Athletes honoured at Madawaska Valley District High School

On Tuesday June 11 Madawaska Valley District High School held its annual athletic awards evening to celebrate the school’s athletes and their accomplishments. The event began with the awards ceremony and ended with a dinner and photos. Shown above are the many students who received awards for the 2018-19 academic …

Valley residents salute Bill Green

Bill Green (above centre) died suddenly at his home on June 9 at the age of 55. The funeral Mass is at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Barry’s Bay on Thursday June 13 at 10 a.m. following visitations at Heubner Funeral Home. Green grew up in Barry’s Bay and members …

June 10

Please respect the flashing green light Volunteer firefighters en route to an emergency display a flashing green light. In Ontario some 19,000 volunteer firefighters drive their own personal vehicles and use these flashing green lights. While not mandatory (yet), fire departments ask that you respect the flashing green and pull …

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

A Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon attended by 140 volunteers was held at the Barry’s Bay Legion on May 29.  Barry’s Bay & Area Home Support, Valley Manor, St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, St Francis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary/Hospital and MV Hospice Palliative Care planned the event, at which the Legion served a …

Seat of Wisdom professor gives keynote address in UK

Note: The Current’s editor was in London at the time of the lecture, so seized the opportunity to attend. Dr. Richard Shaw, Barry’s Bay resident and Chairman of History at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC), gave the inaugural St. Augustine of Canterbury Feast Day lecture in collaboration with …

Heritage Photo: a war bride comes to Barry’s Bay

This is the first summer in Canada for Stanny Chippure (née Constance Sprenger) in 1946 just after World War II. (Above) On this day, she is standing on the original wooden bridge that leads to Mask Island. Notice St. Joseph’s Elementary School in the background beyond the piles of lumber.  …

Train whistle signals re-opening of Railway Station

On May 18 the sound of a train whistle was once again heard in the waiting room of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station. The Station Keepers blew handcrafted wooden whistles to start the ceremony that officially re-opened the Station. Shown above are the Station Keepers surrounding guest of honour Greta …

An “EPIC” story

Last June under the heading Countdown to new era at SFMH begins, The Current published news of the countdown to implementation of the EPIC health information system at St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH). Click HERE to read.  In a press release dated May 17 SFMH announced that EPIC will go …

Madawaska Coffee Co. opens café in Barry’s Bay

Sarah and Neil Wright of Madawaska Coffee Co. announced their café expansion plans with a characteristically witty social media post entitled, “We’re spilling the beans.” On Saturday May 18 (Bay Day) their café opens at 19578 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay with Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love doing the official ribbon-cutting. …

Stone Fence Theatre plans exciting 2019 season

2019 season features Up at Fred’s – Allons-y!, a Cuban concert and the new Stone Fence Theatre Showband Up at Fred’s – Allons-y! For fifty years or so, “Fred’s” – the Hotel Chapeau in Chapeau, Quebec – was the destination of choice for diners, drinkers, and dancers, lumbermen, hunters and soldiers, tourists and locals, celebrities …

Heritage Photo: 1952-53 St. Joseph’s School Grade 6

This Grade 6 school picture was taken in 1952-53.  If you see a mistake and you can make a correction, please let us know. FRONT ROW: Kenneth LaHaie; Raymond Coulas; Michael Kulas; Gerald Luckasavitch; Kenneth Recoski; Raymond Stamplecoski; Edward Yantha; Harold Skuce; Larry Proulx; Sheldon Mackin; Zigmund Biernaski; Tony Palubeskie …

Innovative art show attracts large gathering

Pop Up Art Renfrew County launched at Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville on May 2. The travelling art exhibition features eleven Renfrew County artists whose creative practices are very different but whose works in this exhibition have a common theme: each work was inspired by an ordinary object and tells …