Heartwood Restaurant opens in Combermere

Sisters Shanti Nordholt-McPhee and Becky McPhee celebrated the grand opening of Heartwood Restaurant on October 6 surrounded by their family, friends and well-wishers from the Combermere community. Shown above from left: Becky McPhee, Selina DeCarle, Solana Nordholt, David Douthwright, Megan DeCarle, Posie Douthwright, Luna Nordholt, Nadia DeCarle (beside sign), Trinity DeCarle, Shanti …

Heartwood Restaurant — full of heart

Becky McPhee and Shanti Nordholt-McPhee  Photo: Hailey Voorand Two Valley sisters see their dreams come true as they launch a family restaurant in Combermere on October 6, 2018. Becky McPhee and Shanti Nordholt-McPhee will realize their shared vision of a place to do all of the things they love — …

Madawaska Valley Fall Studio Tour this weekend

Linda Sorensen studio Since 1991 a special kind of autumn leaf appears each fall in the Madawaska Valley. A sign in the shape of a maple leaf  is the symbol of the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour. This year you’ll see them along roads in the Valley September 29 – 30 …

Castaway Culture: on my desert island

Richard Shaw (Photo submitted) I must admit that the idea of being cast away with just some books and music seems very appealing. Deciding which to choose, however, is a much more daunting endeavour. As with the original Desert Island Discs, I take the Bible and Shakespeare for granted. Equally, given …

New reading room officially opens in Old Killaloe

Photos submitted Bookworms, storytellers and poets take note — Love’s Healing Reading Room is officially opening this September 22. Located just south of Killaloe, the reading room is open to lovers of all things book-related. Housed in a cozy building with two levels of comforting space, the lower level is …

New MV Recreation and Community Development Coordinator

CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt announced the appointment of Stephanie Plebon as Madawaska Valley’s new Recreation & Community Development Coordinator at the Council meeting on September 4 2018. The Current spoke to Plebon a few days later. She talked about growing up in the Valley and attending Madawaska Valley District High School in …

Madonna House annual Heritage Fest

Families enjoy the puppet show Madonna House hosted its annual Heritage Fest on Labour Day weekend. Visitors of all ages enjoyed live music, puppetry and demonstrations of traditional crafts practised by members of the Madonna House community. The Gift Shop. Art Gallery and Book Shop were open and proceeds from …

Pet business owners to the rescue

Pet business owners in the Madawaska Valley come to the rescue this weekend with initiatives to help pets. The commitment to animal welfare is a common theme among owners of pet businesses. Here we focus on two such pet retailers in the Valley who are both hosting events in Barry’s …

BIA brings buskers to Barry’s Bay

Tempest busking in Barry’s Bay Madawaska Valley shoppers were treated to an impromptu performance between showers on August 18 in downtown Barry’s Bay. Local group Tempest, composed of Madawaska Valley District High School students Ravyn Kellar (guitar) and Andrew Sernoskie (drums), set up in the pocket park between Talk O’ …

Madawaska Valley horticulturalists excel

 Photos: Nola Leroux The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society hosted its annual Flower and Vegetable Show at the Royal Canadian Legion Barry’s Bay 406 on August 18. Volunteers worked hard behind the scenes setting up not just for the floral and produce exhibits but also to prepare for the annual Ines …

Madawaska Kanu Centre builds on success

Claudia and Stefani van Wijk It’s no surprise that the van Wijk family of the Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) and OWL Rafting are “reading the river” ahead. The Current recently met with Claudia and Stefani van Wijk to learn their plans for the family business as it moves into the care …

Taste of the Valley in the Bay

Taste of the Valley was held at The Railway Station in Barry’s Bay on August 17. Now in its tenth year here, the county-wide initiative has evolved into a celebration of local food, products, art and culture throughout the Ottawa Valley. This year’s event began with a rainy morning but …

Crowd celebrates the little church on the hill

Glenn Allen, chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Church, welcomed a full church to the eighteenth anniversary celebration of the Restoration of the Rockingham Church on Sunday Aug. 12. The peaceful woodland setting rang with a rousing congregational rendition of The Church in the Wildwood by Dr. William S. Pitts …

Twenty-two teams vie for MV Library Trivia title

Twenty-two teams battled for the coveted trophy at the Madawaska Valley Public Library Trivia Night on August 15 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall 406 in Barry’s Bay. Master of ceremonies Brian Tyrrell kept players and spectators in order as he read the questions, announced prize draw winners and thanked …

Killaloe Fair delights all ages

The 42nd annual Killaloe Craft & Community Fair was held on the sunny weekend of Aug. 10-12. Because of the welcome rain during recent days, Killaloe Hagarty Richards at last relaxed the Total Fire Ban. This meant campers at the fair could light cooking fires in the sheltered valley fairground …