May Long Weekend in the Valley

Smiling faces were a feature at this year’s Bay Day, as can be seen from the photos below. The annual event was arranged by Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA) Co-chairs Marcia Rutledge and Ted Williamson. Kids enjoyed family-friendly activities such as a bouncy castle, balloon creations by Terry Newcombe …

Young entrepreneurs compete for Kids Biz title

This year’s Bay Day saw the return of Kids Biz. Sponsored by Northern Credit Union (NCU), the contest was open to students from all grades (ages 7 to 17) to compete for prizes awarded for attributes including originality, presentation and skill. The competition was organized by social media consultant Travis …

May 19

MV gets FireSmart on Bay Day At Bay Day on May 18 the Madawaska Valley Fire Department handed out Community Wildfire Preparedness education materials for all ages. Chief Fire Officer Corwin Quade said MV was successful in a recent grant application to FireSmart Canada. The national program received applications from …

Madawaska Coffee Co. opens café in Barry’s Bay

Sarah and Neil Wright of Madawaska Coffee Co. announced their café expansion plans with a characteristically witty social media post entitled, “We’re spilling the beans.” On Saturday May 18 (Bay Day) their café opens at 19578 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay with Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love doing the official ribbon-cutting. …

Motorcyclists, off-roaders and boaters at risk say OPP

With motorcyclists, off-roaders and boaters expected in large numbers this long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is raising awareness of behaviours and contributing factors that are common in deaths across all three of these seasonal recreational driver/user classes. (All data applies to 2018 in OPP-jurisdictions): Driving too fast for …

Innovative art show attracts large gathering

Pop Up Art Renfrew County launched at Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville on May 2. The travelling art exhibition features eleven Renfrew County artists whose creative practices are very different but whose works in this exhibition have a common theme: each work was inspired by an ordinary object and tells …

Council Clips from MV Council in Committee meeting May 7

On May 7 Council in Committee dealt with a 289-page Agenda. Councillor Ernie Peplinski declared a Pecuniary Interest relating to the request from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 for partial exemption of municipal taxes. The meeting lasted most of the day.   Three delegations The meeting began with three …

May 12 2019

MV Council discusses 2019 budget providing for 1.9 percent tax increase At its May 6 Special Council meeting to deal with the 2019 budget, MV Council reviewed a “very preliminary” draft that projected a 1.9 percent increase in taxes. Readers may recall that Council gave direction to staff about budget …

MV Council hears effect of library budget cuts

Two local organizations presented their draft budgets to Madawaska Valley Council on May 6 before Council considered the MV budget. First up was Madawaska Valley Public Library (MVPL) with CEO Karen Filipkowski and Library Board Chair Frances Mawson. (Shown above) Next came the Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA) with …

OPP Killaloe Detachment news as of May 6 2019

During the week of April 29 – May 5, 2019 there were 88 calls for service for the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), including the Whitney Detachment. There were ten motor vehicle collisions, six were animal related. There were four domestic disputes and one domestic dispute which …

Madawaska Valley monitoring water levels

May 8  Madawaska Valley advises residents that updates from the Ministry and Ontario Power Generation regarding the spring thaw/flood continue to be monitored by the Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) and CEMC alternate and updates will be relayed as provided.  Continue to monitor your property.  Please secure boats, docks, rafts on …

Fatal house fire on Mountain View Road

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with further information and photos. The above photo shows all that remains of a house on Mountain View Road in the Township of Killaloe Hagarty and Richards (KHR). Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) report that at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Sunday …