Sept.20

Catch The Ace continues Congratulations to Andrea Mock of Andrea’s Pet Salon in Barry’s Bay who won $3,659 in the Week #34 Catch The Ace draw. Her envelope #41 revealed a black ace – the Ace of Clubs – but it was the wrong suit for the big prize. The …

OPP raid McArthur’s Mills cannabis grow-op

Just days after The Current reported on a similar raid near Palmer Rapids on September 11, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) conducted an operation at cannabis grow-ops near McArthur’s Mills east of Bancroft. In answer to a question from The Current, …

Effective immediately Ontario limits size of private gatherings

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Measures Table, is reducing limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province. Earlier this week, the government imposed these restrictions in Toronto, Peel Region …

Virtual event exceeds Friends of St. Francis goal

St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH Foundation) held its Virtual Charity Event at the Homestead at Wolf Ridge golf course in Killaloe on Friday September 4. Although teams did not golf this year, many generous sponsors and supporters participated in the online auction and contributed to offer a new Friends …

RCDHU closes Pembroke high school

A media release received late Wednesday afternoon from Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) announced the closure of Fellowes High School in Pembroke, as follows: A third staff member, a contact of both individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, has tested positive based on a result received today. …

Missing masks cause dissension in the Valley

Madawaska Valley residents have faced several recent examples of individuals, groups, and institutions who are either openly flouting mandatory mask directives, or finding loopholes within the guidelines so they are exempt from wearing masks publicly. Above: face mask poster issued by Renfrew County & District Health Unit. Image rcdhu One …

Smile Cookie Week for local healthcare

Jason Armstrong, Barry’s Bay Tim Hortons franchisee, (above) was all smiles on Monday at the launch of Smile Cookie Week. Representatives of local healthcare partners including St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Valley Manor Long Term Care, Madawaska Valley Hospice, and the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, met with Armstrong and store …

Sept.14

Arena grant refused – MV seeks other source of funds The government’s refusal to approve a grant application to renew the ice slab and renovate the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre in Barry’s Bay was reviewed by Madawaska Valley Council in Committee on September 1. A letter from the Investment …

Dr. Robert Cushman issues COVID-19 warning for Renfrew County

This afternoon, Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer for Renfrew County & District, released the following personal note about COVID-19: We have had more cases in the last month than in the previous three months. Worse, this weekend we could possibly be witnessing our first serious community outbreak in Renfrew …

Health Unit warns of possible COVID-19 exposure

A media release just in from Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) states: RCDHU is issuing an advisory for a potential low-risk exposure after confirmation that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 visited Planet Fitness in Pembroke on September 5, 2020. If you visited Planet Fitness in Pembroke …