Seen from a dock – territorial rights

Photo: Daniel Burka on unsplash.com Dock sittin’ I’ve taken to the art of dock sittin’ like the proverbial duck to water. Dock sittin’ can be inspirational, educational and fascinating. Personally I like to sit on the dock and be distraction free. I prefer no interference from a newspaper, book, iPad …

Hands do so much

Image: creativecommons.org Hands can say hello, hug you close, wave goodbye, Point you in the right direction, cover your eyes when you cry. Hands can harm someone, heal another, Cover a yawn, slap your brother.   Hands can teach, write and draw, Knit scarves, sweaters and buckle bras. Move traffic, …

What orphaned patients need to know

Photo: pexels.com Readers have asked The Current to explain how to ensure continued health care if their doctor retires. Read on to find out: What you need to do now to find a doctor How to access other options for non-emergency health care What to do about prescription medications Physician …

Heritage photo: Christmas at the Kitts farm

Jackie Kitts and Arlene Yantha beside an old car  Prompted by recent articles in The Current about Barry’s Bay native Dr. Jack Kitts receiving the Order of Canada, Dennis Corrigan submitted these photos taken December 28 1974 at the Kitts family farm. From left: Dennis Corrigan, Bobby Kitts, Jimmy Kitts, …

A little bit of Caribana in the Valley this Sunday

Pan Fantasy Steelband  (Photo: Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival) Pan Fantasy – known as the “Best Steelband in Canada” – will perform live at Zurakowski Park on Opeongo Line (Hwy 60) in Barry’s Bay this Sunday July 22 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pan Fantasy were the Pan Alive Steelband …

Artisan Festival held at Railway Station Park

The volunteer organizers of the 2018 Madawaska Artisan Festival held at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station were pleased to see a mix of veteran and new artisans on July 14. Vendors said they heard about the show in different ways – email, telephone or just plain grapevine – and thanks …

Communities in Bloom – Township of Madawaska Valley

Photo: pixabay on pexels.com An exciting week starts July 16 2018 for our Communities in Bloom (CiB) Provincial 5 Bloom Award-winning township. On Monday, our judges, Peter Fright, Faith Archer and Debbie Marshall, will tour the gardens and businesses who entered our CiB local contests, looking at their creative planters, …

Wilno Heritage Society has new 20-year lease

Mayor Kim Love at Wilno Heritage Park on Canada Day (Photo submitted) On July 6 1998 the Townships of Sherwood, Jones and Burns entered into an initial 20-year land lease with the newly formed Wilno Heritage Society (WHS). Reeve Bob Mitchell signed on behalf of the township and David Shulist and …

Kids buzzing for bees at MV Public Library

Elijah Craine, Isaiah Craine, Courtney Dupuis plant bee-friendly seeds Kids of all ages came out for the Buzzing Gardens family program at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay on July 10. Sunny weather meant the program took place outdoors behind the library building. Madawaska Valley Public Library CEO …

Barry’s Bay Triathlon

Melissa Botz hugs competitor Grace Tansley  Over 50 competitors in all age categories turned out in fine weather to compete in the 2018 Barry’s Bay Triathlon on July 8. The annual event is now 25 years strong thanks to stellar work every year by more than 45 community volunteers. The …

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 …