Heritage Photo: Barry’s Bay baseball team

Photo: Bob Corrigan This is the local team that defeated Pembroke of North Renfrew to win the Renfrew County Championship c1959.  Mike Nicholson was only a bat boy at the time of this championship but he obviously was influenced by this team and went on to win the league’s Pitching …

The bionic Saint

Photo: Evan Brockett unsplash.com It’s hard to find positive news so let me tell you how Saints show up in the weirdest places. I have spent many hours over the past decade picking up litter on Arbor Vitae Road, another family member collects on parts of Paugh Lake Road, and …

Experiences for all ages at Killaloe Fair

Photo: Doug De La Matter The 42nd annual Killaloe Craft & Community Fair the weekend of August 10 to 12 promises fairgoers of all ages the opportunity to enjoy great music in a natural outdoor amphitheatre setting, with delicious food, local crafts and family-friendly activities. The Fair site is located …

Castaway Culture: on my deserted island

Doreen Yakabuski in a corner of her home library.  Photo: Jack Vanderburg Since any survival skills I learned in Outdoor Education at MVDHS are long forgotten, I hope the necessities of life are easily attainable on my deserted island so my only worry is filling the hours. Because I was …

Communities in Bloom awards presentation

Valley Manor – First place Community Garden Valley Manor hosted the annual Madawaska Valley Community in Bloom (CiB) Awards presentation on July 20. Co-chairs Debbie Marshall and Elser Lee Faith Archer welcomed National CiB judges Lorna McIlroy from Grande Prairie, Alberta and Gaétan Deschênes from Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Québec, and representatives from …

Seen from a dock – territorial rights

Photo: Daniel Burka on unsplash.com Dock sittin’ I’ve taken to the art of dock sittin’ like the proverbial duck to water. Dock sittin’ can be inspirational, educational and fascinating. Personally I like to sit on the dock and be distraction free. I prefer no interference from a newspaper, book, iPad …

Hands do so much

Image: creativecommons.org Hands can say hello, hug you close, wave goodbye, Point you in the right direction, cover your eyes when you cry. Hands can harm someone, heal another, Cover a yawn, slap your brother.   Hands can teach, write and draw, Knit scarves, sweaters and buckle bras. Move traffic, …

What orphaned patients need to know

Photo: pexels.com Readers have asked The Current to explain how to ensure continued health care if their doctor retires. Read on to find out: What you need to do now to find a doctor How to access other options for non-emergency health care What to do about prescription medications Physician …

Heritage photo: Christmas at the Kitts farm

Jackie Kitts and Arlene Yantha beside an old car  Prompted by recent articles in The Current about Barry’s Bay native Dr. Jack Kitts receiving the Order of Canada, Dennis Corrigan submitted these photos taken December 28 1974 at the Kitts family farm. From left: Dennis Corrigan, Bobby Kitts, Jimmy Kitts, …

A little bit of Caribana in the Valley this Sunday

Pan Fantasy Steelband  (Photo: Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival) Pan Fantasy – known as the “Best Steelband in Canada” – will perform live at Zurakowski Park on Opeongo Line (Hwy 60) in Barry’s Bay this Sunday July 22 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pan Fantasy were the Pan Alive Steelband …

Artisan Festival held at Railway Station Park

The volunteer organizers of the 2018 Madawaska Artisan Festival held at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station were pleased to see a mix of veteran and new artisans on July 14. Vendors said they heard about the show in different ways – email, telephone or just plain grapevine – and thanks …

Communities in Bloom – Township of Madawaska Valley

Photo: pixabay on pexels.com An exciting week starts July 16 2018 for our Communities in Bloom (CiB) Provincial 5 Bloom Award-winning township. On Monday, our judges, Peter Fright, Faith Archer and Debbie Marshall, will tour the gardens and businesses who entered our CiB local contests, looking at their creative planters, …

Wilno Heritage Society has new 20-year lease

Mayor Kim Love at Wilno Heritage Park on Canada Day (Photo submitted) On July 6 1998 the Townships of Sherwood, Jones and Burns entered into an initial 20-year land lease with the newly formed Wilno Heritage Society (WHS). Reeve Bob Mitchell signed on behalf of the township and David Shulist and …