Local writer/librarian enters provincial race

Editor’s note: The Current subsequently learned that James di Fiore is not proceeding with his candidacy. As far as parties go, Di Fiore is none of the above   Killaloe resident and occasional contributor to the Current, James di Fiore, has registered as a candidate in the Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke riding for …

Opeongo Reader’s Theatre brings new life to story time

Opeongo Reader’s Theatre players Gil Glofcheskie, Mark Woermke (L-R) Rachel Newcombe On St. Patrick’s Day, the Opeongo Reader’s Theatre recorded their first podcast episode, Spring Thaw, in front of a live audience at the Madawaska Valley Public Library. Put together by Barry Conway, a former broadcast journalist and university professor, …

Mayor accuses the Current

Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love opened the March 21 Council meeting as usual with an address. She touched on the high points of local events during the previous two weeks by commending volunteers for running the snowmobile show and the St. Patrick’s Day events. She then attacked the opinion piece …

Full house as Irish team wins Reunion Cup

Photo: Mark Woermke It was a full house at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre this afternoon as the Irish team played the Kashub team in the Reunion Cup final. The Irish team (above) beat the Kashub team 5-0. Photo: Mark Woermke Irish team captain Brett Madigan receives the Reunion Cup from …

Reunion Cup mens 55+ Irish v. Kashub

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Reunion Cup action from this afternoon’s Irish v. Kashub Men’s 55+ game. Shown above, a friendly Irish/Kashub board meeting. FINAL SCORE Kashub 3 Irish 0 Paul Hudder    Photo: Sharon Gardiner Kashub Goalie Paul Hudder had a lot of action in his end, but played an awesome …

Kids match kicks off Reunion Cup

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Last night the youngsters from Barry’s Bay & Area Minor Hockey launched the Reunion Cup Tournament with great enthusiasm at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre. Irish team                    Photo: Sharon Gardiner The Irish team scored a decisive victory …

Sparklesaurus glows at the Burdock

Sparklesaurus: Felicity DeCarle and Colleen Jones  Photo: Harrison Haines On St. Patrick’s day local band Sparklesaurus played at Toronto’s Burdock on Bloor. Sparklesaurus consists of Madawaska Valley locals, Felicity DeCarle and Shamisa Schroeder, plus Quebec natives, Colleen Jones and Brad Lapensee. Shamisa Schroeder (keyboard, synth)   Photo: Harrison Haines Known for …

Mayor demands retraction and apology from The Current

At today’s Council meeting during her opening statement, Mayor Kim Love referred to the opinion in The Current entitled “MV is not a CAO-friendly environment!” The Mayor made serious accusations against The Current and demanded a retraction and a “sincere written apology”. The Current will consider the matter after receiving a …

Pop Culture Comfort Food

What Keeps Me Going When Winter Keeps on Going It’s the middle of March, the weather has decided to swing cold once again, and I’m starting to feel a bit of cabin fever. Of course, I live in Ottawa; cabin fever for me means I’m bee-lining from the bus to …

“Let Yez All Be Irish Tonight!”

Photo: Mark Woermke In addition to some household chores, a bit of homework and working with Barry Conway and the Opeongo Podcast Players, I am taking time during my March Break to sift through the family archives: photos, news clippings, family trees and the like. Many items pertain to the …

Renfrew County Legal Clinic

Renfrew County Legal Clinic, which provides free legal services to county residents who face economic limitations, is accessible by Valley clients one day a month in Barry’s Bay. The Clinic, which is funded by Legal Aid Ontario, is an independent non-profit corporation run by a Board of Directors made up …

Will Patrick Brown’s ghost shadow Doug Ford?

James Di Fiore is a freelance journalist focusing on politics and media. He is also a radio host at chcr.org in Killaloe. The opinions expressed in this op-ed are solely those of the author.   Just when you thought the long shadow of controversy and unexpected plot twists had left …

County nears completion of Official Plan Review

The County of Renfrew has just published the latest draft of its five-year Official Plan Review. Click HERE to view the full draft. The Current has reviewed the draft and in this article will provide highlights of proposed changes and issues affecting Land Development in the County. In a subsequent article we will …