Heritage story: Opeongo Serenaders

When people complain about this Covid Christmas and the inconveniences presented by lockdown, I think of what the old timers went through — two World Wars, the 1918 influenza, polio, and much more. So here’s a Valley reminiscence from the time of the Great Depression inspired by a recent Spareboard …

Christmas season at St. Francis Memorial Hospital

The following seasonal message has been received from St. Francis Memorial Hospital: As we plan for Covid Christmas 2020, aka “the bubble Christmas,” St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) would like to provide the following advice and guidance. Above: Unit Clerk Brenda Guinther accepts a Christmas gift from grateful patient Rita Gauthier …

Decision on Arena repairs delayed until new year

Delay gives residents time to have input At the final Madawaska Valley Council meeting of the year on Dec.16, Council again debated the rehabilitation of the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre (PJYCC). After discussing the matter for a further hour and a quarter, Council decided to defer its decision to …

Renfrew County to host 2022 Ontario Winter Games

During the inaugural meeting of Renfrew County Council held today, Dec.15 2020, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, announced that Renfrew County has been selected to host the Ontario Winter Games in March 2022. Minister MacLeod was introduced by her colleague the Honourable John …

KAPOA supports MV Lions with Santa visit

On a sunny December 7th, executive members of the Kamaniskeg Area Properties Owners Association (KAPOA) were happy to present a cheque for $200.00 in support of the Madawaska Valley Lions Club Christmas Event. Above from left: Greg Kelly, Ed Quesnelle, Lynne MacLean, Vince Steepe and Bob Archambault (photo submitted) Santa …

A classic Christmas from Stationkeepers MV

Stationkeepers MV is a group composed of more than 100 volunteers who are committed to revitalizing the Barry’s Bay Railway Station and celebrating the unique local heritage and culture it represents. Founding members met recently to celebrate the new station sign. Above from left: Cathy and Bob Corrigan, Theresa Prince, …

Tree of Lights campaign goes virtual

A traditional tree lighting ceremony that has been lighting up the night for the past 20 years returned to where it all started: the grounds at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Above: The hospital choir sings Walking in a Winter Wonderland by the Christmas tree located on the grounds of St. …

Update from MV Friends of New Canadians

The Madawaska Valley Friends Of New Canadians group would like to thank all of those who helped support and settle the Alshhadat family into our community.  It would not have been possible without the many donations of money as well as the willingness to offer their time and effort. Above: …

Local ski club prepares for more visitors

Submitted by Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club. Finally, some good news for this pandemic winter! Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club is preparing for a busy season with more visitors and season members than ever. Most long-time snowbirds are foregoing their annual escape to warmer destinations this year because of COVID-19 …

Gypsy Moth epidemic said to threaten Renfrew Forests

Editor’s note: The following letter was recently received from a reader who suggests that the Gypsy Moth is no less destructive to trees than the Coronavirus is to humans. Dear Editor, The summer of 2021 is predicted to go down in Renfrew’s history as one of the worst for the …

Seven tips for family mental wellness

The Phoenix Centre for Children & Families shares expert tips to support families through this holiday season during a pandemic. We know that this has been a challenging year and it has taken a toll on the mental health of many families, children and youth. Given the ongoing pandemic, the …

Third Grandma expands pantry in Killaloe

It was an emotional thank you from Melissa Tremback at the official ribbon-cutting for Grandma’s Pantry in Killaloe on Nov.28, as the store’s owner acknowledged the assistance of many community members. She said, “There’s no words to explain the help and the excitement – You guys have kept us so …