Ben Hokum & Son: to the 21st century and beyond

The closure of a mill traditionally makes Valley people very nervous. But the temporary closing of Ben Hokum & Son Limited’s small log mill in Killaloe this fall is something to get excited about … very excited, because its reopening brings a technological advance that places Hokums squarely at the …

Update: Street reopened after water leak

Update: Madawaska Valley Township has just told The Current that Stafford Street is now open following work by the Operations Department team. [Oct.27 2:25 p.m.] Madawaska Valley Operations Department announces that Stafford Street between Queen and Lakeshore in Barry’s Bay is closed. This announcement follows discovery of a water leak this morning …

Talk to teens: Don’t drive high

The Current has received the following press release about National Teen Driver Safety week.  Drug-impaired driving among teens is a major concern. Following the recent legalization of cannabis, priority should be placed on talking to teens about the seriousness of impaired driving. Janice Sawbridge Community Safety Officer, Renfrew OPP reports The …

Flu clinics in the Valley

Photo: H. Souza unsplash.com Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) advises that getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and the people around you from getting the flu. The flu shot also lowers your risk of serious complications, such as pneumonia.  Free flu shots are available …

Hallowe’en safety tips from the OPP

Photo pexels.com The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remind parents/guardians and children that Hallowe’en can be a time of both excitement and potential danger. Help keep everyone safe by following these safety tips: Carry a flashlight and select a costume with bright colours and reflective …

It’s official: the new MV council

The Township of Madawaska Valley has now released the official results of the municipal election. Incumbent Mayor Kim Love has been re-elected, along with incumbent Councillors Carl Bromwich and Ernie Peplinski. MV voters also returned former mayor Dave Shulist to council, giving him the most votes of any of the councillor …

Province will launch consultations for a new tourism strategy

Crooked Slide Park  photo: Sharon Gardiner Ontario will consult with tourism operators and tourists to build a new tourism strategy to maximize the economic impact of Ontario’s $34 billion tourism industry, and unlock its limitless potential. Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, made the announcement today in Windsor, …

Unofficial election results for Madawaska Valley

Unofficial results as of 12:30 a.m. are shown below. The Current will publish the official results when they are made available. Mayoral candidates: Elser Lee Faith ARCHER          1125 Andrey KAMINSKI                       371 Kim LOVE            …

Joint effort relocates bear from east end Pembroke

Photo: OPP Upper Ottawa Valley  On Friday October 19, 2018, just before 7 a.m., the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began receiving reports of a black bear roaming in an east end neighbourhood in the City of Pembroke. Police responded along with the Ministry of …

More than half of MV voters yet to vote

Township of Madawaska Valley CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt today advised The Current that as of close of business last Friday October 19, the Township has received votes from 2,607 voters. That number equates to only 46.55 percent of the MV electorate – with just one day left to vote. You can …

Adopt-A-Road fall clean-up

Photo: Wendy Wolak Once Thanksgiving weekend is over, the fall tidying gets into full swing for cottagers and year-round residents alike. This month members of Carson Trout Lepine & Greenan Lakes Association (CTLG) participated in an autumn clean-up in the Valley. Shown above from left: Al Best, Danielle Paul, Roger Paul, Doug …

The Current answers Margaret Maika’s question

In our report on last week’s All Candidates Meeting, we referred to a question asked by Margaret Maika about the legal claim by the previous Integrity Commissioner. During the question itself and the response by Mayor Love, comments were made about possible breaches of confidentiality, and questioning both Rosien’s and …

OPP warns of local election funds scam

The Current has just received the following warning from Bancroft Detachment OPP: Bancroft OPP warns residents of an ongoing fraud that has been taking place in and around the Bancroft Detachment area regarding the upcoming election. Fraudulent e-mails have been sent to individuals and members of municipalities asking to initiate e-transfers, …

Firefighter certification requirement reversed by Province

Madawaska Valley Fire Department members Earl Dombroskie (L), David Afelskie, Shawn Dombroskie, Fire Chief Corwin Quade. During the October 11 All Candidates Meeting, Mayor Kim Love said that the Ontario government had recently reversed its decision regarding firefighter certification. Love had presented a briefing document to the Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, …