September 29 deadline for Valley entrepreneurs

Valley entrepreneurs launching a new enterprise (or expanding an existing business in operation for less than five years) have until September 29 to register for Starter Company Plus. The program, funded by the Province and delivered by Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC), is designed to provide business training for local business …

Good turnout for Terry Fox Run in Barry’s Bay

The planned power outage last Sunday morning did not stop 48 keen participants from completing the Terry Fox Run in Barry’s Bay. After worries that the lack of power for the second consecutive year would have a negative effect on the event, organizer Colette Mantifel was relieved that many people …

Further, faster, way more fun

A new way to experience the outdoors – yeah, right! How often have you heard a promise like that, but been disappointed? Well The Current is here to tell you that this time it’s not only true, but so is the title of this article – taken from the tagline …

Access Work Service client appreciation

Access Work Service (AWS) invited clients to an ice cream party in appreciation of their work during July and August. The end of summer gathering on September 6 was due to take place on the patio of the Balmoral Hotel but the threat of rain caused AWS to move the …

MV students go a long way with a helping hand

Valley high school students are back in class this month, the older ones in their last year at Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) likely wondering what lies ahead. This article is for those students, their family members and supporters. The Current spoke to three MVDHS graduates for their take …

School retirees celebrate No Bell Breakfast

Since 1995, retired teachers in the Valley have gathered the first morning of the fall term to enjoy a No Bell Breakfast. Pearl Orr was inspired to begin the event having seen fellow retired high school teachers John Fortner and David Winger sit drinking coffee in the school parking lot …

MP Cheryl Gallant announces Paugh Lake Road funding

For the second time this summer Madawaska Valley staff and members of Council heard positive news at the corner of Paugh Lake Road and Opeongo Line (Hwy 60) in Barry’s Bay – this time from MP Cheryl Gallant. On August 29 she announced the federal government has approved the Township’s …

Opeongo Seniors thank volunteers

The Opeongo Seniors Centre held a lunch to thank its corps of volunteers on August 29. These Valley residents regularly give their time and skills so that the Centre can offer a full range of activities in the community. The annual lunch gives the volunteers an opportunity to share a …

Unique SFMH program helps outpatients with heart and lung issues

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) helps people living with heart and lung conditions. This satellite program of the Ottawa Heart Institute (OHI) is delivered in Barry’s Bay via telemedicine under close supervision by local healthcare personnel. Shown above with some of their equipment are team …

Local law firm expands

Barry’s Bay lawyers Howe & Bradley have welcomed a third lawyer, Courtney A. Burnett. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in June and began practising this summer. Burnett was inspired to consider law as a career by a teacher she met when attending boarding school in Lake Placid, …

Rockingham Church celebrates restoration anniversary

Glenn Allen, President of The Friends of the Rockingham Church, welcomed more than one hundred people to the Annual Celebration of the Restoration of the Church on August 11. He thanked past and present members of the Friends Committee and the many volunteers who have worked for more than nineteen …

Introducing new Seat of Wisdom College president

After a whirlwind first month here, the new President of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC), Ryan Williams, with his wife Marianna and family, looks forward to moving into their permanent home in the Valley as soon as possible. Williams is pleased to join SWC during a period of …

Clips from Aug.6 Council in Committee meeting

Council in Committee took a full day to get through a 583-page Agenda package on August 6. Here are some matters of interest. Tax arrears substantially decreased Council was so pleased with a tax collection update from Deputy Treasurer Janice Brisson Zelney that they invited Zelney into the meeting so …