Gardening Club news

The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society held a well-attended Annual General Meeting followed by its annual gardening trivia night on January 17. The trivia quiz was led by Baxter Topham-Pitt from Temperate Gardens, Eganville. He drafted and presented questions related to plants that were challenging, engaging and sometimes funny. “The Blooming …

Students will benefit from 10 percent reduction in tuition fees

A release received from MPP John Yakabuski’s office today announced the lowering of tuition fees. Students who attend publicly-assisted colleges and universities will see their rates go down by 10 percent. Yakabuski said, These reforms will make access to a quality education more affordable for students attending Algonquin College Pembroke …

Opeongo Nordic kids’ program to start January 12

Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club advises parents to get your kids outside this winter! They’ll learn to play on cross-country skis, review basic nordic skills for classic skiing and get an introduction to skate-skiing. Older and/or more experienced kids will participate in informal time trials. This program is facilitated by Canadian Association of Nordic Ski …

Yakabuski issues statement on gas tax program for transit

Editor’s note: Nipissing-Renfrew MPP John Yakabuski has today issued the following press release about how Ontario’s gas tax program helps to enhance and expand municipalities’ public transit systems. The Current suggests readers also read our recent editorial on transit which includes information about the Federal Gas Tax Rebate Plan. (Click HERE to read …

OPP warns: Don’t share personal information

During the past week, the Killaloe OPP have responded to two fraud complaints involving the sharing of personal information. One of the calls involved allowing access to a home computer. The OPP repeats its advice that you become “Fraud Savvy” and wants you to follow these tips: Never give personal information …

OPP Killaloe Detachment report holiday period incidents

During the weeks of December 17, 2018 to January 1, 2019 there were 231 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were twenty-one motor vehicle collisions, fourteen were animal related. The remaining collisions were minor, with no injuries. There were five domestic disputes, with two domestic disputes resulting in …

Suspect sought in attempted robbery in Bancroft

OPP Bancroft Detachment reports that an 18-year-old woman was assaulted during an attempted robbery this morning, December 31. The attack occurred as she was exiting her vehicle on Hastings Street South, Bancroft. Emergency Medical Services transported the female to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The OPP seeks assistance in apprehending the …

Poetry Place: Christmastime

A story of old Many times it’s been told May I tell it once again To honour my Lord and King   On this special day I would like to pay Homage to His name Worship Him with great acclaim   Born in a lowly manger His only visitors strangers …

Reader questions cannabis conflict of interest

Dear Editor, As we enter these last dark days before Solstice and then Christmas, I am finding my curiosity aroused by a situation brought forward to me by several friends. Perhaps you can please explain to me why our MPP John Yakabuski had to step down from the cabinet position …

Tougher impaired driving laws now in effect

Ontario motorists woke up today to a new impaired driving regime. Police officers will now be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in their body without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking. Until now, officers …

Yakabuski says share your photos of festive local foods

The Ontario Government is launching a celebration of local food in time for the holidays. As people prepare their holiday spread and festive treats they are invited to share their shots on social media as part of a Festive Local Food celebration. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs …

OPP Killaloe Detachment wants you to be fraud-savvy

During the past week, the Killaloe OPP have responded to two fraud complaints involving the sharing of personal information. The OPP wants the community to become “Fraud Savvy.” Never give personal information by phone unless you have initiated the contact. Don’t try, don’t buy, and don’t reply to spam or …

Tree lighting events benefit St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation

Annual tree lighting ceremonies throughout the Valley are helping St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation meet its fundraising goals. The Foundation’s Executive Director, Toni Lavigne-Conway, highlighted three ceremonies for The Current. In November, the Township of Killaloe Hagarty and Richards hosted their third annual Tree of Peace event. They lit a …

Poetry Place: Hunter

  Hunter   Stock still he stands a crimson icon of this parallel breathing short shallow eyes darting through the shadowed drifting. Of being still too long in the raw air of trees coated in this year’s first lace. Stock still with ominous ears perked looking finger poised and moist. …