Opeongo loppet is a winter classic

Opeongo Hill Nordic Ski Club near Brudenell held its fifth annual Opeongo Classic Loppet on January 26, a cross-country ski event suitable for participants at all levels. Thirty-nine adults took to the trails in 10 km and 20 km events – some for the challenge of racing and others to …

BIA holds AGM and welcomes volunteers

The Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA) held its AGM on January 16. After four years of service, Ted Williamson and Gerard O’Malley resigned their posts as Chair and Co-Chair respectively although they continue as members. Williamson will remain on the Board as Past President. Derek Yuill was elected as …

Valley Manor redevelopment urgently needed

The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation was the first delegation of 2019 to a Regular Council meeting on January 22. They requested Council’s commitment to support the Valley Manor redevelopment project. This involves building a new Manor on the site of the former Sherwood School building, which will be demolished. …

Council votes to opt in for retail cannabis

Editor’s Note Jan.23 2019:  For readers who wish to see the breakdown of all municipalities: Click HERE to see all 77 municipalities who have OPTED-OUT Click HERE to see all 337 municipalities who have OPTED-IN At tonight’s Special Council Meeting, the Township of Madawaska Valley voted to allow private retail …

Artists announced for Pop Up Art in Renfrew County

Valley residents missing visual arts exhibitions since the closure of the gallery at The Railway Station can now look forward to a travelling art exhibition that will come to six communities in Renfrew County between April and September 2019. Pop Up Art Renfrew County exhibition is a multi-artist and multimedia exhibit …

MV to hear from public about retail cannabis

On Monday, January 21 at 6 p.m. Madawaska Valley Township will hold a Special Council meeting to discuss and decide whether to opt in or out of allowing private retail cannabis shops in the municipality. CAO/Clerk Sue Klatt has now confirmed to The Current that the meeting will include “a …

Report of MV Council in Committee meeting Jan.8

Madawaska Valley considered the following items during its first day-long meeting as a Committee of the Whole held on January 8, 2019. Declarations The meeting began with the familiar call for Declarations of Pecuniary Interest and on this occasion there were responses. Councillors Willmer and Peplinski each declared an interest …

1st Barry’s Bay Girl Guides engage with community

The 1st Barry’s Bay Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinder, Ranger Unit is in its third year of operation in the Madawaska Valley. The Barry’s Bay Legion recently donated $1,200 to the Unit. (Above: The Legion presentation to the 1st Barry’s Bay Guides Unit. Photo submitted.) Brown Owl Stacie Pecarski recently told The …

Opeongo Hills Nordic Club to host fifth annual loppet

The fifth annual Opeongo Classic Loppet is scheduled for Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Event host Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club calls on all members, friends, family and any other person willing to volunteer their time and help make this happen. Loppet coordinator Peter Cruchet says …

Decision imminent on MV pot shop

At the December 17 Council meeting, MV Council will consider a Resolution whether to permit the licensing of pot shops within the Township’s boundaries. The Current has therefore ended its online poll which has been running since September 16. Readers were asked, “Should Madawaska Valley allow cannabis retailers (pot shops) …

Tree of Lights event sparks Christmas campaign

This year’s Tree of Lights celebration held on December 7 in Barry’s Bay is a visible reminder of the annual Christmas Campaign run by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH) to help provide equipment for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The goal of the campaign is about Giving the Gift of …

MV Council to adopt new governance structure

The Township of Madawaska Valley held the inaugural meeting of its new Council on December 3, 2018. CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt opened the meeting and presided over the Invocation as Mayor Kim Love and each newly-elected member of Council in turn swore the oath of office, signed the confirming documents and …

Communities in Bloom winter baskets

Communities in Bloom (CiB) volunteers filled Madawaska Valley Township  Yard 2 garage with winter baskets on November 22. They scheduled just one morning to produce enough baskets not only for the downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) catchment area in Barry’s Bay but also for Railway Station Park and Zurakowski Park. …

MV Council Clips from Nov. 19 meeting

Members of the Madawaska Valley 2014-18 Council attended their final Regular Council meeting of their term on November 19. Third Reading passed of By-Law 2018-108: Little Bark Bay Subdivision Agreement CAO Suzanne Klatt and Planning Officer Silas Lorbetskie reported on the progress of this development. Klatt told Council that certain …