Heritage story: Opeongo Serenaders

When people complain about this Covid Christmas and the inconveniences presented by lockdown, I think of what the old timers went through — two World Wars, the 1918 influenza, polio, and much more. So here’s a Valley reminiscence from the time of the Great Depression inspired by a recent Spareboard …

Decision on Arena repairs delayed until new year

Delay gives residents time to have input At the final Madawaska Valley Council meeting of the year on Dec.16, Council again debated the rehabilitation of the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre (PJYCC). After discussing the matter for a further hour and a quarter, Council decided to defer its decision to …

Bridging a gap in Killaloe

For much of the past several months Cameron Street in Killaloe has been closed to traffic during the preparations to rehabilitate the metal bridge. A new structure was actually assembled on nearby Lake Street and on Dec. 8, the long wait ended when it was lifted into place. Above: panoramic …

MV Council holds heated discussion over ice slab replacement

Council discusses project at Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre (pictured above) At the Council in Committee meeting held on December 1, Madawaska Valley Council reviewed the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre Structural Adequacy Review and staff report. While the engineers’ survey did not reveal any additional major problems, it added the …

Third Grandma expands pantry in Killaloe

It was an emotional thank you from Melissa Tremback at the official ribbon-cutting for Grandma’s Pantry in Killaloe on Nov.28, as the store’s owner acknowledged the assistance of many community members. She said, “There’s no words to explain the help and the excitement – You guys have kept us so …

Elves at work in Barry’s Bay

Preparations for the festive season were evident in downtown Barry’s Bay on the last Friday in November. Madawaska Valley Operations Department took advantage of milder weather to begin hanging the holiday lights along the main street and Operations Supervisor Mike Phillips said the winter baskets prepared that morning by the …

Madawaska Valley Council November meeting in brief

With only one meeting in November, Madawaska Valley Council met for a full day on November 17. After a public planning meeting, Council entertained two delegations before tackling the 291-page agenda. Private Roads Grant: Council reviewed the 2021 Private Roads Grant Report and asked staff to bring forward the requests …

Fireworks and cannabis cultivation spark MV Council into action

At the November 17 Madawaska Valley Council meeting, Council directed staff to proceed towards new by-laws on two topics: the use of fireworks and the production, cultivation and processing of cannabis in the municipality. Fireworks Al Best, President of the Carson Trout Lepine and Greenan Lakes Association (CTLG), provided Council …

Remembrance Day observed at Barry’s Bay Legion

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 observed 2020 Remembrance Day in Barry’s Bay outdoors on a bright, breezy day. The annual celebration recalls the end of World War I in 1918, and has been observed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month since …

BLR Council farewell to Clerk-Treasurer and other business

There were additional items of note from the two meetings held by the Council of Brudenell Lyndoch and Raglan (BLR) during the past week, in addition to The Current’s article published yesterday about the Integrity Commissioner’s report to Council. BLR bids farewell to Clerk-Treasurer Mayor Sheldon Keller ended the November …

Legion receives commemorative mural

Next spring the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay will look very different to drivers entering the village thanks to a former art student at Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS). The weekend before Remembrance Day, artist Brookelyn Martin met with Branch 406 President Heather Poliquin in the …

The dream of a library extension becomes real in Killaloe

The long-awaited addition to the Killaloe & District Public Library (KDPL) was officially opened on October 22. In attendance were many people who had collaborated on the project. Mayor Janice Tiedje welcomed them on behalf of the Township of Killaloe Hagarty Richards before cutting the ribbon. Photo above shows a …