Ask for help says food bank

The Current has received the following letter from a reader: Don’t Hesitate, Your Food Bank Is Here Going to a food bank for the first time may not be an easy thing. Asking for help never is. This may be the first time you realized that there just isn’t enough …

Message from the publisher

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some, but not all, online news sources to offer free or extended subscriptions to readers as a public service. That’s not new for The Current — we have always provided a free, online source of community news since our launch in January 2018 — and …

Suspect charged in violent home invasion near Barry’s Bay

Madawaska Valley residents in Barry’s Bay noted a number of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and vehicles, both marked and unmarked, on Bay Street throughout the day on March 26th. The Current subsequently learned that the police activity was related to the execution of a search warrant but the OPP …

Province-wide total fire ban starts at midnight

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has announced that it will impose a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) in all areas of the province, to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2020. The map below shows all 37 areas. The Township of Madawaska Valley is in Zone …

April 1 local pandemic news round-up

The Current brings Valley readers the following recent news items.   Metro, Pharmasave, Valu-Mart adopt 9-step guide to prevent the spread of COVID-19       Shop alone. Limit the number of shopping trips. Respect rules of social distancing (2 metres) Limit handling of products. Pay with a card. At …

Fuel for your mental well-being

As uncertainty and fear surrounding the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic dominates our minds and lives, note that in addition to taking measures to safeguard ourselves physically, it is equally important to do so mentally. The COVID-19 virus brings a lot of “unknowns.” It is a topic of destruction that continues to …

MV Food Bank has challenges to meet

Madawaska Valley Food Bank, the local non-profit that helps feed Valley residents, has more than one mountain to climb in the next few months. MV Food Bank is searching for a new home – not for the first time, having set up shop in several locations since it began more …

County of Renfrew declares state of emergency

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, County of Renfrew declared a state of emergency on March 30, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The media release states as follows: At 2 p.m. today, Warden Debbie Robinson declared a state of emergency due to the global COVID-19 pandemic …

Palmer Rapids broomball tournament ends with COVID-19 case

The Palmer Rapids Broomball league held its season-ending playoff tournament on March 15 in the Palmer Rapids arena. It featured the four teams that had competed in the league throughout the season. With players, fans and volunteers in the building, approximately 100 people were gathered at the arena. An individual …

Chippawa Shores responds to opposition from residents

The Current has received this letter to the editor from David Hunter of Combermere Lodge Limited (shown above speaking at the Aug.29 2019 public meeting) Dear Editor Combermere Lodge Limited (CLL) is the proponent for the Chippawa Shores project. We read with interest your article of March 25th, 2020 regarding the …

Owner hopes for July opening of Valley’s first pot shop

Recent passers-by of the former Mayflower building at 48 Bay Street, Barry’s Bay (pictured above) will have noticed evidence of changes taking place. This is because of renovations to turn the building into what will be the Bay’s first pot shop. Valley resident Mike Klobouk formed a company a year …