Mayor promises statement about CAO

Mayor Kim Love opened the Feb. 28 Finance & Administration Committee meeting with the following statement: Mr. Robertson is no longer with the municipality. I will be providing an update to the citizens and taxpayers of the Madawaska Valley at the Regular Council meeting on March 5th. Until then, I …

MV gets new plow truck

The Finance & Administration Committee assembled with staff outside the township building during a meeting break on Feb. 28 to take possession of Madawaska Valley’s new plow truck. Shown above (L-R) are Mike Phillips, Hilary Kutchkoskie receiving the keys from Rob Kent of Gin-Cor Industries, Mayor Kim Love, Councillors Ernie Peplinski, …

MV Township without CAO

Doug Robertson (pictured above right with Mayor Love) is no longer CAO for the Township of Madawaska Valley with effect from Wednesday Feb. 21. When questioned about this by The Current earlier today, a councillor refused to provide any further information and referred us to Mayor Kim Love. Both Love and …

Madawaska Valley youth speak at Legion

Intermediate Level winners  Photo: Mark Woermke Twelve young people, supported by parents, grandparents and siblings, gathered at the Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay on the morning of Saturday Feb. 17 to participate in Stage One of the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Ontario Command Public Speaking Contest. Of the twelve, …

Reader’s Theatre: update

Residents who love to read aloud met with Opeongo Podcast Players (OPP) organizer Barry Conway at the Madawaska Valley Public Library on Feb. 17 to plan the first Reader’s Theatre podcast. Conway is the driving force behind a new spoken-word project currently being developed under the guidance of Karen Filipkowski, …

Opeongo Snowbirds bring old snowmobile show to the Valley

Event poster: submitted Cheryl Reid, President of the Opeongo Snowbirds Snowmobile Club, attended the recent Recreation Heritage and Culture Committee meeting seeking use of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station for a vintage snowmobile show. Madawaska Valley agreed the Club could host the event there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. …

Monarch Magic

Carol Peterson, a Madawaska resident, gave an informative and entertaining presentation about Monarch butterflies to members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society on Feb. 15 2018. Peterson’s interest in butterflies began during childhood but metamorphosed into a full-fledged passion during her teaching career when she joined the Monarch Teacher Network. …

Reader’s Theatre coming to MV Public Library

Karen Filipkowski (L), CEO Madawaska Valley Public Library with Penny Shulist (R), Library Assistant Photo: Barry Conway Some say it’s about the great story-telling talents of the Madawaska and Bonnechere River Valleys but Barry Conway, a former broadcast journalist and retired university professor who grew up in Barry’s Bay and …

Healthcare Foundation thanks Township

The “Families Helping Families” campaign of St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is $10,000 richer as Madawaska Valley presented the final instalment of the township’s $50,000 contribution at the Feb. 5 Council meeting. Shown above at the presentation are: (L-R) Dr. Ray Dawes, Cllr. Ernie Peplinski, former Mayor John Hildebrandt, Mayor …

Decision on railway station

Doug De La Matter addresses MV Council Feb. 5 2018 At a packed meeting today after listening to a delegation from Doug De La Matter of the Madawaska Valley Culture and Heritage Society (MVCHS), Madawaska Valley Council passed the following motion: “It is agreed in principle that the Township of …

SWC students to stage Sense and Sensibility

The Dashwood sisters, Marianne and Elinor – played by Gabi Jezierski (L) and MaryJane VanderHulst (R) Photo: Jenny Baklinski Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC)’s Don Bosco Drama Club presents its sixteenth play production, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility adapted by Jessica Swale. The SWC students will perform at Madawaska Valley District High School on Saturday, …

Donations policy applied unfairly says Councillor

MV Council’s Finance & Administration Committee plans to recommend that the township change its policy for in-kind donations. At its Jan. 29th meeting, the committee reviewed a request from Colette Mantifel for an in-kind donation for the Terry Fox Run in September 2018. Mayor Love said Council had decided last …

MV committees discuss artists’ payments and Artisans Festival

Local artists and the annual Artisans Festival were discussed during committee meetings in Madawaska Valley Township this week. On Jan. 29th Acting Interim Treasurer, Ross Jeffrey gave a progress report to the Finance & Administration Committee about the remaining unpaid consignment payments for artists’ work sold at the Railway Station …

MV to end development charges

At the Finance & Administration Committee meeting on Jan. 29th it was recommended that with effect from January 1st 2018 development charges be abolished. By-Laws previously passed by MV Township under provincial legislation enabled development charges to be applied to all land in the Township which receives municipal water and/or …