Hospital services to be increased and other news

Today’s healthcare news from our regional hospitals and the province will be welcomed by many Valley residents.  Regional hospitals begin to increase scheduled services A news release from the chiefs of staff of the Champlain Region Hospitals states that the hospitals are taking a safe, coordinated and gradual approach to …

St. John Bosco’s kindergarten graduating class of 2020

Editor’s Note: The Kinder Team at St. John Bosco School asked The Current for a special online celebration of the achievements of the kindergarten graduating class of 2020. They have sent the following message along with individual photos of the pupils.

 

On May 19th Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province is cancelling in-person learning for the school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our school is remaining closed for the rest of the school year, and as a result in-person graduation ceremonies are also cancelled. Typically the last week of June at St. John Bosco is spent celebrating every students’ accomplishments and particularly the Senior Kindergarten Class and The Grade 8 Graduating Class. We celebrate with prayer services, Mass, speeches, songs, awards and of course, cake. We recognize that this is a very important mile-stone for our children and a beloved tradition for their parents.

However, the risk to public safety and social distancing rules have required us to celebrate our youngest learners in a different way. We are hanging celebration posters at local businesses around town. Thank-you to local businesses for supporting us now and always! Students will get a special package during the last week of school too and a special video made by their educators. Plus we are hoping this article reaches many of them and their proud families! This class of kindergartens is an exceptional one, and we have really missed learning, playing and praying together these last several weeks.

The Kinder team at St. John Bosco is so excited to see all the growth in learning next fall when we can be together again. Please come back to visit us in your old classroom as you continue your learning at St. John Bosco!  Congratulations to our Senior Kindergarten Graduates of 2020 – you are special, kind, curious, faithful, and missed every day!

GRADE 1 HERE YOU COME!

You are ready for more
learning and fun in Grade 1!

 

Click any photo to enlarge and see individual message.

St. John Bosco School Logo

 

Photos supplied.

OPP seize illegal drugs and replica firearms in Pembroke

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) has seized illegal drugs in Pembroke. On June 5, 2020 members of the Street Crime Unit, assisted by the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Canine Unit, executed a search warrant at a residence on Arnold’s Lane. …

Free face masks at Bay Coin Laundromat

As an essential service, Bay Coin Laundromat has remained open to serve customers throughout the pandemic restrictions, so we recently followed up with owners Robylin Bautista (Above with one of the non-medical masks she sews) and Alia Bayat about our report dated January 12. Because Madawaska Valley Council had refused their request …

OPP Killaloe warns of CERB fraud and non-delivery scams

Killaloe OPP is urging the community to be on the look-out for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Non-Delivery scams. The CERB scam involves a third party company that will offer to assist you with government applications. These companies then send you an invoice for their services. These companies may …

June 1

  Madawaska Valley reduces fire ban to Level 1   As of Monday June 1 the Township of Madawaska Valley has reduced the Fire Ban to Level 1 allowing campfires and fireworks.       COVID-19 tests for the public With the Ontario government’s expansion of COVID-19 testing to people …

COVID-19 toolkit for community gardens now available

In a May 29 media release, the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) outlines a toolkit it has developed to ensure safe practices at community gardens. This comes in response to Ontario’s announcement on April 25 amending its COVID-19 emergency orders to give community gardens the green light to …

End of the Penney era for SFMH

Tomorrow, June 1, will be the first day of retirement for Randy Penney, President and CEO of St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH). He had held the position since 1998 and during that time he has received numerous accolades reflecting the esteem in which he is held by his peers. These …

Ontario allows backcountry camping for paddlers, hikers

For Ontarians who want to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe and practicing physical distancing, Ontario announced on Saturday that as of June 1, backcountry camping will be available at Ontario Parks, including access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails. Ontario Parks will also be expanding day-use activities …

Expanded community testing for COVID-19 in the Valley

A news release received May 27 from the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) and the Renfrew County Virtual Triage Assessment Centre (RCVTAC) states that the County of Renfrew Paramedic Services will be making additional testing available at pre-scheduled testing site locations throughout Renfrew County and District in the …