A little bit of Caribana in the Valley this Sunday

Pan Fantasy Steelband  (Photo: Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival) Pan Fantasy – known as the “Best Steelband in Canada” – will perform live at Zurakowski Park on Opeongo Line (Hwy 60) in Barry’s Bay this Sunday July 22 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pan Fantasy were the Pan Alive Steelband …

Elser Lee Faith Archer enters mayoral race

Councillor Elser Lee Faith Archer at the wheel of MV’s new plow truck (above) Councillor Elser Lee Faith Archer has today filed papers to run for mayor of Madawaska Valley in the municipal election on October 22. Archer was elected as a councillor in October 2014 and in that role …

Artisan Festival held at Railway Station Park

The volunteer organizers of the 2018 Madawaska Artisan Festival held at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station were pleased to see a mix of veteran and new artisans on July 14. Vendors said they heard about the show in different ways – email, telephone or just plain grapevine – and thanks …

Communities in Bloom – Township of Madawaska Valley

Photo: pixabay on pexels.com An exciting week starts July 16 2018 for our Communities in Bloom (CiB) Provincial 5 Bloom Award-winning township. On Monday, our judges, Peter Fright, Faith Archer and Debbie Marshall, will tour the gardens and businesses who entered our CiB local contests, looking at their creative planters, …

Wilno Heritage Society has new 20-year lease

Mayor Kim Love at Wilno Heritage Park on Canada Day (Photo submitted) On July 6 1998 the Townships of Sherwood, Jones and Burns entered into an initial 20-year land lease with the newly formed Wilno Heritage Society (WHS). Reeve Bob Mitchell signed on behalf of the township and David Shulist and …

Madawaska Valley remains under Total Fire Ban

With the present hot, dry and windy weather conditions, please remember there is still a Total Fire Ban in effect in the Madawaska Valley. CAO Sue Klatt emphasized this point to The Current after a meeting of the Recreation, Heritage and Culture Committee today. Municipal staff will be posting additional …

Kids buzzing for bees at MV Public Library

Elijah Craine, Isaiah Craine, Courtney Dupuis plant bee-friendly seeds Kids of all ages came out for the Buzzing Gardens family program at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay on July 10. Sunny weather meant the program took place outdoors behind the library building. Madawaska Valley Public Library CEO …

Barry’s Bay Triathlon

Melissa Botz hugs competitor Grace Tansley  Over 50 competitors in all age categories turned out in fine weather to compete in the 2018 Barry’s Bay Triathlon on July 8. The annual event is now 25 years strong thanks to stellar work every year by more than 45 community volunteers. The …

Mayor snubs Current readers

Image: Michael Quirk Editorial As we reported on June 24, The Current invited Mayor Love to be interviewed following her announcement that she was seeking re-election. The Current would like its more than 3,000 regular readers to hear what the Mayor has to say about her Council’s record as well …

Fishing with Leacock – enchanted campfire tales

What could be more Canadian than gathering around a campfire for stories by one of Canada’s greatest authors on Canada Day weekend? The Current couldn’t resist a trip to Whitney for the first ever Enchanted Campfire Tales. The event, Fishing with Leacock, featured Mark Woermke of the Opeongo Reader’s Theatre, …

Heritage photo: St. Joseph’s School 1952 Grade Two

Photo: Submitted Here is the Grade Two class from St. Joseph’s school in Barry’s Bay in 1952/53.  Please advise us of any corrections in the names that appear below. FRONT ROW: Terry Lehovich; Sylvester Yantha; Alfie Yantha; Jerome Coulas; Michael Murray; Bronas Chapeskie; Andrew Kulas; Robert Lehovitch; Clifford Dombroskie; Neil …