Porch Views: Three forbidden topics

OPINION   What’s the adage? Polite people should never talk about sex, politics or religion. Well, in the Valley if we couldn’t talk about who’s new to Splitsville, who’s running around, what’s going on at the town hall, our MP’s latest outburst, who’s become a holy roller, or the bishop’s …

Porch Views: Goodbye Joan

Joan Kitts was buried on a rainy afternoon in the St. Lawrence O’Toole graveyard in Barry’s Bay beside her beloved husband Charlie. Her nine children and many members of their families, some cousins and friends accompanied her on that final journey. Her daughter Julie said that when they drove into …

Peplinski demands apology and $60K from Current’s owners; Council calls publisher’s professional qualifications into question

One of the items on the agenda for the August 27 council meeting was correspondence from Roger Paul, publisher of The Madawaska Valley Current, which identified potential grounds for recovering taxpayer money paid to township lawyers for legal work that, Paul believes, could have been avoided through using Alternative Dispute …

MV acknowledged as “A Community of Gardeners”

Valley Manor’s courtyard garden was the perfect venue for gardening enthusiasts and community boosters to celebrate beauty and community at Madawaska Valley’s Communities in Bloom 2019 awards ceremony. After a warm welcome, thanks to the Board and staff of Valley Manor, and an introduction of the judges, co-chairs Debbie Marshall …

Porch Views: All roads led to Madawaska

On Saturday May 11 all roads led to Madawaska as former residents and descendants of Madawaskans headed home to the “Growing Up in Madawaska Reunion.” I was one of them. It felt like a homecoming even though I didn’t grow up there and only spend a few hours a year …

Porch Views: Cellphones in the classroom

It’s March Break. After a few days in Montreal, I returned to the Bay to relax, read, take in a few St. Patrick’s Day events, do a bit of marking, work on my column and nurse the cold that has returned. I did not expect to be thinking or writing …

Father Mac – a big man in strength and spirit

Of priests we can offer a charmin’ variety, Far renowned for learnin’ and piety. Still I’d advance ye without impropriety, Father O’Flynn is the flow’r of them all. Recently, the first line of that song which my mother used to play and sing around this time of year popped into …

Only the tip of the iceberg

OPINION Integrity Commissioner Guy Giorno presented two reports to MV Council on Nov. 5 regarding complaints made against Councillors Peplinski and Maika. Giorno’s opinion was that neither councillor had breached the Code of Conduct. During the public question period afterwards some individuals urged the township to bring legal claims against …