Elves at work in Barry’s Bay

Preparations for the festive season were evident in downtown Barry’s Bay on the last Friday in November. Madawaska Valley Operations Department took advantage of milder weather to begin hanging the holiday lights along the main street and Operations Supervisor Mike Phillips said the winter baskets prepared that morning by the …

Countdown to Christmas with the Library

MV Library entertains the whole family in December The lead-up to the holidays usually includes some Saturday and holiday craft and story times for children at the Madawaska Valley Public Library, but this year the Library staff in Barry’s Bay are going all out to ensure youngsters (and their families) …

Killaloe Lions spread some cheer

Killaloe and Area Lions Club has been serving the local community since 1948, so it’s not surprising to hear that they have been spreading some Holiday Cheer. In partnership with OLG and Delta Bingo and Gaming Pembroke, the Lions recently fundraised to donate towards the cost of the Killaloe Public …

Valley residents rally to help find lost dog

This week didn’t begin in the best of ways. On Monday morning I took Animosh, my happy but overly exuberant St Pyrenees, for a walk in the bush — on the leash as she’s prone to following anything that moves — and this morning was especially exciting because we’d had …

Seniors creative photography project underway

Ottawa Valley Creative Arts is conducting a photography project to honour seniors throughout the Valley. Last month photographer Maureen MacMillan brought her studio equipment to the Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406 to shoot some residents. Having her portrait taken was fun for Johanna Yandernoll who heard about the project from …

Impact of one positive COVID-19 case

Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Renfrew County and District (RAD), provided a sobering example in his Winter Update on YouTube on November 23. Using the graphic above, he explained how a single positive case of COVID-19 affected nearly two hundred people in RAD. (Above image: Dr. …

Fireworks and cannabis cultivation spark MV Council into action

At the November 17 Madawaska Valley Council meeting, Council directed staff to proceed towards new by-laws on two topics: the use of fireworks and the production, cultivation and processing of cannabis in the municipality. Fireworks Al Best, President of the Carson Trout Lepine and Greenan Lakes Association (CTLG), provided Council …

Website lists local availability of flu vaccine

Due to COVID-19, there has been more interest from the public regarding flu shots. Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) appreciates that more residents are recognizing the importance of getting the flu shot, as it is your best defence against getting sick from the flu. As the Ministry of …

One bite at a time to become a bicycle friendly community

Editor’s Note: MV Councillor David Shulist gave a verbal update on this event at the Nov. 17 Madawaska Valley Council meeting. Petawawa’s public works director, Dave Unrau, (above) told a Zoom meeting full of Renfrew County municipal representatives and Active Transportation advocates that any community can become a Bike-Friendly Community …

OPP tips to defend against Porch Pirates

The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has some helpful tips to curb the theft of deliveries from the front porch of homes as the holiday season approaches. Often referred to as “porch pirates”, these thieves steal packages that are left at someone’s residence when no …

Volunteers hold work bee to kick off 2020 Tree of Lights campaign

Magic was in the air as 14 volunteers and one co-op student helped arrange more than 2,500 pieces of mail for the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s 2020 Tree of Lights Campaign. Above from left: Caroline Mallany, SFVHF Donor Relations Coordinator Christine Hudder, Rose Miller, Anne Craftchick, Ramona Brown, Maria …

Radon Action Month to host free webinar

To address Canadians’ questions about radon and how to protect their health, Take Action on Radon, a national health coalition, is hosting a free interactive webinar with radon experts on November 19, at 1 p.m. EST in English and on November 20, at 1 p.m. EST in French.

Legion receives commemorative mural

Next spring the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay will look very different to drivers entering the village thanks to a former art student at Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS). The weekend before Remembrance Day, artist Brookelyn Martin met with Branch 406 President Heather Poliquin in the …