May Long Weekend in the Valley

Smiling faces were a feature at this year’s Bay Day, as can be seen from the photos below. The annual event was arranged by Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA) Co-chairs Marcia Rutledge and Ted Williamson. Kids enjoyed family-friendly activities such as a bouncy castle, balloon creations by Terry Newcombe …

Young entrepreneurs compete for Kids Biz title

This year’s Bay Day saw the return of Kids Biz. Sponsored by Northern Credit Union (NCU), the contest was open to students from all grades (ages 7 to 17) to compete for prizes awarded for attributes including originality, presentation and skill. The competition was organized by social media consultant Travis …

Madawaska Coffee Co. opens café in Barry’s Bay

Sarah and Neil Wright of Madawaska Coffee Co. announced their café expansion plans with a characteristically witty social media post entitled, “We’re spilling the beans.” On Saturday May 18 (Bay Day) their café opens at 19578 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay with Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love doing the official ribbon-cutting. …

Innovative art show attracts large gathering

Pop Up Art Renfrew County launched at Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville on May 2. The travelling art exhibition features eleven Renfrew County artists whose creative practices are very different but whose works in this exhibition have a common theme: each work was inspired by an ordinary object and tells …

Council Clips from MV Council in Committee meeting May 7

On May 7 Council in Committee dealt with a 289-page Agenda. Councillor Ernie Peplinski declared a Pecuniary Interest relating to the request from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 for partial exemption of municipal taxes. The meeting lasted most of the day.   Three delegations The meeting began with three …

MV Council hears effect of library budget cuts

Two local organizations presented their draft budgets to Madawaska Valley Council on May 6 before Council considered the MV budget. First up was Madawaska Valley Public Library (MVPL) with CEO Karen Filipkowski and Library Board Chair Frances Mawson. (Shown above) Next came the Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA) with …

Seat of Wisdom College holds 2019 graduation

The 2019 graduating class of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC) in Barry’s Bay braved icy weather, gusty winds and a few snow flurries to celebrate the end of their SWC careers. Thirty-six students received a Bachelor of Catholic Studies (three-year) degree on April 27 at St. Hedwig’s Church. …

Access Work Service expands

Access Work Service (AWS) will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Opeongo Senior Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay. At the event AWS will celebrate three-year Trillium funding to enable it to grow its expanding business. Jane Smith, Program …

Restructuring ambulance services shakes MV

Mayor Kim Love asked Council at the April 16 meeting to support an imminent County move to question the province’s surprise decision to merge Ontario’s 59 ambulance services into 10. She said the sudden announcement came on the heels of similar centralization of local public health units from 35 to …

Residents should remain vigilant and be prepared

April 27 update: MV advises that due to the rain we received yesterday and the flow from Bark Lake the water will continue to rise on the Kamaniskeg water system. If you require sand and sandbags contact staff at the numbers listed below.  Staff is monitoring the area and participates in daily …

MVDHS students pitch-in to prepare for flooding

Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) students have stepped in to aid community members with flood preparations. Principal Dean Zadow emailed the parents of all high school students the evening of April 24 asking for their permission for students volunteering to help fill sandbags in preparation for yet more rainfall …

Family fun on Easter weekend

Easter Weekend was a time for family fun in Barry’s Bay. Activities started off with a free story time at the Madawaska Valley Public Library, where kids enjoyed stories read by Library Program Coordinators Julia Beggs and Emily Mintha.            Picture at top some young listeners; …

Lake association tackles litter

April 22 2019 is Earth Day, a day to increase our awareness of our natural surroundings and to encourage us to adopt more environmentally-friendly practices. This seems like an appropriate time to report on a new venture in the Valley. On April 16 residents near Carson Lake attended a presentation …

MV reviews flood watch at emergency Easter meeting

Easter celebrations were set aside as Madawaska Valley Council and staff met at short notice on Easter Sunday to review flood and road conditions in the region. Residents were urged to visit municipal511.ca for up-to-date road conditions before driving. Any residents who experience an emergency due to flooding should call …

Catch The Ace Week One winner nets $1,479

Erin Gienow, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator for St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH Foundation), welcomed spectators to the first weekly Catch the Ace draw at 4 p.m. Thursday April 18 at the Ash Grove Inn. (above) Before the draw took place, she thanked the Catch The Ace (CTA) Volunteer Team …