Council discusses 2019 water and wastewater budget deficit

Attendees at the April 11 Water & Wastewater budget discussions learned that the Township has brought a legal claim to recover the cost of repairs to the wastewater plant. The discussion arose after Acting Treasurer Amanda Hudder revealed details of the Wastewater budget deficit which amounts to $33,000. Litigation costs …

Catch The Ace lottery ticket sales begin

Valley residents shopping at Barry’s Bay Metro on April 12 were in prime position to snap up some of the first available tickets for the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s Catch The Ace lottery. SFVH Foundation coordinator Erin Gienow with volunteers Lorraine Coulter and Chris Gienow set up a Catch …

Bay Day deadline looms for Valley artisans

Valley artisans who want to display their wares at this year’s Bay Day in Barry’s Bay must book a spot no later than Monday April 15. Marcia Rutledge is the Business Improvement Area’s (BIA) co-chairperson along with Ted Williamson for the annual Bay Day event which this year take place …

Council told Tiny Homes good for MV

At the April 2 Council in Committee meeting, members listened to a delegation aimed at changing zoning by-laws to facilitate the construction of Tiny Homes. The delegation was made by Pat Scott, owner and Broker of Record at Queenswood National Real Estate Ltd. (pictured above) She commenced by saying that the …

Station Keepers hope to live up to their name

Just when the likelihood of any kind of revival of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station looked dim, along came a new volunteer group called The Station Keepers. Barry Conway, a Barry’s Bay native who retired to Mask Island after a career as a journalist and professor, appeared as a delegation …

Plant a seed for mental health

Valley residents have more opportunities to engage in the Planting Seeds for Mental Health art project. Partnering organizations Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS), Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre (Rainbow Valley CHC) and Community Resource Centre (Killaloe) (CRC) will host free community art workshops at 12 North St. Community …

Claudia Van Wijk receives world recognition

Amsterdam-based World Paddle Awards (WPA) honoured Claudia Van Wijk on March 20 with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to paddle sports. WPA’s announcement said that as director of Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC), Van Wijk inspired thousands of people to start whitewater paddling and has mentored “countless Canadian …

Bringing dentistry to rural residents

Newly-arrived dentist, Dr. Zulfar Moledina, credits the staff at Barry’s Bay Family Dental Centre with making a seamless transition. In addition to the Barry’s Bay practice, Dr. Moledina owns several other rural eastern Ontario practices. Despite this, once the decision was made he just took over the next day and …

Heartwood wins $4000 grant

The Current reported the launch of Heartwood Restaurant in Combermere last fall, the product of two sisters sharing a dream to create a gathering place where family and friends can enjoy good food and music. We followed-up with co-owners Becky McPhee and Shanti Nordholt-McPhee about their progress, spurred by what …