Wilno welcomes all to Kashub Day

Downtown Wilno on Kashub Day 2018    Photo: Sharon Gardiner The Wilno Heritage Society celebrated its 20-year anniversary last Saturday with the annual Kashub Day Festival at Wilno Heritage Park. Guests enjoyed non-stop entertainment from 11 a.m. until after sundown. The annual celebration commemorates pioneer ancestors and helps keep the …

Polish Kashubs and their cars

Msgr. Biernacki’s car in 1915. Here he is chauffeuring Elizabeth Etmanski and Alex Shalla on their wedding day. (Photo submitted) In this day and age, we often take advances in technology for granted. The automobile is one. Many, including myself, were born into a world with vehicles already in use. …

MV to renew lease with Wilno Heritage Society

Pictured: Peter Glofcheskie, Wilno Heritage Society At the April 17 Regular Council meeting, the Wilno Heritage Society asked the Township of Madawaska Valley to renew the Society’s lease of Wilno Heritage Park for a further 20 years. On behalf of the Society, Peter Glofcheskie also requested that the Township include …

Dr. Shaw and the Venerable Bede

Dr. Richard Shaw, introducing his new book on the history of Christianity in England The Gregorian Mission to Kent in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History: Methodology and Sources  (Photo submitted)  On the evening of April 9, 2018 the Madawaska Valley Public Library was packed. This was a little surprising as the scheduled talk …

Listen to Opeongo Reader’s Theatre podcast

Photo: Mark Woermke Opeongo Reader’s Theatre producer Barry Conway advises that Valley residents can now access the ORT Spring Thaw podcast recordings on the internet. Spring Thaw was produced at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay during March Break by a local cast of readers for the Opeongo …

Now Playing: Jack White, Boarding House Reach

Boarding House Reach Photo: wikimediacommons.org White Tries Something New, Stumbles, and Teaches a Lesson About Rock   In 2007, the White Stripes played the Ottawa Bluesfest, bringing their signature quirk, energy, and showmanship with them. In the week leading up to the show, various local media criticized the decision to …

Castaway Culture: on my deserted island

Photo: Sharon Gardiner April’s Castaway, Sandy Lynch, is a familiar face in Combermere where she and her husband, John, operate Pilgrim Reader Books. Rather than being whimsical about this question, I’ve decided to take it literally – not a weekend alone but an indefinite time on a deserted island, a …

Valley Heritage: CNR Dayliner service 1959

Photo submitted A reader of The Current has submitted this newspaper clipping from the Eganville Leader of March 6, 1959. The photo caption reads: More than 60 residents of Barry’s Bay crowded into the CNR’s new dayliner Sunday afternoon when it arrived from Ottawa to prepare for the first run …

Book on Bede by Dr. Richard Shaw at MV Public Library

Richard Shaw (Photo submitted) Local resident, Dr. Richard Shaw, has written a new book – The Gregorian Mission to Kent in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History: Methodology and Sources. In it, Dr. Shaw identifies and analyzes the sources of Saint Bede, long seen as the foremost historian of the Gregorian mission, and …

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, …

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 …

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 …