Castaway Culture: on my desert island

Sharon Taylor with some rental canoes When I was first asked to write about what items of culture I would need on a desert island – items that would sustain me – I thought I would have a hard time picking out those items. Then I realized that culture for …

Madawaska Valley Dance recital

Photos: Timothy Baklinski of Two Trees Photography The recital for Madawaska Valley Dance took place at the close of the class season at the Combermere Recreation Centre on June 4, 2018. Students performed selections from The Firebird. (From left) Genevieve, Madeleine and Annika Nicholson – sisters and ballerinas; Ella with her …

Gift It Gray hosts first Maker Market

Gift It Gray owner, Alison Tubby, offered an innovative approach to marketing on Bay Day by combining brick and mortar retail premises with a temporary crafts market. She was inspired by the concept of pop-up markets that she saw on social media and decided to apply the concept for local …

Grow A Row program flourishes

Photo: Terry Newcombe Attached is a photo of our first food bank session this year with Grow A Row donations, which took place on May 22. If you recall, we promoted this program back in March, encouraging gardeners to grow extra vegetable seedlings so that our food bank clients could …

Gun and Sportsman Show expands

Photo: Sharon Gardiner The 2nd Annual Gun and Sportsman Show held at the arena in Barry’s Bay on May Long Weekend built on last year’s success. The event has grown from 70 vendors to more than one hundred in just one year. Show organizer John Rutledge said the Madawaska Valley …

Death Café visits the Valley

Dawn Cruchet (standing) addresses Death Café participants Death Café came to the Valley on May 30 as facilitators Dawn Cruchet, Grief Educator and Counsellor, and Karen Wagner, Clinical Director of Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, welcomed 17 participants to the Ash Grove Inn to discuss death and dying. Cruchet introduced …

New PossABILITIES at Bonnechere Park this Summer

Floating wheelchair (example) Photo: pixabay.com Local residents and tourists with accessibility challenges who visit Bonnechere Provincial Park this summer will be able to experience the beach area and Park programs like never before. Thanks to funding from the Employment and Social Development Canada Enabling Accessibility Fund, and the support of several …

The Rockingham Church goes online

Image: Rockingham Summer by Joyce Burkholder The Little Brown Church on the Hill is catching up with the 21st century! The Friends of the Rockingham Church are excited to share the news of their new website at www.rockinghamchurch.org. Click HERE to visit the site. At the site you’ll find directions to …

Alliance funded to improve seniors’ fitness

OVCATA members from all over the County met in Cobden for a ride and to announce the Renfrew County Seniors Active Transportation on May 17, 2018.  Photo: submitted The Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA) will be encouraging Renfrew County seniors to get out cycling and walking, with …

Combermere Craft Cabin prepares for season

Above: Combermere Craft Cabin work party  The Combermere Craft Cabin reopens on May Long Weekend. Craft Cabin Committee members donned rubber gloves and arrived with brooms on May 13 to clear away the winter cobwebs. Shown above from left are:  Standing: Carol Burnett, Jane Corbett, Kristin Marchand, Barb Schaeffer  Seated: …

How to get unstuck

Photo: wikimediacommons.org Readers can enjoy the wry humour of this Valley story, with a twist in the tail. The wind had been howling for hours, the sun peeking out from thick white clouds every now and then. If it weren’t for the wind, it would have been a perfect spring …

Wilno welcomes all to Kashub Day

Downtown Wilno on Kashub Day 2018    Photo: Sharon Gardiner The Wilno Heritage Society celebrated its 20-year anniversary last Saturday with the annual Kashub Day Festival at Wilno Heritage Park. Guests enjoyed non-stop entertainment from 11 a.m. until after sundown. The annual celebration commemorates pioneer ancestors and helps keep the …