There will be an Artisan Festival after all

Community volunteers headed by Kelly Klinck working in partnership with Madawaska Valley CAO Sue Klatt are putting in place last minute plans to hold an Artisan Festival on Saturday July 14 at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station. Prospects for the 34th annual event looked dim this year due to Township …

Former councillors tell all

Representing your neighbours as a municipal official is a big responsibility so it’s useful to check out former councillors’ personal experience when you consider running for office. The Current spoke with past members of municipal councils, both in Madawaska Valley and elsewhere in Renfrew County, to get a flavour of …

Gift It Gray hosts first Maker Market

Gift It Gray owner, Alison Tubby, offered an innovative approach to marketing on Bay Day by combining brick and mortar retail premises with a temporary crafts market. She was inspired by the concept of pop-up markets that she saw on social media and decided to apply the concept for local …

Gun and Sportsman Show expands

Photo: Sharon Gardiner The 2nd Annual Gun and Sportsman Show held at the arena in Barry’s Bay on May Long Weekend built on last year’s success. The event has grown from 70 vendors to more than one hundred in just one year. Show organizer John Rutledge said the Madawaska Valley …

Death Café visits the Valley

Dawn Cruchet (standing) addresses Death Café participants Death Café came to the Valley on May 30 as facilitators Dawn Cruchet, Grief Educator and Counsellor, and Karen Wagner, Clinical Director of Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, welcomed 17 participants to the Ash Grove Inn to discuss death and dying. Cruchet introduced …

Report on MV Council meeting May 22

Public gallery May 22 2018 Members of Madawaska Valley Council were disappointed about several items discussed at Tuesday’s Regular Council meeting. Shown at the meeting in the public gallery (above, from left) : Suzanne Klatt, Elaine Schweig, Bill Schweig, Doug De La Matter. Volunteer Firefighter Certification Council discussed a letter from Marie-France Lalonde, …

Bay Day rain or shine

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Umbrellas were open on Bay Day 2018 but a few drops of rain did not stop the fun in Barry’s Bay.  The traditional activities continued even during the rain and this year the festivities were marked by several firsts. New CAO Sue Klatt visits Farmers’ Market vendor …

Combermere gigantic bake and yard sale

Oliver and Lily Cannon excited with their find at the sale Saturday’s Gigantic Bake and Yard Sale was held at the Combermere Community Centre. Young shoppers Oliver and Lily Cannon above were pleased with a complete workbench set including tools. Their mother was even more pleased with the $10 price tag. …

NDP candidate Ethel LaValley puts trust in voters

Ethel LaValley gives her nomination speech (Photo submitted) Ethel LaValley, Whitney resident and NDP candidate for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, says she is not afraid about going up against John Yakabuski MPP in the upcoming election. In an interview with the Current, she referenced her experience in public life and said from a …

Internet marketing vital for tourism development

Frederic Gonzalo, Gonzo Marketing, addresses OVTA delegates Nearly one hundred Valley tourism business owners met at the Santa Fe Grill in Renfrew on April 30 for the annual conference of the Ottawa Valley Tourism Association (OVTA) where keynote speaker Frederic Gonzalo of Gonzo Marketing told delegates how to better manage their …

CAO appointment confirmed and other good news

Sue Klatt (above) outside MV Township office During her opening remarks at the May 4 Council meeting, Mayor Kim Love announced, Ms. Suzanne Klatt has accepted the position of CAO/Clerk for the Township of Madawaska Valley as of May 28. Ms. Klatt is already well known to our community from …

Sue Klatt returns to Madawaska Valley as CAO

According to a Horton Township announcement today, Suzanne Klatt is leaving it to join Madawaska Valley Township as the new CAO. Klatt will fill the position previously held by Doug Robertson. She lives in the municipality and previously worked for MV. In 2008 she went to the Township of South …

Local writer/librarian enters provincial race

Editor’s note: The Current subsequently learned that James di Fiore is not proceeding with his candidacy. As far as parties go, Di Fiore is none of the above   Killaloe resident and occasional contributor to the Current, James di Fiore, has registered as a candidate in the Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke riding for …

Last chance to be heard on Ottawa River Watershed

Photo: Harrison Haines This Friday April 27 is your last chance to participate in the Government of Canada’s consultation process for the Ottawa River Watershed. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is conducting an online study in response to Motion M-104—from Member of Parliament, David McGuinty—which was adopted by the …