Renfrew County Legal Clinic

Renfrew County Legal Clinic, which provides free legal services to county residents who face economic limitations, is accessible by Valley clients one day a month in Barry’s Bay. The Clinic, which is funded by Legal Aid Ontario, is an independent non-profit corporation run by a Board of Directors made up …

Castaway Culture – on my desert island

Randy Penney at St. Francis Memorial Hospital The news that I had been asked by the Current to share my Castaway choices brought a round of laughter from my family. “If you were cast away on a desert island what books or music would you want,” is a regular question …

Wild Women out west

Red Rock Wash by Kathy Haycock Wild Women, Painters of the Wilderness are a well-established trio of professional award-winning artists living and painting in the Madawaska Valley. Joyce Burkholder, Kathy Haycock and Linda Sorensen (pictured below L-R) each operate a studio/gallery in the area and participate yearly in the Madawaska …

Eat Your Art Out – a sensory extravaganza

Just imagine receiving dried seedhead gifts from woodland creatures, a nod or nuzzle from a unicorn, or a gracious greeting from a Snow Queen and you might awaken to why winter never tasted so good as on February 24 at Eat Your Art Out Mid-Winter Feast at the Lions Hall …

Reader’s Theatre: update

Residents who love to read aloud met with Opeongo Podcast Players (OPP) organizer Barry Conway at the Madawaska Valley Public Library on Feb. 17 to plan the first Reader’s Theatre podcast. Conway is the driving force behind a new spoken-word project currently being developed under the guidance of Karen Filipkowski, …

Opeongo Snowbirds bring old snowmobile show to the Valley

Event poster: submitted Cheryl Reid, President of the Opeongo Snowbirds Snowmobile Club, attended the recent Recreation Heritage and Culture Committee meeting seeking use of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station for a vintage snowmobile show. Madawaska Valley agreed the Club could host the event there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. …

Monarch Magic

Carol Peterson, a Madawaska resident, gave an informative and entertaining presentation about Monarch butterflies to members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society on Feb. 15 2018. Peterson’s interest in butterflies began during childhood but metamorphosed into a full-fledged passion during her teaching career when she joined the Monarch Teacher Network. …

Recycling: What are we going to do with it?

Photo: Sharon Gardiner When talking to Stanley (Sam) Dombroskie recently at the Bark Lake landfill about eventually having more recycling depot bins for different products, he asked, “What are we going to do with it?” It’s a really good point. Even though our approach and efforts to recycling are good, …

Reader’s Theatre coming to MV Public Library

Karen Filipkowski (L), CEO Madawaska Valley Public Library with Penny Shulist (R), Library Assistant Photo: Barry Conway Some say it’s about the great story-telling talents of the Madawaska and Bonnechere River Valleys but Barry Conway, a former broadcast journalist and retired university professor who grew up in Barry’s Bay and …

Reunion Cup to replace Heritage Cup tournament

(L-R) Brent Recoskie, Chummy Gienow, Bill Green, Dan Conway, Mason Roesler Photo submitted The Opeongo Heritage Cup has been put on hold this year but fortunately for all the hockey-lovers, there will be another game in town. The Reunion Cup will be held at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre the weekend of Mar. …

Castaway Culture – on my deserted island

If you were alone on a deserted island, what culture would you crave? This month Valley lawyer Robert B. Howe shares his favourite books and music. I am destined to be a castaway on a deserted island.  The island has fresh water and sufficient food to sustain my body – …