The sun shines on Kashub Day 2019

The sun shone over Wilno Heritage Park for the twenty-first annual Kashub Day Festival on May 4. Peter Glofcheskie, President of the Wilno Heritage Society, greeted festival goers and thanked the almost 75 volunteers who worked hard to make the day a success, donating their time to be organizers, set-up …

The life and times of Mrs. Shalla

If you don’t know why local people love to celebrate Polish and Kashub Day on May 3 every year, The Opeongo Readers’ Theatre may be able to help explain it. At 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Opeongo Senior Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay, this troupe of local podcast performers …

Family fun on Easter weekend

Easter Weekend was a time for family fun in Barry’s Bay. Activities started off with a free story time at the Madawaska Valley Public Library, where kids enjoyed stories read by Library Program Coordinators Julia Beggs and Emily Mintha.            Picture at top some young listeners; …

Lake association tackles litter

April 22 2019 is Earth Day, a day to increase our awareness of our natural surroundings and to encourage us to adopt more environmentally-friendly practices. This seems like an appropriate time to report on a new venture in the Valley. On April 16 residents near Carson Lake attended a presentation …

Bay Day deadline looms for Valley artisans

Valley artisans who want to display their wares at this year’s Bay Day in Barry’s Bay must book a spot no later than Monday April 15. Marcia Rutledge is the Business Improvement Area’s (BIA) co-chairperson along with Ted Williamson for the annual Bay Day event which this year take place …

Grow-A-Row for the Food Bank

Now that spring is here, the Madawaska Valley Food Bank asks local vegetable growers and gardeners to participate in its annual Grow-A-Row program. As you sow your own seedlings, please plant some extra vegetable transplants for Food Bank clients. Food Bank volunteer Terry Newcombe said that your seedlings can help …

Kashubian Nation wins Nations Cup of curling

Hockey was not the only heritage sporting competition in the Valley recently. Here are the results of the Heritage Curling held during March: Nations Cup results: The Kashubian Nation defeated the German Nation in the finals by a score of 4 to 3. The Kashubian Nation won their pool by …

Celebrating 50 years of back to the land

On the evening of March 30 a Fiftieth Birthday Party was celebrated at the Killaloe Lions Hall; however, this party was not to celebrate a person nor any single group. It was to celebrate all the Back to the Land immigrants to this area and the people who welcomed them. …

Station Keepers hope to live up to their name

Just when the likelihood of any kind of revival of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station looked dim, along came a new volunteer group called The Station Keepers. Barry Conway, a Barry’s Bay native who retired to Mask Island after a career as a journalist and professor, appeared as a delegation …

2019 Opeongo Heritage Cup results

The Commissioner has confirmed the final scores for the 2019 Opeongo Heritage Cup Tournament. Thanks to all the players, fans and many volunteers who made this year’s event so successful.     Featured photo at top: Sharon Gardiner            

Heritage Cup opener pays tribute to Captain Kashub

The Opeongo Heritage Cup opened at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre on March 29 at 7 p.m. with a special pre-game ceremony to pay tribute to the late Mark Yakabuski, former captain of the Kashubian Griffins. The competing teams lined up at centre ice represented the Kashubian and Irish …