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 …

Dr. Jack Kitts speaks about his Order of Canada appointment

Photo courtesy The Ottawa Hospital Following Mark Woermke’s report of Dr. Kitts’ recent appointment as Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General (Click HERE to read that article), he shared his personal reaction with The Current, saying, My initial reaction was a sense of disbelief because I didn’t …

Madawaska Valley District High School graduation

The conversation of friends and family members gathered in the school lobby to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduating class on June 28 demonstrated how much impact Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) has had on the region since it opened in 1967. We found families where as many …

Operations Committee discusses Combermere revitalization project

On June 26 the Township of Madawaska Valley Operations Committee discussed utilizing funds from the Main Street Revitalization Initiative to improve the Combermere boat launch facility. Shown above, Operations Manager Hilary Kutchkoskie (standing) points out details on a survey to the Operations Committee (from left) Andy Boyd, Councillor Shelley Maika, …

Hospital Auxiliary has held last bingo

Photos: submitted After 34 years of hosting an annual article bingo, St. Francis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held its last bingo on October 29, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Wilno. Although the auxiliary held bingos as early as 1964 to get new members to join the auxiliary and to …

Pembroke Daily Observer axed

Its parent company, Postmedia, announced today that the Pembroke Daily Observer will cease to exist as of July 28, 2018, thus bringing to an end a local institution after 163 years. This closure follows the similar fate of 41 Postmedia newspapers in Ontario at the end of last year. Unifor, …

Parking mishap puts paid to pocket park pergola

Photo: Mark Woermke A large delivery van attempting to drive on the lane between Talk O’ The Town and V&S Stedmans in Barry’s Bay knocked down the pergola in the pocket park on Opeongo Line.  The mishap occurred at about 3:15 p.m. today. The park had been constructed in recent …

Clips from MV Council meeting June 18

The Current reports selected items from the Township of Madawaska Valley Regular Council meeting on June 18. Mayor’s address Mayor Kim Love said the municipality had now returned to the CAO/Clerk organizational structure. This structure enables the CAO/Clerk to make certain decisions without the involvement of Council, a process which …

There will be an Artisan Festival after all

Community volunteers headed by Kelly Klinck working in partnership with Madawaska Valley CAO Sue Klatt are putting in place last minute plans to hold an Artisan Festival on Saturday July 14 at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station. Prospects for the 34th annual event looked dim this year due to Township …

Countdown to new era at SFMH begins

Photo:  Submitted Editor’s note:  St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) and Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH), two of the six partners mentioned in the article Six partners in Eastern Ontario joining forces to implement EHR (Click HERE to read), have issued the following press release to coincide with being one year from implementation. …

Planting the seed of rural family medicine

Medical students at Community Week lunch with their preceptors at the Ash Grove. Photos: Melissa Botz For many years now, there’s been a need for more rural physicians. To help promote this type of family practice, first year medical students from both Queens University and Ottawa University participate in Community …

Former councillors tell all

Representing your neighbours as a municipal official is a big responsibility so it’s useful to check out former councillors’ personal experience when you consider running for office. The Current spoke with past members of municipal councils, both in Madawaska Valley and elsewhere in Renfrew County, to get a flavour of …

Yakabuski – cautious but optimistic

Photo: johnyakabuski.com Two days before the provincial election, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke incumbent John Yakabuski describes himself as “always cautious, but optimistic.” “Every campaign is unique – we’re all four years older, the issues change and the candidates are different,” he says, but in this campaign, there have been no surprises, at least …