Paddling through the pandemic

Mother/daughter team Claudia and Stefi Van Wijk recently announced that Madawaska Kanu Centre is open for the season. This year there are some changes because of COVID-19 but whether you want a rafting experience or expert paddling instruction, you’ll find it at MKC. As soon as the province gave the …

Congratulations class of 2020!

Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) students celebrated the end of their secondary schooling last evening with all the traditional trappings: mortarboards and gowns; speeches from the Class Valedictorian, MVDHS Principal, School Board Trustee, and even the Prime Minister; congratulations from MVDHS staff; and the presentation of a host of …

OPP warns of bears entering unlocked cars

The OPP Haliburton Highlands Detachment has today reported on the activities of a car-loving bear. On Tuesday June 23 members of the detachment were called to investigate car entries in the area of Kennaway Road and Dudley Road in Haliburton. Their report of the investigation states that it “revealed a …

Ten books for summer reading

Some summer days are warm and sunny and others are cool and rainy, but all summer days are perfect for reading.  Here are some suggestions for books to take to your favourite reading spot. (Above: a favourite summer reading spot in the author’s backyard . Photo supplied.)   A Gentleman in …

Remembering Patricia Milan

Barry’s Bay resident Patricia Milan died peacefully on Sunday, June 7 at the age of 69 years surrounded by her family members. The Seat of Wisdom College community remembers her as a beloved fine arts instructor (2004-2012) and friend to the college since its beginning. SWC Asst. Professor of Theology …

St. John Bosco’s kindergarten graduating class of 2020

Editor’s Note: The Kinder Team at St. John Bosco School asked The Current for a special online celebration of the achievements of the kindergarten graduating class of 2020. They have sent the following message along with individual photos of the pupils.


On May 19th Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province is cancelling in-person learning for the school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our school is remaining closed for the rest of the school year, and as a result in-person graduation ceremonies are also cancelled. Typically the last week of June at St. John Bosco is spent celebrating every students’ accomplishments and particularly the Senior Kindergarten Class and The Grade 8 Graduating Class. We celebrate with prayer services, Mass, speeches, songs, awards and of course, cake. We recognize that this is a very important mile-stone for our children and a beloved tradition for their parents.

However, the risk to public safety and social distancing rules have required us to celebrate our youngest learners in a different way. We are hanging celebration posters at local businesses around town. Thank-you to local businesses for supporting us now and always! Students will get a special package during the last week of school too and a special video made by their educators. Plus we are hoping this article reaches many of them and their proud families! This class of kindergartens is an exceptional one, and we have really missed learning, playing and praying together these last several weeks.

The Kinder team at St. John Bosco is so excited to see all the growth in learning next fall when we can be together again. Please come back to visit us in your old classroom as you continue your learning at St. John Bosco!  Congratulations to our Senior Kindergarten Graduates of 2020 – you are special, kind, curious, faithful, and missed every day!


You are ready for more
learning and fun in Grade 1!


Click any photo to enlarge and see individual message.

St. John Bosco School Logo


Photos supplied.

Ontario allows backcountry camping for paddlers, hikers

For Ontarians who want to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe and practicing physical distancing, Ontario announced on Saturday that as of June 1, backcountry camping will be available at Ontario Parks, including access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails. Ontario Parks will also be expanding day-use activities …

He drowned with his money belt on

Editor’s note: If you like local heritage, paddling or just a true life mystery, then this story about a tragedy on the Madawaska River 150 years ago is for you. On April 26, 1867, which was a Friday, James Smith Bangs and his companion, a man only identified as “Oram,” …