International Women’s Day events in Renfrew County

Various organizations in Renfrew County will host events during the coming week to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Current lists a few worth adding to your diary: Saturday Mar. 2  7:30 p.m.      Celebrating Women concert Pembroke Symphony Orchestra (PSO) conducted by Mehdi Javanfar PSO performs a unique repertoire, showcasing …

Sneak peek at Pirates of Penzance

This weekend’s production of the Gilbert & Sullivan much-loved comic opera Pirates of Penzance by Seat of Wisdom College’s (SWC) Don Bosco Drama Club looks set to delight audiences. The Current got a sneak preview at last night’s dress rehearsal at the Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) in Barry’s Bay. Shown …

Mayor’s Appreciation Award goes to Wilno Heritage Society

At the Madawaska Valley Council meeting of February 19, Mayor Kim Love awarded the 2018 Mayor’s Appreciation Award to the Wilno Heritage Society. In her address, Mayor Love gave a brief history of the Wilno Heritage Society since its inception in 1998 to commemorate and celebrate Canada’s unique Polish Kashub cultural …

Art workshops focus on mental health

Planting Seeds, a new art project funded by the Ontario Arts Council, will encourage conversations about mental health in the community. The Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS), Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre (Rainbow Valley CHC) and the Community Resource Centre (Killaloe) (CRC) will host three community art workshops …

Syrian family experiences Valley winter

Ayman Alshhadat (above) had to don some unfamiliar items of clothing on his arrival in the Valley – a toque and scarf – as he experiences his first winter here. These are accessories he had little use for in his native Syria. The Current previously reported how Alshhadat, his wife and …

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 …

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

Editor’s note: Podcasting to the World is a FREE one-hour seminar on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m., with an earlier session for students at 10 a.m. the same day. Both seminars are at the Madawaska Valley Public Library and they are presented by Barry Conway, a retired professor of broadcast journalism. …

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, …