Spring Meltdown

Photos submitted To everything there is a season and to each new season often a new set of aches and pains. As a physiotherapist I often see a sudden surge in patients with symptoms attributed to the challenges of the season change … foot pain when non-supportive rain boots are …

Polish Kashubs and their cars

Msgr. Biernacki’s car in 1915. Here he is chauffeuring Elizabeth Etmanski and Alex Shalla on their wedding day. (Photo submitted) In this day and age, we often take advances in technology for granted. The automobile is one. Many, including myself, were born into a world with vehicles already in use. …

Hands on: massage providers explained

Photo: wikimediacommons.org Several people have recently asked me about the difference between certified and registered massage providers. They have also asked if a registered massage therapist (RMT) is required to “report” someone who is doing massage who is not an RMT. I hope the following clarification will help to answer …

MV Horticultural Society thanks Opeongo Seniors Art Group

At the April meeting of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society, Eden Guidroz displayed the Society’s sandwich boards and posters which had been produced from paintings by members of the Opeongo Senior Centre Art Group. The posters helped to publicize the Society’s annual Flower and Vegetable Show held each summer. Guidroz …

Bear facts

Rick Stronks addresses Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society Bears are driven by food. That’s the one thing Rick Stronks, Chief Park Naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park, wants members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society to remember from his talk at the April 19 meeting. Stronks explained that Algonquin Park hosts up …

Celebrating stewardship along the Madawaska River

From across the bay, the Andermans are seen arriving at the island (Photo submitted) STEWARDSHIP – “the responsible overseeing and protection of something worth caring for and preserving” www.dictionary.com One fantastic thing about providing canoe outfitting services is experiencing our beautiful lakes and waterways, both personally and vicariously, through the …

Pitch-in to celebrate Earth Day

Recently local residents’ group Carson, Trout, Lepine & Greenan Lakes Association reminded its members that they can celebrate Earth Day 2018 on April 22 by participating in Pitch-In Canada Week. Madawaska Valley Township has provided garbage bags free of charge for residents to pick up garbage along township roads. A …

MV to renew lease with Wilno Heritage Society

Pictured: Peter Glofcheskie, Wilno Heritage Society At the April 17 Regular Council meeting, the Wilno Heritage Society asked the Township of Madawaska Valley to renew the Society’s lease of Wilno Heritage Park for a further 20 years. On behalf of the Society, Peter Glofcheskie also requested that the Township include …

Into the woods with MV Horticultural Society

Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society takes its members into the woods this spring with talks about trees and bears. Guest speakers at the March and April meetings focus less on cultivation of gardens and more on the bounty in the wilderness that surrounds our properties. On Mar. 15 Robbie Anderman spoke …

Dr. Shaw and the Venerable Bede

Dr. Richard Shaw, introducing his new book on the history of Christianity in England The Gregorian Mission to Kent in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History: Methodology and Sources  (Photo submitted)  On the evening of April 9, 2018 the Madawaska Valley Public Library was packed. This was a little surprising as the scheduled talk …

Listen to Opeongo Reader’s Theatre podcast

Photo: Mark Woermke Opeongo Reader’s Theatre producer Barry Conway advises that Valley residents can now access the ORT Spring Thaw podcast recordings on the internet. Spring Thaw was produced at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay during March Break by a local cast of readers for the Opeongo …

Now Playing: Jack White, Boarding House Reach

Boarding House Reach Photo: wikimediacommons.org White Tries Something New, Stumbles, and Teaches a Lesson About Rock   In 2007, the White Stripes played the Ottawa Bluesfest, bringing their signature quirk, energy, and showmanship with them. In the week leading up to the show, various local media criticized the decision to …

Castaway Culture: on my deserted island

Photo: Sharon Gardiner April’s Castaway, Sandy Lynch, is a familiar face in Combermere where she and her husband, John, operate Pilgrim Reader Books. Rather than being whimsical about this question, I’ve decided to take it literally – not a weekend alone but an indefinite time on a deserted island, a …

Valley Heritage: CNR Dayliner service 1959

Photo submitted A reader of The Current has submitted this newspaper clipping from the Eganville Leader of March 6, 1959. The photo caption reads: More than 60 residents of Barry’s Bay crowded into the CNR’s new dayliner Sunday afternoon when it arrived from Ottawa to prepare for the first run …

Book on Bede by Dr. Richard Shaw at MV Public Library

Richard Shaw (Photo submitted) Local resident, Dr. Richard Shaw, has written a new book – The Gregorian Mission to Kent in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History: Methodology and Sources. In it, Dr. Shaw identifies and analyzes the sources of Saint Bede, long seen as the foremost historian of the Gregorian mission, and …