Massive police raid on Palmer Rapids grow-op

Acting on a tip, The Current paid a visit to the site of the former Wingle Inn in Latchford Bridge near Palmer Rapids this afternoon. There we found a significant police presence that was apparently engaged in dismantling the cannabis grow-op located there. We counted at least nine marked OPP …

OPP Renfrew weekly report Aug. 31 to Sept. 6

The Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated 343 calls for service during the week August 31 to September 6, 2020. Assault On September 6, 2020 officers with the Renfrew OPP Detachment were dispatched to a dispute on Bonnechere Street North in the Town of Renfrew. As a …

Countdown to BayBud opening

Folks at a new business in Madawaska Valley are counting down the hours until they can sell cannabis products. BayBud Cannabis, located at 48 Bay Street in Barry’s Bay, will have its final inspection by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) on Friday, September 11. The Current met …

SFMH announces $11 million expansion

In a presentation held both online and in person at an outdoor marquee at St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) on September 8, 2020 details were unveiled of a major transformation of SFMH’s Emergency Department. The province’s approval and authorization to proceed with the project was announced by MPP John Yakabuski …

Sept.6

St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation Catch The Ace jackpot edges close to $100,000 Congratulations to Week #32 Catch the Ace Lottery winner Maurleen St. Louis of Eganville, who won the weekly prize of $3,366!  The ticket was purchased at Conway’s Pharmacy in Eganville. Ms. St. Louis chose Number 2 because …

Not your usual Terry Fox Run in 2020

The 2020 Terry Fox Virtual Run “One Day Your Way” in Barry’s Bay is days away, and residents are gearing up to raise money for cancer research by finding a fun and safe version of “Your Way” to participate and help keep Terry Fox’s dream alive in this 40th anniversary …

Bonnechere Valley woman dies in Hwy. 41 collision

The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a two vehicle collision which left one person deceased and another person with serious injuries. On September 1, 2020, just before 5:00 p.m., OPP officers, Renfrew County paramedics, and firefighters from the North Algona-Wilberforce and Bonnechere …

NDP condemns racist attack in Pembroke

The Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke NDP has added its voices to the many expressing outrage over the recent racist attack on an elderly Pembroke woman at her home. Click HERE to read The Current’s report of the assault. Police are still hunting for the teens responsible for verbal and physical assault on a …

Ride for Carl Wagner gives back to MV Hospice

Friends of the late Carl Wagner donated an amazing $1,300.00 to the Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care Program. The group participated in the first ever Ride for Carl (Six Pack) Wagner on August 15. Motorcyclists toured through and around Letterkenny Road before making their way to a Celebration of Life …

Aug.30

Catch The Ace updates from St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation Week #31 Catch the Ace Lottery winner Brad Parisien of Barry’s Bay took home the weekly prize of $3,088! The ticket was purchased at the Barry’s Bay Shell. Mr. Parisien choose envelope number 39 which revealed the Nine of Diamonds. …

Story Walk wraps up busy summer for Library

When Madawaska Valley Public Library CEO Karen Filipkowski suggested to summer program coordinator Julia Beggs that it might be fun to try a Story Walk, she wasn’t sure how Beggs would approach the project but Filipkowski told The Current she was delighted with the successful result. Filipkowski said, “Julia just …

Online Auction for local healthcare features incredible finds

The global pandemic has forced most events to go virtual. Thankfully, the popular online auction for local healthcare didn’t require any change – and it’s back and bigger than ever. Running in conjunction with the Friends of St. Francis Virtual Charity Event, the online auction features items from around 50 local …