit the licensing of pot shops within the Township’s boundaries. The Current has therefore ended its online poll which has been running since September 16. Readers were asked, “Should Madawaska Valley allow cannabis retailers (pot shops) …

Tree of Lights event sparks Christmas campaign

This year’s Tree of Lights celebration held on December 7 in Barry’s Bay is a visible reminder of the annual Christmas Campaign run by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH) to help provide equipment for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The goal of the campaign is about Giving the Gift of …

MV Council to adopt new governance structure

The Township of Madawaska Valley held the inaugural meeting of its new Council on December 3, 2018. CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt opened the meeting and presided over the Invocation as Mayor Kim Love and each newly-elected member of Council in turn swore the oath of office, signed the confirming documents and …

Communities in Bloom winter baskets

Communities in Bloom (CiB) volunteers filled Madawaska Valley Township  Yard 2 garage with winter baskets on November 22. They scheduled just one morning to produce enough baskets not only for the downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) catchment area in Barry’s Bay but also for Railway Station Park and Zurakowski Park. …

MV Council Clips from Nov. 19 meeting

Members of the Madawaska Valley 2014-18 Council attended their final Regular Council meeting of their term on November 19. Third Reading passed of By-Law 2018-108: Little Bark Bay Subdivision Agreement CAO Suzanne Klatt and Planning Officer Silas Lorbetskie reported on the progress of this development. Klatt told Council that certain …

Have lessons been learned from Borutski’s crimes?

OPINION On November 20 2018 the provincial government issued a media release entitled Ontario Working to Stop Violence Against Women and Support Survivors. It announced that it is investing $11.5 million this year to better support frontline shelter workers serving women and children and delivering counselling programs across the province. Minister …

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 …