Elser Lee Faith Archer enters mayoral race

Councillor Elser Lee Faith Archer at the wheel of MV’s new plow truck (above) Councillor Elser Lee Faith Archer has today filed papers to run for mayor of Madawaska Valley in the municipal election on October 22. Archer was elected as a councillor in October 2014 and in that role …

Madawaska Valley remains under Total Fire Ban

With the present hot, dry and windy weather conditions, please remember there is still a Total Fire Ban in effect in the Madawaska Valley. CAO Sue Klatt emphasized this point to The Current after a meeting of the Recreation, Heritage and Culture Committee today. Municipal staff will be posting additional …

Kids buzzing for bees at MV Public Library

Elijah Craine, Isaiah Craine, Courtney Dupuis plant bee-friendly seeds Kids of all ages came out for the Buzzing Gardens family program at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay on July 10. Sunny weather meant the program took place outdoors behind the library building. Madawaska Valley Public Library CEO …

Mayor snubs Current readers

Image: Michael Quirk Editorial As we reported on June 24, The Current invited Mayor Love to be interviewed following her announcement that she was seeking re-election. The Current would like its more than 3,000 regular readers to hear what the Mayor has to say about her Council’s record as well …

Fishing with Leacock – enchanted campfire tales

What could be more Canadian than gathering around a campfire for stories by one of Canada’s greatest authors on Canada Day weekend? The Current couldn’t resist a trip to Whitney for the first ever Enchanted Campfire Tales. The event, Fishing with Leacock, featured Mark Woermke of the Opeongo Reader’s Theatre, …

Eastern Ontario birds and horticultural society news

Robin Cunningham demonstrates birdwatching app for Peter Dolan The speaker at the June meeting of Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society was Robin Cunningham on birds and their habitats. Cunningham is a retired forester, a naturalist and member of Pembroke Area Field Naturalists Club. Cunningham spoke about his approach to bird watching. …

Valley residents keep cool on Canada Day

Levi Summers approves of his face as painted by Justina Sadecki at the Legion Canada Day celebrations in the Valley included cooling stations as volunteers offered residents the chance to beat the heat on our nation’s 151st birthday.  Red and white-clad visitors seeking shelter appreciated the awnings, sun shades and …

Madawaska Valley District High School graduation

The conversation of friends and family members gathered in the school lobby to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduating class on June 28 demonstrated how much impact Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) has had on the region since it opened in 1967. We found families where as many …

Canada Day in the Valley

Photo: Brett Sayles on pexels Free events throughout the Madawaska Valley on Sunday July 1   A real scorcher is forecast for this year’s Canada Day, so remember your sunscreen, hat and drinking water as you celebrate in the Valley. Here’s a line-up of local events provided as a public …

Operations Committee discusses Combermere revitalization project

On June 26 the Township of Madawaska Valley Operations Committee discussed utilizing funds from the Main Street Revitalization Initiative to improve the Combermere boat launch facility. Shown above, Operations Manager Hilary Kutchkoskie (standing) points out details on a survey to the Operations Committee (from left) Andy Boyd, Councillor Shelley Maika, …

Parking mishap puts paid to pocket park pergola

Photo: Mark Woermke A large delivery van attempting to drive on the lane between Talk O’ The Town and V&S Stedmans in Barry’s Bay knocked down the pergola in the pocket park on Opeongo Line.  The mishap occurred at about 3:15 p.m. today. The park had been constructed in recent …

Clips from MV Council meeting June 18

The Current reports selected items from the Township of Madawaska Valley Regular Council meeting on June 18. Mayor’s address Mayor Kim Love said the municipality had now returned to the CAO/Clerk organizational structure. This structure enables the CAO/Clerk to make certain decisions without the involvement of Council, a process which …