West Nile virus found in Renfrew County mosquitoes

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNv) have been found in the Town of Renfrew around the intersection of Bonnechere Street South and Opeongo Road. This is only the third time that mosquitoes have tested positive for WNv in Renfrew County and District since the health unit began monitoring mosquitoes for …

Creative photography project honours seniors

Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS) and our community partners are working with seniors to honour their lives and contributions to our community. We are doing this by collecting stories and taking photographic portraits of up to fifty seniors. The portraits are taken in a location chosen by the …

Lake Etiquette

OPINION As the last long weekend of the summer approaches, many of us will flock to a lakeside retreat to embrace the best of what the remaining days of summer offers. COVID-19 has created an especially difficult and challenging year for us all to find enjoyment within the restrictions of …

An outsider’s perspective

Where I come from, on the other side of Toronto, we are landlocked. Rivers flow through, but nothing stays. Even the people get in their cars by day, drive into the city to work, and return by night. A steady flow of traffic. Where I come from, humanity dominates. We …

Rockingham Church 20th anniversary announcement

The Friends of the Rockingham Church are sorry to announce the cancellation of the 20th Anniversary Celebration planned for August, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in effect on public gatherings. We are very disappointed but of course the most important thing is that everyone stays safe. Also, …

The predicament

It was the 1960s, I was 13 years old and growing up way too quickly. In those days a boy was a man at 13 but that kind of thinking got me into a predicament. You see, I was thinking about a huge bass, the one I had seen earlier …

Killaloe Farmers’ Market aims to increase visibility

Shoppers looking for the Killaloe Farmers’ Market last Saturday didn’t need eyeglasses to see one sign as Killaloe’s own Banksy — market organizer Rachelle Clayton — went to work with a set of chalks in downtown Killaloe. (above photo: Rachelle Clayton) But for those who like to look behind the …

Heritage Photo: Whitney Red Devils 1959 Champions

Only a short wait now until hockey fans can watch this year’s NHL playoffs. Meanwhile, to whet your appetite, here’s a local newspaper clipping that involves many well-known Whitney names. The Whitney Red Devils won the Madawaska Valley Hockey championship in 1959 by defeating Barry’s Bay four games to three.  …

MV Library reopens July 29

The Madawaska Valley Public Library is pleased to announce that we will be re-opening on Wednesday, July 29th. Our regular hours have been adjusted to meet quarantine protocols for books and other library materials as mandated by Ontario’s Stage 3 Opening Plans for libraries. As of July 29th and until …

Tragedy averted by quick-acting Ash Grove Inn server

A young family who spent the afternoon of July 2 at the public beach on Kamaniskeg Lake are grateful that they — and others who attempted to help them — escaped harm after an innocent ride on an inflatable drifted into dangerous territory. Above clockwise from front left: the Graham family, …

Your Friday Funny: You’re really gonna like this one

As much of Ontario embraces Stage 3 reopening today, and as we have again become accustomed to certain personal services (beauty salons, barber shops, tattoo parlours) during Stage 2, it seems appropriate to share this cow comic with you, courtesy of cartoonist Reynolds. Enjoy!   Image: Reynolds on cartoonstock

My veggies are in – now what?

I hope both you and all your plants have survived the extreme weather this season. We had rollercoaster temperature shifts in mid-June, from the frosty mornings to over 30C in a couple of days, high winds, a downpour with spotty hail, and tropical heat without rain for weeks in early …

Your Friday Funny – Make America Canada Again

We thought this Canada Day “Shout” from The New Yorker would give some of you a chuckle. It’s entitled “Make America Canada Again” and is courtesy of the genius of Tim Long with illustrations by Jason Logan. Enjoy! The slideshow will run automatically but you can hover over an image to …