Music in the Valley and Beyond

PSO members (L-R) Susan Artymko, Pia-Leena Voorand Photo: Cindy Nicholas  An almost unknown gem of musical culture here in the extended Madawaska Valley is the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra (PSO), a non-profit community orchestra founded in 1993 by a group of like-minded individuals who wanted to play great classical music and wanted …

Unpaid Artists: Madawaska Valley Wants Your Invoice

At the Jan 15th Madawaska Valley Council meeting, the subject of unpaid artists was raised. The artists’ work was sold from The Railway Station. It now appears that MV Township is waiting for invoices from them before issuing payment for the sale proceeds (after commission). Councillor Maika, referring to an …

How to Tackle Climate Change Every Day

Chart: oxfam.org Almost all scientists agree that the global temperature is rising and that human activity is the cause. You might accept their conclusion, but if you are like most people, you are not sure how to be part of the solution without giving up your lifestyle. Perhaps you have …

Fitness is a Four Letter Word

  A new year! A resolve to accomplish a personal goal to improve health and well-being often comes with the New Year. Sadly, statistics show that 88% of those who make resolutions do not see them through. Patients tell me time and again, “I tried to exercise more or I …

Thou Shall Not Dump

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Wow, I’m shocked! I just read that Canada is the top producer of garbage per person in the world!  How can that be?!  We share environmental ideas on a global level (e.g. the historic Paris Climate Change Conference, United Nations Conference).  From the outside it looks like …

Castaway Culture … on my Desert Island

  If you were cast away on a Desert Island, what books or music would you want with you? This month Karen Filipkowski, CEO Madawaska Valley Public Library, reveals her Desert Island picks. My idea of a perfect getaway is a cabin in the woods, a stack of books, and …

Winter Watchings

Photo: Harrison Haines  What to Watch when Winter Woes Weigh you Down   Eastern Ontario is in the grips of yet another cold snap, which means you’re either out enjoying fresh ice or out complaining about the fresh ice. Either way, you’re likely looking for some way to warm up …