Valley residents keep cool on Canada Day

Levi Summers approves of his face as painted by Justina Sadecki at the Legion Canada Day celebrations in the Valley included cooling stations as volunteers offered residents the chance to beat the heat on our nation’s 151st birthday.  Red and white-clad visitors seeking shelter appreciated the awnings, sun shades and …

Madawaska Valley District High School graduation

The conversation of friends and family members gathered in the school lobby to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduating class on June 28 demonstrated how much impact Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) has had on the region since it opened in 1967. We found families where as many …

Canada Day in the Valley

Photo: Brett Sayles on pexels Free events throughout the Madawaska Valley on Sunday July 1   A real scorcher is forecast for this year’s Canada Day, so remember your sunscreen, hat and drinking water as you celebrate in the Valley. Here’s a line-up of local events provided as a public …

Operations Committee discusses Combermere revitalization project

On June 26 the Township of Madawaska Valley Operations Committee discussed utilizing funds from the Main Street Revitalization Initiative to improve the Combermere boat launch facility. Shown above, Operations Manager Hilary Kutchkoskie (standing) points out details on a survey to the Operations Committee (from left) Andy Boyd, Councillor Shelley Maika, …

Parking mishap puts paid to pocket park pergola

Photo: Mark Woermke A large delivery van attempting to drive on the lane between Talk O’ The Town and V&S Stedmans in Barry’s Bay knocked down the pergola in the pocket park on Opeongo Line.  The mishap occurred at about 3:15 p.m. today. The park had been constructed in recent …

Clips from MV Council meeting June 18

The Current reports selected items from the Township of Madawaska Valley Regular Council meeting on June 18. Mayor’s address Mayor Kim Love said the municipality had now returned to the CAO/Clerk organizational structure. This structure enables the CAO/Clerk to make certain decisions without the involvement of Council, a process which …

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. …