Fishing with Leacock – enchanted campfire tales

What could be more Canadian than gathering around a campfire for stories by one of Canada’s greatest authors on Canada Day weekend? The Current couldn’t resist a trip to Whitney for the first ever Enchanted Campfire Tales. The event, Fishing with Leacock, featured Mark Woermke of the Opeongo Reader’s Theatre, …

Heritage photo: St. Joseph’s School 1952 Grade Two

Photo: Submitted Here is the Grade Two class from St. Joseph’s school in Barry’s Bay in 1952/53.  Please advise us of any corrections in the names that appear below. FRONT ROW: Terry Lehovich; Sylvester Yantha; Alfie Yantha; Jerome Coulas; Michael Murray; Bronas Chapeskie; Andrew Kulas; Robert Lehovitch; Clifford Dombroskie; Neil …

Eastern Ontario birds and horticultural society news

Robin Cunningham demonstrates birdwatching app for Peter Dolan The speaker at the June meeting of Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society was Robin Cunningham on birds and their habitats. Cunningham is a retired forester, a naturalist and member of Pembroke Area Field Naturalists Club. Cunningham spoke about his approach to bird watching. …

St. Casimir’s Church, Round Lake

Photo: Submitted The first Catholic Church at Round Lake, not counting the one at Tramore, was in operation by 1925 and was named St. Bronislawa. It was built on land donated by Stephen and Josephine Laginski in 1922. However, this small church was replaced by a much-needed larger one that …

There will be an Artisan Festival after all

Community volunteers headed by Kelly Klinck working in partnership with Madawaska Valley CAO Sue Klatt are putting in place last minute plans to hold an Artisan Festival on Saturday July 14 at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station. Prospects for the 34th annual event looked dim this year due to Township …

Castaway Culture: on my desert island

Sharon Taylor with some rental canoes When I was first asked to write about what items of culture I would need on a desert island – items that would sustain me – I thought I would have a hard time picking out those items. Then I realized that culture for …

Madawaska Valley Dance recital

Photos: Timothy Baklinski of Two Trees Photography The recital for Madawaska Valley Dance took place at the close of the class season at the Combermere Recreation Centre on June 4, 2018. Students performed selections from The Firebird. (From left) Genevieve, Madeleine and Annika Nicholson – sisters and ballerinas; Ella with her …

Gift It Gray hosts first Maker Market

Gift It Gray owner, Alison Tubby, offered an innovative approach to marketing on Bay Day by combining brick and mortar retail premises with a temporary crafts market. She was inspired by the concept of pop-up markets that she saw on social media and decided to apply the concept for local …

Grow A Row program flourishes

Photo: Terry Newcombe Attached is a photo of our first food bank session this year with Grow A Row donations, which took place on May 22. If you recall, we promoted this program back in March, encouraging gardeners to grow extra vegetable seedlings so that our food bank clients could …

Gun and Sportsman Show expands

Photo: Sharon Gardiner The 2nd Annual Gun and Sportsman Show held at the arena in Barry’s Bay on May Long Weekend built on last year’s success. The event has grown from 70 vendors to more than one hundred in just one year. Show organizer John Rutledge said the Madawaska Valley …

Death Café visits the Valley

Dawn Cruchet (standing) addresses Death Café participants Death Café came to the Valley on May 30 as facilitators Dawn Cruchet, Grief Educator and Counsellor, and Karen Wagner, Clinical Director of Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, welcomed 17 participants to the Ash Grove Inn to discuss death and dying. Cruchet introduced …

New PossABILITIES at Bonnechere Park this Summer

Floating wheelchair (example) Photo: pixabay.com Local residents and tourists with accessibility challenges who visit Bonnechere Provincial Park this summer will be able to experience the beach area and Park programs like never before. Thanks to funding from the Employment and Social Development Canada Enabling Accessibility Fund, and the support of several …