Sale of ski hill completed

Updated Feb. 17 2019: After publication of the article below, we received the following information from the new owner’s representative in Toronto: Unfortunately it will not be a commercial ski operation. I am sorry to let you know that. But the owner is very respectful about the local sentiment and will keep …

Valley business profile: TRO Social Media Agency

Valley business owner Travis Richards grew up in Barry’s Bay and graduated from Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS). His business, Travis Richards Office (TRO), is a social media agency that provides marketing support to small business owners. He said established businesses sometimes get “stuck” and fail to consider new …

SWC students to present Pirates of Penzance

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC)’s Don Bosco Drama Club presents its seventeenth production, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. The SWC students will perform at Madawaska Valley District High School at 7 p.m. on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday March …

Young speakers at Barry’s Bay Legion

Ten young people from the Valley, supported by family members and friends, participated in Stage One of the annual Royal Canadian Legion public speaking competition at Barry’s Bay on February 9. One speaker is home schooled and the other nine attend local schools: George Vanier, St. John Bosco, Killaloe PS …

Students plan movie night for hospital

The Student Activity Council (SAC) at Madawaska Valley District High School and Sherwood School will hold a movie night on Friday, February 22 to raise funds for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The students plan to show the animated adventure film “The Incredibles 2.” Entry is free but the students hope …

Podcasts for Valley listeners

Podcasts provide an easy and inexpensive way to connect with fascinating people and topics – and increasingly with Valley events. Some readers may not be aware that local groups such as Opeongo Readers’ Theatre and St. John Bosco School students have produced podcasts. The concept of podcasts has been building …

Review: Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page

This novel, a study of a 70-year marriage, is about ordinary people but is extraordinary in quality. Harry Miles, a sensitive man with a love of poetry, meets Evelyn Hill and falls in love immediately. He describes her personality when he first meets her:  “She had an appetite for the better …

OPP schools broomball tournament at Wilno and Killaloe

The 44th annual OPP/Schools Broomball Tournament took place on February 6 at Wilno and Killaloe Rinks. Five local schools participated: Killaloe PS, Palmer Rapids PS, St. Andrews, St. John Bosco, St. Michaels. George Vanier originally planned to participate but was unavailable when the tournament had to be re-scheduled because of …

Wilno Classic Broomball trophy goes to Snipers

After a thrilling overtime victory, the Round Lake Snipers took home this year’s trophy at the Wilno Classic Broomball Tournament on February 2. The Snipers’ win came at the expense of the Recreational Hazards, their opponents in the A Finals. Members of the winning team (pictured above) were: Laura Recoskie, …

Communities losing their souls says Eganville Leader owner

The front page of the Jan. 3 issue of the Eganville Leader contained an editorial by its owner, Gerald Tracey, entitled “Newspapers facing an uncertain future in the face of changes.” The uncertainty referred to reflects pressure created by increasing competition for advertising dollars. This theme was also a focus …

Wilno Rink opens with community party

The Wilno Rink celebrated its Grand Opening with a community party on January 26. Wilno Recreation Committee members and volunteers were on hand to ensure the new building was in perfect condition to be admired, the ice was ready, the canteen well-stocked and the party balloons blown up. Many of …

Opeongo loppet is a winter classic

Opeongo Hill Nordic Ski Club near Brudenell held its fifth annual Opeongo Classic Loppet on January 26, a cross-country ski event suitable for participants at all levels. Thirty-nine adults took to the trails in 10 km and 20 km events – some for the challenge of racing and others to …