Communities losing their souls says Eganville Leader owner

The front page of the Jan. 3 issue of the Eganville Leader contained an editorial by its owner, Gerald Tracey, entitled “Newspapers facing an uncertain future in the face of changes.” The uncertainty referred to reflects pressure created by increasing competition for advertising dollars. This theme was also a focus …

Wilno Rink opens with community party

The Wilno Rink celebrated its Grand Opening with a community party on January 26. Wilno Recreation Committee members and volunteers were on hand to ensure the new building was in perfect condition to be admired, the ice was ready, the canteen well-stocked and the party balloons blown up. Many of …

Opeongo loppet is a winter classic

Opeongo Hill Nordic Ski Club near Brudenell held its fifth annual Opeongo Classic Loppet on January 26, a cross-country ski event suitable for participants at all levels. Thirty-nine adults took to the trails in 10 km and 20 km events – some for the challenge of racing and others to …

Old trees in the Madawaska Valley

The Ancient Forest Exploration and Research group’s discovery of the existence of a stand of old-growth forest situated within a logging zone near Cayuga Lake in western Algonquin Park received publicity earlier in January. This Hemlock stand holds several veteran trees which are over 400 years old, trees which took …

Moose monument measurement merits much media musing

Over the past week the global media focused its attention on an international dispute involving Canada. We are not referring to the falling-out with China but rather a “Mine is bigger than yours” spat with Norway. Believe it or not, it concerns the 30 cm difference in height of two …

Artists announced for Pop Up Art in Renfrew County

Valley residents missing visual arts exhibitions since the closure of the gallery at The Railway Station can now look forward to a travelling art exhibition that will come to six communities in Renfrew County between April and September 2019. Pop Up Art Renfrew County exhibition is a multi-artist and multimedia exhibit …

Gardening Club news

The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society held a well-attended Annual General Meeting followed by its annual gardening trivia night on January 17. The trivia quiz was led by Baxter Topham-Pitt from Temperate Gardens, Eganville. He drafted and presented questions related to plants that were challenging, engaging and sometimes funny. “The Blooming …

1st Barry’s Bay Girl Guides engage with community

The 1st Barry’s Bay Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinder, Ranger Unit is in its third year of operation in the Madawaska Valley. The Barry’s Bay Legion recently donated $1,200 to the Unit. (Above: The Legion presentation to the 1st Barry’s Bay Guides Unit. Photo submitted.) Brown Owl Stacie Pecarski recently told The …

CBC interviews David Shulist about the Valley’s Kashubs

MV Councillor David Shulist was recently interviewed on CBC Radio’s Saturday morning program In Town and Out. CBC producer Jessa Runciman (shown above in the studio with Shulist, holding an example of traditional Kashubian embroidery) interviewed Shulist about his book Discovering Kashubia Europe, the  Fatherland of  my  Kashubian ancestors.  In his book which was …

Opeongo Nordic kids’ program to start January 12

Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club advises parents to get your kids outside this winter! They’ll learn to play on cross-country skis, review basic nordic skills for classic skiing and get an introduction to skate-skiing. Older and/or more experienced kids will participate in informal time trials. This program is facilitated by Canadian Association of Nordic Ski …

Opeongo Hills Nordic Club to host fifth annual loppet

The fifth annual Opeongo Classic Loppet is scheduled for Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Event host Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club calls on all members, friends, family and any other person willing to volunteer their time and help make this happen. Loppet coordinator Peter Cruchet says …

Poetry Place: Christmastime

A story of old Many times it’s been told May I tell it once again To honour my Lord and King   On this special day I would like to pay Homage to His name Worship Him with great acclaim   Born in a lowly manger His only visitors strangers …

Heritage Photo: St. Joseph’s School 1952-53 Grade Four

This picture was taken during the school year 1952-53 and it’s the Grade Four class.  Please let the readership know if you spot an error and can make a correction. FRONT ROW: Bobby Crawford, Arthur Peplinskie, Roy Kulas, Tony Yantha, Leonard Stoppa, Ronald Chippior, Jimmy Shulist, David Biernaskie, Kenneth Kovalskie, …